MLB News and Rumors: Ellsbury leaves Boston for Yankees
With the offseason now in full spring, news will continue to become more and more frequent. 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 Tuesday, December 3rd:
The Yankees are back to the Yankee way, agreeing to a deal with top free agent outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury. The contract will pay Ellsbury $153 million over seven years, with a $16 million dollar option for an eighth year.
A.J. Pierzynski agreed to a deal late Monday night with the Red Sox, for one year and $8.25 million.
The day after Pierzynski signed with Boston, former Red Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamachia agreed to a contract with Miami. Saltalamachia will receive $21 million over three years.
Oakland had another busy day Tuesday, working out two separate trades. The first got them outfielder Craig Gentry and pitcher Josh Lindblom from Texas, in exchange for outfield prospect Michael Choice and Minor League second baseman Chris Bostick. Just hours later, the A's landed set-up man Luke Gregerson from the Padres, and shipped outfielder Seth Smith to San Diego. And now Oakland has managed to pack an entire offseason into two days.
A three-team trade between the Reds, Rays, and Diamondbacks sent catcher Ryan Hanigan to Tampa along with reliever Heath Bell, pitcher David Holmberg to Cincinnati, and Minor League pitcher Justin Choate and a player to be named later or cash to Arizona. Right after the trade, Tampa worked out a three-year, $10.75 million dollar extension with Hanigan, with a club option for a fourth year.
Other News and Notes
According to Troy Renck of the Denver Post, the Rockies have agreed to a two-year contract withJustin Morneau, worth roughly $13 million.
According to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, the Reds are now unlikely to trade second basemanBrandon Phillips.
The Phillies acquired reliever Brad Lincoln from Toronto and signed catcher Will Nieves.
Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News says sources have told him the Tigers are in heavy pursuit of a left-handed bat and that their top target is Shin-Soo Choo.
Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reported that the Twins have moved on in their search for a starting catcher and will instead go with Josmil Pinto as the starter in 2014.
Brian Wilson is closing in on a deal to return to the Dodgers. USA Today's Bob Nightengale says the deal will be for only one season, enabling Wilson to hit the market again next winter.
Multiple sources have reported that the Mariners are now a serious contender in the Robinson Canosweepstakes. The Yankees seem unwilling to give into Cano's demands, and an industry source said the chances of Cano returning to New York are “less than 50-50.” The Yankees have reportedly extended an offer to second baseman Omar Infante.
Joel Sherman of the New York Post reported late Tuesday night that the Yankees have also signed infielder/outfielder Kelly Johnson to a one-year deal, worth somewhere around $3 million.
Several reports surfaced about Carlos Beltran meeting with Royals officials in Kansas City on Tuesday. There was also a report that Beltran has received one three-year, $48 million contract offer, and sources have said they believe it is from the Royals.
Since there are rumors that David Price and Jeff Samardija could be traded and that teams like Seattle and AZ could aggressively pursue one or both, what IF one or the other call RE: Justin Masterson, what would it take to move him? The Dbax could offer a pkg built around Archie Bradley or Tyler Skaggs and Matt Davidson. The M's have Tijuan Walker and James Paxton. What would it take to move Masterson?
IF Michael Brantley is traded what could the Tribe get for him, and who would be interested?
I agree with Tony though that watching the A's make a flurry of smaller trades while the Indians do nothing in that area is curiously frustrating.
I think the reason for the panic is that the trading has started a lot earlier than expected. I hope the Indians will follow the model that the A's and Rays are currently doing.
I still believe our current starting rotation is stronger than it was at this time last year. The bullpen looks a little weaker with the loses of Smith and Perez.
I don't know why people are so up tight about not getting any FA. I thought most the FA crop is very weak this year. Many teams are over paying on players that get injured often or are on the other side of 30.
Good points...it was at and after the winter mtgs the Tribe made a lot of noise.
I think it's obvious they can't be as aggressive on the FA front, but they can make some moves to open up salary or fill needs. As I said, there is plenty of time, and they don't need to make moves for the sake of making moves. They need to work within their limits and get what they need, and that will take an aggressive approach.
I'm sorry, but after hearing last season about how the Indians have this new approach I just don't think they'll suddenly be gun shy about everything or simply not have a plan anymore.
I understand everyone is antsy for something to happen, but who's signed so far that we should have or could have brought in? Kazmir, ok, but not for 2 years at that rate. Who else? Josh Johnson? He's as big an injury question as Kazmir really. Dan Haren or Tim Hudson maybe. Without looking there hasn't been a lot yet that's made me say "we should have been in that discussion" that comes to mind.
Maybe there are a few deals out there, I'm sure they have something on the table...or...something larger they are working on. CA & company do a good job keeping it close to vest.
Relying entirely on what this club has in house, is a mistake. I mean I like Bauer and Carrasco, but they have to add SP options. And truth is, they need more than minor league depth types. IMO, Kluber and MacAlister are not sure things, coming off of injuries.
Right now, what we are seeing from this FO is not their new approach they've said they have adopted. This looks a lot more like the FO of old. There's plenty of time left in the offseason, but I'm concerned they may only make minimal additions to a club that could push for the AL Central.
But one reason the Tribe may not be as active on the trade front as this point could be they are waiting til guys like Ellsbury (done), Granderson, Choo, Cruz, etc sign? Or at least til teams get turned off by the dollars/years?
OF is the one area we seem to be able to deal from. Team in need of a SS that doesn't want to pay Drew may still come calling too...
One issue though is the Mets are said to be looking for power in the OF. Neither Bourn nor Brantley provide that unfortunately.
Still think Brantley could be a fit in LF with Granderson in RF and C. Young/Langeras in CF...
IF I'm CA I call the Mets up, offer them Bourn for one of Niese, Gee, and Parnell. OR...the Tribe could go salary dump and ask for RHRP Victor Black and a prospect or two.
I think the Red Sox could have interest in any of Bourn, Brantley and Stubbs. They might be a possible match with excess SP.
Come on, you know it's good for baseball IF the Yankees have an AS team that borders $200 M in salaries. It's great for the game! Think about it, more revenue in the players pockets and more importantly better TV ratings and best yet a marquee team from a major city to generate interest in baseball. So yes, it is great for baseball.
I hate the Yankees......... I wish Bud Selig was gone yrs ago, until they put a salary cap in place, this is the garbage we small mkt fans will have to take.
Gosh, I was really worried there that the Yanks might have to figure out how to produce a competitive team while under financial restrictions. I mean come on! That's not why you pay Brian Cashman, to figure stuff out!
This makes the game of baseball so much better!! It does somehow.....Well, that's what they said on MLB network anyway. But man, it's so good to see New York get out of their dumbas....well it's good to see....apparently.
BTW that's sarcasm for you internet folks.
If he only could have waited a couple years before falling apart injury wise....think how rich he could be.
Matt Kemp....Carl Crawford....Jacoby Ellsbury.....Grady was as good or better than all of them. Timing is everything in life.
3yr/$41M....virtually the same as what the Red Sox gave (a worse, older) Victorino last winter.
I'd push for Peavy from them. Not sure they do it though.
If Bourn doesn't fly, I would also shop Brantley to them. Would want more than Peavy but maybe can expand it and get a prospect or maybe Middlebrooks (if they plan on using Boegarts at 3B).