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Storylines: Yankees re-sign Headley

Storylines: Yankees re-sign Headley
New York Yankees third baseman Chase Headley #12 reacts after hitting a game winning walk-off home run in the 9th. (The New York Post)
December 16, 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: @AndrewIBI.

Here are the stories from Monday, Dec. 15. 

Top Stories:

  • 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 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.

News and Notes:

  • The Dodgers agreed to a one-year, $10 million deal with lefty Brett Anderson, Buster Olney of 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 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.

User Comments

December 16, 2014 - 4:27 PM EST

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.
December 16, 2014 - 4:14 PM EST
Since I've been a proponent of trading David Murphy thought I'd drop this here...

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.
December 16, 2014 - 12:46 PM EST
Didn't include Beede, not eligible to be traded except as PTBNL. Not enthralled with him anyway. I believe that Crick is the better spec.That said, if the Giants want more than Chiz for Crick I'd laugh at them. Chiz might not have the glove but could easily blossom at the plate this coming season in a Brantleyesque fashion.

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.
December 16, 2014 - 11:52 AM EST
Is this the same Pino that was acquired in minor trade by the Indians a few years back? Had some nice minor league numbers .
December 16, 2014 - 11:49 AM EST
Didn't the Giants draft "the Beedah"? in Tyler Beede from Vanderbilt?. He'd be the kind of player that the Indians (or any team, for that matter) would want.. Kyle Crick is clearly the SF Giants top pitching prospect. More than just Lonnie would be needed to pry him loose from the Giants..
December 16, 2014 - 10:13 AM EST
Krick is the only spec worth targeting from the Giants that they'd trade, meaning I don't believe they'd trade Susac. Krick's younger but has Kluber-like potential. Misses bats but has command issues. Like to see what Callaway could do with him.
December 16, 2014 - 9:32 AM EST
Some early morning news,

Brandon Morrow to the Padres

Michael Morse to the Marlins
December 16, 2014 - 9:25 AM EST

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.
December 16, 2014 - 9:09 AM EST
Watch we win the posting for Kang and sign him. Then trade Chisenhall to the Giants. Probably about a 10% chance off that happening. Never know the way this crazy hot stove season has been so far.

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.

December 16, 2014 - 8:56 AM EST
So with Anderson & Rios signed, that's all of the names we've been connected to, right?
December 16, 2014 - 8:40 AM EST
Michael Morse signing with the Marlins per Rosenthal.

Agreed, Chisenhall to the Giants makes no sense, unless they Indians back fill the position.
Canadian Joe
December 16, 2014 - 7:59 AM EST
Homer, this deal makes no sense, unless a 3rd team is involved. Or, Urshela is penciled in form Day 1 to start, which I don't think is happening. At this point, I think Chis is management's choice to start, and fish or cut bait !!! Bad start and he could be gone. If he starts well, then maybe Urshela is a piece to a deal. But I think the Indians will use most, if not all of 2015 to determine who they go forward with, Chis or Giovanni. Either way, they have a solid third baseman, and a high end chip for a deal.
December 16, 2014 - 7:31 AM EST
Just thought I'd throw this one out there, but I will give the summary...One of the Giants beat writers thinks Lonnie Chisenhall could be a trade target for the Giants. Btw, I think he's is just speculating...doesn't seem to mention any sources, etc. I have no idea, why the Indians would trade their starting 3b, unless they had someone else lined up for 3b but here's the link below.

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