Tag:MLB Rumors
Posted on: November 28, 2010 1:20 pm
Edited on: November 28, 2010 2:47 pm

Yankees increase offer to Jeter

Derek Jeter It wouldn't be a day here on Facts & Rumors without a Derek Jeter update, would it?

Sports Illustrated 's Jon Heyman reports the Yankees are expected to increase their offer to Jeter, to "in the $50 million range for three years."

If that's true, it appears the Yankees are softening a bit on their hard-line stance of telling him to find a better contract than the three-years, $45 million they've already offered. However, even with the increased offer, the Yankees will not budge from cutting Jeter's $21 million salary from 2010.

Jeter, 36, hit .270/.340/.370 with 10 home runs in 2010, numbers down across the board from 2009, and perhaps signs of a player in decline (which, you know, happens in the late 30s.)

Jeter's camp seems to be stuck on his value to the team away from the field, but the Yankees have survived the end of Babe Ruth, Joe DiMaggio and Mickey Mantle, so somehow I think the franchise could survive without Jeter.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: November 28, 2010 1:05 pm
Edited on: November 29, 2010 7:48 am

Marlins sign RHP Vazquez

Javier Vazquez Right-hander Javier Vazquez is close to a deal with the Florida Marlins, Bill Ladson of MLB.com reports .

Vazquez was 10-10 with a  5.32 ERA in 31 games (26 starts) for the Yankees last season, but was left off the postseason roster.

Vazquez has been an effective innings-eater for most of his career, tallying 200-plus innings every season since 2000, except for his two years with the Yankees (198 innings in 2004) and 157 1/3 innings last season.

Vazquez has also tallied at least 10 wins in every year since winning 11 for the Expos in 2000. A solid back of the rotation starter (especially in the National League), Vazquez will help solidify the team's rotation of Josh Johnson, Ricky Nolasco, Anibal Sanchez and Chris Volstad.

Vazquez will likely demand more than $10 million per season, so he seems to be a pretty high-priced fifth starter, but the Marlins now have their Dan Uggla savings.

Last week, ESPN.com's Jayson Stark reported Vazquez is looking for a one-year deal, even turning down two multi-year deals worth more than $10 million per year. The Nationals were among teams reportedly interested in the 34-year old.

Despite his disappointing season in New York, Vazquez is still a Type B free agent and was offered arbitration by the Yankees, so the team would receive a compensation pick when he signs elsewhere.

UPDATE: Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com tweets the one-year deal is done.

UPDATE: Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com tweets the deal "will be in the $6 to $7 million range." If so, that's a pretty good deal for the Marlins. Vazquez has a home in the area and may be trying to get a long-term deal off a good year in Florida.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: November 27, 2010 8:40 pm
Edited on: November 27, 2010 8:41 pm

Report Yankees made Jeter even lower offer

Derek Jeter
The whole idea of a negotiation is that two sides start apart and work toward the middle, but it's starting to look like the Yankees and Derek Jeter started really far apart.

The reported offer the Yankees made to Jeter last week, three years at $45 million, was not the first, according to Ian O'Connor of ESPNNewYork.com. That was a second, upgraded offer after Jeter rejected a three-year deal for less. I don't know at what point you could say the Yankees tried to lowball him -- $15 million a year is considerably more than Jeter would command in the marketplace judged on strictly baseball terms -- but if they came out at three years for say (and this is pure speculation) $35 million, you can see why Jeter and agent Casey Close would have been taken aback. Especially if, as reported, Jeter was thinking more like six years at $150 million.

Of course, it conveniently leaked late Friday that Jeter never asked for 6/$150, and wants a much more reasonable four or five years at $23-24 million a year. So it appears that maybe the Yankees have come up, and Jeter has come down. Progress!

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: November 27, 2010 7:10 pm
Edited on: November 27, 2010 7:11 pm

Lee talks could intensify in coming days

Cliff Lee
Very little has been heard so far about the race for the winter's top free agent, left-handed ace Cliff Lee. No hard numbers about years or money have come out, and we're not even sure who's in the mix.

But those involved tell ESPN's Buster Olney that the next week could see things heat up, and Lee might even be prepared to choose a team during the winter meetings, which run December 6-9.

"We've got a fair number of teams trying to work through the process," Darek Braunecker, Lee's agent, said. "It's probably fair to say we've got a half-dozen teams in the mix."

The two main players for Lee, both of whom have publicly stated interest, are the Yankees and the team Lee finished 2010 with, the Rangers. It's assumed the Yankees will be able to top any financial offer, and Lee could be in line for the largest contract ever given to a pitcher. The Nationals have acknowledged being in on talks for Lee, and speculation has put the Cubs, Phillies and Red Sox in the mix. Is that the exact half-dozen Braunecker referred to? Impossible to say at this point.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: November 26, 2010 9:04 pm
Edited on: November 26, 2010 9:06 pm

Another Jeter salary demand leaked

Derek Jeter In today's least surprising development, we're now hearing new Derek Jeter salary demands.

First, here's the news -- the New York Times cites "a person in baseball who had been briefed on the matter" as saying Jeter and agent Casey Close are asking the Yankees for a new contract worth either four or five years at $23 to $24 million a year.

In addition to the regular news value -- that the team is about looking for fewer years at $8 million or $9 million left -- there's the public relations battle.

Before the end of the season, there was a general feeling that this deal would be done quickly and rather privately. Instead, it's turned into a battle. It was a battle Jeter, the team's most iconic player since Mickey Mantle, was sure to win. And he was even winning it early.

However, it came out earlier this week that the Yankees were offering three years and $45 million, which sounded fair for a 36-year old shortstop who is coming off not only a 10-year contract, but also his worst statistical season ever.

And then came the bombshell today , that Jeter wanted six years and $150 million. That report came from Bill Madden of the New York Daily News . Later in the day, when it became apparent Jeter was losing in the court of public opinion, Close came out and called the report "simply inaccurate," before declining to elaborate. Close must publicly take the high road, because late last season Major League Baseball and the players association came to an agreement to stop discussing contract negotiations in the media, even though nobody expected that to happen, they have to play it lip service.

Is it any surprise that a couple of hours after Close declined further comment, the paper of record in New York has an anonymous report with lower numbers? It really isn't. What's even funnier, is that it appears this leak took the numbers Madden had and just said, oh, take off a year or two and a million or two -- because, really, that means he's asking for less, right? And that's more palatable to the common man.

Oh well, on a day dominated by college football, at least there's been a little baseball action.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: November 26, 2010 6:38 pm
Edited on: April 18, 2011 12:13 pm

Dodgers still shopping

The Dodgers made today's big news, signing free-agent starter Jon Garland, but the team isn't finished spending.

On the conference call announcing the move, Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti said he's still looking for a bat and a reliever. He's also needs to decide on what to do at catcher, according to this tweet from Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times .

The Dodgers were expected to be hamstrung by the divorce of owner Frank McCourt, but they've re-signed Ted Lilly and Hiroki Kuroda in addition to signing Garland.

It's unlikely the Dodgers can afford one of the higher-priced free agents like Carl Crawford, Jayson Werth or Adam Dunn.

The Dodgers have three catchers on their 40-man roster, but could choose to non-tender Russell Martin. The team also has A.J. Ellis and Hector Gimenez on the 40-man roster. The team didn't offer arbitration to free-agent catcher Rod Barajas this week.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans 

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Posted on: November 26, 2010 4:36 pm

Twins will use Nishioka at 2B

The Twins will use Tsuyoshi Nishioka at second base, a source tells FOXSports.com's Jon Paul Morosi .

Nishioka played both shortstop and second base in Japan for the Chiba Lotte Marines, and most scouts predicted him as a second baseman here.

Orlando Hudson, last year's second baseman, is a Type B free agent and not expected to return to Minnesota.

J.J. Hardy was this year's shortstop, but the Twins would certainly like to upgrade at that position, although there's hardly an obvious free agent candidate (besides Derek Jeter, of course). The trade market for shortstop is definitely a seller's market, so the team may choose not to upgrade that spot or hope Nishioka surprises them when he gets to spring training.

The Twins won the bidding to negotiate with Nishioka and their 30-day window to negotiate with him began today.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: November 26, 2010 3:45 pm
Edited on: November 26, 2010 6:01 pm

Dodgers add Garland

The day after Thanksgiving, the Dodgers are buying some Garland -- Jon Garland. The team has reached an agreement with the right-hander, Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times  tweets .

Yeah, I know, it's awful. But I was dared to make a Garland joke. So I did. And I feel dirty.

Anyway, Garland was 14-12 with a 3.47 ERA for the Padres last season, finishing with 200 innings pitched. Since his first full season in the majors in 2002 with the White Sox, Garland has thrown at least 190 innings every year and has pitched at least 200 innings in six of the last seven years, throwing 196 2/3 for the Angels in 2008.

Garland finished the 2009 season with the Dodgers before signing a one-year deal with the Padres as a free agent in January.

The Padres offered him arbitration, but he's a Type B free agent, so the Dodgers won't have to surrender a draft pick.

UPDATE: According to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com (via Twitter ), Garland's deal is for one year and there's a vesting option, related to number of innings pitched.

UPDATE: The Times ' Steve Dilbeck points out that Garland fills out the Dodgers rotation, and at least on paper in November, it seems to be a pretty good one -- Clayton Kershaw, Chad Billingsley, Ted Lilly, Hiroki Kuroda and Garland.

UPDATE: OK, so consensus around the Twitterverse is that the deal is worth $5 million with incentives, plus a vesting option if Garland pitches 190 innings.

UPDATE: Rosenthal adds this detail (via Twitter ) -- Garland's base salary is $5 million and he has another $3 million in bonuses at 150 innings pitched and 190 innings pitched. -- C. Trent Rosecrans 

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