MLB Wind Up: Done Deals and Rumors
As Spring Training approaches and Pitchers and Catchers reporting in less than 10 days, MFST has some MLB wind up to do. With some moves being made, along with rumors across baseball, here are the done deals made over the past several days…
DBacks and Tyler Clippard agree to deal
The Arizona Diamondbacks, arguably one of the top winner’s of the offseason got even stronger on Monday with the signing of RHP Tyler Clippard. The DBacks who have been reportedly seeking a closer to strengthen their bullpen, have finally done so with the Clippard signing. The DBacks reached a deal on Monday, agreeing to a 2-year-$18.5 million pact with Clippard who recorded a 2.92 ERA over 71 innings.
J.D. Martinez and Tigers Avoid Arbitration
The Detroit Tigers have agreed on an extension with the 28-year old OF Martinez for 2-years at $18.5 million to avoid arbitration. The deal comes a year after Martinez made his first All-Star appearance in 2015, enjoying a breakout season where he batted .282, while smashing 38 home runs and driving in 102 runs. Martinez will be joined by newly signed Justin Upton and newly acquired Cameron Maybin in the outfield for the Tigers.
Cubs and Cy-Young Winner Arrieta avoid arbitration
The Chicago Cubs and this past season’s Cy young winner Jake Arrieta have agreed on a 1-year $10.7 million deal to avoid arbitration. The deal is a record-setting one for a second year pitcher in arbitration, out beating David Price ($10.1M). Originally Arrieta filed for $13M, while the Cubs filed for $7.5 million. Arrieta is coming off a historic season, where he was nearly untouchable in the second half. Overall Arrieta went 22-6, posting a 1.77 ERA in 229 innings of work.
Josh Donaldson and Blue Jays Avoid Arbitration
The AL MVP and the Toronto Blue Jays also avoided arbitration on Monday, agreeing to a 2-year $29 million deal. The Blue Jays were able to buy out the rest of Donaldson’s arbitration years, and possibly set themselves up for one of the best bargains in baseball bargain. This past season, the 30 year-old Donaldson had a monstrous season, batting .297 while mashing 41 homers and driving in 123 runs. If Donaldson continues his stellar play, he’ll be set to cash-in big once his deal is up in his age-32 season.
White Sox sign RHP Mat Latos
The Chicago White Sox have added another arm to their rotation, signing Mat Latos to a 1-year $3 million deal. Latos who was one of the most consistent pitchers in the NL averaging a 3.34 ERA in a span of 5 seasons, saw his stock drop drastically after posting a 4.95 ERA this past season for the Marlins and Dodgers. The White Sox are hoping that Latos can find his groove again, and play an important role suiting up as the number 3 or 4, for the White Sox.
Blue Jays want to extend both Bautista and Encarnacion
With Toronto’s RF Jose Bautista and 1B Edwin Encarnacion set to become free agents after this season, the Blue Jays are looking to extend their two power bats before they’re set to hit the open market. With Bautista, 35 and Encarnacion, 33, this may very be the last time that these two sluggers can snag a long-term deal. Bautista will make $14 million this season, after the Jays picked up his option. And Encarnacion will be making just north of $10 million this season. Therefore in order to keep their keep their offensive core intact, the Blue Jays are going to have to decide if handing out large contracts to players over 34 will be the smart thing to do.
Will the O’s give in and sign Gallardo?
With the Baltimore Orioles lacking pitching depth, losing their ace Wei-Yin Chen to the Miami Marlins-who signed a 5-year $80 million and seeing the SP pool shrink (Kennedy-KC, Latos-CWS) It looks as if RHP Yovani Gallardo is their best option on free agent market to fill Chen’s void. Last season, Gallardo went 13-11, while posting a 3.42 ERA in 184.1 innings for the Rangers, who offered the big righty a Qualifying Offer that was declined. Therefore, anyone who signs Gallardo would have to forfeit their first rounder, and in this case being the No. 14 pick in the draft if the Orioles would to sign him. With Gallardo clearly the best available hurler and the O’s need for pitching, along with holding 6 of the first 100 picks in next year’s draft. The Orioles should sign Gallardo, as the blow of giving up the draft pick won’t be as drastic given the fact they would hold 5 more picks.
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