We can now see the hot stove warming up a little bit. Mike Minor is off the table. He is going to the Royals. The Royals also picked up outfielder Michael Taylor. Reliever Jacob Barnes signed a deal with the Mets for $700,000 plus incentives. The NC Dinos will post Sung-Bum Na. This guy’s got a great name but I don’t think we need another Designated Hitter right now. The Cubs will tender a contract to Kris Bryant. The Marlins acquired reliever Adam Cimber and designated right handed pitcher Jose Ureña in order to make room. Left handed reliever Robbie Erlin agreed to a one year contract with the Nippon Ham Fighters.
The Angels are said to be one of the top logical spots for Carlos Correa in a trade. Francisco Mejia, of the Padres, is a potential trade candidate catcher. As noted in comments yesterday, the Angels are among the teams showing interest in James McCann. The Angels are also among the teams showing interest in veteran pitcher Dan Straily. As expected, the Rangers are shopping Lance Lynn. The Padres released right handed groundball specialist Luis Perdomo. He’s not the answer, though, as he will miss the 2021 season recovering from Tommy John surgery. Meanwhile, down in the Dominican Winter League, 43 year old Fernando Rodney is on the comeback trail. Maybe he should go to Australia like Manny Ramirez. Bartolo Colon also wants another year in the big leagues. Toronto is interested in Kolten Wong.
Non-Hot Stove Warming Links
Happy belated birthday to Vin Scully and happy belated birthday to Bo Jackson. The wood bat league for draft eligible prospects opened up with five teams and possibly a sixth. They are all on the east coast. This is one of the changes that minor league organizations might make in the face of minor league contraction. Meanwhile, out west, the Pioneer League is becoming an independent league that is a partner league of MLB. This is another of the possible strategies of change for the victims of minor league contraction. Felicity Huffman will return to acting in a comedy project in which she plays the unlikely owner of a AAA baseball team. It is based on Susan Savage the real life owner of the Sacramento River Cats.