Well, duh. And maybe not something as big as they did last offseason when they signed Robinson Cano, but Ken Rosenthal has an idea about their priorities in his notes column today.
Those priorities include Nelson Cruz or Matt Kemp over Hanley Ramirez. Presumably on price, fit and durability as it relates to Cruz over Ramirez. Kemp would obviously be a trade target and the calculus would be different. Rosenthal also notes what some other people mentioned yesterday, but which got a bit lost in the shuffle due to the Braves trade of Jason Heyward: they are interested in Justin Upton and the two teams have been in contact about him.
If I was less of a liberal arts person I could create some sort of Boolean expression which orders all of this properly, with Cruz and Ramirez appearing first and, if both are false, moving on to some sort of Kemp/Upton hierarchy. But I can’t really do that. I got a political science and English degree for cryin’ out loud. It’s a wonder I can even feed myself.
We mentioned this morning that Robinson Cano left today’s Japan Series game when he was hit by a pitch in the toe. The bad news, from Anthony DiComo of MLB.com:
Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano limped out of the Tokyo Dome during the eighth inning of Saturday’s All-Star Series Game against Samurai Japan, bound for X-rays at a local hospital. According to a source, Cano learned shortly thereafter that he has a non-displaced fracture of the pinkie toe on his right foot, the result of a Yuki Nishi pitch that hit him on the cleat. He will miss the remainder of the Japan Series.
Cano is expected to be sidelined from whatever it is he does in the offseason for 3-4 weeks, which could affect conditioning and things, but should not impact his availability for spring training.
We haven’t been posting about the Japan Series because, well, it’s not really holding any of our interests. The idea is great in theory of course, but it’s just some exhibition games and they’re airing at, like, 4am and even irredeemable morning people like me are having a hard time focusing. We’d probably kill for this sort of thing in January, but right now it’s just hard to focus on it.
But something notable did happen in the this morning’s Game 3: four pitchers from team Japan combined to no-hit the MLB All-Stars.
The pitchers were Takahiro Norimoto, Yuki Nishi, Kazuhisa Makita and Yuji Nishino. The MLB lineup contained six All-Stars including American League batting champ Jose Altuve and NL batting champ Justin Morneau. Robinson Cano was in the game for a time too, but he left after being hit by a pitch in the foot. He’s off for X-Rays now. If we hear anything on that we’ll let you know.
This is not the first no-hitter in Japan Series history. In 1990 Chuck Finley and Randy Johnson combined to no-hit the Japanese players.
The Japanese team’s win puts them up 3-0 in the five-game series. Which means they have won it already, though they do play the whole thing out.
Ken Rosenthal reports that the Astros have checked in on free agent Hanley Ramirez
I know they’re the 2017 World Series champs and everything, but I have to think that (a) the Astros aren’t yet willing to spend big for a free agent like this; and (b) Ramirez may be looking for more of a win-now situation. Also worth noting that Houston has a lot of prospects who would be blocked if Ramirez was on the team.
Of course, no one really though Robinson Cano would go to the Mariners until he did last year, so who knows?