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Reports: Mets retain Brandon Nimmo, add David Robertson

Reports: Mets retain Brandon Nimmo, add David Robertson

Nimmo reportedly agreed to an eight-year, $162 million contract, and Robertson, most recently with the Philadelphia Phillies, reportedly will get a one-year, $10 million deal.

The Mets previously added starting pitchers Justin Verlander and Jose Quintana and re-signed closer Edwin Diaz this winter. On the down side, they lost free agent starter Jacob deGrom to the Texas Rangers.

Nimmo, 29, will receive a contract with the second-highest value in franchise history, trailing just the 10-year, $341 million pact that Francisco Lindor signed in April, according to ESPN.

Nimmo hit .274 with a .367 on-base percentage, a .433 slugging percentage, 16 homers and 64 RBIs in 151 games this year. He tied for the National League lead with seven triples.

In seven major league seasons, all with the Mets, Nimmo has a .269/.385/.441 batting line with 63 home runs and 213 RBIs in 608 games.

Robertson, 37, split last season between the Chicago Cubs and the Phillies, finishing a combined 4-3 with 20 saves and a 2.40 ERA in 58 relief appearances. He has pitched for the New York Yankees (2008-14 and 2017-18), Chicago White Sox (2015-17), Philadelphia (2019 and 2022), the Tampa Bay Rays (2021) and the Cubs (2022).

In 731 career appearances, all but one of them in relief, Robertson is 57-36 with 157 saves and a 2.89 ERA. He was a key member of the Yankees' 2009 World Series championship team, and he made four scoreless appearances for the Phillies in the 2022 World Series that they lost to the Houston Astros.

Dodgers, OF Jason Heyward agree to minor-league deal

Dodgers, OF Jason Heyward agree to minor-league deal

Outfielder Jason Heyward signed a minor-league deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers on Thursday.

Heyward is returning from knee surgery and didn't play the final three months of the regular season before the Chicago Cubs released him in November.

Heyward is owed $22 million for the 2023 season as part of an eight-year, $184 million contract. The Cubs won the World Series in his first season with the team in 2016.

Heyward, 33, hit .245 with 62 home runs in seven seasons with the Cubs while winning two Gold Gloves.

Heyward last played in June and finished the 2022 season with a .204 batting average, one home run and 10 RBIs in 48 games.

If the Dodgers sign Heyward to the regular-season roster next spring, the Cubs can recoup up to $740,000 of his owed 2023 season salary.

Favorites emerge for Carlos Correa, Dansby Swanson

Favorites emerge for Carlos Correa, Dansby Swanson

And then there were two.

As the MLB Winter Meetings wrapped, half of the quartet of prized free-agent shortstops had found new homes. The Philadelphia Phillies finalized an 11-year, $300 million contract with Trea Turner while the San Diego Padres reportedly landed Xander Bogaerts for 11 years and $280 million.

Along with Aaron Judge returning to the New York Yankees for nine years and $360 million, the market for Carlos Correa and Dansby Swanson has crystallized further.

After missing out on Judge, the San Francisco Giants are expected to make a strong run at the 28-year-old Correa, who opted out of his contract with the Minnesota Twins to hit free agency. The Giants and Twins are co-favorites to land Correa at +100 by

The Chicago Cubs are expected to be aggressive in pursuing both Correa and Swanson, while the Boston Red Sox are on the hunt to replace Bogaerts.

Carlos Correa Next Team Odds

Giants +100

Twins, +100

Cubs, +650

Red Sox, +650

Swanson's next potential destination included more than twice as many teams at the sportsbook, with the Cubs the strong favorite at -150. Swanson, also 28, hit .277 with 25 home runs for the Atlanta Braves last season.

Chicago has already added former Dodgers outfielder Cody Bellinger and starting pitcher Jameson Taillon this offseason.

The Twins are next at +600 to sign Swanson should they fail to lure Correa back, while the Dodgers are being offered at +700 as they seek to fill the void created by Turner's departure.

The Dodgers are not expected to make a strong run at Correa due to the negative fan reaction that it would cause due to his involvement in the sign-stealing scandal during the Houston Astros' run to a 2017 World Series title over Los Angeles.

Dansby Swanson Next Team Odds

Cubs -150

Twins +600

Dodgers +700

Yankees +900

Cardinals +1000

Giants +1000

Mariners +1000

Red Sox +1000

Orioles +1200

Reports: Padres, Xander Bogaerts agree to 11-year, $280M deal

Reports: Padres, Xander Bogaerts agree to 11-year, $280M deal

Free agent shortstop Xander Bogaerts agreed to an 11-year, $280 million deal with the San Diego Padres, multiple media outlets reported Wednesday night.

San Diego already possessed a star-studded left side of the infield with third baseman Manny Machado, a former All-Star shortstop, and shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr., who missed the entire 2022 season due to a wrist injury and then an 80-game suspension after testing positive for steroids.

One of Machado, Bogaerts or Tatis figures to move to another position or serve as the team's designated hitter.

Bogaerts, 30, is a four-time All-Star, five time Silver Slugger winner and a two-time World Series champion with the Boston Red Sox. He has spent all 10 of his major league seasons in Boston, and he garnered votes in American League MVP balloting in each of the past five seasons.

This year, Bogaerts batted .307 with a .377 on-base percentage, a .456 slugging percentage, 15 homers and 73 RBIs in 150 games.

In 1,264 career games, Bogaerts has a .292/.356/.458 batting line with 156 home runs and 683 RBIs.

Bogaerts opted out of a $20 million option year for 2023 with Boston to hit the free agent market this winter. The decision paid off when he landed a deal worth a reported $25.45 million annually for more than decade.

The Padres' incumbent shortstop was Ha-Seong Kim, who hit .251/.325/.383 with 11 homers and 59 RBIs in 150 games this year.

Report: Red Sox agree to deal with OF Masataka Yoshida

Report: Red Sox agree to deal with OF Masataka Yoshida

The Boston Red Sox have agreed to a five-year, $90 million deal with outfielder Masataka Yoshida, ESPN reported Wednesday night.

Yoshida, 29, spent last season with the Orix Buffaloes of Nippon Professional Baseball in Japan. He led Orix to a Japan Series championship this past season, hitting .335 with 21 home runs and 88 RBIs. Yoshida struck out 41 times in 508 plate appearances.

Boston will also pay the Buffaloes a $15.4 million posting fee in addition to the $90 million owed to Yoshida. The posting system allows players that are signed with foreign teams to sign with Major League Baseball clubs, but said clubs have to pay a fee to the foreign team based on a percentage of a player's guaranteed salary.

Wednesday marked the first day that Yoshida was eligible to sign with a major league team after being posted.

Over the course of his seven-year career, Yoshida hit .326 with 135 home runs and 474 RBIs while also recording a .419 on-base percentage and .538 slugging percentage.

Yoshida joins an outfield that features Alex Verdugo, Enrique Hernandez, Christian Arroyo and Rob Refsnyder. J.D. Martinez, who spent the last five seasons with the Red Sox, is a free agent.

Reports: Mets acquire LHP Brooks Raley from Rays

Reports: Mets acquire LHP Brooks Raley from Rays

The New York Mets acquired left-hander Brooks Raley from the Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday in exchange for a minor league pitcher, multiple outlets reported.

Raley, 34, went 1-2 with six saves and a 2.68 ERA in 60 relief appearances in a career-best season in 2022, his only year with the Rays. He signed a two-year, $10 million contract with Tampa in November 2021.

Raley owns a 4-8 record with nine saves and a 4.64 ERA in 153 career appearances (five starts) with the Chicago Cubs (2012-13), Cincinnati Reds (2020), Houston Astros (2020-21) and Rays. He also spent five years pitching for the Lotte Giants in the Korean Baseball Organization.

The Mets are sending LHP Keyshawn Askew, 22, to the Rays. A Round 10 pick in the 2021 draft out of Clemson, Askew went 5-0 with a 2.44 ERA in 18 games (eight starts) overall at Single A St. Lucie and High A Brooklyn this past season.

Report: A's agree to deal with Aledmys Diaz

Report: A's agree to deal with Aledmys Diaz

The Oakland A's and free-agent utility infielder Aledmys Diaz are in agreement on a two-year deal worth $14.5 million, the New York Post reported Wednesday.

The deal is pending a physical.

Diaz, 32, spent the last four seasons in Houston and is coming off a World Series title with the Astros this past season. Diaz went 0-for-8 in three World Series games, with four strikeouts.

Injuries limited Diaz to just 262 games with the Astros. He batted .255/.313/.424 with 32 homers and 107 runs over the four seasons.

He's a lifetime .266 hitter with 74 home runs and 269 RBIs in seven seasons with the St. Louis Cardinals (2016-17), Toronto Blue Jays (2018) and Astros. He made the All-Star team as a rookie with the Redbirds in 2016.

Diaz has played all over the infield as well as 53 games in the outfield in his career. He has the most appearances at shortstop (301) but has also played 104 games at third, 72 at second and 46 at first.

Reports: Cardinals 'closing in' on deal with C Willson Contreras

Reports: Cardinals 'closing in' on deal with C Willson Contreras

The St. Louis Cardinals are "closing in" on an agreement with free-agent catcher Willson Contreras, The Athletic reported Wednesday.

MLB Network reported the sides were working on a five-year contract.

Should the deal come to fruition, Contreras would succeed longtime catcher Yadier Molina behind the plate for the Cardinals. Molina retired after this past season.

Contreras, 30, declined the one-year qualifying offer of $19.65 million from the Chicago Cubs in October, making him a free agent.

He reached the All-Star Game for the third time last season while batting .243 with 22 homers and 55 RBIs.

Contreras also was a key player on the Cubs' World Series-winning club in 2016 as he hit .282 in his first major league season.

Contreras has topped 20 homers four times in his seven big league seasons. He has a .256 average with 117 homers and 365 RBIs in 734 career games.

Reports: Mets land LHP Jose Quintana

Reports: Mets land LHP Jose Quintana

Left-hander Jose Quintana agreed to a two-year, $26 million deal with the New York Mets on Wednesday, according to multiple reports.

Quintana, who turns 34 in January, boosted his value in free agency with a strong second half in 2022 with the St. Louis Cardinals. He was 6-7 with a 2.93 ERA in 32 starts, beginning the season with the Pittsburgh Pirates and joining the Cardinals at the trade deadline.

The Mets signed Justin Verlander, the American League Cy Young Award winner, to a two-year contract worth $86.6 million as they rebuild a rotation that lost Jacob deGrom (Rangers) and Tijuan Walker (Phillies) in free agency.

The Mets are reportedly in the lead pack of suitors for Japanese right-hander Kodai Senga, who met with general manager Billy Eppler before the winter meetings. Senga's fastball was clocked at 98-99 mph consistently in Japan, where the 29-year-old averaged 10 strikeouts per nine innings with a 1.94 ERA last season.

In 11 seasons, Quintana is 89-87 with a 3.75 ERA. The Mets would be his sixth team since 2020, having also pitched with the Chicago Cubs, Los Angeles Angels and San Francisco Giants.

deGrom agreed to a five-year, $185 million deal with Texas and Walker agreed to a reported four-year, $72 million deal with Philadelphia.

Starter Chris Bassitt remains a free agent and could return to the Mets, according to reports.

Report: Red Sox to sign reliever Kenley Jansen

Report: Red Sox to sign reliever Kenley Jansen

The Boston Red Sox are adding free-agent reliever Kenley Jansen to the team on a two-year, $32 million deal, ESPN reported Wednesday.

The longtime closer of the Los Angeles Dodgers, Jansen spent the 2022 season in that same role with the Atlanta Braves. He posted a 5-2 record with a 3.38 ERA and a National League-leading 41 saves in 64 innings pitched.

He signed a one-year, $16 million contract with the Braves as a free agent in the offseason but also considered the Red Sox then.

Jansen, 35, spent his first 12 seasons with the Dodgers, where he was a three-time All-Star and won the Trevor Hoffman National League Reliever of the Year Award twice (2016 and '17).

In his career, Jansen has a 42-28 record and a 2.46 ERA with 391 saves. His 573 games finished are most among active players.

In 769 innings pitched, the right-hander has struck out 1,107 batters.

He has appeared in 59 postseason games, compiling a 3-2 record with a 2.20 ERA and 20 saves.

Reports: Yankees, Aaron Judge agree to $360M deal

Reports: Yankees, Aaron Judge agree to $360M deal

Aaron Judge and the New York Yankees agreed to a $360 million deal following waves of speculation the free agent slugger was on his way to San Francisco.

According to multiple reports Wednesday, Judge and the Yankees are finalizing the framework of the contract that keeps the American League MVP from shedding his pinstripes and returning home to play for the Giants.

Judge, 30, would sign a nine-year deal after rolling the dice by turning down a massive offer last spring. Judge hit 62 home runs in 2022, establishing a new AL home run record.

Judge turned down what general manager Brian Cashman publicly revealed was a contract covering seven years at $213.5 million in March 2022.

Terms of an offer from the Giants matching financial figures to the reported final deal with the Yankees began to leak on Tuesday. Reporters herded at baseball's winter meetings helped fan flames that Judge was San Francisco-bound after a premature report signaled Judge was a goner.

A four-time All-Star, Judge has 220 career home runs and 497 RBIs in seven seasons. He led the American League with 131 RBIs in 2022.

Cashman and team executives said after the season that bringing Judge back was the "only" priority and making him team captain is a consideration.

"We would love to continue to call him our player every step of the way as he follows what looks like -- as long as nothing happens -- a career path that will lead him to Cooperstown," Cashman said Monday night. "I would like him to be in pinstripes every step of the way."

The Yankees previously set the bar with a pitching contract for free agent Gerrit Cole, who signed a nine-year deal worth $324 million in 2020, at the time the richest in baseball history. Cole's annual average salary is $36 million.

Reports: Cubs land Jameson Taillon for 4 years, $68M

Reports: Cubs land Jameson Taillon for 4 years, $68M

The Chicago Cubs, who had just one pitcher win more than seven games this year, beefed up their rotation on Tuesday by agreeing to a contract with free agent Jameson Taillon, according to multiple media reports.

The 31-year-old right-hander reportedly landed a four-year, $68 million pact.

Taillon went 14-5 with a 3.91 ERA in 32 starts for the New York Yankees in 2022. It was his second season in the Bronx after he pitched for the Pittsburgh Pirates from 2016-19. He underwent Tommy John surgery in August 2019, then missed the entire 2020 season before he was traded to the Yankees.

In 143 career games, all starts, Taillon has a 51-35 record with a 3.84 ERA, 710 strikeouts and 193 walks in 787 2/3 innings. He has three career complete games, two of them in 2018, the same year he threw his only shutout.

Taillon made his postseason debut this year with two appearances for the Yankees.

In Game 2 of the American League Division Series against the Cleveland Guardians, he entered in relief to open the 10th inning, allowed a double, an RBI single and an RBI double to the only three batters he faced, taking the loss.

He got a no-decision while starting the opener of the AL Championship Series against the Houston Astros, when he yielded one run on four hits and three walks in 4 1/3 innings.

Taillon joined a Cubs rotation that got a team-high 10 wins from Keegan Thompson in 2022. Chicago's other starters include Kyle Hendricks, Marcus Stroman and Justin Steele.

Earlier Tuesday, the Cubs reportedly agreed to a one-year, $17.5 million deal with free agent outfielder Cody Bellinger, a former National League MVP.

Reports: Phils, RHP Taijuan Walker agree to 4-year, $72M deal

Reports: Phils, RHP Taijuan Walker agree to 4-year, $72M deal

The Philadelphia Phillies continued their free agent spending spree on Tuesday, agreeing to a four-year, $72 million deal with right-hander Taijuan Walker, according to multiple media reports.

A day earlier, the Phillies reportedly landed shortstop Trea Turner with an 11-year, $300 million contract.

Walker, 30, spent the past two seasons with the New York Mets. He was an All-Star for the first time in 2021, though he finished 7-11 with a 4.47 ERA in 30 games (29 starts). This year, he went 12-5 with a 3.49 ERA in 29 starts.

A first-round draft pick of the Mariners in 2010, Walker played in Seattle from 2013-16. He spent 2017-19 with the Arizona Diamondbacks before splitting the 2020 season between the Mariners and the Toronto Blue Jays.

In 167 career games (163 starts), Walker has a 54-50 record with a 3.89 ERA, 806 strikeouts and 284 walks in 898 innings.

Walker joins a rotation topped by right-handers Zack Wheeler and Aaron Nola and left-hander Ranger Suarez. Right-hander Zach Eflin, a Philadelphia starter for much of the past seven years who pitched in relief during the 2022 playoffs, reportedly agreed to a three-year, $40 million free agent deal with the Tampa Bay Rays last week.

The Phillies reached the World Series this year before losing in six games to the Houston Astros.

The Mets have lost two starting pitchers in less than a week, as right-hander Jacob deGrom signed a five-year, $185 million free agent contract with the Texas Rangers on Friday.

Pirates win first-ever MLB draft lottery

Pirates win first-ever MLB draft lottery

The Pittsburgh Pirates emerged with the No. 1 overall pick for the 2023 draft as Major League Baseball held its first-ever draft lottery at the winter meetings in San Diego on Tuesday night.

As with other draft lotteries across professional sports, the teams with the worst records from last season had a better chance of securing a higher pick. However, the top six spots of MLB's draft lottery were determined by the lottery, unlike the NBA, which has four spots set by a lottery, or NHL, which has just two.

The Washington Nationals earned the second overall pick, while the Detroit Tigers claimed the No. 3 pick. The Texas Rangers and Minnesota Twins followed with the fourth and fifth picks, respectively.

Pittsburgh, Washington and the Oakland Athletics had the best odds to claim the top pick at 16.5 percent apiece. While the Pirates and Nationals wound up with picks in the top five, the A's ended up with the sixth overall selection.

The full results of the draft lottery:

1. Pittsburgh Pirates

2. Washington Nationals

3. Detroit Tigers

4. Texas Rangers

5. Minnesota Twins

6. Oakland A's

7. Cincinnati Reds

8. Kansas City Royals

9. Colorado Rockies

10. Miami Marlins

11. Los Angeles Angels

12. Arizona Diamondbacks

13. Chicago Cubs

14. Boston Red Sox

15. Chicago White Sox

16. San Francisco Giants

17. Baltimore Orioles

18. Milwaukee Brewers

Giants add OF Mitch Haniger on three-year deal

Giants add OF Mitch Haniger on three-year deal

The San Francisco Giants agreed to terms with outfielder Mitch Haniger on Tuesday, with multiple outlets reporting the deal is for three years and $43.5 million and includes an opt-out after the second year.

Haniger, 31, returns to his native Northern California after six major league seasons, the last five with the Seattle Mariners. An All-Star in 2018, Haniger batted .246 with a .736 OPS last season, with 11 home runs and 34 RBIs in 57 games while dealing with a high ankle sprain.

Haniger, a native of Mountain View, Calif. who attended Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, is a career .261 hitter with an .811 OPS, 112 home runs and 323 RBIs in 564 games.

Even with the outfield addition, reports indicate the Giants remain in the market to add free agent Aaron Judge, the American League MVP who hit 62 home runs for the New York Yankees last season.

Reports: Cubs land former MVP Cody Bellinger on 1-year deal

Reports: Cubs land former MVP Cody Bellinger on 1-year deal

Cody Bellinger turned his early foray through free agency into a one-year, $17.5 million contract with the Chicago Cubs, multiple outlets reported Tuesday.

Bellinger, the 2019 National League MVP, has been a shell of his former self in recent seasons, leading to a non-tender by the Los Angeles Dodgers this past offseason that made him a free agent. He was also NL Rookie of the Year in 2017.

The two-time All-Star batted .210 with a .654 OPS last season, although those numbers were better than what he posted in 2021: .165 and .542. He had 19 home runs and 68 RBIs in 144 games last season after hitting 10 home runs with 36 RBIs in 2021.

During his MVP season, Bellinger batted .305 with a 1.035 OPS and hit 47 home runs with 115 RBIs.

The downfall for the Arizona native appeared to come during Game 7 of the 2020 National League Championship Series. Bellinger hit a go-ahead home run against the Atlanta Braves in a victory that put Los Angeles into the World Series, but he partially dislocated his shoulder in a celebration with teammate Enrique Hernandez.

Bellinger had a surgical procedure to repair the shoulder that offseason, then came away with a leg injury early in the 2021 season that cost him nearly two months.

Over six seasons and 745 games with the Dodgers, Bellinger is a career .248 hitter with an .819 OPS, 152 home runs and 422 RBIs. He is considered a well-above defensive player in center field and at first base.

Bellinger has played in just nine games at Wrigley Field with a home run but has a .321 average and .429 on-base percentage there in 35 plate appearances.

Rockies trade RHP Chad Smith to A’s for minor leaguer

Rockies trade RHP Chad Smith to A’s for minor leaguer

The Oakland Athletics acquired right-hander Chad Smith from the Colorado Rockies on Tuesday in exchange for minor league pitcher Jeff Criswell.

Smith, 27, made his major league debut in May and went 0-1 with a 7.50 ERA in 15 relief appearances for the Rockies this past season.

Criswell, 23, went 4-10 with a 4.03 ERA in 24 games (21 starts) up and down Oakland's minor league organization in 2022. He began in High-A Lansing before getting promoted to Double-A Midland and Triple-A Las Vegas.

The A's selected him in the second round of the 2020 draft.

Reports: Pirates agree with hurlers Vince Velasquez, Jarlin Garcia

Reports: Pirates agree with hurlers Vince Velasquez, Jarlin Garcia

The Pittsburgh Pirates have reached one-year deals with free agent pitchers Vince Velasquez and Jarlin Garcia, multiple outlets reported Tuesday.

The deals are pending physicals.

Velasquez's deal is worth $3.15 million while Garcia's is for $2.5 million, per the reports. Garcia's deal has a club option for 2024 worth $3.25 million.

Garcia, 29, went 1-4 with a 3.74 ERA in 58 appearances with the San Francisco Giants last season. The left-hander is 17-15 lifetime with a 3.61 ERA in 285 games (seven starts) with Miami (2017-19) and the Giants.

Velasquez, 30, went 3-3 with a 4.78 ERA in 27 games (nine starts) for the White Sox in 2021, the right-hander's first season in Chicago. He's 34-47 lifetime with a 4.93 ERA in 183 games (136 starts) for four teams, most notably the Philadelphia Phillies (2016-21).

Reports: Rangers land LHP Andrew Heaney on 2-year deal

Reports: Rangers land LHP Andrew Heaney on 2-year deal

After reeling in right-handed ace Jacob deGrom, the Texas Rangers added left-handed starting pitcher Andrew Heaney on a two-year deal, multiple reports said Tuesday.

The deal is worth $25 million with another $12 million available in incentives, according to ESPN.

Heaney, 31, spent 2022 with the Los Angeles Dodgers and went 4-4 with a 3.10 ERA over 16 games (14 starts). He missed most of the first half of the season due to two stints on the injured list, as he dealt with left shoulder inflammation.

In nine MLB seasons spent with the Miami Marlins (2014), Los Angeles Angels (2015-21), New York Yankees (2021) and Dodgers, Heaney has a career 4.56 ERA and a 36-42 record across 137 appearances, including 126 starts. He has tossed 760 strikeouts against 198 walks and allowed 128 home runs in 707 innings.

Texas committed a guaranteed $185 million over five years to sign deGrom, considered the best pitcher in free agency this winter and the most dangerous pitcher in baseball when healthy.

Reports: Guardians sign 1B Josh Bell to 2-year deal

Reports: Guardians sign 1B Josh Bell to 2-year deal

The Cleveland Guardians and free agent first baseman Josh Bell agreed to a two-year contract worth $33 million, multiple reports said Tuesday.

The deal reportedly includes an opt-out after the 2023 season.

Bell, 30, was a 2019 All-Star and won his first Silver Slugger award last season, which saw him traded from the Washington Nationals to the San Diego Padres.

He was batting .301 through 103 games for the Nationals at the time of the trade, with 14 home runs and 57 RBIs. But in 53 regular-season games for San Diego, he hit just .192 with three homers and 14 RBIs. He added two home runs and five RBIs in 10 playoff games, batting .250.

In a seven-year MLB career with the Pittsburgh Pirates (2016-20), Nationals and Padres, Bell has a .262 career average with 130 home runs and 468 RBIs.