Lukewarm Stove: Giants and Cardinals Spending, Bradley, Heyward, Chapman, More

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Lukewarm Stove: Giants and Cardinals Spending, Bradley, Heyward, Chapman, More

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old stove featureClosing down the week with some rumor bits to check out. If you missed the qualifying offer decisions and attendant discussion today, here it is. Also, a bit on Ben Zobrist and the Cubs.

  • We’ve touched on this before, but to confirm it a bit: multiple reports indicate that the Giants will be in on David Price. The market is loaded with interesting pitching options, so it’s not like the Giants have to get a Price or a Zack Greinke, but consider that not only do the Giants have a clear rotation need (or three), they’re also flush with cash. They’re going to be huge bidders this offseason, and it wouldn’t surprise me in the least to see them land multiple top tier free agents (on the pitching side for one, perhaps, and on the positional side for the other). They’ve got to keep up their even year World Series streak, after all.
  • Another team that’s likely to spend big this offseason, especially after Lance Lynn’s season ended before it began: the Cardinals. They need multiple starting pitchers, and it seems logical that at least one would be among the better available options. Buster Olney reports that they’re very interested in Ben Zobrist, and are also looking at the best pitchers on the market, including David Price and Zack Greinke.
  • The Padres sent quality reliever Joaquin Benoit to the Mariners, who were exceptionally active this past week.
  • Speaking of which, the Cubs (and Royals) were connected to Red Sox center fielder Jackie Bradley, Jr. earlier this week in a report out of Boston, and Jon Morosi adds that the Mariners are interested, too:

  • Also on Bradley, though I wouldn’t take this as gospel (just an interesting thought out of Boston):

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