Here we are: The end of the the last month of the offseason that doesn't have players gathering together as teammates in uniform. Wake up Saturday morning and you're now in the same month that pitchers and catchers report to camp. Sure, it's not the start of the regular season or anything, but it's baseball. That's a pretty fun time of the year.
Onto the action from the last day in January, 2014.
Angels: David Freese has agreed at $5.05 million for this coming season, reports Jeff Fletcher of the OC Register. The club has also avoided arbitration with reliever Kevin Jepsen by settling at $1.4625 million, reports Alden Gonzalez of Angels.com.
REPORTS, RUMORS AND SPECULATION
Qualifying offer free agents: Ervin Santana, Ubaldo Jimenez, Nelson Cruz, Stephen Drew and Kendrys Morales all turned down a one-year, $14.1 million qualifying offer from their 2013 clubs and, thus, have draft pick compensation attached to them in the free agent market. And all five remain unsigned as we head into February. Jon Heyman takes a look at the five in a must-read.
Orioles: Rosenthal reports that the current payroll sits at around $85 million and it's expected to end up over $100 million. He also adds that "the question is how much" over $100 million.