Winter Meetings See Gerrit Cole To New York? Can Cubs Grab Kintzler?
Winter Meetings Officially Begin
We discussed some signings that occurred yesterday with some pretty good relievers bolstering their new bullpens, but there are still a ton of free agents up for grabs.
Starters will be at a premium, as they are in high demand, but not a large supply. Before we get into the rumors though, we'll take you through actual signings and trades that went down on Monday. Information is tentative because it is freshly reported.
In terms of trades, the Oakland Athletics traded 2B Joey Wendle to the Tampa Bay Rays for a player to be named later. The Phillies decided to bring back reliever Pat Neshek on a two-year $16.25 million contract. It's a decent move as they had traded him for prospects mid-season, and now get him back as one of the better pitchers on their staff.
Reliever Chris Martin signed a two-year $4 million deal with the Rangers and will be eligible for free agency at the end of his contract. He's struggled in the MLB, but has played in Japan for the last two seasons. In 88 relief appearances, he has an ERA of 1.12.
So not much happened in terms of signings, but there are tons of rumors already circulating. Fresh off their World Series triumph, the Houston Astros are reportedly looking for another top tier starter. So Chris Archer could be in their headlights, or Jake Arrieta. One of the main reasons for the Astros' win was Yu Darvish's collapse Game 7, but he might be a target for the 'Stros now, and regularly does pitch well at Minute Maid.
With Stanton on the Yankees now, the AL East contenders are most likely on the lookout for power bats. Enter J.D. Martinez and Eric Hosmer. The Boston Red Sox will be shopping for one of these. And with Stanton gone, the Marlins are also reportedly putting Christian Yelich and Marcell Ozuna on the block. The Sox could take a chance with one of these as well.
Jose Abreu, from the White Sox, could be a valuable asset too, and could be traded for some prospects, which doesn't hurt Boston next season, and is in lock step with the White Sox rebuild. Keeping with the AL East, the Yankees seem interested in Gerritt Cole of the Pirates. This could mean Jacoby Ellsbury is on his way out.
Braves 1B Matt Adams has been popular as well. Both the Indians and Royals have reportedly asked about him. If the Cleveland Indians can hang onto Carlos Santana though, they'll have little need for Adams. The Nationals also could get a go at him. As for Santana, it's reported he's being looked at by the Red Sox, Padres, Phillies, Rangers, Rockies, and of course, the Indians.
Brandon Kintzler also finds himself quite popular. He's most likely going to be the next free agent reliever to sign, as the Cubs, D-Backs, Nationals, Rangers, and Twins are all after the closer/reliever. The D-Backs are looking to bring back closer Fernando Rodney though, although the Mets are also interested in him.
Other teams are trying to buzz as well, but are having a bit of difficulty. The Tigers are offering up starter Michael Fulmer, but haven't heard any offers for him. They are also trying to trade Ian Kinsler, but there seems to be a lack of interest or no reports yet.
Also on the no-bite list is the Milwaukee Brewers, who are hoping to trade Domingo Santana for a quality starter. Because of his performance, it would be too costly to trade for the power hitter at this time, so he'll probably stick with the Brew Crew.
It's still early in the Winter Meetings, so there is more rumor than fact right now, but we should expect a lot more shake-up in the coming days. Join us back here tomorrow, as we take you through Tuesday's trades and signings. We'll be expecting some surprises.
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