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MLB rumors: Mets and George Springer still far apart; Trevor Bauer seeking upward of $40 million per year


The #New #Year is right around the corner and we’re still waiting for our first major MLB free agent signing of the winter. #Only 10 of our top 60 free agents have signed, including only one of the top 14 and five of the top 25. #Things will pick up eventually. #Here are the latest hot stove rumblings.

#Mets, #Springer still a ‘good distance’ apart

The #Mets and free agent outfielder #George #Springer are still a “good distance” apart in contract talks, reports SNY’s #Andy #Martino. #Martino adds #Springer is said to be seeking north of $150 million, and that the #Blue #Jays remain in the mix to sign him. #Our R.J. #Anderson ranked #Springer the #No. 1 free agent on the market.

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#New #York signed #Trevor #May and #James #McCann to sensible, lower-cost contracts earlier this offseason, and we’re all kinda sorta waiting for them to make a big splash. #Springer would give the #Mets a true center fielder, something they’ve lacked in recent years, and also a power righty bat to balance out a lineup that is a little too lefty-heavy at the moment.

#Bauer seeking 5-6 year deal

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#Interested clubs suggest free agent righty #Trevor #Bauer is seeking a 5-6 year contract worth $36 million to $40 million per season, according to MLB #Network’s #Jon #Heyman. #At $36 million, #Gerrit #Cole’s holds the current record for average annual salary. #It makes sense that #Bauer would look to break that. #Our R.J. #Anderson ranked #Bauer the #No. 3 free agent on the market.

The fact #Yu #Darvish was traded for #Zach #Davies and four non-elite rookie ball prospects may be bad news for #Bauer. #Darvish is four years older than #Bauer, but he’s just as good, and he’s owed $59 million through 2023. The #Cubs still couldn’t get much in a trade. #In that case, is 5-6 years at $36-plus million a year really out there for #Bauer? #Maybe, though he may be aiming too high.

#Cardinals still interested in #Wong

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#Although they declined his $12.5 million club option in #November, the #Cardinals maintain interest in second baseman #Kolten #Wong, reports MLB #Network’s #Jon #Heyman. #Obviously a reunion would have to come at a lower salary, though perhaps more total dollars across multiple years. #Our R.J. #Anderson ranked #Wong the #No. 19 free agent on the market.

#Wong, 30, is a league average-ish hitter and an elite defender at second base. #His best play — his only play — may be to wait until DJ #LeMahieu signs, then engage the teams that missed out on him and need a second baseman. #St. #Louis could plug #Tommy #Edman in at second and #Matt #Carpenter in at third, though that would make their infield defense a big liability.

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