We heard last week that the Orioles were interested in Alfonso Soriano. Turns out that there isn’t much to that because, as Jon Paul Morosi reports, there have been no real substantive talks between the clubs.
The reason: Soriano has a no-trade clause (both in his contract and now an automatic one due to him being a 10/5 guy) and he’s not going to waive it except to go to a contender. Maybe that’s chutzpah on his part, but it is his right.
Anyway, as we mentioned yesterday, the O’s seem to have moved on, what with their reported interest in Johnny Damon, who would basically serve the same purpose as Soriano: DH and occasional substandard left field duty while reminding people that, man, aging is hard.
Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Pirates will sign reliever Felipe Rivero to a four-year contract extension that includes two club options. The total value of the deal is believed to be $22 million and each club option is worth $10 million.
Rivero, 26, did not come to an agreement with the Pirates to avoid arbitration in his first year of eligibility ahead of last Friday’s deadline. He requested a $2.9 million salary for the 2018 season while the Pirates countered at $2.4 million. This extension will cover all four years of Rivero’s arbitration eligibility and the two club options can cover his first two years of free agency as well.
Rivero was one of baseball’s best relievers last season, finishing with 21 saves, a 1.67 ERA, and an 88/20 K/BB ratio in 75 1/3 innings. The Pirates acquired him from the Nationals along with minor leaguer Taylor Hearn ahead of the 2016 non-waiver trade deadline in the Mark Melancon deal.
Presumably, Rivero’s extension was in the works before he knew anything about the Andrew McCutchen trade. He made a couple of tweets following this afternoon’s news. In one, he used only the “facepalm” emoji. The other was a .gif of The Office character Jim Halpert yelling, “What is going on?”