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MLB Storylines: Mariners find their closer in Rodney

MLB Storylines: Mariners find their closer in Rodney
February 7, 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.

First off, I want to thank Tony for filling in for me while I was away, and I also want to thank those who wished me well after my surgery this week.  It is much appreciated.  Now, back to baseball.

Here are the stories from Thursday, February 6th.

Top Stories

  • Fernando Rodney agreed to a two-year, $14 million deal with the Mariners. He can earn up to $15 million through incentives. The Orioles were said to also be in on Rodney, but Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun reported that Baltimore never aggressively pursued Rodney and didn't feel he was worth the $14 million he received from Seattle. Baltimore's executive vice president Dan Duquette said, 'They (Seattle) liked him a little bit more than us."

News and Notes

  • Bob Nightengale of USA today reported that after signing Rodney, the Mariners are all in and on Nelson Cruzand are "cautiously optimistic" that they will land him.
  • Now that Rodney is off the market, Rich Dubroff of CSN Baltimore said that Tommy Hunter is the top candidate to take over Baltimore's closers role.
  • Former Indians top prospect Matt LaPorta agreed to a minor league deal with the Orioles.
  • Jon Morosi of FOX Sports tweeted that one potential hang-up in Stephen Drew's market is Cuban shortstop Aledmys Diaz, who will be cleared to sign with an MLB team in the next couple of weeks. The Red Sox and Yankees were two of the teams known to have shown interest in Diaz earlier this winter, and both teams have also been in on Drew.
  • Despite coming off of the worst season of his career, Morosi said that pitcher Joe Saunders is healthy and expects to pitch in 2014.
  • Morosi also said that pitcher Tommy Hanson has received multiple contract offers and the Rangers appear to be in contract talks with the righty.
  • Joel Sherman of the New York Post reported that the Braves are now interested in contract extensions with shortstop Andrelton Simmons and pitcher Julio Teheran.
  • The Marlins signed reliever Carlos Marmol to a one-year, $1.25 million deal.
  • Reliever Chaz Roe also signed with the Marlins, agreeing to a minor league deal.
  • To make room on the 40-man roster for newly signed pitcher Jerome Williams, the Astros designated first baseman Brett Wallace for assignment.
  •'s Bill Ladson said that at least 12 teams have checked in with the Nationals on the availability of infielder Danny Espinosa.

User Comments

February 7, 2014 - 3:43 PM EST
Marc Tompkin of the TBTimes says, on Twitter - the Indians are one of several teams in on Jose Lobaton. Lobaton would essentially become the Indians backup C if they acquired him. That would seemingly suggest Santana could see more action elsewhere and create more options for the Indians.
February 7, 2014 - 2:10 PM EST
Yes, Pestano and his reps are in St. Petersburg, Florida and the Indians reps led by Mike Chernoff are there. Don't know what time the proceedings were scheduled, but have to assume they are at 10am-2pm somewhere, so probably already done. Panel of three arbitrators have to determine whether to rule for $1.45M for Pestano or $975K for the Indians. Nothing else. Not sure how quickly it will be announced as this is new territory for me......but have to think by end of day we know what happened.
February 7, 2014 - 2:03 PM EST
Did the Indians and Pestano officially went to arb? Or settle? If they did go to the hearing today how long does it take for the arbitrator to make the decision after both present there case?
February 7, 2014 - 8:12 AM EST
Brett Wallace is a similar bust as LaPorta. Here was a high end Cardinal prospect that has not made it with many teams. If you cant make with the lowly Astros does not look good that he could make any where in the Majors.
February 7, 2014 - 3:59 AM EST
I didn't think Morosi had that bad a season.

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