Welcome Mets fans, thank you for reading the rumor roundup this morning! Here are the most recent moves on the offseason Hot Stove.
Another Bullpen Piece Off the Board
Herrera is best known for his major contributions in the back end of the Kansas City Royals bullpen that went to back-to-back World Series in 2014 and 15, winning it all in their second appearance. He also made the all-star team in both of those years.
In 27 games with the Royals last season, he recorded 14 saves to a 1.05 ERA in 25.2 innings. On June 18, he was dealt to the Washington Nationals for three minor leaguers, where he ultimately struggled in D.C. posting a 4.34 ERA in 18.2 inning pitched.
Herrera’s 2018 season ended prematurely on the disabled list due to a torn Lisfranc ligament in his left foot that required surgery.
The 28-year-old looks to compete for the closer job with the White Sox, who are showing teams they’re serious about competing in 2019.
The White Sox have also been aggressive in the race to sign one of the two star free agent position players, Manny Machado and Bryce Harper. Chicago has emerged as a top three favorite landing spot for both players per several reports.
Phillies Meeting With Harper This Weekend
According to Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports, the Philadelphia Phillies are set to meet with Bryce Harper and his agent Scott Boras this Saturday in Harper’s hometown of Las Vegas.
One of the main topics the Phillies brass wishes to discuss in this meeting is Harper’s desire to play in Philadelphia due to several reports that they are not at the top of his destination wishlist.
While there is open interest between the Phillies and Harper, they have not made him an official offer yet and there is still question if they will, as opposed to fellow star studded infielder, Manny Machado.
Philadelphia has already made Machado a preliminary offer, and are set to make him an additional one this week. It is unlikely that the Phillies are able to sign both players, regardless of Middleton’s outspoken willingness to spend significant money this offseason.
White Sox Add Machado Workout Buddy
Besides adding a solid bench piece, the White Sox hope Jay could be another recruitment tool for Machad0. Already this offseason, the White Sox added Machado’s brother in law, Yonder Alonso, and have now added his close friend, Jon Jay. The White Sox have already made an existing offer to the free agent star shortstop.
Twins Continue Active Offseason
The Twins, one of the more active teams thus far this offseason, have added reliever Blake Parker according to Jeff Passan of ESPN. The deal pays the right-hander $3.2 million in 2019 and he is arbitration eligible in 2020.
Parker was non-tendered by the Angels earlier this offseason despite back-to-back solid seasons out of their pen. He does have closer experience, with 14 saves last season and eight in 2017.