White Sox look to bring Godzilla to Chicago

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According to Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News, the White Sox have “emerged as serious contenders” to sign free agent Hideki Matsui.
Even though Matsui posted an 876 OPS last season, won World Series MVP honors and brings in millions of dollars in revenue just by being himself, the Yankees have seemingly made no push to bring him back. It’s left the Angels and now perhaps the White Sox to step in and sign him to fill DH duties.
That Matsui is no longer capable of playing the outfield regularly does serve to limit his options. He might be the best pure DH going right now, but several AL squads already have the role filled and most of the rest don’t want to spend millions on a one-dimensional player. The Angels would surely prefer someone who is an option in the outfield once in a while, but they might be willing to overlook that for Matsui. The White Sox are used to carrying a pure DH in Jim Thome, and they may well present the best fit for Matsui if they can come up with the money for him.

Mets, Orioles have discussed a Matt Harvey trade

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Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Orioles and Mets have discussed a trade for Matt Harvey.

Rosenthal says the discussions have involved a reliever going back to New York and observes that that Harvey and Brad Brach are projected for similar salaries in their final arbitration years which could make a financial match.

There have been a handful of Harvey rumors over the past couple of days, with a report coming out yesterday that the Mets have spoken with at least two teams about their fallen ace. Jon Heyman said today that the Rangers may have been one of those teams. Maybe the Orioles are the second or, perhaps, the third?

All if this has to be pretty deflating if you’re a Mets fan, given the promise and dominance Harvey showed before injuries waylaid him the past two seasons. Harvey is still just 28 but he made only 18 starts and one relief appearance last year, posting a 6.70 ERA with a 67/47 K/BB ratio in 92.2 innings.

If the Mets can’t find a trade partner this winter, they’ll clearly hope for him to rebound at least a little bit in 2018, allowing him to regain some trade value.