MLB rumors: Blue Jays interested in Brandon Nimmo, Red Sox still pushing for Xander Bogaerts, Rafael Devers

Major League Baseball’s offseason is right here, and with it comes a pleasant day by day heaping of rumors, information, and notes. Below, you could find all the most notable to floor on Wednesday.

Red Sox make new gives to Bogaerts, Devers

The Red Sox have made two new contract gives to Xander Bogaerts and one new provide to Rafael Devers because the finish of the World Series, crew president Sam Kennedy informed the Boston Globe on the homeowners’ conferences Wednesday. Terms of the gives are unknown. Bogaerts is a free agent after opting out of his contract, whereas Devers is scheduled to grow to be a free agent subsequent offseason.

“We’ve been engaged with Xander because the finish of this season, and Scott (Boras), his agent, and I’ll depart it at that,” Kennedy mentioned. “But we have had productive conversations.”

Kennedy additionally acknowledged the Red Sox “may have engaged extra successfully” with Mookie Betts earlier in his profession. Betts rejected a number of below-market extension gives throughout his time with the Red Sox and was ultimately traded to the Dodgers a 12 months previous to free company. Despite that, the Red Sox let it get to the purpose the place Bogaerts opted out of his deal, and Devers is inside a 12 months away from free company.

Mariners, Blue Jays each contemplating OF assist after commerce

The Seattle Mariners added All-Star nook outfielder Teoscar Hernández in a three-player commerce on Wednesday, however that does not imply they’re performed including to their assortment. Rather, the Mariners proceed to see outfield additions, in line with MLB Network’s Jon Morosi.

The Mariners at the moment have Hernández and Rookie of the Year Award winner Julio Rodríguez entrenched in their outfield. They’re anticipated to commerce Jesse Winker this winter, and presumably need an improve over Jarred Kelenic and a few of their different inner candidates. (The oft-injured Mitch Haniger is a free agent.)

It’s unclear who, exactly, the Mariners are eyeing in free company, however earlier this winter they had been related to high center-field choice Brandon Nimmo.

Funny sufficient, the Blue Jays had been additionally linked to Nimmo on Wednesday after buying and selling away Hernández and opening a spot in their outfield. Toronto has lengthy been wanting for a left-handed bat to assist steadiness its lineup.

Blue Jays government Ross Atkins acknowledged that incumbent middle fielder George Springer could be open to altering positions, ought to Toronto have the chance so as to add a full-time middle fielder to the combination:

Padres deliver again Martinez

The Padres have agreed to a brand new three-year cope with free-agent right-hander Nick Martinez value $26 million, in line with experiences. Martinez had opted out of the remaining three years and $18 million on his outdated contract, that means that he acquired a elevate right here.

Martinez was ranked by CBS Sports because the forty fourth finest free agent available on the market. Here’s what we wrote:

It could be dishonest to jot down that Martinez regarded totally different from once we final noticed him (he spent 4 seasons in Japan, in any case) but it surely’s true. New crew. New haircut. New quantity. New pitcher. He scrapped his over-the-head windup in favor of a Clevingerian rocker step, and shortened his arm motion in order that his hand arc barely dips under his beltline, not his midthigh. In one respect, although, he remained the identical: an unclear function. Martinez began the season in the rotation and spent the remainder of the 12 months in the bullpen, turning into one in every of two pitchers to file five-plus begins and saves (Garrett Whitlock being the opposite). Martinez has a diversified arsenal that’s adequate to elicit chases and suppress high quality contact, however not loud sufficient to rack up enormous strikeout totals. (Even in reduction, he averaged solely eight K’s per 9 innings.) Of course, it takes only one crew to see him as a starter for him to then be paid like a starter.

Martinez joins Robert Suarez as relievers the Padres have re-signed this winter.

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