Published on 27 November 2012
True baseball fans know that its best to let rumors and signing announcements simmer a bit before the Winter Meetings that will take place in Nashville beginning next week.Today, we highlight Evan Longoria's new deal with the Tampa Bay Rays and a few rumors that are close to being fact.
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Evan Longoria and the Tampa Bay Rays agreed on a contract extension worth a reported $100 million that will keep Longoria with the Rays through the 2023 season. The timing of the extension surprises me because Longoria still has three years left on his current contract. Longoria gave the Rays a hometown discount and appears happy with his decision.
Johnny Gomes and the Boston Red Sox agreed on a two-year $10 million deal. The Red Sox are in need of adding multiple players to rebuild their 25-man roster. The fact that Gomes received a two-year deal hints towards him being in a platoon in the Red Sox's outfield.
Ryan Madson and the Los Angeles Angels agreed to a one-year deal on Tuesday pending a physical. Madson signed a one-year deal with the Cincinnati Reds last season, but Madson injured his elbow in March and missed the entire season after undergoing Tommy John surgery. Madson to the Angels concerned me when the rumors hit social media, but its only a one-year deal so how bad can it be? Well, just ask the Reds how their one-year contract worked out with Madson. The worst thing the Angels can do now is hand Madson the ninth inning following a year on the shelf. We have seen pitchers make successful returns from Tommy John surgery, but not before a few tough months. The last thing the Angels need is for Madson to rack up four or five blown saves in April and May and set a bad tone for the 2013 campaign.
- There are multiple reports that Andy Pettitte and the New York Yankees are close to agreeing to a one-year $11 million deal. This is another necessary signing for the Yankees. They recently signed Hiroki Kuroda and CC Sabathia was already locked up. The addition of Pettitte strengthens a rotation that will also include a combination of Phil Hughes, Ivan Nova, or David Phelps.
- The Cincinnati Reds are in talks with Jonathan Broxton about a multi-year deal. This signals that Aroldis Chapman could be heading to the Reds starting rotation. I don't like this move for a few reasons: Chapman's slider is average, he does not have a breaking ball, and when hitters get multiple looks at his fastball, he can be hit. The Reds should leave Chapman in the closer spot for years to come. Let us not forget that the Chapman had to be shut down late in the season because of a heavy work load. A heavy work load....70 innings is nothing. How will he handle 150+ innings? The Reds better rethink this decision or be prepared to deal with the consequences when Chapman breaks down. And, Broxton is not what he once with the Los Angeles Dodgers. A multi-year deal for him will only compound the Reds mistake.