Archive for the 'Free Agents' Category

The Phillies just gave a 46 year-old pitcher a two year deal. The fun part: it’s way less likely that they’ll be burned on this than it will be for the Yankees to be burned by the five-year deal they just gave a 32 year-old.

Reason number 137 why, even a couple of months later, it doesn’t feel like the Phillies are the World Champions: South Korean pitcher Park Chan Ho has signed a Major League Baseball contract with the World Series champion Philadelphia Phillies, the club announced Monday on its website. The one-year deal, reportedly worth 2.5 million dollars […]

Boswell explores the mind of and options facing Mark Teixeira: Three things matter to Teixeira, who has a clean-cut, almost corporate, image: family, business and winning. His dilemma: He can’t get all three in the same place. Boston is 400 miles from Severna Park. But the Nats and Orioles are 400 miles from the World […]

Scott Boras says Oliver Perez deserves a huge payday. Does he?

Randy Johnson’s agent is talking about San Francisco, but if he’s being honest, there is a lot of interest in the Big Unit right now: Randy Johnson is being wooed by both Bay Area teams. He seems to prefer the Giants. “Randy’s really interested,” one of his agents, Barry Meister, said Thursday, the final day […]

Jeez, you take two hours to write up a legal brief, and the whole world goes and gets itself in a hurry: CC Sabathia is not going to play on the West Coast. He is not going to play in the National League. CC Sabathia is going to be a Yankee, The Post has learned […]

The Merc’s Andrew Baggarly is reporting — well, he’s not really reporting as much as passing along the rumor — that CC Sabathia has turned down the Yankees’ offer and that the Giants are slowly entering the picture: It’s been confirmed to me that the Giants had discussions with CC Sabathia’s camp last night, and […]

We knew it was going to happen, but details are now emerging: Considered by many the top reliever on the free-agent market, Rodriguez saved 62 games for Anaheim last season. The Angels offered just more than $30 million over three years to retain the 26-year-old right-hander . . . . . . The three-time All-Star […]

As the Winter Meetings get underway in Las Vegas, I can’t help but think how much fun it would be to sit in the Petrossian Bar with a cell phone up to my ear and exclaim loudly: “So it’s six years and $150M for Manny? This is confirmed? Wow. Who would have thunk that Theo […]

A couple of weeks ago I went on a bit about the Pirates releasing former first rounder John Van Benschoten. Today Van Benschoten has a new job: Right-hander John Van Benschoten, who was taken by the Pirates with the eighth overall pick in the 2001 First-Year Player Draft, has signed a Minor League deal with […]

Jason at IIATMS lists a number of reasons why anxious Yankee watchers should just calm the heck down about the lack of progress on the Sabathia-to-New York front. Perhaps the best one: The Yanks are not the destination they were in 2000, 2001, 2002, when they were making regular World Series appearances. The team is […]

I’m two days late on this, but tHeMARksMiTh has a really good post up about the economy’s effects (and potential effects) on baseball. One thought that appeals to my inner conspiracy theorist: Is this the perfect time for collusion? . . . think about it. If you were to collude to really drop players’ salaries, […]

WaPo’s Dave Sheinin notes that Frank Howard is out of a job and makes a pitch for the Nationals to do something about it: At 72 years old, Howard is, in fact, a free agent, having been let go recently by the New York Yankees, for whom he had been working as a professional scout. […]

A lot of chatter about Adam Dunn today, as the D-Backs’ decision not to offer him arbitration has made him a more attractive target. Ken Rosenthal says that the market for Dunn is “shaping up” and includes the Braves, Mariners and Nationals. Over at ESPN Jerry Crasnick, in the course of his offseason breakdown of […]

Holden Caulfield –er, I mean Joel Sherman of the New York Post has some sharp words for Andy Pettitte: If Pettitte signs elsewhere, regardless of the dollar figure, he should be viewed as a world-class phony forever around here. There should be no more pardons. He should receive no invites to future Old-Timers Games, hear […]

Midnight was the deadline. The following guys have a decision to make: CC Sabathia Manny Ramirez A.J. Burnett Derek Lowe Oliver Perez Francisco Rodriguez Brian Fuentes Mark Teixeira Jon Garland Darren Oliver Ben Sheets Brian Shouse Casey Blake Juan Cruz Orlando Hudson Brandon Lyon Paul Byrd Jason Varitek Milton Bradley Orlando Cabrera Mark Grudzielanek Raul […]

That’s what ESPN is reporting anyway: Pitcher Mike Hampton has agreed to terms on a one-year deal with the Houston Astros pending a physical exam, two baseball sources told ESPN.com. The contract will pay Hampton a base salary of about $2 million plus incentives, the source said . . . . . . Hampton spent […]

The deadline to offer arbitration is midnight tonight. There are lots of stories floating around today about whether so-and-so will be offered arbitration. Many of them conclude with some variation of “worse case scenario, Player X accepts, and Club Y has the services of a good player at a manageable price without the risk or […]

Peter Gammons said something very odd over the weekend: We know the Yankees can, will and may keep moving up to make it impossible for Sabathia to go anywhere else. We also know that Angels owner Arte Moreno can make it very difficult for anyone to say no; ask Torii Hunter after Moreno put the […]