The Miami Marlins have been linked to just about every available pitching name imaginable on the open market since the offseason began. After the tragic death of superstar Jose Fernandez, the Marlins had a huge hole in their pitching rotation. They took steps to address that weakness on Monday when the club signed right-hander Edinson Volquez on a two-year, $22 million deal, per Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald. The fit between the two sides makes sense as Volquez has been durable throughout his entire career and has averaged 191.0 innings per season since the beginning. After enjoying a healthy rebound year with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2014, he signed a two-year deal to go to the Kansas City Royals. He became one of their best starting pitchers as he turned in 3.55 ERA across 200.1 innings of work in the Royals' championship year. His final year with the club was the exact opposite, though, as he put up a 5.37 ERA through 189.1 innings of work. Whatever worked for him in 2015 did not in 2016. There was speculation as to whether or not he’d be able to command a multi-year pact after declining a $10 million option with the Royals before hitting the free-agent market, but his gamble has paid off. He will offer a veteran presence in the rotation and be able to eat up some innings to help stabilize things. It’s unclear which version the Marlins will be getting, but Volquez is a nice get for them in the early goings of the offseason.
The Milwaukee Brewers have decided to non-tender Chris Carter and make him a free agent for the 2017 offseason, per Bob Nightengale of USA Today. Despite slugging a career-best 41 home runs and 92 RBIs on the year, he continued to struggle to reach base consistently as well as putting up an alarming high number of strikeouts, as he led the National league with 206 K's. He does become one of the best power hitters available on the free market, but his high strikeout numbers and defensive limitations make him a tough fit for a lot of rosters.
The Atlanta Braves have acquired outfield prospect Alex Jackson from the Seattle Mariners in exchange for pitching prospects Rob Whalen and Max Povse, per club announcements. Jackson was the first-round draft pick for the Marlins in 2014 but has not lived up to his potential in his brief career with the Mariners and will now get a chance to flourish in a new environment as he heads the rebuilding Braves.
If CBA talks do not reach advanced stages prior to the winter meetings then there is a chance teams will skip the annual event, per Buster Olney of ESPN. Talks have yet to reach a substantial point, and with a new CBA agreement up in the air, the market has become stalled with everyone awaiting on a new deal. Not having teams attend the winter meetings will certainly be a huge disappointment for the MLB if things don’t pick up soon.