Sport: Report: Yankees ‘in contact’ with 3 of the top pitchers in MLB free agency

What happens if Yankees don’t re-sign Aaron Judge? MLB insider pitches Brian Cashman’s backup plan

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While Aaron Judge still remains the New York Yankees’ top priority in MLB free agency, the “Evil Empire” is reportedly also targeting several of the elite pitchers on the market as well.

Houston Astros starting pitcher Justin Verlander (35) watches as Philadelphia Phillies catcher J.T. Realmuto (not pictured) hits a double and drives in two runs against the Houston Astros during the fifth inning during game one of the 2022 World Series at Minute Maid Park. © Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports Houston Astros starting pitcher Justin Verlander (35) watches as Philadelphia Phillies catcher J.T. Realmuto (not pictured) hits a double and drives in two runs against the Houston Astros during the fifth inning during game one of the 2022 World Series at Minute Maid Park.

The MLB hot stove is only getting hotter by the day as many of the All-Stars, MVPs and Cy Young Award winners around the sport make visits and have chats with interested organizations around the industry. The maneuverings have led to many a rumor for some of the franchises expected to be major players this winter.

Latest Mets free agency rumors: Jacob deGrom, Justin Verlander, Carlos Rodón buzz, updates

  Latest Mets free agency rumors: Jacob deGrom, Justin Verlander, Carlos Rodón buzz, updates The New York Mets are open for business, so here’s the latest on the club from Queens. The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal reports “The Mets have shown interest in (Kodai) Senga and (Justin) Verlander, but (Jacob) deGrom appears to be their focus.” Rosenthal also reports the Texas Rangers are “more confident of landing left-hander Carlos Rodón and possibly Japanese righty Kodai Senga” than they do of signing deGrom or Verlander. BUY MLB TICKETS: STUBHUB, VIVID SEATS, TICKETSMARTER, TICKETMASTER That led Rosenthal to conclude that “barring a surprise, maybe no team beats out the Mets for deGrom ...

One team projected to be active in the coming weeks and months are the New York Yankees. However, much of the headlines for the pinstripes have been about their homegrown superstar Aaron Judge making the free agent rounds, and if they will be able to retain the reigning American League MVP.

However, while the team does all it can to bring Judge back for many seasons to come, they have been linked to several big-ticket free agents and possible contingency strategies.

Over the last week, the New York Yankees have been linked to a couple of the best starters on the open market. New American League Cy Young Justin Verlander and Japanese ace Kodai Senga have both been connected with New York as a possible new home. However, on Wednesday, New York Post MLB insider Jon Heyman revealed the team’s All-Star pitcher interest doesn’t end there.

Yankees give notable update on Aaron Judge contract talks

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“Aaron Judge remains Yankees’ top target but Yanks are in contact with Verlander, [Carlos] Rodon, Senga plus top SS and other OF.”

– Update on Yankees offseason pursuits

Carlos Rodon was an All-Star the last two seasons, first with the Chicago White Sox in 2021, then with the San Francisco Giants last season. He has pitched at an elite level in that time and will be a far more affordable option than Jacob deGrom and Verlander. Outside of the Mets ace, Verlander, Rodon, and Senga are seen by many as the best pitchers on this year’s market.

Even if the New York Yankees re-sign Judge, either of the above stars could be added to the team to make another serious run at a World Series title in 2023.

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Texas Rangers reportedly targeting three of the top pitchers in MLB free agency

  Texas Rangers reportedly targeting three of the top pitchers in MLB free agency With MLB free agency now open, the Texas Rangers seem to have designs on landing at least one of the top pitchers in this year’s market. Last winter, the Rangers made a big splash by snatching up two of the best everyday players on the MLB free-agent market. The organization gave stars Corey Seager and Marcus Semien a combined $500 million over the next decade in an attempt to have their first winning seasons since 2016. Unfortunately, that did not happen. In 2022, the Texas Rangers finished in last place in the American League West with a record of 68-94.

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Possible Yankees trade target expected to be ‘in play’ .
So you’re saying there’s a chance? One-time New York Yankees trade target Pablo Lopez is back on the market. Per the Miami Herald’s Barry Jackson: I would expect Pablo Lopez and Trevor Rogers to be in play. The sense here is the Marlins might be more open to dealing Rogers, who has attracted interest. Lopez, who is under team control for two more years, is very close with Marlins ace and Cy Young winner Sandy Alcantara. That echoes what the New York Post’s Jon Heyman reported earlier this month: “Biggest name (heard) available in trade so far is Marlins pitcher Pablo Lopez. Fish need hitters! Came close to dealing him to Yankees at deadline in a Gleyber Torres deal.

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