Most of the big-name agents are out of the game, but there’s still plenty of calendar left in the 2022-23 MLB season. As such, there are still plenty of rumors left in the 2022-23 MLB season. Speaking of which, you can find our rundown of Friday’s rumors below.
mets Carrasco speaks, McCann trades
The Mets are discussing star right hand Carlos Carrasco and catcher James McCann in trade talks with other teams, According to Andy Martino from SNY.
Carrasco characters will be the most attractive to players. He came off a solid season that saw him post a 97+ ERA across 29 starts. He’s owed $14 million this season, which is reasonable wages for an average major league rookie (or thereabouts) in today’s market.
McCann is likely to prove a more difficult sell. Not only is he set to earn over $12 million in each of the next two seasons, but his performance has waned since joining the Mets ahead of the 2021 campaign. In fact, he’s had 70 OPS+.
The Mets have been active on both the pitcher and catcher fronts this winter. They’ve added Justin Verlander, Koday Singha and Jose Quintana to their rotation (albeit while losing Jacob DeGrom, Tejuan Walker and Chris Bassett) and on Thursday signed veteran assistant Omar Narváez. The Mets have two other catchers in the house, in Tomas Nido and Francisco Alvarez, which suggests an execution is in order.
It’s not clear what teams the Mets are dealing with in Carrasco or McCann.
The White Sox hit it big Friday afternoon as they signed player Andrew Benintendi to a five-year, $75 million deal to become the richest free agent contract in franchise history. Benintendi, classified as CBS Sports’ Top 18 Free Agents Earlier this winter, he was likely to become their everyday left fielder. Here’s more about this signature.
twins Signature Gallo Target Swanson-Turner
The twins recently failed to restore ties with Carlos Correa, who signed a $350 million deal with giants. Now Minnesota is considering what a post-Korea lineup should look like. They started putting it together on Friday afternoons, writing former All-Star outfielder Joey Gallo for a one-year, $11 million deal. Where else can twins turn?
The athlete has the details. According to Dan Hayes, shortstop Dansby Swanson is still a strong consideration, but he could potentially be coveted by two teams – Cubs and the incumbent Brave, to wit – which is in a position to outbid the twins if it comes to that. Other targets that might be more realistic for Minnesota include third baseman Justin Turner and outfielder AJ Bullock. (It is unclear if the twins would continue to pursue Pollock after Gallo’s inking.)
Gallo’s strength remains unassailable, but his connection struggles severely limit how valuable he is. As for Turner, he’s had a solid career, both offensively and defensively. However, at 38 years old, he has shown significant signs of declining over the past two seasons. He should still be a useful player in 2023, but he’s not the kind of player the Twins need.
O is interested in Hale
Earlier this week, it was reported that Orioles They were going after free agent Michael Wacha. He’s not the only ex red socks covet ya jar. Mike Elias also speaks to left-winger Rich Hill, According to Rob Bradford.
Hill, 42, posted a 98+ ERA in 26 starts last season with the Red Sox. He is very familiar with the American League East, where he has appeared in the past with the raysAnd the YankeesAnd, indeed, even the Orioles way back in 2009. Of course, that was long before Hill saved his career in 2015. He appeared in 14 games for Baltimore, compiling a 7.80 ERA and issuing nearly one walk per strikeout.
Had the Orioles met Hill, they certainly could have hoped for better results.
ink a may
The A’s announced Friday that they’ve signed veteran director Trevor May to a one-year contract. ESPN reports The value of the deal is $7 million, with the opportunity to offer another $500,000 in incentives. May, 33, is coming off a disappointing season for the Mets in 2023, but since the start of the 2018 season, he boasts a 120 ERA with a 3.75 k/b ratio.
As it stands now, May – a middle man at 33, as a reminder – will be Auckland’s highest paid player in 2023.
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