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Sabathia, Scutaro and more free agency notes

Posted on: October 30, 2011 7:32 pm
Edited on: October 31, 2011 5:57 pm
By Matt Snyder

Sunday morning officially marked the beginning of free agency in Major League Baseball. 148 players filed for free agency, and teams now have exclusivity on retaining their free agents until Thursday at 12:01 a.m. ET. Lots of smallish news broke Sunday with nothing really major, so let's check it all out here in a fun little bullet-pointed post for your perusal.

• The Yankees were expected to offer a contract extension to CC Sabathia this weekend (Jon Heyman) and ESPN New York reports they have done as much -- citing a source who said: "We believe it is a very fair offer, but we haven't heard anything back yet.''

Sabathia is signed through 2015, but he has an opt-out clause in his contract, and he's expected to do exercise it -- per multiple reports and common sense -- in order to get a longer and more lucrative deal.

• The Red Sox announced via press release that they have picked up shortstop Marco Scutaro's option for 2012, which is for $6 million. It's a bit of a birthday present, as he turned 36 Sunday.

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• The Cubs and Aramis Ramirez had a $16 million mutual option. The Cubs elected to exercise it, but Ramirez -- as has been expected for months -- declined it (Chicago Sun Times). So he'll be a free agent, and he's basically the only viable everyday third baseman on the market.

• The Giants have exercised relief pitcher Jeremy Affeldt's $5 million option for 2012 (Henry Schulman). You might recall Affeldt's 2011 season ended when he badly sliced open his hand while trying to separate some frozen hamburgers.

• The Giants also agreed to a two-year, $8.5 million contract with fellow left-handed reliever Javier Lopez.

• The Cardinals will exercise Yadier Molina's $7 million option, reports's Matthew Leach.

• The Red Sox have not made an offer to Jonathan Papelbon, reports

• The Brewers have declined their options on relief pitcher Francisco Rodriguez and shortstop Yuniesky Betancourt, making both free agents.

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Since: Jul 8, 2009
Posted on: October 31, 2011 12:51 pm

Sabathia, Scutaro and more free agency notes

Ramirez turned down $16 million from the Cubs?!  Even as the only everyday 3rd baseman out there, he is not worth that much.  I can't believe the Cubs even picked it up but maybe they knew he wouldn't sign.  His getting $16 million would be stanger than a late October snow storm in Philadelphia!

Since: Dec 10, 2007
Posted on: October 31, 2011 12:28 pm

Sabathia, Scutaro and more free agency notes

It's hard for me to say that $6 million is a bargain for an aging average shortstop, but considering their other options ... the Red Sox probably did the right thing. Lowrie is a superior option with the bat, but his health just can't be counted on, and Iglesias isn't ready. I'm having doubts his bat ever will be.  

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