Hot Stove roundup: Arbitration process set in motion
Total of 146 players file by Tuesday deadline; All-Star M. Young mulls retirement
The Hot Stove was quiet Tuesday, with the biggest news that 146 players filed for salary arbitration -- a process that continues Friday when players and teams exchange figures.
Among those who filed were a trio of aces: the Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw, the Tigers' Max Scherzer and the Rays' David Price.
Here is the full list of all 146.
While those players are expected to take the field in 2014, seven-time All-Star Michael Young might not, as he is reportedly considering retirement.
There's still no news regarding Japanese right-hander Masahiro Tanaka, who has until Jan. 24 to sign. Sports on Earth's Jonathan Bernhardt opines who needs Tanaka the most.
In the spirit of the upcoming NFL conference championship games, three of the quarterbacks remaining in the playoffs -- Russell Wilson, Colin Kaepernick and Tom Brady -- were selected in Major League Baseball's First-Year Player Draft.
Other news and notes from around baseball:
• The Yankees officially signed second baseman Brian Roberts.
• The Orioles signed pitcher Luis Vizcaino and infielder Brock Bond to Minor League contracts with invites to Spring Training.
• MLB.com's Phil Rogers writes that Baltimore's playoff chances hinge on its defense.
• Blue Jays infielder Ryan Goins is working with hitting coach Kevin Seitzer to improve his approach.
• Twins lefty Brian Duensing is ready to be a leader in the clubhouse.
• White Sox reporter Scott Merkin fields questions in his Inbox.
• Detroit's Robbie Ray is among the game's best left-handed pitching prospects.
• The Mariners reportedly have reached an agreement with catcher John Buck.
• Former A's left-hander Dallas Braden is retiring.
• The Angels extended Spring Training invitations to Mark Mulder and a host of prospects.
• Seattle invited 15 prospects to Spring Training.
• The Astros are moving signs in Minute Maid Park's left field.
• Miami's Andrew Heaney was named the top left-handed pitching prospect in the game by MLB.com.
• Top prospect Jameson Taillon is among four non-roster Spring Training invitees for the Pirates.
• Cardinals outfielder Jon Jay is hosting a bowling tournament to benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade.
• The Padres and outfielder Seth Smith agreed to a one-year deal to avoid arbitration.
• Colorado's Jordan Pacheco is excited to return to catching.
• Dodgers second baseman Miguel Rojas has drawn comparisons to former Major Leaguer Omar Vizquel for his defense.
• San Diego's Max Fried was named the third-best left-handed pitching prospect by MLB.com.
• The Padres announced their Minor League coaching staffs.