March 25th

Francisco Lindor – Ownership Status

During an interview with Zack Meisel of the Athletic (subscription link) Zack met with Indians Owner Paul Dolan. Zack asked Dolan some pretty interesting questions, but the question that got the most interesting answer was one referring to Star Shortstop Francisco Lindor. Zack asked him about whether or not there are plans to spend some big money, referring to the Machado, Harper, and Trout deals, on Lindor, and his quote was “enjoy him and then we’ll see what happens.” Dolan then said that they will be spending $300 MM deals once other teams are spending one BILLION dollar deals. That right there is not what it should be like folks.

Lucas Duda – Signed

After taking his opt out from the Twins last week, Duda has now signed with the KC Royals. Kansas City has told him that he will make the opening day roster, who he was with for the first half of 2018. Duda hit .242/.310/.413 with the same club last year before he was traded to the Braves. 


  • Andrew Romine resigns with Phillies, to avoid paying him a $100K bonus to keep him in the minors
  • Orioles select contract of Jesus Sucre; Announce Trumbo and Cobb will be placed on IL
  • Devin Mesoraco might not make the Met’s opening day roster, and will retire if not in the bigs. Mets sign Rene Rivera to take his place
  • John Axfora resigns with the Blue Jays. This time a minor league pact, he will be recovering from injury and still has hopes to make the club once recovered

Business of Baseball – 40 man Roster

The 40-man roster includes a combination of players on the 25-man roster, the 7- and 10-day injured lists, the bereavement/family medical emergency list and the paternity leave list, as well as some Minor Leaguers.

In order for a club to add a player to the 25-man roster, the player must be on the 40-man roster. If a club with a full 40-man roster wishes to promote a Minor League player that is not on the 40-man roster, it must first remove a player from the 40-man roster — either by designating a player’s contract for assignment, trading a player, releasing a player or transferring a player to the 60-day injured list.

A player who is on the 40-man roster but does not open the season on the 25-man roster must be optioned to the Minor Leagues. Only one Minor League option is used per season, regardless of how many times a player is optioned to and from the Minors over the course of a given season. Players typically have three option years, although a fourth may be granted in certain cases (usually due to injuries). Out-of-options players must be designated for assignment — which removes them from the 40-man roster — and passed through outright waivers before being eligible to be sent to the Minors.

The 40-man roster is also an important distinction in the offseason, as players who are on the 40-man roster are protected from being selected by another organization in the annual Rule 5 Draft, held each year in December at the Winter Meetings.

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March 23rd

Justin Verlander – Extension

The Astros and Justin Verlander have come to terms on a 2 year deal that will now pay Verlander the most per year for a pitcher in baseball history. Making $33MM a year breaks the record currently held by Zack Greinke who makes $32.5MM per year. Verlander who is 36, has made quite the comeback with the Astros. Working to a 2.35 ERA in 2018, he is still pumping in his high velocity and nasty curveball. 

Scooter Gennett – Injury

Reds star second basemen will hit the IL to start the year. After making an awkward slide into second on Friday, apparently straining his right groin. They anticipate this to last 8-12 weeks… Not what Reds fans wanted to hear. The Reds had one of the busiest offseasons in the league, who had hoped for the same awesome production that Gennett had last year batting his way to a 124 wRC+ and an Alll Star appearance. 

Jason Hammel – Announces Retirement

Wow, this was a shocker. A day after being told he made the Ranger’s roster out of ST, he decided that it was best to attend to his family instead. Past quotes before he signed earlier in the offseason were that he was going to be in the Majors or retirement, but he got his wish to remain in the bigs, but still decided to retire. Hammel retires with 13 years with 7 teams, a 4.26 FIP pitching in 377 games. 

Ruben Tejada – Signed Minors Deal

While this would probably warrant to be in the notes section, I believe this attention. Tejada who was a staple at SS for the Mets from 2011-2015, he famously was taken out by Chase Utley who broke his leg on contact. A rule was immediately implemented changing the contact allowed at 2B, basically removing that aspect of the game. This could really turn out to be a feel good story if he can make any measure of a comeback. 


  • Francisco Lindor and Jason Kipnis will not be ready for the season. Lindor faced a calf strain in February and especially with muscle injuries they shouldn’t rush it going back into the cold of Minnesota and Cleveland. Its not like they are fighting for the division, it is theirs barring all but the most extreme of situations
  • Melky Cabrera, Francisco Liriano will make Pirates opening day roster
  • Carlos Gomez, Rajai Davis will not make Mets roster
  • Braves acquire Matt Joyce from the Giants
  • Cubs release RP Junichi Tazawa
  • Pedro Alvarez, Bryan Holaday opted out of their Marlins deals 
  • Yankees got OF Tauchman from Rockies for southpaw Phillip Diehl (read more here)

business of Baseball – 10-and-5 rights

As we have basically gone through all the important stats of baseball, Mookie’s Cookie will now be giving you a daily dose of a different aspect of daily baseball talk. From what the difference is between the 25 and 40-man rosters, International posting systems, and what a PTBNL is.

10-and-5 Rights: Players who have accrued 10 years of Major League service time and spent the past five consecutive years with the same team are awarded 10-and-5 rights. Under these circumstances, a player can veto any trade scenario that is proposed. In essence, 10-and-5 rights function as a full no-trade clause.


In February 2017, Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips waived his 10-and-5 rights to approve a trade to the Braves.

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