Every week SBR keeps up on the MLB hot stove topics which will allow our readers to get a step on their MLB futures odds in order to get the best betting line at the best price.
Hanley Ramirez Looking for a Home
There was a time not too long ago when Hanley Ramirez was the hottest prospect in the Majors; but time and a litany of injuries has robbed the three-time All-Star of his superstar status. However, there are several teams convinced that the soon to be 31-year-old is worth the risk and those interested are rumored to be the Red Sox, Astros, Blue Jays and Mariners.
Ramirez rejected a qualifying offer from the LA Dodgers which means if another team does sign him, Los Angeles will receive a compensatory draft pick. Would Ramirez’s presence be enough to drop the MLB odds with whatever club he signs? Probably not, but he certainly would add a powerful piece to any team’s offensive puzzle.
Red Sox Poised to Pounce
We wrote last week that the Boston Red Sox were looking to make plenty of noise in the offseason and those rumors continue. Boston is set to make the Kung Fu Panda himself, Pablo Sandoval, a multi-year deal at big money. In addition, it has been reported that the Sox have already tendered an offer to Jon Lester in the range of $110-120 million. That’s enough to get Lester’s attention but his agent knows if the Sox want their former ace back in a Boston uniform, they will have to up the ante.
Indians Looking to Ship Swisher
The Tribe is looking to deal veteran outfielder Nick Swisher to a team that doesn’t mind a big bopper making too much money. Not exactly the kind of contract any team wants as this nearly 34-year-old is scheduled to receive almost $8 million per annum over the next four years. While eight-million is not astronomical in the upside down world of Major League Baseball it will look particularly daunting three to four years down the road when Swisher may be at the far end of the bench and unable to contribute.
But for the here and now, Swisher could attract attention from a contender that needs a guy who can swing for the fences and still go long 25 times a season. The price the Indians will get in return will most likely be another heavy-loaded contract in the form of a veteran, like Swisher, who is inching past his prime. Kind of like trading apples for apples but the Yankees are rumored to have raised an eyebrow in Swisher’s direction. Swisher plied his trade in the Bronx for four seasons and would be a sentimental favorite in pinstripes.
Royals Courting Liriano & Santana?
The Kansas City Royals were everyone’s Cinderella story last season and they are desperately hoping that the 2015 MLB season doesn’t signal midnight. KC is 16-1 in MLB odds to return to the biggest stage in sports and they are looking at wooing Francisco Liriano and Ervin Santana to bolster their staff.
Santana would be a returnee to the KC after a 2013 season that saw him register a 3.24 ERA in a Royals uniform. He left Kansas City for greener pastures last season and recorded a 14-10 mark with a 3.94 ERA in Atlanta. Liriano performed admirably in Pittsburgh over the last two seasons and saw a rejuvenation of his career in the Steel City with a combined ERA of 3.20 over two seasons. It is rumored that he will be seeking a three-year pact at approximately $12 million per season.
Both Santana and Liriano would add value to the Royals rotation and could also add value to your MLB picks if they are to land in Kansas City. They come at a far cheaper price than the holy trinity of Scherzer, Lester and Shields in this offseason free agent market.