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Saturday night’s alright for rumors

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Let’s see what ye olde MLB Trade Rumors has for us today:

  • The biggest thing from today is probably Rafael Montero’s three-year, sizable-money deal. I look forward to that imploding, too, though it’ll be a bit sad because I like watching Montero pitch — he doesn’t really have great pitches but executes a very clear gameplan about throwing them where they make sense. An amusing question: who exactly inked this deal? James Click was sent packing, as was at least one other Front Office operative. Did Jim Crane just structure the deal and authorize it himself?
  • Everyone is apparently interested in Andrew Heaney. The lefty has been effective when healthy, and rarely healthy. He had excellent peripherals last year but was hurt a bunch (again); it was the first year he switched from a curveball to a slider. I think teams might be interested in him because he’s been hurt enough that they could maybe get him for like $9M/1 or something, which is what he pitched for last year with the Dodgers. To be clear, Heaney had 1.1 fWAR in 129 23 innings in 2021, signed $8.5M/1, and the had 1.1 fWAR in 72 23 innings, so he’s not really due much of a raise.

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