Shoppers here in the United States have been going through the deals today as Black Friday hits. Will any MLB teams follow suit and find their own bargain today? Let's examine some of the latest MLB rumors, news and notes surrounding the St. Louis Cardinals, Milwaukee Brewers and New York Mets.
St. Louis Cardinals rumors: Discussions around pitching are happening
According to Jim Bowden of The Athletic (subscription required), the Cardinals are still looking to boost the front end of the rotation after already signing Lance Lynn and Kyle Gibson. That's welcome news for Cardinals fans, but certainly St. Louis will be one of several teams looking to land pitchers such as Tyler Glasnow, Blake Snell or Yoshinobu Yamamoto.
Bowden writes that the Cardinals have, "had conversations with the agents for all the top free-agent starters and trade discussions with opposing GMs about available starters."
That wording could potentially put them in play for any of the names listed above. However, if it's Glasnow, the Cardinals will have to figure out a way to entice the Rays into a trade as MLB insider Jon Heyman lists the odds of Glasnow being on the move this winter at 70 percent.
One pitcher who may not be back, however, is Jordan Montgomery. Heyman says that a reunion with Texas is very possible, but Montgomery's "other previous teams, the Yankees and Cardinals, reached out."
Milwaukee Brewers rumors: Corbin Burnes staying in Milwaukee for now?
In that same article, Heyman gives a much lower chance of the Brewers actually trading away Burnes this winter, putting that number at 30 percent. He believes since Burnes is "worth a bundle" and Milwaukee still has a reasonable chance to win the National League Central, the odds of the Brewers finding the right trade partner are lower than some might imagine.
New York Mets rumors: Plan B outside of Shohei Ohtani?
In his article, Bowden says that there is a plan in place should the Mets not be able to land Ohtani this offseason. He writes, "it’s more likely they will add another elite starting pitcher, as well as bullpen depth and a more affordable designated hitter or outfielder."
Steve Cohen proved last season when he brought Justin Verlander and Kodai Senga on board to team up with Max Scherzer that he doesn't mind spending money to boost his rotation. Could that result in "another elite starting pitcher" being signed? If so, count on the price for anyone bidding against the Mets to go up significantly.
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