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Good morning baseball fans. The Kansas City Royals are World Champions, as they defeated the New York Mets in Game 5 by a final score of 7-2 in 12 innings. The bad news is that there is no more baseball until 2016.
Next baseball game will be played in 2016. Which is an even year.— Andrew Baggarly (@extrabaggs) November 2, 2015
The defending champs could be looking to get an outfielder this winter.
Heyman notes he was told Alex Gordon is not expected to exercise his $14 million club option for 2016. Gordon could receive a large contract as a free agent this winter and the White Sox, Cubs, Orioles and Astros are reportedly among the teams expected to express interest in signing him.
Although the Royals are hoping to keep Gordon, Heyman points out, even a four-year proposal might not be enough to keep him Kansas City. However, he did previously accept a four-year contract which could give the Royals reason to believe he will accept a similar deal.
A quick glance at the Cubs 2016 payroll.
Speaking of payrolls, how much money are the Blue Jays going to have to spend?
However, they cannot spend the full $44.7 million in the offseason, as funds must be reserved for things like replacements for injured or ineffective players and trade deadline deals. The final payroll for 2015 is $138.3 million (according to Spotrac's calculations) while their Opening Day payroll (which includes three disabled players) was $125.9 million (according to Cot's Contracts' calculations), which meant Anthopoulos left about $12 million for in-season spending. (With the Cleveland Indians, Shapiro and Chris Antonetti spent about $10.6 million during the 2015 season.) Assuming Shapiro and his general manager in Toronto leaves the same amount in their back pocket, they could spend around $31.6 million this offseason.
While that is not a small amount, it would be difficult to see how Toronto can sign a top free agent pitcher like David Price or Zack Greinke, both of whom would command a huge chunk of that figure, without backloading a big portion of the salary to later years. If they plan on adding starting pitching through free agency, someone like Jordan Zimmermann, who could probably get a contract with an average annual value (AAV) of around $22 million, might be more of a fit in the Blue Jays' payroll.
The Yankees could look to the KBO for offseason roster additions, but should they? Martin Stezano at Pinstripe Alley says 'not this year.'
Should the Giants keep Yusmeiro Petit for the 2016 season? Grant Brisbee is of two minds about it.
Here is the latest MLB Daily Dish podcast, The Rosterbatorical, episode 5.
Since the offseason is officially underway, once again here are the important dates for this offseason.
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