What happened last week in MLB Hot Stove land? Here’s a quick review:
Well a lot more happened this week than I’m going to actually talk about but here’s a quick recap of the last few days in MLB Hot Stove land. A couple rumors and some signings:
- Texas Rangers sign former number one overall draft pick, Matt Bush, by the San Diego Padres in 2004 to a minor league deal. He is attempting a comeback after spending three years in prison for a DUI hit and run that almost killed someone.
- The Rangers agreed to a one-year $6 million deal with starting pitcher Colby Lewis
St. Louis Cardinals
- After losing out on several of their free agent targets including David Price and Jason Heyward, manager Mike Matheny, was not happy with Heyward’s statement that the Cardinals were getting too old – he said it in quite a few more words, of course – but the message reached Matheny loud and clear. He was not amused.
- Mariners’ GM Jerry Dipoto jumped in and swept Hisashi Iwakuma away from the Dodgers who were in the process of trying to re-work his contract after they were concerned about some part of Iwakuma’s physical. He signed with the Mariners for one-year with vesting options for both 2017 and 2018. Dipoto didn’t have to give him more than two years (his previous offer) and Iwakuma (assuming he performs) gets the three years of job security he wanted (and the Dodgers offered at first). Really it’s a win-win situation for everyone except the Dodgers.
- A’s avoid arbitration with RHP Jarrod Parker. The A’s must really believe in Parker who broke his elbow during his final rehab start after having his second Tommy John surgery. He had another procedure done by Dr. James Andrews to fix the elbow but it was not a third Tommy John procedure and the A’s like the progress he’s made thus far.
A’s sign starter Henderson Alvarez to a one-year incentive laden deal worth a guaranteed $4 million but he can make up to a million more by meeting the incentives requirements. Alvarez, 25, threw a no-hitter in 2013 and was a 2014 All-Star but after four win-less starts in four starts in 2015 until he was shut down needing shoulder surgery. After being non-tendered by the Miami Marlins he is a low-risk high reward option for Oakland.
- The A’s are still in play for LHP Scott Kazmir, who played for the A’s in 2014 and 2015 until he was traded to the Houston Astros mid-season. He had a great 2014 for Oakland and the time he pitched there in 2015 could be considered arguably better. In the first half of 2015, Kazmir made 18 starts before his trade. The 11-year veteran was 5-5 with a 2.38 ERA, and 1.085 WHIP while striking out more than eight batters per nine innings. He struggled in the second half after the trade. Other interested teams in play are the Baltimore Orioles, Astros and the Kansas City Royals.
- The Rockies have extended the contract of 30-year-old reliever Adam Ottavino for three-years and $10.4 million. This is especially interesting because the right-hander missed most of the 2015 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery and is not expected to return to the Rockies’ bullpen until after the All-Star break.
New York Mets
- Mets sign 42-year-old Bartolo Colon to a one-year $7.25 million deal. (Lucky Mets fans!! I’m jealous! 😛 ) He gets a bonus if he wins the Cy Young or – get this – a Silver Slugger Award! With eight hits last season, you never know! The unstoppable Bart may actually be able to do it! LOL! #TeamBartolo
- Mets hire Dick Scott as bench coach to replace Bob Geren who moved on to take the same position with the Dodgers for next season.
Four teams (Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox AND the San Francisco Giants! hehehe!) set a record. The four clubs owe MLB $72.8 million combined in luxury taxes, more than any other season in baseball history. (yeah, disgusting isn’t it?!)
- Bronson Arroyo attempting to make a comeback and he is drawing interest.
- Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Jake Odorizzi has garnered attention from the Cardinals and Dodgers.
- Brad Penny is attempting another comeback, signs a minor league deal with the Toronto Blue Jays
- The Chicago Cubs have hired former catcher John Baker (of De La Salle High School & Cal Berkeley) as the teams’ special assistant of baseball operations.
- The Atlanta Braves hired long-time Braves superstar Chipper Jones to the same position as Bakers’ just one day prior to Baker’s signing.
Oh and you had to be living under a rock to miss this one:
- Chicago White Sox acquire third baseman Todd Frazier from the Cincinnati Reds in a three-team deal that also included the Dodgers.
Of course there are more interesting tidbits that have been rumored over the last few days and some smaller and minor league contracts signed, but I can’t catch every single one! I hope this helps, however, in keeping you updated! Have a great week but don’t wait until next week to come back – I will have columns and updates for you all week long!