Jon Heyman reports that Rockies’ shortstop Jose Reyes has cleared waivers and at least a couple teams have been “poking around.”
Hard to see anyone having a super high amount of interest in him, no matter how famous he is. He’s owed $55 million through 2017 and is hitting a mere .274/.310/.369 this season. His defense at shortstop is not what it used to be and contenders, including the Yankees, who Heyman says have spoken to the Rockies, would likely consider him a second baseman.
I guess he’s capable of some lightning in a bottle production, but at this point you have to think not many teams would be all that keen on him given his contract.
Last Thursday, we learned that the MLBPA was challenging the Nippon Professional Baseball posting system, delaying Japanese superstar Shohei Ohtani’s move to Major League Baseball. The latest collective bargaining agreement removed a lot of the incentive for players to come to the U.S. by capping pay. Ohtani, for example, can only receive a signing bonus between $300,000 and $3.53 million while his team — the Nippon Ham Fighters — would receive $20 million for posting him.
Jon Morosi reports that the deadline for this issue to be resolved is 8 PM ET on Monday evening. He notes that key NPB officials have worked through the night in Japan to try to reach a resolution. It is possible that even if no agreement is reached, the deadline could be pushed further back.
Ohtani, 23, has become a heralded hitter and pitcher in Japan. At the plate over his five-year career, he has compiled a .286/.358/.500 triple-slash line with 48 home runs and 166 RBI in 1,170 plate appearances. On the mound, he has a 2.52 ERA with a 624/200 K/BB ratio across 543 innings.