MLB News and Rumors: Infante lands in Kansas City
With the offseason now in full spring, news will continue to become more and more frequent. In this MLB News and Notes segment, I will be giving occasional reports on the latest news and rumors throughout the MLB. I also will try to tweet news and rumors as I see them, so feel free to follow me on Twitter: @ajnicholsIBI.
Here are the stories from Friday, December 13th.
- Division-rival Kansas City continued their productive winter, inking second baseman Omar Infante to a four-year, $30.25 million deal. Infante chose the Royals over the Yankees.
- The Rockies agreed to a three-year, $16.5 million deal with lefty reliever Boone Logan. I usually keep my own opinions out of this piece, but Logan getting $16.5 million baffles me. It seems like even more reason for the Indians to pass on signing any big name relievers.
- The Rays agreed to re-sign first baseman James Loney to a three-year, $21 million deal, further thinning the first base market.
- The Indians agreed to a Major League deal with infielder David Adams. Adams spent last season with the Yankees and still has one option remaining. Cleveland also agreed to Minor League deal with pitchersTyler Cloyd and Travis Banwart, and outfielder Matt Carson.
Other News and Notes
- The Diamondbacks re-signed pitcher Daniel Hudson to a Minor League deal.
- The Twins agreed to reunite with outfielder Jason Kubel on a Minor League deal.
- Eduardo A. Encina of the Baltimore Sun reported that Gavin Floyd is close to signing a one-year deal with an unknown team. Encina says the team is not the Orioles.
- Encina also reports that the Orioles are still negotiating with Grant Balfour.
- Former Rays first round pick Tim Beckham will miss most of the 2014 season after tearing his ACL.
- Jon Heyman says the Reds do not have any desire to trade Homer Bailey, despite the fact that he will enter free agency after the 2014 season.
It seems like I heard Crain will have a work out for teams in January. That seems to suggest, he will be a late signing, which could work in the Tribes favor.
As for Bruce Chen, it seems like he's been around FOREVER, he's still a very viable option. At the very least he could fill as a swing man or LOOGY at worst.
Overall, I'd would like either. It doesn't look like the Royals will spend on him, besides they have depth an young affordable talent so I'd guess they've moved on. Although there are a few pieces in their pen they could move to free up some salary. Crain would be a nice add, at a reasonable price. IF he's healthy, he could be a big add for the pen. I think they should take a chance on him on a low cost deal with incentives and possibly an option.
Two under the radar names the Tribe could consider...hard throwing 23 yo RHRP Raciel Iglesias a recent Cuban import and 27 yo RHSP Suk-Min Yoon from Korea. Yoon is a FA, and will not require a posting fee. Yoon has been an effective SP, but had a shldr strain and returned later in the yr pitching efficiently out of the pen.
Crain could be either the closer or key 8th inning guy as Allen and Shaw fill out the 7th & 9th.
Chen is a guy that just keeps getting it done ans as a lefty could add value to either the bullpen or the rotation (back-end).
Right on brotha, you are on the ball
I don't really see this season's free agent market having been so overheated, outside of some questionable signings in San Francisco and Minnesota. Most deals for starting pitchers have pretty much lined up with projections for those players. If anything, what you're seeing is more of a move towards sabermetrics. Guys like Phil Hughes, Lincecum and Feldman looks a lot better in terms of FIP and park-adjusted WAR (still a massive overpay by the Giants, no one would've come close to what they paid him. Think the same with Hughes) Kazmir's another who had great peripherals. In terms of projections, Steamer likes Kazmir (and Feldman) more than Ubaldo for next year. Not surprising that Arroyo, a guy whose ERA has been consistently lower than his FIP, doesn't have much of a market.
I think the market will shuffle out and either present the Indians with a more cost effective signing, or more likely, present the Indians with a trade that will bring in someone under some control...
Just a lot to shake out at this point...
I'm not sold that KC has had a big year. Watched Moore and Yost on MLB during the meetings and their was a distinct air of desperation about them both - even with Moore getting extended. Infante in some ways salvages a rather 'throw money' approach - he's a great sign. But still, how is Vargas @ 40 mill plus a offset for losing Santana or even an upgrade over Chen?
The same goes for the Twins. They spent because they were last in everything in pitching and division celler dwellers and had to.
I trust this FO & Tito. We will have a Byrd like vet added to our staff to stabilize it.
Right now, the Tigers have gotten a bit stronger in their pen, but does subtracting Infante AND Prince AND Peralta really get offset by adding Kinsler?
Lots of time for action before Spring.
I think Arroyo is an older version to Tomlin only difference Arroyo has been able to Master is craft While Tomlin is starting over after his surgery.
I said, before the Winter Mtgs I believed they would acq. at least 2 pitchers in the next 10-14 days. So far, they've added Tyler Cloyd and Travis Wanwart. Not what I had in mind. IF Cloyd is pitching for the Tribe, we are in trouble...
I still think they've got something working with SP. They'll probably land a cpl of vets on minor league / minimum type deals. In the last week we've heard interest in Marcum, Hammel, Balfour, Axford, and Benoit. There's a chance they land 1/2 of those. I'm sure there are others they have discussed quietly.
As for the Indians, I dunno. Not sure what to make of their offseason yet. I do think it is important to not tie up much money beyond this season if they have any inclination of signing Masterson to an extension. The roster is already getting expensive and will get more expensive next year with even more internal raises. I really want them to at least get a starting pitcher and a backend reliever....they appear deadset on getting a closer which I am fine with and will like (well, depending WHO they sign).....but I still feel a little uneasy about handing the 5th spot to Carrasco or Tomlin to start the season. Would rather find a for sure innings eater because we don't know for sure what we will get from Salazar, Kluber and McAllister as well....
Generally, the week or two before Christmas is a busy time. Clubs are coming out of Winter Mtgs with a lot of face-to-face discussion. A lot of players and teams want to get things done before the Christmas and New Years holidays. Last yr three big trades (Choo, Dickey and Hanrahan) and other lesser trades went down 10-14 days or so after the Winter Mtgs. Also, a cpl big name FA (Hamilton, A.Sanchez) found new homes or re-signed.
The Tribe obviously, wants to add a CL in FA. So it seems likely the Tribe will land one of: Benoit, Balfour or Axford in the next week or so. Also, I think there's a chance they make a move with ACab or an OF to add a SP.
As for the CL role, I prefer the cheaper, younger and controllable John Axford. Axford struggled out if the gates last yr seemingly continuing his hang over from 2012. Axford came on strong as the season progressed and was sharp -no pun intended- during his Sept. and Oct. stretch with the Cards. The Cards, identified something Axford was doing to tip batters off on his FB. They made a minor adjustment, and Axford was flat dominate regaining his velocity. I suspect he could reproduce numbers like 2010 and 2011 again.
Here's an article re: the mechanical adjustments...
Some reports had Cleveland and San Diego offering Benoit a 2 years 14 million deal with San Diego having some kind of option year attached.
Latest on Benoit? I thought the Padres were a shoe in to sign him. I think Axford will wait out to see where Balfour and Benoit end up signing.
This being said, It would seem the Yankees and Indians could be a match for a ACab deal IF the Yanks are still interested in adding an INF.
As for Gavin Floyd, there is some speculation the mystery team is the Blue Jays. They have wanted a SP and have been rumored to have interest in Floyd. He's a guy I wouldn't mind seeing the Tribe get, but at this point it seems likely his price is too steep for them.