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MLB Storylines: Hagadone, Indians resolve grievance

MLB Storylines: Hagadone, Indians resolve grievance
February 5, 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.

I'm pinch-hitting for Andy today as he is in the hospital resting after a planned surgery and I wanted to make note of the Hagadone news from Tuesday. If you get a chance, send Andy a note to wish him well in his recovery.  With that said....

Here are the stories from Tuesday, February 4th.

Top Story

  • The Indians and Nick Hagadone finally resolved the grievance that the MLB Players Association filed on his behalf in July 2012. The grievance stems from an incident on July 6, 2012 when Hagadone slammed a door on the way to the clubhouse after a rough outing and ended up breaking his left forearm in the process. The Indians were not happy with the incident so they optioned him to Triple-A Columbus the next day and then placed him on the disqualified list the day after that. While on the disqualified list he was ineligible to be paid and since he was not on the major league disabled list he did not receive major league service time for the remainder of the season. The resolution on Tuesday provides him major league service time for the entire time he was on the disqualified list, a total of 94 days. As a result, his major league service time has been updated from one year and 33 days to one year and 127 days, and he also receives compensation for the 94 days he was not paid as part of the major league disabled list (approximately $250K). With the agreement, it means the option was technically never used in 2012, so the Indians have regained an option on Hagadone and can send him to the minors as they see fit all season.

News and Notes

  • The Braves and first baseman Freddie Freeman have reached an agreement on an eight year $135 million extension. It is the highest contract in Braves history.
  • The Braves also inked outfielder Jason Heyward to a two-year $13.3 million deal to avoid arbitration.
  • According to Buster Olney at ESPN, right-handed starter Ervin Santana has seen his market drop considerably and may now be only asking for a three year deal.
  • The Marlins and Jeff Baker agreed to a two-year $3.7 million contract.
  • According to Jon Morosi of Fox Sports, the Dodgers and Bronson Arroyo remain active in talks about a contract.
  • The Mariners and Nelson Cruz appear to be gaining steam on a deal. According to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, he says the Mariners are believed to be offering a two-year deal.
  • The Mariners and outfielder Logan Morrison agreed on a one year $1.75 million contract to avoid arbitration.
  • Padres lefty starter Cory Luebke will miss the 2014 season after an MRI revealed he had a torn UCL in his left elbow. He missed all of last season and some of 2012 because of a ligament tear in the elbow and hadTommy John surgery, and appears to be heading toward a second surgery.
  • The Athletics and outfielder Sam Fuld have agreed to a minor league deal with a spring invite to Major League camp this spring.
  • According to Chris Cotillo of, lefty Brian Burres will audition for clubs on Thursday as he looks to make a comeback.
  • The MLB and MLBPA are working through their annual review of the Joint Drug Agreement, and according to Jon Morosi of Fox Sports they are discussing possibly increasing the penalties in the program.
  • Outfielder Matt Diaz announced on Twitter that he is not pursuing a new contract and for all intents and purposes is retiring.
  • According to James Wagner of the Washington Post, the Nationals are very interested in Oliver Perez.

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User Comments

February 5, 2014 - 2:35 PM EST
Don't agree that Hagadone can't get anybody out, or that you couldn't get something for Hagadone in a trade. I also agree that the Tribe completely overreacted, and doubt that there are any hard feelings still there (except maybe from Hagadone's side). Nice to hear that it ended up being a win win for both sides.

Hagadone's had very good success at AAA and just hasn't gotten over the hump in very limited time in the ML's. He's a high-strung dude, and that's not in itself a problem, except if he's not able to control himself and slow things down enough to channel his emotions in a positive way.

I am sure that the tribe is working with him on this, and of course more experience and maturity will help. He's got a great deal of potential, and way too much talent for the Tribe to give up on him yet.
February 5, 2014 - 12:58 PM EST
My issue with Pankake is numbers are good but not great power shows up but not enough, and I just dont see a plus plus skill. He has upside, but I am not going to put a guy in my top 30 picks who hasnt been a dominant player on his level and Pankake has not
Tommy Lee
February 5, 2014 - 12:36 PM EST
I've seen Joey Pankake play the last two years at South Carolina. I think he's a ballplayer and the one thing that has been the question as to whether he's a first rounder or not was his ability to play at SS. He's got the arm and requisite athleticism to handle the position, but he had some rough patches last year. He's moving off SS for his junior year and will probably be playing 3B. The thing I like about him the most is his bat. I think the park he plays in is more favorable to pitchers which has hurt his offensive stats.

I like Pankake and he's got good defensive tools to go along with his bat. He's very solid all-around with no real apparent hole in his game and has played at a top school vs. top competition. Not much physical projection left but I don't think that's a big issue. Could easily be a 1st rounder this year if he settles in at 3b, but it looks like the draft projections have him outside the 1st but they all seem to be the same every year (I think they borrow info from the same sources)
February 5, 2014 - 12:26 PM EST
Shy, in fairness, the Indians went a bit overboard in the handling of Hagadone after the injury. The more or less just flat out denied paying him, which is something that I never really agreed with. So he had a right to the grievance and I see no problem with it. Both parties carry some blame here....just thankfully it is resolved as far as the money and contractual stuff goes. Now whether the emotional stuff is worked out between team and player remains to be seen. He's still a mega-talented reliever and one that they should exhaust every opportunity to keep. The clock is ticking, but they do have a little over a full year before the end of spring training 2015 before the clock runs out....
February 5, 2014 - 12:18 PM EST
I felt the same way as shy, but the other posting I read at IBI had how this is a bit of an odd-ball win win since the Tribe gets an option back on Nicky.

This situation was always messy. This guy does have talent, but he has never been able to get over the hump - and I understand why Shap/Ant did what they did but I never believed the Union would let them get away with not paying him.

He paid and we have paid. You can't trade him for more than a bucket of balls.

The best thing is to make him play his way back to relevance and I think this is fair to us and the team.

I hope he spends at least a portion of this 'windfall' on a sports psychologist. Sure would have been nice if he would have panned out with us, but I believe he is going to have to get a fresh start elsewhere to ever have a career.
February 5, 2014 - 12:13 PM EST
AT this point I would guess that Pankake would be there. He is more of a second round talent to me, Power display last year was interesting, and if his numbers improve again he will be interesting. Power is the key stat, but would take a big year to put him before Schwarber for me. Pankake is still 2-3 yrs away, but could be an option at 3rd. Frame is there but needs to add more to it which will slow down his race to the majors. Not a bad pick could move up, but as of today before the season begins he is a more of a mid to late 2nd to me.
February 5, 2014 - 11:59 AM EST
Outman, Repczinski, Crockett. Plenty of LH relief depth. Now in addition to not being able to shut down the opposition, Hagadone has a rep as a hothead and a whiner. This guy cried to the union griever and got paid 250G for being a jackass. I wouldn't even dress him up in a Wahoo uniform anymore. Hit the bricks dude.
February 5, 2014 - 11:45 AM EST
Roger, I will defer to Jeff on that....he'd provide a much better answer than me! Jeff?
February 5, 2014 - 11:41 AM EST
i forgot to add what a potential nickname too PANCAKE
February 5, 2014 - 11:40 AM EST
Tony, I know off the subject but with two college graduate sons withuot great careers i get enough frustration without thinking about hagadone, who is very frustrating as a fan of power pitchers. The question to day is do you think pankake of south carolina wiill still be on the board when we draft our first pick. The college issue of Baseball Ameic got here yesterday and he is the one guy we might be able to get on the fast track. What do you think just before the college baseball seson starts?
February 5, 2014 - 9:08 AM EST
It is probably the reason the Indians traded for Outman. I think it is a important Spring training for Hagadone. He can get AAA players out now it time to do it at the major league level.

If he does not take advantage of opportunity we might see Crockett sooner than most people think.
February 5, 2014 - 8:57 AM EST
Too bad Hagadone can't get anybody out

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