The buzz over the past day or so has been the rumors that the Cubs are open for business on everybody, including even Starlin Castro (though they'd have to be completely blown away).
The Cubs have already made it clear they would like to lock up starter Matt Garza long-term, but if that doesn't work out, the Yankees may be the team pushing the hardest for the services of the 28-year-old righty.
CBSSports' Jon Heyman is hearing that the Yankees rank Garza at the top of their list of starting pitchers that may be available before the trading deadline.
The Yankees are 11th in the AL with a 4.82 rotation ERA and Garza has already proven he can pitch in the AL East.
Heyman also says that the Yankees worry that Ryan Dempster, another Cubs starter who very well may be dealt this summer, may not have as much success in the American League.
Obviously if the Cubs are able to lock up Garza to an extension, this would all become a moot point. But if the Yankees are interested, they may be able to put together a package that could sway Theo Epstein and Co.
Left-hander Manny Banuelos and righty Dellin Betances are two of the top pitching prospects in the game today and catcher Gary Sanchez is one of the most promising young backstops. I doubt New York would give up all three guys in a deal, but there is a degree of wealth in the Yankees' system.
Depending on which report you choose to believe, the White Sox could be on the verge of filling the void in their outfield with one of the bigger names on this winter’s free-agent market.
Dominican reporter Frank Castillo tweeted Saturday that the White Sox will sign Marcell Ozuna, planning to announce the free-agent deal Monday.
Well, that was followed up by a report from The Score’s Bruce Levine, who said the White Sox are not about to sign Ozuna.
So there’s that.
The White Sox were connected to Ozuna earlier this offseason, as well as more recently, with MLB.com’s Jon Morosi writing last week that the team had interest in Japanese import Yoshitomo Tsutsugo, but were waiting to hear on the decisions of Ozuna and fellow free agent Nicholas Castellanos first.
Ozuna turned heads with his fantastic 2017 season for the Miami Marlins, when he slashed .312/.376/.548 with 37 homers and 124 RBIs. Since being dealt to the St. Louis Cardinals, Ozuna hit .263/.327/.452 with 52 homers and 177 RBIs in two seasons.
The White Sox have a pressing need in right field, making it little surprise that they’ve been tied to numerous options, including Ozuna, Castellanos and Joc Pederson. Ozuna, though, exclusively played left field in St. Louis. Were the White Sox to add him, would they insist he play right field? They’ve expressed little to no interest in moving Eloy Jimenez out of left field.
It’s rumor season, and there should be plenty more of them with the Winter Meetings starting Monday in San Diego. The White Sox are expected to continue the aggressive approach they’ve displayed already this winter with the signing of Yasmani Grandal and their reported high bid to Zack Wheeler, who took less money to pitch for the Philadelphia Phillies.
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The Blackhawks recalled forward Dylan Sikura from the Rockford IceHogs of the American Hockey League, the team announced Sunday morning. In a corresponding move for financial reasons, Anton Wedin was reassigned to Rockford.
Sikura leads the IceHogs in goals (nine), points (16) and shots on goal (99) in 22 games this season. He was on a three-game point streak (one goal, two assists) prior to the call-up.
Sikura has appeared in 38 games across two seasons for the Blackhawks and is still searching for his first career NHL goal. He has 11 assists and 61 shots on goal over that span, averaging 11:34 of ice time.
Sunday's game against the Arizona Coyotes will be Sikura's first with the Blackhawks this season after starting the 2019-20 campaign in Rockford.
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