BRAVES
In case you were running the Braves and were evaluating trade options for J.T. Realmuto (or any other high-profile player), that Braves prospect do you not need to spend at a trade? Ian Anderson? Cristian Pache? Austin Riley?

I’m going to stick with Freddie Freeman and Ronald Acuna Jr.. Being the only true untouchables inside the organization. However, if forced to add two more from this list, I’ll go with Anderson and Wright.

The limited sample size of power of pache is still a concern, however he is just twenty years of age and has been already considered an elite defender, because, I’ll say he is the next closest to being termed untouchable. The walk speed of Toussaint and riley’s strikeout speed create concerns regarding their values.
Mark Bowman

BREWERS
Tweet from @charlie_furman: Brewers at the front for @CKluber. What will the Brewers have to give him up. Can Eric Thames be included in a package?

I mightn’t be comfortable calling the Brewers front-runners for Corey Kluber, however, our man Jon Paul Morosi reported Thursday they truly are in the mix. As stated by Morosi, the Brewers and Dodgers are still participated on Kluber, however, the chances of a deal are diminishing.

It’s safe to say that if teams talk into the Brewers of a transaction for a top player, the ask starts with Keston Hiura and Corbin Burnes. However, the ns have a demand for outfield depth, therefore Corey Ray would probably take drama. It’d take multiple premium prospects to land Kluber, who is signed for $17 million in 2019 using just two reasonable club options ($17.5 million in’20, $18 million in’2-1 ) then.

CARDINALS
Can you find the Cardinals making any longer bullpen improvements between now and Opening Day?

I really do. I think we will soon find a flurry of all minor-league deals passed out, and I expect those chances to be jumped onto by the Cardinals. These sorts of signings eradicate the requirement to start immediate roster space, also there is minimal risk. Bud Norris, Carlos Villanueva and Pat Neshek are one of the ones who turned into a Minor League contract to bullpen tasks with all the Cards in recent years. This relief market’s saturation will result in some bargain finds.
Jenifer Langosch

Video: MLB Tonight on the marketplace for closer Craig Kimbrel

CUBS
Together With Brandon Morrow looking just like he wont be ready for Opening Day, who will fulfill the closer role? A committee? I’d love to watch Pedro Strop close even after Morrow is fully ready.
— Noah M., Nevada

I’d expect while Morrow is sidelined, Strop to get the bulk of the chances. Strop filled later Morrow well as in was shelved outside and on July 19 to the remaining of last season. Strop had 11 saves in 1-3 opportunities with a 1.17 ERA and .139 competitions’ moderate (.475 OPS) at 20 matches between July 19-Sept. 1 3. And, when the bullpen does be rejoined by Morrow, we’ll certainly revisit this issue.
Jordan Bastian

D backs
A shot at the postseason appears less likely compared to the last two seasons.
— PJ, Goshen, Ind..

General manager Mike Hazen has been familiar with the fact they will re-evaluate while the season continues on to observe where matters stand. He’s got not expressly mentioned which names could get traded should the team fall out of their race plus they decide to embark on more of a rebuild compared to a re-tool, however those names you recorded are guys who either have a big contract (Greinke) or are becoming higher priced via salary arbitration but still may command a great return.

DODGERS
Can you Find the Dodgers re-signing/extending Justin Turner within the next two off Seasons? Or signing someone like Anthony Rendon or Nolan Arenado?
— Eric Rodriguez, @BannedRodriguez

Turner is going to soon be 36 at the close of the contract. Based on performance and his wellbeing a shortterm extension will create sense for either side, however there would not be a reason to do it until the current contract expires. Maybe at the same time Corey Seager need to go off short stop. Even though that’s not their personality, maybe the Dodgers will shell out a large contract for Rendon or Arenado. Or possibly they’ll locate a third-base version of A.J. Pollock and split the gap.
Ken Gurnick

Video: A.J. Pollock talks about the Dodgers’ winning civilization

GIANTS
Would the Giants exchange Madison Bumgarner into the Yankees for Aaron Judge? They really do want a SP who’ll acquire postseason matches, although Even the Yankees don’t want more HRs.
— Steve F., Sunnyvale, Calif..

I am not sure the Yankees are enjoyable offers for Judge, however it would require significantly more than Bumgarner to tempt them to exchange their celebrity fielder. Judge, who finished runner-up in MVP voting in 2017, is under team control for four more seasons and wont qualify for arbitration until 2020. Bumgarner is entering his final season and is thought to earn $12 million in’19.

MARLINS
What Exactly Is Starlin Castro‘s future with all the Marlins currently that Neil Walker was signed?

Nothing changes to the first 1 / 2 of 2019 for Castro. The four-time allstar is expected to be the regular second baseman. However, Walker is there to fill if Castro needs a day off. I expect Walker put some time at second base and third when necessary, and will play a lot of first base. Walker could complete at either outfield corner.

Keep this in your mind: Castro, who is earning $11 million in 2013, is a potential trade candidate around midseason. Because his wages, he did not have a lot of trade value this off season. However, if he has a fantastic 12 months, closer into the July 31 non-waiver trade-deadline, trade interest could be drawn by him. At that point nightclubs may be ready to acquire Castro, since they could be on the hook for about half of his wages, plus a $1 million buy out, whenever they don’t exercise his $16 million club option to 2020.

Walker is currently making $ 2 million, also he is a nice pickup as a result of his versatility.
Joe Frisaro

METS
Are the Mets considering adding another starter, someone like Gio Gonzalez?
— @rtpiers through Twitter

I have learned not to count outside general manager Brodie therefore I wont state that the Mets are done adding beginning casting. We also have no idea what the team’s authentic budget ceiling is for 2019, though I guess it’s probably approximately $160 million — plus they’re pretty near that number at this time. That will not leave much wiggle room for a person such as Gonzalez or Dallas Keuchel or whatever other major name you want to throw away there, considering how many clubs are still interested in adding nurturing. In shedding one of the salaries on their roster, but perhaps they make creative.

Short of that, can I start to see the Mets adding a starter between now and Opening Day? Yeson a scale, much as they’ve done with Kyle Dowdy, Hector Santiago and Walker Lockett. I simply don’t find them stretching to bring a Gonzalez type. I agree with the masses who believe the Mets are a bit lacking in starting casting thickness. Away from being with their rotation in trouble in my eyes, they’re one injury; it’s the roster weakness they did tackle with proven talent.
Anthony DiComo

Video: Gio Gonzalez enters Freeagent marketplace for 2019 year

NATIONALS
I’d go for another pitcher such as Dallas Keuchel and sometimes perhaps Wade Miley, also let Harper go. What would you really think?
— Erick M., Derwood, Md..

First off, I believe it’s important to mention that don’t have to select either/or, because both would create this team a lot better. That being said, I went on about how I believe the spinning thickness is the thing that leaves the maximum to be desired onto this golf club therefore adding a pitcher such as Keuchel would fix that situation. At this time you’d be requesting to sign the two most useful free-agent pitchers also a deal was finalized by Miley on Friday. Miley was one of the pitchers pursued before they signed up Anibal Sanchez. But if I had to pick either or, I don’t think that it’s really a bad argument to produce they ought to sign a pitcher such as Keuchel — and sometimes perhaps still another shut-down reliever like — as it fills a desire where Harper would be a luxury for an outfield which should still be pretty good.

That being said, are merely roughly $11 million under the Competitive Balance Tax, in accordance with quotes from Cot’s Contracts, plus they have given every indication that they’d really want to stay under that threshold next season. So I don’t think they will make any more major additions for the pitching team.

PADRES
Why sign Harper if we have an outfield logjam? Isn’t it er to sign , because we don’t possess a 3rd baseman?
— Kevin, Sandiego

This isn’t . don’t possess Judge and Gian Carlo Stanton taking playing time at the outfield corners. All those are good young players with potential. But definitely not enough to reevaluate the signing up of a talent.

Yes, technically Machado is a far much better fit. Third base is the largest long term hole in ’ crime, also that’s a enormous statement if it fills. However, are 1 piece away from emptiness. They are still waiting on the arrival of several high prospects and the growth of several hitters.

Their plans are probably a bit more straightforward than should they signed up Harper if end up signing Machado. However, if these were to sign Harper, they would have a glut of young outfield bits to exchange from, along with an farm system. General manager A.J. Preller has other ways to get a 3rd baseman.

In the event the San Diego decision makers may get Harper or Machado in their own budget, they take and find out things from there.
A J Cassavell

PHILLIES
Can you think the Phillies will sign either Machado and Harper? Should they did, opening Day would be rocking.

The Phillies continue to state since they h to keep up some semblance of economic flexibility to the 26, they will sign just one of the two. However, the longer this lasts, the longer I wonder. Whatif the Phillies sign Harper into Machado and some long term arrangement still will not have an offer he likes? (or vice versa.) Perhaps the Phillies create an aggressive shortterm offer for in uniform at the exact identical moment.

It is perhaps not so crazy, although It’s not likely, is it?
Todd Zolecki

Video: Kapler, Nola on Phillies’ big-name Freeagent rumors

PIRATES
Would Be the Pirates going to exchange Starling Marte?
— Riley S., Phoenix

I teams trying to find an outfielder achieved seeing Marte, because he is a fantastic player on a reasonable contract. If the Pirates consider offers for him, and I am convinced there will be a spot in a season or two just like they will have openly said they’ll consider offers for each player nearing the close of the contract. Perhaps not yet, though.

Marte has three years with cheap club options in 2020, of control staying and’21. He’s not at a point where his wages has outpaced his production that is projected. He remains an invaluable player at an integral position, $10 million is still a bargain for that which they could do on the area, and the Pirates don’t have any replacement for him in center field.

As I said at a previous in box, the Pirates essentially made a window throughout 2021 when they acquired Chris Archer last July. The contract of marte fits perfectly inside window. He’s one. It mightn’t make sense to trade and there is no reason to believe they are considering the idea.

REDS
Not overly sure I understand the [debate ] for acquiring a pristine center fielder. Why even entertain the notion, given the [staying options]while players ‘ are throughout on the Reds? Scott Schebler occurs immediately to mind; Phillip Ervin, as well as the Nick Senzel experience looms. Actually Yasiel Puig could do the job. Why all of the hubbub about reaching out for a center fielder? That I do it not overly sure. Help me understand.
— Neb, Pasadena, Calif..

I receive the question. Possessing a large part outfielder playing center field or an infielder such as Senzel decide to take to itisn’t a solution that is bad. At Great American Ball Park a superstar defender isn’t necessarily required. The Reds needed Shin-Soo Choo play center field in 2013 and he was able while providing superb offense.

But I think,”think about another 81 games?” There’s vast outfield terrain with Colorado, San Francisco and Arizona coming to mind. Possessing a center fielder, for a year, could be quite a good safety net.

ROCKIES
Tweet from @LaVieEnBleu108: How comfortable is your team using Tony Wolters backing up Chris Ianetta?Could they give enough for Realmuto?Would which be enough for Arenado to look at an extension?

Perhaps the Rockies reach a deal with Arenado will soon be an issue between him and the team, not a side issue with who is to the bar. Incidentally, arbitration hearings may be scheduled starting now through Feb. 20, therefore expect the sides to work hard ahead to at a 2019 deal as part of staying open into a multiyear deal.

” I don’t find them swinging a winter for Realmuto with the Rockies perhaps not interested in committing up major young talent. Unless something unexpected breaks it looks like in house candidates.
Thomas Harding

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