All you need to know: MLB news, rumors from Jan. 28
Carlos Pena is an Angel, A.J. Burnett isn't going to retire after all and the Astros might hire Nolan Ryan. All this and more in a roundup of Tuesday's baseball notes.
Pitchers and catchers report within just a few weeks and there's still a decent group of starting pitchers sitting there unsigned. Things seem to be moving, even if slowly. Let's take a look at the day that was.
The Los Angeles Angels have agreed to minor league contracts with 1B/DH Carlos Pena and OF Brennan Boesch, per Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times.
The Cincinnati Reds and Aroldis Chapman have agreed on a $5 million deal for the 2014 season, avoiding arbitration (via Joel Sherman). The club was originally offering $4.6 million while Chapman was asking for $5.4, so it's a 50-50 compromise. How nice.
A.J. Burnett is not retiring, ending a few months of decision-making time. He'd previously said he would either retire or remain with the Pittsburgh Pirates , but now he's open to signing with another club.
REPORTS, RUMORS AND SPECULATION
Houston Astros : Hall of Famer and former Texas Rangers president Nolan Ryan met with the Astros owner (Jim Crane) and president (Ryan's son Reid) over a possible return to the franchise in some capacity. If he does return, expect his role to be something along the lines of "advisor" and not nearly as hands-on as he was in Texas, reports MLB.com's Brian McTaggart.
Toronto Blue Jays : Jon Heyman has a column up discussing the Blue Jays situation that is a must-read.
Jeff Baker : Several teams are interested in the services of utility man Jeff Baker, including the Miami Marlins and Washington Nationals .
Yuniesky Betancourt : The now-former MLB infielder has signed a one-year deal with the Orix Buffaloes in Japan's Nippon Professional Baseball. (Heyman)
Yoon Suk-min: The Korean export has received four offers and is currently in discussions with two of those four -- and could sign very soon, per a Korean report (via @MyKBO). We knew that previously the Minnesota Twins were in on Yoon, but that was back in late October and the Twins have already landed two starting pitchers this offseason.
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