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  • Jeff McNeil To See Majority Of His Time At Second Base

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    New York Mets president of baseball operations David Stearns said that utility man Jeff McNeil is expected to get the majority of his playing time at second base in 2024, which is why the team is looking to add an outfielder who will play a lot. McNeil played 99 games at the keystone last year but also spent a good amount of time in left and right field for the Mets. It's unclear if the drop in playing time in the outfield in 2024 will cause him to lose outfield eligibility completely for fantasy managers, and his presence at second more often could impact the playing time for youngsters Ronny Mauricio and Brett Baty. The 31-year-old McNeil missed the end of the regular season with a partial UCL tear in his right elbow, but he should be healthy and good to go for Opening Day, barring any setbacks between now and then.

    Dec 4 · Source via New York Mets Jeff McNeil
  • Edwin Diaz Is "Fully Healthy"

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    New York Mets manager Carlos Mendoza said that closer Edwin Diaz (knee), who had season-ending knee surgery in March, is "fully healthy." Mendoza wouldn't commit to saying Diaz will have a normal spring training, but he said the Mets will have to put together a plan that makes sense. Diaz suffered a torn patellar tendon in his right knee during the World Baseball Classic and didn't pitch at all for the Mets. New York is going to be extra-cautious with the 29-year-old hard-throwing reliever, but as long as he doesn't have any setbacks this offseason or next spring, he should be ready for Opening Day in 2024. Before the devastating injury, Diaz was a top-tier fantasy closer after saving 32 games with 118 K's in 62 innings in 2022.

    Dec 4 · Source via Closers New York Mets Edwin Diaz
  • Cardinals Listening On Tyler O'Neill

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    St. Louis Cardinals president of baseball operations John Mozeliak said that the team's projected starting outfield for the 2024 season is Lars Nootbaar, Tommy Edman and Jordan Walker, with Dylan Carlson serving as the fourth outfielder. Mozeliak mentioned the team is getting a lot of hits on their outfielders, but he mentioned specifically that they are listening on trades for Tyler O'Neill. The 28-year-old Canadian has an intriguing power/speed profile, but his stock is down and he may need a change of scenery to ignite him. O'Neill has played in over 100 games only once in six seasons in the big leagues due to injuries. In 72 contests in 2023, he hit .231 (55-for-238) with nine home runs, 21 RBI, five steals and 27 runs scored. If he goes elsewhere, stays healthy and has a starting spot, he could be a nice low-cost sleeper target late in fantasy drafts.

    Dec 4 · Source via St. Louis Cardinals Tyler O'Neill
  • Jung Hoo Lee Officially Posted On Monday

    South Korean star outfielder Jung Hoo Lee has been posted by the Kiwoom Heroes of the Korea Baseball Organization and will now have a 30-day negotiating window with major-league baseball teams through early January. The 25-year-old was the MVP of the KBO in 2022 and led the league in batting average (.349), hits (193), RBI (113) on-base percentage (.421) and slugging percentage (.575). He is known for his bat-to-ball skills and control of the strike zone, striking out 304 times and walking 383 times in 884 games in his seven seasons in the KBO. Lee missed most of the second half in 2023 due to an ankle injury, but he still hit .318/.406/.455 in 86 games. He has been linked to the San Francisco Giants, New York Yankees and San Diego Padres so far.

    Dec 4 · Source via Prospects Jung Hoo Lee
  • Gavin Lux Expected To Be Dodgers' Starting Shortstop

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    Los Angeles Dodgers infielder Gavin Lux (knee) is expected to be the team's starting shortstop in 2024 when he returns from a right-knee injury that caused him to miss all of the 2023 campaign. Manager Dave Roberts said that Mookie Betts will be the regular second baseman next year as well, so Lux and Betts should be working together regularly up the middle in LA. General manager Brandon Gomes said earlier this offseason that Lux is on track to be their starting shortstop, and the words from Roberts basically just confirms it. The 26-year-old lacks the power needed to become a high-end fantasy option at the premium position, but he'll have plenty of value on a Dodgers team with a developing hit tool and some decent speed if he avoids injuries next year.

    Dec 4 · Source via Los Angeles Dodgers Gavin Lux
  • Clayton Kershaw Expected To Pitch In 2024

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    Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said that he expects free-agent left-hander Clayton Kershaw (shoulder) to pitch in 2024. "He's on my to-do list. I'm going to reach out to Clayton on Thursday or Friday. I'm going to call and check in on him, his family, the kiddos and Ellen. I think it's fair to say he will pitch in '24. I think the timing is the question and with who," Roberts said. The future Hall of Famer will miss at least the first couple months of next season after already having surgery on his left shoulder this offseason. The 35-year-old veteran southpaw is expected to either return to the Dodgers or sign with the defending World Series-champion Texas Rangers. Kershaw has obviously become injury-prone toward the end of his career, but he's still managed to put up excellent numbers when he's been healthy.

    Dec 4 · Source via Clayton Kershaw
  • Mookie Betts To Play Second Base Everyday In 2024

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    Los Angeles Dodgers infielder/outfielder Mookie Betts will serve as the everyday second baseman in the 2024 season, according to manager Dave Roberts. A natural second baseman, Betts saw time at the position again in the 2023 season and even logged 98 innings at shortstop. While he is a highly-regarded defender in right field, Betts playing second base opens up a spot in the Dodgers' outfield while Gavin Lux (knee) is expected to play shortstop on an everyday basis in the 2024 season. Coming off his sixth Silver Slugger Award, Betts finished as the NL MVP runner-up to Ronald Acuna Jr. after hitting .307 with 39 home runs, 14 stolen bases, and a .987 OPS across 152 games last season.

    Dec 4 · Source via Los Angeles Dodgers Mookie Betts
  • Wade Miley Re-Signs With Brewers

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    The Milwaukee Brewers and left-hander Wade Miley have agreed to a one-year, $8.5 million deal to bring him back to the club for the 2024 season. The deal also includes a limited no-trade clause and a mutual option for the 2025 season. Miley spent the 2023 campaign in Milwaukee where he tossed a healthy 3.14 ERA across 23 starts. His peripheral metrics weren't as positive, however, as he also posted a 4.69 FIP, 5.04 SIERA, and a tiny 16.1% K%, all of which suggest regression could be on the horizon next season. Nonetheless, the veteran has long out-pitched his underlying metrics and has largely been a reliable starter since the 2018 season.

    Dec 4 · Source via Wade Miley
  • Joe Ross Lands Major-League Deal With Brewers

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    Free-agent pitcher Joe Ross has agreed to a major-league deal with the Milwaukee Brewers, pending a physical. It's been some time since the right-hander saw a big-league mound, as Ross hasn't appeared since the 2021 campaign when he had a solid 4.17 ERA across 108 innings with the Washington Nationals, his only MLB team, while also producing a rather solid 16.3% K-BB%. Unfortunately, Ross underwent his second Tommy John surgery in June of 2022, which cost him his 2023 campaign as well. Through 98 MLB appearances, 76 of which were starts, Ross has worked to a 4.26 ERA and 13.7% K-BB% while going 26-28. His fantasy value is limited at the moment, but he could be a decent waiver-wire look should he replicate his work from the 2021 season.

    Dec 4 · Source via San Francisco Giants Joe Ross
  • Pirates Checking In On Jack Flaherty

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    Free-agent pitcher Jack Flaherty is being eyed by the Pittsburgh Pirates for a short-term deal should he be unable to land a longer deal on the open market. The right-hander burst onto the scene with a 3.34 ERA across 28 starts as a 22-year-old in the 2018 season, but injuries and underperformance have been constant in recent seasons. He split the 2023 campaign between the Cardinals and Orioles, working to a 4.99 ERA across 29 appearances (27 starts) but was also tattooed for a 6.75 ERA across seven starts and nine appearances following a trade-deadline deal from St. Louis to Baltimore. Still just 28 years old and with a nice track record of success earlier in his career, Flaherty should have a solid market in free agency, whether it be for the short or long term.

    Dec 4 · Source via Jack Flaherty
  • Jackson Holliday Could Make Opening Day Roster

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    Baltimore Orioles manager Brandon Hyde said that "we're going to take a long look at him in spring" when referring to top shortstop prospect Jackson Holliday. MLB Pipeline's top overall prospect turns 20 years old on Monday but is already getting close to contributing at the major-league level for an Orioles team that won the American League East in 2023. The first overall pick in the 2022 draft hit an impressive .323/.442/.499 with a .941 OPS, 12 home runs, 30 doubles, nine triples, 75 RBI, 24 stolen bases and 113 runs scored in 125 games over four minor-league stops in 2023. He made it all the way up to Triple-A Norfolk, where he played in 18 games. Holliday should already be rostered in all dynasty/keeper leagues and is going to be a popular redraft pick in 2024 as well.

    Dec 4 · Source via Prospects Baltimore Orioles Jackson Holliday
  • Jackson Chourio's Record-Breaking Deal With Brewers Becomes Official

    Top outfield prospect Jackson Chourio's record-breaking deal with the Milwaukee Brewers became official on Sunday after he passed a physical. The deal will guarantee eight years and $82 million with two club options that can have a maximum value of $142.5 million, according to sources. Chourio is only 19 years old, and it's the biggest deal in MLB history for a player that has yet to even reach the big leagues. He should be considered a favorite to start for the Brewers on Opening Day now in 2024 after he impressed with a .282/.338/.467 slash line, 22 home runs, 91 RBI, 43 stolen bases and 88 runs scored at Double-A Biloxi and Triple-A Nashville this past season. Chourio is ranked second in all of baseball behind the Orioles' Jackson Holliday on MLB Pipeline's prospect rankings.

    Dec 4 · Source via Prospects Milwaukee Brewers Jackson Chourio
  • Yoshinobu Yamamoto To Meet With Teams Within The Next Week

    Japanese superstar Yoshinobu Yamamoto is getting closer to Major League Baseball, both literally and figuratively. According to Mike Puma of the New York Post, the 25-year-old right-hander is coming to the United States “within the next week” to begin in-person meetings with his MLB suitors. As previously reported by Andy Martino of SNY, Yamamoto planned…

    Dec 4 · MLB Trade Rumors Prospects Yoshinobu Yamamoto
  • Jung Hoo Lee To Be Posted Today

    The Kiwoom Heroes of the KBO will post Jung Hoo Lee today, the team announced (as reported by Jeeho Yoo of Yonhap News). MLB clubs will have a 30-day window to negotiate with the South Korean star, beginning on Tuesday, December 5 at 7:00 am CT. Lee is expected to sign a multi-year deal, with the…

    Dec 4 · MLB Trade Rumors Prospects Jung Hoo Lee
  • Braves Acquire Jarred Kelenic, Marco Gonzales, Evan White From Mariners

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    The Braves have acquired outfielder Jarred Kelenic from the Mariners, per Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic. Per Ryan Divish of The Seattle Times, left-hander Marco Gonzales and first baseman Evan White are also headed to Atlanta in the deal. In return, the Mariners will receive right-handers Jackson Kowar and Cole Phillips. The Braves have since…

    Dec 4 · MLB Trade Rumors Atlanta Braves Seattle Mariners Marco Gonzales Jarred Kelenic Evan White
  • Astros, Diamondbacks Interested In Tucker Barnhart

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    Veteran catcher Tucker Barnhart is drawing interest from teams in need of catching depth, per Ari Alexander of KPRC-2. Alexander adds that the Astros and Diamondbacks are among the teams with interest in Barnhart’s services. Barnhart, 33 in January, was selected in the tenth round of the 2009 draft by the Reds and made his…

    Dec 4 · MLB Trade Rumors Arizona Diamondbacks Houston Astros Tucker Barnhart
  • Latest On Juan Soto

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    Recent reporting on the trade talks between the Padres and Yankees regarding superstar outfielder Juan Soto have indicated that the sides have hit an impasse in their trade discussions. Jon Heyman of the New York Post reported this morning that the sides haven’t talked since San Diego requested the previously-reported multi-player package centered round right-handers…

    Dec 4 · MLB Trade Rumors San Diego Padres Juan Soto
  • Brewers "Moving Closer" To Deal With Wade Miley

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    5:27 PM: Jon Heyman of the New York Post indicates this evening that the Brewers and Miley are “moving closer” to a deal, while noting that an agreement between the sides would be a one-year arrangement. 9:57 AM: It would appear as though the Brewers and Wade Miley are making progress on a reunion, as…

    Dec 3 · MLB Trade Rumors Milwaukee Brewers Wade Miley
  • Latest On Shohei Ohtani

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    1:32PM: The numbers continue to escalate for Ohtani, as Jon Heyman of the New York Post writes that “Ohtani is believed to already have received multiple bids well north of $500MM, and some speculate he could even wind up as baseball's first $600MM man.” 11:49AM: Shohei Ohtani’s free agent sweepstakes have been largely shrouded in…

    Dec 3 · MLB Trade Rumors Shohei Ohtani
  • Byron Buxton Fully Recovered From Surgery

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    Minnesota Twins outfielder Byron Buxton (knee) is expected to be ready for the 2024 season. The speedy outfielder underwent arthroscopic knee surgery roughly two months ago. It's being reported that Buxton has fully recovered from the surgery. It sounds like Buxton should be able to resume baseball activities by the end of the year. That being said, Buxton should be able to get back on the field for the beginning of the 2024 season. The 29-year-old is certainly headed in the right direction in his recovery process.

    Dec 3 · Source via Minnesota Twins Byron Buxton
  • Mets Showing Interest In Jung Hoo Lee

    The New York Mets are looking to make upgrades to their outfield. The organization is reportedly showing interest in Korean slugger Jung Hoo Lee. Last season, Lee slashed .318/.406/.455 with six home runs, 45 RBI, and six stolen bases in 86 games in Korea. He suffered a season-ending ankle injury that required surgery. He's expected to be fine going forward and should translate into an above-average outfielder in the MLB. Lee should have multiple suitors, but the Mets are making their interest known.

    Dec 3 · Source via Prospects New York Mets Jung Hoo Lee
  • Vaughn Grissom Will Play Left Field

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    Atlanta Braves shortstop Vaughn Grissom is reportedly going to change positions this offseason. Braves general manager Alex Anthopoulous recently said that Grissom will get a look in left field next season. The 22-year-old slashed .330/.419/.501 during his time in Triple-A this past season. Grissom has not played a professional game in the outfield, but the Braves want to find a way to get his bat in the lineup. If he adapts quickly, Grissom could earn himself a spot on the Opening Day roster.

    Dec 3 · Source via Atlanta Braves Vaughn Grissom
  • Isaac Paredes Receiving Trade Interest

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    Tampa Bay Rays third baseman Isaac Paredes could be on the move this offseason. The 24-year-old is coming off a career season in 2023. He slashed .250/.352/.488 with 31 homers and 98 RBI in 571 plate appearances. Both the Toronto Blue Jays and Seattle Mariners are reportedly showing interest in the young slugger. Parades is arbitration-eligible and projected to make a little over $3 million for the 2024 season. Given his career year, the Rays should be able to get a good return on the young slugger, assuming they decide to trade him this offseason.

    Dec 3 · Source via Tampa Bay Rays Isaac Paredes
  • Shohei Ohtani Expected To Sign Next Week

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    The Shohei Ohtani sweepstakes could be reportedly coming to an end soon. Recent reports are saying that the two-way superstar is expected to make his decision on a team within the next week. As of right now, the Dodgers, Cubs, Blue Jays, and Angels are the teams in the mix for Ohtani. However, it sounds like the San Francisco Giants could be a possible team as well, but the Mets and Rangers pulled out of the running. The 29-year-old is expected to get a deal over $500 million, so his signing will likely have significant ramifications on the rest of the free agent market.

    Dec 3 · Source via Shohei Ohtani
  • Brewers Showing Interest In Wade Miley

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    The Milwaukee Brewers are reportedly showing interest in free agent starting pitcher Wade Miley. The left-hander declined his $10 million mutual option with the organization this offseason. Despite it, it appears Miley and the Brewers are interested in a reunion. The 37-year-old posted a 3.14 ERA, 1.14 WHIP, and 79/38 K/BB ratio across 120 1/3 innings (23 starts) with the Brewers last season. The Brewers could use the help after cutting ties with Brandon Woodruff and are rumored to be looking to trade ace pitcher Corbin Burnes. The addition of Miley could be a good thing for the Brewers rotation.

    Dec 3 · Source via Milwaukee Brewers Wade Miley
  • Mariners, Blue Jays Interested In Isaac Paredes

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    Rays infielder Isaac Paredes has drawn trade interest from several teams, MLB Network’s Jon Morosi writes (X link), with the Mariners and Blue Jays among the suitors.  There isn’t any indication that a deal is anywhere close, and it would have to count as something of a surprise if Tampa did move Paredes, considering both…

    Dec 3 · MLB Trade Rumors Tampa Bay Rays Seattle Mariners Toronto Blue Jays Isaac Paredes
  • Free Agent Notes: Imanaga, Fedde, Barnes

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    Left-hander Shota Imanaga was officially posted by the Yokohama BayStars of Japan’s Nippon Professional Baseball late last month, kicking off a 45-day window during which he’ll be eligible to sign with major league clubs. While Imanaga only just officially joined the ranks of MLB’s free agents days ago, he’s long been expected to be posted…

    Dec 3 · MLB Trade Rumors Prospects Charlie Barnes Erick Fedde Shota Imanaga
  • Braves Sign Luis Liberato To Minor League Deal

    The Braves and outfielder Luis Liberato have agreed to a minor league deal, as noted by Baseball America’s Matt Eddy. It’s unclear if the deal includes an invite to major league spring training. Liberato, 28 later this month, was signed out of the Dominican Republic by Seattle back in 2012. He spent nine seasons in…

    Dec 2 · MLB Trade Rumors Atlanta Braves Luis Liberato
  • Mets Sign Andre Scrubb To Minor League Deal

    The Mets are reportedly in agreement with right-hander Andre Scrubb on a minor league deal, per’s Anthony DiComo. It’s not yet clear if the deal includes an invite to big league spring training. Scrubb, 29 next month, was an eighth-round pick by the Dodgers in the 2016 draft. After being traded to the Astros…

    Dec 2 · MLB Trade Rumors New York Mets Andre Scrubb
  • Padres Interested In Corbin Burnes

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    Much of the hot stove buzz around the Padres this offseason has focused on the team’s reported desire to cut payroll, and the possibility that a Juan Soto trade could be an ideal way for the Friars to both save money and reload with some new talent.  However, the Padres firmly still intend to get…

    Dec 2 · MLB Trade Rumors Milwaukee Brewers San Diego Padres Corbin Burnes
  • Orioles Interested In Robert Stephenson

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    With the Orioles already exploring the high-end reliever market, Robert Stephenson is another name drawing interest from Baltimore, MLB Network’s Jon Morosi reports (via X). The O’s saw plenty of Stephenson when he pitched for the Rays last season, a 38 1/3-inning stint that set a new ceiling on the former first-rounder’s potential.  While Stephenson…

    Dec 2 · MLB Trade Rumors Closers Baltimore Orioles Robert Stephenson
  • Reds Re-Sign Connor Overton To Minors Deal

    The Reds have re-signed Connor Overton to a minor league deal, according to Baseball America’s Matt Eddy.  The right-hander was outrighted off of Cincinnati’s 40-man roster in early October and entered minor league free agency, but Overton now looks to return for what will be his third season in the Reds organization. Overton underwent Tommy…

    Dec 2 · MLB Trade Rumors Cincinnati Reds Connor Overton
  • Pirates Sign Ali Sanchez To One-Year Deal

    The Pittsburgh Pirates signed free-agent catcher Ali Sanchez to an undisclosed one-year major-league deal on Friday. The team also claimed right-hander Roddery Munoz off waivers from the Washington Nationals. Sanchez made his big-league debut in 2020 with the New York Mets but hasn't appeared in the majors since 2021 with the St. Louis Cardinals. The 26-year-old Venezuelan backstop played in 67 games at Triple-A Reno with the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2023 and looked good with a .311/.375/.492 slash line, an .866 OPS, career-high 11 home runs and 43 RBI in 267 plate appearances. Sanchez will most likely begin the 2024 season at Triple-A Indianapolis while providing catching depth behind Henry Davis, Endy Rodriguez and Jason Delay at the major-league level.

    Dec 2 · Source via Pittsburgh Pirates Ali Sanchez
  • Nick Lodolo, Graham Ashcraft On Track For Spring Training

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    Cincinnati Reds general manager Nick Krall said that starting pitchers Nick Lodolo (leg) and Graham Ashcraft (toe) are on track to be ready for spring training next year. Lodolo did not require surgery for an injured left tibia that limited him to only seven starts in his second big-league season in 2023. The young left-hander also dealt with a calf injury. Despite the injuries and basically a lost season, the 25-year-old southpaw has a lot of strikeout upside and will have a locked in spot in Cincy's starting rotation in 2024 as long as he's healthy. Lodolo had an ERA over 6.00 in his seven starts this year, but he posted a 3.66 ERA and 1.25 WHIP with 131 K's in 103 1/3 innings in his rookie season in 2022. Ashcraft had surgery in September to fix a stress reaction in his big right toe. The 25-year-old righty went 7-9 with a 4.76 ERA and 1.37 WHIP in 26 starts in his second major-league campaign in 2023.

    Dec 2 · Source via Cincinnati Reds Graham Ashcraft Nick Lodolo
  • Blue Jays Are Realistic Suitors For Juan Soto

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    As of Friday, the San Diego Padres and New York Yankees were far apart on a deal for outfielder Juan Soto, according to sources briefed on the discussions. Meanwhile, the Toronto Blue Jays are one of several teams talking to the Padres about Soto, and they would be an ideal fit if they fail to land two-way superstar free-agent Shohei Ohtani. The Padres are seeking a big, multi-player return for Soto, including major-league-ready or near major-league-ready pitching. From Toronto, the Friars could seek a package including one or more pitchers from a group that includes top prospect Ricky Tiedemann, Bowden Francis and Alek Manoah. However, like other clubs, the Jays could be concerned about paying Soto $30 million-plus for 2024 and then likely losing him as a free agent.

    Dec 2 · Source via San Diego Padres Toronto Blue Jays Juan Soto
  • Four Teams In The Mix For Shohei Ohtani

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    The number of suitors for free-agent two-way superstar Shohei Ohtani has winnowed, according to sources. The Texas Rangers, Boston Red Sox and New York Mets have turned their attention to other players. Among those confirmed by sources to still be in the bidding include the Los Angeles Dodgers, Chicago Cubs, Toronto Blue Jays and Los Angeles Angels. The San Francisco Giants are also fond of Ohtani, but it's unknown where they stand in the sweepstakes. The fact that Ohtani had reconstructive elbow surgery that will keep him from pitching in 2024 has done nothing to put a damper on his free-agent value this winter. The two-time American League MVP could receive a record-breaking contract for at least $550 million this offseason.

    Dec 2 · Source via Texas Rangers Boston Red Sox New York Mets Los Angeles Dodgers Shohei Ohtani
  • Blue Jays Interested In Brantley, Pederson, Kiner-Falefa

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    The Blue Jays have been linked to such high-profile names as Shohei Ohtani, Yoshinobu Yamamoto, Juan Soto, and others on the free agent and trade markets, yet the team isn’t only focusing on these top-tier names to address their roster needs.  According to Sportsnet’s Shi Davidi, the Jays have interest in free agent outfielders Michael…

    Dec 2 · MLB Trade Rumors Toronto Blue Jays Michael Brantley Isiah Kiner-Falefa Joc Pederson
  • Dodgers Are Close To Re-Signing Veteran Joe Kelly

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    Free-agent reliever Joe Kelly is close to signing with the Los Angeles Dodgers, according to The Athletic's Fabian Ardaya and FanSided's Robert Murray. The hard-throwing veteran posted a 4.12 ERA, 1.195 WHIP, and 60:18 K/BB ratio over 39 1/3 innings between the White Sox and the Dodgers last season. Kelly was traded to Los Angeles at last season's deadline but had his $9.5 million team option declined at the end of the year. The Dodgers will likely bring him back for less money now.

    Dec 2 · Source via Closers Los Angeles Dodgers Joe Kelly
  • Robert Stephenson Drawing Interest From Baltimore

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    Free agent relief pitcher Robert Stephenson is drawing interest from the Baltimore Orioles according to Jon Morosi of MLB Network. Stephenson was excellent in 2023 as a member of the Pirates and the Rays, posting a 3.10 ERA, 0.879 WHIP, and 77:16 K/BB ratio over 52 1/3 innings of relief. With Felix Bautista (elbow) likely on the shelf for all of the 2024 season following his Tommy John surgery, the Orioles need to bolster their bullpen behind Yennier Cano. Morosi noted that Baltimore is starting to show more interest in Stephenson and that the high-leverage reliever market is starting to move fast. The 30-year-old righty should not be a free agent for much longer.

    Dec 2 · Source via Closers Baltimore Orioles Robert Stephenson
  • Cleveland Willing To Trade Emmanuel Clase

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    Cleveland Guardians relief pitcher Emmanuel Clase is a potential trade candidate this winter, according to Jeff Passan of The Guardians are willing to move the All-Star closer and there should be no shortage of teams vying for his services. Clase had a bit of a letdown season in 2023, by his lofty standards, as he finished with a 3.22 ERA, 1.156 WHIP, and 64:16 K/BB ratio to go along with 44 saves over 72 2/3 innings. He's still just 25 years old, however, and is widely considered one of the best closers in the game. The dynamic reliever technically doesn't become an unrestricted free agent until 2029 as he's locked in through 2026, at least, with a pair of club options in 2027 and 2028, respectively. He could fetch a very nice return on the trade market but where he ends up getting traded to is anyone's guess.

    Dec 2 · Source via Closers Cleveland Guardians Emmanuel Clase
  • Rangers, Mets, Red Sox Reportedly Shift Focus Away From Pursuit Of Shohei Ohtani

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    Rumors about the state of Shohei Ohtani’s market in free agency have been decidedly and deliberately scarce. Ohtani is said to prefer things to be kept quiet and close to the vest, and teams involved in the bidding surely don’t want to jeopardize their chances by being too forthcoming in terms of leaking information to…

    Dec 2 · MLB Trade Rumors Texas Rangers Boston Red Sox New York Mets Shohei Ohtani
  • Diamondbacks Sign Ricky Karcher To Minor League Deal

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    The D-Backs have signed reliever Ricky Karcher to a minor league contract, according to Matt Eddy of Baseball America. The Snakes also brought back Humberto Castellanos on a non-roster deal. Karcher joins the second organization of his career. The Reds selected him in the 13th round of the 2017 draft. The 6’4″ righty moved to the bullpen…

    Dec 2 · MLB Trade Rumors Arizona Diamondbacks Ricky Karcher
  • Padres Re-Sign Jose Espada To Minor League Contract

    The Padres have brought back righty Jose Espada on a minor league deal, according to the transaction log at San Diego had non-tendered him a few weeks ago. Espada, 27 in February, made his major league debut in the season’s final week. The Padres added him to the 40-man roster at the end of…

    Dec 2 · MLB Trade Rumors San Diego Padres Jose Espada
  • Braves, Tommy Doyle Agree To Minor League Deal

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    The Braves have added reliever Tommy Doyle on a minor league contract, according to the transaction tracker at It seems likely he’ll get an invitation to MLB Spring Training. Doyle spent a little over a week on the free agent market. The right-hander was designated for assignment as the corresponding move when the Rockies…

    Dec 2 · MLB Trade Rumors Closers Atlanta Braves Tommy Doyle
  • Reds Notes: McLain, Marte, Ashcraft, Lodolo

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    An excellent rookie season for Reds infielder Matt McLain was brought to a sour end by an oblique strain. He didn’t play after August 27, missing the final month as the Reds came up a little shy of the postseason. That injury is now behind him. McLain told reporters (including Charlie Goldsmith of the Cincinnati Enquirer)…

    Dec 2 · MLB Trade Rumors Prospects Cincinnati Reds Graham Ashcraft Nick Lodolo Noelvi Marte Matt McLain
  • Dodgers Have Interest In Lucas Giolito

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    The Dodgers are in need of multiple starting pitchers. Jack Harris of the Los Angeles Times reports that L.A. has shown interest in free agent right-hander Lucas Giolito as part of that search. It’s the first known link for Giolito, who is one of the more difficult evaluations in the class. It wasn’t that long ago…

    Dec 2 · MLB Trade Rumors Los Angeles Dodgers Lucas Giolito
  • Latest On Corbin Burnes

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    Right-hander Corbin Burnes of the Brewers is one of the most attractive trade candidates this winter but it’s not clear if the club will actually pull the trigger on a deal. Earlier today, Jeff Passan of ESPN reported that the Brewers “have engaged teams in recent days” about Burnes. But last night, Jon Heyman of…

    Dec 2 · MLB Trade Rumors Milwaukee Brewers Corbin Burnes
  • Yankees, Padres Reportedly Far Apart In Juan Soto Trade Talks

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    The Yankees are known to have interest in Padres outfielder Juan Soto but it doesn’t seem as though a trade is close to coming to fruition. Per reports from Ken Rosenthal, Dennis Lin and Brendan Kuty of The Athletic, Jon Heyman of The New York Post and Andy Martino of SNY, talks have stalled with…

    Dec 1 · MLB Trade Rumors New York Yankees San Diego Padres Juan Soto
  • Pirates Sign Ali Sánchez To Major League Deal

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    The Pirates announced that they have signed catcher Ali Sánchez to a major league deal. They also announced their claim of right-hander Roddery Muñoz, which was previously reported. Their 40-man roster is now at 38. Sánchez, 27 in January, spent 2023 with the Diamondbacks in a non-roster capacity, getting outrighted by that club in January.…

    Dec 1 · MLB Trade Rumors Prospects Pittsburgh Pirates Henry Davis Jason Delay Ali Sanchez
  • Padres, Marlins, White Sox Have Shown Interest In Martin Maldonado

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    The Astros have interest in a reunion with catcher Martin Maldonado, but they’re not alone in showing interest.’s Mark Feinsand reported last month that four or five clubs had shown interest in the 37-year-old, and Chandler Rome of The Athletic reports today that in addition to the Astros, Maldonado has received some level of…

    Dec 1 · MLB Trade Rumors San Diego Padres Miami Marlins Chicago White Sox Martin Maldonado
  • Pirates Claim Roddery Muñoz From Nationals

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    The Nationals announced that right-hander Roddery Muñoz was claimed off waivers by the Pirates and that left-hander Joe La Sorsa cleared outright waivers and has been assigned outright to Triple-A Rochester. Washington’s 40-man roster is now at 38 and Pittsburgh’s is at 37. Muñoz, 24 in April, came up as a prospect with Atlanta and…

    Dec 1 · MLB Trade Rumors Prospects Pittsburgh Pirates Washington Nationals Roddery Munoz
  • Marlins Claim Kaleb Ort From Mariners

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    The Marlins have claimed right-hander Kaleb Ort from the Mariners, per Daniel Álvarez-Montes of El Extrabase. There was no previous reporting to indicate Ort was available, but the Mariners evidently tried to pass him through waivers. The Marlins now have a 40-man roster count of 39 and the Mariners 38. Ort, 32 in February, has…

    Dec 1 · MLB Trade Rumors Miami Marlins Seattle Mariners Kaleb Ort
  • Mets Claim Tyler Heineman From Blue Jays

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    The Mets have claimed catcher Tyler Heineman off waivers from the Blue Jays, with Anthony DiComo of among those who relayed the news. There wasn’t any public reporting about Heineman being removed from Toronto’s roster, but they evidently tried to pass him through waivers with the Mets preventing them from succeeding. The Jays’ 40-man…

    Dec 1 · MLB Trade Rumors Toronto Blue Jays New York Mets Tyler Heineman
  • Yoshinobu Yamamoto Is Where Mets' Focus Lies

    The New York Mets are concentrating on a deal with free-agent starting pitcher Yoshinobu Yamamoto and are seemingly less involved with two-way superstar Shohei Ohtani now. The Mets haven't been told they are out of the Ohtani sweepstakes, but their attention is being shifted to Yamamoto and other starting pitchers, such as Jordan Montgomery, Blake Snell, and Eduardo Rodriguez. Yamamoto, the top-ranked Japanese free-agent arm this winter, is expected to command a deal around $200 million as he makes the transition overseas.

    Dec 1 · Source via Prospects New York Mets Yoshinobu Yamamoto
  • Marlins Add Gabe Kapler To Their Front Office

    The Miami Marlins hired former big-leaguer and San Francisco Giants manager Gabe Kapler to their front office on Friday, according to sources. Kapler will serve as the assistant general manager under Peter Bendix. The Marlins have three other assistant general managers in Brian Chattin, Daniel Greenlee and Oz Ocampo. The 48-year-old Kapler was fired by the Giants heading into the final weekend of the 2023 regular season after posting a 54.3% winning percentage in four years as the skipper. He also served as the Philadelphia Phillies' manager. This will be his third front-office position after also working in the front office for the Los Angeles Dodgers and Tampa Bay Rays.

    Dec 1 · Source via Miami Marlins
  • Mets Claim Cooper Hummel

    The Mets have claimed catcher/outfielder Cooper Hummel off waivers from the Mariners, reports Jeff Passan of ESPN. Seattle had not previously announced that Hummel was being removed from the 40-man roster. The Mets now have 32 players on their 40-man roster, while the Mariners are down to 39. The waiver claim comes just over a…

    Dec 1 · MLB Trade Rumors New York Mets Cooper Hummel
  • Astros Sign Kervin Castro To Minor League Deal

    The Astros have signed right-hander Kervin Castro to a minor league deal, per a report from Evan Woodbery of MLive. The righty won’t be a factor in Spring Training since he underwent Tommy John surgery in June. Castro, 25 in February, has 20 games of major league experience, suiting up for the Giants and Cubs.…

    Dec 1 · MLB Trade Rumors Houston Astros Kervin Castro
  • Randy Arozarena Drawing Trade Interest

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    Multiple clubs have reached out to the Rays about outfielder Randy Arozarena, per a report from Jeff Passan of ESPN. The Rays aren’t shopping him but it may be something they consider with their perpetual financial concerns. That clubs would be interested in Arozarena is hardly a surprise. In 487 regular season games in his…

    Dec 1 · MLB Trade Rumors Tampa Bay Rays Randy Arozarena
  • Yankees Claim Oscar Gonzalez Off Waivers From Guardians

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    The New York Yankees claimed outfielder Oscar Gonzalez off waivers from the Cleveland Guardians on Friday. In 173 at-bats for Cleveland in 2023, Gonzalez slashed .214/.239/.312 with only two home runs and 12 RBI in just 54 games played in his second big-league season. For his career, the 25-year-old Dominican right-handed hitter has batted .269 (144-for-535) with 13 home runs, 34 doubles, two triples, 55 RBI and 54 runs scored in 145 games for the Guardians. The Yankees will be hoping that he can replicate some of the magic he had in his rookie season in 2022. Depending on what the Yankees do in free agency, Gonzalez could have a shot at winning at least a platoon role in the outfield in the Bronx if he has an impressive spring training.

    Dec 1 · Source via New York Yankees Cleveland Guardians Oscar Gonzalez
  • Mets Sign Kyle Crick To Minor League Deal

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    The Mets have signed right-hander Kyle Crick to a minor league deal, reports Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic. The righty, who is represented by Paragon Sports International, has received an invitation to major league Spring Training. It’s a belated birthday present for Crick, who turned 31 years old yesterday. The righty is coming off a…

    Dec 1 · MLB Trade Rumors Closers New York Mets Kyle Crick
  • Athletics' Ken Waldichuk Rehabbing From Flexor Strain, UCL Sprain

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    The Athletics announced Friday that left-hander Ken Waldichuk has quietly been going through a non-surgical rehab process after being diagnosed with a strained left flexor tendon and sprained ulnar collateral ligament in his left elbow. Waldichuk experienced discomfort in his final appearance of the 2023 season, according to the team. “Waldichuk opted for conservative treatment…

    Dec 1 · MLB Trade Rumors Oakland Athletics Ken Waldichuk
  • Twins Re-Sign Jovani Moran, Ronny Henriquez To Minor League Deals

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    The Twins have re-signed relievers Jovani Moran and Ronny Henriquez to minor league contracts, per the team’s transaction log at Both were non-tendered a few weeks ago. The left-handed Moran is expected to miss the 2024 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery following the ’23 campaign. Henriquez, acquired from the Rangers as part of…

    Dec 1 · MLB Trade Rumors Minnesota Twins Ronny Henriquez Jovani Moran
  • RHP Maeda says 'gut feeling' led to him to Tigers

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    New Detroit Tigers pitcher Kenta Maeda spoke with local media on Thursday. "I want to bring a championship ring to Detroit," he said.

    Dec 1 · ESPN Detroit Tigers Kenta Maeda
  • Orioles Have Shown Interest In Josh Hader, Jordan Hicks

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    At the GM Meetings earlier this month, Baltimore general manager Mike Elias told reporters the team was seeking a late-game reliever. They’re considering plugging that vacancy in free agency. Jon Heyman of the New York Post reports that the O’s have been in contact with each of Josh Hader, Jordan Hicks, Craig Kimbrel and Aroldis Chapman. All…

    Dec 1 · MLB Trade Rumors Closers Baltimore Orioles Josh Hader Jordan Hicks
  • Pirates Release Thomas Hatch To Pursue Overseas Opportunity

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    The Pirates have released right-hander Thomas Hatch, as reflected on the transaction log. A Korean-language report from IS Plus suggested Hatch had received interest from teams in both NPB and the KBO and is likely to sign with the Nippon-Ham Fighters in Japan. Hatch had occupied a spot on Pittsburgh’s 40-man roster. His release will…

    Dec 1 · MLB Trade Rumors Pittsburgh Pirates Thomas Hatch David Phelps
  • NPB's Hanshin Tigers Sign Javy Guerra, Re-Sign Sheldon Neuse

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    The Hanshin Tigers of Japan’s Nippon Professional Baseball announced this week that they’ve signed right-hander Javy Guerra for the 2024 season (Japanese language link via Yahoo Japan). Hanshin has also re-signed infielder Sheldon Neuse and right-hander Jeremy Beasley, per the team’s web site. It’ll be the second season with the Tigers for both former big…

    Dec 1 · MLB Trade Rumors Javy Guerra Sheldon Neuse
  • Giants Re-Sign Thomas Szapucki To Minor League Deal

    The Giants have re-signed left-hander Thomas Szapucki to a minor league deal, per his transactions tracker at The club had just non-tendered him a couple of weeks ago. He’s been assigned to Triple-A Sacramento for the time being. Szapucki, now 27, didn’t pitch in any official capacity in 2023. He experienced some elbow discomfort…

    Nov 30 · MLB Trade Rumors San Francisco Giants Thomas Szapucki
  • Marlins Sign Kyle Tyler To Minor League Deal

    The Marlins have signed right-hander Kyle Tyler to a minor league deal, reports Robert Murray of FanSided. The righty, who is represented by Nello Gamberdino, will receive an invitation to major league Spring Training. Tyler, 27 in December, spent 2023 with the Mariners on a minor league deal. He made 27 Double-A appearances on the…

    Nov 30 · MLB Trade Rumors Miami Marlins Kyle Tyler
  • Thomas Szapucki Returns To Giants On Minor-League Deal

    The San Francisco Giants re-signed left-hander Thomas Szapucki to a minor-league deal after non-tendering him on Nov. 17. Szapucki had thoracic outlet surgery in May and hasn't pitched in a competitive setting since 2022 due to his shoulder injury. The 27-year-old southpaw appeared in 12 major-league games (one start) in 2021 and 2022 with the New York Mets and Giants, allowing 18 earned runs on 26 hits (eight home runs) while walking 10 and striking out 22 in just 13 2/3 innings. Shoulder injuries like his are pretty unpredictable, so Szapucki may not be ready health-wise to open the 2024 minor-league season.

    Nov 30 · Source via San Francisco Giants Thomas Szapucki
  • Mets Sign Austin Adams To Major League Deal

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    The Mets have signed right-hander Austin Adams to a one-year, major league deal, per a report from Mark Feinsand of Per Will Sammon of The Athletic, it’s a non-guaranteed split contract, meaning Adams will earn different salaries if he’s in the majors or in the minors. Adams, 33 in May, started the 2023 season…

    Nov 30 · MLB Trade Rumors New York Mets Austin L. Adams
  • Giants Re-Sign Jose Cruz

    The San Francisco Giants have re-signed right-hander Jose Cruz to a minor-league deal after non-tendering him on Nov. 17. The 23-year-old Dominican pitcher spent time with High-A Eugene and Double-A Richmond in the Giants' farm system in 2023, combining to go 0-2 with a 4.47 ERA, 1.38 WHIP, five saves, 38 walks and 67 strikeouts in 44 1/3 innings over 36 appearances out of the bullpen. Cruz will continue to toil in the minors to open the 2024 season with the Giants. In five minor-league seasons, he's recorded a 3.90 ERA, 1.26 WHIP, 114 walks and 271 strikeouts in 198 1/3 innings covering 127 appearances (only three starts).

    Nov 30 · Source via San Francisco Giants
  • Matt McLain Fully Healed

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    Cincinnati Reds infielder Matt McLain (oblique) said his right-oblique injury is fully healed. "Things are going good. I started to swing, no problems. Lifting, no problems," McLain said. The 24-year-old was having an excellent rookie season in 2023 for the upstart Reds before his season came to an end prematurely at the tail end of the year when he was put on the injured list in late August. McLain resumed baseball activities at the tail end of the regular season in September and should have a pretty normal offseason as long as he doesn't suffer any setbacks. He'll be a popular middle-infield target in 2024 fantasy drafts after he hit . 290/.357/.507 with an .864 OPS, 16 home runs, 50 RBI, 14 stolen bases and 65 runs scored for the Reds in 365 at-bats.

    Nov 30 · Source via Prospects Cincinnati Reds Matt McLain
  • White Sox Outright Nicholas Padilla; Adam Haseley Elects Free Agency

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    The White Sox passed right-hander Nicholas Padilla through waivers unclaimed and have assigned him outright to Triple-A Charlotte, per Scott Merkin of He adds that outfielder Adam Haseley, who was designated for assignment earlier this week, cleared waivers and elected free agency. Chicago’s 40-man roster is currently at 39 players. Padilla, 26, pitched 4…

    Nov 30 · MLB Trade Rumors Chicago White Sox Adam Haseley Nicholas Padilla
  • Teams Interested In Edward Cabrera, Trevor Rogers

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    MLB teams have shown interest in Miami Marlins right-hander Edward Cabrera and left-hander Trevor Rogers this offseason, according to sources briefed on the Marlins' conversations. Cabrera missed a month with a right-shoulder impingement in 2023 and spent more than a month at Triple-A. In the big leagues, he posted a 4.24 ERA in 99 2/3 frames. The 26-year-old Rogers didn't pitch after April 19 due to a left-biceps strain and then a partial tear in his right lat. Left-handers Jesus Luzardo and Braxton Garrett are likely off limits for the Fish. Texas Rangers infielder Ezequiel Duran is the kind of player Miami would want in return for Cabrera, but the Rangers may not be willing to part with Duran, who was valuable as an injury replacement at shortstop and third base for the World Series-champion Rangers.

    Nov 30 · Source via Miami Marlins Edward Cabrera Trevor Rogers
  • White Sox Likely To Wait To Deal Dylan Cease

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    Chicago White Sox new general manager Chris Getz is telling teams he will likely wait to move right-hander Dylan Cease until after the top free-agent starting pitchers sign this offseason, according to major-league sources briefed on the discussions. The urgency of certain teams will only increase if they miss out on top free-agent pitching names like Yoshinobu Yamamoto, Blake Snell and others. The Los Angeles Dodgers need multiple starters, and the St. Louis Cardinals remain interested in Cease, even after already signing Sonny Gray, Kyle Gibson and Lance Lynn. The Cincinnati Reds and Baltimore Orioles could be sleepers to trade for Cease, who is 28 years old and still under club control for two more years.

    Nov 30 · Source via Chicago White Sox Dylan Cease
  • Kyle Tyler Signs Minors Deal With Marlins

    Free-agent right-hander Kyle Tyler signed a minor-league deal with the Miami Marlins on Thursday that includes an invitation to spring training, according to a source. Tyler has previously pitched for the Los Angeles Angels and San Diego Padres and has a 2.20 ERA in 16 1/3 career big-league innings. He lasted pitched in the majors in 2022 with the Padres and threw four shutout innings in two relief appearances while walking one and striking out two. Tyler spent all of the 2023 campaign at Double-A Arkansas in the Seattle Mariners organization. The 26-year-old had a 5.60 ERA there with a 1.59 WHIP, 58 walks and a career-high 138 strikeouts in 135 innings over 27 outings (26 starts). Tyler will represent minor-league pitching depth for the Fish heading into next season.

    Nov 30 · Source via Miami Marlins Kyle Tyler
  • Austin Adams Signs One-Year Deal With Mets

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    Free-agent right-hander Austin Adams signed a one-year, major-league deal with the New York Mets on Thursday, according to a source. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Adams' 2023 season was cut short due to a fractured right ankle that he suffered in early August. The 32-year-old reliever wasn't all that good for the Arizona Diamondbacks before the injury, though, with a 5.71 ERA (3.72 FIP) and 1.38 WHIP with eight walks and 22 strikeouts in 17 1/3 innings pitched over 24 appearances out of the bullpen. Adams is a seven-year big-league veteran with stops in Washington, Seattle and San Diego before pitching for the Snakes in 2023. He has a career 4.17 ERA and 1.29 WHIP with 75 walks and 170 strikeouts in 114 1/3 innings since 2017. Adams will be battling for a relief role with the Mets in spring training in 2024.

    Nov 30 · Source via New York Mets Austin L. Adams
  • Shohei Ohtani Wins Most Outstanding Designated Hitter Award

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    For the third straight season, two-way superstar Shohei Ohtani was named the Edgar Martinez Outstanding Designated Hitter award. In addition to the DH award, Ohtani was the American League Most Valuable Player in 2023 for the second time in the last three years. The three-time All-Star was more impressive this past season at the plate than on the mound, slashing .304/.412/.654 with a 1.066 OPS, 44 home runs, 26 doubles, eight triples, 95 RBI, 20 stolen bases and 102 runs scored in 135 games for the Los Angeles Angels. The Japanese star led the league in homers, on-base percentage, slugging percentage, OPS and total bases. Even though the 29-year-old won't pitch at all in 2024 after having surgery on his right elbow, he is the most attractive player on the free-agent market and is expected to receive a deal worth around $500 million.

    Nov 30 · Source via Los Angeles Angels Shohei Ohtani
  • White Sox Sign Wynton Bernard To Minor League Deal

    The White Sox have signed outfielder Wynton Bernard to a minor league deal, according to his transactions tracker at He’s been assigned to Triple-A Charlotte for now but may get an invitation to major league Spring Training. Bernard, now 33, has a small amount of major league experience, having played 12 games for the…

    Nov 30 · MLB Trade Rumors Chicago White Sox Wynton Bernard
  • Cardinals Interested In Dylan Cease

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    The St. Louis Cardinals are showing interest in trading for White Sox right-hander Dylan Cease. Rumors surrounding a Cease trade have intensified over the last 24 hours and it is believed a trade could get done sooner than later. The Cardinals' interest is intriguing as they have already made significant rotation splashes this winter with the additions of free agent right-handers Sonny Gray, Lance Lynn, and Kyle Gibson as they completely re-make their starting rotation. Cease was the AL Cy Young runner-up in 2022 when he tossed a 2.20 ERA across 32 starts but he took a step back in 2023, working to a 4.58 ERA across 33 outings. Nonetheless, the 27-year-old takes the ball every fifth day, boasts big-time strikeout numbers, and is under club control through the 2025 campaign.

    Nov 30 · Source via Chicago White Sox St. Louis Cardinals Dylan Cease
  • Cubs Have Held Trade Talks On Tyler Glasnow

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    The Chicago Cubs and Tampa Bay Rays have held trade talks in regards to Rays right-hander Tyler Glasnow. With a $25 million salary for the 2024 season incoming for the big right-hander, the low-budget Rays are almost certain to trade him this offseason with several teams, not surprisingly, interested in his services. Of course, health issues are the biggest red flag when it comes to Glasnow. His 21 starts in 2023 represented a career-high but he has still started just 60 games since becoming a full-time Ray in the 2019 season. He's been money when healthy, however, as is coming off a 3.53 ERA and big-time 25.8% K-BB last season and sports a career 21.2% K-BB%. He has posted a SIERA of 3.18 or better every season since the 2019 campaign.

    Nov 30 · Source via Tampa Bay Rays Tyler Glasnow
  • Wynton Bernard Inks Minors Pact With White Sox

    The Chicago White Sox and minor-league outfielder Wynton Bernard have agreed to a minor-league pact for the 2024 season. The well-traveled Bernard has appeared in 1,010 minor-league games in a professional career that began in the 2012 season but he finally got the call to the big leagues when he played in 12 games with the Rockies in the 2022 season. He hit a respectable .286 in 42 plate appearances with the Rockies that season but most recently hit .329 with eight homers, 26 stolen bases, and an .872 OPS across 66 games with Triple-A Albuquerque last season. The 33-year-old is a career .291 hitter in the minors with 65 home runs, although 32 in the last two seasons, and 265 stolen bases in 3.472 at-bats.

    Nov 30 · Source via Chicago White Sox Wynton Bernard
  • Brewers Expected To Extend Jackson Chourio

    The Brewers and top outfield prospect Jackson Chourio are close on a contract extension, per Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic. Jon Heyman of the New York Post adds that the deal is expected to get done today with a guarantee of eight years and nearly $80MM along with two club options. Earlier reporting had indicated…

    Nov 30 · MLB Trade Rumors Prospects Milwaukee Brewers Jackson Chourio
  • Jackson Stephens Signs One-Year Deal With Braves

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    The Atlanta Braves and right-hander Jackson Stephens have agreed to a one-year, non-guaranteed split contract for the 2024 season. The club outrighted Stephens off of their 40-man roster earlier in the month but have brought him back on a non-guaranteed deal after he worked five appearances out of their bullpen in September. The 29-year-old worked to a solid 3.00 ERA in those 12 innings before elbow inflammation claimed the remainder of his season. While it's unclear if he will be ready to go for spring training, Stephens owns a respectable 4.19 ERA across 80 big-league appearances between the Reds and Braves, so a flyer low-risk flyer makes sense in this situation.

    Nov 30 · Source via Atlanta Braves Jackson Stephens
  • Jackson Chourio Inks Historic Deal With Brewers

    The Milwaukee Brewers and outfield prospect Jackson Chourio have agreed on a historic eight-year, $80 million deal, the richest contract for a player who has yet to play a game in the big leagues. The deal includes two team options. Just 19 years of age, Chourio has played just six games above the Double-A level as he hit .280 with 22 home runs and 43 stolen bases across 122 games at Double-A in 2023 before hitting .333 with one steal across six games at the Triple-A level. The low-budget Brewers are making a bet that they will be paying a star player just $10 million annually shortly into the contract while the young outfielder nets some financial security. He could be in line for his big-league debut at just 20 years of age in 2024 and is certainly a dynasty league gem at this point.

    Nov 30 · Source via Prospects Milwaukee Brewers Jackson Chourio
  • Penn Murfee Signs One-Year Deal With Braves

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    The Atlanta Braves and right-hander Penn Murfee have agreed to a one-year, non-guaranteed split contract for the 2024 season. The Braves scooped Murfee off waivers from the New York Mets two weeks ago, the second time he was claimed on waivers this offseason after the Mets originally claimed him from the Seattle Mariners. The 29-year-old spent the 2023 season with the Mariners, tossing a 1.29 ERA, albeit alongside a 4.64 SIERA, across 16 appearances before elbow issues ended his season in June. Certainly, Murfee is worth a flyer considering he has worked to a 2.70 ERA across 80 MLB appearances but a UCL procedure in June could cost him significant time in the 2024 campaign.

    Nov 30 · Source via Atlanta Braves Penn Murfee
  • Jackson Chourio, Brewers Expected To Complete Record-Breaking Deal

    Milwaukee Brewers top center field prospect Jackson Chourio is expected to complete a deal on Thursday that will be the richest contract ever for a player who has yet to reach the big leagues. The deal is expected to be for eight guaranteed years and close to $80 million and include two team options. The deal will top Chicago White Sox outfielder Luis Robert Jr.'s six-year, $50 million deal. The 19-year-old Chourio is the second-ranked prospect this offseason in all of baseball, behind only shortstop Jackson Holliday of the Baltimore Orioles. This contract likely means that Chourio will be in Milwaukee's Opening Day lineup in 2024 after he slashed a strong .283/.338/.467 with an .805 OPS, 22 home runs 26 doubles, three triples, 91 RBI, 44 stolen bases and 88 runs in 128 games with Double-A Biloxi and Triple-A Nashville in 2023.

    Nov 30 · Source via Prospects Milwaukee Brewers Jackson Chourio
  • Reds, Nick Martinez Agree To Two-Year Deal

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    The Reds are in agreement with Nick Martinez on a two-year, $26MM guarantee, reports Jeff Passan of ESPN (X link). The deal allows the right-hander to opt out after the first season. Yusseff Diaz of Pelota Cubana first reported that Martinez, a client of the Boras Corporation, was signing with Cincinnati. Martinez, 33, has spent…

    Nov 30 · MLB Trade Rumors Cincinnati Reds Nick Martinez
  • Mets, Joey Wendle Agree To Major League Deal

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    A few hours after agreeing to terms with Luis Severino, the Mets have added infield depth. New York is reportedly in agreement with Joey Wendle on a one-year, $2MM guarantee. The deal also contains performance bonuses for the Excel Sports Management client. Wendle, 34 next April, has spent the last two years in the NL East…

    Nov 30 · MLB Trade Rumors New York Mets Joey Wendle
  • Luis Severino, Mets Agree To One-Year Deal

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    The Mets are reportedly in agreement with free agent starter Luis Severino on a one-year, $13MM guarantee. The deal also includes $2MM in performance bonuses, the details of which are not publicly known. Severino is represented by Rep 1 Baseball. Severino, 30 in February, is a wild card of this winter’s free agent market. He…

    Nov 30 · MLB Trade Rumors New York Mets Luis Severino
  • Reds To Sign Emilio Pagan

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    The Reds are reportedly in agreement with free agent reliever Emilio Pagan on a two-year, $16MM guarantee. The deal consists of matching $8MM salaries and allows Pagan, a client of the Ballengee Group, to opt out after next season. It’s a strong deal for the righty, as the contract contains incentives to boost the total…

    Nov 30 · MLB Trade Rumors Closers Cincinnati Reds Emilio Pagan
  • Latest On Dylan Cease

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    The White Sox have discussed Dylan Cease trades with teams since the offseason got underway. It seems they’ve gained some amount of traction, as Jon Morosi of tweets that talks have “intensified” this week. Morosi suggests the ChiSox may pull the trigger on a deal prior to the Winter Meetings, which begin Sunday evening. USA…

    Nov 30 · MLB Trade Rumors Chicago White Sox Dylan Cease
  • Braves Sign Penn Murfee, Jackson Stephens To Major League Deals

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    The Braves announced the signings of relievers Penn Murfee and Jackson Stephens to one-year split deals. A split contract means the player would be paid at differing rates for time spent in the majors versus Triple-A. Both pitchers rejoin Atlanta’s 40-man roster. The team still has seven openings on the 40-man on the heels of…

    Nov 30 · MLB Trade Rumors Atlanta Braves Penn Murfee Jackson Stephens
  • Guardians, Jaime Barria Agree To Minor League Deal

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    The Guardians are in agreement with right-hander Jaime Barria on a minor league contract, reports Ken Rosenthal of the Athletic (on X). The former Angels hurler elected free agency after clearing outright waivers last month. Until that point, Barria had spent his entire career with the Halos. He signed out of Panama in 2013 and reached…

    Nov 30 · MLB Trade Rumors Cleveland Guardians Jaime Barria
  • Dodgers Showing Interest In Seth Lugo

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    The Dodgers are among numerous teams that have shown interest in free agent hurler Seth Lugo, reports Ari Alexander of KPRC 2 (on X). Alexander indicates that upwards of two-thirds of the league has checked in with Lugo’s camp, aligning with a recent report from FanSided’s Robert Murray that more than half the teams were involved.…

    Nov 30 · MLB Trade Rumors Los Angeles Dodgers Seth Lugo
  • Jaime Barria Agrees With Guardians On Minor-League Deal

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    Free-agent right-hander Jaime Barria agreed with the Cleveland Guardians on a minor-league deal on Wednesday, according to sources. Barria spent his first six big-league seasons with the Los Angeles Angels and was granted free agency in October. The 27-year-old will receive an invite to major-league spring training next year. In his six seasons with the Angels, Barria appeared in 134 games (62 starts) and recorded a 4.38 ERA (5.08 FIP) and 1.32 WHIP with a 7.7 percent walk rate and weak 17.9 percent strikeout rate in 462 2/3 innings. He had a career-best 2.61 ERA in 2022 for the Halos before dropping significantly this past season with a 5.68 ERA. If Barria makes it to the big leagues for Cleveland, it will likely be in a middle-relief role.

    Nov 30 · Source via Cleveland Guardians Jaime Barria
  • Joey Wendle Agrees With Mets

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    Free-agent utility infielder Joey Wendle and the New York Mets agreed on a one-year, $2 million deal on Wednesday, pending a physical, according to sources familiar with the deal. Wendle was an All-Star with the Tampa Bay Rays in 2021 before spending the last two years with the Miami Marlins. But he's only a career .263 hitter with 32 home runs in eight big-league seasons, and his worst season came in 2023 when he hit .212/.248/.306 with two home runs, 20 RBI, 16 doubles, seven stolen bases and 33 runs scored in 112 games played for the Fish. The 33-year-old left-handed hitter stands at 6-foot-1 and 195 pounds and will mainly serve the Mets with his glove and defensive versatility for the upcoming 2024 campaign.

    Nov 30 · Source via New York Mets Joey Wendle
  • Royals Sign Garrett Hampson

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    The Royals announced that they have signed infielder/outfielder Garrett Hampson to a one-year contract. Hampson will make a salary of $2MM, per Jeff Passan of ESPN. Hampson, 29, spent the 2023 season with the Marlins in a utility capacity. He got into 98 games and stepped to the plate 252 times, striking out at a…

    Nov 29 · MLB Trade Rumors Kansas City Royals Garrett Hampson
  • Looking For A Match In A Corbin Burnes Trade

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    Of all the names that figure to populate the trade market this offseason, there’s perhaps no starting pitcher more intriguing than former National League Cy Young winner Corbin Burnes. As far as trade options go, Burnes is any team’s best shot at adding a bona fide front-of-the-rotation starter whose salary is in just about any…

    Nov 29 · MLB Trade Rumors Milwaukee Brewers Corbin Burnes
  • The Best Fits For A Juan Soto Trade

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    There’s no bigger name on the trade front than Juan Soto. The superstar outfielder topped MLBTR’s list of the Top 25 offseason trade candidates a few weeks ago. He’s one season from free agency on a Padres team that is reportedly planning to cut payroll. MLBTR contributor Matt Swartz projects Soto for a record $33MM salary…

    Nov 29 · MLB Trade Rumors San Diego Padres Juan Soto
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