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MLB rumour: Red Sox may replace Xander Bogaerts with Dansby Swanson. Twins weigh options post-Carlos Correa

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With the holidays approaching, Major League Baseball’s holiday season will likely enter a lull. This is not to say that next week will not feature any action, as players and teams will be looking to complete their work before the cooldown. Below, CBS Sports will be tracking all of Thursday’s rumours, news and action.

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Red Sox in Swanson?

The Red Sox appear to be “seriously considering” signing shortstop free agent Dansby Swanson, John Heyman reports New York Post. They join the Cubs, Dodgers and Brave Among the known suitors, though it is possible that at least one of the teams listed is simply observing the situation rather than pressing hard for his services. To wit, Heyman reports that the Dodgers are on the “sideline” while the Braves are on guard.

Swanson, 28, has spent his entire seven-year MLB career with the Braves. Last season, he had a career year, hitting .277/.329/.447 (115 OPS+) with 32 doubles, 25 home runs, 96 RBI, 99 runs, 18 stolen bases and a 5.7 WAR. While he is capable of being a productive attacking player – just look at last season’s numbers – a large part of his value comes from being an excellent defender.

Swanson is easily the biggest position player in the free agency market. He’s already seen fellow short-termers Trea Turner (11 years, $300 million), Xander Bogaerts (11 years, $280 million) and Carlos Correa (13 years, $350 million) sign huge deals this season, so the expectations here are on. Great payout, even if it is inferior to these three.

Conforto is getting attention

Marlin and cubs are Astros Among the teams looking to sign free agent Michael Conforto, According to Heyman.

Conforto swings left, throws right, and can handle centerfield if needed, though he’s better suited to playing cornerback (it’s time for MLB play right field). He missed the entire 2022 season after an off-season shoulder surgery that required surgery in April, killing his season while unsigned.

A career .255/.356/.468 (124 OPS+) hitter, Conforto was inconsistent while displaying flashes of star upside with the at bat. Assuming he makes a full recovery, he could end up stealing whatever team signs him in 2023.

Yankees They want Benintende back, but…

Heyman also reported that the Yankees would be good to bring back outfielder Andrew Benintendi, although not in the five years he and his agent are looking for. The Yankees acquired Benintende last season just before the trade deadline, but an injury ended his season after just 33 games. Overall, he hit . 304 on a 0.373 on-base percentage, but he only smashed . 399 with five home runs. He was a 20-20-year-old for the Red Sox in 2017, though his power has waned since then.

Orioles add Fraser

The Orioles announced the signing of second team captain Adam Frazier on a one-year contract. CBS Sports ranked Fraser as the 50th best free agent going into the winter season, writing the following:

Major League Baseball is a copycat league. If a strategy works well for one team, it’s only a matter of time before others pick it up. (This is Especially True for strategies that save money, and Just Not true for strategies that cost money.) Some of the team will look into what Cleveland Guardians I did it all summer, spraying line engines and slapping singles to see eye and farting duck ducks, and decided this was my new thing. The same team can thank their lucky stars that Fraser will be available. He prefers his wedge to his driver, so to speak, and has enough of a track record to imagine him singing and doubling his way to a good score. It should come relatively cheaply too, having had a difficult experience since the 2021 All-Star game.

mets About to sign defensive catcher

Catch free agent Omar Narvaez has signed a one-year, $8 million deal plus a player option worth $7 million with the Mets, According to Heyman. Narváez, 30, swings left-handed and was a 2021 All-Star for the Brewers. He hit just .206/.292/.305 (71 OPS+) with 12 doubles and four eyebrows in 296 games last season, but his value comes from behind the plate. He is a highly valued frame-builder who rarely lets passes through.

James McCann is the current catcher for the Mets with Tomás Nido also pictured and there’s also 21-year-old senior prospect Francisco Alvarez. There’s a lot of trouble left and the Mets won’t be quiet, in all likelihood, but this is at least one still quite a few players on a major league roster if all goes well.

Cubs Bookburger signed

The Cubs have reached an agreement with veteran director Brad Boxberger, According to ESPN’s Jeff Bassan. The deal would pay him $2.8 million, or just under the club’s $3 million option, which he turned down righteousness Earlier this off season. (It’s worth noting that Boxberger went through waivers at that point, meaning the Cubs had waived his $200,000 savings claim.)

CBS Sports recently highlighted Boxberger as a potential value signing. Here was part of our reasoning:

We’ll admit that Boxberger uses an unusual and dangerous formula for success. Last season alone, it ranked at 40 percent in whiff rate. the third percentile in the chase rate; The twentieth percentile in the walking rate. In English: He’s not a big loser to batters, or a zonal extender, and is prone to issuing his share of free passes. Still, it kept the Era gleaming by suppressing call quality with a mix of three tones: low-90s heater, shift, and slider.

It’s not the most attractive or the most reliable profile, and it’s one that can break down pretty badly. Boxberger has enjoyed a great deal of success over his last 146 rounds, and it shouldn’t surprise anyone if he proves to be worth more than $3 million in 2023.

Orioles Interested in Wacha

The Orioles are showing continued interest in right agent Michael Wacha, According to John Morosi of MLB Network. The Wacha market can move quickly now that Noah Syndergaard and other shooters with a similar projected value are acquiring new clubs.

Wacha, 31, has started 23 games for the team red socks Last season. He compiled a 3.32 ERA (127 ERA+) and a 3.35 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 127 innings pitched. CBS Sports ranked him the 32nd best free agent this winterwriting:

Wacha has become a nomad out of the rotation, sparring with a different team each of the past four seasons. It could make it five-for-five after his strongest effort since 2018. Wacha’s arsenal is still centered around vertical, as you’d expect based on his arm opening. For our money, the most interesting part of his season was his embrace of a “sink”. The quotes are necessary as this is not your standard digging tool meant to disrupt worms and ant colonies alike. Wacha ranked fifth in induced head tackles, behind Kenley Jansen, Drew Smillie, Josh Hader, and Bailey Walter — or the No. 1, 2, 3, and 7 most likely sinkers to be hit in the air. In other words, a Wacha sinker will have an above-average “height” for a four-pitch fastball, which means he won’t be turning into Framber Valdez or Logan Webb anytime soon. (It would be cool if he did; scientists would get out of it.) We wouldn’t go so far as to credit Wacha’s odd plunger for his year (he threw it only 13 percent of the time) or suggest it’ll change his career. We just think it’s neat.

The Orioles have already added one veteran rookie to their rotation this winter, sending Kyle Gibson to a one-year, $10 million deal.

twins Weighing Post-Korea Movements

The Twins are weighing what to do now that Carlos Correa has signed with giantsAnd the According to Dan Hayes of The Athletic. While Minnesota’s interest in Dansby Swanson and Carlos Rodon is known, Hayes adds that the Twins have been taking calls on several veterans, including outfielders Max Keibler, rookies Sonny Gray and Kenta Maeda, and outfielder Luis Aries.

Arraez, 25, might be a surprising inclusion. He posted 120 OPS+ for his career, and just won the American League title by hitting .316/.375/.420. Rest assured, the question is high. Hayes notes, “Team officials said they would consider a deal [Arraez] As part of a prominent jug package.

It is unclear if the twins will pass on any of the others. It looks like Kepler will probably go a long way from a practical perspective. Not only do the Twins have other players who can cut into his place, but they’ll free up extra money for other assignments with Kepler’s trading and his $8.5 million salary.

Citizens Bring back Ramirez

Erasmo Ramírez had a productive 2022, compiling a 2.92 ERA in 86 innings pitched for the national team. They rewarded him for his service Thursday, re-signing him to a one-year deal worth up to $2 million. According to John Heyman of the New York Post. Ramirez, 32, is entering his 12th big league season.

Comfortable D-Backs add

the diamondbacks They signed right relief pitcher Scott McGough, According to the Arizona Republic. It’s a two-year deal. McGough, 33, was it DodgersA fifth-round pick in 2011 and he was sent to the Marlins In 2012 in the trade for Hanley Ramirez. He appeared in six games for the Marlins in 2015 (9.45 ERA, 2.40 WHIP), but he’s spent the last four seasons in Japan and looks like he’s already made it to his own team. In 53 2/3 innings last year for Yakult, he had a 2.35 ERA, 0.97 WHIP, and 59 strikeouts against 11 unintended walks.

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