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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Royals sign Kris Medlen to two-year deal - MLB Daily Dish

Ken Rosenthal reports, “Medlen two-year deal with #Royals worth $8.5M - $2M, $5.5M plus $10M mutual option with $1M buyout if either party declines.”

Jim Furtado Posted: December 18, 2014 at 03:37 PM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, kris medlen, royals

Posnanski: The Royals Celebration Tour

Never take “We’ll owe you a favor” for an answer. Ask CM Punk!

I’m beginning to wonder if the Royals just gave us that incredible postseason run last year so that they could spend the next few years trolling us with the sorts of signings that used to make them baseball’s laughing stock…

I can’t in good conscience do anything but grumble quietly. The Royals were a Bumgarner away form a World Series victory. I wish they wouldn’t celebrate that magical season by paying way too much money for declining 30-something players. But, you know, winners are entitled to celebrate however they want.

I don’t get why the Royals are doing this and not just, you know, going all out to sign James Shields. Understand: I don’t think the Royals SHOULD sign James Shields. He’s 33 years old and, as such, will undoubtedly get way too much money for his declining years. But, then, I’m not as big a fan of Shields as the Royals are. The Royals LOVED him, I mean all caps LOVE because of his leadership and mentorship and all that. If the Royals already planned to plunk down $48 million for three old players who have been dumped by teams in the last year or two and have a combined negative WAR, why not just put that into a big-package deal to keep Shields? That would have made WAY more sense.

There are times, I think, that the Royals just get excited when anyone says they are willing to come to Kansas City to play baseball — and especially excited if it is a player who they heard of once…

none of the recent signings they have made in their celebration tour are club-crippling gambles the way, say, the Jose Guillen signing was. They’re all short term…The Royals haven’t burdened their future with any of these deals. And, who knows? Maybe they get lucky. Hey, it’s happened before.


Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Royals sign Edinson Volquez for two years, $20 million

What a world we live in. Edinson Volquez, who was released by the San Diego Padres 16 months ago, and then had a decent bounce-back season in Pittsburgh in 2014, is set to make $20 million over the next two seasons.

The Kansas City Royals have reportedly signed Volquez, according to Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish, sticking him in their starting rotation along with Yordano Ventura, Danny Duffy, Jason Vargas and Jeremy Guthrie.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 17, 2014 at 08:19 PM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: edinson volquez, free agents, royals

Indians sign Gavin Floyd to deal

Right-hander Gavin Floyd has agreed to a $4 million, one-year contract with the Cleveland Indians, giving him a chance to make a comeback from his latest elbow surgery.

The deal, announced Tuesday, allows him to earn an additional $6 million in performance bonuses.

The 31-year-old broke a bone in his elbow while throwing a curveball with Atlanta last June. He had surgery and couldn’t resume throwing until after the season. That injury occurred during his ninth start since returning from Tommy John elbow-ligament replacement surgery.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 17, 2014 at 09:44 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, gavin floyd, indians

Orioles agree to one-year deal with LHP Wesley Wright, pending physical, source says

They got the Wright guy.

The Orioles have agreed to terms with left-handed reliever Wesley Wright on a one-year deal, pending a physical, according to an industry source.

Wright, who will turn 30 in January, was nontendered by the Chicago Cubs earlier this month after going 0-3 with a 3.17 ERA in 48 1/3 innings in 2014. He made $1.425 million last season.

Wright has held left-handed hitters to a .238 batting average in his seven-year career. Last season, left-handed hitters batted .273 against him, with right-handers hitting .255.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 17, 2014 at 09:43 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, loogy, orioles, wesley wright

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Pitching-deficient Yankees re-sign Chris Capuano

In a move about desperation, depth or both, the Yankees reached agreement Tuesday with Chris Capuano on a one-year, $5 million contract.

Capuano was a stopgap measure when the Yankees obtained him last July 24, and nothing has really changed. He would be in the rotation in 2015 for the same reasons he was in 2014 – because so much had gone wrong.

Actually, that is already the case. Capuano is currently part of a group with David Phelps and Adam Warren that will be in contention for the Nos. 4 and 5 starter spots. And the front three of Masahiro Tanaka, Michael Pineda and CC Sabathia hardly offer confidence with their health.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 16, 2014 at 02:50 PM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: chris capuano, free agents, yankees

Padres Sign Brandon Morrow

The sun will come up to Morrow.

The San Diego Padres have agreed to terms with free agent right-hander Brandon Morrow on a one-year deal, an industry source told Sportsnet.

Morrow will earn a base salary of $2.5 million plus incentives, according to Corey Brock of MLB.com, who first reported the deal. After years in the American League East, Morrow will now pitch one of the National League’s most pitcher-friendly stadiums, Petco Park.

Morrow, who pitched for the Blue Jays from 2010-2014, completed just 33.1 innings for Toronto in 2014 due to a torn tendon sheath in his index finger.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 16, 2014 at 10:45 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: brandon morrow, free agents, padres

The Marlins are close to signing Mike Morse

Wonder what they can get for him when they trade him next winter.

Ken Rosenthal reports that the Miami Marlins are close to signing outfielder Mike Morse. Others are reporting that it’s a two-year deal.

Morse spent 2014 with the Giants, hitting .279/.336/.475 with 16 homers and 61 RBI, playing outfield and some first base and helping the Giants to the World Series title. He spent the 2013 season with the Mariners and Orioles.

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 16, 2014 at 10:45 AM | 37 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, marlins, mike morse

Monday, December 15, 2014

Dodgers sign Brett Anderson for $10 million

Having paid the Marlins to take right-hander Dan Haren off their hands the Dodgers have replaced him in the rotation with left-hander Brett Anderson.

According to Buster Olney of ESPN.com it’s a one-year deal worth $10 million in guaranteed money, plus $4 million in potential incentives. Haren had one year and $10 million remaining on his contract when the Dodgers shipped him and the money to cover his entire salary to Miami.

Wow, a million dollars per start?

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 15, 2014 at 05:26 PM | 38 comment(s)
  Beats: brett anderson, dodgers, free agents

Jed Lowrie back with Astros on 3-year deal

Well the first thing you know ol Jed’s a millionaire,
Kinfolk said “Jed move away from there”
Said “That A’s team is filled with playoff hexes”
So he loaded up his truck and moved to Texas.

Houston, that is.

Infielder Jed Lowrie is back with the Astros after agreeing on a three-year deal, the team announced.

The deal, which is worth $23 million guaranteed according to the Chronicle’s Evan Drellich, runs through 2017 and includes a club option for 2018 that could boost the total value to $28 million. To create room on the 40-man roster, the Astros will announce a corresponding move on Tuesday.

Lowrie, 30, was the Astros everyday shortstop in 2012 before spending the last two seasons in Oakland (2013-14).  He can also play third.

In the last three seasons, Lowrie has 35 home runs and 155 RBI while posting a .747 OPS, which ranks sixth among all shortstops.

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 15, 2014 at 04:04 PM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, free agents, jed lowrie

Chase Headley agrees to deal with New York Yankees - ESPN New York

This is a good fit for the Yankees and Headley.

The New York Yankees have agreed Monday to a four-year deal with third baseman Chase Headley for a little more than $50 million, sources told ESPN MLB Insider Buster Olney.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 15, 2014 at 11:26 AM | 68 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, yankees

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Top Ten Remaining Free Agents – MLB Trade Rumors

Will Boras really be able to set a new standard with Max Scherzer?

Jim Furtado Posted: December 14, 2014 at 08:27 AM | 43 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents

Sox stealth pursuit of Melky Cabrera pays off - Chicago Tribune

I guess this means that steroid use really pays off in the end.

MLB.com confirmed the 30-year-old Cabrera agreed to a deal worth an estimated $42-$43.5 million, pending a physical.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 14, 2014 at 08:00 AM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, melky cabrera, white sox

Friday, December 12, 2014

The Yankees signing Max Scherzer makes more and more sense by the day - Pinstripe Alley

I truly hope the Yankees sign Scherzer for 7/$200.

So with Jon Lester officially off the market, what’s the solution for the Yankees? It has to be Max Scherzer. He’s the one huge starter remaining on the market, given that the rest is populated by the likes of the older James Shields and other mediocre pitchers. It would be a challenge to feel that confident in a Yankees rotation featuring those other players, unless there’s a trade in the works (which can’t be ruled out). It changes entirely with Scherzer at the top.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 12, 2014 at 08:37 AM | 36 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, max scherzer, yankees

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Mets To Sign John Mayberry Jr.

I guess this still makes the winter meetings “active” by Mets standards.

The Mets have agreed to a major league contract with outfielder John Mayberry Jr., Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com reports on Twitter. Mayberry gets a $1.45MM deal, Joel Sherman of the New York Post tweets.

The District Attorney Posted: December 11, 2014 at 12:51 PM | 42 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, john mayberry jr., mets, transactions

Red Sox To Sign Justin Masterson

“Our pitchers are so mediocre. And we have so few of them!”

The Red Sox have agreed to sign righty Justin Masterson, ESPN.com’s Buster Olney reports on Twitter. The deal is for approximately $9MM, Bob Nightengale of USA Today tweets.

Masterson, 29, fell off significantly last year after a three-year run in which he averaged 205 frames and a 3.86 ERA… In 2014, he scuffled to a 5.88 ERA in 128 2/3 innings last year, striking out 8.1 and walking 4.8 batters per nine while dealing with a variety of shoulder, knee, and back issues. Masterson lost nearly three ticks on his average fastball velocity last year, though he managed to carry a typically stellar 58.2% groundball rate.

The District Attorney Posted: December 11, 2014 at 12:47 PM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, justin masterson, red sox, transactions

Royals To Sign Kendrys Morales

Yeah, everyone else make sure you copy what these guys do.

The Royals have agreed to a two-year, $17MM deal with free agent DH Kendrys Morales. Morales can earn an additional $750K per year through performance incentives.

The District Attorney Posted: December 11, 2014 at 12:33 PM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, kendrys morales, royals, transactions

Brandon McCarthy, Dodgers ‘close’ to 4-year deal, per report

The Dodgers have reportedly maxed out their frequent shopper card at the winter meetings on Wednesday, closing in on yet another transaction. The team is close to a four-year contract with starting pitcher Brandon McCarthy, per Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports and confirmed by Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.

McCarthy had a sneakily good season in 2014, the first fully healthy campaign of his career. The right-hander was 10-15 with a 4.05 ERA between the Diamondbacks and Yankees. His peripherals were much better, with 175 strikeouts and only 35 walks in 200 innings. McCarthy ranked 35th among 88 qualified starters in MLB with a 3.55 FIP and ninth with a 2.87 xFIP.

Four years is a long time for the 31-year-old McCarthy, who has averaged 24 starts and 154 innings in the last four seasons. In addition to suffering a skull fracture from a line drive off his head that knocked him out of the final 26 games of 2012, it’s McCarthy’s right shoulder that has been the brunt of the problem.

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 11, 2014 at 07:55 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: brandon mccarthy, dodgers, free agents

Astros add Gregerson, Neshek

The Houston Astros have agreed to a three-year, $18.5 million contract with Luke Gregerson and also have agreed to sign reliever Pat Neshek, sources told ESPN’s Buster Olney, confirming multiple reports.

Gregerson is expected to take over as the team’s closer in 2015 with Neshek, coming off a career season, helping to fortify the back end of the bullpen.

Gregerson’s total compensation from the Astros can increase to $21 million if he is the team’s closer, a baseball source told ESPN.com’s Jerry Crasnick.

His agreement comes after the Astros reportedly made attempts to sign both David Robertson and Andrew Miller this offseason to take over their closer’s role. Robertson ended up agreeing to a four-year deal with the Chicago White Sox, while Miller reached a four-year contract with the New York Yankees.

Neshek is guaranteed $12.5 million over two years, a baseball source told Crasnick. He’ll make $5.5 million in 2015 and $6.5 million in 2016. The deal has a $500,000 buyout, and includes a third year club option for between $6.5 million and $9 million. The amount of the option will increase depending on the number of games Neshek finishes in his first two seasons.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 11, 2014 at 07:55 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, free agents, luke gregerson, pat neshek, relievers

Looking For the Real Chase Headley | FanGraphs Baseball

Headley fits in New York.

So what do we have going forward? Headley’s defensive numbers in 2014 were stellar, and while regression should certainly be expected, his ability to handle that position over his next contract isn’t likely in question. His fly ball tendency will play extremely differently in Yankee Stadium than it will in AT&T Park, as suggested by his 118 NYY PRD and 89 SF PRD figures on fly balls listed above. AT&T is more liner and grounder-friendly, though as discussed above, the impact on grounders will be muted by his pull tendency. What we have is a league average hitter, assuming a very high liner rate. In all likelihood, he is starting from a slightly below league average hitter baseline at age 31, with normal aging to be expected moving forward.

Looking for a reason to expect better than that? Then you must believe that his improved fly ball authority — that 145 post-trade fly ball ADJ PRD — in his two months as a Yankee is real, a product of some sort of swing adjustment, and not small sample noise. To me, the four-year, $65M rumors being tossed around with regard to Headley are beyond the pale, as he isn’t that guy. If that late-season fly ball surge holds moving forward, Yankee Stadium, with it’s 129.3 overall fly ball park factor (177.4 to RCF, 165.4 to RF) is one place where it would more than fully translate into production, much more than it would by the Bay, with it’s overall mark of 67.3 (63.8 to RCF, 92.5 to RF). All things considered, if I were representing Chase Headley, I’d take a slight discount to stay in New York, as it makes one more somewhat lucrative future contract more likely.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 11, 2014 at 06:51 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: chase headley, free agents, sabermetrics

Slugging Korean phenom might be Mets’ best bet at shortstop | New York Post

Who is Jeong-ho Kang?

Then there’s Jeong-ho Kang, the 27-year-old Korean who intrigues the Mets enough that they have scouted him in person and on video and convened earlier this week at the Winter Meetings — at the Mets’ behest — with Kang’s agent Alan Nero. Cabrera also is represented by Nero, yet the Mets’ interest lies primarily with Kang.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 11, 2014 at 06:25 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, international free agents, jeong-ho kang, korean baseball

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Boras: Scherzer nice fit for Yankees - Yankees Blog - ESPN New York

If you don’t have a lead dog, just invent one.

Scott Boras describes Max Scherzer as a guy that “fits” into a classic Yankees championship rotation.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 10, 2014 at 09:21 PM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, max scherzer, no shame, scott boras

The Royals are helping a lot of guys get very rich

You too can win 89 games!

In recent years, teams had been ebbing away from paying relievers significant dollars, feeling they were the easiest pieces to find inexpensively. However, Kansas City’s run to the World Series behind a dominant trio of late-game relievers – Kelvin Herrera, Wade Davis and Greg Holland – has convinced more teams to try to invest in this area.

For the first time since after the 2007 campaign, two relievers in the same free agent class received more than $35 million: Francisco Cordero (four years, $46 million) and Mariano Rivera (three years, $45 million) then, Andrew Miller (four years, $36 million) and David Robertson (four years, $46 million) now. It also represents the first time since that offseason two relievers got four-year deals (Cordero and Scott Linebrink).

 


Full Count » Source: Cubs, Jon Lester agree to six-year, $155 million deal

OK, who is going to higher to get Scherzer? I hope it’s the Yankees.

Almost a year after his proclaimed interest in returning to the Red Sox on a hometown discount, left-hander Jon Lester rejected his former team’s free-agent overtures, and instead chose to make his baseball home in Chicago with the Cubs, according to an industry source.

Lester agreed to a six-year, $155 million deal, the largest average annual value ($25.83 million) ever given to a pitcher on a multi-year deal in free agency. His deal with the Cubs includes a vesting option for a seventh year. The Sox’ final offer, according to another industry source, was for a six-year, $135 million deal with no seventh-year vesting option.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 10, 2014 at 06:11 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, dodgers, free agents, giants, jon lester, red sox

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Does the money no longer mean anything? | FOX Sports

Rob’s right on the mark on long-term contracts. Most of them aren’t worth it. That’s why when I read about my favorite team signing a player to big dollars for big years I cringe. It’s short-term gratification and long-term pain that can greatly restrict a franchise for years.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 09, 2014 at 09:55 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents

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