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11 takeaways from early megadeals at Winter Meetings

@williamfleitch
12:09 AM EST

So! Remember when everyone was hopeful about maybe getting a little free-agent movement once the Winter Meetings started? Consider those hopes fulfilled! By the time the second afternoon World Cup game was over, two of the biggest names in baseball had agreed to huge deals, with the Mets coming to

Judge seen wearing new uniform -- but not the team you'd think

December 5, 2022

Which uniform Aaron Judge will be wearing next year has been the talk of the offseason since he became a free agent. Will he be back in the Yankees pinstripes? Sporting the Giants' orange and black? Could he have -- gasp -- Red Sox written across his chest? On Monday

All-Star closer on trading block? Inside the Winter Meetings rumors

December 5, 2022

SAN DIEGO -- The free-agent market is relatively thin on proven closers, but the trade market might now include a prominent name for clubs at the Winter Meetings seeking late-inning bullpen help. According to a source, Liam Hendriks’ name has surfaced in trade talks between the White Sox and multiple

'You win with star players': Phils, Turner agree to $300M deal (source)

Former Nationals, Dodgers shortstop to join NL champs on 11-year contract
December 5, 2022

SAN DIEGO -- Dave Dombrowski promised the Phillies would “push the needle” this offseason. Monday, they buried it. Multiple sources told MLB.com that the Phillies and Trea Turner agreed to an 11-year, $300 million contract. The deal, which is pending a physical, sent a message to the Dodgers, Braves, Mets

Cubs focusing on star shortstop (or two?) with Turner off market

12:20 AM EST

SAN DIEGO -- The Cubs are sorting through a long list of needs this offseason, but trying to land one of the star shortstops on the open market remains a priority. One possibility was erased from the board on Monday with Trea Turner reaching a blockbuster deal with the Phillies

In Verlander, Mets replace one ace with another

1:40 AM EST

SAN DIEGO -- Upon learning late last week that Jacob deGrom had decided to leave for Texas without giving his old team a chance to counter, general manager Billy Eppler sent deGrom a congratulatory text message. The two had spoken regularly in late November, and Eppler understood the possibility that

Cashman: Yanks 'negotiating hard' in pursuit of Judge

December 5, 2022

SAN DIEGO -- The Yankees were on the phone with Aaron Judge one day after the end of the American League Championship Series and have made multiple contract offers to the free agent since that time, according to general manager Brian Cashman, who said his dialogue with the slugger’s camp

Here is the star-studded 2022 All-MLB Team

@paul_casellaMLB
December 5, 2022

While the All-Star Game honors the best players from the season’s first half and the end-of-season awards are distributed to the top players in each league, only the All-MLB Team takes into consideration the totality of the entire season while also honoring the best players across the Major Leagues, as

Giants continuing talks with Judge

1:04 AM EST

SAN DIEGO -- The first day of the Winter Meetings concluded without much action from the Giants, but they remain strongly in the mix for the biggest prize on the board. President of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi said the Giants are continuing to have conversations with reigning American League MVP

Bloom on Bogaerts talks: 'We’re going to stay engaged'

December 5, 2022

SAN DIEGO -- As the media walked into a suite occupied by Red Sox chief baseball officer Chaim Bloom and general manager Brian O’Halloran at the Winter Meetings on Monday, the executives staged a bit of a prank. There were three unopened bottles of wine on the conference table and

Could one club sign multiple star shortstops?

LATEST FREE AGENT & TRADE RUMORS
December 5, 2022

We're keeping track of all the latest free agent and trade rumors.

MLB Draft Lottery set for 8:30 ET tonight (MLB Network)

1:04 AM EST

Followers of the NBA or NHL are familiar with the concept of the Draft lottery that is about to debut in MLB. But baseball’s lottery includes anti-tanking measures that go beyond anything we’ve seen in the other major professional sports. MLB’s inaugural Draft lottery will be held at 8:30 p.m.

Rule 5 prospects to keep an eye on

December 5, 2022

SAN DIEGO -- After a one-year hiatus, the Rule 5 Draft is back. And Wednesday afternoon (5 p.m. ET/2 PT) will mark the first time since 2019 that the baseball world will be coming together for the event in person. Figuring out who might get taken in the Major League

Cards-Cubs battle brewing for star shortstop?

December 5, 2022

Dansby Swanson is a free agent for the first time in his career, and MLB.com is tracking the latest rumors surrounding the shortstop. Read all about Swanson here.

After nixed Deadline deal, Astros plan to meet with Contreras

December 5, 2022

SAN DIEGO -- Astros manager Dusty Baker said during his media availability Monday afternoon at the Winter Meetings that the club plans to meet with free-agent catcher Willson Contreras after a deal to obtain the former Cubs backstop was nixed in July. Contreras, 30, slashed .243/.349/.815 with 22 homers and

A surprise team has emerged as a serious Bogaerts suitor

December 5, 2022

Xander Bogaerts has opted out of his contract with the Red Sox to become a free agent, and MLB.com is keeping track of the latest rumors surrounding the shortstop.

Mets remain in hunt for top starter despite JV deal

December 5, 2022

MLB.com is keeping track of all the latest trade and free-agent rumors involving the Mets right here.

Musgrove brings 'heat' to the coldest place on Earth

Padres ace throws fastball on Antarctica to raise funds for Challenged Athletes Foundation
December 5, 2022

How did you celebrate your 30th birthday? Probably not like Joe Musgrove did. The Padres right-hander turned 30 on Sunday in Antarctica during a trip that began as a fun idea during an off-day fishing trip but morphed into much more than that. Musgrove is now poised to become a

A's 'having conversations' about Murphy, others

@MartinJGallegos
December 5, 2022

SAN DIEGO -- Sean Murphy was still a member of the A’s at the start of the Winter Meetings. But as the three-day event progresses, there’s a growing feeling that the prized young catcher could soon be on the move. On the eve of the Winter Meetings, MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand

Red Sox have been in touch with Judge

December 5, 2022

Aaron Judge is a free agent for the first time in his career, and MLB.com is tracking the latest rumors surrounding the 30-year-old slugger. Read all about Judge here.

'Euphoria': deGrom signing elevates Rangers' expectations

Club's determined pursuit of ace led to quick deal
@kennlandry
12:01 AM EST

SAN DIEGO -- The week after Thanksgiving, Rangers manager Bruce Bochy was feeling a little under the weather. By the following Thursday, GM Chris Young knew exactly what would make him feel better. “I got you some medicine. I got you a pitcher,” Young said he told Bochy on the

Correa reunion in play for Twins at Meetings

Minnesota talking with free-agent shortstop, while also seeking catching help
@dohyoungpark
December 5, 2022

As the baseball world has descended upon San Diego to begin the sport’s annual Winter Meetings, huge deals for Jacob deGrom, Justin Verlander and Trea Turner highlighted the start of the anticipated run on the top talent on the free-agent market, centered around the high-end starting pitchers and shortstops. Until

Balkovec represents what's possible for women in baseball

Yankees Minor League manager participates in '22 Take The Field event
@nanavedia
12:22 AM EST

Representation can go a long way. There were few women in baseball when Rachel Balkovec began making her way through the ranks in 2012, and they were some of the figures who helped lead her to where she is today as a Minor League manager in the Yankees' organization --

Robust market building for this free-agent arm

December 5, 2022

Kodai Senga, one of the best pitchers in Nippon Professional Baseball, is exploring MLB free agency, and MLB.com is tracking the latest rumors surrounding the right-hander.

Where will Dodgers turn with JV off market?

December 5, 2022

MLB.com is keeping track of all the latest free-agent and trade rumors involving the Dodgers right here.