Earlier this week the Marlins were said to be trying to talk Javier Vazquez out of retiring and now Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that the 35-year-old right-hander is “50-50” to pitch in 2012.
According to Rosenthal he has a “strong East Coast preference” after spending his 14-year career in Montreal, New York (twice), Arizona, Chicago, Atlanta, and Florida.
Vazquez has lost some velocity and struggled with the Yankees in 2010, but he’s coming off a strong season with the Marlins and would definitely be passing up significant money by calling it quits. He threw 193 innings with a 3.69 ERA and 162/50 K/BB ratio this year and was even better for Atlanta in 2009.
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.