Outside Market Rumors: Laureano, Castellanos, Joc,
Although he doesn’t make as many headlines as some of his teammates, Athletics outfielder ramon laurano is among the team’s most popular trade targets, according to The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal. The interest in Laureano is only natural, given Oakland’s willingness to listen to virtually any player and lack of center field options remaining in free agency. That said, Laureano’s trade candidacy is a bit muddier than that of teammates like Matt Chapman, Frankie Montas, Sean Manee and Lou Trivino.
Laureano, 27, is currently in the midst of an 80-game PED ban which still has 27 games to play. Prior to the suspension, Laureano was close to reaching free agency after the 2024 season, but the time on duty he will miss due to this suspension now looks like his path to free agency will be pushed back. until after the 2025 campaign. . With the potential for four seasons of control on Laureano instead of three, the A’s may be less inclined to part ways with him — or at least demand a higher price in return.
Since coming from the Astros as a generally unheralded prospect in the 2017-18 offseason, Laureano has given the A’s 313 games and 1,257 .263/.335/.465 board appearances while playing solid defense around the field. outside. He also smashed 49 homers and 34 bases during that span.
A few more notes on the outfield market as a whole…
- In the hours after Derek Jeter left marlinsreports indicated that part of the rift that had grown between Jeter and principal owner Bruce Sherman stemmed from a change in Sherman’s payroll expectations. Nick Castellanos, in particular, was a rumored target of Jeter, with MLB Network’s Jon Heyman suggesting that Jeter had been willing to greenlight a five-year deal for the front office to present. While Sherman himself pushed back against those reports this week and pointed out that the Marlins plan to spend the money post-lockdown, Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald tweet that the Marlins’ pursuit of Castellanos had indeed cooled considerably. The property, according to Jackson, is no longer comfortable making that kind of commitment to Castellanos. That said, Jackson points out that changing Castellanos is “not the main reason Jeter left,” but rather one of the many issues that contributed to the rift between Jeter and Sherman. Jackson writes that they have checked with representatives of the free agent corner fielder Jorge Solerwho changed things in a mid-season trade from the Royals to the Braves last season.
- the Guardians are part of the teams interested in free-flying Joc Pederson, tweet MLB.com’s Jon Morosi. Beyond the central defender Myles Straw, there is little to no certainty in the Cleveland outfield. Much appreciated perspective Steven Kwan looks set for a look after a huge showing between Double-A and Triple-A last year, but he’s yet to make his MLB debut. Meanwhile, Bradley Zimmer and Oscar Mercado both performed below average at home plate. The Guardians look almost certain to provide help on the pitch, and Pederson would make sense as a potential squad with Mercado, who’s gone .294/.381/.435 against southpaws even in a down year.
- MLB.com’s Thomas Harding tweet that the rockies also showed some interest in Joc Pederson. Colorado has been linked with bigger outfielders in their search for offensive help, though it looks like Pederson is at least on the radar as a possible fallback option. The past two seasons have been pretty disappointing for Pederson, who looked like a mid-caliber bat (at least against right-handed throwing) in his Dodgers debut. As of the start of 2020, he’s a .227/.304/.416 hitter in 619 plate appearances.