MLB News and Notes: Holland out until midseason
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 Friday, January 10th.
- Rangers lefty Derek Holland will be out until midseason after suffering a left knee injury Tuesday at his home. Holland had arthroscopic knee surgery on Friday to repair torn cartilage. Last season, Holland went 10-9 with a 3.42 ERA in 213 innings pitched.
- According the Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the Indians and staff ace Justin Masterson will soon discuss a multiyear extension. This is Masterson’s last trip through arbitration, and MLBTradeRumors.com predicts that the righty will earn around $9.7 million in his final year under contract for Cleveland. Also from Hoynes, he says that the Indians are impressed with Bobby Abreu’s swing and improved conditioning, but he does not see a fit for Abreu unless Jason Giambi feels that he can no longer play.
Other News and Notes
- Bob Nightengale of the USA Today reported that the Dodgers plan to go “all out” in their attempt to sign Japanese ace Masahiro Tanaka. John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle said he heard that Tanaka’s city preference is either Los Angeles, New York, or Boston.
- Indians beat writer for MLB.com Jordan Bastian confirmed that the Indians have spoken with the agent for Tanaka, but Bastian cautioned fans to not get their hopes up, as he does not believe Cleveland can outbid every other team in on the pitcher.
- The Yankees designated former All-Star Vernon Wells for assignment.
- Orioles manager Buck Showalter said in a radio appearance that third baseman Manny Machado “feels great”, as he rehabs from knee surgery. Showalter said that the club feels that Machado can be ready for Opening Day, but they will not rush him.
- John Shea also reported that the Giants will sign pitcher Dontrelle Willis to a Minor League contract.
- MLB Network’s Peter Gammons tweeted that the Twins and Red Sox have both shown interest in Korean pitcher Suk-Min Yoon.
- The Padres signed reliever Blaine Boyer to a Minor League deal. Boyer has pitched for the Braves, Cardinals, Diamondbacks, and Mets in the past, and spent last season in Japan, where he posted a 2.67 ERA in 27 innings.
- The Orioles re-signed infielder Alexi Casilla to a Minor League deal.
- MLB.com’s Britt Ghiroli said the Orioles still have interest in Kendrys Morales, but the team is hesitant to part with the draft pick it would have to forfeit to sign him.
- Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reported that the Mets are likely to stick with Ruben Tejada at shortstop for 2014.
- According to a piece by Jim Bowden on ESPN.com, various GMs around the league have told Bowden that they expect Curtis Granderson and Ubaldo Jimenez to be the biggest busts of this year’s free agent class.
- The Nationals and Stephen Strasburg avoided arbitration, agreeing to a $3.975 million deal for 2014.
- Ronald Blum of the Associated Press said that a decision on the suspension of Alex Rodriguez could be reached this weekend.
I think 4 years is a big risk...I think 3 (guaranted) years is risky but a gamble worth taking...
As Matthew noted, Ubaldo was actually very good from May on. Was simply lights out in September.
My point with respect to Dickey is that a pitcher who relies exclusively on one pitch is a bigger risk than a pitcher who has a complere arsenal of pitches. Dickey's knuckler wasn't as effective after joining Toronto last season, and his ERA was up over 50%.
I saw almost every Ubaldo start last year and what was obvious was that he used whatever pitch was working best for him that day. As a result, he only had one bad start in his last 28. If he was having trouble locating the fastball he just threw more sliders and changeups, and vice versa.
He was also able to attack different batters with different pitches, depending on the batter's weakness.
Pretty funny, huh?
The guy is never injured. I don't think he's missed a start in years. He's still relatively young. His success last year was due to smoothing out his delivery and speeding it up by about one second. I don't think those 27 good starts out of 28 was a fluke.
If I were a GM, I'd go get him. And it won't take $100 million, or close to it.
If what you said were true, he'd be getting $100 million this off-season. He'll get a fraction of that because you're wrong.
He can't repeat his delivery? Give me a break. He simplified and speeded up his delivery so it was repeatable, which explains those results. He also came to terms with the fact that he needs to be a pitcher rather than a thrower, and he learned how to pitch.
The guy is a workhorse who never misses a start and can throw a number of pitches for strikes. When one pitch isn't working he just uses his other pitches, which accounts for his consistency last season.
A bigger gamble, IMO, is a guy like R.A. Dickey last year who depends on one pitch.
Ubaldo is emerging from a three-year transition period where he taught himself (with some help from Callaway) to use what he's got. Now he's all set up for a sustained run of success. Unfortunately, the Indians paid the bill for his re-training period and got him ready for a wealthier team to benefit from. But at least they salvaged one good season before he left that propelled them into the playoffs.
him and all like him, whether they are 16 yr olds or established players overseas, be it the carribean or far east, should have to go through the june draft with everyone else. just like the nba. totally unfair. needs to be changed.
This imbecile reports that two GMs point to Jimenez being untrustworthy...then says that the Angels have to sign one of Tanaka, Jimenez or Garza.
One AL GM said he doesn't trust Jimenez. What do you think he's going to say? If he wants Jimenez, it's a great smokescreen. If he doesn't want Jimenez, who cares what he says.
You grant a GM anonymity, and it's possible they'll say ANYTHING, knowing their names wouldn't be touched. Hell, Bowden may think HE'S still a GM.
Now, is Ubaldo a risk? Sure, but the facts are the same: His K-Rate was ridiculous all season...ALL SEASON. His efficiency improved nearly from day one, and really took a turn in August. There were signs of improvement throughout the year, but they were always bookended by a four-inning dog in which he threw 110 pitches because he couldn't locate.
The Indians need a starter, and if it's Ubaldo, fine. If they sign him for three-years and 10-14 million...also fine...and I'm, by no means, a Ubaldo guy, and anyone who listens to my shows, or reads my pieces...knows that.
He's a MASSIVE gamble, but if you look at the overall numbers, and to discuss velocity as a piece and ignore his FIP/xFIP and his growing K-Rate is just not taking in the whole picture.
It does get murkier when you talk about the either/or of Masterson and Jimenez and who I'd prefer, but you also can't chuck away his 2013 season as the anomaly, when you can point to the 2012 season as that anomaly.
If he lost velocity, and struggled for 18 months trying to figure out how to be a guy that averages 92, but can still touch 96 at times, and now has figured it out...I'm all in.
Of course, I'll just have to trust the Indians braintrust to do what's right, and also will trust the fact that they'll keep their cards close to the vest.
They have years (I'm guessing three), and they have a number (I'm guessing $33-$36) that they'll spend. If they don't get it, they won't.
They might be putting all of their eggs into the Masterson basket...
They may believe their future is a more cost effective Carrasco and Bauer...and let both go...
We all have our opinions on preference...
We'll just have to see what happens.
Three GM's were asked. One said Jimenez and Santana were both pretty risky even though they might not bomb. Another said that Ubaldo will bust because he will never be able to repeat his delivery.
The idea that he could never repeat his delivery is extremely stupid to me. Ubaldo really shortened his delivery in order for it to be more consistent, and it did not look like he had a lot of trouble doing it. How can you accuse someone of that when they basically already corrected the error and performed like an ace for over 2 months after making the correction?
This could be working out to the Tribe's benefit if he ends up looking for a one year deal. One year, $11m with incentives that could take it to $13/14? Ok w me.
Not much news on Sizemore. Latest I saw was that the Reds were interested in him, and GM Walt Jocketty confirmed that he had spoken with Sizemore. I wouldn't be shocked if he was looking for an incentive based Major League deal, based strictly on what he's capable of when healthy. But in the end, I do suspect he'll get a Minor League deal and will have to prove his health in spring. The Reds do seem like a good fit for him, and even though this is pure speculation, as I have seen nothing linking these two together, I think he could be a fit in San Francisco as well, where they always seem to like cheap platoon-type outfielders.
Ubaldo's ERA, by month:
That being said, I agree that Ubaldo is an extreme risk.
Is there any news on any teams interested in signing Grady Sizemore to a minor league contract?