Roundup: And we’re off…
With the conclusion of the World Series, it’s that time of year again. And with recent changes to the basic agreement, the Hot Stove is sure to be heating up even earlier this year. Free agents now have just five days to exclusively negotiate with their original team. Beginning with the sixth day, they are free to sign with any team.
- FoxSportsArizona.com reported on Tuesday that the D-backs aren’t expected to bring back pitcher Brandon Webb in 2011. The news isn’t a huge surprise considering rotator cuff and labrum injuries cost Webb nearly all of the last two seasons. Webb appeared in several Instructional League games this fall, but his fastball topped out in the low-80s. Webb carries a large upside, though, if healthy, one that figures to interest several teams this offseason.
- Yankees captain Derek Jeter is officially a free agent, but he’s widely expected to return in pinstripes. Hal Steinbrenner told Michael Kay on ESPN 1050 on Monday that the Yankees “absolutely want” Jeter back. Steinbrenner did say however that there’s always the possibility that negotiations could get messy. That’s not the Yanks’ plan, however.
- The D-backs have elected to decline their half of the option for first baseman Adam LaRoche, opting instead for a $1.5 million buyout of his contract. LaRoche is coming off a season in which he hit 25 homers and notched 100 RBIs for the first time in his career.