While the majority of big offseason moves have been made, teams remain active in addressing their rosters. Here are five recent signings and extensions.
Pitchers and catchers are only a couple of weeks away from reporting to MLB spring training, but that hasn’t stopped teams from upgrading their rosters.
The Cincinnati Reds agreed to a minor-league contract with Chad Pinder that they hope turns into their next Brandon Drury-esque signing. The New York Mets extended Jeff McNeil on a four-year contract. There’s been plenty of movement of late. Here’s a breakdown of five recent signings and extensions.
MLB News: Matt Duffy signs with the Kansas City Royals
Veteran infielder Matt Duffy agreed to a minor-league contract with the Kansas City Royals that includes an invite to spring training, a source said. The deal pays Duffy $1.5 million if he’s in the majors.
The deal includes $50,000 for 300, 350, 400, 450 and 500 plates appearances. If Duffy is not on the roster by May 15, he can ask the Royals for his release to pursue other opportunities.
MLB News: Chad Pinder signs contract with the Cincinnati Reds
Free-agent utilityman Chad Pinder and the Cincinnati Reds are in agreement on a minor-league contract, according to sources. The deal includes an invitation to spring training.
Pinder drew significant interest this offseason and is a strong candidate to be Cincinnati’s next Brandon Drury/Tyler Naquin reclamation project. His versatility is certainly intriguing — he has played every position defensively besides catcher in his career — but his offense leaves room to be desired, and hitting in Great American Ballpark could be exactly what the 30-year-old needs.