Hot Stove Rumor Roundup: Starting Pitcher Market Heating Up

As we await the finalization of the deal that will send Robinson Cano and Edwin Diaz to the New York Mets, reportedly in exchange for Jay Bruce, Anthony Swarzak, Justin Dunn, Jarred Kelenic, and Gerson Bautista, the starting pitchers’ quadrant of the hot stove is white hot.

Corbin Could Come Off the Board Quickly

Jayson Stark of The Athletic alluded to a quick resolution determining where Patrick Corbin will end up, noting that “teams […] came away convinced he’d like to be the first major free agent to sign a long-term deal”, adding that an agreement would “almost certainly happen before the winter meetings”.

Corbin, 29, had an outstanding 2018 campaign, pitching to a 3.15 earned-run average over 33 starts (200 innings, on the nose) with 11.1 strikeouts and 2.2 walks per nine innings, 1.050 WHIP, a 2.47 fielding independent pitching rating, and a career-high 137 ERA+ rating.

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic detailed the level of interest in the upstate New York native’s services (Clay, NY) earlier in the week, confirming and speculating on Corbin’s interest from the Yankees, Phillies, and Nationals.

Heyman Source Thinks Bumgarner Stays Put

After earlier reports of San Francisco Giants’ left-hander Madison Bumgarner being available via trade, Jon Heyman of FanCred Sports cited a San Fran source as saying they “don’t see him going anywhere”.

The lefty has been an elite hurler since making his debut in 2009, pitching to a 3.03 ERA (3.99 FIP) with a 4.13 strikeout-to-walk ratio, 1.108 WHIP, and 123 ERA+ rating. last season, Bumgarner went 6-7 for an out-of-contention Giants team, owning a 3.26 ERA and 119 ERA+ in 21 starts (129.2 innings).

Bumgarner, 29, will earn $12 million in 2019 is set to hit the free agent market after this season.

Yankees’ Gray Garnering Heavy Interest per Cashman

Ken Davidoff of the New York Post reports that New York Yankees starter Sonny Gray is garnering heavy interest from almost a dozen teams, adding that “[Yankees’ GM] Brian Cashman insisted […] the beleaguered right-hander will be traded for a worthwhile return”.

Gray, 29, pitched to a 2.88 ERA over 74 starts from 2013 to 2015 for the Athletics, including two outstanding starts in the 2013 ALDS versus Detroit, before pitching to a 5-11, 5.69 ERA line in 2016. He was traded to New York midseason in 2017 but never reclaimed the level of success he had in Oakland (4.51 ERA, 98 OPS+).

Cashman spoke about Gray’s level of interest to Davidoff, noting “I’ve had a lot of interesting dialogue, whether it’s for prospects, whether it’s for major [leaguers], our need for their need”.

Quick Notes

Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reports that the “Red Sox and Astros [are] viewed as two of the leading contenders” for 28-year-old right-hander Nathan Eovaldi.

Jon Heyman of FanCred Sports cites a Diamondbacks source as saying the team “will not trade” All-Star first-baseman Paul Goldschmidt despite ongoing — and well-reported — interest in the slugger.

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