Tom Krasovic of AOL Fanhouse is reporting that Adrian Gonzalez will seek an eight
year deal when he becomes a free agent after the 2011 season.
That would seem to be the going length for stud first baseman contracts in light of the Mark Teixeira
deal. But of course (a) that was handed out by the Yankees — who won’t be handing one out to Gonzalez; and (b) Gonzalez will be entering his 30 year-old season in the first year of his deal whereas Teixeira was a year younger when he started with the Yankees. That probably won’t make a big difference, though, and if I had to guess I’d say that he’ll get his eight years.
Rate is obviously the more interesting question. I have no idea what he’ll get or what he’s seeking, but part of me wonders if the same people who wonder what Gonzalez would do if he didn’t play in a pitcher’s park will criticize the contract he ends up signing because the numbers just weren’t there, man.
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.