All you need to know: MLB news, rumors for Jan. 31
Our daily roundup includes hits on the Cubs, Angels, Rangers, Orioles, Marlins, Rays, Reds and more.
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.
The lefty starter is coming off a terrible season
After acquiring Ian Kinsler and Zack Cozart in recent days, the Angels are trending upward
Cozart's coming off a big season as the Reds' shortstop
The veteran slugger spent the last eight seasons with Cleveland
The Padres may be poised for an active winter
Yes, Bryce Harper is going to make a lot of money next winter