Sean McAdam of CSNNE.com has an update on the David Ortiz-Red Sox talks, which both parties likely want to put to bed soon without the sort of beefing we had in the past two offseasons:
A source with knowledge of the talks said Wednesday that the two sides continue to exchange proposals, with some progress being made, but are not close to a deal.
Nick Cafardo says similar things — talks ongoing — but is more bullish on the timeline, saying that the parties think they’ll have something done withing 24 hours, and on how close the parties are on money (he calls it “a modest gap”).
As McAdam notes, there is not any magic to the timeline, though, apart from convenience. Even if a deal is not struck by then, it is a no-brainer that the Sox will make Ortiz a qualifying offer — $13.3 million for one year — and that Ortiz will decline it, given that it would represent a pay cut from the $14.575 million he made in 2012.
Sure, that would make him fair game for any other team, but I think the most shocking thing of this offseason would be for David Ortiz to change teams.
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.