With Scott Rolen now the 19th third baseman to be inducted into the Hall of Fame, here are three things we’ll be watching around the baseball world throughout the day today:
1. Is a Greinke deal close?
Future Hall of Famer Zack Greinke is arguably the best starting pitcher still available on the free agent market at this point, even entering his age-39 season. Rumors have long swirled about a possible reunion between Greinke and the Royals, with whom he started his career and returned to for the 2022 campaign. The Royals are optimistic about their chances of re-signing Greinke, and after throwing more than $6 million via their trades of Michael A. Taylor and Adalberto Mondesi, they can potentially increase their previous offer. The Orioles have also reportedly checked in on Greinke.
2. Is Astros’ GM Search Ending?
Ever since the Astros surprisingly parted ways with GM James Click shortly after the club won the 2022 World Series, Houston’s baseball department has been without a GM. However, that may be about to change. Dana Brown, Bobby Evans, James Harris and Brad Ausmus are now among the reported finalists after Michael Hill reportedly removed himself from consideration for the position. Astros owner Jim Crane remains interested in bringing now-former Brewers president of baseball operations David Stearns back to Houston, but he is still under contract with the Brewers as a consultant, placing him more on the periphery of this search.
3. MLBTR Player Chat Today
As we have done for the past few days, we will be holding a live chat at 10 a.m. CST with a former MLB player in addition to our usual Wednesday chat at 5pm with MLBTR’s Anthony Franco. Today we are pleased to welcome the former major league catcher Michael McKenry, who played parts of seven Major League seasons as a member of the Rockies, Pirates and Cardinals. His best seasons came in 2012, when he entered a career-high 88 games for the Pirates and slashed .233/.320/.442 (109 wRC+), and in 2014, when he hit an impressive .315/.398/ . .512 (140 wRC+) for the Rockies across 57 games. If you missed yesterday’s chat with the right hand Jacob Turneryou can read the transcript here.