Teams Continue to Make Plans for 2014 11/1/13
UNDATED - The push to get ready for the next baseball season, just days after the 2013 season came to an end with the Red Sox winning the World Series, continues. With each day more teams are making announcements regarding their potential 2014 roster:
NEW YORK - Derek Jeter and the New York Yankees have agreed to a one-year, $12 million contract. The deal replaces a $9.5 million player option for the 39-year-old shortstop. Jeter was limited to 17 games this year after breaking his ankle in the 2012 AL championship series opener against Detroit.
During his abbreviate season, Jeter hit .190 with one homer, playing 13 games at shortstop and four at designated hitter. The Yankees' captain was on the disabled list four times.
NEW YORK - The Mets have declined a $25 million option on injured pitcher Johan (YOH'-hahn) Santana and will pay the left-hander a $5.5 million buyout. The decision completes a $137.5 million, six-year contract that was agreed to before the 2008 season. Santana, who was a two-time Cy Young Award winner with Minnesota, went 46-34 with a 3.18 ERA during the term of the deal, missing the 2011 and 2013 seasons following shoulder surgery.
In 2012, he pitched the first no-hitter in Mets history.
OAKLAND, Calif. - The Oakland Athletics have exercised their $7.5 million club option for center fielder Coco Crisp. A switch-hitter, Crisp hit a career-high 22 home runs in the leadoff spot this past season, his most since hitting 16 with Cleveland in 2005. Oakland also exercised its $8 million option on left-hander Brett Anderson and declined an $8.5 million option on catcher Kurt Suzuki and an $11 million option on outfielder Chris Young.
DETROIT - The Tigers are declining their $3.25 million option on reliever Jose Veras. The right-hander went 0-5 with a 3.02 ERA in 67 appearances with the Astros and Tigers this year.
CLEVELAND - Indians starter Ubaldo Jimenez (oo-BAHL'-doh hih-MEHN'-ehz) is a free agent after refusing to accept the $8 million club option the Indians exercised. Jimenez bounced back from a 17-loss season in 2012 to go 13-9 this season with a 3.30 ERA.
The Indians can offer him a $14 million qualifying offer by Monday. He will have six days to accept or decline. If he agrees, he will make $14 million next season. If he declines, the Indians will receive a 2014 first-round draft pick and he can sign with any team.
TORONTO - The Blue Jays have exercised 2014 options on closer Casey Janssen, first baseman Adam Lind and infielder Mark DeRosa. Janssen will get $4 million, Lind $7 million and DeRosa $750,000.