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Thursday, March 12, 2020

Cardinals, Yadier Molina Discussing Extension

The Cardinals are working to extend the contract of longtime catcher Yadier Molina for at least one more year and “probably” two more seasons, reports The Athletic’s Mark Saxon (subscription required).

Molina, 37, has been the Cardinals’ primary catcher since 2005 and, over the course of his career, has shouldered the largest workload of any backstop in the game. His durability is the stuff of legend, as evidenced by 15 straight seasons of at least 107 games caught and an average of 126.4 games caught per season during that remarkable stretch. From 2009-13, Molina caught at least 131 games per year. As recently as 2016, he started a ridiculous 142 games behind the plate.

Currently in the final season of a three-year, $60MM extension that pays him an even $20MM per year, it’s unlikely that Molina would command such a lofty salary under the terms of a new contract. The 2019 season, after all, was among the least-productive years he’s put together since breaking out as a big league regular (despite a league-wide uptick in offensive output). In 452 plate appearances, he hit .270/.312/.399. Molina’s low strikeout rate and excellent bat-to-ball skills have long helped him post quality batting averages, but last year’s 5.1 percent walk rate was the lowest of his career. His power dipped noticeably from its 2017-18 levels as well. Molina’s once-elite caught-stealing rate and framing numbers have also tailed off over the past couple of seasons, checking in closer to league average.

Molina, of course, is still a plenty useful backstop — one whose all-around value to the organization would surely be labeled as invaluable by the Cardinals themselves. Hammering out a specific price point could be difficult, though. Molina’s annual salary was already a high-water mark for catchers, and there’s no recent precedent for a catcher inking an extension at this point in his career. Then again, there’s no real precedent for a catcher with Molina’s track record in today’s game at all (as alluded to previously). By the time most catchers reach their age-38 seasons — Molina will turn 38 in July — most have either been downgraded to backup status or have simply retired.

On the bright side, the longer and longer his contracts are, the more and more time will pass before we see some truly awful HOF vote columns…...

 

QLE Posted: March 12, 2020 at 12:50 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: contracts, yadier molina

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Indians, Francisco Lindor ‘couldn’t come up with an agreement’ on new deal as focus turns to season

Francisco Lindor says he still wants to sign a long-term extension with the Indians but that it won’t happen in the near future.

In a story published by The Athletic on Monday, the four-time All-Star shortstop said the sides have suspended talks with Opening Day a little more than two weeks away.

“We had good conversations,” Lindor told The Athletic. “We couldn’t come up with an agreement. So we put that aside and let’s focus on winning.”

As always, my apologies for being unable to link to a pay-walled article.

Would that I could understand the nature of contract negotiations at the present time…..

 

QLE Posted: March 10, 2020 at 12:37 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: contracts, francisco lindor, indians

Monday, March 09, 2020

Cardinals ace Jack Flaherty penalized by salary renewal system for second consecutive season

St. Louis Cardinals right-hander Jack Flaherty was arguably the best pitcher in baseball last season following the All-Star Game. In 15 starts, he posted a 0.91 ERA and held opponents to a .424 OPS while averaging nearly seven frames per outing. Flaherty, perhaps more so than anyone else, was instrumental in the Cardinals winning the National League Central.

Even so, the Cardinals did Flaherty few favors in setting his salary for the 2020 season. Instead, the Cardinals will pay him $604,500 this upcoming season, according to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Flaherty’s salary was reduced by $10,000 as a punishment for him failing to agree to terms with the club. This is the second spring in a row that’s happened.

Flaherty, 24, isn’t the only young star having a salary forced upon him by his team. The Washington Nationals recently “renewed” outfielder Juan Soto’s contract for $629,400, per NBC Sports Washington. Soto, obviously, would be earning a greater sum under a more just system.

Sort of thing that will make the next round of collective bargaining talks even more tense, isn’t it?

 

QLE Posted: March 09, 2020 at 12:40 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: contracts, fines, jack flaherty

Saturday, February 29, 2020

Peralta opts for security in $15.5M deal with Brewers

PHOENIX (AP) — Freddy Peralta gave his mom an unforgettable Mother’s Day in 2018, striking out 13 while winning his major league debut as she looked on at Coors Field.

Two years later he gained financial security for his family, finalizing a $15.5 million, five-year contract with the Milwaukee Brewers on Friday.

The deal for the 23-year-old right-hander covers two years of club salary control and his three years of arbitration eligibility. There are a pair of team options that if exercised would raise the value to $30 million over seven seasons.

If he turns into a star, the Brewers will have him at far under market value. But for now, he has a contract guaranteeing nearly 30 times the $533,258 he earned last year.

Judge Robert Cannon would have been proud…..

 

 

QLE Posted: February 29, 2020 at 01:06 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: bad ideas, contracts, freddy peralta

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Blue Jays To Sign Marc Rzepczynski

The Blue Jays have agreed to a minor league deal with veteran left-hander Marc Rzepczynski, manager Charlie Montoyo revealed when meeting with reporters Monday morning (Twitter link via Sportsnet’s Arden Zwelling). Rzepczynski still needs to complete his physical, but once he does, the JBA Sports client will head to Major League camp as a non-roster invitee.

Rzepczynski, 34, didn’t pitch in the big leagues in 2019 — the first time since 2008 that he didn’t pitch at least 10 innings in a big league season. Instead, the southpaw spent the year with the Diamondbacks’ Triple-A affiliate, where he pitched to a 5.04 ERA with 36 strikeouts against 28 walks in 44 innings of relief. Suffice it to say, the 2019 campaign wasn’t one of the southpaw’s best.

 

QLE Posted: February 25, 2020 at 12:47 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, contracts, marc rzepcyznski

Monday, February 24, 2020

Adding Dozier gives Padres infield options

PEORIA, Ariz.—The Padres added a veteran and a reigning World Series champ to their wide-open second-base race on Sunday.

Brian Dozier agreed to a Minor League deal with San Diego, which includes an invitation to Major League Spring Training. The 32-year-old righty hitter is expected to join the club on Monday, once he completes his physical.

“He’s been to the World Series the last two years in a row,” said Padres manager Jayce Tingler. “He’s got a really good track record, a very good resume. He’s played on a lot of winning teams, especially the last couple years. We’re excited to get around him.”

Dozier, who is entering his ninth season in the big leagues, batted .238/.340/.430 with 20 homers and 20 doubles for the Nationals last season. He’s had plenty of success against left-handed pitching, posting a .900 OPS last season and a career mark of .855.

 

 

QLE Posted: February 24, 2020 at 12:24 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: brian dozier, contracts, hot stove, padres

Monday, February 17, 2020

Pitcher Chad Bettis, Yankees reach minor league deal

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Free agent pitcher Chad Bettis signed a minor league contract with the New York Yankees on Sunday with an invitation an invitation to big league spring training.

The 30-year-old right-hander was 1-6 with one save and a 6.08 ERA in 39 games, including three starts, for Colorado last season. He went on the injured list Aug. 14 with a left hip impingement and didn’t pitch the rest of the year.

 

QLE Posted: February 17, 2020 at 12:41 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: chad bettis, contracts

Saturday, February 15, 2020

Yonder Alonso, Braves finalize minor league contract

NORTH PORT, Fla. (AP) — First baseman Yonder Alonso and the Atlanta Braves finalized their minor league contract on Friday, and he will report to major league spring training.

If added to the 40-man roster, he would get a one-year contract with a $1 million salary while in the major leagues.

The 32-year-old gives the Braves depth behind Freddie Freeman, who had right elbow surgery in October. Freeman said last month he has no pain in the elbow and will be ready when position players report on Monday.

Alonso hit .199 with 10 home runs and 37 RBIs with Colorado and the Chicago White Sox last year, including .260 in 54 games with the Rockies.

And Alonso goes Yonder still.

 

QLE Posted: February 15, 2020 at 01:03 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, contracts, yonder alonso

 

 

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