Lowdown: Bautista Going Back?

Lowdown: Bautista Going Back?
Nate Grimm has the latest on Jose Bautista's free agency and discusses Tyson Ross' 2017 outlook and beyond in Monday's Offseason Lowdown.
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Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that Wil Myers' contract extension with the Padres is for six years with an option for a seventh year and is worth $83 million.

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal was first to report on Myers' impending extension last Friday, and Heyman has some more details. He did not specify what kind of option it was or how much it's worth. The contract covers Myers' three arbitration years and potentially first four years of free agency. He's coming off a season that saw him bat .259/.336/.461 with 28 home runs, 94 RBI, 28 stolen bases and 99 runs scored.
Jan 16 - 9:31 PM

Mariners signed RHP Josh Judy to a minor league contract.

Judy, who turns 31 next month, has spent the last two seasons in independent ball and the Mexican Baseball League. He hasn't appeared in the majors since 2011 and is merely a depth addition.
Jan 16 - 8:10 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Blue Jays and Jose Bautista's reps are discussing a one-year contract with a mutual option for 2018.

Rosenthal reported this morning that the two sides were working toward a two-year agreement worth something close to $35-40 million, but it seems the Jays have backed away from all that cash being guaranteed. It's not like there are a ton of other bidders lining up with multi-year deals. Bautista battled injuries last season and finished with a relatively disappointing .817 OPS, 22 homers, and 69 RBI in 116 games. 2017 will be his age-36 campaign.
Jan 16 - 3:11 PM

According to FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal, the Phillies have signed outfielder Michael Saunders to a one-year, $9 million contract with an $11 million club option for 2018.

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports was first to report news of the agreement, and now Rosenthal brings the financial terms. It's a pretty good buy-low on a guy who made the American League All-Star team in 2016 before stumbling badly in the second half. He still finished with 24 home runs and an .815 OPS. Saunders, a left-handed batter, should draw regular starts in the corner outfield with Philadelphia and could offer some value in deeper fantasy leagues.
Jan 16 - 2:31 PM

Royals signed LHP Danny Duffy to a five-year, $65 million contract extension.

Duffy filed at $8 million last week in his final turn through salary arbitration, with the Royals countering at $7.25 million. He would have been a free agent next winter and probably could have tried for much more than $65 million with another good season. But for a guy who's been somewhat inconsistent in his six-year MLB career, this is a life-changing amount of financial security. The 28-year-old left-hander delivered a sharp 3.51 ERA, 1.14 WHIP, and 188/42 K/BB ratio across 179 2/3 innings for Kansas City in 2016. The contract has no club or player options, nor does it carry no-trade provisions.
Jan 16 - 1:51 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Astros have "remained in contact with the Athletics on Sonny Gray."

Houston has been looking to add a front-line starter via trade since the offseason began. Gray did not pitch like a front-line guy in 2016 (5.69 ERA in 22 starts), but he was a legitimate ace from 2013-2015 and the 27-year-old right-hander is under contractual control through 2019. It's going to take a significant package of young talent to pluck him away from Oakland. Houston does have the talent to give, and an obvious rotation need.
Jan 16 - 1:09 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports confirms the Phillies have reached a deal with Michael Saunders.

Heyman says the two sides were discussing a one-year contract with an option for 2018. No word yet on the financial details. Saunders struggled to attract significant interest on the open market this winter after his dreadful second half last year in Toronto, but he could make for a good buy-low on the part of the rebuilding Phillies, who had been looking for a left-handed bat. If the 30-year-old outfielder gets off to another hot start, the Phils can use him as trade bait at this year's deadline.
Jan 16 - 12:53 PM

According to FOX Sports' Jon Morosi, the Phillies are nearing an agreement with free agent outfielder Michael Saunders.

This had been a slow-going offseason for Saunders, who cratered in the second half last season in Toronto after earning his first All-Star nod with a blistering start. He'll try to improve his stock with the rebuilding Phillies, possibly becoming trade bait for them at some point this summer. There should be some deep-league and daily fantasy value here --- Saunders finished with 24 home runs and an .815 OPS in 2016. His first-half OPS was .923. His second-half OPS was .638.
Jan 16 - 12:32 PM
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