Storylines: Flurry of moves help to close Winter Meetings
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, Dec. 11.
- The Dodgers' wild offseason continued as they agreed to trade star outfielder Matt Kemp to the Padres, Dennis Lin and Kirk Kenney of the San Diego Union-Tribune reported. The deal will send Kemp and catcher Tim Federowicz to San Diego, with the Dodgers receiving catcher Yasmani Grandal, righty Joe Wieland, and pitching prospect Zach Eflin. The Dodgers will also include $32 million to help cover the $107 million remaining on Kemp's contract, which runs through 2019. The Padres will pay Kemp $15 million per season.
- The Tigers and Red Sox agreed to a deal that sent outfielder Yoenis Cespedes to Detroit in return for starter Rick Porcello, as C.J. Nitkowski of FOX Sports and MLB Network first reported. Righty Alex Wilson and lefty Gabe Speier are also heading to Detroit, as WEEI.com's Alex Speier reported.
News and Notes:
- The Marlins continued to make impactful additions, dealing for righty Mat Latos of the Reds. Pitching prospect Anthony DeSclafani and young catcher Chad Wallach are going to Cincinnati in the deal. Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com reported that the deal was done. MLB.com's Joe Frisaro and Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reported the Reds' return.
- The Tigers agreed to a deal with the Reds for starter Alfredo Simon. A pair of 23-year-olds will be headed to Cincinnati in the trade: shortstop Eugenio Suarez and pitching prospect Jonathan Crawford. Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports first reported that the deal was final.
- The Red Sox made another addition to their rotation by signing right-hander Justin Masterson to a one-year contract. Masterson will earn a $9.5 million base salary, plus he can earn another $2.5M million in total incentives by reaching certain innings thresholds. He'll earn another $500,000 if he hits 185 innings, and then another $500,000 for every five innings after that, up to 205 innings.
- The Royals agreed to a two-year, $17 million deal with free agent DH Kendrys Morales. Morales can earn an additional $750,000 per year through performance incentives. The contract includes a mutual option for a third year. SB Nation's Chris Cotillo reported the sides were close. Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com tweeted that the deal was done. Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports tweeted the financial terms, while Cotillo reported the option on Twitter.
- The Twins agreed to a four-year, $55 million deal with free agent starter Ervin Santana. The pact includes a $14 million option for a fifth year that will vest if he throws 200 innings in 2018. He will earn $13.5 million annually over the guaranteed portion of the deal.
- The Mariners are still "working" with the Nationals about the possibility of striking a deal for shortstop Ian Desmond, ESPN.com's Jim Bowden reported. Seattle is balking at including top young arms Taijuan Walker and James Paxton, Bowden said
- Attempts by the Marlins to deal for Justin Morneau of the Rockies fell apart, according to MLB.com's Tom Singer. He heard that Miami could rekindle talks with the Pirates regarding a Pedro Alvarez-for-Nathan Eovaldi swap.
- The Mariners and Melky Cabrera seem to have staked out their positions, with Cabrera after five years and upwards of $60 million and the M's not willing to go past three and around $42 million, according to Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune.
- The Astros met with agent Scott Boras to discuss shortstop Stephen Drew and relief pitching, a source familiar with the conversation said. Boras confirmed the meeting took place without naming any particular names, saying, "We've had meetings and talked and we have bullpen guys and the infield and outfield guys, so we've had some general conversations. They're kind of in a fluid state on their position players, but...we have some guys that may be some fits there." It's possible Houston could've been looking into Rafael Soriano or Francisco Rodriguez, Boras' two most high-profile bullpen clients.
- In addition to checking in with Asdrubal Cabrera, the Giants have inquired with Jed Lowrie about his interest in spending time at second or third, per John Evans of the San Francisco Chronicle. Lowrie apparently indicated that would be a possibility. The team could theoretically add a player at second and move Joe Panik to third, per MLB.com's Chris Haft.
- The Cardinals announced the signing of first baseman Mark Reynolds. The veteran slugger will get a $2 million guarantee on the one-year contract and he can earn more through playing time incentives, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported. News of the agreement between Reynolds and the Cards was first reported by Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com.
- The Rangers agreed to acquire lefty Ross Detwiler from the Nationals, Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reported. Right-hander Abel De Los Santos and infielder Chris Bostick are going back to Washington in the deal, USA Today's Scott Boeck reported.
The addition of a pitcher seems like it would only be done on a "good" opportunity. There is already some starting depth with McCallister, Tomlin, Brewer, and Maronde. I actually think Maronde is going to refind himself with the help of Callaway and become the pitcher he was supposed to be. Definately my sleeper pick for the 2015 season.
I don't know how it can be done with Swisher on the team, but I would like the Indians to find some consitant AB's for Aguilar. It sucks to be shopping for a RH'd bat when there is one already in the system. Oh well, just some random thoughts that I wanted to be rid of.
Also I'll go on record (obviously can be wrong here) but I'm gonna say Nick Maronde will be on the 40 man roster come opening day. They like that kid, and he's got some really interesting stuff.
Honestly, I don't think the Indians are done....but they aren't in a corner by any means. Their interest in Rios tells me they want a RHH bat to help balance the lineup. If that RH bat doesn't come in the form of an OF than perhaps they find a RH or SH 3b to couple with Chisenhall.
Just gonna throw this one out, I like Brett Anderson enough to DFA Maronde and pay Anderson $3/4M with tons of incentives. He might get a minor league deal w/ a ST, but, I think offering him a 40man slot might get him.
Thinking out loud here... Anderson has had a ton of injury struggles, why hasn't he been slid into a bullpen role? I guess because of the same upside that would intrigue me enough to put him on 40man roster.
The Dodgers may have a billion dollars stuffed in their couch cushions, but Friedman didn't suddenly become an idiot. A pre arbitration righty hitting OF with some power is extremely good value.
Well said. I agree, I'm a huge advocate of developing your own talent through the draft, international FA, trades, and a few FA signings to supplement the club. I always say, the Tribe has to look for unique circumstances and find / create opportunities to add talent.
As for those who suggest the Tribe add Scott Van Slyke, I'm in on that. However, I'm not sure the Dodgers are motivated to move him (yet).
I think we'd have to include Frazier in that deal for Atlanta to go for it.
I thought it was an intriguing question, my response was Bourn, Chisenhall, Naquin, and Anderson for JUpton and Johnson.
Not enough? Too much? Thoughts?
It seemed that the Indians had three key starters in 2013. Masterson is now in Boston. The guy who went to Baltimore is ? and Oakland still has the other pitcher. These three keys were the key starters for 2013. The a waving of a wand and these three starters for the Cleveland Indians are gone and forgotten.
The Indians pitching staff now has five guys, one of which was the Cy Young winner. Things can change fast.
Iglesias is coming off a horrible injury, and Avila is gone after this season.
The Tigers will have to find at least 3 everyday bats and 2 rotation arms after this season. That's an enormous shopping list.
Like the Indians, wait & see what else they do. They're bulllpen leaves a lot to be desired and they still have to address the possible departure of Sherzer, even with Verlander, Price & Sanchez.
They're still a legit favorite for good reason. But yesterday was embarrassing IMO for how many fans and media mebers acted with Jensen Lewis leading the charge,
Dont understand the Latos deal. I think Reds got screwed on that one. If Reds are out playoff hunt by the trade deadline could see a massive sell off in Bruce, Cueto, Chapman, Leake and even Bailey.