Looks like Craig Counsell is trying to become the highest-paid manager in the game and then some. The number could be 10 million so it’s basically a two-team race. It’s between the Mets and the Brewers.
The Brewers Will Never Pay the Most
The team has three players in double digits. If Counsell got paid 10 million, he would be the fourth highest-paid human in a Brewers uniform. Counsell went from. I may not manage this season to this. So, it’s about money and the Mets have the money and they should get him unless the management group and ownership don’t want him. That would surprise me.
Ohtani has 10 Teams After His Services
According to ESPN Shohei Ohtani has ten teams looking to sign him this offseason. He can only hit this year due to his recent surgery, but he can still be one of the best hitters in baseball. The Dodgers, Red Sox, Cubs, Mariners, and Mets are a few of them. I think the Mets won’t go heavy and, therefore won’t get him. Same with the Yankees. I think the Mariners could be the team in the end. Not the Dodgers. It’s just a gut feeling.
Will The Phillies Get a New Closer?
MLB Network has mentioned Josh Hader as a possibility for the Phillies closer. I could see that, but do they want to bring on yet another big contract? That’s the big question. Craig Kimbrel was only making 10 million for one year. Hader would want much more than that dollar-wise and term.
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Mike Trout Might Not Be Traded
I hear that it could happen and may happen, but I think deep down the Angels, until Artie Moreno sells the team, will want to hold on to Trout as their crown jewel and one player that makes the team watchable over a 162-game season. Now, if Trout demands a trade, that’s a different story, but that hasn’t happened yet and that is not his style, so I don’t expect to see it happen.
There are 111 Free Agents
Guys had their options declined, like once potent White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson, and some opted out, like Tigers pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez. Then you hear the Padres are dumping payroll, which means names like Juan Soto will be available via trade and that will keep things interesting all winter long. This year’s winter meetings might be the best in recent memory!