Tag:Braden Looper
Posted on: April 8, 2009 5:46 pm

Rosenthal On Free Agents, Orioles, Ortiz

Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports has a new column up.

  • Rosenthal discusses the unprecedented number of decent free agents available, a few games into the season (click here for our free agent list).  He suggests the hitters will have a harder time getting jobs than the pitchers due to the time needed to shake off the rust.  In talking with execs, Rosenthal learned that the trade market for mediocre players (Jarrod Washburn, Nate Robertson, Austin Kearns) may be depressed this summer due to the available free agents.
  • As he wrote in February, Rosenthal says that Braden Looper turned down more money to play for the Orioles due to his preference for the NL.  Tim Redding also preferred the easier league.  The result of those rejections: a very questionable '09 rotation.
  • Rosenthal spoke to an executive who was shocked to discover that Russ Ortiz seems to be back to his peak form.
  • Rosenthal speculates that Paul Bako could help the Twins.
Posted on: February 14, 2009 12:54 pm

Astros Rumors: Looper, Wolf, Pudge

MLB.com's Alyson Footer spoke with Astros GM Ed Wade and has the latest on the club.

  • The Astros made "11th-hour" offers to Randy Wolf and Braden Looper before they signed elsewhere.
  • They offered Wolf a one-year deal with a mutual option for 2010.
  • The offers to Wolf and Looper were each for less than $5MM.
  • The Astros haven't spoken with Ivan Rodriguez in weeks and never made him a formal offer.
  • Wade says he isn't likely to make any moves between now and the regular season.
Posted on: February 11, 2009 4:07 pm
Edited on: February 12, 2009 8:57 pm

Brewers Sign Braden Looper, DFA Rottino

THURSDAY, 6:18pm: Tom Haudricourt writes that the Brewers have designated Vinny Rottino for assignment to make room for Looper on the 40-man roster.  Rottino, a 28-year-old catcher, was stuck behind Jason Kendall, Mike Rivera and Angel Salome on the organizational depth chart.

5:16pm: Troy Renck of the Denver Post reports that the deal is now official. 

Looper's 2010 option is worth $6MM and comes with a $750K buyout.  That buyout increases to $1MM if he starts 30 games or 180 innings this season.

WEDNESDAY, 2:53pm: According to Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, the Brewers' signing of Braden Looper will be announced tomorrow (assuming he passes his physical).  Looper will earn $4.75MM in '09 and has a mutual option for '10.

Looper fills a need for the Brewers: someone who can eat innings following the departues of C.C. Sabathia and Ben Sheets.  The Brewers' rotation will include Yovani Gallardo, Jeff Suppan, Dave Bush, Looper, and Manny ParraSeth McClung, Chase Wright, and Chris Capuano add additional depth.

Category: MLB
Posted on: February 9, 2009 12:15 pm
Edited on: February 10, 2009 9:10 pm

Brewers To Sign Braden Looper

TUESDAY, 8:02pm: Tom Haudricourt, who's done a great job staying on top of this whole saga, revealed today that Looper's contract comes with a mutual option for 2010.  His '09 salary is still under wraps, however.

MONDAY, 7:57pm: Haudricourt says the agreement is in place, pending a physical.  It's a one-year deal with an option of some kind for 2010.

MONDAY, 2:55pm: Haudricourt talked to Brewers GM Doug Melvin, who is "optimistic" about signing Looper.

MONDAY, 1:56pm: Haudricourt keeps the updates coming.  He's "pretty sure" Looper has reached an agreement with the Brewers.

MONDAY, 12:59pm: Haudricourt  has now heard from two more sources and says the Brewers will sign Looper. Apparently Looper's wife didn't deny the signing when she was contacted.

MONDAY, 11:36am: Haudricourt says, "Just got word from one more source that the Looper signing is going to happen."

MONDAY, 11:00am: Taking a cautious approach with the scoop, Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel says the Brewers might sign Braden Looper:

I'm starting to hear that the Brewers have changed their minds about adding a starting pitcher prior to camp and might sign Looper.  From what I hear, the sides could be working toward a deal at this very moment.

Haudricourt figures Looper wouldn't require more than the $5MM guaranteed to Randy Wolf.  Looper, 34, posted a 4.16 ERA in 199 innings for the Cardinals in '08.  He pitched to contact, but walked only 2.04 per nine innings.

Category: MLB
Posted on: February 6, 2009 8:21 pm

Hot Stove Update: Braden Looper

SI.com's Jon Heyman believes that, with Randy Wolf headed to the Dodgers, "Braden Looper becomes the top free-agent starter still available."  Let's take a minute to review Looper's situation.

Looper, a 34-year-old right-hander, went 12-14 with a 4.16 ERA last season for the Cardinals.  He has a 3.93 career ERA.

Category: MLB
Posted on: February 4, 2009 8:49 pm
Edited on: February 5, 2009 11:13 am

Rockies Out On Beimel, Looper?

THURSDAY, 10:06am: Despite O'Dowd's comments, Renck says Beimel remains interested in joining the Rockies.  However, Beimel doesn't think much of the Rockies' offer.

WEDNESDAY, 7:47pm: According to Troy Renck of the Denver Post, the Rockies are no longer pursuing free agent left-hander Joe Beimel.

"We maintained contact with his agent, and our desire was there, but I believe he 19s going in a different direction so there 19s no reason to keep calling," said GM Dan O'Dowd.  Beimel has drawn interest recently from the Diamondbacks, Tigers and Phillies.

O'Dowd also told Renck that the club has not reopened talks with free agent starter Braden Looper.  He has recieved interest from the Orioles, but would reportedly prefer to stay in the National League.

Posted on: February 4, 2009 10:31 am

Rosenthal On Peavy, Ohman, Looper

Here's the latest from Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports.

  • Jeff Moorad's acquistion of the Padres does not affect the likelihood of a Jake Peavy trade, according to Rosenthal's source.  There have been no recent conversations with the Cubs about Peavy.
  • The Phillies had been confident of signing Ty Wigginton before the Orioles offered two years.  The Phils are still mulling Nomar Garciaparra and Rich Aurilia, with the Giants also in on Aurilia.  The Phillies are out on Will Ohman.
  • Braden Looper is receiving interest from Baltimore, but he prefers the NL.  The Brewers are not optimistic about signing Looper despite a recent conversation with one of his agents.  The pitcher is Plan B behind Randy Wolf for the Dodgers, and not a candidate to return to the Cardinals (who are apparently out of money).  One other team known to have interest in Looper is the Pirates.
Posted on: February 2, 2009 11:18 am
Edited on: February 2, 2009 11:54 am

Orioles Acquire Rich Hill

10:36am: According to a press release from the Cubs, they've traded Hill to the Orioles for a player to be named later.  A sensible low-risk move for the Orioles, who can afford to let Hill take his lumps at the big league level.  The AL East may not be the ideal environment for him, but it's worth a shot.

Roch Kubatko says Brian Burres was designated for assignment to make room for Hill.

10:16am: We learned yesterday from Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun that the Orioles are close to acquiring pitcher Rich Hill from the Cubs for a player to be named later.  The deal is not done, but it could be completed early this week.  Today Roch Kubatko of MASN adds that the player to be named later the Cubs receive would likely be a "low-level minor leaguer."  The Orioles could add Hill and still sign Braden Looper for additional rotation depth.

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