Rumor Central: Cardinals Interested In Kintzler

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Published on November 20 2017 6:22 am
Last Updated on November 20 2017 6:22 am

By ESPN

Brandon Kintzler is likely to turn his short time as a closer with the Minnesota Twins into a full-time closer job next year.

According to MLB.com's Jon Morosi, Kintzler is drawing interest from teams that need a closer, including the St. Louis Cardinals and Colorado Rockies, after serving in that role for parts of two seasons with the Twins before a trade to the Washington Nationals.

Kintzler, 32, stepped into the closer role for the injured Glen Perkins in 2016 and finished with 17 saves. He was an All-Star reliever this past season for the Twins, posting a 2.25 ERA and 24 saves in the first half. He was traded to the Nationals on July 31, and finished the season as a setup man. Kintzler was 4-3 with a 3.03 ERA and 29 saves at both stops, with all but one of those saves coming in Minnesota.

MLB executives are curious to see where he signs, according to Morosi. Kintzler is a a career reliever with a 14-14 record and a 3.26 ERA with 46 saves in eight seasons.


A's Have Interest In White Sox; Garcia

The Oakland Athletics don't appear to be done working the phones after trading away Ryon Healy earlier this week.

According to John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle, the A's have interest in Avisail Garcia of the Chicago White Sox.

Garcia, 26, is coming off a breakout season in which he slashed .330/.380/.506 with 18 home runs and 80 RBIs in 136 games while earning the first All-Star selection of his six-year career.

The outfielder represents the type of right-handed bat the A's are seeking as they plan to move Khris Davis into more of a designated hitter role, per Shea.

Garcia, who is under team control through 2019, is due for a raise this winter after earning $3 million last season. White Sox GM Rick Hahn is willing to move Garcia, according to Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune.

"If there's an opportunity to put us in a better position long term, we'll certainly fully explore it," Hahn said, per Kuc. "Everything is in play."

Oakland finished last in the AL West this past season with a 75-87 record.