Winter Meetings Monday Evening: Angels Talk Catcher Trade, Padres Trade, Reds and Ozuna, Braves Want Impact, More

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Winter Meetings Monday Evening: Angels Talk Catcher Trade, Padres Trade, Reds and Ozuna, Braves Want Impact, More

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It’s almost my bedtime (only a mild exaggeration here in the Eastern Time Zone with small children), but it’s still before dinner out in San Diego, where the first day of the Winter Meetings are in full swing.

Before we get into any of the other rumors, a reminder that there’s hope the Cubs and Javy Baez’s reps will talk about an extension this week, and if so, Javy looks ready:

Do it. Extend him. This week. On to the rumors …

  • Suggestive emoji:

  • Assuredly, that could be a variety of players not currently on the public radar – that happens all the time – but the catchers that were known to be available in trade and that would be viewed as nice upgrades for the Angels were probably limited Omar Narvaez (since traded to the Brewers) and, of course, Willson Contreras.
  • Brewers gonna spend big on a shortstop? They have the money, and Luis Urias could play third base:

  • Get away from Shogo, you goobers:

  • Shogo Akiyama, a Cubs target, is reportedly at the Winter Meetings as we speak.
  • So, remember the big Rays/Padres trade involving Tommy Pham, Hunter Renfroe, and prospects? There’s a hold-up, at least from the Padres’ perspective (thought they expect things to be finalized in the next day):

  • The Rays basically say that Pham is fine and they consider the deal done (TB Times). So that’s kinda weird.
  • Meanwhile, the Reds are looking at Marcell Ozuna to add yet another bat to their mix:

  • Adding Ozuna – at a steep price, and attached to draft pick compensation – would give the Reds a dedicated left fielder, and would allow them to otherwise mix/match/protect/deploy the Jesse Winker, Nick Senzel, Aristides Aquino, Phillip Ervin group. That’d be a heckuva group of five outfielders (if the Reds kept them all).
  • Do you need more Gerrit Cole stuff? Of course you do, because he’s going to get an obscenely large contract, and the signing could have so many ripple effects:

  • Speaking of the Strasburg deal, some more details:

  • Braves are currently chilling, but they remain in the market for a big bat at third:

  • If they aren’t inclined to re-up with Josh Donaldson for 3+ years, then it might be Kris Bryant or bust if they want a shorter-term, big impact.
  • Speaking of which:

  • That’s the second time this idea that the DH coming to the NL could impact free agent negotiations (Nick Castellanos was the first). Seems like a pretty risky strategy when no one with the league has given off an air of inevitability when it comes to the NL DH.
  • Adam Frazier’s extremely high-contact bat is probably attractive to the Cubs:



Author: Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Cubs Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation and @Brett_A_Taylor.