Orioles GM Dan Duquette has said on many occasions that he’s trying to re-sign Chris Davis, and ESPN’s Buster Olney tweets that owner Peter Angelos has also become directly involved in talks to re-sign the slugger. Contracts of the magnitude such as the one Davis is expected to sign are typically ownership-level decisions, and as Olney notes, the O’s wouldn’t stand a serious chance in negotiations were Angelos not involved in talks. Baltimore still figures to face plenty of competition in their endeavors, with one Friday report linking the Cardinals to Davis.
A few more notes from the game’s Eastern divisions…
- Interest between the Nationals and right-hander Darren O’Day is mutual, reports CSNWashington.com’s Mark Zuckerman. A source points out to Zuckerman that the Nats are in a favorable spot due to the fact that his wife is a TV reporter for FOX News in Washington, as CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman pointed out over the weekend. That would seem to make either D.C. or Baltimore an attractive place to land for O’Day, but Zuckerman writes that there’s no evidence that the Orioles have made a serious effort to re-sign the right-hander. Zuckerman adds that O’Day would be an out-of-character signing for GM Mike Rizzo, who has shown a willingness to pay top dollar for relief arms (Rafael Soriano, Jonathan Papelbon) but only over shorter terms than the three or four years which O’Day will command. Adding O’Day into the fold would seem to increase the likelihood that Papelbon or Drew Storen will be traded this winter, he continues, though a trade of either wouldn’t be a certainty.
- Papelbon recently altered the teams on his no-trade list, reports James Wagner of the Washington Post. Though he doesn’t have specifics on the updated list, Wagner points out that the no-trade clause makes it more difficult to move Papelbon than Storen, who also has just one year of team control remaining at a cheaper rate than that of Papelbon. GM Mike Rizzo has said he doesn’t feel the need to trade either reliever unless he gets a sound return, but as Wagner notes, that could just be an attempt at preserving some trade value.
- Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun cites two sources in reporting that the NHL’s Arizona Coyotes have reached out to former Blue Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos about working in a senior position or a consulting position within the team’s front office. The Coyotes reached out to Anthopoulos immediately upon his decision to leave the Blue Jays, writes Simmons, and they’re one of many teams/media outlets to inquire with Anthopoulos about his future. Per Simmons, Anthopoulos isn’t expected to make any kind of decision on his future until late December or early January. Simmons adds that the call from the Coyotes caught Anthopoulos “by complete surprise,” as he’s never worked in hockey at any level, though he does know Coyotes assistant GM John Chayka personally.
- MLB.com’s Matthew Leach and Todd Zolecki tackle a number of Phillies-related hot stove topics in a podcast. Zolecki feels it’s highly unlikely that the Phillies will sign a notable free agent, though he states that he “absolutely” believes the team will add a stable rotation arm that can make 30 or so starts on a short-term deal with the idea that said addition could save the young arms in the bullpen or rotation. Jeremy Hellickson is already viewed somewhat in that role, Zolecki notes, though the team believes he has a bit more upside given that he’s younger than recent arms (e.g. Aaron Harang, Jerome Williams) they’ve brought in to serve in that role.
I hope Hellickson can turn things around. He was too good with Tampa early to not have stuff to at least get him through latching on to a major team for a few more years. Moving to the bullpen may help him like it did Wade Davis. He was a good 4 or 5 guy in a rotation. But once he was placed in the bullpen in KC he really found his stride. So hopefully something similar happens with Hellickson if they do put him in the bullpen.
Hellickson has been a pretty consistent pitcher, he got a ton of help from his defense in 2011/2012
got to let them play the games… look at Arrieta… Came out of NO where, in terms of improvement. Can’t say it wont, but its unlikely IMO we see him get above a 15 win campaign. Certainly hoping though. Putting him in the bullpen could be an option as Rally Weimaraner mentioned. Will see, Im kinda of hoping they run Thompson, Nola, Erickhoff, and morgan out there early on, and bring up Efflin midway through. Just ride it and see what we got. Kilome, Munoz,Pinto could follow in 2017, and then you got this years potential top pick being a pitcher… Still can fill in FA… Lets give them a look, and see what we have. Also, if Giles gets traded away… if could fill a spot. Lots of moving parts to be worked out, I’d rather they don’t sign squat.. maybe Fisher, but I really want 4 SP spots for the propects.
Arrieta also threw as hard as he does now before, which is to say his slider is hard as Hellickson’s fastball. You can’t coach that. Hellickson gives you a lot less to work with so an Arrieta comp is not useful.
i’m sort of amused by the implication in the main post that the phillies need to sign a second veteran starter just because hellickson isn’t boring enough
The fact is they Do need to sign another starter that is capable of coming within 180-200 IP. Our bullpen will be really overused if we have pitchers that will be limited to pitch counts (Eickhoff and Nola) will not be over used as neither of them even have a full year in MLB yet. I’m not sold on Morgan yet. The Phillies still need to sign a #1 starter – Nola and Eickhoff should not be pressured to be our #1 and #2 Pitchers.
The Phillies should sign Zimmermann or Samardzija and then 1 more Pitcher on a 1 year deal (Latos – Beachy – Cahill or Norris)
Hellicksons advanced numbers weren’t too bad. He needs to figure out how to get away from the homer. But he is a #4 starter who has the potential to throw 200 innings which is actually damn valuable. The Phillies could even flip him if he produces.
Well, if Angelos is truly involved, then why hasn’t Chris Davis signed yet?
When Angelos decides to do something, he decides to do something.
So, I am thinking CD will re-sign with the O’s. I am not sure how I feel about it, but I will be down with it, if CD returns to the O’s. I think Buck and Dan like him a lot and have the influence with Angelos to bring all this to fruition
Davis has not signed yet because he is a Boras client looking for 150+ MM dollars.
I agree with Rally. Boras is shopping him hard. Hopefully the O’s can retain Chris. If they can’t, they at least need to finish a close second (or be perceived to finish a close second) in the negotiations. The next three or four seasons of fan support are on the line here. Since Angelos isn’t loved by Oriole fans, the club needs to stay involved with this negotiation to show they’re willing to spend the money to compete. I’m very hopeful that Davis will resign and it’ll be a good thing for Baltimore and the O’s.
I honestly think that there is almost no chance he signs back with the O’s.Too much interest in him and the bidding will go very high
I would feel real nervous if my team gave Davis anything north of 100 mill
I’d be pretty excited if the Cardinals signed him for $100MM right now. Yes, he has some downside. But $100MM isn’t what it used to be and Davis brings a big upside. Sign me up for 5/$100MM in a heartbeat.
He’s gonna cost a lot more than that. 6/$135MM is probably his floor, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see him get $155MM or more. I mean, look at the deal Shin-Soo Choo got a m couple years ago, there’s no way he’s accept less than that.
he is certainly going to get paid… Unless teams plug their holes through trades, Davis is going to make bank… Kinda wish the MLB had a year/term limit to their contracts… if players maxed out at 5 yrs, I could see a lot more activity from a lot of teams on more players. No one wants to go above 5 years, they are forced to go above 5. The Phillies would probably take a shot at him if he’d do a 4 year deal, but thats fanatasy world for now.
Could the Padres snag Papelbon?
Don’t think the Padres look to trade for a closer until they fix their main problems. They need a SS (Desmond or Cabrera) – SP to replace Kennedy – OF to replace Upton. (Unless Liriano or Renfroe are ready)
I actually think they would be better off selling off their most trade worthy players and start rebuilding again. They came off great selling high on Kimbrel.
They need to trade Shields, Ross, Cashner, Norris and Alonso.
2016 Padres: (Steamer 600 PA Projections)
1B) Wallace – 544 AB / 60 R / 135 H / 19 HR / 66 RBI / 3 SB / .248
2B) Solarte – 545 AB / 62 R / 142 H / 12 HR / 55 RBI / 2 SB / .261
SS) Gyorko – 545 AB / 61 R / 133 H / 21 HR / 70 RBI / 3 SB / .256
3B) Middlebrooks – 558 AB / 54 R / 124 H / 20 HR / 66 RBI / 5 SB / .222
C) Hedges – 416 AB / 35 R / 91 H / 8 HR / 39 RBI / 3 SB / .218
LF) Myers – 532 AB / 70 R / 136 H / 21 HR / 65 RBI / 11 SB / .256
CF) Jankowski – 547 AB / 53 R / 141 H / 5 HR / 49 RBI / 28 SB / .258
RF) Kemp – 546 AB / 68 R / 147 H / 22 HR / 75 RBI / 9 SB / .268
BENCH) – Upton Jr / Spangenberg / Pirela / Amarista / Catcher