Let’s call it Wednesday

Posted: December 14, 2022 by Sports Time Radio in sports

The free agent position players seem to be signing fast and furious, but with the exception of Justin Verlander and Jacob deGroom there are still quite a few starting pitchers still out on the free agent market.

We can scratch one more position player off the list as shortstop carols Correa has agreed to a 13-year $350 million dollar deal to join the San Francisco Giants.

Now if a team is in the market for pitching there’s a lot of them still out there. It does appear as though the only starting pitcher that could be looked at as a top of the rotation #1 type of starter would be Carlos Rodon, but there is still enough talent to fill out your starting rotation.

I’m sure there are teams that could use a starting pitcher like Noah Syndergaard or Nathan Eovaldi in their rotation. Michael Wacha had what was probably his best season in 2022 and he’s still available. Johnny Cueto really saved the Chicago White Sox rotation last season, so maybe there’s a team willing to take a chance and see if he can repeat his performance from last season. There’s even 43-year-old Left hander Rich Hill out on the free agent market. Who knows if managed right and kept healthy Hill could be a solid starter at the back end of a rotation.

As for Rodon there are reports that the Giants are still interested in bringing him back, but over the past two days they’ve added Ross Stripling and Sean Manaea. Stripling and Manaea each signed identical two-year $25 million dollar deals with San Francisco. Apparently, the New York Yankees have also shown some interest in Rodon, but reports are there’s a large gap between what the Yankees have offered and what Rodon is asking for. There are also some reports out there that the St. Louis Cardinals and the Minnesota Twins are interested in Rodon. With Correa moving on from Minnesota it might give the Twins the money to make Rodon an offer he’s looking for. As for St. Louis it’s said that they are prominent players for Rodon, but no reports about a contract offer have been mentioned.

It appears as though Rodon is looking for contract that would pay him right around $30 million dollars a season. It’s unclear what Rodon has been offered by any of the teams with reported interest but will see if any of them can get close enough to his asking price to sign him.

With Correa now a member of the Giants it leaves Dansby Swanson as the last free agent shortstop standing. There were some reports that the Giants had talks with Swanson, but obviously they decided to sign Correa instead.

What could be Swanson former team the Atlanta Braves made a trade yesterday. It ended up being a three-team deal with the Braves, Oakland A’s and Milwaukee Brewers. The Braves acquired catcher Sean Murphy the Brewers received catcher William Contreras, Joel Payamps and Justin Yeager while Oakland ended up getting four players in the deal, catcher Manny Pina, Kyle Muller, Esteury Ruiz, Freddy Tarnok and Royber Salinas.

There seems to be little interest by the Braves in re-signing Swanson and there have been reports that the two sides have had very little contact this off season.

Swanson will be 29 years old at the start of next season and is coming off what has to be considered his best offensive season. He hit 25 home runs drove in 96 runs while hitting a career-high .277 and add 18 stolen bases, also a career high.

If the Braves do end up deciding to move on from Swanson it appears as though Vaughn Grissom would take over as their everyday shortstop. Grissom played in 41 games for the Braves last season, playing 10 innings at shortstop. Over three minor league seasons Grissom played 161 games at shortstop and had a fielding percentage of .945.

One thing the Brav

There seems to be little interest by the Braves in re-signing Swanson and there have been reports that the two sides have had very little contact this off season.

Swanson will be 29 years old at the start of next season and is coming off what has to be considered his best offensive season. He hit 25 home runs drove in 96 runs while hitting a career-high .277 and add 18 stolen bases, also a career high.

If the Braves do end up deciding to move on from Swanson it appears as though Vaughn Grissom would take over as their everyday shortstop. Grissom played in 41 games for the Braves last season, playing 10 innings at shortstop. Over three minor league seasons Grissom played 161 games at shortstop and had a fielding percentage of .945.

One thing the Braves have going for them is Ron Washington who is their 3rd base coach but is also considered the best infield instructor in baseball. If Swanson isn’t re-signed Washington would be given the task of teaching Grissom the ins and outs of playing shortstop at the Major League level.

I guess time will tell if Swanson ends up back in Atlanta with the Braves or if another team ends up making him the contract offer he’s looking for and he moves to a new team.

What do you think, any predictions on where Swanson might end up playing in 2023?

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  1. It will be most interesting to see where Swanson ultimately signs. And, he had a career year at the plate in 2022; can he hit consistently like that every year?
    He will sign for some nice change but it probably won’t be in Chicago! As to Rodon, he might be asking too much considering his history of being injury prone.

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