MLB Winter Meetings tracker: Live updates on news, rumors, signings and trades for 2022 free agency

By | December 5, 2022

Winter is coming. But first, winter meetings.

Business will be conducted, news will be broken, players will be signed when MLB front offices, players and agents all meet in sunny San Diego for this year’s baseball Winter Meetings, from Sunday, Dec. 4, to Wednesday, Dec. 7.

This offseason, the majority of eyes are set on MLB’s literal and figurative biggest free agent, outfielder Aaron Judge. Recent reports indicate that Judge could make a decision this week that will set the stage for the remainder of his career. Which coast Judge will be playing on remains to be seen; rumors indicate that the Giants or Yankees could sign the MVP slugger.

Other stars, such as Justin Verlander, Trea Turner, Carlos Correa, Carlos Rodon and Xander Bogaerts, figure to contribute to what could be a wild week of signings, trade, rumors and more.

MORE: MLB free agency tracker — Latest news, updates for 2022 class

The Sporting News will be tracking the latest out of San Diego below. 

MLB Winter Meetings rumors, news, signings

Twins open to trading Luis Arraez

Date: Monday, Dec. 5

Source: Dan Hayes, The Athletic

Reigning American League batting champ Luis Arraez could be on the move this offseason. Dan Hayes reports the Twins are open to trading Arraez “in the right deal” as they look to bolster their starting rotation. 

Hayes reports that the Rangers’ five-year, $185 million deal with Jacob deGrom has the Twins’ front office thinking they’ll have better luck landing a top-end starting pitcher via trade than the open market, and the 25-year-old Arraez could be their most valuable chip. 

Justin Verlander signing with Mets

Date: Monday, Dec. 5

Source: Andy Martino, SNY

Justin Verlander is headed to Queens. The reigning AL Cy Young winner, who will turn 40 during spring training, has a two-year deal with the Mets that includes a vesting option for a third season, Andy Martino of SNY first reported. 

The deal is worth at least $86 million and includes a full no-trade clause, according to Jon Heyman of the New York Post

Dodgers make Clayton Kershaw return official

Date: Monday, Dec. 5

The Dodgers officially announced Clayton Kershaw will be back next season. Robert Murray of FanSided reported the veteran lefty will make $20 million in 2023, including a $5 million signing bonus. 

Yankees are in on Bryan Reynolds

Date: Sunday, Dec. 4

Source: Jason Mackey, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The Yankees are looking to bolster the outfield, and Pirates outfielder Bryan Reynolds could be an option for them, according to Jason Mackey.

Reynolds recently requested a trade despite signing a two-year deal with Pittsburgh around the trade deadline this year, but he has two years of arbitration eligibility beyond 2023, making him for a very intriguing, controllable and productive player on the market. 

Athletics could be close to dealing Sean Murphy

Date: Sunday, Dec. 4

Source: Mark Feinsand,

The Athletics appear ready to resume their roster blowup, this time shipping off their No. 1 catcher. Feinsand reports that mulitple teams are in the hunt for the 28-year-old Murphy but the Braves are not one of them, updating an earlier report.

Murphy hit a career-high 18 home runs for Oakland in 2022, a key component in his 122 wRC+. He won a Gold Glove in 2021.