MLB Storylines: 2014 season to be the last for Jeter
In this MLB News and Notes segment, I will be giving occasional reports on the latest news and rumors throughout the MLB. I also will try to tweet news and rumors as I see them, so feel free to follow me on Twitter: @ajnicholsIBI.
Here are the stories from Wednesday, February 12th.
- Derek Jeter announced on his Facebook page Wednesday that he will retire following the 2014 season. Injuries caused Jeter to miss all but 17 games in 2013, and his struggle last season played a major part in his decision to retire after 2014. The Captain ranks first all time in Yankee history in hits, singles, stolen bases, and games played.
- A.J. Burnett has agreed to a one-year, $16 million deal with the Phillies. Jerry Crasnick of ESPN reported that details are still being worked out between the two sides, but the contract may include a player option for 2015. Multiple reports have also stated that Burnett will receive a limited no-trade clause. After the 2013 season, Burnett stated that he would either return to the Pirates or retire.
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- John Tomase of the Boston Herald reported that the Red Sox haven't offered shortstop Stephen Drewanything more than a one-year deal. Tomase said that Drew is looking for a one-year deal with an option for 2015, at least.
- According to Edward Encina of the Baltimore Sun, the Orioles remain in contact with free agent Kendrys Morales and still have interest in signing him.
- Dan Connolly, also of the Baltimore Sun, said that Baltimore seems to prefer Ervin Santana over Ubaldo Jimenez.
- The Rays and Nationals may be closing in on a trade that would send catcher Jose Lobaton to Washington and righty Nate Karns to Tampa Bay. Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times said that the deal could involve other players as well.
- Earlier in the offseason, Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez made it known that he was open to a long-term extension with Los Angeles. On Wednesday, Ramirez told Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times that he wants "to be a Dodger for life."
- According to Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star, there is mutual interest between the Royals on star closer Greg Holland on the idea of a long-term contract extension. On Wednesday, Kansas City and Holland avoided arbitration, agreeing to a $4.675 million deal for 2014.
- The Dodgers agreed to sign Cuban shortstop Erisbel Arruebarruena. Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes reported that the deal could be worth up to $25 million. Arruebarruena, 23, is seen as a defensive wizard, but many scouts question his ability to hit in the Majors.
- Infielder Emilio Bonifacio has cleared waivers and is now a free agent and eligible to sign with any team.
- The Mets agreed to a Minor League deal with a Spring Training invite with former Tigers closer Jose Valverde.
- The Indians signed former Braves and Royals starter Kyle Davies to a Minor League deal. The contract does not include an invite to Spring Training.
- Catcher Ronny Paulino, who was re-signed by the Tigers earlier this offseason to a Minor League deal, has been suspended 100 games after testing positive for exogenous testosterone. This is Paulino's second PED suspension.
The Orioles have sign Yoon.
The Nats have traded Lobaton for Karns.
The Phillies released Chad Gaudin - failed physical - Gaudin could be an interesting pickup on a minor league deal for a number of teams bc of his ability work as a swingman out of the pen.
Probably not happening but I'd like to see the Tribe make some incentive laden offers to Santana, Jimenez, Morales and Drew. Maybe 3/$30 to Santana and Jimenez and 3/$24 extended to Morales and Drew plus heavy ($3-9M) incentives for each offer. See who the first is to bite and go from there.