Stoking The Fire – Week 7: Bullet Version Of Free Agent Signings + Trades This Winter
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2014 Winter Transactions
Dodgers Sign SP Dan Haren -1 YR/$10 MIL: Great Depth move for the probable 2014 NL West Division champs!
Rays Sign C Jose Molina – 2 YRs/$4.5 MIL: Great Defensive Catcher, club doesn’t spend a ton either.
Cards Sign SS/OF – Jhonny Peralta 4 YRs/$52 MIL: Hate the PED aspect of this – smart deal for Cards.
Angels Sign RP – Joe Smith 3 YRs/$15.75 MIL: The club still needs 4 more relievers and 3 starters.
Yankees Sign C – Brian McCann 5 YRs/$85 MIL (6th Year Option at $15 MIL): Great early strike for the Bombers!
Red Sox Trade for RP Burke Badenhop: Depth move.
Mets Sign OF Chris Young – 1 YR/$7.25 MIL: Disclaimer – had to have his middle initial B. as to not confuse with the pitcher Chris Young. Brutal deal – wasting money..
Royals Sign P Jason Vargas – 4 YRs/$32 MIL: Underrated guy/
Padres sign SP Josh Johnson – 1 YR/$8 MIL (with $1.25 MIL for 26 Starts): JJ went to the right place to get right…could be his last stop.
Orioles sign Edgmer Escalona – 1 Year Major League Contract: very minor deal
Indians sign OF: David Murphy – 2 YRs/$12 MIL (3rd year Team Option $7 MIL): Good depth move, not sure it will work out.
Giants sign SP Tim Hudson – 2 YRs/$23 MIL: Smart move after declining on Zito.
Rockies sign RP LaTroy Hawkins – 1 YR/$2.25 MIL – Smart move for a Veteran leader to cover Betancourt’s.
Reds sign 2B/OF Skip Schumaker – 2 YRs/$5 MIL: Depth in case they trade Phillips
Phillies sign Carlos Ruiz – 3 YRs/$26.5 MIL: Good deal based on limited Catchers now.
A’s exercise team option on Brett Anderson SP 2014 – 1 YR/$8 MIL: 2015 Team Option is still $12.0 MIL or $1.5 Buyout: He better pitch good in 2014, otherwise he will be elsewhere in 2015.
Rockies and player exercise Team Option Matt Belisle RP – 1 YR/$4.25 MIL: Rox will need Bullpen to be solid again.
Athletics Exercise their Team Option on OF Coco Crisp – 1 YR/$7.5 MIL: Crisp was the underrated MVP of the 2014 year.
Rays sign OF David DeJesus – 2 YRs/$10.25 MIL – 3rd Year Team Option for $4.25: The Rays are always diligent with their FA signings/
Rockies exercise Team Option SP Jorge De La Rosa – 1 YR/$11 MIL: Bounce back year for De La Rosa in 2013, can he duplicate in Denver for 2014? Hard to do that at Coors Field
Rangers sign RP Jason Frasor – 1 YR/$1.75 MIL: Rangers Bullpen is a big plus.
Rays exercise Club Option SS Yunel Escobar – 1 YR/$5 MIL – 2015 Team Option is also $5 MIL. He came up big in the 2nd half – and his deal of one year Team Options falls in Rays way.
Blue Jays exercise Club Option on RP Casey Janssen – 1 YR/$4 MIL: Great year of a Closer that was missed out because the team was poor.
Yankees sign SS Derek Jeter – 1 YR/$12 MIL: The Yankees overpaid by $4 MIL, and what is worse, the Team Captain didn’t help them by accepting the deal – in a year of the Luxury Tax.
Red Sox exercised Team Option SP Jon Lester – 1 YR/$13 MIL: No brainer, only too bad for Lester that he wasn’t a FA now.
Athletics sign INF Nick Punto – 1 YR/$3 MIL with a 2015 Team Option for additional $2.5 MIL: An overpay – albeit minor scale – but Billy Beane never makes that many errors.
Royals exercised Team Option 2014 on SP James Shields – 1 YR/$13.5 MIL: KC sign this guy long – term now
Rangers sign C Geovany Soto – 1 YR/$3.05 MIL:
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Posted on November 26, 2013, in The Rest: Everything Baseball and tagged brett anderson, Brian McCann, burke badenhop, Casey Janssen, chris young, coco crisp, dan haren, david Dejesus, david freese, david murphy, derek jeter, geovany soto, ian kinsler, james shields, Jason Frasor, Jason Vargas, jerry dipoto, jhonny peralta, Joe Smith, jon lester, jorge de la rosa, jose molina, josh johnson, LaTroy Hawkins, matt belisle, mlb free agency 2014, prince fielder, Skip Schumaker, yunel escobar. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.