Yankees GM Says Chad Green Will Be a Starter, Cubs, Cards Rumors

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Published on November 16 2017 6:56 am
Last Updated on November 16 2017 6:56 am
Written by Millie Lange

New YorkYankees General Manager Brian Cashman said Green will enter spring training as a starting pitcher, Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports.

Cashman noted that a return to the bullpen would be a fallback option for Green, who posted a remarkable 1.83 ERA, 0.74 WHIP and 103:17 K:BB across 69 innings while serving primarily as a reliever in 2017.

The 26-year-old has flashed potential as a starter in the past, posting a 1.52 ERA, 0.94 WHIP and 100:21 K:BB in 16 starts (94.2 innings) with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in 2016, though he's yet to put it together in the majors (6.10 ERA and 1.51 WHIP in nine big-league starts). His role for 2018 will be determined in spring training.

 

Rumor Central: Cubs, Alex Cobb Share Mutual Interest?

There are plenty of connections between the Chicago Cubs and pitcher Alex Cobb.

Rumor CentralThe right-hander has spent all six years of his career with the Tampa Bay Rays, a team that current Cubs manager Joe Maddon ran for the first half of that time period. Cobb's pitching coach in Tampa Bay, Jim Hickey, joined Maddon's Chicago staff in the same role earlier this month.

According to Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times, it's why Cobb and the Cubs share mutual interest in each other this winter. ESPN's Jesse Rogers confirmed that Chicago reached out to Cobb when free agency began and had preliminary discussions with his agent, Danny Horwits, at the recent GM meetings.

Cobb posted a 3.66 ERA and 128/44 strikeout-to-walk ratio across 179 1/3 innings last season for the Rays -- his first full year back on the mound since undergoing Tommy John surgery.

The 30-year-old received a one-year, $17.4 million qualifying offer from the Rays earlier this month.

In an interview with MLB Network Radio, Cobb was complimentary of both Maddon and Hickey. "I don't hide the fact that I've got the most respect for Joe Maddon and what he did for me coming up as a player," Cobb said.

Rogers believes that a four-year deal makes sense for Cobb and the Cubs, although he notes that the sides have not exchanged numbers yet.

Cobb earned $4.2 million last season with Tampa Bay.


Rumor Central: Cardinals, Rays discuss possible trade for Alex Colome

The St. Louis Cardinals have an obvious need for a closer after releasing Trevor Rosenthal, and with Seung-Hwan Oh being a free agent this winter. So they're taking steps toward finding their next relief pitcher.

According to Jon Morosi of MLB Network, St. Louis has reached out to the Tampa Bay Rays and has had discussions about trading for Alex Colome.

The 28-year-old is eligible for arbitration for the first time in his career this offseason, and he doesn't become a free agent until 2021. The right-hander is coming off a season in which he had a 3.24 ERA with 47 saves and 58 strikeouts. He had a 1.91 ERA in 2016.

Colome has spent his entire career with the Rays but could help fill a much-needed void for the Cardinals, if an agreement could be reached.