MLB Storylines: Trout appears headed for unrivaled 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.
Here are the stories from Thursday, February 13th.
- Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times reported that the Angels and star outfielder Mike Trout will begin long-term contract extension talks this spring and the two sides hope to have a deal done before Opening Day. Trout, 22, is under club control through 2017. There are some who believe Trout could receive up to $30+ million annually in the extension, if it were to get done.
- The Orioles agreed to a deal with South Korean pitcher Suk-min Yoon. The contract is for three years and will guarantee Yoon $5.575 million, but incentives and bonuses could increase the final value to just over $13 million.
- Franklin Gutierrez has been put on the restricted list by the Mariners after he informed the club that he will not be able to play in 2014. Gutierrez had yet another relapse of his gastrointestinal issues that have plagued him in the past. In other Mariners injury news, pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma is expected to be out for at least 4-6 weeks due to a strained tendon in the middle finger of his throwing hand.
News and Notes
- The Nationals have officially acquired catcher Jose Lobaton from the Rays, along with outfielder Drew Vettleson and pitcher Felipe Rivero. In return, Tampa Bay will receive pitching prospect Nate Karns.
- The Pirates have missed out on many free agents this winter, including A.J. Burnett, James Loney, andJosh Johnson. Travis Sawchik of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported that the original plan for Pittsburgh heading into this offseason was to spend about $17-$19 million for multiple acquisitions.
- There were reports that the Brewers had signed Dominican prospect Yirver Gilbert Lara to $3.2 million deal, but Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel stated that Brewers general manager Doug Melvin said that those reports are premature.
- The Phillies released pitcher Chad Gaudin Thursday due to a failed physical. Gaudin signed a Minor League deal with a Spring Training invite with Philadelphia back in January.
- Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times tweeted that the Rays are likely to sign lefty Erik Bedard to a Minor League contract.
- Two Cuban prospects, shortsop Aledmys Diaz and right-handed pitcher Odrisamer Despaigne, held a showcase at the Padres Spring Training complex on Thursday. Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com reported that more than 20 teams had scouts on hand to watch the pair. Sanchez also said that the two prospects also have four more showcases lined up in Florida, starting this weekend.
Regarding Iwakuma, could the Mariners make a play/trade offer for Masterson? I ask because, that strained tendon sounds similar to what Kluber, McAllister, and to a greater extent, Miller, dealt with.
I don't know how bad Iwakuma's injury is, but based on how the struggles Kluber and McAllister experienced when they returned last year, counting on Iwakuma, especially in the early going, could be a dicey proposition, and if the Mariners are to make any real noise in the AL West this year, they can't afford to fall behind early. And, Iwakuma is arguably their #2, even if Walker and/or Paxson (Paxton?) are part of that rotation to start 2014; they were expecting to ride Iwakuma at this point, not so much Walker and/or Paxson (Paxton?).
Of course, I'm sure the Rays are monitoring it as well and could revisit the Price talks, since there was a link earlier this offseason between the Mariners and acquiring Price from the Rays.
I think it's definitely a situation worth monitoring- with all of the big signings by Seattle, they seem to want to contend THIS season, and might be willing to make a deal. Of course, besides Price being the better pitcher, he would be there for two years compared to Masterson being there for one, but if the Rays asked for too much, the Indians might be able to obtain a nice package for Masterson (certainly not what Price would fetch the Rays, but maybe more than one might expect, especially if Seattle could negotiate a contract extension with Masterson, and they do have considerable financial might where Masterson might consider signing and avoiding FA, especially with the tepid FA this offseason).
Something to think about. :-)