The MLB winter meetings ended today and many rumors serviced from them. Here are some of the biggest rumors and opinions on them.
J.T. Realmuto will be traded to the New York Mets
The New York Mets showed the world they are all in for 2019 when they traded for Edwin Diaz and Robinson Cano. Now the Mets are trying to strengthen up the catcher position with Realmuto. Realmuto is coming off a career year where he hit .277 with 21 home runs and 74 RBIs. He set career highs in homers, RBIs, OPS, WAR and slugging percentage. Realmuto is the last chance the Marlins have at receiving a great haul.
So far the two teams have discussed a trade but nothing has come to fruition. The Mets have tried to build a trade around Brandon Nimmo but the Marlins have asked for either Michael Conforto or Amed Rosario as starting pieces. New York does not want to trade for a position of need by creating another. The Marlins have decided against asking for mostly prospects in return and are instead looking for MLB ready players.
The Mets will be wise for once and fight the temptation to give away multiple young core pieces. Miami won’t budge on asking for both Nimmo and Rosario or Nimmo and Conforto. New York will hold tight and look elsewhere to fix their offense. The Marlins will still have suitors and will trade Realmuto, but it won’t be to the Mets.
The LA Dodgers will trade for Corey Kluber
The Cleveland Indians have let the league know they are interested in trading ace Corey Kluber or rising star, Trevor Bauer. Cleveland is trying to fix their payroll issues and is willing to trade one of their top two pitchers in exchange for some outfield help. Kluber is the better pitcher but he will be more expensive. Last season he went 20-7 with a 2.89 ERA and 222 strikeouts. Trading him would bring in a serious haul.
News has circulated that the Dodgers are interested in teaming up Kluber with Clayton Kershaw. The Indians, on the other hand, are keen on the Dodgers top outfield prospect, Alex Verdugo, the 32nd ranked prospect according to MLB Pipeline. Cleveland can use some serious help in their outfield and the Dodgers are flush in the position.
The Dodgers will pull the trigger on sending Verdugo to the Indians as well as some other outfielders in exchange for Kluber. Kluber has three years of control left on his contract and is a two time Cy Young winner. LA cannot pass this up if they want a chance to make it to the World Series for the third straight year. This trade also makes sense because then the Dodgers can clear outfield room to make a move at Bryce Harper. Cleveland then gets the top outfield prospect they desire as well as some MLB ready talent.
The Washington Nationals are out on Bryce Harper
The news came out after the season ended that Bryce Harper rejected a 10-year, $300 million contract extension with the Nats. Washington has gone on to sign Patrick Corbin to a six-year, $140 million contract. It was then reported that the Nationals’ owners, the Lerner family, announced that they were out on Harper and their initial offer was their best offer. Mark Lerner, the principal owner, was on 106.7 the fan, the Washington sports radio channel and said, “I really don’t expect him to come back at this point”.
Unfortunately for Nationals fans but Bryce is more that likely gone. He put his Arlington apartment up for sale after deciding not to renew the lease. This is a big sign that he believes he’s going else where. Washington is strapped for cash and is trying to stay below the luxury tax. This is evident by trading fan favorite Tanner Roark to the Reds. Washington is still trying to sign Anthony Rendon to an extension and does not have the money to do both. It seem Washington has decided to go all in on Rendon and let Harper walk.
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