The massive names and some minor names have been trickling off the board as we head into February, however there’s nonetheless so much to determine earlier than spring coaching begins (at any time when that’s). Out of a charitable sense of mission, we’re right here to assemble all of the print-able rumors about free agent signatures and potential trades. So let’s do this for Friday.
The Cardinals have lengthy been linked to star third baseman Nolan Arenado, who has grown disgruntled in Colorado. Now Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic is reporting that there’s as soon as once more a momentum towards a commerce that may carry Arenado to St. Louis. Rosenthal writes:
“Arenado, 29, would seemingly waive his no-trade clause to hitch the Cardinals, and will conform to reject his proper to choose out after the 2021 season. The Rockies, to flee their $ 199 assure million over the subsequent six seasons, he would virtually actually take up no less than one high-priced Cardinals veteran whereas additionally getting prospects within the deal. “
As Rosenthal writes, Arenado’s no-trade provision and opt-out could be main impediments to any commerce, however he is apparently keen to make some concessions to make a take care of St. Louis extra seemingly. It goes with out saying that Arenado’s will on this entrance is a major advance.
Arenado is coming off an unsatisfactory season on the plate in 2020, however as Rosenthal factors out, that seemingly has so much to do with a shoulder damage he sustained earlier within the season. Plus, it was a shortened 60-game common season performed amid a worldwide pandemic. Given Arenado’s robust file on the plate (he had a 131 OPS + from 2017-2019), his issues in 2020 are simply discounted. Moreover, Arenado stays maybe the perfect defensive third baseman in all of baseball and, the truth is, probably the greatest gloves at any place.
Placing that opt-out possibility apart, he signed till 2026, and given the unsure free agent market each now and within the upcoming offseason (the labor battle throughout the 2021-22 offseason is a transparent risk), let that dedication of $ 199 is met will certainly have one thing enchantment by Arenado.
From the Cardinals’ standpoint, it is a good time to focus on high-priced contracts. Only a few different groups are, and meaning the Rockies in all probability could not get as robust of a return package deal as they’d in different situations. The Cardinals have not executed something up to now this offseason, however suffice it to say deal for Arenado would change that individual script in an enormous method.
Conveniently, there may be some uncertainty inside the field in St. Louis proper now. After surprisingly passing the membership choice to Kolten Wong for 2021, Tommy Edman seems poised to be the Cardinals’ most important second baseman. That, in flip, would strain Matt Carpenter into the decline part at common service at third base. Whereas Carpenter has had a reasonably good profession, he is in all probability not a daily, both with the bat or the glove, at this stage. An Arenado addition erases these worries.
Cubs, doable reunion of Arrieta
After shedding Jon Lester and José Quintana in free company and buying and selling ace Yu Darvish, the Cubs want assist in the rotation. Coincidentally, former Chicago ace Jake Arrieta is a free agent, and ESPN’s Jesse Rogers experiences return to the North Facet is feasible:
Arrieta, who received the Nationwide League Cy Younger Award as a member of the Cubs in 2015, is coming off a disappointing three-year season with the Phillies (four.36 ERA in 64 begins). Plus, Arrieta will quickly be 35 and has confronted a lack of pace lately. Nevertheless, if the Cubs are on the lookout for somebody simply to eat tickets on the finish, then a reunion would possibly make some sense. On the very least, inking Arrieta would possibly enchantment a bit to a Cubs fan base that’s annoyed by house owners’ near-total refusal to spend money on what could possibly be a aggressive roster.
The promoting worth of the brewers is excessive for Hader
The Brewers have lengthy been rumored to be open to buying and selling left-handed nearer Josh Hader, who boasts a few of the nastiest stuff and the perfect outcomes of any reliever in baseball. By means of 4 seasons in Milwaukee, Hader has a 2.54 ERA with a whopping 380 strikeouts in 223 2/three innings. Though he’s not eligible without spending a dime company till after the 2023 season, he’s now in his highest-cost arbitration years, which theoretically explains why Milwaukee is keen to maneuver him. Based on FanSided’s Robert Murray, nonetheless, his request in return is giant. Murray writes:
“Hader’s asking worth, in keeping with sources conversant in the scenario, is a mixture of MLB gamers and prospects.
“We won’t take part in that,” mentioned an American League government.
‘Do not waste your time,’ mentioned one other government. “
This, after all, could possibly be a stance to sign to the Brewers that they’re asking an excessive amount of, or it may mirror the truth that the Brewers will commerce Hader provided that they’re introduced with an amazing supply. Both method, the Brewers should not be trying to weaken their 2021 probabilities in what’s presently a totally disappointing NL Central.
The Phillies took a wheel on 31-year-old left-hander Matt Moore, Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports Philly reports. Moore spent final season with Softbank of the Japan Central League, and he did fairly nicely. Earlier than that, Moore spent a part of 9 MLB seasons with a four.51 ERA and a Okay / BB ratio in that span. A former top-tier prospect, Moore made the 2013 All-Star workforce and completed ninth within the AL Cy Younger voting as a member of the Rays. Nevertheless, from that peak, he struggled to stay as much as his preliminary potential.