Brewers sign Brett Lawrie - HardballTalk

Unprofessional free agent Brett Lawrie is returning to the professional baseball circuit with a minor league contract with brewers, according to an Instagram announcement on Saturday. While the signature has yet to be formally announced, Robert Murray of The Athletic says that the agreement provides for a club's 2020 option and includes a potential $ 1 million salary if it makes the big-league roster, which could then reach a $ 7 million cap with bonus bonuses performance and escalators.

Lawrie gave the news of his signature in a long post on social media:

The 29 year-old second / third baseman has not set foot in the majors since 2016. After enjoying some of the best years of his career in Toronto, he has played twice with the athletes and White Sox in 2015-16 and has spent the & # 39; last round of MLB .248 / .310 / .413 season with 12 home runs, seven stolen bases (on 10 occasions) and one .723 OPS through 384 PA in Chicago. While it aroused some interest from the teams after being released by the White Sox in the spring of 2017, a persistent discomfort for the lower body complicated his attempts to secure another contract and effectively kept him out of the field and without work .

It is still unclear if the Brewers imagine that Lawrie has a starring role for the 2019 season, although any thought of him displacing Travis Shaw at the hot corner seems ridiculous at this point. Regardless of any disasters associated with spring distancing, however, it could still find itself in a supporting role for Cory Spangenberg and Hernán Pérez in the keystone.

The free agent Manny Machado does not seem closer to accepting a major contract these days, but we could start to get a better idea of ​​the offers that are on the table – at least when it comes to the White Sox. Héctor Gómez of Z Digital reports that the club has proposed a $ 250 million offer to Machado for eight years, a total of $ 75 million from the previous (and erroneously) seven-year report, a $ 175 million deal that he said he was at stake. Naturally, neither Machado's agent nor the White Sox confirmed the relationship.

There is no clear indication that Machado has relied on one particular team, even if the White Sox, Phillies and Padres are considered among his principal suitors. Last Friday, the analyst and former general manager Jim Duquette suggested that the Yankees had also extended a seven to eight year deal, $ 220 million to a 26-year-old infielder. He added that "many teams" were in the same range, making the Yankees offer somewhat disappointing, but later come back all his affirmations as pure speculation. While it is reasonable to think that any organization really invested in bringing the All-Star on board would be mulling over a similar length and price contract, no one seems to have approached Machado's $ 300 + million 10-year bill. looking, either.

As for the lack of movement in the free agent market, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic spoke with several reasons behind the long wait for Machado and his free agent Bryce Harper to find a landing spot this winter. He argued that both players are anticipating future offers to the north of $ 300 million, which creates a sort of enigma for teams that, like the White Sox, are not willing to jump into a war of unsuccessful bidding. Rosenthal also pointed out that while the Padres were the most transparent in their search for Machado until now, this type of strategy could work against them if the Phillies or White Sox (or a mysterious yet unrevealed squad) decided to raise the placed in the weeks to come.

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