New York would be interested in KBO star OF Jung-Hoo Lee

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Here are the latest Yankees free agency and trade buzz during the 2023-24 MLB offseason…

November 20, 6:40 p.m

The Yankees and San Francisco Giants are among teams showing interest in the Korean outfielder Jung-Hoo Lee continues up to his post later this winter, according to Jon Morosi of the MLB Network.

The 25-year-old, who grew up idolizing Ichiro Suzuki, has been a star the past few seasons in the KBO. Lee is a former Rookie of the Year, MVP, and five-time Gold Glove award winner.

While he doesn’t offer much in the power department, his bat-to-ball skills are elite. The sweet lefty is a career .340 hitter and is able to get on base at a stellar .407 clip. He also batted .429 with two doubles and five RBI over four games as part of Team Korea during the 2023 World Baseball Classic.

Lee underwent season-ending ankle surgery in July, but according to Morosi he is expected to be full-time for the start of next season.

November 17, 3:59 p.m

The Yankees announced that they were trading OF Jake Bauers to the Milwaukee Brewers in exchange for minor league outfielders Joan of Avina and Brian Sanchez ahead of Friday’s MLB non-tender deadline.

Avina, 20, spent the last two years in the Brewers system. Last season in Single-A Carolina, the right-handed batter hit .233 with 22 doubles, 14 home runs, 50 RBI, 57 runs scored and 10 stolen bases in 99 games.

Sanchez, 19, signed with the Brewers as an undrafted free agent in February. The Venezuela native played 33 games in Milwaukee’s farm system this year, hitting .297/.414/.446 with 20 runs scored, seven doubles, four triples, 19 RBI and eight stolen bases in games 33 by the DSL Brewers 1 .

Bauers, 28, was a key depth piece for the Yankees in 2023, hitting a slash line of .202/.279/.413 with 12 home runs and 30 RBI in 84 games last season with the Bombers.

November 17, 2:21 p.m

The Giants are among the advocates for Cody Bellingerreports ESPN’s Jesse Rogers.

San Francisco has been missing out on big stars in recent seasons, including whistling Judge Aaron and have a contract for Carlos Correa collapsed late last winter due to medical concerns.

Giants president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi He is expected to be aggressive this offseason, so it makes perfect sense that the team has been linked to most of the big free agents.

Although San Francisco could be a threat to the Yankees’ chances of signing Bellinger, the Cubs are not expected to be.

Per ESPN, a source familiar with the situation said Bellinger — who will play for the Cubs in 2023 — is “as good as it gets,” with Rogers saying Chicago won’t get into a bidding war over him. for

November 16, 8:36 am

With the Yankees in need of a center fielder, they have “engaged the Rays in several conversations” this offseason about him. Manuel Margotreports Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic.

The Rays are also talking to other teams about Margot, according to The Athletic.

Margot, 29, hit .264/.310/.376 with four homers and 21 doubles in 99 games for the Rays in 2023.

In eight big league seasons with the Rays and Padres, he has slashed .255/.309/.385.

He has been above average in the outfield by DRS in every season except 2023, when he was worth -3 DRS.

Margot will earn $10 million in 2024, and his contract has a mutual option at $12 million for 2025.

November 14, 10:55 am

The Yankees are “among the most active teams in the starting pitcher market,” reports MLB Network’s Jon Morosi, who notes that the Yanks are interested in a free agent RHP Aaron Nola.

Nola had a 4.46 ERA and 1.15 WHIP in 32 starts over 193.2 innings for the Phillies in 2023. He has had mediocre seasons (he had a 4.63 ERA) around a very strong 2022 campaign, where he posted a 3.25 ERA and 0.2065 WHIP in 2023. innings.

He will enter his age-31 season in 2024, and should be one of the most popular pitchers on the market.

Nola made $16 million last season for the Phillies in the final year of a four-year contract.

Because the Phillies extended a qualifying offer to Nola, which he declines, the team that signs him will lose a pick in the 2024 MLB Draft.

November 10, 5:55 p.m

The Yankees are reportedly interested in re-signing the free agent reliever Peralta Mountains.

According to Gary Phillips of the Daily News, the Yankees have discussed reuniting with the lefty, but no offer has yet been extended to the 32-year-old.

Peralta has been a great left-handed hitter for the Yankees since being acquired from the Giants in the Mike Tauchman trade in 2021.

In parts of three seasons with the Yanks, Peralta is 10-9 with a 2.82 ERA and 1.18 WHIP over 37 appearances. Peralta has also collected 11 saves in that span.

Peralta was also active in the postseason, giving up three runs in 8.2 innings while striking out seven batters.

November 9, 10:40 p.m

After Yankees GM Brian Cashman has told the media that the team is in the market for a couple of outfielders — preferably a left-hander — a new report says the Bombers have Kevin Kiermaier on their radar.

The Athlete said that was on top of it Cody Bellinger, the Yankees have discussed the free-agent outfielder.

Kiermaier, 33, hit .265 with eight home runs and 36 RBI in 2023 with the Toronto Blue Jays. He is a four-time Gold Glove winner, including this season, and will give the Yanks the defensive center fielder they need while he is around. Jason Dominguez recovering from elbow surgery.

November 8, 11:07 am

According to Jon Heyman of the New York Post, this season the Yanks have reached out to Cody Bellingerwho is reportedly at the top of their free agent list.

That list also includes Shohei Ohtani and Juan Sotoall left-handed hitters, but Heyman notes that Bellinger is the most likely player to land in New York, followed by Soto then Ohtani.

A former MVP and Rookie of the Year, Bellinger signed a one-year deal with the Chicago Cubs last offseason and revived his career after a three-year layoff. In 130 games, the 28-year-old had 26 home runs and 97 RBI while hitting a career-best .307 with an .881 OPS.

While all three play in the outfield – a key area of ​​need for the Yankees – Bellinger is likely to add the most value to New York as he can play both center and first base. play at an elite level.

Scott BorasBellinger’s agent, speaking to reporters Wednesday as the GM Meetings continue and was asked how he thought the outfielder would like to play in New York.

“Cody has played in the major markets so he just wants to play on a winning team,” Boras said.

November 7, 11:30 p.m

Luis Severino is looking to get back on the mound after his 2023 was cut short due to an oblique injury, but it’s looking more likely that the Yankees won’t bring him back.

Severino, who is an unrestricted free agent this winter, is back to throwing and is “feeling good,” according to Brendan Kuty at the Athletics. The report also states that up to eight teams have expressed interest in Severino’s services in 2024, but the Yankees are not believed to be one of them.

Last season, Severino had a career-high 6.65 ERA over 19 games (18 starts). His 1.65 WHIP was also a career high and his 79 strikeouts were his fewest since 2016, when he started just 11 games.

Of course, Severino’s career with the Yankees has been marred by injuries. After bursting onto the scene in 2017, he hit his high-water mark the following year by going 19-8 with a 3.39 ERA in 32 starts. The next three seasons saw Severino appear in just seven games and make three starts due to a variety of different injuries.

After a tough 2022, Severino was ready to solidify his spot in the rotation before hitting free agency. However, his poor numbers and injuries may have ended the 29-year-old’s tenure in the Bronx.

The Yankees rotation is filled with several arms, including Gerrit Cole, Carlos Rodon, Nestor Cortes and new people Clark Schmidt and maybe Michael King. With the Yanks also looking to take Frankie Montas back, it looks like Severino will have to go to a new team.

November 7, 9:26 am

The Yankees are considering a reunion with the free agent right-hander Frankie Montasaccording to Joel Sherman and Jon Heyman of the New York Post.

Montas, who the Yanks acquired from the Athletics at the 2022 trade deadline, was limited by a shoulder injury the last season and a half.

He threw just 39.2 innings over eight starts after being acquired in 2022, while pitching to a 6.35 ERA.

In 2023, he played in just one game (in relief) late in the season after missing most of the year following arthroscopic shoulder surgery in February.

Entering his age-31 season and with major injury concerns, Montas — who has a career 3.90 ERA and 1.29 WHIP in eight seasons in the majors — will likely have to settle for a one-man deal. -year.

November 2, 7:00 p.m

The Yankees pitched German Domingo, Franchy Cordero, Billy McKinney, Matt Bowman, Jimmy Corderoand Ryan Weber on absolute freedoms.

All six players were eligible for arbitration.

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