Jerry Crasnick’s take: Royals GM Dayton Moore isn’t resigning himself to losing Eric Hosmer, Mike Moustakas, Lorenzo Cain and Danny Duffy when they become free agents after the 2017 season. “I think we’ll make a run at some of these guys to long-term contracts,”
Jesse Rogers’ take: Even though he’s the oldest member of that group, Lackey might have the best chance of returning, if he wants to keep playing. Otherwise, the Cubs are likely to move on from most of those players, though depending on Jay’s initial season with the team, he could be a candidate for another year. The biggest storyline will revolve around 2015 Cy Young winner Arrieta.
The Indians should already be getting an offensive upgrade with the return of Michael Brantley, and not spending big on Encarnacion keeps more payroll flexibility for in-season deals or the following seasons.
Game Womens Tracy Mcgrady Jersey Ron Cook wonders whether Andrew McCutchenâ€™s relationship with the Pirates is permanently scarred.
There was an effort last offseason to explore whether the two sides could navigate their way to a very elusive middle ground, with each side extending itself to an uncomfortable place. To get to that place, the Pirates would have had to agree to pay McCutchen far more than a small-market team should commit to one player, in percentage of payroll, and McCutchen wouldâ€™ve had to accept far less than what his market value might be after the 2018 season.
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The effort was made, and the player and team could not find a delicate middle ground. Business is business. Now the two sides will move steadily toward that time when McCutchen moves on to another team.