The Blue Jays acquired reliever Drew Storen from the Nationals last night for outfielder Ben Revere. It was the first significant trade for new Blue Jays general manager Ross Atkins, but he might already be working on his next deal.
Check out these tweets from Jeff Blair of Sportsnet 590/The Fan, which at least suggest the possibility of a deal involving R.A. Dickey:
After strengthening their bullpen with the addition of Storen, the Blue Jays now have the proper depth to give Aaron Sanchez another shot in the starting rotation. Moving Dickey would officially clear the way for him. That would be a bit risky, but this could also partially be about the budget, as Dickey is owed $12 million in 2016. Who knows if anything will come out of this chatter, but it’s worth keeping an eye on.
Acquired from the Mets after winning the NL Cy Young Award in 2012, Dickey owns a 3.95 ERA in 101 starts over three seasons with the Blue Jays. The 41-year-old knuckleballer has logged at least 214 1/3 innings in each of the last four seasons. Only Clayton Kershaw has thrown more innings in that timespan.
After the Indians added veterans Mike Napoli and Rajai Davis in recent weeks, Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that the club has been in touch with free agent infielder Juan Uribe.
If signed, Uribe would share third base duties with Giovanny Urshela. While Urshela is strong defensively, the 24-year-old batted just .225 with six home runs and a .608 OPS over 81 games as a rookie last season.
Uribe played for the Dodgers, Braves, and Mets last season while batting .253/.320/.417 with 14 home runs and 43 RBI over 119 games. Despite going into his age-37 season, he’s still capable of doing some damage. And he seems to be a beloved teammate wherever he goes.
UPDATE: Span passed his physical, so the deal is now official. According to Alex Pavlovic of CSNBayArea.com, the contract includes a mutual option for a fourth year.
7:00 p.m. ET: MLB Network’s Jon Heyman reports that Span could earn another $5 million with incentives, which means that the deal would max out at $36 million.
5:51 p.m. ET: Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said earlier today that the club only had a “remote” chance of bringing back free agent outfielder Denard Span. Now we know why. Per Alex Pavlovic of CSNBayArea.com, the Giants just announced that they have signed Span to a three-year contract, pending a physical.
John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that the deal is worth $31 million while FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal hears that there are some additional incentives. It’s a pretty nice deal for Span given that he’s coming off hip surgery and turns 32 in February, but the Giants are willing to take on the risk. That he’s not tied to draft pick compensation likely made the decision a little easier.
Span was excellent when healthy last season, batting .301/.365/.431 with five home runs, 22 RBI, and 11 stolen bases over 61 games. In 2014, he led the National League in hits while batting .302 with a .355 on-base percentage. He’s a proven contact hitter with good plate discipline, so he fits in well with this lineup. Span figures to take over leadoff and center field duties for San Francisco while Angel Pagan and Gregor Blanco will share playing time in left field.
With the offseason additions of Johnny Cueto, Jeff Samardzija, and now Span, the Giants are making a strong push for some “even-year magic” once again.
With Alex Gordon and Denard Span signed, the dominoes in the outfield market are finally beginning to fall. Gerardo Parra could be next, as MLB Network’s Jon Heyman reports that the Rockies are among teams “making a push” for him.
We first heard about the Rockies’ interest in Parra last week. The potential match is more interesting than it seems on the surface, as it would almost certainly set up a trade involving Carlos Gonzalez, Charlie Blackmon, or Corey Dickerson. Their availability presents an interesting wrinkle as big-name free agents like Chris Davis, Yoenis Cespedes, Justin Upton, and Dexter Fowler attempt to find a home.
Parra struggled after being traded from the Brewers to the Orioles last July, but he still finished with career-highs with 14 homers and a .780 OPS. He’s said to be looking for a multi-year contract.
A familiar name has found a new home, as the Royals announced this afternoon that they have signed veteran right-hander Chien-Ming Wang to a minor league contract. For some, this might come as news that he’s still pitching.
Best known for his run with the Yankees from 2005-2009, Wang turns 36 years old in March and hasn’t appeared in the majors since 2013 as a member of the Blue Jays. The sinkerballer had a brief stint in the independent Atlantic League last season and also posted a rough 5.88 ERA in 130 innings at the Triple-A level between the Braves and the Mariners.
According to Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports, Wang would receive a base salary of $1 million if he’s on the major league roster and could earn more with some performance-based incentives. At this point, it would be a surprise if Wang surfaces in the majors again, but he’ll provide some rotation depth in Triple-A at the very least.