Lowdown: Procuring Paxton

Lowdown: Procuring Paxton
Dave Shovein examines the growing trade interest in James Paxton and a mega trade that nearly was in Monday's Offseason Lowdown.
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Dodgers LHP Hyun-Jin Ryu accepted a one-year, $17.9 million qualifying offer.

Of the seven players that were extended qualifying offers, Ryu is expected to be the only one of them that accepts. The left-hander surely could have done better on the open market, but after all the injuries he's dealt with the last few years it's hard to blame him for playing it safe and staying where he's comfortable. The Dodgers are also undoubtedly happy to bring back a guy who posted a 1.97 ERA across 15 starts this past season.
Nov 12 - 4:15 PM

According to MLB.com's Mark Feinsand, Hyun-Jin Ryu will "most likely" accept the Dodgers' one-year, $17.9 million qualifying offer.

The deadline for players to accept or decline their qualifying offers is Monday at 5 p.m. ET. Ryu posted an exceptional 1.97 ERA this past season for the National League champions, but a severe lat strain limited him to 82 1/3 regular-season innings. Yasmani Grandal, Patrick Corbin, Bryce Harper, Dallas Keuchel, Craig Kimbrel, and A.J. Pollock are the other players who have to make QO decisions.
Nov 12 - 12:59 PM

The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal reports that Matt Shoemaker could be a non-tender candidate this offseason.

Shoemaker, 32, was limited to just 31 innings this past season and has battled health issues throughout his career. He made $4.125 million in arbitration in 2018, and would likely get a similar figure if he is tendered a contract. The Angels could also look to trade Shoemaker, but it's tough to see a team being interested in giving up prospects for a player that will very likely be available on the open market.
Source: The Athletic
Nov 12 - 10:44 AM

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Angels have made Kole Calhoun and Blake Parker "highly available" in trades.

The Angels are trying to shed some salary, and Calhoun is owed $10.5 million in 2019 with an option for $14 million in 2020. Parker is due for a raise in arbitration, so moving the two could clear up quite a bit of cash for Los Angeles to address the various needs on the roster. The Halos wouldn't get much in return for either player, but someone could bet on Calhoun bouncing back and Parker helping as a setup man in 2019.
Source: The Athletic
Nov 12 - 10:41 AM

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Phillies are shopping Carlos Santana.

Of course they are. The idea would be to move Santana and put Rhys Hoskins at first base. The problem with the idea is that Santana is owed $35 million over the next two seasons with a club option for $17.5 million with a $500,000 buyout in 2021. He posted a disappointing .766 OPS with the Phillies in 2018, and while he still can hit for power (24 homers) and get on base (110 walks), the value is likely to be very limited. If the Phillies are serious about trading Santana, they might need to include a prospect along with salary coverage.
Source: The Athletic
Nov 12 - 9:28 AM

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that Zack Greinke could be one of several Diamondbacks available in trade.

Rosenthal cautions that the Diamondbacks have not definitively said that Greinke is available, but Arizona is clearly a team in transition, and it would be a surprise if he's not up for grabs. The question is how much trade value there is; Greinke was excellent in 2018 with a 3.21 ERA and 199/43 K/BB ratio, but he's 35-years-old, is owed $34.8 million annually over the next three years, and has lost velocity. Arizona will clearly have to include money in a deal --and/or take back a contract -- but considering his success, there should be a market.
Source: The Athletic
Nov 12 - 8:49 AM

Jayson Stark of The Athletic reports that the Yankees are doing "extensive" background work on Manny Machado.

As Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports, teams always do background checks on potential acquisitions. It's the word "extensive" that stands out here. Rosenthal reports that manager Aaron Boone, scouts and front-office members have been making calls on the 26-year-old. There's been added scrutiny with Machado after being fined for his shenanigans during the NLCS and some perceived lack of hustle, but Rosenthal also reports that teammates like him. You can't blame them for doing their due diligence, anyway.
Source: The Athletic
Nov 12 - 8:44 AM

Sam Mellinger of the Kansas City Star reports that the Royals aren't interested in trading Whit Merrifield at this time.

Merrifield is the best trade chip, and considering he'll turn 30 in January and how far the Royals appear from contention, it would make sense for Kansas City to explore moves while the value is high. He's also not eligible for arbitration until 2020, and he's been a very productive player over the last two seasons. A team would obviously love to have him for a full season, but Merrifield should still have plenty of value to a contender in a mid-season deal, if the Royals choose to make him available.
Nov 12 - 8:06 AM
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