Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that the Yankees “have let teams know Ivan Nova is available” in trade.
Nova returned from Tommy John elbow surgery in May to throw 94 innings with a 5.07 ERA and will be a free agent after the 2016 season, so it’s tough to imagine his trade market being particularly robust.
Despite that, Sherman writes that the Yankees “are not selling low” on Nova and might try to package him with other players to bring back a young starting pitcher under team control for multiple seasons. In other words, they’d like to trade Nova for a pitcher who can step into his rotation spot in 2016 and beyond.
Nova has had some good years in New York, but he’s 29 years old with a career 4.33 ERA and just 6.7 strikeouts per nine innings. He’s more middle-of-the-rotation starter than front-line starter and even that might be in question following elbow surgery.
All offseason there have been reports that the Marlins are looking to trade 25-year-old outfielder Marcell Ozuna because he’s fallen out of favor with the organization and specifically owner Jeffrey Loria.
And now Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com reports that the Mariners “are working on a trade” for Ozuna, speculating that they’re offering a starting pitcher such as Nate Karns or Roenis Elias. MLB.com Marlins beat writer Joe Frisaro says “nothing is imminent” with an Ozuna trade but “everything is subject to change.”
Karns or Elias alone would seem like a light return for Ozuna, who’s hit .265 with 36 homers and a .727 OPS through 346 career games as a big leaguer and put up good numbers in the minors. He’s a plus defensive corner outfielder with 25-homer power under team control through 2019. There’s value there, whether Loria likes him or not.
But then again if the Marlins are dead set on parting ways with Ozuna perhaps new Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto is taking advantage by swooping in with a mediocre offer. Or maybe that was the initial proposal and the Marlins are currently holding out for James Paxton or Taijuan Walker?
Seattle acquired Mark Trumbo from Arizona in June, but that was the Mariners’ old front office regime and new general manager Jerry Dipoto is remaking the roster. And he already traded away Trumbo once, back when he was the Angels’ general manager.
Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com reports that “several rival executives said they expect” the Mariners to trade Trumbo, who is due to make around $9 million in 2016 via arbitration before becoming a free agent next offseason.
Trumbo has huge power, but he swings at everything and is a negative defensively as a corner outfielder/first baseman. He’s a career .250 hitter with a lowly .299 on-base percentage and modest .758 OPS thanks to averaging 160 strikeouts and 40 walks per 160 games.
It’s hard to imagine any team giving up a quality prospect for the right to pay $9 million for one season of Trumbo, but if Dipoto simply wants to be rid of the low-OBP slugger it might not take much to make a deal happen.
In an effort to show that he’s healthy following September hip surgery free agent Tim Lincecum will hold a “showcase” in January for interested teams to watch him throw.
Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports that Lincecum has been rehabbing with a specialist in Arizona and hopes to surprise teams with how good he looks after some rough, injury filled years with the Giants.
He’s still just 31 years old, but Lincecum hasn’t posted an ERA below 4.00 since 2011 and his raw stuff has declined significantly during that time, making him look more like a back-of-the-rotation starter than the Cy Young-winning ace of old.
There’s been speculation about the Nationals trading Jonathan Papelbon since the moment he decided to choke teammate Bryce Harper in the dugout and the presence of Drew Storen as a viable closer alternative has fanned those flames even further.
But here’s a new twist: Jayson Stark of ESPN.com says multiple sources have told him that the Nationals are looking to trade Papelbon and Storen. And if they accomplish that, Stark reports that their plan would be to revamp the bullpen around a trade for Reds closer Aroldis Chapman and/or signing free agent Darren O'Day.
Papelbon and Storen will both be free agents following the 2016 season, so the Nationals may feel that rebuilding the bullpen now makes more sense than being forced to do so in 12 months. Still, that’s an awful lot of moving parts without any guarantee of actually improving the relief corps.