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MLB rumors: Max Scherzer set to sign soon with Mets, Giants, Dodgers, Angels among contenders

By on November 28, 2021 0


The collective agreement between the owners of Major League Baseball and the players is due to expire Wednesday night. It is assumed that a deal will not be reached in the next few days, which means free agency and trade negotiations will be completely halted and a lockdown will be put in place. In the meantime, there might be a flurry of hits, as there might be players who won’t want to go several weeks (months?) Without knowing where they’ll be playing in 2022.

A signing was already reported on Sunday, as the Rays picked up Corey Kluber (full story here).

For the rest, let’s dive into the rumors of the day.

Soon the Scherzer decision?

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Max Scherzer is heading into his season at 37, but he’s also just completed a season in which he finished third in Cy Young’s vote. The triple winner of Cy Young and future Hall of Famer is still an ace. As such, there is no shortage of suitors despite what is likely to be a multi-year deal with a very high average annual value.

He is expected to decide on new accommodation before the planned lockout, MLB Network’s Jon Heyman reports, with the Mets, Dodgers, Giants and Angels being mentioned as the top contenders.

Gausman follows suit?

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Right-hander free agent Kevin Gausman is also expected to sign before the CBA expires, MLB Network’s Jon Morosi reports. The 30-year-old has just had the best season of his career. He posted 5.2 WAR, winning his first All-Star selection while finishing sixth in the NL Cy Young vote and 21st in the NL MVP vote.

Morosi reports that a five-year deal for Gausman is “increasingly likely.” We’ve seen the Mets and Blue Jays connected to Gausman as well as the Giants, Mariners and Angels.

Sailors take an interest in Bryant

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The Mariners are among the teams interested in signing third baseman / man utility free agent Kris Bryant, reports Robert Murray from Fanside. Unlike Scherzer and Gausman above, however, Bryant is not expected to sign until the CBA expires, Murray reports. Considering Bryant’s agent is Scott Boras, who likes to use free agencies to find the best possible deal, this isn’t too surprising.

The Mariners and Bryant are a good fit. He could handle third base on a daily basis, but he could also play one of the three outfield points if needed. They’ve already added Adam Frazier, who is likely to take control of the second base, and we’ve already stressed that they need at least one infielder and another big stick.

The reds, the angels speak Castillo

The Reds and Angels have discussed a possible trade with Luis Castillo going on the LA side, Morosi reports, although he also notes that the sides are “far apart”. That fits Cincy’s message this offseason in that it would take a gigantic package to ward off right-hander Castillo.

That bigger takeaway here is that the Angels have already signed Noah Syndergaard and are actively pushing for a frontline starter, whether through trade or their involvement in the Gausman and Scherzer rumors above.

The Blue Jays add relief

The Blue Jays have agreed to sign free agent reliever Yimi García on a two-year, $ 11 million contract that also includes a club option for a third year, Sportsnet’s Shi Davidi reports.

García, 31, made 39 appearances for the Marlins last season before being traded to the Astros and making 23 appearances for them. In his 57 2/3 innings, he pitched with a 4.21 ERA and a 1.16 WHIP with 60 strikeouts against 13 unintentional walks. He is in the middle of the terrain for the Jays.

Altherr looks to return to MLB

Outfielder Aaron Altherr is a free agent after two years with the Korea Baseball Organization and would like to return to Major League Baseball – and a jump to Nippon Professional Baseball is also possible – reports MLB business rumors.

Altherr, 30, spent six seasons with the Phillies before playing just one game for the Giants and 26 for the Mets in 2019. In his 1,156 home plate appearances in MLB, he hit .219 /. 307 / .401 (88 OPS +). He’s shown flashes of good rising, especially in 2015 and 2017 – in the latter case he hit 0.272 / .340 / 0.516 with 19 homers in 372 at-bat appearances.

In Altherr’s two years in South Korea, it hit 0.276 / 0.354 / 0.529. He has logged over 30 home runs and over 20 interceptions each season. We’ve seen MLB players go to KBO and come back improved before, with Eric Thames’ move to the Brewers being the most notable recent example.