The St. Louis Cardinals and star catcher Yadier Molina have agreed to a three year extension. The extension is worth between $55 million and $65 million. Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal was the first to report both sides were nearing a deal and the financial terms. FanRag Sports' Jon Heyman was the first to report both sides have agreed to the deal.
This is a great deal for both sides. Molina is a clubhouse leader and is considered to be a future member of the Hall of Fame.
Molina, 34, is one of the most successful catchers in baseball. He has been a Cardinal all of his career. Molina has led them to numerous postseason appearances and two world series rings. Molina reached the majors at the age of 21 and since then, his career has taken off.
He has seven career all star game appearances and has taken home eight consecutive gold gloves (2008-2015). He has also finished in the top five for the NL MVP award two times.
Molina, over his 13 year career, is a .285/.338/.400 hitter, with 1593 hits, 108 HRs, and 703 RBIs. He also has 308 career doubles. His career fielding percentage at the catcher position is a solid .995%. Molina, who has a bullet for an arm, has thrown out 42% of runners trying to steal a base.
Major League Baseball has suspended closer Jeurys Familia of the New York Mets for 15 games without pay. Familia was arrested for a misdemeanor domestic violence charge against his wife.
Due to the rules of his suspension, Familia must attend a domestic violence group in New York and appear in United States and Dominican Republic rookie programs.
Familia, 27, has been lights out as the Mets' closer since he made his debut in the majors in 2012. Familia has appeared in only one all star game, even though he has a 2.46 ERA and 100 career saves, which all have been in a Mets' uniform.
Last season, Familia once again regained his dominance. He had a 2.55 ERA, a league-leading 51 saves, and 84 strike outs in 77.2 innings.
With Familia out only 15 games, the Mets are likely to go closer-by-commitee.
The Mets open the season Monday, home against the Braves.
On Tuesday, the Milwaukee Brewers lost second baseman Scooter Gennett to their rival, the Cincinnati Reds, as they claimed him off waivers. C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer reported the transaction first.
Gennett, 26, was drafted in the first year player draft in 2009 out of Sarasota High School in the 16th round by the Brewers. Gennett was born in Cincinnati and now he is going home to play for the Reds.
The four season veteran, has a solid slash line of .279/.318/.420 with 35 career HRs and 160 RBIs with the Brewers. Since making his debut with the Brewers in June of 2013, the lefty hitter has become an instant starter for Milwaukee. Gennett has potential to become an all-star caliber player and the Reds believe he can reach his potential.
With Brewers' top prospect Orlando Arcia reaching the majors and taking over shortstop, Johnathan Villar is expected to move over to second base. Gennett may have trouble receiving playing time in Cincinnati, as the starting infield seem to have their positions locked in. It appears Gennett will have to ride the bench.
Gennett will be playing under a $2.53 million contract this season and he is arbitration eligible in 2018. He is set to become a free agent in 2020.
The Texas Rangers and second baseman Rougned Odor have agreed to a six-year extension worth $49.5 million. Evan Grant of Dallas Morning News was first to report both sides were nearing a deal and FanRag Sports' Jon Heyman was first to report how much Odor would be receiving.
Odor is still very young at only 23 years of age. The three season veteran has become one of the best second baseman in the majors after his terrific 2016 season, which he hit 33 home runs and collected 88 RBIs in 605 at bats with a slash line of .271/.296/.502. Odor made his major league debut at 20 years old.
The native of Venezuela was expected to become a free agent after the 2021 season and he was set to become arbitration eligible in 2018.
Odor became well known after his incident with Blue Jays' star slugger Jose Bautista. After Bautista roughly sled into second base, a quick brawl had broken out between the two and led to "the punch heard around the world."
Catcher Derek Norris and the Tampa Bay Rays have agreed to a deal, according to Yahoo's Tim Brown. The deal will be an one year deal, according to Tampa Bay Times' Marc Topkin. The deal is expected to be worth more than $1 million with the chance of additional incentives.
Norris was recently released by the Washington Nationals, after they signed Matt Wieters. After the December trade that sent Norris from San Diego to the nation's capital, many believed Norris could become the Nats' catcher of the future.
Norris, 28, had a bellow average 2016 season with the Padres. In 415 at-bats, Norris collected 77 hits with 9 home runs and 42 RBIs. Norris' best season came in 2014, when he was with the Oakland Athletics. His .270/.361/.403 slash line with 10 home runs and 55 RBIs in 385 at-bats, earned Norris his first and only all-star game appearance.
Norris has spent his five-year big league career with the Oakland Athletics (2012-2014) and the San Diego Padres (2015-2016). Norris was drafted in the fourth round by the Washington Nationals in 2007.
According to Yahoo's Jeff Passan, the left-handed ace of the Chicago White Sox, Jose Quintana, is drawing trade interest from multiple teams. The teams who are interested in Quintana are the Atlanta Braves, Houston Astros, and Pittsburgh Pirates
Quintana was a hot commodity over the past offseason. With a weak free agent pitching class, the White Sox received phone calls from tons of teams about Quintana and former teammate Chris Sale, whom they traded to the Red Sox during the winter meetings.
Jim Bowden of ESPN reported this morning a trade could happen before opening day, but nothing is close. Bowden also reported that if the Astros were to acquire the young southpaw, the blockbuster deal would have to include top prospects RHP Francis Martes and OF Kyle Tucker.
A deal involving Quintana is a smart move for the three teams reportedly interested in him. Quintana is under team control until after the 2020 season. He is owed $37.85 million until he is eligible to become a free agent. Even though he is owed $37.85 million over the next four seasons, any team that were to pick him up after the 2020 season, will probably need to pay him over $25 million.
Quintana is still very young, entering his age 28 season. He was dominant last season, with an ERA of 3.20 and striking out 181. His great 2016 campaign led him to finish 10th in the American League CY young voting.
The Chicago White Sox and shortstop Tim Anderson agreed to a six-year, $25 million dollar deal. The deal includes two team options, and could turn the deal into a $50.5 million dollar deal over eight seasons. MLB.com's Scott Merkin was the first to report both sides were discussing an extension.
Anderson, 23, was a rookie last season and impressed in his first year in the big leagues. Last season, in 99 games with the White Sox, the young shortstop had a solid slash line of .283/.306/.432 with nine home runs and 30RBIs. His 22 doubles and six triples in 410 at bats, dazzled scouts and front office executives, which led to the six-year extension.
After his appearance in the 2014 Arizona Fall League, Tim Anderson was a player every executive wanted and every reporter knew of. He flourished in Arizona after his first full minor league season. In 99 plate appearances, his .301/.343/.430 slash line censored a light bulb in Chicago's front office.
Chicago knew they had their shortstop of the future, after they selected him in the 2013 draft at 17th overall. Prior to the 2015 season, Anderson was rated the 39th overall prospect by Baseball Prospectus.
Anderson continued to awe scouts and put his name on the board, when he was rated the 19th best prospect in baseball, according to Baseball Prospectus, before the 2016 season.