Posts Tagged ‘Free Agency’

Evander Kane‘s days with the Buffalo Sabres appear to be numbered.

Kane confirmed to Mike Harrington of The Buffalo News that he won’t be re-signed by the Sabres, meaning the winger is set to become one of the bigger prizes at both the trade deadline and in free agency.

From Harrington:

He’s in the final year of a six-year, $31.25 million contract he signed with the Winnipeg Jets in 2012 and confirmed to The Buffalo News this week what has been widely assumed: The Sabres have never negotiated with him on a new deal.

The decision, Kane added, appears to be mainly organizational, as he would’ve been more than willing to talk to general manager Jason Botterill about a contract extension.

“Of course I would have. Absolutely,” he said. “I’ve said from Day One I’ve really enjoyed the time here. For me, it’s a place where I’ve grown to know more and more about Buffalo. It’s been a real great experience for me. I’m just going to continue that until I get told something different.”

Kane has recorded 16 goals and 20 assists in 44 games for the Sabres, and is on pace to match his career-high 30 goals while setting a new personal bar in points.

He’ll be highly sought after in a trade and later on the open market, but the asking price will likely be set quite high by the Sabres, even if interested teams might only gain his services for the balance of this season.

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Drew Brees is now an unrestricted free agent, but that doesn’t necessarily mean he will be looking to go elsewhere in 2018.

Shortly after the New Orleans Saints‘ loss to the Minnesota Vikings in Sunday’s NFC Divisional Playoff game, the 39-year-old quarterback answered questions about whether he expects to remain with the Saints moving forward with a brief, yet very clear answer.

“I do,” Brees said, according to Mike Triplett of ESPN.

The future Hall of Fame gunslinger compounded his statement by expressing optimism for what lies ahead for the team despite the devastating nature of its most recent defeat.

“I mean, I’m more toward the end of my career than the beginning, I know that. That’s all I divulge (about how long I plan on playing). But the season ends, and this one will sting, but I think you look back at the things we accomplished and some of the memories that were made and the relationships that were built and the way this team came together. It really leaves me excited for the future of Saints football.”

Should Brees return to the gridiron, with the Saints or elsewhere, he will be on the cusp of attaining a pair of monumental accolades. Brees currently needs 1,495 passing yards to surpass Peyton Manning for the most in NFL history, and just 78 pass completions to surpass Brett Favre for most all-time in that category.

Kevin Glenn is now the most well-travelled player in CFL history.

The free-agent quarterback agreed to a contract with the Edmonton Eskimos on Monday, nearly two weeks after being released by the Saskatchewan Roughriders. The 38-year-old will likely serve as Mike Reilly‘s primary backup.

The deal makes Glenn the first player in league history to have his rights held by all nine teams, according to CFL.ca.

Kevin Glenn career timeline

*Traded prior to appearing

In 17 games for the Roughriders last season, Glenn completed 318 of 468 passes for 4,038 yards and 25 touchdowns with 14 interceptions.

The New York Yankees may have missed out on trading for Pittsburgh Pirates ace Gerrit Cole, but the slow-developing free-agent market could work in their favor.

Due to the lack of movement among top-end free-agent starting pitchers, the Yankees believe they can sign Yu Darvish at a “reasonable” price, two sources told John Harper of the New York Daily News.

It seemed at the beginning of winter that the 31-year-old Darvish would surely entertain nine-figure offers, but the Yankees now think it may be possible to recruit the right-hander on a five-year deal worth between $80 million to 90 million.

Giving the Yankees some pause this offseason is the club’s proximity to the luxury tax, which involves much steeper penalties under the new collective bargaining agreement. According to Cot’s Contracts, the Yankees currently sit at just under $162 million in salary obligations for the upcoming season after adding Giancarlo Stanton earlier this winter. Luxury tax penalties begin at the $197-million mark this year, with escalating penalties for exceeding the threshold by $20 million and $40 million.

The Yankees have been rumored to be looking for a suitor to take on Jacoby Ellsbury‘s $22-million salary in 2018, though the outfielder’s no-trade clause likely complicates matters even if he has been relegated to bench duties.

The New Orleans Pelicans want to keep on boogieing.

The team is determined to re-sign DeMarcus Cousins and has not invited offers for the three-time All-Star ahead of February’s trade deadline, sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

New Orleans has hovered around .500 for much of the season, underperforming in the eyes of people who expected more from a squad that boasts a pair of top-15 talents. It’s been suggested that the club should part with one or even both of its frontcourt stars – Anthony Davis and Cousins – to commit to a full-fledged rebuild.

While the Pelicans may not be world-beaters, they are on pace to make the playoffs for the first time in three years. Hanging onto Boogie also figures to keep franchise player Davis happier than letting Cousins walk this summer while lacking the cap flexibility to replace him with anyone nearly as talented.

The Pelicans acquired Cousins and Omri Casspi from the Sacramento Kingsbefore last year’s deadline in exchange for Tyreke EvansLangston GallowayBuddy Hield, and draft-pick compensation.

Cousins, 27, stuffs the stat sheet with 25.9 points, 12.6 rebounds, 5.1 assists, 1.5 steals, and 1.5 blocks per game for the eighth-seeded Pelicans in his first full campaign in the Big Easy. He’s owed $18 million in 2017-18 and can become an unrestricted free agent at season’s end.

As the clock neared midnight on Aug. 31, the Houston Astros struck gold by completing a trade for ace right-hander Justin Verlander. Even after winning it all in 2017, the team is looking to make another big splash.

Astros owner Jim Crane told reporters that the team is “actively pursuing a high-end starter,” according to MLB.com’s Alyson Footer.

“We don’t have anything done yet, and it may not come to be, but we’re constantly looking to improve the team,” Crane said.

He added that any upgrade would have to be a significant one, and while the defending champs are set-up well heading into 2018, there are no guarantees.

“I’ve been told, on paper we have the best team in baseball, but paper doesn’t win titles,” he said.

There are a couple avenues the team could pursue in landing another frontline starter. First, the free-agent market has been cold all offseason and the likes of Yu DarvishJake Arrieta, and Alex Cobb remain unsigned.

But Crane added that the team may not look to free agency as the solution, instead negotiating another blockbuster trade like it did in August with the Verlander acquisition.

The San Diego Padres may have been burned in the Shohei Ohtani sweepstakes, but they might have found their consolation prize.

The Padres are the favorites to sign submariner and relief pitcher Kazuhisa Makita, according to Yahoo Sports’ Jeff Passan, confirming an earlier report from Yahoo Sports Japan.

Makita, 33, has spent the last seven seasons with the Seibu Lions in the Japanese Pacific League. He converted to a full-time relief pitcher in 2016, and has allowed only 30 runs and issued only 21 walks in 141 1/3 innings since the switch.

For his career, he owns a 2.83 ERA and 1.173 WHIP over 921 1/3 innings in 110 starts and 166 relief appearances with the Lions.