MLB news roundup
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The Oakland A’s had 10 free agents come off their roster at the end of the 2020 season, and one of them officially found a new home this week. The Detroit Tigers signed outfielder Robbie Grossman to a two-year, $10 million contract, reported by Cody Stavenhagen of The Athletic and later confirmed by the team.
Grossman spent the last two seasons on the A’s, and built a promising resume on both sides of the ball. In 2019 he was a finalist for the Gold Glove in LF, and in 2020 he enjoyed a breakout at the plate that included a 126 wRC+ and a career-high .482 slugging percentage. He’ll need to prove the strong hitting wasn’t a short-season fluke, but it’s no surprise to see him earn a multi-year deal — and just two winters after being non-tendered by the Twins.
While it’s always a bummer to see one of our players sign elsewhere, especially after his excellent performance last season, this was one free agent with whom a 2021 reunion never made sense for Oakland anyway. The A’s have a ton of quality in-house options to cover left field, and they’d be wise to spend whatever modicum of cash they have on other areas of the roster. The deal Grossman landed is for exactly what his production is worth, and that would have been an unwise allocation of resources for a club that still needs to figure out a new shortstop, second baseman, multiple late-inning relievers, and maybe a starting pitcher.
Over at SB Nation site Bless You Boys, Brandon Day is quietly positive about the Tigers’ first multi-year signing since their rebuild began in 2017.
Grossman is the second of the 10 free agents to come off the board. Here’s the full list.
- RHP Mike Fiers
- RHP Liam Hendriks
- RHP Yusmeiro Petit
- RHP Joakim Soria
- LHP T.J. McFarland
LHP Mike Minor(KCR, 2/$18m)
- 2B Tommy La Stella
- SS Marcus Semien
- 3B Jake Lamb
OF Robbie Grossman(DET, 2/$10m)
Another blast from the A’s past signed a contract on Tuesday, as reliever Blake Treinen re-upped with the Los Angeles Dodgers for 2yr/$17.5m with a 2023 club option for $8 million, reports Jeff Passan of ESPN.
MLB News & Interest
- Mailhot: Robbie Grossman Pulls a Two-Year Deal From Detroit
- Dreker: Pirates Sign Right-Handed Pitcher Chase De Jong to Minor League Deal
- Cooper: Start of Minor League Season At Double-A And Class A To Be Delayed ($$$)
- Today in Baseball History
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He’s only earned this much money in one of his 11 MLB seasons ($8 million in 2019)
Former All Star 1B Justin Smoak has agreed to terms with the Yomiuri Giants on a $6 million guaranteed contract plus incentives. The contract was negotiated by Dustin Bledsoe of The Bledsoe Agency plus Shaun Inouye and Phil Terrano of Amuse Sports USA. @JeffPassan on it.
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) January 7, 2021
#Yankees are trading James Reeves to the #Padres for Allen. Few years back there were those in NYY org who really liked Reeves as under radar LH reliever. Allen is SH OF with speed. He goes on NYY’s 40-man roster.
— Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1) January 6, 2021
Even minorer trade
The Rangers have traded RHP Art Warren to Cincinnati for cash considerations. Warren was designated for assignment on Dec. 26 when Texas signed RHP Kohei Arihara.
— John Blake (@RangerBlake) January 6, 2021
Six weeks or so to go, maybe
Figure out when spring training starts already. It’s ridiculous
— Jake Diekman (@JakeDiekman) January 5, 2021
Never let the internet name anything
If this happens they should air it on ESPN
We accept your offer. How soon can you get here? pic.twitter.com/6ghOEP31EE
— Beloit Snappers (@BeloitSnappers) January 6, 2021
Just call him Thumbs Merrifield
All of em. Except catcher. I particularly like my thumb.
The real answer is wherever Coach Mike asks me to play. (Minus catcher. I’m serious about the thumb thing.) https://t.co/g5NxpR2ZSn
— Whit Merrifield (@WhitMerrifield) January 6, 2021
This is a year old but it randomly came up in my YouTube suggestions today and it made me laugh (and Codiroli himself responds in the comments!)
Speaking of baseball cards, you might have to look at this for a minute to figure it out