Tyson Ross has suitors, Oakland likes Mark Trumbo, and the White Sox are asking a lot for Jose Quintana.
Teams are showing interest in Ross
Tyson Ross missed nearly the entire 2016 season due to injury and was released by the Padres last month, but that hasn’t kept teams from pursuing him as a free agent. There are reports that the Nationals, Mariners, Pirates, Twins, and Giants have shown varying degrees of interest in the 30-year-old right-hander, and Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports tweeted out that the Cubs and Rangers are currently the favorites to sign him.
Minnesota asked for "final offers" on Brian Dozier, Washington wants to keep Dusty Baker around, and Arizona is fighting about a ballpark.
All quiet on the Dozier front
The past three weeks have been filled with “will they or won’t they?” trade gossip on Brian Dozier and the Dodgers, but the past few days have been fairly silent on the rumor mill (which is perhaps its own form of a rumor). Last Friday, the Minneapolis Star Tribunereported that the Twins were telling teams to submit their final offers for Dozier over the coming days. Since then, there’s been precious little in terms of rumors and nothing at all in terms of concrete action, which hints that those final offers might not have been what the Twins wanted.
There's a big market for Jose Quintana, a small market for Ryan Braun, and some market for Ben Revere.
Revere apparently in demand
Thursday night saw the biggest name remaining on the free agent market come off the board, as Cleveland pulled off a major coup by bringing in Edwin Encarnacion on a three-year deal worth $65 million. As rumors of a potential Encarnacion deal began to leak, we also began to hear rumors of other players being close to signing. One of those players is Ben Revere, and Roch Kubatko of MASN shared on Twitter that Revere could be signing with a team in the very near future—if not today.
New York is looking to change outfielders, Colorado is hanging onto outfielders, and San Diego wants to bring home a former ace.
Mets' outfield is kind of a mess
The Mets have plenty of outfielders—too many, even—but having plenty doesn’t necessarily mean having plenty of good options. So even as they keep searching for a trade partner to thin out their stash of left-handed-hitting right fielders (they currently have three of them), they’re also putting themselves on the market for an upgrade in center field. While they’re in talks with the Blue Jays about moving one of those extra right fielders, the Mets are also “semi-engaged” in trade discussions to fill the need, according to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports.
The Orioles play hard to get with Mark Trumbo, the Tigers balk at Alex Avila's price tag, and the Mariners consider dealing Seth Smith.
Orioles withdraw four-year offer from Trumbo
The on-again, off-again saga between Mark Trumbo and the Orioles is off again. The team took its four-year, $52 million deal off the table, per a report by Roch Kubatko of MASNsports.com. Kubatko notes that the move doesn’t necessarily signify the end of the Orioles’ efforts to sign Trumbo, however, as they pulled the same stunt with Chris Davis last winter before signing him to a seven-year, $161 million contract. Such is the nature of offseason wheeling and dealing, especially in Baltimore.
Does anyone want Sonny Gray? Is Charlie Blackmon as valuable as Adam Eaton? And where is Josh Hamilton?
Gray not drawing much trade interest
Oakland right-hander Sonny Gray's name keeps coming up in trade rumors, but there's an interesting wrinkle: Per Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, the Athletics have received "little interest." Normally we see teams jump at the opportunity to grab star players from the A’s, and starting pitchers in general tend to have plenty of interested suitors. Gray is 27 years old, under team control through 2019, and one season removed from a third-place finish in the Cy Young voting. And yet no one is snapping him up. At least not yet.
David Robertson's trade market is heating up, the Dodgers need a second baseman, and Justin Wilson is a popular target.
Robertson heating up as a trade option
Last week, the fact that Danny Espinosa skipped the Nationals’ winter fanfest foreshadowed his trade to the Angels hours later. Now comes another fanfest-fueled rumor scrap: White Sox closer David Robertson is not on the list of players slated to attend the upcoming SoxFest. Robertson has been the subject of vague trade speculation all winter, linked most recently to the Nationals. And with the biggest bullpen names now off the free agent market, it’s more likely that he’ll be in the spotlight for teams seeking relief help.
The Red Sox pass on Jose Bautista, Greg Holland looks for a short-term contract, and Jonathan Papelbon plays the waiting game.
Red Sox pass on Bautista
Free agent outfielder Jose Bautista wanted to “work something out” with the Red Sox, but agent Jay Alou was told--via Peter Gammons--that the club had maxed out their payroll for the year. Christopher Smith of MassLive.com suggests that the Sox still have some wiggle room before they hit the new luxury-tax threshold of $195 million, but if they want to make a serious play for any other free agents this winter, they’ll need to shed some of their more substantial contracts first.
The Rockies are itching for more power at Coors Field, the Nationals are getting less picky about their closers, and the Padres are weighing their shortstop options.
Rockies determined to find a place for Trumbo
Even if it means shifting newly-acquired infielder/outfielder Ian Desmond to an outfield-only role, apparently. After striking a five-year, $70 million deal with Desmond on Wednesday, the Rockies still appear to be gunning for veteran slugger Mark Trumbo, writes Bob Nightengale of USA Today. That could lead to a potential logjam at first base, where Desmond is reportedly expected to hold court after making the switch from shortstop to left field/center field in 2016.
Andrew McCutchen is on the verge of being trade, but Shohei Otani may be staying in Japan for a while.
McCutchen talks getting deep
Last month, there were rumors of the Pirates once again entertaining the idea of trading Andrew McCutchen after entering into talks with the Nationals last summer. Although Ken Rosenthal noted that the two teams were “unlikely” to return to the negotiating table, that didn’t mean it was completely out of the question. Fast forward to December, and things have intensified to the point where Jayson Stark of ESPN is reporting that the Nationals were trying to make sure a trade was done yesterday.