Rockies offer multiyear deals to Street, Barmes, Iannetta

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Troy Renck of the Denver Post reports that the Rockies are waiting to hear back after offering multiyear deals to closer Huston Street, infielder Clint Barmes and catcher Chris Iannetta.
Street, who is just one year away from free agency, received a three-year offer. He made $4.5 million last season and is likely due to a bump to $7 million-$8 million next year after performing as one of the NL’s best closers in his first full year in Colorado. The Rockies would presumably need to offer at least $24 million over three years to get a deal done.
We’ve already gone over the Barmes situation. The Rockies’ proposal to him is likely for two guaranteed years with an option for 2012, his first year of free agency.
The offer to Iannetta is something of a surprise, given that he lost his job to Yorvit Torrealba during the second half of the season. Iannetta is still three years away from free agency, and considering that he was just a part-timer last season, he’d likely be giving up considerable earnings potential in return for some security now. It’d be in his best interests to do a one-year deal with an eye towards getting something longer done next winter.

Anibal Sanchez accepts optional assignment to Triple-A

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The Tigers announced on Monday that pitcher Anibal Sanchez has accepted an optional assignment to Triple-A Toledo. Pitcher Warwick Saupold was recalled from Toledo to take Sanchez’s roster spot.

Sanchez, 33, continued to struggle this season pitching out of the bullpen. He gave up 26 runs (21 earned) on 34 hits and nine walks with 22 strikeouts in 21 innings. Nine of those 34 hits were home runs. Sanchez finished the 2015 season with a 4.99 ERA and last season with a 5.87 ERA, so he’s had a rough go of it in recent years.

The decision to go to Triple-A was Sanchez’s, Anthony Fenech of the Free Press reports. Sanchez wants to be stretched out as a starting pitcher again.

Braves release James Loney

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Just a few days after inking him to a minor league deal, the Braves have released first baseman James Loney, the team announced on Monday. Loney became expendable when the Braves acquired Matt Adams from the Cardinals on Saturday as a replacement for the injured Freddie Freeman.

Loney, 33, appeared in two games at Triple-A Gwinnett. He had one hit, a single, and one walk in eight plate appearances.

Loney will likely have to wait for another team to deal with an injured first baseman or DH before he can secure another contract.