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MLB Hot Stove - Offseason Thread (2015-2016 Edition)

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  • Nov. 2: First day of an exclusive five-day negotiation window which all teams have with their free-agent-eligible players.
  • Nov. 6: Final day for teams to extend qualifying offers to free agents. Qualifying offers must be submitted by 5pm ET.
  • Nov. 7: Players become eligible to sign with any team.
  • Nov. 13: Deadline for players to accept or reject qualifying offers. Players must formally make their decision by 5pm ET.
  • Nov. 9-12: GM Meetings are held in Florida. While not as active as December’s Winter Meetings, the groundwork for many trades and free-agent signings will take place here, and a few moves figure to be completed.
  • Dec. 2: Deadline for teams to decide whether or not to tender contracts to their arbitration-eligible players. The free agent market should expand to some degree on this day, albeit with relatively minor names.
  • Dec. 7-10: Winter Meetings in Nashville. These four days are among the most chaotic of the year for those who follow trades and free agency — often even more so than the days leading up to the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline. MLBTR will be providing 24-hour, around-the-clock coverage while the Winter Meetings are in effect. It should be noted that the Rule 5 Draft will be held on the final day of the Winter Meetings.

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I've been pretty frugal when it comes to the purse the last few seasons, but this year I'd like to see the Yankees pick up one of these starters, and trade Ivan Nova. In no particular order. 


Johnny Cueto (30)
Yovani Gallardo (30)
Zack Greinke (32)
David Price (30)
Jeff Samardzija (31) 

Doug Fister (32)
Jordan Zimmermann (30)

I bet we go after Iwakuma 

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According to George King, the Yankees are planning to promote assistant hitting coach Alan Cockrell to the primary hitting coach position. Triple-A Scranton hitting coach Marcus Thames will be promoted to serve as Cockrell’s assistant. The Yankees have not yet confirmed or announced the moves.

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The Orioles intend to make a one-year, $15.8MM qualifying offer to catcher Matt Wieters, reports ESPN’s Buster Olney (via Twitter). Olney further notes (Twitter link) that the Braves, on paper, seem to be a good fit with Wieters, given their protected first-round pick and lack of certainty behind the plate.

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According to Jon Heyman, Orioles left-hander and impending free agent Wei-Yin Chen is a possible target for the Yankees this offseason, along with Jeff Samardzija. Although he’s only been in the big leagues for four seasons, Chen’s contract allows him to become a free agent before reaching six years of service time. That’s common for guys who played overseas.

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While the Yankees might not go after the biggest free agent names, the club could be active in the second base market, MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch writes. New York has a variety of in-house options to be considered there, of course, but will also look at players such as Daniel Murphy, Ben Zobrist, and Howie Kendrick, per the report.

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Brendan Ryan has exercised his $1 million player option for 2016, meaning he’ll remain under contract and presumably reprise his role as the right-handed backup shortstop behind Didi Gregorius.

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I don't ever want to see Stephen Drew play again for the Yankees.

What they don't need is a 412 year old man hitting 180 for months at a time.

I think theres a better chance the Yanks bring him back rather than not. Cash gets fascinated with these guys, Cairo for example. 

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The Yankees announced on Wednesday that they’ve released right-hander Chris Martin so that he can sign a contract with the Nippon Ham Fighters of Japan’s Nippon Professional Baseball. The Yankees will receive $750K from the Fighters as compensation, while Martin will sign a contract of yet-unknown length and for yet-unknown salary.

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Wouldn't bring back any of them. Chris Young's role should be taken over by Slade Heathcott or Mason Williams. Would be an interesting spring training competition.

Edit: Hmm, just dawned on me that both Williams and Heathcott are left handed hitters. Really doesn't work. Because of the way the roster is setup, the 4th outfielder on this team should really be a right handed hitter.

I've been trying to think of an alternative to CY and the best I could come up with right now is Alex Rios, he just became a free agent. I don't know what his asking price will be though but I wouldn't mind him as our 4th outfielder and inevitable starting outfielder with Ellsbury getting hurt. 

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The Mariners and Rays have announced a three-for-three trade that sends infielder/outfielder Brad Miller, first baseman Logan Morrison, and reliever Danny Farquhar from Seattle to Tampa in exchange for righty Nate Karns, lefty C.J. Riefenhauser, and minor league outfielder Boog Powell.

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According to Ken Rosenthal, the Yankees are very active on the trade market early this offseason. At the very least, it appears they are gauging interest in all their players. “Sounds like the Yankees are shopping everyone,” said one executive to Rosenthal, “with the exception of (Luis) Severino.” Jon Heyman hears Andrew Miller‘s name is being circulated, though it’s unclear how serious the Yankees are about moving him.

 

@Tyler Durden , Seems like Cash has something up his sleeve. Still too early to tell but looks like anything can happen. 

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I wouldn't have a problem moving Miller, especially with that forearm issue he suffered through this past year. If it could net us a useful piece I'd be down. Slide Dellin into the closers role. 

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yankees must be offering Miller as a throw in for any team willing to take Arod or Tex's contract.  Ellsbury's contract is a whale especially with way better outfielders available in free agency.

 

i would just leave the team as is and go on a wild spending spree in two years.

Andrew Miller for Stephen Strasburg rumors are circulating, no concrete evidence yet but that's being thrown around. 

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Lots of Twitter chatter about the Yankees moving Gardner. I suspect that Yankees fans would hate that.

he's definitely a fan favorite, homegrown all star. It would suck, but if it improves the team and gives us flexibility to make us better I can't go against it. He's not an untouchable player.

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pipe dream

agree with this, I'd much rather deal Ellsbury, but his contract makes that impossible.  I hate being so damn inflexible. We gotta stop giving contracts more than 5 years to players over 30, and no trade clauses.

The Padres have struck a deal to acquire infielder Jose Pirela from the Yankees, Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News reports on Twitter. New York will add minor league righty Ronald Herrera in return.

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Herrera made it to the Double-A level last year at just 20 years of age. The Venezuelan native came to San Diego as the player to be named later in the trade that sent Kyle Blanks to the A’s. He worked 145 2/3 innings this year, split between High-A and Double-A, with a 4.08 ERA and 6.4 K/9 against 2.6 BB/9. Herrera is known as a polished but undersized hurler who could eventually find a place in a big league rotation.

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YESTERDAY: The market for free-agent right-hander Darren O’Day is moving quickly, reports ESPN’s Buster Olney (links to Twitter). The Beverly Hills Sports Council client already has offers in hand, according to Olney, and he’s planning to meet with the managers of some of those teams in the coming week. Olney lists the Tigers, Red Sox and Giants as three clubs to have shown interest in O’Day, though it’s not known if any of those three are among the teams to have extended a formal offer.

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TODAY: The Dodgers are “showing significant interest” in O’Day, Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com reports (Twitter links). Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com previously connected O’Day to the Dodgers. With a number of teams pursuing the veteran, some executives tell Crasnick that a deal well in excess of last year’s Luke Gregerson contract (three years, $18.5MM) could be in order.

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@CrazyCarl40 @Tyler Durden

Seattle has engaged with the Yankees in preliminary talks regarding Brett Gardner, Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports. The 32-year-old faded down the stretch, but nevertheless ended the season with a typically productive overall effort. He’s owed $38MM over three years (including a buyout of a 2019 option), which isn’t exactly cheap but is probably below Gardner’s open-market value. Sherman indicates that New York is in search of controllable starters, and says that the M’s have indicated they are willing to discuss lefty James Paxton in trades. It’s not apparent from the report, though, whether he would play any role in talks on Gardner.

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I like it. At worst he's a good replacement for Chris Young. Plus plus speed, plus glove, kills LHP. To be an every day player he's gotta show improvement vs RHP.

 

Also, while I like Murphy, this opens up room for Gary Sanchez to make the 25 man roster. Certainly shows the confidence they now have in him.

agreed. I wouldn't jump to the conclusion that Gardner is a goner just yet. Could be a Chris young replacement. Hicks mashed lefties. He has the potential to be really good so we'll see, all likelihood though he's a lefty hitting platoon guy who can play all 3 outfield positions. 

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Wow. It sounds like Minnesota really soured on Hicks. Reports from within the last 2 years stating that he was lazy to the point where he didn't know the opposing teams starting pitchers that were scheduled to pitch that day. Hope he's turned it around. 

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Cashman said club believes Hicks is "an everyday" player but added deal wasn't made with intent of making a larger deal later in winter

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“At the end of the day, I am legitimately really open to any idea,” said Brian Cashman to Bryan Hoch. “I’ve had a lot of bad ones, either thrown by me or on the receiving end from somebody else to me. But that’s what we’re here for, to throw a lot of (stuff) out there and see what sticks.”

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Sherman says — not specifically related to a potential Gardner trade, just in general — the Yankees are seeking high-end starting pitching they can control beyond 2017.

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He notes New York ramped up their scouting of Mariners lefty James Paxton at the end of the regular season and in the Arizona Fall League. Paxton, 27, had a 3.90 ERA (4.31 FIP) in 67 innings for the Mariners this past season while missing roughly three months with a strained tendon in his left middle finger. He was limited to 74 innings last season (3.04 ERA and 3.28 FIP) due to a severe lat strain. Between MLB and the minors, Paxton has thrown only 160.2 innings from 2014-15 due to injuries.

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I hated our 2013 offseason, but the last 2 offseasons I've dug. Cashman is being smart, he's making low risk high reward trades that help us get younger while we wait out these terrible contracts still on the books.

Paxton is under team control through 2019.

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I like James Paxton, but I'd like a little more than him for Gardner. Push comes to shove I'd probably do it and roll the dice because of the high upside, but I'm worried Paxton is already 28 years old and in 3 years he has 165 innings pitched.

his injuries scare me big time. If Seattle took all of Gardners contract and some lesser prospects I'd probably do it. The upside, the control, the salary changing hands and the flexibility it gives the Yanks this offseason would be too much to pass up. 

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Sounds like the Braves are shopping Andrelton Simmons hard. Mariners re-signed Franklin Gutierrez and signed Chris Iannetta

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pipe dream

  •  the D-Backs have inquired on Yankees closer Andrew Miller, whose name has been floated in trade talks, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports (Twitter link). Talks didn’t progress to the point where any names were exchanged, Rosenthal adds, so the inquiry seems to be preliminary in nature. The D-Backs have a surplus of young infielders and also have plenty of young starting pitching that could entice the Yankees, though the asking price on Miller would undoubtedly be exorbitant.

 

 

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