While last month's Winter Meetings were fun and there was some action in the weeks to follow, the stove has grown rather cool here the second week in January, despite having Josh Donaldson and Marcell Ozuna, Yasiel Puig and Nicholas Castellanos still on the board. Things will likely pick up soon, and once Donaldson signs the trade market might light up (Kris Bryant? Nolan Arenado? Francisco Lindor?).
Now let's get to the latest MLB offseason rumors.
Indians expect to hold Lindor
Earlier today, our own. He's absolutely right and a name that has been linked to the Dodgers all offseason has been Francisco Lindor.
Lindor is two years from free agency, which means he's starting to get really expensive in arbitration, and the Indians are.
Indians president Chris Antonetti said Wedesday, via Mandy Bell of MLB.com, that the "expectation" is that Lindor will be the team's Opening Day shortstop.
Chris Antonetti: "I have never had a different expectation other than Francisco [Lindor] will be our shortstop Opening Day. That was my expectation as the season ended. That’s still my expectation as I’m sitting here today."— Mandy Bell (@MandyBell02) January 8, 2020
Now, it should be noted that wasn't a promise and things can change. If they get blown away by an offer from someone, like the Dodgers, and take it, he still didn't lie. To this point, if the Indians are taking offers on Lindor, this quote simply means their asking price hasn't been met.
Diamondbacks sign Rondon
Rondon, 31, had a 3.71 ERA, 1.25 WHIP and 48 strikeouts against 20 walks in 60 2/3 innings last season for the Astros. He has closing experience and was very good for the Cubs earlier in his career but fell off starting with an brutal second half in 2016. He throws hard, but his fastball is straight as an arrow and as a result, it gets knocked around at times.
Depending upon production and how the rest of the offseason and spring training go, Rondon looks to be in the mix for late-inning work with the likes of Junior Guerra and Andrew Chafin in front of closer Archie Bradley.
Yanks sign Tropeano to minor league deal
Tropeano, 29, is a New York native. He grew up on Long Island and pitched at Stony Brook University. He was a fifth-round draft pick by the Astros in 2011, and then traded to the Angels in 2014. He underwent Tommy John surgery in August of 2016, which forced him to miss all of the 2017 season.
Last season, Tropeano pitched just 13 2/3 innings (three games) in the big leagues, finishing with a 9.88 ERA and 10/6 K/BB. Having spent most of last year at the Triple-A level, he threw 79 2/3 innings with a 5.87 ERA, 2.74 K/BB, 1.519 WHIP and 4-6 record. At this point, he's a depth option for the Yankees and could be used if injury troubles once again hit the franchise in 2020.
Brewers extend Counsell
The Brewers have locked up one of the more successful managers in their franchise's history in Craig Counsell. His deal now runs through 2023..