Jason Motte has two years of arbitration eligibility. Or, I should say, he had two years of arbitration eligibility. They’re gone now, as he and the Cardinals signed a two-year deal buying them out.
Motte posted a 2.75 ERA, 0.92 WHIP and struck out 86 batters while walking only 17 in 72 innings last season while saving 42 games.
The dollars: Rosenthal reports it’s $12 million plus incentives. But since you don’t write the checks, you don’t care beyond curiosity’s sake, do you?
Jon Heyman has been hot on the free agent trail today, reporting that the Padres have made offers both Manny Machado and Bryce Harper. The offer to Machado is believed to be for eight years and about $250 million, while the offer to Harper is believed to be for more than that.
Heyman was reporting on Harper earlier, tweeting that the Phillies are the favorite to sign him. He added this evening that Harper has multiple long-term offers at more than $30 million annually. Regarding Machado, Heyman noted that while Machado was believed to have had a preference for the East coast, he will go for the best deal now, which puts the Padres firmly in the picture.
The Padres reportedly met with Machado last week. A late entrant into the sweepstakes, the club has shown the willingness to spend, signing Eric Hosmer to an eight-year, $144 million contract last year. If he goes to San Diego, Machado would be the full-time third baseman with Luis Urias handling shortstop.
Nothing appears close, but we’ll take anything resembling a spark to light the hot stove.