It’s Day 3 of the annual Major League Baseball winter meetings as they continue in Las Vegas.
The biggest news Tuesday involved former NL MVP Andrew McCutchen and the Philadelphia Phillies agreeing to a three-year deal and the TorontoBlue Jays releasing five-time All-Star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki.
Suffice to say, the hot stove should ramp up after days of discussions and the Rule V draft on Thursday.
Will this be the day Manny Machado or Bryce Harper agrees to mega-deal? Will the Indians really part with Corey Kluber and/or Trevor Bauer? What will NL East teams do next? Will big-name pitchers such as Noah Syndergaard, Zack Greinke and Madison Bumgarner be on the move?
Tigers fill a need
Free agent shortstop Jordy Mercer has agreed to a deal with the Tigers, according multiple reports. In seven seasons with the Pirates, Mercer, 32, became a serviceable shortstop and batted .256 with 55 home runs and 277 RBI in 821 games. In 2018, he had a slash line of .251/.315/.381. The veteran replaces Jose Iglesias, who became a free agent this winter.
Realmuto on demand
The skinny: Add the Reds to the bidding for J.T. Realmuto’s services. The Marlins catcher had been linked to a possible three-team trade that also included the Yankees and Mets, but that had too many hurdles. Realmuto, one of baseball’s most athletic catchers, would be a good fit to a young Reds rotation.
Don’t believe the rumors!
The skinny: The Indians have been listening to trade offers for Corey Kluber or Trevor Bauer, but nothing is close. The Reds have pursued both pitchers and have had discussions about them. Kluber’s name has also been linked to the Dodgers.
Nationals listening to offers
The skinny: When the Nationals signed Patrick Corbin to a six-year, $140 million deal, teams began inquiring about Tanner Roark’s availability, GM Mike Rizzo confirmed. Why? Roark, 32, is slotted as the team’s fourth starter and is due for a substantial raise from his $6.475 million salary in 2018 come arbitration time. The Nationals could decide to find a more affordable free-agent starter at the back end of the rotation and disperse the savings to other needs.
Happ to return to the Bronx?
The skinny: Free agent left-hander Patrick Corbin was at the top of the Yankees shortlist this offseason, but they lost the bidding war with the Nationals. Instead, it appears they are on the verge of re-signing lefty J.A. Happ, who was 7-0 with a 2.69 ERA in 11 starts in pinstripes after he was acquired from Toronto. The deal is believed to be for three years, according to The Athletic. If the deal is agreed upon, the Yankees rotation looks to be complete. Earlier this offseason the Yankees re-signed CC Sabathia and traded for James Paxton, who join Luis Severino and Masahiro Tanaka in the rotation.