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Aaron Judge New York Yankees
My sense is that mid-rotation starters, relievers, and even innings-eaters are also doing quite well (or at least better than expected) this year.  Teams are bursting through CBT thresholds more frequently, and guys with QO's don't seem to have been hindered thus far.  Too early to make a conclusion, but I do sense a positive trend for the MLBPA.
Bob Elam Bob-in-TX

Well, things were never bad for the superstars.  I think it's how it shakes out for the others that's always been the question, though the willingness to extend long deals to guys at or around 30 (Judge, Turner, Contreras) is a positive sign.  They have all produced and deserve to get paid.

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Jameson Taillon Chicago Cubs

SAN DIEGO — Jameson Taillon agreed to a four-year, $68 million deal with the Cubs on Tuesday night, sources told The Post.

The right-hander is coming off two solid seasons with the Yankees after battling injuries — including Tommy John surgery — for much of his time with the Pirates.

Despite getting two good years out of Taillon after acquiring him from the Pirates before the 2021 season, the Yankees decided not to bring back Taillon, unwilling to enter the market for the 31-year-old.

Because the Yankees did not extend Taillon a qualifying offer, they won’t receive draft pick compensation for him signing elsewhere

Jameson Taillon

Jameson Taillon 
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Taijuan Walker Philadelphia Phillies

New York Post:

Another former Mets starting pitcher will call Philadelphia home.

Taijuan Walker, who pitched the last two seasons in Flushing, agreed to a four-year, $72 million deal with the Phillies on Tuesday night, The Post’s Jon Heyman confirmed. The deal has no option years and or opt-outs, according to The Post’s Joel Sherman.

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Taijuan Walker agreed to a four-year, $72 million contract with the Phillies.
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Walker, who celebrated by tweeting a “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” video, joins former Mets starter Zack Wheeler with the defending NL champions. Noah Syndergaard finished last season with the Phillies after a trade from the Angels but is a free agent. Walker’s deal comes after the Phillies lost righty Zach Eflin to the Rays on a three-year, $40 million contract and needed to fill a spot in their rotation.

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David Price Los Angeles Dodgers
Taking 2023 off
December 6, 2022
Price's agent Bo McKinnis announced Tuesday the left-hander doesn't plan to pitch in 2023, Jon Heyman of the New York Post reports.
ANALYSIS
Price spent the past two seasons with the Dodgers and primarily worked out of the bullpen, and he had a 2.45 ERA, 1.17 WHIP and 37:9 K:BB across 40.1 innings during 2022. This doesn't appear to be a formal retirement, but a year off at 37 years could very well be the end of his 14-year MLB career.
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Cody Bellinger Chicago Cubs
Signing with Cubs
December 6, 2022
Bellinger agreed to a one-year, $17.5 million contract with the Cubs on Tuesday, Jeff Passan of ESPN.comreports.
ANALYSIS
The 27-year-old wasn't tendered a contract by the Dodgers for 2023, and he was courted by multiple clubs before he ultimately decided to join the Cubs. Bellinger is well removed from the production of his MVP campaign in 2019 and had a .210/.265/.389 slash line in 144 games last season, though his strong defense in center field should keep him in the lineup in 2023 even if he doesn't bounce back at the plate.
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Mitch Haniger San Francisco Giants
Inks deal with San Francisco
December 6, 2022
Haniger agreed to a three-year, $43.5 million contract with the Giants on Tuesday, Jeff Passan of ESPN.comreports.
ANALYSIS
San Francisco's pursuit of Aaron Judge has understandably garnered most of the attention, but the organization was first able to secure a deal with Haniger to bolster its outfield. Haniger was limited to 57 games for Seattle last season due to a high-ankle sprain, but he provided a solid bat when healthy with a .246/.308/.429 slash line. The 31-year-old was also productive in 2021 with an .803 OPS, 39 home runs and 100 RBI in 157 contests. The contract includes an opt-out after the 2024 campaign, according to Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area, so it could end up being a two-year pact if Haniger performs well with the Giants.
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Casey Sadler Seattle Mariners
Back with M's on MiLB pact
December 7, 2022
Sadler (shoulder) and the Mariners agreed Wednesday on a minor-league contract, Jon Heyman of the New York Post reports.
ANALYSIS
Seattle non-tendered Sadler earlier this offseason, with the 32-year-old reliever choosing to elect free agency soon thereafter. He'll rejoin the Mariners on a deal that presumably includes an invitation to spring training, but it's unclear if Sadler will be ready to go by the time pitchers report to camp in February. After he was one of the majors' top setup men in 2021 with an 0.67 ERA, 0.72 WHIP and 37:10 K:BB over 40.1 innings, Sadler missed the entire 2022 campaign while recovering from the right shoulder surgery he underwent in late March.
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Kenley Jansen Atlanta Braves

Rotowire:

Catches on with Boston
December 7, 2022
Jansen and the Red Sox agreed Wednesday on a two-year, $32 million contract, Jeff Passan of ESPN.comreports.
ANALYSIS
Even though the 35-year-old Jansen is on the downslope of his career, he remained a solid closer in 2022 with Atlanta, converting 41 of 48 save chances while posting a 3.38 ERA, 1.05 WHIP and 85:22 K:BB in 64 innings. He'll now add some stability to the back end of the Boston bullpen, after the Red Sox had mostly taken a committee approach to the ninth inning last season. Jansen's contract and ample experience as a closer -- he'll enter 2023 with 391 career saves -- means he should have a decent amount of leash as Boston's ninth-inning man even if he endures some early struggles.
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Aaron Judge New York Yankees

As a Yankee hater, I'm very happy to see the Yanks pay this price along with taking the ever-growing CBT hit.

Man, this offseason is making the CBA look pretty successful thus far.  Maybe that is why Tony Clark was extended?  Yeah, that must be it.

Bob Elam Bob-in-TX
Jose Quintana St. Louis Cardinals

Justin Terranova in the New York Post:

The Mets keep losing starting pitchers — and then quickly replacing them.

A day after Taijuan Walker agreed to a four-year, $72 million deal with the rival Phillies, the Mets agreed to sign Jose Quintana to a two-year, $26 million contract, The Post’s Jon Heyman and Joel Sherman confirmed.

The 33-year-old lefty split last season between the Pirates and Cardinals, going a combined 6-7 with a 2.93 ERA.


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Jose Quintana pitching for the Cardinals on Oct. 7, 2022.
Jose Quintana pitching for the Cardinals on Oct. 7, 2022.
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Quintana will slot into the rotation behind Max Scherzer and Justin Verlander, who signed with the Mets on Monday after they lost Jacob deGrom to the Rangers. The Post reported Tuesday the Mets were interested in Japanese free agent Kodai Senga as a No. 3 starter. It is unlikely the Quintana signing will impact that pursuit.

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Aaron Judge New York Yankees

Dan Martin and Greg Joyce in the New York Post:

Aaron Judge is staying in pinstripes.

The free-agent superstar and the Yankees agreed to a nine-year, $360 million contract on Wednesday, The Post’s Jon Heyman confirmed, keeping the AL MVP in The Bronx for the foreseeable future and possibly the rest of his career. The Athletic first reported the news.

Judge, 30, took a visit with his hometown Giants during the free-agent process but in the end is staying home instead of going home. The Padres also offered a late bid for Judge’s services, meeting him Tuesday night at Petco Park in San Diego, but were turned down.

Aaron Judge #99 of the New York Yankees celebrates in the outfield
Aaron Judge will be sticking in The Bronx after testing the free agency market.
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The outfielder turned down a seven-year, $213.5 million offer from the Yankees before Opening Day, betting on himself and winning big. 

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Trea Turner Los Angeles Dodgers

Soooooo true Eugene.

Bob Elam Bob-in-TX

The Padres are proving how flush with cash baseball is. They're a small market team going for it on every big free agent, plus signing their own players to long-term deals at high dollars because there is so much money coming in. It just shows that everyone could be spending $200M pretty easily if they wanted to. When your favorite team says they have a budget and will only spend $100M or $120M it just means their owner is insisting on $80M more profit than the Padres' owner. 

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Tommy Kahnle Los Angeles Dodgers
Josh Bell Cleveland Guardians

Looks like the team change is to Cleveland. A good pickup for the Guardians who needed a righty bat with power, and Bell seems to fit the on-base, strong bat control style of the team. Switch hitters Francona loves. I didn't think Bell would go with CLE because I expected he would hold out for a longer contract. Has an opt out (Boras style) after one year, which Cleveland never does, but seems to me it's a win while prospects get another year.

Not sure what's next -- at catcher -- but Bell means they got the bat they wanted. Put Bell and Sean Murphy in last year's lineup, and it would have been a big step up.

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Trea Turner Los Angeles Dodgers

Pads offer was $342 million, so still a wow for me.  I know, wife from Jersey and all.  But $42 million minus differential taxes? 

I am also implicitly showing my bias for San Diego and against Philly.  If money were no object, San Diego would be in my top 5 US cities to live in and Philly would certainly be in the bottom 10.  Go figure.  Hopefully it was really about teammates and coaching.

Bob Elam Bob-in-TX
Mark Teixeira New York Yankees

Here's another example (Turner and Clevinger threads).  According to Boras, someone offered him more money.  According to Teixeira, his wife told him to sign with the Yankees.  

When it's all funny money, little things might be the big things.

Mike Landau ML-
Trea Turner Los Angeles Dodgers

He's an East Coast guy.  Some people just don't want to live in L.A. for 11 years---and once you're at $300 million, wouldn't you rather play where you like rather than take the extra $5 million to deal with the traffic?

There are more factors than money (see Clevinger thread) that we don't know about.

Mike Landau ML-

MLBTR says the Pads offered more $$, even after accounting for CA tax differences.  Guess he really valued the playoff series winner, as well as the chance to play with former teammate Harper and his old hitting coach.  That is a wow for me.

https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2022/12/padres-made-higher-offer-than-phillies-to-trea-turner.html

Bob Elam Bob-in-TX

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