Hot Stove Rumor Roundup: Garcia on the Trade Block

Good Morning Mets Fans!!! Tuesday was the first truly slow day of the off-season, but there was still some important nuggets that were unearthed.

White Sox Shopping Avisail Garcia

According to MLB Trade Rumors, the White Sox are shopping corner-outfielder Avisail Garcia. Garcia, 27, has two more years of club control before he becomes a free agent after the 2020 season.

Garcia is a career .271/.321/.420 hitter who has predominantly played right field throughout his career. Garcia is set to earn roughly $8 Million next season according to MLBTR, which seems to be a little excessive following the worst year of his career.

The rumor comes as the team is rumored to be planning a pursuit at star free agent Bryce Harper, which could be a possible reason for the motive behind moving Garcia.

Marlins Announce Plan For Now Empty Space In Left-Center Field 

According to Eric Fisher of the SportsBase Journal, “the Marlins will use the space in CF from the recently departed ‘Homer’ statue to build a new three-tier social space, called the Center Field Zone, as well as paint the outfield wall from bright green to blue, and redesign the batter’s eye.”

The news comes after the Marlins announced in a series of moves this off-season that they will be removing the Home Run Sculpture and installing a Section 305 Heritage seating area, where fans are implored to bring noisemakers, horns, and others of the sorts. The Home Run sculpture will live on in baseball infamy, in one of the worst possible ways.

MLBPA Announces Marvin Miller Man Of The Year Nominees

The Major League Baseball Players Association announced the three finalists for the esteemed Marvin Miller Man Of The Year. The finalists were Curtis Granderson, Mike Trout, and Paul Goldschmidt.

Granderson, a two-time winner, “leads in the clubhouse and the community with a warm, engaging attitude and the kind of hard work and commitment that inspire achievement both on the field and in the lives he touches through his Grand Kids Foundation. Curtis’ foundation encourages positive youth development via education, physical fitness, and nutrition – providing tools and resources for educational and societal advancement.”

Goldschmidt and his wife Amy had started “volunteering at Phoenix Children’s Hospital in the winter of 2011 following his rookie season. In 2014, Paul and Amy began Goldy’s Fund 4 Kids, which ensures patients have access to iPads, movies, books, toys, and other entertainment when they are confined to the hospital.”

Trout, who has served as an ambassador for the Big Brother Big Sister program in Orange County California, utilizes “his platform to educate the community about the value of the organization’s one-to-one mentoring programs. His role is to enhance recruitment efforts through social media advocacy, marketing, and fundraising. Trout has also made monetary and equipment donations to his hometown Millville Thunderbolt Club, which supports Millville (NJ) High School athletic programs.”

The winner will be announced on November 27th, as will all other MLBPA Players Choice Awards.

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