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MLB Trade Rumors and News: Trouble is brewing as relationship between Arenado and Rockies sours

Nolan Arenado is not happy with the Rockies right now

Colorado Rockies v San Francisco Giants Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images

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  • The Rockies’ Nolan Arenado has been at the top of a lot of team’s wish lists this offseason even though it was very unclear as to how likely that ever was to happen. The Rockies’ GM went on to say yesterday that they expected Nolan to be in Colorado next year and that they are not talking about trades anymore. However, all is not well as Arenado, because he was being shopped in the first place or the fact that the Rockies haven’t invested in a better core around him or both, is very clearly not happy with the team and voiced his displeasure last night. We may get a trade of Arenado after all.
  • Dusty Baker is back, baby. Okay, well probably back. Maybe back. It’s always good to increase your odds by applying to every open position, right? Both the Mets and the Red Sox are considering the veteran manager, reports Mike Puma of the New York Post. As Puma reports, Baker could act as a “calming influence” in the dugout after such a firework filled offseason. Neither teams have reached out to Baker yet, but I say give it a week and play hard to get and soon they’ll be ringing the buzzer off his door. (or publicly asking for you to take them back on their Facebook Live baseball show that no one watches, but maybe that’s just my selective brand of ex). But wait, there’s more! Baker will also be interviewing for the Astro’s managerial position today. While the air of playoff disappointment tends to adhere itself to Baker, let’s not forget that he’s the only manager in the last 24 years to take the Reds to the playoffs, so all hope isn’t lost if he gets any of these skipper positions.
  • I’ll take, “Names I Haven’t Heard in Forever” for 200, Alex. The Giants have signed Drew Smyly to a one year, $4M deal, reports The Athletic’s Andrew Baggarly. The southpaw is also loaded up with incentives, surprisingly enough for both how many games he opens for and closes. While Smyly’s 2019 ERA with the Rangers was less than impressive at 8.42 across 51.1 innings, he was still dusting himself off from Tommy John recovery the season prior. After being released from Texas he made his triumphant return back to a mound in Philadelphia and performed more like the Smyly of yore. He’s a low risk, high reward, pick up for San Francisco who could even be dealt at the deadline depending on his performance.
  • The sign stealing scandal surrounding the Houston Astros rocked the world of baseball and has spread to multiple organizations now. The Red Sox and Astros both had high ranking officials get axed over MLB’s findings and in addition to unsubstantiated rumors that the Astros may have used electronic devices worn under their uniforms, Carlos Beltran, who seemed to be one of the chief architects on the player side for the Astros, was forced to step down as manager of the New York Mets yesterday as well.
  • The writing was on the wall for Red Sox manager Alex Cora after he was named as one of the primary orchestrators of the Astros’ illegal sign-stealing program in Rob Manfred’s report that was released Monday. Considering that the Sox are also being investigated for illegal sign-stealing in 2018 — Cora’s first season as manager — it seemed pretty obvious that Boston needed to part ways with the World Series-winning manager, and they did so on Tuesday night, announcing that they’d “mutually agreed to part ways” with the 44-year-old.
  • In a rather unexpected twist, Josh Donaldson signed a four-year, $92 million deal with the Twins on Tuesday night, padding Minnesota’s status as AL Central frontrunners and solidifying their lineup as one of the best in baseball. Donaldson’s deal is the second-richest ever for a player 33 or older, trailing only Kevin Brown’s seven-year, $105 million deal with the Dodgers.
  • Just in case you needed a little extra drama to your life, the Astros cheating scandal plot is thickening and this time it involves burner Twitter accounts. Major league baseball players, they’re just like us.
  • One of the bigger storylines from this offseason was what was going to happen at the end of MLB’s investigation into the accusations that the Astros were stealing signs during at least their 2017 World Series run if not longer. Well, we know now and it isn’t pretty. MLB suspended Astros GM Jeff Luhnow and manager AJ Hinch (who were both subsequently fired) for one year and took the Astros’ 1st and 2nd round picks for the 2020 AND 2021 drafts. The league is still investigating the Red Sox and, based on how often then Astros’ bench coach and now Red Sox manager Alex Cora features in MLB’s report, it is likely he at the very least will get hit hard with a suspension as well once that investigation concludes.
  • The Twins have signed Miguel Sanó to a three-year, $30 million extension with club option for 2023. The 26-year old slashed .247/.346/.576 with 34 home runs last season, after having an incredibly pathetic 2018 that saw him drop down to Single-A. In 2017, Sanó was accused of sexual misconduct and did not receive any form of punishment from Major League Baseball.
  • While free agency has been the busiest and most productive it has been in three years this offseason, they hasn’t been much in the way of trades this offseason. As a result, it was nice to see a real trade with prospects and everything as St. Louis sent José Martínez and Randy Arozarena to Tampa in exchange for star pitching prospect Matthew Liberatore and a low-minors catching prospect. The teams also swapped comp-round picks in the deal.
  • The Brewers have molded themselves into real contenders in the NL Central over the last couple of seasons, and one of the big reasons why has been the leadership of manager Craig Counsell during that time. It looks like the organization wanted to make sure that Counsell was going to stick around for the foreseeable future, as they inked Counsell to an extension through 2023.
  • You wanted a big offseason, and the baseball gods have more than obliged. Mookie Betts has agreed to a record $27 million arbitration contract with the Red Sox. That’s a $7M raise for the 2018 AL World Series MVP. Now that the deal has been made, the next big milestone is seeing if the Red Sox try to cash out on the 27-year old’s fierce bat during the trade deadline.
  • After doing the MLB equivalent of a study abroad program and spending the 2019 season with the division-rival Astros, veteran catcher Robinson Chirinos is returning to the team he knows best, reuniting with the Rangers on a one-year deal that includes a club option for 2021. If Chirinos can come anywhere close to replicating the .790 OPS he posted last season, he should be a pretty significant offensive upgrade over incumbent Rangers catcher Jeff Mathis.
  • The Diamondbacks have signed David Peralta to a three-year, $22 million extension. The pitcher-turned-outfielder will also receive $1.25M in incentives. The 32-year old’s slash line is going strong into 2020. Last year he hit .275/.343/.461 with 12 home runs. It’s also worth noting that his second life as an outfielder has seen an incredible amount of defensive dexterity, with Peralta saving 10 defensive runs for Arizona last season. Doesn’t everyone love a comeback story?
  • The White Sox have remade themselves into a real contender in the AL Central this offseason, primarily due to their flurry of free-agent additions. However, they are not forgetting their homegrown talent as they signed one of their best prospects, Luis Robert, to a contract extension that is worth at least $50 million with a chance for more if some lucrative team options are picked up. It is worth mentioning that Robert has yet to have an at-bat in the majors.
  • The Nationals brought back veteran infielder Asdrúbal Cabrera on a one-year, $2.5 million deal. We know all you super fans out there were beginning to worry. The 34-year old could be a starting option at third base or could even bounce between second and third, switching with Castro, who also spent time at third in 2019. While he was designated for assignment by the Rangers towards the end of last season, Cabrera became an important part of Washington’s World Series effort, starting five of the seven games and slashing .323/.404/.565 in his new uniform.
  • The Red Sox have been eerily quiet this offseason with the exception of a lot of talk of which contracts they are trying to shed to ease their alleged payroll burden (David Price and Mookie Betts being the sexiest of those names thus far). They did actually add a free agent, though, bringing in backup catcher Kevin Plawecki on a one-year deal.
  • Our Andersen Pickard has made the rest of the offseason so easy for you. He’s completed a list of what every MLB team’s biggest remaining need is. Thank you cards are appreciated and accepted.
  • While it is unclear that it will actually work, the Reds have made some real efforts to be competitive in 2020. After signing Wade Miley and Mike Moustakas (among other moves), the Reds further bolstered their lineup with the signing of Japanese outfielder Shogo Akiyama. Akiyama was an All-Star and Gold Glover for the Seibu Lions and while one should be suspicious of stats from overseas leagues, most think he will end up as a very useful player in MLB.