Abreu reportedly offered a two year extension

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More Tweety fun from SI’s Jon Heyman:

Angels offered abreu a 2-year extension for about $16 million. after MVP calibre year with LAA, he is looking for more.

This is ridiculous for a couple of reasons.  For starters, I have a hard time featuring the Angels, who are, you know, getting ready to play the ALCS, conducting contract negotiations with Abreu.  Arte Moreno and his crew are too smart to create distractions like that in the middle of the playoffs.  If this offer actually ever happened, I’m betting that it happened a couple of weeks ago.  It’s also possible that someone is pulling Heyman’s chain, be it the team or Abreu’s people.

I’d guess it’s Abreu’s people, because the substance of the post itself is silly, and seems calculated to kiss a little butt.  Abreu had a nice season for the salary he was paid, and provided some much-needed on base ability for the Angels, but it was by no means an “MVP calibre year.”  Indeed, by some measures it was among Abreu’s worst years (power; OPS+, defense).

$16 million over two years is probably defensible enough from the Angels’ perspective.  High if they have any outfield prospects of any value who could come in and take his place, but nothing that’s going to break the bank.  If Abreu really does manage to find someone to pay him substantially more than that, however, that someone will likely be overpaying. 

The Orioles are “moving aggressively” to trade Manny Machado

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Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that the Orioles “are moving aggressively on Manny Machado trade talks and now believe they can trade him by the end of the week.” There are reportedly “strong offers” for Machado from both the White Sox, per Ken Rosenthal, and the Cardinals, per Nightengale. The Giants, Red Sox, Phillies, and Yankees are also reportedly involved in talks, though it does seem unlikely that the O’s would trade Machado to a division rival.

Machado, 25, is a guy around which a team could build a franchise. The Orioles, however, seem resigned to the notion that they will not be able to sign him to a long term contract once he hits free agency a year from now. If they do deal him, it would not be terribly shocking to see the O’s just go all-in with a full rebuild, putting relievers Brad Brach and Zach Britton and outfielder Adam Jones on the market, given that they too can become free agents following the 2018 season.

Machado had a down 2017, hitting .259/.310/.471, but still hit 33 homers and drove in 95 runs. In the two years prior he posted OPSs of .876 and .861. As such, the price for a team to acquire him will be high, even if he’s entering his walk year.