MLB News and Rumors: Cano meets with the Mariners
With the offseason now in full spring, news will continue to become more and more frequent. In this MLB News and Notes segment, I will be giving occasional reports on the latest news and rumors throughout the MLB. I also will try to tweet news and rumors as I see them, so feel free to follow me on Twitter: @ajnicholsIBI.
Here are the stories from Wednesday, December 4th.
According to Kevin Kernan of the New York Post, Robinson Canomet with Mariners officials on Tuesday, and Kernan's source told him that the meeting went “very well.” Another report from Anthony McCarron of the New York Daily News says that Seattle has already topped the Yankees offer for Cano. McCarron's source told him that Mariners are making a pitch to Cano that he can either be a Yankee legend or be a baseball legend by helping the Mariners win their first World Series title.
Another former Yankee, Curtis Granderson may be staying in New York, but possibly as a Met. Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com reported that talks between Granderson and the Mets were intensifying Tuesday night.
Other News and Notes
Paul Konerko will return to the White Sox for one final season. Konerko will a receive a one-year, $2.5 million deal, with $1 million of that amount being deferred to 2021.
Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports says the Royals, Rays, and Dodgers have all shown interest in free agent second baseman Mark Ellis.
Rosenthal also reported that the Orioles are willing to part with their first round pick in order to sign a power bat, as long as they feel it would be a good deal for the team.
Jayson Stark of ESPN.com reported that James Loney has emerged as a top target for the Pirates. However, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times says the Rays also view Loney as their top first base target, after Loney spent last season in Tampa. Yahoo's Jeff Passan says that Loney is looking for a three-year deal in the $27-30 million range.
Passan also reported that the Mariners, Dodgers, Angels, Pirates, Rangers, Diamondbacks, and Blue Jays have all shown interest in David Price and believe they have the prospects to entice Tampa.
ESPN's Jerry Crasnick says the Diamondbacks are motivated to pull off a trade for a true ace pitcher. While Rosenthal tweeted that Arizona and Oakland recently discussed a trade that would have sentYoenis Cespedes to Arizona for Tyler Skaggs, A.J. Pollock, and more. Rosenthal said the two teams have begun to shy away from this trade idea now.
Crasnick also tweeted that the Cubs will continue to aggressively shop Jeff Samardzija at next week's Winter Meetings.
Lefty reliever Wesley Wright agreed to a one-year, $1.425 million deal with the Cubs, according to USA Today's Bob Nightengale.
Yes on going after Samardzija.
Yes on checking in on Price but ultimately I think it would cost Lindor, Salazar, Bauer, and Ramirez...and very likely more. Possibly Brantley, Lindor, Salazar, and another spec. Love Price and would make our rotation very good but just don't think we can give up what it'll take. Other teams can trump our offer too.
As for Brett Anderson, I think I'd offer Vinnie Pestano straight up. That would be a net addition of $6.5 M in salary based on Pestano's probable arbitration amount. I've seen this kid pitch, before the recent injuries, and man could he. Tons of potential, but he's a high risk too. IF the Tribe could add another SP in addition to Anderson, and move some salary, I would be good with that.
Since the Tribe missed out on Mujica, curious who might be next on their list. But a few names we could be hearing more of Grant Balfour, Joaquin Benoit, John Axford, Jose Veras, Ryan Webb. I'm not a Benoit fan, but any of the other 4 right price is ok by me. Webb and Axford would come with three years of control as arb. eligible candidates. I'd speculate Balfours price might still be pretty high, but the mkt has begun to thin out a bit.
I think Michael Brantley might be a surprise trade candidate for the Tribe. IF the Tribe did make him available for a controllable SP I think they would get some decent offers.
Shields - 41.6%
Vargas - 40.2%
Guthrie - 42.9%
Ventura - 48.9% (though just a 0.92 GO/AO in the minors)
Davis - 40.5%
I just don't see why you put Aoki in CF and hurt your defense there...then put Beltran in RF...really hurting your defense there. They had one of the best OF defenses in baseball last year....substituting Cain in CF and Lough in RF for Aoki and Beltran.... Offensively an upgrade for sure...but defensively...yikes.
They had a team similar in many way to the Indians, maybe not in make-up, but in level, and realized that their cost-effective plan wasn't working.
I could see a team like the Royals with their history and in a town that would likely support them taking steps to move up a level. If the Royals truly are ahead of Cleveland at this point, and I wouldn't disagree...
Then adding Beltran, a former Royal...and allowing him to retire there, would be a massive coup on paper in many ways.
Of course, they averaged less per game than the Indians...so what do I know...
I have their payroll at $89.5M right now. How do they fit Beltran at 3yr/$48M?? Even if they move Butler's $8M 2014 salary, they still puts them over $95M in 2014...that after having a payroll of $81.8M in 2013, highest in team history and an increase of over $17M from 2012.
If the Royals are hellbent on adding Beltran...I'd imagine they'd have to move Butler, Hochevar and probably another pen arm.
If they are done, I do think they have passed the Tribe...though with another move or two I think the Tribe can beat them. Think any one of the Tigers, Royals, Indians though could win this division. Think the Twins are capable of 78-80 wins this year even (go ahead and make fun if you want but I like the offseason they have had and the young kids they have coming up).
I like Mujica but I can't see the Tribe trying to win a bidding war for him, but I think they can 'win' a few guys with an option yr and / or a small buyout.
I would have liked Wesley Wright at $1.425 M, but as Clay pointed out, Tony Sipp might be a cheaper similar option. As I have mentioned there are other alternatives, Jose Mijares could probably be had for a similar or cheaper price.
As far as Mujica, like I posted in the boards, a chance to win a World Series and get paid is hard to compete with no matter how competitive the offer was.
0.933, 1.026, 1.041, 1.005...
Mujica > Joe Smith, plus has more closing experience. God I hate Boston...
We paid Perez $7M last year...but 2 years and $9.5M too much for Mujica?!?
I am really getting the sense the Indians are going to wait it out and see who is left when the dust settles. There could be a lot of interesting relief and starting pitching options left in free agency once everyone else is done splurging. I also still feel like the Indians are silently active in some interesting trade opportunities, some of which will begin to come to light as the winter meetings start and progress.
To be fair, Tony Sipp could be had on a minor league deal and "could" bring value as the second lefty behind Scrabble.
Also Jerry Crasnick tweeted that Feldman is looking for a 3 year 30 million deal. Made me laugh.
Anyway, here's to plenty of trade rumors to fill the 5th spot in the pen!
I'd love to see the Indians get RHRP Ryan Webb, who was non-tendered by the Marlins. Webb was only projected to make $1.5M by mlbtraderumors.com in his first yr of arbitration. Webb is coming off a yr which he posted a 2.91 era in 80 IP and 60+ appearances.
It will be curious who the Tribe will be linked to at the Winter mtgs. I think we could hear rumors linking any of Bourn, ACab, Stubbs and Brantley in possible trades.