2018 MLB Season Rumors

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Stay up to date on all the rumors during the offseason, spring training, and regular season.

November 20th Rumors:

 New York Mets: New York Mets and Detroit Tigers talking Ian Kinsler trade

  • This is not the first and probably won’t be the last that Ian Kinsler‘s name will be discussed in trade talks. During this past regular season, the Detroit Tigers placed Kinsler on revocable waivers in which he was claimed by an unknown team with no trade happening. Fast forward to today, the New York Mets are the latest team to jump into trade talks with the Detroit Tigers about Kinsler. Ian Kinsler, 35, is due a hefty amount entering his final year on his contract before free agency at $11 million. It will be a bidding war for Kinsler this winter as the Los Angeles Angels have also expressed interest in trading for the veteran second baseman. (Source: Jon Morosi)

 Milwaukee Brewers: Brewers expressing interest in free agent pitchers Lance Lynn and Jake Arrieta

  • The Milwaukee Brewers are all-in this offseason to beef up their rotation as they are interested in Lance Lynn and Jake Arrieta. The Brewers have some nice key mid-rotation level pitchers but have been lacking a prominent number one since the departure of Zack Greinke in 2012. This offseason, the Brewers have the funds to land a big named free agent pitcher but it will come in a bidding war for Lynn and Arrieta. (Source: Jon Morosi)

November 19th Rumors:

Chicago Cubs: Peter Gammons predicts that Cobb sweepstakes will come down to Yankees and Cubs

  • According to Peter Gammons, the sweepstakes for free agent pitcher Alex Cobb could quite possibly come down to the New York Yankees and Chicago Cubs. Both clubs really make sense as both teams have key pitchers on the free agent market and Alex Cobb could be signed to fill in spots within their rotation and could be a bit more affordable. Shortly following the conclusion of the World Series, there was mutual interest between the Cubs and Alex Cobb on a possible deal this winter. The Cubs will have a lot of money tied up this winter as they will attempt to re-sign Jake Arrieta who is set to have a huge payday in free agency and now the mutual interest with Alex Cobb. It will be a big offseason for the Cubs.

 Boston Red Sox: Red Sox expressing interest in free agent first baseman Carlos Santana

  • The Boston Red Sox have been linked to adding a first baseman this offseason as the team is really without one on their roster currently. Carlos Santana, 32, hits the free agent market for the first time this winter and is coming off a productive season in which he hit .259 with 25 home runs and 79 RBI’s. Carlos Santana’s free agency status at no surprise is heating up and fast as he has received interest from Mets, Mariners, Phillies and now the Boston Red Sox. According to Tim Dierkes of MLB Trade Rumors, Santana could receive a three-year contract probably worth around $75 million.

 Tampa Bay Rays: Rays looking to part ways with a few veterans this offseason, Evan Longoria not safe?

  • The Tampa Bay Rays are following the Miami Marlins route and are looking to cut payroll this offseason by trading away their veterans on their roster. Tampa Bay Times reporter Marc Topkin names pitcher Chris Archer, catcher Wilson Ramos and shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria but Evan Longoria could be hard to deal. This offseason, the Rays already have trade interest in Alex Colome who has been linked to the St. Louis Cardinals but only interest rumors have come from that. The Rays are currently at a stand-still and have been below average the past couple of seasons. A rebuild and finally striking a trade for Chris Archer could send top-tier prospects to a once successful Rays team. Expect the Cardinals to continue to pursue Alex Colome as their closer’s role is open game after the team released Trevor Rosenthal this earlier this past week. (Source: Marc Topkin – Tampa Bay Times)

November 18th Rumors:

 Chicago Cubs: Chicago Cubs are checking in on free agent Brandon Morrow

  • In 2017, Brandon Morrow had himself a turnaround season after his 2016 was cut to only 18 games due to elbow inflammation that kept him out until August. Brandon Morrow would finish 2016 with the Padres, becoming a free agent during the winter, sign a minor league contract with the team after the season but later be dropped by the team and later sign with the Dodgers for 2017.During the 2017 season, Brandon Morrow pitched in 45 games posting a 4-0 record, 2.06 ERA, 2 saves and 50 strikeouts. The Chicago Cubs are monitoring the relief pitcher market this winter as they have been linked to Addison Reed and a potential trade for Zach Britton. Brandon Morrow should receive a nice payday this offseason after a spectacular season last year. MLB Trade Rumors Tim Dierkes predicts a three-year contract roughly around $24 million for Morrow this offseason.

November 14th Rumors:

 Chicago White Sox: White Sox listening to offers on Jose Abreu and Avisail Garcia

 Cincinnati Reds: San Francisco Giants have checked in on Reds outfielder Billy Hamilton

  • The San Francisco Giants have now been linked to Giancarlo Stanton, Jackie Bradley Jr. and now Reds, Billy Hamilton. The Giants are determined to land an outfielder and get much younger in the outfield heading into 2018. Billy Hamilton, 27, provides a better option defensively and it accomplishes Giants task to get younger in the outfield. Should the San Francisco Giants fail to acquire either Giancarlo Stanton from Miami or Jackie Bradley Jr. from the Red Sox they could fall back on baseball’s fastest player in Billy Hamilton. Last season, Billy Hamilton had a slash line of .247/.299/.634 along with 59 stolen bases which was 1 behind Marlins Dee Gordon who had 60 on the season. (Source: Jon Morosi)

November 12th Rumors:

 San Francisco Giants: Giants interested in Red Sox outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. 

  • In an offseason that began with the Giants being interested in Giancarlo Stanton, the team is now shifting their focus on Red Sox outfielder Jackie Bradley. The Giants are looking to upgrade in center field as Denard Span, 33, is aging and is on a bit of a decline late in his career. A potential trade to the bay area would open up a hole for the Red Sox in the outfield the Red Sox could possibly trade for Stanton or sign J.D. Martinez and move either Mookie Betts to center field as said by Rotoworld. Jackie Bradley is currently playing under a 1-year, $3.6 million dollar deal but is under team control until the 2020 season where he will become an unrestricted free agent. (Source: Jon Morosi)

Minnesota Twins: Minnesota Twins speaking to Reds about Raisel Iglesias

  • After a turnaround season in 2017, the Minnesota Twins are looking to beef up their bullpen for another potential playoff run in 2018. This offseason, the Twins declined the option of longtime closer Glen Perkins which now leaves the closer role open. Last season, the bullpen for the Twins was one of the worst in baseball ranking #22 in ERA at 4.40 and 27th in opponent batting average at .260. Should the Twins and the Reds agree to a deal it will add a reliable and solid closer for Minnesota and a nice package of prospects will go to the re-building Cincinnati Reds. Last season, Raisel Iglesias posted a 3-3 record with a 2.49 ERA and 28 saves. Iglesias is currently under contract for three seasons making $14.5 million before becoming an unrestricted free agent in 2021.

November 8th Rumors:

 Minnesota Twins: Pitcher Bartolo Colon interested in pitching in 2018 

  • Bartolo Colon, 44, is coming off a down 2017 season which saw him get released by the Braves and quickly latch on with the Twins. Bartolo Colon’s time with the Minnesota Twins was a stand-still as he never really rebounded after a dreadful start of the season with the Atlanta Braves. Bartolo Colon finished 2017 with an awful 6.48 ERA, 7-14 record, and 89 strikeouts. Bartolo Colon will be looking at a sure thing minor league contract with no guarantee of an MLB roster spot with the team that will sign him. (Source: Mark Feinsand of MLB.com)

October 30th Rumors:

 Miami Marlins: Marlins are preferring to cut payroll by trading away Giancarlo Stanton, Martin Prado, and Dee Gordon

  • New ownership lead by former Yankees captain Derek Jeter wanted to cut payroll by $90 million this offseason meaning they will become sellers this offseason. Stanton, Prado and Gordon are due $50 million in payroll in 2018 not including the other members of the roster. Since the news of wanting to cut payroll, teams more notably the San Francisco Giants have emerged as possible trade partners to acquire Stanton, who carries the biggest salary of the bunch. The Marlins are set to become sellers and begin a whole new re-build for the organization.

October 12th Rumors:

 Colorado Rockies: Closer Greg Holland to reject $15 million dollar player option for 2018, will test free agency

  • After missing all of 2016 with Tommy John Surgery, Greg Holland returned to baseball in 2017 and returned with a rock-solid performance. In 2017, Greg Holland broke the Colorado Rockies saves record with 41 saves which was tied with Los Angeles Dodgers closer Kenley Jensen for most saves in the National League. Greg Holland played the 2017 season under a one-year deal which is what he asked for during the offseason and now that the Rockies season is over, Holland will test the waters in free agency. Greg Holland is expected to have a solid market this fall and we should be expecting the Rockies, Giants, Nationals possibly the Mets and Mariners to all chase the 31-year old. (Source: Jon Heyman – Fan Rag Sports)

 Seattle Mariners: Impending free agent Yonder Alonso would like to return to Seattle in 2018

  • In an interview with Greg Johns of MLB.com, Yonder Alonso said that he would love to return to the Mariners in 2018. “I love it here, it’s awesome, a first-class group, and they treated me well. I’d love to be back here. I think the future here is very bright, and we’re very close to winning, and I would definitely want to be a part of that. Yonder Alonso was traded to the Seattle Mariners back in August but during his tenure, he posted below average stats. In 42 games, Alonso batted .265 with 6 home runs and 18 RBI’s a very rough outing after a very strong outing with the Athletics. Yonder Alonso will be entering a deep free agent 1st baseman class alongside Eric Hosmer, Logan Morrison, and Carlos Santana. It will be interesting to see what the market offers to him this fall. (Source: Greg Johns – Mariners.com)

October 3rd Rumors:

 Los Angeles Angels: Angels outfielder Justin Upton to possibly opt out of contract and test free agency

  • Per Jon Morosi: This has been the story of Justin Upton dating back to the Trade Deadline. Justin Upton is looking to get more money in free agency and he showed it this season to back that up. This season, Justin Upton had a career year as he hit 35 HR’s, 109 RBI’s and a slash line of .273/.361/.901. Justin Upton currently has 4-years, $88 million dollars left on his current deal that he signed back with the Tigers but he is looking to cash-in this offseason and hopefully re-join the Angels where he was quoted on saying he loved playing for. It is sounding like Justin Upton will go wherever the money will take him. (Update: Per Jon Morosi: Justin Upton will have 3-days following the World Series to decide if he will opt out of his contract).

October 2nd Rumors:

 Philadelphia Phillies: Phillies to explore trade options on Cesar Hernandez and Freddy Galvis this offseason?

  • Per Jim Salisbury: The Philadelphia Phillies are getting younger in the field and with J.P. Crawford and Scott Kingery ready for the promotion up to the bigs. With Cesar Hernandez and Freddy Galvis taking over the infield, the Phillies could look to replace them with the two new rising stars. “Matt and Andy (MacPhail, the club president), all of them, they really love Freddy. They realize what a good player he is, and they also acknowledge the fact that J.P. Crawford — this guy can play, so it’s a tough decision. It will be up to them. Whatever they decide is fine with me.” Freddy Galvis has made a name for himself with his elite level defense and Cesar Hernandez for his productiveness at the plate having hit .294 the past two seasons. Freddy Galvis could be likely of the two to get traded as the Phillies seem ready to promote Crawford as their everyday starter in 2018 and Galvis will be in a contract year in 2018. It will be a story to keep tabs on for the Phillies this offseason.