The latest rumors of winter 2022-2023

We keep you up to date with the latest free agency and trade market rumors.

The Yankees are said to be “busy in a number of areas” and the club’s principal owner, Hal Steinbrenner, is confident of re-signing Aaron Judge.

Don’t overlook the Orioles in any of the conversations for the best starters on the open market.

“The Orioles swim ‘deep’ and reach out to nearly every free agent pitcher,” Jim Bowden wrote in The Athletic (subscription required).

Anthony Rizzo will return to the Yankees in 2023. The club officially announced Tuesday night that it has agreed to the first baseman on a two-year contract with a team option for 2025.

The deal is for $34 million, sources told MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand on Tuesday. The deal has a team option for a third year and $17 million (with $6 million compensation).

The Cubs are “very active” in the shortstop market. The club would have Carlos Correa, Trea Turner, Xander Bogaerts and Dansby Swanson on their priority list, MLB.com’s Jon Paul Morosi reported Tuesday.

Still, while any team would be happy to get one of those shortstops, Morosi thinks Correa is Chicago’s top target.

“They had some interest in Correa a year ago. It’s a connection that has existed since the Puerto Rican trained at Wrigley Field before his foray into the entry draft and said it was one of the best routines of his career in that era. Also, the shortstop has shown an interest in Cubs history,” Morosi said Tuesday. “So I think there are a lot of ways to tie Correa and the Cubs together.”

Nico Hoerner defended a solid shortstop last year with the Cubs, recording 13 over-par strikeouts, the second most for the position. However, the 25-year-old shortstop has expressed his willingness to be moved to second if the club accepts heavyweight shortstop names.

The Cubs are in the midst of a transition process, having parted ways with several of the players who led the club to the 2016 World Series championship. However, the addition of Correa could speed up the process in Chicago.

The Dodgers’ chances of taking on Justin Verlander appear to have increased on Tuesday.

Los Angeles will have to fill several holes in its rotation, now that Tyler Anderson has decided okay for three years with the Angels (according to sources), after refusing the qualifying offer made to him by the Dodgers.

The Angels have reached a deal with free agent left-hander Tyler Anderson, a source told MLB.com’s Jon Paul Morosi on Tuesday. The deal would last three years and be worth $39 million, said Mark Feinsand of MLB.com.

The club has not confirmed.

Anderson, 32, who had a career ERA of 4.62 at the start of last season, signed with the Dodgers as a depth player for the club. But throughout the year, the veteran has become a mainstay in the rotation.

He finished with the best season of his career, going 15-5 with a 2.57 ERA in 30 appearances (28 starts). Anderson was called up to his first All-Star Game.

After the season ended, Anderson had to make the difficult decision to turn down the Dodgers’ extended qualifying offer (one year, $19.65 million), which was more than double his $19.65 million salary. 2022 ($8 million). Instead, the pitcher opted for the first multi-year contract of his career.

The Braves and Rangers are two of the teams that appear to be the Mets’ main rivals in the hunt for ace Jacob deGrom. However, both teams could reconsider their intentions.

The Braves already have a solid rotation of Max Fried, Kyle Wright, Spencer Strider and Charlie Morton, with Ian Anderson, Mike Soroka and Bryce Elder vying for fifth. deGrom would be a great acquisition, but it seems the club’s priority right now is to re-sign shortstop Dansby Swanson. According to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic (subscription required), signing deGrom is “highly unlikely” for Atlanta.

Texas was in contact with deGrom, Carlos Rodon and Kodai Senga last week, according to MLB.com’s Jon Paul Morosi. But the high price that free agents seem to be asking for could prompt Rangers to explore the trade market more than free agency, Rosenthal said.

The Mets “would consider enter the pujaby Justin Verlander. Additionally, the club have “moved forward” with their interest in Japanese right-hander Kodai Senga, sources have told SNY’s Andy Martino.

To sign Verlander, who turns 40 in February, the Mets would likely have to offer him a short-term, high-value contract similar to the one they gave Max Scherzer last year. Martino says the Mets have been considering such a signing for months and it “continues to be a topic of conversation” within the front offices.

Several teams have been linked to Senga in the last days. The pitcher is visiting various teams in the United States and has a scheduled meeting with the Mets, sources told Martino. Senga, 29, posted a 2.59 ERA and 10.3 K/9 rate over 1,000 innings of work in 11 seasons in Japan.

Unlike the rest of the best launchers in the open market, such as Jacob of GromCarlos Rodón, Chris Bassitt, Tyler Anderson and Nathan Eovaldi, Senga has no qualifying offers under his belt, meaning the team that signs him won’t have to give up a pick in the amateur draft.

Following the retirement of Yadier Molina, the Cardinals face a contagious void for the first time in nearly two decades. High-priced Panamanian prospect Iván Herrera had a brief stint in the majors last year, but he’s only 22 so he might need more time in the minors. Saint-Louis is therefore likely to land his next receiver in free agency or on the trade market.

Both options are possible for a Cardinals team with payroll flexibility and deep farms. The best mask available is the one the club knows very well: Willson Contreras. The Venezuelan and three-star is coming off a season in which he posted 128 OPS+ for the Cubs with 22 homers. However, Contreras has certain limitations when it comes to defense and according to Katie Woo of The Athletic (subscription required), “if the Cards sign Contreras, they’ll probably have to exhaust their entire free agent budget.”

If St. Louis decides not to sign Contreras — or Christian Vazquez or Tucker Barnhart to short-term contracts — they could turn their attention to Sean Murphy of the A’s, who is becoming a popular baseball option.

At least six teams, including the Cardinals, are interested in Murphy, according to MLB.com’s Jon Paul Morosi. The 28-year-old Mask had a 120 OPS+ last year, is a solid defender and has three years left on his contract.

“The Cardinals certainly have the depth to complete a trade, but it’s too early in the offseason to predict how high Murphy’s value is for the A’s.”

Another option for St. Louis would be a trade with the Blue Jays, who are reportedly willing to trade Danny Jansen or Alejandro Kirk given the presence of Venezuelan prospect Gabriel Moreno.

The Angels, Dodgers, Rangers, Mariners and Blue Jays seem very interested in Japanese right-hander Kodai Senka, according to MLB.com’s Jon Paul Morosi. While the Cubs, Padres and Giants have also been linked to pitching in previous reports.

As Morosi explained on MLB Network, Senga has become a popular target for various teams looking to improve their pitch. And for good reasons.

Unlike the rest of the top free-market pitchers, such as Jacob deGrom, Carlos Rodón, Chris Bassitt, Tyler Anderson and Nathan Eovaldi, Senga has no qualifying offers under his belt, which means the team who sign won’t have to give up a pick in the entry draft. Moreover, it is likely to be cheaper than the rest of its peers, although it is considered the number two in a rotation, with upside potential.

With a 101 mph fastball and a solid splitter, Senga struck out 1,252 during his time in Japan, for a strikeout rate of 10.3 per nine innings. He posted a 2.59 ERA over 1,000 working innings in 11 seasons with the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks.

When Justin Verlander became a free agent a year ago, it didn’t take long for him to agree to a one-year, $25 million deal with the Astros, a deal he personally negotiated with the owner Jim Crane. Given all the success he’s had at Houston, it wouldn’t have been a surprise if he was quick to agree with the club this offseason, but none of that has happened so far. .

According to Ken Rosenthal in an article for The Athletic, the delay could be because Verlander believes there is potential for a lucrative market to form for his services, with big-market teams like the Dodgers, Yankees and Put them all in contention.

Verlander’s free agent bonuses have increased significantly this year after making a triumphant return from Tommy John surgery and starring in a season that will likely end with his third Cy Young Award in hand.

The 39-year-old right-hander also has to his credit not having a tied qualifying offer, meaning the signer won’t have to trade draft points, unlike in 2021. The Dodgers, Yankees and the Mets all outbid each other. the competitive balance tax threshold, so if they sign a free agent who received a qualifying offer, they will have to turn in their second and fifth highest picks in 2023, plus $1 million of their signing fee international.

Pitchers like Jacob deGrom, Carlos Rodón, Tyler Anderson, Nathan Eovaldi, Chris Bassitt and Martín Pérez were among the 14 players who received international offers last week.

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