Quick Hits: Lester, Grossman, Moylan, White Sox

Very early this morning, the 2014 MLB regular season will officially begin, as Wade Miley and the Diamondbacks host Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers at 3:00am Central at the Sydney Cricket Ground in Australia. Here are a few notes from around the Major Leagues.

  • Considerations regarding the luxury-tax threshold will not affect the timing of potential extensions for David Ortiz and/or Jon Lester, writes Alex Speier of WEEI.com. In the past, the Red Sox might have waited to announce extensions until after Opening Day, because the average annual value of those extensions might have caused the team to go over the luxury-tax threshold that year. Now, however, the CBA stipulates that new extensions that begin in the future will not affect current contracts as long as the terms of those contracts remain the same. So, for example, if the Red Sox were to sign Lester to an extension, he would still only count his current $9.37MM against the luxury-tax threshold for 2014 as long as the extension did not change his 2014 salary.
  • Lester could allow extension negotiations to continue into the regular season under the right circumstances, Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald writes. "If you’re at the 5-yard line and you’re closing in on the thing, yeah, let’s spill it over (into the season)," he says. "But if we’re so far apart that it doesn’t matter, then no. That’s something you discuss when you get to that point."
  • Outfielder Robbie Grossman won't say whether he and the Astros are working on an extension, but he does tell the Houston Chronicle's Evan Drellich that he would have interest in one. "I’m from Houston. I want to be able to play for the Astros my whole career if possible, and that’s all I have to say." On Thursday, a report indicated that the Astros had discussed an extension with Grossman.
  • Astros NRI Peter Moylan has been diagnosed with a high-grade tear in the UCL in his elbow, MLB.com's Brian McTaggart reports. Moylan pitched 15 1/33 innings for the Dodgers last season.
  • The White Sox' farm system is on the rise, MLB.com's Jim Callis writes. That's thanks in part to an increase in draft spending in the past two seasons. Callis notes that their 2013 class, topped by first-round shortstop Tim Anderson, is "one of its most promising in recent memory." The White Sox have also increased their efforts to sign Latin American amateurs.

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4 Comments on "Quick Hits: Lester, Grossman, Moylan, White Sox"

1 year 5 months ago

Is an improvement, but honestly I think they should stop making it so complicated and just set the luxury tax to the value that the team is actually paying the player in that year.

1 year 5 months ago

That would give teams a lot of ways to work around the LT. For example, the Yankees could have paid all their free agents 5 million this year and defer the rest to other years which have given them about 20 million more spend this year and still stay under the LT. That would hurt them the next couple of years but they would be paying a lower tax (17% instead of 50%)

With computers and smart accountants, I doubt teams find the LT system so complicated. For the average fan, yes it is, especially because none of the blogs bothers to calculate it for us, at least not for all teams.

Chris March
1 year 5 months ago

I can’t wait to see an infield of Davidson at 3B, Anderson SS, Johnson 2B and Abreu at 1B. Now Hahn needs to find that “catcher of the future”.

1 year 5 months ago

Too bad Peter Moylan. Was hoping for a big year buddy. Speedy recovery.