UPDATE: The deal is official.
10:44 a.m. ET: The Padres have apparently secured some extra bullpen depth, as Corey Brock of MLB.com reports that veteran reliever Casey Janssen has a locker in the clubhouse. Nothing is official, but Brock writes that he likely received a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.
Janssen missed the early part of last season due to a shoulder issue and ended up with a 4.95 ERA and 27/8 K/BB ratio over 40 innings. The 34-year-old became a free agent in November after the Nationals declined a $7 million option on him for 2016.
The Padres traded Craig Kimbrel and Joaquin Benoit over the winter, so there’s opportunity in the late innings for San Diego. Fernando Rodney currently projects to be the team’s closer.
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.