MLB rumors: Rangers pursuing high-end pitching; Giants tout financial flexibility

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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 notable events of Thursday.

Rangers are interested in deGrom and other high-profile jocks

Rangers bought a veteran starter Wednesday night, adding right-hander Jake Odorizzi in a trade with the Braves. However, that won’t stop them from getting even more rotation assistance. According to John Morosi of MLB NetworkThe Rangers have contacted some of the best players available this offseason, including Jacob de Grom, Carlos Rodon and Kodai Senga.

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CBS Sports recently named de Grom (No. 2), Rawdon (No. 8), and Senga (No. 23) among the top 50 free agents available this winter.

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The Texas rotation finished 25th in the ERA Majors last season.

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The Rangers also seem like a worthy bet to keep left-hander Martin Perez, who has posted a 2.89 ERA in 32 starts. It’s unclear if the two sides can come to a new deal, or if the Rangers will make him a qualifying offer, a one-year tender worth more than $19 million.

Giants can afford anyone

There were rumors in the industry that the Giants were a potential landing spot for outfielder Aaron Judge. Whether this will materialize remains to be seen, but on Wednesday evening top manager Farhan Zaidi touted his team’s financial flexibility.

“From a financial point of view, there would be no one who would be above our capabilities,” he told reporters. including John Shea of ​​the San Francisco Chronicle.

Of course, the Giants can use some of their financial capital to keep free agents like Carlos Rodon and Jock Pederson. It is also expected that they will provide additional assistance with pitching, as well as modernize the infield.

Sailors are interested in Nimmo

The Mariners were interested in free agent center fielder Brandon Nimmo. according to John Morosi of MLB Network. Nimmo is the best center fielder on the market and was recently ranked by CBS Sports as the seventh best free agent. Here is what we wrote:

Juan Soto. Freddy Freeman. Bryce Harper. Aaron Judge. Paul Goldschmidt. What do these five players have in common? They are the only batters with at least 1,000 plate appearances in the pandemic era who reach base more often than Nimmo. He’s more than handsome on base: he’s had success both as a center fielder and as a platoon-strapped forward, as the last two seasons have represented two of his three best single-season performances against left-handers. If there’s a stain on his T-shirt, it’s his durability. Nimmo has appeared in over 100 games just twice (three times if you divide his 2020 campaign into 162 games). The body doesn’t get more durable with age, but Nimmo’s top-notch bat and average glove should earn him a good long-term deal anyway.

In the event that the Mariners do sign Nimmo, they will presumably push likely Rookie of the Year winner Julio Rodriguez to a corner seat. Expect Seattle to trade veteran Jesse Winker either way. Our very own Mike Axisa recently named Winker as one of the most likely players to be traded this offseason..


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