The Winter Meetings are back in San Diego this week, the first time since 2019 that the event is being held in person.
We know the players who will dominate headlines, namely Aaron Judge, Trea Turner, Carlos Correa and Justin Verlander. But which teams will be the most active as roster-building for 2023 and beyond starts to take shape?
MLB.com looks at 11 teams that are expected to move the needle as the baseball world gathers for the Hot Stove season’s biggest week.
As long as Aaron Judge remains on the free-agent market, the Yankees will be the team to watch. New York made an offer in the eight-year, $300 million range, though the AL MVP is expected to command at least $40 million per season when all is said and done. The Yankees remain the favorites to retain Judge, but if he signs elsewhere, there will be immense pressure for general manager Brian Cashman to respond. Could that mean signing Carlos Correa or Justin Verlander?
San Francisco had a ton of money come off the books this winter, setting the Giants up as one of the offseason’s big spenders. Aaron Judge remains the club’s top target, but there are plenty of areas in which president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi can improve his roster. Judge or no Judge, the Giants figure to be one of the busier teams this week.