MLB Storylines: Arroyo still waiting for his next contract
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 Wednesday, there are no "Top Stories." Instead, I will give a rundown of all of the day's news and notes.
Here are the stories from Wednesday, January 29th.
News and Notes
- Free agent starter Bronson Arroyo said that he has yet to receive an offer from a team this offseason, despite interest from as many as twelve teams. Jayson Stark of ESPN reported that Arroyo said, "I am a guy who's performed for the last 10 years as consistently as anybody in the game. And for some reason, nobody's thrown me an offer yet." Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish talked to a source about Arroyo not receiving any offers and the source told him, "Don't believe everything you read."
- Scott Baker has agreed to a Minor League deal with the Mariners. There had been reports recently that Baker was choosing between Seattle and Cleveland. If Baker makes the Mariners 25-man roster out of Spring Training, he will earn $1 million and can earn an extra $3.25 million in incentives.
- According to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, the Mariners are "back in business" and showing serious interest in Nelson Cruz and Fernando Rodney. Rosenthal also said that Cruz could still be a fallback option for the Rangers.
- Rosenthal also reported that the Blue Jays have yet to make any offers to the four prominent remaining free agent starting pitchers (Ubaldo Jimenez, Ervin Santana, Burnett, and Arroyo), but that could change in the near future. Toronto general manager Alex Anthopoulos said that improving the team through free agency is becoming more intriguing as the prices continue to drop.
- According to Shi Davidi of SportsNet, Toronto had a deal earlier in this offseason with the Rangers for Ian Kinsler, but Kinsler blocked the trade with his no-trade clause. Davidi also said that the Blue Jays had a deal set up with the A's that would have sent Brett Anderson to Toronto and Sergio Santos to Oakland, but medical issues caused that deal to fall through.
- Ryan Lawrence of the Philadelphia Daily News wrote that the Phillies could be aided in the pursuit of A.J. Burnett by the fact that assistant general manager Scott Proefrock is friends with Burnett and the two live in the same neighborhood. Burnett and Phillies starter Cliff Lee also share the same agent. Jeff Sullivan of FanGraphs believes that Burnett very well may be the best free agent pitcher left on the market.
- Victor Martinez told reporters that he would like to stay in Detroit beyond the 2014 season.
- Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reported that the Indians showed initial interest in South Korean righty Suk-min Yoon, although his price tag has lessened the team's interest. Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe tweeted that the Red Sox are one of many teams who have interest in Yoon, who is expected to make a decision on his new team in the near future.
- The Royals acquired outfielder Carlos Peguero from the Mariners for cash considerations, and also designation reliever Everett Teaford for assignment.
- The Twins signed reliever Matt Guerrier to a minor league contract. Guirrier spent 2004-2010 with Minnesota.
- The Angels signed infielder Chad Tracy to a minor league deal with an invite to Spring Training.
- Infielder Ramon Santiago has signed a minor league deal with a Spring Training invite with the Reds.
- MLB.com's Richard Justice reported that Lance Berkman has decided to retire.