Free Agency Newsbeat
Monday, December 15, 2014
Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Two World Series rings?
The Red Sox’s decision to not go beyond six years and $135 million for Lester wasn’t as much stubborn, frugal and merciless as it was systematic. Boston has been reluctant to dish out long-term contracts to pitchers over 30, and while the Red Sox were willing to making an exception for Lester, there still was a barrier the club was unwilling to cross. Two World Series rings and past success weren’t enough to cloud Boston’s organizational vision.
Posted: December 10, 2014 at 06:32 AM | 0 comment(s)
Saturday, December 06, 2014
Last off-season the Red Sox cost themselves either Jon Lester or a lot of money.
According to multiple major league sources, Red Sox principal owner John Henry flew to the Atlanta area Friday to personally visit with free agent pitcher Jon Lester.
Posted: December 06, 2014 at 06:21 PM | 0 comment(s)
Tuesday, December 02, 2014
One year? $10.5 million? Torii Hunter?
Paging Sandy Alderson. (Sigh.)
Torii Hunter is going home. According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today and Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com, Hunter has reached a one-year, $10.5 million deal with the Twins.
Hunter has been linked to almost a dozen teams so far this winter, with the Rangers, Royals, Mariners and Orioles among the most aggressive in addition to Minnesota. As we reported in mid-November, the Royals and Twins were being most aggressive in their pursuits of Hunter once his last team, the Tigers, dropped out of the running, The Rangers were said to be making a push earlier today, but Rosenthal reports that the Twins made the higher offer and were able to agree to terms with Hunter.
Posted: December 02, 2014 at 09:24 PM | 51 comment(s)
Friday, November 21, 2014
Was Werner or Lucchino very, very sneaky?
Tuesday, November 11, 2014
Saturday, November 08, 2014
let’s have a little fun, and see how good I am at prognosticating both where the primary free agents will sign, and how much they’ll get on the open market.
Boston Red Sox
They want a left-handed hitting third baseman and starting pitching; this market provides both. I think they’ll stretch on the years for Pablo Sandoval (6/$110M) because of his relative youth, but stick to shorter deals on the pitching side, going after both Brandon McCarthy (3/$42M) and Francisco Liriano (3/$39M). Their front-of-the-rotation upgrade will come via trade.
New York Yankees
While I don’t have the Yankees signing any of the most expensive free agents, I do have them signing the most players in the group of 55 that you guys crowdsourced. I think they keep Chase Headley (4/$60M), David Robertson (3/$40M), Hiroki Kuroda (1/$12M), and Chris Capuano (1/$2M), plus add Asdrubal Cabrera (2/$22M) to replace The Captain. Cabrera wants to play shortstop, so he’ll go to the only city in the country that will see him as a defensive upgrade.
Everyone expects them to sign Jon Lester because of the Boston connection, but my guess is that they actually prefer Max Scherzer, a higher strikeout starter with a slightly stronger track record of consistency. Scherzer is the best pitcher on the market, and the Cubs are certainly signaling that they’re going to make some big moves this winter, so I’m putting him in Chicago for 7/$175M. That won’t stop them from also signing Russell Martin for 5/$75M, and then gambling on an upside play in Brett Anderson for 1/$7M. We’ve seen the Cubs be smart and frugal; now I think we’re going to see them throw some money around.
Posted: November 08, 2014 at 01:00 AM | 22 comment(s)
Thursday, November 06, 2014
There are warning signs along the roads dating back 15 years, but this offseason will be like any other. People will drive on past and step on the gas. Max Scherzer will become the 15th pitcher to sign a $100 million contract – OK, yes, it’ll be more like $200 million – and Jon Lester will join him with a nine-figure deal, too. And the fan bases in two cities will be filled with hope, because the fans aren’t writing the checks with all those zeroes, and seven years of one of the best starting pitchers in baseball – durable, productive, electric — sounds pretty good.
But retrace that highway, littered with the wreckage of the biggest pitching contracts in history, and find one that is an unmitigated success. Those 14 pitchers have been paid or are owed a total exceeding $2 billion, and the best grade we can give on one of those deals might be “incomplete.”
Monday, November 03, 2014
Well I for one was not expecting that.
“Michael is someone who has had a great impact on this organization both on and off the field for the past three years,” Rockies general manager Jeff Bridich in a statement. “After weighing our options, we felt the qualifying offer was in the best interest of the organization.”
Cuddyer, who will turn 36 on March 27, is coming off a three-year, $31.5 million deal with Colorado.
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
“No, I’m not offering a package to the Cubs,” the San Francisco Giants pitcher said, clarifying the impression he made while talking about himself, the Cubs and his pal Lester. “There’s a package deal out there for any team.”
Posted: October 28, 2014 at 08:36 AM | 82 comment(s)
Thursday, October 23, 2014
The Mets have a Cuddyer need for an outfield bat:
So where do they find a bat? Well, here’s an idea, one that that’s already been floated in the blogosphere, and turns out to be a concrete possibility: Free agent Michael Cuddyer, the exact sort of piece that fits the offense the Mets hope to construct.
Here’s what we mean by that: While Sandy Alderson has long checked in on the Giancarlo Stantons and Carlos Gonzalezes of the world, he and his staff consider it more likely that the Mets will surround their core of pitchers with a lineup filled veteran, versatile or otherwise interchangeable pieces. Think Tampa Bay Rays, during their good years.
Cuddyer is just such a piece. Thirty-five years old, he was injured much of this season, but hit 10 home runs in 49 games, while batting .332. People familiar with the Mets’ thinking say that the team considers him attractive on a two-year deal.
It is hard to imagine Cuddyer getting more than that, but as one major league executive notes about the Mets’ top free agent target last year, “No one thought Jhonny Peralta was going to get four years, either.” The Cardinals shocked the Mets, and most of baseball, by giving Peralta a four-year, $52 million deal.
If Cuddyer’s market does not inflate in a similar way, he could provide much-needed power for the Mets, a tremendous clubhouse presence to assume some of the leadership burden from his friend David Wright—and all at a commitment that does not require excessive years, or the loss of a pitching prospect.
It’s not that the Mets refuse to trade any of their pitchers not named Gee, Niese or Colon; it’s just that they are highly reluctant. Over the past 12 months, Wheeler went from sort of available, with some in the organization pushing hard to move him, to virtually untouchable. Syndergaard had a disappointing year at Triple-A, but remains young and promising. DeGrom is about to win the National League rookie of the year award, so he isn’t going anywhere.
Scouts rate Montero a notch below the others, but sources say that the Mets are reluctant to part with him, too. He could be had in the right deal (Yoenis Cespedes, perhaps, who the Mets are monitoring?), but is far from on the market.
Wednesday, October 08, 2014
That’s a lot of coin to turn down and then get saddled with draft pick compensation.
The price of qualifying offers for eligible free agents has risen to $15.3 million from $14.1 million.
James Shields, who has led the Royals into the ALCS, is one of several big-name players who likely will turn down a $15.3 million qualifying offer and instead elect free agency.
The 8.5 percent increase was finalized Tuesday by Major League Baseball and the players’ association. It is up from $13.3 million after the 2012 season, the first of the new system.
Baseball’s labor contract sets the price at the average of the 125 highest contracts by average annual value.
Posted: October 08, 2014 at 06:38 AM | 26 comment(s)
Sunday, August 24, 2014
His agent has redirected all his bookmarks to FanGraphs…
[Alex Gordon] can become a free agent after next season, as long as he declines his $13.25 million player option for 2016… Gordon indicated he plans on picking up his 2016 option and delaying his free-agency…
The Star polled a group of big-league executives and talent evaluators to measure Gordon’s value. The consensus was he could command a five-year deal after 2015 worth somewhere between $75 million and $95 million…
Gordon himself is still coming to grips with his placement among the game’s elite. When a reporter mentioned certain metrics now considered Gordon as the most valuable player in baseball, he could not contain his smile.
“For you to say that just kind of shocks me,” he said.
“I think the whole MVP talks that I’ve heard in the last day is because we’re winning. That’s why it happens. If we were on a losing team, there’s no reason I would be in that kind of consideration, or anything like that. That’s what winning does. It brings accolades and all the good things with it.”
Friday, August 22, 2014
And he’s eligible for the playoff roster!
We’ve been following the derby to sign Cuban outfielder Rusney Castillo. Now it looks like the Red Sox have won the derby:
Jesse Sanchez @JesseSanchezMLB
Source: Cuban outfielder Rusney Castillo on track for record-setting 6-year, $72 million deal with #RedSox. Check MLB.com
That’s a lot more than Yasiel Puig got ($42 million), and Puig was considered Castillo’s closest comp… Castillo, 27, is said to have plus speed and should be ready to debut with the Red Sox early next season.
Wednesday, August 13, 2014
So he’s saying there still is a chance.
“(The Red Sox) told me (after the trade to Oakland), ‘We’re going to be aggressive. You’re going to get blown out of the water by some of these (other) offers,’” Lester told the Boston Herald. “I’m like, ‘I don’t need to be blown out of the water.’ Why would I need to be blown out of the water? That doesn’t make or break your decision, at least for me. I’m not going to the highest bidder. I’m going to the place that makes me and my family happy. If that’s Boston, it’s Boston.”
Read more at: http://nesn.com/2014/08/jon-lester-free-agency-wont-be-driven-by-money-still-open-to-red-sox-return/
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