The arrival of the Major League Baseball offseason can only mean one thing: It’s time for the rumor mill to start working. Throughout the winter, CBS Sports will bring together a daily collection of rumors, news and moves into one convenient landing spot. Below you’ll find all the latest news from Tuesday, November 7.
Red Sox speak with Montgomery’s agent
The Red Sox brain trust met with the agent of left-handed pitcher Jordan Montgomery, according to Jon Morosi of MLB Network.
Montgomery, 30, split last season between the Cardinals and Rangers. Overall, he compiled a 3.20 ERA (138 ERA+) and a 3.46 strikeout-to-walk ratio. Montgomery also had a fantastic postseason, appearing six times and amassing a 2.90 ERA in 31 innings during Texas’ World Series title run.
Montgomery is one of the best free agent starting pitchers available. It’s probably a bonus, for the Red Sox and other interested parties, that he’s not eligible for the qualifying offer. In other words, he won’t require a signing team to give up a draft pick (nor will he collect draft pick compensation from the Rangers).
India Reds a popular trade target
Several teams inquired about Reds infielder Jonathan India during annual general managers meetings, according to Jon Morosi of MLB Network.
The 26-year-old India won the 2021 NL Rookie of the Year award. He is a career .255/.350/.419 hitter (105 OPS+) with 48 home runs and 5.1 wins above replacement . The Reds have an assortment of other young infielders, including Elly De La Cruz and Noelvi Marte, which allows them to listen to India – even if they aren’t necessarily motivated to move him.
This year’s crop of free agents lacks good infielders. We can therefore expect India to remain a popular trade target well into the winter.
The return of Fedde?
Right-hander Erick Fedde, 30, spent parts of six largely unsuccessful seasons with the Nationals. However, Fedde spent the 2023 season playing on Korea’s top circuit and he enjoyed a lot of success. In 180 1/3 innings for the NC Dinos, Fedde pitched to a 2.01 ERA with 209 strikeouts against 35 walks, and for his efforts he received the equivalent of the KBO’s Cy Young Award.
As Jon Heyman reports, Fedde is now attracting interest from MLB teams, which could mean he would have returned to the United States. Fedde wouldn’t be the first pitcher to go overseas, find a higher level, and then return to find better success in MLB.
Jays interested in Votto
The Reds recently cut ties with first baseman Joey Votto, one of the greatest players in franchise history. It remains to be seen whether Votto, 40, will retire or choose to continue his career elsewhere. If he decides to continue, the cornerstone of his successful career could be his turn with the Toronto Blue Jays, his hometown. Speaking of which, there’s at least a modicum of interest from the team’s side:
The Toronto native is no longer a middle-of-the-road force, but his on-base strengths and lefty pop make him a useful presence on the roster, provided he can stay healthy. Over the past few tours, this one would suit both the player and the club.