MLB rumours: latest buzz amid 2022 World Series
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The Philadelphia Phillies and Houston Astros may be deadlocked one game apiece from the 2022 World Series, but for the rest of the baseball world, all eyes are on the playoffs and the many trades destined to grab headlines and alter the fate of teams looking for this. elusive Commissioner’s Trophy.
One such team is the 119-win Los Angeles Dodgers, who saw their championship aspirations dashed by the San Diego Padres and will now focus on the shortstop position and could replace All- Star Trea Turner.
Who could they be targeting for the job and what other teams and players are making headlines ahead of a frenetically busy period for Major League teams?
Take a look at these latest rumors from MLB amid the sport’s championship series.
Dodgers consider Carlos Correa to replace Trea Turner
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One of this offseason’s prized free agents, there’s a very real likelihood that Trea Turner won’t return to the Los Angeles Dodgers and the 2020 World Champions already have their eye on his potential replacement.
Jon Heyman of the New York Post reported that the team is eyeing Minnesota Twins shortstop Carlos Correa. “They love everything he brings, and so far they don’t seem to have any reservations for 2017.”
Statistically, Correa was a better hitter than Turner in 2022.
He hit 22 homers to Turner’s 21, had a higher on-base percentage (.366 to .343), slugging percentage (.466 to .465), and OPS+ (140 to 121). The numbers aren’t drastically different, however, so it would be hard to suggest Correa would be either a step down or a marked improvement over Turner.
Turner is quicker and combines that with his power to create a more complete player with the ability to steal bases (27), which Correa simply hasn’t done at all in 2022.
There’s still the potential for Turner to return to the Dodgers, but a desire to be closer to his Florida home and continued ties to Philadelphia and former teammate Bryce Harper continue to suggest he could find his best fit. with the defending National League champions.
Jon Heyman @JonHeyman
Philly would make sense for Trea Turner, as it seems he prefers the East Coast and a Florida spring. Plus, they could use it. https://t.co/53qvca1Ovo
Luckily for Los Angeles, there are a few other star shortstops available this offseason, including Boston’s Xander Bogaerts and Atlanta’s Dansby Swanson. Either would be an above-average addition for an organization looking to build on a historic 2022 that ended flat and disappointingly in the playoffs.
Nolan Arenado will stay in St. Louis
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The St. Louis Cardinals have one less worry this offseason as star third baseman Nolan Arenado opts to accept his contract and stay with the team through 2023, as reported by The Athletic’s. Katie Woo.
Guarding Arenado helps the Cardinals find the pieces to help fuel their offense and ensure a quick dismissal from the playoffs never happens again. Pairing him with MVP candidate Paul Goldschmidt creates a nice foundation the team can build on and hopefully produce more hits and runs than they did against Philadelphia this postseason.
Arenado had 30 home runs, 103 RBIs and a .289 batting average in his second season in St. Louis. His OPS (.881) was significantly higher than the league average of .706, as was his slugging percentage (.535 vs. .395). There’s a reason St. Louis was eager to retain him and ensure he’s a foundational player for them for the foreseeable future.
Defensively, he will have to prove that he is still the guy he was in Colorado and in his first season with the Cardinals. 2022 brought with it the second-most errors of his career (12) and the second-lowest lineout percentage (.968).
Still, St. Louis will take those stats with offensive production and be happy to have a young player back with an upside to excite.
Red Sox won’t extend qualifying offer to JD Martinez
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“As much as they like it, the Red Sox have no plans to extend the ($19.65 million) qualifying offer to JD Martinez,” Heyman also reported, essentially ending Martinez’s five seasons at Boston.
It’s not particularly difficult to see why the Red Sox wouldn’t be willing to accept the $19.65 million qualifying offer. Martinez saw his stats drop in every measurable category in 2022 when he played just nine fewer games and featured 37 fewer beats.
Could the fewer opportunities be the cause of his statistical slowdown? Sure. Martinez has been terrific for the Red Sox, enjoying the best years of his career with the organization and is by no means destined for a downward spiral. Last season alone, he had the most doubles of his career (42) and still shot a .518 save percentage.
With the Red Sox struggling to keep up with the Yankees and a young and talented squad in Toronto, the team is likely to find itself in a rebuilding phase and it starts, apparently, with Martinez.
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