Winter Meetings Late Tuesday Night: Sox Acquire Mazara, SF Won't Let Bumgarner Go to L.A., Padres, Price, More

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Winter Meetings Late Tuesday Night: Sox Acquire Mazara, SF Won’t Let Bumgarner Go to L.A., Padres, Price, More

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Did you miss the enormous, late-night news? I can’t imagine that’s possible if you’re still awake, but the Yankees have signed Gerrit Cole to an enormous 9-year, $324M deal, making him one of the highest paid players of all-time. Absolutely nuts.

But there’s other stuff going on tonight, and I might as well write it up, if I’m awake and you’re awake, right?

  • Dwarfed in the wake of the Gerrit Cole news was the White Sox trade for Rangers outfielder Nomar Mazara. In return for Mazara, 24, the Sox sent the Rangers their Class A center field prospect Steele Walker, who was great in 2019 (albeit a touch old for his level), after being selected as the 4th overall pick in the 2018 MLB Draft. MLB Pipeline had him as the Sox sixth best prospect.

  • As for the implications … the White Sox were obviously in the market for an outfielder this winter, including perhaps Nicholas Castellanos, who may still technically be a Cubs target this offseason. With the addition of Mazara, however, a free agent outfield addition feels much less likely. In reality, though, the Cubs still feel like long shots to re-sign Castellanos, who has generated plenty of interest elsewhere (Diamondbacks, in particular).
  • The Dodgers and the Angels may both turn to Madison Bumgarner – arguably the top remaining free agent starter on the market, as Ken Rosenthal and Jon Morosi discuss here:

  • But the San Francisco Giants may have something to say about that. Indeed, Henry Schulman (a relatively tapped-in SF beat writer) seems to believe quite strongly that they’ll try to prevent a franchise face like Bumgarner leave *and* walk over to the neighbor’s house:

  • Of course, make sure to note the conflict there. The Giants have a new President of Baseball Operations (former Dodgers GM Farhan Zaidi), who may not have as much emotional attachment to Bumgarner. The implication here, then, is that ownership would step in and try to get something done. It doesn’t make much sense to me – especially after they just added Kevin Gausman to the rotation today – but who knows. Teams have done weirder things.
  • One Angels alternative to Bumgarner is Hyun-Jin Ryu (those California teams are just swapping pitchers around, eh?), but another is David Price. Earlier today, rumors dropped that the Angels could be an option for Price – perhaps they knew they were going to come up short on Cole? – but they’re not the only team involved in California:

  • What’s strange, however, is that the Padres have been working to drop salary this winter – including moving catcher Austin Hedges and, as that tweet shows, Wil Myers – which doesn’t exactly compute with adding David Price and his $96M remaining. Although, maybe that’s why Rosenthal reports the little luck Boston has had so far.
  • The Marlins are still a baseball team and would like to participate in the excitement …

  • … So they’re adding their mediocre starting pitcher to a market flush with mediocre starting pitchers available in both trade and free agency.

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Author: Michael Cerami

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