The collective bargaining agreement between the owner of Major League Baseball and the players is set to expire on Wednesday night. It is assumed that a deal will not be reached in the coming days, meaning talks on trade and free agency will be completely closed and a lockdown will be in place later this week. In the meantime, it looks like we’re gearing up for a flurry of moves, as there may be some players who don’t want to go weeks (months?) without knowing where they’ll be playing in 2022.
- Byron Buxton has agreed to a seven-year, $100 million extension with Twins that includes lots of incentives (Full story here).
- Marcus Semien has agreed to a $175 million deal with Rangers (Full story here; more will come below).
- Marlins and Avisaíl García have agreed to a four-year, $53 million contract (Full story here).
As for the rest, let’s dive into the gossip of the day.
Is Scherzer about to make a decision?
Max Scherzer is heading into his 37th season, but he’s also nearing the end of a season where he finished third in the Cy Young vote. Three-time winner Cy Young and future Hall of Famer remains an ace. Thus, there is no shortage of suitors despite what could be a multi-year deal with a really high average annual value.
Gausman to follow?
Right side freelance agent Kevin Gausman also expected to sign before the CBA expires, reporting Jon Morosi of the MLB . Network. The 30-year-old is having the best season of his career. He posted 5.2 WARs, earning his first All-Star pick while placing sixth in the NL Cy Young vote and 21st in the NL MVP vote.
Rangers fail with big moves and extra OF
Seven years and $175 million for Semien could mean nothing more than a big season for Rangers. They lost 102 games last year, there was little hope of internal improvement and wages were extremely low for a team in a large market with the ability to spend as much as most. Semien is also 31 years old, so for sure the Rangers plan is to spend a lot this season.
Right on the signal, Jeff Passan of ESPN reporting that the Rangers are not only still participating in the All-Star shortstop Trevor Story, but they are also after starting to pitch. If they land Story, Rangers will have the option of leaving Semien at second base, where he played his final game in Toronto, or moving him down the field and asking Story to play second (his arm is already there). signs of weakness in recent years).
Additionally, they made what qualifies as a small move after the signing of Semien broke down. Rangers have agreed to sign free agent Kole Calhoun, by Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic.
Calhoun, 34, is a left-hander who hit 33 goals in 2019. Last season in Arizona, he hit 0.235 / .297 / .373 (81 OPS+) with eight doubles and five own goals. home in 182 appearances. He was dealing with knee and hamstring injuries that both required surgery. In 2020, Calhoun has 130 OPS+ and 16 home players in 54 games.
Mariners show interest in Bryant
The Mariners are one of the teams that have shown interest in signing a third free agent/utility man. Kris Bryant, Report Robert Murray of Fansided. However, in contrast to Scherzer and Gausman above, Bryant is not expected to sign before the expiration of his CBA contract, Murray reports. Given that Bryant’s agent is Scott Boras, who loves to woo the free agent in search of the best possible offer, this shouldn’t be too surprising.
The Mariners and Bryant fit very well. He can handle third place on a daily basis, but he can also play any of the three outfield positions, if needed. They added Adam Frazier, capable of taking over the second facility and We’ve shown before that they need at least one midfielder plus another big bat.
Red, Angel of Talk Castillo
The Red Devil and the Angel discussed a possible trade with Luis Castillo towards LA, Morosi . report, although he also notes that the parties are “far apart.” This aligns with the message from Cincy this season that it will take a huge package to pry right-handed Castillo away.
The bigger lesson here is that the Angels have signed Noah Syndergaard and are actively promoting a frontline starter whether through trade or their involvement in the above rumors of Gausman and Scherzer.
Blue Jays add reliever
The Blue Jays have agreed to sign Yimi García’s agent free of charge to a two-year, $11 million deal that also includes a club option for a third year, Sportsnet’s Shi Davidi report.
García, 31, has made 39 appearances with Marlins last season before being traded with Astros and there are 23 appearances for them. In his 57 2/3 innings, he throws to 4.21 ERA and 1.16 WHIP with 60 hits versus 13 unintentional walks. He’s the mid-depth relief for the Jays.
Altherr looking to return to MLB
Midfielder Aaron Altherr is a free agent after two years at the Korea Baseball Organization and wants to return to the Junior Baseball League – and a move to Japan’s Nippon Professional Baseball is also possible – MLB . Trade Rumors report.
Altherr, 30, spent six seasons with Phillies before playing a single game with the Giants and 26 with the Mets in 2019. In his 1,156 MLB appeared plate, he reached .219 / .307 / .401 (88 OPS +). He’s shown good rallies, most notably in 2015 and 2017 – after that, he hit .272/.340/.516 with 19 hosts in 372 bats.
During Altherr’s two years in Korea, he scored .276 / .354 / .529. He’s had more than 30 home hits and more than 20 steals each season. We’ve seen MLB players coming to KBO and back improving before, with Eric Thames‘ Brewer remains the most prominent recent example.
https://www.cbssports.com/mlb/news/mlb-rumors-max-scherzer-kevin-gausman-expected-to-sign-soon-rangers-not-done-after-marcus-semien-deal/ MLB rumours: Max Scherzer, Kevin Gausman expected to sign soon; Rangers did not perform after the Marcus Semien deal