The Blue Jays had interest in right-hander Jake Odorizzi earlier than he got here off the market by accepting the Twins’ qualifying supply Thursday. Now that Odorizzi’s out of the image for Toronto, Shi Davidi of Sportsnet lists a number of free-agent starters who stay on the workforce’s radar. They’ve some stage of curiosity in Zack Wheeler, Hyun-Jin Ryu, Kyle Gibson, Jordan Lyles, Tanner Roark, Michael Pineda, Wade Miley, Rick Porcello and Dallas Keuchel, based on Davidi. In fact, a few of these names are extra sensible than others for the rebuilding Blue Jays, whose incapacity to pry Odorizzi from Minnesota “exhibits their restraint from earlier winters stays sturdy and regular,” Davidi argues. However, although, Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet has heard from a number of brokers who, in discussing their purchasers with the Jays early this offseason, “have observed a change in tone in comparison with years previous.” One factor seems sure: The workforce’s casting a large web because it seeks much-needed rotation assist.
- Yankees third baseman Miguel Andujar was an offensive standout as a rookie in 2018, however a shoulder harm dragged down his manufacturing this 12 months and ended his season in mid-Might. Nonetheless, based on Yankees normal supervisor Brian Cashman, Andujar’s hostile 2019 hasn’t diminished groups’ enthusiasm for the 24-year-old. “I’m undoubtedly getting a number of curiosity in Miguel Andujar,” Cashman revealed to Michael Kay and Don La Greca of 98.7 FM ESPN New York (audio link). That doesn’t imply the Yankees will commerce Andujar, although the defensively challenged slugger has a minimum of briefly misplaced his maintain on third. Cashman steered Gio Urshela, who posted an out-of-nowhere breakout season as Andujar’s substitute, is the favourite to proceed because the Yankees’ high choice on the scorching nook. With that in thoughts, the Yankees are a minimum of contemplating making an attempt to make Andujar a multi-positional participant – somebody who may line up at first and/or within the outfield. Whether or not or not that involves fruition, Cashman continues to treat Andujar as “an thrilling younger expertise.”
- Mets normal supervisor Brodie Van Wagenen said firstly of October that the membership’s not going to commerce right-hander Noah Syndergaard this offseason. A month and a half later, Van Wagenen hasn’t modified his thoughts. Groups have referred to as about Syndergaard, however Van Wagenen has rebuffed them, Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reviews. The Mets, in the event that they plan to contend in 2020, don’t appear to be in place to commerce Syndergaard. In any case, they’re already more likely to lose one in every of their greatest starters in Zack Wheeler. And Syndergaard’s projected to make an reasonably priced wage ($9.9MM) subsequent 12 months, which is essential for a New York workforce that appears to lack financial flexibility.
- Yankees outfielder Clint Frazier has been widespread in commerce hypothesis for years, although the membership has held on to him regardless of a logjam within the grass. Might the Yankees lastly half with Frazier this winter? Ken Davidoff of the New York Post discusses Frazier’s commerce worth with a number of nameless executives, who unsurprisingly opine that the 25-year-old’s enchantment has dipped considerably. Protection has been an issue for Frazier, who spent an excellent portion of 2019 within the minors working to enhance in that space. He did, nonetheless, acquire a career-high 246 MLB plate appearances in 2019 and bat an satisfactory .267/.317/.489 with 12 house runs. Cashman admitted Frazier “took a step backwards” in 2019, although the exec’s inspired that Frazier has “already confirmed he can play in New York.”