Quite a few things happened at Major League Baseball’s Winter Meetings on Monday. If you didn’t have a chance to follow it all, allow us to catch you up.
Tigers moves and rumors:
The Tigers are less motivated to make trades than they were at the start of the offseason, per Jon Morosi of Fox Sports. This comes as a shock to most, as Detroit entered the offseason with a “get cheaper, younger, and leaner” approach.
Tigers general manager Al Avila told the writers there that the Tigers may surpass the luxury tax in 2017 and that it’s possible that neither Ian Kinsler nor J.D. Martinez will be traded this offseason. This is an even more shocking than the previous news for the same reason. The Tigers’ refrain from this offseason has been consistent: cheaper, younger, leaner.
Signings and trades elsewhere:
First baseman/outfielder Steve Pearce signed with the Toronto Blue Jays for two years, $12.5 million. The Blue Jays signed designated hitter Kendrys Morales earlier in the offseason for three years, $33 million, so they are not expected to be in the mix for DH Edwin Encarnacion. Earlier on Monday, we looked at how the Pearce deal affects the Tigers.
Coveted closer Mark Melancon signed with the San Francisco Giants for four years, $62 million (a $15.5 million average annual value). Melancon is now the highest-paid relief pitcher in MLB history, but only until Aroldis Chapman signs someplace.
Starting pitcher Rich Hill re-signed with the Los Angeles Dodgers for three years, $48 million (AAV of $16 million). Hill was the only big name starting pitcher on the market, so teams seeking rotation help will likely overpay for lower-level pitchers.
The Houston Astros announce their signing of designated hitter Carlos Beltran for one year, $16 million. The deal was finalized on Saturday, pending a physical, and the Astros had been connected to Beltran since early last week.
The Philadelphia Phillies signed former Tigers reliever Joaquin Benoit to a one year, $7.5 million deal. That’s a good deal for a second-tier reliever in this light class of free agents.
The Dodgers are the current front-runners for centerfielder Andrew McCutchen. Also in the mix are the Seattle Mariners, Texas Rangers, New York Yankees, and a mystery team, according to FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman.
The Washington Nationals have a good chance of trading for starting pitcher Chris Sale.
The Cleveland Indians and the Texas Rangers are interested in Edwin Encarnacion.
The Baltimore Orioles offered a four-year deal to outfielder Mark Trumbo. He is reportedly seeking a deal worth at least $80 million in free agency. The Rangers are interested in Trumbo and Carlos Gomez.
The Washington Nationals are pursuing free agent relievers Neftali Feliz and Brad Ziegler.
The Dodgers could be looking to trade for Kansas City Royals reliever Wade Davis or center fielder Lorenzo Cain.