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Oct 31, 3:15pm ET: With the Hot Stove already in full swing, clubs and players are engaged in exercising contract options. Here’s an update
The New York Mets have exercised their club option on R.A. Dickey for 2013 at $5 million. The club continues to work on potential multi-year extensions for both Dickey and David Wright.
The Baltimore Orioles have exercised their club option on Luis Ayala for 2013 for $1 million
The Kansas City Royals have declined their club option on Joakim Soria, who now becomes a free agent. Soria had a $750,000 buyout clause as part of his deal on the option year.
Rafael Soriano has opted out of his final year with the New York Yankees and is now a free agent.
The Cleveland Indians exercised their club option on Ubaldo Jimenez for 2013 for $5.75 million
The Cleveland Indians have declined the club option for Travis Hafner who is now a free agent.
The Cleveland Indians have declined the club option for Roberto Hernandez who is now a free agent.
BEST OF MAXIM
It’s a foregone conclusion that the Mets will exercise the $5 million dollar team option on R.A. Dickey sometime in the next 2-3 days. Then there’s the matter of extension talks which Sandy Alderson said would be a top priority.
The question is how many years is too many years?
A two year extension would make Dickey a Met through the 2015 season when he will be 40 years old....
Courtesy: Kansas City Royals
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The Kansas City Royals announced today that the team has declined its 2013 option on right-handed pitcher Joakim Soria, making him a free agent.
Soria, 28, missed the entire 2012 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery on his right elbow on April 3. Acquired in the Major League Phase of the Rule 5 Draft on December 7, 2006, Soria...
The Royals have declined their 2013 option on Joakim Soria after he missed all of last season because of Tommy John surgery, making the former All-Star closer a free agent.
The Royals chose to exercise a $750,000 buyout clause on the right-hander Wednesday rather than the $8 million option for next season. Even though Soria is a free agent, both sides have expressed interest in...
Right-hander Joakim Soria became a free agent Wednesday after the Kansas City Royals declined his $7.5 million contract option for 2013. The reliever missed all of the 2012 season after Tommy John elbow surgery. Soria, 28, was one of the top closers in baseball from 2007 to 2011, posting 160 saves with a 2.40 ERA.
Updated 10/30 7:00 PM
It’s official. The Mets have announced that they have exercised the 2013 options for David Wright ($16MM) and R.A. Dickey ($5MM).
The Mets had until tomorrow to execute their option on Wright and until Friday to execute their option on Dickey.
Updated 10/30 2:00 PM
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It comes as absolutely no surprise to learn that Rafael Soriano has opted out of the final year of his contract with the New York Yankees. The fill in closer who performed admirably stepping in for Mariano Rivera had an option to opt out of the final year of his 3 year/$35 million contract he signed a couple of years ago. While it once was believed that New York would end up re-signing...
Hey, Mr. Alderson! Need to retool your bullpen? I’ve got your relievers right here!
Twitter has been abuzz this afternoon with the news that former Yankees closer Rafael Soriano and Royals closer Joakim Soria are available for the taking, with Soriano opting out of his contract and Soria having his option declined by the Royals.
As far as my own thoughts on the topic go, I...
Cleveland right-hander Ubando Jimenez lost a American League-worst 17 games this past season, but the Indians announced Wednesday that they exercised his contract option for 2013. Meanwhile, the Indians declined to pick up the 2013 club options for designated hitter Travis Hafner and right-hander Roberto Hernandez. Jimenez, 28, went 9-17 with a 5.40 ERA in 31 starts. His 2013...
Rafael Soriano had a tremendous season for the Yankees, piling up 42 saves with a 2.26 ERA after the great Mariano Rivera went down with a season ending injury. That injury may have earned Soriano a HUGE contract with another team. According to Rafael’s agent, Scott Boras, he can get a deal for 15 million a year for four years. Not even the greatest closer of all-time, Rivera ever...
At seasons end Dickey called he and Wright a “package deal”. He is right, they should be.
Obviously I am not David Wright, but if I were I would wait until I saw some improvements to the current ballclub before signing any extension Lately we have been hearing about the Mets quest to make David a “Met for life”. David may have grown up a Mets fan, but that does not mean...
For the most part, Mets fans were pleasantly surprised with the production of the Mets pitching staff in 2012. The bullpen kept us on the edge of our seats the majority of the season, but the starters were one of the bright spots for the Mets. None shone brighter than the ace of the staff, RA Dickey. Some injuries prevented the Mets starting rotation from reaching its full...
CLEVELAND (AP) -- The Cleveland Indians have picked up Ubaldo Jimenez's 5.75 million contract option for next season.
The Indians, who collapsed from contention in August, also declined a 13 million option on designated hitter Travis Hafner and a 6 million option on right-hander Roberto Hernandez.
Jimenez went 9-17 with a 5.40 ERA in 31 starts last season. The right-hander has...