Astros Sign Carlos Beltran

Dec 5, 2016 | No Comments

DEC. 5: The Astros announced that Beltran has passed his physical, making the contract complete. DEC. 3: The Astros have agreed to a one-year, $16MM deal with free agent DH Carlos Beltran, ESPN’s Buster Olney writes (Twitter links). Beltran is an MVP Sports Group client.

Rosenthal’s Latest: Solarte, Astros, Rays, De La Rosa, A’s

Dec 5, 2016 | No Comments

The latest column from FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal explores how the luxury tax threshold’s relatively small annual increases as per the new collective bargaining agreement could lead to teams placing an even greater importance on locking their young talent up to long-term extensions.  Rosenthal also shares some hot stove buzz… The Padres are “aggressively” shopping Yangervis Solarte.  The third baseman has posted solid numbers over the last two seasons, including hitting .286/.341/.467 with 15 homers over 443 plate appearances last year.  The 29-year-old Solarte is projected by MLBTR to earn $2.7MM in his first year of arbitration eligibility, and his three years of remaining team control would make him an intriguing trade chip for teams in need of infield help. The Astros are continuing to “pay really close attention” to the Rays’ starting pitchers, according to sources.  Houston has made several lineup upgrades (Brian McCann, Josh Reddick and now Carlos Beltran) this offseason but Charlie Morton is the only addition to a rotation that underachieved in 2016.  Tampa is widely expected to deal at least one of Chris Archer, Jake Odorizzi, Alex Cobb or Drew Smyly this winter.  The Astros are known to have interest in Archer, though he would command the highest price of the lot.

Magnificent 7: These clubs will dictate the Winter Meetings

Dec 4, 2016 | No Comments

Here’s why this year’s Winter Meetings could deliver excitement for every franchise: Competitive balance has changed the game. It’s not just that every team now has a chance to compete. It’s also that every team feels the pressure to compete. These are the seven teams to keep an eye on.

Dodgers, Rich Hill Nearing Agreement

Dec 4, 2016 | No Comments

6:48pm: The Dodgers and Hill are “closing in” on a contract, tweets Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register. They’re unlikely to reach an agreement today, per Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times, though he corroborates Plunkett’s report that a deal is forthcoming (Twitter link). The Dodgers aren’t facing much of any competition from Hill’s previously reported suitors – the Astros, Rangers or Yankees – according to FanRag’s Jon Heyman. 4:02pm: Another team who tried to negotiate a deal with free agent starter Rich Hill believes the lefty has a three-year contract worth $40MM or more in place with the Dodgers, Peter Gammons tweets. Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe tells a similar story, saying the Dodgers might already have a deal in place for Hill for three years and $46MM-$48MM. Cafardo, though, emphasizes the possibility that one of a number of East Coast teams could still sign him. No move has been confirmed by Hill or the Dodgers at this point, however. The latest rumors about Hill had the Dodgers as one of four teams bidding for his services, along with the Yankees, Rangers and Astros

Rival Club Believes Dodgers Have Deal In Place With Rich Hill

Dec 3, 2016 | No Comments

Another team who tried to negotiate a deal with free agent starter Rich Hill believes the lefty has a three-year contract worth $40MM or more in place with the Dodgers, Peter Gammons tweets. Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe tells a similar story, saying the Dodgers might already have a deal in place for Hill for three years and $46MM-$48MM. Cafardo, though, emphasizes the possibility that one of a number of East Coast teams could still sign him. No move has been confirmed by Hill or the Dodgers at this point, however.

Astros To Sign Carlos Beltran

Dec 3, 2016 | No Comments

The Astros have agreed to a one-year, $16MM deal with free agent DH Carlos Beltran, ESPN’s Buster Olney writes (Twitter links). Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News had previously tweeted that Beltran would sign today. The Astros had repeatedly been connected to Beltran, and earlier this week it emerged that they were confident they could sign either Beltran or Edwin Encarnacion. The Red Sox, too, reportedly were very strongly interested in signing Beltran. The Yankees looked like a possibility as well, although Feinsand tweeted today that they were out of the running. Beltran turns 40 in April, but he showed no signs of slowing down last season, batting .295/.337/.513 with 29 homers for the Yankees and Rangers. MLBTR ranked him the 33rd-best free agent available this offseason and predicted he would get a one-year, $14MM deal.

Maddon: ‘Now we have the experience’

Dec 3, 2016 | No Comments

There’s never a dull moment with Cubs manager Joe Maddon, and Friday night’s program at my grandfather’s museum — the Yogi Berra Museum and Learning Center in Little Falls, N.J. — was certainly no exception.

SD’s Ross non-tendered, now a free agent

Dec 3, 2016 | No Comments

Tyson Ross’ tenure with the Padres came to an abrupt and thoroughly surprising end on Friday, as the injured right-hander was among six players who were not tendered a contract by the club.