Quick Hits: Baker, Hunter, Kershaw, LaRoche

Congratulations to Miguel Cabrera, who was named the Sporting News MLB Player of the Year. Here are some more links from around MLB on an off day for Cabrera's Tigers and the NL Champion Giants

  • The Twins will decline Scott Baker's $9.25MM option for 2013, but he remains a "high priority" for the team, Darren Wolfson of 1500ESPN reports. Baker's agent has been speaking regularly with the Twins and the sides could agree to an incentive-laden one or two-year deal. 
  • The Twins haven't yet called to inquire about minor league free agent Aaron Laffey, according to Wolfson.
  • Teams are standing by to see if the Angels make Torii Hunter a one-year qualifying offer, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports (Twitter link). If the Angels make Hunter a qualifying offer and he declines, other teams will have to surrender a draft pick to sign the outfielder. Otherwise, he'll be coveted as a free agent. Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com suggested today that the Angels won't extend Hunter a qualifying offer (Twitter link).
  • Dodgers GM Ned Colletti said he will probably think about a long-term contract for Clayton Kershaw this coming offseason, Dylan Hernandez of the LA Times reports (on Twitter). The left-hander's under contract for 2013 and under team control as an arbitration eligible player through 2014.
  • The Nationals and Adam LaRoche have made “some progress” toward a new contract, the first baseman told Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post. There’s nothing definitive at this stage, but the sides have started to establish parameters for a possible new deal.

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5 Comments on "Quick Hits: Baker, Hunter, Kershaw, LaRoche"

2 years 10 months ago

angels still suffering from reagins….wells is in the way..but even if it werent for him there still would be 3 outfielders even without torri. Even though bourges wont put up numbers like torri did last season. (im aware its his best season) I still would like to see him back in anahiem. If he isnt picked up I can see someone within division trying to get him.

2 years 10 months ago

I feel like Adam LaRoche and Edwin Jackson are free agents every year

Sean Bennett
2 years 10 months ago

I still dont get why people think Cabrera was the player of the year, i think he was the best hitter this year, but the best player was Trout because being a player is more than just being a good hitter, you have to be a great fielder and a great baserunner….and yes i know Cabrera didnt make many errors at 3B but the only reason for that is because he only fields balls hit within a foot of him he has no range, i mean look at the play in game 1 of the WS that ball hit the bag and barely trickled by him and he didnt even go after it lol

2 years 10 months ago

It says something about the type of year that Trout had that it’s even a debate on who should be the AL MVP in a year that the league produced the first Triple Crown winner since 1968. Not to take away anything from Cabrera…but in a very true sense…Mike Trout is the AL MVP.

Jack Miller
2 years 10 months ago

I hope LaRoche signs a one or two year deal in Boston to take the first base job