According to SI.com’s Jon Heyman, the Yankees offered to take on $21 million of the $38 million due to left-hander Wandy Rodriguez in trade talks with Houston. The Astros would have had to swallow $17 million to get the deal done.
With that kind of cash changing hands, the Astros would have needed to get a top prospect in return, and it seems doubtful the Yankees were willing to include one from the group of Manny Banuelos, Jesus Montero and Dellin Betances.
Heyman also adds that while the Indians and Blue Jays were involved in the Rodriguez discussions, they were only expected to be included as a third team in a deal to send Rodriguez to New York. They apparently had no interest in the 32-year-old for themselves.
Heyman doesn’t see the Yankees revisiting the Rodriguez talks once he clears waivers. If the Astros put Rodriguez on waivers Monday, he’d again be eligible to be dealt Wednesday, assuming that he goes unclaimed.
Jake Arrieta‘s bat is in midseason form already. The Cubs’ ace swatted a solo home run to center field off of Zack Greinke in Thursday afternoon’s Grapefruit League exhibition game, his first homer of the spring.
The blast went 465 feet, according to MLB.com’s Daren Willman.
Arrieta has hit two home runs in each of the past two seasons. Madison Bumgarner (eight) and Noah Syndergaard (four) are the only other pitchers to match or exceed his output in that department.
Greinke, meanwhile, is hoping to bounce back after a miserable 2016 season. He finished with an uncharacteristic 4.37 ERA in 26 starts in his first year with the Diamondbacks.
Angels first baseman Luis Valbuena will miss the next four to six weeks with a strained right hamstring, Pedro Moura of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Valbuena, 31, signed a two-year, $15 million contract with the Angels in January and was on track to get the lion’s share of the playing time at first base. While he’s out, however, C.J. Cron will handle first base on a regular basis. When Valbeuna returns, the two will likely form a platoon.
Last year with the Astros, Valbuena hit a solid .260/.357/.459 with 13 home runs and 40 RBI in 342 plate appearances.