Boone Logan RP COL 3 Hrs
CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Rockies will sign Boone Logan to a three-year, $16.5 million contract.
Josh Outman has been great the last two seasons versus lefties, so it's puzzling as to why the Rockies felt the need to give a lefty specialist $5.5 million per season. Logan has posted a 3.38 ERA with 202 strikeouts across 176 innings over the last four seasons for the Yankees, so he'll certainly help. It just doesn't seem like a great way for Colorado to spend their money.
Henry Blanco C SEA 4 Hrs
The Diamondbacks are nearing a minor league contract with Henry Blanco.
The deal would include an invitation to spring training, where Blanco would compete for the backup job behind Miguel Montero. With only Tuffy Gosewisch standing in his way, he'd have a good shot to crack the Opening Day roster. Blanco, 42, batted just .142/.228/.246 for the Blue Jays and Mariners in 2013, but he was productive in a backup role with the D'Backs in 2011.
Daniel Hudson SP ARI 4 Hrs
The Diamondbacks are close to re-signing Daniel Hudson.
Hudson was non-tendered by the D'Backs earlier this month, but it sounds like he'll stick around. The righty will miss most, if not all, of 2014 while recovering from his second Tommy John surgery but could wind up being a bargain if he eventually returns healthy. The sticking point in negotiations had been that Hudson wanted a spot on the 40-man roster.
ESPN's Buster Olney reports that a "good team-friendly deal" could develop between the Mets and Kendrys Morales in February or March.
The Mets are trying to trade Ike Davis in order to free up first base for Lucas Duda, but if Morales winds up being available cheaply, they could move Duda back to the outfield or try to deal him, as well. Morales is more appealing to a team like the Mets because their top-10 draft pick is protected. Of course, it's debatable how much of an upgrade he'd really be over Duda.
Jonathan Papelbon RP PHI 4 Hrs
ESPN's Buster Olney has been told by teams that have talked to the Phillies that they're "extremely motivated" to trade Jonathan Papelbon.
The problem, of course, is that Papelbon isn't as good as he used to be and will be owed $39 million over the next three seasons if his 2016 option vests. There have also been reports that Papelbon has clashed with his teammates in Philly, and with his no-trade clause he's only able to be dealt to 12 approved teams. If the Phillies are able to trade him, it would have to be a straight salary dump and even then they still might have to eat some money.
Boone Logan RP COL 5 Hrs
FOX Sports' Jon Morosi reports that the Rockies are close to signing Boone Logan to a three-year, $14 million deal.
Troy Renck of the Denver Post was first to report that a deal was close, and now we have the contract terms. It's a big chunk of change to pay a left-handed specialist, but the Rockies were obviously intent on improving their relief corps. Logan posted a 3.38 ERA with 202 strikeouts across 176 innings over the last four seasons for the Yankees.
Carlos Beltran RF NYY 14 Hrs
Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News reports that Carlos Beltran has passed his physical with the Yankees.
However, Feinsand doesn't expect the Yankees to make Beltran's three-year, $45 million deal official until next week. Beltran will start in right field for the Yankees next season but should also see plenty of time in the DH spot in order to save his legs.
Trevor Bauer SP CLE 14 Hrs
Indians manager Terry Francona said Thursday that Trevor Bauer looks "good" after making "key adjustments" to his delivery this offseason.
The Indians sent minor league pitching coaches and people from the front office to watch Bauer throw at the Texas Baseball Ranch. "I saw some video of him the other day and he was good," said Francona. "He's making key adjustments. It's exciting. Hopefully, we'll see some results in spring training, but it's exciting." A long-time Bauer associate said the righty looks "how he looked when he came out of UCLA." Indians GM Chris Antonetti said the changes Bauer has made have been subtle, but will allow him to "be more efficient with his delivery and allow himself to pitch longer and healthier." Bauer, 22, will be worth keeping an eye on in spring training, where he'll compete for the fifth spot in the Indians' rotation.
Jeff Samardzija SP CHC 15 Hrs
Bob Elliott of the Toronto Sun reports that the Cubs asked the Blue Jays for Aaron Sanchez, Marcus Stroman and a third player in trade talks for Jeff Samardzija.
Just getting Sanchez and Stroman would be a pretty nice return, but it's hard to blame the Cubs for asking for even more given the high cost of quality pitching. Without referring to Samardzija specifically, Blue Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos said he'll continue with trade discussions. "But the acquisition price doesn't work for us right now," he said. "I don't know if I could quantify how far off that they might be. We continue to have dialogue, so if you want to look at that as encouraging, I don't know. It's not so far out of the realm that we won't continue to have talks."
Boone Logan RP COL 15 Hrs
Troy Renck of the Denver Post reports that the Rockies are close to signing Boone Logan to a multi-year contract.
Renck doesn't have the particulars but estimates based on other deals handed out to relievers this winter that Logan "is in line for around a three-year, $15 million contract." The Rockies had been on J.P. Howell, as well, but it appears they've settled on the former Yankees reliever. Logan posted a 3.38 ERA with 202 strikeouts across 176 innings over the last four seasons for the Yankees.