Here’s the latest from Ken Rosenthal, via a video at FOX Sports:
- Orioles slugger Mark Trumbo will be an interesting free agent to watch, Rosenthal writes. He’s something like the opposite of Jason Heyward, who got $180MM last year — unlike Heyward, whose calling card was his defense, Trumbo is a clear liability in the outfield but has spent the 2016 season hitting home runs by the bushel. It will, indeed, be interesting to see how teams value a player who already has 44 home runs this season but who will be 31 in January and doesn’t have much in the way of OBP or fielding ability.
- The Yankees will likely try to slip underneath the luxury-tax threshold in one of the next two seasons, Rosenthal says, noting that the threshold will likely increase to $200MM-plus in the next CBA. Doing so would reset their penalty rate in time for them to splurge on the 2018-2019 free agent class, which includes Bryce Harper, Manny Machado, Nolan Arenado and other big names. After next season, Alex Rodriguez and CC Sabathia will no longer draw a salary, potentially allowing the Yankees to get beneath the threshold for 2018.
- The Padres continue to support GM A.J. Preller, who’s currently suspended due to disputes over medical information the team withheld from other teams in trade negotiations. The team’s ownership expects, however, that when Preller returns he will improve the medical and training practices that got him into hot water. An even bigger issue for Preller might be earning the trust of executives from other teams, who he’ll have to continue to trade with despite a series of disputes.
I think teams not wanting to deal with Preller in the future is exaggerated. Seeing as how he got in trouble already, it is probably a safer bet nothing else will happen. Plus if a team wants a player they do their own due diligence also or should at least.
I think you have hit the nail squarely on the head. Cafardo said the Red Sox contacted the Padres about relief pitching AFTER all of this happened, so if it hasn’t stopped them from dealing with Preller, I doubt other teams will.
A year from now, it will probably be in the back of people’s minds and Preller will be making moves with other teams, business as usual.
As I GM, I would be a bit weary of dealing with Preller going forward. Maybe it means the offers to the Padres won’t be quite as good. Maybe it means there’s a few less teams willing to deal with the Padres at all. Either way, it’s not good.
And I’m a Padres fan.
Weary or wary? Very different.
If the offers aren’t as good other teams aren’t going to get the players they want
Well, there are 30 MLB teams. Plenty of other potential trade partners beyond the Padres.
That was still the case even before this happened
Ok. Just saying I wouldn’t buy a pitcher, car, or ginsu knife from Preller unless it was at a serious discount.
Maybe he just got caught doing something that had been kind of a hush hush thing in the past.
Notagain – Several articles and 2 GMs that were on MLB Network said exactly that.
The Yankees reasons for getting under the LT threshold are the revenue sharing rebates which would be a significant amount for them given they are the biggest RS payer. They will not go over again and sacrifice the rebates. The LT tax has never been a big issue for them. As a percentage of payroll, their current LT payments are much lower than they were 10 years ago /
Well I would want my team to have a GM who …. I don’t know …. perhaps identifies other teams players and talent and tries to obtain them? What happens when that GM and other GM’s do not take the call or entertain the offer since they do not have to deal with Preller. What happens if the Padres ever get good and they want to be buyers at the deadline. They will either not get the player they want or have to overpay since those GM’s do not have to deal with Preller.
So good luck Padre fans with you crooked AJ Preller.
So if the Padres have a player you want, you wouldn;t take their call? That is simply not realistic. Preller got caught doing something every team does. It is a grey area in the rules and certainly not as bad as what the Red Sox did with Intl FA signings. Maybe that is why the Red Sox were negotiating with the Padres for relief pitching in August after this all went down. The Red Sox got a player in Pomeranz who is not injured and hasn’t missed a start and is pitching to his career averages in Boston. Get off your high horse and realize that that is simply not how things are done in business. Every GM knows that and no one is going to shy away from dealing with him. Not one has come out and even questioned what he did. An owner whose team did worse did, but not a single GM. Do you wonder why? Because they still want to be able to trade with the Padres when we have a player they want.
How is the Red Sox dealings with international free agents worse than what Preller did? Both cheated/bent the rules…the Red Sox, admittedly, broke the rules by essentially paying guys “off the books” while the Padres bent the rules by giving limited medical information on a player (and thus not letting the other team know what they are getting health wise) but that doesn’t make it any better. I’m not a Sox fan so I’m not trying to defend what they did (or the Padres either) but the Sox illegally brought in more prospects without having to pay a overage tax while the Padres were able to jack up the price of their players by claiming they weren’t getting treatment of some kind. And before anyone claims that treatment doesn’t necessarily mean a guy is going to get injured (which I agree with), getting treatment on a certain area is usually an indication of fatigue, soreness, or pain…all potential medical red flags.
And many teams do a lot worse!!
Have you heard of any fallout from the Astros/Cardinals stealing of emails?
Guy is in jail because of it…..no mention ever again.
This will fade away before the end of the World Series!
And as was said…….Preller will now be more transparent than most others going forward.