The Winter Meetings extend into tomorrow, with the Rule 5 Draft at 8am CT as the central event. In a typical year, the bulk of the transaction activity takes place in the first three days of the meetings, but, hey, this year hasn’t been typical. So maybe we’ll see more action tomorrow than usual.
In the meantime, here’s what’s going down to wrap up your Wednesday night …
- Among other comments, Theo Epstein indicated that while Brandon Morrow is currently the best in-house option to close next year, Wade Davis is among “a very small number of potential acquisitions that would cause us to restructure that” (NBC). Clearly, as discussed earlier, the possibility of re-signing Davis is very much on the table for the Cubs.
- Brandon Morrow is on board:
— MLB Network Radio Sirius 209, XM 89 (@MLBNetworkRadio) December 13, 2017
- The going rate for pretty much all of the non-closing elite relievers this year has been $8 to $9 million annually:
Juan Nicasio signs a two-year, $17 million contract with the Seattle #Mariners.
— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) December 13, 2017
- It feels like Davis should therefore be able to get something like a four-year, $40 million deal without issue, even attached to draft pick compensation. Maybe more. Would you want the Cubs re-upping with Davis, 32, on a deal like that? For me, that’s right there on the fence. Davis still had the stuff this past year, and his health was strong, but the command fits give me pause.
- Indians pitching is popping up in trade rumors beyond just in connection with the Cubs, thanks in large part to their incredible depth. Earlier, we discussed a rumor that had the Cubs talking to the Indians about Danny Salazar.
- The Nationals are … well, it’s just hard to peg them right now:
Nats aren’t sure they have the money for Arrieta so they’re looking at trades first. Archer, Odorizzi are on their radar. Greinke may be too. Remember, Nats gm Mike Rizzo once agreed to trade for Greinke (Zack invoked no-trade that time)
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) December 14, 2017
- “We don’t know if we can afford Jake Arrieta, so maybe we’ll trade for Chris Archer (OK), Jake Odorizzi (uh, not the same), or Zack Greinke (who we … can afford?).”
- Scott Boras says Scott Boras things about Jake Arrieta and Playoffville and the like. He’d love for the Cubs to seriously pursue Arrieta, but that doesn’t seem likely.
- The Angels have added another piece to their hopeful contention in 2018, trading a couple prospects to the Tigers for Ian Kinsler. Having already picked up Shohei Ohtani and re-signed Justin Upton, the Angels may finally surround Mike Trout with a team that can take him to the postseason (brief appearance in 2014 notwithstanding). Up next could be Chase Headley.
- Offers are out for Manny Machado, but it doesn’t sound like a deal will happen by tomorrow. One of the teams in on Machado is the Cardinals, who have irons in the fire:
Though nothing has been completed, the #STLCards are working toward finalizing multiple deals. Here's more on the pending Marcell Ozuna trade, including the prospects on the move and outfield implications. https://t.co/D4MTdFldNb
— Jenifer Langosch (@LangoschMLB) December 14, 2017
- Another team checking in on Reds outfielders:
— Ben Nicholson-Smith (@bnicholsonsmith) December 13, 2017
- This is either an indictment of the Red Sox’s farm system or the Marlins’ scouting:
#RedSox were in on Ozuna. But they didn't match up pitching prospect wise, Dombrowski said.
— Pete Abraham (@PeteAbe) December 13, 2017
- Two more teams are in on outgoing Cubs reliever Hector Rondon (earlier, the Astros were connected):
— Darren Wolfson (@DWolfsonKSTP) December 14, 2017
The Nationals have expressed interest in former Cubs right-handed Hector Rondon this week, per source. They aren’t considered favorites to land him, but having Dave Martinez and Henry Blanco on staff helps.
— Jorge Castillo (@jorgecastillo) December 14, 2017
- Danny Duffy either doesn’t want the Royals to trade him, or he’s big into ‘The Crown’:
Bury me a Royal.
— Danny Duffy (@duffkc41) December 13, 2017