Buster Olney reports that the Padres have agreed to terms with second baseman Jedd Gyorko. Keith Law reports that it’s a six-year deal plus an option year. The deal is for $35 million with the option year going for $13 million. Escalator clauses could price the back end up.
Gyorko, 25, is beginning his second season in the bigs. In 137 career games he has a line of .242/.295/.433, which amounts to an OPS+ of 107. He would not be arbitration eligible until after the 2015 season, but apparently the Padres have seen enough of him to (a) want him long term; and (b) not want to have to deal with arbitration.
The White Sox won’t make a bid for free agent outfielder Bryce Harper, Bruce Levine of 670 The Score reports. Believed to be the favorites to land shortstop Manny Machado in free agency, the White Sox watched him ink a 10-year, $300 million contract with the Padres. The club is apparently content with its roster otherwise.
Harper would certainly be an upgrade in the outfield, which currently features Adam Engel, Nicky Delmonico, and Jon Jay. It will soon feature prospects Eloy Jiménez and Luis Robert.
Last season, Harper hit .249/.393/.496 with 34 hom eruns, 100 RBI, 103 runs scored, and 13 stolen bases in 695 plate appearances. He led all of baseball, drawing 130 walks. Harper is also a six-time All-Star who won the 2012 NL Rookie of the Year Award and the 2015 NL Most Valuable Player Award.
The Phillies are still believed to be the favorites to sign Harper and the club is confident it will land him, Matt Breen of the Philadelphia Daily News reports.