Baseball's Winter Meetings are now behind us, and Josh Donaldson and Hyun-Jin Ryu remain unsigned, and the crop of Tuesday rumors makes that readily apparent.. That said, there's plenty of activity yet to come as big names like
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Mets unlikely to sign Betances
After the New York Mets appeared to be one of the front-runners to sign free-agent reliever Dellin Betances, that pairing now seems unlikely, according to MLB Network's Jon Heyman. Betances, 31, is seeking a one-year deal in the $10 million range, Heyman adds.
After spending the last six seasons with the Yankees, the right-hander pitched in just one game during the 2019 season after battling shoulder and lat issues all year. The crushing part for Betances is that in his season debut, he landed awkwardly on the mound and partially tore of his left Achilles' tendon. Betances' Achilles tear did not require surgery and he is expected to be ready for spring training.
The Mets bullpen -- which was second-worst behind the Red Sox with 21 blown saves in 2019 -- is in need of improvement this offseason, and the addition of Betances would have certainly helped add depth, even if he wasn't at his full effectiveness to start the season. If Betances were to switch New York teams, he would have been playing under new Mets manager and former Yankees teammate Carlos Beltran. In 2018, Betances dominated hitters to the tune of a 2.70 ERA and a 42.3 percent strikeout rate.
The Phillies were also mentioned by Heyman as a team in the mix for Betances. If the New York native ends up in Philadelphia, he would be reunited with his old manager, Joe Girardi.
Dodgers engaged in Betts trade talks
The Dodgers walked away from this year's Winter Meetings having lost out on the top free agents on the market. Now, their focus has shifted to acquiring players via the trade market. USA Today's Bob Nightengale reports that L.A. is focused on Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor as their priority, but the club is also engaging in preliminary trade talks with the Red Sox about outfielder Mookie Betts.
Nightengale reports that Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager has been included in the trade talks with both Boston and Cleveland. Betts, 27, is in his final year of arbitration, and is projected to earn $27.7 million in 2020. Lindor, 26, has two more years of club control and is set to earn $16 million in 2020.
Nats, Hudson apart on contract length
Right-hander reliever Daniel Hudson is seeking a multi-year contract from the Washington Nationals, but the club is pushing for a one-year deal. As of Tuesday, the two sides remained apart on the decided length of the contract, according to Jesse Dougherty of the Washington Post.
Hudson, who turns 33 in March, played a huge role in the Nats bullpen turnaround after filling in for Doolittle while he was on the injured list. Hudson recorded a career-best 2.47 ERA in 73 innings last season, split between the Blue Jays and Nationals. In the postseason, Hudson notched four saves (3.72 ERA) in nine appearances and closed out Game 7 of the World Series.
Angels interested in left-hander Boyd
The Angels made a splash signing this offseason with the addition of third baseman Anthony Rendon. But so far this winter, the club hasn't done much to address its need for pitching. Their only pitching-related move this winter in Anaheim was the acquisition of right-hander Dylan Bundy from the Orioles. That could change soon.
MLB Network's Jon Morosi reports that the Angels are showing interest in trading for Tigers left-hander Matthew Boyd. As of Tuesday, there was no indication that the clubs were progressing toward a deal, Morosi notes.
Boyd, 28, pitched to a 4.56 ERA an 1.23 WHIP in 32 starts for the Tigers last season. The southpaw gave up a career-high 39 homers in 185 1/3 innings this past season, but he finished with 238 strikeouts and 50 walks. Those 238 strikeouts tied for the tenth most in the league last season. Boyd's strikeout rate also reached a career-high 30.2 percent in 2019.
Here's what Tigers general manager Al Avila told MLB.com last week at the Winter Meetings regarding their plan for Boyd this offseason:
"I'm not out there trying to sell Matt Boyd," Avila said. "We need Matt Boyd right now to be a good team.
"If a team is interested in Matt Boyd, and obviously there's teams that will [be], is it going to make the Detroit Tigers better? And when I say better, not like you're getting a prospect that's in low-A ball or Rookie ball. It's going to have to really make sense."
Brewers sign Healy
Cardinals announce deal with Kim
On Tuesday,, a pitcher from the Korean Baseball Organization. Kim, 31, finished the 2019 season with a 17-6 record (190 1/3 IP) and 2.51 ERA. He struck out 8.5 batters per nine innings. Kim has spent his last 13 seasons in the KBO, all with the SK Wyverns, but missed the 2017 season due to Tommy John surgery. Kim earned a salary of $1.408 million in Korea this past season.
Kim should be a potential starter in the Cards' rotation for the 2020 season, a lefty to balance out the club's right-handed heavy rotation. He'd join Jack Flaherty, Dakota Hudson, Miles Mikolas and Adam Wainwright.