· The owners and players have finally reached a medium on the new CBA. They have reached a five-year deal that will run through the 2021 season. There is still language being finalized within the deal, but the main agreement has been reached. Both sides had until 11:59 p.m. to agree or a lockout would have been imminent. The deal now makes 21 years of labor peace between the two. With the agreement, there won’t be any threat of a lockout for years to come. There should be more action in free agency now that peace has been established. The luxury tax and the International draft were two of the biggest obstacles being discussed, and full details on that and the rest of the CBA changes should be available once everything is finalized.
· Stephen Nesbitt of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that the Pittsburgh Pirates are “actively shopping” Andrew McCutchen and are pursuing specific teams. The Nationals, Rangers and Mariners are a few of the clubs that have been contacted.
· First baseman/designated hitter Mike Napoli is reportedly looking for a three year deal in free agency, per Buster Olney of ESPN. The Indians are only offering him a one year deal.
News and Notes
· The Minnesota Twins have signed catcher Jason Castro to a three-year, $24.5MM deal.
· Former Tribe lefty David Huff is returning to the LG Twins of the KBO instead of pursuing an opportunity with an MLB team.
· The Oakland Athletics have DFA’d infielder Rangelo Ravelo. This move creates a spot for newly signed outfielder Matt Joyce.
· The Baltimore Orioles have acquired righty Logan Verrett from the New York Mets in exchange for cash.
· The Philadelphia Phillies have hired former Minnesota Twins GM Terry Ryan as a Special Assignment Scout.
· According to Mark Saxon of ESPN, the St. Louis Cardinals are not pursuing free agent third baseman Justin Turner. It was originally reported that club showed interest.
· Chris Cotillo of SB Nation reports that the Colorado Rockies and righty Jordan Lyles have avoided arbitration. They settled on a $3.2MM salary.
· Marc Craig of Newsday reports that the New York Mets are open to trading outfielders Jay Bruce and Curtis Granderson after re-signing fellow outfielder Yoenis Cespedes.
· The Atlanta Braves have avoided arbitration with catcher Tuffy Gosewich. The terms of the deal are currently unknown.
· According to Jake Kaplan of the Houston Chronicle, the Houston Astros have avoided arbitration with outfielder Nori Aoki. The deal is for $5.5MM.null