NL Notes & Rumors: Playing cards, MadBum, Keuchel, Padres, Fish, Bucs


By Connor Byrne | December 7, 2019 at 1:11am CDTEven after re-signing Adam Wainwright earlier this offseason, the Cardinals are keeping track of the free-agent marketplace for beginning pitchers, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Put up-Dispatch explains. The group has “had conversations” concerning left-handers Madison Bumgarner and Dallas Keuchel, in accordance with Goold, who provides that St. Louis prefers to have right-hander Carlos Martinez return to a beginning function after spending all of 2019 as a reliever. If that occurs, the Cardinals could have a full complement of starters with Wainwright, Martinez, Jack Flaherty, Dakota Hudson and Miles Mikolas. For now, Martinez is recovering properly from the suitable shoulder process he underwent in October.
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This has been an aggressive offseason for the Padres, who’ve signed or traded for Drew Pomeranz, Jurickson Profar, Trent Grisham and Tommy Pham over the previous few weeks. The membership’s not accomplished but, although, because it continues looking for methods to interrupt its long-running playoff drought subsequent season. Basic supervisor A.J. Preller mentioned (by way of AJ Cassavell of that the group’s nonetheless “actively concerned in conversations” and “trying to enhance our roster” as subsequent week’s Winter Conferences method. Might that imply signing one of many prime beginning pitchers out there? Not essentially, as Cassavell writes that the Padres “appear decided to not overpay for the present choices in the marketplace.” Nonetheless, Cassavell suggests the Padres received’t stand pat in relation to their beginning employees.
The Marlins are searching for relievers who can do a greater job limiting walks than their bullpen forged in 2019 did, Joe Frisaro of relays. Miami’s aid corps completed the 12 months with the second-highest stroll charge within the sport (4.37 per 9), and as president of baseball operations mentioned, “you’ll be able to’t defend a stroll.” Frisaro names longtime Yankees reliever Dellin Betances as a possible goal for the membership in free company, although it’s unclear whether or not that’s something greater than hypothesis. Betances was usually dominant earlier than lacking virtually all of final season with a number of accidents, however management hasn’t essentially been his forte. The 31-year-old walked greater than 6.5 batters per 9 as lately as 2017.
Stephen J. Nesbitt of The Athletic (subscription hyperlink) tackles the Pirates’ lack of spending in free company, noting they’re final within the majors in that division since proprietor Bob Nutting took management in 2007. The Pirates have been loath handy out multiyear contracts beneath Nutting, and whereas they’ve a brand new common supervisor in Ben Cherington, their lack of spending in all probability received’t change a lot. This can be a new frontier for Cherington, whose earlier GM gig got here with the deep-pocketed Purple Sox. However Cherington did fail on a pair big-money signings in Boston, because the Hanley Ramirez and Pablo Sandoval offers went down as regrettable for the membership.

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