Earlier, we learned that free agent shortstop Jhonny Peralta was seeking a four- or five-year deal in the $56-75 million range. It is far and away more than even the most optimistic would have expected for Peralta when the off-season began, but a dearth of quality at shortstop and a glut of potential suitors has driven Peralta’s value up.
According to Peter Gammons on Twitter, Peralta has already received multiple four-year offers from teams worth $52 million. The Mets and Yankees were reportedly interested, as were the Orioles who could put him in left field. Jon Morosi of FOX Sports later added that the Cardinals could pursue Peralta as well, though they are not one of the teams that has put a four-year offer on the table.
Update (6:48 PM EST): Topkin reports the contract will be of the major league variety.
Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that the Rays and free agent reliever Shawn Tolleson are close to finalizing a contract.
Tolleson, who turns 29 years old on Thursday, had an ugly 2016 season, finishing with a 7.68 ERA and a 29/10 K/BB ratio in 36 1/3 innings. He was one of the Rangers’ best relievers in the two seasons prior to that, however, which included saving 35 games in 2015.
The big presidential pardon news today concerns the commutation of Chelsea Manning’s sentence. We’ll leave that aside. For our purposes, know that someone in the world of baseball was pardoned: Willie McCovey.
Yes, Hall of Famer Willie McCovey, who in 1995 pleaded guilty to income tax fraud related to the non-reporting of income received from memorabilia and autograph shows. Duke Snider pleaded guilty alongside McCovey. They were given two years probation and fines of $5,000. Snider died in 2011. McCovey still works with the San Francisco Giants as a senior advisor and goodwill ambassador.
President Obama’s release of McCovey’s pardon was pretty succinct. But it’s enough to scrub the record of one of the greatest sluggers of all time.