MLB Storylines: Hagadone, Indians resolve grievance
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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.
- 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 MLBDailyDish.com, 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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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.
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)
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.
If he does not take advantage of opportunity we might see Crockett sooner than most people think.