If history repeats itself here, it’ll be a huge start to seeing the biggest names in free agency come off the board this offseason. We’re off to a good start, too.
Let’s round up the news and rumors for Monday right here. We’ll be updating this throughout the day, so definitely come back.
Cubs pursuing Murphy; could sign two shortstops
The Cubs were widely expected to be active this winter. It appears they’re trying to make good on that promise. You can add Chicago to the list of teams who are in pursuit of Athletics catcher Sean Murphy, according to Jon Morosi. What’s more is that the Cubs, who have known to have interest in Carlos Correa, Xander Bogaerts, and Dansby Swanson, could well follow the Rangers’ blueprint from last winter and sign two of the three, per Mark Feinsand. Feinsand adds that Swanson and Bogaerts would be the likely pair, with Bogaerts moving off shortstop. It’s unclear how likely the Cubs are to add Murphy and/or the two infielders, but credit to them for getting creative.
Verlander signs with Mets
Ace and AL Cy Young winner Justin Verlander with the Mets. .
The Mets lost Jacob deGrom in free agency to the Rangers, so replacing him with Verlander was the logical move here for a team with such deep pockets coming off a 101-win season. Verlander reunites with Max Scherzer, as the two were teammates with the Tigers from 2010-14.
Phillies sign Turner
The 11-year term lowers Turner’s average annual value to $27.3 million, the 17th highest in baseball in 2023 (among players currently under contract). That gives the…