Hot Stove Rumor Roundup: Dodgers Trying To Impress Harper

Good Morning Mets Fans! One of the first big dominoes fell on the free agent market with the Nationals signing of Patrick Corbin, so that leaves us asking: what next?

Bryce Harper Market

According to Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports, the Dodgers and Bryce Harper have held a meeting to discuss a possible future between the two sides. It was or¬†originally reported that Lakers’ executive Magic Johnson sat in on the meeting, but he later denied. According to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, the Cubs are also expected to hold a meeting with the former MVP soon as well.

Harper, 26, is sitting on the open market for the first time in his career, and is expected to get a record-breaking free agent contract. Reports have tied him to a host of teams, including the Phillies, Braves, Mets, Nationals, Dodgers, Cubs, and Yankees.

Sonny Gray To The…

According to MLB’s Jon Morosi, the Yankees and Padres have had “ongoing conversations on a Sonny Gray trade.” Gray, 29, struggled mightily for the Yankees, being sent to the bullpen during a career-worst year.

Gray is under contract through the 2020 season, and the Padres desperately need starting pitching. Gray went 11-9 with a 4.90 ERA last season, making 23 starts and 7 relief appearances.

According to Morosi, the Brewers are also interested, considering their desperate need for starting pitching if they wish to repeat an NLCS appearance from last season and venture even further.

Yankees Turn Focus To Other Starters

After Patrick Corbin decided to sign with the Nationals on Tuesday, it was reported that the Yankees have shifted focus in their off-season plans.

Mark Feinsand of MLB.com tweeted on Tuesday morning that ” a source says the team is engaged with Nathan Eovaldi, J.A. Happ and Lance Lynn as potential Plan B if Corbin signs elsewhere.”

With Corbin obviously choosing “elsewhere”, the Yankees will likely not hesitate to shift to the next tier of free agent starting pitchers.

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