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

The Thanksgiving holiday is just around the corner, but that doesn’t mean hot stove activity will slowly die down. Numerous purchases and transactions have been completed over the years over the long holiday weekend, and this off-season the numbers will be no different. Here are the rumors of Wednesday’s hot stove as you wait for Turkey Day.

Judge meets Giants

Aaron Judge, the #1 free agent availablemet with Giants representatives in San Francisco on Tuesday, including members of ownership, reports MLB Network’s Jon Morosi. Morosi expects a formal offer to be made later this week and for Judge to sign at the conclusion of the Winter Meetings in two weeks. To date, Judge has only met the Giants and of course the Yankees.

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

Let it be known that the Giants will open the 2023 regular season in New York against the Yankees. Chances are Judge will be at Yankee Stadium on Opening Day next season. What uniform will he wear? We’ll find out soon enough.

Yankees looking for bullpen help

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In addition to trying to keep Judge, the Yankees are also seeking bullpen help, GM Brian Cashman told “I’m looking to improve our bullpen but yes I believe we have a closer. That doesn’t mean we can’t play someone who is a quote-unquote closer because in the end the more the merrier. You want there as many guys with high leverage that you can collect as best you can,” said Cashman.

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 the lights were out, although he was used with caution. This is New York’s bullpen right now:

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

Rangers a serious suitor for Rodón

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The Rangers are a key player for free agent lefty Carlos Rodón, reports Texas has already added Jake Odorizzi and retained Martín Pérez this off-season, though they are also expected to pursue a top of the rotation starter, and Rodón is one of the best available. Our RJ Anderson ranked the southpaw the No. 8 available free agent this offseason.

At this point, Odorizzi and Pérez are placed in 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. It is clear that there is room for improvement there. The Rangers want to draw a front line starter to help them compete and also to push the kids a stake on the depth map.

Red Sox sign Rodriguez

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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 on 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 left-hander has been slightly more effective against right-handers (.625 OPS) than left-handers (.645 OPS) this season. Rodríguez and Josh Taylor, who didn’t pitch in the major leagues in 2022 due to an injury, will be manager Alex Cora’s two lefty relievers next season.

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