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MLB News and Rumors: Waiver claims dominate the day

MLB News and Rumors: Waiver claims dominate the day
December 24, 2013
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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.

With no major signings or trades occurring on Monday, there are no "Top Stories." Instead, I will give a rundown of all of the day's news and notes. [Editor's note: Also, there is no Around the Farm today because the winter ball action was limited on Monday and no Indians played.]

Here are the stories from Monday, December 23rd.

News and Notes

  • According to Kevin Kernan of the New York Post, the Yankees have shown interest in closer Grant Balfourafter his deal with Baltimore fell through.
  • On the same day the Dodgers signed former Indians closer Chris Perez, they added even more depth to their bullpen (with another former Indian), agreeing to a one-year deal with righty reliever Jamey Wright.
  • About the Perez deal with the Dodgers, Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register tweeted that Perez's contract has a base salary of about $2.25 million, with incentives that can earn him about $6 million as a set-up man, or up to about $8 million if he were to take over the closer's role.
  • Bruce Levine of 670thescore.com reported that the Cubs have shown interest in reliever Jesse Crain, and that the team is looking into his medical reports.

As a note, I will be taking a two-day break for Christmas. MLB News and Rumors will return Friday morning, with all of Thursday's news from around the league. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

User Comments

Willie
December 24, 2013 - 1:38 PM EST
Devin,
I think small mkt clubs like the Indians have to manufacture talent through the draft and shrewd trades. Let big mkt clubs spend like crazy. These flier type pickups are low cost, with potential for a solid reward. When I see players like DAdams, Cooper, Hynes, Barnes, Hermann, Guilmet and Hagadone of the 40 man roster, I can't see why the Tribe wouldn't try to acquire one or the other. That said, there will be other fringe 40 man talents that get squeezed out, that could draw interest from the Tribe.
Devin
December 24, 2013 - 11:10 AM EST
Marshall's numbers seems similar to McAllister's age 22 season, both had good WHIP until that season, both were on the young side for their first AAA season and struggled with 1.5 WHIP's. Marshall had more K's but also more walks. Surkamp seems like a good 6th starter or maybe 2nd lefty in the pen. If we aren't going to sign another starter would have been nice to add 2 more good young depth options.
Willie
December 24, 2013 - 10:58 AM EST
We usually don't know if waiver claims are made, but Surkamp and Marshall would have been interesting adds. Both are probably, BOR arms or bullpen arms at best. Btw, Marshall is only 23 and struggled a AAA, he could probably use more time there. Surkamp a big league ready LH is an obvious grab, IMO at least for depth for most clubs.
Devin
December 24, 2013 - 10:52 AM EST
Some teams with a lower priority may try to make a small trade for a player on wavers if they think a team with a higher priority might claim them. Otherwise, if the player clears wavers they get outrighted to the minors the first time or can elect free agency after the first outright.
Walter
December 24, 2013 - 10:42 AM EST
Is it most cases when a waiver claims made that the teams involved usually try to make a trade? If not, eventually these players do clear waivers to become FA?
Devin
December 24, 2013 - 10:30 AM EST
Walter,

I saw that part. Just because the Indians claim a player doesn't mean they get awarded that player. Priority goes to the team with the worst record, something both the Cubs and White Sox had last year. I believe the first round goes to teams in the same league which makes me believe we didn't try for Marshall.
Walter
December 24, 2013 - 10:23 AM EST
At Devin

The Cubs made a waiver claim on Marshall and the White Sox on Surkamp. It in the article. Must of missed it . I have done that myself in past.

Merry Christmas!!!
lance
December 24, 2013 - 10:00 AM EST
any suggestions about how to maximize trip to Goodyear this Spring from those who have gone?
Devin
December 24, 2013 - 9:42 AM EST
Brett Marshall and Eric Sukamp would have been nice pick ups. Any word if the Indians put in a claim on either one?

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