Unless you’ve been living under a rock, the big news out of Boston this week was Mitch Moreland’s unexpected return to the BoSox, as he’ll be holding down the fort at first for the next two years. He came at a quarter of the money Hosmer is expecting to receive, and according to Dombrowski, desired to return here.
Could HanRam be on the move? It would certainly free up the money and space to get JDM in a Boston uniform. Evan Drellich reported on twitter: “There have been rumblings that the Red Sox want to trade Hanley Ramirez, would eat some 2018 money, but can’t find a suitor. That plate appearance clause that kicks in for 2019 makes it very tough.”
Baltimore closer Zach Britton ruptured his Achilles’ tendon during a workout in California. After only throwing 37.1 innings last season, he’s now expected to miss the next six months. The O’s hopes to have him back before the All-Star break.
BREAKING: Orioles closer Zach Britton ruptured his Achilles yesterday working out in California. Expected to be out at least six months.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 20, 2017
Zach took to the old Twitter machine after hearing the news: “On the way back from the doctors yesterday my wife and I cried the whole time. … It’s so frustrating. You spend so much time getting back and then there’s another thing. It takes a toll on you and your family.”
Manny Machado – at least for now – has been yanked from the trade market. Baltimore felt underwhelmed by the trade offers they received. Per Bob Nightengale, the White Sox made the strongest offer, surprisingly, considering they’re in rebuild mode and have hardly given Yoan Moncada a shot at 3rd. The Orioles were unwilling to trade Manny within the division, or to a team that would flip him back to the East.
New York was hit with a $15.7 million luxury tax, after exceeding the threshold for 2017. It pales in comparison to the Dodgers tab of $36.2M, but Hal Steinbrenner insists he’s trying to shape the club to avoid further penalties. According to the AP, “Next year, teams more than $40 million above the threshold would have their top amateur draft pick dropped back 10 slots — with the top six overall selections protected and the extra penalty applied to the second-highest pick of those teams.”
The Bombers trade talks regarding Gerritt Cole have fizzled since the Winter Meetings concluded; the rumor mill deducted this was due to Pittsburgh’s asking price: Gleybar Torres.
Tampa Bay did something pretty wild, which is make an offseason headline. Franchise cornerstone Evan Longoria, a nemesis of all four A.L. East rivals, is taking his talents to the left coast. The Giants, who appallingly don’t view Panda as a long term option at third, sent four minor leaguers Tampa’s way, including their top overall prospect, infielder Christian Arroyo. Longo is a huge reason the Rays became relevant overnight, and he certainly won’t be missed by the American League.
Source: Giants get Evan Longoria for Christian Arroyo, Denard Span, Matt Krook and Stephen Woods.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) December 20, 2017
Not much to report from Toronto outside of ongoing trade talks with St. Louis regarding slugger Josh Donaldson, as the Cardinals are looking to add another bat even after the Marcell Ozuna acquisition. The Jays are extremely hesitant to move Donaldson, unless they can receive talent to help them compete in ’18. Per stltoday.com, “A Major League Baseball source familiar with the Jays said Toronto probably would want two major leaguers — such as a third baseman and a starting pitcher — and a prospect. The Cardinals have two starting third basemen in Matt Carpenter and Jedd Gyorko. They also have a spare outfielder in power hitter Randal Grichuk.”