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MLB rumors: Cubs pursuing several stars; Justin Verlander, Trea Turner start Winter Meetings with a bang

MLB rumors: Cubs pursuing several stars; Justin Verlander, Trea Turner start Winter Meetings with a bang


Major League Baseball’s annual Winter Meetings kicked off Sunday with the news that Fred McGriff was inducted into the Hall of Fame via the Contemporary Era Committee. The hope is that was the beginning of a crazy several days of baseball activity, chock full of a free agent signing spree and even a few high-profile trades.  San Diego is the host of the winter meetings and we’ve seen plenty of activity there before. The last time it was there, we saw Stephen Strasburg, Anthony Rendon and Gerrit Cole sign nine-figure deals amid a flurry of moves. 

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 has signed a two-year, $86 million deal with the Mets. Full story here

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 Phillies have landed their star shortstop. Trea Turner has joined the defending NL champs on a massive 11-year, $300 million contract. He reunites with buddy Bryce Harper, who was his teammate all those years with the Nationals.

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…

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