UPDATE II: Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times reports that Treanor will make $850,000 next season while the contract includes a $950,000 club option for 2013 or a $150,000 buyout.
UPDATE: Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com says it’s a done deal. Treanor is expected to get around $1 million.
Rod Barajas’ departure means the Dodgers are in the market for a veteran catcher to pair with A.J. Ellis and Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports that Matt Treanor is their top target.
At age 36 he certainly fits the veteran mold, but Treanor has bounced around to four teams in the past four seasons and is a career .225 hitter with a .623 OPS.
In other words he’s purely backup material, which is good news for Ellis’ chances of finally getting the extended opportunity his strong minor-league track record warrants. Los Angeles also has prospect Tim Federowicz waiting in the wings after acquiring him from Boston at midseason, but there are questions about whether he projects as more than a backup too.
CSN Philly’s Jim Salisbury reports that Phillies outfielder Nick Williams has been working out daily with free agent starter Jake Arrieta in Austin. The right-hander, who won the 2015 National League Cy Young Award, still remains teamless with spring training less than a month away. Williams has been trying to sell Arrieta on joining the Phillies.
Williams said of Arrieta, “He loves it here [Austin]. He has told me he likes working with young guys. I’m like, ‘All right, come on up.’ But I’m not writing the check. I don’t know what he wants. I don’t really dig into that because I’m not really in his position.”
On GM Matt Klentak’s hunt for pitching help, new manager Gabe Kapler said, “The pursuit is very real. I have a lot of trust that we’ll either go in [to spring training] with a new toy or we will pass on the opportunity because we’re better off giving this collection of pitchers a really healthy look because we thought that we could go acquire that piece a little bit later on this season or in the offseason next year.”
Arrieta, who turns 32 years old in March, went 14-10 with a 3.53 ERA and a 163/55 K/BB ratio in 168 1/3 innings last season with the Cubs. The Cubs, Cardinals, and Brewers have been linked to Arrieta this month.
Presently, the Phillies’ starting rotation figures to include Aaron Nola, Jerad Eickhoff, and Vince Velasquez along with some combination of Nick Pivetta, Ben Lively, Zach Eflin, Mark Leiter, and Jake Thompson. Arrieta would certainly amount to a big upgrade in the starting rotation and could make the Phillies a more attractive landing spot for Bryce Harper or Manny Machado, who become free agents after the 2018 campaign. The Phillies are expected to be in the mix for either or both players.