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    After not being elected into Cooperstown in 2023, will Carlos Beltran eventually make the Hall of Fame?  Carlos Beltran was not elected to the Hall of Fame in 2023. While he was the best newcomer on the ballot this season and certainly put up numbers worthy of a selection, his candidacy will surely be a debate in the coming years. On the field, Beltran’s case for an induction into Cooperstown is strong. He is one of six players, and the only switch-hitter, with 2,500 hits, 300 stolen bases, and 300 home runs. He won three Gold Gloves as a center fielder. He hit .307/.412/.609 with 16 home runs in 256 postseason plate appearances, making the playoffs with five separate teams. Here’s where it gets complicated: Beltran played a significant role in the Houston Astros’ sign-stealing scandal in 2017 and 2018, one of the biggest scandals in baseball history. In 2020, just three days after he was implicated in the cheating scandal, he was fired as Mets manager before managing even one game. Hasn’t Beltran been punished enough? Besides, it’s not...
    Is the Adalberto Mondesi trade enough to replace Trevor Story in the infield for the Boston Red Sox? With Trevor Story potentially out for the regular season and Xander Bogaerts now with the San Diego Padres, the Boston Red Sox have been on scouring the market for shortstops. The free-agent market includes Elvis Andrus, Josh Harrison and Andrelton Simmons, among others. While the Red Sox surely had conversation with each players’ representation, they had expressed interest in recent days in Kansas City Royals shortstop Adalberto Mondesi. And on Tuesday morning, the Red Sox finalized an agreement to acquire Mondesi and a player to be named later in exchange for reliever Josh Taylor.Is Adalberto Mondesi enough to replace Trevor Story?In short: No. The Red Sox view Story, 30, as a core player. After all, they are only one year removed from signing him to a six-year, $140 million contract. While he struggled last season, hitting .238/.303/.434 with 16 home runs and 66 RBI, the organization believed he would bounce back this season. Then the elbow injury happened and with all the...
    Breaking down the Twins and Marlins blockbuster trade that sent Luis Arraez to Miami and Pablo Lopez to Minnesota. Throughout the offseason, the Twins engaged in conversations with the Miami Marlins on a trade that would send right-hander Pablo Lopez to Minnesota. The asking price was steep, but with the Twins listening to inquires on star infielder Luis Arraez, there was potential framework for a deal to be made. On Friday afternoon, the Twins agreed to acquire Lopez, top shortstop prospect Jose Salas and outfielder Byron Chourio from the Marlins for Arraez. Let’s break down the trade.Minnesota TwinsParting with Arraez would always be difficult and why many throughout baseball were skeptical that the Twins would ultimately trade him. Since he debuted in May 2019, Arrived has slashed .314/.374/.410. He averaged .316 this season, slightly edging out Aaron Judge and preventing the superstar outfielder from winning the Triple Crown. He was the American League batting champion and one of baseball’s best pure hitters. But there have always been concerns about Arraez defensively — he doesn’t have one true position — and...
    All of the top-tier free agents have signed, but there’s plenty of opportunities for teams to add impact players who can help contribute toward a playoff push, like David Peralta. Peralta, 35, has been a productive outfielder in nine major-league seasons. He’s hit .281/.339/.457 with 110 home runs and 486 RBI. He primarily plays in left field, but has played all three outfield positions throughout his career, and even won a Gold Glove in 2019. Peralta’s also been lauded by teammates for his clubhouse presence, both with the Arizona Diamondbacks and Tampa Bay Rays. As of Jan. 20, Peralta remains unsigned. So what teams might be in the market for the veteran outfielder? Here are three possibilities. David Peralta destinations: Los Angeles DodgersThe Dodgers expressed interest in Peralta at least season’s trade deadline before he was traded to the Rays. And it wouldn’t be a surprise if they had interest once again. Right now, the Dodgers’ outfield consists of Mookie Betts, Chris Taylor, Tracy Thompson, James Outman and Jason Heyward. They are on the lookout for additional outfield help —...
    MLB insider Robert Murray breaks down three under-the-radar free agent contracts signed for the 2023 season that could have a big impact.  This MLB offseason, teams have spent roughly $3.8 billion on free agents. The market has had elite talent — Aaron Judge, Carlos Correa, Xander Bogaerts, Jacob deGrom, among others — as well as a blend of second and third-tier players that have produced contracts that exceeded most baseball people’s expectations. Judge stayed with the New York Yankees despite receiving significant interest from the San Francisco Giants and San Diego Padres. Correa agreed to two $300+ million contracts and eventually settled on a $200 million contract after failing physicals with the Giants and Mets. Bogaerts signed a $280 million contract that blew away other offers, including from his former team the Boston Red Sox. And deGrom signed a five-year, $185 million contract with the Texas Rangers while most people in the industry believed he would sign a three-year contract similar to what Max Scherzer had signed a year before. But what about the deals that didn’t steal headlines? Here...
    Updates on Red Sox pursuits of Adam Duvall, shortstops. The Boston Red Sox, who have needs in both the infield and outfield, are casting a wide net in search of depth. Among the names on their radar include free-agent outfielder Adam Duvall, according to sources familiar with the situation. Duvall, 34, can be seen in the Hunter Renfroe-mold. He’s a Gold Glove-caliber defender who has the versatility to play any outfield position. He can hit for power, hitting 38 home runs in 2021 and 12 in half a season in 2022 before undergoing season-ending wrist surgery in July. He’ll command a short-term contract and would add needed thump to a depleted Red Sox lineup. While Duvall’s name is clearly on the Red Sox’s radar, their intentions for the shortstop position are unclear — and it’s arguably their biggest need with Xander Bogaerts now in San Diego and Trevor Story out indefinitely following elbow surgery. Among the options available include Elvis Andrus, Jose Iglesias and Andrelton Simmons, but none are of the caliber of Bogaerts or Story. Andrus, 34, struggled with...
    MLB Insider: Tigers to sign intriguing veteran left-handed reliever. Free-agent reliever Chasen Shreve and the Detroit Tigers are in agreement on a minor-league contract, according to a source familiar with the deal. Shreve can make up to $2 million if he’s in the majors. On Jan. 7, Tigers’ president of baseball operations told reporters that the team was “hard at work” in search of a left-handed bullpen arm. “It may not be a major-league deal, but it may be someone we’re excited about that we’re going to bring to camp,” Harris said. Shreve, 32, fits that description. The left-hander has extensive major-league experience, pitching nine seasons with the Atlanta Braves, New York Yankeees, St. Louis Cardinals, New York Mets and Pittsburgh Pirates and posting a 3.87 ERA in 311.1 career innings. He posted a 6.49 ERA in 25 games with the Mets last season and was designated for assignment on July 5 to make room for Max Scherzer. In 2022, the Tigers bullpen ranked eighth in MLB with a 3.43 ERA. Three of the top pitchers from that group –...
    These three teams could be in the mix to sign free agent pitcher Johnny Cueto. Free-agent starting pitcher Johnny Cueto is drawing interest from the San Diego Padres and Miami Marlins, according to sources familiar with the situation. The Cincinnati Reds are also interested. Cueto, 37 in February, is among the top starting pitchers who remained unsigned, with right-hander Michael Wacha being another. He is coming off a season with the Chicago White Sox in which he posted a 3.35 ERA and a 102/33 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 158.1 innings. In his 15-year career, he’s produced a 3.44 ERA and 1812/619 strikeout-to-walk ratio while garnering Cy Young consideration in three of those seasons.Padres would love to add another starting pitcherEven after signing Seth Lugo, the Padres remain on the lookout for a starting pitcher. They envision using Lugo in a role similar to Nick Martinez last season, where he appears both in starts and in relief, and the belief is that the Padres have sought another innings-eater in the rotation. Cueto is not the only pitcher the Padres are considering, though...
    With Carlos Correa rumors swirling around the Twins and Giants, a third ‘surprise team’ has reportedly entered the equation.  Buckle up, New York Mets fans, it appears Steve Cohen’s spending spree is not over and his splashiest signing is yet to come. It’s been a rollercoaster winter for the Mets, who lost Jacob deGrom but somehow turned that into a win in free agency. Cohen took the $185 million that the Mets would have needed to spend to match the offer deGrom agreed to with the Texas Rangers and rebuild New York’s entire rotation. While it seems like an insane coup in the moment, the spree didn’t quench Cohen’s thirst to spend his way to fixing his team and restoring hopes of fans. He has apparently set his sights on one of the biggest remaining fish in the free agent pond. According to Ken Rosenthal from The Athletic, the Mets have surprisingly entered the Carlos Correa sweepstakes. “I’d say there’s some smoke,” one Mets person said. “I’m not sure how big the fire is, though.” As it stood, only the Minnesota...
    The New York Yankees seem unlikely to sign Carlos Correa. After signing Aaron Judge, New York remains active on the market. They’ve sought another starting pitcher (Carlos Rodon?) and another outfielder (Andrew Benintendi?) and have spoken to Rodon’s agent, Scott Boras, about a potential deal in recent days. Another one of Boras’ clients, Carlos Correa, remains unsigned. And with it being unclear who the New York Opening Day shortstop will be, that has fueled speculation about a potential Correa to the Bronx deal. But such a deal is highly unlikely, as it would appear that the San Francisco Giants and Minnesota Twins are among the teams at the forefront of the Correa market. Yankees won’t be the team that signs Carlos CorreaThe Yankees’ inactivity at shortstop comes at relatively no surprise. Last offseason, in a free-agent shortstop class that was viewed as perhaps the best in baseball history, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman hardly engaged and entered the season with Isaih Kiner-Falifa as their Opening Day starter. This offseason, with a free-agent shortstop class that was headlined by Trea Turner, Correa,...
    After signing catcher Willson Contreras to a five-year, $87.5 million contract, the St. Louis Cardinals are looking for pitching, but not Carlos Rodon. One name the Cards have been linked to in recent days is star left-hander Carlos Rodon, who is the consensus top pitcher available on the free-agent market. But a deal that would send Rodon to St. Louis is considered unlikely. “In terms of making a big splash,” Cardinals president of baseball operations John Mozeliak said, “I wouldn’t believe the rumors you’re reading right now.” Rodon, 30, is almost certainly out of the Cardinals’ price range. The expectation in league circles is that he will eventually sign a contract for seven years and in the $200 million range. While his recent performance warrants such a deal — he posted a 2.88 ERA and 237 strikeouts in 188 innings last season — his extensive previous injury history could worry some teams. Why the Cardinals won’t sign Carlos RodonOf course, Rodon has stayed healthy the past two seasons. He’s accumulated 55 starts and been arguably the best left-handed starting...
    Grading the Braves, Brewers, A’s blockbuster Sean Murphy trade. The expectation entering the Winter Meetings was that the Oakland A’s would trade star catcher Sean Murphy at some point this offseason. There were numerous teams interested, including the Atlanta Braves and Milwaukee Brewers, though the asking price was said to be substantial. On Monday afternoon, the Braves acquired Murphy from the A’s in a three-team blockbuster trade … and at first glance, it didn’t cost Atlanta what many executives throughout the league anticipated. Said one executive: “That seems light. Are we sure there isn’t more in the deal?” Here’s the full deal: Braves acquire Sean Murphy. Brewers acquire William Contreras, Joel Payamps, Justin Yeager. A’s acquire Kyle Muller, Esteury Ruiz, Freddy Tarnok, Robber Salinas and Manny Pina.Atlanta BravesMurphy, 28, was the best catching option on the free-agent and trade markets this offseason. Since 2020, he’s posted 13 Defensive Runs Saved, which ranks in the top-10 in baseball, and has an emerging offensive game as he’s slashed .236/.326/.429 with 46 home runs in 330 career games. It’s the second blockbuster trade...
    Despite rumors, the San Diego Padres have not made superstar shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. available via trade, according to sources familiar with the situation. The Padres want to build around Tatis and have no plans to trade him. “He’s not available,” one source said. Tatis has a no-trade clause through 2028 and gets 10-5 rights after that, so he controls his fate – and where he potentially plays — for the remainder of his career. What makes Tatis so intriguing is that he’s still only 23. He’s signed to a 14-year, $340 million contract which, in this current market,  appears to be a team-friendly deal as he’s arguably the most talented shortstop in baseball. MLB rumors: Padres will not trade Fernando Tatis Jr.Besides, if the Padres were to trade Tatis now, they would be trading him when his value has arguably never been lower. He broke a bone in his left wrist and had surgery last March. He underwent shoulder surgery in August after being suspended 80 games for violating MLB’s performance-enhancing substance policy. Tatis Jr.’s name was floated...
    MLB Insider: Mets’ Carlos Carrasco could be a trade candidate. The New York Mets are on an unprecedented spending spree. After losing Jacob deGrom, they have added Justin Verlander, Brandon Nimmo, Jose Quintana, Kodai Senga and David Robertson. They have spent slightly more on Verlander, Quintana and Senga ($187 million) than it did for the Rangers to sign deGrom ($185 million). Now armed with an abundance of veteran starting pitching, as well as talented young options, they could look to make veteran Carlos Carrasco available via trade. Carrasco, 36 in March, is scheduled to earn $14 million in the final season of his contract. But there has been talk in league circles that the Mets could do something similar to what the Brewers did with Kolten Wong: pick up his club option and attempt to trade him later on in the offseason. There’s expected to be a market for Carrasco, too, especially with prices so high for free-agent starting pitchers throughout the league. Of course, those prices have soared in large part because of a slow trade market. But Carrasco...
    According to MLB insider Jon Heyman, the St. Louis Cardinals are believed to be ready to make a pretty significant splash in free agency.  Two seasons ago, when the St. Louis Cardinals season was on the brink only for the team to storm into the MLB postseason, we should have learned never to count them out. While the season has been over for a month, the Cardinals are still channeling that never count them out energy in the free agent market. After signing Willson Contreras away from the Chicago Cubs, the Cardinals appear to be ready to make another — perhaps even splashier — move to fortify the roster for 2023. According to Jon Heyman, the St. Louis Cardinals are believed to be a surprise team making a serious play to sign top free agent pitcher Carlos Rodon. “There’s a mystery team in on Rodon, and it’s believed to be the Cardinals (so maybe it’s not such a great mystery after all),” Heyman reported on Sunday. St. Louis has plenty of competition, but it’s the other teams that have been connected...
    The Arizona Diamondbacks are looking for a right-handed veteran bat and are among teams expressing interest in free-agent infielder Justin Turner, according to major-league sources. Turner, 38, is drawing interest from teams as both a first and third baseman. Even as Turner enters his 15th season, he remains an impact player. He hit .278/.350/.438 with 13 home runs, 81 RBI and an .788 OPS in 128 games last season. Turner became a free agent after the Dodgers declined his $16 million club option and while a return to Los Angeles hasn’t been ruled out, it’s possible that another team is in better position to offer a more lucrative contract. Will Justin Turner leave the Dodgers?It would mark the end of Turner’s nine-year stint in Los Angeles, where he became a pillar on the field and a leader inside the Dodgers’ locker room. He hit .296/.375/.490 with 156 home runs and 574 RBI in those nine seasons, hitting 27 home runs three times. The Diamondbacks, meanwhile, have been in conversations on the free agent and trade markets. They signed reliever Miguel...
    The New York Yankees signed Aaron Judge on Wednesday morning. What happens next? With Aaron Judge agreeing to a nine-year, $360 million contract with the New York Yankees, the dominoes at the Winter Meetings are starting to fall. But the market is starting to gain clarity, especially for the teams involved for Judge. Now that the Yankees have signed Judge, they are eyeing the pitching market, according to sources, and have shown interest in Carlos Rodon, the top pitcher on the market. Rodon has sought a six-year contract in free agency and would give New York a second elite starting pitcher to pair with Gerrit Cole, something the organization has sought in recent seasons. Aaron Judge signing: Where do the Yankees and Giants go from here?The Giants, meanwhile, have turned their attention toward the shortstop market and are expected to pursue at least one of the top options available — Carlos Correa, Dansby Swanson or Xander Bogaerts. Their preference was to add two big name outfielders — they signed Mitch Haniger to a three-year contract on Tuesday — but signing...
    Jon Heyman of the New York Post chose the wrong platform to share some too-early news on Aaron Judge, and he shared so quickly that he made a massive typo. Jon Heyman is a trusted source in MLB, often sharing big news that is accurate and timely. This time around, he jumped onto the wrong platform, Twitter, to share that Aaron Judge is joining the San Francisco Giants. While that’s usually good news, it backfired as it wasn’t true and he made a massive typo, renaming Aaron ‘Arson.’ he deleted it but the internet will not forget arson judge pic.twitter.com/jG96W0CFvk — Brian Floyd (@BrianMFloyd) December 6, 2022 He later shared that he jumped the gun and the Giants haven’t heard from Judge quite yet. Giants say they have not heard on Aaron Judge, My apologies for jumping the gun. — Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) December 6, 2022 Of course, Twitter users took the opportunity to turn it into a complete meme, as they do best. The results are truly comedic gold.Best ‘Arson Judge’ memes and TweetsOne user put their...
    The Dodgers already missed out on two of the biggest free agents on the market this offseason. How will they respond next? With Trea Turner signing an 11-year, $300 million contract with the Philadelphia Phillies, the Los Angeles Dodgers are back in the shortstop market. And they have no shortage of options. There are free agents such as Carlos Correa, Xander Bogaerts and Dansby Swanson. It’s difficult to imagine the Dodgers signing Correa, considering his role in the Astros’ sign-stealing scandal that defeated Los Angeles in the World Series. Swanson, whose friend and former teammate Freddie Freeman made the jump from the Braves to the Dodgers last winter, could make sense on a contract in the $150 million range. But the Dodgers can also explore the trade market. They have expressed interest in the Brewers’ Willy Adames, according to major-league sources, though Milwaukee executives remain adamant that they want to keep the shortstop. They could explore the White Sox’s Tim Anderson or the Guardians’ Ames Rosario as backup options. Internally, the Dodgers have expressed optimism that Gavin Lux can be...
    Immediately after Jacob deGrom signed with the Texas Rangers, the immediate follow-up question was how would the New York Mets respond? Justin Verlander helps matters. Among elite free-agent starting pitchers, the Mets had two options: Justin Verlander and Carlos Rodon. The prevailing thought in league circles was that the Mets would prefer Verlander, mainly because of years. While Verlander sought a short-term contract in the 2-3 year range, Rodon could get as many as six years. And that’s exactly what happened, as Verlander and the Mets are in agreement on a two-year, $86 million contract that includes a player vesting option for a third season, league sources tell FanSided. Justin Verlander’s contract with the New York Mets is actually two years, $86.6 million, according to a source familiar with the situation. — Robert Murray (@ByRobertMurray) December 5, 2022 Verlander is a significant addition and there’s an argument to be made that he is a safer bet than deGrom, considering that Verlander has been more durable throughout his career. But the Mets are far from done. Mets remain active after...
    Pittsburgh Pirates star outfielder Bryan Reynolds has attracted trade interest for the last two years. Could this finally be the time the Bucs deal him? While the Pirates have listened to offers each time, they have never been serious about moving him. They have, and continue, to view Reynolds as a foundational piece. But on Saturday morning, Reynolds informed the Pirates that he wants to be traded, according to sources familiar with the situation. Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette was the first to report. “While it is disappointing, this will have zero impact on our decision-making this offseason or in the future,” the Pirates said in a statement. “Our goal is to improve the Pirates for 2023 and beyond. With three years until he hits free agency, Bryan remains a key member of our team. We look forward to him having a great season for the Pirates.” Rival teams have still checked in on Reynolds, however. But the asking price remains high — “a kings ransom,” one rival executive said — and that further complicates a potential trade. But...
    If Dansby Swanson does in fact leave the Atlanta Braves, at least one MLB insider considers the Chicago Cubs to be the favorite to land the star shortstop. Chicago was in the running for Carlos Correa on a short-term deal last offseason, only to have that offer turned down in favor of the Minnesota Twins. Could they land another star shortstop just a year later? MLB insider Jon Heyman rightly pointed out that the latest rumors suggest the Braves will not go over $140 million for their homegrown talent. Swanson is a former No. 1 overall pick. He’s a Georgia boy. But if Atlanta’s front office has proven anything over the last two years, it’s that they will not go over their valuations for any player, even the likes of Swanson and Freddie Freeman. With that in mind, Heyman predicted that Swanson could go to the Chicago Cubs in his New York Post column: “If rumors are true that the Braves didn’t accede to his $140 million counter — the same deal Trevor Story and Javier Baez got — it’s...
    Boston Red Sox fans have been beyond frustrated waiting to hear Xander Bogaerts’ fate in Boston, but Jon Heyman is hopeful of an extension. Red Sox fans have been on a pure emotional rollercoaster this season with uncertainty around whether or not star Xander Bogaerts will return, and things haven’t seemed promising ever since Trevor Story was signed back in March. However, MLB insider Jon Heyman is giving a small sliver of hope as he predicts Bogaerts will reach a contract agreement with the Red Sox this offseason. Heyman acknowledged the high demand for the star as he’s one of four top shortstops on the market this offseason, alongside Trea Turner, Carlos Correa and Dansby Swanson. However, he ultimately sees Boston as the top contender because of the fact that they need him. After quite a disappointing regular season, the Red Sox do certainly need Bogaerts. He was one of the only good things about the 2022 Red Sox, and he’s also their own homegrown talent.Red Sox need Xander Bogaerts to maximize successBoston would truly be at a major loss...
    How do the Mets respond after losing Jacob deGrom? The biggest threat to sign Jacob deGrom away from the New York Mets has always been the Texas Rangers. On Friday night, deGrom and the Rangers agreed to terms on a five-year, $185 million contract that includes a conditional sixth-year option that can make the contract worth up to $222 million. The physical is complete. The deal is done. It’s an incredible deal for both deGrom and the Rangers. But it comes with incredible risk. DeGrom is entering his age-35 season. He’s coming off an injury-ridden season in which he threw 64.1 innings, just two more than his former teammate and All-Star closer Edwin Diaz (62). He’s totaled only 26 starts and 156.1 innings over the last two years. A deal that averages $37 million, the second-highest annual average value for a starting pitcher in major-league history, is a massive gamble. But if there’s ever a pitcher to gamble on, it’s deGrom. He’s arguably the most talented pitcher in baseball. In nine major-league seasons, he’s posted a 2.52 ERA, a 1607/303 strikeout-to-walk ratio,...
    The Mariners and Brewers were perfect trade partners, both achieving exactly what they wanted in the Kolten Wong-Jesse Winker swap. In recent days, the Milwaukee Brewers had been aggressively shopping second baseman Kolten Wong. The team wanted to create an opening for rookie infielder Brice Turang and allocate Wong’s $10 million salary to a different part of the roster. On Friday, the Brewers agreed to trade Wong to the Seattle Mariners for outfielder Jesse Winker and infielder Abraham Toro, according to sources. The deal is pending physicals. “This is quite an interesting trade,” one rival executive said. “And one that I like for Milwaukee a lot.”The Mariners and Brewers both got what they needed from Wong-Winker tradeThe Mariners had emerged as the most obvious destination for Wong, as they were seeking a left-handed hitting second baseman. But they were one of a few teams to engage the Brewers about a trade in recent days, sources say, with the San Francisco Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers being among them. In acquiring Wong, the Mariners filled their hole at second base,...
    According to MLB Network insider Jon Morosi, the Chicago Cubs are the “most likely” landing spot for this top free agent. This Hot Stove season, while most of the attention will be on outfielder Aaron Judge, there will be a focus on the top four free-agent shortstops. Those names are Trea Turner, Dansby Swanson, Xander Bogaerts and Carlos Correa. We have already heard that the Philadelphia Phillies are reportedly the favorites to sign Turner. But what about any of the other three? During an appearance on MLB Network’s “Hot Stove,” insider Jon Morosi expressed his belief that the Chicago Cubs are the most likely landing spot for Correa. The comments come at the 8:40 mark of the video linked above.MLB insider says Cubs are most likely landing spot for Carlos Correa“I still look at the North Side of Chicago, a team that had a lot of interest in him out of the Draft initially, and a team that’s now looking for the credibility to arrive once again to contender status in Major League Baseball,” said Morosi, h/t Cubbies Crib. “Carlos...
    Star shortstop free agent Carlos Correa is bound to face several offers from many teams, and MLB insider Mark Feinsand revealed six possible suitors. Former Minnesota Twins shortstop Carlos Correa is certainly a hot commodity on the market as he’s one of the best shortstops in the league. He’s bound to get several offers from several teams, but only one will ultimately land him. Correa is a beautifully well-rounded player as he can perform both offensively and defensively extremely well with several achievements to show for his talent. Most recently, he’s earned a Fielding Bible award, a Gold Glove and an AL Platinum Glove. He also had a great season at-bat, slashing .291/.366/.467 for an OPS of .833, lining up accurately with his career averages. There’s no clear direction suggesting where he may end up yet, but MLB insider Mark Feinsand broke down some likely suitors.Potential landing spots for star shortstop Carlos CorreaAccording to Feinsand, the Twins seem to be one of the likeliest spots for Correa to land. He created a good reputation with the team as he performed...
    An MLB insider thinks that this team from the NL East could potentially make a play for free agent shortstop Xander Bogaerts. The MLB free agency period has begun, and we have already seen top free agents sign, such as Rafael Montero with the Houston Astros and Anthony Rizzo with the New York Yankees. Yet, there are still many big-name free agents that remain unsigned, one of them being Boston Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts. This year, the Red Sox and Bogaerts weren’t close to reaching an agreement on a contract extension, setting up the shortstop’s trip to free agency. There is one team to keep an eye on regarding interest in signing Bogaerts. During an appearance on MLB Network’s “MLB Tonight” insider Jon Heyman said while it’s unknown where Bogaets may end up, he brings up the Philadelphia Phillies as a possibility. Comments happen at the start of the video below. MLB insider thinks Phillies could sign Xander Bogaerts“Dave Dombrowski was there in Boston. [Bogaerts] helped Dave Dombrowski win a championship. They’ve said they’re going to go for the...
    These Atlanta Braves free agent predictions from MLB insider Jim Bowden already seem like they won’t happen. MLB insider and former big league general manager Jim Bowden has some insane Atlanta Braves predictions for the offseason. One involves an expensive welcome parade. Another will require Braves fans to say “farewell.” The third is a curious reunion candidate at a less-than-fantastic price. Bowden predicts the Braves will sign free agent Jacob deGrom to a two-year deal worth $90 million while shortstop Dansby Swanson finds a new home with the Seattle Mariners as the starting second baseman. He also sees reliever Kenley Jansen staying put. He’ll sign back with the Braves on a two-year deal worth $34 million. Jim Bowden has predictions. pic.twitter.com/KJ5xNTvHvf — Matt Chrietzberg (@BravesMattC) November 14, 2022 How realistic are these Braves predictions from Jim Bowden? deGrom to the Braves has been a prediction many have been making even before his time with the New York Mets expired. A longtime rival of the Braves, he’s a top free agent this offseason. It makes sense why the Braves would pursue...
    One scenario remains where the Mets could sign Yankees looming free agent Aaron Judge, but it’s not necessarily a good one. Aaron Judge is fresh off a 62-home run season and an AL East crown for a Yankees team still in the middle of a pennant race. Judge’s focus is solely on the task at hand, which makes him a perfect Yankee, when you think about it. But what are the chances he leaves in free agency? In a recent press conference, Brian Cashman said Judge made an all-time bet on himself. One quote stood out in particular, and it doesn’t sound great for New York. “There’s a pot of gold but is yet to be determined what the gold, how much it weighs. But it is a pot of gold,” Cashman said. Cashman did not say the Yankees couldn’t afford said pot of gold, but he did acknowledge that Judge will receive a lot of money from some lucky organization. If the Yankees don’t land Aaron Judge, who will?The San Francisco Giants are the greatest threat for Judge. He...
    The Giants replacement for Scott Harris, former Astros executive Pete Putila, is receiving great reviews. The San Francisco Giants hiring Pete Putila as general manager is drawing rave reviews from people throughout baseball. “What would the landscape of Player Development look like in this industry without Pete Putila in the last decade?” asked Jason Bell, a minor-league field coordinator for the Houston Astros. “He took an unpaid internship opportunity and helped change this game forever. He changed my life and many others forever. What an incredible person and now GM.” Three years ago, Putila was a finalist for the Giants’ GM job that ultimately went to Scott Harris. Once Harris left earlier this year to become the Detroit Tigers’ president of baseball operations, the Giants interviewed a multitude of candidates, and identified Putila as their top choice to replace Harris.Why did Giants hire Pete Putila?A key component to Putila’s hiring was his background in player development. Buster Posey, the Giants’ legendary catcher who is now part of the team’s ownership group, has stated that he wanted to improve that part...
    Would Jacob deGrom actually spurn the New York Mets for their crosstown rival? Jacob deGrom will be one of the most highly-sought after free agents this winter. That is, of course, if the pitcher opts out of his current deal with the New York Mets. Prior to the 2019 season, deGrom signed a five-year/$137.5M contract with the Mets. However, deGrom has an opt-out clause in his deal that would allow the former Cy Young Award winner to forgo the remaining $30.5M left on his contract and enter the free agent market.Will Jacob deGrom join the New York Yankees in 2023?If Jacob deGrom opts out, which most pundits believe he will, then it will become a bidding war for the four-time All-Star’s services. After watching teammate Max Scherzer net a two-year/$86.6M deal last season, you have to assume that deGrom will be looking to surpass the $43.3M average annual value on his next deal. With that in mind, only a few teams are likely to pony up that kind of dough. One of which would be the New York Yankees. In...
    The Detroit Tigers pulled off a surprising hire, naming former Giants general manager Scott Harris their president of baseball operations. Harris is a stellar hire for Chris Ilitch and Co., as the Tigers are in the midst of what can only be described as a disappointing season. Detroit was expected to make a leap this year under A.J. Hinch, as they’re just one season removed from a 77-win campaign, and added talent in the offseason. 2022 did not go as expected, and as a result, Al Avila was shown the door. The Tigers needed a strong replacement, and got one in Harris. Front offices around baseball were surprised — not because Harris isn’t qualified — but that he left the Bay Area for an unpredictable baseball challenge like the Tigers. Tigers pull off a surprise with Scott Harris hireThe Harris hire came out of left field, both to the public and people throughout baseball. “Shocked” is how one front office official described his reaction to the news. But it continues a meteoric rise for Harris, 34, who has worked alongside...
    One MLB insider thinks it’s possible for the Mets to make a cross-town play for Aaron Judge, which would put the hurt on Yankees fans. New York Yankees fans really ought to appreciate what they’ve gotten to watch this season with Aaron Judge’s blistering-hot home run performance. For one, it’s just a downright all-time season, easily the best offensive season since Roger Maris in 1961 and possibly the best since Babe Ruth. But on the other hand, it needs to be appreciated because it could be the last they get to see of Judge in pinstripes after his impressive seven years with the team. His lingering free agency and the organization’s failure to secure him before the season prompted this unreal performance and sets him up for a blank-check offseason with whatever team he wants and has the highest bid. When it’s all said and done, he might stay in New York… But it might not be with the Yankees.One MLB Insider thinks the Mets could make a play for Aaron Judge to torture YankeesKen Rosenthal talked about Judge, the...
    New York Mets pitcher Edwin Diaz has been an unstoppable closer this season, and his hard work may pay off with his free agency approaching. New York Mets pitcher Edwin Diaz has been unstoppable this season as a closer, and his hard work may land him the biggest salary for closers in MLB. According to Jeff Passan of ESPN, who spoke on the Pat McAfee show, Diaz “may become the first $100 million closer.” Jeff Passan says Edwin Diaz "may become the first $100 million closer" (via @PatMcAfeeShow) pic.twitter.com/pbDNjS5Hae — Talkin’ Baseball (@TalkinBaseball_) September 1, 2022 Diaz has been incredible this season. Over 53.1 innings pitched, he’s struck out 101, walked 17 and only allowed nine runs. He’s produced an ERA of 1.52, batting average against of .168 and WHIP of 0.90. Playing with one of the best teams in the league and standing out as one of the best pitchers could undoubtedly help him cash in on a huge contract.Mets closer Edwin Diaz didn’t always look so promisingDiaz started his MLB career with the Seattle Mariners and was...
    Los Angeles Angels star Shohei Ohtani’s future is unclear as club owner Arte Moreno is considering selling the team. The Cubs could be a potential suitor. Los Angeles Angels club owner Arte Moreno is pondering selling the team, which may put star Shohei Ohtani on the market. According to MLB insider Jon Morosi, the Chicago Cubs could be a “serious contender” if he’s dealt during the offseason. Ohtani is under club control until 2023, so he’d likely be extremely costly. Morosi predicted, “Now for the Cubs, it would cost multiple, probably three or four elite prospects.” Ohtani has been a star since he arrived in MLB and was targeted at the trade deadline, but the Angels weren’t willing to part ways with the versatile player. If he lands with the Cubs, he could positively help the team.Shohei Ohtani would have a major impact on the Chicago CubsThe 28-year-old pitcher often serves as a designated hitter as well, so he could be utilized in many ways to help Chicago. He has solid skills in both areas. This season, he’s produced an ERA...
    The Chicago Cubs have been having a difficult season, but an MLB insider shared they may make some major changes to the roster in the offseason. The Chicago Cubs are having a difficult season and currently sit last in the NL Central standings. They’re below .500, but the team may have major upgrades through the offseason and become a team to look out for. MLB insider Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic believes Chicago will get one of the top free agent shortstops. “This is the offseason now where they’ve got to start spending again. They’ve got to get – and I believe they will get – one of the big shortstops. And they need to do some work around the edges, for sure. They’ve got some promising things happening.” – Ken Rosenthal, via The Athletic Baseball Show: A show about MLB The Cubs aren’t in dire need of another shortstop, but signing a big free agent would help them regardless.The Cubs would benefit from signing a big free agentChicago’s current shortstop Nico Hoerner has been one of the best players...
    The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal questioned the Chicago Cubs’ logic for not trading catcher Willson Contreras at the deadline. The MLB trade deadline is over, and most of the names that were expected to be dealt ultimately were. When it comes to the Chicago Cubs, the team shockingly opted against trading catcher Willson Contreras and outfielder Ian Happ. Contreras was the most surprising, considering he is set to become a free agent at the end of the season. While speaking on MLB on FOX, The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal questioned the Cubs, asking aloud, if the team felt they were going to have a hard time trading Contreras, then why didn’t they begin trying to do so last offseason instead of the deadline? You can listen to Rosenthal’s full comments below, courtesy of the FOX Sports: MLB Twitter account. Why didnt the Cubs trade Willson Contreras at the deadline?@Ken_Rosenthal explains: pic.twitter.com/5pwRLrdR0L — FOX Sports: MLB (@MLBONFOX) August 6, 2022 Ken Rosenthal questions Cubs on not trying to trade Willson Contreras sooner Rosenthal says the reason why Contreras stayed is that the Cubs...
    The Juan Soto trade rumors just won’t stop. Now, there’s a surprising dark horse team that has entered the race for the amazingly talented Juan Soto. MLB Insider JP Morosi has reported that you shouldn’t sleep on the San Francisco Giants acquiring Juan Soto. They are apparently making a very late push for him. We had all thought the Giants were going to sell Carlos Rodon, Joc Pederson, and others at the deadline. Perhaps that might not be the case. The Giants aren’t far back from the Wild Card standings. There’s plenty of time for them to make a late push. If they acquired Juan Soto, they would immediately jump into playoff contention with a bat that could launch endless home runs into McCovey Cove.Could the Giants acquire Juan Soto?The Giants have the prospects to trade for Juan Soto too. Their young left-handed pitcher Kyle Harrison is seen as a player with No.1 potential. Outfielder Luis Matos and SS Marco Luciano would be excellent prospects to include too. Another big part of why they might be trying to acquire Soto,...
    ESPN senior MLB insider Jeff Passan gives his odds of Juan Soto getting traded and what would prevent it from happening. The MLB trade deadline is this upcoming Tuesday, Aug. 2, and the main focus will be whether the Washington Nationals will actually move on from star outfielder Juan Soto. That all came to be after a 15-year, $440 million contract offer was declined by Soto. During an appearance on “The Dan Patrick Show,” ESPN senior MLB insider Jeff Passan was asked the odds he would give the Nationals trading Soto before the deadline. Passan said 80-20 odds but says that if Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo “continues to stick to the ask that he’s put out to teams,” he feels that Soto stays put. You can listen to Passan’s comments in the tweet below, which also includes the YouTube link to the full interview. "If he [Mike Rizzo] continues to stick to the ask that hes put out to teams up until this point, Im not sure Juan Soto is going anywhere. Hes been asking for 125% of Juan...
    The Atlanta Braves could be doing the New York Mets a favor in the long run should they complete their NL East comeback. Leave it to Steve Cohen to overreact, but should the Mets fail to win the NL East after holding a double-digit game lead near the beginning of the season, the billionaire owner is sure to spend wisely. New York Yankees slugger Aaron Judge has been connected to Queens for quite some time. With Judge expected to test the free agent market at the end of the season, could Cohen outspend the Yankees for a player of his caliber? He’d be a perfect fit alongside Pete Alonso in the lineup. Another Atlanta NL East division title could spur Cohen to make such an expenditure. MLB insider: Braves could force Mets hand with Aaron JudgeUnder normal circumstances, it’d be tough for Cohen to outbid Hal Steinbrenner for his own player. But these are not normal times — or at least they won’t be if the Braves win the division. Andy McCullough of The Athletic theorized a scenario in which...
    2022 NL All-Star Albert Pujols? Per MLB insider Ken Rosenthal, it could very well happen thanks to commissioner Rob Manfred. Manfred’s wild and whacky MLB experiments continue with the possibility of an All-Star legacy pick, which would add a team legend to the roster in hopes of increasing fan exposure. On the surface, it’s a good idea. But what if said legend is struggling mightily, or doesn’t deserve said spot over a player who is actually producing? The new CBA allows Manfred to add MLB legends to the All-Star rosters, but they will not take the spot of any deserving players. So, the likes of Pujols would be added in addition to all active participants. “In addition to the 32 players elected and selected to the All-Star Game, the Commissioner may choose to add one player that he selects to each League’s roster, in recognition of each player’s career achievements,” the clause states, according to a source. “If special circumstances warrant, the Commissioner may select more than one player to each league’s roster.” Cardinals: Albert Pujols could be an All-StarRosenthal...
    The St. Louis Cardinals are viewed by rival executives as the favorite to land Oakland Athletics ace Frankie Montas at the trade deadline. Montas has been available since the offseason, but the A’s held out in hopes of receiving a larger prospect package at the deadline. That was a wise move by Oakland, especially with the number of starting pitchers injured around baseball. Look no further than the Cardinals, who are without Jack Flaherty and lack the necessary depth to fill that void over the long haul. ESPN MLB Insider Buster Olney reported that ‘rival executives’ believe the Montas-Cards link is very real, and trending in the right direction. The Cardinals are viewed by some rival execs as a favorite to get Oaklands Frankie Montas, because they have the most acute need — and because itd be tough for them to land Castillo or Mahle from the division-rival Reds. — Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) July 2, 2022 Olney does make a good point, in that it’ll be far tougher for the Cardinals to land the likes of Luis Castillo or...
    The Boston Red Sox lost their first game of a three-game set in Toronto against the Blue Jays. There were some notable absences for the BoSox. Boston has at least three key contributors who have yet to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Chris Sale, Tanner Houck and Jarren Duran are all unvaccinated, thus unable to travel to Canada for a critical series against the Blue Jays. Why is this meaningful in June? Well, for one, Boston and Toronto are close in the standings and fighting for playoff seeding. Perhaps most importantly, however, is that the two teams would be slated to face off against each other in a series were the postseason to start today. That could change, but given their overall talent level, the Sox should have a backup plan in place just in case. Red Sox: MLB insider blasts 3 Boston playersSale has yet to return from injury, so he’s not available for this series anyway. Come October, though, Boston would hope to have him healthy. Sale is one of the Sox best pitchers when healthy. Houck is making...
    The New York Mets can look forward to getting Jacob deGrom and Max Scherzer back in action later this summer, but how long will it be? The Mets have the second-best record in the majors and have a five-game lead at the top of the NL East. Things are going pretty well so far in 2022. The scary thing? They could get even better with the return of two outstanding pitchers to the lineup. Jacob deGrom has been missing all season with a shoulder injury. Max Scherzer has been out since mid-May with an oblique strain. They’re both on their way back.Mets injury update: Jacob deGrom and Max Scherzer timetable revealed.@Ken_Rosenthal on deGrom & Scherzers return from the IL: "For deGrom we are looking at July. For Scherzer, best case scenario probably late June. But I suspect probably longer than that." pic.twitter.com/2pPQeuRG7s — FOX Sports: MLB (@MLBONFOX) June 15, 2022 Ken Rosenthal reported that Scherzer could be back as soon as late June, though July is more realistic. For deGrom, the target is July as well. Scherzer was...
    The Chicago Cubs and Willson Contreras agreed to an arbitration agreement on Thursday. A trade deadline deal doesn’t seem imminent. Per ESPN’s Jess Rogers, who covers the Cubs for the Worldwide Leader, the two sides settled at arbitration for $9.625 million. However, this does not make a long-term agreement a sure thing. So, if the two sides are no closer on said long-term deal, that means Contreras is still in limbo. A popular trade deadline candidate given Contreras is an All-Star level catcher and the Cubs don’t seem intent on keeping him long-term, could he be on the move within the next few months? Will Cubs trade Willson Contreras?Not so fast, per MLB insider Robert Murray. That proposition could be a little closer to 50-50. “I’m still 50-50 on whether he’s ultimately traded. A franchise catcher is hard to find and we’ve seen the Cardinals and Royals hold onto theirs for the entirety of their careers. But this gives teams interested in acquiring Contreras a firm look at his 2022 salary. One thing I find interesting: Jed Hoyer said that he wouldn’t settle once arbitration...
    Jon Heyman of The New York Post and MLB Network believes that New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge should be the highest-paid position player in MLB. The New York Yankees have been the best team in baseball in the first one-third of the season, as they are 40-15, which is good enough for a 3.5-game lead over any other MLB team. The best player on the best team has been Aaron Judge, who has been the best hitter in the sport. Entering Wednesday, Judge was hitting .315/.385/.685 with an OPS+ of 204 (or 104 percent better than league average). Both that .685 slugging percentage and OPS+ are the best in baseball. As a result, Jon Heyman of The New York Post believes that Aaron Judge, who will be a free agent after this season, should be the highest-paid position player in 2023.Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge could be the highest-paid position player in 2023Currently, Los Angeles Angels outfielder and three-time AL MVP Mike Trout is the highest-paid position player in baseball, as he is making $37,166,666 in 2022 but New York Yankees...
    MLB insider Jon Heyman revealed on his podcast the odds of the Washington Nationals trading Juan Soto. The Washington Nationals are once again floating near the bottom of the NL East standings. With that, they are going to be a team to watch that may very well sell at the trade deadline. One name that has been brought up is star Juan Soto, who is scheduled to hit unrestricted free agency after the 2024 season. Not only that but the Nationals are expected to sell to new ownership in the near future. During an episode of “The Show” podcast with the New York Post’s Joel Sherman, MLB insider Jon Heyman revealed that he has heard that there are many bidders for the Nationals and that they have all said they want Soto on the team. You can listen to Heyman’s comments at the 28:00 minute mark at the link above. Jon Heyman on his radio show: “The Nationals are selling their team and I have heard that there are many bidders, they’re going to do very well, and every bidder...
    MLB insider Jon Heyman says that shortstop Xander Bogaerts may not be the only player the team moves on from at the trade deadline. The Boston Red Sox have gotten off to a slow start to the 2022 season, as they sit 12.0 games behind the New York Yankees for first place in the AL East as of May 21. As is the case with any team struggling to start, the trade rumblings begin, and speculation runs rampant about whether they would move on from players, specifically from impending free agents. Perhaps the most well-known name that could be on the move is shortstop Xander Bogaerts, who has an opt-out after this season and was unable to negotiate a new contract with the Red Sox. He has already been linked to the St. Louis Cardinals. MLB insider Jon Heyman listed out potential trade deadline candidates in his latest article for the New York Post. Not only was Bogaerts listed, but also fellow Boston teammates J.D. Martinez and Nathan Eovaldi.MLB insider lists J.D. Martinez, Nathan Eovaldi as potential trade deadline candidatesHeyman...
    The San Francisco Giants could be in the market for pitchers this year. FanSided MLB insider Robert Murray links the team to two pitchers in particular. The San Francisco Giants are looking to make a return trip to the postseason after finishing with the best record in MLB the year prior. Entering their off day on May 19, the Giants sit in third place in the NL West, where they are three games behind the Los Angeles Dodgers for first. As is the case, teams wanting to make a push for the playoffs will look to improve through the trade deadline. In the latest episode of “The Baseball Insiders” podcast, FanSided MLB insider Robert Murray says that the Giants should make a move for pitching upgrades. As for who San Francisco could target, Murray brought up that the team has done well with former Cincinnati Reds starters, and wondered if they would be in the market for Luis Castillo or Tyler Mahle. Going live on The Baseball Insiders with @thecarm to talk about the impact of Max Scherzer’s injury, Juan...
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