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10Mar/210

NL Central Notes: Turner, Wong, Doolittle, Flaherty

The Brewers were known to be one of the teams linked to Justin Turner's sell, and Milwaukee still has interest in Turner even after ratifying Kolten Wong, FanSided's Robert Murray tweets. A deal with Turner may be something of a longshot at this phase, as Murray notes that the Dodgers are still considered the favorites for the third baseman, and The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal writes that the Brewers are just" on the periphery of the dictation for Turner ."

Still, the Brew Crew might envision an opportunity to strike given the overall need of war by NL Central crews this winter. Milwaukee has a projected payroll of only under $92 MM for the coming season, and indicating Turner for something in the ballpark of a $13 MM average annual significance wouldn't kept the Brewers far beyond the $102 MM they were projected to expend last season prior to the opening of the prorated wage reductions for the 60 -game schedule. If necessary, chairwoman of baseball operations David Stearns could also look to swing some transactions to create a bit of extra payroll space either before or during the season. While some ingenuity may be required, it isn't as far-fetched as it may seem that the Brewers could still pry Turner away from more free-spending suitors like the Dodgers or Blue Jays.

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Speaking of Wong, reports throughout the offseason demonstrated the Cardinals were ready to move on after lessening their $12.5 MM club option on his assistances back in October, and Wong proved as much in a recent chitchat with reporters( including Rick Hummel of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch ). The second baseman said the Cardinals" talked here and there" with their legal representatives" but it wasn’t much, kind of checking in, feeling things out. We never really employed ." By comparison," the Brewers were on me at the start] of the offseason ].... I simply felt like a top priority. They realise it feel like home ." Several teams were linked to Wong throughout the winter but the Brewers intention up acre the two-time Gold Glover for a two-year contract value $18 MM in guaranteed money. Sean Doolittle too spoke with reporters( including Jesse Dougherty of the Washington Post) about his own free agent experience, which concluded when he ratified a one-year, $1.5 MM lot with the Reds last week. Cincinnati was in touch with Doolittle early in the free agent process and he aimed up choosing them amongst a few suitors, though Doolittle admitted that he regarded out are waiting for much of the winter that he would end up re-signing with the Nationals. There were some negotiations between Doolittle and the Nats but once Washington indicated Brad Hand in late January, Doolittle began to pivot to other units. The arbitration hearing between Jack Flaherty and the Cardinals took place on Friday, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports, so a decision should be coming any time about Flaherty's 2021 salary. The right-hander "re looking for" $3.9 MM, while the Placards countered with a$ 3MM digit. While this is Flaherty's first year of arbitration suitability, Goold observes that this is actually the third straight time of some salary-related contention between the two sides, as the Cardinals renewed Flaherty's pre-arb contracts in each of the previous two seasons after Flaherty didn't agree to the team's person for the purposes of "principle." Goold writes that Flaherty and the Placard came within $300 K of agreeing to a spate prior to the arbitration deadline, and continued to have talks even leading up to the hearing. This would seemingly imply that a contract propagation was being discussed, since St. Louis otherwise wouldn't re-open negotiations after the arb deadline due to the team's" folder and test" policy for arbitration subjects.

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