All you need to know: MLB news and rumors roundup for Dec. 21
Saturday saw a big name leave the free agent board, so let's recap that and everything else that's worth knowing.
The big news Saturday was of the course the Rangers' agreeing to terms with Shin-Soo Choo on a seven-year, $130-million pact. While making note of that whopper, let's also have a look at everything else you need to know for Dec. 21 ...
SIGNINGS AND AGREEMENTS
- Diamondbacks: Signed catcher Henry Blanco to a minor-league contract ... Also signed INF Andy Marte to a minor-league deal.
- Giants: Have sold the rights of infielder Brett Pill to the KIA Tigers of Korea. Pill subsequently agreed to terms with KIA on a one-year deal.
- Rangers: Agreed to terms with OF Shin-Soo Choo on a seven-year, deal worth $130 million, as our own Jon Heyman reported.
RUMORS, SPECULATION, ETC.
- Orioles: If the O's don't wind up finding a closer on the free agent or trade market (Fernando Rodney or Jonathan Papelbon, for instance), then they may give the job to right-hander Tommy Hunter ... MASN's Roch Kubatko posits that Ryan Flaherty is the favorite to be the team's second baseman this season.
- Reds: GM Walt Jocketty reiterated that Billy Hamilton will likely open the season as the starting center fielder now that Shin-Soo Choo has signed elsewhere. (John Fay, Cincinnati Enquirer) ... Our own Mike Axisa recently wrote about Hamilton's near-term outlook.
Where might the Orioles third baseman land?
Kinsler will slot in at second base for the Angels
The Marlins got a better return for Ozuna than Stanton or Gordon
The two teams are going about things in very different ways
The Marlins are indeed in teardown mode under new ownership
The Marlins still have more attractive pieces