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Thursday, May 23, 2019

Gerrit Cole might be White Sox fans’ next free-agent crush, but will he land on the South Side?

White Sox fans’ crush on Manny Machado during the winter of 2018-19 is about to become White Sox fans’ crush on Gerrit Cole during the winter of 2019-20.

Thanks to a wave of extensions signed by some of the best players in the game, Cole, the Houston Astros pitcher who threw against the South Siders on Wednesday night in the Lone Star State, is on track to be the most sought after player on next offseason’s free-agent market.

There will be no Nolan Arenado, no Chris Sale, no Paul Goldschmidt. Whether you already thought Cole was more desirable than that trio or not, he’s the last man standing. And with other names yanked off the market — guys like Justin Verlander, Xander Bogaerts, Aaron Hicks and Miles Mikolas — what was once an absolutely stacked free-agent class is significantly less stacked.

But Cole is still out there. Will he be the White Sox No. 1 target?

In case you’re wondering what players will be unsigned into March…..

 

QLE Posted: May 23, 2019 at 10:32 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: gerrit cole, hot stove, white sox

Tuesday, May 07, 2019

Dallas Keuchel knows what he’s worth and will not settle

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. — The man in sunglasses on a patio that overlooked a pool, a fairway and then the Pacific Ocean on Monday afternoon was Dallas Keuchel, who is at the moment unemployed. In his seventh month of free agency, what he desires is a job at a salary he considers to be fair, and what he has found instead is the long conversation about an industry he is willing to call on its failures.

He did not set out into free agency intent on further exposing its flaws, he said. He did not hope to conduct his free agency as a service to his fellow ballplayers or their union or, for that matter, conduct it into May and possibly June or whenever.

The plan, for what in his view was a relatively small and reasonable share of the profits, was to pitch.

He is 31 years old. He has been told his body is healthy, he said, down to every last MRI and every last subsequent sinkerball. A summer ago he was pitching to a 3.74 ERA across more than 200 innings, not his best — his best came with a Cy Young Award trophy, his next-best with a World Series parade — and still more than presentable. It is not a time to be pitching to junior college players every fifth day, even if they are game, even if it is what prepares him for a season already six weeks gone.

It will be interesting to see how much longer this lasts, especially as demolition derby continues with MLB pitching.


Sunday, April 14, 2019

MLB Rumors: Here are Craig Kimbrel’s latest contract demands

The 2019 MLB season is in full swing, and Craig Kimbrel still doesn’t have a team.

It’s bizarre seeing one of the best closers of all time still on the market, especially when you consider the number of teams in need of bullpen help. But according to Jim Bowden of The Athletic, Kimbrel’s asking price remains far too high. As recently as late March, the 2018 World Series Champion has asked for a five-year deal worth approximately $100 million.

Bowden writes:

“When the market didn’t develop for Kimbrel like [Kimbrel’s agent David Meter] thought it would, he stuck to his guns and, even as late as March, was still seeking a five-year pact in the $100 million range.  It was a clear miscalculation of Kimbrel’s true market value, and not consistent with the actual offers or ranges teams had given him.”

I’m disappointed- I was hoping for him to be making truly strange demands, like for a helicopter, or to be always followed around in the clubhouse by two uniformed menservants.

QLE Posted: April 14, 2019 at 07:10 AM | 67 comment(s)
  Beats: contracts, craig kimbrel, hot stove

Monday, April 08, 2019

Dallas Keuchel’s asking price may be dropping

Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports hears that free agent left-hander Dallas Keuchel may be lowering his asking price in hopes of finding a major-league deal, per a report on Saturday. Rosenthal cites a source that believes Keuchel is looking for a one-year deal above the $17.9 million qualifying offer he rejected from the Astros last fall, though he’s still open to a long-term contract at lower terms than the original $150-200 million deal he was seeking over a six- or seven-year span.

If we wait long enough, he’ll play the softball game for a few cans of beer….

QLE Posted: April 08, 2019 at 09:48 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: dallas keuchel, free agents, hot stove

Saturday, March 30, 2019

Keuchel in discussions with ‘a number of clubs’ – agent

MLB free agent Dallas Keuchel is “in discussions with a number of clubs”, according to his agent Scott Boras.

Keuchel – the 2015 American League Cy Young Award winner is still without a team after leaving the Houston Astros last season.

However, Boras told the MLB Network: “We are in discussion with a number of clubs.”

Keuchel remains a free agent, two days into the MLB season, and he is reportedly committed to waiting for the “right offer.”

Wondering if where I had to go to find this is just a coincidence, or a sign that he’s gotten very desperate indeed….

 

QLE Posted: March 30, 2019 at 08:26 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: dallas keuchel, hot stove, scott boras

 

 

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