Let’s look into our crystal baseball to see what rumors can be laid to rest, and which have legs…
Where Does The Iron Giant Go?: With all the Jeets shenanigans happening, it’s a matter of time when Stanton gets the ol’ heave-ho. Not an “if” but a “when”. This is a new regime that makes Scrooge McLoria look like he’s running the Bill Gates Foundation. In a case of the worst timing known to man, Jeets (or Lil Beep Beep, as our esteemed colleague Old Gator calls him) fired a long time Marlins scout who was just diagnosed with cancer and needs a kidney transplant. He’s also given the axe to beloved former players like Jeff Conine. Of course the new villainous owner of the Florida Feesh would do something anti-fan and boneheaded like get rid of their most popular (living) player for a salary cut and maybe some third or fourth ranked farmhands. But the question remains – where does Stanton land? OG, as well as many other fine baseball minds, think that he’ll eventually end up in Dodger blue. The rumor that will not go away is that the Cardinals are kicking the tires. I just can’t see it. They would have to give up too much plus eat some of his salary, and this is a franchise who kicked their most popular player to the curb because he asked for just a little more than they were willing to pay. [That would be Albert Pujols, by the way.] History tells us that St. Louis might not be comfortable with that option.
But how does Jeter and Circus find common ground with Los Angeles? Who would the Dodgers have to give up? Because you know they’d have to give people up. Obviously a named player would have to head east. A lot of people think Joc Pederson, and I could see that. The question is, who else? And ultimately, how much?
Most Precious: You wanna know why people call Shohei Ohtani the Japanese Base Ruth? Because this adorable child can pitch and hit, and doesn’t suck at either discipline. There is a hunger for this dude that reaches Ichiro Mania. Everyone wants him, and even teams that would never in a million years get him have fans convinced they are going to snag him. There’s really only one team that Ohtani has basically said “Bye Felicia” to:
Man, that’s a sick burn.
Two teams that keep popping up are the New York Yankees and the Seattle Mariners. Interesting because these are both American League teams and Ohtani has made it clear that he wants, and expects, to be able to both pitch and hit, and he’s very serious about it. The Yankees have already promised Ohtani that they would allow him to do both. I’m not sure what the Mariners have to say regarding Ohtani wanting to abide by National League rules, but they have pulled out all of the stops by asking current players and other staff members to fly down to Los Angeles for a meeting with Ohtani. Personally, if the Mariners can somehow figure out a way to get Ohtani to both pitch and hit in the American League, they have the upper hand. After all, they already have serious street cred among the Japanese baseball community due to…you guessed it…Ichiro. It’s closer to Japan than New York is, and as we’ve seen before, the Japanese baseball fans are loyal as heck and will travel to America. They have done it for Yu Darvish as well, but with lots of flights into Seattle from Japan, this might be a good fit. Also, the Mariners desperately need more high wattage stars, and Ohtani would be a shot in the arm for them.
What do you guys think? What other juicy rumors do you want to discuss? Let’s talk it out in the comments.