General manager Mark Shapiro didn't indicate that the two sides were close to a deal, but said Kluber has all the aspects the team looks for when considering a long-term deal. "Corey represents all of the things we look for in players: dependable, reliable person, committed to his work ethic, talented." Shapiro added, "it's something we'll probably look at over the next couple of months. He has all the precursors that we would look for to enter into a multiyear agreement."
The 28-year-old Kluber is set to make the league-minimum next season, and won't be available for arbitration until 2016. He's under team control through 2018, so there's no hurry for either side to agree to a new deal.
Kluber posted a 2.44 ERA over 235 2/3 innings last year.Analysis:
Weaver went from 199 pounds to 224 pounds during the offseason. He said the goal was to get bigger and stronger so that he can pitch deeper into games next year. The 32-year-old Weaver posted a 3.59 ERA over 213 1/3 innings.Analysis:
The 31-year-old Pelfrey was knocked around in five starts before undergoing elbow surgery last season. He's been able to rehab during the offseason, and should be 100 percent heading into spring training. Pelfrey said he started throwing Dec. 1, and admitted he feels "normal" now.
Pelfrey posted a 7.99 ERA over five starts last season.Analysis:
The 25-year-old Meyer is considered one of the team's better prospects, and started 27 games last season at Triple-A. Meyer posted a 3.52 ERA over 130 1/3 innings. While Meyer could compete for a rotation spot during spring training, he said he would be open to pitching out of the bullpen if that will put him in the majors faster. "Whatever it takes to help the Minnesota Twins," Meyer said. "If it’s me being a left-on-left guy, I really don’t care."
As long as he stays healthy, Meyer is expected to make his major-league debut at some point in 2015.Analysis:
"My elbow feels fine and I am able to throw on my throwing program," Darvish said, per the website.
Darvish has been working out in Texas during the offseason and said his training is "going well." General manager Jon Daniels said Darvish is "right on schedule."
"I think Darvish is very in tune with his body as much as anybody and knows how he's feeling," Daniels said. "He's very confident. Like any of these guys, until they're out there you're always going to have some reservation, but that's the worrywart in me. From all the information we have, I'm encouraged. He's basically been cleared to do just about everything."
Darvish's last start came Aug. 9 against Houston. He went 10-7 with a 3.06 ERA in 22 starts, tossing two complete games and one shutout.Analysis:
"It brings out the best of everyone who is fighting for the spot."
Walker posted a 1.96 ERA in six outings last September after being recalled from Triple-A Tacoma.Analysis:
Price, 29, avoided arbitration with the Tigers by agreeing to a one-year, $19.75-million last week. He made $14 million in 2014. General manager Dave Dombrowski also indicated earlier in the week that the team never considered trading Price, and that they're aiming to keep the left-handed hurler in Detroit "for a long time."
Price went 4-4 with a 3.59 ERA in 11 starts after joining the Tigers via a midseason trade.Analysis:
The surgery took about an hour to perform and Milone was able to throw 16 days later. The surgery is not expected to impact his availability for spring training. In 2014, Milone went 6-4 with a 4.19 ERA over 118 innings.Analysis:
"I just got here and met the guys last night so I think it's premature for that," Porcello said. "I'm just trying to settle in and fit in with everybody, get to know the staff and the guys."
The Red Sox acquired Porcello in a trade with the Tigers in December and if he equals his 2014 season, when he went 15-13 with a 3.43 ERA, he could be in line for a big payday.
"It's always strange, at least for me, because growing up you play baseball because you love playing the sport," Porcello said. "And then the money start gets thrown around and obviously for somebody, from a personal financial standpoint, that's a big opportunity and big thing to look at. But for me, over the course of my career, no matter how much money I've made I'm not happy unless I'm playing well."
Porcello added that he will not let his next contract distract him from performing to the best of his ability in 2015.
"I think obviously the money is a huge benefit of playing this game. But for me the most important thing is playing well," he said. "I don't care how much money you've made if you're not playing well you're not happy, if you're a competitive person and care about it."Analysis:
Although general manager Rick Hahn said Rodon will go through his first professional spring training as a starter, pitching coach Don Cooper indicated that the team could use a similar bullpen-to-rotation blueprint to groom Rodon down the road, which Chicago used for previous pitchers like Chris Sale and Mark Buehrle.
"We didn't draft this guy third in the nation to be a reliever," Cooper said. "At some point he's going to be a starter. We haven't discussed when is that point. Right now he's going to come to spring training, show us what he can do and he's going to give us all the information we need.
"Chris Sale, Mark Buehrle, they started their careers in relief. Buehrle's one of the top pitchers over the last 15 years in White Sox history and Sale is quickly rising up those ranks."
After being drafted No. 3 overall in June, the left-hander worked his way from the Arizona League to Triple-A Charlotte in limited minor league action. He told the Chicago Tribune he's ready for whatever comes his way.
"I'm just focusing on getting better," Rodon said. "They tell me what to do, I show up and I pitch. That's how I look at it."Analysis: