Storylines: Indians lock up Francona through 2020
- The worries of Terry Francona leaving the Indians anytime soon can be eput to rest as he isn’t going anywhere for at least another few years. He was originally signed to a four year deal, but on Tuesday was rewarded with a two-year extension through 2018 that also includes club option years in 2019 and 2020. “Being part of the solution is really what I wanted to be, and long term,” Francona said, “I just didn’t want to come for a couple years and move on.” So far during Tito’s tenure there has been one postseason appearance and he won AL Manager of the Year in 2013. He is 177-147 in his two years with the club. He is known as a mass motivator and players enjoy playing for him. It is currently unknown if Francona still has the opt-out clause within the contract that would go into effect if either Mark Shapiro or Chris Antonetti resigned or were terminated.
- Alfonso Soriano has announced his retirement.
- The Rawlings Gold Glove awards were announced on Tuesday, but finalists Yan Gomes and Michael Brantley did not win one.
Other News and Notes
- Mark Feinsand and Bill Madden of the New York Daily News report that the New York Yankees have no intention in pursuing any of the top tier pitchers in this year’s free agency. They also have no intention in going after Pablo Sandoval.
- Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that Pablo Sandoval has rejected the qualifying offer from the San Francisco Giants. It was worth $15.3MM.
- According to Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com, the Los Angles Angels have reached an agreement with Cuban infielder, Roberto Baldoquin. The deal is worth $8MM which is a new record as it pertains to the current international signing rules.
- The Oakland Athletics have claimed righty Taylor Thompson off waivers from the Chicago White Sox. They have outrighted catcher Bryan Anderson to AAA.
- According to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, several teams have interest in Philadelphia Phillies outfielderMarlon Byrd. However, Byrd has since edited his no-trade clause which included the Seattle Mariners, Tampa Bay Rays, Kansas City Royals and Toronto Blue Jays.
- Jon Heyman of CBSSports reports that the Chicago Cubs will pursue catcher Russell Martin. The Pittsburgh Pirates are still hoping to resign him.
- According to Mark Feinsand of the New York Post, Korean pitcher Hyeon-jong Yang will go through the posting process along with his KBO team.
- Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet.ca reports that Los Angeles Angels infielder Howie Kendrick has updated his no-trade clause list. Those teams that he can block a trade to include the Seattle Mariners, Tampa Bay Rays, New York Mets and Toronto Blue Jays.
- Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports that the Los Angeles Dodgers have hired former Oakland Athletics assistant Farhan Zaidi as the teams GM. Former Arizona Diamondbacks and San Diego Padres GM Josh Byrnes will join the front office.
- According to Jon Heyman of CBSSports, new Chicago Cubs skipper Joe Maddon originally gave the Tampa Bay Rays a “hometown discount” compared to what the Cubs offered him. The Rays offered him $3MM while the Cubs have guaranteed him a five-year, $25MM deal.
- Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com reports that Korean pitcher Kwang-hyun Kim posted yesterday.
- The Arizona Diamondbacks have outrighted catcher/infielder Jordan Pacheco.
Congratulations to Antonetti and others for making sure that we are building a winner with one of the very best managers in the game today, and perhaps all-time. I say "all-time" because if he is successful in finally bringing a championship to Cleveland (and I think he's very serious when he says that is his goal), it will be a huge deal, and will put his name up there with the best ever. Just my opinion...I guess I'm excited about this...
Seriously, though, what has crawled up Cleveland fans rear ends? The continuous bitching and moaning is just getting old. Bunch of pansies that, should we ever finally win a World Series, will probably crab because they had to pay for parking. Enough. Support the team or don't. The Clowns are always looking for more fans to join the ranks of a team that has had one winning season in like 20 years.