Market Impact of Today’s Deals, Will Blue Jays Trade Hernández? Brewers Saving Money, Judge, Senga, More

Lots of information and rumors to share at the moment…

Impact of Rizzo and Anderson

Let’s begin with the 2 free agent offers, Rizzo and Anderson, as a result of they will have some affect across the league.

Anthony Rizzo: Two years, $40M assured

The deal was technically for 2 years and $34M together with a $17M membership choice ($6M buyout) in 2025. But that is $40M assured over two years, in order that’s how we’ll talk about it for the needs of the next dialog.

As Brett identified in his preliminary writeup, there wasn’t a TON of fast affect from Rizzo’s deal, partly as a result of he was all the time anticipated to re-sign with the Yankees. If he had signed with the Astros, they’d have been taken out of the Jose Abreu market, nevertheless it simply by no means felt all that seemingly. So, no matter on that entrance.

HOWEVER, that does not imply there’s zero affect on Abreu’s market (and, by extension, the Cubs).

Abreu could also be 2.5 years older than Rizzo, however the former Southsider (137 wRC+) had a greater offensive season than the previous Northsider (132 wRC+), and has had a a lot stronger final three seasons:

Rizzo: .234/.341/.451 (119 wRC+); 1,367 PAs
open up: .289/.366/.489 (137 wRC+); 1,600 PAs

Abreu (369) has additionally performed in 40 extra video games than Rizzo (329) throughout that stretch. So if Rizzo was capable of get what’s successfully a 2-year, $40M deal, I feel Abreu can most likely match or beat that. Just one thing to bear in mind for a man who has been linked to the Cubs a good quantity over the previous couple of weeks.

Tyler Anderson: Three Years, $39M

Again, Brett obtained into some of the fast impacts of this deal in his devoted put up proper right here, however one thing else has popped up since he printed:

Last night time, Ken Rosenthal linked free agent beginning pitcher Justin Verlander to the Los Angeles Dodgers — particularly, he stated — if Anderson rejected his QO. Which he did. So there ya go. Also serving to this trigger: Verlander is just not linked to draft decide compensation and the Dodgers are a perennial contender (is sensible for a 40-year-old).

Remember, again in 2017, when the Cubs may’ve had Justin Verlander, who needed to come back to Chicago? Since then, he is made 102 begins with a 2.26 ERA and 825 strikeouts in 652 IP. lol

Teoscar Hernández is Available

We already know the Blue Jays need to commerce one of their younger catchers this offseason, however Jon Morosi hears about one other participant that might be accessible in Teoscar Hernandez:

Teoscar Hernández, who I feel is one of the most effective commerce candidates on the market this offseason…. He is coming into the ultimate yr of his contract earlier than free company, so the Jays have some selections to make. They even have… a really right-handed dominant lineup…. So with Hernandez coming into free company after this season and Lourdes Gurriel Jr., as nicely, there’s a perception that one of the 2 might be moved to both herald a pitcher or get a bit extra left-handed or each.

Morosi went on to notice that the Mariners are a crew to control, and even particularly name-dropped Chris Flexon as a possible return.

Before you go looking for the Cubs, be aware that Hernandez and Gurriel are each right-handed nook outfielders. The Cubs are on the lookout for a middle fielder and *additionally* wish to get extra left-handed. They’re additionally not likely able to commerce pitching (until it was for some actual affect, multi-year expertise).

So may the Cubs and Blue Jays get collectively on one of the catchers? Yes. Absolutely. But for one of these outfielders? Eh, not a lot.

Predictions for Judge, Bogaerts, Senga

We’ve already mentioned Gordon Wittenmyer’s large prediction (Carlos Correa to the Cubs!), however he had another helpful tidbits at NBC Sports Chicago. Among them:

  • Giants President Farhan Zaidi “completely” loves having hometown guys, as a result of these gamers find yourself being “extra invested and engaged within the group and neighborhood. He additionally stated “from a monetary standpoint, there’s no person that will be out of {our capability}.” Free agent outfielder Aaron Judge grew up a Giants fan in California.
  • Wittenmyer echoed Jon Heyman’s latest report that the Phillies might be all in favour of Xander Bogaerts (though I nonetheless consider Trea Turner is their high goal). Wittenmyer additionally stated to control the Mariners and believes Bogaerts might be a backup for the Cubs.
  • Senga is in San Francisco for a recruiting go to and, individually, Seiya Suzuki has already reached out to recruit him for the Cubs.

Odds and Ends:

  • I’m studying between the strains a bit, however Ken Rosenthal appears to indicate that the Brewers may wish to “reconfigure their payroll” a bit this offseason. And to perform that, they might think about buying and selling Kolten Wong (1-year, $10M remaining) or Hunter Renfroe (1 yr, ~$11.2M). By distinction, they’re NOT more likely to commerce shortstop Willy Adames, which does take a theoretical various off the market (albeit from a MUCH MUCH decrease tier).
  • With the Rangers threatening on Jacob deGrom, the Mets are reportedly contemplating Justin Verlander (which aligns with Rosenthal’s reporting) and Kodai Senga: “The concept of ​​signing Verlander to a excessive common annual worth contract like Max Scherzer’s has been floating across the Mets entrance workplace for months, and it stays a subject of dialogue.” Also, Senga “will meet with the Mets” quickly, in keeping with SNY.
  • Two extra offers for the Rays, plus the one with the Cubs, makes three:
  • In case you missed all these different shortstop rumors from earlier at the moment:

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