The first full day of Winter Meetings did not disappoint. Two big free agents found homes, a former batting champion is available via trade, a former two time American League Reliever of the Year is available via trade, Sean Murphy trade talks intensified, Brewers manager Craig Counsell gave an interview on MLB network, and so much more happened. Here, we will attempt to condense all of today’s big news and rumors.
Brewers & MLB Winter Meetings Round Up: Free Agent Signings
Two big free agents signed deals today. Justin Verlander was the first to sign. He signed with the New York Mets. The Mets needed to upgrade their pitching staff as Jacob deGrom elected to sign with the Rangers. Some believed that the Mets would look to overwhelm the Brewers with a trade offer for Corbin Burnes or Brandon Woodruff, but signing Verlander has quieted those rumors.
Trea Turner was the second big free agent to sign. He landed an 11-year $300MM contract with the Phillies. The Brewers were never expected to be included in the Turner sweepstakes, but his contract might impact a potential Willy Adames extension. It will be interesting to see how much Carlos Correa, Xander Bogaerts, and Dansby Swanson get when they sign contracts.
Brewers & MLB Winter Meetings Round Up: Trade Talks
The Brewers did not make any moves on day one of the Winter Meetings. However, some other teams did announce that they are open to trading some great players. Former batting champion Luis Arraez of the Twins was listed as an available trade candidate along with the Red Sox’s Bobby Dalbec. Liam Hendrick’s name was also linked in trade talks, but he has a limited no-trade clause.
Sean Murphy is still available and reports have indicated that his market is heating up and a deal could be coming. The Houston Astros were the latest team to be linked in pursing Murphy. If the Brewers desire to acquire the star catcher, a trade package would have to include quite a few players.
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