Jon Heyman of CBS Sports says that the Yankees are “believed to have reached out to” free agent Kendrys Morales and that they are “awaiting the results of Mark Teixeira’s medical re-evaluation before making a big play.”
Morales would be a decent fill in if Teixeira is unable to play. As it is, the Yankees will have to wait until the draft is over, which is when the draft pick compensation attached to Morales will expire.
Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports that the Brewers may be interested in Jake Arrieta.
The Brewers could definitely use a front line starter, especially with Jimmy Nelson slated to miss a good chunk of next season due to a rotator cuff injury. Arrieta will be expensive, obviously, but the Brewers have a lot more payroll flexibility than most teams, with only minimal money due on long term contracts. Most of that is for Ryan Braun, but even the outlay for him is reasonable, with deferred money involved. Tom Haudricourt of the Journal-Sentinel laid all of that out back in October.
Milwaukee had a surprisingly good 2017 and they have the ability to add in free agency or to take on salary in trades if they want to. Maybe they don’t get Arrieta but they could make a splash this offseason.