MLB rumors continue to grow as spring training is around the corner. It’s the final stretch of the offseason as general managers are wrapping up their winters of discontent. The latest rumors around the baseball world focus on Brandon Woodruff and the trade involving the Seattle Mariners and Minnesota Twins.
Woodruff appears to be on the radar of one particular team from National League East. As for the Mariners, they wanted something more from their trade with the Twins.
Rumor: Andy Martino of SNY discussed why the right-hander could be fit for the New York Mets.
The New York Mets starting rotation is shaping out before camp opens up. They appear to be finished making major moves, but a small one that might work out well for them in the long term. Woodruff, 30, posted a 2.28 ERA and 0.82 WHIP in 2023. He underwent shoulder surgery in October, as he is expected to miss all of the 2024 season. If the Mets were to sign him, it would be a multi-year deal. Then, there’s the familiarity between Woodruff and the president of baseball operations, David Stearns. Woodruff spent the first seven seasons of his career in Milwaukee. He finished fifth in the NL Cy Young Award race in 2021 with a 2.56 ERA and 211 strikeouts in 179 1/3 innings. Signing him would allow the Mets to bring Woodruff in for his rehab then potentially be the team’s No. 2 starter for 2025 being Koadi Senga.
Rumor: Jon Morosi of MLB.com reported that the Seattle Mariners asked about a Minnesota Twins outfielder.
The Minnesota Twins sent Jorge Polanco to the Seattle Mariners, featuring a four-player trade. Jon Morosi of MLB.com reported that the Mariners asked about Max Kepler. However, the Twins were quick to reject any trade involving the outfielder. It’s fair to say that Minnesota did not want to part with Kepler as much as they wanted Polanco. Kepler could play a meaningful role with the Twins as he had a comeback year at the plate last season, hitting 24 home runs and hitting .260 for a 124 wRC+.
Polanco is a player who can hit from both sides of the plate and can play across the infield. He should be the regular second baseman for the M’s, but he has played 501 games at shortstop and 24 at third base. This will provide manager Scott Servais plenty of platoon options for the lineup.