Shohei Ohtani’s arbitration hearing is coming up pretty soon. One way or the other he will be getting a good raise. Of course, they are conducting the arbitrations by Zoom this year. The Angels claimed infielder Robel Garcia off waivers from the Mets. Will they use him to plug a hole in the outfield?
Minor League Deals Plus Invites
Wade LeBlanc has a minor league deal with the Orioles and a spring training invite. Meanwhile the Athletics have signed Reliever Deolis Guerra to a minor league deal with spring training invite. Left hander Francisco Liriano has a minor league deal with the Blue Jays with an invitation to major league spring training. Kyle Barraclough is yet another reliever who has a minor league deal with spring training invitation. This time the deal is with the Yankees. The Rangers signed veteran right handed reliever Nick Vincent to a minor league deal with an invitation to spring training. The Indians have added relievers Bryan Shaw and Heath Hembrees on minor league deals. At least Shaw got an invitation to spring training.
The Minnesota Twins signed Nelson Cruz to a one year deal worth $13 million. We need to sneak Odorizzi away from those guys. I need some kind of good news and I don’t seriously think Bauer is in the cards. The Phillies will sign free agent right hander Chase Anderson. Left handed reliever Andrew Chafin got a major league deal with the Cubs. The Phillies signed free agent left hander Matt Moore for a $3 Million base salary plus incentives. The Brewers signed Kolten Wong to a two year deal at $18 Million. The Diamondbacks and Joachim Soria have come to terms on a one year deal. Reliever Alex Colome has a one year deal with the Twins for $6.3 Million. Gerardo Parra has a minor league deal with the Nationals for $1 Million.
Garrett Richards passed his physical, whereupon the Red Sox designated pitcher Joel Payamps for assignment to clear a spot on their 40 man roster. The Garrett Richards contract with the Red Sox looks pretty complicated. Here is what the Kike/ Hernandez deal with the Red Sox looks like.
Links That Are Not Deals Or Ohtani’s Arbitration
With the rejection of the 154 game proposal, we default to what was once normal. Spring training starts February 17, 2021. Opening day is still April 1, 2021. Presumably the Angels will still be on Sunday Night Baseball shortly thereafter. Jackie Robinson is on the cover of MLB The Show 21 Collector’s Edition. That’s a nice looking cover. He’s wearing a proper Dodger hat. Joel Reuter thinks Jake Odorizzi will end up with the Red Sox on a three year deal. With teammates like this, who needs enemies?
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