The Ohtani sweepstakes is reportedly heating up, as some suitors have dropped out of the race, while others have increased their interest.
According to ESPN's Jeff Passan, the Mets, Red Sox and Rangers have moved on to other targets. Meanwhile, the Dodgers, Blue Jays, Cubs and Angels reportedly remain in the race for the two-way superstar.
It's unclear whether the Giants, who have long been rumored to have interest, are still involved in the quest for Ohtani's signature.
Cardinals add Sonny Gray to rotation
The St. Louis Cardinals are overhauling essentially their entire rotation ahead of the 2024 MLB season. After signing both Lance Lynn and Kyle Gibson, the team added Sonny Gray with a three-year, $75 million deal on Nov. 27.
Gray, 34, posted a 2.79 ERA over 184 innings with the Minnesota Twins in 2023.
Phillies bring back Aaron Nola on seven-year deal
The Philadelphia Phillies ended a couple of weeks of relative quiet in MLB free agency when the team and pitcher Aaron Nola came to terms Nov. 19 on a seven-year, $172 million contract.
Nola was the third-ranked free agent on Crizer's top-25 list.
Stephen Vogt first of managerial hires; Craig Counsell to Cubs in shocker
In a winter with several teams looking for new skippers, the first domino to fall was in Cleveland, as the Guardians hired Stephen Vogt on Nov. 6 to replace the retiring Terry Francona.
In a shocking turn of events, it was also announced Nov. 6 that the Mets are hiring Carlos Mendoza as their new manager, and Craig Counsell is headed to the Chicago Cubs. Counsell signed a five-year contract with Chicago worth more than $40 million, making him the highest-paid manager in MLB.
Ron Washington lands with Angels
Whether or not they have Shohei Ohtani, the Los Angeles Angels found their manager for the 2024 season, hiring veteran Ron Washington on Nov. 8.
It's Washington's first managerial gig since he led the Texas Rangers for eight seasons from 2007 to 2014. In Arlington, Washington won two AL pennants and was one strike away from winning the World Series in 2011 before his team lost to the St. Louis Cardinals. Since 2016, Washington had been the third-base coach for the Atlanta Braves.