A salary expert predicted that Jacob DeGrom would receive several two-year, $40 million-a-year offers, making the opt-out worthwhile. He probably wants more years, but the expert predicted that salaries would drop for teams going three years or more.
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The expert predicted that Edwin Diaz would break a record $17.2 million for closures and become the first person to hit $20 million a year. “Top pay has been withheld for layoffs,” he said, meaning it’s been in the $15 million to $17 million range for a few decades.
The Mets want Brandon Nimmo and Diaz back, and the expert suggested they could choose between a fine starter Taijuan Walker or Chris Bassit. Of course, the degrom remains the most interesting case.
Marlins starter Pablo López read with interest the trade rumors that involved him (the Yankees and Dodgers included many), and said he was open to new adventures. “I will embrace it 100 percent,” he said. Hope he will be dealt with this winter.
First place guardians keep stunning people including me. “We like to surprise people,” said Guardians GM Mike Chernoff. The front office works great, as their sub-$70 million payroll is among the lowest in baseball. But Chernoff credits manager Terry Francona. “Tito is amazing. He brings players together.”
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CJ Abrams probably got the least notice of the Big Five prospect the Nets had for Juan Soto, but after his so-so debut with the Padres, he has been brilliant at shortstop with the Nets.
Keith Hernandez named Tommy John as a player who should be in the Hall of Fame on The Post podcast “The Show”.
Now, it can be said: The Marlins’ previous ownership group’s first choice to buy a franchise was George Maas, a local businessman and lifelong Marlins fan. Maas either ultimately decided not to pay the $1.2 billion or did not come up with the money for the deal. The team went to the Bruce Sherman/Derek Jeter group for $1.2 billion, and it could be the first franchise that’s under water. A friend of Maas now says the price was “crazy”.
Anthony Varvaro’s Family Can Be a Little Help The ex-big league pitcher was tragically killed on his way to a 9/11 memorial in Jersey City by a errant driver. Varvaro, a lifelong Staten Island resident and former St. John Starr, retired after a six-year MLB career to become a Port Authority police officer. He had offers to keep playing and was just 30 years old, but wanted to be a police officer. Although he had some really good years, he never made it to mediocrity or a hefty salary.
Player of the Week: Mike Trout, Angels. Runner-up: Eloy Jimenez, White Sox; Eduardo Escobar, Metz; Nico Horner, Cubs; Max Muncie, Dodgers