The Giants are out on free agent pitchers James Shields and Max Scherzer but are trying to work out a trade with the Rays for Ben Zobrist, ESPN’s Jim Bowden reports. The Giants were never truly in on Scherzer.
The Rays signed Asdrubal Cabrera on Tuesday, increasing their flexibility to trade Zobrist. The Giants were reportedly interested in Zobrist as recently as last week.
Zobrist, 33, can become a free agent after the season, so the Rays may attempt to recoup some value from him before he leaves as they retool under their new front office. Zobrist would help the Giants’ versatility, particularly after receiving the bad news about Marco Scutaro’s back.
PHILADELPHIA — Left-handed pitcher Matt Strahm joined the Philadelphia Phillies on a two-year deal, the team announced.
The 31-year-old free agent was a relief pitcher for the Boston Red Sox in the 2022 season, with a 3.83 ERA in 50 appearances, striking out 52, giving up 17 walks and allowing just five home runs.
Strahm has been a reliever and a starter over his seven seasons in the MLB, playing for Kansas City and San Diego before landing in Boston.
The Phillies did not say how much Strahm’s deal was worth in the news release.
After falling short in the World Series to the Houston Astros, Philadelphia has been on an offseason spending spree, picking up shortstop Trea Turner and right-handed starter Taijuan Walker.