- Mike Moustakas reached a one-year deal with the Royals for $6.5 million. Coming off a career season in which he hit 38 home runs, Moustakas will remain with Kansas City in 2018. This is a huge disappoint to both Moustakas (who was seeking a much bigger deal) and fantasy owners (who were hoping his power numbers could be repeated in a better offense and home ballpark). It will be tough for Moustakas to repeat his 2017 performance but at least he has a team before Opening Day.
- Carlos Gonzalez has agreed to re-sign with the Rockies. The details of the agreement have not been disclosed but it’s expected to be for much less than originally projected at the beginning of the offseason. It’s been four seasons since Gonzalez was a .300 hitter with 20 home run and 20 stolen bases but he still has a three-year average stat line of 26 homers 85 RBI and a .278 average. The speed is gone though. Gonzalez has averaged just two steals per season since 2014. This news is probably more damning to promising young players like David Dahl and Ryan McMahon.
- Zack Greinke has had issues with his fastball velocity so far this spring. In his most recent outing, Greinke’s fastball clocked in at 84-86 MPH. If you recall, this issue was present in Greinke last spring as well. Despite that, Greinke had a bounce-back season in 2017 with a 17-7 record, 3.20 ERA, and a 9.6 K/9. This is probably nothing to worry about, but it still begs monitoring during the rest of Spring Training.
A few more quick hitters:
- Jake Arrieta has reportedly been in talks with the Padres.
- According to reports, Lance Lynn turned down a two-year offer from the Twins.
- Alex Cobb has yet to receive an offer of more than three years which is why he is still unsigned.
- Neil Walker has received offers from the Orioles and Royals but both have been minor-league deals.
- Jose Bautista has considered retirement if he is unable to reach a deal with a team this season.
- Ichiro Suzuki signed a one-year contract with the Mariners.