John Heyman shares his news and observations from around Major League Baseball:
The Royals, a realistic collection, will sell out. Andrew Benintende might be the best of them all and Carlos Santana might be attracting attention. One rival executive said members of the royal family are talking “more seriously” about the versatile White Merryfield in business discussions than ever before. It’s a free client after next year.
The Orioles have a great pen, and they should do well if they interchange the star near Jorge Lopez and others. Trey Mancini will also likely go. The price will be higher on non-free agents Austin Hayes, Anthony Santander and Ryan Mountcastle and much higher on Cedric Mullins.
Rangers could try to sign late star Martin Perez for a multi-year deal before any deal is considered for him. Back in Texas, he was playing like a superstar, despite his years of anticipation.
Padres’ offensive has escalated recently with Gorrickson Provar, Jake Kronworth and Luke Voight warming up, but they will likely be looking for a hitter – most likely a defensive player. They’ve experimented with Joey Gallo in the past, but no team is likely to offer much at the moment.
“Non-tradable,” one Gallo executive called.
A tall guy in baseball speaks for many when he says he can’t see AL MVP number one Aaron Judge leave the Yankees. “It is a very perfect scenario. It is not going anywhere.” This person guessed that the Cubs, who are expected to spend last, would be the biggest threat to his signature.
Shouldn’t the Astros extend Dusty Baker now? His contract only lasts this year.
A competitor to GM said he could see Marlins shopping Pablo Lopez, since they are so in depth with youth pitchers, they’ve shown a willingness to do so in the past and will sell for a high price (2.85 aed). They have a stock of small arms, but Yuri Perez and Max Mayer are the two contenders he thinks they wouldn’t consider trading, along with Sandy Alcantara.
The D-Backs want to keep bowler Zac Gallen and second baseman Ketel Marte, and it won’t be easy to get Merrill Kelly. In the meantime, Zack Davis, Mark Melancon and Ian Kennedy are all expected to leave. Madison Baumgarner has made a decent stand, but the D-Backs will have to redeem his contract to sign him.
Rarely mentioned but worth mentioning among the best deals is former Marlins GM Michael Hill who acquired Alcantara and Gallen (later traded to Jazz Chisholm) for Marcell Ozuna.
The Tigers’ best piece is left-wing savior Gregory Soto, last year’s All-Star, but one GM competitor said that while he expects they’ll demand traction, they shouldn’t expect one; Although he is talented, this CEO said he is somewhat “eccentric”. Tigers by Robbie Grossman and Michael Vollmer are likely to be relocated.
“He should’ve taken it,” said one of the Tigers, on the $275 million 10-year bid for Carlos Correa. That may be true (but Korea has several opt-outs giving him a chance to get there after the Twins’ $105.3 million deal), but what can’t be argued is that Correa would look a lot better than the alternative way the Tigers spent their money. Javier Baez for $140 million was not the same. Eduardo Rodriguez, who signed for $77 million, is on the banned list after asking for time to deal with a marital case. There is no timetable for his return. But at some point, the Tigers may be pressing the issue.
If this is Lorenzo Cain, congratulations on a great career. He is a professional and gentleman.
Awards leaders, as heard on The Post’s podcast “The Show:” AL MVP; Aaron Judge, Jose Ramirez; NL MVP: Paul Goldschmidt, Manny Machado; AL Cy: Shane McClanahan, Alec Manoah; NL Cy: Sandy Alcantara, Joe Musgrove.
Player of the Week: Shohei Ohtani, Angels SP/DH. Runners-up: Anthony Rizzo, Yankees 1b.