AL Notes: A-Rod, Moreland, Twins, Figgins

MLB was ready to pass expanded replay and eliminate home plate collisions at last month's Winter Meetings. However, according to Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports, the main hurdle is union approval. In an email to FOX Sports, MLBPA Executive Director Tony Clark wrote the union's executive board discussed both issues "at length" during its December meeting, but "a consensus on both matters was not reached." Clark added "what has been contemplated exceeds what was agreed to" in regards to instant replay and "as it relates to home plate collisions, there are several points of view to explore with the players and we continue to do so." In today's news and notes from the American League:

  • The Yankees will not make a final decision about how to handle the possibility of Alex Rodriguez reporting to Spring Training until speaking with the comissioner's office, reports ESPNNewYork.com's Andrew Marchand. One baseball official told Marchand the Yankees could send Rodriguez to their minor league camp and even go as far as instructing coaches not to hit him grounders or throw him batting practice.  
  • The only reason for Rodriguez to attend Spring Training is to give the media even more A-Rod headlines next month, opines Jayson Stark of ESPN. Several industry sources familiar with baseball's Basic Agreement and Joint Drug Agreement tell Stark neither agreement explicitly gives a player suspended for the season the right to attend Spring Training with one official calling the wording "intentionally vague."
  • The Somerset Patriots of the independent Atlantic League have released a statement on their Facebook page saying they will not sign A-Rod and doing so "would be a hurtful precedent." However, the San Rafael Pacifics of the independent Pacific Association are open to the possibility, tweets the San Francisco Chronicle's John Shea, who first wrote about the team's interest last August. In the article, Shea notes the Pacific Association does not adhere to MLB suspensions and has no mandatory drug testing.
  • Mitch Moreland told reporters, including Richard Durrett of ESPNDallas.com, he still isn't sure whether he will playing for the Rangers or elsewhere in 2014. "They’ve definitely made a lot of moves and have been very active this offseason," Moreland said. "From what I know right now, I’m still here and still a Texas Ranger and happy to be here and looking forward to the season." Earlier today, we learned Texas has been unwilling to discuss Moreland in trade talks. If that remains the case, Moreland says he has been told his role will be changing and he will use Spring Training to prepare himself to play first base, the outfield, and DH. 
  • The Twins are still showing no interest in exploring multi-year pacts with any of their three arbitration eligible players, tweets Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press. MLBTR contributor Matt Swartz projects a total of $4.8MM for the trio of Trevor Plouffe, Brian Duensing, and Anthony Swarzak. In a separate tweet, Berardino reports an arbitration hearing will probably not be needed for Swarzak because the salary gap should be pretty narrow. The filing deadline is Tuesday. 
  • After sitting out 2013, Chone Figgins wants to play this season and will work out for teams in Tampa this week, tweets ESPN's Jerry Crasnick. After a .298/.395/.393 line with the Angels in 2009, Figgins signed a four-year, $36MM deal with the Mariners and proceeded to struggle in Seattle with a .227/.302/.283 slash over the life of the contract.


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55 Comments on "AL Notes: A-Rod, Moreland, Twins, Figgins"


Ryan
1 year 6 months ago

I can see why the Twins won’t discuss a long term deal with Trevor Plouffe since they don’t want to block Miguel Sano who isn’t that far away from being ready to join the Twins on a full time basis

haplito
1 year 6 months ago

That, and Plouffe isn’t very good.

Ryan
1 year 6 months ago

There is that aspect of it as well.

$3513744
1 year 6 months ago

the fact that he’s not that good seems more logical

Ryan
1 year 6 months ago

I’m sure that definitely factors into the Twins decision not to explore a long term deal with Plouffe which as a Twins Fan I’m glad since I’m looking forward to seeing Miguel Sano man the hot corner in the near future

burnboll
1 year 6 months ago

“Factors into”.

Good one.

Mike
1 year 6 months ago

Trade Moreland for Price.

KJ4realz
1 year 6 months ago

Why would the Rays need Moreland?

MadmanTX
1 year 6 months ago

Because ex-Ranger first basemen tend to be monster players for the next organization they play for?

$3513744
1 year 6 months ago

…cough…just…cough…in…cough…smoak…cough

omavricko
1 year 6 months ago

Smoak??

1 year 6 months ago

Adrian Gonzalez, mark teixeira, Chris Davis

johnsilver
1 year 6 months ago

Sooo.. You are saying if you trade for a Rangers 1b, that they will get better in another organization??

1 year 6 months ago

Most likely. That is what the history has shown.

$3513744
1 year 6 months ago

with that reasoning, i’m sure the rays can’t wait to hand over price straight up.

johnsilver
1 year 6 months ago

Agreed. it’s like they always were protecting the wrong one at the wrong time and not by more than a couple of years either. Like gonzalez when tex was close to walk time, then Davis when they figured Moreland was going to be the 1b for years.

It reeks when that happens, boston has given away SP like that, Bob Ojeda, John Tudor. some organizations just have had that happen over a short period of time at a certain position.

RyanWKrol
1 year 6 months ago

That’s only because they were traded before hitting their stride as major leaguers. They would’ve done the same (if not better) for the Rangers had they stayed.

1 year 6 months ago

We gave Chris Davis a good 3 years to hit his stride. We tried him at multiple positions and he just never worked out. He is also from around here and he’s said that that had an effect on him when he played here.

RyanWKrol
1 year 6 months ago

That’s just a matter of timing. Those players would’ve gotten better over the years for the Rangers had they stayed.

$3513744
1 year 6 months ago

the better question is why would they even trade price for him.

KJ4realz
1 year 6 months ago

Well, I was being hopeful in thinking this guy was suggesting Moreland in a package for Price.

$3513744
1 year 6 months ago

i sure hope so.

burnboll
1 year 6 months ago

“Mike” is a super ninja gm.

Dalton Shiflett
1 year 6 months ago

Try moreland and sardinas top the brewers for gallardo and a prospect

Byrontastic
1 year 6 months ago

No, don’t try that. Not giving up on Gallardo til mid-season at earliest.

Byrontastic
1 year 6 months ago

Not to mention that we have no need for a prospect shortstop for a few years.

RyanWKrol
1 year 6 months ago

Does the name Loney ring a bell?

123Redsox
1 year 6 months ago

I hope you do not mean strait up

Karkat
1 year 6 months ago

Can we start calling this A-rod/Spring Training thing “Spring Training-gate”?

KJ4realz
1 year 6 months ago

No

jjs91
1 year 6 months ago

It seems like an odd time to start to caring what the JDA agreement says.

Mil8Ball
1 year 6 months ago

I understand what A-Rod did but seriously not hitting him grounders or throwing him BP is just embarrassing to the Yankees if they are really considering it. Even sending him to MiLB is debatable.

Trying to sabatoge his career is a little low if you ask me…its like stooping down to A-Rods level.

BitLocker
1 year 6 months ago

How would it be sabotaging his career? A-rod will not be playing in the MLB in ’14 as long as this 162 game suspension is in effect. A-Rod should not even be allowed to attend spring training. If A-Rod shows up, the reason is because A-Rod wants the attention. Nothing more.

northsfbay
1 year 6 months ago

Spring Training being a media circus would be even more embarrassing to the Yankees.

brian310
1 year 6 months ago

There’s no point of giving him any at bats in any games when they could be playing other kids

burnboll
1 year 6 months ago

I think ARod is the embarrassing one in this instance.

Jonathan Barlock
1 year 6 months ago

Figgins should retire

Kenneth Lichtig
1 year 6 months ago

A Mark Mulder type contract. Nothing to lose if he is released before Spring Training is over.

RyanWKrol
1 year 6 months ago

I think he was doomed in Seattle. He should get a minor league deal with a team with a good lineup and show what he has left. A player just doesn’t lose all his skills overnight like Figgins showed with the Mariners.

CrisE
1 year 6 months ago

“…again.” as in “Figgins should retire again.” (What, two sub .200 seasons followed by golf doesn’t count?)

Cabro Epico
1 year 6 months ago

I just read this because Figgins was in the headline

Jman1213
1 year 6 months ago

Me too. I read his Seattle line and thought “Man, who wouldn’t want to sign him?”

TheOne247
1 year 6 months ago

Figgins pls hang it up!

mstrchef13
1 year 6 months ago

A Figgins minor league contract with a ST invite just screams Dan Duquette, don’t you think?

Lefty_Orioles_Fan
Lefty_Orioles_Fan
1 year 6 months ago

Well, maybe the screaming will wake up Dan Duquette out of his deep sleep!
It’s worth a try!

burnboll
1 year 6 months ago

Sounds more like Andrew Friedman if you ask me.

RyanWKrol
1 year 6 months ago

I’d bet Figgins would’ve been a much better player under his old bench coach (now TB manager) Joe Maddon. And I think he still could be if he went to the Rays. If anyone knows how to use Figgins on the field (outside of Mike Scioscia) it’s Maddon.

Kay
1 year 6 months ago

No more homeplate collisions? :(

Master Bison
1 year 6 months ago

Figgins wasn’t good enough to player 3B for a terrible Marlins team in 2013. I can’t imagine him being worth any team’s time.

RyanWKrol
1 year 6 months ago

That’s the story for a lot players who go to Seattle these days. I’d still bet he’d be a more productive player let’s say for… the Yankees… Rangers… Red Sox… Angels??? They should’ve kept him. I saw the Brandon Wood catastrophe before it happened because the kid couldn’t draw a walk to save his life. Seems like the Angels lost their aggressive baserunning style the moment they let him go. I think he should just go back to the Angels as a utility player again.

RyanWKrol
1 year 6 months ago

Figgins should just go back to the Angels on a minor league deal. Should never have let him go in the first place. Many of us Angels fans were skeptical of Brandon Wood, and for good reason. Seems like the Angels’ aggressive baserunning they were known for disappeared when they let him go. I’d still put money on Figgins performing better with better lineups like the Yankees, Red Sox, Tigers, Rangers, etc. I’d still put money on him at least being a decent utility player like he was when he first came up to the big leagues. What could it hurt on a minor league deal?

dubinsky
1 year 6 months ago

If ARod decides to come to spring training the Yankees should welcome him and Tony Pena himself should work with ARod to help him learn to play catcher so that, should ARod return to the team in 2015 he’ll be ready to contribute to help warm up the pitching staff and play on occasion.

homer
homer
1 year 6 months ago

Not sure of the unions goal whereby dragging their feet and not approving expanded replay and attempting to avoid collisions. I can see the collision part needing additional work but expanded replays seem to help the game.

johnrhee
1 year 6 months ago

Moreland for Anthony Fernandez or Blake Beaven and a C level prospect would be a great trade between the Mariners & Rangers if Jack Z and Daniels are interested making the move as Smoak to the Pirates for pitching help would also be a good move for change of scenery.

Jman1213
1 year 6 months ago

A soon-to-be 36 year-old whose only worthwhile skill is his speed? No thanks.