Storylines: Athletics agree to new stadium lease
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: @AndrewIBI.
Here are the stories from Thursday, July 3.
- The A's and the Coliseum Authority have now officially agreed to a 10-year lease, according to MLB.com's Jane Lee. The new lease calls for the city to provide $10 million worth of upgrades, which will be completed this offseason. Additionally, the A's will be able to leave the Coliseum at any time, so long as they provide two years of notice and make their usual lease payments during that two-year period. The A's do not have to continue making those payments if they relocate to a new stadium in Oakland, however.
- The Indians announced that they signed their Competitive Balance Round A selection, Mike Papi. The University of Virginia product was taken with the No. 38 overall pick. Papi gets a $1.25 million bonus and a $30,000 scholarship, according to Chris Cotillo of MLBDailyDish. That's a little less than the prescribed $1.495 million slot value for the No. 38 pick.
- The Padres wanted to interview Indians assistant GM Mike Chernoff for their vacant GM slot, but he turned down the opportunity to interview and will remain in Cleveland, Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reported.
News and Notes:
- The Major League Baseball Players Association is conducting an investigation to determine the roles of certain agents in last year's Biogenesis scandal, ESPN's T.J. Quinn reported. Specifically, Quinn wrote, the investigation will look into ACES — who represented 10 Biogenesis clients — and CAA (Ryan Braun's agency). This isn't the first time that ACES has come under investigation by the MLBPA.
- The Royals signed Dominican shortstop Ricky Aracena, MLB.com's Jesse Sanchez reported. Aracena, who ranked 24th on Sanchez's Top 30 list and 17th per Baseball America's Ben Badler, will receive a bonus of $850,000, Sanchez said. Sanchez noted that Aracena is a switch-hitter with equal bat speed and home run power from each side of the plate, and he has the tools to stick at shortstop. Sanchez likened him to Rafael Furcal in terms of body type.
- Joel Sherman of the New York Post looked at four pitching trade targets that would make sense for the Yankees. Sherman's suggestions included old friend Ian Kennedy and Diamondbacks hurler Wade Miley, if he's made available.
- Travis Sawchik of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review wrote that the Pirates have some interest in Brandon McCarthy and wondered if the team could sell high on Vance Worley by flipping him to the Diamondbacks as part of a McCarthy deal. He noted that sabermetric ERA estimators such as xFIP love McCarthy despite an unsightly ERA, while Worley's strong ERA isn't sustainable. Sawchik opined that even if the two can't be traded directly for one another, acquiring McCarthy and slotting him into Worley's spot would improve the team's roster.
- Mets assistant GM John Ricco told Tim Rohan of the New York Times that the club hasn't had any recent talks on second baseman Daniel Murphy.
- Jeff Francoeur, currently enjoying a strong season for the Friars' Triple-A affiliate, has a rolling opt-out in his contract and could soon leave for a Major League opportunity, according to Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish. Francoeur's contract allows him to leave should a team offer him a big league deal, and one source suggested to Cotillo that the Blue Jays have have interest. Francoeur is slashing a healthy .297/.325/.485 with 15 big flies this season, though those numbers have come in the very hitter-friendly Pacific Coast League.
- The A's announced that they designated left-hander Jeff Francis for assignment and activated fellow lefty Eric O'Flaherty from the disabled list.
- The White Sox requested waivers on left-hander Scott Downs for the purpose of granting him his unconditional release, according to Scott Merkin of MLB.com. The White Sox designated Downs for assignment late last month.
Also, it really speaks volumes about the Indians management that Chernoff is seen as a possible GM candidate. It seems like just yesterday that Antonetti was being courted by the Mariners, our little GM´s grow up so fast!