Hot Stove Rumor Roundup: Giants, Harper Fond of Each Other

Good morning, Mets fans. Here’s what’s buzzing around baseball this Saturday morning

Giants, Bryce Harper Have Eventful Meeting

Now that the J.T. Realmuto saga is over, we have two more fish to fry: Bryce Harper and Manny Machado. At this point, it’s anyone’s guess where they’ll end up as more and more teams come out of the woodwork.

That holds true especially in regards to Harper, who met with the Giants and their GM Farhan Zaidi this week. Zaidi said that after meeting with Harper, both sides have interest in striking a potential deal.

“There’s obviously mutual interest on both sides so we thought it made sense to get together,” Zaidi said. “We had a good conversation over a few hours. He’s obviously got a lot of suitors and a lot of interest and has some decisions to make, but again, I think it’s fair to say that was an expression of our interest level, to make the trip out there.”

Madson Weighing Retirement?

In an interesting development, it seems as though Ryan Madson may be weighing retirement.

According to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, it seemed as though Madson would ultimately land a deal soon, but now there’s reason to speculate whether he’s going to actually return at all.

The 38-year-old and 13-year MLB veteran spent last season with the Washington Nationals and Los Angeles Dodgers where he suited up in 58 games, but yielded mediocre to poor results, posting a 5.47 ERA.

A Flurry of Transactions

As Spring Training gets closer and closer, more and more available players have come off the board. While there wasn’t any truly flashy signings, several teams did bring on new players.

  • The Los Angeles Dodgers inked right-hander J.D. Martin and infielder and former Mets’ farmhand Cody Asche to minor league deals.
  • The San Francisco Giants signed former Mets’ catcher Rene Rivera to a minor league contract with an invite to MLB Spring Training.
  • The Philadelphia Phillies landed infielder and longtime Pittsburgh Pirate Sean Rodriguez to a minor league deal with an invite to MLB Spring Training.
  • The Cleveland Indians snatched up outfielder Matt Joyce on a minor league deal with an MLB Spring Training invite, as well as reliever Alex Wilson.
  • The Minnesota Twins and infielder Adam Rosales are in agreement on a minor league pact.
  • The Los Angeles Angels swiped Daniel Hudson on a minor league deal.
  • The Washington Nationals designated pitcher Trevor Gott for assignment.
  • The Arizona Diamondbacks agreed to terms with veteran pitchers Ricky Nolasco and Marc Rzepczynski.

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