After 14 seasons in the big leagues it looks like Adam Kennedy is ready to call it quits.
Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times reports that Kennedy hasn’t officially announced his retirement, but the 37-year-old infielder “is opening a baseball development facility in Anaheim next week.”
Kennedy was the Cardinals’ first-round pick in 1997 and was traded to the Angels in the deal for Jim Edmonds in 2000. He played seven seasons as the Angels’ primary second baseman, returned to the Cardinals for two seasons, and then bounced around with four teams in his final four years.
Overall he hit .272 with a .711 OPS in 1,691 games, won the ALCS MVP for bludgeoning my beloved Twins in 2002, and earned more than $20 million. Pretty solid career for a guy who never cracked an .800 OPS in a season.
The Phillies have signed free agent outfielder Michael Saunders.
Saunders was an All-Star in 2016 due to his wonderful start, but he cratered in the second half of the season. Overall is numbers looked good — he hit 24 homers and posted a line of .253/.338/.478, but his second half line was .178/.282/.357 in 58 games. He’s not the best defender around either.
The Phillies could use him, however, and if he has another red hot first half, there’s a decent chance they could flip him if they wanted to.
It was first reported that the Blue Jays and Jose Bautista were close to a deal last night. Now Ken Rosenthal reports that the deal is near completion. It will likely a two-year contract in the $35-40 million range.
Bautista had a tough 2016, hitting .234/.366/.452 with 22 home runs and 69 RBI, and some clubs likely considered a long-term deal for the 36-year-old too risky, this leading to the relative lack of reported interest in Bautista by other clubs. But back-to-back ALCS appearances by the Jays and the success and popularity Bautista has experienced in Toronto make his re-signing there a pretty sensible move for all involved.
The Jays, who already lost Edwin Encarnacion to free agency, get their slugger back on a short term deal. Unlike anyone else, they don’t have to give up the draft pick attached to him via the qualifying offer. Bautista, in turn, will make, on average, more than he would’ve made on the qualifying offer if he would’ve accepted it and a raise over the $14 million he made in 2016.