All you need to know: MLB rumors, news roundup for Jan. 15
Clayton Kershaw's historic extension headlined a relatively busy day of baseball news. Lots of players agreed to contracts to avoid arbitration.
The biggest pitching contract in baseball history (but only the second largest contract of the offseason!) was handed out on Wednesday. The Los Angeles Dodgers and ace left-hander Clayton Kershaw agreed to a seven-year, $215 million deal with an opt-out after the fifth year. It is the richest contract in history in terms of average annual value ($30.7 million).
The Dodgers and Kershaw hammered out the deal two days before the deadline for teams and arbitration-eligible players to file salary figures. One-hundred-and-forty-six players officially filed for arbitration on Tuesday and a bunch of them will sign new contracts before Friday's filing deadline. Here's a recap of Wednesday's hot stove news.
Arizona Diamondbacks : Agreed to a two-year, $2.425 million deal with RHP Josh Collmenter . The deal includes a club option for 2016 and a mutual option for 2017 that can push the total value to $6.5 million. (Fox Sports)
Dodgers: Agreed to a seven-year, $215 million contract extension with LHP Clayton Kershaw.
Seattle Mariners : Agreed to a one-year, $2.3 million contract with OF Michael Saunders . (Seattle Times)
New York Mets : Agreed to a one-year, $1.1 million deal with SS Ruben Tejada . (CBSSports.com's Jon Heyman)
Texas Rangers : Agreed to a one-year, $2.2 million deal with LHP Neal Cotts . (Fort Worth Star-Telegram)
Boston Red Sox : Agreed to a one-year, $2.15 million contract with RHP Burke Badenhop . (WEEI.com)
FREE AGENT SIGNINGS
Milwaukee Brewers : Signed LHP Zach Duke to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training. (MLB.com)
Chicago Cubs : Agreed to a minor league contract with UTIL Chris Coghlan . He will earn $800,000 if he makes the big league team. (Heyman)
Baltimore Orioles : Agreed to terms with OF Tyler Colvin. The deal, which is pending a physical, is believed to be a guaranteed major league contract (Baltimore Sun) ... Agreed to a minor league contract with RHP Alfredo Aceves. He can earn up to $3 million with incentives. (USA Today)
DH Travis Hafner : Has retired and taken a coaching position with Division II Notre Dame College, the school announced.
RUMORS & SPECULATION
IF Mark Reynolds : Has several offers in hand and is likely to sign by the end of the week. The Washington Nationals are among the teams interested in signing him. (Washington Post)
Los Angeles Angels : Owner Arte Moreno confirmed the team has had discussion with RHP Matt Garza but they did not meet with Masahiro Tanaka. He also said there is "nothing to speak of" regarding a contract extension for Mike Trout . (Fox Sports)
Dodgers: Even after signing Dan Haren and extending Kershaw, they still want to add another starter. Bronson Arroyo is on their "short list," but ownership would need to approve signing Tanaka. (Fox Sports)