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MLB RUMORS: Yankees looking to trade Brian Reynolds to pair with Aaron Judge; Reds DFA Mike Moustakas

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The time between the Winter and Christmas meetings was, once upon a time, a slow period for Major League Baseball news. We totally spent this week, though, with… Yankees Announcing Aaron Judge’s signing and naming him captain as an appetizer to Carlos Correa’s fiasco – and coup, from metsperspective.

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Heading into the weekend, we expect things to slow down while leaving open the possibility of some really great things happening. Here’s the latest MLB news and rumors.

Yankees at Reynolds

hackers Quarterback Brian Reynolds is said to have been a trade candidate this season yet He asks to get out of town, though the pirates reportedly want such a big comeback that it’s possible nothing will happen. Still, a name like that moves the needle. The Yankees showed interest in Reynolds, According to John Morosi of MLB Networkwho noted that the Pirates mostly wanted to start playing in a potential running back for Reynolds, while the Yankees are better suited to giving up position players.

Reynolds, 27, hit .262/.345/.461 (126 OPS+) with 19 doubles, four hits, 27 homers, 62 RBI, 74 runs, seven steals and a 2.9 WAR last season, but he put up a 6.0 WAR With 145 OPS+ in 2021. He’s capable of being a star.

reds Myers Moss signed DFA

The Reds have signed quarterback/first baseman Will Myers to a one-year deal with mutual option for 2024. The full story here.

They also named Mike Moustakas for designation. The player owes $22 million ($18 million for 2023 plus $4 million for his club option in 2024) from the deal he signed with the Reds ahead of the 2020 season. He played in 44 of the 60 games in 2020 and only 120 in the next two seasons combined. In total, Moustakas hit .216/.300/.383 (80 OPS+) with 21 home runs and 74 RBI in his 654 appearances with the Reds, good for -1.8 WAR. Needless to say, it was a disaster signing for the Reds.

Mustafa heads into his season aged 34 and any team could sign him for the league minimum, with the Reds footing the rest of his bill on $22m. He swings left-handed and hits 35 home runs in 2019, so it’s very likely he’s looking somewhere.

Cubs About to sign Barnhart

Cubs ‘close to deal’ with catcher Tucker Barnhart Sahadev Sharma reports from The Athletic. The deal includes a player option for 2024 and could bring Barnhart up to $9.5 million with escalators, according to New York Post. Wilson Contreras had been the Cubs’ primary catcher for years, but the Cubs let him walk him in free agency. It looks like he will be the duo of Jan Gomez and Barnhart behind the club’s plate in 2023.

Gomez batted .235/.260/.365, but had a worth of 1.0 defensive war last year. Barnhart swings left-handed, so he and Gomez could be platoon right-handed.

Barnhart, 31, hit .221/.287/.267 last season, but posted a 0.5 WAR defensively behind the plate. He is said to be a good receiver and the Cubs seem to be focused solely on defense behind the plate.

red socks Looking for another shortstop?

The Red Sox lost the bid for Xander Bogaerts and the seemingly obvious answer to replacing him was to move Trevor Story back to where he cut his teeth in a big way with Rocky. Boston Athletic ReportHowever, this story in short is “not a foregone conclusion” and the club is open to other options, which would leave the story in second place. Interestingly, the report notes that “one name that has come up in the trade talks” is Joey Wendell Marlins.

Wendle actually has much less experience (only 89 career appearances) in the short story span; The 32-year-old has mostly played second or third. In 101 games with the Marlins last season, he hit .259/.297/.360 (86 OPS+).

Mets Ink Mendyk

The Mets have agreed to a one-year, $1 million deal for player Dani Mendyk. According to ESPN’s Jeff Bassan. Mendick, 29, is a backup assist player who has never been fielded white stockings at the end of the season. He’s a career .251/.309/.366 batters in 446 games, but he hit well last season for Chicago, slashing .289/.343/.443 in 106 games.

Don’t expect to see much from Mendick, aside from injury problems. The Mets have Pete Alonso, Jeff McNeil, Francisco Lindor and Carlos Correa on the field with Eduardo Escobar as a backup option.

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