Baseball News 1-23-14
07:36 AM ET 01.23 | Jonny Gomes has taken the occasion of a
wide-ranging interview to give his take on the Yankees' $500
million offseason shopping spree, which included Masahiro Tanaka. "People
can go out and sign whoever they want right now. I mean, boxing rules, we still
have the belt. ... I tell you what, (Yankees GM
Brian) Cashman and (manager Joe) Girardi are about as professional as they get
in the pinstripe organization. They run a pretty tight camp. It's kind of
interesting, though -- $500 million and still, some questions. You've got
(catcher Brian) McCann who hasn't been in the American League before. The
pitcher (Tanaka) who hasn't pitched a game over here. They've got some guys
playing different positions. They've got some true professionals over there.
They've got some guys coming back."
07:36 AM ET 01.23 | The
Masahiro Tanaka speculation train finally pulled into a station -- in the
Bronx. There were all sorts of wild rumors throughout the Tanaka derby (one
incorrectly had theCubs bidding
$23 million to $25 million for eight years; that turned out to be dead wrong),
but one rumor the Yankees hope is
correct is that he is an ace. ... In any case, Tanaka doesn't have to be
Kershaw, whose only true comp now is Koufax. But for this money, the Yankees are
expecting at least a regular ol' No. 1 pitcher, if not an all-time great
(though slimmed-down holdover star C.C. Sabathia surely still gets the ball on
Opening Day). TheYankees may
believe they have a real shot at Max Scherzer, who's a free agent after the year and
reportedly wants to become a $30-million-per-year pitcher.
07:35 AM ET 01.23 | Japanese
ace Masahiro Tanaka may have signed on with one of baseball's highest spending
teams, but an offer was on the table to land with one of its lowest spenders.Astros general
manager Jeff Luhnow said Wednesday the club made an offer to [Masahiro Tanaka]
after flying seven-time Cy Young Award winner Roger Clemens and owner Jim Crane to Los Angeles
two weeks ago to meet with the pitcher at a private home. ... Luhnow wouldn't
say how much the Astros offered
Tanaka, but a source told MLB.com it was more than
$100 million. Tanaka reached an agreement with the Yankees on
Wednesday for seven years and $155 million. "They called me and said they
were going to make the posting fee on him and asked me if I would go with
them," Clemens said.
07:35 AM ET 01.23 | Even
if a deal with Tyler Colvin has hit a snag, Baltimore may not be done yet.
The Orioles have
money to spend -- perhaps as much as $17 million for this upcoming season --
and are still looking to do so, according to the club's top executive. Japanese
right-hander Masahiro Tanaka signed a seven-year, $155 million deal with
the New York Yankees on
Wednesday, as the free agent market appeared to open for a second act. The
ongoing negotiations with Tanaka -- which did not include the Orioles, who never
agreed to pay the $20 million posting fee to talk with him -- seemingly had
held free agency hostage after a flurry of activity in early December.
"The market was frozen for a while," said Orioles executive
vice president Dan Duquette. "But things are starting to move again."
The Baltimore Sun
07:34 AM ET 01.23 | This
time of year, off-the-field matters are all that keeps a baseball fan warm.
Don't shoot the messenger. Last week, E! News reported that, although Detroit Tigers pitcherJustin Verlander and model Kate Upton were seen
together at a hockey game two weekends ago in Philadelphia, they are not a
couple. A source talking to Us Weekly begs to differ,
apparently. Verlander and Upton "spent all weekend in the Bahamas
together," according to the source, the weekend before New Years Eve last
month: "We spotted them looking very cozy having dinner at the restaurant
Mahogany House near Lyford Cay," says the eyewitness. Upton, who had her
hair in a bun with a blue scarf, and Verlander, wearing a white button-down
shirt, were "sitting on the same side of the table" for the romantic
Detroit Free Press