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MLB rumors: Mets meet with Carlos Rodón; Phillies poised to land shortstop; Rays check in on Jacob deGrom
The annual MLB Winter Meetings are less than a week away. The offseason has been pretty slow to date, but the Winter Meetings are typically the four busiest days of the offseason, and this year will be no different. Until then, here are Wednesday's hot stove rumors. Mets meet with...
Castro signed a one-year, $3.5 million contract with the Diamondbacks on Friday, Jon Heyman of the New York Post reports. Castro will head to Arizona after spending the 2022 campaign with the Yankees, producing a 4.03 ERA and 1.45 WHIP with 31 strikeouts over 29 innings in 34 appearances out of the bullpen. The 27-year-old will likely operate in a middle-relief role for Arizona and based on his performance, the Diamondbacks have an option to retain his rights for an additional season past 2023.
The Mariners are sending a former All-Star to Milwaukee. The Post’s Jon Heyman confirmed the Brewers are nearing a trade that would send Kolten Wong and cash to the Mariners for Jesse Winker and Abraham Toro. Winker, a 29-year-old leftfielder, made the All-Star Game in 2021, batting .305 with 24 home runs and a .949 OPS with the Reds. However, his production declined last season after joining the Mariners, batting .219 with 14 homers and a .688 OPS. Toro, who turns 26 later this month, is a utility infielder who batted .185 with 10 home runs and a .563 OPS last...
Eflin signed a three-year, $40 million contract with the Rays on Thursday, Jeff Passan of ESPN.com reports. Eflin declined a $15 million mutual option with the Phillies for the 2023 season to head to free agency. He's now rewarded with a long-term deal in Tampa Bay and will presumably be a significant part of their rotation plans for the length of the contract. Eflin has been limited by injuries the last two seasons, combining to maintain a 4.12 ERA with a 164:31 K:BB across 181.1 innings.
MLB rumors: Justin Verlander wants three years, Astros don't; Dodgers may shift infield to fit star shortstop
We're now into December, and the Winter Meetings are just around the bend. In terms of free agents and trade candidates, all the major names remain on the board, but that could change in the coming days. Given that assumed momentum, it's time to check in on the daily supply of MLB rumors. Let's do that now.
Slayton didn't practice Thursday due to an illness, Dan Salomone of the Giants' official site reports. Slayton is making a surprise midweek appearance on the Giants' injury report, making him the second member of the team (running back Gary Brightwell) to come down with an illness this week. While Slayton still has a bit of time to improve ahead of Sunday's game against the Commanders, there's a decent chance he's listed as questionable following Thursday's absence. Friday's report may reveal as much.