More of the arbitration filing deadline insanity Part I is here (UPDATE: We now have a Part III too!). All are one-year deals unless otherwise specified:
- Jeff Francoeur, Mets, $5 million. I’d lay into the guy here, but at this point I’d be like ripping on that awful, horrible girl you used to date but dumped last year. It just says more about me than it does about him at this point. Though, if you want to quote me as calling Francoeur an awful, horrible girl, I’m not going to stop you.
- Huston Street, Rafael Betancourt, Rockies, $22.5 million over three years for Street, $7.55 million over two years for Betancourt. Colorado thinks that one-year deals are for suckers. Aaron is going to have more on the Street deal shortly.
- J.J. Hardy, Twins, $5 million. I wish I got a raise after having a crappy year;
- Ryan Ludwick, Cardinals, $5.45 million. Ditto;
- Josh Hamilton, Rangers, $3.25 million plus incentives tied to postseason awards. I’m assuming that that does not include awards bestowed by Deadspin;
- Jason Bartlett, Rays, $4 million, coming off a really spiffy year. Word is that the Twins will give Tampa Bay back Delmon Young if they, you know, want a do-over;
- Jorge Cantu, Leo Nunez, Marlins $6 million and $2 million, respectively. For all of the noise, there’s still nothing stopping the Feesh from trading Cantu. Or Nunez. Or Uggla. Or Johnson. If they’re not within striking distance of the Phillies come June they’ll unload and have a rebuilding argument that, while not really plausible, will be enough to make everyone just roll their eyes, forget going after them via a grievance and let the Marlins be the Marlins;
- Carlos Gomez and Rickie Weeks, Brewers. Weeks gets $2.75 million. We don’t know Gomez’s money. He made $437,500 in 2009, which is better than you did;
- George Sherrill, James Loney and Hong-Chih Kuo, Dodgers. Sherrill gets $4.5 million, Loney $3.1 million and Kuo $950,000. In addition, Jamie McCourt gets Tuesday visitation, every other weekend and alternating holidays;
- Howie Kendrick, Angels, $1.75 million. That’s a lot of money for a guy they won’t let hit against righties.
- Rajai Davis, Athletics, $1.35 million. A good second half for Davis, though he can’t be too happy about Coco Crisp coming to town. There are a lot of random outfielders floating around between Oakland and Sacramento, and someone is gonna think they’re getting boned at some point.
- Jonathan Sanchez, Giants, $2.1 million. There are incentives here too. If the Giants were bright they’d consider dealing him and his no-hitter juju to someone for some offensive help, but I don’t give Sabean that kind of credit for creativity.
I’m sure more deals will spill out throughout the afternoon. We may deploy our version of Danny Herrera for mopup duty on this stuff later today.
Evan Drellich of the Houston Chronicle shares the bad news …
One of the Astros’ big bats won’t be taking hacks when the Astros hold their first full workout on Feb. 23.
Astros designated hitter Evan Gattis recently underwent surgery to repair a hernia, the Chronicle has learned, taking away most of his spring training at a minimum. The recovery is four to six weeks but fortunately for Gattis and the Astros, the injury is not considered severe.
Gattis was working hard on his overall conditioning this winter, even telling MLB.com’s Brian McTaggart in late January that he had already dropped 18 pounds. It sounds like the big slugger might have gone a bit overboard with those workouts, and now he is in real danger of missing the first couple weeks of the 2016 regular season.
Gattis batted .246/.285/.463 with 27 home runs and 88 RBI in 153 games last season for the Astros. The 29-year-old is arbitration-eligible for the first time in his career and has a hearing with the Astros scheduled for February 16 to determine his salary for 2016. He requested $3.8 million and was offered $3 million when figures were exchanged a little over three weeks ago.
Suddenly the Astros’ front office might have a new talking point for those arbitrators.
At last check, new Cardinals reliever Seung-Hwan Oh was still awaiting a work visa from the United States Embassy in South Korea and there was some worry that he might not be able to arrive on time to spring training in Jupiter, Florida.
But that is now officially a non-story.
Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Oh has recieved his work visa and is expected to report to Cardinals camp next week along with the rest of the club’s pitchers and catchers. Oh might even show up a bit earlier than the Cardinals originally asked him to, per Goold.
Oh saved 357 games in 11 seasons between Japan’s Nippon Professional Baseball and the Korea Baseball Organization before inking a one-year contract with St. Louis this winter. He also registered a stellar 1.81 ERA and 772 strikeouts across 646 total innings in Asia, earning the nickname “The Final Boss.”
Oh is expected to work in a setup role this year for Cardinals closer Trevor Rosenthal.
John Lamb was part of the Reds’ return package in last July’s Johnny Cueto trade and he had a strong showing at the Triple-A level in 2015. But the young left-hander posted a 5.80 ERA in a 10-start cup of coffee with Cincinnati late last season — his first 10 appearances as a major leaguer — and now comes word from MLB.com’s Mark Sheldon that Lamb will probably have to get off to a late start in 2016.
Lamb underwent surgery in December to repair a herniated disc in his back — a surgery that went unreported by the Reds until Tuesday afternoon. Reds manager Bryan Price acknowledged on MLB Network that Lamb is behind the team’s other starting pitchers and will likely open the coming season on the disabled list. The hope is that he might be ready by mid-April.
It’s a small but frustrating blow for a rebuilding Reds team that will be looking to establish some foundational pieces in 2016. Once he is recovered, Lamb will be expected to fill the Reds’ fifth rotation spot behind Raisel Iglesias, Anthony DeSclafani, Brandon Finnegan, and Michael Lorenzen.
This is going to be an ugly year for Cincinnati baseball fans.
Rangers ace Yu Darvish missed the entire 2015 season after undergoing Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery last March 17. Most starting pitchers take 13-15 months to fully recover from that procedure, and the Rangers aren’t counting on Darvish until sometime this May.
His rehab so far has gone on without issue.
Darvish offered some very positive updates Tuesday to Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram …
Darvish, 29, boasts a 3.27 ERA and 1.196 WHIP in 83 career major league starts. He can also claim a whopping 680 strikeouts in 545 1/3 career major league innings.
Texas has him under contract for $10 million in 2016 and $11 million in 2017.