The San Diego Padres and Chase Headley avoided arbitration by agreeing to a deal Wednesday. However, Headley said he's not "on the same page" with the Padres regarding a contract extension and there are currently no plans to re-engage in talks. Headley wants to remain in San Diego "all things being equal," but extension talks didn't go well when they were first broached earlier this winter,
Peter Gammons from MLB.com is reporting today that there is real optimism today that the New York Mets will find a way to sign Michael Bourn without giving up their #1 pick. The argument by the Mets, Player's Association, and of course Scott Boras is that the first ten picks are protected and the Mets have the 11th pick. But, the 8th pick was awarded to the Pittsburgh Pirates this year because they did not sign their #1 pick from last year so they were awarded the 8th pick in the 2013 draft. In reality, the Mets are challenging that they have the 10th pick in this year's draft which means its protectable.
The Cincinnati Reds and Chris Heiseyavoided arbitration and agreed to a one-year deal. Heisey proved to be a valuable fourth outfielder for the Reds last season and ended up starting in 80 games across all three outfield spots. Look for Heisey to fill the same role this year.
The Pittsburgh Pirates avoided arbitration and agreed to a one-year deals with both Neil Walker and James McDonald on Thursday. McDonald is expected to be the team's third starter in 2013 behind A.J. Burnett and Wandy Rodriguez. Walker will continue as the Pirates starting second baseman.