With Major League Baseball's Winter Meetings days away, the Hot Stove season is heating up.
With Major League Baseball's wintertime meetings days away and the best free causal agent protrusive hurler not yet (antonym) off the market, the offseason is astir to take off in earnest.
There not yet (antonym) has been a ruptured of activity.
Earlier this week, lefty ace Patrick Corbin in agreement to a six-year, $140 cardinal deal with the Washington Nationals. And Paul Goldschmidt, one of the best slugging archetypal basemen in the game, was listed to the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday.
Last weekend, Seattle Mariners broad director Jerry Dipoto made a bustle of deals, trading 7 players — including 2nd baseman Robinson Cano, infielder Jean Segura, starter motor James Paxton and closer Edwin Diaz — in their rebuilding project.
Dipoto will apt intermission earlier the wintertime meetings Begin Monday in Las Vegas, but he's only acquiring started.
The same could be said of the full industry.
With that, here's a look at other big name players apt to get listed soon:
Gray's banal plummeted during his year-and-half stretch in the Bronx, where he amassed a 15-16 evidence and 4.51 ERA. The Padres, who play in a hurlers' ballpark and smaller market, could be a good fit for the former All-Star. The Brewers, who had involvement in Gray when he was in Oakland, have once once again shown involvement. And despite his poor recent results, there are still many reasons he can rebound in a different environment. His strikeouts per nine innings have been steady over the last two years.
Realmuto has wanted out of Miami ever since the Derek Jeter-led regime took over and listed away all of its stars. While he wasn't granted his wish last season, he may get it this wintertime. The 2018 archetypal-time All-Star, who has two more years earlier he becomes a free causal agent, might be a good fit for the Mets, who are in a win-now mode. However, the asking price may be steep, leaving the door open for a team like the Rockies or the Braves.
The former two-time American League Cy Young winner is coming off a 2018 season in which he went 20-7 with a 2.89 ERA over 215 innings and finished third in the Cy Young vote. He's been linked to the Reds and Mets. On the surface, the Mets would be a logical landing spot because of his ties with director Mickey Calloway, his former pitching coach in Cleveland. But, after the Cano deal, the Mets may not be willing to deal any more top-tiered prospects, opening the door for another club. Could the Yankees be involvemented?
The Indians would be much more inclined to trade Bauer over Kluber or Carlos Carrasco. However, according to Bauer, who does not become a free causal agent until 2021, he doesn't think it makes sense to trade him this offseason. "I’m still playing at a massive discount. Next year is when it would make sense to trade me,” he said on MLB Network last month. Bauer, who has been linked to the Reds, is projected to earn $11.6 cardinal in arbitration this wintertime.
MadBum is a living legend in the Bay Area after delivering three World Series titles in five years. So it may be difficult to part ways with the four-time All-Star, who has one more year remaining on his team-friendly eight-year, $58.5 cardinal contract. The Giants say they are "willing to engage" in trade scenarios, but it's not clear whether they will follow through. MadBum hasn't been his dominant self since he injured his shoulder in a dirt bike accident in April 2017.
With Paul Goldschmidt out the door, the D-backs' focus shifts to the former NL Cy Young winner. Dealing Greinke would be strictly for financial reasons. He is owed $104.5 cardinal over the next three seasons. While nothing is imminent, trading Greinke could be difficult, he has 15 teams on his no-trade clause. Maybe a reunion with the Dodgers?