Yankees Nearing MiLB Deal with LHP Gio Gonzalez

Yankees Nearing MiLB Deal with LHP Gio Gonzalez

As first reported by Jon Heyman, and backed up quickly by Ken Rosenthal, it appears as though the Yankees are closing in on a minor league deal (!) with LHP Gio Gonzalez that would net him a base of $3M.

According to Rosenthal, Gonzalez has a player opt-out on April 20th, as is common with veterans and signing minor league deals (more on this later), and additional salary incentives based on games started with the team would increase the $3M salary.

As the Yankees are already without their ace Luis Severino (Rotator Cuff; Out until May) and 5th-Man CC Sabathia (Knee; Out until Mid-April), it makes sense that they have been keeping their eyes on the still available starting pitching free agents like Gonzalez, in hopes of swinging a cheap, “can’t really lose” type deal.

Still on the market are other notable starting pitchers Dallas Keuchel, James Shields, Edwin Jackson, and a few other notable names.

Let’s quickly discuss this move:

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The Real Yankee Financial Advantage

The Real Yankee Financial Advantage

The ability to sign two young stars, with several bigger stars, like Aaron Judge and Gleyber Torres likely looking for much bigger contract extensions in the next few years, is a less obvious way the Yankees can leverage their financial resources. Few teams in baseball can develop a core of young talent, or in the case of Hicks, fleece another team out of young talent, knowing that if that talent develops, they will be able to retain all of their key players. The Yankees can, and in the last few weeks took the initial steps towards doing just that. 

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Breaking: Phillies Sign Bryce Harper to Largest Free-Agent Deal in Sports History (13 Years, $330 Million)

Breaking: Phillies Sign Bryce Harper to Largest Free-Agent Deal in Sports History (13 Years, $330 Million)

The offseason of Manny Machado and Bryce Harper (and Patrick Corbin…remember he was a top-name to acquire this offseason?) is finally over.

First off the board came Manny Machado, who signed a 10-Year, $300 Million deal with the Padres just over a week ago. Here are some perspectives from writer Paul Semendinger from the day after the deal was first announced.

Earleir today, however, Jon Heyman posted the most simple tweet to convey the news, “Breaking: Bryce to the Phillies”. Following this came a flurry of tweets regarding how many years and salary, lack of opt-outs or deferrals, luxury tax considerations, and the like. (As always, linked tweets will appear in the article.)

The AAV on this deal will be about $25.4M a year for luxury tax purposes, which is in-line with most major contracts for top baseball players, and will set the Phillies up to have a solid support system around their new outfielder.

Ethan’s Quick Take: I honestly don’t know how to feel about this. The AAV is low enough that I can’t fathom not being able to sign Harper, but the years (until he’s 39!) is a major detractor for me. I think I am going to need to sit on this before I decide how I truly feel. Right now though, I’m content that this offseason of rumors is over.

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Perspectives on The Aaron Hicks Extension

Perspectives on The Aaron Hicks Extension

When the news first broke on the Aaron Hicks extension, the first thing my eyes hit upon was the fact that the contract was for seven years. I was shocked. My first reaction was, “Seven years for Hicks and they won’t even engage Harper?” But then, I was that the total value of the deal was $70 million and I was amazed. My next thoughts were, “The Yankees locked up Hicks for only ten million dollars a year. Holy cow!” What a deal for the Yankees. What a tremendous deal!

Some perspectives:

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Breaking News: Aaron Hicks Agrees to a 7-Year/$70M Extension

Breaking News: Aaron Hicks Agrees to a 7-Year/$70M Extension

Earlier this morning, Jack Curry of the YES Network reported, seemingly out of the blue, that Yankees OF Aaron Hicks has agreed to a 7-Year, $70 Million deal to stay with the Yankees.

This deal does include this current year (2019), so it will be signing Hicks through the 2025 season.

Lots of information to come about this soon. I’ll update as soon as possible around my classes today.

Here is the tweet from Jack Curry.

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Breaking News: San Diego Padres Agree to Deal with Manny Machado; 10 Years/$300M

Breaking News: San Diego Padres Agree to Deal with Manny Machado; 10 Years/$300M

The biggest news of the offseason has dropped, with Manny Machado and the San Diego Padres having agreed to a deal. It was first reported by Jeff Passan of ESPN, here.

After first reports of the deal were announced, many other reporters jumped onto the news breaking, with Tim Brown of Yahoo Sports adding in that Machado will have an opt-out after his 5th Year, and Mark Feinsand of MLB.com setting the details of the deal to be 10 Years at $300 Million.

As Mark Feinsand added in his tweet about the details of this deal, Machado has now signed the BIGGEST (in terms of money) Free Agent Contract in American Sports history.

Moments after the whole of baseball fans started to go crazy, Padres Executive Chairman Ron Fowler said that discussions were still being had with Machado (as reported by Dennis Lin of The Athletic), but Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports is saying that this report is likely semantics because Machado has yet to pass his physical or agree to total language; yet they have agreed to the financials. (All tweets can be found in the Article.)

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