NASHVILLE — We are in Nashville for the MLB Winter Meetings and here are some of the latest MLB rumors, news and notes involving the Boston Red Sox, Chicago White Sox and Philadelphia Phillies.
Boston Red Sox rumors: Jordan Montgomery advantage?
In his weekly column for USA Today, MLB insider Bob Nightengale believes that the Red Sox may have an inside advantage over the Texas Rangers and other teams for Montgomery's services. According to Nightengale, Boston "may have a slight edge in signing free agent Jordan Montgomery, who moved to Boston this winter where his wife started a dermatology residency at a local hospital."
Take that for what you will, but it's also clear that Montgomery found a home with the Rangers in the second half of the season and was a big reason why Texas brought home its first-ever World Series title. Will Boston outbid the Rangers for Montgomery, and could that happen at this week's Winter Meetings?
Chicago White Sox: Martin Maldonado a free agent target this winter?
Nightengale mentions that the White Sox are one of five teams who are looking to land Maldonado, who has spent portions of six seasons behind the dish for the Houston Astros, including the last four full seasons. The 37-year-old Maldonado slashed just .191/.258/.348 but brings plenty to the roster in terms of leadership and clubhouse presence.
Also in the hunt for Maldonado are the Astros (who would love to have a reunion), Los Angeles Angels, San Diego Padres, and Miami Marlins.
Philadelphia Phillies rumors: An extension for Bryce Harper?
A Phillie for life? It seems that exactly what Philadelphia may have with Harper, who is already signed through the 2031 campaign. However, Nightengale writes that Harper's agent, Scott Boras, is seeking a contract extension and the Phillies are willing to talk about it.
This is Harper's age-31 season, so any extension could potentially take Harper into his 40s in Philadelphia. If he continues to settle in at first base, Harper could be a nightmare for other National League teams for even longer.