After a rather busy weekend on the MLB hot stove, here are three things we’ll be watching about baseball all day long.
1. Where the teams missed Dansby Swanson A turn?
Swanson’s deal with the Cubs puts this season’s four All-Stars on a new team. While each of the clubs losing a shortstop has an internal replacement, all four clubs will be overcome by an external addition. The Dodgers and Red Sox will be able to keep the current second base Gavin Lux And the Trevor’s story in their current location. The twins will not have to rely on her Kyle Farmerpotentially better suited to a part-time role, as an everyday player while you wait Royce Lewis To come back from his second torn anterior cruciate ligament. The brave will be able to lighten up von Grissom at shortstop instead of being catapulted immediately into a day-to-day role at a playoff club. The picks are slim when it comes to the quality of the regulars in the free agent market, with Elvis Andrews And maybe Jose Iglesias The last remaining options. The trading market has more possibilities, although each comes with questions: Paul DeJonge And the Nick Ahmed They could get a salary exemption, but they were overpaid compared to expected production in 2023 (and Ahmed is recovering from shoulder surgery). George Mathew And the Isiah Keener Valeva They are advocates of quality but both have been 20% below average at the board since 2021, as measured by the WRC+. Amed Rosario He’s probably the most complete player to be had, though it’s possible the Guardians could keep him until he reaches free agency next season before handing the keys to their squadron of youngsters in 2024. The four aforementioned teams will have competition, as well, with The Angels and White Sox are among the other teams that can still look for quarterback help this offseason.
2. Will the Cubs/Smyly deal close today?
Yesterday reports surfaced of cubs and insolvencies Drew Smillie It was close to a deal, but it hasn’t been reported yet, and the terms are still unknown. It is possible that this decision will come as soon as today. 33-year-old fellow Ross Stripling(giants) and Jose Quintana The Mets have had two-year deals, but both veterans have been coming off stronger seasons than Smyly. On the other hand, the likes of Kyle Gibson And the Noah Syndergaard Among the players who recently signed one-year deals. Assuming Smyly does indeed return to Wrigley, that could take the Cubs out of the prep pitching market, as he would presumably join Marcus StrowmanAnd the Jameson TellonAnd the Kyle Hendricks And the Justin Steele in rotation.
3. What is the position of the foreign market?
It’s been a busy few days for the overseas market. Andrew Benintende He signed a five-year contract with the White Sox, Joey Gallo He took a one-year deal with the Twins, and Michael Brantley He returned to the Astros on a one-year deal of his own. these leaves Michael Comfort And the Joricson Provar It’s also arguable that the top free agents have left, with veterans such as David PeraltaAnd the AJ PollockAnd the Will Myers And the Andrew McCutcheon also available. The Blue Jays, Rangers, and Marlins are among the teams looking to help this offseason, and each (along with the Cubs) has been linked to Conforto. Profar’s market is less clear, and one of his rumored suitors, the Astros, has just re-signed Brantley. trade market, where Brian ReynoldsAnd the Max KeplerAnd the Dalton Farshaw They are among those discussed, still an alternative path.
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