Philadelphia and Milwaukee have apparently continued to talk about a Jonathan Papelbon trade recently, but Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com says the latest negotiations fell apart when the Brewers tried to send reliever Jonathan Broxton to the Phillies as a way to offset Papelbon’s bloated salary.
According to Rosenthal the Phillies were only willing to cover a large chunk of Papelbon’s contract if they received “a top prospect” in return, whereas the Brewers suggested including Broxton in the deal rather than a minor leaguer with upside.
Papelbon is owed $13 million this season with a $13 million vesting option for 2016. Broxton is owed $9 million this season with a $9 million option or $1 million buyout for 2016. It’s also worth noting that Broxton has been pretty good, throwing 59 innings with a 2.30 ERA and 49/19 K/BB ratio last season, and like Papelbon he has plenty of closing experience.
But apparently the Phillies decided downgrading from Papelbon to Broxton wasn’t worth saving a few million dollars and/or they’re still holding out some hope of cashing in Papelbon for a decent prospect at some point.
Francisco Rodriguez remaining unsigned late in an offseason is nothing new, but this time around the longtime closer is still on the market because he’s holding out for a two-year offer from someone.
That’s according to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com, who also says re-signing with the Brewers remains a possibility for Rodriguez after he spent parts of the past four seasons in Milwaukee.
Overall in various stints for the Brewers he logged 194 innings with a 3.11 ERA and 204 strikeouts, including 44 saves last season at age 32. Based on performance alone Rodriguez seemingly should have been able to snag a two-year deal, but his market has been less than the performance alone would have suggested for years now.
In search of some middle infield depth, the Indians have signed Michael Martinez to a minor-league contract with an invitation to spring training.
Martinez ranks as one of the worst hitters of all time, batting .181 with five homers and a .482 OPS in 188 career games as a big leaguer for the Phillies and Pirates.
His numbers in the minors are better, but still far from impressive, and at age 32 he’s strictly a utility infielder fallback option.
Ivan Nova, who underwent Tommy John elbow surgery last April, has progressed to throwing from flat ground and is hoping to get back on a mound soon.
Here’s what Nova told Chad Jennings of the New York Journal News about his status:
To be honest, I feel like nothing happened. I don’t feel any pain. I don’t feel any tightness. Everything is going well so far.
Nova avoided arbitration with the Yankees by agreeing to a one-year, $3.3 million deal that matches his 2014 salary and is also under team control for next season. He has a 4.20 ERA in 538 innings for the Yankees since debuting in 2010 and, once healthy, will rejoin the starting rotation.