The baseball season is lurking. The Super Bowl is in the rearview mirror and we are starting to see the social media photos of trucks moving to Florida or Arizona with launchers and gatherers reporting in just a few days, yet we are still waiting for more than a dozen Agents without needles to sign.
Let's go to complete the day's activities here.
Yankees willing to offer Machado over $ 200 million?
The Yankees have already added some infielders this winter, in the combination of the Colorado Rockies double play Troy Tulowitzki and DJ LeMahieu. Yet New York continues to be interested in Manny Machado.
The MLB Network Radio analyst Jim Duquette noted in a segment on SNY that he was not sure if the Yankees had made an official offer (and made a clarification on his Twitter statements), but he believed that the Yankees would be willing to give Machado a seven or eight-year deal worth about $ 220 million. He added that many teams are within this range, with a probability that he could overcome it.
Basically, the Yankees hope to exploit Machado's stated desire to play for them – to the extent that he is forced to take less money to do so. Business shrewd, perhaps, but not if Machado chooses to take the highest bid.
The Yankees are currently projected to get a payroll just under the $ 200 million mark. If that were to be true, 2019 will represent the third consecutive season when they entered the season with less than $ 200 million on books. The Yankees had reduced their salary in each of the previous two seasons – apparently with the goal of landing a talent like Machado this winter.
Lawrie returns with Brewers
Here is a surprise. Brett Lawrie is back, having signed an agreement with the Milwaukee Brewers minority after missing the previous two seasons. The Lawrie Agreement includes a club option and could be worth up to $ 7 million:
During Lawrie's six seasons in the majors, he released a 101 OPS + and was worth 15 wins over the substitution. If he can go back to his old form, he should see the time again in the Show, this time with the same franchise that originally made it.
Twins ink Duda
The twins entered Saturday after adding a new DH (Nelson Cruz) and the first baseman (C.J. Cron) this winter. Yet this did not stop them from signing Lucas Duda to a minority agreement:
Duda has ended up with an OPS + under 100 in two of the last three seasons (though only barely last year). He has excelled in a thrilling role with the Atlanta Braves along the stretch, and it is possible that the twins imagine him occupying a seat on the bench.
It's worth noting that twins also have Tyler Austin around. In one way or another, the twins seem to be in a good position regarding the depth of the first base and that of DH.
Madson is thinking about retirement
Last week it was reported that the legendary free agent Ryan Madson was approaching an agreement with an unspecified team. This transaction has yet to occur and may never happen. Madson, for Ken Rosenthal of Athletic, is considering hanging up his cleats.
Madson is coming out of a seasonal division between the Washington Nationals and Los Angeles Dodgers. He ended up with a strike-to-walk ratio of 77 ERA + and 3.38 in 52 innings. Madson will turn 39 in August. If his career is over, it was a good thing.
The royals sign Bailey
At the start of this winter, Homer Bailey was sent to Los Angeles Dodgers by the Cincinnati Reds. Later it was released, the Dodgers had no space or interest to use it. Nonetheless, it seems that Bailey will be wearing blue and gray this spring while being attached to the Kansas City Royals, for Athletic & # 39; s Rustin Dodd.
Last season, Bailey released 6.09 ERA in 106 innings. He made out more than twice the amount of beaters he walked, to his credit, but this is the best thing you can highlight on his effort statistically.
Bailey is the well-known second veteran arm inked by the Royals this week. Previously, Brad Boxberger added.