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LATEST FREE AGENT & & TRADE RUMORS

December 28th, 2023

We’re monitoring all the most recent complimentary representative and trade reports.

Dec. 28: Yankees, Rangers, Dodgers amongst groups thinking about Josh Hader

Part of the factor that Hader hasn’t signed yet is because of his desire to get an agreement “north” of the five-year, $102 million agreement that Edwin Díaz signed with the Mets last offseason, per a brand-new report from The Athletic’s Jim Bowden.

Bowden, who was speaking on CBS Sports HQ, stated that while no club has actually “gone to the ballpark” of a nine-figure agreement, the Rangers, Dodgers and Yankees are all in play for Hader. That stated, Bowden states that all 3 groups would choose to get a beginning pitcher before a reducer.

In addition, Bowden stated that the Yankees are “hoping” to reacquire Jordan Montgomery in complimentary company, however would have no issue rotating to Hader if Montgomery indications in other places.

Dec. 28: Checking in on the pitching market

While the Mets lost out No. 1 target, Yoshinobu Yamamoto, it’s still uncertain if they’re going to pursue Jordan Montgomery and Blake Snell, per reporting from MLB.com’s Anthony DiComo and MLB Network Insider Jon Heyman.

All that being stated, there’s still some buzz that the group might wind up making a huge relocation at some time, with Heyman composing in The New York Post that it’s worth questioning if owner Steve Cohen would put out a partially competitive group in what’s Pete Alonso’s walk year. Heyman likewise included that the Mets made a “huge effort” to sign Yamamoto, however that the Japanese pitcher might have liked the West Coast. In addition, the Phillies made a “genuine effort” at signing Yamamoto, and are still in play for Snell and Montgomery.

Per Heyman, the Angels, Giants, Phillies, Red Sox and Yankees are amongst the groups in on Montgomery, while the Mets, Angels and D-backs have an interest in J.D. Martinez. Justin Turner has actually likewise drawn some interest from the Mets.

Dec. 27: Giants ‘big-game searching,’ in on Snell, Bellinger, Chapman

After losing out on Shohei Ohtani and Yoshinobu Yamamoto, both of whom landed with the competing Dodgers, the Giants are still “big-game searching” on the free-agent market as they seek to include more star power to their lineup, according to MLB Network expert Jon Heyman.

Per Heyman, the Giants are in on a number of the leading complimentary representatives left on the board, consisting of starter Blake Snell, 3rd baseman Matt Chapman and outfielder Cody Bellinger.

While San Francisco’s greatest addition to this point has actually been center fielder Jung Hoo Lee out of Korea, Heyman gets the sense the group is still favoring updating on the offending side of the ball and thinks about Chapman the most likely of the 3 to land with the Giants.

The San Francisco Chronicle’s Susan Slusser likewise connected the Giants to those 3 gamers in a look on MLB Network on Tuesday while pointing out a reunion with pitcher Sean Manaea as another possibility.

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