- Yahoo Sports2 hrs ago
Free-agent outfielder Shin-Soo Choo has agreed to a seven-year contract for $130 million with the Texas Rangers, sources told Yahoo Sports on Saturday morning.
Choo presumably would bat leadoff for the Rangers, who traded their primary leadoff hitter – Ian Kinsler – to the Detroit Tigers for slugger Prince Fielder in November. Choo was second in the National League in on-base percentage last season to Cincinnati Reds teammate Joey Votto.
The Rangers also had been engaged with Nelson Cruz, who was their regular right fielder until he was suspended for 50 games as part of the Biogenesis investigation. They had some interest in bringing back Cruz, who hit 27 home runs – tied for 14th in the American League – in 109 games in 2013.
- Yahoo Sports20 hrs ago
The agent for Grant Balfour on Friday disputed a claim by the Baltimore Orioles that the free-agent pitcher had flunked his physical with the team, thereby voiding a two-year, $15 million agreement to which the sides agreed earlier in the week.
Citing two doctors who have histories with the 35-year-old Balfour, agent Seth Levinson said diagnostic tests showed Balfour's arm to be "completely healthy," possibly setting up a fight between the Orioles and the players' union.
"Now factor into the equation that Grant was a 2013 All-Star, pitched 65 games and another three scoreless innings in the postseason with a 94-95 [mph] fastball," Levinson said in a statement through his agency, ACES. "The only reasonable conclusion is that Grant is healthy and the Orioles at the last moment changed their minds."
Balfour had shoulder surgery eight years ago to repair a torn rotator cuff.
He told the San Francisco Chronicle on Friday, "I'm the All-Star pitcher I was last season. My shoulder is fine, everything is fine. I'm ready to come out there in the ninth inning, do what I do."
- Yahoo Sports3 days ago
The National Baseball Hall of Fame seems important enough. When people are inducted they wear suits and bring their families and sometimes are so overcome they weep in front of their friends.
I love the Hall of Fame. When I was a kid living near New York City and my parents were divorcing, which was traumatic, my mom ferried my little brother and me to Cooperstown in the hopes we'd forget all the other stuff for a couple days. We took the family Chevy Vega wagon with fake wood on the sides, which was more traumatic.
This was the early '70s, and I was maybe 11 and most definitely a Mets fan, so I couldn't wait to see all the Mets who'd been enshrined. I loved the Hall of Fame anyway.
I grew up, and got a vote, and more than once stayed in a little house with a few other ball writers within walking distance of the museum, which was good for a number of reasons. There was a basketball hoop in the driveway, and pillows embroidered with lovely thoughts in the living room, and a screen door that was cranky in a loud but harmless and charming way. Like Jim Leyland.
- Yahoo Sports4 days ago
The New York Yankees continued to conduct themselves as a franchise that was overrun in the AL East, which they were, having finished third in 2013. Tied for third, actually.
On Tuesday, sources confirmed to Yahoo Sports, they came to terms with second baseman Brian Roberts and left-handed reliever Matt Thornton, perhaps partially filling gaps left by Robinson Cano and Boone Logan, respectively. (Logan signed with the Colorado Rockies for $16.5 million over three years.) Contract details remain, as do physicals, but clearly Brian Cashman is bent on acting decisively in a whirlwind offseason.
The additions of Roberts (one year, $2 million, plus incentives) and Thornton (two years, $7 million) pale in comparison to the Yankees’ larger haul. The additions of Jacoby Ellsbury, Brian McCann, Carlos Beltran and Hiroki Kuroda cost the club about $300 million.
- Yahoo Sports5 days ago
The Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday acquired 24-year-old right-hander Addison Reed, who had 40 saves last season for the Chicago White Sox.
In return, the White Sox received 22-year-old Matt Davidson, who projects as the team's opening day third baseman.
Reed, who has 69 saves in 81 save opportunities over two full seasons in Chicago, figures to become the regular closer for the Diamondbacks. He'd replace Brad Ziegler, who had replaced the injured J.J. Putz. Reed will be arbitration eligible next winter, so comes to the Diamondbacks, whose bullpen was at times problematic in 2013, as both capable and affordable.
The 35th overall pick in the 2009 draft, Davidson made his major-league debut in August and batted .237 in 31 games. Prior to that, in 115 games in the Pacific Coast League, Davidson batted .280 with 17 home runs and a .350 on-base percentage.
Davidson was by most estimations the Diamondbacks' second-best prospect, behind power right-hander Archie Bradley.
- Yahoo Sports8 days ago
Only in New York, perhaps, does a franchise hold a press conference to announce a $153-million center fielder, only to have the event become something entirely different – about who is not there, about the price of respect, about a rapper-turned-agent from the Brooklyn and a second baseman in Seattle and a center fielder in Anaheim and, hey, isn't that Jacoby Ellsbury?
Separated by a few hours, a few thousand miles and a few clicks on the definition of "respect," Robinson Cano slipped into a Mariners jersey and Ellsbury into pinstripes. Cano said he'd felt dogged by the Yankees. The Yankees countered, undoubtedly feeling $175 million is the Marmaduke of dogs. And Ellsbury was just happy to be here.
- Yahoo Sports9 days ago
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – On the day Major League Baseball moved to protect its catchers, Mike Scioscia was asked to identify the most violent of his many collisions at the plate.
"I don't remember the worst one," he said.
And that, presumably, would be the very point of the coming legislation.
A legendary blocker of the plate who more than once was assisted from the scene of a wreck, the Angels manager got the laugh he intended and, 25 years later, the rules change he had to be persuaded to support.
The Playing Rules Committee voted Wednesday to eliminate home-plate collisions, this after Cardinals manager Mike Matheny and Giants manager Bruce Bochy, both former catchers, spoke in support of the legislation. Matheny retired from the game after suffering numerous concussions. Bochy became an outspoken proponent of rules to protect catchers when his, Buster Posey, missed most of the 2011 season because of a particularly brutal collision.
- Yahoo Sports9 days ago
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – The New York Mets are showing some life.
A day after introducing new outfielder Curtis Granderson and his four-year, $60 million contract, the Mets came to terms with veteran starter Bartolo Colon on a two-year, $20 million deal that should at least tide them over while young ace Matt Harvey recovers from elbow reconstruction surgery. They also signed outfielder Chris Young at $7.25 million for a year.
Upon his introduction, Granderson observed, "A lot of people I've met in New York have always said that true New Yorkers are Mets fans. So I'm excited to get a chance to see them all out there."
There's now certainly more of the Mets to like.
Colon has a roundish body, will be 41 in May and has a PED history. Still, he is a fiendish strike-thrower who won 18 games and had a 2.65 ERA in 30 starts for the Oakland A's last season. He'll join a rotation with Jonathan Niese, Dillon Gee and Zack Wheeler.
The Mets appeared to separate themselves in the market by going to a second year.
Fox Sports was the first to report the agreement.
- Yahoo Sports9 days ago
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – Outfielder Shin-Soo Choo, the best remaining player on the free-agent board, has the information he needs to make a decision, his agent, Scott Boras, said Wednesday afternoon.
While Choo has not attended the winter meetings here, he previously met with a handful of teams, some in Arizona and others, including several members of the Texas Rangers’ front office and field staff, at or near Boras’ offices in Newport Beach, Calif.
As of early evening Wednesday, the Rangers did not have an agreement with Choo.
The market would appear to have thinned in recent days for Choo. The Detroit Tigers signed Rajai Davis, presumably to set up a platoon with Andy Dirks in left field. The Seattle Mariners signed Corey Hart and traded for Logan Morrison. Choo’s former team, the Cincinnati Reds, suggested the bidding for Choo, 31, had become too rich for them, particularly if they could not move Brandon Phillips. The Arizona Diamondbacks traded for Mark Trumbo. Before that, the New York Yankees signed both Jacoby Ellsbury and Carlos Beltran.
- Yahoo Sports10 days ago
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – At the completion of a three-way trade Tuesday afternoon, slugger Mark Trumbo was headed to the Arizona Diamondbacks, the Los Angeles Angels had acquired young left-handers Tyler Skaggs and Hector Santiago, and the Chicago White Sox had added center fielder Adam Eaton. The Diamondbacks also will receive two prospects, one each from the Angels and White Sox.
The trade is expected to be announced later Tuesday.
Limited by a payroll budget pushed by several large contracts, the Angels had sought a way around the rising cost of free-agent pitchers. They shopped Trumbo, who has hit at least 29 home runs in each of his three full seasons, and came away with two controllable pitchers scouts view as middle-of-the-rotation talents. Presumably, they will join Jered Weaver, C.J. Wilson and Garrett Richards in a rotation that was at best erratic last season.