MLB rumors: Aaron Judge expected to sign nine-year deal in free agency; Cubs, Phillies eyeing Dansby Swanson


Friday night saw the first blockbuster of the offseason: Jacob de Grom is a Texas Ranger.. The Rangers gave deGroma a five-year extension two days before the Winter Meetings began. Here’s what you need to know about winter meetings and here are the Saturday rumors about the hot stove.

Referee expects nine-year contract

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Aaron Judge


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Free agent batsman Aaron Judge is finishing the season with 62 goals in 2022 for the AL MVP award, and he boasts an impressive career record both in terms of production and ball tracking numbers. That’s why Judge is expected to receive close to $300 million as this winter’s most coveted free agent. The current Yankees were reportedly recently offered Judge an eight-year contract worth about $300 million, but according to Ken Rosenthal’s sources it might not be enough to do this:

“Given the way the free agent market has evolved for Aaron Judge, it’s becoming increasingly likely that the winning bid will be nine years guaranteed, sources involved in the talks say.”

As Rosenthal points out, such a deal would lock Judge out of his 39-year season. He is much more than just a “see the ball, hit the ball” slugger, but even with his elite athleticism, there are some questions about how a player as massive as Judge will age. However, sometimes you have to pay for the decline phase to get the huge short-term value that a superstar like Judge promises. It looks like it will take nine years to add an elite slugger to any team’s roster for 2023 and (far) beyond.

Cubs and Phillies interested in Dansby Swanson

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Dansby Swanson

ATL • SS • #7

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Dansby Swanson is the fourth of four players available in the off-season, due in part to the uncertainty surrounding his bat. However, the 28-year-old Swanson is an elite quarterback in this position and has hit 52 home runs in the past two seasons.

While the incumbent Braves are likely the favorite to land him, Tweets from John Morosi of MLB Network that the Cubs and the Phillies are also showing interest in Swanson. The Cubs are looking to get out of a deep overhaul and, according to many reports, are looking to splurge on free agency, and Swanson will indeed fit. As for the current pennant winners, the Phillies have Bryson Stott in position, but they will no doubt move him elsewhere in the infield to make room for a player like Swanson. The Phillies are in a state of struggle, and such investments in the market will not come as a surprise.

Reynolds asks for an exchange

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Brian Reynolds

PIT • CF • #10

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Pirates outfielder Brian Reynolds has applied for a trade.. There is no official mechanism in MLB to allow players to request a trade, and the Pirates are not required to move Reynolds, though retaining it certainly creates an awkward situation. The future 28-year-old is three years away from free rein and is highly desirable as a productive striker with good defense. Even with a trade request, the Pirates will be making significant profits for their center fielder.

Mets and Yankees talk top starting free agents

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Justin Verlander

HOLD • SP • #35

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Carlos Rodon

SF • SP • #16

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Two New York teams are among the clubs talking to the top players in the starting lineup. according to New York Post. In particular, the Yankees are focusing on left-hander Carlos Rodon, while the Mets are eyeing Justin Verlander. The Mets, of course, lost deGrom to free agency on Friday, and they need to fill their rotation behind Max Scherzer and Carlos Carrasco.

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