MLB Storylines: Indians, Masterson avoid arbitration
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Here are the stories from Tuesday, February 18th.
- The Indians and starter Justin Masterson have avoided arbitration, agreeing to a $9.7625 million deal for 2014. Masterson's deal falls slightly below the midpoint of the two numbers the sides exchanged earlier in the winter. Masterson, who will be a free agent after 2014, has made it known that he would be open to discussing a long-term extension with Cleveland even during the season. Cleveland general manager Chris Antonetti has said that he would prefer to try to get something done during Spring Training, to avoid distraction during the season.
Others News and Notes
- According to Jim Bowden of ESPN, four teams remain in on free agent shortstop Stephen Drew. Bowden speculates that two of the teams are the Red Sox and Mets, but the other two are a mystery. Joel Sherman of the New York Post reported that the Yankees made Drew an offer earlier in the offseason, but the team does not appear to be one of the four clubs still talking to the shortstop.
- Bowden also says that despite signing Ubaldo Jimenez on Monday, the Orioles still remain interested in sluggers Nelson Cruz and Kendrys Morales. After forfeiting their first round pick in June's draft to sign Jimenez, Baltimore would only have to part with a second rounder to sign Cruz or Morales. Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports noted that Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette said: "if you do one, I think that makes the second one easier, frankly." Rosenthal also said that Baltimore seems to favor Cruz over Morales.
- The Pirates are still looking to add a left-handed hitting first baseman, according to Jayson Stark of ESPN. Pittsburgh will be paying close attention to players like Ike Davis, Justin Smoak, and Mitch Moreland this spring to see if they become expendable to their current teams.
- Jon Heyman of CBS Sports said that the Mariners are showing interest in lefty Chris Capuano and the two sides continue to talk. Ken Rosenthal tweeted that the Red Sox have also been talking to Capuano.
- LaVelle E. Neal III of the Star-Tribune reported that Johan Santana reuniting with the Twins seemed like a foregone conclusion at one point this winter, but multiple teams have now shown more interest in the free agent lefty.
- Shi Davidi of SportsNet.ca noted that Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said that Toronto made serious attempts to sign pitchers Matt Garza and Ubaldo Jimenez.
- The Braves have released Matt Gamel after he re-injured his knee during personal workouts last week. Gamel was attempting to return to action after multiple ACL surgeries.
Still insane money but not that far off what guys like Carlos Zambrano and Adam Wainwright got. While I know Wainwright has been better (a lot) than Bailey, need to remember this:
Bailey will be 33 in the last guaranteed year of his deal (only 32 on opening day of that year)...Wainwright's extension starts this year...when he is already 32 (and turns 33 during the year).
Teams are paying a ton for youth....it's the new trend, whether we agree with it or not...
So, on the low side, 6 years at $110m, equals about $18.3m per year (as he gets the final year buyout). The high side amounts to about $18.6m (if he fulfills all 7 years of the deal).
So then for Justin, if comparable, $18.3m at five years would be $91.5m, or five years at $18.6m is $93m.
Both of which are quite a bit more than I had previously estimated he might be in line for (five years at $70m-$80m = $14m/year to $16m/year).
Thus my silly comment about underestimating his potential value. Does that make sense?
He was 11 -12 last year with a 3.5! Crazy. He's 33 -29 over last 3 yrs with a 3.8!! These great numbers in the NL no less. Just absurd.
I don't think it's overstating the situation to say that Justin has his target within sights as of today. Not sure if he'll get anywhere near what Homer just got, but you can be damn sure that JM (and his agent) thinks he can, and IMO this deal spells the end of any speculation that he's going to sign long-term with the Tribe. That's over.
I hope Masterson has a career year and help the Indians to October Post Season.
I wonder which team going to offer E Santana a contract. Look like he is the Kyle Lohse of 2014.
I don't think it's just Reds fans that think Latos is better. Gotta imagine he'll want at least that much next winter if not more...
I rather like this piece.....it's not meant to be anything more than it is....which is a quick summary of notable news from the past day.
I don't understand your beef. I never knew that mlb.com, espn, fox, other main stream media otulets have exclusive rights to stories and rumors. You think they dont steal from other sites also. With Twitter and other social media outlets it is now harder to have an exclusive. News that is new know would be old news within an hour with current new technology.
I have no problem of getting rumors across the country and printed on this site. It saves me time from looking at other sites.
You do realize that 90% of stuff posted on mlbtraderumors.com is simply info "stolen" from other places right? It's simply a one-stop shop for info/rumors for baseball fans.
This recurring article is the same. Don't see the big deal here.
If you could find a taker for Cabrera and actually get something of value....like say a starting pitcher, could be worth it IMO. The idea of giving him an opt out after 1 year wouldn't bother me either as Lindor should hopefully be ready by opening day 2015 (if not possibly sooner). And even if he doesn't opt out, has said he's open to moving off short....could make a nice 3B option that can provide depth at short in case Lindor struggles.
Again, an extremely unlikely scenario....but an outside the box idea...
...the Tribe was very high on Drew in the draft (demands were reportedly too high) and have ties to the Drew family....
Can someone explain how an agent, given parameters for a contract, can make negotiation a distraction for a player? Come on, it's get the deal/final offer in place and show me where to sign.. How distracting can that be?..