Most of the big names are off the board, but there is still plenty of calendar left in the 2022/23 MLB season. As such, there are still plenty of rumors in the 2022/23 MLB outdoor season as well. Speaking of which, you can find Friday’s rumors below.
Mets talks about Carrasco, McCann acts
The Mets discuss right-handed starter Carlos Carrasco and catcher James McCann in trade talks with other teams. according to SNY’s Andy Martino.
Carrasco seems to be the more attractive of the two players. He’s coming off a solid season where he posted a 97 ERA+ over 29 starts. He owes $14 million this season, a fair wage for a league-average starter (or thereabouts) in today’s market.
McCann will likely prove a harder sell. Not only will he earn more than $12 million in each of the next two seasons, but his performance has slipped since joining the Mets ahead of the 2021 campaign. Indeed, he’s been hit for a 70 OPS+.
The Mets were active on both the starting pitcher and catcher front this winter. They added Justin Verlander, Kodai Senga and José Quintana to their rotation (though losing Jacob deGrom, Taijuan Walker and Chris Bassitt) and signed veteran backstop Omar Narváez on Thursday. The Mets have two other catchers in the house, in Tomas Nido and Francisco Alvarez, suggesting a cull is in order.
It’s not clear which teams the Mets are on at Carrasco or McCann.
The White Sox made waves Friday afternoon by signing outfielder Andrew Benintendi to a five-year, $75 million pact that will become the richest free agent contract in franchise history. Benintendi, ranked as theearlier this winter, likely to be their everyday left fielder. .
Gemini sign Gallo; target Swanson, Turner
The Twins recently failed to bounce back with shortstop Carlos Correa, who signed a $350 million pact with the Giants. Now Minnesota is thinking about what their post-Correa lineup should look like. They started putting it together on Friday afternoon, inking former All-Star outfielder Joey Gallo. Where else could the Twins go?
The Athletic has the details. According to Dan Hayes, shortstop Dansby Swanson remains a strong overweight, but he is likely to be coveted by a number of teams – the Cubs and the incumbent Braves, to wit – who are positioned to outbid the Twins if it came to that. Other, perhaps more realistic targets for Minnesota are third baseman Justin Turner and outfielder AJ Pollock. (It’s unclear if the Twins will continue to pursue Pollock after inking Gallo.)
Gallo’s power remains untouchable, but his melee combat severely limits how valuable he can be. As for Turner, he’s had a strong career, both offensively and defensively. However, he is 38 and has shown clear signs of decline over the past two seasons. He should continue to be a useful player in 2023, but he’s not the kind of real bummer the Twins need.
O is interested in Hill
It was reported earlier this week that the Orioles were chasing free agent Michael Wacha. He’s not the only former Red Sox pitcher the O’s covet. Mike Elias is also in talks with southpaw Rich Hill, according to Rob Bradford.
Hill, 42, posted a 98 ERA+ in 26 starts with the Red Sox last season. He is well acquainted with the American League East, having played with the Rays, Yankees and even the Orioles in the past as far back as 2009. Of course, that was long before Hill saved his career in 2015. He appeared in 14 games for Baltimore, a 7.80 ERA and nearly one walk for every strikeout.
If the Orioles reunited with Hill, they would certainly hope for better results.
A’s ink may
The A’s announced on Friday that they have signed veteran reliever Trevor May to a one-year contract. ESPN reports that the deal is worth $7 million with the opportunity to earn an additional $500,000 in incentives. May, 33, is coming off a disappointing season for the Mets in 2023, but since the start of the 2018 season, he has a 120 ERA+ with a 3.75 K/BB ratio.
As things stand, May — a 33-year-old middle reliever, as a reminder — would be Oakland’s highest-paid player in 2023.