Three-team deal sending Granderson to Yanks reaches impasse

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So, it was the Bombers.
FOXSports.com is reporting that the Yankees, Tigers and Diamondbacks have discussed a three-team deal involving Curtis Granderson and Edwin Jackson, but that talks are at an impasse.
It’s the same sort of scenario we discussed earlier here. The Tigers would send Granderson to the Yankees and Jackson to the Diamondbacks in return for Scherzer from Arizona. Of course, several more pieces would have to change hands as well.
But what pieces? Austin Jackson to Detroit remains an obvious option. The Tigers should be satisfied with a Scherzer/A-Jax return for their two big pieces. But Arizona would have to get something substantial to even up the deal on their end. The Yankees shouldn’t be interested in giving up Phil Hughes, Joba Chamberlain or Jesus Montero, but just about anyone else in the farm system could be up for grabs in such a scenario.
But I’m still not sure it works. It’s a big downgrade from the top four pieces to any of the Yankees’ other prospects, and I’m not sure any one or two of them would make up for the difference in the values of Scherzer and Jackson. Plus, it only makes sense for the Diamondbacks to give up Scherzer for Jackson if they intend to make a run in 2010. That would seem to make getting Hughes or Chamberlain a must. Could the Diamondbacks throw in a youngster or two themselves in order land Chamberlain? I think it’s doubtful, but it doesn’t sound like talks are dead yet.
According to the report, the Diamondbacks have been the driving force here. If they really want to do something involving Scherzer and Jackson, they should eventually find a third team to make it work. The Cubs and Angels also desire Curtis Granderson, and the Red Sox never let a three-team scenario pass them by without seeing if they can stick their noses in somehow. We’ll be hearing more about this one.
Update – And as I was writing, we were hearing more.
FOXSports.com has gone on to report that, besides the three major pieces, the Diamondbacks would have gotten Ian Kennedy from the Yankees, the Yankees would have gotten prospects from Arizona and the Tigers would have received Austin Jackson, Phil Coke and Michael Dunn from the Yankees.
This pretty clearly doesn’t work for Arizona. Kennedy’s lost much of his value over the two years, and while he’s still intriguing as a fourth or fifth starter, he doesn’t make up for the difference between Edwin and Scherzer. Oddly enough, tjhough, the Ken Rosenthal/Jon Paul Morosi report indicates that it is one of the other two teams that has rejected the deal.

Cubs, Jake Arrieta avoid arbitration at $10.7 million

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The Associated Press is reporting that the Cubs and starter Jake Arrieta have avoided arbitration, agreeing to a $10.7 million salary for the 2016 season. That marks the highest salary on a one-year deal for a pitcher with four years of service, the AP notes. Arrieta and the Cubs were set to go before an independent arbitrator but now can simply focus on the season ahead.

Arrieta, 29, is in his second of three years of arbitration eligibility. He had filed for $13 million while the Cubs countered at $7.5 million. The $5.5 million gap was the largest among players who did not come to terms with their respective teams by the January deadline. The $10.7 million salary is $450,000 above the midpoint between the two submitted figures.

Arrieta won the National League Cy Young Award for his performance this past season, narrowly edging out Zack Greinke, then with the Dodgers. Arrieta led the majors with 22 wins, four complete games, and three shutouts. With that, he compiled a 1.77 ERA and a 236/48 K/BB ratio across 229 innings.

Once a top prospect in the Orioles’ minor league system, Arrieta struggled in the majors but found immediate success with the Cubs in 2013 after the O’s traded him along with Pedro Strop in exchange for Steve Clevenger and Scott Feldman.

Giants sign Conor Gillaspie to a minor league deal

Los Angeles Angels third baseman Conor Gillaspie is unable to hold on to the ball after catching a grounder hit by Kansas City Royals' Lorenzo Cain in the fourth inning of a baseball game at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., Friday, Aug. 14, 2015. (AP Photo/Colin E. Braley)
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Per Baseball America’s Matt Eddy, the Giants have signed infielder Conor Gillaspie to a minor league deal. Gillaspie was selected by the Giants in the supplemental round of the 2008 draft, then was traded to the White Sox in February 2013.

Gillaspie, 28, hit a meager .228/.269/.359 with four home runs and 24 RBI in 253 plate appearances between the White Sox and Angels during the 2015 season. Almost all of his playing time has come at third base but he can also play first base if needed.

The Giants, thin on depth, will allow Gillaspie to audition in spring training for a spot on the 25-man roster.

Joe Nathan plans to pitch in 2016

Detroit Tigers relief pitcher Joe Nathan throws against the Chicago White Sox in the ninth inning of a baseball game in Detroit Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
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Jon Morosi of FOX Sports reports that free agent reliever Joe Nathan, recovering from Tommy John surgery, plans to pitch in 2016 according to his agent Dave Pepe. According to Pepe, Nathan’s workouts are “going well” and the right-hander is “definitely planning on playing this year.”

Nathan, 41, got the final out on Opening Day (April 6) against the Twins before going on the disabled list with a flexor strain in his right elbow, causing him to miss the next 161 games. He will likely be able to contribute out of the bullpen in late May or early June if he has no setbacks. On a minor league deal or incentive-laden major league deal, Nathan could make for a low-risk gamble.

Over a 15-season career that dates back to 1999 (he did not pitch in the majors in 2001 or 2010), Nathan has 377 saves with a 2.89 ERA and a 967/340 K/BB ratio over 917 innings.

The Rays are considering reliever Tyler Clippard

New York Mets pitcher Tyler Clippard throws during the eighth inning of Game 4 of the National League baseball championship series against the Chicago Cubs Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
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On Thursday, we learned that the Diamondbacks were still considering free agent reliever Tyler Clippard. You can add the Rays to the list as well, per Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times.

The Rays traded lefty reliever Jake McGee to the Rockies in exchange for outfielder Corey Dickerson in late January, so Clippard would be able to slot right in behind closer Brad Boxberger. Clippard, 30, compiled a 2.92 ERA with 64 strikeouts and 31 walks over 71 innings in a season split between the Athletics and Mets. The strikeout rate was at its lowest since the right-hander become a full-time reliever in 2009, and his walk rate was at its highest since 2010, which may be a factor in his still being a free agent in February.