MLB rumors: Giants interested in Kenley Jansen; Padres meet with Kodai Senga

A recent batch of gamers hit the free agent market on the non-tender deadline Friday, most notably Cody Bellinger. The 2019 NL MVP is now a free agent in a position to signal with any crew. Here are Saturday’s scorching range rumors as we wait to listen to which groups have curiosity in Bellinger and all the opposite non-tendered gamers.

Giants interested in Jansen

The Giants have curiosity in free agent nearer Kenley Jansen, studies Manager Gabe Kapler and president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi are very acquainted with Jansen from all their years collectively with the NL West rival Dodgers. San Francisco has some huge cash to spend this offseason and, at age 35, Jansen is not going to require a big long-term contract.

Our RJ Anderson ranked Jansen the No. 19 free brokers accessible this offseason. With Edwin Díaz, Rafael Montero, and Robert Suarez all re-signing with their earlier groups already, Jansen is the very best unsigned reliever. The Giants have larger wants elsewhere on the roster (they badly want an influence hitter, if not two), however they’ve sufficient accessible payroll house this offseason to handle these wants and splurge on a capital-C Closer like Jansen.

Padres met with Senga

The Padres met with Japanese right-hander Kodai Senga on Thursday, in response to The Athletic. Senga is in excessive demand, and San Diego may have a leg up as a result of Senga is shut mates with Yu Darvish, and he additionally performed with Padres righties Robert Suarez and Nick Martinez with the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks in the previous. If nothing else, the Padres supply acquainted faces.

Senga, 30 in January, met with the Mets earlier this week. He threw 148 innings with a 1.48 ERA and 159 strikeouts in 2022 and is usually considered the very best beginning pitcher in Japan. Our RJ Anderson ranked Senga the No. 23 free brokers accessible this offseason. Here’s all the things it’s essential to know concerning the rightywho routinely touches 100 mph and has a wipeout forkball.

Reds purchase Newman


To change shortstop Kyle Farmer, the Reds have acquired Kevin Newman from the NL Central rival Pirates, the crew introduced Friday. Minor league reliever Dauri Moreta went to Pittsburgh in the commerce. Cincinnati traded Farmer to the Twins on Friday and introduced in Newman to function a stopgap shortstop till high prospects Elly De La Cruz and Noelvi Marte arrive.

Newman, 29, is an excessive contact hitter who has struck out in solely 10.4 p.c of his plate appearances the previous two years, the third greatest charge in baseball. All that contact has not led to a lot manufacturing, nonetheless. Newman’s .615 OPS is third lowest in baseball the previous two seasons. He is a stopgap and nothing extra for a Reds crew that’s rebuilding, despite the fact that possession and the entrance workplace do not appear to need to admit it publicly.

Braves lengthen Matzek


The Braves have signed 2021 postseason hero Tyler Matzek to a two-year extension value $3.1 million, the crew introduced. Matzek had Tommy John surgical procedure final month and can miss 2023, so the contract locks him in for 2024. The deal additionally features a $5.5 million membership possibility for 2025. It must be famous Matzek would have remained below crew management as an arbitration-eligible participant in 2023 and 2024. The extension offers Atlanta value certainty over these two years, and a membership possibility for what would have been a free agent yr.

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