MLB Rumors: Mets Eye Trea Turner; The Yankees extend qualifying offer to Anthony Rizzo

The Major League Baseball offseason is here, and with it comes a delightful daily swathe of rumors, news, and notes. Below are the most notable ones that will emerge on Tuesday.

Mets Discuss Turner

The Mets have a busy winter ahead of them, and that could include a run on free-agent infielder Trea Turner. According to SNY’s Andy Martino, the Mets have been discussing turners internally for a “long time,” though they may need to find a taker for catcher James McCann to fit him in their budget.

Turner is considered one of the most sought-after free agents in the class. CBS Sports ranked him as the fourth best player available that winter. write the following:

Turner has been the second-best shortstop in the majors for the past three seasons and has a higher OPS+ than everyone except Fernando Tatis Jr., whose production has had half as many plate appearances due to injuries and suspensions. He’s a dynamic offensive player, an elite runner with above-average raw power, capable of a 20-20 performance every season. Turner has an aggressive approach to the plate that can easily expand his zone, but it hasn’t worked against him yet, and besides, missed balls are an opportunity for him to play an infield single. The more concerning issue with Turner’s game is his defense. He committed 16 errors last season, easily the most of the top free agent shortstops. (Correa, Xander Bogaerts and Dansby Swanson combined for 26.) Errors are an imperfect measure, although it’s reasonable to assume he might have to slide to the other side of the bag in the future (a position he’s already familiar with since he played). there out of respect for Corey Seager). Regardless, Turner has been a prolific hitter throughout his career and there’s no reason to expect that to change any time soon.

The Mets also have to deal with either signing or replacing ace Jacob deGrom and midfielder Brandon Nimmo, among other things. They took care of a business over the weekend, Re-signing closer Edwin Díaz.

Yankees extend qualifying offer to Rizzo

This shouldn’t come as a surprise, however, to Jon Heyman of the New York Post reports that the Yankees will make a qualifying offer to first baseman Anthony Rizzo. The qualifying offer, a one-year contract, is valued at $19.65 million this winter.

Rizzo, who re-signed with the Yankees last winter, recently turned down his player option for next season due to a good 2022. CBS Sports ranked him the 12th best free agent available that winter, writing the following:

We wrote last winter that Rizzo’s strong ball-tracking data suggests he may still have a big year ahead of him. A full season later, we can write with the greatest certainty that he did. Rizzo will now seek to monetize his standout campaign after declining his $16 million player option. He’s a 33-year-old first baseman with back problems, so there’s probably a limit to how far teams are willing to go in terms of time and money. Still, is there any doubt that a team will give him a multi-year engagement in hopes he can produce at least one sequel? We don’t think.

Assuming Rizzo declined the qualifying offer, the Yankees would receive draft pick compensation if he signed with another club.

Marlins shop Lopez

Marlin’s right-hander Pablo López is arguably the biggest name in the trading market right now. back to Heyman.

López, 26, is under team control throughout the 2024 season. He has an ERA+ of 106 and a strikeout-to-walk ratio of 3.44 in more than 500 big league innings. Our very own Mike Axisa named him one of the top off-season trade contenderswrite the following:

Among the non-Alcantara/Pérez starters, López is the biggest contender as he is just two years away from a free hand. The Marlins and the Yankees were reportedly in talks with the transfer specialist as of deadline, and those talks could resume this offseason. If not New York, then somewhere else. López has consistently outperformed in recent years and Miami will have no trouble finding trade partners. There’s a chance he’s the best starting pitcher to trade this winter.

The Marlins ranked near the bottom of the majors in runs and home runs scored, suggesting they will want some offensive help in return.


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