AL Information & Rumors: G. Richards, BoSox, Twins, Cruz, Angels, Astros
By Connor Byrne | January 22, 2021 at 8:15pm CDTThe Purple Sox and free-agent right-hander Garrett Richards “are in energetic discussions,” Jon Morosi of MLB.com writes. Nevertheless, there was a couple of crew speaking with Richards as of Friday, Morosi provides. The starter-needy Purple Sox have been rumored to be pursuing Richards as of per week in the past. Richards was as soon as on the entrance finish of the Angels’ rotation, however a collection of accidents restricted him from 2016-19. The 32-year-old stayed wholesome and produced first rate outcomes with the Padres final season, although, throwing 51 1/three innings of 4.03 ERA/4.55 SIERA ball and averaging 95 mph on his fastball.
The Twins have elevated the worth of their one-year provide to free-agent designated hitter Nelson Cruz, Jon Heyman of MLB Community tweets, although Darren Wolfson of 5 Eyewitness Information reviews that really occurred earlier within the offseason. Cruz was on the lookout for a two-year contract initially of the winter, however even for somebody who’s as dominant as he’s on the plate, that may very well be troublesome to acquire for a 40-year-old. After all, with no official announcement on whether or not the common DH will stay in place in 2021, Cruz in all probability isn’t in a rush to signal wherever.
The Angels are “very energetic” of their pursuit of beginning pitching, normal supervisor Perry Minasian instructed Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic and different reporters Friday. Whereas Minasian did signal veteran left-hander Jose Quintana to a one-year, $8MM contract this week, including him to a bunch led by Dylan Bundy, Andrew Heaney, Griffin Canning and maybe Shohei Ohtani, there nonetheless seems to be room for enchancment. In mild of Minasian’s remark, it’s value noting that the Angels reportedly stay within the combine for 2 of one of the best starters in the marketplace in Trevor Bauer and Jake Odorizzi.
Talking with reporters Friday, Astros GM James Click on urged the crew doesn’t count on to be that aggressive for the remainder of the offseason, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com tweets. The Astros agreed to re-sign outfielder Michael Brantley and reunited with catcher Jason Castro this week, however their roster took successful with the lack of outfielder George Springer to the Blue Jays. In any other case, the bullpen has come up as a possible space of the necessity for the crew (it did tackle it by signing Ryne Stanek and Pedro Baez in free company), however the Astros don’t essentially really feel a way of urgency to handle it additional. It’s attainable they are going to enter 2021 with out somebody who has in depth expertise as a more in-depth, per Click on (through McTaggart).
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