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Sport After winter meetings spending spree, attention turns to MLB's trade market

01:45  13 december  2019
01:45  13 december  2019 Source:   usatoday.com

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SAN DIEGO — The Chicago Cubs came to town ready to trade one of their stars, only to sit helplessly and watch other teams instead empty their checking accounts for free agents.

The Los Angeles Dodgers were preparing to spend the most money on a free agent in franchise history, only to find out no one wanted to take their cash.

The Houston Astros wanted to fill holes on their team, only to find out that no one really wanted to talk to them, instead blasting the club for alleged widespread cheating.

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There were plenty of exasperated and disgruntled teams departing the Manchester Grand Hyatt Hotel on Thursday.

“It was an interesting week,’’ Cubs GM Jed Hoyer said. “Last year, we were walking out of here talking about how noting happened, how bored we are.

“This year, we’re talking about how much activity there was. We didn’t have anything to announce while we were here, but we didn’t get bored.

“This has been a very good and deep free agent class. That’s why we’ve seen this kind of activity.’’

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Now, teams can finally return to the trade market with all the $200 million players off the board. Starter Madison Bumgarner and third baseman Josh Donaldson are the only remaining free agents expected to crack $100 million.

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He entered the Winter Meetings with the three biggest names in free agency. He leaves not just with all three on new deals—worth a combined So on Tuesday— after Strasburg had been in the spotlight for a full day, just long enough for the discourse to turn back to speculation for Cole and Rendon

“There weren’t enough high-quality free agents to go around,’’ Hoyer said. “Some of the bidding wars on some of these plays would indicate there’s more than one team that’s looking to upgrade in other areas. …

“Traditionally, Christmas was a boundary for free agents. Everyone wanted to be signed by Christmas. Maybe we’re going back to that. That would certainly leave the rest of December and January more of a trading season.

“Maybe we’re moving to that traditional calendar.’’

And maybe, the Dodgers will go back to the tradition of NL dominance.

They want Cleveland Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor, and they want him badly. They are expected to submit a powerful package of prospects to Cleveland, including Dustin May and Gavin Lux for Lindor.

The Cubs, who wound up with a $237 million payroll that will require them to pay an $8 million luxury tax, walked away from the winter meetings believing that former MVP Kris Bryant will be the one dealt.

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is becoming less and less likely that the Giants will trade Madison Bumgarner this winter , though it still The Red Sox have already spent big to re-sign Nathan Eovaldi, and it appears that if they want to Jon Morosi of MLB .com reports the Reds continue to pursue the two Indians hurlers as well as

Bryant is certainly their most attractive trade chip, projected to earn $18.5 million in salary arbitration and  with two years of team control remaining – though he could become a free agent after 2020 if he wins a grievance against the Cubs over service time manipulation.

The Cubs believe they’ll know their exact market the moment Donaldson signs his deal. There are four teams in the Donaldson sweepstakes – the Washington Nationals, Atlanta Braves, Texas Rangers and Dodgers – and the three losers will still need a third baseman.

“As the free agents go off the market,’’ Hoyer said, “it clarifies things for us and other teams. I think we have a sense at this point of which teams are interested in our players. I don’t think that a team that hasn’t checked in with us and expressed interest will suddenly come out of the woodwork.

“I think we have clarity who could be involved, but we don’t know which teams will be eliminated from that based on free agency.’’

The New York Yankees, who made the biggest splash by signing Cole to a record nine-year, $324 million deal, are dropping hints that they aren’t done. They are in talks with the Milwaukee for All-Star closer Josh Hader, which would make their already dominant bullpen one of the best in the history of the game.

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“We’re using every tool in the toolbox,’’ Yankees GM Brian Cashman said, “not just the big hammer. But it does not mean the big hammer is not available.’’

Yep, it’s the Yankees being the Yankees once again.

And it’s the Red Sox knowing that the Yankees may be the team to beat in the AL East for a whole lot longer than they envisioned.

“You expect your rivals are going to be really good,’’ said Chaim Bloom, the Red Sox's chief baseball officer. You expect that they’re going to make some moves that are going to make them really good. It’s going to be a battle for start to finish. it always has been.

“We expect that it will be for the foreseeable future.’’

If nothing else, the Yankees’ acquisition of Cole may make it easier for Boston to resign itself to a payroll reduction to get below the $208 million luxury tax.

“Look, we want to beat the Yankees as badly as anybody, trust me,’’ Bloom said. “I think it’s just a question of us being able to step back and say, “What is the best approach for us to do that.’’’

The Red Sox may not be trading outfielder Mookie Betts any time before July, but suddenly, they’re attracting interest in veteran starter David Price, whose remaining $96 million salary over the next three years is looking a lot more reasonable considering the money spent on this winter's free agents.

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“I’m hesitant, and I don’t want to get into specifics of really any trade conversations that we’re having,’’ Bloom said. “But I think you can see just by looking around the league that pitching has been the story of the week here.’’

And, of course, all that money.

Why, the moment the Yankees signed Cole, they spent more money than the combined total of free agent contracts handed out by the Pittsburgh Pirates the last 25 years.

Angels owner Arte Moreno spent $61 million more on Anthony Rendon than he paid ($184 million) to buy the franchise in 2003.

And who would have imagined the day that a team – the Washington Nationals – would have three pitchers earning a combined $595 million?

Owners, perhaps believing that the luxury tax threshold will skyrocket in the next collective bargaining agreement, suddenly don’t seem so concerned about their payroll.

“The one thing I noticed differently is that the competitiveness in this market," said agent Scott Boras, who has negotiated $878 million worth of contracts since free agency began. “There are close to eight teams in this market that trying to sign free agents that had just wanted to talk trade in ’17 and ’18. The winter meetings were about analytics and the trade market, and weren’t about acquisition of talent, particularly veteran talent."

And now that the biggest free agents are off the board, the trade market can flourish.

“For every player that signed,’’ Boras said, “four or five teams didn’t get a need fulfilled. So we know what teams will be in on the next wave of hitters and pitchers because they didn’t get their needs fulfilled in free agency.

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“I’m happy for the game. Really, it needed this.’’

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This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: After winter meetings spending spree, attention turns to MLB's trade market

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How the trade market for starters such as David Price has gained clarity .
The industry has given a picture of what such pitchers cost this offseason ($17 million to $18 million per year).As of Tuesday, the Sox weren’t locked into any particular path, continuing discussions about several players with several teams. While Bob Nightengale of USA Today reported Tuesday that the Red Sox and Dodgers had been in contact about Mookie Betts, two major league sources said that the teams hadn’t discussed Betts in any meaningful fashion before leaving San Diego at the end of the Winter Meetings.

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