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MLB rumors: Mets have eye on Trea Turner; Yankees will extend qualifying offer to Anthony Rizzo

MLB rumors: Mets have eye on Trea Turner; Yankees will extend qualifying offer to Anthony Rizzo

Major League Baseball’s offseason is here, and with it comes a delightful daily heaping of rumors, news, and notes. Below, you can find all of the most notable to surface on Tuesday.

Mets discussing Turner

The Mets are in for a busy winter, and that could include a run at free-agent infielder Trea Turner. According to SNY’s Andy Martino, the Mets have discussed Turner internally for a “long time,” though they may have to find a taker for catcher James McCann in order to fit him into their budget. 

Turner figures to be one of the most sought-after free agents in the class. CBS Sports ranked him as the fourth-best player available this winter, writing the following:

Turner has been the second-best hitting shortstop in the majors over the last three seasons, posting a higher OPS+ than everyone except Fernando Tatis Jr., whose production came in half as many plate appearances because of injury and suspension. He’s a dynamic offensive player, an elite-grade runner with above-average raw power who is capable of posting a 20-20 effort each season. Turner does have an aggressive approach at the plate that sees him readily expand his zone, but it hasn’t worked against him yet and, besides, mishit balls are an opportunity for him to leg out an infield single. The more concerning matter with Turner’s game is his defense. He committed 16 errors last season, by far the most of the top free-agent shortstops. (Correa, Xander Bogaerts, and Dansby Swanson combined for 26.) Errors are an imperfect measure, though it’s reasonable to think he may need to slide to the other side of the bag in the future (a position he’s already familiar with, having played there out of deference to Corey Seager). Regardless, Turner has been a highly productive hitter throughout his career, and there’s no reason to expect that to change soon. 

The Mets also have to concern themselves with either re-signing or replacing ace Jacob deGrom and center fielder Brandon Nimmo, among others. They did take care of one piece of business over the weekend, re-signing closer Edwin DĂ­az.

Yankees to extend qualifying offer to Rizzo

This should not come as a surprise, but Jon Heyman of the New York Post reports that the Yankees will extend a qualifying offer to first baseman Anthony Rizzo. The qualifying offer, a one-year pact, is valued at $19.65 million this winter.

Rizzo, who re-signed with the Yankees last winter, recently…

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