MLB Rumors: Aaron Judge Meets With Giants, Could Get Offer Soon;  Red Sox sign lefty reliever

MLB Rumors: Aaron Judge Meets With Giants, Could Get Offer Soon; Red Sox sign lefty reliever

MLB Rumors: Aaron Judge Meets With Giants, Could Get Offer Soon;  Red Sox sign lefty reliever

The Thanksgiving holiday is upon us, but that doesn’t mean activity on hot stoves will slow down. Many signings and trades have been completed during the long holiday weekend over the years, and this offseason’s numbers are no different. Here are Wednesday’s hot stove rumors as you wait for Turkey Day.

Judge meets the Giants

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Aaron Judge, No. 1 free agent availablemet with Giants representatives in San Francisco on Tuesday, including owners, reports Jon Morosi of MLB Network. Morosi expects a formal offer could come later this week, and that the judge could sign off by the end of the winter meetings in two weeks. To date, Judge has only faced the Giants and, of course, the Yankees.

For what it’s worth, Giants outfielder Joc Pederson is doing his bit to recruit the reigning AL MVP:

Be it known that the Giants will open the 2023 regular season in New York against the Yankees. Pretty good chance the umpire will be at Yankee Stadium on Opening Day next season. What uniform will he wear? We will soon find out.

Yankees looking for bullpen help

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In addition to trying to keep Judge, the Yankees are also looking for bullpen help, GM Brian Cashman told NJ.com. “I’m looking to improve our bullpen, but yeah, I think we have a closer. That doesn’t mean we can’t play somebody who’s a quote-unquote closer because at the end of the day, the more the merrier. You want so a lot of high-powered people that you can gather as you can,” Cashman said.

The closer Cashman is referring to is All-Star Clay Holmes, who struggled in August and September and missed the end of the regular season with a shoulder injury. He returned in October and was extinguished, although he was used gently. This is New York’s bullpen at the moment:

King could be ready in time for spring training, and if he is, that would likely push Abreu off the roster or Schmidt to Triple-A. The Yankees have a stable, high-leverage group — Holmes, Loáisiga and Peralta were all good in October — but there’s no such thing as too many quality relievers. With King’s status uncertain and Effross missing 2023, it makes sense to look for more bullpen help.

The Rangers are a serious suitor for Rodón

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The Rangers are a big player for free agent lefty Carlos Rodón, reports MLB.com. Texas already added Jake Odorizzi and retained Martín Pérez this offseason, though they are expected to pursue top of the rotation starters as well, and Rodón is one of the best available. Our RJ Anderson ranked the southpaw as the No. 8 available free agent this offseason.

Currently, Odorizzi and Pérez are pulled into the rotation along with Jon Gray and likely Dane Dunning. Internal candidates for the No. 5 spot include Glenn Otto, Cole Ragans and perhaps Spencer Howard. There is obviously room for improvement there. The Rangers are looking to sign a first line starter to help them contend and also push the Cubs down a peg on the depth chart.

Red Sox sign Rodríguez

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The Red Sox have signed lefty reliever Joely Rodríguez to a one-year contract with a club option, the team announced Wednesday. He will make $1.5 million in 2023 with a $500,000 buyout of a $4.25 million option, according to The Athletic. The 31-year-old southpaw was slightly more effective against righties (.625 OPS) than lefties (.645 OPS) this season. Rodríguez and Josh Taylor, who did not pitch in the big leagues due to injury in 2022, appear to be manager Alex Cora’s two lefty relievers next season.

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