MLB SPORTS: Rumors: J. Gray, Rangers; S. Gray, Dodgers

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Two OFs and one SP are needed by the Phillies, but it is important to get closer. Their wish list: Josh Hader and Craig Kimbrel. Brewers would need a haul because Jansen loves LA and Hader is looking for a haul, so Kimbrel might be their best chance. Kimbrel has a Dombrowski tie (Boston). @MLBNetwork

— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) November 19, 202112: 52 AM UTC

Nov. 24: Rangers with ‘legitimate interest’ in Gray (source)
A source has told MLB.com that the Rangers are interested in Jon Gray, a free agent right-hander. The 30-year-old right-hander spent the first seven seasons of his career with the Rockies and has indicated a desire to re-sign with Colorado, though he reportedly rejected an extension offer the Rockies made prior to the end of the 2021 season.

Gray has had his ups, downs, strong and mediocre seasons in Colorado. He is still considered a frontline starter because of his raw material. Gray has a long career. 59 ERA (107 ERA+).

According to reports, the Rangers also met with Trevor Story, a Rockies shortstop. Story is a native of Irving, Texas, about 10 miles from Globe Life Park.

Nov. 23: Reds’ Gray available; Castillo, Mahle off limits (report)
At the beginning of the offseason it appeared that the Reds might be able to trade many of their top players including Luis Castillo. ESPN’s Buster Olney reports the Reds have indicated to their rival executives that Tyler Mahle and Castillo are off limits. Castillo and Mahle can both be controlled through 2023.

According to Olney, Cincinnati is open to trading Sonny Gray, who has a $10 million base salary in 2022 and can be retained via a $12 million club option in 2023.

Gray has a 3. 49 ERA with a 10.6 K/9 in three seasons with the Reds, but he recently turned 32 and is coming off a season in which he made three trips to the injured list — first with a back ailment, then with a right groin strain and finally with a rib cage strain.

Nov. 23: Dodgers unlikely to sign another top SS if Seager departs (report)
This year’s free agent class features a star-studded group of shortstops with Javier Baez, Trevor Story, Trevor Story, Carlos Correa and Marcus Semien joining Corey Seager in the open market.

But while the Dodgers are interested in bringing back Seager, the club is not expected to pursue one of the other top shortstops should the 27-year-old depart, according to MLB Network insider Jon Heyman. Continue reading

Nov. 23: Mets remain engaged with Baez (report)
According to Andy Martino’s report, the Mets have remained engaged with Javier Baez in the years since Billy Eppler assumed the role of general manager. Continue reading

Nov. 23: O’s open to Means trade (report)
(*ESPN’s Buster Olney heard from rival teams that Orioles left-hander John Means is being traded by the Orioles. This offseason, arbitration eligibility has been granted to the southpaw.

Means has three years of team control remaining, but he’ll be 29 years old next April and the rebuilding O’s are still multiple seasons away from seriously contending after losing 110 games in 2021.

Means was the Orioles’ most consistent starter in the last three seasons. He posted a 3. 73 ERA (125 ERA+) with a 4.2 K/BB ratio in 345 1/3 innings. He threw a no-hitter and had a 2. 05 ERA over his first 11 starts in 2021, but he dealt with shoulder problems after that and posted a 5. 07 ERA in his final 15 turns.

Nov. 23: Potential fits for Suzuki
Seiya Suzuki was posted Monday by the Hiroshima Toyo Carp. Jon Heyman, an MLB Network insider, reports that almost every West Coast team has expressed interest in the Japanese star. More

Nov. 22: Could Kershaw head to Texas?
Rangers manager Chris Woodward stated on Monday that the team had “been in touch” with Clayton Kershaw. Kershaw was born in Dallas, attended Highland Park High School, and knew Woodward from their time together with the Dodgers. Woodward also spoke out to highlight Kershaw’s legacy as a pitcher, saying that “if he wants to return to Texas, I’m pretty certain we’ll welcome him there.” The Rangers’ rotation ERA ranked 14th in the American League in 2021.

Nov. 21: Astros pursuing elite shortstops (report)
According to ESPN’s Buster Olney the Astros continue sending the message that they are ready to compete in 2022. Houston could look at other options, even if Carlos Correa is out of Houston’s price range.

The Astros already brought back Justin Verlander on a one-year, $25 million deal with a $25 million player option for 2023, and Olney reports the team is in the market for an elite shortstop.

It remains to be determined if that Correa is Correa, or one of the free-agent shortstops, which list includes Trevor Story, Marcus Semien and Trevor Story.

Deals worth $300 millions could be made by Seager and Correa, which could put Houston out of his comfort zone. The Astros’ latest offer to Correa was reportedly $160 million over five years.

The three other elite free-agent shortstops might be a fit. MLB Trade Rumors predicts Semien (six years, $138 million), Story (six years, $126 million) and Baez (five years, $100 million) will all get contracts worth less than $150 million.

Houston also needs a center fielder. Starling Marte has been linked to Houston, whose market seems strong.

Nov. 21: Yanks unlikely to pursue elite SS?
The Yankees were widely believed to be a good fit for one the top-free-agent shortstops in this offseason. Corey Seager was widely viewed as their preferred target. But Joel Sherman, an MLB Network insider, reports that New York isn’t actively pursuing a elite shortstop.

Sherman wrote in an article for The New York Post that “Executives, player representatives, and players who have dealt so far with the Yankees in free agency sense they are monitoring the elite Shortstop group rather than participating, waiting to see whether a market collapses in which case, they might still try to sign one,” Continue reading

Nov. 20: A’s have lofty asking price in Olson trade talks
The A’s might be open to making offers for All-Star firstbaseman Matt Olson. However, it will take a lot to get him.

Jon Heyman, an insider at MLB Network, claims Oakland is “shooting to the moon” in early negotiations involving Olson. Olson is currently under team control for two seasons before he is eligible to become a free agent.

Olson set career records in average (. 271), homers (39), RBIs (111) and walks (88) while recording a . 911 OPS over 156 games in 2021. He made great strides at the plate, lowering his strikeout rate from 31.4% to 16.8% without sacrificing his power or straying from his patient approach.

He’s now in his second arbitration season and will be receiving a significant raise. After earning $5 million last year, he is a potential trade candidate for small-market teams looking to reduce their payroll.

The Yankees are among the teams that reportedly have talked to the A’s about Olson, though as of Nov. 16, New York and Oakland had not had conversations about which players would be involved in a potential trade.

Nov. 20: Red Sox pursuing starting pitching, in contact with Ray (report)
The Tigers have lost Eduardo Rodriguez in free agency. The Red Sox are now pursuing starting pitching. According to Alex Speier of the Boston Globe, they have been in touch with “virtually every top starter on the market,” including Robbie Ray. Continue reading

Nov. 19: Taylor a fit in Boston?
The Red Sox’s decision to sign Kike Hernandez to a two-year, $14 million deal turned out to be one of the best moves any team made last offseason. Chris Taylor, another versatile ex-Dodger is available as a free agent and Boston appears to be interested in him.

MLB Network insider Jon Heyman reports that the 31-year-old Taylor is an option for the Red Sox, who have a hole at second base after Hernandez saw more time than expected in center field last season.

The Red Sox would sign Taylor if they can get insurance at shortstop in the event that Xander Bogaerts leaves his contract. Boston is also reportedly looking at Javier Baez as a potential target.

Taylor appeared at every position besides pitcher, catcher and first base for Los Angeles last season, including 62 games in center field, 46 at second base, 30 in left field and 23 at shortstop.

He was a first-time All-Star, and he hit. 254 with 20 homers and a . 782 OPS vs 582 plate appearances. It was strikingly like what Hernandez did for Red Sox — it was a. 250 average, 20 homers and a . 786 OPS vs 585 PAs.

Taylor also hit. 351 With four homers, three in NLCS Game 5) as well as a 1. 202 OPS in 11 postseason games for the Dodgers, while Hernandez posted a . 408 Average, five homers, and 1. 260 OPS across 11 playoff games for Boston.

Nov. 19: Closer a priority for Phillies; Hader, Kimbrel, Jansen on wish list
The Phillies have the second-worst bullpen ERA (5. 20) in the Majors, and the club has multiple relievers to replace after Hector Neris, Archie Bradley and Ian Kennedy reached free agency. Neris and Kennedy combined for 22 of the team’s 36 saves in 2021, so it’s not surprising to hear Philadelphia has made it a priority to find a closer this offseason, according to a report from MLB Network insider Jon Heyman.

Heyman says the Phillies want Kenley Jansen, a free agent, and Josh Hader and Craig Kimbrel trade candidates from the Brewers and White Sox.

Heyman suggests that Kimbrel is the most achievable of the three. He also notes that Hader will need to be traded to the Brewers and Jansen will likely want to resign with the Dodgers.

The White Sox picked up Kimbrel’s $16 million club option for 2022, but general manager Rick Hahn indicated the team would explore the possibility of a trade.

Dave Dombrowski, Phillies president of baseball operations, is familiar with Kimbrel. He acquired Kimbrel from the Padres as part of a trade. Dombrowski was also running baseball operations for Red Sox.

Kimbrel struggled as a setup player with the White Sox. However, he was an All-Star with the Cubs and had a 2. 26 ERA, 100 strikeouts and 23 walks in 59 2/3 innings.

Nov. 19: Rangers pursuing Semien in addition to Seager, Story (report)
The Rangers have big dreams for this offseason and are aiming to sign multiple free-agent shortstops. Jon Paul Morosi of MLB.com reports that Texas is interested in Marcus Semien, Corey Seager, and Trevor Story. More

Nov. 19: Giants emerge as another Marte suitor
Another team is participating in the Starling Marte sweepstakes. Jon Heyman, an MLB Network insider, reports that the Giants have expressed interest in the free-agent centerfielder. San Francisco is far from the only team with interest in the 33-year-old, however. More

Nov. 19: Blue Jays reportedly prioritizing Ray, Matz
Pitching remains the focus for the Blue Jays after the team signed right-hander Jose Berrios to a seven-year, $131 million contract extension earlier this week. Robert Murray of FanSided reports that Toronto has “prioritized Robbie Ray, Steven Matz, and is currently in discussions with both free-agent left-handers. More

Nov. 18: Twins still likely to trade Buxton?
According to a report by The Athletic (subscription necessary), Twins officials are weighing the options regarding Byron Buxton’s future. They will debate whether to trade him or keep him for 2022, his last year of free agency.

An offseason trade became more likely when Buxton rejected the team’s seven-year, $80 million contract extension offer in July, but Twins chairman Jim Pohlad is reluctant to move the center fielder because he doesn’t want to upset the fan base, per The Athletic’s report.

Minnesota did hear offers for Buxton at the GM Meetings. Therefore, a trade is still possible. On Tuesday’s The Athletic Baseball Show podcast, Ken Rosenthal, an MLB Network insider, stated that a trade remains the most likely outcome.

Buxton could be an option for teams who miss Starling Marte’s free agent, who is apparently being sought by at least half a dozen clubs.

It is difficult to determine Buxton’s value in trade and contract negotiations. The 27-year-old is clearly valuable — he’s produced 9.6 wins above replacement in 187 games over the past three seasons, per Baseball-Reference — but he’s had trouble staying on the field. In seven big league seasons, Buxton has reached 100 games played once (140 in 2017).

Nov. 18: Giants among teams pursuing Castellanos
According to Jon Paul Morosi, MLB.com, the Giants are one of the teams that is interested in Nick Castellanos. After meeting with Scott Boras, the agent of the slugger, the Marlins are also interested. Continue reading

Nov. 18: Hinch, Tigers courting Correa?
The Tigers are known to have been in touch with Carlos Correa this offseason. They have even been considered favorites to sign him due to their willingness and relationship with A.J. Hinch, former Astros manager and current Tigers manager. Hinch was able to make his recruiting pitch in person on Thursday. ESPN’s Jeff Passan reports Correa and his former skipper sat down to breakfast. But is Correa really out of Detroit’s price bracket? Continue reading

Nov. 18: Nats eyeing reunion with Schwarber?
Nationals manager Dave Martinez said Thursday on MLB Network that his team has been spending time in Ohio with Kyle Schwarber. He was pitching the free agent slugger to Washington. Read more

Nov. 16: How can Halos add on after Thor deal?
The Angels took a big swing at fixing their rotation issues on Tuesday, agreeing to a one-year, $21 million deal with free-agent righty Noah Syndergaard, per a source. Given his track record and stuff, Syndergaard could be a major acquisition if he is healthy.

Syndergaard, on the other hand has to show he can keep his place on the mound. Shohei Ohtani is another high-upside, high-risk pitcher given his history and the demands of his two-way profile, and the Halos are coming off a 2021 season in which no pitcher besides Ohtani made 20 starts or threw 100 innings. This means that there is still work to do to strengthen the rotation in time for the critical season.

Jon Heyman, an insider at MLB Network, claims that the Angels are interested to add more high-upside pitchers to short-term deals. This could be a good fit for Justin Verlander (another free agent after Tommy John surgery).

Even though those innings may not have as much upside, adding some reliable innings to the Angels would be a great idea. This would relieve pressure on Ohtani, Syndergaard, and promising young players like Patrick Sandoval or Reid Detmers.

Finding those innings can be difficult. What free agent options would you have? If the Angels want to spend more, then Kevin Gausman and Robbie Ray would be intriguing options at top of market. Righty Marcus Stroman is a more cost-effective option and has proven to be durable in recent seasons. This makes him an attractive choice.

Alex Cobb could also be eligible to resign following posting a 3. 76 ERA for the club in 2021, albeit in just 18 starts around a pair of IL stints. J.A. Happ and Zach Davies are two of the veteran options that could be more suited to the back end of a rotation. Angels could also look to the market for veterans like Chris Bassitt from Oakland and Sonny Gray from Cincinnati.

Nov. 16: Red Sox showing interest in Baez
According to Jon Heyman, an insider at MLB Network, the Red Sox are among many teams interested in Javier Baez. Continue reading

Nov. 16: What’s holding up talks between Braves, Freeman?
The biggest issue in the contract negotiations between the Braves & Freddie Freeman is whether or not the 2020 NL MVP will receive a sixth-year contract, according to Jon Heyman, an MLB Network insider who says that the situation is fluid. Continue reading

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