57 – Number of days until pitchers and catchers report
104– Number of days until Opening Day
Now that we have an agreement between Major League Baseball and the Japanese league, the question of the day is who add Masahiro Tanaka play in 2014? It's safe to assume it will be a big market team like the Yankees, Cubs, Angels, Dodgers, and the Diamondbacks. In all reality, just about every team can be in on Tanaka with the posting fee being a maximum of $20 million. This is great news for Tanaka because the total package is going to be more than $100 million and with only $2o million going to the team, Tanaka is going to get a huge contract. He is the big fish out there and once he signs we will see Matt Garza and Ervin Santana among others to sign.
MLB NEWS & NOTES
Joba Chamberlain and the Detroit Tigers agreed on a one-year deal for $2.5 million. Chamberlain had an ugly 4.93 ERA over 42 innings last year, but he's still only 28 and throws very hard. He'll help set up for Joe Nathan.
Brian Roberts and the New York Yankees agreed on a one-year deal for $2 million. Roberts will be apart of the infield mix with Kelly Johnson and Brandon Ryan. If he can stay healthy, Roberts has a legitimate shot at being the every day second baseman.
Shin-Soo Choo remains on the free agent market and there does not seem to be a conclusion in the near future. The Cincinnati Reds appear to be a big part of the mix and Texas is still there. The Rangers have made an offer, but they could easily move on at some point. There are reports that the Houston Astros have been in touch with Choo's agent, Scott Boras. History has shown that big free agents sign in January.
Nelson Cruz is another free agent that has yet to find a new home. The Seattle Mariners have been pursing Cruz, but Cruz does not want to go to Seattle. The Baltimore Orioles, Kansas City Royals, Colorado Rockies and the Arizona Diamondbacks are all interested in Cruz. Staying in Texas is certainly a possibility, but it may take Shin-Soo Choo signing before Cruz gets a deal.
- The Arizona Diamondbacks and the Chicago White Sox completed their second trade together of this offseason on Monday. The Diamondbacks sent third baseman Matt Davidson to the Sox in exchange for reliever Addison Reed. Davidson, the 35th overall pick in the 2009 MLB Amateur Draft, batted .280 with 17 homers with 74 RBI in 115 games this past season at Triple-A. Reed is a solid closer with a strong amount of upside, but this is a pretty good get for the rebuilding White Sox.
Jose Valverde and the Arizona Diamondbacks agreed to a minor league deal. Valverde was in Arizona back in the day to where it all began for him. He has saved 226 games in seven years. Obviously, the last year or so it's be a big-time struggle for him, but he is still young enough to pitch effectively and for a low risk contract for the D'Backs it makes sense.