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Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Nick Ahmed signs with Arizona Diamondbacks through 2023

The Arizona Diamondbacks reached a contract extension with shortstop Nick Ahmed for four years, taking his deal through the 2023 season.

The team announced the agreement Monday.

AZCentral.com’s Nick Piecoro reported the deal is guaranteed for $32.5 million, plus incentives. Ahmed and the D-backs did not agree to terms on his 2020 salary last month and was facing an upcoming arbitration hearing.

The 29-year-old has become one of MLB’s elite defensive shortstops, but his offense has steadily improved over the course of his career, which in the majors began with Arizona in 2014.

 

 

QLE Posted: February 11, 2020 at 12:57 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, extensions, nick ahmed

Tuesday, February 04, 2020

Mariners sign pitcher Marco Gonzales to four-year extension

The Mariners have inked their top pitcher to a multi-year contract.

Seattle and left-hander Marco Gonzales came to terms on a four-year deal with a club option for 2025, the team announced Monday. The new contract rolls into effect in 2021.

The four-year extension is worth $30 million, according to MLB insider Ken Rosenthal. The club did not reveal terms of the agreement.

“Since joining the Mariners, Marco has been a model of consistency, quietly ranking among the most productive starting pitchers in the AL,” Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto said in a statement. “His presence, competitiveness, preparation and leadership make him a key part of our future.”

 

 

QLE Posted: February 04, 2020 at 12:41 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: extensions, marco gonzales, mariners

Saturday, January 25, 2020

Rockies’ Trevor Story agrees to two-year, $27.5 million contract

Rockies’ all-star shortstop Trevor Story has agreed to a two-year, $27.5 million contract, a source confirmed Friday night.

The deal, first reported by ESPN, will cover the final two years of Story’s arbitration eligibility. The Rockies have not announced or confirmed the deal. The contract could be announced as soon as Saturday.

Story, 27, is scheduled to be at Coors Field Saturday for the Rockies’ fan fest.

When the Rockies and Story submitted arbitration figures for 2020, the two sides were $750,000 apart, with Story asking for $11.5 million for one year and Colorado countering with $10.75 million.

Does this mean Trevor Story can get respect?

 

QLE Posted: January 25, 2020 at 01:01 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: extensions, rockies, trevor story

Monday, November 25, 2019

Dodgers sign Andrew Friedman to extension

Over the weekend, the Dodgers signed president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman to a contract extension, Jon Heyman reported. Details of the contract are not yet known but his previous deal was for $35 million over five years (then a record), so his new contract figures to be better than that.

Friedman, 43, joined the Dodgers after the 2014 season. His five seasons in Los Angeles have been some of the best in Dodgers history as the club won 104 games in 2017 and a franchise record 106 games this past season. The Dodgers reached the World Series in back-to-back years in 2017-18 but lost both times to the Astros and Red Sox.

Well, at least we know who is getting contract extensions quickly this off-season….

 

QLE Posted: November 25, 2019 at 02:13 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: andrew friedman, dodgers, extensions

Tuesday, October 01, 2019

Nationals Reportedly Made Recent Extension Offer To Anthony Rendon

The Nationals have made a late-season push to retain pending free agent star Anthony Rendon, according to Barry Svrluga of the Washington Post.

Per the report, the club dangled a seven-year offer in the range of $210MM to $215MM. While there were deferrals in the proposal, it would’ve functioned more like the Max Scherzer contract than the long-fuse offer the team made last year to Bryce Harper.

The offer was put on the table in early September, according to Svrluga, and it doesn’t seem as if it’s likely to be accepted. Rendon is now just weeks away from the open market and appears destined to reach it. He’ll do so armed with the knowledge that the Nats have intense interest in keeping him.

It’s not entirely clear whether the D.C. organization will keep this particular offer on the table once the offseason begins. Neither is it known whether the team is willing to go any higher if that’s needed. Regardless, it’s a nice starting point for Rendon, who has ramped up his already excellent play to higher-than-ever levels in 2019. He’s slated to reach free agency as the top available position player.

And the hot-stove season begins, even before the playoffs do….

 

QLE Posted: October 01, 2019 at 12:13 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: anthony rendon, extensions, hot stove, nationals

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Report: Don Mattingly took a pay cut to stay with the Marlins

It was mildly surprising that the Miami Marlins gave Don Mattingly a contract extension. That’s not a negative comment on Mattingly. He’s a fine manager, he has had nothing to work with talent-wise and, all things considered, he has kept the Marlins on an even keel when, thanks to all of the losing, a team in their position might otherwise have a cancerous clubhouse.

No, it was surprising because Mattingly was hired while the team was under previous ownership and had a completely different crew in the front office. Teams often like to have their own man in the dugout at some point and, give that his contract was expiring, it seemed like the Marlins would want to go in a different direction. But nope, he got two more years.

Ken Rosenthal reported yesterday that part of the decision to keep Mattingly on may have been that he was willing to take a pay cut:

“Don Mattingly’s $2.8 million salary this season was believed to be the sixth-highest among major-league managers. Not only was the number too high for the cost-conscious Marlins, but it also was out of line with an industry trend in which teams continue to reduce managers’ pay.

To keep his job and get an extension, Mattingly needed to accept a significant pay cut. And in his new two-year deal, announced by the Marlins on Friday, that is exactly what he did, according to major-league sources.”

As before, my apologies for not using the source that was behind the paywall.

Well, we knew there was a catch somewhere….

 

QLE Posted: September 24, 2019 at 01:08 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: don mattingly, extensions, marlins, payroll

Friday, September 20, 2019

Miami Marlins agree to contract extension with manager Don Mattingly

The Miami Herald has confirmed that the Miami Marlins have agreed to a contract extension with manager Don Mattingly.

The terms of the deal have not yet been disclosed.

The news, which was first reported by Extrabase’s Daniel Alvarez, is expected to be made official at a pregame news conference Friday before the first game Marlins’ final home series of the season against the Washington Nationals.

Mattingly, the longest tenured manager in Marlins history, is 272-364 with 10 games remaining in his fourth year with the franchise.

What, they aren’t going to trade him for some prospects that will never have any value so that Jeter can buy another boat?

 


Saturday, September 14, 2019

Reports: Diamondbacks agree to extension with GM Mike Hazen

The Arizona Diamondbacks have agreed to a contract extension with general manager Mike Hazen, according to multiple reports.

MLB.com’s Steve Gilbert reports the extension had been discussed for the past 10 days. The length of the extension has not been reported.

The timing of the extension is notable given the potential threat of Hazen being swooped away by his former employer, the Boston Red Sox.

The D-backs’ GM for the past three seasons, Hazen had previously spent time in the Red Sox organization, who fired their president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski on Monday. While no interest or meetings had been reported, Hazen was naturally being linked to the position.

Mind you, given recent practices in Boston, I’d rather stick around Arizona too…..

 

QLE Posted: September 14, 2019 at 12:13 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, extensions, general managers, mike hazen

 

 

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