MLB News and Rumors: Yankees lose Cano, add Beltran
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 Friday, December 6th.
- Robinson Cano is once again the focal point of this piece. However, this may be the last time, as he has
decided on his new home for the foreseeable future. Cano and the Mariners agreed to a mega 10-year, $240 million contract. Seattle seems to be just getting started, as there are reports that the Mariners plan to make a major play for free agents Shin-Soo Choo and Nelson Cruz, as well as Tampa pitcher David Price.
- Over the past few days, there were reports that talks between Curtis Granderson and the Mets were intensifying. On Friday, Granderson and the Mets agreed to a four-year deal, worth $60 million.
- Earlier in the day Friday, it was reported that contract discussions between the Red Sox and Mike Napolihad reached a critical stage, with larger offers coming from one or more of the Rangers, Mariners, and Marlins. However, late Friday night, Napoli agreed to a lesser deal to stay in Boston. The first baseman will receive $32 million over two years.
- On the same day that they lost top offensive contributor Cano, the Yankees found their middle of the order replacement, agreeing to a three-year, $45 million contract with Carlos Beltran.
- Indians beat writer for MLB.com, Jordan Bastian, was on hand for Chris Antonetti’s pre-Winter Meetings chat. You can read a rundown of quotes and highlights from Antontetti’s discussion on Bastian’s blog.
Other News and Notes
- Scott Feldman and the Astros agreed to a three-year, $30 million deal.
- The Yankees were able to talk Hiroki Kuroda into staying another year in the Bronx, signing the righty to a one-year, $16 million deal.
- The Orioles agreed to a two-year, $4.5 million deal with reliever Ryan Webb. Webb was recently non-tendered by the Marlins after posting a sub-3.00 ERA in 2013.
- Non-tendered catcher J.P. Arencibia reached a contract agreement with the Rangers for one-year, $1.8 million.
- The Marlins are on the verge of signing Garrett Jones, and this has made first baseman Logan Morrisonexpendable, according to Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald. Jon Morosi of FOX Sports reported that the Brewers and Red Sox have checked in on Morrison.
- According to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, the Philliers are trying to trade closer Jonathan Papelbon. Papelbon is due to make $13 million in each of the next two seasons.
IF the Mets did acq. ACab they could resign him. Besides, it not unreasonable to think that he will post a big yr in his FA walk yr. They could be beneficiaries of acq. him, IF he did have a good yr of production, they could tender him a QO and net a draft pk. Then again those are the same reasons for the Tribe to hold him. Plus, he could be a trade option at a later say, at the deadline.
Consider what I suggested they might net, it's a good return, but not great. Edgin is a serviceable lefty, Flores a potential RH option at 3b (paired w/ LHH Chisenhall) and Tapia an erratic RHSP whose fixture is likely in the bullpen. Numbers, needs but not a great return. However, I think it would be fair.
I think Montero for ACab would be a solid deal for the Tribe, but I would suggest the Tribe would want someone big league ready now. I could see the Tribe landing Montero and another like Leathersich, or something like Flores and Michael Fulmer or Gabriel Ynoa.
As for the winter meetings i am gonna be quite disappointed if the indians do nothing in disney town. Yes they made the post season but it took 10 in a row at the close of the season to do it.The odds of that happening again are slim and none and losing kaz ubaldo and smitty and even perez is not a small loss from a good not great team. hopefully chris doesnt sit on his hands. it wouldnt kill dolan to kick in extra 10 million on the total salary cap for 2014.
It depends on what the Tribe wants to do. That is net a high return or clear his salary for another signing (see: the Jim Johnson trade).
IF you called me, as the GM of the Tribe, I would ask for Bobby Parnell and Wilmer Flores. Parnell would be a cheap add for us and Flores could develop into a nice RH option for 3b.
Priority is SP, so let's talk a bigger trade for a moment. I think the Tribe would be open to making a pkg deal out of this, say, ACab, and one of: Drew Stubbs or Michael Brantley for (I'd ask for Wheeler - first) Jon Niese or Dillon Gee and something like Flores, and Tapia.
Going back to the trade as it was proposed, ACab for what? I think the Tribe would like to land 2 pitchers, (1 SP, 1 RP) and 1 position prospect. One arm would have to impact the big league club now. So I'd say a deal would look like...
ACab to the Mets for...
Josh Edgin - LHRP, Wilmer Flores - 3b / 2b and Domingo Tapia - RHSP.
I am interested in seeing what type of guys they have identified under the radar that might come through in some Winter Meeting trades or just set-up the ground worth for the next few months.
Regarding an Asdrubal trade Kyle,
I'd probably take Montero for ACab straight up. I'm sure our front office will be talking to the Mets about it during the winter meetings. It has been discussed here before, and most people agree that we are pretty compatible trade partners. I honestly don't expect us to get a whole lot for ACab though considering his market is drying up. You guys could probably get him for pretty cheap.
Here is my proposal. I know you guys need starting pitching and bullpen help.
SP Rafael Montero (has excelled at every level throws hard outstanding control)
1B Lucas Duda (can DH for you, cheap guy with 30 HR potential)
RP Jack Leathersich (LH who can hit upper 90s. He has dominating K numbers throughout his minor league career)
SP Jacob DeGrom (young starter that projects as a back end starter
RP Domingo Tapia (97-100mph late inning potential)
All these guys are mlb ready now except for tapia.
Great point, re: option yrs. They've basically said, that they have jointly selected a delivery. He is working through it and they have 2 pitching coaches monitoring him. It's good to have the extra sets of eyes on him, I think it will benefit long term. IF Bauer gets even a fraction of control, he could really come on and develop into at least a MOR arm. He's got so much more, but the Tribe knew their were issues with him, or they wouldn't have been able to get him, IMO. IF Bauer develops into what I think he could, they have another arm on par with Danny Salazar, maybe better. I think it's important to remember Bauer is only going on 23 at the start of next season. Time is on his side, but patience is not. I think the best thing to expect from Bauer is a mid-season call up. IF he comes out throwing smoke consistently, he might make some noise, but honestly, I think they plug him right back in AAA to start the season no matter what.
I'm looking forward to the winter mtgs, it will be interesting to hear who the Tribe is gunning for. CA says, pitching but it is not going to be easy to acquire.
I think we could see the Tribe target a P in the rule 5 draft IF they make a selection. Some P I think could get selected... Marcus Hatley, Matt Loosen (Cubs), Matt Lollis (Pads), Tommy Kahnle, Danny Burawa, lefty - Freddy Lewis (NYY), Kevin Munson (Dbax), lefty -Stephen Moran (M's), Ryan Chafee (Angels), Seth Blair, Boone Whiting (Cards), Zach Thornton (Pirates). A few position players I think could be selected... Carlos Perez - C (Astros), Marco Hernandez -SS (Cubs), Junior Arias - OF (Reds), Brian Fletcher -1b / OF (Royals), Andy Wilkins 1b / OF (WSox), Tim Wheeler - OF (Rockies). From the Tribe...Giovanny Urshela - 3b / UTL, Enosil Tejada - RP, and lefty - Matt Packer - RP.
I guess good news for the Indians is they wont have to face Beltran 19 times this year with the Royals.
Maybe the biggest contract signing this off season might be to offer Masterson a multi year deal.
Also looking to see what kind of trades that the Indians might be able to pull off.