Eduardo A. Encina of The Baltimore Sun reports that the Orioles have begun preliminary talks with starter Chris Tillman‘s representatives concerning a contract extension.
The 28-year-old is entering his third and final year of arbitration eligibility. MLB Trade Rumors projects Tillman to earn $10.6 million for the 2017 season, after which he can become a free agent.
Tillman finished the 2016 season with a 16-6 record, a 3.77 ERA, and a 140/66 K/BB ratio in 172 innings. Aside from a poor 2015, Tillman has been a quality starter for the Orioles over the past several years. However, the Orioles will also at some point have to think about extensions for outfielder Adam Jones, third baseman Manny Machado, and closer Zach Britton as well.
The Braves have signed lefty reliever Eric O'Flaherty to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training, SB Nation’s Chris Cotillo reports.
O’Flaherty, 31, had a rough 2016 campaign. He logged only 28 2/3 innings and mustered a 6.91 ERA with a 22/11 K/BB ratio. The lefty underwent a season-ending cleanup procedure on his left elbow in August after having missed some time in June and July with a knee injury.
The Braves don’t have a ton of left-handed depth in the bullpen, so O’Flaherty has a decent shot at making the 25-man roster if he has a solid spring showing.
The Red Sox continue to move on Tuesday. After acquiring Tyler Thornburg and Chris Sale earlier, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that the Red Sox have now agreed to a one-year deal with 1B/DH Mitch Moreland. The value of the deal is not yet known.
Moreland, 31, had a career year in 2015 but his numbers slipped quite a bit this past season. He finished with a .233/.298/.422 triple-slash line with 22 home runs and 60 RBI in 503 plate appearances.
The Red Sox haven’t confirmed, but it would make sense if Moreland took over at first base and Hanley Ramirez moved to DH.