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The Twins made the biggest splash yesterday, firing their longtime general manager, Terry Ryan.
From our own Mike Bates, the Twins couldn’t even do this right.
Yan Gomes is down with a shoulder injury for the Indians, and the team may need to look outside in order to fill that hole in their lineup.
Where exactly do the Angels go from here?
The Angels have about $50 Million coming off of the books this offseason, not including arbitration raises. A significant arbitration raise will be handed out to Kole Calhoun, andMike Trout’s contract includes a $4 Million raise for 2017. All told, the Angels will have a large number of dollars that can be reallocated to parts of the roster in sore need of help. These parts of the roster include the starting rotation, outfield, and bullpen. With about $40 million in extra money, it probably doesn’t make sense to blow it all on Yoenis Cespedes and Aroldis Chapman. What about more prudent uses of that cash?
If the Angels were to save salary in the next few offseason instead of burning away on free agents, the team would create flexibility it hasn’t had in the recent past. One option that teams seldom take advantage of (except for the Braves) are the Competitive Balance Rounds in the Draft. These are two sets of picks at then end of the first and second round in the draft, which are given to teams in either league with the lowest revenue. Teams you typically see with Competitive Balance picks include the Marlins, Rays, Athletics,Rockies, Pirates, and other teams that may have found themselves rebuilding.
The Yankees and Royals discussed a trade that would have brought Carlos Beltran back to where it all started.
Here is a roundup of news from around the National League West.
Three players that are not on the trading block.
Atlanta might be better off moving starter Julio Teheran.
Hill isn’t the only other guy out there, but Teheran is preferable to Jeremy Hellickson. Sonny Gray hasn’t rebuilt his value yet. Chris Archer hasn’t looked like himself, and the Rays have applied an impossible price tag. Maybe Matt Shoemaker is an option, but maybe he’s not, since the Angels are motivated to be good as soon as possible. Teheran is good now and affordable long-term, and Pomeranz just got Anderson Espinoza. Teheran is more proven than Drew Pomeranz. For the Braves, the market has developed perfectly.
They just have to acknowledge it. Now, I don’t know what the Braves are saying in private. And I don’t know specifics of offers, so I can speak only in generalities. If the Braves just don’t find a good offer for Teheran, they don’t have to move him. He’s not some toxic asset. He probably will be effective again next season, and the Braves should be better. It’s just, based on where the market is, I’d be surprised if the Braves weren’t fielding offers every day. And it seems to me they should be more interested in making a move than they so far have let on.
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