MLB Rumors: Rays, Wander Franco to Lock Out Extension; Eight teams after Steven Matz, including the Mets

The pre-Thanksgiving free agent rush has arrived. Aaron Loup signed with the Angels and Anthony DeSclafani returned with the Giants on Monday. Alex Wood could soon follow DeSclafani to San Francisco, and more signings are inevitable before Thursday. Now here are the hot stove rumors from Tuesday.

Are you unlikely to sign a qualified free agent?


The Mets are unlikely to sign a qualified free agent due to the draft pick compensation, reports Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal. They would have to give up their second draft pick every time they sign a qualifying free agent, and because they were given a compensation pick (No.11 overall) for not signing Kumar Rocker’s first round this year, they would lose their own first round. (No. 14 overall) to sign a qualified free agent rather than their second round. Here is the draft decree 2022.

There are 10 unsigned qualified free agents: Nick Castellanos, Michael Conforto, Carlos Correa, Freddie Freeman, Raisel Iglesias, Robbie Ray, Corey Seager, Marcus Semien, Trevor Story and Chris Taylor. New York wouldn’t win or lose a pick for Conforto’s re-signing, so the draft pick compensation only applies to the other nine players. Keep in mind that the Mets already added an additional draft pick when Noah Syndergaard signed with the Angels, and they could earn another if Conforto leaves. Despite this, abandoning choice # 14 is seen as a compromise.

Reds don’t want to move Castillo and Mahle


Although Sonny Gray is heavily involved in the trade bloc, the Reds have told other teams that right-hander Luis Castillo and Tyler Mahle are banned, ESPN’s Buster Olney reports. Cincinnati dumped Tucker Barnhart and Wade Miley under wage compensation measures earlier this winter, and other cuts are expected. That said, Castillo and Mahle are great, affordable, and in control for the long haul. They have significant business value, which also means they offer significant value to the Reds on the pitch.

Castillo is one of the best pitchers in the game and Gray is a solid veteran with a reasonable contract. Mahle would, however, be a great sneaky business target for suitors and rebuilders. Similar to Joe Musgrove last year, Mahle, 27, has shown the tools to be more effective than he has been in his career to date, including excellent turnover and strikeout rates, as well as the ability to remove hard contacts. Keeping him (and Castillo) and building around him to move forward is a smart move for Cincinnati.

Eight teams on Matz


Free agent southpaw Steven Matz is set to make a decision before Thanksgiving, report it New York Postby Joel Sherman. MLB Network’s Jon Heyman said eight teams are on the left-hander: Angels, Blue Jays, Cardinals, Cubs, Giants, Mets, Red Sox and Tigers. The Mets are part of the teams to make an offer to Matz,’s Anthony DiComo reports.

Matz, 30, started his career with the Mets and had a great 2021 season with the Blue Jays, pitching 150 2/3 innings with a 3.82 ERA. He’s averaged 30 starts with an average ERA in the league over the last three seasons of 162 games. A three-year contract between 30 and 40 million dollars, similar to DeSclafani’s new contract with the Giants, could be in the cards. Our RJ Anderson ranked Matz 30th among available free agents this offseason.

O’s swinging means


Orioles swing left-hander John Means in trade talks, ESPN’s Buster Olney reports. It’s worth noting that every team is evaluating the market for all of their players at this time of year, and listening on Means doesn’t necessarily mean Baltimore intends to move it. He is under team control until 2024 and is expected to earn around $ 3 million per arbitration in 2022.

Means, 28, has been the O’s best starter over the past three seasons and he hasn’t been particularly close either. He missed more than a month with a shoulder injury last season, despite finishing with a 3.62 ERA in 146 2/3 innings in a four-team 90-win division. . Means has significant business value as an above-average starter with three years in the business. That said, he is the rare Orioles player who could be part of their next squad in contention. Keeping it would be justified.

Rays about to lock up Franco


The Rays and prodigy Wander Franco are set to extend their record-breaking contract. The deal will cover 11 years and be worth $ 182 million guaranteed, and will also include a grade 12 club option with escalators that could bring the total value to $ 225 million. Once finalized, the contract will shatter the record for a player with less than a year of service, currently held by Ronald Acuña Jr. (eight years and $ 100 million).

White Sox set to close Graveman deal


The White Sox are on the verge of a three-year deal with installation man Kendall Graveman. The deal will be in the order of $ 24 million. Chicago are set to trade Craig Kimbrel in the coming weeks and Graveman will replace him as the team’s best right-hander setup option. The White Sox will also have Aaron Bummer and potentially Garrett Hook (if he’s not moved in the rotation) as candidates at the end of the inning ahead of closest Liam Hendriks. Our RJ Anderson ranked Graveman 50th among free agents available this offseason. He was one of five full-time relievers to make the top 50.

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