After a fairly busy weekend on the MLB hot stove, here are three things we’ll be keeping an eye on throughout the day around baseball.
1. Where can the missed groups Dansby Swanson Turn around?
Swanson’s Meet the Cubs He’ll put all four of his star shortstops on a new team this season. While each of the shortstop losing clubs has an inside option, all four are better off with outside additions. The Dodgers and Red Sox can keep their current second basemen. Gavin Lux And Trevor Story Where you are now. The twins didn’t need to trust. Kyle FarmerPerhaps a better part-time role, waiting as a daily player Royce Lewis To recover from a second ACL tear. The Braves could have eased up. Von Grissom Rather than immediately thrusting him into an everyday role on a playoff club in the short term. The pickings are slim when it comes to quality regulars on the free agent market, though Elvis Andrews And maybe Jose Iglesias The last remaining options. Although each comes with questions, the business market has more opportunities Paul DeJong And Nick Ahmed They may be given salary relief, but they’re overpaid given the expected production heading into 2023 (and Ahmed is recovering from shoulder surgery). George Matthew And Isaiah Kiner-Falefa They are quality defenders, but both have been above 20% average on the plus side in wRC+ metrics since 2021. Ash Rosario He is probably the most complete player. could beAlthough the Rangers will only keep him until free agency next season before handing the keys to the youngster in 2024. The four teams mentioned above will have a rivalry, along with the Angels and White Sox, among others. Teams that can still search the middle of the field will help this season.
2. Will the Cubs/Smyly deal happen today?
Yesterday, there were reports about the left and right Drew Smiley They were. Close to agreementBut it must be reported as it is, and the terms are unknown. Perhaps the decision will come as soon as today. 33 years colleagues Ross Stripling()Giants) and Jose Quintana (The Mets) both signed two-year deals, but both veterans were having stronger seasons than Smiley. On the other hand, the likes Kyle Gibson And Noah Syndergaard They are among the players. To sign soon One year contracts. Assuming Smiley returns to Wrigley, he could take the Cubs off the starting market, as he could join. Marcus Stroman, Jameson Taillon, Kyle Hendrix And Justin Steele In the rotation.
3. Where does the foreign market stand?
It’s been a busy few days at the outdoor market. Andrew Benintendi A five-year contract was signed with white socks, Joey Gallo took a One year agreement with the twins, and Michael Brantley to the Astros by A One year agreement His own. This leaves Michael Comfort And Jurickson Profar As for the controversial top free agents left, like the Patriots David Peralta, AJ Pollock, Will Myers And Andrew McCutchen Also available. Among the teams pursuing outfield help this offseason are the Blue Jays, Rangers and Marlins, each of whom (along with the Cubs) have been linked with Conforto. Proffer’s market is less clear, and one rumored suitor is the Astros, who re-signed Brantley. Trade market, where Brian Reynolds, Max KeplerAnd Daulton Varsho Among those discussed, it remains an alternative route.