1/14 Hot Stove roundup
The Hot Stove was quiet on Tuesday, with the biggest news that 146 players filed for salary arbitration — a process that begins Friday when players and teams exchange numbers.
Among those who filed were a trio of aces: Los Angeles’ Clayton Kershaw, Detroit’s Max Scherzer and Tampa Bay’s David Price.
Here’s the full list of all 146.
While those 146 players likely will play in 2014, seven-time All-Star Michael Young might not as he is reportedly considering retirement.
There’s still no news regarding Japanese right-hander Masahiro Tanaka, who has until Jan. 24 to sign. Sports on Earth’s Jonathan Bernhardt opines who needs Tanaka the most.
In the spirit of the upcoming NFL conference championship games, three of the quarterbacks remaining in the playoffs — Russell Wilson, Colin Kaepernick and Tom Brady — were selected in the MLB Draft.
Other news and notes from around the league:
- The Yankees officially signed second baseman Brian Roberts.
- The Orioles signed pitcher Luis Vizcaino and infielder Brock Bond to Minor League contracts with invites to Spring Training.
- Red Sox reporter Ian Browne answers questions in this inbox. Rays reporter Bill Chastain does the same here.
- MLB.com’s Phil Rogers writes that Baltimore’s playoff chances hinge on its defense.
- Blue Jays infielder Ryan Goins is working with hitting coach Kevin Seitzer to improve his approach.
- Twins lefty Brian Duensing is ready to be a leader in the clubhouse.
- White Sox reporter Scott Merkin fields questions in this inbox.
- Detroit’s Robbie Ray is among the game’s best left-handed pitching prospects.
- The Mariners have reportedly reached an agreement with catcher John Buck.
- Former A’s left-hander Dallas Braden is retiring.
- The Angels extended Spring Training invites to Mark Mulder and a host of prospects.
- Seattle invited 15 prospects to Spring Training.
- The Astros are moving signs in Minute Maid Park’s left field.
- The Nationals are interested in Mark Reynolds, a by product of their hope to improve their bench.
- Miami’s Andrew Heaney was named the top left-handed pitching prospect in the game by MLB.com.
- Top prospect Jameson Taillon is among four non-roster Spring Training invitees for the Pirates.
- Cardinals outfielder Jon Jay is hosting a bowling tournament to benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade.
- The Padres and outfielder Seth Smith agreed to a one-year deal to avoid arbitration.
- Colorado’s Jordan Pacheco is excited to return to catching.
- Dodgers second baseman Miguel Rojas has drawn comparisons to former Major Leaguer Omar Vizquel for his defense.
- San Diego’s Max Fried was named the third-best left-handed pitching prospect by MLB.com.
- The Padres announced their Minor League coaching staffs.
– Cash Kruth