Yankees Offered Infante Three Years, $24MM

7:48pm: The Yankees and Infante are "too far apart" in their negotiations and a deal is unlikely, a source tells ESPN New York's Wallace Matthews.  The Yankees will keep their three-year/$24MM offer to Infante on the table but in the meantime will consider Stephen Drew as an alternative.

2:42pm: ESPN's Buster Olney tweets that the Yankees' offer was made right after Robinson Cano agreed to terms with the Mariners, meaning it's been on the table for nearly a week.

11:19am: Joel Sherman of the New York Post tweets that the Yankees offered Infante $24MM over three years.

THURSDAY, 11:08am: Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports that the Yankees have made a three-year offer to Infante, but the second baseman is looking for a four-year, $40MM pact (Twitter link).

WEDNESDAY, 1:45pm: The Yankees have no desire to go to four years on Infante, and the Royals may be the the favorites in talks, per Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News (on Twitter).

11:21am: Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports (on Twitter) that the Yankees are one of the teams talking to Infante.

8:37am: The Royals are a serious possibility for Omar Infante and may even be considered the favorites, MLB Daily Dish's Chris Cotillo tweeted late last night. Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports tweets that Infante is currently talking with the Royals and two other teams.

Yesterday it was reported that Infante is seeking north of $8MM per year on a multiyear deal this offseason. The soon-to-be 32-year-old batted .318/.345/.450 with 10 homers and strong defense at second base last season in the final year of a two-year, $8MM pact he signed when coming off a down season.

Kansas City's second basemen combined to bat just .240/.296/.306 as a collective unit in 2013, so Infante makes some sense as a target for GM Dayton Moore. Emilio Bonifacio turned things around after coming over from Toronto and projects as their current starter. However, he's been an inconsistent performer throughout his career, and the Royals, who are hoping to build on last year's winning season, could prefer a more stable option. Bonifacio's versatility would allow him to be used in a super utility role should Kansas City ink Infante.


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150 Comments on "Yankees Offered Infante Three Years, $24MM"


calamityfrancis
1 year 7 months ago

Royals fans, what do you think of Daniel Murphy as your 2B next year? What would you give up for him?

Seamaholic
1 year 7 months ago

Infante’s a better player and doesn’t cost anything but money.

calamityfrancis
1 year 7 months ago

Agreed though he will be about twice as expensive as Daniel Murphy next year.

slider32
1 year 7 months ago

Mets are trying to dump Murphy and Davis with no takers!

kcmark
1 year 7 months ago

Prefer Dustin Ackley for Billy Butler.

Sam
1 year 7 months ago

Mariners make that trade in a heartbeat.

YARRitsBLAKE
1 year 7 months ago

Even though Butler offers little defensive value whatsoever, that would be a poor trade for the Royals. Butler at least offers some offensive value, whereas Ackely has yet to show he can consistently hit at the major league level.

1 year 7 months ago

Angels

1 year 7 months ago

Don’t worry when he gets a 50 gamer for testing positive for something mlb will make sure it’ll mean he’ll miss facing the Yankees

BeisbolJunkie
1 year 7 months ago

Who are you referring to? Butler? Murphy? Infante? Ackley?

1 year 7 months ago

Cano

slider32
1 year 7 months ago

Murphy is not a second basemen!

Kirk Edward Gerwin
1 year 7 months ago

Going to miss Omar in Detroit. Wish there was a way to keep him

Gregory Bearringer
1 year 7 months ago

He’d fill a need and allow them to get the one starter they’re missing.

Comfy_Wastelander
1 year 7 months ago

Seems like a good fit in KC.
With so many teams needing infield help, I’m a little surprised there hasn’t been more interest in Infante. He looks like a solid, reliable contributer.

John Meloche
1 year 7 months ago

Tor jump on that already!

Zak A
1 year 7 months ago

2012-2013… Infante – 6.0 WAR, Kendrick 5.7 WAR, Utley 7.0 WAR, Phillips 6.3 WAR, Aybar 5.3 WAR… All could be made available to a team that misses out on Infante however, Utley/Phillips cost some more $.

Revery
1 year 7 months ago

If Royals can get Infante at 3/27, they should say thank you and hand him the contract.

Broconnor16
1 year 7 months ago

That’s not enough for Gardner….

Collateral96
1 year 7 months ago

Heard he wants Michael Bourn type of money which is rather insane. 50 million for Gardner? Seems like a lot of money who isn’t as good a player as Michael Bourn.

Collateral96
1 year 7 months ago

Heard he wants Michael Bourn type of money which is rather insane. 50 million for Gardner? Seems like a lot of money who isn’t as good a player as Michael Bourn.

matchmade
1 year 7 months ago

That would be a nice acquisition for the Royals if they could get it done.

1. Aoki
2. Infante
3. Hosmer
4. Butler
5. Gordon
6. Perez
7. Moustakas
8. Cain
9. Escobar

If all stay healthy and produce as they “should/have done” there are 5 .300 hitters in there with good OBP, 3 20+ homer guys a 4th if he figures out his pop up problem, and 4 possibly 5 gold glove defenders. That is a big IF though…

Sam
1 year 7 months ago

5 – .300 hitters? I don’t think so.

Thunda Pig
1 year 7 months ago

Aoki, Infante, Billy boy, Gordan and Perez can all hit .300+ there problem will be power. Hosmer and Moustakas both need to become better pop hitters

MarinersRoyalsBraves2014
1 year 7 months ago

KC doesn’t need power to win, historically, their M.O. has been pitching , speed, and defense. That’s how they won in the 70’s-80’s, even Brett wasn’t a big HR hitter.

matchmade
1 year 7 months ago

Aoki (certainly capable has had high .280s and the type of hitter he is plays well in Kauffman), Infante(.318 last year), Hosmer(.302 last year), Butler (.300+ 3 of last 5 years), Gordon (.303 in 2011 .294 2012, certainly capable), Perez (after 3 years in the big leagues a .301 career average). I just gave you 6 that have shown .300 or close to it with some consistency. There are always possibilities of down years etc, but having a more solid lineup top to bottom means higher likelyhood of these guys seeing better pitches, and hitting close to their potential. Escobar hit .293 in 2012. I’m just saying there’s no reason to think it’s THAT far fetched.

MarinersRoyalsBraves2014
1 year 7 months ago

I wouldn’t hit Infante that high up, I would hit HIM 9th , Esci 8th, Cain 7th and platoon them all at the bottom of the order. That said, I would keep Bonifacio and maybe hit HIM 2nd?

LazerTown
1 year 7 months ago

agree, Infante is typically a .310-.320 obp guy, that is best suited for bottom lineup.

Jeffy25
1 year 7 months ago

I wonder what he’ll actually sign for, it’s difficult to gauge.

Sam
1 year 7 months ago

Omar Infante would be really really good for the royals. He plays solid defense, he’s familiar with central division pitching and he gets on base and hits for average. Royals get a great solid piece by adding infante to a club that will contend in the central next season.

stonepie
1 year 7 months ago

not sure why he’s not a yankee already. seems like a perfect fit

truroyal15
truroyal15
1 year 7 months ago

If the Yankees want to overspend on Omar then they can have him. I always enjoy watching the Yankee$ spend all this money and only have one ring since 2001!!!

Sam
1 year 7 months ago

What are you talking about they have more championships than any other team in the history of baseball! Remember the 90’s they practically won it every single year!

truroyal15
truroyal15
1 year 7 months ago

Yep lets go back to the 90’s!!! You sound like a Lakers fan. Yanks reign is over!!!

horatio_alger
1 year 7 months ago

But of course, going back to 2001 is perfectly acceptable.

BeisbolJunkie
1 year 7 months ago

But in the 90’s they weren’t spending $200m a season.
These are their payroll amounts for the years the won a WS:
1996: $52,189,370
1998: $65,663,698
1999: $88,180,7120
2000: $92,538,260
2009: $201,449,289

This is what they spent during those other years.
2013: $228,835,490
2012: $197,962,289
2011: $201,689,030
2010: $206,333,389
2008: $209,081,577
2007: $189,639,045
2006: $194,663,079
2005: $205,938,439
2004: $182,835,513
2003: $152,749,814
2002: $125,928,583

Spending $228m and not end up in the postseason was a risky gamble. To turn around and try the same thing for the next year is foolish. That is a whole lot of money and nothing to show for it.

horatio_alger
1 year 7 months ago

The Yanks lost 56 million in ticket sales alone by not making the playoffs. The quickest way to get back there is to spend money.

slider32
1 year 7 months ago

That’s irrelevant, how much did they make!

horatio_alger
1 year 7 months ago

Irrelevant? The money the Yankees spent last season was almost entirely spent years ago. The Yankees chose to sit on their cash and make low risk decisions last season. That cost them dearly as they failed to make the playoffs. The issue with the Yankees is/was not spending money it was spending it foolishly (Arod, plus having multiple long term contracts running simultaneously) and losing high draft picks every year by acquiring new talent.
The point of the post was to show that the Yankees have to spend money and make acquisitions in order to grow their business.

Chris Kenestrick
1 year 7 months ago

Infielders who were liftetime .270 hitters and only hit 10HR with 70RBI/season weren’t demanding 10 million a year either. The league seems to be full of King Baby players these days. I’m all for them getting paid and earning their fair share, but a lot of them are getting ridiculous.

Junior7188
1 year 7 months ago

FAIL the yankees won the world series in 2009, get your facts straight.

truroyal15
truroyal15
1 year 7 months ago

Yep I said one ring which was in 2009 so learn to read :)

Adam Rood
1 year 7 months ago

That would be the one ring since 2001

Since_77
1 year 7 months ago

No one can buy a championship weather it is the Yankees, LA Lakers or Dallas Cowboys. The team that is playing the best during the playoffs usually wins; but if you put the best team on the field you give your team a shot to win.

GetTheRunnerOver
1 year 7 months ago

You cant buy championships period, last i heard you cant just cough up money to Bug Selig to take the trophy home. Its dumb when people say that, you have to earn it.

RIYankeeGuy
1 year 7 months ago

Yes, because it’s so easy to annually win the championship of a sport in which a .600 winning percentage is a lock for the playoffs. Since the 2000 WS, the Yankee have made the playoffs 11 of 13 seasons and won the AL East 9 of those 13 years. Yes, 2 pennants and 1 WS can be viewed as a drought, but hardly against odds. Odds of a team winning the pennant was 1 in 4 and is now 1 in 5, so the Yankees should have won 3 pennants instead of 2 over that time (hardly awful), while they were expected to win the WS 1-2 times over 12 playoff entries.

LazerTown
1 year 7 months ago

How many teams would be happy to win “only” 1 ws in last 10 years?

Since_77
1 year 7 months ago

Cubs for one.

Petcopadre
1 year 7 months ago

Padres

STEPHANIE1218
1 year 7 months ago

Tigers

BeisbolJunkie
1 year 7 months ago

Royals, Mariners, Indians, Mets, Rangers, Nationals, Rockies, Rays, Astros, Blue Jays.

LazerTown
1 year 7 months ago

With complete parity you should expect to win once every 30 years. I don’t think think it is doing too bad if you only win the ws once every 10 years.

slider32
1 year 7 months ago

Baseball is better than Football and Basketball who have caps! For years it was the Lakers and now it’s the Heat. In Football their are a number of teams that have never won a championship. In Baseball the Giants, Sox, and Cards were all underdogs when they won.

slider32
1 year 7 months ago

27 total, who laughing now!

truroyal15
truroyal15
1 year 7 months ago

Looks like I got the last laugh since the Royals just signed him but nice try though!!!

Sam
1 year 7 months ago

Wow so after having been outbid by the mariners for Robinson Cano could the Yankees be outbid by the royals for Omar Infante?! I think I just saw a flock of pigs flying over JFK international airport.

stonepie
1 year 7 months ago

*cue movie trailer*
In an offseason where the yankees get outbid by the mariners and royals…

GetTheRunnerOver
1 year 7 months ago

*World explodes*

Spencer James
1 year 7 months ago

…while trying to avoid a devastating luxury tax penalty and dealing with a depleted farm system. All the while the Alex Rodriguez saga is looming over their heads. After being spurned by one of their last homegrown stars, and importing a slew of players on the free agent market, their last hope for an infusion of youth, relevance, and contention this season is to sign a young stud from the Nippon Professional Baseball by the name of Masahiro Tanaka. With cameo appearances from Denzel Washington and Minka Kelly this season, The Yankees are…”Going For Broke”.

Rated PG-13.

East Coast Bias
1 year 7 months ago

Everyone else also read this in that trailer guys voice, right?

Trock
1 year 7 months ago

Of course, it wouldn’t be right if you didn’t!

malna
1 year 7 months ago

There were so many explosions and inexplicable escape scenes manifesting themselves in the background everywhere

malna
1 year 7 months ago

IMDB Rating: 4000.3/10, despite the film not actually existing.

Said film has been trending upwards on the top 250 for the last 4 days even without an IMDB page/entry.

Peter Schulze
1 year 7 months ago

We’re the Yankees and we simply refuse to spend competitively on a good second baseman. But if you’re an outfielder…

drwheelock
1 year 7 months ago

And over the age of 36…

GrilledCheese39
1 year 7 months ago

They got outbid by the Pirates last year..

keitholbermannthegreat
1 year 7 months ago

Sam, are you aware that Beltran took less than the $48 Million he was offered by the Diamondbacks and an offer from the Royals to sign with the Yanks, all Cashman is doing is showing he will not break the bank for everybody (Ellsbury sure, but not everybody). Infante will sign with the Yankees for 3 years and something between 24-30MM).

Randy Jay Pena
1 year 7 months ago

I still think the Yankees will sign him, not sure why he would go to a team that hasn’t made the playoffs in years after being in a ALCS this past season. But if it’s for the money I would understand.

Melvin Mendoza, Jr.
1 year 7 months ago

I think Infante will definitely be the biggest steal of a FA this offseason

drwheelock
1 year 7 months ago

Watch the yankees settle on a 7 year $175M contract for Infante. ha

Trock
1 year 7 months ago

They throw in an extra 50 million just to show Cano who is boss!

MB923
1 year 7 months ago

Infante for $20 mil/2 year (give or take) + Brett Gardner Or Brandon Phillips $50 mil/4 year and no Brett Gardner. Hmmmmmmm.

jjs91
1 year 7 months ago

He might want 3 years though

MB923
1 year 7 months ago

Could be worth it if the AAV drops down a little. Ex. 3 year/$30 million as opposed to 2 year/$25 million

Freddie Morales
1 year 7 months ago

I hope the mets sign infante to play SS. He played there with the marlins and I think he could still play SS. He is a better option than Drew who has major injury issues, especially given the Mets luck. He will also cost less than Drew.

Fluxuation87
1 year 7 months ago

Infante was our 2B, not SS.

MarinersRoyalsBraves2014
1 year 7 months ago

I looked at a Dan Murphy trade a couple of weeks ago, for KC, before I realized that Bonifacio (2million) is the best option for the team!! No need to spend all that $$ on Infante. Boni is the Aoki of second-basemen.

Kcroyalsman
1 year 7 months ago

Would be better to have a more consistent player that u don’t have to wonder about.

Bruce Goodman
1 year 7 months ago

As a Royals fan I hope this is another player we lose to the Yankees.

MB923
1 year 7 months ago

I hope you do too, otherwise good chance Cashman becomes desperate and trades for the declining Brandon Phillips who is still owed a lot. Philllips may be better overall, but give me Infante who at least shows improvements in numbers and not declining numbers like Phillips

Bruce Goodman
1 year 7 months ago

As a frustrated Royals fan, I would just rather our tight fisted owner spent his money for a younger player if he is going to give a four year contract. I would be fine with a two year contract with Infante. At least your team spends a lot of money.

Edouble86
1 year 7 months ago

Who does he think he is, Brian Roberts?