The team is expected to engage on the year-old, but as SNY's Andy Martino notes , the industry assumption is that the Southern California native prefers a West Coast club.
For the Yankees to land Cole, they may need to significantly outbid other teams. The Yankees were interested in Sabathia at that time, but the big left-hander wasn't sure he wanted to play or live in New York. New York's approach has been different lately. While the team has continued to spend big, it has shied away from the win-at-all-cost moves that defined the late George Steinbrenner's tenure as owner. They also traded for James Paxton to bolster the rotation. The team desperately needs an ace, Cole is an Orange County, Calif. Speculation may only grow after Moreno promised a payroll increase on Thursday, per a tweet from Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times.
The backstop was one of the most valuable players in the National League during , producing 5. Grandal is ineligible for the qualifying offer after rejecting one from the Dodgers last year, and he could be viewed as a more attractive free agent this offseason with no Draft-pick compensation requirements attached to him.
There comes a point in time when you have to cash in. That said, there are some factors that might slow his market, as MLB.
The biggest knock on him is his age, as he is set to turn 34 in December. Feinsand has heard that another one-year deal is likely for the veteran. At the time, the expectation was that he would play a lesser role, with Hicks, Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton and Clint Frazier in the fold. But given the Yankees' injuries, Gardner ended up playing games, and he produced career highs in homers 28 and OPS.
The game was tied when Strasburg threw what would be his final pitch of the night, but Washington scored 10 runs in the final three innings to get the right-hander his fourth win of the postseason. Strasburg has made five appearances four starts in the playoffs, going with a 1.
Despite his age 31 and injury history, he will likely be able to top his current deal if he becomes a free agent, given the premium that is typically placed on ace starters. However, he might not even need to hit the open market to get a better contract. According to MLB. With Arrieta's season limited to 24 starts due to a bone spur that required elbow surgery, it isn't surprising that he would choose to remain with the Phillies for ' Jake Arrieta will not exercise his opt out in Phillies deal.
But for those wondering if New York might shop the slugger this offseason, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman's comments on Thursday likely provided an answer. In breaking down Wheeler's value, Tim Britton of The Athletic subscription required points out that the right-hander's FanGraphs Wins Above Replacement total over the past two seasons was 8.
As the Major League Baseball season's July 31 trade deadline inches closer, of players who are likely to be involved in trade talks over the next two months. .. More so than most prospect-based deals, it was an upside play for the A's. The July 31 non-waiver trade deadline for the Major League Baseball season We've imagined eight trades that could plausibly go down before the July 31 deadline. The latter isn't likely to be traded by the Cleveland Indians at all.
In the two years prior to hitting the open market in , Corbin had an identical fWAR figure. Wheeler also compares favorably to some other pitchers who landed similar contracts in free agency. In ', Cueto's fWAR was 8. What could hurt Wheeler's stock, in Britton's view, is the year-old's injury history. Wheeler made 60 starts over the past two seasons, but before that he missed all of and started only 17 games in ' Corbin also had the benefit of being the top pitcher on the market in a thin year for free-agent starters.
Smith had an excellent season as San Francisco's closer, posting a 2. Louis might extend him a QO because it needs the offense. Of the three, Schwarber is the most likely trade candidate, though he won't bring back as much in a deal. Manager Joe Maddon is gone, and there's been speculation that Epstein will look to shake up the roster. I expect to have a lot of trade discussions this winter. The Cubs' biggest needs are in center field and the bullpen.
They could use another starting pitcher as well, with Jon Lester beginning to decline and Cole Hamels heading to free agency. In his latest Cubs inbox, MLB. There are certainly areas he can continue to improve upon, but shame on us if we can't continue his development at the big league level, because this is like the most tooled-out, athletic catcher who has a huge heart and cares and wants his pitcher to succeed as well.
Marte is arguably the best trade chip for a Pittsburgh club coming its worst record since However, the consensus among the people within the industry MLB. If Cole proves to be too expensive, and Stephen Strasburg uses his opt-out leverage to get a longer deal from the Nationals, the Yankees would be left to consider mid-tier options such as Madison Bumgarner, Zack Wheeler, Hyun-Jin Ryu and Jake Odorizzi. Each of those hurlers will be costly in their own right, but they might not necessarily put the Yankees over the top. While Yankees fans will be disappointed if general manager Brian Cashman doesn't address the rotation with a major move or two, there's a chance the team's Cole fallback option is already in the organization.
But St. Louis is also expected to assess the rotation this offseason. Adam Wainwright and Michael Wacha are headed for free agency, leaving two holes that need to be filled. And while Jack Flaherty emerged as an ace in , ground-ball specialist Dakota Hudson and control artist Miles Mikolas are more suited to be back-end starters than the Cardinals' second and third options.
The Cardinals' rotation has skewed right-handed for quite some time, with just 14 starts going to left-handers over the past three seasons combined, so it might make sense for the team to target a southpaw in free agency. According to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch , Bumgarner is "on the list" of pitchers the Cards will target, but not atop it. Bumgarner, 30, may have the greatest contract demands among the pitchers mentioned above, as he is the youngest in the group and arguably has the best resume.
He's also likely to receive a qualifying offer from the Giants, and rejecting it would attach Draft-pick compensation requirements to him. Ryu and Keuchel received a qualifying offer last year, so they are ineligible, and Hamels and Hill are unlikely to receive one from their current clubs. New York has been eliminated from the postseason by Houston in three of the past five years, and general manager Brian Cashman will be tasked with making moves that finally put the club over the top. Ace right-hander Gerrit Cole is expected to be a target, but MLB Network insider Joel Sherman thinks the club should also look elsewhere for a big splash.
In an article for the New York Post , Sherman suggests calling the Indians to see if year-old shortstop Francisco Lindor is available. The Yankees have an opening at shortstop, with Didi Gregorius headed for free agency after his worst season in pinstripes. They may also try to re-sign Gregorius if the price is right, as the year-old has proven to be productive on the field as well as an important clubhouse presence during his time in pinstripes.
But those options could take a back seat if there's a realistic chance to get Lindor. The left-hander is a postseason legend with a strong regular-season resume, but teams are more reluctant than ever to pay for past performance in free agency. He may also be hindered by the Draft-compensation requirements that will be attached to him if he rejects a qualifying offer.
Bumgarner remained effective in , throwing more than innings for the first time since '16 and recording a 3. That said, the free-agent market isn't exactly brimming with starters who are significantly better than Bumgarner. Betts can become a free agent in a year, leading to trade speculation, but there would be less urgency to move him if Martinez opts out.
Losing Martinez would hurt, but an offense led by Betts, Rafael Devers and Xander Bogaerts could overcome it, especially if Andrew Benintendi can bounce back. But even if the Yanks have the top bid, there's no guarantee that Cole, a Southern California native, will want to come to New York. Per Olney, the industry expectation is that he'll end up with the Angels. Olney compares Cole's situation to that of CC Sabathia in the offseason. The Yanks were told they needed to significantly outbid other teams to sway Sabathia. New York's approach has been different in recent years, with general manager Brian Cashman avoiding win-at-all-cost moves.
A year ago, the Yankees weren't willing to go to six years for New York native Patrick Corbin, and as a result they were outbid by the Nationals. But after another disappointing postseason exit, the club could be more aggressive this offseason. Kluber wasn't off to a great start before his injuries, posting a 5. But just because Cleveland intends to pick up the option doesn't mean Kluber will be on the roster next season. Cleveland's front office said it hasn't been given a mandate to reduce the budget this offseason, but the team already showed a willingness to retool on the fly when it traded Trevor Bauer under control through for four players with four-plus years of team control remaining, as well as impending free agent Yasiel Puig, in July.
If another deal arises that allows the club to trade Kluber without significantly hurting its chances of contending in , the year-old could find himself on the move.
As the team looks to build a winner around superstar Mike Trout in manager Joe Maddon's first year at the helm, it could conceivably target both Cole and Rendon. However, MLB. But Donaldson performed so well that he is now in line for a lucrative multiyear deal, even at age The elimination of August waiver deals means the Astros have just a matter of hours to get something done or be stuck with what they have.
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