Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports that the Phillies have received trade offers for shortstop Freddy Galvis and second baseman Cesar Hernandez. Those offers, however, haven’t been to the club’s liking.
Both Galvis and Hernandez were tendered contracts ahead of Friday’s non-tender deadline. Both are expendable, though, with J.P. Crawford at shortstop and top propsect Scott Kingery at second. That being said, the Phillies are content going into spring training with a surfeit of middle infielders.
Galvis, 28, hit .255/.309/.382 with 12 home runs and 61 RBI in 663 plate appearances this past season, appearing in all 162 games. While his offensive skills are lacking, he plays superb defense at shortstop and has versatility, having also played second and third base as well as the outfield during his six-year career.
Hernandez, 27, finished the season batting .294/.373/.421 with nine home runs, 34 RBI, 85 runs scored, and 15 stolen bases in 577 plate appearances. Like Galvis, Hernandez plays plus defense and has versatility, but he also runs the bases well.
The Padres are believed to have interest in Galvis while the Angels continue to have interest in Hernandez.
Bob Klapisch of The New York Times reports that free agent starter Gerrit Cole has a seven-year, $245 million contract offer on the table from the Yankees. As Klapisch also notes, the deal would set a record for total value and average annual value for a pitcher, besting Zack Greinke‘s $34.4 million AAV and David Price‘s $217 million total.
While it is possible that Cole signs before the end of the Winter Meetings on Thursday, clients of Scott Boras have tended to sign later in the offseason, so this may be a protracted process with today’s report as a jumping-off point. Both the Yankees’ and Angels’ front offices have received clearance from ownership to break the bank to sign Cole.
Cole, 29, could not have timed having a career year any better. During the regular season, he led all of baseball with 326 strikeouts and led the American League with a 2.50 ERA while also posting a 20-5 record and walking only 48 batters across 212 1/3 innings. He performed brilliantly in the playoffs as well, holding the opposition to seven runs on 21 hits and 11 walks with 47 strikeouts over 36 2/3 innings of work as the Astros narrowly missed out on winning another championship.
Cole is entering his age-29 season, so a deal of at least seven years would take him well into his mid-30’s. Teams, especially lately, have been hesitant to commit to pitchers, but as the Nationals showed with Max Scherzer and Patrick Corbin, sometimes it leads to a championship.
For what it’s worth, Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY Sports says the Yankees haven’t made a formal offer to Cole yet, though the club plans to make one this week. During this time of year, both sides — front office personnel and player agents — leak details to the press to help establish leverage. What we can generally take from this is that the Yankees are hot for Cole and he’s going to get a record-setting contract from some team, even if it’s not the Yankees.