MLB Rumors: Twins Could Be Outbid At Dansby Swanson; Mets are looking at trades for James McCann and Carlos Carrasco

Most of the big-name free agents are no longer on the board, but there is still plenty of calendar left in the 2022-23 MLB offseason. As such, rumors are still rife in the 2022-23 MLB offseason as well. Speaking of which, you can find Friday’s rumors right below.

Mets talk Carrasco, McCann acts

The Mets discuss right-hander Carlos Carrasco and catcher James McCann in trade talks with other teams. according to SNY’s Andy Martino.

Carrasco seems to be the more attractive of the two players. He’s had a solid season, posting a 97 ERA+ in 29 starts. He owes him $14 million this season, a reasonable wage for a league-average (or thereabouts) starter in today’s market.

McCann may prove more difficult to sell. Not only is he expected to earn more than $12 million over the next two seasons, but his performance has deteriorated since joining the Mets ahead of the 2021 campaign. In fact, he gets beaten for 70 OPS+.

The Mets have been active on both the pitcher and catcher fronts this winter. They added Justin Verlander, Kodai Senga and José Quintana to their rotation (although they lose Jacob deGrom, Taijuan Walker and Chris Bassitt) and on Thursday they signed veteran backstop Omar Narváez. The Mets have two other catchers in the house, in Tomas Nido and Francisco Alvarez, suggesting a cull is in order.

It’s not clear which teams the Mets are engaged to at Carrasco or McCann.

Twins targets include Swanson, Turner and Gallo

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The Twins recently failed to catch up with shortstop Carlos Correa, who struck a $350 million pact with the Giants. Now Minnesota is mulling their first big move to Correa, and The Athletic has the specifics. According to Dan Hayes, shortstop Dansby Swanson remains a strong consideration, but he’s likely to be coveted by a couple of teams – the Cubs and reigning Braves, for that matter – who are able to outbid the Twins should the need arise. Other, perhaps more realistic targets for Minnesota include third baseman Justin Turner and outfielders Joey Gallo and AJ Pollock.

None of them are particularly inspiring. Turner had a strong career, both offensively and defensively. However, he is 38 years old and has shown clear signs of decline over the past two seasons. He should remain a useful player in 2023 but he’s not the kind of real needle mover the Twins need. As for Gallo, his power remains unassailable, but his contact combat severely limits his value. Pollock is now 35, has a history of injury concerns and is enduring what is perhaps the worst season of his career.

A’s Ink May

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The A’s announced Friday that they have signed veteran helper Trevor May on a one-year deal. ESPN reports that the deal is worth $7 million with an opportunity to earn an additional $500,000 in incentives. May 33 has had a disappointing season for the Mets in 2023, but has had a 120 ERA+ with a 3.75 K/BB ratio since the start of the 2018 season.

As things stand, May — a 33-year-old midfielder, as a reminder — would be Oakland’s highest-paid player in 2023.

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