MLB News and Notes: Indians make some minor moves
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.
Here are the stories from Monday, January 6th.
News and Notes
- The Indians had a busy day Monday, signing reliever Scott Atchison and outfielder Jeff Francoeur to Minor League deals with invites to Spring Training. Atchison, 38 in March, spent last season with the Mets and posted a 4.37 ERA in 45.1 innings. The righty has ties with manager Terry Francona, spending 2010-2012 with Boston (2010-2011 under Francona). In 2012, Atchison pitched to a 1.58 ERA in 51.1 innings for the Red Sox. Francoeur, 30 on Wednesday, hit a combined .204/.238/.298 in 245 at bats for the Royals and Giants in 2013. In 2011, Francoeur hit .285/.329/.476 with 20 homers, 87 RBI, and 22 steals in 601 at bats with the Royals. The right fielder is also known for having a very strong throwing arm.
- MLB.com's Mark Sheldon reported that Reds officials met with Homer Bailey before the holiday about a new long-term contract extension. Cincinnati GM Walt Jocketty noted that Bailey may be hard to extend, saying "young pitchers are getting quite a bit."
- ESPN's Buster Olney tweeted that the Orioles are one of the teams known to have interest in free agent starter Bronson Arroyo.
- Olney also tweeted that free agent pitcher Chris Capuano is looking for a two-year deal and is willing to wait for a team to give it to him.
- According to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, the Dodgers are nearing an extension with manager Don Mattingly.
- Rosenthal also reported that the Mariners are interested in big-name additions like Nelson Cruz, Masahiro Tanaka, and David Price, but that Seattle ownership needs to be persuaded that they should open up their wallets to pay these high-priced players.
- 1500 ESPN's Darren Wolfson says the Twins are willing to meet Matt Garza's salary demands as long as it is on a short-term deal. Garza, however, is still looking for a longer commitment.
- Andy Martino of the New York Daily News says that a reunion between the Twins and Johan Santana still remains a possibility.
- The Mets signed catcher Taylor Teagarden to a Minor League deal with an invite to Spring Training.
- Chris Dickerson agreed to a Minor League deal with an invite to Spring Training with the Pirates.
- One Major League executive told Bill Madden of the New York Daily News to look out for Oakland when it comes to contenders for Masahiro Tanaka.
- Jeff Samardzija told CSN Chicago's Patrick Mooney that he would most likely not sign an extension with a new team if the Cubs were to trade him this offseason.
- The Pirates earned the number one spot for organizational talent in the Baseball America Prospect Handbook.
Btw, I remember last yr a number of people trashing the Raburn signing and he looked even worse than Francouer in 2012. Just saying, it's no big deal. I've seen a lot of restless Tribe fans tearing this signing up, else where. I don't get it, apparently they don't either.
He was basically average in 2007 and above average in 2011. Other than that he's been pretty terrible offensively. Had value as a platoon guy and in the OF but he's been bad against lefties the last two years and his defense has really taken a step back. Maybe he bounces back but I wouldn't count on him at all. Good signing as there is zero risk though obviously.
One silver lining....4 times Francouer has joined a new team (not counting Cleveland)....3 of those 4 times he posted some of the best offensive numbers of his career. He joined the Mets during the 2009 season and posted an .836 OPS. Joined the Rangers in 2010 and posted an .848 OPS (albeit in 15 games), and in 2011 joined the Royals and posted his best (full) offensive year ever with an .805 OPS. Joined the Giants last year and didn't quite work out....but maybe he can pull off something in Cleveland....
Would make a nice fit if he could. Could be that RH bat that makes sense to platoon Santana at 3B....Frenchy in RF vs lefties, Raburn DH, Santana at 3B...
Francouer could be this yrs Ryan Raburn. At worst Francouer offers depth, perhaps as a 4/5 OF. I could easily see Francouer replacing Stubbs, some decent speed on the bases, a strong throwing arm with the ability to play RF, CF, and LF. I wouldn't be the least bit surprised to see Francouer force his way onto the roster, but after 2 tough yrs, who knows.