The Colorado Rockies and relief pitcher Wade Davis have agreed to a deal, per Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports. The deal is for three seasons and worth a total of $52 million.
Davis, 32, put together another remarkable season last year for the Chicago Cubs. Before a disastrous second half of the season, Davis had a 1.46 ERA in 27 innings before the all-star break. In his third consecutive all-star season, Davis collected 32 saves in his first and only season in a Cubs' uniform.
Davis will join an already deep bullpen in Colorado that features top relievers Bryan Shaw and Jake McGee. Not only does the Rockies' bullpen include some of the best relievers in the game, the organization has over $106 million committed to relievers.
Davis will likely be the closer next season for the Rockies but there is a chance there may be some competition in spring training. Even though the Rockies made the playoffs as a wild-card team last season, they suddenly have become stronger and look to compete with the World Series runner-up Los Angeles Dodgers in the National League West Division.
The New York Yankees and veteran LHP CC Sabathia have agreed to a one-year deal, worth $10 million, per Mark Feinsand of MLB.com. The deal is pending a physical.
Sabathia, 37, will return to the Bronx for his 10th season with the Yankees, and his 18th season in the big leagues. Sabathia will return the Yankees' dominant pitching rotation, that features Sonny Gray and Masahiro Tanaka. The southpaw adds great depth to the Yankees' rotation, and even though Sabathia will be returning to the rotation, the Yankees will still look to add another top-tier pitcher.
Sabathia put together a nice 2017 campaign with the Yankees. In 27 starts, Sabathia went 14-5 with a 3.69 ERA. In 148.2 innings pitched, the veteran winner struck out 120 batters. Sabathia will look to build off of his dominant season in 2018.
In his 18 year career, Sabathia has been selected to play in six all-star games. Sabathia has also finished in the top-5 for the CY Young award five times, including when he won the prestigious award in 2006 with the Cleveland Indians.
Sabathia will likely look to continue his hall-of-fame worthy career after the 2018 season.
The Philadelphia Phillies made a series of moves on Friday, including trading veteran infielder Freddy Galvis to the San Diego Padres, and signing slugger Carlos Santana to a three-year/$60 million deal.
The idea of the Phillies trading Galvis to San Diego had been a thought for a while, since the Padres needed a temporary shortstop for the 2018 season, because top prospect, Fernando Tatis Jr is still developing in AA.
The Padres are expected to be competitive next season, so the addition of Galvis makes sense. In 2017, the 28-year-old hit .255 with 12 home runs. Galvis was traded for RHP Enyel De Los Santos.
Even though the Phillies subtracted from their lineup, they added power by adding Santana. Santana will likely play first base for the Phillies, with Rhys Hoskins moving to left field permanently.
The 31-year-old Santana hit .259 with 23 home runs with the Cleveland Indians last season. Santana will fit in well in Philadelphia.
As the whole entire baseball world knows - Giancarlo Stanton is now officially a member of the New York Yankees, after being traded from the Miami Marlins.
Many people critiqued the Marlins' organization for trading their generational star, including the team's CEO, Derek Jeter. Jeter, the former Yankees' superstar, is now receiving backlash by fans and members of the media for trading the team's star to the Yankees. Many believe this trade is considered to be "collusion", but what many critics are not aware of is that Jeter and Marlins had previously agreed to trade Stanton to the San Fransisco Giants and St. Louis Cardinals. Stanton, who has a full no-trade clause, was not fond of going those two organizations and vetoed the trade.
You can say whatever you want about this trade, but there is some negatives and positives from the Yankees' side of things.
From the Yankees' stand point, they are gaining even more power to their lineup filled with superstars such as Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez, Didi Gregorious, and Greg Bird. Many are comparing Judge and Stanton to Roger Maris and Mickey Mantle of today's era. Not only does Stanton add power to the Yankees' lineup, he has been nominated as a gold glove outfielder multiple times. If manager Aaron Boone decides to put Stanton in the outfield, instead as a designated hitter, Stanton's athleticism and distant throwing range.
Even though the addition of Stanton is huge for the Yankees' organization, there is some negatives about this deal. Stanton has an opt-out clause after the 2020 season. If he does not opt out of this deal with the Yankees, he will be owed at least $208 million until after the 2027 season, when he will be 38-years-old. If you take a look at some long-term deals with players who are 35 years old or later, it did not work out with the player's organization. Take a look at Alex Rodriguez for an example:
Rodriguez was earning $27.5 million a year until after the 2017 season. He played with injuries during the 2011-2013 seasons, where he played like an average player during this time. He did not even play the 2014 due to his third PED suspension. He was able to rebound in 2015, but he was such a disaster in 2016, that he was released mid-season. Even though he was not on the roster for most of 2016 and all of 2017, the Yankees still had to pay him as if he played.
Now back to Stanton, if he plays like A-rod did in his later years, the Yankees will have a huge mess on their hands. Do not forget that Stanton has a no-trade clause, so he can basically hold the Yankees' hostage.
The Marlins should be very happy a decade from now if the Yankees are dealing A-rod 2.0. Also, regarding their return, the Marlins are getting back RHP Jorge Guzman, who has reached 103 mph with his fastball, SS Jose Devers, who has the potential to be like his cousin Rafael who is a young superstar, and 2B Starlin Castro, who is an all-star and is easy to flip for prospects.
The Los Angeles Angels have agreed to sign Japanese Phenom pitcher and outfielder Shohei Ohtani, per his agency CAA. The Angels have $2.135 million in their international spending money pool, and it is unclear on how much of that Ohtani will receive.
Ohtani was the most viewed free agent on the open market this offseason. Coming over from Japan, Ohtani will make a huge impact on the Angels' organization. The Angels plan to utilize Ohtani as a left-handed hitter and a right-handed pitcher.
As a pitcher, the 23-year-old can throw up to 102 mph and has other plus pitches, such as a slider and back door breaking ball. Ohtani immediately becomes the ace for the Angels.
As a hitter, Ohtani has above average power and bat for average. If Ohtani is the real deal in the MLB, look for Ohtani to possibly DH every game for the Angels, except the night he starts on the mound.
Ohtani played through 2017 with an injury, but he had a phenomenal season in 2016. The Japanese version of Babe Ruth hit .322 with 22 home runs and 67 RBIs in 104 games. On the mound, Ohtani went 10-4 with a 1.86 ERA and 174 strikeouts in 104 innings pitched.
The Texas Rangers and relief pitcher Mike Minor have agreed to a multi-year deal, per Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic. The terms are not known yet and the deal is pending a physical.
Minor, who will be 30 on opening day, served as the Kansas City Royals' go-to reliever in the bullpen this past season. Minor had not played since 2014 due to shoulder problems. The former first rounder had pitched with the Atlanta Braves for five seasons, before injuries jeopardized his career.
The Rangers will likely utilize Minor in the starting rotation, even though Minor had strong numbers in the bullpen. The Rangers have been active on the pitchers' market early in the offseason, as they most recently picked up veteran starter Doug Fister. Like Fister, Minor's season in 2017 helped rebound his career.
In 2017, the left-hander had a 2.55 ERA in 65 relief appearances. Minor was 6-6 on the season, and struck out 88 batters in 77.2 innings. He also had a 2.62 FIP.
The Chicago White Sox and veteran catcher Wellington Castillo have agreed to a deal, per Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic. The deal is for two years and includes a club option for the 2020 season. Castillo will earn $15 million and the club option is worth $8 million, per Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports.
Castillo, 30, just finished his best offensive year since he made his debut during the 2010 season. He hit .282/.323/.490 last season with 20 home runs and 53 RBIs in 96 games with the Baltimore Orioles. He had one of the best offensive seasons for a catcher in major league baseball, so it was not a shocker that he was the first catcher to come off the free agency market.
Entering the 2017 season, Castillo had a poor reputation as a catcher. Castillo also turned around his defensive side of the game and his pitch framing numbers unexpectedly improved. He also lead the majors with a 49% caught stealing rate last season. The big question for Castillo entering the 2018 season is seeing if he can maintain his wonderful numbers from the 2017 season. The Orioles used Castillo as their number one catcher last season.
The White Sox who are in desperate need of a starting catcher are the first team this offseason to sign a non-pitcher. The Sox will utilize Castillo as their starting catcher next season. He will be their first reliable starting catcher since Tyler Flowers played in the south side of Chicago in 2015. The Baltimore Orioles declined Castillo's $7 million club option entering this offseason, which is how Castillo ended up on the free agency market.