MLB rumors: Justin Verlander meets with Dodgers; Mets focus on Jacob deGrom

Welcome to the week the place, in idea, the MLB sizzling range ought to choose up. Generally talking, between Thanksgiving and Christmas — with the week of the winter conferences being prime territory — is when there’s essentially the most offseason motion with free agent signings and trades. 

Now, we have had a stretch of bizarre offseasons, with the proprietor lockout final 12 months following the influence COVID had and there have been even a number of unnecessarily sluggish winters earlier than the 2019-2020 one which had some main fireworks on the winter conferences. This is why I stated “in theory.” 

It has definitely been sluggish so far. Of the highest 50 free brokers, the one one who has signed with a brand new staff has been beginning pitcher Tyler Anderson, who went from the Dodgers to the Angels after rejecting his qualifying provide. The massive names to signal have been Anthony Rizzo and Edwin Díaz, however none got here with a lot drama and so they stayed put. The predictable Clayton Kershaw return to the Dodgers was rumored, however would not seem like last but.

This is a roundabout strategy to say that we’re hopeful issues are about to select up. 

And, hey, what have you learnt? After this was initially printed, José Abreu agreed to a three-year deal price roughly $50 million with the Astros (full story right here). 

Let’s try the newest rumors in preparation for a coming uptick in exercise. 

Dodgers to satisfy with Verlander

The Dodgers are assembly with free agent ace Justin Verlander Monday, in accordance with Jon Heyman, who additionally names the Yankees, Mets and Astros are groups in on the beginning pitcher. 

Verlander is heading for his age-40 season and lately had Tommy John surgical procedure. Of course, he additionally went 18-4 with a 1.75 ERA (220 ERA+, which was a profession greatest), 0.83 WHIP and his third Cy Young. The strikeout price has fallen from its 2018-19 peak, however the future Hall of Famer clearly has discovered easy methods to pitch round that — and it is not low. 

In all chance, Verlander’s mannequin right here is Max Scherzer’s short-term, large average-annual worth contract with the Mets (two years, greater than $86 million plus a $43.33 million participant choice for a 3rd 12 months). 

The Astros can completely afford to do that, particularly after successful the World Series. We know the Dodgers can. The Yankees most likely would not do that until this miss out on Aaron Judge. As for the Mets, properly … 

Mets’ “focus” is deGrom

While the Mets are exhibiting curiosity in different accessible aces, retaining Jacob deGrom “appears to be their focus,” studies Ken Rosenthal in a protracted column on The Athletic that hits many various angles and is price a learn for subscribers. 

As Rosenthal famous, it is attainable to see somebody just like the Braves or Rangers swoop in whereas we will not rely out the likes of the Dodgers. We’ll speculatively throw within the Yankees and Giants, whichever one — or each — misses out on Aaron Judge, too. But it does look like it is attainable that the most certainly match for deGrom is just heading again to Queens. 

deGrom was a frontline starter from his rookie 12 months in 2014 by way of 2017 after which morphed into one of the best pitcher on the planet. From 2018-21, he had a 1.94 ERA (205 ERA+) and 0.88 WHIP with 774 strikeouts in opposition to 115 unintentional walks in 581 innings. Basically, that is Prime Pedro territory. Injuries held him to simply 26 begins between 2021 and final season. Plus, his ERA tumbled to three.08 in his 11 begins final 12 months and he is heading to his age-35 season. 

Of course, he additionally struck out 102 in opposition to eight walks (2.13 FIP) and posted a 0.75 WHIP in his 64 1/3 innings final 12 months. He’s removed from performed. 

Perhaps the Verlander and Judge signings would make issues extra clear on deGrom? Or perhaps the Mets simply make issues simple and lock him up earlier than anything occurs.

Big marketplace for Bogaerts

Unsurprisingly, there seem like numerous groups exhibiting curiosity in free agent shortstop Xander Bogaerts. Among the groups, in accordance with Marino Pepén, are the Phillies, Red Sox, Padres, Dodgers, Cubs and Twins with the Cardinals on the periphery. 

None of the groups are particularly stunning and we all know a number of issues: 

  • The Red Sox are prioritizing Bogaerts
  • The Twins are specializing in bringing again Carlos Correa
  • The Cardinals are more likely to keep on the periphery until the market falls aside
  • The Padres may get priced out, given their heavy commitments and want for beginning pitching
  • The Dodgers, Cubs and Phillies are seemingly engaged on a number of fronts with Correa, Trea Turner and Dansby Swanson additionally in the marketplace. 

The shortstop musical chairs stays essentially the most enjoyable a part of this free company class. 

Many have Bogaerts ranked behind Turner and Correa, however he is no slouch. The four-time All-Star continues to be solely heading to his age-30 season and he is gotten MVP votes every of the final 5 years, ending fifth in 2019 and ninth final season. Speaking of 2022, he hit .307/.377/.456 (131 OPS+) with 38 doubles, 15 homers, 73 RBI, 84 runs, eight steals and 5.8 WAR. By WAR, it was the second-best season of his profession after 6.3 in 2019. 

Mariners excited by Conforto

The Mariners are among the many groups with curiosity in outfielder Michael Conforto, in accordance with Jon Morosi of Conforto, after all, didn’t play this previous season after struggling a shoulder harm throughout a exercise. Conforto was however ranked by CBS Sports because the thirty fourth greatest free agent accessible this winter. Seattle has already added one notable outfielder this winter, buying Teoscar Hernández from the Blue Jays as a part of a three-player swap.

Orioles in on pitching by way of commerce and/or free company

The Orioles are in prime place to make a giant splash this offseason. They have such a robust farm system they may commerce from it for big-league expertise, they need to have cash to spend and are seemingly trying to construct off the momentum from shock rivalry final season. 

Starting pitching seems to be a spotlight. Rosenthal studies the Orioles are “dabbling” within the free-agent marketplace for starters but in addition “cannot be ruled out” on buying and selling for “any” beginning pitcher that turns into accessible. He names Corbin Burnes, Pablo López, Zack Plesac and Tarik Skubal. 

Obviously, there’s variance in these names from a Cy Young winner in Burnes to mid-rotation sorts in Plesac and Skubal. 

Between 2022 breakout Dean Kremer and promising prospect Grayson Rodriguez — to not point out the eventual return of John Means from Tommy John surgical procedure — the Orioles aren’t determined for rotation assist, although they will want so as to add a number of arms to proceed their ascent within the AL East. 

Pirates taking a look at Gibson

The Pirates have proven “genuine interest” in free agent beginning pitcher Kyle Gibson, studies The Athletic

The 35-year-old Gibson was 10-8 with a 5.05 ERA (81 ERA+), 1.34 WHIP and 144 strikeouts in opposition to 44 walks in 167 2/3 innings for the Phillies final season. Things by no means actually clicked for Gibson in Philly after the Rangers traded him there forward of the 2021 commerce deadline. In his 19 begins for the Rangers that season, Gibson was 6-3 with a 2.87 ERA. 

In the combo for Pirates rotation spots proper now can be the likes of Roansy Contreras, Mitch Keller, J.T. Brubaker, Johan Oviedo, Bryse Wilson and Zach Thompson. 

Teheran indicators minor-league cope with Padres

Former MLB pitcher Julio Teheran has signed a minor-league cope with the Padres, Heyman studies. The deal could possibly be price as much as $6 million for Teheran, but when he earns all these incentives on an MiLB deal, it’s going to have been properly price it for the Padres. 

Teheran may have one thing left within the tank at age 31. He final pitched within the majors in 2021, making one begin for the Tigers earlier than a shoulder harm ended his season. This 12 months, he is pitched for 2 completely different groups within the Mexican League, in addition to within the Dominican Winter League and with the Staten Island FerryHawks within the impartial Atlantic League. Combined, he is posted a 3.57 ERA and 1.12 WHIP with 56 strikeouts in opposition to 10 walks in 68 innings throughout 14 begins. 

As issues presently stand, the Padres have Yu Darvish, Joe Musgrove and Blake Snell atop their rotation, whereas it appears to be like like Nick Martinez will get a shot to begin once more with the fifth spot open. 

Aquino heads to Japan

Former Reds outfielder Aristides Aquino has signed with the Chunichi Dragons in Japan’s NPB, studies Jon Morosi. In 762 plate appearances over elements of 5 seasons with Cincinnati, he hit .211/.285/.434 with 41 residence runs and 108 RBI. Notably, the Cubs would possibly breathe a sigh of aid. Twelve of Aquino’s 41 homers got here in opposition to the Cubs, regardless of not hitting greater than six in opposition to another staff. 

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