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Abbie Parr/Getty ImagesThis year's MLB free-agent market is thin on impact starting pitching CJ Wilson Jersey , and that could make for a busy winter on the trade market.Patrick Corbin, Dallas Keuchel and Nathan Eovaldi are the leading candidates for long-term deals, while seasoned veterans Charlie Morton (35) and J.A. Happ (36) are also capable of making a difference in the late stages of their respective careers.Beyond those five guys, it's largely a collection of injury risks and back-end starters.It should come as no surprise, then, that some of the biggest trade rumors to have surfaced here in the early stages of the offseason have been pitching-centric. Ahead we've taken a look at some of the more notable recent chatter. James Paxton Drawing Interested from Astros, YankeesStephen Brashear/Getty ImagesSeattle Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto was quick to downplay the likelihood of a full-scale rebuild after rumors surfaced that the M's might be open for business this winter.However, he didn't exactly sound like he was closed off to the idea of trading some big names either, telling Greg Johns of "Clearly over-dramatized is the best way to put that. We're open-minded to different ways we can get better, but what we're hoping to achieve is to reimagine our roster to look at it in terms of what is our quickest path to a championship club."In the days since those comments during the annual GM meetings, left-hander James Paxton has emerged as perhaps the most likely candidate to be moved among the club's big names.The Houston Astros are reportedly one team showing interest as they look to replace departing free agents Charlie Morton and Dallas Keuchel, while also dealing with the loss of Lance McCullers Jr. who recently underwent Tommy John surgery.Ken Rosenthal Ken_Rosenthal#Astros on list of teams talking to #Mariners about a trade for LHP James Paxton, sources say. Market described as 鈥渁ctive,鈥?including HOU, NYY and a wide variety of other clubs. Paxton in his career against HOU: 2.89 ERA in 71 2/3 innings, .605 opponents鈥?OPS.To take those head-to-head stats a step further, in eight starts against the Astros over the past two seasons, Paxton has gone 6-1 with a 1.89 ERA, 1.07 WHIP and 46 strikeouts in 47.2 innings. That's an impressive run of success against any in-division opponent, let alone one of the most potent offenses in baseball.It's unlikely the Astros would be willing to part with Kyle Tucker, Forrest Whitley or Josh James in trade talks, but their system is plenty deep enough behind those three headliners to get a deal done.Outfielder Yordan Alvarez and right-handers Corbin Martin andJ.B. Bukauskas could all work as potential centerpieces.Meanwhile, the New York Yankees have also been linked to Paxton as they continue their search for rotation help.Ken Rosenthal Ken_Rosenthal#Yankees among teams that have spoken to #Mariners about a trade for LHP James Paxton, sources tell The Athletic. Paxton has two years of control left and is projected by mlbtraderumors to earn $9M in arbitration next season. NYY also on free-agent LH starters Corbin, Happ, etc.The Yankees have already re-signed CC Sabathia to a one-year deal to rejoin Luis Severino and Masahiro Tanaka in the rotation , but they're not finished adding arms by any means.If the Mariners are looking for one top-tier prospect in the deal, the headliner from the Yankees side would likely be Estevan Florial, since left-hander Justus Sheffield will be off-limits.Otherwise, they could put together an attractive package of high-ceiling arms in a system rich on pitching talent.Paxton, 30, pitched a career-high 160.1 innings in 2018, going 11-6 with a 3.76 ERA, 1.10 WHIP and a 208-to-42 strikeout-to-walk ratio.He comes with two more years of team control and is projected to earn an extremely team-friendly $9 million in his third year of arbitration, according to MLBTradeRumors.Yankees Discussed Corey Kluber, Carlos Carrasco at GM MeetingsTim Warner/Getty ImagesRumors surfaced last week that the Cleveland Indians will be willing to listen to offers for a number of high-profile veterans this offseason as they continue to deal with financial restrictions.Buster Olney Buster_ESPNFaced with market constraints, the Indians will listen to trade offers for some of their veteran players this winter, according to sources. Kluber, Carrasco, Encarnacion, Gomes, etc. Lindor, Ramirez will definitely be held.The Yankees became an obvious speculative trade partner for Corey Kluber and Carlos Carrasco as they look to bolster the rotation.Now it appears there's at least some basis for that speculation, as the two teams reportedly met during the recent GM meetings.Jon Heyman JonHeymanNYY met with Indians about Kluber and Carrasco at gm meetings, and via Ken_Rosenthal has now talked to Seattle EHOXdtlHiTAside from the aforementioned Florial, the Yankees have a teenage outfielder with an extremely high ceiling named Everson Pereira, and he's a name to know as the team continues to scour the trade market for pitching help.Kluber (33 GS, 20-7, 2.89 ERA, 0.99 WHIP, 222 K, 215 IP) and Carrasco (30 GS Cody Bellinger Jersey , 17-10, 3.38 ERA, 1.13 WHIP, 231 K, 192 IP) would both be game-changing additions to a Yankees focused on chasing down the rival Boston Red Sox in the AL East.Time will tell if any of these front-line arms are actually moved, but it's already shaping up to be an exciting winter on the trade market. All stats courtesy of Baseball Reference and FanGraphs, unless otherwise noted. BOSTON (AP) — Games averaged 3 hours, 35½ minutes during the playoffs, up 6 minutes from the 2017 postseason and more than a half-hour longer than this year’s regular season.Strikeouts have topped hits in seven of eight postseason matchups. Starting pitchers usually don’t finish the fifth inning and use of relievers is up markedly in an era when “bullpenning” has become a verb.Have the changes brought about by analytics made baseball less appealing to casual fans?“There’s certainly something to be said for that, because ball in play, double plays, defense, that’s always exciting,” Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said ahead of Tuesday night’s World Series opener against Boston. “I know our series there was a lot of strikeouts, but there was the strategy part of it — I think that that’s very exciting for a baseball purist that loves to see what managers think and how you can kind of match up against the opposition.”Boston’s 8-4 win in Game 1 took 3:52, ended at 12:03 a.m. and included 10 relief pitchers and six pinch hitters. The teams combined for 24 strikeouts and 19 hits.Postseason games through the League Championship Series averaged a record 18.8 strikeouts, according to the Elias Sports Bureau, up from 18.4 last year and 18.0 in 2016. There were 526 whiffs and 416 hits in the first 28 postseason games, including 161 strikeouts and 110 hits in the Dodgers’ win over Milwaukee in the NL Championship Series.Boston’s Division Series victory over the New York Yankees was the only one with more hits than strikeouts: 67 to 60.While viewers hope for action, managers and many players are caught up in the tactical chess match between dugouts prepped by front office analytics teams.“It’s more interesting. It is,” Boston manager Alex Cora said. “There’s so much information now that you can actually exploit weaknesses on the team, not only rely on the starters or your usual setup guy or your closer. Somebody the last few years figured out that there’s a lot of off days in the playoffs, that you can actually use your starters as relievers or you can go with your relievers for multiple innings, and it’s fun. It’s fun as a baseball fan.”Computer analysis helps teams arrange defensive shifts that take away hits and concludes starting pitchers’ effectiveness often drops the third time through the batting order. Innovative use of relief pitchers by Cubs manager Joe Maddon and Cleveland’s Terry Francona during the 2016 postseason caught the attention of the rest of the industry.“I don’t think there’s any doubt about it. They started bringing (Aroldis) Chapman and (Andrew) Miller in for two, three innings at time. Now every team that has a dominant reliever or two dominant relievers, their design Chris Taylor Jersey ,” Red Sox pitcher Rick Porcello said. “Find ways to get those guys in the game in the highest-leverage situations, because those are your best arms.”Starting pitchers averaged 5 1/3 innings and 83 pitches in the 2016 postseason, according to Sports Info Solutions. That dropped to 4.7 innings and 80 pitches last year, and 4.5 innings and 73 pitches this year going into the Series.Teams had combined for an average of 8.8 relief pitchers per game this postseason, up from 7.2 last year. The Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw and Red Sox pitchers Chris Sale, Porcello and Nathan Eovaldi all have made relief appearances between starts.Could starting pitchers join dinosaurs in extinction?“You’re still going to need to get innings from your starters,” Kershaw said. “Over the course of 162 games you’re going to need guys to pitch six or seven innings.”Oakland pulled Liam Hendriks after one inning and 25 pitches in the AL wild-card game against the Yankees. Wade Miley left after one batter and five pitches in Game 5 of the NLCS against Kershaw and the Dodgers.Both moves were pre-planned.Kershaw, who earned $30.4 million this year, wonders whether the lower salaries of relievers have an impact on how rosters are being stocked.“I think it’s a very cost-effective thing to do, obviously, to bullpen and have a deep bullpen, because starting pitchers are more expensive,” he said. “I think us as an organization, us as a union, will definitely have to take a closer look at that, if that’s the way the game is going. Because I think everybody should be compensated according to what they are worth in the game, so if the bullpen is going to have more value, they’re going to have to pay them more.”Boston pitcher David Price maintains the need for success prevails over aesthetics.“If I’m a fan of a team, I want us to have the best chance to win,” he said. “If that means taking the starter out to bring in a reliever for a better matchup, I want our guys to have the best chance to win.”Cora likes the thrill of inserting starters as relievers. Velocity was up about 2 mph for Porcello and Eovaldi in their bullpen outings, with Eovaldi averaging 101 mph as he got four outs in the pennant clincher against Houston.“I know I can air it out,” Eovaldi said.Cora still marveled over Eovaldi’s strikeout of Alex Bregman, who swung under a 101.6 mph pitch.“That was cool,” he said.
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