MLB rumors: Manny Machado meets unknown team; Dodgers in conversation with A.J. Pollock

In just over three weeks, spring training camps will open in Arizona and Florida. Cactus League and Grapefruit League games are about five weeks away. Baseball comes earlier than you might realize.

At the moment, 19 of our top 50 agents are free of usincluding the first two and four of the top seven. It looks like we're going to make major new signings in February and March. In this practical post we will follow in this practical post the rumors about the free agent of the day. Make sure you check the latest hot stove noise regularly.

Machado meets an unknown team

Manny Machado recently met an unknown team, reports Andy Martino of SNY. Martino says there are at least two mystery teams on Machado alongside the Phillies, White Sox and Yankees. According to Martino, the Braves Machado have checked in this off-season, but one does not think their interest is serious. Sounds especially due to due diligence for Atlanta.

In general, the "mystery team" is an attempt by the player agent to create leverage and increase the bid. As a fun exercise, I've looked at all 30 clubs and concluded that the Padres are most useful as a mystery team, Obviously, Machado has not received any offer to his liking, otherwise he would have already signed. It is possible that the offers are far from the price and a decision is far from over. It's been a long team since the Mystery Team signed a player. I have a feeling that it will not happen with Machado.

Dodgers talking to Pollock

The Dodgers are interested in the Free Agent Center Fielder A.J. Pollock and have started talks with him, reports Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic.

Pollock would provide a midfield depth as well as a right-hander to offset a lineup that currently includes at least four left-handers (Cody Bellinger, Max Muncy, Joc Pederson, Corey Seager) and possibly a fifth (Andrew Toles or Alex Verdugo).

For Pollock it was relatively quiet in this off season. He was a reliable threat to power-speed with good defense when he was healthy, even though he has played only 469 out of 810 possible games in the last five years. The fact that he is 31 and the midfield is a young position - Lorenzo Cain and Charlie Blackmon were the only full-time field players in 2018 who were 31 years or older. The Dodgers are able to limit Pollock's workload but may keep him healthy and effective.

Giants shop Longoria

The Giants have bought the third baseman Evan Longoria of the Rays before last season. Well, it looks like the giants are pulling on Jon Heyman from FanCred:

Longoria, 33, comes from the worst statistical season of his career. In 125 games he scored 89 OPS +, as he almost did not want to run (he finished the season at 22). In his view, Longoria is an experienced defender. Still, any interested team would likely require the Giants to send back considerable sums of money.

Therefore, we will submit a Longoria deal under "unlikely".

Yankees, Reds approach Gray Deal

According to fancred Jon HeymanThe Yankees and Reds are getting closer and closer to a Sonny Gray deal. The two teams discuss two prospects and a draft pick driving the deal to New York. Catcher Tyler Stephenson and second seed Shed Long may be on the move. Other teams remain in the mix for Gray, but this weekend a deal should be settled, says Heyman.

The Reds have imported veteran one-year imports in the offseason, including Matt Kemp, Yasiel Puig, Tanner Roark and Alex Wood. All four will be free agents in the next season. That's also true of Gray, so he fits in with what Cincinnati did in this offseason. The Yankees wanted to trade Gray all winter. If he earned his salary of $ 7.5 million, he would find room under the second $ 226 million luxury tax code.

Twins add Perez

The twins added a veteran starter to their pitching team on Saturday, signing leftist Martin Perez for a one-year pact with a club option for the 2020 season:

Perez, 28, in April, has had a bad season. He struggled with his command and control behind a new fastball-heavy approach. The twins could ask Perez to return to his old approach. If so, and if he succeeds in returning to his double play-generating ways, he could be a righteous back-end option. Worst-case scenario: Perez was successful as a left-handed specialist in Bullpen.

Romero announces retirement

Left-hander Ricky Romero, the sixth overall winner in the 2005 MLB draft, announced his retirement in an Instagram post. He crashed with the Blue Jays in 2009 and had an all-star 15:11 season in 2011 with an ERA of 2.92 in 225 innings. Romero lost the strike zone the following season and since 2013 did not appear in the big leagues. He was not active until 2017, but spent time at the Giants' Triple A subsidiary and in the Mexican league. Romero retires with a record of 51-45 and an age of 4.16. Thanks to an early career extension that he had signed with Toronto, he was able to bring in nearly $ 30 million in his career.