Kudos to Duquette if he uses some of those savings elsewhere. I'll repeat, if he liked Valencia in the hope of capturing lightining in a bottle, he should love taking a chance on Plouffe in the same kind of role in 2014.
The deal is off, and Balfour is talking about filing a grievance. Could get uuuuugly.
Can anyone shed some light on this?
I was surprised last offseason when both Liriano and Napoli had their contracts changed (reduced money and years) after the physical. It was always my understanding that each of the teams has access to the players medical records and have physicians on hand to review those medical histories (including x-rays and MRI's) before they even start negotiating.
The only time that the contract should be off is when something new shows up. I think last year Frankie hurt himself in the offseason, while down in the DR. that was something new something that wasn't in his medical history. If the two sides agree to a contract and then the player gets in a car accident or cuts off a finger, I can see that as a change in terms, but this seems different.
In Balfour's case, I'm sure he had MRI's in his medical file that the O's had access to prior to the physical. They knew what surgery's he had in the past. I'm sure that they had up to date every. What could Balfour have done to his shoulder on the way to the physical? Was it a ploy to get him to sign for less? Did they change their minds? Did the Doctors really find something new?
O's claim Liam Hendriks from the Cubs per MLBTR. They won't rest until they have another Twins pitcher!
He is on the Alex Burnett journey.
Teams shouldn't be able to claim a player knowing they are going to DFA him and claim another player. The hope is that they will go unclaimed and they are added to their minor league depth.
Two possible solutions.
Any player claimed in the winter must be on the 40 man (or 25 man if out of options) through opening day. Players during the season would need to remain for 60 days.
Another solution would be - given the same time frame, if the player is DFA'd and makes it through waivers they return to the original organization. For instance if the Orioles DFA Hendriks and he goes unclaimed, he would return to Minnesota off the 40 man roster.
Both solutions would prevent teams from claiming players that they know are not going to stay on their 40 man roster.
-whoops, somehow missed the two posts above.
Liam is a AAAA player and that's it. He'll always excel in the minors where a slow fastball and decent breaking stuff (for minors) location can dominate the majority of line ups. He makes it to Minn. and cant succeed in one of the best pitcher friendly ball parks in the majors. I assume the O's will make significant changes to Liam's delivery and maybe repertoire.
And the Orioles continue stocking their deep-depth positions with ex-Twins, re-signing Alexi Casilla to the standard minor league deal with the Spring Training invite.
I talked with Liam today, as he's working out at Hammond. I mentioned he probably got a break with all the pitchers coming here. He agreed. Said he's got a long shot chance at the 5th spot for the O's, and a shot at LR. TR talked to him before this all came down and told him what was up. Told him he was 90% certain Liam would be claimed, and said to go do your best and prove I made a bad decision. He's pulling for him, as are most of us. He goes to O's camp for 3 days of boot camp next week.
Perhaps a fresh start with a new approach (like adding another pitch) will turn his career in the right direction. He showed a glimmer of what he can still possibly do last August in his call-up.
Add Delmon Young, who just agreed to a minor league contract with a Spring Training invite.
Hey Dan! Give Terry a call and make him an offer. See if you can come to terms to obtain a 1.9 bWAR 3Bman last season with a career split against lefties of .842 OPS/136 OPS+.. He'll work for the same money that Brian Roberts (0.7 bWAR in 2013) got from the Yankees ($2M), except he'll more than likely stay off the DL a lot more (although sometimes you can't tell the difference).
The rich just keep getting richer. The Orioles signed Laffrey. Not a former Twin, but KC beat them to Rauch.
The real question in all of these ex-Twin signings is how good will Norfolk be?