Seems farfetched. After all, he was suspended for PEDs during the stretch run in 2012 and, even after his suspension was up, his teammates preferred that he not return for the playoffs and he did not. But Ken Rosenthal reports that that could be water under the bridge:
Stranger things have happened, I suppose. And the Giants do want a corner outfielder. Melky would probably be a good addition. The only real stumbling block here, it seems, would be Cabrera’s preference to play back east or in the midwest, though you have to figure he’d make an exception if the money was right.
Evan Drellich of the Houston Chronicle reports that the Astros are not likely to sign Andrew Miller. The hitch is that Miller is, apparently, seeking four years and the Astros just don’t want to do that.
Until now Miller was tied most strongly with Houston and the Yankees. Barring the appearance of a Mystery Team it would seem that Miller is likely to sign with New York. Maybe as early as today:
Braves defacto general manager John Hart had this to say about the Nick Markakis signing yesterday:
“We have added a winning player on the field, in the clubhouse, and in the community . . .Nick is a true professional, and our fans will enjoy the way he plays the game.”
Those are meaningless phrases, of course. Unless you can show me any player who, when signed, was considered “a losing player” or “a real amateur” who will cause fans “to really, really hate the way he plays the game.”
The truth, of course — “we signed a guy who won’t totally crap the bed but isn’t as good as you think he is and won’t alienate our suburban white fan base or cause us headaches or force us to mess with the roster a lot during the year” — would be far less inspiring press-conference fodder.
On the heels of the news that the Dodgers may make a push for Jon Lester, Chris Cotillo reports that L.A. could shop Zack Greinke:
According to major-league sources, a growing concern within the Dodgers’ organization that Zach Greinke could opt out of his contract next winter may lead to the team making the right-hander available in trade talks in order to free up a rotation spot for a pitcher like Lester,James Shields or Max Scherzer.
Signing one of the big free agent pitchers and dealing Greinke to fill, say, an infield spot could be a neat idea. But it’s not like they could necessarily command a ton of talent in return given that Greinke would still have his opt-out with the new team. As such, it’d be akin to dealing a near-free agent on a rental deal, not a blockbuster trade for a team-controlled ace.
My guess is this is just talk, but it’s interesting talk I suppose.
The Braves have been said to be hot and heavy on Nick Markakis, and were reported to have met personally with Markakis in Baltimore the other day. But it may not be a one horse race:
I don’t root for the Giants much, but ain’t gonna lie: rooting for them to save the Braves from themselves here. For, while Markakis may be a fine guy and a decent enough corner outfielder, he’s not the guy a team that is rebuilding or re-jiggering or whatever it is the Braves are doing should be going after.
At least not based on the contract he’s expected to get, which is 4-5 years and in excess of $10 million per. Yes, he’s a big name, but that name rests on a lot of production from several years ago. This past season he hit just .276 with 14 homers and a .729 OPS in 155 games and he was even worse in 2013, hitting .271 with 10 homers and a .685 OPS in 160 games.