Melvin Mora isn’t retired, but did turn down the Rangers

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Melvin Mora didn’t play after being released by the Diamondbacks in June and was said to be retiring in December, but then changed his mind a few weeks ago and is now looking for a new team at age 40.

However, he apparently wasn’t willing to play in Texas.

Gerry Fraley of the Dallas Morning News passes along an interview Mora did with the Venezuelan newspaper El Universal in which he talked about turning down an offer from the Rangers because he wants to play for a team closer to his home in Baltimore.

Considering spring training starts in less than two weeks and Mora is a 40-year-old who hit .228 with a .520 OPS before getting released last season he’s seemingly going against the whole beggars can’t be choosers thing. Texas apparently offered him a minor-league deal with an invitation to spring training, which is almost surely as good as he’ll do anywhere else.

Japanese outfielder Yoshida to negotiate with MLB teams

Masataka Yoshida
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SAN DIEGO — Outfielder Masataka Yoshida will be able to negotiate with Major League Baseball teams starting Wednesday under the posting system with the Japanese big leagues.

A member of Japan’s Olympic team last year, Yoshida will be posted at 8 a.m. EST on Wednesday and MLB teams have until 5 p.m. EST on Jan. 20 to reach an agreement, the commissioner’s office said Tuesday.

The 29-year-old hit .335 with 21 homers and 88 RBIs in 119 games this year for the Orix Buffaloes of Japan’s Pacific League. A left-handed batter, he has a .327 average with 133 homers and 467 RBIs over seven seasons in the Japanese majors.

Yoshida hit .350 with two RBIs as Japan won last year’s Olympic gold medal.

Under 2017 changes to the posting system, the posting fee will be 20% of the first $25 million of a major league contract, including earned bonuses and options. The percentage drops to 17.5% of the next $25 million and 15% of any amount over $50 million. There would be a supplemental fee of 15% of any earned bonuses, salary escalators and exercised options.

Hard-throwing right-hander Kodai Senga, another member of the Olympic team, is a free agent and does not have to go through the posting system because he has 11 seasons of service time in the Japanese major leagues.

Senga, who turns 30 in January, was 11-6 with a 1.94 ERA in 22 starts for the Pacific League’s Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks. He pitched three scoreless innings in two outings against the U.S. in the Olympics, allowing one hit and striking out six with two walks.