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Mets, Cubs and the shortstop deal just waiting to be made

When the Cubs traded Jeff Samardzija last week in a deal that landed them shortstop prospect Addison Russell, they were left with a glut of high-ceiling shortstops in their organization. Russell and Javier Baez are both uber-prospects blocked by current starter Starlin Castro.

Enter the Mets, who spent most of the offseason fruitlessly searching for a shortstop to replace incumbent Ruben Tejada. General manager Sandy Alderson balked at signing Jhonny Peralta, passed on multiple chances to ink Stephen Drew, and never delved too deep in trade discussions for Arizona’s Didi Gregorius or Seattle’s Nick Franklin or Chris Owings.

The Mets, meanwhile, converted Wilmer Flores to shortstop, where he is currently raking at Triple-A Las Vegas, then watched Flores’ success spark some semblance of a renaissance in Tejada. So their need at the position is not as great as it once was.

Yet neither Tejada nor Flores is a guarantee, and acquiring a shortstop of Castro’s caliber would allow the Mets to deal second baseman Daniel Murphy before he becomes a free agent after next season. It makes sense on multiple levels for the Mets to pursue Castro, provided they can stomach giving up young pitching to do it.

The Daily News’ John Harper estimated that the Cubs would ask for a package of Zack Wheeler and Jacob deGrom, or something similar, which would almost assuredly make Alderson balk. Most likely, the Mets could center a deal around their own top prospect, Noah Syndergaard, who is struggling at Las Vegas but still boasts an immense ceiling.

What’s clear is that the Mets and Cubs are ideal trade partners on paper leading up to the deadline. Whether they can consummate a deal will go a long way toward understanding the mindsets of both.

–Anthony DiComo

11/23 Roundup

The Yankees stole the Hot Stove headlines on Saturday, when they filled their void at catcher by agreeing to a five-year contract with free agent Brian McCann. In a deal first reported by The Dallas Morning News, New York committed to paying McCann $85 million, with a $15 million vesting option for 2019.

 The Yankees clearly needed more offense behind the plate, after their catchers combined for a .587 OPS last season. McCann comes in with seven All-Star appearances, five Silver Slugger Awards and a career .823 OPS.

In other news from around the league:

  • The Cardinals apparently have found their shortstop, with ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick breaking the news that St. Louis is close to an agreement with free agent Jhonny Peralta.
  • The Angels will bolster their bullpen by signing free-agent right-hander Joe Smith to a three-year contract worth roughly $15 million.
  • Free-agent right-hander Colby Lewis, who missed the 2013 season due to injury, re-signed with the Rangers on a one-year Minor League deal that includes an invitation to Major League camp. Lewis went 32-29 with a 3.93 ERA over 80 starts with Texas from 2010-12 but hasn’t pitched in the Majors since July of ‘12.
  • In his morning (Insider-only) column, ESPN’s Buster Olney said some executives, “see the Mariners as the great sleeping giant in baseball,” because of their potential financial clout, lack of long-term contract commitments outside of Felix Hernandez, and solid stable of young players. Olney wonders if the Mariners could go after top free agents Robinson Cano and Jacoby Ellsbury.
  • The Cubs have generated a lot of interest in right-hander Jeff Samardzija, with the Blue Jays one of those trying to pry him away, according to Bruce Levine of ESPN Chicago and ESPN Radio 1000.
  • There was speculation on Friday that Cano was in Detroit to visit the Tigers. A deal between the two parties would seem to be a longshot considering the club just acquired Ian Kinsler, as FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal tweeted.
  • The market for free-agent closers is locked in a “staring contest,” tweets FOX Sports’ Jon Morosi.

– Andrew Simon

Report: Cardinals, Peralta close to deal

The Cardinals and free agent Jhonny Peralta are “closing in on a deal,” according to a tweet from ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick.

St. Louis has been seeking an upgrade at shortstop, and Peralta presumably would fill that role, Crasnick writes. The 11-year-veteran, who turns 32 in May, hit .303/.358/.457 with 11 home runs and 55 RBIs for the Tigers this year but also served a 50-game suspension for his ties to the Biogenesis case.

– Andrew Simon

Mets being affected by “sticker shock”

Mets general manager Sandy Alderson has been scouring the free agent market in recent weeks, trying to acquire a shortstop, at least one outfielder, at least one starting pitching and some bullpen help.

So far, he is horrified by what he sees. According to the New York Post, the Mets are being afflicted by a severe case of “sticker shock” in the early days of free agency. The Post in particular reported that the Mets hoped to acquire shortstop Jhonny Peralta for two years and $20-25 million, but Peralta’s camp is seeking a three-year deal worth $45 million.

Alderson has somewhat backed himself into a corner, saying publicly on multiple occasions that he expects to spend freely this winter. He also said this week that the team’s payroll will increase from last season.

For that to happen, the Mets will either need to pay premiums for free agent players, or hope that their prices quickly begin to start falling.

–Anthony DiComo

7/30 Late-night roundup

The action began to crank into high gear on Tuesday night, with less than 24 hours remaining before the non-waiver Trade Deadline, which comes at 4 p.m. ET on Wednesday. Here’s where things stand going into the final day:

  • The Red Sox made a bold move late on Tuesday night, landing veteran starting pitcher Jake Peavy in a three-way deal with the Tigers and White Sox, along with reliever Brayan Villareal. While the right-hander will bolster Boston’s rotation, Detroit’s acquisition of slick-fielding shortstop Jose Iglesias gives them insurance if Jhonny Peralta is served with a long suspension as part of MLB’s investigation into the Biogenesis case. Chicago, meanwhile, received young outfielder Avisail Garcia and a trio of prospects in the deal.
  • The A’s acquired infielder Alberto Callaspo from the Angels for former first-round pick Grant Green and plan to add the switch-hitter to their mix at second base. General manager Billy Beane said afterward that he was “not currently” involved in additional trade talks.
  • The Indians added the left-handed arm they were seeking for their bullpen, nabbing veteran Marc Rzepczynski from the Cardinals for a Minor Leaguer. Rzepczynski had spent much of this season at Triple-A Memphis.
  • St. Louis has been linked to some big names ahead of the Deadline and could be in the mix for a shortstop or starting pitcher, but GM John Mozeliak downplayed the likelihood of a trade.  But with All-Star catcher Yadier Molina headed to the disabled list with a knee injury, it’s possible the club could be spurred to action.
  • Astros right-hander Bud Norris continues to draw plenty of interest from contending teams.
  • The Yankees are one of the clubs in pursuit of White Sox outfielder Alex Rios, although New York is one of six teams on his no-trade list.
  • The Dodgers took a shot at bolstering their bullpen by signing former Giants closer Brian Wilson, but there might not be much else for GM Ned Colletti to do.
  • The D-backs could part with right-hander Ian Kennedy, who started for Arizona on Tuesday.
  • The Pirates seem likely to stand pat after grabbing the NL Central lead with a doubleheader sweep of the Cardinals on Tuesday.

- Andrew Simon

Angels fielding lots of phone calls …

The Angels — 14 games out of first place and eight games below .500 — have been fielding a lot of phone calls in the last couple of days, with a multitude of teams gauging their interest in parting ways with some of their position players. One person familiar with the team’s thinking said Tuesday afternoon that the chances they strike a deal before Wednesday’s 1 p.m. PT non-waiver Trade Deadline are “better than 50/50.”

“Vultures appear to be circling,” the source said.

Howie Kendrick and Erick Aybar appear to be the most likely to be traded, given how solid they’ve been on both sides of the field and the team-friendly extensions they signed last year. The Royals — with Chris Getz, Elliot Johnson and Miguel Tejada — are looking for a second baseman with offense and would be willing to include veteran starter Bruce Chen or Luke Hochevar, who’s been effective out of the bullpen but hasn’t started all year, in a deal. They also have two top guys in the Minors in Danny Duffy and Yordano Ventura, but Royals reporter Dick Kaegel doesn’t believe they’ll be included in a deal.

And according to FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal, the Royals are one of the 12 teams Kendrick could block a trade to this season.

Aybar, however, has no such no-trade protection in his contract. And if Jhonny Peralta gets suspended as part of the Biogenesis investigation, perhaps they get interested. So far, though, they’ve shown no signs of being on the lookout for a shortstop, per Tigers reporter Jason Beck.

So, we’ll see. There can be a lot of surprises this time of year, especially in the final hours. But there’s definitely incentive for the Angels to wait until the offseason to swap a position player for cost-controlled starting pitching. More teams can get involved, and plenty more time permits.

Early on Monday, the Angels traded veteran lefty reliever Scott Downs to the Braves in exchange for Minor League reliever Cory Rasmus.

– Alden Gonzalez

Roundup: Lee gets a late-night ring

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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

Tigers reach agreement with Peralta

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.

Enrique
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.

The
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
Republic.

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
formally announced.

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.

Both
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

Peralta, Tigers closer to deal

The long process of Jhonny Peralta’s contract extension with the Tigers might finally be nearing a conclusion. Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes reports the two sides are close to a two-year deal worth $11.25 million.
Peralta told MLB.com Friday morning that he did not believe anything was completed yet, but he was optimistic they could get a deal completed in the coming days.
“I don’t think there’s anything yet,” Peralta said by phone. “But in a couple more days my agent will call me and see what I think [about] what they’re offering. More than anything, I think we’ll be getting close to [re-signing with] the Detroit Tigers.”
Rojas cites a source close to the negotiations saying the two sides need to finish up some details to complete the deal, but that it should be completed shortly.
– Jason Beck

Tigers decline Peralta’s option, upbeat on new deal

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

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