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Saturday, December 1, 2018

2019 FANTASY BASEBALL HOT STOVE REPORT: RED SOX ZEROING IN ON ZACH BRITTON AND DAVID ROBERTSON

By Michael Wong

With the New York Mets and Seattle Mariners finishing up their deal for Robinson Cano/Edwin Diaz, let's move on to some other pressing issues going in on the MLB Hot Stove season.

-Not liking the initial request for a six-year deal, the Boston Red Sox are already looking beyond incumbent closer Craig Kimbrel and have now zeroed in on free agents Zach Britton and David Robertson.  Britton in particular seems to be the main target for the Red Sox who are not overly warm to continuing their relationship with Kimbrel.

Meanwhile, the New York Yankees are looking closely at both Andrew Miller and Adam Ottavino and feel confident they can bring one of them in if they lose Britton, Robertson, or both. 

-Speaking of the Yankees, Sonny Gray has drawn interest from 11 teams according to GM Brian Cashman and in particular the Reds, Brewers, and A's seem to be the most ardent in their pursuit.  Given how many teams are currently involved, it looks like Cashman will get a nice haul for Gray who actually pitched quite well on the road last season.

-All seems quiet on the Noah Syndergaard front for the Mets and it will likely take an overwhelming haul for them to even consider trading him.  Since the Sam Diego Padres won't move Fernando Tatis Jr., they are not going to get Syndergaard according to a team source. 

-Patrick Corbin is expected to sign his free agent deal sometime this week before the Winter Meetings get underway and the Yankees are the clear favorites with the Phillies second and the Nationals third according to sources. 

-The Nationals are preparing to pivot right back to Bryce Harper if they lose out on Corbin as expected.

-The catching market in terms of free agency has not gotten going yet as both Yasmany Grandal and Wilson Ramos are not receiving a high amount of attention just yet.  That is due to teams going the trade route like the Nats did with Yan Gomes and cheap options like Kurt Suzuki and Brian McCann getting scooped up instead. 


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