Hot Stove Roundup 1/24
The Hot Stove saw a lot of action on Friday, most notably a multiyear contract extension for White Sox manager Robin Ventura. Though the club did not release the terms of the agreement, the extension comes with Ventura entering the final season of his original three-year deal.
While Ventura’s immediate future has been secured, there remains some uncertainty surrounding free agents Matt Garza and Tyler Colvin, each of whom appeared to have contracts in place this week.
Here’s a look at Friday’s news from around the league:
* Garza technically remains a free agent despite reports on Thursday that the right-hander and the Brewers agreed in principle to a four-year, $52 million contract. There appears to be a holdup with the deal and a source familiar with the negotiations said on Friday to “stay tuned.”
* In a similar development, the Orioles had a potential deal with Colvin fall through because of a back issue during the outfielder’s physical. Baltimore wants to reduce the contract to a Minor League deal.
* The Giants acquired left-handed pitcher David Huff from the Yankees in exchange for cash considerations. Huff had been designated for assignment on Wednesday after New York signed coveted Japanese right-hander Masahiro Tanaka.
* The Phillies avoided salary arbitration with Ben Revere, agreeing to a one-year contract with the center fielder. Philadelphia has now signed all of its arbitration-eligible players.
* The Cubs inked left-hander Travis Wood to a one-year contract, avoiding arbitration and leaving them with three arbitration-eligible players in second baseman Darwin Barney, outfielder Justin Ruggiano and right-hander Jeff Samardzija.
* The Dodgers officially announced the signing of veteran utility man Chone Figgins to a Minor League deal with an invitation to Major League Spring Training.
* The Red Sox reportedly signed Jose Mijares to a Minor League deal, and invited the left-hander reliever to Major League Spring Training.
* Daisuke Matsuzaka returned to the Mets on a Minor League deal, which includes an invitation to Major League Spring Training. Dice-K will likely compete with John Lannan and Jenrry Mejia for a spot in the rotation.
* Freddy Garcia will have another opportunity to make an impact with the Braves, as the veteran right-hander agreed to a Minor League contract with an invitation to Major League Spring Training, according to multiple sources.
* The Mariners agreed to Minor League deals with veteran left-handed reliever Joe Beimel and right-hander Mark Rogers, inviting both to Major League Spring Training.
* Following years of success against the Marlins, veteran infielder Ty Wigginton will try to make an impact for Miami this season. Wigginton signed a Minor League contract with an invitation to Major League Spring Training, as the club looks to potentially add an experienced bat off the bench. He’s posted a .286 average against Miami during a 12-year big league career.
— Austin Laymance