While there will likely be a slight flurry of action here in Major League Baseball, Thanksgiving is looming in a few days and that means it will likely be a slow week. However, very few free agents have signed and most of the big names rumored to be on the trade block have yet to be dealt with. That means we’re bound to see a bunch of rumors this week.
Let’s round up the rumors for Monday, November 21st.
Yankees check in deGrom?
Yankees asked for medical information on Jacob DeGrum, According to SNY, though the report comes with a caveat that this does not necessarily mean the Yankees will pursue DeGrom in free agency. It seems as if this is just some kind of due diligence request.
The Yankees’ top priority in this offseason remains bringing back Aaron Judge. Until then, they’ll probably still make backup, contingency plans that they hope won’t be needed.
DeGrom, 34, has been one of the best pitchers in baseball since his debut in 2014 and has been very good since the start of 2018 (2.05 ERA, 0.87 WHIP, 876 K, 645 1/3 IP), but arm injuries persist. His 26 starts in the past two seasons combined.
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Bellinger wants a one-year deal
Being a former MVP and only 27 years old, it might surprise some to learn that Cody Bellinger is looking for a one-year deal in free agency. This is exactly the case, The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal reportsQuoted from Bellinger’s agent Scott Boras.
“It was actually offered to me several years ago,” Porras said. “Most likely, because of his age, we don’t want several years.”
The rationale here is that Bellinger and Boras believe the 2020 shoulder injury has continued into 2021 and affected his performance through 2022. They would like a one-year deal to rebuild value before reaching free agency for a big payday on a long-term deal, and then after .
It’s been a good ride for Bellinger. He won the MVP Award in 2019 with the Dodgers and then played through a separated shoulder during part of 2020. He had surgery to repair it in November of that year. Then he hit .165/.240/.302 in 95 games in 2021 and .210/.265/.389 in 144 last season. The Dodgers no-bid him on Friday, sending him to free agency.
There has already been a lot of reported interest in Bellinger. Even though the Dodgers didn’t want to keep him — which seems like it should be a red flag, on the surface — he’s an overweight defender in center field who can also handle first base. He also runs the bases well, so even if he doesn’t hit, he can be useful to a lot of teams. He’s also not too far behind hitting .305/.406/.629 with 47 homers and 115 RBI in his MVP campaign.
Three teams are interested in Hanegger
Freestyle quarterback Mitch Hanegger spent the vast majority of his big league career with the sailors And return there is a possibility. There are other suitors too. Dodgers, Angels The Rangers are in talks with Hanegger, According to Morosi.
Haniger will be at 32 next season and has shown great offensive progression when he’s been able to stay on the field. He had 39 homers and 100 RBIs in 2021 and has 126 OPS+ in 530 games for Seattle City. Of course, he only played 63 games in 2019, missed 2020 and managed only 57 games last season. Interested teams will need to balance his offensive capabilities with durability questions.
D-Backs can handle a lot of strength
As noted in Rosenthal’s column in The Athletic, the diamondbacks Four position players swing left-handed in Corbin Carroll, Dolton Farshaw, Alec Thomas and Jake McCarthy. As such, they are open for business to trade one of them.
First, don’t worry, D-Backs fans: Carol is off limits. The 22-year-old former first driver is someone they are looking to build around.
Farshaw is also unlikely to be affected, especially given his ability to play catcher as well.
This leaves Thomas and McCarthy as the business foil.
Thomas, 22, hit .231/.275/.344 as a rookie last season, but there’s more upside there and he’s a great defender. 427 (1,118 OPS+) with 23 stolen bases and a 2.4 WAR in 99 games last season, finishing fourth in NL Rookie of the Year voting.
If the D-Backs deal with Thomas and/or McCarthy, they’re said to be looking for right-hand strength and big-league ready advice.
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