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MLB News and Rumors: Stubbs expected to be tendered

MLB News and Rumors: Stubbs expected to be tendered
December 2, 2013
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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.

With no major signings or trades on Sunday, there are no “Top Stories”. Instead, I will give a rundown of the day's news and rumors.

Here are the stories from Sunday, December 2nd.

News and Notes

  • Indians beat writer for MLB.com Jordan Bastian said that Cleveland is expected to tender a contract to Drew Stubbs. This comes as no surprise as several reports have surfaced about other teams' interest in Stubbs.

  • David Schoenfield of ESPN.com posted an article in which he proposed five three-team trades that he believes make sense for the teams involved. One of the trades he proposed had the Indians sendingAsdrubal Cabrera to Baltimore (to play second base), and Joe Wendle to Cincinnati, and acquiring starter Homer Bailey from the Reds.

  • With Tampa Bay filling needs at catcher and the bullpen, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times expects the Rays to move their focus to the hole at first base, with Ike Davis and Mitch Moreland said to be potential trade targets.

  • John Tomase of the Boston Herald says that if the Red Sox were to lose Mike Napoli, the team could look to rookie Xander Bogaerts to hit in the middle of the order and offer up protection for David Ortiz.

  • Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reported that several teams have reached out to pitcher Bronson Arroyo, but so far the righty does not have any formal offers.

  • A source has told Joel Sherman of the New York Post that the Red Sox will tender a contract to reliever Andrew Bailey. Bailey is expected to make over $4 million through arbitration and could miss the first half of the season after July shoulder surgery.

  • Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet.ca says it is unlikely that the Diamondbacks will non-tender relieverJoe Thatcher. Even though Thatcher struggled in his time with Arizona, Nicholson-Smith says the Diamondbacks know how expensive bullpen arms are getting, so they will likely hold on to Thatcher.

  • Charlie Wilmoth of MLBTradeRumors.com lists Cardinals reliever John Axford as a non-tender candidate. Axford has closing experience and pitched well in his time with St. Louis. Cardinals beat writer for MLB.com, Jennifer Langosch, says St. Louis is expected to non-tender Axford.

User Comments

drews
December 6, 2013 - 4:44 PM EST
the indians will do the same thing they always do. fill the holes cheaply and hope it works out
Rich
December 3, 2013 - 7:58 AM EST
Unfortunately, Matthew, I think you're right.

I don't see Swisher going anywhere due to his leadership and the fact that the Indians made a big pitch to him about being a building block of a playoff team, and trading him after one year when they won 92 games would look bad. But I still think that over the next three years his production won't match his salary. Hope I'm wrong.

The emergence of Gomes as a catcher who can hit allows Santana to move to 1st and potentially frees up Swisher to be moved. So the answer is that Swisher's production would be replaced by Gomes, who actually had a better year offensively. Trading Swisher for a young pitcher would also free up about $10 million a year to add a bat if necessary.
Matthew
December 2, 2013 - 3:16 PM EST
That's just not the kind of deal the Rays make. They would never trade away young pitching for a big, risky contract like 4 years and $59M for a 33 year old.

The Rays will get someone like Ike Davis, and get better production than the Indians will from Swisher.
Walter
December 2, 2013 - 3:10 PM EST
I don't see Tampa Bay taking the contract of Swisher because the Rays also have limited resources.
If the Reds can not sign Bailey to long term contract, I believe they will try to trade him and get max value. At the moment the potential SP FA for next off season would include Scherzer, Masterson, and Bailey

If Reds can not sign Choo they would need a CF. Hamilton not ready to take over full time. I would offer Bourn and McAllister or Carrasco for Bailey.
Willie
December 2, 2013 - 11:43 AM EST
Hermie,

I hear what your saying RE: Homer Bailey. It's not that he's not a qlty pitcher, but the Tribe seemingly would be more motivated to move after young SP. IF they could get Bailey for the pkg Schoenfield suggests, I'd think they would do it.

Furcal could be a nice stop gap option for the SS position if ACab is dealt. I'd guess he could get a few $M on a one yr deal.
Hermie13
December 2, 2013 - 11:36 AM EST
Losing Swisher....not sure the locker room would recover. That'd be a huge loss not only in production on the field but leadership off. Giambi was big there but Swisher was key in that regards as well.

Would have to get a stud to move him IMO. Bourn is the guy that needs to go if you're moving someone.
Hiram
December 2, 2013 - 11:26 AM EST
Rich,

who replaces Swisher's production?
Hermie13
December 2, 2013 - 11:01 AM EST
If you deal Cabrera...I'd definitely give Furcal a call. Missed all of last year and is getting old but could be a decent 1-year stopgap if the Tribe felt his arm can still handle short.
Rich
December 2, 2013 - 10:51 AM EST
If the Rays have a hole at first base, how about Swisher for a young starter? They always have an excess of pitching and with Gomes' emergence as a legitimate starting catcher we could move Santana to first base. He doesn't like to DH and I don't believe he'll make a decent 3rd baseman.

I also don't think Swisher is worth the money we've committed to him for the next four years.
Tony
December 2, 2013 - 10:08 AM EST
It will be interesting to see not only if the Indians can deal Cabrera this winter, but also what return they get if they do. Also, who they replace him with. Not sure how I feel about Aviles or Ramirez filling in there until Lindor is (hopefully) ready midseason.
Hermie13
December 2, 2013 - 10:00 AM EST
Disagree the deal wouldn't benefit the Tribe. Sure Bailey is in his last year but so is Cabrera. Not going to get a guy with multiple years left for him and with the kind of talent Bailey has unless you include some nice pieces with AC.

Think the deal makes the least sense for the O's. They could use pitching. AC would be a nice add and allow them to potentially deal Hardy (and use AC as a stopgap at short til they move Machado) but doubt the O's would spend $10M on a 2B when pitching is needed.
Willie
December 2, 2013 - 9:37 AM EST
I think it's pretty reasonable to assume the Tribe would trade Cabrera for SP. But that kind of deal (suggested by Schoenfield) really wouldn't benefit the Tribe. Bailey is in last yr of arb. and the Tribe would seemingly be interested in adding an arm they can control for a few yrs. Interesting suggestion nonetheless.

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