Quick Hits: Rays, Reynolds, Indians, Durbin

Executive VP of baseball operations Andrew Friedman says the Rays can afford to keep both James Shields and David Price on next year's roster, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports (Twitter link). As I explained this morning, it could be tempting for the Rays to address other needs by trading a frontline starter. For example, the Dodgers are among the teams that could try to obtain Shields from Tampa Bay. Here are today’s links…

  • Mark Reynolds would like to play for the Orioles next year, but he’ll explore his options if he hits the open market, Roch Kubatko of MASNsports.com reports. "If they non-tender me it wouldn't be very smart of me to not see what else is out there," Reynolds said. The Orioles declined their club option for Reynolds today, and they now have a month to determine whether to tender him a contract through the arbitration process.
  • GM Chris Antonetti suggested there's a slim chance the Indians will re-sign Roberto Hernandez this offseason, MLB.com's Jordan Bastian reports (Twitter links). The chances of re-signing Travis Hafner seem more remote, Bastian writes. The Indians, who declined club options for Hernandez and Hafner earlier today, are not working with a set payroll, according to the GM.
  • All Bases Covered Sports now represents free agent reliever Chad Durbin, ESPN.com's Jerry Crasnick reports (Twitter link). Check out MLBTR's Agency Database for current information on players and their agents.
  • Earlier in the week I previewed the top offseason storylines at MLBTR. In case you missed it, there’s a parallel piece running online at USA Today and in this week’s edition of Sports Weekly.

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7 Comments on "Quick Hits: Rays, Reynolds, Indians, Durbin"

2 years 11 months ago

Good point on Reynolds and hadn’t thought of.. 7.5m in 2012 and far less than 13m his option was for. Could offer…9.. *maybe* 10m if they want to go that way.

2 years 11 months ago

9millionish is what he could get in arbitration.

2 years 11 months ago

Yeah.. Was what figuring in above post. That.. Maybe 10. Duquette has a month to see what he and Youk will sign for and figure out which way he wants to go. Reynolds also know arbitration reached deals are *not* guaranteed, so both side probably would prefer to reach an agreement beforehand if Duquette really wants him back.

2 years 11 months ago

I think that for the money, Reynolds compares favorably to Youkilis. His defense is better, and while he won’t hit for as high an average Youk didn’t really get any better in Chicago than he was in Boston.

2 years 11 months ago

I still get confused when his name is presented simply as “Roberto Hernandez” and there is no clarification that he was formerly Fausto Carmona.

I keep thinking it’s the now-retired relief pitcher.

2 years 11 months ago

Same. Fausto used to be a young potential top arm, but his age change, really destroyed his value.

2 years 11 months ago

I think a trade of
Sheilds for zack lee, dee gorden and a low level prospect would work