MLB Player News
Lefty David Price has agreed to a seven-year, $217 million contract with the Boston Red Sox on Tuesday, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.
The Red Sox struggled to find an ace last season, so they went out and paid for one this offseason, inking one of the top two starting pitchers on the market to a hefty contract. Price, who went 18-5 with a 2.45 ERA and 225 strikeouts with the Tigers and Blue Jays last season, will remain in the AL East and is on track to start Opening Day.
Jordan Zimmermann has agreed to terms on a deal with the Detroit Tigers that's expected to net him around $110 million over five years, Jon Morosi of Fox Sports reports.
Zimmermann's deal is just pending a physical, and there's nothing to suggest he could fail it. Assuming all goes off without a hitch, he'll join Justin Verlander atop the Tigers rotation heading into 2016, though it's always possible the Tigers aren't done. Zimmermann had his worst campaign in the last five seasons in 2015, with his ERA topping 3.50 for the first time since 2010 when he broke into the league. The 29-year-old's fastball velocity also dropped over half a mile per hour, which could partially have contributed to his decline. If he can make adjustments to account for it, there's no reason to believe he can't have another effective season for his new team in 2016.
Sean Nolin will compete for a rotation spot with the A's in 2016, CSN Bay Area's Joe Stiglich reports.
Sonny Gray and Rich Hill are the only two pitchers currently on Oakland's roster who seem like locks to be in the Opening Day rotation. Jesse Hahn (forearm) will need to show he is healthy, and there are performance questions with Kendall Graveman, Chris Bassitt and Aaron Brooks, so with a strong spring Nolin could find himself in the rotation when the A's break camp. Nolin has better pure stuff than Graveman (the other pitcher acquired from Toronto in the Josh Donaldson deal), and could end up being a solid No. 3 or No. 4 starter, especially in that ballpark.
J.A. Happ signed a three-year, $36 million contract with the Toronto Blue Jays on Friday, Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com reports.
Happ pitched for the Blue Jays during the 2014 season before splitting last season between the Mariners and the Pirates. He had some home run issues with the Blue Jays last time around, but a solid finish to the 2015 season has earned him another deal with his former club. He'll likely slot in at the back end of the Blue Jays' rotation in 2016.
Pat Light battled issues with tipping pitches in 2015, WEEI.com reports.
Telegraphing pitches is fixable, so the organization recently added Light to the 40-man roster as his mid-to-high 90's fastball is far too intriguing to expose to the Rule 5 draft. Light, who will open the season at Triple-A Pawtucket, is currently pitching in the winter league for Caguas in Puerto Rico. He has a 2.25 ERA in 8.0 innings, having allowed two runs, six hits and three walks while striking out eight.
Danny Hultzen (shoulder) was outrighted to Triple-A Tacoma on Wednesday, the Seattle Times reports.
The No. 2 overall pick in the 2011 draft, he is out of options and coming of a 2015 season plagued by shoulder issues, so it's not much of a surprise that the lefty went unclaimed on waivers. Hultzen will remain in the Seattle Mariners ' organization at least through 2017, after which he can become a minor league free agent if he's not on the 40-man roster.
Kevin Gausman underwent LASIK surgery three days after the season ended, and will no longer need prescription glasses in 2016, MASN's Roch Kubatko reports.
This probably won't directly improve anything other than the young pitcher's style, but there are reasons to be bullish on him heading into 2016. Much has been made about the Baltimore Orioles mishandling the talented righty, but that won't be an option next year, as Gausman is basically a lock to be in the rotation all year. He averaged 95.2 mph on his fastball in 2015, and still has the overall repertoire to be at least a No. 3 starter.
James Paxton (finger) has spent the offseason throwing simulated games at the Seattle Mariners ' minor league complex in Arizona, Shannon Drayer of 710 ESPN Seattle reports.
Paxton threw seven simulated innings Monday and will do so again later this week before shutting down for spring training. Among his 13 starts in 2015, seven went at least six innings, while only three reached the seven-inning threshold, which the aforementioned regimen is attempting to remedy as a part of the Mariners' rotation.
Kyle Zimmer 's contract was selected by the Kansas City Royals on Friday.
The Royals wanted to protect Zimmer against the Rule 5 draft. His prospect stock is trending up after he finished 2015 strong and, more importantly, healthy. Zimmer could move fast in 2016, probably spending the bulk of the year at Triple-A, with the potential to join the big league club at the end of the year.
Taylor Guerrieri was added to the Tampa Bay Rays ' 40-man roster on Friday.
He is one of several intriguing pitching prospects in a pretty flush Rays farm system, but probably won't be fantasy relevant until at least 2017. This transaction was specifically for Rule 5 protection.