Pro Baseball Rumors: December 9th, 2018
San Diego Padres: Padres expressing “genuine interest” in Marlins J.T. Realmuto
The San Diego Padres are now the latest team to jump into the trade pool for Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto. For some time now, the San Diego Padres have been in the market to acquire a catcher as they have been weak behind the plate due to the fact they don’t have a consistent hitter at the position. J.T. Realmuto has been linked to a number of teams such as the Mets, Braves and now the Padres. The Padres could be a dark horse team in the sweepstakes.
Source: Jon Morosi on Twitter
Pro Baseball Rumors: December 4th, 2018
Arizona Diamondbacks: Diamondbacks and Cardinals discussed Paul Goldschmidt trade?
The Cardinals and Diamondbacks have seen to have re-picked up their trade talks as the Cardinals were linked to having interest in Goldschmidt back in November. The Cardinals can play the dark horse role when it comes to big-name players this offseason as they expressed interest in Bryce Harper this offseason. Should the Cardinals get a trade done with Arizona for Goldschmidt it could hurt their chances of bringing in Harper salary wise. Goldschmidt is due $14.5 million in 2019 and the Diamondbacks would like that off their hands before the start of the season.
Source: Jon Morosi of MLB.com
Cincinnati Reds: Reds open to trading for Indians Trevor Bauer or Corey Kluber?
The Cincinnati Reds have been linked to just about every top name starting pitcher free agent on the market this winter but they have all been preliminary. The Reds are adamant in adding an ace pitcher this offseason and with Patrick Corbin out of their reach, they will head down a different avenue. Should they trade for either or, the Reds will be on the hook on their contracts as they are both under Indians control for a couple more seasons if you include Kluber’s 2020/2021 options. The Reds are also strongly linked to Astros free agent pitcher Dallas Keuchel.
Source: Jon Morosi of MLB.com
Pro Baseball Rumors: November 27th, 2018
San Francisco Giants: Giants listening to offers on Madison Bumgarner – Jon Morosi of MLB Network
According to Jon Morosi, the Philadelphia Phillies and the Milwaukee Brewers are the two teams interested in him. Earlier this offseason, The Giants said they plan on listening to trades and though it’s only preliminary, Madison Bumgarner could be the dealt this offseason. Back on October 29th, the Giants picked up Bumgarner’s $12 million dollar option which is a little high for a player coming off another down season. Should the Giants trade Bumgarner, Morosi predicted that the Giants could ask for one of the team’s top pitching prospects in return which would not be out of hand. Let’s see what new Giants GM Farhan Zaidi has in store this offseason.
St.Louis Cardinals: Cardinals have third baseman Mike Moustakas on their radar – Jon Heyman of Fancred
With Josh Donaldson off the market, the St.Louis Cardinals will now have to improvise on a backup plan and Moustakas could be an option. In 2018, Moustakas showcased solid power as he hit 28 home runs and driving in 95 RBI’s. If the Cardinals are all in on Moustakas they could be in a potential bidding war as the Milwaukee Brewers are interested in bringing Mosse back to Milwaukee.
Pro Baseball Rumors: November 21st, 2018
San Diego Padres: Padres and Mariners discussing a Wil Myers for Jean Segura trade? – Ken Rosenthal
The Padres have been in the news quite a bit today. According to Ken Rosenthal, the Padres and the Mariners have engaged in a trade that could send first baseman/outfielder Wil Myers to Seattle in exchange for shortstop Jean Segura and pitcher Mike Leake. The Mariners are starting their fire sale after trading away James Paxton to the Yankees and getting clear of big/unnecessary contracts like Segura’s, Leake’s and eventually Robinson Cano; these moves are beneficial for the Mariners. Mike Leake could very well be tough to trade as he is due $27 million over the next two seasons and he would have to waive his no-trade clause to do so.
Arizona Diamondbacks: Diamondbacks and Twins had discussions about Paul Goldschmidt – John Morosi
Since the start of the offseason, Paul Goldschmidt‘s name has been linked to potential trade rumors that could end up following him to the 2019 MLB Trade Deadline. The Minnesota Twins are a fit as the team just recently lost long-time catcher and first baseman Joe Mauer to retirement leaving a team without a reliable backup. Though trade talks have not gone beyond preliminary according to Morosi, the Twins will be a potential bidding battle as the Houston Astros and St. Louis Cardinals have been linked to the first baseman as well.
Pro Baseball Rumors: November 18th, 2018
Boston Red Sox: Red Sox not expected to pursue Craig Kimbrel in free agency
- After declining the Red Sox’s one-year $17.5 million dollar qualifying offer Craig Kimbrel is headed to free agency and it sounds like it was the only offer he will get from Boston this winter. According to MLB.com’s Ian Browne, he does not expect the Red Sox and Kimbrel to meet in the middle on a deal as the Red Sox will be tapped this offseason with pay raises to Mookie Betts, Jackie Bradley Jr. and, Xander Bogaerts. Should this prediction from Browne is true, the Red Sox will now have to search the free agent market for a new relief pitcher. Browne would name Andrew Miller due to his history and could be a reasonable buy for the Red Sox this offseason. (Source: Ian Browne of MLB.com)
Texas Rangers: Rangers getting trade interest on pitcher Mike Minor
- Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Texas Rangers are getting trade interest on pitcher Mike Minor. Minor, 30, was productive in 2018 and would a solid middle of the rotation pitcher for a club looking to add depth but the question is, would the Rangers will be willing to deal? Mike Minor is the current ace of the club and beyond that, the rotation is not in a good standing. Trading Minor could benefit the team as it could bring a prospect or two to the Rangers system and it would also get the $19 million off their hands for the next two seasons. Either way, the Rangers are in a complete rebuild for the next couple of seasons. (Source: Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic)