MLB Rumors: Aaron Judge to meet with Giants this week; The Yankees are signing Jacob deGrom

MLB Rumors: Aaron Judge to meet with Giants this week; The Yankees are signing Jacob deGrom

While there may be a bit of a bump in the Major League Baseball offseason here, Thanksgiving is just days away, and that means it’s likely to be a slow week. However, very few free agents have been signed, and most of the big names rumored to be on the trade block have not been dealt so far. That means we’re sure to see a ton of rumors this week.

Let’s round up the latest rumours.

Judge to meet with the Giants

Outfielder Aaron Judge has arrived in San Francisco and is expected to meet with the Giants on Tuesday. according to MLB.com. Judge, a Northern California native, was ranked by CBS Sports as the top free agent available this offseason. Here is what we wrote then:

Here is the most dangerous Judge this side of Cormac McCarthy’s oeuvre. Maybe it doesn’t matter what men think about WAR, but Judge has collected more during the pandemic era than any player other than Shohei Ohtani, according to Baseball-Reference’s calculations. How could he not? He hits for average; he walks; he hits for power (obscure fact: He broke the American League’s single-season home run record); and he has one of the stronger outfield arms in the majors. The Yankees even used him in center for most of the season, a sign of his athleticism. The issues against Judge remain the same as they were in the spring, when he turned down a seven-year, $213.5 million extension offer: 1) he’s on the wrong side of 30 (he’ll turn 31 in April) and 2) he’s had his fair share of injury. The most important number on the referee’s stats, then, may not be 62, but 152, or his average number of games played over the past two years.

The meeting doesn’t necessarily mean anything, but industry insiders expected the Giants to be among the top potential suitors for Judge. We will see if anything further develops between the parties.

Yankees checking in on deGrom?

The Yankees have requested medical information on Jacob deGrom, according to SNY, though the report comes with the caveat that it doesn’t necessarily mean the Yankees will pursue deGrom in free agency. It seems like this is just a due diligence type request.

The Yankees’ top priority continues to be delivering this offseason Aaron Judge back. Until then, they’ll probably continue to make backup plans for emergencies they hope they won’t need.

DeGrom, 34, has been one of the best pitchers in baseball since his debut in 2014 and has been outrageously good since the start of 2018 (2.05 ERA, 0.87 WHIP, 876 K, 645 1/3 IP). hand injuries kept him to 26 starts over the last two seasons combined.

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Bellinger wants a one-year deal

Considering he’s a former MVP and only 27 years old, it might surprise some to learn that Cody Bellinger is seeking a one-year contract in free agency. this is exactly the case reports Ken Rosenthal of The Athleticquoting Bellinger’s agent, Scott Boras.

“I’ve already been offered perennials,” Boras said. “Most likely, because of his age, we don’t want a perennial.”

The reasoning is that Bellinger and Boras believe the shoulder injury from 2020 lingered into 2021 and affected his performance even into 2022. They’d like a one-year deal to rebuild value before hitting free agency for a big payday. long-term contract, then.

It’s been quite a ride for Bellinger. He won the 2019 MVP with the Dodgers, then played through a separated shoulder until the end of 2020. He had surgery to repair it in November of that year. He then hit .165/.240/.302 in 95 games in 2021 and .210/.265/.389 in 144 last season. The Dodgers did not tender him Friday, sending him to free agency.

There has already been a lot of reported interest in Bellinger. While the Dodgers didn’t want to keep him — which seems like it should be a red flag, on the surface — he’s a plus defender in center field who can also handle first base. He also runs the bases well, so even if he doesn’t hit, he could be helpful to a lot of teams. He’s also not that far off from hitting .305/.406/.629 with 47 homers and 115 RBI in his MVP campaign.

The Blue Jays are one of the teams that have shown interest in Bellinger, reports Jon Morosi of MLB.com. The Cubs are another team associated with Bellinger, via The Athletic.

Three teams are showing interest in Haniger

Free agent outside the field Mitch Haniger has spent the vast majority of his big league career with Mariners and there is a possibility of return. However, there are other suitors. Dodgers, Angels and Rangers are in talks with Haniger, according to Morosi.

Haniger will be 32 next season and has shown great offensive upside when he’s been able to stay on the field. He had 39 homers and 100 RBI in 2021 and has a 126 OPS+ in 530 games for Seattle. Of course, he only played 63 games in 2019, missed 2020 and played just 57 games last season. Interested teams will have to balance his offensive abilities with his durability issues.

The D-Backs were able to handle themselves from strength

As noted in Rosenthal’s column in The Athletic, Diamondbacks they have four left-handed swinging center fielders Corbin Carroll, Daulton Varshaw, Alec Thomas and Jake McCarthy. As such, they are open for business to trade one of them.

First off, don’t worry, D-Backs fans: Carroll is out. The 22-year-old former first-rounder is someone they want to build around.

Varsho is also unlikely to be moved, especially since he can also play catcher.

That leaves Thomas and McCarthy as trade chips.

Thomas, 22, hit .231/.275/.344 as a rookie last season, but he has more upside there and is an excellent defender. McCarthy hit .283/.342/.427 (1118 OPS+) with 23 stolen bases and 2.4 WAR in 99 games last season, finishing fourth in NL Rookie of the Year voting.

If the D-Backs do deal Thomas and/or McCarthy, they are reportedly looking for right-handed power and big league-ready pitching.

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