The winter meetings are in full swing, which means rumors are flying about big name players being moved. While the Cleveland Indians may not be world breakers this winter, they are definitely on the lookout for the best way to make their 2017 starting lineup better than it currently is. Whether that comes in the form of a minor league NRI invite or a large, multi-year contract for a big name player remains to be seen.
The Tribe has been linked to a few players so far this offseason, most notable of which is Edwin Encarnacion. With Mike Napoli not a lock to return next season, Chris Antonetti & Co. are vigorously attempting to find an offensive replacement for our resident party planner.
I’m not really thrilled at the idea of Andrew Miller pitching more before the 2017 season begins given how much he was utilized in the most recent postseason run.
It sure would be nice to see the success of Zimmer and Allen translate to the major league club sooner rather than later.
Around the League
- The Yankees want to bring back Aroldis Chapman “on their terms”. Hopefully one of those terms is not assaulting women.
- Speaking of Chapman (and I try not to), he wants a six-year deal. That seems like a bit much.
- The San Francisco Giants have signed right handed closer Mark Melancon to a 4-hear/$62 million contract.
- Bryce Harper is supposedly asking for a $400 million dollar extension from the Washington Nationals.
- It’s looking like Chris Sale may be headed to Washington as talks between the Chicago White Sox and Washington Nationals have increased. While I’m glad that Sale could be out of the AL Central, I don’t like the fact that a deal like this will most likely send some uber-prospects to Chicago.
Would be ironic if the White Sox traded Chris Sale to the most Drake LaRoche-friendly team in baseball.— Chase Hughes (@chasehughesCSN) December 6, 2016