With David Price in Boston, Zack Greinke expected to stay on the West Coast and Jordan Zimmermann in Detroit, the second-tier of free agent starters should begin signing soon. The trade market for starting pitchers is heating up and Shelby Miller appears to be at the top of a lot lists.
The Cubs are one of at least 20 teams that have reportedly talked to the Braves about Shelby Miller. According to Joel Sherman, the Cubs, Diamondbacks, Dodgers and Giants “are particularly interested” in Miller.
Multiple reports have indicated the Braves really like Jorge Soler. The Braves have asked for Corey Seager from the Dodgers. And according to Ken Rosenthal, the Braves “keep trying for A.J. Pollock” from the Diamondbacks for Miller. Arizona rejected the Braves offer of Miller straight up for Pollock. Atlanta countered back with Miller and RHP Arodys Vizcaino for Pollock and RHP Aaron Blair according to Rosenthal and the Diamondbacks said no.
It is unclear exactly how interested the Yankees are in Miller and what the Giants may be willing to deal for Miller if they do not sign Greinke.
Mark Bowman reported that if the Braves move Miller “they’d like a MLB-ready pitcher in the return.”
The Braves do not have to trade Shelby Miller and if they do, Atlanta plans to get full value and a little more for the young right-hander.
Wednesday (11:00pm CST) is the deadline for teams to tender contracts to unsigned players for the 2016 season.
Jake Arrieta earned the NL Cy Young Award and is in line for the biggest pay increase of the nine players. Arrieta made $3.63 million in 2015 and should receive between $10-11 million for the 2016 season.
Chris Coghlan made $2.505 million last year and should see his salary increase to between $3.3-3.8 million. Justin Grimm earned a little more than the league minimum ($532,000) in 2015 and should see his salary increase to between $800,000-1.2 million. Clayton Richard should see his salary increase to between $1-1.4 million. Hector Rondon made $544,000 last season and in his first year of arbitration eligibility should receive between $3.2-3.9 million. Pedro Strop should go from $2.525 million this past season to between $4.3-4.5 million. Travis Wood had a $5.685 million salary this past season and through the arbitration process he should receive between $6.2-6.8 million for the 2016 season. Ryan Cook is arbitration eligible and should receive between $1.2-1.5 million. And Rex Brothers is also arbitration eligible and should be looking at between $1.2-1.5 million.
The deadline to exchange arbitration figures in Jan. 15 if the player and the team have not already avoided arbitration and agreed to a contract for next season. Arbitration hearings are scheduled in early February.
As is the case every year, there should be a lot of player movement across baseball as teams trade players they plan to non-tender.
The Red Sox landed its Ace Tuesday when David Price agreed to terms on a record-setting seven-year, $217 million contract. Price can opt out of his deal after three years. Price is scheduled to make $30 million per season in 2016-18, $31 million in 2019 and $32 million per season in 2020-22. Price will sign the largest contract ever for a pitcher once he passes his physical. Price is expected to be formally introduced Friday at Fenway Park.
The Cardinals reportedly finished second to the Red Sox in the Price sweepstakes. St. Louis’ offer was at least $30 million less than what he agreed to with Boston. According to Bob Nightengale, Price thought Tuesday morning he would be signing with the Cardinals.
Dave Dombrowski was focused on adding an Ace to the Red Sox rotation. Boston has really struggled in the pitching department. Pete Abraham pointed out the Sox “are 101-115 since trading Jon Lester” and finished in last place in back-to-back seasons. The Red Sox are not worried about what Price’s deal will look like in 2020.
- Boston Globe – Cubs were first choice for David Price
- Comcast SportsNet – Cubs have options with David Price heading to Red Sox for $217 million
- ESPN Chicago – Missing on David Price not a winter killer for Cubs
- USA Today – Why David Price picked Red Sox over Cardinals … Red Sox deal for Price at least $30 million more than the offer the Cardinals made.
- Jeff Passan – David Price’s $217 million deal signals the start of Boston’s bold Dave Dombrowski era
- Ken Rosenthal – In lefty David Price, Boston Red Sox may have found right player to shower with money
- Scott Miller – David Price’s Monster $217 million Deal is Great Move for Red Sox, No Matter the Cost
- Keith Law – Red Sox get a true ace by paying for David Price
News, Notes and Rumors
• The Cubs had the highest payroll of any team that won a playoff series according to USA Today. The Cubs’ $155.08 million payroll ranked 10th in baseball for the 2015 season.
• According to Jeff Passan, “the price on Ben Zobrist keeps going up” and there is a “sense among interested teams that it stands at four years, $60 million and may go higher.”
• Jerry Crasnick reported Mike Leake could be an option for the Cardinals with David Price no longer available. Leake could be a fallback for the Giants if they do not sign Zack Greinke.
• Joel Sherman thinks starting pitchers will start signing now that Jordan Zimmermann and David Price are off the board. Sherman anticipates the free agent outfield market to dominate the Winter Meetings.
• MLB released its annual drug testing report Tuesday. There were a total of 8,158 tests administered. 10 of those tests came back positive which led to suspensions. Click here to read the full report from Hardball Talk. The league issued 111 therapeutic-use exemptions for ADD, which means, according to Jeff Passan, 11 percent of the players in Major League Baseball have ADD.
• The Orioles traded C/1B Steve Clevenger to the Mariners for OF/1B/DH Mark Trumbo. Clevenger was part of the deal from the Cubs along with Scott Feldman for Jake Arrieta and Pedro Strop.
• The Orioles are still in the mix for veteran reliever Darren O’Day and “are hoping to at least get a final shot” with him before he decides on a team. Jerry Crasnick explained, the Nationals are “definitely in” on O’Day. According to Susan Slusser, the A’s are not among the teams still interested in O’Day.
• Jon Heyman posted the breakdown on Jordan Zimmermann’s five-year, $110 million contract with the Tigers. Jordan Zimmermann will receive $18 million in 2016-17, $24 million in 2018 and $25 million in 2019-20.
• The Indians signed RHP Joba Chamberlain to a minor league contract that includes a non-roster invite to Spring Training. If Chamberlain makes the Indians roster out of Spring Training, his base salary for 2016 will be $1 million and an incentives package for games pitched and games finished according to Joel Sherman.
• Mike Quade is staying in the Twins system and will manage the Triple-A Rochester Red Wings for the second straight season.
• According to a report from Hardball Talk, the Pirates have expressed interest in RHP Justin Masterson.
• Jim Bowden made 10 bold predictions for the month of December.
• The Mariners have agreed to terms with OF Nori Aoki on a one-year contract that includes an option for a second year according to Jon Heyman.
• Brittany Wood posted the best tweet of Tuesday … the Cubs wives and girlfriends “raised over $105,000 this season” for charity this year.
This Day In Cubstory
2014 – Cubs granted free agency to John Baker and Wesley Wright
2013 – Cubs granted free agency to Daniel Bard, Chang-Yong Lim and Mat Gamel
2010 – Ron Santo passed away at the age of 70. Santo was voted into the Hall of Fame in December 2011 and inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2012.
2009 – Cubs signed free agent Brad Snyder
2005 – Cubs released Jose Macias
2004 – Cubs signed free agent to Peter Bergeron
2003 – Cubs signed free agent Scott McClain
1998 – Cubs signed free agent Henry Rodriguez
1998 – Cubs signed free agent Scott Sanders
1998 – Cubs released Dave Stevens
1996 – Cubs signed free agent Shawon Dunston
1994 – Cubs released Dave Otto
1992 – Cubs signed free agent Steve Lake
1991 – Cubs selected Jorge Pedre off waivers from the Royals
1984 – Cubs purchased Jamie Nelson from the Brewers
1974 – Cubs selected Tim Holsey from the Athletics in the Rule 5 Draft
1969 – Cubs purchased Adrian Garrett from the Phillies
1969 – Braves purchased Vic LaRose from the Cubs
1968 – Cubs selected Brock Davis from the Astros in the minor league draft
1968 – Indians selected Ron Law from the Cubs in the minor league draft
1967 – Yankees purchased John Boccabella from the Cubs
1965 – Cubs acquired Randy Hundley and Bill Hands from the Giants for Don Landrum and Lindy McDaniel
1963 – Cubs selected Wayne Schurr from the Giants in the Rule 5 Draft
1963 – Cubs selected Danny Breeden from the Cardinals in the First-Year Draft
1963 – Cubs selected Bryon Browne from the Pirates in the First-Year Draft
1963 – Cubs selected Vic Rosnovsky from the Giants in the Minor League Draft
1958 – Redlegs selected Dave Stenhouse from the Cubs in the Minor League Draft
1957 – Cubs selected Tony Taylor from the Giants in the Rule 5 Draft
1957 – Tigers selected Hy Cohen from the Cubs in the Minor League Draft
1957 – Cubs selected Marcelino Solis from Saltillo in the Minor League Draft
1952 – Cubs selected Joe Stanka from the Dodgers in the Minor League Draft
1936 – Browns purchased Ethan Allen from the Cubs
1934 – Andre Rodgers, born
1906 – Johnny Welch, born