Stephen Strasburg’s extension could lead to an active trade market

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Stephen Strasburg inked a seven-year, $175 million contract extension with the Nationals which was made official on Tuesday morning. Strasburg would have been the headliner in a weak free agent class. Now, Clay Buchholz may very well be the top arm available in free agency after the season, which is saying something.

Will this lead to a more active trade market this season? Jon Morosi seems to think so as he explains in a column for Athletics starter Sonny Gray would likely be the most sought-after prize despite his lackluster start to the season. Jose Fernandez and Danny Salazar could also be moved if their respective teams end up falling out of contention by the August 1 trade deadline. The Braves could move Julio Teheran to facilitate their rebuilding process.

In the lower tier of pitching, Morosi suggests Andrew Cashner, Jeremy Hellickson, and Doug Fister could change addresses.

The baseball landscape has evolved, as teams are locking up their young players rather than letting them hit free agency. We’re used to seeing at least a handful of superstars, but the 2017 free agent class could be the most underwhelming ever.

Kyle Gibson, Orioles finalize 1-year, $10M contract

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SAN DIEGO – Right-hander Kyle Gibson and the Baltimore Orioles finalized a one-year, $10 million contract.

The 35-year-old would receive a $150,000 assignment bonus if traded, payable by the receiving team. He also can earn a $25,000 bonus if he is elected or selected for the All-Star team. Gibson was an All-Star in 2021.

Gibson was 10-8 with a 5.05 ERA in 31 starts for Philadelphia last season. He also pitched 2 1/3 scoreless innings in two relief appearances in the postseason for the NL champions.

Baltimore gained another experienced arm as it looks to build on its surprising season. After losing 110 games the previous year, the Orioles contended for an AL wild card for much of the summer before finishing 83-79 for the franchise’s first winning record since 2016.

Gibson was an AL All-Star in 2021, going 6-3 with a 2.87 ERA in 19 starts for Texas. He was traded to Philadelphia that July, and he went 4-6 with a 5.09 ERA in 12 appearances for the Phillies down the stretch.

The 6-foot-6 Gibson was selected by Minnesota in the first round of the 2009 amateur draft. He made his big league debut with the Twins in 2013.

He spent his first first seven seasons with Minnesota, going 67-68 with a 4.52 ERA in 193 games, including 188 starts. He had his best year in 2018, finishing with a career-low 3.62 ERA in a career-best 196 2/3 innings.

Gibson, who signed a $28 million, three-year contract with Texas in December 2019, is 89-91 with a 4.52 ERA in 267 major league games.