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  1. irish

    irish DSP Staff Member Administrator

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    Giants believed to be favorites for Yamamoto
    by Nick Deeds | MLB Trade Rumors — 23 minutes ago

    The Giants have long been expected to be one of the winter’s more aggressive teams after missing out on megadeals for stars Aaron Judge and Carlos Correa last offseason. While the club was still active on last year’s free agent market, deals for lower-profile players like Taylor Rogers, Michael Conforto and Mitch Haniger didn’t save San Francisco from a 79-83 campaign that ended with a fourth place finish in the NL West this year. As president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi and his front office looks to turn things around ahead of the 2024 season, the club has been connected to plenty of top players this offseason, ranging from star outfielders Cody Bellinger and Juan Soto to reigning NL Cy Young award winner Blake Snell to even two-way superstar Shohei Ohtani.

    One such star the Giants are known to have interest in is NPB right-hander Yoshinobu Yamamoto, who Zaidi himself noted the club has scouted extensively in the run-up to his posting late last month. Today, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle provided an update on the club’s interest in Yamamoto, who ranked as the #3 free agent in this year’s edition of MLBTR’s annual top 50 free agents list. Per Slusser, other teams interested in Yamamoto believe that the Giants “have an edge” in the sweepstakes for his services. Yamamoto figures to be among the most sought-after free agents this winter, with reports indicating that nearly half the league has interest in the 25-year-old righty. The Mets and Yankees, in particular, have been connected to Yamamoto heavily to this point in the offseason.

    Even if San Francisco does have a leg up in the Yamamoto sweepstakes, a signing would surely require a major financial outlay. The righty is widely expected to secure the largest deal of any starting pitcher on the market this winter besides Ohtani; MLBTR has projected him for a nine-year, $225MM deal that would only be surpassed by the guarantees secured by Gerrit Cole and Stephen Strasburg among free agent starters. That shouldn’t be a problem for San Francisco, which reportedly offered Judge a deal in the $360MM range last offseason before 2022’s AL MVP ultimately returned to the Yankees.​

    yamamoto's people readying for meeting with SF
     
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    Jon Morosi@jonmorosi
    Dylan Cease trade market is robust as the winter meetings begin in Nashville. Dodgers, Braves, and Orioles are all involved, sources say, and other teams also remain engaged with the White Sox.
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    “Our thought is that [Lux] is going to be our shortstop,” Dodgers’ GM Brandon Gomes said. “And the benefit is that you have somebody like Rojas behind him who will be an incredibly high bar.”
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    idk what you are expecting. this was the plan going into last season until Lux forgot how to properly put one foot in front of the other while running.
     
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    I think it's the "somebody like Rojas behind him who will be an incredibly high bar" comment lol

    Rojas is arguably the worst SS in the MLB.

    If things play out how they should with no injuries, he shouldn't be getting any playing time. It's just that comment from Gomes is laughable.
     
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    and last year was his career worst at the plate
     
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    dodgers hire chris archer as special assistant
    this will be the biggest move we make at the winter meetings
     
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    bruh
    wasn’t talking about lux
     
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    going to say it now (and i hope i’m right)
    we won’t sign ohtani
    friedman will offer something like 5yr/$330m while everyone else offers 10+ years
     
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    Dan Clark@DanClarkSports
    $550M+ for Shohei Ohtani, who turns 30 next season (and won't pitch until 2025). HOT TAKE: As great as he is, his time with the Angels (which included Mike Trout, don't forget) showed the importance of a balanced roster. Better off spending that $550M on multiple stars...
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    AlaNNa Rizzo@alannarizzo
    On #HighHeat just now, Dave Roberts said Betts will be their starting 2B for 2024. Lux expected to be starting SS in his return from IL. If Ohtani not signed, JD Martinez is a strong possibility of a return. #Dodgers
    11:32 AM · Dec 4, 2023 · 316.5K Views
     
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    He played great SS a year ago. Saved their ass defensively.
     
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    even got some clutch hits
    i don't hate the guy, but the Dodgers should have a better option on a daily basis
     
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    Of course. He's the perfect utility IF.
     
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    Reports all indicated Ohtani wanted to keep his free agency dealings quiet.

    So what does Roberts do? Tells everyone the Dodgers recently hosted him at Dodger Stadium lol

    Regardless of whether or not you want the team to sign Ohtani, Dave doesn't seem to get much of anything.
     
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    priceless
    if we lose out on him (win imo) and dave gets canned because of it (big win) all is well
    seriously can't you see his big stupid dome smiling as he decides he "can't lie about it" lol
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    “We want to respect Shohei’s wishes as far as being private,” Roberts said, "but obviously people talk. I don’t think I need to share what we talked about.”

    Roberts at first hesitated before giving a few details.

    “It's a good possibility,” he said. “Yeah, we met with him. I like to be honest and so we met with Shohei and we talked and I think it went well. I think it went well, but at the end of the day, he's going to do what's best for himself, where he feels most comfortable.

    impossibly daft
     
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    I'm hoping that Roberts is tapping the Japanese Cultural aspect of being Honorable by showing Ohtani he won't lie?

    Maybe he's a genius after all? LOL

    < 10 minutes go by>

    Edit*

    Then again...

    https://dodgersnation.com/dodgers-g...XGH8zM0VZ-HjqiLkAUOeKr9ca_kItJpHebmE-oqlP-qPs
     
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