MLB News and Rumors: Twins add more pitching
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
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Here are the stories from Saturday, November 30th.
- LaVelle E. Neal III of the Star Tribune was the first to report that pitcher Phil Hughes has agreed to a three-year, $24 million deal with the Twins. The deal also will include $1 million bonuses each year for innings pitched. The Twins are expected to announce the deal in the coming week. Minnesota has now added two starters in the last week with the Hughes deal, as well as the signing of Ricky Nolasco.
News and Notes
- In the same article reporting the Hughes signing, Neal also stated that Minnesota is making progress in their attempts to sign catcher A.J. Pierzynski, a former Twin. Neal also says the Twins may still attempt to re-sign pitcher Mike Pelfrey.
- According to Ken Davidoff of the New York Post, Robinson Cano has asked the Yankees for a nine-year, $250+ million deal. Cano originally was asking for a ten-year, $310 million contact.
- Bill Center of the San Diego Union-Tribune is reporting that the Padres plan to add a lefty bat and/or lefty reliever within the next couple of weeks. Center quoted Padres GM Josh Byrnes saying, “By the time the Winter Meetings end, we will have done something. We’re lined up on a few trade ideas over the next couple weeks."
- Rob Bradford of WEEI.com says the Red Sox could be nearing the point of moving on in regards to their own free agents, Jacoby Ellsbury, Mike Napoli, Stephen Drew, and Jarrod Saltalamachia.
- Buster Olney wrote in his daily article that top free agent pitchers Ervin Santana, Ubaldo Jimenez, and Matt Garza have not seen their market develop as much as they anticipated so far. Olney suggests that the wait on Japanese pitcher Masahiro Tanaka, as well as the trade market for pitching, could be the main reasons for the lack of demand for the three starters.
- Within Olney’s article, he does mention that Seattle seems primed to land one of the three top starters. He also suggests Oakland pitcher Brett Anderson is available, and could be a nice buy-low option.
Let's let that sink in.