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With pitchers and catchers scheduled to report to Spring Training in less than two weeks, time is running out for free-agent starters A.J. Burnett, Ervin Santana, Ubaldo Jimenez and Bronson Arroyo to find work. However, the Orioles are rumored to be in talks with those big-name arms, writes MLB.com’s Brittany Ghiroli.
Baltimore executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette said Saturday his club has “some more work to do this offseason.” In addition to talking to several free-agent starters, Duquette and the Orioles would also like to avoid an arbitration hearing with catcher Matt Wieters. For his part, Wieters said he’s staying out of the contract negotiations.
Perhaps once Burnett, Santana, Jimenez or Arroyo reaches a deal with a club, the rest will follow suit. Although that quartet remains on the market, there was still movement on the Hot Stove on Saturday:
• The Nationals and right-handed starter Doug Fister agreed to a one-year deal, avoiding arbitration. With Fister under contract for 2014, reliever Tyler Clippard is the only player expected to take Washington to arbitration this month. Clippard seeks $6.35 million, while the Nationals have offered $4.45 million.
• In a similar development, the Dodgers and catcher A.J. Ellis avoided arbitration by coming to terms on a 2014 contract worth $3.55 million plus incentives. That leaves closer Kenley Jansen as the only remaining Dodgers player eligible for arbitration. Jansen is looking for $5.05 million and the club has offered $3.5 million.
• Veteran utility man Emilio Bonifacio was designated for assignment by the Royals in a move to clear roster space for left-handed starter Bruce Chen, who recently inked a new contract. Kansas City has 10 days to place Bonifacio on waivers, release him or trade him.
• Giants head of baseball operations Brian Sabean said the organization would still consider signing a veteran reliever, though “it would have to be at a minimal price.”
There are a number of teams surely interested in Michael Young‘s services should the veteran decide to play again in 2014, but he told reporters this weekend that if he does not retire, he will most likely play for the Dodgers.
The LA Times‘ Dylan Hernandez wrote that it’s a “safe bet” that Young will play for Los Angeles if he comes back for a 15th season. He was traded from Philadelphia to L.A. on August 31, and appeared in 21 games for the Dodgers at the end of the season.
MLB.com‘s Alden Gonzalez also wrote Sunday that Young “hasn’t been in any big hurry” to make a decision, but he wants to be respectful to all his suitors. Young has a Dodgers offer on the table if he wants it.
The seven-time All-Star hit .279 with eight homers and 46 RBIs in 147 games between the Phillies and Dodgers last year. He’d most likely play second base for the Dodgers in 2014.
“I’ve made no secret I’ve loved my time in L.A.,” Young said, according to the Times. “Great teammates, coaching staff. It’s a first-class organization, top to bottom. As far as baseball is concerned, the Dodgers are it for me.”
— Joey Nowak
The Dodgers and Clayton Kershaw may be making progress on a lucrative contract extension that would keep the left-hander with Los Angeles for the next decade. MLB.com’s Ken Gurnick reported that Kershaw, the two-time National League Cy Young Award-winner, could reach an extension that pays him as much as $30 million per season for 10 seasons.
Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports also reported that the two sides are making progress, and Rosenthal said that the Dodgers want the deal to be done by Friday, which is the date that teams and players eligible for arbitration must exchange contract proposals.
Kershaw, who is eligible for free agency for the first time following the 2014 season, is coming off a campaign in which he led the league in ERA (1.83) and set career bests in innings pitched (236) and walks per nine innings (2.0). Kershaw, who will turn 26 years old in March, was drafted seventh overall by the Dodgers in 2006 and has spent his entire career with Los Angeles.
– Spencer Fordin