Although the Cubs, Dodgers, Phillies, Cardinals, Mariners, Blue Jays, Orioles, Braves, and Padres all determine to be fairly darn lively this offseason, it certain *SEEMS* like the market goes to be led by 4 groups, specifically: Mets, Giants, Rangers, and Yankees.
That group is closely intertwined on big-ticket free brokers like Jacob deGrom, Justin Verlander, Carlos Rodon, Kodai Senga, and, after all, Aaron Judge. And when massive market groups and big-time free brokers are all woven collectively, it will possibly actually gum up the works till one massive factor shakes free.
Here are some examples of how these webs might be woven by simply two gamers and two groups:
- If the Rangers are capable of signal deGrom out from underneath the Mets, which feels distinctly doable at this level, the Mets will possible pivot shortly to Carlos Rodon and/or Senga (maintain that thought…). So no less than these two starters are going to wish to wait on the deGrom resolution earlier than making any strikes of their very own.
- Similarly, if the Giants are unable to lure Judge out of the Bronx, they will possible flip their monetary energy and a spotlight to the loaded free agent shortstop class. So these 4 gamers (Carlos Correa, Dansby Swanson, Xander Bogaerts, and Trea Turner) will possible wish to wait on that call, as nicely.
Absent some foolish, unlikely, offer-you-can’t refuse, you will wish to wait to signal a brand new deal till you no less than know who’s even in the market for your companies. And, in flip, that leaves a number of groups ready for prime free brokers. And then lesser free brokers ready for these groups. And so it goes.
Fortunately, to that finish, it appears like issues could progress fairly darn shortly. Let’s begin there, with information of Aaron Judge’s anticipated timeline.
Judge Signing Soon?
In mild of Aaron Judge’s go to with the Giants this week, Jon Morosi jumped again on MLB Network to provide us an replace (video beneath). In brief, the Giants hosted Judge for a free agent go to this week, which lasted all day, together with conferences with the proprietor and unnamed former gamers he could have idolized rising up as a Giants fan. The Giants haven’t but put a proper provide on the desk, however that is reportedly coming quickly, maybe as quickly as this week.
Maybe one thing to chew on over Thanksgiving dinner.
Once that supply is made, Morosi opines, we may see Judge ramping up negotiations and really signing with a staff “inside the subsequent two weeks, by the finish of the Winter Meetings.”
Finality right here could be big. And maybe unsurprisingly because it appears the solely two groups Judge is actually contemplating at the second are his hometown Giants and the New York Yankees. (Brett: But if Judge would not really signal till the finish of the Winter Meetings, does that imply an entire lot of ancillary stuff will get held up for one other two+ weeks?)
Naturally, Joc Pederson, who accepted the one-year, qualifying provide from the Giants, is already out right here recruiting Aaron Judge to San Francisco. I kinda miss this man. Not gonna lie. He was enjoyable.
Two starters for the Yankees? Or for the Mets?
The Yankees have reportedly requested the medicals for free agent starter Jacob deGrom and have in any other case been related to Kodai Senga by MLB.com. But in accordance with Andy Martino (SNY), the medical request was little greater than due diligence and the latter just isn’t all that possible. In truth, Martino believes the Yankees are flat out not prone to signal both man.
But notably, he thinks the Mets may really find yourself with BOTH:
“I do not suppose the Yankees are signing deGrom or Senga — that is the feeling I’ve from reporting,” Martino stated on Tuesday Baseball Night in New York good SNY. “I feel the Mets may find yourself with them each.”
oh Okay, then. I suppose it is not shocking, given what number of starters the Mets are theoretically dropping. But signing each deGrom and Senga would make a fairly large assertion, monetary expenditure, and impression on the beginning pitcher market.
What About Carlos Rodon?
Weirdly, there hasn’t been a lot smoke connecting the Mets to Carlos Rodon this offseason. The majority of the rumors have been in reference to both re-signing Jacob deGrom or changing him with Kodai Senga and/or Justin Verlander. Indeed, SNY is reporting that these are the three free agent starters with whom the Mets have already been in touch.
To that finish, Jon Morosi stories that the Texas Rangers are literally the “most critical suitors” for Carlos Rodon, which tracks usually with the rumors of their aggressiveness in the free agent starter market, and even some earlier particular stuff on Rodon. It’d be a shock, at this level, if the Rangers do not find yourself with one in every of deGrom, Rodon, or Verlander, in the event you ask me. Probably Rodon.
Odds and Ends
- The Giants have reportedly spoken to Kenley Jansen’s reps, which I deliver up as a result of there was a stray connection between the Cubs and Jansen earlier this offseason. After digging into the knowledge, I are likely to suppose that it might be a very good thought.
- Ken Rosenthal will get into the Angels busy early offseason:
- Red Sox made a modest transfer for reliever Joely Rodriguez: