Jul. 08, 2016
MLB Notes; Melancon To Giants or Nationals?, Aroldis Chapman Destination, Marlins Pitching, Orioles Additions, Tigers Roster
?Some notes of speculation to talk about;
-Mark Melancon's final market looks to be a bid between the Nationals and Giants. Melancon very well looks to be in position to land a very sizable commitment from one of the two as both have gaping holes at the closer's position.
-With that being said, Aroldis Chapman could recieve interest from the Giants if they lose out on Melancon, but how much they are willing to spend to try and get Chapman could be a difference maker, as Chapman has been rumored to be asking for a deal close to $90MM.
-After adding Edinson Volquez on a two-year deal, the Marlins are still looking for starting pitching. They will most likely add one or two more veteran arms in free agency but could go for a stronger arm through trade. Sonny Gray of the Oakland A's strikes me as somewhat of a sort of curious option, as Miami could send outfielder Marcell Ozuna to the A's and perhaps another player or two from the minors. Oakland is unwilling to sell low on Gray however, and that clearly would be a small price.
-The Orioles are prioritizing an outfield bat and they have been connected to Jay Bruce and Curtis Granderson of the Mets, and Dexter Fowler in free agency. Of the three, Bruce seems like the most realistic option for the Orioles, as the team may not want to add Fowler on a long-term deal and the Mets want to trade Jay Bruce more than they do Granderson.
-Miguel Cabrera has said that he will accept a trade from the Tigers if the fit is right for both sides, but he still wants to remain in Detroit for the long-term. The Tigers have plenty to do this offseason if they want to make deals to get younger talent on the roster, but the one Tiger who seems to be on his way out so far is J.D. Martinez. Martinez has been talked about by a number of teams in trade talks and the amount of teams looking for outfield help will further help the Tigers in getting a strong return for him.