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Yankees 2023 Winter Meetings Rumors: Day One

Tracking every rumor and whisper emanating out of Nashville at the MLB winter meetings.

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The Yankees’ woeful 2023 season ended just over two months ago, but today could represent a chance for the team to turn things around. Yes, this marks the beginning of MLB’s annual winter meetings, this year held in Nashville, Tennessee. The event typically leads to non-stop rumors, and eventually signings and trades, marking the high point of hot stove season. With luck, the Yankees will use this time to make major moves that will put them back on the right track in 2024.

Regardless of whether the Yankees make a big swing today, such as landing Juan Soto from the Padres, we’ll keep you up to date on all the action from around the league. There’s intrigue everywhere, from the free agencies of big-name pitchers like Blake Snell and Jordan Montgomery, to a huge collection of overseas talent, including Yoshinobu Yamamoto. And of course, Shohei Ohtani looms over it all, with reports suggesting that he may have a new home by the end of the week.

Stay tuned throughout the day, as we’ll have all the rumors that are fit to print.

Note: All listed times are in Eastern Standard Time.

Rumors of the Day (December 4)

7:00 PM: Another less than revelatory rumor: Eduardo Rodríguez has been seen at the winter meetings. It looks like at least one big-name starting pitcher is intent on signing while the league meets in Nashville. Rodríguez is coming off a rock solid year, running a 134 ERA+ in 152.2 innings, before opting out of the last three years and $49 million of his deal with the Tigers. You can read Malachi’s free agent profile of him here.

5:45 PM: It’s a sign of how slow things have been today that I’ll highlight the impending signing of Erick Fedde here. You may remember Fedde as a fungible part of the Nationals pitching staff over the years. The righty went to Korea this season and became KBO MVP for 2023, and will reportedly earn over $5 million annually across a two-year deal. With whom has he signed? We don’t know! Such is the state of the hot stove at the moment.

3:15 PM: Speaking to Bleacher Report, Heyman reports that sentiment around the league is that Shohei Ohtani and Yoshinobu Yamamoto, perhaps the top two free agents on the market, won’t find new homes at the winter meetings. This isn’t a shocking sentiment, but it does mean we could be in for a fairly slow winter meetings (it’s been a relatively quiet day one thus far, it must be said). Finalists for Ohtani may be waiting to see if they have a $500+ million man on their hands before engaging in other serious maneuvers, while the starting pitching market might also be stalled by the deliberations of Yamamoto, likely the top arm available.

2:30 PM: Jon Heyman reports that the Yankees are one of “many teams” interested in Wandy Peralta. There hasn’t been much smoke linking the Yankees to big-name relievers, but it seems they’re open to a reunion with one of their best relief pitchers over the last few years. Peralta has managed a 149 ERA+ across 153 innings as a Yankee, with a 2.83 ERA in 2023, though he did look a little shakier at times, with his walk rate inflating to 5.0 per nine.

11:30 AM: John Mozeliak of the Cardinals, speaking on MLB Network Radio at the winter meetings, confirmed that the club is taking calls on outfielder Tyler O’Neill. The Yankees and Cardinals were linked throughout the summer on the outfield front, though nothing ever came to fruition. The Bombers could reconnect with St. Louis given New York’s self-professed desire for outfielders, and O’Neill is an interesting talent, with a star-level 2021 campaign on his resume. He’s been slowed by injury since then, however, posting a 97 OPS+ over the last two seasons combined while missing roughly half of each year.

8:45 AM: Per Jeeho Yoo and Jon Heyman, the KBO’s Kiwoom Heroes have announced that Jung Hoo Lee will indeed be posted today, as previously rumored. The 30-day negotiating window to potentially sign him will begin tomorrow. The Yankees have been linked to Lee, as have the Giants and Mets. For more on him, check out Josh’s free agent target post here.

12:00 AM: This technically happened just before the calendar turned over on the East Coast, but we’ll start with the surprising trade that sent Jarred Kelenic, Evan White, and Marco Gonzales from the Mariners to the Braves in exchange for Jackson Kowar and Cole Phillips. The deal smacks of a salary dump, as Seattle clears a chunk of money guaranteed to White and Gonzales while packaging them with the erstwhile top Mets prospect Kelenic, who hasn’t truly clicked in the majors but was key to the big Edwin Díaz/Robinson Canó deal from a few years back.