It had been previously reported that the team offered a two-year deal worth $10 million, but the club has reportedly upped their offer to "about $12 million." Pelfrey made 29 starts with the team last season, posting a 5.19 ERA in 152 2/3 innings.
"I saw some video of him the other day and he was good," manager Terry Francona told the Plain Dealer. "He’s making key adjustments. It’s exciting. Hopefully, we’ll see some results in spring training, but it’s exciting. He’s kind of revved up to come to camp to show who he is and what he’s about. You’re talking about a 23-year-old kid ... that would be great for us."
Bauer struggled with his control last season, walking 89 batters in 138 1/3 innings between the Indians and Triple-A Columbus. However, he was the third overall pick in 2011 and still has ample opportunity to deliver on his potential.
"I don’t know if I could quantify how far off that they might be," Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos said. "We continue to have dialogue, so if you want to look at that as encouraging, I don’t know. It’s not so far out of the realm that we won’t continue to have talks."
Sanchez, 21, went 4-5 with a 3.34 ERA, 1.19 WHIP and 75:40 K:BB ratio in 86 1/3 innings with high Class A Dunedin last season. Stroman, 22, went 9-5 with a 3.30 ERA, 1.13 WHIP and 129:27 K:BB ratio in 111 2/3 innings with Double-A New Hampshire.
Maholm made 26 starts with the Braves last season, going 10-11 with a 4.41 ERA, 1.41 WHIP and 105:47 K:BB ratio in 153 innings.
"Mark had a tremendous college career," he said. "Whether we start him at [high Class A] Lancaster or at [Double-A Corpus Christi] next year [isn't decided]. But we're going to be patient with Mark. We're going to make sure that he has enough time to develop."
Appel had a 3.79 ERA, 1.18 WHIP and 7.8 strikeouts per nine innings in 10 starts between two minor-league stops last year.
Werner just finished his first season in the Oakland organization after coming to the A's in a trade with the Padres last season. He went 12-14 with a 5.78 ERA, 1.46 WHIP and 111:38 K:BB ratio in 165 innings with Sacramento in 2013. He had the worst hit rate in the minors last season according to Baseball Reference, allowing 11 hits every nine innings.
Kouzmanoff is the most notable of these players, having hit 15-plus homers in four straight seasons from 2007 to 2010. But the 32-year-old hasn't played in the majors since 2011, which he split between the Athletics and the Rockies.
The Blue Jays, Orioles and Diamondbacks have also been linked to the 28-year-old right-hander this offseason. Samardzija went 8-13 with a 4.34 ERA, 1.35 WHIP and 9.0 strikeouts per nine innings in a career-high 213 2/3 innings last year.
Marcum went 1-10 with a 5.29 ERA and 1.35 WHIP in 14 appearances, including 12 starts, for the Mets last season, but he went 33-19 with a 3.62 ERA and 1.18 WHIP in 85 starts in the three years prior.
"It's more of a depth guy," Amaro said. "This is not someone who is going to slide into the top of the rotation. He's in the bottom of the rotation. But we need some depth. Again, we're trying to get the best bang for our buck. In this marketplace, it's tough because the prices have soared pretty significantly."
Hernandez will likely compete with Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez and Jonathan Pettibone for the final two spots in the Phillies rotation. He went 6-13 with a 4.89 ERA, 1.34 WHIP and 6.7 strikeouts per nine innings in 32 appearances, including 24 starts, for the Rays last season.