Jon Heyman Newsbeat
Thursday, November 17, 2016
1. Yoenis Cespedes, $110 million, 4 years. The best player on the market shouldn’t have trouble topping three years this time after betting on himself and winning with a Mets deal that contained an opt out following a year in which he was the highest paid position player in the NL ($27.5M). The Nats could return to the derby after missing out on him and (fortunately) Jason Heyward, too. Plus, the Dodgers and Giants are interested, raising the stakes.
2. Edwin Encarnacion, $92 million, 4 years. He did well turning down the Jays’ spring attempt of a two-year guarantee with two option years. But with Toronto’s Morales signing, it seems more likely now that he goes elsewhere. Though the Jays like Encarnacion, new Jays honcho Mark Shapiro never favored the mega deal, anyway. The Astros, Rangers and Red Sox have been connected early. Boston’s $88-million Hanley Ramirez deal seems like a fair guess, especially with seemingly less anxious.
3. Aroldis Chapman, $85 million, 5 years. He has baseball’s most dynamic fastball, a new World Series ring, no draft-pick attachment and the attention of the Yankees. With the Dodgers taking another look (they had a tentative deal for him last winter), he should do very well. Though, the Cubs seem to be looking elsewhere, there are plenty of big-market options.
4. Kenley Jansen, $75 million, five years. Without the draft pick attachment, he may have beaten Chapman. He’s terrific for a team and showed in the playoffs he’s willing and able to go more than an inning. Owes an assist to former Dodgers execs De Jon Watson and Logan White for converting him from a light-hitting catcher to dynamic closer.
Thursday, July 14, 2016
Guess who Hosmer’s agent is?
Hosmer, absolutely loved by Royals higher-ups as a clutch leader and a very fine two-way player who has put up nice-though-not-crazy offensive numbers in a pitchers’ park but who may just be scratching the surface offensively, has two years to go before free agency. Consistent power is the only thing Hosmer hasn’t shown in spades, and there are signs this year; earlier, he hit two opposite-field homers off A.L. All-Star starter Chris Sale. Hosmer’s camp isn’t tipping their hand, but Royals brass, which stepped up with a $70-milllion deal for free agent pitcher Ian Kennedy and $72 million for another core star Alex Gordon, seems to have an idea Hosmer could be seeking $20-million plus per year on a 10-year deal.
Hosmer’s agent Scott Boras didn’t get into exact figures but did say, “The premium associated with 27-year-olds are very different than metrics associated with 32-year-olds, especially when it’s a widely known Gold Glove franchise-type player who also has the ability to perform at extremely high levels in big situations and on big stages. You’d have everything you’d want in a free agent Eric Hosmer.”
If Brandon Belt’s $75-million, five-year deal seemed at some point like a comp for Hosmer, even Royals people acknowledge that Hosmer has a significant edge on defense (no matter what the range number says this year) and gets bonus points for his dynamic clubhouse role, too. Hosmer is also only 26, and one rival GM brought up Jason Heyward as a comp, suggesting K.C.’s fears may be well founded, considering he got a $184-million deal. Another person mentioned that Jacoby Ellsbury got nearly $20 million a year in a prior market. These don’t seem like Kansas City numbers.
Saturday, June 25, 2016
1. Aroldis Chapman to the Nats for Trea Turner. The Yankees will wait a month to see if they will get serious about a sale for the first time in nearly three decades. But if they do hold one, there will be a feeding frenzy over their two veteran closers, two of the very best in the game. The Nats could have used late-inning fortification even before Jonathan Papelbon went down with an intercostal injury, and Nats manager Dusty Baker is said to love Chapman from their Reds days together. Turner seems blocked at the moment by Danny Espinosa, who plays the defense Baker seeks and has 13 home runs, but Turner should be starting on the infield for someone now….
4. Jonathan Lucroy to the Rangers for Joey Gallo. Gallo is blocked, at least at third base, for two more years by Adrian Beltre. The Nats, Arizona Diamondbacks and others were also in the mix for Lucroy this winter but those two teams have gotten as much production from catcher as anyone. The Rangers haven’t seemed desperate for catching either, but Lucroy represents a chance to solidify their mantle as the A.L. favorite. “You put Lucroy on the Rangers, you’ve got to put them at the front of the line,” one A.L scout said. The Brewers have gotten superb seasons from both Lucroy and Ryan Braun and could still consider an extension for Lucroy, who at 30 is still a great building block for a young team.
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