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Monday, December 05, 2016

Giants sign free agent closer Mark Melancon | MLB.com

The contract is expected to be for four years and total of $60 million-$65 million, according to MLB Network’s Ken Rosenthal, who first reported San Francisco was close to signing the free-agent closer.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 05, 2016 at 01:23 PM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, giants, mark melancon

Five reasons Texas Rangers could say no to Edwin Encarnacion | The Star-Telegram

So here’s a look at five reasons the Rangers could pass on Encarnacion:

▪ The Rangers don’t want to block Gallo’s path to the majors. They need to find out about him, and soon.

▪ The club doesn’t want to give up on him as it did Davis and miss out on all that power. Who is the only player in the majors the past five seasons with more homers than Encarnacion? Davis.

▪ So, Encarnacion has that kind of power, maybe a tad bit less, at 34. With a bunch of 30-somethings already on the roster, the Rangers wouldn’t be getting any younger.

▪ The qualifying offer, in its last hurrah, continues to be a factor in the Rangers’ thinking. Not to keep kicking this horse, but the Rangers have lost a lot the past two years in trades, and surrendering a first-round pick would put a dent in the farm system.

▪ Encarnacion passed on Toronto’s offer of four years and $80 million. He’s not going to come off that too terribly much, unless he falls into the same territory as Ian Desmond last year. That seems unlikely with all that power, plus the Rangers are committing their funds to pitching and center field first.

Read more here: http://www.star-telegram.com/sports/mlb/texas-rangers/article118953613.html#storylink=cpy

Jim Furtado Posted: December 05, 2016 at 01:22 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: edwin encarnacion, free agents, rangers

Sunday, December 04, 2016

Heyman: Giants, Nationals At Forefront For Melancon

Relievers are getting paid this winter.

Sources indicate to FanRag Sports that the San Francisco Giants and Washington Nationals are currently at the forefront in terms of suitors for Melancon, and he is expected to sign a deal that will break the current reliever record held by Jonathan Papelbon, who signed a four-year, $50 million deal with the Philadelphia Phillies in November, 2011 (though that record will surely be broken by Chapman and Jansen later this winter).

Jim Furtado Posted: December 04, 2016 at 07:56 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, giants, mark melancon, nationals

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Encarnacion highlights remaining sluggers | MLB.com

I just don’t see the Red Sox being in on Encarnacion. I also find it unlikely the Yankees will get in on him too.

The guesstimate: His market is very likely limited to American League teams and he’s tied to Draft-pick compensation, but this could be the source of a good old-fashioned battle between the Yankees and Red Sox, which would obviously be beneficial for Encarnacion’s bank account. Don’t rule out the Astros, though they might be hesitant to part with a Draft pick.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 30, 2016 at 06:37 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Brewers sign Eric Thames to play first base

[T]he Brewers announced a three-year deal with a club option for a fourth year with free agent Eric Thames, who played the last three seasons in the Korean Baseball Organization. Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com reported the deal is worth more than $15 million.

....

During three years playing for the NC Dinos of the hitter-friendly KBO, Thames put together fantasy league offensive numbers, batting .348 over 388 games with a .450 on-base percentage and .720 slugging percentage.

It’s a sign of the Thames.

The Fallen Reputation of Billy Jo Robidoux Posted: November 29, 2016 at 09:29 AM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, free agents, korean league

Ex-Dodger Alex Guerrero signs with Japan’s Chunichi Dragons

Cuban infielder Alex Guerrero has signed a one-year deal with the Chunichi Dragons of Japan’s Central League.

The deal is worth $1.3 million plus incentives, the Central League club announced on its website.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 29, 2016 at 07:40 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: alex guerrero, free agents, japanese baseball

The Miami Marlins agree to terms with pitcher Edinson Volquez | Miami Herald

The Marlins shored up their starting rotation Monday by agreeing to terms on a two-year deal with free agent right-hander Edinson Volquez.

The 33-year-old veteran was the Marlins’ top pitching target.

According to sources, Volquez will receive a deal worth $22 million.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 29, 2016 at 07:37 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: edinson volquez, free agents, marlins

Friday, November 25, 2016

The Braves steal Sean Rodriguez - Beyond the Box Score

Ronnie Socash like Sean Rodrigues. He really likes him.

Moving forward to 2017, the Braves secured someone they could plug in at second base and immediately see top-level production. Through the adjustments he made in his swing, Rodriguez could be considered a 20 home run threat for at least 2017. If he continues to provide the above-average defense he’s known for, Rodriguez could provide the type of value that will make him the free agent bargain of the offseason.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 25, 2016 at 09:20 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, free agents, sean rodriguez

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Yoenis Cespedes will get extra year he craves — but from Mets? | New York Post

Within the industry, there is a growing sense the star outfielder will command a five-year deal, which would leave the Mets facing a major decision on their immediate future.

As it stands, the Mets are likely committed to signing the 31-year-old if a four-year contract in the $100 million-to-$110 million neighborhood can be hammered out, according to an industry source, but there is less clarity on the matter when an additional year — which could push the value of a deal beyond $130 million — is considered.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 22, 2016 at 09:35 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, mets, yoenis cespedes

An Analytical Look At Minor League Free Agents | BaseballAmerica.com

For many fans, even hardcore Baseball America prospect watchers, those players who hit the minor league free agent market are simply names on a computer screen. So in this piece I will attempt to add context to those names, with a focus on younger free agents. To do this I determined league percentile ranks for major component statistics—where higher is always better—for all 534 minor league free agents in this year’s pool and ranked them accordingly.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 22, 2016 at 08:11 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, minor leaguers

Saturday, November 19, 2016

There’s Nothing Too Weird About Brett Cecil’s New Contract | FanGraphs Baseball

The Cardinals had a few problems last season, and among them was unreliable relief pitching. As a means toward addressing that, they’ve given free-agent lefty Brett Cecil a four-year contract, worth $30.5 million. It also has a full no-trade clause! Very clearly, Cecil didn’t come cheap. A number of teams expressed a willingness to guarantee Cecil three years, so the Cardinals stepped up and went one extra.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 19, 2016 at 03:32 PM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: brett cecil, free agents

Friday, November 18, 2016

Drellich: Red Sox, Yankees may battle over Carlos Beltran | Boston Herald

There’s no question the Red Sox want Carlos Beltran as a replacement for David Ortiz. One baseball source called him a “top priority,” another tempered that description, noting the Sox want to see how the market develops.

Either way, there’s mutual interest, but there’s no shortage of patience on either side.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 18, 2016 at 09:06 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: carlos beltran, free agents, red sox, yankees

Thursday, November 17, 2016

All Signs Point To Matt Wieters Getting Overpaid In Free Agency

OK, he’s not as good as Boras’ sales pitch but he’s worth more than two years at $12 million.

“I wouldn’t go more than two years and $12 million but someone will give him more,” an executive from an American League team said. “But he’s got the name recognition, the right agent and he proved he was healthy this year. He’s going to get paid by someone and they will probably live to regret it.”

Jim Furtado Posted: November 17, 2016 at 08:34 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, matt wieters, scott boras

Astros sign free-agent Josh Reddick | MLB.com

The Astros on Thursday reached an agreement on a four-year, $52-million deal with free agent outfielder Josh Reddick, a source confirmed for MLB.com, on the same day the club announced the acquisition of veteran catcher Brian McCann in a trade with the Yankees.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 17, 2016 at 07:09 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, free agents

Heyman: Top 56 free agents with best contract guesses

1. Yoenis Cespedes, $110 million, 4 years. The best player on the market shouldn’t have trouble topping three years this time after betting on himself and winning with a Mets deal that contained an opt out following a year in which he was the highest paid position player in the NL ($27.5M). The Nats could return to the derby after missing out on him and (fortunately) Jason Heyward, too. Plus, the Dodgers and Giants are interested, raising the stakes.

2. Edwin Encarnacion, $92 million, 4 years. He did well turning down the Jays’ spring attempt of a two-year guarantee with two option years. But with Toronto’s Morales signing, it seems more likely now that he goes elsewhere. Though the Jays like Encarnacion, new Jays honcho Mark Shapiro never favored the mega deal, anyway. The Astros, Rangers and Red Sox have been connected early. Boston’s $88-million Hanley Ramirez deal seems like a fair guess, especially with seemingly less anxious.

3. Aroldis Chapman, $85 million, 5 years. He has baseball’s most dynamic fastball, a new World Series ring, no draft-pick attachment and the attention of the Yankees. With the Dodgers taking another look (they had a tentative deal for him last winter), he should do very well. Though, the Cubs seem to be looking elsewhere, there are plenty of big-market options.

4. Kenley Jansen, $75 million, five years. Without the draft pick attachment, he may have beaten Chapman. He’s terrific for a team and showed in the playoffs he’s willing and able to go more than an inning. Owes an assist to former Dodgers execs De Jon Watson and Logan White for converting him from a light-hitting catcher to dynamic closer.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 17, 2016 at 12:53 PM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, jon heyman

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Full Count » Source: Red Sox among most aggressive in pursuit of Greg Holland

I see Holland as a great fit for the Red Sox (and a lot of other teams). He’ll get paid but he won’t be getting anything close to $20 million a year.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 15, 2016 at 08:35 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, greg holland, red sox

Monday, November 14, 2016

Hellickson, Walker accept offers; 8 decline | MLB.com

The free-agent market became a bit clearer today, as Phillies righty Jeremy Hellickson accepted a qualifying offer and Mets second baseman Neil Walker followed suit on Monday. The other eight eligible players declined, keeping them as free agents.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 14, 2016 at 09:15 PM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, qualifying offers

Desired dollars—Should we care what free agents are seeking?

It may not hurt to ask but it can sometimes be funny.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 14, 2016 at 02:32 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents

Myriad O’s thoughts: Trumbo’s QO; Peterson’s departure; coaching vacancies; awards talk - BaltimoreBaseball.com

He’s one of the most interesting free agents out there. Is anyone really going to pay him full value on his 2016 season? I doubt it but sometimes teams surprise.

It would be absolutely, positively shocking if he accepted the one-year, $17.2 million deal from the Orioles. It just doesn’t make sense for him. And though I’ve heard from some optimistic fans who aren’t giving up hope until they hear official word, Trumbo’s not going to settle for a one-year pact. That’s the obvious reality.

He led the majors with a career-high 47 homers. He’s 30 years old – still in his prime – and this is his one big bite at the free-agent apple. It’s possible his stock never gets higher, so he owes it to himself and his family to test the market.

There are plenty of teams that covet Trumbo’s prodigious power and his reputation as an excellent teammate. There’s no reason Trumbo doesn’t land at least the four-year, $57 million deal Nelson Cruz agreed to with the Seattle Mariners after the 2014 season. And there is reason to believe Trumbo should exceed that.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 14, 2016 at 10:26 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, mark trumbo, orioles

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Low-cost alternatives to high-cost free agents | MLB.com

You might want that Lexus but how about this used Yugo instead?

Jim Furtado Posted: November 12, 2016 at 08:01 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents

Friday, November 11, 2016

The 2016 Ultimate MLB Free-Agent Tracker

It’s the ultimate.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 11, 2016 at 08:39 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents

Finding free agent fits for Mark Trumbo | MLB.com

Mike Petriello does a great job breaking down some landing spots for Mark Trumbo. Colorado would be a great fit, as would Houston (click though to see an overlay of his his flies and liners overlaid over Houston’s park).

Colorado doesn’t usually swim in the deep end of the free-agent pool, but there’s reason to believe this is a good opportunity to do so. We know the Rockies had previous interest in trading for Trumbo, and we also know they have an enormous hole at first base. Last year, Colorado went the off-brand version of Trumbo in Mark Reynolds, and by the end of the year, the Rockies were playing converted outfielder Gerardo Parra and 28-year-old rookie Stephen Cardullo there. Looking at FanGraphs’ depth chart rankings, Colorado comes in at No. 30 at first base.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 11, 2016 at 07:16 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, mark trumbo, orioles

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Braves sign R.A. Dickey | MLB.com

Both parties satisfied their wishes on Thursday, when Dickey agreed to a one-year, $7.5 million deal that includes an $8 million club option with a $500,000 buyout for the 2018 season. The 42-year-old former National League Cy Young Award winner will now have a chance to extend his career while playing just a few hours away from his family residence in Nashville, Tenn.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 10, 2016 at 07:09 PM | 50 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, free agents, r.a. dickey

Heyman - Greg Holland Market Strong Giants Red Sox More Interested

It will be interesting to see if he can regain his old form.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 10, 2016 at 06:54 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, greg holland

Free-agent relievers take stage this offseason | MLB.com

We need to see more Duane Wards, Sparky Lyles, and Rollie Fingers again.

Get rid of the closers and bring back the firemen!

“The one thing I think you’re seeing a little differently is having someone that has closer-like stuff being used for two or three innings, and then balancing that with a pitch count,” Mozeliak said. “That’s a very slippery slope when you talk about in-season vs. postseason.”

Jim Furtado Posted: November 10, 2016 at 06:41 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, relievers

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