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Saturday, April 12, 2014

Fixing MLB’s qualifying offer system - ESPN

The best way to cut down on the number of players getting qualifying offers is, players need to not overestimate their market and accept the offer.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 12, 2014 at 08:14 AM | 48 comment(s)
  Beats: free agency, free agent compensation

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Agent Scott Boras says Kendrys Morales, Stephen Drew willing to wait for long-term deals - ESPN

Until the CBA expires Boras has to deal with things as they are, not how he wants them to be. Drew *might* be able to get a decent contract in June. I can’t see how Morales can make up for the $14.1 million he passed up this year.

In the two years under the current landscape, all 22 players who have received qualifying offers have declined and decided to take their chances on the open market. Boras, an outspoken critic of the system, said that’s no surprise.

“I started preparing these guys in November for what I knew was going to happen,” Boras said. “Everybody talks about these players turning down these [one-year] qualifying offers like they’re village idiots. The reason is, they don’t want to be in the same position again next year. If I’m a good player, I’m going to take the prospect of free agency.

“If I’m one of these players, I’m not on the train to free agency—I’m on the Ferris wheel of multiple qualifying offers. It is circular. There is no escape hatch to the system.”

Sunday, November 24, 2013

NY Times: Kepner: Teams Are Learning to Keep Their Best Players Off the Market

When the Detroit Tigers traded Prince Fielder to Texas last week, they still owed him a staggering $168 million. Only one player had ever been traded with more money still owed to him: Alex Rodriguez, from Texas to the Yankees in 2004.

Rodriguez was 28 then, a year younger than Fielder is now, and had seven years remaining on his contract at the time. So does Fielder, who joined the Rangers on Wednesday with $30 million for second baseman Ian Kinsler.

The Rangers, essentially, made a seven-year, $138 million commitment to Fielder, a reasonable investment for several reasons, but mainly Fielder’s age. He does not turn 30 until May. Age, more than any other number, is the primary consideration for teams as they evaluate the wisdom of long-term investments.

bobm Posted: November 24, 2013 at 02:21 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: alex rodriguez, free agency, prince fielder, salaries

Wednesday, November 06, 2013

Mike Napoli free agent rumors: Orioles, Mariners interested - Over the Monster

I would be surprised to see Napoli leave Boston.

The Red Sox signed Mike Napoli to a one-year deal last winter, setting them up to deal with contract negotiations with the first baseman once more in this year’s free agency. They have submitted the qualifying offer to him, guaranteeing them a compensation pick should he sign elsewhere—it’s a good thing, as both the Orioles and Mariners are reportedly interested in signing Napoli.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 06, 2013 at 11:42 AM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: free agency, mariners, mike napoli, orioles, red sox

Minor League Free Agents 2013

First-round picks from the 2007 draft who aren’t on 40-man rosters qualify for minor league free agency for the first time this offseason. The list includes, in order of selection six years ago, first baseman Matt LaPorta (Indians), reliever Casey Weathers (Cubs), third baseman Kevin Ahrens (Blue Jays), righthander Tim Alderson (Orioles), lefty Nick Schmidt (Rockies) and righty James Simmons (Athletics).

JJ1986 Posted: November 06, 2013 at 12:21 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: free agency, minor leagues, transactions

Tuesday, November 05, 2013

MLB Trade Rumors: 2014 Top 50 Free Agents With Predictions


Cano - NYY, Ellsbury - SEA, Choo - DET, McCann - TEX, Tanaka - LAD, E. Santana - NYY, Garza - WAS, Kuroda - NYY, Burnett - PIT, Napoli - BOS, U. Jimenez - TOR, C. Beltran - NYY, Granderson - NYM, S. Drew - NYM, Saltalamacchia - CHW, Kazmir - MIN, N. Cruz - PHI, O. Infante - DET, Nathan - DET (we’re just a bunch of crazy Guys and Dolls!), Nolasco - PHI, Jh. Peralta - STL, B. Colon - CLE, B. Arroyo - NYM, M. Byrd - PIT, Balfour - NYY, Benoit - CHC, Feldman - BAL, K. Morales - SEA, C. Ruiz - PHI, J. Johnson - KC, T. Hudson - ATL, Rodney - HOU, Pierogi - NYY, Haren - SF, J. Vargas - LAA, Yoon - KC, Loney - MIN, P. Hughes - SD, C. Hart - MIL, Mujica - PHI, McLouth - BAL, J. Uribe - MIA, Maholm - MIL, J. Smith - COL, Morneau - TB, Crain - HOU, B. Wilson - LAA, Hammel - SEA, Halladay - NYM, C.B. Young - CHC

The District Attorney Posted: November 05, 2013 at 02:22 PM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: free agency, rumors

Who are baseball’s winners and losers after qualifying offers came out? - MLB News | FOX Sports on MSN

The qualifying offers are out, and we have our first winners and losers of the offseason.

According to here’s the list: Carlos Beltran, Robinson Cano, Shin-Soo Choo, Nelson Cruz, Stephen Drew, Jacoby Ellsbury, Curtis Granderson, Ubaldo Jimenez, Hiroki Kuroda, Brian McCann, Kendrys Morales, Mike Napoli, and Ervin Santana.

I agree with Rosenthal about the Red Sox being in great position. This is particularly true in regards to signing McCann. They could easily give up their first round pick, knowing they will have another pick or two a few players later.


Jim Furtado Posted: November 05, 2013 at 12:31 PM | 66 comment(s)
  Beats: economics, free agency

Sunday, November 03, 2013

Rangers unlikely to re-sign Joe Nathan after closer declines option

The Rangers and Joe Nathan are almost certain to part ways after two seasons, general manager Jon Daniels said Friday, after the club exercised its option and Nathan, in turn, declined the player portion and became a free agent.

sptaylor Posted: November 03, 2013 at 10:03 PM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: free agency, rumors, texas rangers

Friday, November 01, 2013

Indians release Chris Perez, re-sign Jason Giambi

The Indians have released controversial closer Chris Perez and re-signed veteran slugger Jason Giambi.

A two-time All-Star, Perez wore out his welcome in Cleveland. He lost his job in the final week of the season as the Indians were trying to clinch a wild-card berth. It capped another tumultuous year for the right-hander, who was arrested in June after drug agents followed a package containing marijuana to his home. He and his wife pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge.

Perez always seemed to be at the center of something. He angered Indians fans for saying they didn’t support the team and he rankled Cleveland’s front office when he said it wasn’t spending enough to win.

Perez, who was eligible for salary arbitration this winter, recorded 25 saves this past season. He had 124 in five seasons with the Indians, who acquired him in a 2009 trade from St. Louis….

Giambi provided leadership to the Indians from the moment he arrived at training camp last spring.

The 42-year-old, who was a finalist for Colorado’s managerial job last year, was signed to a minor league contract but it didn’t take him long to have a major impact in Cleveland’s clubhouse and he contributed some memorable moments on the field.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 01, 2013 at 09:48 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: chris perez, closers, free agency, indians, jason giambi



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