The Hiroshima Carp‘s right-handed pitcher Kenta Maeda has been informed that he will not be posted as a free agent, according to the Japan Times. He will not leave his Japanese club to make the move to the MLB season.
Maeda is not eligible to become a free agent until after the 2017 season. He has been considered a highly valued option at the starting pitcher position. Many would have paid up to $20 million to negotiate with Maeda and his agent.
In 2014, Hiroshima finished third in the Central League for the second straight season. Maeda went 11-9 with a 2.60 ERA.
More to come.
According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, Matt Kemp‘s physical revealed arthritis in both of his hips. Kemp was required to take the physical after he was traded to the San Diego Padres from the Los Angeles Dodgers. Obviously, it would be very awkward for Kemp to return to the Dodgers because they want to move the veteran outfielder. Nightengale also points out that the Padres will discuss the matter with medical experts.
The holdup in Matt Kemp trade is because the physical revealed arthritis in both hips. The #Padres continue to consult medical experts.
— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) December 18, 2014
The trade would send Kemp and catcher Tim Federowicz to the Padres for catcher Yasmani Grandal and pitching prospects Joe Wieland and Zach Eflin. San Diego would also receive $32 million. However, this trade is currently in jeopardy.
If the traded is voided by the Padres, the Dodgers will have to change their trade with the Philadelphia Phillies that involved Eflin.
The trade involving Kemp could also impact the trade between the Padres, Washington Nationals and Tampa Bay Rays. The reason being, if the Padres get Grandal back, they would not need Ryan Hanigan, who they traded for from the Rays.
The real question is if the arthritis will impact the career of Kemp.
Well the San Diego Padres continue to be very aggressive this offseason. First they acquired Matt Kemp even though it hasn’t been announced yet and now this.
The Padres, Washington Nationals, and Tampa Bay Rays agreed to a three team deal that involves 11 players, most of them prospects and headlined by 2013 Rookie of the Year Wil Myers.
Washington received Trea Turner and right-hander Joe Ross from the Padres. The Rays got outfielder Steven Souza. and left-hander Travis Ott from the Nationals, as well as catcher Rene Rivera, minor-league pitcher Burch Smith and first-base prospect Jake Bauers from San Diego. Last but not least the Padres received Myers, catcher Ryan Hanigan, left-hander Jose Castillo and right-hander Gerardo Reyes from the Rays.
From Washington’s stand point, Turner, a first round draft pick out of North Carolina State, will more then likely be the successor to Ian Desmond after Desmond leaves for free agency in 2015. Turner, however, can not be apart of the deal until June 13th do to the leagues rule that doesn’t let draft picks get traded before a year after they signed. Ross is brothers with Padres’s pitcher Tyson Ross and will develop in the farm system.
Tampa Bay is getting Souza who helped secure Jordan Zimmerman‘s no-hitter with a diving catch for the last out in the last game of the regular season. The 25-year-old hit .350/.432/.590 with 18 homers at Triple-A last season, where he earned International League MVP. He also made his major league debut, appearing in 21 games with the Nationals. Souza will more then likely replace Myers’s spot in the outfield. Tampa Bay is also receiving defensive catcher Rivera who is coming off of a year of splitting duties behind the plate. Rivera appeared in 103 games. Smith appeared in just 10 major league games and Ott and Bauers have yet to play above A ball.
Now for the Padres side of the deal. San Diego got Myers, who is coming off an off year after injuring his wrist, had a line of .222/.294/.320 but has a ton of talent and potential. The 24-year old has now been traded twice before the age of 25 which is pretty rare. The Padres also got Hanigan who will replace Yonder Alonso and Rivera and is a very good defensive catcher. They also got two pitchers in Castillo and Reyes who will spend plenty of times in the minors to develop.
The Padres will now add two power bats in Kemp and Myers into a lineup that has produced very little runs and both have good defensive. It is uncertain whether Myers will play center or right or whether Kemp will play left or center. Now the Padres have some outfielder they can trade away and could still bring in Justin Upton from the Atlanta Braves and play him in left, Kemp in center, and Myers in right. That would be a pretty powerful outfield in the whole MLB.
The Kansas City Royals have been looking for a pitcher ever since it looked like they were out on James Shields. They have found their man.
According to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, the Royals and former Pittsburgh Pirates starter Edinson Volquez to a two year deal worth $20M. Volquez went 13-7 last year for the Pirates and had a 3.04 ERA in 192 and 2/3 innings. He also had an impressive 140 strikeouts last year as well.
Now the Royals rotation looks as follows:
3. Jason Vargas
5. Danny Duffy
This now means that the Royals are more then likely out on Shields or any other high profiled pitcher on the market. I’d imagine they want to see what Duffy can do as a full time starter and see if Ventura, who is coming off a very well rookie campaign, can handle the number one role and become the Royals ace.
The Los Angeles Dodgers have been pretty active this offseason and president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman was a big buyer at the winter meetings. Now he might not be done.
According to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, the Dodgers have been talking to teams about dealing reliever Brandon League. League is owed $7.5M next year and the Dodgers are willing to pay that to move him.
League signed a three year deal worth $22.5M two years ago. Last year, League threw 63 innings with a 2.57 ERA. He did throw a measly 38 strikeouts in those 63 innings. In his 11 year career, League has thrown 532 innings and a 1.33 WHIP. The 31-year old would make a great seventh inning guy for teams like the Detroit Tigers or could even get a few prospects and trade him to the Chicago Cubs that need relief help.
The Dodgers have already added Howie Kendrick, Brandon McCarthy, Brett Anderson, and could possibly add Jimmy Rollins if the deal is ever announced. That has put the Dodgers payroll past $222M and getting League’s contract off the books could help that payroll a little bit.
The San Francisco Giants have re-signed setup man Sergio Romo to a two year deal worth $15M according to Fox Sports’s Ken Rosenthal.
Romo has spent his whole seven year career with the Giants. He has helped them win three World Series championships in a span of five years. The 31-year old has been the setup man since Santiago Casilla took over the closer role that was Romo’s after Brian Wilson left.
Last year Romo threw 58 innings and had a 3.72 ERA. He also struck out 59 batters in those 58 innings and has a career 394 strikeouts. He is so dangerous becuase he has on of the filthiest sliders in the game. Even ask Miguel Cabrera who struck out in game four of the 2012 World Series against Romo.
Now Romo will assume his role as the teams setup man and he fills a big role. The team has been looking for a starting pitcher and a new third baseman after Pablo Sandoval left for the Boston Red Sox. Romo helps the Giants by not leaving and securing their bullpen that helped them win the World Series last year.
Once the New York Yankees re-signed Chase Headley, we all knew that Alex Rodriguez‘s time in the infield had come to an end or at least somewhat come to an end. General Manager Brian Cashman has announced that Rodriguez will become, or at least hopefully, the teams full time designated hitter.
Rodriguez is coming off a full season suspension for violating baseball’s drug agreement and labor contract. In 2013, the 40-year old played in just 44 games and hit .244/.348/.423 with seven home runs. If A-Rod stays with the Yankees and doesn’t end up retiring, manager Joe Girardi should have a lineup that looks like this: 1. Jacoby Ellsbury, 2. Brett Gardner, 3. Carlos Beltran, 4. Brian McCann, 5. Headley, 6. Mark Teixeira, 7. Rodriguez, 8. Martin Prado, 9. Didi Gregorius.
It’s obvious that this move was bound to happen. I mean when was the last time you heard of a 40-year old third baseman? Well there was the legendary Mike Schmidt but he was 39. But you get the point. Rodriguez is aging and putting him as the designated hitter is a smart move for the Yankees. They just need him to produce enough to keep him there. Amazingly, Rodriguez still has two years left on his deal after this year. Whether he decides to retire before that is on him but I doubt he does and collects his money as he has always been a money man.
The Colorado Rockies announced on Tuesday that they have signed utility infielder Daniel Descalso to a two year deal worth $3.6M. Descalso will recieve $1.5M in 2015 and $2.1M in 2016.
It was reported that Descalso had gained interest from many of teams after he was non-tendered by the St. Louis Cardinals. In his five year with the Cardinals, Descalso hit .243/.313/.341 with ten home runs in 529 games. The 28-year has played all four infield positions in his career. Last year he hit .242/.333/.311 with no home runs and 10 RBIs in 104 games.
Descalso will more then likely to come off the bench as a utility fielder and play third base, second base, and shortstop and adds more value because he can play all four positions. He also is a left handed bat that can come off the bench. The Rockies already have Gold Glove winners Nolan Arenado, DJ LeMahieu , and Troy Tulowitzki to man the infield.
Joyce hit .254 but had a good OBP of .349. The 30-year old has had trouble with strikeouts but is able to get walks often. Joyce has been very good defensively and can play both corner outfield spots. He will platoon at the designated hitters spot with C.J. Cron and rotate around the outfield.
Jepsen will serve as the set up man behind Grant Balfour while Jake McGee recovers from surgery. When McGee returns Jepsen will more then likely move to the seventh inning spot. Jepsen threw an impressive 2.63 ERA and a three strikeout to walk ratio. He also played in a career high 74 games last season.
This trade is every good for both teams as the Rays improved their bullpen and the Angels got some outfield depth and maybe even their designated hitter.
During the winter meetings I reported that the Tampa Bay Rays were gaining interest on Wil Myers and that I thought they had no interest in moving him. Well according to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, the Rays and San Diego Padres are discussing a trade involving the young 24-year old.
Myers, who is under team control through 2019, would be a great pick up for the Padres. The former Rookie of the Year has yet to play a full year of baseball but with the potential he has shown the past few years, he would be an upgrade to a sad Padres lineup that needs run producers.
The youngster, who came over from the Kansas City Royals in the James Shields‘s deal, played just 88 games last year and hit .222 but was limited due to a wrist injury he suffered during the season. He brings ton of potential and power that the Padres would need.
According to Jim Bowden of ESPN, Padres catching prospect Austin Hedges would be involved in the deal. I also expect Seth Smith, who is the the Padres right fielder as of now, to be included in the deal and become the Rays designated hitter. There are many prospects that could be included in the deal, up to five to be exact going to the Rays. There has also been a report that a third team could be in the deal. Those teams could include the Washington Nationals and Seattle Mariners. Reports have shot down the idea of the Mariners being in the deal as they have just trade for outfielder Justin Ruggiano from the Chicago Cubs.
Rosenthal expects a deal to get done as they have been in serious talks for a few days now.