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Friday, February 22, 2019


Angels owner says team has not discussed Mike Trout extension

Mike Trout

The Los Angeles Angels have two years left of Mike Trout before he and the organization both have big decisions to make.

Trout is the best player in baseball and very much in his prime, but as of now, owner Arte Moreno says the two sides have not formally discussed extending his contract past the 2020 season.

Trout will be 29 when his contract expires, and if he hit the open market, there would be a lot of interest. Some other fans have already started to recruit him. Of course, Trout likely wants to win, and the fact is the Angels haven’t come close to being a consistent contender while he’s been there, nor do they look close to becoming one now.

Kris Bryant confirms he has recovered from shoulder problem

Kris Bryant

Chicago Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant spent a lot of 2018 hindered by a shoulder problem, but that is now behind him.

Bryant said Monday that his shoulder is fully healthy and he is back to his normal swing after battling issues last season.

Bryant missed a lot of time with that shoulder injury that just kept lingering even as he tried to come back from it. It affected his output as well. He hit .272 with 13 home runs in 102 games, and hopes to be much better and fully healthy in 2019.

Justin Turner says Dodgers’ World Series losses make him ‘psychotic’

Justin Turner Dodgers

The Los Angeles Dodgers have lost back-to-back World Series, and that’s really starting to weigh on Justin Turner’s mind.

The Dodger third baseman admitted that the losses stung badly, but they’ve increased his drive to win to a “psychotic” level in 2019 after coming so close twice only to fall short.

“When you get that close two years in a row, it borderline drives you insane,” Turner said, via Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times. “You’re just psychotic about trying to finish it. So the drive is even greater than it was last year.”

Not many teams come so close twice and fail to finish the job. It’s a unique and somewhat difficult club to be a part of. On the evidence, though, this is a very motivated team, and they’ll be heavily favored to win the NL West again. Once they make the playoffs, anything can happen, and they look like they have the talent to finally get over that hump.

Mike Trout has funny quote about his offseason

Mike Trout

The MLB offseason has been heavy on rumors but slow on major signings, which has made for a pretty strange environment for a lot of top players.

That includes Mike Trout, who is from near Philadelphia. The Phillies were and still are expected to be active in the market this offseason, and with Trout’s ties to the area, some fans started to dream a bit too enthusiastically.

Some fans back home probably hoped Trout had some inside information. Sorry, folks.

It’s worth a reminder that Trout is signed through 2020, so he likely won’t be leaving the Los Angeles Angels before then. It certainly sounds plausible that Philadelphia could be a player at that point, but it’s a ways off.

Chris Sale, Red Sox have discussed contract extension

Chris Sale

Boston Red Sox ace Chris Sale is entering the final year of a contract that has been one of the best values in all of sports, and he could be the most coveted pitcher on the free agent market at this time next year. The defending champs are trying to prevent it from getting to that point.

In an appearance on WEEI Monday morning, Red Sox chairman Tom Werner said the team has had discussions with Sale about a contract extension.

“We have had private conversations,” Werner said, via Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic. “The best thing for us is to keep these conversations private. And we have to come to an understanding that is good for both sides. But we’ve had conversations with him. In a perfect world, we’d love to have him back. He’s one of the great pitchers in the American League.”

Sale signed a a five-year, $32.5 million contract with the Chicago White Sox a year before he was eligible for arbitration, and it ended up being worth $59 million over seven years. The Red Sox paid him $12 million in 2017 and $12.5 million last year, and the left-hander went 29-12 with a 2.51 ERA during that span.

While Sale has proven he can pitch in the AL East and is a perennial Cy Young Award candidate, he also had some shoulder concerns last year and has a tendency to fade late in seasons. When you combine that with the current state of MLB free agency, an extension might make sense for both him and the Red Sox.

The Red Sox will almost certainly try to sign Sale at a value price because of some of the red flags surrounding him during last year’s playoff run, but anything less than or equal to the six-year, $140 million deal Patrick Corbin got from the Washington Nationals this offseason would be an insult.

Padres reportedly have offered Manny Machado over $250 million

Manny Machado

The San Diego Padres have been heavily involved in their pursuit of Manny Machado, and by the sounds of it, they’ve made a very competitive offer.

According to Jon Heyman of MLB Network, the Padres have made an offer of roughly eight years and $250 million to Machado. Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune goes even further, reporting that the financial terms of the offer are even higher than that.

Both Machado and Bryce Harper are going to end up signing very late. It appears, however, that they will still get pretty hefty paydays. Harper is looking at upwards of $300 million, and Machado appears to be moving close to that neighborhood as well. As reported, the deal would pay him upwards of $30 million annually, putting him comfortably near the top of MLB salaries.

Report: Bryce Harper set to receive over $300 million

Bryce Harper

Bryce Harper clearly seems to be moving toward a deal, and it’s ultimately going to make him quite happy.

According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, Harper appears to have found an aggressive suitor in the Philadelphia Phillies, who are willing to meet his price. Nightengale reports that Harper is likely to receive more than the 10 years and $300 million he was offered by the Washington Nationals, though nothing is complete yet.

After a long offseason of waiting, all signs are pointing toward Harper ultimately signing with Philadelphia. Talk has intensified over the weekend that the two sides are moving toward a deal, and if the Phillies are willing to pay him upwards of $300 million, it seems likely he’ll make moves to sign sooner rather than later.