Notes On Free Agent Signings And Acquisitions Of The Last Week
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2014 Winter Transactions Part 2
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The White Sox sign 1B Paul Konerko (37) – 1 YR/$2.5 MIL (1.0 MIL deferred to 2021).
I like this deal for the White Sox. He is the team leader and can pass on knowledge to the young guys.. Expect for them to try and trade Adam Dunn halfway through the year if Konerko is playing well.
The Rockies sign 1B Justin Morneau (32) – 2 YRs/$13 MIL.
Love this move. The Rockies could potentially see this man hit 20+ HRs and knock about 30 – 40 Doubles per year. He carries a decent average too.
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The Yankees sign OF Jacoby Ellsbury (30) – 7 YRS/$153 MIL.
The Marlins sign C Jarrod Saltalamacchia (28) – 3 YRs/$21 MIL.
Miami has to try to improve offense somewhere. “Salty” has also won before, so that kind of experience will help the franchise. Boston is smart not to go that high on him for salary.
Watch out for the Coors Field effect. If I were the Astros, I would not be selling on any Pitchers right now. This deal still works for both parties.
Stupid deal for the Padres for a Part time OF. Smith will probably be traded near the deadline next year.
The Tigers sign CL Joe Nathan (39) 2 YRs/$20 MIL (Roughly).
Athletics sign SP Scott Kazmir (29) to a 2 YR/$22 MIL.
Kazmir is perfect for the A’s.. Hit and miss stuff, and his Walk Rate is really good. O.co is a great park for him to pitch in. His signing only will open the door to flip Brett Anderson. Bravo Billy Beane.
This trade will probably not even out in the long term – as Choice has great power. This is a 2014 move for the A’s, needing 2 MLB ready players.
The A’s don’t have a spot for Choice either. Oakland hates giving players like this guy away. however they have a lot of power already on the club.
The Rays do their bargain shop (1 YR/$4.5 MIL is a low risk for a player to be their new Closer). It has worked before with Troy Percival, Kyle Farnsworth Rafael Soriano and Fernando Rodney – so why break the trend.
The Reds receive a young Starting Pitcher for a backup Catcher. The D’Backs receive some salary relief (they only have to fork out 500K to the Rays.)
The Red Sox sign C A.J. Pierzynski (37) 1 YR/$8.25 MIL.
Dumb deal for the Orioles….especially if they don’t sign a new Closer to take over. Weeks hasn’t played well in the Majors for 2 years. If he pans out, this will lighten the loss.
The Mariners sign UT Willie Bloomquist (36) to a 2 YR/$5.8 MIL deal.
Having a guy like Bloomquist alleviates a lot of need for extra bench players. He can play OF or INF, and can catch hotstreaks for BA at the plate.
The Blue Jays sign C Dioner Navarro (29) to a 2 YR/$8 MIL deal.
The club has it with J.P. Arencibia, so this was a need for the club. Navarro has power, comes from a winning pedigree having grown up in the Rays organization.
At worst, the big Catcher will be able to block a ball from skidding by him, something Arencibia was horrible at.
The Nats pilfered a #4 Starter for nobody on their 98 win campaign in 2012 – except for Lombardozzi.
The Twins sign SP Phil Hughes (27) to a 3 YR/$24 MIL deal.
This deal will work out for Minnesota. If he doesn’t pitch great as a Starter, he has nice numbers as a Reliever too in his career.
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Posted on December 5, 2013, in Free Agency, The Rest: Everything Baseball and tagged 2014 MLB free agency, @MLBreports on twitter, a.j. pierzynksi, adam dunn, billy beane, boston red sox, brandon barnes, brett anderson, chris bostick, craig gentry, David Holmberg, Dexter Fowler, dioner navarro, doug fister, fernando rodney, grady sizemore, grant balfour, health bell, ian krol, j.p. arencibia, jacoby ellsbury, jarrod saltalamacchia, jemile weeks, jim johnson, joe nathan, johnny damon, jordan lyles, josh lindblom, justin choate, justin morneau, kyle farnsworth, luke gregerson, michael choice, paul konerko, phil hughes, rafael soriano, Robbie Ray, robinson cano, ryan hanigan, seth smith, steve lombardozzi, troy percival, willie bloomquist. Bookmark the permalink. Comments Off on Notes On Free Agent Signings And Acquisitions Of The Last Week.