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MLB News and Rumors: Indians lose Smith to the Angels

MLB News and Rumors: Indians lose Smith to the Angels
November 24, 2013
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With the offseason now in full spring, news will continue to become more and more frequent. In this new 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 Saturday, November 23rd.

Top Stories

  • Former Indians set-up man Joe Smith has agreed to a three year deal with the Angels, worth around $15 million.  Smith had expressed a desire to return to Cleveland, but the Indians didn’t feel they could afford to pay a reliever as much as Smith was sure to command.  Cleveland will now have to replace both their eighth and ninth inning relievers.
  • Brian McCann and the Yankees reached a deal that will pay the catcher $85 million over the next five years.  The contract also includes a vesting option for a sixth year that could bring the total to $100 million.  Jon Heyman of CBS Sports tweeted that McCann also received a full no-trade clause.
  • Sources have said that the Cardinals reached an agreement with shortstop Jhonny Peralta, although St. Louis has yet to confirm.  Many reports say that the deal will be for four years.  On Friday, St. Louis traded third baseman David Freese to the Angels.  Matt Carpenter is expected to move from second base to third, with prospect Kolten Wong expected to get an opportunity to take over at second and Peralta at shortstop.

Other News and Notes

  • Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reported that the Red Sox have talked to the Dodgers about the availability of Matt Kemp.
  • Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News says that the Rangers have re-signed pitcher Colby Lewis to a minor league deal.  Lewis missed all of 2013 after hip surgery.  According to Richard Durrett of ESPN Dallas, Lewis could make $2 million if he pitches in the majors, with up to $4 million in additional incentives.
  • Jon Heyman posted an article on Friday saying that the Royals look like a real threat in the Carlos Beltransweepstakes.  He also listed Texas, Seattle, Boston, New York (AL), and Cleveland as other teams in on Beltran.
  • Troy Renck of the Denver Post says the Rockies made a late push to sign McCann, before eventually losing out to the Yankees.
  • Tony Paul of the Detroit News says there are rumors that Robinson Cano was in town on Friday on to meet with the Tigers.  Detroit has not confirmed those reports.

User Comments

November 25, 2013 - 9:34 AM EST
I think if the Tribe could get a very good young SP for Brantley they should do it. I like Brantley but, SP is priority.

I'd agree, Bourn is movable...there could be several teams looking for a buy low / rebound candidate at a reasonable price. Bourn is pricey, but much more affordable than some on the mkt.
November 25, 2013 - 12:00 AM EST
Sad to see Smith go, but I would not have given him 3 years. Good just never know with relievers. Peralta...good for him. Still bitter about how the Tribe handled him. Never as bad a SS as people made him out to be. Had he not followed Omar I think things would have been much different for him.

Definitely not a great SS but solid defensively. Makes enough of the plays he should that it makes up for his lack of range. Should be a good fit in St. Louis. Sounds like he may have taken less to go there. St. Louis has to be the early favorites for the WS right now with that pitching and upgrading the offense like they did. Could still get a guy like Andrus too possibly (trade Wong and move Peralta to 3B).

As far as Beltran to Cleveland. Would love to see it. Would love to be able to move Bourn and think it's more doable than some think. Could move Brantley too. As much as people love him, not that great a bat for LF. But if you could get a nice pitcher for him I'd do it.
November 24, 2013 - 5:49 PM EST
The bigger problem with Beltran, is that the teams that are interested in him have some seriously deep pockets, and are more desirable locations than Cleveland. It would actually be great to trade Bourn and sign Beltran, but the chances of pulling that off are close enough to zero that I can't imagine the Indians would be putting any serious effort into pursuing him.
November 24, 2013 - 5:43 PM EST
I agree Heyman is wrong on that one. No way the Tribe is going to spend on Beltran. I think the biggest moves for the Tribe might come through lesser FA signing like Phil Hughes, Jose Veras and they seem doubtful. It seems like their purse strings are pretty tight, unless it's the right deal at the right time.
November 24, 2013 - 5:03 PM EST
Yes, Paul Hoynes has heard that Santana is taking ground balls at third. If this happens, I can't fathom that it's something that becomes anything more than five-to-ten games. I'm not saying he can't, but if he was a great third baseman to begin with, it's doubtful he gets moved to catcher.
November 24, 2013 - 4:59 PM EST
Jon Heyman is full of garbage. Why would the Indians spend $6 million for David Murphy to platoon with Ryan Raburn, then sign another outfielder/DH in Carlos Beltran, when you have a full gambit of catchers, first basemen and right fielders?

There'd have to be another move..or two for that matter. They'd have to trade Brantley, move Raburn and Murphy there, then trade another dollar asset to allow this to happen.
November 24, 2013 - 3:59 PM EST
I here rumors that Carlos Santana is taking groundballs at 3B and potential option for the Indians at that position. Didn't he come up with Dodgers minor league system as 3b before they switched him to catcher.

Under the radar pitchers that the Indians can get for SP in Hughes and Baker. Time to go after Crain.

I know chances are slim or none and I know 100% of fans don't want him back, but what if the Indians sign CPerez on cheap one yr deal? Don't want to give anyone a heart attack.
Just throwing that out there as topic of conversation.
November 24, 2013 - 3:35 PM EST
It's interesting the Tribe would be in on Beltran if the reports are true. I think he will take 2 yrs /$30 M, but he will be more costly bc the the team that signs him will lose their 1st rd draft pick and the slot money that comes with it. I don't see how the Tribe would do it, unless they made a few trades, at least 2 of 3 of ACab, Bourn and Stubbs. The doesn't solve the Tribes SP needs unless they were able to land some sort of SP in the deal.
November 24, 2013 - 2:48 PM EST
$52 million for Peralta seems like a huge overpay by the Cards though. They don't have a ton of other holes they need to fill so I guess they can afford it. I would expect him to revert to his '09-'10 persona. Since he's older and much richer now, actually that's probably a best case scenario. But, better than Kozma!
November 24, 2013 - 12:43 PM EST
Peralta can "play" shortstop, the argument has always been how "well" he can play it. He makes the routine plays, but is just an average defender who is in demand because of the plus offense he provides at the position. He will help the Cardinals offense, but their defense will suffer a little.....but still a good move for them as they got a legit shortstop option and it just cost money and they didn't have to trade off any arms to fill it.
November 24, 2013 - 10:45 AM EST
two basic thoughts on jhonny and joe smith. Jhonny had the unfortunate timing to follow omar at ss and no one can follow omar and be judged as mortal human ss. that worked against him plus he had limited range.
As for joe smith THANK YOU JOE, for being mr class and giving us 5 good years as a terrific set up reliefer and more for being a class individual. If every player exemplified joe smiths class we would have a much better sport to root for and the angels are getting quality there but frankly they overpaid him.
he got 1 million more than he should have. But thanks again joe
November 24, 2013 - 9:30 AM EST
He did play SS for the Tribe, but the concern both by the front office and the fans they wanted him to play 3B because of his limited range. Peralta did not want to play 3b, the Indians out of contention so they traded him to the Tigers.
November 24, 2013 - 8:16 AM EST
It is odd that Peralta could not play shortstop for the Tribe, but he could for the Tigers and he is going to play for the Cards.

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