Thanksgiving in the rearview and Winter Meetings, the four busiest days of the MLB offseason each year,. In the meantime, here are the rumors about Saturday’s hot stove.
Mets hope to keep Ottavino
The Mets are hoping to keep striker Adam Ottavino. informs New York Post. The 37-year-old Brooklyn native is reportedly looking for a multi-year contract, while the Mets prefer to stick with a one-year deal. The Mets had seven relievers who became free agents after the season, although they quickly re-signed Edwin Diaz, who moved Edwin Diaz closer to a record five-year, $102 million contract.
Ottavino has been a popular option for the postseason team in every one of the past five seasons. He dominates right-handers, but he’s had problems with left-handers for a long time, so he sometimes gets into trouble in the three-slugger low era. However, use the Ottavino properly and it can become a dynamic late serve weapon. The Mets have a need, and Ottavino has indicated that he enjoys playing at home, so a reunion makes sense for both sides.
Rangers infielders spark interest
Young rangers Ezequiel Duran and Josh Smith are of interest to merchants. according to Dallas Morning News. Both players traded from the Yankees for Joey Gallo and made their MLB debuts in 2022. Duran, 23, mostly plays second and third bottom, while Smith, 25, has played all over the infield and some left field. also.
Texas is centered around the infield with Nate Lowe in first place, Marcus Semien in second, Corey Seeger in short and former top prospect Josh Young in third. Duran and Smith are obvious trade candidates – keeping Smith as a super all-rounder would certainly make sense – and could be used to improve the outfield or pitcher, two areas the Rangers are looking to improve this winter.
The twins are interested in Rodon
Count the Twins among the teams showing interest in left-handed free agent Carlos Rodon. according to Athletic. At this point, almost every team in the league has checked out Rodon, though some are more likely to sign him than others for a variety of reasons (salary, competitive period, etc.). .
The only locks for Minnesota’s rotation at the moment are Sonny Gray and Joe Ryan. Tyler Male and Kenta Maeda will be in the rotation if healthy, although Male ended 2022 on the injured list with a shoulder problem and Maeda missed 2022 while rehabilitating from Tommy John surgery. Bailey Ober, Louis Warland, Josh Winder and Simeon Woods Richardson are also candidates for the rotation. Gemini has an inventory, but they are ineffective. Rodon would give the club a bona fide ace.
Race shows interest in Murphy
Many teams are showing interest in track and field catcher Shaun Murphy, including the Rays, reports MLB.com. . The A’s are in deep overhaul and Murphy’s salary is projected to rise to $4 million as a result of arbitrage in 2023. He’s got three seasons of control left and should get a sizable package of leads.
The Rays have been looking for a quality catcher for almost their entire existence. The WAR franchise leader among catchers is Toby Hall with a 5.7 rating and this has been spread over parts of seven seasons. Actors Christian Betancourt and Francisco Mejia have received contracts for 2023, although Murphy will be a significant upgrade from both. He’s one of the best all-around defenders in the game and just turned 28, so he’s in the middle of his peak years.
Orioles want some starters, shock bats
The upstart Orioles needs “a few veteran starting pitchers and a couple of potentially influential bats.” according to MASN Sports. It’s a pretty long shopping list – veteran starters and kick bats are generally not easy to acquire – but after the jump made by “O” in 2022, they should consider postseason in 2023. More serve, more attack, more everything.
The Orioles finished 30th last season with a payroll of $43.7 million on opening day. FanGraphs estimates the current payroll in 2023 at $41.1 million., which includes arbitrage predictions. A $40+ million payroll in 2023 would be embarrassing, a complete stop and raise questions about the owner’s drive to win. There’s no reason the O’s shouldn’t raise wages – significantly – to get the guns and bats they need this winter. You can spend without sabotaging your long-term plan.
White Sox interested in Clevinger