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MLB rumors: Padres, Jays talking Stroman trade; Brewers, Angels after Keuchel

It’s been a busy week. So far, we’ve seen Michael Brantley go to the AstrosAndrew Miller go to the CardinalsDaniel Murphy go to the RockiesJoakim Soria go to the Athletics and of course, the seven-player trade between the Dodgers and Reds on Friday.

The Dodgers shipped Alex WoodMatt KempYasiel PuigKyle Farmer and cash to the Reds for Homer Bailey and minor leaguers Jeter Downs and Josiah Gray in what will likely be viewed as one of the biggest blockbuster trades of this offseason. The move could clear the decks for a potential big signing or trade for the Dodgers, and it also makes the Reds a whole lot more interesting.

We’re going to keep track of the day’s hot stove rumblings in this handy roundup post. Make sure you check back often throughout the day for updates.

Padres talking Stroman trade?

The Padres have one of the best farm systems in baseball. Soon, they may leverage it into a new front-of-the-rotation starter. Per Jon Paul Morosi of MLB.com, the Padres and Blue Jays are engaged in trade talks that would send Marcus Stroman to the West Coast.

Stroman is coming off a difficult season. He posted a 5.54 ERA in just 102 innings. Previously, he’d solidified himself as an above-average starter. In 95 appearances (89 starts) between 2014-17, he accumulated a 117 ERA+ and a 3.06 strikeout-to-walk ratio.

Stroman is under team control through the 2020 season. He’s expected to make around $7 million through arbitration in 2019.

Phillies not alone in Keuchel race

We knew the Phillies were interested in free-agent southpaw Dallas Keuchel. Now we can add a few more teams to the list. Per Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe, the Angels, Rangers and Brewers all hold interest in signing the erstwhile Astro.

Keuchel has posted an ERA+ better than 100 in four of the last five seasons, and has topped the 200-inning threshold three times. His market was expected to suffer because he lacks the velocity and spin rate that teams tend to gravitate toward nowadays. Still, that doesn’t appear to be scaring away at least four teams — not with the rest of the starting pitcher market thinning out.

Cubs nearing deal with Graveman

The Cubs are reportedly close to making an addition to their pitching staff. Chicago is nearing a deal with former Athletics right-hander Kendall Graveman:

Graveman underwent Tommy John surgery in July and figures to miss most of next season recovering. If he can get back to 100 percent, he could serve as a piece of multi-year rotation depth. He’s under team control through the 2021 season, having been non-tendered earlier in the month.

Graveman has compiled a 93 ERA+ and 2.20 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 446 big-league innings.

A’s close to re-signing Fiers

The Oakland Athletics are close to re-signing right-handed starting pitcher Michael Fiers, Jon Morosi of MLB.com reports. It seems Fiers will earn somewhere between $14 million and $15 million over a two-year span.

Fiers, 33, turned in a nice 2018 season with the Tigers and Athletics, going 12-8 with a 3.56 ERA and 1.18 WHIP over the course of 30 starts and one relief appearance. His 1.94 BB/9 was the best walk rate of his career and ranked him eighth in the majors this year.

The Athletics’ re-signing of Fiers will provide them with another traditional starter alongside Daniel Mengden and Frankie Montas. Sean Manaea is expected to miss the 2019 season after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his shoulder. Starters Jharel Cotton and Andrew Triggs are recovering from Tommy John surgery and thoracic outlet surgery, respectively. This past week, the A’s also agreed to a two-year deal with reliever Joakim Soria and landed infielder Jurickson Profar in a three-team trade with the Rangers and Rays.

Machado says decision will come after new year

Manny Machado completed his free-agent tour on Thursday — he visited the White SoxYankees, and Phillies this week. He has conveyed to the three known interested teams that his decision will come after the new year, reports Jon Heyman of Fancred.

Machado, who spent six-plus seasons with the Baltimore Orioles before being traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers in July, is coming off a 2018 campaign in which he batted .297 with 37 home runs, 107 RBIs and a .905 OPS. Machado and Bryce Harper are expected to land huge paydays as superstars in the prime of their careers.



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