MLB rumors: Yankees frontrunners for Jameson Taillon; three teams pursuing Yasiel Puig

Spring training is a roughly three weeks away and the hot stove is beginning to heat up. Although only 23 of our top 60 free agents have signed, 13 of the 23 have signed since Jan. 1. Here are the latest hot stove rumblings. 

Yankees frontrunners for Taillon

Right-hander Jameson Taillon is expected to be the next player traded as part of the Pirates’ rebuild and the Yankees are the frontrunners to acquire him, report’s Mark Feinsand and the New York Post‘s Joel Sherman. Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette says a trade could happen as soon as Sunday. The Yankees had interest in Taillon earlier this offseason.

Taillon, 29, is rehabbing from his second Tommy John surgery and has not pitched in an MLB game since May 2019. He threw 191 innings with a 3.20 ERA and a 3.89 K/BB in 2018, the last time he was healthy. Taillon will earn $2.25 million in 2021, which New York can fit under the $210 million luxury tax threshold, and will remain under team control as an arbitration-eligible player in 2022.

Three teams pursuing Puig


The Marlins, Royals, and Yankees are among the possible landing spots for free agent outfielder Yasiel Puig, reports CBS Sports HQ’s Jim Bowden. Miami and Kansas City have outfield openings at the moment, and the Yankees could trade Clint Frazier for pitching, which would open a spot for Puig. Our R.J. Anderson ranked Puig the No. 40 free agent on the market.

Puig, 30, agreed to a one-year contract with the Braves last summer, but the deal fell apart after he tested positive for COVID-19. After sitting out the regular season, Puig played five winter ball games in the Dominican Republic, going 3 for 13 (.231) with seven walks and six strikeouts. In 2019, his last MLB season, he authored a .267/.327/.458 batting line with 24 home runs.

Marlins want an outfielder, pursued Santander


The Marlins are seeking an outfielder and pursued an Anthony Santander trade with the Orioles, according to MLB Network’s Jon Heyman. Free agents like Adam Duvall and Eddie Rosario are believed to be too expensive for Miami, Heyman adds. The Marlins currently have Garrett Cooper, a natural first baseman, penciled into right field alongside Corey Dickerson and Starling Marte.

Santander, 26, has slugged 31 home runs in 130 games the last two seasons. He will earn either $2.1 million or $2.475 million through arbitration in 2021, and will remain under team control through 2024. Santander would seem to be part of the O’s core, but, as Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports writes, they’ve have made everyone available, and they have outfield prospects on the way.


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