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2018 MLB Season Rumors

Baseball Rumors: May 7th, 2018

 New York Mets: Texas Rangers expressing interest in Matt Harvey? 

  • John Morosi of MLB Network tweets that the Texas Rangers are expressing interest in a trade for Matt Harvey. Over the past 24 hours, the Mets have said that they are willing to trade Harvey and are even willing to eat the vast majority of his contract to get a deal done. There is a connection in Texas which could benefit Harvey if the Rangers in fact land him as Dan Warthen, former Mets pitching coaching during Harvey’s tenure, is the Rangers assistant pitching coach. Matt Harvey is due $5.625 million this year. (Source: John Morosi)

Baseball Rumors: February 26th

 Los Angeles Angels: Angels interested in relief pitcher Greg Holland at the right price

  • Free agent Greg Holland currently still remains unsigned and according to John Morosi of MLB.com, the Angels would be interested in Greg Holland if only at the right price. Greg Holland, 32, is coming off a career season with the Rockies were he recorded 41 of 45 saves in 2017. During the offseason, Greg Holland declined his 2018 player option and decided to hit free agency for more money. The Angels are not going to go above and beyond for Holland but even though he showcased it last season and even with a rocky second half it would not be a bad idea to drop a 2-year deal with Holland to boost the bullpen. (Source: John Morosi)

Baseball Rumors: February 25th

 Minnesota Twins: Twins interested in free agent Logan Morrison

  • Even after a strong 2017 season, Logan Morrison has been one of the players impacted by a slow free agent market. This offseason, Logan Morrison has received some preliminary interest from teams but it was the Cleveland Indians who offered him a deal but he declined the Indians contract offer. Should the Twins sign Logan Morrison it adds another power bat but he could be regulated to being a designated hitter primarily but should see time at first base this year. This will be something to monitor as spring training rolls on. (Source: Mike Bernando – Pioneer Press)

Baseball Rumors: February 6th

 Tampa Bay Rays: Tampa Bay Rays have checked in on Eduardo Nunez

  • The American League East is all in on Eduardo Nunez as the Tampa Bay Rays, Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees are all in pursuit for Nunez. The Rays are the latest to join the pursuit but they will be in a bidding war with Boston and New York as they are also in need of a third baseman. The Rays would be an interesting destination as they are currently in a cutting payroll process and with Matt Duffy inked as the new starter, Nunez will be playing around the diamond in 2018. It will be a bidding war for Eduardo Nunez as we are a week out from the beginning of Spring Training.

 Los Angeles Angels: Free Agent pitcher Tim Lincecum to pitch for scouts on February 15th

  • In a tweet by Driveline owner Kyle Boddy, former San Francisco Giants and Los Angeles Angels pitcher Tim Lincecum will hold a pitching session for team scouts on Thursday, February 15th. Tim Lincecum, 33, recently attempted a comeback back in 2016 and was able to acquire a deal with the Los Angeles Angels. In his first attempt at a comeback was poor as he posted a 2-6 record, 9.16 ERA and 32 strikeouts in 9 games in 2016. Lincecum missed the entire 2017 season and by doing so he took the time bulk-up and re-establish himself. This could very likely be the former 2x Cy Young Award winners last shot to get back into the majors. (Source: Kyle Boddy of Driveline)

Baseball Rumors: January 16th

 Pittsburgh Pirates: Josh Harrison wants to be traded if the Pirates are not contending

  • All within a matter of days, the Pittsburgh Pirates Gerrit Cole to the Houston Astros and Andrew McCutchen to the San Francisco Giants and this is not sitting well with Josh Harrison. In an interview with Ken Rosenthal of the Athletic, Josh Harrison stated that he would like to be traded should the Pirates not contend in 2018 and 2019. This offseason, Josh Harrison’s name has been mentioned in trade talks but they have all been “interested” preliminary rumors nonetheless. Josh Harrison, 30, is an excellent addition for any team due to the fact that he is very versatile in the field. This past season, Harrison had a batting line of .272/.339/.432 in 128 games for the Pirates. The market for Harrison is something to monitor as the second base hungry Milwaukee Brewers have entered their name into the hat for Harrison as well as the New York Mets. (Source: Ken Rosenthal)

Baseball Rumors: January 8th

 New York Mets: New York Mets looking into free agent Howie Kendrick at second base

  • According to the New York Post, the New York Mets seem more than likely to acquire or possibly sign a second baseman at some point before spring training next month. The New York Post have listed Howie Kendrick as a possible target to improve at second base which is one of the weakest positions on the team. The New York Mets are getting younger but outside of Asdrubal Cabrera and an aging David Wright the possible addition of Kendrick fills a hole at second base and adds another veteran bat into the lineup. (Source: New York Post)

Baseball Rumors: January 7th

 Washington Nationals: Nationals interested in free agent pitcher Lance Lynn

  • The market of Lance Lynn is starting to heat up as the Nationals have now added their name into the pool of teams who are interested in him. The Washington Nationals currently carry a stacked rotation with Scherzer, Strasburg and Gio Gonzalez manning the 1-2-3 spots in the rotation. The Nationals could look to max out their rotation with the addition of Lynn but with the team in the hole on the luxury tax problems could arise. The Texas Rangers, Milwaukee Brewers and Baltimore Orioles are other notable teams that have checked in on Lynn. (Source: Ken Rosenthal)

Baseball Rumors: January 1st

 Pittsburgh Pirates: Pirates still open to trading away outfielder Andrew McCutchen

  • The Pittsburgh Pirates are said to have outfielder Andrew McCutchen available in trade talks according to John Morosi. Andrew McCutchen all offseason long has been linked to multiple teams in trade talks but everything has been preliminary. The San Francisco Giants have been the team who has been on the track to acquire McCutchen but it seems like he could be a fallback option should the Giants not acquire Billy Hamilton from the Reds. McCutchen, 31, will be entering a contract year in 2018 as he will be playing on a $14.5 million dollar deal. (Source: John Morosi)

Baseball Rumors: December 7th

 Detroit Tigers: Tigers are possibly pursuing free agent pitcher Mike Fiers

  • The re-building Detroit Tigers are all in on starting pitchers this offseason and Mike Fiers has been added to their list of pitchers they are pursuing. Mike Fiers, 32, is coming off a very disappointing 2017 season as he posted a ERA in the five’s (5.22) and was used only once in the Astros playoff run in which he lasted only a inning. The Tigers have some holes in the mid-to-back end of their rotation and should Fiers sign with Detroit he should fall at #3 behind Fulmer and Zimmerman. We will wait and see what Fiers market looks like in the coming days. (Source: Chris McCosky)

 San Diego Padres: Wil Myers willing to move to the outfield if team signs Eric Hosmer

  • The San Diego Padres are sounding like they are wanting to sign a big name star this offseason as they are linked Shohei Ohtani and now Eric Hosmer. According to Jon Heyman in his article, the Padres contacted Wil Myers about switching back to the outfield should the team sign Eric Hosmer this offseason and he is all in. Before landing at first base in June of 2015, Wil Myers played the outfield and decided to transition to first base after injuries started to pile up on him during the 2015 season. The San Diego Padres will be in a big bidding war as Hosmer will have a market featuring the Royals, Red Sox and Yankees as bidders for the 28-year-old. (Source: Jon Heyman)

Baseball Rumors: December 6th

 Los Angeles Angels: Angels are interested in free agent first baseman Carlos Santana

  • Carlos Santana’s market is starting to heat up a bit as the Angels are now jumping into the mix for his services. This early in the offseason, Carlos Santana is gaining interest from the Mariners, Red Sox and recently the Philadelphia Phillies. With the Angels having potential interest in Santana it is a sign that the team could possibly be targeting and upgrading first base this offseason.

Baseball Rumors: December 4th

 San Franciso Giants: Christian Arroyo not Joe Panik involved in Stanton deal?

  • According to Craig Mish of Sirius XM Radio, Christian Arroyo not Joe Panik is involved in the Giancarlo Stanton deal with the Marlins. This is a big turn of the trade as it was reported that Joe Panik, not Christian Arroyo was one of the three reported players that could be sent to the Marlins to acquire Giancarlo Stanton.  This past season. Arroyo made his MLB debut back in April against the Dodgers but his stay was shortlived as he was demoted back down to the minors in June. Arroyo is still a developing prospect on either team but is still a valuable piece in this trade. The wait is still on for Stanton to waive his no-trade clause.

 Cleveland Indians: Indians interested in re-signing Austin Jackson for the right price this winter

  • According to Terry Pluto of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the Indians are interested in bringing back outfielder Austin Jackson in 2018 but it would have to be for the right price. Last season, Jackson played in only 85 games at the MLB level due in part to a knee injury that kept him sidelined all season. Should Jackson return to Cleveland next season he will likely be looking at another minor league contract this winter from the Indians. (Source: Terry Plut0)

 New York Yankees: Yankees reached out to C.C. Sabathia about a possible return in 2018

  • After it was determined that the Yankees were out of the running for international star Shoei Otani, the Yankees reached out to free agent CC Sabathia for a return in 2018. CC Sabathia just completed a nine-year tenure with the Yankees and is now a free agent this winter. The Yankees are entering this winter with holes within their rotation and with them getting the boot from the Otani sweepstakes they are now scrambling down other avenues to address the rotation. This past season, CC Sabathia had a turn around year posting a 14-5 record, 3.69 ERA and 120 strikeouts. The Yankees have a new manager in town in Aaron Boone and with Boone and Sabathia having a history in the past it could possibly lead to a return to the Bronx for Sabathia. (Source: Jon Heyman)

Baseball Rumors: December 3rd

 San Francisco Giants: Shohei Ohtani has Giants and Mariners among finalists to sign him

  • Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports that the San Francisco Giants and the Seattle Mariners are among Ohtani’s finalists to sign him. Ken Rosenthal is reporting that the Oakland Athletics, Minnesota Twins and Boston Red Sox are all out of the running and that he will sign with a west coast team. Passan continues saying that meetings with the Giants and Mariners will take place next week. (Source: Jeff Passan | Ken Rosenthal)

 St. Louis Cardinals: St. Louis Cardinals trade for Stanton is around prospect Sandy Alcantara

  • According to Craig Mish of Sirius XM Radio’s MLB Network Radio, the St. Louis trade for Giancarlo Stanton is revolving around the team’s #9 ranked prospect (according to MLB Pipeline) Sandy Alcantara. Alcantara, 22, has been a slow developing prospect in the Cardinals system. This past season at AA-Springfield, Alcantara posted another average season (7-5, 4.31 ERA, 125.1 IP and 106 strikeouts). In a tweet released by Mish, he said that the Cardinals latest attempt gives the Miami Marlins more money than the San Francisco Giants offer does. We will remain on top of all the news regarding Stanton and see if the Giants could sweeten their offer. (Source: Craig Mish)

 Miami Marlins: Marlins agreed to “general framework” trades with both Cardinals and Giants

  • The potential Giancarlo Stanton trade is starting to heat very fast as a trade could possibly happen soon, depending if Stanton will waive his no-trade clause that is. Over the past 24 hours, Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports said that he “didn’t see anyway” that Santon would waive his no-trade clause to St. Louis, but said nothing about the Giants (but wasn’t forsure). The San Francisco Giants have been all-in on gaining a top outfielder and Stanton has been their target as well as a fallback option in Pirates Andrew McCutchen. Should the Giants land Stanton the Marlins will likely receive second baseman Joe Panik and Tyler Beede among another prospect or two. The Giants will receive Giancarlo Stanton and his massive $285 million dollar contract. A potential trade is in the hands of Giancarlo Stanton. We will continue to provide updates once more is released. (Source: Jon Morosi)

Baseball Rumors: November 27th

 Texas Rangers: Free agent pitcher Doug Fister expected to sign with the Rangers once free agency opens

  • According to NBC Sports Boston, Doug Fister is expected to sign a one-year contract with the Texas Rangers once free agency opens. Doug Fister, 33, was a late bloomer last year as he did not appear in the bigs until June with the Red Sox who claimed him off waivers from the Los Angeles Angels. The Texas Rangers are in much need of middle of the rotation help as the team is likely moving on from pitcher Andrew Cashner. Doug Fister is figured to be penciled in as the Rangers #3 starter in the rotation behind Cole Hamels and Martin Perez.

Baseball Rumors: November 20th

 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)

Baseball Rumors: November 19th

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)

Baseball Rumors: November 18th

 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.

Baseball Rumors: November 14th

 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)

Baseball Rumors: November 12th

 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.

Baseball Rumors: November 8th

 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)



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Baseball Rumors: October 30th

 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.

Baseball Rumors: October 12th

 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)

Baseball Rumors: October 3rd

 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).

Baseball Rumors: October 7th

 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.

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