The MLB offseason is one of the most exciting times for baseball fans. The Hot Stove is starting to warm up, and it seems a number of blockbuster trades are imminent.
Every team is looking to get better and build hope for the upcoming 2014 campaign, so there should be no shortage of intriguing deals.
Let’s take a look at some of the latest trade buzz concerning some of the top players in Monday’s rumor roundup.
Yankees Eyeing David Freese
The New York Yankees are looking for some help at third base, as Alex Rodriguez is no lock to be in the lineup during the 2014 season. The star is currently embattled in an appeal of his 211-game suspension for alleged PED use linked to the Biogenesis scandal.
According to Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News, one option the club is reportedly exploring is acquiring veteran David Freese from the St. Louis Cardinals.
Source: Yankees talking about a trade for Cardinals 3B David Freese. Story to follow soon.— Mark Feinsand (@FeinsandNYDN) November 13, 2013
Freese is coming off a poor season in 2013, as the former World Series MVP hit just .262 with nine home runs in 138 games. However, the 30-year-old is heading into his sixth MLB season and should still have plenty left in the tank—if he can stay healthy.
Should the Yanks acquire Freese?
Unfortunately, injuries have been something that Freese has had to deal with throughout his minor league journey and into the majors.
To add insult to injury, Matt Carpenter recently moved to third, while Kolten Wong was promoted to second. It’s clear his time in St. Louis has come to an end, and he would be a solid addition to the Bronx Bombers’ roster.
If Freese returns to his All-Star form—he put up a .839 OPS with 20 home runs in 2012—the Yankees would be happy to have his power in the lineup.
J.P. Arencibia Drawing Interest
The Toronto Blue Jays may be looking for a new catcher in free agency, as multiple teams have reportedly contacted the club about acquiring J.P. Arencibia via trade.
What should the Jays do?
As per Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, the 27-year-old catcher seems expendable, as the Jays have contacted every significant free agent at the position. The reporter noted that Toronto is hoping to return a solid asset for Arencibia’s services and then sign a replacement.
Arencibia is a great power hitter, as he smashed 21 home runs in 2013. Unfortunately, his batting wasn’t too impressive overall. The veteran went just .194/.227/.365 in 474 at-bats during the most recent campaign.
The Blue Jays likely wish they could have Travis d’Arnaud back from the New York Mets, as the squad dealt the elite catcher prospect to the Big Apple as part of a package for R.A. Dickey last December.
Regardless, it will be interesting to see if Toronto can nab a decent catcher in free agency and return a solid asset for Arencibia this offseason.