With some key players — Eric Hosmer, Mike Moustakas, Lorenzo Cain and Alcides Escobar — eyeing free agency after the season, could the 2015 World Series champs blow it all up and go back to Square 1?
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The identity of the reliever possibly joining the M's was unknown as of early Thursday on the East Coast.
(UPDATE: Feinsand later reported the Mariners had been talking with the Marlins about right-hander David Phelps, but it was unknown whether Phelps was headed to Seattle.) (UPDATE 2: The Mariners acquired Phelps on Thursday for four minor leaguers.) Reported by: Buster Olney Analysis (Gatto): Adams was expected to be a valuable trade chip, but with the Braves thinking wild card and the trade market for hitters not that hot (per Olney), Atlanta will, for now, ride with Adams, whose hitting has moved Freddie Freeman to third base.
Both teams desperately need a corner bat like Frazier's (16 home runs), and controllable bullpen arms like Robertson and Kahnle are always in high demand. What possible set of prospects could get this done?
The White Sox know the Red Sox's system extremely well after last winter's Chris Sale trade; they've also scouted the Yankees' system, of course, and know the minor league depth the Bombers have accumulated. All three are late-inning prizes, in particular Britton, the All-Star closer who is back from an elbow injury. Reported by: Jon Morosi Reported by: Mark Feinsand Reported by: Jerry Crasnick, Mark Bowman Reported by: Mark Carig Reported by: Bob Nightengale Reported by: Bob Nightengale Reported by: Ken Rosenthal Reported by: Jon Morosi Reported by: Ken Rosenthal Reported by: Ken Rosenthal Reported by: Marc Topkin; Jon Morosi Reported by: Michael Silverman, Boston Herald Analysis (Gatto): The Bo Sox, it appears, are making sure the Chi Sox don't get comfortable.
Reported by: Ken Rosenthal, MLB Network/Fox Sports Analysis (Rivera): Well, here we go again.
We knew in October 2016 that the Nationals bullpen would be an issue, right? After low-balling a few star caliber relievers in the offseason, the bullpen issue reared its ugly head all throughout 2017.
Todd Frazier, who's been dangled by the White Sox in the last year or so since being traded from the Reds, seems to be an option for Boston.The Cubs and Tigers have been engaging in talks, according to reports, but the Cubs seemingly are not willing to take on Verlander's contract.The Cubs and White Sox made for strange bedfellows on July 13, culminating in a trade that sent highly sought-after left-hander Jose Quintana to the North Side.But the team is under .500 heading into the second half of the season, and given that we've seen some ridiculous hauls for quality starting pitching this season, it might make sense for Texas to want to listen to some offers for their 1-2 in the rotation.Health for these guys is always the question, but when they're healthy, they're among the best.The White Sox received a king's ransom in the deal, further bolstering their farm system.On the opposite side of the spectrum, what will the Royals do?Milwaukee pitching coach Derek Johnson coached Gray at Vanderbilt, and Brewers catcher Stephen Vogt was Gray's batterymate in Oakland before the A's waived Vogt in June. Reported by: Mets GM Sandy Alderson, via New York Post Analysis (Rivera): Whew. Just when the boys from Flushing look like they're ready to challenge the Yankees for the crown of New York, injuries overcome the team.Alas, it's more about who you're willing to offer, and the still-rebuilding Brewers should be loath to weaken their farm system (think players like Lewis Brinson, Brett Phillips and Luis Ortiz) even for Gray, who can't become a free agent until after the 2019 season. The Mets don't have the best farm system in baseball, so trading de Grom for a hefty stack of prospects will help them regroup, and relatively quickly, if — and here's a big if — Sandy Alderson knows how to sell.Reported by: Bruce Levine (both sides), Ken Rosenthal, Jon Heyman (both sides) Analysis (Gatto): The rumor season got a whole lot better when Frazier was scratched from the White Sox's lineup Tuesday, followed by conflicting reports (both real and fake) that the Red Sox and Yankees were close to acquiring him and late-inning relievers David Robertson and Tommy Kahnle from Chicago in some sort of blockbuster deal involving prospects.From the looks of the pertinent Twitter timelines, Chicago and Boston got close to a deal, and then New York came over the top.