MLB Free Agency: Jose Reyes, Albert Pujols and others

MLB Free Agency Open Thread

12/29/11 in MLB   |   Dan_B   |   1067 respect

With the start of the Major League Baseball Winter Meetings, we can expect a flurry of free agent signings and trades in the coming days. In order to keep track of them all, I am creating this thread. If you hear of a signing or a rumor or anything noteworthy--please share it in the comment box.

Things got off to a roaring start yesterday with the newly-christened Miami Marlins making a big splash by reportedly agreeing to terms with shortstop Jose Reyes. Now the question is, will they be able to lure Albert Pujols to South Beach to create a baseball triumvirate (along with Hanley Ramirez) to match their NBA counterpart, the Heat?

The Marlins also officially announced the signing of closer Heath Bell to a three-year, $27 million deal.

In other free agent news today, Jerry Hairston signed a two-year, $6 million deal with the Dodgers and the Twins resigned closer Matt Capps to a one-year deal. 

Some of the other big fish (pun intended) left on the market are obviously Pujols, CJ Wilson, Prince Fielder and Mark Buehrle. It will also be interesting to see if the enigmatic Manny Ramirez gets another chance in the Majors and whether Japanese hurler Yu Darvish makes the trek across the Pacific. 
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2/6/12   |   Dream_Machine   |   13227 respect

Looking to further bolster their bullpen, the Mariners signed veteran free-agent relievers Shawn Camp and Hong-Chih Kuo to non-guaranteed one-year Major League contracts...

2/2/12   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

Damn. I know whoever signed Jackson would get a bargain, but I didn't see the Nationals getting them. I still think they're a year away given that Strasburg will be on an inning limit, and I don't think their offense is quite good enough yet, especially if Werth doesn't bounce back. That said, there's a lot to like here. It will be weird going to Nationals Park and possibly seeing it crowded.

2/2/12   |   Scott   |   52945 respect

Dan_B wrote:
Jon Heyman is reporting that Edwin Jackson has signed with the Nationals. That rotation is looking pretty darn good right now.  

 Strasburg, Zimmerman, Gonzalez and Jackson are a formidable top 4.  Jury still out on Lannan, Detwiler and Wang as the potential 5th starters.  Buster Olney is impressed though.  He just tweeted he's picking Washington to win the 2nd NL wild Card

2/2/12   |   Dan_B   |   1067 respect

Jon Heyman is reporting that Edwin Jackson has signed with the Nationals. That rotation is looking pretty darn good right now.  

1/27/12   |   Dan_B   |   1067 respect

The Giants have been busy, signing reliever Clay Hensley to a guaranteed deal and shortstop Ryan Theriot to a non-guaranteed deal worth $1.25 milionl. I like the Theriot signing--he provides a good alternative to Brandon Crawford at shortstop.   

1/27/12   |   Dan_B   |   1067 respect

Eric_ wrote:
Well one of them anyway. This should get some pressure off of Tyler Clippard.

Good point

1/26/12   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

Dan_B wrote:
Brad Lidge signs a one-year deal with the Nationals, likely to become Drew Storen's setup man.  

Well one of them anyway. This should get some pressure off of Tyler Clippard.

1/26/12   |   Dan_B   |   1067 respect

Brad Lidge signs a one-year deal with the Nationals, likely to become Drew Storen's setup man.  

1/24/12   |   ML31   |   3675 respect

Yahoo sports is reporting that Tim Lincecum has agreed to a 2 year $40.5 million deal.  This means no arbitration for the 2 time Cy Young winner and World Series Champion.  It takes him right up to his first eligible year of free agency.

Giants fans all hope they can sign him up before that day...

1/23/12   |   ML31   |   3675 respect

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Why take $20M/yr when you're going to win $21.5M in arbitration?

Supposedly he would have taken that kind of pay over a 7-8 year deal.  I'm thinking it is becoming more likely he will sign a compromised 2 year deal again.  Taking him right up to his first year of free agency. 

Meanwhile, talks to lock down Matt Cain are said to be optimistic the Giants can sign him to less than $20 mil a year for a number of seasons.  He becomes a free agent after this upcoming season.

1/23/12   |   ML31   |   3675 respect

It seems that the rumor mill is claiming that Tim Lincecum has turned down a 5 year $100 million offer from the Giants.  That deal would have taken him 3 years into his free agency years.

1/20/12   |   Dan_B   |   1067 respect

Carlos Pena is back with his old team, the Tampa Bay Rays, on a 1-year, $7.25 million deal.  

1/11/12   |   ML31   |   3675 respect

Eric_ wrote:
Well, at least that wouldn't be as bad as elected Bowie Kuhn, who spent most of his commissionership getting worked like a speedbag by Marvin Miller.

Which just tells me that like the Frick award if someone is Commissioner for X years the Hall is an automatic no matter how inept the person was.

1/10/12   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

ML31 wrote:
To be perfectly honest, Selig, his cronies and the MLBPA have already let the genie out of the bottle.  The major damage has already been done. 

How about this...  One day some moron will likely want to put Selig in the Hall.   

Well, at least that wouldn't be as bad as elected Bowie Kuhn, who spent most of his commissionership getting worked like a speedbag by Marvin Miller.

1/10/12   |   ML31   |   3675 respect

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But you can listen to other audio feeds to a FOX game. How much more damage can Selig do to the game in 2 years?

To be perfectly honest, Selig, his cronies and the MLBPA have already let the genie out of the bottle.  The major damage has already been done. 

How about this...  One day some moron will likely want to put Selig in the Hall.   

1/10/12   |   ML31   |   3675 respect

wrote:
NNNNNNNNOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

MLB is reporting that the owners want Bud Selig to accept a 2-year extension, through 2014, instead of retiring. This is worse than McCarver going into the Broadcasters' wing of the Hall-of-Fame in July!

The only difference is that Selig will either quit or die one day....  McCarver will always be known as a Frick award winner.

1/10/12   |   kramer   |   11004 respect

Maholm was due $9 million this year, and there was no way the Bucs or any team for that matter were going to pay him double his 2010 salary.  I wish Paul all the success in Chicago, but it was time to go.

1/10/12   |   kramer   |   11004 respect

Dan_B wrote:
Paul Maholm to the Cubs.  

Sayonara.

1/10/12   |   Dan_B   |   1067 respect

Paul Maholm to the Cubs.  

1/4/12   |   Dan_B   |   1067 respect

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Missed the Quentin from White Sox to San Diego trade.

Yes we did. A salary dump for the White Sox. 

In other news--Coco Crisp resigns with the A's for two years and $14 million. He may be the only player left on the team if they keep trading people at the rate they've been....

1/4/12   |   Dan_B   |   1067 respect

Fernando Rodney signs with the Tampa Bay Rays.  

12/29/11   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

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If you seen Bard pitch, you'd understand. I'm not even close to being a Sox fan and he makes me nervous! LOL

I just checked his numbers, and his strikeout and walk rate and no different than last year, when he had an ERA under 2. Also, from what I heard, when they tried him starting in the minors, it didn't go well. I see no real reason why Boston didn't give him the closer job. Oh well, Boston can keep making suboptimal moves. The more the better.

12/29/11   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

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Coming out this Summer to theaters - the sequel to MoneyBall, Fire Sale starring Brad Pitt as Billy Beane!

Well, he was always like this with closers. What I don't get, and if a Red Sox fan could enlighten me on (Pat?), is why Boston isn't just making Bard the closer instead of trying to push him into the rotation.

12/29/11   |   ML31   |   3675 respect

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Coming out this Summer to theaters - the sequel to MoneyBall, Fire Sale starring Brad Pitt as Billy Beane!

Sequel?  This is at least part III...

12/28/11   |   Dan_B   |   1067 respect

Red Sox acquire Andrew Bailey from the A's to compete with Mark Melancon for the closer job. Bailey is the third top-flight pitcher traded by the A's this month.

The Yankees also signed former Red Sox reliever Hideki Okajima to a minor league deal.  

12/22/11   |   ML31   |   3675 respect

Eric_ wrote:
The A's have traded Gio Gonzalez to Washington, and got a boatload of prospects back: catcher Derek Norris, and pitchers AJ Cole, Brad Peacock, and Tom Milone. Wow.

I heard they were shopping him around.  Hopefully at least one of those guys turns into something.

But if he does, the A's will just trade him in 4 years anyway.

12/22/11   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

The A's have traded Gio Gonzalez to Washington, and got a boatload of prospects back: catcher Derek Norris, and pitchers AJ Cole, Brad Peacock, and Tom Milone. Wow.

12/21/11   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

If you heard a bunch of apoplectic Royals fans yesterday, it's because they brought Yuni Betancourt back. They say he'll just be a utility man, but still...Yuni!

12/19/11   |   ML31   |   3675 respect

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Where are teams like Arizona & Colorado finding all this money all of a sudden?

The Snakes spent money they didn't have before...  Maybe this new owner hasn't learned from the mistakes of the past and is repeating them...

12/19/11   |   Dan_B   |   1067 respect

 Jason Kubel signs with the Diamondbacks for two years. 

12/17/11   |   Dan_B   |   1067 respect

Jimmy Rollins resigned with the Phillies for three years and $33 million. Seems like a lot for an aging Rollins. 

12/17/11   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

Blog by me on the trade.

12/17/11   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

Huge deal just came down the pike. The Padres have traded Mat Latos to the Reds for Yonder Alonso, Brad Boxberger, Yasmani Grandal, and Edinson Volquez. Alonso and Grandal were among the Reds' top prospects.

12/16/11   |   Dan_B   |   1067 respect

Michael Cuddyer signed a three-year, $30 million contract with the Rockies. Good pick up for Colorado.  

12/14/11   |   Dan_B   |   1067 respect

Rafael Furcal's two-year deal with the St. Louis Cardinals is now official.  

12/14/11   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

Dan_B wrote:
On the heels of dealing Jed Lowrie to the Astros (http://www.faniq.com/blog/Boston-Red-Sox-trade-Jed-Lowrie-for-Mark-Melancon-Blog-42972) Boston signed utility infielder (and World Series champion) Nick Punto today. 

Um....

12/14/11   |   Dan_B   |   1067 respect

On the heels of dealing Jed Lowrie to the Astros (http://www.faniq.com/blog/Boston-Red-Sox-trade-Jed-Lowrie-for-Mark-Melancon-Blog-42972) Boston signed utility infielder (and World Series champion) Nick Punto today. 

12/13/11   |   Dan_B   |   1067 respect

 Josh Willingham, one of the top right-handed bats left on the market, is now a Minnesota Twin.

12/13/11   |   Scott   |   52945 respect

 Minnesota Twins sign Josh Willingham to a multi-year deal. 

12/13/11   |   Scott   |   52945 respect

 Dontrelle Willis signs a 1 year deal with the Phillies

12/12/11   |   kramer   |   11004 respect

Thanks to Dan for finding this one...with the signing of Ramirez, McGhee just became expendable, and the Bucs traded reliever Jose Veras to the Brew-crew in exchange for McGhee.  That's a huge pick up.  McGhee may have had a "down year," but that's still much better numbers than Alvarez had last year, although I'm hearing he'll probably play first base.  That means Derrek Lee is definitely not re-signing sadly.  However, I'll gladly take McGhee in exchange for a guy who has a problem with walking the lead-off man.

12/12/11   |   Dan_B   |   1067 respect

 Aaron Rowand to the Marlins. Perhaps he can resurrect his career in Miami. 

12/12/11   |   Scott   |   52945 respect

 Looks like the Chicago Cubs/Milwaukee Brewers rivalry gets a little bit more interesting with Aramis Ramirez heading to the Brewers

12/12/11   |   Dan_B   |   1067 respect

Takashi Saito to the Diamondbacks

12/8/11   |   Dream_Machine   |   13227 respect

Pulled an "Asomugha".... What'd I Say? Condolences Scott, Rick, etc. I Felt Sad With Griffey Left for Cinci, Well At Least You Guys Got Help With 2 WS Titles.

12/8/11   |   Dan_B   |   1067 respect

 Yu Darvish is coming to the states. Let the bidding begin....

12/8/11   |   Scott   |   52945 respect

Albert Pujols is taking his talents out west, agreeing to a 10 year deal with the Angels between $250-260 million.  Quite honestly, this might be the best move the Cardinals didn't make. 

12/7/11   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

Dan_B wrote:
 Can't be too upset with extending Kemp, I'd think? Not happy with the Hairston and Capuano signings though?

Well, looking at who the Dodgers have signed so far...

Capuano: Not a bad year, but 2 years, $10 million is a risk for a guy that's had two Tommy John surgeries.

Mark Ellis: Three years ago, it wouldn't be a bad signing, but now he's old and always injured.

Harang: Has had one year with a 100 OPS+ (and it was exactly 100) in the last four years. Last year's raw numbers were totally a function of PETCO. K rate dropping. Exactly who I want to give 2 years, $12 million to.

12/7/11   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

(Edited by Eric_)

Cheap one year deal ($1.75 million with some performance bonuses) hoping to catch lightning in a bottle. The Bedard deal is probably similar (well, $4.5 million, but the pitching market is always overinflated). I'm not sure what happened to McLouth exactly, but he's only 30, so at that price, it's worth seeing if he has anything left.

Edit: Since you made the comparison, Ludwick and McLouth were basically the same player last year (.237/.310/.363, 90 OPS+ vs. .228/.344/.333, 89 OPS+), so if McLouth's cheaper, that's probably the way to go.

12/7/11   |   kramer   |   11004 respect

Joe_L wrote:
Pirates have signed Erik Bedard.
Pirates have agreed to terms on a one-year contract with Nate McLouth.

Ever since he left, McCutchen has made me say on a nightly basis "Nate WHO?"  Why in the hell is he being brought back?  He hasn't done crap since he left Pittsburgh a couple years ago, and one year with him back is one year too much.  I'm sure the answer is he's cheaper than Ludwick, but I'd much rather have Ludwick as opposed to McClouth who has seemed to be at this point nothing more than a flash in the pan the year he made the All-Star team.

12/7/11   |   Dream_Machine   |   13227 respect

Dan_B wrote:
I completely forgot to include the moves the Mets made yesterday. Signed two serviceable relievers in Frank Francisco and Jon Rauch and they also dealt outfielder Angel Pagan to San Francisco for fellow outfielder Andres Torres and reliever Ramon Ramirez. All told, the Mets bullpen got a lot better yesterday.

Why Would Take Both The Blue Jays Closer And Setup Man Or Vice-Versa of Last Season? Santos Alone Isn't Going To Solve things For The Blue Jays, But Anyways, Mets Win (< Ovymoron Almost)

12/7/11   |   Dream_Machine   |   13227 respect

If Pujols Doesn't Go Back To STL, I Have a Feeling He Might Pull an "Asomugha"! That'll Be Some S**t! Out Of Nowhere, The (Mariners, Blue Jays, etc.) Snag Him...Lol.

12/7/11   |   Scott   |   52945 respect

 Being reported now that Lozano has called the Marlins and told them they are OUT of the running for Pujols.  Looks like that slimeball got what he wanted from Miami and the Cardinals fell for the bait hook, line and sinker

12/7/11   |   ohwell_   |   16341 respect

Pujols talks NOT over.    Yet.     Glad we can help him get what he wants $$$$$

We also signed Heath Bell a couple of days ago.

12/7/11   |   Scott   |   52945 respect

Mark_Guerrero wrote:
Here's why you are wrong. 1. Marlin finally have a new stadium and can finally make a real profit instead of all the money going to the dolphins. 2.Miami is filled with cubans and baseball is all that matters to cubans 3.new stadium is in little Havana near downtown instead of the middle of nowhere for most of Miami. 4.retractable roof. No more fans burning in 115 degree heat in July. 5.Miami is a winning city. If you win they will come.

It's a little to early to assume.  That's why Loria is taking a huge risk spending money like the Yankees before the team even plays their first game in their new stadium.  I get why he's doing it but it's still a huge risk financially for a team that in it's history has struggled to make $$$

12/7/11   |   Scott   |   52945 respect

Marlins continue to act like the Yankees and spend money.  This time, they pick up Mark Buehrle for $58 million over 4 years

12/7/11   |   Joe_L   |   12372 respect

Pirates have signed Erik Bedard.
Pirates have agreed to terms on a one-year contract with Nate McLouth.

12/7/11   |   Dan_B   |   1067 respect

More updates:
1. David Ortiz, who allegedly was looking for a three-year contract, has reportedly accepted Boston's arbitration offer, meaning he will be back in a Red Sox uniform on a one-year deal.
2. The Pittsburgh Pirates will apparently sign outfielder Nate McLouth (a former Pirate) and left-handed pitcher Erik Bedard.
3. The Padres have acquired closer Huston Street from the division-rival Rockies in exchange for a player to be named later. 

12/7/11   |   Dan_B   |   1067 respect

I completely forgot to include the moves the Mets made yesterday. Signed two serviceable relievers in Frank Francisco and Jon Rauch and they also dealt outfielder Angel Pagan to San Francisco for fellow outfielder Andres Torres and reliever Ramon Ramirez. All told, the Mets bullpen got a lot better yesterday.

12/7/11   |   Dan_B   |   1067 respect

The New York Yankees have reportedly won the bidding rights to Hiroyuki Nakajima, a shortstop from Japan. I wonder what they plan to do with him in regards to Mr. Jeter.... 

12/7/11   |   Mark_Guerrero   |   91 respect

Mark_Guerrero wrote:
No I'm off the wall right. Marlins were nothing more then above average by September so nice try. Fans arnt going to burn in 115 degree heat on a Saturday day afternoon in august when the fish are 6 games out of the wild card. so once again nice try

Oh don't forget they draw more fans then tampa who play in a dome and Oakland who play in beautiful bay area weather

12/7/11   |   Mark_Guerrero   |   91 respect

kramer wrote:
Your #5 is off the wall wrong because prior to the 2011 season, the Marlins had some very competitive teams and were in the thick of the race competing in September, and you could still count the fans in the outfield.

No I'm off the wall right. Marlins were nothing more then above average by September so nice try. Fans arnt going to burn in 115 degree heat on a Saturday day afternoon in august when the fish are 6 games out of the wild card. so once again nice try

12/7/11   |   kramer   |   11004 respect

Mark_Guerrero wrote:
Here's why you are wrong. 1. Marlin finally have a new stadium and can finally make a real profit instead of all the money going to the dolphins. 2.Miami is filled with cubans and baseball is all that matters to cubans 3.new stadium is in little Havana near downtown instead of the middle of nowhere for most of Miami. 4.retractable roof. No more fans burning in 115 degree heat in July. 5.Miami is a winning city. If you win they will come.

Your #5 is off the wall wrong because prior to the 2011 season, the Marlins had some very competitive teams and were in the thick of the race competing in September, and you could still count the fans in the outfield.

12/6/11   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

It's officially the Winter Meetings. We have a mystery team in the Pujols race.

12/6/11   |   Mark_Guerrero   |   91 respect

Scott wrote:
 Marlins are interested in both CJ Wilson AND Albert Pujols.  Still can't believe MLB allowed the Marlins to hoard all that luxury tax money so they could spent it all when the new stadium was about to open.  Regardless, I still cant see baseball getting over in South Beach.  Short term, it might draw people.  Long term, I see Loria and Samson blowing the team up 3 or 4 years down the line...hence the reason why they dont offer no trade clauses

Here's why you are wrong. 1. Marlin finally have a new stadium and can finally make a real profit instead of all the money going to the dolphins. 2.Miami is filled with cubans and baseball is all that matters to cubans 3.new stadium is in little Havana near downtown instead of the middle of nowhere for most of Miami. 4.retractable roof. No more fans burning in 115 degree heat in July. 5.Miami is a winning city. If you win they will come.

12/6/11   |   Dan_B   |   1067 respect

Eric_ wrote:
As an aside, if anyone can figure out what exactly the Dodgers have been doing, please let me know, because all their offseason moves so far have made me . Thanks.

 Can't be too upset with extending Kemp, I'd think? Not happy with the Hairston and Capuano signings though?

12/6/11   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

As an aside, if anyone can figure out what exactly the Dodgers have been doing, please let me know, because all their offseason moves so far have made me . Thanks.

12/6/11   |   Dan_B   |   1067 respect

 Agreed. And the Marlins have been great at the "flash in the pan" success. Two trips to the playoffs, two World Series teams and then two fire sales. (For more on fire sales, I give you Tobias Funke: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LHs9Rf7L8_U)

12/6/11   |   Scott   |   52945 respect

 Marlins are interested in both CJ Wilson AND Albert Pujols.  Still can't believe MLB allowed the Marlins to hoard all that luxury tax money so they could spent it all when the new stadium was about to open.  Regardless, I still cant see baseball getting over in South Beach.  Short term, it might draw people.  Long term, I see Loria and Samson blowing the team up 3 or 4 years down the line...hence the reason why they dont offer no trade clauses

12/6/11   |   Dan_B   |   1067 respect

 And now the White Sox have dealt their closer, Sergio Santos, to the Blue Jays for minor league pitcher Nestor Molina. 

12/6/11   |   Dan_B   |   1067 respect

 And the Twins apparently dealt Kevin Slowey to the Rockies for a PTBNL. Woop-di-do. 

12/6/11   |   Scott   |   52945 respect

 Looks like the Marlins have played right into Dan Lozano's hands and offered Albert Pujols a 10 year deal.  So much for those reports they thought he was older then he says he is.  Ball is now in the Cardinals court to make some sort of counter-offer

12/5/11   |   kramer   |   11004 respect

Dear Pirates, pay Derrek Lee the amount that will make him stay for a full year!