Patrick Corbin, J.A. Happ, Nathan Eovaldi, Andrew McCutchen among others are off the board. Baseball’s annual Winter Meetings are the best days of the offseason and have Las Vegas buzzing for more reasons other than casinos. In the past few days, there have been countless rumors via the trade market and free agent signings that have had fans heads spinning. Here is a look at the chances these happen.
J.T. Realmuto to the Mets & Noah Syndergaard to the Yankees
This will not be happening because of the second part of this trade. The New York Mets have been linked to J.T. Realmuto all offseason to attempt to sure up the catching position with the aim at contending in 2019. The Marlins have demanded young major league talent in return for their All-Star catcher and the Mets have a surplus. In return for his catcher, Derek Jeter is demanding some combination of shortstop Amed Rosario, outfielder Brandon Nimmo, and outfielder Michael Conforto.
The Mets don’t like that too much.
This is why the Syndergaard rumors started to swirl. The Yankees were brought in as a third team in this deal as they have both the major and minor league talent to send to the Marlins. New York would likely send third baseman Miguel Andujar to Miami along with a plethora of prospects.
Unfortunately for Yankees fans, this deal won’t get done.
The Mets getting just Realmuto and giving up their second ace wouldn’t be enough to get them too excited about the deal. The Marlins could help out with the return for the Mets, but getting Andujar and whoever the Yankees give up is not enough for Miami to part ways with any top prospects.
Chalk this deal up as one that maybe got somewhat close but will never happen.
Corey Kluber or Trevor Bauer Leaving Cleveland
Here is a deal that will happen.
The Indians are looking to unload on one of their top three starters, most likely Corey Kluber or Trevor Bauer. Kluber is on the last year of his deal and Bauer in the second to last so there is a motive to move one of the two. If the Indians choose to do this, they could still get into the playoffs with the entire AL central in rebuild mode.
A trade will be made.
If Bauer goes, he will be sent to the San Diego Padres. The Padres have numerous top 50 MLB prospects that they would be able to send to Cleveland without missing in a possible Bauer deal. The Indians will also be looking for an outfielder in the deal and the Padres may be willing to give up one of their top outfield prospects as well to get the deal done.
If Kluber is traded, Cleveland will look for more major league talent back in return.
The Dodgers were thought to be a fit as they have a surplus in outfield talent with more possibly on the way in Bryce Harper. Los Angeles is unwilling to part with Cody Bellinger who would likely be the only way Kluber ends up in LA.
Another fit could be the Yankees, who have a surplus of outfielders as well. New York could part ways with Aaron Hicks and or Clint Frazier along with a prospect to try to pry the Indians ace from their hands.
Phillies not Done Spending?
On Tuesday, the Phillies added outfielder Andrew McCutchen to their outfield, a move that will go over well with fans in the City of Brotherly Love. The question now is, are the Phillies done spending?
Philly now has multiple starting outfield options, most likely Odubel Herrera in center and McCutchen in left or right. Rumor has it that the Phillies still are very interested in adding Bryce Harper to the fold and this deal makes a lot of sense.
Harper would not have to leave the NL East, the only division he has ever known. On top of that, signing Harper would allow the Phillies to trade Roman Quinn, Nick Williams or both as a centerpiece along with prospects for J.T. Realmuto.
Harper in Philadelphia would make perfect sense for several reasons and would make Phillies fans the happiest they’ve been since Roy Halladay and Cliff Lee were throwing the ball for their hometown team. This is another rumor that could end up coming true.
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