Day two of the Winter Meetings in the books in Orlando. A couple interesting things and the Cardinals might be about ready to do something.
Cardinals not expected to talk to Martinez
Derrick Goold told 590 The Fan’s The Morning After show this morning that he does not expect the Cardinals to much of a conversation with free agent outfielder J.D. Martinez. Martinez hit .303/.376/.690 with 45 home runs this season between Detroit and Arizona. His agent, Scott Boras, is reportedly asking for a 7 year, $210 million deal.
Orioles shopping Machado
As reported by Ken Rosenthal at the The Athletic, the Baltimore Orioles have gone beyond simply listening on Manny Machado and are now actively shopping their 25 year old third baseman. Rosenthal also reports that Louis Angelos, the son of team owner Peter Angelos and the Ownership Representative, is personally involved in those discussions, perhaps lending to the seriousness of their intentions.
Machado hit .259/.310/.471 last season in his worst big league year since his rookie season. The previous two years he finished in top-5 in the voting for the American League MVP Award. He won two gold gloves at third base, but has reportedly requested to move back to shortstop next season to increase his value as a free agent, which he will become after 2018. The Cardinals can slide Paul DeJong back to third base to open up shortstop for Machado.
The Cardinals will be linked with any Machado pursuit, as the Cardinals need a middle of the order hitter and the Orioles need pitching help more than anything else. It seems like a match. However, after being burned on trading for a year of Jason Heyward only to see him walk in free agency, will John Mozeliak be a little more gun shy about pursuing a rental like Machado?
Machado is projected to earn $17.3 million as a third year arbitration eligible player next season and he’s been in the same breath with Bryce Harper as far as guys who will be pursuing the $400 million mark in free agency next winter.
The question is how much a year of Machado is going to be worth in prospects. Rosenthal reports that the Orioles’ goal is to acquire two young, controllable starting pitchers. The Cardinals would seem to have the depth to meet that goal if necessary.
Cardinals are in on Davis
Their closer hunt continues with Jon Heyman reporting that the Cardinals are one of the teams in on Wade Davis. The Rockies and Cubs are also in on him. Davis, 32, posted a 2.30 ERA and 1.14 WHIP with 32 saves last season for the Cubs. Davis has notched a 1.45 ERA and 0.95 WHIP over the past four seasons between the Royals and he Cubs.
MLB Trade Rumors projected a 4 year, $60 million deal for Davis.
Ozuna to the Cardinals might be close
Tonight Joe Frisaro, Miami’s MLB.com reporter, is reporting that the Cardinals are the front runner for a Marcell Ozuna trade. He also reported that the offer is two of Jack Flaherty, Dakota Hudson, and Sandy Alcantara as well as either Stephen Piscotty or Randal Grichuk.
Also tonight both John Mozeliak and Michael Girsch spoke optimistically about the potential of making a move soon. Most believe that they are talking about acquiring Ozuna. Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald tweeted tonight that indications are that the Marlins will deal Ozuna soon.