Heyman also reports that the Los Angeles Dodgers are in the mix for Stanton, who is from the LA area. According to multiple reports, the St. Louis Cardinals and San Francisco Giants have been the most aggressive in the pursuit of Stanton to this point.
You will be shocked to find out that Mariners GM Jerry DiPoto made this first significant trade of the offseason acquiring first baseman Ryon Healy from the Oakland Athletics in exchange for reliever Emilio Pagan and infield prospect Alexander Campos.
The Los Angeles Angels have had extensive internal discussions about trading for Detroit Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler according to Anthony French of the Detroit Free Press. Kinsler does have a limited no-trade clause that includes 10 teams.
Free agents Neil Walker and Zack Cozart are also expected to be of interest to the Angels according to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN. The Pittsburgh Pirates have interest in bringing back Walker to play second base according to Jon Morosi of MLB Network.
Other News and Notes
The Minnesota Twins have voided the contract of international signee Jelfry Marte due to an vision issue identified in his physical according to Ben Badler of Baseball America. The Dominican shortstop originally signed for a $3 million bonus and was ranked as BA’s No. 13 prospect in the 2017 class.
Former Met Logan Verrett has signed with the NC Dinos of the KBO. The right-hander gets a one-year deal worth $800,000 with a $200,000 signing bonus.
Former Mets minor leaguer Kevin Canelon has signed a minor league deal with the Cincinatti Reds. He had a 2.97 ERA for the St. Lucie Mets in 2017.
The posting system for Shohei Ohtani has yet to be finalized by MLBPA and NPB, and while negotiations are currently at a standstill, there is optimism they will get worked out.