Storylines: Lester deciding between Cubs and Red Sox
- The Cubs and Diamondbacks completed a trade on Tuesday as catcher Miguel Montero was sent to the Cubs in exchange for Zack Godley and Jeferson Mejia.
- The Pirates resigned left-handed starter Francisco Liriano to a three-year $39 million deal.
- The Jon Lester saga carried on Tuesday and he still has not made a decision on where he is going to sign. He did whittle down his list of teams to the Red Sox and Cubs as he personally contacted the Giants to let them know he was no longer considering them. The general feeling in the industry is he will sign with the Cubs and get a deal in the $150-160 million range for six years.
- Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reports that the Padres and Dodgers are making progress on a deal that would send outfielder Matt Kemp to the Padres. The Mariners, Rangers and Orioles had been in the mix for Kemp but have since pulled out of talks.
Other News and Notes:
- Rosenthal reports that Aroldis Chapman and Johnny Cueto are drawing trade interest as the Reds are looking to cut payroll. Other players who may be dealt include Mat Latos, Mike Leake and Alfredo Simon.
- Rosenthal also says the Royals have made Omar Infante available in trade talks. If he were to be traded their interest in free agent infielder Asdrubal Cabrera would grow because he could fill in for the departure of Infante at second base.
- Now that the Giants are out in the Lester sweepstakes they are turning their attention to filling other holes on the roster. One such possibility is a trade for Justin Upton.
- The Orioles are no longer in the running for Matt Kemp in a trade, but they are aggressive in their search for an outfielder on the trade market. They have been linked to discussions with teams about Justin Upton,Marlon Byrd, Chris Denorfia, Johnny Gomes and Eduardo Encina.
- According to reports, the Marlins are interested in free agent outfielder Michael Morse and trading for first baseman Justin Morneau.
- The Braves signed infielder Alberto Callaspo to a one year $3 million deal.
- The Red Sox and Rangers have made one year offers to right-hander Justin Masterson.
- The Angels and Dodgers completed a deal on Tuesday as catcher Drew Butera was sent to the Angels in exchange for a player to be named later.
- The Dodgers have made infielder Dee Gordon available in a trade and the Marlins are interested.
- Tigers GM Dave Dombrowski refuted a report from Buster Olney of ESPN that the Tigers will intensify their efforts to resign Max Scherzer. During an interview on MLB Network, he went so far as to say that they did almost all they could in extension talks during spring training and that are moving on and are satisfied with their current rotation sans Scherzer.
- According to Jon Paul Morosi of Fox Sports, the Mets are considering several different trades involving right-hander Dillon Gee. The Rangers, Twins and Rockies are said to be interested.
- The Astros are looking for bullpen help this offseason. After missing out on David Robertson and Andrew Miller they have turned their attention to other possibilities like Sergio Romo, Luke Gregerson and are even considering trading outfielder L.J. Hoes for bullpen help.
- The Blue Jays are looking at some bullpen help and have been in contact with relievers Pay Neshek, Luke Gregerson and Kyle Farnsworth.
- The Rangers and Rockies are discussing a deal that would send Wilin Rosario to the Rangers.
- The Red Sox and Phillies are discussing a deal where the Red Sox would send lefty reliever Antonio Bastardo to the Red Sox in exchange for Sean Coyle.
- The Angels have signed 20-year old Cuban infielder Roberto Baldoquin to an $8 million bonus.
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Considering the Phillies traded Antonio Bastardo to the Pirates and only got minor league LH Joely Rodriguez in return, I think it would be a reasonable deal for them.
I really don't see Murphy as a salary dump guy. He's a good platoon player or fourth OF.
I think it makes sense bc it would fortify the Tribes bullpen and perhaps create a secondary deal with the bullpen depth. Say, Scrabble or Matusz for a SP prospect.
Clay, posted in another thread that Jim Bowden says, Indians are after (interested) Brett Anderson. They reportedly had interest last offseason. Anderson has huge upside but rarely is healthy enough to take the mound. If they could get him on a lesser incentive laden deal I'm in.
As for trying to get Van Slyke, I say go for him. Id rather get him than Rios.
When the offseason began I suggested Rios and Headley as potential FA matches for the Tribe. I would not mind getting one or both. I have serious doubts about the supposed $65M offer Headley has in hand. In fact, I think he would've took the money and run. If I'm the Tribe I circle around with an offer. I think he eventually signs somewhere in the 4/$44 to 4/$52M range. I would be willing to go 4/$46-48M. I think Rios signs somewhere in the 1/$6M to 2/$18M, I wouldn't be surprised to see him get as high as 1/$10 to 2/$22. No thanks on the higher end, but if he'd sign around 1/$8M I would do that.
Billingsly or Kris Medlen for Depth.
Mets looking for either RH bench bat or LHR for Dillon Gee, Raburn and Scrabble? Thoughts...
Did you know that Rios is now the active leader for most games played with no postseason experience? Bad karma, stay away
I think you've been around long enough to know I preach about the Indians getting more SP. They can never have enough good young talent. Hahn is intriguing, was kind of just throwing him out there bc his profile. I guess we will see what / who the Indians value, but I agree, don't make a hole to fill another. Unless, backup is in place.
For me, acq. another young controllable arm that is big league ready is a must, there's still some uncertainty with the Tribes rotation, I think they could look for a young controllable SP. Read: may try to land a SP prospect or two for depth.
I was just discussing that with a friend yesterday. The Reds are in a bad, bad way. The Rosenthal report estimated the Reds need to shed $17M in payroll. As currently constructed, they're probably the worst team in the NL Central. Yet, they don't seem convinced it's time to sell and rebuild.
I guess they can try to move some pieces and start the season and see how it goes, then sell all these expiring assets at the deadline. At this point, they've probably waited too long to do a full sell-off anyway.
Tough situation. Mid-market, 3 players (Bailey, Votto, Phillips) eating about 50% their payroll for the foreseeable future. Not a great farm system to replenish with a cheap, controllable core.
Reds could be one of the worst teams in MLB the next 4-5 years if they don't make some strong trades this year.
Rafael Soriano is the vet BP arm/closer I'd like to see signed. 2y/12mil could do it, would offer as much as 3/15 or a vesting 3rd year on the 2/12. He had a bad 2nd half last season, but has been as consistent as it gets the past years. Short term committment, fitting the 2-3year contending window.
Maybe JRam / Gonzalez plus Ramsey / Naquin and Hagadone? IDK, what it would take to get him, but I'm guessing they want big league talent in return.
Just throwing him out there, but Wade Miley is reportedly available.
I still don't understand the Cubs going after Lester rather than Scherzer. I thought Scherzer should be the top FA SP available. He's the guy I would want.
Interesting to watch being Indian fan living in Cincy.
Personally I wouldn't mind Dee Gordon and all his steals atop the order, although there is no position for him to play here.
The Padres could use a SS and an OF, just saying, I think the Tribe should inquire. Hahn would come with six yrs of control.