Free Agent Notes: deGrom, Braves, Taillon, Anderson, Gibson


The $185 million five-year deal between Jacob de Grom and the Rangers got together pretty quickly, and deGrom didn’t give the Mets a chance to counter the offer, writes ESPN’s Buster Olney. This does not mean that the Mets would have contradicted, because they “had no intention of offering anything close to where the winning bid landed.” While the Mets had some idea in November that deGrom might prefer to stay in New York if his offers were all in the same price range, Olney writes that some in the organization felt that deGrom was gradually moving away from the Mets as the season progressed. On.

There was also some mutual interest between deGrom and de Brave, related to an October report that suggested deGrom would ideally like to pitch closer to his Florida home. According to Olney, the Braves were recently working on deGrom, but his desired price tag was too high for the team.

Here’s some more buzz from the free market, about players who have already signed and are still available…

  • The Mets “made a serious run … hoping to make a deal” with Jameson Taillon last week, according to SNY’s Andy Martino. New York was known to have an interest in Taillon, and this increased push seems to indicate he’s pretty high on the team’s list of targets. That said, Martino thinks “it’s easy to see another team offering more than the Mets” for Taillon, as Justin Verlander is the main target of the Amazons and Carlo Rodon may be the backup plan. Previous reports indicate that the Mets are looking for an ace (e.g., Verlander or Rodon) and then another next-level starter from the free agent pitching market, which includes Taillon and several other branches.
  • The Sailors was interested in trading for Brian Anderson during the 2021 season, Ryan Divish of The Seattle Times reports, but the Marlins wanted too much in return. Now that Anderson is a free agent, Divish wonders if Seattle could look again at the addition of the third baseman/outfielder, who brings some multi-position ability and perhaps some bounce-back potential. Anderson has batted just .233/.322/.359 in 647 at bats and 165 games since the start of the 2021 season, with injuries limiting his playing time. Miami opted not to enroll Anderson last month, instead paying him an estimated arbitration fee of $5.2 million.
  • Kyle Gibson agreed on a one-year contract with the Orioles, and The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal reports that Gibson declined a similar offer from an unknown team. Baltimore’s bid was preferred over Gibson due to the Orioles’ strong infield defense, more pitcher-friendly left field dimensions at Camden Yards, and the opportunity to work with catcher. Adley Rutschmann.

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Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.


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