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MLB rumors: Mets view Justin Verlander as Plan B for Jacob deGrom; Mariners eyeing Yankees’ Gleyber Torres

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The Major League Baseball offseason is here, and with it comes a delightful daily pile of rumors, news, and notes. Below you can find all the most noteworthy events of Sunday.

Mets see Verlander as backup plan for deGrom

The Mets are looking at Justin Verlander as a “notable opportunity” if they fail to re-sign ace Jacob de Grom. according to Mike Puma of New York Post. Verlander just won his third career American League Cy Young Award.

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It’s worth noting that, elsewhere in their report, Puma claims that the Mets believe deGrom will stay in New York “provided there are no significant discrepancies in the offerings.” One person’s major mismatch is another person’s minor mismatch, so stay tuned for what exactly that means for deGrom.

Red Sox in talks with former Cy Young Award winner

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The Red Sox are clearly targeting starting pitchers from the second tier and below, including former Cy Young Award winner Corey Kluber. according to Alex Speyer of Boston Globe. Kluber confirmed to Speyer that the two sides have spoken in each of the past two offseasons, although he signed with different teams in the American League East on both occasions. (First the Yankees, then the Rays.)

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Kluber, 36, made 31 starts last season. He posted a 4.34 ERA (84 ERA+) and a 6.62 strike-to-walk ratio. He was not ranked among the top 50 free agents by CBS Sports due to his age, injury history, and recent track record. However, he has performed better than his bloated ERA shows, suggesting 2023 is in for a better year.

The Padres have Abreu on their wish list

The Padres currently don’t have a first baseman, and Josh Bell, Will Myers and Brandon Drury have free agency themselves. One of the top names on San Diego’s buy list is former White Sox slugger Jose Abreu. MLB Network’s John Morosi tweeted on Saturday that Abreu is considered a “top priority” for the pads..

CBS Sports recently named Abreu the 17th best free agent available this winter, writing:

Abreu is aging (he’ll be 36 before spring training) but he keeps hitting. More than half of the balls he hit last season had an exit speed of 95 mph or faster; Here’s the full list of the top hitters in this area: Aaron Judge, Jordan Alvarez, Kyle Schwarber and Theoscar Hernandez. In the meantime, his top exit speed matched the marks given by the likes of Juan Soto and Lars Nootbaar. The market tends to be unkind to older right first basemen, but Abreu, whose bat contains more pop music than The 1975’s discography, may be an exception.

The Padres have already made some notable moves this offseason, re-signing pitchers Nick Martinez and Robert Suarez to multi-year contracts.

Mariners interested in Yankees infielder

Count the Mariners among the teams showing interest in Yankees second baseman Gleyber Torres. according to Joel Sherman of New York Post.

Torres, 25, is having his best season since his sophomore year. He posted 114 OPS+ and hit 24 home runs en route to a four-war season. However, it’s fair to say that Torres, for the most part, didn’t live up to the expectations that were set by his first two years in the majors. The Yankees have several young players on their doorstep, including Anthony Volpe, which gives them the freedom to explore the market for both Torres and shortstop Isaiah Keener-Falef.

The Mariners have already made one notable addition this offseason, acquiring Theoscar Hernandez from the Blue Jays in exchange for two pitchers.


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