James Loney 1B TB 18 Hrs
Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports reports that James Loney is looking for a three-year deal worth between $27-30 million.
If that's the case, that probably takes the Rays out of the mix. Believe it or not, Passan hears that Loney began the offseason by looking for a four-year, $40 million deal. The 29-year-old earned $2 million this past season while batting .299/.348/.430 with 13 homers and 54 RBI. The Pirates reportedly have interest.
Jacoby Ellsbury CF NYY 18 Hrs
Joel Sherman of the New York Post confirms that Jacoby Ellsbury is guaranteed $153 million over seven years in his new contract with the Yankees.
This confirms what was reported by Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports. Ellsbury will make $148 million over seven years while the contract includes a $21 million option for an eighth year or a $5 million buyout. He could max out at $169 million. The deal includes a no-trade clause.
Robinson Cano 2B NYY 19 Hrs
Robinson Cano's representatives met with Mariners officials Tuesday in Seattle, reports Kevin Kernan of the New York Post.
"The meeting went very well," said a source. Recent chatter has the offense-starved Mariners as a serious threat to sign Cano, with one report suggesting they could be willing to offer around eight years and $200 million. Meanwhile, the Yankees continue to say they won't go over around seven years and $175 million. We're still skeptical that Cano actually wants to play in Seattle, but something will have to give eventually.
Francisco Peguero LF/CF BAL 19 Hrs
Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish reports that the Orioles have signed outfielder Francisco Peguero, pending a physical.
It's presumably a minor league deal. Peguero hit the open market earlier this week after he was designated for assignment and non-tendered. The 25-year-old has had a couple stints with the Giants over the past two seasons and batted .316/.354/.408 in Triple-A this year.
Brett Gardner LF/CF NYY 19 Hrs
Andrew Marchand of ESPN New York was told by a source that the Yankees will not trade Brett Gardner.
Many speculated that the Jacoby Ellsbury signing could make Gardner expendable, but the Yankees aren't planning to shop him. "Absolutely not," said the source. "The whole idea is to put the two of them at the top of the lineup. The would be an electric duo." The Yankees view Shin-Soo Choo as a backup plan if Robinson Cano signs elsewhere, so while the whole scenario is unlikely, we wouldn't rule it out completely.
Scott Kazmir SP OAK 19 Hrs
Athletics signed LHP Scott Kazmir to a two-year, $22 million contract.
CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reported the signing while Jim Bowden of ESPN.com and SiriusXM passed along the contract details. Kazmir rediscovered his velocity this past season and surprised with a 4.04 ERA and 162/47 K/BB ratio over 158 innings with the Indians. The Athletics are hoping that his resurgent season was the real deal. While Kazmir has been around forever, he doesn't turn 30 years old until January.
Travis Snider LF/RF PIT 20 Hrs
Travis Snider had surgery on his left foot two weeks after the season.
The surgery remedied a joint issue and bone spurs. The injury would help explain why he faded so badly down the stretch. Snider batted just .215/.281/.333 with five home runs and 25 RBI over 285 plate appearances this past season and will have to earn his way back into the Pirates' good graces in 2014.
Jacoby Ellsbury CF NYY 20 Hrs
ESPN's Jayson Stark reports that Jacoby Ellsbury's contract with the Yankees does not include an option for an eighth year.
MLB.com's Bryan Hoch reported late Tuesday that Ellsbury's deal with the Yankees included an option for an eighth season which could take the overall value of the contract to $169 million, but it appears that the commitment will cover a maximum of seven years and $153 million. The deal is expected to include a no-trade clause.
Shin-Soo Choo CF/RF CIN 20 Hrs
Andrew Marchand of ESPN New York was told Tuesday night that the Yankees are still in on Shin-Soo Choo.
Marchand doesn't see it happening now that the Yankees have signed Jacoby Ellsbury, but perhaps the team is putting this out there as some sort of leverage against Robinson Cano. Choo is more likely to sign elsewhere, with the Rangers, Tigers, Red Sox, and Mariners among the possible landing spots.