1. What does the future hold for Troy Tulowitzki?
Now that it is apparent that the Rockies are willing to at least listen to teams like the Cardinals about Troy Tulowitzki, are the Cardinals and former teammate Matt Holliday not the most perfect fit? “I think if you look at the Rockies, the only way they can win in that park is with power pitching they develop,” says one club executive. “They have two of the best young power arms in the game coming in Jonathan Gray and Eddie Butler, and if they could get Shelby Miller and another arm from the Cardinals in addition to a bat to put at first base (Matt Adams or David Freese?) it could make them a better team and free up some cash. But we know John Mozeliak will be talking to the Rangers about one of their shortstops as well as the Angels.”
2. What’s next for the Rangers; power or Price?
That same executive thinks the Rangers “will exhaust every thought in acquiring Giancarlo Stanton before they make a run at David Price. They need power. Their pitching is still very good. They did have internal discussions about trading Jurickson Profar to the Cardinals for Oscar Taveras last spring, as well.”
3. Will Friedman slow play?
As for Price, one GM says “don’t look for that to happen quickly. That’s not the Rays’ style. Andrew Friedman is very cautious and meticulous, which is why he’s so good at what he does with the resources he has. Remember, the Matt Garza and James Shields deals happened late.”
4. Could Trumbo be a fit in Boston?
Speculation is rampant about the Angels trading Mark Trumbo and Peter Bourjos to fill the gaps in their young pitching. But one GM asks, “what is Trumbo’s real market value? He is 27, he has a career .299 on base percentage.” This season he had a .294 with 184 strikeouts while hitting 34 homers and knocking in 100 runs. When it was suggested that the Red Sox could trade one of their young pitchers for Trumbo rather than committing three years to Mike Napoli, one Boston official said, “that on base is scary for us. We’ve worked hard to build back that patient, grinding hitting approach, and I’m not sure Trumbo works for us.” Boston has shown interest in Carlos Beltran and he has ties to the Red Sox, but how many games he can play in left field and the notion of having him at 37 and David Ortiz at 38 in the same lineup is something that will be debated.
5. Would the Tigers deal Max Scherzer ?
Are the Tigers really willing to take offers on Max Scherzer as he readies to win the Cy Young Award this week? “They’ll listen,” says a GM, “but they’re built to win now, and even though Scherzer is a free agent at the end of the ’14 season, they can win next year with their four starting pitchers.” Washington would clearly love to make a run at Scherzer; Mike Rizzo drafted him in Arizona and has always had a fond spot for him.