MLB rumors: Dodgers re-sign Kershaw; Giants add Carlos Rodón; Cubs among favorites on Carlos Correa

Major League Baseball’s owner-imposed lockout formally concerned an end on Thursday, on what marked its 99th day. Players will quickly report to camps to heat up for Opening Day, now set up for April 7. In the interim, a great deal of company needs to be finished on the free-agent and trade markets. To keep you notified, we’ll be tracking all of the day’s greatest relocations and reports listed below.

Dodgers hot on Freeman’s path

Talks in between the Dodgers and complimentary representative very first baseman Freddie Freeman are “intensifying,” according to a report. There appears to be some major momentum. Full story here. 

Dodgers maintain Kershaw

Clayton Kershaw struck complimentary company this offseason, however he’s not leaving L.A. right now. He consented to a one-year handle the Dodgers. Full story here. 

The Giants have actually consented to a two-year, $44 million handle left-handed beginning pitcher Carlos Rodón. Full story here. 

Cubs the favorites to land Correa? Add Simmons 

The Cubs might be the favorites to sign Carlos Correa, according to an MLB.com report. Correa, the leading complimentary representative on the marketplace, is likewise anticipated to speak with the Yankees and the Astros prior to he decides. You can learn more about his complimentary company and his suitors by click on this link.

Later in the day, the Cubs included a shortstop in Andrelton Simmons, though it’s totally possible he’s considered as a protective replacement/bench gamer. Full story here. 

As CBS Sports kept in mind on Thursday, Athletics initially baseman Matt Olson figures to be among, if not the leading trade target for various competitors. That list will consist of each the Yankees (per Erik Boland) and the Rangers (Evan Grant), who, as you might remember, topped off the offseason’s very first half by signing both shortstop Corey Seager and 2nd baseman Marcus Semien.

Olson, 28 come late March, has 2 seasons of group control staying. Last year, he batted .271/.371/.540 (153 OPS+) with 39 crowning achievement. Olson considerably lowered his strikeout rate along the method, clipping it from 31.4 percent to 16.8 percent. That enhancement, if sustainable, might indicate him attaining a brand-new real skill level.

It’s no surprise then that the Yankees, Rangers, and, in all probability, the Braves are lining up to include him to the middle of their lineups.

Harper “stumping” for Bryant

The Phillies might utilize some aid either at 3rd base or in the corner outfield. Bryce Harper believes he understands simply the person, too. According to MLB Network’s Jon Heyman, Harper has actually been “stumping” for the Phillies to sign his good friend, complimentary representative Kris Bryant.

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Bryant, thirty years old, got in the offseason ranked by CBS Sports as the 3rd finest complimentary representative readily available this winter season thanks to his offending strength and his protective flexibility. His capability to play either at 3rd base or in the outfield would appear to make him a suitable for various groups, consisting of the Phillies. 

Of course, the Phillies may choose to offer Alec Bohm another possibility at the hot corner, in which case they might set their sights on a real corner-outfield type, like Nick Castellanos or Kyle Schwarber. 

Bryant, for his part, must have lots of suitors, too, consisting of, as Heyman notes, the Mariners, Rockies, Padres, and Mets.

Rangers reunite with Pérez

The Rangers have actually signed experienced southpaw Martín Pérez to a one-year offer worth $4 million, according to MLB Network’s Jon Heyman

Pérez, who pitched with the Rangers from 2012-18, invested last season with the Red Sox. He made 36 looks, 22 of which were starts, and accumulated a 4.74 PERIOD (100 PERIOD+) and a 2.69 strikeout-to-walk ratio.

Pérez ought to remain in line to win a rotation area.

Yankees, Padres amongst those with Conforto interest

Olson isn’t the only left-handed bat the Yankees have interest in. Michael Conforto, a 29-year-old who turned down the Mets’ certifying deal, is likewise on their radar, according to Mike Puma of the New York Post. The Padres have an interest in Conforto too, per Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune. 

Conforto got in the offseason ranked by CBS Sports as the 23rd finest complimentary representative choice readily available. Here’s what we composed at the time:

There might not be a great time for a gamer to have an underwhelming season, however there is a hard time. Conforto found out that lesson the difficult method by striking .202/.341/.298 in the very first half of his walk year. Though he rebounded to a degree in the 2nd half (.252/.347/.445), his possibilities of moneying in this winter season were currently rushed. Conforto, it ends up, might disagree with that evaluation. He seemed an apparent prospect to accept the certifying deal, however a report from last month showed that he meant to decrease and look for something much better on the free market. Good luck.

Conforto batted .232/.344/.384 (101 OPS+) total with 14 crowning achievement last season. 

McHugh drawing great deals of interest

Free representative reducer Collin McHugh has a “robust” market, reports Chris Cotillo of MassLive.  

After fighting injuries and pulling out of the 2020 season, McHugh was outstanding for the Rays in 2021. He was 6-1 with a 1.55 PERIOD (256 PERIOD+), 0.94 WHIP and 74 strikeouts versus 10 unintended strolls in 64 innings. He began 7 video games, ended up 11 and even had a conserve. 

Expect basically any group looking for bullpen aid — so the majority of them attempting to win now — to be interested. 

The Cardinals made the very first relocation of the post-lockout period on Friday, signing right-hander Drew VerHagen to a two-year offer. You can learn more about that relocation by click on this link.

Mets’ Davis drawing attention

The Mets were hectic previous to the lockout, finalizing Max Scherzer, Starling Marte, Mark Canha, and Eduardo Escobar. Their next relocation may include a trade, nevertheless. 

According to Mike Puma of the New York Post, reserve J.D. Davis approximated his possibilities of being traded are “60-40.” Puma keeps in mind that the Cubs, Red Sox, Twins, and Athletics all had interest in Davis prior to the lockout.

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Davis, 28, has actually delighted in an effective three-year stint with the Mets. He’s batted .288/.373/.472 (128 OPS+) with 33 crowning achievement in 893 plate looks. He has experience at 3rd and very first base, along with in the outfield, making him an intriguing choice for groups who value versatility. 

Davis will not get approved for complimentary company up until after the 2024 season.

Reynolds refused extension deals

Pirates outfielder Bryan Reynolds refused several long-lasting extension uses prior to the 2021 season, according to SportsGrid’s Craig Mish

Reynolds, who had an extraordinary season in 2015, is an intriguing prospective trade target. He will not get approved for complimentary company up until the winter season of 2025, suggesting the Pirates do not need to remain in a rush to move him. They have actually talked with other clubs, consisting of the Marlins, about his services, nevertheless — an act that makes good sense, provided how Pittsburgh stays in the center phases of a restore.

Reynolds struck .302/.390/.522 (146 OPS+) with 24 crowning achievement in 2021. A group that sees him as that quality of player moving on might make the Pirates a deal they can’t withstand. 



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