Tag: AL Central

Danny Duffy, Royals Agree on New Contract: Latest Details, Comments, Reaction

The Kansas City Royals and Danny Duffy agreed to terms on a five-year extension worth $65 million, according to Yahoo Sports' Jeff Passan.   The Royals formally announced the extension on Twitter: The Kansas City Star's Rustin Dodd shared a yearly breakdown of the contract: Duffy was under team control for one more season before he was set to become a free agent next winter, per Spotrac. The 28-year-old left-hander went 12-3 with a 3.51 ERA in 42 appearances for the Royals in 2016. He began the year in the bullpen before making his first start May 15 and emerging as the Royals' ace. According to FanGraphs, Duffy finished with a 3.56 ERA and 3.99 FIP in 26 starts, both of which were the lowest among Kansas City's regular starting pitchers. Duffy also averaged a career-best 9.42 strikeouts and 2.10 walks per nine innings. With major question marks over the starting rotation, re-signing Duffy was a great move for Kansas City. ...




Edwin Encarnacion to Indians: Takeaways from DH’s Introductory Press Conference

The Cleveland Indians officially introduced prized free-agent signing Edwin Encarnacion on Thursday. Paul Hoynes of Cleveland.com reported the sides finalized a three-year, $60 million contract after the former Toronto Blue Jays slugger passed a physical Wednesday. The deal also includes a fourth-year club option worth $25 million. Zack Meisel of Cleveland.com highlighted the donning of the Tribe jersey for the first time: Chris Antonetti, the Indians' president of baseball operations, admitted the reigning American League champions weren't sure they could make this type of offseason splash, per Jordan Bastian of MLB.com. "At the start of the offseason, we didn't think this was possible," he said. Meanwhile, Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet noted Encarnacion called Cleveland a "perfect fit," even though there's a part of him that's struggled with moving on from the Blue Jays. Now that Encarnacion is a member of the Indians, Tom Withers of the Associated Press pointed out the star's focus has shifted to one ...




Edwin Encarnacion Signing Propels Indians Toward Another World Series in 2017

The Cleveland Indians left the rest of the American League in their dust in the 2016 MLB playoffs. After winning 94 games in the regular season, they won seven of eight games en route to a near miss in the World Series.       But a couple of AL clubs have made key additions since then, so clearly the only thing the Indians could do in response is sign the best free agent remaining on the market. OK, maybe it's not the only thing they could have done. But after weeks of will-they-or-won't-they rumors and speculation, the Indians finally went ahead and signed Edwin Encarnacion on Thursday. According to Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports, the veteran slugger is joining up on a three-year contract: Cleveland can consider this a discount. According to FanRag Sports' Jon Heyman, Encarnacion once had an $80 million offer on the table to return to the Toronto Blue Jays. He ...




Tigers Will Regret Pretending They’re a World Series Contender

Early in the offseason, the Detroit Tigers hung up a "For Sale" sign. Turns out when you flip it over it says "Just Kidding!" OK, that's an exaggeration. First, the winter isn't over. Detroit could still offload one or more of its tradeable veteran assets. Plus, the Tigers never committed to a full-scale fire sale. "I've talked to all the guys—[Miguel] Cabrera and [Justin] Verlander and [Ian] Kinsler and guys like that—just to let them know, Hey this is just the way it is and it's part of the business but not to worry about anything unless I call them," Detroit general manager Al Avila said Nov. 8 on MLB Now (via MLB.com). That's not a promise to sell, sell, sell. It sure sounds like a GM who's prepared to entertain offers, though. Instead, it's been silent as a Tesla in the Motor City. Yes, the Tigers sent center fielder Cameron Maybin to the Los ...




Jose Abreu, White Sox Agree to New Contract: Latest Details, Comments, Reaction

The Chicago White Sox and first baseman Jose Abreu reached an agreement Saturday on a one-year contract extension to avoid arbitration. Chicago announced the new deal on its official Twitter account. Scott Merkin of MLB.com reported the power-hitting infielder will earn $10.825 million in 2017. Abreu has made a massive impact across his first three years in the majors. He's cranked 91 home runs to go along with a .299 batting average and a .360 on-base percentage. In addition, he's also tallied at least 100 runs batted in every year. The Cuba native's success quickly eliminated any concerns about his transition as a 27-year-old rookie after a successful career in the Cuban National Series. He's proved himself as one of the most impactful offensive contributors in the American League. In September, Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times noted the first baseman lamented the fact that his individual numbers haven't translated into team success, stating, "In this sport ...




Derek Holland to White Sox: Latest Contract Details, Comments, Reaction

Derek Holland will get a much-needed fresh start in 2017, as he signed a one-year deal with the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday. The White Sox announced the signing after MLB.com's TR Sullivan was the first to report Holland's decision, and Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News shared the length of the contract.  Grant also reported the deal could be worth up to $8 million and provided some further context to the move: Bob Nightengale of USA Today reported slightly different terms, tweeting that the contract is worth a base of $6 million with as much as $1 million in incentives. The Texas Rangers declined their $11 million contract option on Holland in November, which made him a free agent and freed him up to sign with any team. It wasn't a surprise to see the Rangers move on from Holland after his struggles over the previous two seasons and inability to stay on the field since 2013.  Holland has appeared in ...




Jose Quintana Is Most Underappreciated Star on MLB Offseason Market

It's hyperbole to call Jose Quintana the offseason's invisible ace. At the very least, however, rumormongers and prospective suitors are treating Quintana as if he's blurry around the edges. Recall the fanfare that surrounded Quintana's former Chicago White Sox teammate and fellow left-hander Chris Sale. More to the point, recall the glistening package of prospects the Boston Red Sox sent to Chicago to secure Sale's services. Sale was worth it. He's 27 years old, has elite numbers and is locked into an eminently affordable contract. All of those things can be said—accurately—about Quintana, yet he isn't generating as much buzz. Oh, there have been rumblings, as we'll get to shortly. Quintana, though, is the type of player who should consistently reside in the hot-stove headlines, especially with such a weak free-agent pitching class and other options falling off the board. Here's a stat to chew on: Between 2013 and 2016, Quintana's 18.1 WAR ranked seventh among ...




Twins Prospect Yorman Landa Dies in Car Accident at Age 22

Minnesota Twins minor league pitcher Yorman Landa died early Saturday morning following an automobile accident in his native Venezuela. He was 22. Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com passed along the news, including a statement from the Twins via chief baseball officer Derek Falvey: The Minnesota Twins are deeply saddened by the heartbreaking loss of Yorman Landa early this morning in Venezuela. On behalf of the entire baseball community, we send our sincerest condolences to the Landa family as well as Yorman's many friends, coaches and teammates. Mike Berardino of the Pioneer Press provided details about the accident from Daniel Szew, Landa's agent, who stated the pitcher was the only person killed. He was riding in the passenger seat of a car driven by his father, and there were four or five people in the vehicle, which struck a fallen tree. "The ambulance took quite a while to get there," Szew said. "He was literally the ...




Miguel Cabrera, Justin Verlander Facing Uncertain Tigers Futures for 1st Time

They were two of the biggest stars in baseball, and the Detroit Tigers ensured they didn't get away. "I want to finish my career here," Miguel Cabrera told reporters when he signed an eight-year, $248 million deal in the spring of 2014. "Once we started contract talks, I wanted to stay in Detroit, and I wasn't shy about saying that," Justin Verlander told reporters after signing a seven-year, $180 million deal a year earlier. "I think it all worked out." Or did it? The Tigers spent a decade winning around Cabrera and Verlander, teaming one of the game's most feared hitters with one of the most dominant pitchers. But in the three years since Cabrera re-signed, they haven't won a single postseason game. They're now determined to reduce a payroll that approached $200 million in 2016 and to renew a talent base that had aged to the point they've been considered a franchise in decline. During general ...




Top Potential Ian Kinsler Suitors, Trade Packages

The hot-stove rumor mill has made it clear that the Detroit Tigers have all their star players on the table. Miguel Cabrera. Justin Verlander. J.D. and Victor Martinez. And then there's arguably their most attractive trade chip: Ian Kinsler. Kinsler, 34, has racked up more wins above replacement over the last three seasons than every second baseman except Jose Altuve. And counting his 2018 option, he's owed just $21 million over the next two seasons. There is one string attached to Kinsler's trade value. As Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reported, he has a 10-team no-trade clause that he wouldn't waive unless his new team agreed to extend him. "If one of the 10 teams happens to call and wants to talk about it, we’re open to talking about it," said his agent, Jay Franklin. "(But) they’re going to have to extend him for us to waive the no-trade." Further complicating matters is how, as ...




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