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Our own Mike Bates once again weighed in on the the latest rumors surrounding Robinson Cano, saying that the Seattle second baseman should have gotten an opt-out clause into his contract.
I mean, if the report is accurate, good luck with that, Robby. With eight years and $192 million remaining on his contract, there simply is no way to move you. That's kind of the devil's bargain you made when signing a ten year deal to finish your career in the Pacific Northwest. That said, nothing makes ballplayers happier than winning, and maybe that new regime will help Cano and his Mariners be competitive going forward.
All of that said, Cano's supposed difficulties adjusting to Seattle can be instructive to free agents on the market right now. While none of us should feel sorry for Cano, who is making $24 million a year, ten years is a long time to be somewhere you don't want to be. He backed himself into a corner and built impenetrable walls around himself out of time and money. He ain't going nowhere.
Speaking of the Mariners, they could be close to acquiring Marcell Ozuna from the Marlins.
The Chicago White Sox traded for Colorado Rockies reliever Tommy Kahnle.
Jonathan Lucroy could be a trade asset for the Brewers, if they decide to move him.
Honestly all but 5 or 6 teams. Jonathan Lucroy is the type of talent that you make room for. If you have a good but not great catcher and Lucroy is within your reach you have to at least consider it. But teams that maybe make more sense than others include the Nationals, Twins, Mariners, Angels, Tigers, Astros, Orioles, Cubs, and Rangers.
Personally I think the Nationals may make the most sense. They have a decent enough farm system to net Lucroy. And their major league team is in win now mode which means they should be willing to make that type of trade. Of course that doesn't mean they will. And to be honest we don't know for sure that Lucroy truly is available.
It's never too early to look towards the next free agent class, and Beyond the Box Score's Nick Lampe did just that.
The Giants have expanded their starting pitching market, as they are interested in John Lackey.
Ivan Nova can be had from the Yankees, in a deal that would net the Yankees a pitcher for beyond 2016.
The KBO is about to post another player, this time from the Lotte Giants.
Sources: 3B Jae-gyun Hwang is expected to be posted by the Lotte Giants tomorrow. Teams would have until next week to place a blind bid.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) November 25, 2015
Kenta Maeda, a pitcher for the Hiroshima Carp in Japan, has asked to be posted to the MLB by his club.
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