Baseball period is lurking. The Super Bowl is in the rearview mirror and we’re starting to see groups article social media shots of shifting vehicles heading to either Florida or Arizona with pitchers and catchers reporting in a number of days, and nonetheless we’re continue to waiting around additional than a dozen needle-shifting free of charge agents to sign.
Let’s round up the activity for the day listed here.
Yankees keen to offer you Machado additional than $200 million?
The Yankees have currently extra a number of infielders this winter season, in previous Colorado Rockies double-engage in combination Troy Tulowitzki and DJ LeMahieu. But New York carries on to maintain desire in Manny Machado.
MLB Community Radio analyst Jim Duquette pointed out in a segment on SNY that he was not guaranteed if the Yankees have made an official offer you (and made a clarification about his statements on Twitter), but thought the Yankees would be keen to give Machado a 7- or 8-calendar year offer worth about $220 million. He extra that numerous groups are inside that selection, with one particular probable exceeding it.
Basically, the Yankees hope to leverage Machado’s reported drive to engage in for them — to the extent that he is forced to get much less money in purchase to do so. Shrewd small business, perhaps, but not if Machado elects to get the best offer you.
The Yankees are at present projected to have a payroll just under the $200 million mark. If that holds, then 2019 will stand for the third consecutive period they have entered the period with much less than $200 million on the textbooks. The Yankees experienced minimized their payroll in each of the prior two seasons — ostensibly with an eye on landing a talent like Machado this winter season.
Lawrie returns with Brewers
This is a surprise. Brett Lawrie is back again, obtaining signed a insignificant-league offer with the Milwaukee Brewers immediately after missing the prior two seasons. Lawrie’s offer involves a club option and could be worth up to $7 million:
Throughout Lawrie’s six seasons in the majors, he posted a 101 OPS+ and was worth 15 wins higher than alternative. If he can return to his aged form, he really should see time in the Present the moment again, this time with the exact franchise that originally drafted him.
Twins ink Duda
The Twins entered Saturday obtaining currently extra a new DH (Nelson Cruz) and first baseman (C.J. Cron) this winter season. But that failed to cease them from signing Lucas Duda to a insignificant-league offer:
Duda has completed with an OPS+ under 100 in two of the previous a few seasons (albeit only barely last calendar year). He excelled in a pinch-hitting job with the Atlanta Braves down the stretch, and it can be possible the Twins envision him using up a bench location.
It is worth noting the Twins have Tyler Austin hanging about, too. 1 way or an additional, the Twins look to be in good place so significantly as first-foundation and DH depth goes.
Madson considering retirement
It was reported last 7 days that free of charge-agent reliever Ryan Madson was nearing a offer with an unspecified staff. That transaction has nonetheless to happen, and may perhaps by no means materialize. Madson, for every Ken Rosenthal of the Athletic, is taking into consideration hanging up his cleats.
Madson is coming off a period break up concerning the Washington Nationals and Los Angeles Dodgers. He completed with a 77 Period+ and 3.38 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 52 innings. Madson will turn 39 in August. If his career is more than, it was a good one particular.
Royals sign Bailey
Previously this winter season, Homer Bailey was shipped to the Los Angeles Dodgers from the Cincinnati Reds. He was subsequently unveiled, the Dodgers obtaining no place or desire in employing him. Nevertheless, it appears Bailey will be putting on blue and gray this spring, as he is latched on with the Kansas Town Royals, for every the Athletic’s Rustin Dodd.
Past period, Bailey posted a 6.09 Period in 106 innings. He did strike out additional than two times the total of batters he walked, to his credit score, but that is about the nicest point you can spotlight about his energy statistically.
Bailey is the 2nd perfectly-regarded veteran arm inked by the Royals this 7 days. Earlier, they extra Brad Boxberger.