The latest from Jon Heyman on Jarrod Washburn:
The Royals are believed to be offering significantly more money. But
it’s thought that Washburn would prefer a return to Seattle, where he
thrived last year. That’s if the dollars can be worked out.
Like I said yesterday, when it comes to Heyman reporting on a Boras client vs. the Royals spending too much on a guy who can’t help them, we’re deep into irresistible force/immovable object territory. I’ll opine, however, that if the Royals were truly offering Washburn significant money, it would represent the first time anyone has offered him significant money all year, at a time when teams have very little incentive to offer significant money to anyone.
Up next: “Mystery team!”
The Brewers reportedly signed third baseman Mike Moustakas to a one-year, $10 million contract on Sunday. While the deal is not yet official, MLB.com’s Adam McCalvy reports that the Brewers plan to give Moustakas a look at second base during spring training. If all goes well, he will be the primary second baseman and Travis Shaw will stay at third base.
The initial thought was that Moustakas would simply take over at third base for the more versatile Shaw. Moustakas has spent 8,035 of his career defensive innings at third base, 35 innings at first base, and none at second. In fact, he has never played second base as a pro player. Shaw, meanwhile, has spent 268 of his 4,073 1/3 defensive innings in the majors at second base and played there as recently as October.
This is certainly an interesting wrinkle to signing Moustakas, who is a decent third baseman. He was victimized by another slow free agent market, not signing until March last year on a $6.5 million deal with a $15 million mutual option for this season. That option was declined, obviously, and he ended up signing for $5 million cheaper here in February as the Brewers waited him out. Notably, Moustakas did not have qualifying offer compensation attached to him this time around.
Last season, between the Royals and Brewers, the 30-year-old Moustakas hit .251/.315/.459 with 28 home runs and 95 RBI in 635 plate appearances.