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MLB rumors: Mets interested in old friend Michael Conforto; Yankees eyeing a new outfielder

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General managers meetings are over, qualifying offers were extended on Thursday, and the Major League Baseball offseason is progressing very slowly.

Of course, there was some big news on Friday. After winning the Houston Astros World Series and general manager James Click broke up.

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Don’t forget to save those important off-season dates in mind and here our top 50 free agents. The rumor mill won’t start spinning here for a few more days, but there’s something we could discuss. Let’s get down to business.

Mets show interest in Conforto and Heaney

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Mets center Brandon Nimmo has been named free agent, and while a return to Citi Field is certainly possible, he will be exploring his options, meaning the Mets will also be exploring theirs. Is a reunion with Michael Conforto possible? The Athletic says there is interest.

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Remember, Conforto turned down a Mets qualifying offer last year, but a subsequent shoulder injury kept him out for the entire 2022 season. Conforto was drafted in the first round by the Mets in 2014 and spent seven years in major tournaments with the team. He hit .232/.344/.384 (100 OPS+) with 20 doubles, 14 homers, 55 RBIs, 52 runs and 0.8 VAR in 125 games in 2021. in the center and use the Conforto on the right.

As for pitching, Chris Bassitt has already turned down a qualifying offer and Jacob de Grom will do the same. The Mets will have Max Scherzer, Carlos Carrasco, David Peterson and then possibly Tylor Megill and Joey Lucchesi in the rotation next year, but it shows that they will likely be actively looking to increase the rotation in the upcoming offseason, possibly even front starter and deep part.

Newsday Records there is interest in left-hander Andrew Heaney. The veteran had a big rise last season for the Dodgers when he was healthy, pitching for a 3.10 ERA (136 ERA+), 1.09 WHIP and 110 strikeouts against 19 walks in 72 2/3 innings. He’s been very talented for a long time, but sort of an underdog, and it looks like the Dodgers’ talented pitching infrastructure is up to something.

The warning “when healthy” is, of course, a big one. He has just made more than 18 starts twice in a season and is now 31 years old.

Yankees interested in ‘additional umpires’

The Yankees are considering outfielder Masataka Yoshida as an “addition” to Aaron Judge. according to New York Post. Such a tandem can only be achieved if the Yankees obviously keep Judge as well.

The essence of the phrase is what kind of player Yoshida is. He is a 5’8″ left-handed swinger who hits on average and hits base. He’s got the power too, hitting .336/.449/.559 with 28 doubles, 21 homers, 89 RBI, 57 runs and four steals last year in the NPB. Such a player could hit first in front of the referee and become the star top of the order in the Bronx.

Again, much of this is dictated by the fact that the Yankees won the judges’ lottery.

The Cubs met Scott Boras and what does… ?

The Cubs met with the super agent during meetings with the general manager to discuss some of his clients, including free-agent shortstops Carlos Correa and Xander Bogarts, reportedly. NBC Chicago earlier this week.

Does this mean they charge heavily for any player? Absolutely not. These meetings are devoted to building the foundation and even a little introductory phase. It could just be a due diligence meeting. The Cubs might even talk to Boras about clients of his smaller baseball stature (Josh Bell was mentioned for what it’s worth) only for Boras to bring his two biggest stars to the deep-pocketed front office in hopes of climbing up. their market.

Similarly, Cubs management could do well to start laying the groundwork for the old “hey, we tried hard” defense if they don’t catch big fish this offseason.

It can also be real. We’ve already heard Correa mention that the Cubs would be an attractive landing spot, and many players agree. The Cubs weren’t rivals last season but seem close to turning around; they had a 39-31 record in the second half, they have a strong core system, a decent enough MLB foundation, and plenty of payroll space to work in this offseason.

The question is whether this was a trick of the eye – on one side or both – or whether it was a genuine mutual interest. It’s just something to watch now.


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