Paul Molitor and Torrey Lovullo won the respective AL and NL Manager of the year awards. Both managers oversaw a massive turnaround in their clubs fortunes and thoroughly deserves their accolades.
The Mets are making some noise and it looks like they’re planning for a busy offseason in New York.
Here are my notes for today:
Toronto Blue Jays
- The Blue Jays are apparently looking at 31 year old free agent Lorenzo Cain as a possible center fielder to sign this offseason, according to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com. The Blue Jays are in need of outfielders but competition for Cain will be tough. In his eight seasons with Kansas City, he posted a .290/.342/.421 slash line and was an All-Star in 2015.
- Zach Britton is getting some attention from bullpen-needy teams. According to Jon Heyman of Fanrag Sports, the Dodgers and the Cubs have both reached out to the O’s.
- Paul Molitor won the AL Manager of the year award after the Twins became the first club in Major League history to go from a 100-loss season to a playoff berth.
- According to Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News, the Rangers will let right-hander Matt Bush try and compete for a rotation spot in 2018.
New York Mets
- The Mets have thrown their hat into the ring for the services of Carlos Santana according to a report by Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports. The Mets desperately need the offense. Santana, 31, had a good season with the Indians where he batted .259/.363/.455 with 23 home runs, 79 RBIs, and 37 doubles.
- The Mets are likely to add a second base option this offseason with Asdrubal Cabrera penciled in at third base.
- According to the NY Post, the Mets are being open-minded when it comes to the infield, but they are not likely to pursue either Eric Hosmer or Mike Moustakas in free agency.
- Jim Bowden of MLB Network Radio noted that the Mets will prioritize position players rather than pitchers, with center field, first base, second base and third base all potential areas for addition. Looks like the Mets are planning a busy winter.
St. Louis Cardinals
- GM Girsch said at the GM meetings that the Cardinals would prefer a closer with closer experience so it looks like the Cardinals will go after one of the established closers either in the free agent market or via a trade.
No surprise here but the Dodgers has come to the Giancarlo Stanton party, according to a report by MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand. There were rumors that Stanton would block deals to Boston or St. Louis.
This will be a tough trade to pull off, even more so with the no trade clause. Stanton is still owed $285-million over the next 10, and his contract includes a club option of $25-million for 2028. He also has an opt-out after the 2020 season. Apparently what the Marlins want is “shockingly high” according to Buster Olney. The more I think about this the more I think the Stanton saga will drag on through the winter. Remember back in 2000, when then superstar, Ken Griffey Jr, only got traded to the Reds in mid-February.
Torey Lovullo was named NL Manager of the year in his first season as a big league manager. The D’Backs went from a 69 win team in 2016 to a 93 win team this season and made it to the playoffs.