MLB News and Rumors: Kazmir heads west to Oakland
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 Monday, December 2nd.
The Indians have lost their second major free agent, with Scott Kazmir agreeing to a two-year, $22 million deal with Oakland. The A's were said to have been the runner up to Tim Hudson, who got a two-year, $23 million deal with the Giants. For $1 million less, the A's have landed a pitcher who has several risks, but also a ton of upside. Bartolo Colon now looks like an extreme long shot to re-sign with Oakland, and many inside sources have stated that A's pitcher Brett Anderson may be on the move now with the Kazmir signing.
The Indians non-tendered Lou Marson, Matt Carson, and Tyler Cloyd on Monday. Cleveland also avoided arbitration with relievers Frank Herrmann and Blake Wood, signing them to Major League contracts worth $560,000 each. The 40-man roster now stands at 38.
Among those non-tendered on Monday were catcher J.P. Arencibia, and pitchers Tommy Hanson, John Axford, Andrew Bailey, and Daniel Bard. For a full list of players non-tendered, as well as those tendered contracts by their teams, check out MLB Trade Rumors' non-tender tracker:www.mlbtraderumors.com/nontenders2014
Catcher Dioner Navarro agreed to a two-year, $8 million deal with the Blue Jays. Navarro is coming off of a career year and is expected to get the majority of the at-bats at the catcher position.
Other News and Notes
The Mariners reached an agreement with utility man Willie Bloomquist on a two-year, $5.8 million deal.
The Pirates acquired catcher Chris Stewart from the Yankees.
Rosenthal said that Mets GM Sandy Alderson met with Curtis Granderson on Sunday.
Jayson Stark is reporting that the market for Jacoby Ellsbury is heating up quickly and it may not be surprising to see a deal done during next week's Winter Meetings.
Peter Gammons of MLB Network reported that the earliest the Padres will trade Chase Headley is June. San Diego does not want to sell low on Headley, after his sub-par 2013 season.
I think Peavy would be a great add if you could get him. Makes a lot but only 1 year deal. Vet type that could slot behind Masterson. Rumors are they could move Lackey (not sure how real those are).
Curtis Granderson is available, but I doubt they'd want to give up their first and the pool money for him.
I understand where you coming from and agree with you for the most part. I think if the Indians can get Arroyo who btw is 12-15 wins, 200 innings and four ERA just about every year, Webb and then a lefty specialist I would be ok with going to battle with all the other things that I have.
IMO, what's going to set the Indians apart is when July and August roll around, teams start to get tired the Indians will have the farm system to replenish those ppl who are under performing, injured, etc. Looking around at MLB not alot of teams have that and that is one of the things that separated Boston from the rest of the teams.
This team isn't that far away and a starter like Arroyo and those Bullpen guys would do the trick, IMO
I completely agree, on Ryan Webb, and 1 of: Wesley Wright and Jose Mijares. I'm not sure on Arroyo, I haven't seen him pitch in a few yrs.
My point re: the bargain bin is they have to have a few hits here. Last yr they landed Kazmir and Raburn via FA and all 'lesser' types such as...Aviles, Gomes, Rzepczynski, Shaw and even Albers via trade. If the Tribe can be aggressive (like they were trading Choo) they could land a few more necessary pieces.
There's plenty of time for the Tribe to work deals, even IF they took this club to ST, I wouldn't sweat it...they would still have time to make a few moves. They should be able to land a qlty BP arm pretty late, last yr Soriano and KRod were late signings, and there seems to be a deep mkt still.
I'm not an advocate of selling the farm, I think we could see a trade of a cpl prospects, but I can't see the club trading away any of their better pieces. That's just not the way this club works, but if they could land a young controllable SP I think they'd seriously think about it.
We need to get out of the habit of saying the Indians need to shop in the bargain area because quite simply no one know how much they will spend, budget or what they are looking for. The offseason is still early and we don't see a ST game til about ten weeks so alot can transpire.
I think the Indians don't need to be super aggressive because with the farm system coming together and adding depth to the team don't need super big names but we could use a few productive vets to help us get over the top.
I would suggest Bronson Arroyo, Ryan Webb and a Wesley Wright or Jose Mijares
If they made those couple of moves the Indians would be a top team and be able to compete with anyone in the Majors. I won't say they would be the most star studded team in MLB but they would be up there with anyone because of the obvious depth.
I will give them time before I become critical. I won't even sweat if they do nothing in the Winter Meeting or into January but when Spring Training roles around I want to see the fact that they are a better team then they ended the year with and if not then we will all know the Dolans aren't serious about winning and should look to get out.
I completely agree, IF the Indians appear less than aggressive in trades and FA, many fans will simply write them off as back to their old practices.
As several fans have discussed on here, they have options. Trading a few big names to free salary could be tough, but I think they need to look aggressively at making a move or two. In order to improve this club, bc right now they look worse on paper than last yr.
I think the Tribe has to shop the bargain bin aggressively, that's where they really hit on last yr. Some of the 'lesser' guys really came up big for the Tribe. If the Tribe could sign a cpl of Andrew Bailey, Daniel Bard, and Mitchell Boggs to minor league deals that would help to fortify the BP. Maybe a cpl of Hanson, Webb, Axford, Mijares and Wright from the non-tender list would be good buy low candidates.
As for Brett Anderson, the price will likely be high, even with his injury history. I read on mlbtraderumors they want BP help. Hmm, Vinnie Pestano for Anderson? Probably, not enough, not happening, and I'm not sure Id want Anderson even as talented as he is.
I perfectly understand and it will signal to the fans once again that the Dolans aren't really serious. It goes back to what Jim Pete wrote a couple weeks ago.
Don't get me wrong I understand that it's about making money so so forth but they refuse to understand that if they spend now they will gain it all back and then some later.
I hope you're wrong and I will be patient to see what they do going forward and be fair to them. It's early in the offseason and I admit it's tough seeing other teams improving but I will wait to see what they do before judging them and saying they stink. I'm going to keep a positive attitude about them and suggest things the can do.
that's up for interpretation because that can mean anything. Best thing we can do is sit back and be objective and fair.
Tommy Hanson - could be a good buy low option.
Jeremy Hefner - minor league deal.
John Axford - potential late inning arm.
Andrew Bailey - currently recovering from shldr surgery
Daniel Bard - minor league deal
Ryan Webb - posted a 2.91 era in 80 IP, the Marlins non-tendered him to avoid paying near $2 M for a RP.
JP Arencibia - would be interesting backup for Gomes.
Wesley Wright - need another LHRP.
Justin Turner - utilityman with experience at every INF spot and LF.
Mitchell Boggs - minor league deal - was a solid BP arm in '11.
Kyle McPherson - minor league deal - recovering from injury.
here you go. This is what I would do.
Trade Stubbs for Anderson and the difference in Money. Put Anderson in the bullpen until he builds up arm strength and plus he could be a nice insurance policy in case someone falters or because of injury. Take that money and sign Paul Maholm, then splurge on getting Balfour, Rodney or Mujica when their price comes down a bit because soon it will be more guys out there than teams.
Have to imagine it's for at least $10M. Would put their payroll at about $155M....without adding an OFer...and going with a rookie at 3B.
Just don't think he's done dealing yet. They are definitely weaker right now, but think they want a Championship now. There should be more fireworks coming out of Detroit before the season starts..
They haven't shed payroll really though. Again, they are at around $145M after the Fister trade for 2014 with their guaranteed salaries, arby guys, and league min guys. Payroll in 2012 was $133M and $148M in 2013.
They have $102M already in guaranteed salaries. Plus $33M in arbitration estimates (per MLBTR). That's $135M...for only 14 guys! Would have 11 league min guys then, which adds in another $10-11M. Looking at about $145M right now....again, 2013 payroll was $148M. Highest the Tigers were at any season prior was $133M.
I do think DD was told that there was no more money to add to the payroll hence why he's moving money (but also adding players like Kinsler still). Adding in a closer would put them around $150M....can they add Beltran? Maybe...but $160M+ is pushing it...
I really hope the Indians don't just sit there spinning their wheels. They should be looking at the Tigers and seeing visions of the AL Central crown. Lost Peralta, Infante, exchanged Fielder for Kinsler, Fister for a backup infielder and a LOOGY. They are a much worse team right now.
that's a possibility but the way Dombrowski was talking he put it like they were making moves to give them flexibility not only in making moves for this year but for making moves for the future too. They couldn't spend anymore so Dombrowski made these moves so he could reconfigure his team and then have money to negotiate with both Scherzer and Miggy too. This is why I don't think they will sign Choo because it will give them yet another big contract when they worked so hard to shed payroll to give more flexibility
I don't think prospects would be an issue at all with getting Headley. Tribe could nab him easily IMO if they wanted. Question is though is he worth it? Great glove but bat took a step back. I firmly believe he'd be better outside of Petco (and in a walk year) but there's risk there.
Issue too is price. Not cheap in his last arby year. Would have to move at least Cabrera to get him, and maybe Bourn too if you want to add a nice SP in addition to Headley.
The Fister deal is a head scratcher, no question, but with Dombrowski in Detroit, we have to wait to see what other aces he has up hs sleeve.
That being said, they are definitely not done. I agree with Tony, I believe they will end up with either Choo or Granderson, and could also still spin Kinsler off and sign Cano.
However, it makes no sense to me that they would be in on Garza. Fister is clearly a better pitcher than Garza, and is cheaper than Garza. Why in the world would they dump Fister only to sign a more expensive, less effective RHP?
I agree the FO is likely looking at trades now. There's a rumor the Padres may be willing to move some pitching, and Burch Smith's name came up. Not the vet/sure thing the Tribe probably wants but he is a guy they drafted twice...
Would love to land Headley but can understand the Padres not wanting to sell low.
It will be interesting to see how Kazmir and Ubaldo work out this year. Both are somewhat high maintenance, and with Callaway still here, will the new teams have the coaches to coax the best from these two ? A loss for us to be sure, but not sure how much of a gain it will be to the new teams.
You aren't including all the arbitration eligible guys and the league min guys they will need to fill out their 25 man roster. Prior to the Fister trade, the Tigers payroll was at $148M...the exact same as it was in 2013.
As I've been saying all offseason, the Tigers were very financially strapped and needed to move money.
I do think they can add a big bat for LF along with a closer but their payroll isn't going over $160M.
No way will they get Garza(I think the Indians will end up with him) the reason for the Fister deal was to make room for Smylyl. I think they will indeed get a big bat like Choo or Granderson and get a closer . They got the lefty in the deal for Fister so they could move Smylyl back into the rotation. Signing Garza would be counterproductive.
I think the Indians will come out with Garza, Wilson and Mijares. If they do that it will be a fun Summer because that team would compete for the division if not win it. I know Tigers would be the favorite but they would have their hands full with the Indians, IMO