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Friday, November 18, 2016

FANTASY BASEBALL HOT STOVE REPORT: YANKS COULD BE GEARING UP FOR MIKE TROUT TRADE

By Michael Wong

Not even 24 hours after winning his second MVP award prior to the age of 27, Los Angeles Angels Mike Trout continues to hear his name thrown in on prospective trade chatter.  The latest centers on the New York Yankees and GM Brian Cashman's recent stockpiling of uber-talented prospects over the last few months.  From adding top shortstop prospect Gleyber  Torres and outfielder Clint Frazier in the Aroldis Chapman/Andrew Miller deals to the two power arms they just got (Albert Abreu, Jorge Guzman) in the Brian McCann swat, there are certainly piece in place that could make a deal possible.  In order to get Trout, it is a certainty that Cashman would have to give up Torres and Frazier plus James Kapereilien and Guzman.  And something else would also needed as the Angels reportedly want five high-end prospects for the best player in baseball.  While the Yanks have not commented on the rumors (there are tampering rules), they also are known to be enamored of a possible Trout deal.

Meanwhile, the Yanks are beyond the initial stage when it comes to talking contract with free agent 1B/DH Edwin Encarnacion.  The DH spot is now open on the Yankes after trading away McCann and Encarnacion would be a tremendous fit there in Yankee Stadium.  If a deal can't be worked for Encarnacion, a reunion with Carlos Beltran would likely come together quickly.  

-It is looking more and more like Yoenis Cespedes will re-sign with the New York Mets but the only issue could be if he gets four or five years for $25 million per.  Once Cespedes is in the fold, the Mets are expected to listen heavily to offers on Jay Bruce, Curtis Granderson, and even Michael Conforto.  

-Speaking of the Yankees, they have touched base on Cespedes but only in a "due dilligence" manner and they also would entertain bringing back Granderson in a possible trade given how well his power played there in past.  

-The Los Angeles Dodgers want to bring back Rich Hill but not go beyond two years.  Hill is trying to cash in as this is clearly his last best chance at a big payday at the age of 37.  

-The Miami Marlins are obsessed with closer Kenley Jansen and are willing to pay the freight here as they have no confidence in A.J. Ramos.

-The Atlanta Braves and Chris Sale rumors are really heating up and Jose Quintana could also be a fallback if the two sides can't agree on the ace starter.  

-Jose Bautista doesn't seem to be a priority for the Blue Jays with regard to re-signing the slugger and that is why they are now being connected to Dexter Fowler and Adam Eaton.


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