Old school 1983 (02-22-2014)
Yankees Agree To Terms With Andrew Bailey
By Aaron Steen [February 22 at 8:57pm CST]
The Yankees have agreed to a minor-league deal with Andrew Bailey, ESPN's Buster Olney tweets. Olney reports that the deal contains multiple incentives. MLBTR's Tim Dierkes was the first to report that the sides were close to a deal (via Twitter).
Bailey, 29, had surgery to repair a torn labrum in his shoulder in July, and was not tendered a contract by the Red Sox this offseason. Nevertheless, more than 15 teams had called to check in with the reliever by early December, according to an MLBTR report. If the timetable we reported at that time holds, Bailey will be ready to suit up for the Yankees by mid-May.
Mike Trout and the Angels are discussing a six-year deal worth about $150MM, Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports reports. The deal would buy out two free agent seasons, and allow Trout to become a free agent at age 28. Trout is represented by LSW Baseball.
There are still details to iron out, as Passan notes that there remains a difference between the two sides in the "low eight figures." The deal will cover one pre-arbitration season, as well as three arbitration years. Fangraphs' Dave Cameron recently wrote about the possibility of a Trout extension and estimated Trout might make a total of $60MM during his arbitration seasons, so a $150MM extension over six years might essentially buy out two free agency years at a little less than $45MM apiece.
Outfielder Brett Gardner and the Yankees have agreed to a four-year extension worth $52MM, CBS Sports' Jon Heyman tweets. Jack Curry of the YES Network was the first to report (via Twitter) that a deal between the two sides was nearly done, and Curry also reported the $52MM figure. The deal begins in 2015 and includes a $12.5MM team option with a $2MM buyout. Joel Sherman of the New York Post tweets Gardner, a client of Pro Star Management, Inc., will receive $12.5MM during each of year of the deal plus $1MM, if he's traded during the life of the contract.
Jed Lowrie is entering his walk year. Would you make Beane an offer, try to re-sign him and make him a QO if he won't? If we got him, I'd play him at 2nd, bat him 2nd and try to upgrade LF with Phillip and an arm.
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Pirates Claim Brent Morel
By Steve Adams [February 24 at 2:06pm CST]
The Pirates announced that they have claimed infielder Brent Morel off waivers from the Blue Jays. Toronto designated Morel for assignment last week after claiming right-hander Liam Hendriks off waivers from the Orioles. Pittsburgh will announce a corresponding 40-man roster move later today, according to a team press release.
Morel cracked Baseball America's Top 100 list as a White Sox farmhand prior to the 2011 season but has slashed just .229/.276/.333 batting line in 669 Major League plate appearances. A bulging disk in his back has played a large part in the offense decline for the 26-year-old, who in 2010 batted .322/.359/.480 across two minor league levels. He's drawn praise for his glove at third base, though Toronto was reportedly going to use him at second base.
Pirates Designate Chase d'Arnaud For Assignment
By Steve Adams [February 24 at 4:00pm CST]
The Pirates have designated infielder Chase d'Arnaud for assignment in order to clear a 40-man roster spot for Brent Morel, according to the team's transactions page.
The 27-year-old d'Arnaud (the older brother of top Mets prospect Travis d'Arnaud) is a career .208/.232/.275 hitter in 157 plate appearances for the Pirates. Formerly a fourth-round pick of the Pirates, d'Arnaud has never been with a different organization. In six minor league seasons, the shortstop/second baseman has a career .261/.339/.397 batting line. He's also swiped more than 30 bases in three different seasons and has been successful in 153 of 185 stolen base attempts in the minors (83 percent).
The widow is gathering nettles for her children's dinner; a perfumed seigneur, delicately lounging in the Oeil de Boeuf, hath an alchemy whereby he will extract the third nettle and call it rent. ~ Carlyle
Orioles Designate Chris Jones For Assignment
By Steve Adams [February 24 at 4:41pm CST]
The Orioles announced that they have designated left-hander Chris Jones for assignment in order to clear a spot on the 40-man roster for Nelson Cruz, whose one-year deal is now official.
Jones, 25, was acquired from the Braves last April in exchange for right-hander Luis Ayala. The former 15th-round pick (Indians) posted a solid 2.85 ERA in 79 innings between Double-A and Triple-A last season, though his 6.2 K/9 rate and 4.1 BB/9 rate were less impressive. Jones would make an intriguing pick-up for a team in need of left-handed relief, as he held opposing lefties to a minuscule .196/.291/.268 batting line in 128 plate appearances last season.
Jones has a 3.42 ERA with 7.9 K/9 and 3.4 BB/9 in 434 1/3 career innings in the minors.
Pirates Designate Chase d'Arnaud For Assignment
By Steve Adams [February 25 at 8:16am CST]
TUESDAY: Though they have 10 days to make a move, the Pirates have already placed d'Arnaud on waivers, tweets MLB.com's Tom Singer.