The Reds inked Bronson Arroyo to a three-year, $35 million contract extension last week, but it turns out that similar to the contracts recently handed out to Carlos Pena, Paul Konerko and Juan Uribe, it includes some deferred money.
According to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com, Arroyo will earn $6.5 million next season and $7 million in 2012, which is actually a pretty nice bargain for the Reds moving forward. This sets Arroyo up to make $18 million in the final year of his contract in 2013, which sounds insane on the surface, but Rosenthal adds that all but $3 million will be deferred without interest.
And so, even though Arroyo didn’t receive an official no-trade clause, he really doesn’t need one. If he is traded, Rosenthal writes that the deferral would be voided and he will be paid his entire $18 million salary for 2013 upfront. That Cliff Lee fellow might start to look pretty good by comparison. Arroyo probably isn’t going anywhere, anyway, as he gains 10-and-5 rights next season.
Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that the Royals have signed free agent reliever Neftali Feliz, pending a physical. The Brewers designated Feliz for assignment last week and released him on Monday.
Feliz, 29, opened the season as the Brewers’ closer, but struggled and was eventually taken out of the role in mid-May, giving way to Corey Knebel. In 29 appearances spanning 27 innings with the Brewers, Feliz posted a 6.00 ERA with a 21/15 K/BB ratio.
The Royals have had bullpen issues of their own, so Feliz will try to provide some stability given his track record. It’s not clear yet if the Royals want to let Feliz get his feet wet at Triple-A or throw him right into the bullpen mix.
Newsday’s Marc Carig reports that the Mets may move Asdrubal Cabrera to second base when he returns from the disabled list. Cabrera has been on the disabled list since June 13 with a sprained left thumb, but he’s expected to be activated on Friday.
Cabrera, 31, last played second base in 2014 with the Nationals. He has played shortstop exclusively as a Met the last two seasons. Jose Reyes would continue to play shortstop if the Mets were to go through with the position change. Cabrera would displace T.J. Rivera, who has been playing second base in place of the injured Neil Walker.
In 196 plate appearances this season, Cabrera is hitting .244/.321/.392 with six home runs and 20 RBI. He has made 11 defensive errors, which is tied for the third-most among shortstops behind Tim Anderson (16) and Dansby Swanson (12).