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Justin Upton Is Undecided About Opt Out Clause

Aug 21, 2017 8:06 AM

Justin Upton has an opt-out clause in his contract at the end of the season, but remains undecided about his future with the Detroit Tigers.

Upton is under contract for four more seasons under the six-year, $132.75 million deal he signed with the Tigers as a free agent two years ago. He has a clause that allows him to opt out of the deal and become a free agent this offseason only.

"I can't make a decision on that right now, so that doesn't affect me right now," Upton said. "It's always nice to have options, but I think it's more interesting to you guys than it is to me. I would feel like I was lying to you guys if I gave you a realistic answer right now, because I haven't really even thought about it.

"I'll get home and spend time with my family and the playoffs will be going on and when it comes around to it, probably a week or two beforehand, at that point I'll start having conversations with my agent and my family. But I can't be more honest with you right now: I'm not worried about it. It's so far away, a couple months."

Jason Beck/MLB

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Jays Interested In Extending Marco Estrada

Aug 20, 2017 2:29 PM

The Toronto Blue Jays have interest in re-signing Marco Estrada this offseason or even a contract extension before he becomes a free agent.

“The player loves Toronto, the agent says publicly he doesn’t want to go anywhere,” one person within the organization said. “Frankly, we are open to extending him.”

Estrada re-signed with the Jays in 2015 on a two-year, $26 million deal.

“Could I have gotten more years on the open market? Maybe,” Estrada told reporters, including John Lott of the National Post. “But I wanted to come back here. It was the No. 1  team I wanted to come with. Once they made a two-year offer, I wasn’t thinking of going to free agency anymore.”

Robert Murray/FanRagSports

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Cubs Claim Rene Rivera Off Waivers From Mets

Aug 20, 2017 2:24 PM

The Chicago Cubs have claimed Rene Rivera off waivers.

In two seasons with the Mets, Rivera had significant value as a reserve. Rivera became the preferred catcher for Noah Syndergaard.

The Mets have also recently given up Curtis Granderson, Jay Bruce, Neil Walker, Lucas Duda and Addison Reed.

Seth Berkman/New York Times

Tags: Chicago Cubs, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Signing

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Rockies Sign Ryan Howard To Minor League Deal

Aug 12, 2017 5:52 PM

The Colorado Rockies have signed Ryan Howard to a minor league contract.

Howard signed a minor league contract with the Atlanta Braves in April and was released after one month.

Howard had an OPS of .710 with 25 home runs in 2016 with the Philadelphia Phillies.

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Red Sox May Have To Consider Extending Chris Sale's Contract

Aug 11, 2017 9:25 AM

The Boston Red Sox hold two years of options on Chris Sale's contract for a total of $26 million.

Sale will be the front-runner for the American League Cy Young this season and may receive a lot of MVP votes as well.

The Red Sox gave David Price a seven-year, $217 million contract before the 2016 season, which may prevent Dave Dombrowski from committing big, long-term money to Sale, who will be 30 when he's eligible for free agency.

Dombrowski extended Justin Verlander's deal in a similar fashion with the Detroit Tigers.

Asked whether he will ask Dombrowski to do for Sale what he did for Verlander, agent B.B. Abbott said, "You'll have to ask Dave that."

Nick Cafardo/Boston Globe

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Jake Arrieta Likes 'His Chances' In Free Agency

Aug 7, 2017 7:55 AM

Jake Arrieta will be a free agent for the first time in his career this winter and the pitcher is confident he'll cash in.

Arrieta, who was the 2015 NL Cy Young, has a 3.88 ERA, 4.11 FIP and 124 strikeouts in 127.2 innings this season.

"I haven't had the year I would like, but it's not over yet," he said. "How many people can do what I do, anyways? A handful of guys?

"But one season shouldn't diminish what the whole package is, and what a guy can do. You can struggle for a little while. It's going to happen. If a guy hits .200 for a while, it doesn't mean he's a .200 hitter.

"Everyone wants to have a career year, but if I stick to what I'm doing, I like my chances. I'll be fine."

Arrieta has a 2.08 ERA since the end of June.

Bob Nightengale/USA Today

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2017 Qualifying Offer Expected To Be Around $18M

Jul 21, 2017 8:05 AM

Major League clubs have been informed that the qualifying offer this offseason will be around $18 million, reports Buster Olney of ESPN.

The exact value of the offer could end up being $18.1 million.

Last year's qualifying offer was $17.2 million.

Buster Olney/ESPN

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Pablo Sandoval Agrees To Sign With Giants

Jul 19, 2017 8:17 PM

Pablo Sandoval has agreed to sign with the San Francisco Giants.

The Boston Red Sox designated Sandoval for assignment last week.

Jesse Sanchez/MLB.com

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James Loney Signs With KBO's LG Twins

Jul 18, 2017 9:07 AM

James Loney has signed a contract with the LG Twins of the Korea Baseball Organization.

Loney will earn $350,000 in his first stint overseas.

The 33-year-old hasn't been able to find Major League employment.

Jee-ho Yoo/Yonhap News

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Red Sox Designate Pablo Sandoval For Assignment

Jul 14, 2017 10:38 AM

The Boston Red Sox have designated Pablo Sandoval for assignment. 

Sandoval signed a five-year, $95 million contract with the Red Sox after the 2014 season. Sandoval is owed $18 million each of the next two seasons.

Sandoval had an OPS of .622 in 99 at bats this season with the Red Sox. Sandoval was on the disabled list with a knee injury and then an inner ear infection this season.

Sandoval played in just three games with the Red Sox in 2016.

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Rangers Could Listen To Offers For Yu Darvish, Cole Hamels
The Rangers may listen to offers for Yu Darvish and Cole Hamels if they don't open the second half of the season with strong play, according to a report.

Jerry Crasnick/ESPN

Bartolo Colon Agrees To Minor League Deal With Twins
The Mets also had interest in securing the services of Bartolo Colon.

ESPN.com

Mets Considering Re-Signing Bartolo Colon
The 44-year-old was 2-8 with an 8.14 ERA in 13 starts before being designated.

Jerry Crasnick/ESPN

Rays Release Derek Norris
Tampa Bay added Norris before the season after he was let go by the Nationals.

Marc Topkin/Tampa Bay Times

Nationals Sign Francisco Rodriguez To Minors Deal
The Nationals' bullpen has the third-west ERA (4.88) in the National League.

Buster Olney/ESPN

Mike Trout Sought Lifetime Deal From Angels
Mike Trout settled for a six-year extension with the Angels after bringing up the idea of a lifetime deal with the club, according to sources.

Jon Heyman/FanRag Sports

Yonder Alonso Open To Extension With A's
Yonder Alonso hopes to remain with the Athletics and is open to forgoing free agency by signing an extension at midseason.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Angels Sign First-Round Pick Jordon Adell
According to Baseball America, the outfielder received a $4,376,800 signing bonus.

Kaelen Jones/MLB

Jake Peavy Weighing Midseason Comeback
Jake Peavy declined all offers as a free agent this past winter, but he tells Alex Speier of the Boston Globe that he will pitch again.

Alex Speier/Boston Globe

Reds To Sign Cuban Shortstop Jose Israel Garcia
Jose Israel Garcia, who is subject to international bonus pools due to both his age and lack of professional experience, will receive a bonus of roughly $5 million on his Minor League deal.

Ben Badler/Baseball America

Does Bryce Harper Want To Play For Cubs?
Bryce Harper is eligible for free agency after the 2018 season and his next contract is expected to be worth more than $400 million.

Peter Gammons

Blue Jays To Release Mat Latos
Mat Latos, 29, signed a Minor League deal with the Blue Jays this offseason and has made three starts at the Major League level.

Ben Wagner/Triple-A Buffalo

Nationals Release Joe Nathan From Minor League Deal
Joe Nathan, 42, requested his release when he wasn't promoted to the Major Leagues before Thursday.

ESPN

White Sox 'Closing In' On Luis Robert
Luis Robert will earn a bonus of between $25 million and $30 million.

Jon Heyman/FanRag Sports

Carlos Zambrano Will Pitch In Venezuelan Winter League
Carlos Zambrano will return to the mound, but it remains to be seen if he will aim to make a Major League comeback.

Bruce Levine/670 The Score

Braves Release James Loney From Triple-A Contract
James Loney, 33, signed a Minor League deal with the team on Thursday after they learned Freddie Freeman will miss about 10 weeks with a fractured left wrist.

Associated Press

Eric Gagne Ends Comeback Attempt
Eric Gagne has elected to end his comeback attempt.

Chris Cotillo/SB Nation

White Sox, Cuban Outfield Prospect Agree On Deal
Luis Robert's deal with the White Sox is expected to be worth at least $25M, according to a Fox Sports report.

ESPN.com

White Sox, Cardinals Favorites To Sign Luis Robert
The White Sox and Cardinals are viewed as the favorites to sign Cuban youngster Luis Robert, according to reports.

Ben Badler/Baseball America

Angels To Sign Doug Fister
Doug Fister hasn't pitched this season and will likely be optioned to the Minor Leagues to prepare for a big league role.

Chris Cotillo/SB Nation