The Pirates are looking to move outfielder Starling Marte, and Jon Heyman reports that the Mets still have some level of interest, even after trading for Jake Marisnick. Marte, 31, still adds value on the bases and can get by in center, and this past season at the plate he produced right in line with career norms (120 OPS+). Marte’s under contract for .5 million in 2020, and his pact includes a .5 million club option/ million buyout for 2021.
Angels in on Rendon
The Yankees may be looking to move veteran lefty J.A. Happ in order to clear payroll space for Gerrit Cole, and despite Happ’s struggles last season — a 4.91 ERA in 30 starts and one relief appearance — there’s a market for his services. In a pair of tweets, SNY’s Andy Martino names the Blue Jays and Brewers as possible landing spots for Happ, who turned 37 in October. Happ, who’s owed million for the upcoming season and has a million vesting option for 2021, previously pitched for Toronto for parts of six seasons.
Rendon, who’s going into his age-30 season, at the plate is an elite combination of power and patience, and he’s also a quality defender at the hot corner. Needless to say, he’s going to command a massive contract, and as Ken Rosenthal reports he’s probably not interested in deferring any of that money. The Angels, though, have previously indicated a willingness to spend big this winter.
That’s the next tier of starters after the already signed Strasburg and Gerrit Cole, who could perhaps ink a 0 million contract with the Yankees, Angels, or Dodgers. That’s more than the Twins are willing to pay for rotation upgrades, which explains their interest in Bumgarner, Ryu, and Keuchel. As for Bumgarner, our own Matt Snyder polled some sources on . Any of the three would be a nice get for the Twins, who, in addition to Odorizzi and Pineda, have Jose Berrios at the front end and Devin Smeltzer and Randy Dobnak also in the fold. The Twins previously pursued Zack Wheeler, who wound up inking a 8 million deal with the Phillies, so they’re clearly willing to invest in starting pitching.
Nats asking about Bryant
MLB’s Winter Meetings are in progress, and that means activity on the free-agent and trade markets. Already we’ve seen Stephen Strasburg and the champion Nationals have put ink to paper on , and that’s part of what’s already been a highly active December, especially by recent standards. Speaking of which, you can get fully up to speed on all the latest signings with our updated Free Agent Tracker.
Twins making rotation plans
Jays, Brewers interested in Happ
Speaking of Rendon’s prior employer, the Nats if they want to vigorously defend their title will need to find a suitable replacement for Rendon. Lots of speculation has linked them to free agent Josh Donaldson, and now MLB.com’s Jon Morosi reports that they have interest in trading for Kris Bryant of the Cubs. The Cubs want to contend again in 2020, but they aren’t giving themselves any payroll flexibility. That’s why they may be looking to deal Bryant in order to address near- to mid-term needs elsewhere on the roster. Needless to say, he’d be a good fit on the post-Rendon Nats (assuming the Nats don’t re-up with Rendon). .
Mets not out on Marte
The Angels are prioritizing their pursuit of Gerrit Cole right now, but they’re also reportedly operating with one eye on the other premium free agent of the offseason: third baseman Anthony Rendon. The Angels are indeed interested in Rendon, Jon Heyman reports. Previously, the Dodgers, Rangers and Phillies have been mentioned in connection with Rendon, and the , .