Central Rumors: Cubs Extensions, Cardinals, Kluber
By Steve Adams and Connor Byrne | January 12, 2021 at 8:19pm CDTThe Cubs’ commerce of Yu Darvish cleared $62MM from the books over the following three years, however Russell Dorsey of the Chicago Solar-Occasions writes in his newest mailbag column that it’s nonetheless unlikely the crew will conform to a contract extension with any of its pending free brokers previous to the beginning of Spring Coaching. Every of Javier Baez, Anthony Rizzo and Kris Bryant is about to hit the market subsequent yr, and whereas the latter of that trio has seen his identify prominently circulated within the rumor mill, Baez and Rizzo have broadly been thought-about extension candidates. An extended-term association might come collectively as soon as camp is underway, Dorsey notes, however provided that the “proper scenario introduced itself.”
In fact, provided that no deal has include Baez regardless of years of negotiations and that Rizzo already has already signed one team-friendly deal, it’s laborious to see both participant inking a deal that closely favors the Cubs. The truth that each gamers are coming off down seasons solely additional muddies the matter. Each gamers have appreciable profession earnings already and should desire to wager on a private rebound moderately than promoting themselves brief after a lackluster 2020 exhibiting.
Extra out of baseball’s Central divisions…
In his newest Q&A with readers, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Publish-Dispatch experiences that the Cardinals aren’t actively pursuing rotation upgrades outdoors of a possible reunion with Adam Wainwright. The Playing cards aren’t being significantly aggressive of their efforts to re-sign both Wainwright or fellow franchise icon Yadier Molina, per Goold, as a substitute persevering with to attend out a glacial free-agent market. Ought to Wainwright finally signal elsewhere, the Playing cards may pivot and search for a low-cost take care of a comparable veteran, however they’ve “continued to place themselves as a crew that can cut back payroll,” Goold writes.
The Tigers are anticipated to be among the many groups readily available for free-agent right-hander Corey Kluber’s showcase in Florida on Wednesday, Chris McCosky of the Detroit Information tweets. It figures to be a well-attended occasion to look at Kluber, a two-time American League Cy Younger winner in Cleveland who endured injury-plagued years in 2019 and ’20. A fractured forearm restricted the longtime workhorse to 35 2/three innings in his final season as a member of the Indians, after which he threw only one body final yr as a Ranger whereas battling shoulder points. Nonetheless, the 34-year-old appears to be like to hold loads of attraction as a buy-low candidate. In Detroit’s case, the 34-year-old might assist enhance a rotation that obtained dismal manufacturing from Matthew Boyd and Michael Fulmer final season, maybe whereas mentoring a lot youthful hurlers comparable to Casey Mize, Tarik Skubal and Matt Manning.
The Twins, whose curiosity in Kluber was beforehand reported, can even be at Kluber’s showcase, per La Velle E. Neal III of the Star Tribune. Kluber has ties to Twins chief baseball officer Derek Falvey, who was a part of the Cleveland entrance workplace that acquired the previous ace.
The Cubs are one more Central crew that can soak up Kluber’s session, Sahadev Sharma of The Athletic relays. They’re in clear want of rotation upgrades past Kyle Hendricks and Zach Davies, however they’re not in big-spending mode. It stays to be seen whether or not Kluber will find yourself of their worth vary.
Adam Wainwright Anthony Rizzo Chicago Cubs Corey Kluber Detroit Tigers Javier Baez Kris Bryant Minnesota Twins Notes St. Louis Cardinals Yadier Molina21 feedback