Ken Rosenthal reports that agents — or, at least the one agent that would allow Rosenthal to quote him — hates the deal Adam Lind signed with the Blue Jays:
“Three club options? The union hates those deals and understandably so. He should have gotten those numbers without the
options. The arbitration process rewards offensive production, and this
kid is going to produce.”
I agree it’s a very team-friendly deal, but if I were a DH these days I’d be shaking in my boots. Sure, Lind is better than Jack Cust but when it comes right down to it, anyone can hit, and with teams emphasizing defense so much more today than they did yesterday, a lot of position players are going to find themselves in the DH market going forward.
Not saying I don’t try to drive the hardest bargain possible if I’m Lind’s rep, but with the DH market, it’s a short drive.
The Yankees appear to have moved on from free agent Manny Machado this winter, but could they be turning their attention to Rockies superstar Nolan Arenado? That’s the idea floated by Andy Martino of SNY, who hears that GM Brian Cashman has been involved in recent discussions concerning the third baseman. No official comments have been made to the press yet, though, and it’s not clear whether the Yankees would prefer to pursue Arenado prior to the 2019 season or partway through it.
The 27-year-old infielder earned his fourth consecutive All-Star nomination, Silver Slugger, and Gold Glove award in 2018 after slashing .297/.374/.561 with 38 home runs, a .935 OPS, and 5.7 fWAR across 673 plate appearances. There’s no question he’s provided immense value to Colorado’s lineup over the last half-decade, and his consistency and incredible power at the plate helped form the basis of the record $30 million arbitration figure he presented to the team last week. The Rockies countered at $24 million, however, and in doing so may have jeopardized their chances of convincing the infielder to forego free agency in 2020 and take a long-term deal instead.
Assuming he declines to negotiate an extension with the Rockies, Arenado’s decorated résumé and career-best 2018 numbers should attract plenty of interest around the league — a reality that could put considerable pressure on the Yankees (or any other interested party) to finesse a deal sooner rather than later. For now, the club is prepared to enter the 2019 season with hot-hitting third baseman Miguel Andújar, whom Martino speculates would be the “centerpiece” of any trade with Colorado.