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Brad Penny is back in baseball. The veteran right-hander has agreed to a Minor League contract with the White Sox, according to multiple reports.
Penny, 36, finished the 2014 season with the Marlins, posting a 6.88 ERA over eight appearances (four starts) after signing with Miami in June. He was out of baseball in ’13.
Primarily a starter over a 14-year career in the Majors, Penny pitched exclusively out of the bullpen with the Giants in 2012. It’s unclear if the White Sox will give him a look as a starter. Penny has a lifetime 4.29 ERA and has won 121 games since debuting with the Marlins in 2000.
Chicago’s current rotation includes Chris Sale, Jeff Samardzija, Jose Quintana, John Danks and Hector Noesi.
The White Sox and Marlins exchanged a pair of pitchers Thursday, with right-hander Andre Rienzo going to Miami and lefty reliever Dan Jennings heading to Chicago.
The 27-year-old Jennings is the latest in a line of moves — following the free-agent signings of Zach Duke and David Robertson — that fortifies Chicago’s bullpen. Last season, Jennings posted a 1.34 ERA with 38 strikeouts in 47 relief appearances, 38 of which were scoreless.
“We are pleased to add a pitcher like Dan to our restructured bullpen,” White Sox senior vice president and general manager Rick Hahn said in a statement. “He provides our bullpen with more depth and gives [manager Robin Ventura] another viable left-handed option.”
The 26-year-old Rienzo was 4-5 with a 6.82 ERA in 18 games (11 starts) for the White Sox last season. He has a 38-30 career Minor League record and 3.51 ERA over eight seasons in Chicago’s farm system.
The Red Sox have reportedly extended a one-year offer to free agent right-hander Justin Masterson, according to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe.
The Red Sox are pursuing Masterson as a potential starter, not a relief option. That said, they are certainly not alone in their pursuit. It was reported on Monday by CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman that the Rangers also have an offer in to Masterson, while a number of other teams, including the Marlins, White Sox, Royals, Giants, Cubs, Tigers, Indians and Twins are all known to have interest as well.
Teams are banking on a bounceback year for Masterson, who is coming off a season in which he posted an unsightly 5.88 ERA over 28 injury-hampered outings (25 starts) between the Indians and Cardinals. Now seemingly healthy, teams are hoping to find a bargain with a one- or two-year deal for the 29-year-old righty.
– Paul Casella
Free agent right-hander Justin Masterson has already met with the Red Sox and is expected to hold meetings with the Marlins, White Sox and possibly Cubs during this week’s Winter Meetings, according to CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman. At least three other teams — the Royals, Giants and Twins — have displayed varying amounts of interest in Masterson.
Masterson, who will turn 30 next March, is coming off a diastrous, injury-plagued season in which he went 7-9 with an unsightly 5.88 ERA over 28 combined outings (25 starts) between the Indians and Cardinals. The righty, however, was the Indians’ ace in 2013, making his first All-Star appearance while racking up a 14-10 record to go with a 3.45 ERA.
Now seemingly healthy, Masterson could be a legitimate bounceback candidate. It’s with that in mind that teams are hoping to find a bargain with what is likely to be a one- or two-year deal.
Masterson was drafted by the Red Sox in 2006 and broke into the big leagues with Boston in 2008. He pitched one-and-a-half seasons for the Sox before being traded to the Indians at the 2009 Trade Deadline. Given that history, Masterson is familiar with current Cubs executives Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer from those days together in Boston.
The Cubs, however, have reportedly signed free agent Jason Hammel and remain focused on landing Jon Lester, who’s expected to announce a decision no later than Tuesday. The actual market for Masterson, like any pitcher still on the market, should become more clear once Lester announces his decision.
– Paul Casella
The owners of the Blue Jays are searching for a replacement for longtime president and CEO Paul Beeston, according to a report from ESPN’s Buster Olney, and they have discussed filling that position with Orioles executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette or White Sox executive vice president Ken Williams.
Beeston became the Jays’ first employee in 1976 and their president and CEO in ’89, leaving for a job in the Commissioner’s Office in ’97 but returning in 2008.
Duquette, who has helped to turn around the Orioles since being hired in November 2011, has won multiple Executive of the Year awards this winter. He’s under contract with Baltimore through 2018, so the club would not have to let him go, or could ask for significant compensation if it does. However, Duquette is a “top candidate” for the job, according to Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports.com.
The White Sox promoted Williams from general manager to executive vice president after the 2012 season, with Rick Hahn taking over as GM. The club is “balking” at allowing the Blue Jays permission to speak to Williams about the position, according to Rosenthal, who reports that Williams is considering resigning.
“I’m focused on helping the White Sox win another championship,” Williams told Rosenthal. “I’ve considered all options as anyone would given the set of circumstances.”
– Andrew Simon
Melky Cabrera is one of the top free-agent outfielders available, so it’s no surprise a number of teams are interested in the former All-Star.
The Royals have been in contact with Cabrera, while the Reds, Mariners, Orioles, White Sox and Blue Jays are also in the mix, according to a report from CBSSports.com.
Cabrera, 30, could help a number of teams offensively. He’s coming off a strong season with Toronto in which he posted a .301/.351/.458 slash line with 16 home runs, 35 doubles and 73 RBIS over 139 games.
The Royals are in need of a bat after the departure of designated hitter Billy Butler in free agency. The club is familiar with Cabrera too, as he spent the 2011 season with Kansas City.
Cabrera is reportedly looking for at least a five-year contract. He could be in line for a deal similar to fellow outfielder Nelson Cruz, who signed with the Mariners this week for four years and $57 million. Cabrera earned $8 million this season.
The Blue Jays could still bring Cabrera back, though. Toronto appears to be all-in this season after signing free-agent catcher Russell Martin and trading for third baseman Josh Donaldson. The club has holes to fill in the outfield after deciding to non-tender John Mayberry Jr. and Andy Dirks on Tuesday.
With the Winter Meetings set to begin next week in San Diego, the market for Cabrera could soon become more clear.
Chicago will pay the 35-year-old left-handed hitter a total of $25 million after he batted .259/.362/.455 with 26 homers and 92 RBIs for the Nationals in 2014. He is expected to share time with fellow slugger Jose Abreu at both first and designated hitter.
Rogers adds that the White Sox, who also have signed left-handed reliever Zach Duke this offseason, are “stockpiling” depth at shortstop. That could lead them to trade starter Alexei Ramirez, who is owed $10 million in the final year of his contract.
– Andrew Simon
David Robertson became the top closer on the market after declining a $15.3 million qualifying offer from the Yankees on Monday, and he’s certain to have many suitors this offseason.
In addition to the Yankees, there are at least six teams interested in signing Robertson, according to a report by the New York Daily News. Any club that signs Robertson would surrender a draft pick as compensation, but that doesn’t appear to be a major hurdle.
The Tigers, Brewers, Blue Jays, White Sox, Indians and Astros are among a number of teams with needs in the bullpen. Robertson would be an upgrade for any of those clubs.
Robertson, 29, saved 39 games last season in his first year as the Yankees’ closer. He earned $5.215 million and is set up for significant pay raise.
Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said Monday he has not yet begun negotiations with Robertson’s agent, Scott Leventhal. The right-hander is a likely to receive at least a three-year contract.
Cashman also said it’s not yet clear what the market value is for Robertson. It’s worth noting Jonathan Papelbon earned $13 million with the Phillies in 2014 as baseball’s highest-paid closer. Already this offseason, Koji Uehara re-signed with the Red Sox for $18 million over two years.
Robertson’s impending contract could affect deals for other free agent closers, including Francisco Rodriguez, Sergio Romo and Rafael Soriano.
John Danks was scheduled to take the mound as expected Thursday afternoon at Comerica Park, despite rumors connecting the White Sox to the Yankees and the Marlins in regard to talks concerning the veteran southpaw. Danks has $28.50 million remaining over the next two years of his five-year extension, and can block trades to the Blue Jays, A’s, Orioles, Nationals, Cubs and Mets.
White Sox manager Robin Ventura reiterated pregame Monday that he didn’t expect the White Sox to make any moves before Thursday’s 4 p.m. ET non-waiver deadline.
– Scott Merkin
And then there were three. With free-agent right-hander Bronson Arroyo agreeing Friday to a two-year deal with the D-backs that includes a club option, the remaining big-name starters on the market are A.J. Burnett, Ervin Santana and Ubaldo Jimenez.
Like Arroyo, whichever club signs Burnett will not lose a first round pick in this year’s First-Year Player Draft. Santana and Jimenez, on the other hand, don’t fall into that category. So where will Burnett land?
The Pirates could have the inside track, writes MLB.com’s Tom Singer, but the Orioles and Nationals are also in the running. Burnett and his camp have kept their thought process secret thus far, but with Spring Training on the horizon, something is likely to happen soon.
The Phillies appear to be out of the Burnett sweepstakes, and will instead turn their attention to former closer Ryan Madson, who has not pitched since 2011 because of Tommy John surgery and complications following the procedure.
In other Hot Stove news:
• Nelson Cruz remains on the market, and MLB.com’s Mike Bauman examined the potential risks and rewards for clubs looking to sign the outfielder. Cruz would significantly boost any lineup, however, the slugger has a history of injury, will turn 34 in July and served a 50-game PED suspension last year.
• Meanwhile, the A’s locked up outfielder Coco Crisp through at least 2016 with a two-year contract extension that includes a vesting option for 2017. Last year, Crisp became just the 10th player in Oakland history with at least 20 doubles and 20 home runs in a single season.
• The Brewers brought back reliever Francisco Rodriguez, this time on a one-year deal worth at least $3.25 million. In a corresponding roster move, pitcher Donovan Hand was designated for assignment.
• The White Sox also added to their bullpen mix, signing right-hander Mitchell Boggs to a one-year, $1.1 million contract.
• Outfielder Jimmy Paredes was designated for assignment by the Marlins to open a roster spot for infielder Jeff Baker, who agreed to a two-year deal this week.
• The Nationals agreed to terms with veteran reliever Luis Ayala on a Minor League contract with an invitation to Major League Spring Training. Ayala, 36, is one of the few remaining players to have appeared with the Expos.
• The Pirates inked catcher Omir Santos to a Minor League deal that includes an invitation to big league camp.
• First baseman Matt LaPorta and the Orioles agreed to a Minor League contract. LaPorta has not appeared in a Major League game since 2012, when he played 22 games with the Indians.
• Royals pitcher Everett Teaford cleared waivers and remained in the organization with an assignment to Triple-A Omaha. The left-hander has been invited to Major League Spring Training.