The winter meetings begin today and there has been a bit of a thawing of the market in the lead-up. Jacob deGrom was the headline move on Friday, as he signed a massive contract with the Rangers. The news of the day on Saturday was Pirates’ star outfielder Bryan Reynolds requesting a trade. Trade requests mean less in MLB than in the NFL or NBA, but given the Pirates’ general state as a franchise, Reynolds could very well be available. The Braves were rumored to make a run at Reynolds at the trade deadline in 2021 and have been rumored to be making a strong push for him this time around as well.
Whether the Braves make a big move or not, there seems to be a consensus among those in the know that the winter meetings are likely to bring a flurry of action across the league, which should be fun.
Matt reviewed one of the Braves’ brightest prospects, AJ Smith-Shawver’s season.
The Orioles signed Kyle Gibson to a one year deal.
Aaron Judge is reportedly likely to get a 9 year deal ($$$), taking him through his age 39 season.
The Cubs and Phillies are apparently hot in pursuit of Dansby Swanson, with the Phillies being rumored for all of the big shortstop options.
Mark Feinsand listed his free agents most likely to sign during the meetings.