MLB Storylines: Teheran the latest to get an extension
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Here are the stories from Friday, February 14th.
- The Braves have agreed to a contract extension with one of their young stars, pitcher Julio Teheran. The extension is for six seasons and guarantees the 23-year-old Teheran $32.4 million. The deal also includes an option for the 2020 season for $12 million, with a $1 million buyout.
News and Notes
- Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reported that the Mariners have put their talks with free agent outfielder Nelson Cruz on hold as they turn their attention to adding pitching help. Seattle does have some interest in top free agent starters Ervin Santana and Ubaldo Jimenez, but the team is searching through the entire free agent market, as well as possible trade fits.
- Indians beat writer for MLB.com Jordan Bastian said that Cleveland and Josh Tomlin tried to reach a deal to avoid arbitration but were unable to do so, so Tomlin had his hearing on Friday. The results of the hearing should be known on Saturday.
- MLive.com Chris Iott reported that the Tigers plan to have Victor Martinez get some time behind the plate in 2014. Iott also said that Martinez could still see playing time at first base, with Miguel Cabrera spending some games back at third base.
- According to Buster Olney, baseball sources have said that a 12-year, $400 million contract would not be out of reach for Mike Trout as the Angels attempt to sign him long-term. Olney also asked several general managers what they thought Trout could get in a one-year deal, and their answers ranged from $35-$50 million.
- Reds starter Mat Latos had minor surgery to repair a meniscus tear in his left knee and should return to his regular throwing schedule in 10 days.
- Jeff Samardzija admitted that the ongoing contract extension talks between the Cubs and himself may be generating some friction, according to Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune.
- Darren Wolfson of 1500 ESPN reported that the Twins have the sufficient cap room to be a dark horse suitor for both Stephen Drew and Nelson Cruz.
- MLB.com's Todd Zolecki wrote that Ryan Madson is looking to land a Major League deal.
- After 13 seasons in the Majors, former Indians pitcher Jake Westbrook has decided to retire.
- The Rays have officially signed left Erik Bedard to a Minor League contract with an invite to Spring Training.
- The Rangers signed former Indians top prospect Jason Knapp to a Minor League deal.
Player B career numbers: 13-10, 214.2 IP, 8.18 K/9, 2.26 BB/9, 45.0 GB%, 4.32 ERA, 3.61 FIP, 3.40 xFIP, 3.2 fWAR
Player A 2013: 14-8, 185.2 IP, 8.24 K/9, 2.18 BB/9, 37.8 GB%, 3.20 ERA, 3.69 FIP, 3.76 xFIP, 2.4 fWAR
Player B 2013: 11-5, 147.1 IP, 8.31 K/9, 2.02 BB/9, 45.5 GB%, 3.85 ERA, 3.30 FIP, 3.10 xFIP, 2.7 fWAR
Player A just got a 6yr/$32M extension....Player B pitches for the Indians...
Not saying extend him....but...
Really, the Sabathia and Lee trades should have netted us more, but unfortunately, guys like LaPorta faltered (had concerns about him being overhyped when we got him) and Knapp really shouldn't have even been traded for- didn't he have that shoulder issue before the Indians acquired him? And, I remember it was talked about that Knapp was the real key to the deal, not Carrasco, when that trade was made. Let's just hope Carrasco can make it salvageable to decent like Brantley has to an extent with the Sabathia deal.