John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that free agent third baseman Pablo Sandoval is “leaning toward” signing with the Red Sox even though the Padres have made him the highest offer.
Boston’s offer was previously reported to be five years and $95 million, which means the Padres likely either topped $100 million in their offer or expanded the contract proposal to a sixth year.
According to Shea the Giants have also been asked to submit their best offer to re-sign Sandoval, suggesting he’s close to making a decision. During spring training the Giants reportedly offered him a three-year, $40 million extension, which Sandoval smartly turned down.
Josh Satin, who spent parts of the past four seasons in the majors with the Mets, has agreed to a minor-league deal with the Reds.
Satin played well for the Mets in 2013, hitting .279 with a .781 OPS in 75 games, but spent most of this season at Triple-A and struggled in a brief stay in the majors.
Overall at Triple-A he’s hit .294 with an .838 OPS in 329 games, so Satin could stick with the Reds as a backup corner infielder.
Henry Blanco immediately joined the Diamondbacks’ coaching staff this season after retiring as a player during spring training, but now he’s leaving to join new Cubs manager Joe Maddon’s staff in Chicago.
Blanco, who spent 16 seasons in the majors as a strong-armed catcher and played for the Cubs from 2005-2008, will be Chicago’s quality assurance coach.
Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports that the Twins have won the bidding for Korean left-hander Hyeon-jong Yang, who was posted by the Kia Tigers three weeks ago.
Yang won the Korean equivalent of the Cy Young award this season and the 26-year-old tops out at 92-95 miles per hour, although opinions vary on his ability to be more than a middle-of-the-rotation starter in the majors.
Yang’s raw numbers aren’t impressive, but it’s important to note that the Korean Baseball Organization as a whole had a 5.63 ERA this year. It’s an extreme hitter’s league and his 4.25 ERA was 25 percent better than the league average. By comparison, a pitcher being 25 percent better than this year’s MLB average would translate to a 2.80 ERA.
By submitting the winning bid the Twins now have 30 days in which to negotiate a contract with Yang.
Speedy outfielder Daniel Robertson, who made his debut for Texas this season at age 28, has been traded from the Rangers to the Angels for a player to be named later or cash consideration.
Robertson got into 70 games for the Rangers, hitting .271 with a .333 on-base percentage and .667 OPS. He lacks power, but Robertson batted .294 with a .371 on-base percentage in 278 games at Triple-A and has 25-steal speed.
He figures to get a look as a backup outfielder for the Angels.