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MLB Rumors: Yankees have ‘positive conversation’ with Aaron Judge; Chris Flexen could be a hot trade target

By on November 12, 2022 0

The MLB offseason is underway and soon major trades and free agent signings will be arriving. Until there, here are the important offseason dates and deadlines you need to knowas well as our 50 best free agents and 20 top business candidates. Now here are Saturday’s hot pan rumors.

Steinbrenner spoke to the judge

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Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner has spoken to marquee free agent Aaron Judge on more than one occasion since the end of the New York season, he said during a YES Network interview. Steinbrenner added that the Yankees will do “everything they can” to re-sign Judge.

“I’ve had more than one conversation with Aaron since the end of the season. I’ll leave it at that. A very positive conversation,” Steinbrenner said. “…I made it clear to him that it was our wish. He means a lot to this organization and I made it clear to him that we were going to do everything we could to make it happen.”

So far, the Yankees and giants are the only teams known to be interested in the 62-home run man and likely AL MVP. Judge’s figures for getting 7-8 years, maybe nine, north of $36 million per season. Few teams are ready to commit so much to a player who turns 31 shortly after Opening Day, although Judge’s value to the Yankees transcends what he does on the field.

White socks interested in Murphy

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The White Sox are part of several teams interested in Athletics catcher Sean Murphy, reports 670 The score. Murphy is an excellent all-around receiver who will remain under the control of the team as a referee-eligible player until 2025. He is Oakland’s best player and also one of their most expensive players, this which makes it likely that he will be moved as part of their rebuilding the land. In reality, Murphy is our No. 1 off-season trade candidate.

Of course, the White Sox owe Yasmani Grandal $18.25 million next season, the final year of his contract. Grandal had a miserable 2022 and doesn’t have much business value at that salary, even with the lack of quality in the league. Trade for Murphy and salary dumping for Grandal might be the plan, not that it will be easy. There appears to be an aggressive bidding war for Murphy.

angels registered on Senga

The Angels checked free agent Kodai Senga’s right-hander, reports MLB.com. The Cubs, Dodgersand Rangers are also known to be interested in Senga. The Halos always seem to need throwing, and playing the great Shohei Ohtani might appeal to Senga. The future 30-year-old has spent his entire career with the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks in Japan.

Our RJ Anderson ranked Senga the No. 27 prospect this offseason. Here is his wording:

Senga, 29, is expected to pursue a league contract this winter after spending the first 11 seasons of his career with the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks of Japan’s Nippon Professional Baseball League. He’s an accomplished right-hander who has posted a 1.89 ERA and 3.18 strikeout ratio this season in 148 innings. Senga’s best throws are his lively mid-90s fastball and his devastating “ghost” forkball, a real throw in the majors or anywhere else… He’s able to climb the stairs with this combination, turning up the heat before burying the pitchfork. He also throws a decent curveball.

Senga, it should be noted, is a true free agent; he doesn’t have to go through the posting process and is free to negotiate and sign with any team at any time.

sailors receive calls about Flexen

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The Mariners continue to receive calls about right-hander Chris Flexen, General Manager Jerry Dipoto told the Seattle Times. Flexen also attracted interest at the trade deadline. Seattle currently has six starters for five rotational spots — Luis Castillo, Robbie Ray, Logan Gilbert, George Kirby, Marco Gonzales and Flexen — and trading one for a much-needed bat is smart.

Flexen, 28, threw 317 1/3 innings with a 3.66 ERA in two years with the Mariners. He spent 2020 in Korea and reinvented himself after a rocky start to his MLB career with the Dishes. Flexen owes $8 million in 2023 and will become a free agent after the season. Gonzales, the other logical trade contender, owes $18.5 million from 2023-24. He has a 4.05 ERA in 326 1/3 innings the past two years.

brave sign anderson

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The Braves signed the former Rays winger Nick Anderson to a one-year major league contract, the team announced. He will earn $875,000 at the big league level and $180,000 at the minors, according to ESPN. Anderson, 32, hasn’t appeared in an MLB game in 2022 and has only appeared in six MLB games since 2020 due to various arm injuries. In 2019 and 2020, he was one of the most dominant relievers in the sport, striking out 42.2% of the batters he faced. At this point, Anderson is a lottery ticket and the Braves are hoping their low-cost, one-year deal pays off.

Astros re-sign Montero

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World Series champion Astros re-signed setup man Rafael Montero. It’s a three-year contract worth $34.5 million and the average annual value of $11.5 million will make Montero the fifth-highest-paid reliever in baseball in 2023. The player The 32-year-old is one of manager Dusty Baker’s most trusted late-inning arms. Montero and Ryan Pressly will once again form one of the best man/closest combinations in the game next season.