MLB Winter Meetings tracker: Live updates on news, rumors, signings and trades for 2022 free agency

Winter is coming. But first, winter meetings.

Business will be conducted, news will be broken, players will be signed when MLB front offices, players and agents all meet in sunny San Diego for this year’s baseball Winter Meetings, from Sunday, Dec. 4, to Wednesday, Dec. 7.

This offseason, the majority of eyes are set on MLB’s literal and figurative biggest free agent, outfielder Aaron Judge. Recent reports indicate that Judge could make a decision this week that will set the stage for the remainder of his career. Which coast Judge will be playing on remains to be seen; Rumors indicate that the Giants or Yankees could sign the MVP slugger.

Other stars, such as Justin Verlander, Trea Turner, Carlos Correa, Carlos Rodon and Xander Bogaerts, figure to contribute to what could be a wild week of signings, trade, rumors and more.

MORE: MLB free agency tracker — Latest news, updates for 2022 class

The Sporting News will be tracking the latest out of San Diego below.

MLB Winter Meetings rumors, news, signings

Mets are eyeing Japanese starter Senga

dates: Monday, Dec 5

sources: Jon Morosi, MLB Network

The Mets aren’t done trying to upgrade their rotation, according to Jon Morosi. With the Metropolitans signing Justin Verlander, they’re looking at Japanese starter Kodai Senga. Senga has posted a 2.59 ERA in 11 seasons in NPB. The Red Sox, Angels and Blue Jays are also expected to be in on Senga.

Yankees sign GM Brian Cashman to new deal

dates: Monday, Dec 5

Some had thought, or hoped, that the Yankees might make a change atop their front office structure after yet another playoff disappointment, but it appears that won’t happen anytime soon. The team announced on the first full day of the Winter Meetings that GM Brian Cashman has signed a new deal through the 2026 season.

Cashman, 55, began working for the franchise as an intern in 1986 and has been in charge of baseball operations since February 1998. He’s the longest-serving GM in MLB.

Trea Turner heads to Phillies on monster deal

dates: Monday, Dec 5

sources: Jeff Passan and Kiley McDaniel, ESPN

The Trea Turner to the Phillies buzz that has pervaded for weeks turned out to have merit. The free agent shortstop has agreed to a deal with Philadelphia that will pay him $300 million over 11 years and includes a full no-trade clause, ESPN reports.

Turner, 29, will return to the NL East and be reunited with former Nationals teammate Bryce Harper to terrorize Washington for years to come. He broke into the majors with the Nats in 2015 and played there until being traded to the Dodgers along with Max Scherzer in a July 2021 deadline deal. Turner was an All-Star in both seasons in LA and won the NL batting title in 2021.

Twins open to trading Luis Arraez

dates: Monday, Dec 5

sources: Dan Hayes, The Athletic

Reigning American League batting champ Luis Arraez could be on the move this offseason. Dan Hayes reports the Twins are open to trading Arraez “in the right deal” as they look to bolster their starting rotation.

Hayes reports that the Rangers’ five-year, $185 million deal with Jacob deGrom has the Twins’ front office thinking they’ll have better luck landing a top-end starting pitcher via trade than the open market, and the 25-year-old Arraez could be their most valuable chip.

Justin Verlander signing with Mets

dates: Monday, Dec 5

sources: Andy Martino, SNY

Justin Verlander is headed to Queens. The reigning AL Cy Young winner, who will turn 40 during spring training, has a two-year deal with the Mets that includes a vesting option for a third season, Andy Martino of SNY first reported.

The deal is worth at least $86 million and includes a full no-trade clause, according to Jon Heyman of the New York Post.

Dodgers make Clayton Kershaw return official

dates: Monday, Dec 5

The Dodgers officially announced Clayton Kershaw will be back next season. Robert Murray of FanSided reported the veteran lefty will make $20 million in 2023, including a $5 million signing bonus.

Yankees are in on Bryan Reynolds

dates: sunday, december 4

sources: Jason Mackey, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The Yankees are looking to bolster the outfield, and Pirates outfielder Bryan Reynolds could be an option for them, according to Jason Mackey.

Reynolds recently requested a trade despite signing a two-year deal with Pittsburgh around the trade deadline this year, but he has two years of arbitration eligibility beyond 2023, making him for a very intriguing, controllable and productive player on the market.

Athletics could be close to dealing Sean Murphy

dates: sunday, december 4

sources: Mark Feinsand, MLB.com

The Athletics appear ready to resume their roster blowup, this time shipping off their No. 1 catcher. Feinsand reports that mulitple teams are in the hunt for the 28-year-old Murphy but the Braves are not one of them, updating an earlier report.

Murphy hit a career-high 18 home runs for Oakland in 2022, a key component in his 122 wRC+. He won a Gold Glove in 2021.

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