Let's take a look at what is cooking in the hot kitchen of Major League Baseball with the spring training that is only a few weeks away.
Surgester surge from Manny emerges
According to reports, the mysterious team or teams competing for Manny MachadoThe services, in addition to the Phillies and the White Sox, who have been more linked to the 26-year-old, have stepped up their efforts to sign the 26-year-old free agent superstar.
Early Friday Hector Gomez of Z101 Digital (Dominican Republic) spoke with Machado's father, Manuel, who shone an incredibly cryptic light on the situation.
"I think the team you'll probably think less about," said Machado. "He's the one who's going to sign Manny Machado."
Later in the day, Jon Heyman of FanCred Sports He reported that he had "heard that there is indeed a mysterious team in [the] Manny Derby ", adding that the highest offer received by the Florida native comes from the mysterious team.
Machado batted .297 / .367 / .538 with 37 homers, 107 batted runs, 35 doubles and a 146 OPS + rating last season, split between the Baltimore Orioles (96 games) and the Los Angeles Dodgers (66 games).
The reds are supposedly blocked in gray
Ken Rosenthal of The athletic reports that the Cincinnati Reds are "making progress in the search for [the] The Yankees Sonny gray"
Gray, 29, pitched to a 4.90 ERA in 30 appearances last season (23 starts, 130.1 total innings) with 123 strikeouts, 57 walks, 1,496 WHIPs, a FIP rating of 4.17 and an ERA rating. + of 89
After owning a 3.42 ERA, 3.56 FIP, 1,200 WHIP and a ratio of 2.70 strikeouts and walks in the first five seasons of his career with Oakland, the right seemed to lose most, if not all, of his Shine after the 2017 mid-season trade that sent it to the Yanks. New York general manager Brian Cashman has been buying Gray practically the entire offseason without success.
According Rosenthal, Cincinnati pitching coach Derek Johnson was Gray's pitching coach at Vanderbilt University, which could cause the 29-year-old to resign with the Reds once he reaches free agency after 2019.
Milwaukee and Miley could go to the meeting
In his inbox session with Brewers fans, Adam McCalvy of MLB.com confirmed that the left-handed starter Wade Miley is "still on the radar of the Brewers".
"Miley really liked Milwaukee, [Miley’s] Agent Tom O'Connell said at the winter meetings, "McCalvy wrote." And Milwaukee loved Miley's work when he was healthy. The question, however, is the cost. "
Miley, 32, pitched at an average of 2.57 earned runs with 50 strikeouts, 27 walks, 1,215 WHIPs, and an independent pitching rate of 3.59 in more than 16 starts (80.2 innings) for the Brewers last season.
He played the minor league deal he signed with Milwaukee in the offseason, but after earning a rating of 159 ERA +, it is likely that Miley has secured a substantial increase.
The Tampa Bay Rays appointed right-handed relief pitcher Oliver Drake for the allocation of free space for the now official signature of the gardener Avisail Garcia to a free agent agreement.
Drake, 32, pitched for five major league teams last season (Milwaukee, Cleveland, Los Angeles Angels, Toronto and Minnesota), with a 5.29 ERA, 1,448 WHIP, 3.65 FIP and a ratio of 3.0 strikeouts and bases in more than 44 appearances (47.2 entries).
Right handed Rob Scahill signed a minor league contract with the Chicago Cubs, according to Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune. Scahill, 31, has a 3.85 career ERA in seven major league seasons. He spent 2018 with the White Sox, throwing a 5.40 ERA in six relief appearances for Chicago.