Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman is today's headliner after agreeing to a hefty long-term contract extension that could keep him in a Washington uniform through 2020. Here are a few more odds and ends out of baseball's East divisions …
- Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria said he intends to own the Marlins for "as long as I live," writes Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald. Loria is 71 and entering his 11th season as owner of the Fish.
- The Blue Jays are open to the possibility of signing second baseman Kelly Johnson to a multiyear extension, writes Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com. Johnson was a free agent this offseason but accepted the Jays' arbitration offer after receiving underwhelming offers, likely because of his Type A status under the old collective bargaining agreement. The Jays and Johnson settled on a $6.375MM salary.
- Orioles manager Buck Showalter said there was lots of competition to sign outfielder Endy Chavez this offseason, tweets Eduardo A. Encina of the Baltimore Sun. Chavez said four or five teams were interested.
- The Phillies were scouting reliever Chad Qualls as early as last season, when he was with the Padres, writes Adam Berry of MLB.com. The sides were in touch throughout the offseason, and the Phils eventually signed the right-hander to a one-year deal on Jan. 31 when his asking price came "way down," according to assistant GM Scott Proefrock.
“…there was lots of competition to sign outfielder Endy Chavez this offseason…Chavez said four or five teams were interested…”
Nice choice of words with “competition.” The competition to sign him were the: Newark Bears, Yuma Scorpions, Diablos Rojos del Mexico, and two Venezuelan teams. Now it makes sense why he would sign with the Orioles…
Tim does the top 50 free agent prediction competition, little known fact is that many teams run their own internal competitions – the top 300 The problem is some of the participants keep faking interest in free agents to gain market intelligence of where that player is headed and it really ruins the competition.