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Postautor: psgneymar10 » 26 gru 2017, o 09:30

MLB's best buys: 7 players worth pursuing as the market settles
Even with its slow pace this year, baseball’s offseason has already revealed some truths about market trends and where teams see value.

If you’re a middle reliever, Santa has arrived early

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and his bag is bursting with gifts. If you’re a third baseman still looking for a job, that lump of coal in the corner has your name on it. And if you have some shopping to do, the Tampa Bay Rays are setting up a tent with all sorts of goodies available at the right price.

With those realities now established, we take a revised look at the free agent and trade markets with an eye on possible developments for some of the most desirable players.

Chris Archer: After trading franchise icon Evan Longoria, Rays general manager Erik Neander made it clear the club is open to more major moves. That likely means Archer is once again in play, and despite his so-so results the last two seasons – 19-31, 4.05 ERA – plenty of teams will be knocking on the door.

Archer, 29, has surpassed the 200-inning mark while averaging better than 10 strikeouts per nine innings three years in a row. He’s also under team control for a very reasonable $34 million over the next four years (team options included).

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The Chicago Cubs, who still regret trading Archer to Tampa Bay 2011, Houston Astros jersey have a need in their rotation and some enticing pieces to offer in the likes of Ian Happ, Addison Russell and Javier Baez.

Manny Machado: The trade rumors regarding the star third baseman are dying off as the Baltimore Orioles’ asking price has remained in the stratosphere. Given Baltimore’s reluctance to grant potential trade partners a negotiating Los Angeles Dodgers jersey

window, Machado would be a one-year rental before he hits the free agent market at 26, which significantly suppresses his trade value.

That being said, the possibility of adding a shortstop with 35-homer power is likely to intrigue a top-tier team, or even a marginal contender looking for that one difference-maker to get the club over the top. Machado, a two-time Gold Glover as a third baseman, started 43 games at shortstop – his original position – in 2016 and more than held his own.

Would the up-and-coming Minnesota Twins take a gamble? That would be one potent infield if Machado joined third baseman Miguel Sano and second baseman Brian Dozier.

Or how about the Atlanta Braves, who could keep Machado at third and boost an offense that finished 13th in the NL in home runs last season?

With a talent like that, the possibilities are endless. And the Orioles surely will keep listening.

Yu Darvish: Regarded as the top starter on the market, Darvish has been Chicago Cubs jersey
making the rounds meeting teams and exploring possible destinations,

holding talks with the Cubs, Texas Rangers and Houston Astros. The Twins have been overt in their interest, and the New York Yankees and Los Angeles Dodgers are keeping tabs as well.
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