The Post’s Jon Heyman provides news and notes from MLB:
Vlad’s contract keeping
Not only were the Blue Jays trying to lock up Bo Bichette, they were also inquiring about a lengthy deal for budding superstar Vlad Guerrero Jr. However, the Guerrero camp informed the Jays that they wanted to delay talks until the end of the season, when they might be more willing to investigate something significant. Guerrero, who hit three home runs against the Yankees on Wednesday, two with a bloody right hand, would obviously be down for a monster deal. The Jays made star shortstop Bichette a multi-year offer, but the teams are not said to be close at this point. Both agreed to one-year contracts, although Guerrero fared much better with Super Two status, earning $7.9 million for 2022, while Bichette was renewed for $717,000. Sure Guerrero earned more, but 10 times more seems quite a stretch, suggesting a flaw in the previous system… Yes, the A’s have a viable player or two left from their sell-off, the most notable being right-handed starter Frankie Montas. However, according to sources, there is nothing hot with him at the moment. A deal could, of course, come closer to the August 2nd closing… Reports of White Sox involvement have been exaggerated. The South Siders were attempting to land Indiana product Sean Manaea, but sources say of every conversation about Montas, “The ship has sailed.” Realistically, the A’s would require a move for Montas that doesn’t come until after next season ( a year longer than Manaea) is a free agent and is viewed by some as a potential superstar. A source said that since the Chisox didn’t have enough to trade for Manaea, it was unlikely they could land Montas. Plenty of teams would be there though…Trevor Rosenthal is attracting a lot of interest and will soon not be presenting for the A’s pitching after a year that has earned him $11 million…OF Michael Conforto is healthy enough to hold workouts but the Shoulder injury suffered while practicing in Arizona January has disabled his free hand. The Rangers, Jays, Giants and Rays and others were associated with Conforto. But it remains uncertain when/where he will sign. Agent Scott Boras said, “He’s still Michael Conforto, and he’s still young.”…The White Sox wanted a left-hander, but AJ Pollock had a .902 OPS vs. right-hander last year…Uber talent/excellent tweeter Noah Syndergaard dueled future Hall of Famer Justin Verlander, but a scout said Verlander excelled. Verlander told me in spring training that he wouldn’t rule out pitching into his mid-40s, à la Tom Brady, but he hasn’t made up his mind yet… Despite all their initial pitching issues, the Mets rotation had an ERA of 1.46 through, as our Mike Puma noted…after nearly trading Chris Paddack and Eric Hosmer to the Mets for Dom Smith, San Diego can now hold Hosmer. Manager Bob Melvin loves him (apparently more than the analytics department there)… New Oriole Matt Harvey remains in Sarasota, Fla. to build arm strength and see if he can answer testimony at Eric Kay’s trial, who has up to 20 years for the purchase of the opioid that killed pitcher Tyler Skaggs. While Harvey, a model citizen who was in Baltimore for the first time, may have to sit out games, Kay faces up to 20 years in a so-called Texas judiciary… Ian Desmond is quietly calling it a career, having skipped two seasons due to COVID has… Javier Baez may turn out to be the best free agent signing, but by the time he signed with the Tigers he had little else. Back before the Mets signed Escobar, he had the Mets and Tigers… Well done by the Pirates who jailed Ke’Bryan Hayes for $70 million over eight years, a great all-around talent despite barely being at the MLB level had played . Bryan Reynolds was next on a two-year, $13.5 million deal that was finalized Thursday. The Marlins, Padres, Mariners and Yankees previously tried for Reynolds… BY Seiya Suzuki (1,524 OPS) looks like a star for the Cubs.
Best comp for judge?
The Yankees proposed to Aaron Judge that their $233 million offer (that year) be rejected, but Judge failed to deduct the $36 million per offer. Although he’s 29 years old and obviously not Mike Trout, his case is that salaries have gone up since Trout signed… A major accomplice in the judges’ talks was Anthony Rendon ($245 million, seven years). The Yankees’ Feel: Rendon had three top-six MVP finishes and a World Series ring, and was also a free agent. My suggestion: The judge has more seals of approval, so the Yankees are tacitly offering that $245 million ASAP (after he lifts the moratorium on negotiations) in addition to the approximately $19 million for 2022… The signing of Nelson Cruz by the Nats was a surprise as they are not contenders for a move. He has a connection to Juan Soto and Nats manager Johnny DiPuglia… The Dodgers were viewed as a team for Cruz. But they prefer to rotate at DH…Jesus Sanchez seems like the right call for Marlins at center…Manager Dave Roberts made a prudent decision, Clayton Kershaw, who missed the postseason last year, after seven innings with one draw perfect game. Kershaw agreed…Congratulations to Giants coach Alyssa Nakken, the first woman to coach on the field…Justin Upton’s release by the Angels was in light of his tremendous spring (5-for-15, three HRs) and $28 million salary Dollar a surprise, but word is he’s considering retirement. If so, very nice career for a No. 1 overall winner for the D-Backs who have been contemplating bringing him back… The 100mph throwing Hunter Greene seemed to wait a while after being brought up to No. 2 overall to make his Boffo debut, but he’s only 22… Alec Bohm apologized after being caught on camera and said he hated Philly while being booed during his three-fault game. But at that point he had 1,000 OBP. The man can hit.
J-Rod, another A-Rod?
Julio Rodriguez, says rival GM, is a “superstar to come”… Johns Hopkins extended the life of Hall of Famer Harold Baines with a double heart-kidney transplant. Bravo… Get well soon Hall of Famer Juan Marichal who banged his head in a fall in the Dominican Republic… Is there another player who’s as far from the greatest player of all time as Tom Seaver and the Mets? I do not think so.
This week’s player: Steven Kwan, Indians OV. Runners-up: Nolan Arenado, Cardinals 3B; Tylor Megill, Mets SP; Seiya Suzuki, Cubs OF; Vlad Guerrero Jr., Jay’s 1B.
https://nypost.com/2022/04/14/mlb-news-michael-confortos-market-frankie-montas-trade-suitor/ Michael Confortos Market, Frankie Montas Commercial Applicant