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2018 Major/Minor League Baseball Season News:
Baseball News: March 19th, 2018
Texas Rangers: Rangers acquire 1B Tommy Joseph off waivers from Phillies.
- Tommy Joseph was the odd man out of Philadelphia after the team signed free agent Jake Arrietta. Now a Texas Ranger, Tommy Joseph will serve as the Texas Rangers backup first baseman to Joey Gallo this upcoming season. It will not shock us if the Rangers decide to demote Ryan Rua the minor leagues at some point.
Cleveland Indians: Indians release Melvin Upton Jr. from minor league deal.
- Melvin Upton Jr. signed with the Cleveland Indians months after being released from his minor league contract by the San Francisco Giants this past August. Melvin Upton had every shot to join the Indians opening day roster as a reserve outfielder but his .189 average this spring ended his chances. Melvin Upton, 33, is now entering his journeyman phase and will look to join his sixth club in his MLB career. He will have to take a minor league contract.
Oakland Athletics: A’s sign pitcher Trevor Cahill to a one-year $1.5 million dollar deal.
- He is coming home. Trevor Cahill is returning to Oakland after spending six seasons with five different clubs. Cahill, 30, did not have the biggest market this offseason and is signing with the A’s late into spring training. Trevor Cahill will likely be on the field late this week with the Oakland Athletics who will likely use him in the bullpen to start the year and use him as an emergency starter down the stretch.
Baseball News: February 24th, 2018
Minnesota Twins: Twins sign shortstop Erick Aybar to minor league deal.
- The aging Erick Aybar did not have a big free agent market this winter as this is the only time his name has been linked to any team. The contract carries an invitation to spring training and should Aybar win a reserve role with the Twins he will also earn $1.25 million in incentives should earn a spot on their roster. Erick Aybar will be in a spring battle against Ehire Adriananza for the backup shortstop role and according to Rotoworld, they predict that Aybar could fill in for Miguel Sano at third due to potential disciplinary actions.
Baseball News: February 23rd, 2018
Detroit Tigers: Tigers sign pitcher Francisco Liriano.
- This offseason, Francisco Liriano had a relatively quiet market as it was rumored that division rival Minnesota Twins were possibly interested in a reunion but, it was the Tigers who struck first. At age 34, Francisco Liriano has taken some steps back in his career but has still stayed around as a veteran presence in the backend of a team’s rotation or in the bullpen. Francisco Liriano will join the Detroit Tigers as a veteran and will get the chance to battle for a spot in the backend of the Tigers pitching rotation.
Baseball News: February 15th, 2018
Baltimore Orioles: Orioles sign pitcher Andrew Cashner.
- This offseason, Andrew Cashner received a fair amount of interest from teams like the Toronto Blue Jays and the Texas Rangers but it was the Orioles who struck the deal. Cashner’s deal with the Orioles is 2-years, $16 million dollars and according to Chris Cotillo the contract has a 2020 vesting option and a $5 million dollar performance bonus. Last season, Andrew Cashner went 11-11 with a 3.40 ERA in 28 games for the Texas Rangers. Andrew Cashner will serve in the back of the rotation for the Orioles as Gausman, Bundy and Ynoa work the top to middle of the rotation.
Baseball News: February 12th, 2018
St. Louis Cardinals: Cardinals sign pitcher Bud Norris.
- According to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the St. Louis Cardinals signed pitcher Bud Norris to a one-year major league deal. Bud Norris, 32, spent 2017 with the Los Angeles Angels in which he was prominently used out of the bullpen and even served as the team’s closer. Norris’s role as a closer came to an end in August as Cam Bedrosian returned from injury, Norris ended his 2017 season with a 2-6 record, 4.21 ERA and 19 saves in 60 games. Upon joining the Cardinals, Bud Norris seems likely to be remaining in the bullpen for the Cardinals but with him being a former starter we suggest not to count out a move to the rotation in 2018 for Norris. (Source: Derrick Goold)
Baseball News: January 15th, 2018
Washington Nationals: Nationals re-sign Howie Kendrick to a 2-year contract.
- After having a very quiet market this offseason, the Washington Nationals and Howie Kendrick have re-upped on a 2-year, $7 million dollar deal. Howie Kendrick, 34, was not linked to a lot of teams this offseason with the only known interest coming from the New York Mets who looked at him at second base for the 2018 season, but nothing came from that. Howie Kendrick will now return to Washington serving as a bench piece for the team. Kendrick had a .315/.368/.475 batting line in 2017.
Baseball News: January 10th, 2018
Miami Marlins: Newly acquired shortstop Starlin Castro asks for trade?
- This has been coming as the Miami Marlins were prepared to trade away Starlin Castro after acquiring him in the deal with the Yankees for Giancarlo Stanton last month. The Miami Marlins plan this offseason was to cut payroll and Starlin Castro’s falls into the Marlins chopping block. Starlin Castro, 27, is due $10.8 million in 2018 but also $11.8 million in 2019 and a $16 million dollar option in 2020 but the Marlins don’t want to pay it. The fast flip of a Starlin Castro has failed for the Marlins so now only time will tell. It will not shock us if teams like the New York Mets and the Detroit Tigers could show interest in Castro at some point. (Source: Ken Rosenthal)
New York Mets: Mets and Jay Bruce agree to terms on a deal.
- After waiving Jay Bruce this past season, the New York Mets and Jay Bruce agreed to terms on a loaded three-year contract. The terms of the contract are as followed, Bruce will make $10 million in 2018, and $14.5 million in 2019 and 2020. Jay Bruce, 30, had a really strong free agent market this offseason as he gained strong but mutual interest from the San Francisco Giants but it was the Mets that struck the deal. Entering age 31 season, Jay Bruce will return to right field for the New York Mets adding another veteran piece alongside Yoenis Cespedes in the outfield heading into 2018 and beyond.
Baseball News: December 7th, 2017
New York Yankees: Yankees re-sign pitcher CC Sabathia.
- The New York Yankees and CC Sabathia have decided to re-up and sign a one-year contract. During the Winter Meetings, Sabathia had a lot of interest from teams like the Los Angeles Angels and the Toronto Blue Jays but that turned out to be just interest and no meetings took place. The Yankees have a lack of depth in the middle of the rotation and with the re-signing of Sabathia, it adds depth back into the rotation. The Yankees and the Pirates are still talking about Gerrit Cole and should a trade workout involving top prospect Clint Frazier the Yankees rotation could be one of the best in baseball today. (Source: Mark Feinsand)
Baseball News: December 5th, 2017
Texas Rangers: Rangers and pitcher Mike Minor agree to deal.
- Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic has confirmed that former Kansas City Royals pitcher Mike Minor and the Texas Rangers agreed to terms on a contract. The exact details of the deal is not yet known but what is known is that the Rangers do plan on using Minor in their rotation. This past season, Mike Minor made his return after missing all of 2015 and 2016 due to injury and was very productive out of the pen for the Royals posting a 6-6 record, 2.55 ERA, 88 strikeouts. The Texas Rangers are making attempts to add depth in the rotation and so far it has worked in their favor with the addition of Doug Fister last week and now Mike Minor. Mike Minor is figured to be penciled in as the Rangers #4 pitcher behind Hamels, Perez and Fister. (Source: Ken Rosenthal)
Baseball News: November 25th, 2017
Minnesota Twins: ByungHo Park to return to Korea in 2018.
- Signed as a free agent in 2015 to become the future first baseman for the Twins, ByungHo Park will be returning to Korea in 2018 and sign with his former team, the Nexen Heroes. ByungHo Park, 31, spent only two seasons with the Twins primarily playing for the team’s AAA affiliate the Rochester Red Wings. In 2016, Park played in only 62 games at the MLB level batting an awful .191 but showed signs of his power as hit 12 home runs and bringing in 24 RBI’s. Upon signing with the Heroes, Park will leave his $6 million dollars behind to return home. It will be a homecoming for Park in 2018.
Baseball News: November 7th, 2017
Los Angeles Dodgers: Dodgers decline Andre Either’s club option.
- Andre Ethier, 35, has taken huge steps back over the past couple of seasons due in part to numerous injuries derailing him. This past season, Ethier played in only 22 games during the regular season due to a herniated disc sustained in spring training. Andre Either returned to the Dodgers lineup in September but was limited to only 34 at-bats and finished the season with .235 average with 2 home runs and 3 RBI’s.The decision to not re-sign Ethier does not come as a shock as the injuries and the amount of money they can save and use toward free agency. Andre Ethier will get a chance with another team this winter but a roster spot won’t be guaranteed. Ethier will receive a $2.5 million dollar buyout.