It is mostly of historical interest now, but Astros GM Jeff Luhnow admitted that the club had a deal but locked down landing Bryce Harper last summer. (Via Mark Berman of FOX 26, on Twitter .) Reports stated that citizens would have gained a strong trait of talent if they had agreed to give up Harper at the deadline; instead, the club announced on the deadline that it would not share with its star, which is now (still) a free agent. Let somebody get the wrong idea, Houston's previous interest doesn't really show that Harper is interesting at the moment. There has been no such connection this winter. However, Luhnow suggested that the endeavor be proof of the team's commitment to "look at all options" and possibly swing big deals at the trading deadline.
Those who like to gather wild trading scenarios will also note Luhnow's exciting page: "I think fans would be surprised at the types of players we've been after and how close we've come to some of them . " Here's more from the American League:
- Star Red Sox outfielder Mookie Betts discussed his approach to managing the sport's business side, as Jason Mastrodonato of the Boston Herald reports. Betts says he thinks he's patient. "When you start rushing into things, that's when you get some deals that may not be the right ones," he said. Of course, Betts has stood up for a possible record position through arbitration by not only going from year to year but also by increasing its performance level in consecutive seasons. He just settled for a giant $ 20MM, who set a record for a second-time job-qualified player. Whether he will consider a long-term business in the future, it is not clear. Betts would only allow him to play in Boston and would "need to see how it goes".
- In other AL eastern contractual issues, Yankees reported a long-term management of Ace Luis Severino does not seem to be getting traction, by Jon Heyman of MLB Network ( via Twitter ). It seems that the pages will instead focus on preparing for an upcoming arbitration hearing, but it can always change at the last minute – whether it is an annual salary agreement or something more significant. If the case goes to a panel, the arbitrators must decide between Severino's proposed $ 5.25M payout and the club's $ 4.4MM counter. There is further importance given that the Super Two qualifier still has three more potential work years, which makes his starting salary quite important.
- While contractual agreements were not announced or reported at that time, Twins ] skipper Rocco Baldelli inked a four-year contract when he was employed for his senior debut, Dan Hayes of The Athletic reports (subscription required). The deal also has several club options. It is a show of faith in the rookie manager and a departure from the way in which Minnesota has previously worked, such as Aaron Gleeman of Baseball Prospectus notes ( Twitter link ). In previous management, the twins usually issued only two-year covenants to skipper Ron Gardenhire, who was one of the game's longest frequent bosses when he was fired from the organization. And Paul Molitor, who the twins made up for Baldelli, was a season in a three-year contract when the twins finally changed course.
- Angels right-hander Matt Harvey will be out for next week to 10 days due to a strained glute muscle, tweets Jeff Fletcher in Orange County Register. It is a minor injury and one that is not expected to impede Harvey's readiness for the opening day, but it still has some surveillance, as Harvey looks to rebuild Anaheim shares on a one-year $ 11 million contract. The damage is increasingly remarkable considering Halo's rash of rising diseases in later seasons. The team already expects to be without right-wingers Nick Tropeano to open the season.