Making official what was reported earlier this week the Rangers announced new three-year contract extensions for general manager Jon Daniels and assistant general manager Thad Levine.
The timing may seem odd following a terrible, injury wrecked season in which Texas went 67-95, but the Rangers have been one of the most successful teams in baseball since Daniels took over as GM in 2005 and Levine has been his right-hand man that whole time.
Daniels and Levine were both under contract through 2015. Ron Washington stepped down as manager late in the season and interim manager Tim Bogar was not asked back, as the Rangers chose Pirates coach Jeff Banister as their new skipper.
Setbacks in his recovery from Tommy John elbow surgery meant Joel Hanrahan never pitched for the Tigers after signing a $1 million deal in May, but now they’ve re-signed him for 2015.
Bob Nightingale of USA Today reports that Hanrahan gets $1 million upfront again, plus another $2.5 million in potential incentives.
Detroit’s bullpen can certainly use plenty of help and Hanrahan was one of the best, hardest-throwing relievers in baseball before injuries derailed him, posting a 2.73 ERA with 228 strikeouts in 198 innings from 2010-2012. However, he threw just seven ineffective innings in 2013 and didn’t pitch in the majors at all this year.
Joe Nathan’s grip on the closer job is anything but secure and now the Tigers have former All-Star closers Hanrahan and Joakim Soria as other ninth-inning options.
For three straight offseasons the Pirates have acquired a catcher and for three straight offseasons catching prospect Tony Sanchez has immediately gone on Twitter to show what a good attitude he has about the whole thing.
Pirates blog Forbes to Federal put together the full collection:
Sanchez is 26 years old and has played a grand total of 46 games in the majors five seasons after being drafted No. 4 overall by the Pirates.
Atlanta has now cleansed its entire organization of all things Wren.
First the Braves fired Frank Wren as general manager. Then they fired his brother, Jeff Wren, from his job as a scout and special assistant. And now they’ve traded his son, minor leaguer Kyle Wren, to the Brewers in exchange for minor leaguer Zach Quintana.
While not considered a top prospect, Kyle Wren is a 23-year-old center fielder who hit .290 with 46 steals in 132 games between high Single-A and Double-A this season. He has two career homers in 185 games, but the former eighth-round pick could have a future as a backup outfielder.
Kevin Frandsen and the Nationals have agreed to a one-year, $1 million contract, avoiding arbitration for 2015.
MLB Trade Rumors projected Frandsen to make $1.2 million via arbitration, but instead Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com reports that the one-year deal is worth $1 million upfront and another $300,000 in potential incentives.
Frandsen will fill his usual utility man role at age 33 after hitting .259 with one homer and a .608 OPS in 105 games this season. His career OPS is .662.