Jon Heyman shares his news and notes on Major League Baseball:
A realistic group of Royals sells. Andrew Benintendi may be their top player and Carlos Santana may be of interest. The chief executive of a rival said royal citizens were talking more seriously than ever about the multifaceted Whit Merrifield in trade talks. He will be a free agent after next year.
Orioles have a great pen and should do well if they exchange stars with Jorge Lopez and others. Trey Mancini will probably go too. The price tag is higher for non-freelance agents Austin Hays, Anthony Santander, Ryan Mountcastle and much higher for Cedric Mullins.
Rangers could try to sign a multi-year contract with late-fledged starter Martin Perez before considering replacing him. Back in Texas, he hits like a star, although years later it was predicted.
Padres’ attack has grown recently with Jurickson Profar, Jake Cronenworth and Luke Voit, but they’re probably looking for a winger – probably a winger. They’ve tried Joey Gallot before, but probably no team offers much right now.
“Non-negotiable,” says one CEO, Gallot.
A long-time baseball player speaks for many when he says he doesn’t see the AL MVP front number Aaron Judge leaving the Yankees. “It’s too perfect a scenario. He’s not going anywhere.” This man thought that the Cubs, who would eventually have to spend, were the biggest threat to his contract.
Shouldn’t Astros extend Dusty Baker now? His contract will only be valid this year.
One rival GM said he sees Marlins buying Pablo Lopez because they are very deep among young throwers, have shown readiness to do so in the past and are selling high (2.85 ERA). They have stocks of young guns, but Eury Perez and Max Meyer are two rivals who believe they don’t consider trading, in addition to the course Sandy Alcantara.
D-Backs wants to keep a pitcher between Zac Gallen and another player, Ketel Marte, and Merrill Kelly. Meanwhile, Zach Davies, Mark Melancon and Ian Kennedy are expected. Madison Bumgarner has played well on the pitch, but D-Backs should make up for his contract.
Rarely mentioned, but among the best deals, was former Marlin GM Michael Hill, who got Alcantara and Gallen (later exchanged for Jazz Chisholm) for Marcell Ozuna.
The tigers ’best piece is left-handed relief by Gregory Soto, last year’s All-Star, but one rival GM said that although he expects them to ask for a draw, they shouldn’t expect it; although he is talented, the CEO said he has been somewhat “unusual”. Robbie Grossman and Michael Fulmer are the Tigers likely to be moved.
A Tigers man told Carlos Correa about a $ 275 million 10-year offer: “He should have accepted it.” That may be the case (but Correal has several opt-outs that will allow it to get there after the $ 105.3 million TwinS deal), but it is undeniable that Correa would look much better than the alternative way Tigers spent the money. money. Javier Baez for $ 140 million has not been himself. And Eduardo Rodriguez, who signed a $ 77 million deal, is shortlisted after he asked for time to deal with the marriage problem. There is no timetable for his return. But at some point, tigers may publish this topic.
If it’s Lorenzo Cain, good luck with a great career. He is a pro and a gentleman.
Award leaders as heard on The Post podcast “The Show”: AL MVP; Aaron Judge, Jose Ramirez; NL MVP: Paul Goldschmidt, Manny Machado; AL Cy: Shane McClanahan, Alek Manoah; NL Cy: Sandy Alcantara, Joe Musgrove.
Player of the Week: Shohei Ohtani, Angels SP / DH. Second place: Anthony Rizzo, Yankees 1B.
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