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Baseball’s biggest spenders showed no hesitation in going after this year’s biggest name on the pitching market. According to multiple reports, the Yankees contacted Cliff Lee‘s agent practically right away once free agency officially began at 12:01 a.m. Sunday.
That the Yankees are targeting Lee, who went 12-9 with a 3.18 ERA between Seattle and Texas and went to the World Series for a second straight season, is no secret. The question is whether they’ll offer enough to woo him away from the American League Champion Rangers, or any other suitors – the Nationals, anyone?
- The Tigers have agreed to terms with shortstop Jhonny Peralta on a two-year, $11.25 million contract, MLB.com’s Jason Beck reports. The deal is expected to be announced in the next couple days, and comes with a third-year club option and buyout.
- FoxSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal reported late Sunday that Marlins second baseman Dan Uggla rejected a four-year, $48 million offer to keep his talents in South Beach. Potentially a free agent next winter, Uggla is arbitration eligible is this year. Rosenthal writes that Uggla turned down the offer in part because another free agent with similar numbers is likely to command more money: Jayson Werth.
- As MLB.com’s Anthony DiComo wrote last week was an expected move, reports confirmed Sunday that Boston bench coach DeMarlo Hale is to interview for the Mets’ manager job early this week. Hale, 49, has been with Boston for the last five years.
– Evan Drellich
The Tigers have agreed to terms with shortstop Jhonny Peralta on a
two-year contract, according to a source with knowledge of the
agreement. The deal is expected to be announced in the next couple days,
and sew ups Detroit’s shortstop opening for the foreseeable future.
Rojas of ESPN Deportes first reported the two sides were finishing up
the final details this weekend. The contract is worth $11.25 million,
and includes a third-year club option at $6 million.
agreement takes Peralta off the market just as other teams had gained
the right to talk to him about a contract. Peralta was prepared to
listen to interest, but he made it clear Friday that his goal was to
stay in Detroit, which acquired him in a trade from Cleveland near the
end of July.
“My first preference is Detroit,” he reiterated to
MLB.com in a phone interview from his offseason home in the Dominican
Peralta confirmed an agreement to the Detroit Free
Press. Tigers officials did not immediately respond to a request for
comment. The team generally does not confirm agreements before they’re
Though an agreement was long-expected,
negotiations between the Tigers and Peralta on a new deal took up the
better part of a month, though they didn’t really pick up in seriousness
until the last couple weeks. Peralta was hoping to get a two- or
three-year deal as a trade-off for taking a lower salary than the $7.25
million club option the Tigers made clear they would not pick up.
Detroit officially declined the option last week.
Peralta will still get a sizeable raise from his previous deal. He’ll make $5.25
million next season and $5.5 million in 2012, after which the Tigers will either
pick up his $6 million option for buy him out for $500,000.
sides stated encouragement towards getting a deal done once the Tigers
made declined the option, the final piece of the five-year, $13 million
contract he signed with the Indians after the 2005 season.
– Jason Beck
The Tigers are still working on a contract extension for Jhonny Peralta, but his $7.25 million option is now officially out of the question. The team confirmed Tuesday it has declined the option, making the infielder a free agent.
The move means little right now as far as Detroit’s chances for retaining Peralta, which seem to be improving.
“We remain optimistic that a deal can be worked out between Jhonny and the club,” team president/general manager Dave Dombrowski said in a statement.
That feeling appears to be mutual.
“We are encouraged and are also optimistic,” Seth Levinson, one of Peralta’s agents, told MLB.com in an email Tuesday morning.
The Tigers retain exclusive negotiating rights with Peralta through Saturday, and they’ll keep talking. Peralta and his agents, Seth and Sam Levinson, can talk with other teams during that stretch, but they can’t talk contracts. Once that timeframe ends, free agents are free to sign wherever.
The two sides have been talking since season’s end, but haven’t been able to bridge the gap on financial terms. The Tigers were not going to sign Peralta for anything close to the salary in his option. Though expectations last week centered on a two-year contract for a lower average salary, that was far from a done deal.
Peralta’s option was the last remaining piece of the five-year, $13 million contract he signed with the Indians after the 2005 season. Cleveland did not plan on retaining him, so it traded Peralta to Detroit July 28 in exchange for minor-league pitcher Geovany Soto.
– Jason Beck
In need of a starter for Saturday’s game, Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. cryptically said Tuesday: “I think we we know exactly what we’re going to do.” Perhaps a starter, like Ben Sheets, Dan Haren, Jeremy Guthrie or Roy Oswalt is headed to Philadelphia? The club optioned Kyle Kendrick to the Minor Leagues that same day, and later that night, veteran Jamie Moyer sustained an injury that will likely put him on the disabled list, so starting pitching is needed in Philly.