The MLB offseason is just starting to hit a fever pitch with the league's GM meetings taking place, which is where much of the foundation for offseason trades and other acquisitions take place. As such, the rumor mill is buzzing with manger changes and trade talks, especially around the future of Giancarlo Stanton. Here are all the latest MLB rumors you need to know.
Giancarlo Stanton would block trade to Red Sox or Cardinals
Four teams are known to be at the forefront of Giancarlo Stanton trade talks, but two of them appear to have no chance at landing him. According to Chad Jennings of the Boston Herald, Stanton would not want to waive his no-trade clause for either the Boston Red Sox or the St. Louis Cardinals.
A baseball source said yesterday that he’s been told Stanton will not accept a trade to either the Red Sox or the Cardinals, another team linked early and often in trade rumors. Perhaps there’s some flexibility in that stance, but Stanton’s preference is a factor.
Stanton is owed between $25 million and $32 million each of the next 10 seasons, and Miami is open to eating some of that salary. He hit .281 with 59 home runs and 132 RBIs in a career-high 159 games this season.
Carlos Beltran interested in open Yankees manager job
After winning the World Series with the Houston Astros, Carlos Beltran decided to retire from playing, but he may be in the majors next season. Dan Martin of the New York Post reports that Beltran could be interested in managing the New York Yankees next year:
Carlos Beltran announced his retirement on Monday, a day after not ruling out the possibility of managing the Yankees next season.
“There’s a lot of candidates out there,” Beltran said on Sunday, before his retirement became official. “If I make the decision to stay home, then we can talk about it.”
Beltran has long expressed a desire to manage after his playing days were over, although it’s unclear if he would want to start immediately after he stopped playing.
Beltran, who played two and a half years for the Yankees, hit .231 with 14 home runs and 51 RBIs in 129 games this season.
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Twins targeting top-end pitchers in free agency
The Minnesota Twins made the playoffs for the first time since 2010 this season, and according to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, they're looking to make a top-end addition to their starting rotation in order to return to the postseason again next year.
The Twins are looking at the two unquestionable top-of-the-rotation starters – Yu Darvish and Jake Arrieta – as FanRag first reported – as well as next-tier starters Alex Cobb and Lance Lynn, plus others, and are looking at the top relievers, as well.
Minnesota's team ERA ranked 19th last season (4.59) and they were among the worst in the majors in quality starts (62 - T-24th) and opponents batting average (.266 - 26th).Back to the MLB Newsfeed