After a pretty busy weekend on MLB’s Hot Stove, today I’m going to show you three things to focus on in baseball throughout the day.
1. Where can teams not qualified go? Dansby Swanson order?
swansons deal with the cubs Place all four of this offseason’s star shortstops on your new team.Each club that loses a shortstop has internal alternatives, but all four would be improved with external additions. Gavin Lux When trevor story at your current position.twins don’t have to rely Kyle Farmermay be suitable for part-time roles, as an everyday player on standby Lois Lewis Recovered from second ACL tear.Braves could ease Vaughan Grissom at shortstop, rather than immediately forcing him into a routine role at a playoff club. Picking is slim when it comes to becoming a quality regular in the free agent market. Elvis Andrus and probably Jose Iglesias Last remaining option. There are many more possibilities in the trade market, but each has its own question. Paul Dejon When Nick Ahmed It may have for a pay cut, but it’s overpaid compared to production expected for 2023 (and Ahmed is recovering from shoulder surgery). Jorge Mateo When Isaiah Kiner Falefa Both are quality defenders, but since 2021 they have underperformed average at bats by more than 20% as measured by wRC+. Amed Rosario probably the most complete player may potentially havebut the Guardians will likely keep him until he takes free agency next offseason and hands their youth flock the keys to shortstop in 2024. Nakano could be looked for. The team will help out this offseason.
2. Will the Cubs and Smyly deal go through today?
Cubs and Lefty Reports surfaced yesterday Drew Smiley It was close to trading, but it has not yet been reported as completed and the conditions remain unknown.fellow 33 year old Ross Striplingof (giants) When Jose Quintana (Mets) both signed two-year deals, but both veterans had stronger seasons than Smyly. Kyle Gibson When Noah Syndergaard in the players sign recently one year contractAssuming Smiley does indeed return to Wrigley, the Cubs could be out of the starting pitcher market, perhaps because he joins. Marcus Stroman, Jameson Tyrone, Kyle Hendricks When Justin Steele in rotation.
3. Where is the outfield market?
It’s been a busy few days in the outfield. Andrew Benintendi signed a five-year contract with white socks Joey Gallo It took one year contract Twins and Michael Brantley return to the Astros one year agreement his own.Konoha Michael Conforto When Jurickson Profer Like a veteran, perhaps as top free agents leave David Peralta, AJ Pollock, Will Myers When Andrew McCutchen is also available. The Blue Jays, Rangers, and Marlins are among the teams seeking outfield help this offseason, each linked to Confort (along with the Cubs). The proffer market is less clear, with one of his rumored suitors, the Astros, just re-signing Brantley.trade market Brian Reynolds, Max KeplerWhen Dalton Bajo Reportedly among those being discussed, alternative paths remain.