The top three starting pitchers left on the free agent market are finding it tough going. And Buster Olney reports that Edwin Jackson, Hiroki Kuroda and Roy Oswalt have all lowered their asking price:
The asking prices have come down significantly for veteran FA starters: Oswalt (said to be at $8m), Kuroda (10-11m), Edwin Jackson.
I am finding it rather hard to believe that someone — hello Yankees! — wouldn’t jump at either Oswalt or Kuroda on a one-year deal at those rates. But I suppose teams realize that these three are basically killing each other on the market, and so long as no one is getting serious attention from another team, they’re content to wait it out.
Competition is rough out there kids.
Lefty reliever Jonny Venters was among a handful of players the Rays signed to minor league contracts, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Venters, 32, hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2012 and has logged just 27 2/3 innings in the minors in the meantime due to a continuous battle with his elbow. According to David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Venters has undergone four — four! — Tommy John surgeries.
When he was healthy, Venters was a fearsome late-game option for the Braves. He posted a 1.95 ERA with 93 strikeouts in 83 innings in 2010, and a 1.84 ERA with 96 strikeouts in 88 innings in 2011. His first-half performance in 2011 earned him a spot on the National League All-Star roster.
Venters has spent the last two years in the Rays’ system and he’ll try to make it a third.