The go for a minimal of two of the discontinue names in MLB free agency will be inviting like a flash … or it will also all be a smokescreen to entice the Yankees.
As the GM conferences wrapped this week in California, ESPN’s Jeff Passan reported the markets for star shortstops Corey Seager and Marcus Semien might perhaps go with the honest of getting a contract signed sooner than an expected labor stoppage begins Dec. 2.
Passan described it as an “surprising turn” for the 2 Scott Boras customers, even supposing he warned it “left executives wondering whether or no longer they certainly carry out wish to signal early or it’s a play to plan out groups indulge in the Fresh York Yankees.” Boras customers are known to occupy extra prolonged free-agent negotiations (see: Harper, Bryce), even supposing Gerrit Cole, Anthony Rendon and Stephen Strasburg did signal comparatively like a flash after the 2019 season.
The Yankees occupy been closely associated to every gamers as smartly as to the Astros’ Carlos Correa, the consensus high three gamers in a loaded class of free-agent shortstops. GM Brian Cashman consistently has acknowledged the Yankees device to present a attach to on the distance after the Gleyber Torres experiment bombed final season. Torres become moved support to 2nd sinister down the stretch.
The Dodgers occupy interest in bringing support Seager, even with one other high-discontinue shortstop in Trea Turner on the roster. The Rangers and Mariners are additionally amongst the groups expected to exhaust massive this offseason.
“I mediate now we occupy Semien and Seager in the marketplace, these of us occupy personality that’s so understood by groups thanks to who they are, what they’ve achieved and what they’ve done,” Boras acknowledged this week.
“In Marcus’ case, he kind of brings a fee to the batter’s box,” Boras added, in an clarify electronics metaphor. “He insulates the heart infield. He’s certainly a new-day Semien-conductor. And we all know there’s a shortage of chips worldwide, so you’d assert in regards to the of us that device.”
All free-agent talks will be paused on Dec. 2 unless a brand unusual collective bargaining agreement is in space. That can push talks support to February (or past) and lead to a frenzy of signings sooner than spring coaching begins.
It’s a frenzy Semien and Seager might perhaps very smartly be anxious to connect away from.