12/07/13 - 11:55AM ETHiroki Kuroda
: Re-Ups With Yanks On One-Year Deal
Kuroda signed a one-year, $16 million contract with the Yankees on Saturday, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports.
The offseason spending spree continues for the Yankees, who will bring back Kuroda to solidify the No. 2 spot in the rotation. His second-banana standing was in name only last season, as he posted a commendable 3.31 ERA and 1.16 WHIP to anchor the rotation while ace CC Sabathia endured a mostly woeful campaign.
The Phillies are trying to trade Papelbon, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com.
Papelbon is owed $13 million in 2014 and 2015 and has a $13 million vesting option for 2016 left on his contract. He also has a partial no-trade clause that could complicate any potential deal. The Phillies would likely have to eat some portion of Papelbon's contract to make any deal happen.
Beltran agreed to a three-year, $45 million deal with the Yankees on Friday, Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News reports.
Beltran drew interest from the Mariners and Royals, but with Robinson Cano signing with Seattle, the Yankees did not wait around. He will be 37 years old early in the 2014 season, but he still is a solid veteran bat who is a switch-hitter. He hit .296/.339/.491 with 24 home runs and 84 RBI with the Cardinals last season. With a crowd of veterans in the outfield, there may be some re-shuffling to accommodate Beltran, Ichiro Suzuki, Jacoby Ellsbury, and Alfonso Soriano in the batting order.
Napoli agreed to a two-year, $32 million deal with the Red Sox on Friday, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports.
Napoli will return to Boston following his impressive performance in a championship season. He put to rest concerns over the durability of his hip issue and thrived at Fenway Park, knocking a career-high 38 doubles and had 23 home runs with 92 RBI. He can lock down first base for the Red Sox for the near future and could eventually transition towards the designated hitter spot.
Franklin could be traded to the Royals for Billy Butler, the Seattle Times reports.
The Mariners are left-handed heavy in their lineup, and Butler would offer right-handed power. With Robinson Cano signed, the Mariners don't have a spot for Franklin. Butler suffered a power outage last season with the Royals, as his home run total was essentially cut in half, from 29 in 2012 to 15 last season.
Franklin is almost certain to be traded after the Mariners signed Robinson Cano to a 10-year, $240 million deal Friday.
Franklin impressed early after his late-May callup last season, hitting 10 home runs and 13 doubles in his first 199 at-bats with an .830 OPS. He slumped terribly over the final two months, however, hitting two homers and seven doubles in his final 170 at-bats with a .517 OPS. Franklin has upside and likely will be packaged in a deal for pitching. With Cano around, there's no spot for him to play as Brad Miller has shortstop accounted for.
Feldman signed a three-year, $30 million contract with the Astros on Friday, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports.
It's an interesting deal for a team that's still probably a couple of years away from playoff contention, but the Astros were in desperate need of more pitching after last year's starters combined for a 4.72 ERA and 1.47 WHIP. As the most senior member of the present rotation and with the best career track record, Feldman will presumably slot in as the Astros' No. 1 starter come Opening Day.
The Mets signed Granderson to a four-year deal worth $60 million Friday, Joel Sherman of the NY Post reports.
The Mets had been adamant about sticking with the three-year deal they offered him, but bent on Friday morning. Granderson was seeking $64 million over that contract life, and he got pretty close. Look for him to be the team's starting left fielder, pairing with Juan Lagares and recent acquisition Chris Young to form a solid defensive outfield.
Cano has agreed to a 10-year, $240 million contract with the Mariners, Enrique Rojas of ESPN.com reports.
The 10th year of the contract appeared to be a sticking point with Mariners brass, but it turns out they were willing to do whatever it took to secure Cano's services, and a deal has finally been reached. Cano immediately becomes the best hitter on the Mariners' roster, so expect him to bat in the third spot in the order and take over as the club's everyday second baseman.
Cano is close to agreeing to a contract with the Mariners, Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports.
The two sides have gone had a rocky last 24 hours, but it appears they are still interested in reaching a deal. Final details of the contract will be released if and when it is finalized, but it will reportedly pay Cano "at least" $225 million.
Tanaka may not move to MLB for 2014 as his team in Japan, the Rakuten Eagles, are not happy with new rules that would impose a limit of $20 million that any club could receive for a player, the Los Angeles Times reports. However, Baseball America reports that the team will still post him for bidding from MLB teams.
Tanaka will likely be the top available pitcher for MLB clubs to acquire this winter. He went 24-0 with a 1.27 ERA and 183:32 K:BB ratio in 212 innings last year for the Eagles. He's Japan's top pitcher and just 25 years old. However, his move to MLB is in flux with MLB and Nippon Professional Baseball still finalizing a new agreement on the transfer of players from Japan to the U.S. The Eagles had said before they'd allow Tanaka to move to MLB, but that was when they were set to reportedly receive more than the record $51.7 million posting fee the Rangers paid for Yu Darvish. The new agreement between MLB and NPB is said to have a cap of $20 million on a transfer fee paid to NPB clubs, but it's not clear if teams in MLB would be awarded his rights based on worst record or if the player would have the choice among top bidders.
12/05/13 - 8:36AM ETRyan Braun
: Moving To Right Field
Braun will serve as the Brewers' primary right fielder in 2014, MLB.com's Adam McCalvy reports.
The trade of Norichika Aoki to the Royals opens up a spot in the Brewers' outfield, and it appears the current plan is to move Braun to right field, and install Khris Davis as the new left fielder. The position change should not have much of an effect on Braun's fantasy value, but it will prevent him from focusing primarily on his hitting during spring training.
The Brewers traded Aoki to the Royals on Thursday in exchange for left-handed pitcher Will Smith.
Milwaukee was looking for a way to get the powerful Khris Davis into the lineup, and this accomplishes that. He's only under contract through 2014, but the Royals will get a good leadoff guy in Aoki (.355 career OBP), who has good speed and occasional power. For the Brewers, this indicates that Ryan Braun is moving to right field on a permanent basis, to open things up for Davis, a more limited fielder, in left.