Dutch Oven Extension:
Derek Holland and the Texas Rangers are working on a 5-year extention according to sources. The potential extension includes a club option for a sixth year, according to Anthony Andro of FOXSportsSouthwest.com
The 5-year deal would last for Holland’s 3 years of arbitration eligibility and his first two free-agent eligible years. Derek’s agency that negotiates his contract also has clients like: Yovani Gallardo, Ricky Romero, Jon Lester, Trevor Cahill and Jon Danks. All of whom signed deals nearly in the same situation as Holland’s. Most of those deals were in the 5-year 30 million range with an AAV of close to 6 million.
Yu Darvish Update :
“The Nippon Ham Fighters are expected to accept a posting price on Darvish just before Tuesday’s deadline”, tweets Danny Knobler of CBSSports.com.
“There are strong signs the Blue Jays and Rangers made serious bids”, according to Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com on Twitter.
There is said to be buzzing around the league that Toronto had a “whopper of an offer,” according to Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News on Twitter. Grant suggests the Rangers bid in the $40-49MM range.
Gio Gonzalez rumors:
With the Toronto Blue Jays and Texas Rangers reportedly the front runners for Yu Darvish, whichever one does not aquire the Japanese Phenom will be most likely favored to acquire the Oakland A’s Gio Gonzalez along with the Washington Nationals, New York Mets, Cincinatti Reds, Boston Red Sox, Miami Marlins and Seattle Mariners according to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports. The 25-year-old southpaw went 16-12 last season with Oakland posting a line of 3.12 ERA/1.31 WHIP/ 202 inn./ 8.8 K/9.
According to MLBTradeRumors.com