With the Winter season Meetings rapid approaching – they’ll play out future week in San Diego – the incredibly hot stove currently is crimson sizzling.
Two of the second-tier no cost agent pitchers – Zack Wheeler and Cole Hamels –are off the current market as of Wednesday, a working day in which the Yankees wrapped up two times of significant meetings in Southern California by obtaining a lengthy small business chat with backup rotation strategy Stephen Strasburg, A day before, the Yanks met with their very first decision, Gerrit Cole, and a number of specifics from equally sit-downs have arrive out.
Aside from that, a ton of other rumors are flying on the likes of Madison Bumgarner, Yasiel Puig and Nicholas Castellanos, among other folks. Meantime, the Angels sidetracked from their pursuit of Cole by incorporating a rotation piece in a four-for-one trade.
Here is the most recent baseball news:
MADISON BUMGARNER, LHP
Standing:Totally free agent.
Age:30 (31 on Aug. one, 2020).
2019 stats:San Francisco Giants, nine-9, three.ninety Period, 34 starts, 207.2 IP, 191 hits, forty three BB, 203 K.
The most current:According to MLB Network insider Jon Heyman, the Reds have emerged as a club which is in the hunt for Bumgarner, who missing two pursuers on Wednesday when the Braves signed Hamels and the Phillies landed Wheeler. The Reds hoping to contend in 2020 and are looking for a frontline starter to be a part of an already fantastic rotation that includes Luis Castillo, Trevor Bauer, Sonny Grey and Anthony DeSclafa. The Reds’ major competitor is the Minnesota Twins, who have prioritized Bumgarner.
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DYLAN BUNDY, RHP
Standing:Los Angeles Angels.
Age:27 (28 on Nov .fifteen, 2020).
2019 stats:Baltimore Orioles, 7-fourteen, 4.seventy nine Period, 30 starts, 161.two IP, 161 hits, 29 BB, 162 K.
The most up-to-date:The Angels gave up 4 pitching potential customers to insert Bundy to their rotation in a trade with the Orioles. Bundy was drafted fourth in general by Baltimore in 2011 and the moment was a single of baseball’s major prospective clients, but he’s adopted two promising seasons (23-fifteen, four.sixteen Period from 2016-seventeen) with two poor campaigns (fifteen-30, five.thirteen Period from 2018-19). He’ll possibly be slotted fourth or fifth in the Angels’ rotation regardless if they signal Cole. Of the potential customers headed to Baltimore, all right-handers, only Kyle Bradish was rated by MLB Pipeline as an Angels best 30 prospect at No. 21. The Orioles also are acquiring Isaac Mattson, Zack Peek and Kyle Brnovich.
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NICHOLAS CASTELLANOS, OF/DH
Age:27 (28 on March four, 2020).
2019 stats:Detroit Tigers & Chicago Cubs, .289 typical, 615 AB, one hundred operates, 178 hits, 27 doubles, 27 HR, seventy three RBI .863 OPS, 151 games.
The newest:The Cubs “are undoubtedly interested” in re-signing Castellanos, MLB Community insider Ken Rosenthal said on MLB Now. Castellanos hit .321 with 16 homers in fifty one games with the Cubs this calendar year immediately after signing up for them final July 31 from Detroit in a deadline-working day trade.
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GERRIT COLE, RHP
Status:Absolutely free agent.
Age:29 (thirty on Sept. eight, 2020).
2019 stats:Houston Astros, 20-5, two.fifty Era, 33 begins, 212.one IP, 142 hits, sixty six operates, 59 ER, 29 HR, forty eight BB, 326 K.
The latest:Cole’s conference with the Yankees on Tuesday newest 4 hrs, according to MLB Network insider Jon Heyman, and the 2019 AL Cy Younger runner-up “assured the Yankees he has ‘no West Coast bias.’” Added Heyman, “Yankees believe that he’s constructed for NYC, but have been anxious he favored LA.”
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COLE HAMELS, LHP
Age:35 (36 on Dec. 27, 2019).
2019 stats:Chicago Cubs, 7-7, three.81 Period, 27 begins, 141.two IP, fifty six BB, 143 K.
The hottest:The Braves pulled a surprise signing Hamels to a 1-12 months, $18-million contract on Wednesday mainly because their levels of competition for the four-time All-Star provided the Phillies. Hamels was with the Phillies for his first 9 one/2 seasons, he was the Entire world Series MVP when the Phils won it all in 2008 and he enjoys Philadelphia. Then why pick the Braves? “Phillies had created an initial supply to Hamels and had been just starting talks, but when Braves jumped in and hit Cole’s goal, that made the decision matters,” Jeff Passan of ESPN.com tweeted. The Braves successful the NL East two many years in a row also played a aspect in Hamels’ decision, as did signing up for a rotation that previously included four good youthful starters – righties Mike Soroka and Mike Foltnewicz, and lefties Max Fried and Sean Newcomb. “When it arrived down to it, I wished to perform on a contender,” Hamels stated. “I was incredibly acquainted with the Braves. I’ve viewed them in the postseason and I’ve viewed what they’ve been in a position to generate. I’ve constantly been subsequent them in hopes of it’s possible staying in a position to pitch with some of those people guys, mainly because they have these types of good youthful expertise. I know at my stage of my job what I could supply could be beneficial.”
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MICHAEL PINEDA, RHP
Standing:Free of charge agent.
Age:thirty (31 on Jan. eighteen, 2020).
2019 stats:Minnesota Twins, 11-5, 4.01 Period, 26 commences, 146 IP, 141 hits, 28 BB, 140 K
The most up-to-date:The Toronto Blue Jays “have checked in” on Pineda, Scott Mitchell of TSN Sporting activities in Toronto claimed. Pineda returned from August 2017 Tommy John medical procedures this year and fared nicely right before staying handed a sixty-video game suspension in September for tests constructive to a banned material. Pineda nonetheless has another 39 game titles to sit out in 2020, so he can not pitch right until sometime in May well.
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YASIEL PUIG, RF
Age:28 (29 on Dec. 7, 2019).
2019 stats:Cincinnati Reds & Cleveland Indians, .267 regular, 555 AB, seventy six runs, 148 hits, 30 doubles, 24 HR, 84 RBI, .785 OPS, 149 game titles.
The hottest:The Miami Marlins are searching to increase a bargain outfielder on the totally free agent market and Puig is a prospect to be supplied a deal for 1 or two decades. Other folks on the Marlins’ radar involve Avisail Garcia, who hit twenty homers playing for the Tampa Bay Rays in 2019, and Steven Souza, Jr., who skipped all of previous season due to a knee surgical treatment.
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HYUN-JIN RYU, LHP
Age:32 (33 on March twenty five, 2020).
2019 stats:Los Angeles Dodgers, fourteen-five, two.32 Era, 29 starts, 182.two IP, a hundred and sixty hits, 24 BB, 163 K.
The hottest:The Blue Jays are demonstrating fascination in Ryu, MLB Network insider Jon Heyman claimed. “It’s not superior more than enough to have (rotation) depth,” Blue Jays GM Ross Atkins not long ago informed MLB.com. “We have to have men who can lead in substantial methods.” The Twins also are looking at the 2019 NL Cy Youthful runner-up.
STEPHEN STRASBURG, RHP
Age:31 (32 on July twenty, 2020).
2019 stats:Washington Nationals, eighteen-six, 3.32 Era, 33 commences, 209 IP, 161 hits, fifty six BB, 251 K.
The most up-to-date:The Yankees and Strasburg’s get-to-know-just about every-other assembly “is claimed to have gone properly,” Mark Feinsand of MLB.com documented in a tweet although including, “They talked NY sector, the team and its philosophy as the Yankees gave the pitcher an intensive check out of the firm. Precise dollars weren’t talked about, but the pitching sector was certainly referenced.”
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ZACK WHEELER, RHP
Age:29 (30 on Could 30, 2020).
2019 stats:New York Mets, 11-8, 3.ninety six Era, 31 commences, 195.one IP, 196 hits, fifty BB, 195 K.
The latest:The five-calendar year, $118-million offer from the Phillies that Wheeler recognized was topped by the Chicago White Sox, who badly wanted the previous Mets righty. According to Chuck Garfien of NBC Sports Chicago, the White Sox supplied “more than $120 million” for 5 several years to Wheeler, who opted to join the Phillies mainly because his long run wife desired to reside shut to her New Jersey residence. Wheeler and fiancée Dominique Rizzo will tie the knot at 7 p.m., on New Year’s Eve in Pompton Plains, N.J.
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