MLB rumors: Giants interested in Kenley Jansen; Padres meet with Kodai Senga

A fresh batch of gamers struck the complimentary representative market at the non-tender due date Friday, most significantly Cody Bellinger. The 2019 NL MVP is now a totally free representative able to sign with any group. Here are Saturday’s hot range reports as we wait to hear which groups have interest in Bellinger and all the other non-tendered gamers.

Giants thinking about Jansen

The Giants have interest in complimentary representative more detailed Kenley Jansen, reports Manager Gabe Kapler and president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi are extremely acquainted with Jansen from all their years together with the NL West competitor Dodgers. San Francisco has a great deal of cash to invest this offseason and, at age 35, Jansen will not need a substantial long-lasting agreement.

Our R.J. Anderson ranked Jansen the No. 19 complimentary representative offered this offseason. With Edwin Díaz, Rafael Montero, and Robert Suarez all re-signing with their previous groups currently, Jansen is the very best anonymous reducer. The Giants have higher requirements somewhere else on the lineup (they terribly require a power player, if not 2), however they have enough offered payroll area this offseason to attend to those requirements and spend lavishly on a capital-C Closer like Jansen.

Padres met Senga

The Padres met Japanese right-hander Kodai Senga on Thursday, according to The Athletic. Senga remains in high need, and San Diego might have an upper hand because Senga is friends with Yu Darvish, and he likewise had fun with Padres righties Robert Suarez and Nick Martinez with the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks in the past. If absolutely nothing else, the Padres deal familiar faces.

Senga, 30 in January, met the Mets previously today. He tossed 148 innings with a 1.48 period and 159 strikeouts in 2022 and is normally considered the very best beginning pitcher in Japan. Our R.J. Anderson ranked Senga the No. 23 complimentary representative offered this offseason. Here’s whatever you require to learn about the righty, who regularly touches 100 miles per hour and has a wipeout forkball. 

Reds acquire Newman


To change shortstop Kyle Farmer, the Reds have actually gotten Kevin Newman from the NL Central competitor Pirates, the group revealed Friday. Minor league reducer Dauri Moreta went to Pittsburgh in the trade. Cincinnati traded Farmer to the Twins on Friday and generated Newman to work as a substitute shortstop till leading potential customers Elly De La Cruz and Noelvi Marte get here.

Newman, 29, is a severe contact player who has actually started out in just 10.4 percent of his plate looks the previous 2 years, the 3rd finest rate in baseball. All that contact hasn’t resulted in much production, nevertheless. Newman’s .615 OPS is 3rd least expensive in baseball the previous 2 seasons. He is a substitute and absolutely nothing more for a Reds group that is reconstructing, although ownership and the front workplace do not appear to wish to confess openly.

Braves extend Matzek


The Braves have actually signed 2021 postseason hero Tyler Matzek to a two-year extension worth $3.1 million, the group revealed. Matzek had Tommy John surgical treatment last month and will miss out on 2023, so the agreement locks him in for 2024. The offer likewise consists of a $5.5 million club alternative for 2025. It must be kept in mind Matzek would have stayed under group control as an arbitration-eligible gamer in 2023 and 2024. The extension offers Atlanta expense certainty over those 2 years, and a club alternative for what would have been a totally free representative year.

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