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MLB Storylines: Michael Young calls it a career

MLB Storylines: Michael Young calls it a career
January 31, 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.

With no major signings or trades occurring on Thursday, there are no "Top Stories." Instead, I will give a rundown of all of the day's news and notes.

Here are the stories from Thursday, January 30th.

News and Notes

  • Michael Young has decided to retire at the age of 37, despite contract offers from at least three teams. Young is a seven-time All-Star who holds a career line of .300/.346/.441 in 7,918 at bats over his 14-year career.
  • ESPN's Buster Olney reported that some MLB executives have said that Kendrys Morales may need to wait until after the June 5-7 amateur draft to sign with a team, due to the draft pick compensation tied to him. By rule, a team would no longer have to forfeit a pick to sign a player who turned down a qualifying offer if it is past the June amateur draft.
  • MLB Network's Peter Gammons reported that the Orioles are "all in" on free agent starter A.J. Burnett. Gammons said that the Rays are also in the mix, meaning Burnett could possibly be willing to pitch for a team further from his Maryland home than originally expected.
  • Jim Bowden of ESPN said on his daily radio show that the Mariners may offer Nelson Cruz a contract as early as Thursday.
  • The Royals have re-signed pitcher Bruce Chen to a one-year deal. Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish reported that the contract will pay Chen $3 million for 2014 and it also includes a $5.5 million mutual option for 2015.
  • Cotillo also tweeted that former Indians reliever Tony Sipp appears close to signing with an unknown team.
  • According to Adam Rubin of, the Mets are still looking to add players, including some bullpen help.

User Comments

January 31, 2014 - 6:14 PM EST
Jason Hammel has signed with the Cubs for 1yr / $6 M with $1 M in incentives.

Per Buster Olney, Chris Capuano has dropped his asking price to 1 yr.
January 31, 2014 - 11:25 AM EST
Another way around this would be to sign a 1-year deal in Japan...though not sure even a guy like Cruz or Morales could get $14M there. Though we did see Youk get decent money after hardly playing....
January 31, 2014 - 11:21 AM EST
The Kendrys Morales tale, if it goes that far, might be what ultimately gets some of these borderline qualified offer guys to start accepting them.
January 31, 2014 - 9:26 AM EST
No, if a player waits til after the draft his former team does not get a comp pick.
January 31, 2014 - 9:13 AM EST
If a player waits until after the draft to sign, does his former team still get a comp pick?

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