The Chronicle’s Henry Schulman reports that the San Francisco Giants are “in the talking stages” with Pat Burrell over a minor league deal. Schulman’s source tells him that Burrell “has other options,” however.
I’m assuming those options include his recliner, beers with his dad’s friends at the VFW hall and other activities that people who can’t really play baseball anymore do, but I suppose time will tell.
Not that he would be a terrible signing for the Giants, especially as a minor league deal. I mean, he’s only 32, and in Giants years that’s like being 25, so some time in Fresno could give the kid some needed Sabean seasoning in advance of contributing to what appears like it will be a Mark DeRosa-less left field for most if not all of the rest of the season.
Burrell has played in the outfield exactly twice since 2008 so it would be an adventure, but the Giants need offense wherever they can get it at the moment.
Update #2 (6:21 PM EST): Make that $37.5 million, per Heyman.
Update (6:02 PM EST): The deal is for “around” $37 million with deferrals that lower the present-day value, per Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports.
Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that free agent 1B/OF Mark Trumbo is close to a deal with the Orioles. He first reported that the two sides were back in touch earlier on Thursday afternoon. According to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, the deal is expected to be for three years and under $40 million.
Trumbo’s market hasn’t developed as he expected. The slugger turned down the Orioles’ $17.2 million qualifying offer back in November. Then the Orioles reportedly made a four-year contract offer to him in December but pulled it off the table. Most recently, a report indicated that Trumbo lowered his expectations to a three-year deal in the $40-50 million range.
Trumbo, 31, led the majors with 47 homers for the Orioles this past season. He also hit a solid .256/.316/.433 with 108 RBI in 667 plate appearances. With Trumbo back in the fold and some slight offensive upgrades made, the Orioles figure to have a formidable offense in 2017.
The Astros avoided arbitration with pitcher Mike Fiers, agreeing on a $3.45 million salary for the 2017 season, per Jake Kaplan of the Houston Chronicle. The right-hander was in his first of three years of arbitration eligibility.
Fiers, 31, made 30 starts and one relief appearance for the Astros in 2016. He finished the year with a 4.48 ERA and a 134/42 K/BB ratio in 168 2/3 innings.
Fiers had a much better showing in 2015 as well as in limited action in 2014, so the Astros are hoping he rediscovers that effectiveness going forward. He’ll slot into the back of the starting rotation.