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MLB News and Notes: New twist to the Balfour, Orioles saga

MLB News and Notes: New twist to the Balfour, Orioles saga
January 14, 2014
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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 13th.

News and Notes

  • ESPN's Buster Olney reported that the reason the Orioles did not stick to their two-year, $15 million contract with closer Grant Balfour was not because of his shoulder, but because of issues with his knee and wrist.
  • According to Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun, the Orioles will now most likely go with an in-house arm to fill their closers role.
  • In other Orioles news, the club agreed to a minor league contract with an invite to Spring Training withDelmon Young.
  • Joel Sherman of the New York Post reported that the Royals and Jeremy Guthrie have restructured their contract. Originally, Guthrie was set to make $11 million in 2014 and $9 million in 2015. Under the new contract, Guthrie will make $8 million in 2014, $9 million in 2015, and will have a $10 million mutual option for 2016.
  • David Waldstein of the New York times said that the top two suitors as of right now for Masahiro Tanaka are the Yankees and Dodgers, with Tanaka's wife preferring the West Coast.
  • Jon Morosi of FOX Sports tweeted that the Yankees have talked to the Padres about a trade for a San Diego infielder. Morosi said Logan Forsythe is the likely player being discussed, not Chase Headley.
  • According to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, the Yankees, Twins, and Orioles have asked for the medicals on free agent starter Ervin Santana.
  • Jon Heyman of said that at least five teams have been in on Mark Reynolds. The five that Heyman noted are the Orioles, Yankees, Twins, Nationals, and Rangers.
  • Darron Wolfson of ESPN 1500 tweeted that starter Scott Baker has several minor league contract offers, but is still holding out for a major league deal.
  • The White Sox avoided arbitration with Dayan Viciedo, signing him to a one-year, $2.8 million deal.
  • The Giants signed pitchers Kameron Loe, J.C. Gutierriez, and Sandy Rosario to minor league deals with Spring Training invites.
  • The Reds agreed to Minor League deals with pitcher Jeff Francis as well as outfielder and former Indian farmhand Thomas Neal.
  • Ronny Cedeno reached an agreement on a minor league deal with the Phillies.

User Comments

January 15, 2014 - 8:48 AM EST
Sounds like John Buck got a Major League deal yesterday from the Mariners, but yeah first one since 2013 (unless you count deals being finalized recently).

I'm totally fine with the Morgan signing. Minor League deal, Tribe brought in ones last year that never saw the big league club (Hermida).

That Guthrie deal has sort of gone under the radar but that's pretty big for the Royals. They were stretched well beyond where their GM said they'd be so saving even a few million in 2014 is gonna help.
Andy N.
January 14, 2014 - 10:53 PM EST
Jesse Crain was the last Major League deal, back on December 31st with the Astros.

Also, I don't even want to get started on the Nyjer Morgan signing. I'm all for any Minor League signing, but this one I dislike. Can't stand the guy. No role player who has now had to go over to Japan because no MLB team wanted him should be as cocky as he is. I was desperately hoping the Indians wouldn't be the team to sign him. Still, I don't see him making the team unless there are some injuries.
January 14, 2014 - 8:45 PM EST reports the Indians have signed Nyjer Morgan - OF to a minor league deal with incentives. Interesting depth signing coupled with Jeff Francouer.

I'd like to see the Tribe get Scott Baker and Justin Turner next. Turner probably has a good shot at a big league deal, not sure about Baker, maybe if someone likes him enough, but he's only pitched 3 / 4 games the last 2 yrs.
January 14, 2014 - 3:32 PM EST
Is Choo the last major league FA signing for last 2 weeks. Cant believe how many minor league deals there has been since. Since Tanaka is only interested in 3 teams does that mean the market will pick up here in the next 2 weeks?

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