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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

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

MLB rumors: Brewers talking to former Red Sox closer Craig Kimbrel

We’re just over one week away from Opening Day, and Craig Kimbrel somehow remains unsigned.

But finally, there appears to be a team showing interest in the former Red Sox closer. That team is the Brewers, according to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic.

The hot stove that never ends marches on!

QLE Posted: March 20, 2019 at 07:42 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, craig kimbrel, hot stove

Friday, March 08, 2019

Report: Astros have made one- and two-year contract offers to Dallas Keuchel

The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal reports that the Astros have made one- and two-year contract offers to free agent starter Dallas Keuchel. The offers, however, were not what the lefty is looking for. What Keuchel is looking for is not specifically known yet.

Keuchel, 31, finished with a 3.74 ERA and a 153/58 K/BB ratio in 204 2/3 innings last season with the Astros. He’s been mostly terrific over the last five years, including winning the AL Cy Young Award in 2015. However, his age and a shaky 2016 effort in which he posted a 4.55 ERA may have teams balking at committing to him beyond one or two years.

They have also given Mr. Keuchel his choice of the box, or whatever Carol Merrill has behind the curtain.

QLE Posted: March 08, 2019 at 03:57 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, dallas keuchel, hot stove

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

The Bryce Harper saga has gotten so ridiculous Smash Mouth now claims to have inside info

News came down early Monday that the Los Angeles Dodgers had re-entered the race to sign Bryce Harper, which most frustrated fans of the rival San Francisco Giants. Giants fans want Harper hitting dingers into McCovey Cove, and if not, they certainly don’t want him in Dodger Blue.

If you don’t believe us, go ask Smash Mouth.

No, that’s some weird Twitch user or some newfangled social media platform you’ve never heard of. We’re talking about Smash Mouth, the band. You know, the one that sang “All-Star” back in 1999.

Mind you, it’s only slightly more ridiculous than taking Jon Heyman seriously….

 

QLE Posted: February 27, 2019 at 07:24 AM | 111 comment(s)
  Beats: hot stove, rumors, smash mouth

Saturday, February 23, 2019

MLB hot stove: Phillies, Bryce Harper in Las Vegas, reports say

Could the Phillies be on the brink of signing Bryce Harper?

Well, according to a report from NBCS Philadelphia, which cites unidentified sources, Phillies owner John Middleton’s plane is “on the ground” in Harper’s home town of Las Vegas, Nev., this weekend.

Harper also appears to be in town with his representatives, according to Fancred sports.

Remember when baseball wanted to stay so far away from gambling that Mays and Mantle were banned from the sport for working as casino greeters?

 

QLE Posted: February 23, 2019 at 04:29 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, hot stove, las vegas, phillies

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Now that Manny Machado got $300M, Bryce Harper and the Phillies are on the clock

And then there was one.

Bryce Harper, the second baseball star seeking a $300 million contract this offseason, saw Manny Machado get his money Tuesday and is now awaiting a ridiculous payday of his own.

Machado got $300 million over 10 years, enough to leave your mouth agape, enough to set a new free-agent record in baseball, enough to provide for generations of his family and the exact number both Harper and Machado were said to be chasing this offseason.

It’ll be a record until it isn’t anymore — which could be tomorrow or next week. Because Harper’s contract, whoever it’s with, should beat Machado’s. And the Philadelphia Phillies, the team that promised to spend “stupid money” this winter, might be feeling the most pressure now to woo Harper.

Of course, I’ve been hearing the claim that Harper will sign tomorrow since before the election, so….

 

QLE Posted: February 20, 2019 at 04:15 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, free agency, hot stove, phillies

Monday, February 18, 2019

Rob Manfred blames Bryce Harper for going unsigned

Commissioner Rob Manfred spoke with the media today. Naturally, he was asked various questions about the landscape of the sport, given that superstars Manny Machado and Bryce Harper remain unsigned as spring training begins. Per The Athletic’s Brittany Ghiroli, Manfred said that he thinks the free agent market will begin to move once spring training exhibition games begin. Manfred also said that Harper’s camp suggesting that he wants $400 million back in 2016 was “an impediment” to discussions throughout the offseason.

No word on why Machado is also as yet unsigned, as he did not have a reported $400 million ask.

Is it just me, or is this sort of talk something that can only cause Manfred problems later, as opposed to simply stating it’s a matter between teams and players and not offering any more thoughts on the matter?

 

QLE Posted: February 18, 2019 at 07:25 AM | 76 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, hot stove, rob manfred

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Former Nationals GM thinks the Bryce Harper sweepstakes are almost over

Another day, another favorite in the Bryce Harper sweepstakes.

It’s not a completely new team this time around, but former baseball executive and current analyst Jim Bowden feels pretty confident in the Philadelphia Phillies landing the services of the star outfielder.

“I keep hearing there’s a lot of momentum and traction here on him going and signing with the Philadelphia Phillies,” Bowden shared on CBS Sports HQ. “And he could be rounding third and heading home shortly.”

Unfortunately, Bryce Harper broke down in the stretch, and had to be put down on the track.

QLE Posted: February 17, 2019 at 03:38 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, hot stove, jim bowden

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Adam Wainwright Worried About Mid-Season Strike, Players Walking Out

Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright is worried that the cool Hot Stove this offseason could lead to a strike.

Wainwright spoke to InsideSTL.com on Friday and voiced his concerns over what could happen with the growing issues between players and management.

“Unless something changes, there’s going to be a strike. 100%,” he said. “I’m just worried people are going to walk out midseason.”

So, what do we anticipate happening as a result of a mid-season strike, should it come to pass?

 

QLE Posted: February 16, 2019 at 06:25 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: adam wainwright, hot stove, strike

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Mets GM tells Mike Francesa that team doesn’t have room for Bryce Harper, Manny Machado

If their top decision-maker is to be believed, the New York Mets really would love to have Bryce Harper or Manny Machado on their team. They just have some pesky players that are also pretty decent in the way.

Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen appeared on Mike Francesa’s WFAN show on Monday, and the conversation naturally turned to baseball’s two biggest free agents.

Van Wagenen praised both players, but he also indicated that he doesn’t believe they are the right fit for the Mets.

Mind you, given the team’s gift for breaking players, I have to suspect that the feeling is mutual….

 

 

QLE Posted: February 12, 2019 at 05:05 AM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: brodie van wagenen, hot stove, mike francesa

Monday, February 11, 2019

Opinion: Giants serious about Bryce Harper as late entrants into free-agent frenzy

The Philadelphia Phillies, who have been the favorites to land free-agent outfielder Bryce Harper all winter, suddenly have serious competition in the San Francisco Giants.

One high-ranking rival executive boldly predicts the Giants will ultimately sign the 26-year star.

The Giants indeed plan to offer Harper a lucrative short-term deal, but have no desire to provide a long-term contract approaching the 10-year, $300 million contract Harper rejected from the Washington Nationals in September.

RUMORS! Get your red-hot rumors here! RUMORS!

 

QLE Posted: February 11, 2019 at 05:25 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, giants, hot stove

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Report: White Sox offered Machado an eight-year, $250 million deal

Free agent Manny Machado doesn’t appear any closer to accepting a major league deal these days, but we may be starting to get a better idea of the offers that are on the table — at least when it comes to the White Sox. Héctor Gómez of Z Digital reports that the club proposed an eight-year, $250 million offer to Machado, a full $75 million above the previously (and erroneously) reported seven-year, $175 million deal that was said to be in play. Naturally, neither Machado’s agent nor the White Sox have confirmed the report.

So, passing on a $31.25 million/year offer- wondering what that means for the offers he’s hoping to get….

 

QLE Posted: February 10, 2019 at 04:16 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: hot stove, manny machado, white sox

Friday, February 01, 2019

Padres Meet With Bryce Harper

At what point in this will people start to be thrown into the Spanish Announcers’ Table?

QLE Posted: February 01, 2019 at 04:17 AM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, hot stove, padres

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

The wooing of Manny Machado has begun with a three-city tour and that’s exactly what baseball needs

For as much as fans look forward to baseball’s Hot Stove season, let’s be honest, it lacks a bit of the pomp and circumstance that something with a name like “Hot Stove Season” deserves. Baseball fans look forward to the winter for trades and free-agent signings, but your average five-star high-school recruit usually makes a bigger public show than a baseball star about to sign a nine-figure contract.

Perhaps that will change in 2018-2019 Major League Baseball offseason, as Bryce Harper and Manny Machado look like possibilities to break contract records with their deals. They’re also young enough and have enough swagger that we might see some of that pomp and circumstance that you imagine comes with a $300 million contract.

Take Machado, whose market thus far has been pretty quiet compared to the hype. That changed a bit Monday, as word began to spread that the wooing will begin this week. Machado is embarking on a three-city tour to meet some of his suitors. Particularly, the Chicago White Sox, Philadelphia Phillies and New York Yankees, who are three of Machado’s best fits.

It’s for the best of the game that we have the sort of nonsense that plays a major role in making me strongly dislike the NBA?

 

QLE Posted: December 19, 2018 at 07:58 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: hot stove, hype machine, manny machado

 

 

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