The Winter Meetings have apparently started a week early!
10 years, $240 million. That means he'll be getting $24 million when he's 40 years old, which I think is ridiculous. Cano's contract is worth more than those of Brian McCann and Jacoby Ellsbury COMBINED.
7 years, $153 million. Red Sox Nation can't be happy about this.
At least he doesn't have to walk very far.
Nathan is the first free-agent closer to sign, giving Detroit something they didn't have last year, and that's a reliable ninth-inning pitcher. He replaces Jose Valverde, who suffered from a ruptured success gland in 2013.
The Kazmir contract is for two years at $22 million. Oakland also traded outfielder Jemile Weeks to Baltimore for Jim Johnson and a PTBNL. The need for Johnson came about when Grant Balfour declared free agency. In addition, the A's also acquired Craig Gentry and Josh Lindblom from Texas in exchange for Michael Choice and minor league infielder Chris Bostick.
Wow. Billy Beane's working the phones, isn't he? First he acquires Jim Johnson, who tied Craig Kimbrel atop the saves leader board in 2013, now he gets one of the more elite middle relievers into his bullpen.
Hanigan became expendable when the Reds signed Brayan Pena; once the Rays landed Hanigan, they gave him a three-year extension with an option for a fourth year and in turn made Jose Lobaton expendable. Arizona will pay $500,000 of Bell's 2014 salary.
The signing ensured Jarrod Saltalamacchia wouldn't return to Boston. Speaking of which...
3 years, $21 million. Salty is an upgrade over what Marlins catchers produced in 2013: .193 avg. 9 HR, .529 OPS.
Remember last week when Dan O'Dowd publicly criticized Fowler's gameplay? He is officially on his way to Houston. The Rockies get outfielder Brandon Barnes and pitcher Jordan Lyles in return. This means Carlos Gonzalez will now play center field.
3 years, $45 million.
With Todd Helton retired, Morneau would be the everyday first baseman. The contract is worth roughly $13 million.
He could be a 25-HR guy in that ballpark if he played everyday, and since Robinson Cano left for Seattle, could very well be the regular second baseman.
A proposed agreement between MLB and NPB has capped negotiation bids at $20 million. This results in a lower payout for the posting team, but allows more MLB teams to be involved. 11 of the 12 NPB teams agreed to this proposal; the only dissenter was Rakuten, the team for which Tanaka pitched.
He will back up Geovany Soto.
$30 million? LOL
Watch him bat 1.000 in every series against Atlanta, and suck against everyone else.
In one of the few non-trade/free agent stories this week, three men who conspired to smuggle, extort and kidnap Rangers outfielder Leonys Martin had charges brought against them in Miami. Martin said, according to his lawyer, he was held "against his will" in Mexico by people associated with an agency claiming to represent him.
For a list of all this year's free agents, check out the 2014 Free Agent Tracker.