The St. Louis Cardinals and Jason Motteavoided arbitration and agreed on a two-year deal. Motte's first full season as a closer was a huge success with 42 saves. He is not on the same level of Craig Kimbrel, but Motte should be viewed as a top-five closer in most fantasy formats.
The Arizona Diamondbacks and Cliff Pennington avoided arbitration and agreed to a two-year deal. Pennington was acquired from the Oakland A’s in the Chris Young trade. He is a solid defensive shortstop, but provides very little offensive production for fantasy purposes.
The Washington Nationals and Tyler Clippardagreed on a one-year deal. He may not get many save chances this season with Rafael Soriano joining the Nats and with Drew Storen. The Nationals bullpen has the chance to be the best in baseball this year.
The Boston Red Sox and Mike Napoli finally completed the one-year contract that was announced a few days ago. At a press conference yesterday, the Red Sox announced that Napoli was diagnosed with Avascular Necrosis (AVN), which is the condition that restricts blood flow to hip joints. AVN is the same condition that ended Bo Jackson's career. The Red Sox stated they caught this at an early stage with Napoli. Clearly there is a concern
THIS DAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY: 1967 - Stan "The Man" Musial was named General Manager of the St. Louis Cardinals.