Storylines: Yankees re-sign Headley
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Here are the stories from Monday, Dec. 15.
- The Yankees locked up one of their top free agent targets, as they announced on Monday the signing of third baseman Chase Headley to a four-year deal. Headley will reportedly receive $52 million over the life of the contract and he can earn up to $1 million each season for reaching 550 plate appearances, meaning his contract can max out at $56 million over four years. Headley will not obtain direct no-trade protection, but he earns a $1 million bonus if he is dealt, Joel Sherman of the New York Post reported.
- The Royals agreed to a one-year, $11 million deal with outfielder Alex Rios, Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com reported. Rios, a Boras Corporation client, joins Kendrys Morales as veteran additions to the defending American League champs. The 33-year-old Rios spent 2014 with the Rangers, slashing .280/.311/.398 with four home runs 17 stolen bases (being caught nine times in the process). That production landed just below league average, one year after Rios put up a .278/.324/.432 line that rated slightly above the league baseline. Of course, he also swatted 18 long balls and stole 42 bags that season (split between the White Sox and Rangers). Now another year removed from his excellent 2012 campaign, Rios also slid in the baserunning and defensive departments, leaving him valued at just .2 fWAR and .6 rWAR in his 521 plate appearances. A thumb issue ended Rios's season early and cast at least some slight doubt on his health going forward, though Rios has been a remarkably sturdy ballplayer over his long career.
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- The Dodgers agreed to a one-year, $10 million deal with lefty Brett Anderson, Buster Olney of ESPN.com reported. Anderson, a client of the Legacy Agency, can earn up to $4 million in incentives through the deal, per Olney. The incentives kick in at 150 innings pitched, Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports tweeted. The Braves and Royals were also among the final teams in pursuit, he added. Anderson would earn the full $4 million in incentives if he reaches 200 innings, Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times reported.
- Bryce Harper and the Nationals have avoided a grievance, according to Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post. The two sides reached a settlement Sunday evening in advance of a potential Tuesday hearing. USA Today's Bob Nightengale reported hat Harper and the Nats have agreed to a two-year, $7.5 million contract. Jon Heyman of CBS Sports tweeted that Harper will earn $2.5 million in 2015 and $5 million in 2016. The issue at stake was whether Harper had the right to opt out of the $1.5 million salary owed to him through the Major League deal he signed upon being drafted and enter baseball's arbitration system, which would have allowed him to earn more money.
- The Cubs agreed to a one-year deal with free agent reliever Jason Motte, Bruce Levine of 670TheScore.com reported. Motte gets a $4.5 million guarantee, Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reported. Motte has incentives based on games finished, Passan added. The deal comes with $2.5 million in achievable bonuses, Levine tweeted.
- The Astros announced that they signed infielder Jed Lowrie to a three-year contract that runs through the 2018 season. Lowrie's contract reportedly guarantee him $23 million: $8 million in 2015, $7.5 million in 2016 and $6.5 million in 2017 with a $6 million club option ($1 million buyout) for 2018. The team will announce a corresponding roster move on Tuesday. The 30-year-old Lowrie will serve as Houston's shortstop in the early stages of the contract — presumably until top prospect Carlos Correa is ready to take over the position. At that point, Lowrie could see time at third base (though the Astros also have prospects Colin Moran and Rio Ruiz rising through the system), serve as a super utility player, or potentially have appeal to other clubs in a trade.
- The Padres are interested in a wide array of hitters, but they're "all over" Justin Upton, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports heard. However, now that they're set to acquire Matt Kemp, the Padres don't want to trade Andrew Cashner, Ian Kennedy or Tyson Ross, which might make a deal difficult to line up. They could possibly follow the Howie Kendrick-for-Andrew Heaney model and offer six years of a top prospect such as Austin Hedges or Matt Wisler.
- The Rangers are set to sign first baseman/outfielder Kyle Blanks, according to Chris Cotillo of SB Nation. Blanks will receive a split contract meaning his deal calls for separate Major League and Minor League salaries, dependent on whether or not he makes the team. Blanks will earn $1 million if he makes the big league roster with an additional $600,000 of incentives based on plate appearances, according to ESPN's Jerry Crasnick.
- The Royals announced that they signed former Twins right-hander Yohan Pino to a Major League contract and designated right-hander Casey Coleman for assignment to clear room on the 40-man roster.
- The Cubs and Red Sox completed last summer's Felix Doubront trade, the clubs announced. Boston will add infielder Marco Hernandez as the player to be named later. Hernandez, 22, played last year at the High-A level, slashing .270/.315/.351 over 486 plate appearances with 22 stolen bases (against eight times being caught on the basepaths). He has been with the Cubs organization since signing as an amateur out of the Dominican Republic as a teenager.
If Seattle would do that, I'd say jump all over it. However, I'm afraid that David Murphy is probably Plan E right now, as they are probably looking to add bigger bats than Murphy.
Saw an article by Matthew Smith at BR suggesting trades. One he made was David Murphy to Seattle for RP Dominic Leone. Leone, 23, (just turned) had a very successful MLB debut last season. Adding Leone would essentially be adding another Bryan Shaw / Cody Allen type arm to the bullpen (back bullpen). Leone is controllable for five more seasons.
Blackburn is okay but not as good as I thought he might be. Arroyo's floor is a good ML UIF & Blach has a good Loogy profile. None of these guys is great but Crick has lots of potential.
Brandon Morrow to the Padres
Michael Morse to the Marlins
Id want Kyle Crick he's a power RHSP that's near ready. They also have Chris Stratton a RHSP the Indians reportedly had interest in him when they draft Naquin. There's also, Clayton Blackburn, and Ty Blach. Andrew Susac would be an intriguing add as a backup C, and Adalberto Mejia. Mejia was suspended for 50gms for next season in Nov. - no way the Tribe would take him. Tyler Beede would be intriguing but would have to be sent in any deal as a PTNL.
Any return would start with Kyle Crick plus a cpl lower prospects for me. But I can't see anything happening unless the Tribe brings in another 3b.
There was talk the Giants moving Panik to 3b which means 2b opens up. If Cabrera is asking to much money from the Giants , the Indians should offer Kipnis to the Giants. Not sure what is left in Giants farm system that the Indians should try to trade for.
Agreed, Chisenhall to the Giants makes no sense, unless they Indians back fill the position.