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An already thin third-base market got a little slimmer on Thursday, with veteran Michael Young choosing to retire rather than pursue offers from a few teams. With Young off the market, Placido Polanco and Cody Ransom are the top third basemen available.
As MLB.com’s Richard Justice writes, Young was adored by teammates, coaches and fans over a 14-year Major League career. During his 13 seasons with the Rangers, Young not only established himself as the face of the franchise, he was a perennial Gold Glove candidate and an offensive threat.
Although Young’s retirement dominated the headlines on Thursday, the Hot Stove did see some more action:
* With Spring Training right around the corner, MLB.com’s Phil Rogers examined the remaining free agent crop and put together an interesting team of available players. A.J. Burnett, Ervin Santana, Bronson Arroyo, Ubaldo Jimenez and Tommy Hanson are among the top starting pitchers still on the market, not to mention Jason Hammel and Paul Maholm. Several talented relievers are also available, most notably closer Fernando Rodney.
As for position players, such big names as shortstop Stephen Drew, slugger Kendrys Morales and outfielder Nelson Cruz are all looking for work. The Hot Stove will surely heat up as these players move closer to signing deals.
* Meanwhile, left-hander Bruce Chen and the Royals are close to completing a one-year contract; Chen needs to undergo a physical before the deal becomes official.
Chen’s almost certain return to Kansas City’s rotation is likely to have an impact on Santana, who posted a 3.24 ERA with the Royals last year. MLB.com’s Dick Kaegel predicts Santana is “not likely to follow Chen back through the Royals clubhouse door.”
– Austin Laymance
This Hot Stove season is still going strong, but some already are looking ahead to the next one.
Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz is among those, saying in a Sunday night TV interview that “it might be time to move on,” if Boston doesn’t give him a multiyear extension. The 38-year-old slugger is heading into the final season of his current deal, but MLB.com’s Ian Browne writes that it “seems more likely than not” that Ortiz will remain with the Red Sox for the remainder of his career.
In other news from around the league on Monday:
- MLB.com’s Doug Miller looks at the offseason’s unfinished business in The Week Ahead.
- One of the few impact bats remaining on the market belongs to outfielder Nelson Cruz. As MLB.com’s Jesse Sanchez writes, Cruz has been linked to the Orioles and Mariners, although it’s not impossible that he could return to the Rangers on a one-year deal.
- Veteran infielder Michael Young, currently a free agent after finishing 2013 with the Dodgers, likely will retire or return to Los Angeles for another season.
- As part of his latest inbox, Yankees beat writer Bryan Hoch throws some cold water on the idea of free-agent shortstop Stephen Drew coming to the Bronx.
- Left-hander David Huff could make a run at the No. 5 spot in the Giants’ starting rotation or fill a long relief role after the club acquired him from the Yankees last week.
- Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. is still looking for a center fielder to back up Ben Revere but might have to turn to the trade market for a solution.
- The Indians and right-hander Justin Masterson have halted negotiations on a long-term extension while they try to compromise on a one-year deal to avoid arbitration.
- A handful of utility infielders signed Minor League contracts on Monday. The Indians picked up Elliot Johnson, the Brewers landed Pete Orr, and the Reds acquired Chris Nelson, while CBSSports.com reported that the Rockies agreed to a deal with Paul Janish.
— Andrew Simon
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
Veteran free-agent infielder Michael Young is “strongly considering retirement” despite receiving interest from four teams this offseason, reports Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports and MLB Network. The 37-year-old, a 14-year veteran, wants to spend more time with his wife and three sons, according to Rosenthal.
Young spent last season with the Phillies and Dodgers, playing mostly third base and first base and hitting .279/.335/.395 with eight home runs and 46 RBIs in 147 games. The seven-time All-Star played his first 13 seasons with the Rangers and is a .300 career batter, with 2,375 hits to his credit.
— Andrew Simon
The most significant Hot Stove news to break on Monday likely wasn’t a trade or a signing. Instead, it might have been Major League Baseball’s announcement that it had agreed with Nippon Professional Baseball on revised protocols for the leagues’ posting system.
The agreement allows NPB’s Rakuten Golden Eagles to post right-hander Masahiro Tanaka this offseason, a move that likely would make him the most sought-after pitcher on the market. While Rakuten would not have to let Tanaka go, owner Hiroshi Mikitani will allow him to leave, reports the Los Angeles Times’ Dylan Hernandez, relaying the news from the Japanese website Sanspo.
In other news from around the league:
- The D-backs, one of many teams that could go after Tanaka, made a move for another pitcher, trading third-base prospect Matt Davidson to the White Sox for closer Addison Reed. While Davidson was ranked as Arizona’s No. 2 prospect by MLB.com, Reed saved 40 games for Chicago last season. Meanwhile, D-backs general manager Kevin Towers is hoping to work out a contract with veteran third baseman Eric Chavez, tweets our Steve Gilbert.
- The Dodgers are closing in on a two-year deal to re-sign left-handed reliever J.P. Howell, a source tells our Ken Gurnick. Howell would make $11.25 million, with a $6.25 million vesting option for 2016.
- The Braves signed free-agent right-hander Gavin Floyd to a one-year contract, taking a chance on a pitcher still recovering from Tommy John surgery.
- The Indians also will give a shot to a veteran pitcher coming off injury, after agreeing to a Minor League deal with righty Shaun Marcum.
- The Astros added another piece to their bullpen, signing Matt Albers to a one-year contract.
- The Yankees are considering veteran free-agent infielders Mark Reynolds, Michael Young and Brian Roberts, tweets Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com and MLB Network.
- The Phillies have let other teams know they are “very willing” to trade shortstop Jimmy Rollins, according to ESPN’s Buster Olney, but Rollins has a no-trade clause and will make $11 million this season, with an $11 million vesting option for 2015.
— Andrew Simon
The Phillies’ Triple-A third baseman Cody Asche is on his way to Citizens Bank Park, a strong indication Phillies third baseman Michael Young is headed elsewhere.
A source Tuesday confirmed a Yahoo! Sports report Asche, who is one of the organization’s top prospects, will join the team. The Phillies have been looking for ways to retool for next season, and Young always has been the most likely Phillies player to be traded before Wednesday’s 4 p.m. ET Trade Deadline.
Young has been linked most closely to the Red Sox and Orioles. The Rangers also have been mentioned although a source told MLB.com over the weekend a reunion with the Rangers is unlikely. But that becomes interesting because FOX Sports just reported Young, who has a full no-trade clause, has only approved a trade to Texas.
Young is in the final season of his contract and is unlikely to be resigned. He also has value for a postseason contender as a veteran corner infielder with postseason experience and previous experience as a DH.
Asche is hitting .295 with 24 doubles, four triples, 15 home runs, 68 RBIs and .837 OPS in 446 plate appearances this season with the IronPigs. He is hitting .323 with 10 homers, 34 RBIs and a .935 OPS in 222 plate appearances since the end of May.
The Phillies acquired Young in a trade with the Rangers in December for pitchers Josh Lindblom and Lisalverto Bonilla. Young is hitting .277 with 18 doubles, three triples, seven homers, 32 RBIs and a .743 OPS in 398 plate appearances.
– Todd Zolecki
Michael Young has asked the Rangers for a trade after shifting positions
three times in recent years. The Tigers don’t have a clear-cut starter
at second base, one of Young’s old positions, nor do they have a clear
No. 2 hitter in the lineup. Sounds like a match, right?
happening, for a few very big reasons. Word from the Tigers is that
they’re not in on that. Team president/general manager Dave Dombrowski
told MLB.com Tuesday morning that their infield is set, the same as it
was a couple weeks ago. They’re not pursuing any deals.
Dombrowski didn’t go into detail — can’t talk about players from other
teams for fear of tampering — several reasons show why it wouldn’t
happen. First, Young has veto rights on trades to all but eight teams,
and the Tigers aren’t one of those teams, according to MLB.com’s TR
Sullivan. The Rangers are dealing with just teams on that list, Texas GM
Jon Daniels told reporters Monday. Young reportedly would consider
teams outside that list on a case by case basis, but at the end of the
day, there’s a reason for the list.
Second, and just as
important, is Young’s contract — $16 million a year for the next three
seasons. For any player, that’s a huge obligation, even if the Rangers
end up willing to pay part of that. It’s not just about the money, but
the years. For a 34-year-old infielder, it’s especially about the years. The Tigers
let Polanco walk as a free agent at the same age two years ago, even
declining the chance at arbitration.
When it comes down to it, the Tigers are serious about trying to leave
room for developing young talent, and second base is one area where they
have it between Scott Sizemore, Will Rhymes and Danny Worth, plus
Brandon Douglas on the horizon.