Heyman’s Latest: Moore, Cain, Rangers, Vargas/O’s, Rodney/D-Backs

Nov 17, 2017 | No Comments

In his latest Inside Baseball column, Jon Heyman of Fan Rag looks into the Royals front office. Owner David Glass is “considering a possible two-year extension” for GM Dayton Moore, writes Heyman, even though Moore has “no leverage” given that he’s already under contract for three more seasons. This all arises after Glass declined to allow the Braves to speak with Moore about changing squads. While Moore has expressed gratitude to ownership, his recent comments were interesting, if difficult to interpret with any precision.

Votto 2nd in historically tight MVP vote

Nov 16, 2017 | No Comments

Reds first baseman Joey Votto finished second in the vote for the National League Most Valuable Player Award. In voting revealed on Thursday, the Baseball Writers’ Association of America named Giancarlo Stanton the winner of the award, with Paul Goldschmidt finishing third.

Best Major Leaguer field full of sluggers

Nov 16, 2017 | No Comments

The much-anticipated announcement of the Esurance MLB Awards is set for 8 p.m. ET Friday, live on MLB Network and MLB.com, and that includes the biggest prize after all the industry-wide debate and balloting: Best Major Leaguer.

AL West Notes: Maxwell, Avisail, Healy Trade, Rangers, Astros

Nov 16, 2017 | No Comments

OaDespite recent allegations of aggravated assault and disorderly conduct, Bruce Maxwell is still viewed by the Athletics as their catcher next season, GM David Forst told John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle at this week’s GM Meetings. “We’ll let the criminal proceedings play out,” said Forst, “But from a baseball standpoint, I expect Bruce to be our catcher next year.” Maxwell has already plead not guilty to the charges brought forth against him after he allegedly waved a gun in the face of a Postmates delivery employee last month. The Chronicle’s Susan Slusser reported earlier this week that there’s no trial date yet, but a hearing wouldn’t occur until early 2018. Even without Maxwell’s off-the-field issues, though, catcher would seem to be a potential area for improvement for the Athletics. Maxwell will turn 27 in a month, has batted just .251/.331/.354 in 354 MLB plate appearances over the past two seasons and has thrown out a respectable but unspectacular 25 percent of opposing base thieves in his big league career. Baseball Prospectus rated him as an excellent pitch framer coming up through the minors, though he’s yet to post quality marks with the A’s. More from the AL West… Within that same piece, Shea also reports that the A’s have some interest in White Sox outfielder Avisail Garcia. Oakland is known to be on the lookout for a right-handed-hitting outfielder that can play left field now that the trade of Ryon Healy has opened the door for Khris Davis to serve as the DH. While Garcia, 26, checks some boxes for Oakland, however, he’s not a perfect fit; the young slugger is only controlled for another two seasons, making him more of a mid-term play than a long-term asset. Beyond that, he’s only played 118 innings in left field as a big leaguer, and his defensive ratings in right field haven’t been positive on the whole (though they’ve improved dramatically in the past two seasons).

Rangers Plan To Discuss Extension With Jon Daniels

Nov 16, 2017 | No Comments

The Rangers will sit down with general manager Jon Daniels to discuss a contract extension in the near future, reports Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News. Talks could begin prior to Thanksgiving, according to Grant, who suggests that the team intends ultimately intends to come to an agreement with Daniels on a new contract. Daniels’ current three-year deal expires after the 2018 season. Daniels was barely 28 years of age when he was named general manager of the Rangers, making him the youngest GM in the game’s history. He’s now overseen the Rangers for 12 seasons, though, and is among the game’s longest-tenured general managers. At the time Daniels was promoted to GM (when then-GM John Hart resigned), the Rangers had struggled to losing records in five of their past six seasons. While winning didn’t come immediately under Daniels’ watch, he eventually built the Rangers up to a perennial contender. Texas averaged 92 wins per season from 2009-12 and appeared in back-to-back World Series in 2010-11. The Rangers have won 87 or more games six times in the past nine seasons and only had two losing records in that span (including this past year’s 78-84 finish).

Mariners Trade Thyago Vieira To White Sox For International Bonus Money

Nov 16, 2017 | No Comments

The Mariners announced on Thursday that they’ve traded right-hander Thyago Vieira to the White Sox in exchange for international bonus money. The move opens a spot on Seattle’s 40-man roster in advance of next week’s deadline to set 40-man rosters for the Rule 5 Draft, and it also gives the Mariners some additional funds for the pursuit of Shohei Ohtani. The amount of money Seattle is receiving isn’t yet known, though international money must be traded in increments of $250K under the new collective bargaining agreement, so they’ll add at least that much to their pool. Ronald Blum of the Associated Press reported last week that Seattle’s bonus pool stood at $1.57MM, so they’ll add at least $250K to that sum. The Rangers ($3.535MM), Yankees ($3.25MM) and Twins ($3.245MM) still have the most to offer Ohtani, if he is indeed posted

Yankees Reportedly Interested In Jurickson Profar

Nov 16, 2017 | No Comments

10:57am: Most teams have at least checked in on Profar’s availability, per Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News (on Twitter). Grant, however, adds that he finds it likelier that Profar would be part of a larger deal than this and/or that the Rangers would wait until deeper into the offseason to make a move. 10:01am: The Yankees have interest in swinging a deal for Rangers infielder Jurickson Profar in the next few days, reports Joel Sherman of the New York Post. The Yanks are a surprising entrant into Profar’s list of potential suitors given their considerable infield depth. New York has Didi Gregorius at shortstop, Starlin Castro at second base and Chase Headley at third, with Ronald Torreyes in a utility role and well-regarded prospects Gleyber Torres and Miguel Andujar on the cusp of MLB-readiness. Young Tyler Wade represents another utility option that is already on the 40-man roster. Nonetheless, Sherman notes, the Yankees are intrigued by the idea of adding the game’s former No.

AL, NL MVP reveals next on Network

Nov 16, 2017 | No Comments

There’s jaw-dropping power on the ballot. There’s craftsmanship on there as well, players who’ve elevated hitting a baseball into an art form. Actually, that’s all of them. Finally, there’s the basic — and unanswerable — question of what constitutes “value.”

Qualifying offer deadline set for Thursday at 5 p.m. ET

Nov 16, 2017 | No Comments

Here are the nine free agents who received qualifying offers from their teams and the Draft compensation those teams stand to receive if the players sign elsewhere.

Mariners acquire slugger Healy from A’s

Nov 16, 2017 | No Comments

Jerry Dipoto made a habit of moving quickly to fill his offseason wish list during his first two years with Seattle, and the Mariners’ general manager is at it again, acquiring young first baseman Ryon Healy from the A’s on Wednesday in exchange for right-handed reliever Emilio Pagan and Minor League infielder Alexander Campos.