Author: Aaron Gleeman

Pittsburgh Pirates Photo Day

Once a year, like clockwork: Pirates acquire a catcher, Tony Sanchez tweets about it


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:

source:  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.

Braves trade fired general manager Frank Wren’s son

Frank Wren

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.

Nationals, Kevin Frandsen avoid arbitration for $1 million

Kevin Frandsen

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 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.

Marlins’ offer to Giancarlo Stanton could be worth up to $320 million

giancarlo stanton getty

Ken Rosenthal of reported yesterday that Giancarlo Stanton and the Marlins were discussing a 10-year, $300 million contract, but now Rosenthal says they’re talking about a 12-year, $320 million deal.

Either way it would be the largest contract in MLB history, a distinction that currently belongs to Miguel Cabrera and the Tigers at $292 million over 10 years.

Stanton is under team control via arbitration for 2015 and 2016, and could expect to earn at least $30 million for those two seasons. So it’s possible that the Marlins offered him a 10-year extension and including the arbitration seasons brought the total to around $320 million for 12 years.

Signing him for a dozen seasons would keep Stanton under team control through the age of 36. He finished runner-up for the NL MVP yesterday after hitting .288 with 37 homers and a .950 OPS in 142 games before a facial injury ended his season.