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  • Pirates Agree With Carlos Santana On Friday

    The Pittsburgh Pirates and veteran first baseman Carlos Santana agreed on a one-year, $6.7 million deal on Friday, pending the results of a physical, according to sources familiar with the deal. The 36-year-old hit just .202/.316/.376 with the Seattle Mariners and Kansas City Royals last season and posted a league-average .692 OPS in 131 total games. But Santana hit the ball hard and had an elite walk rate in the 97th percentile, which drove his free-agent market. He also saw the most shifts in baseball in 2022, and with the shift going away in 2023, he figures to see much better results. The switch-hitter will bring veteran leadership to a young Pirates squad. Santana has a career .242/.359/.432 slash line with 278 home runs and 925 RBI. He's best known for his plate discipline and power, but he won't have much fantasy upside, especially in Pittsburgh.

    Nov 25 · Source via Carlos Santana
  • Red Sox Sign Narciso Crook To Minor-League Deal

    The Boston Red Sox signed former Chicago Cubs outfielder Narciso Crook to a minor-league deal this week, according to a source. The 27-year-old made his major-league debut in 2022 with the Cubs and appeared in four games while going 1-for-7 with five strikeouts. However, Crook hit well at Triple-A Iowa, batting .260 with 19 home runs, 67 RBI and an .836 OPS in 101 games. He will likely begin the 2023 season at Triple-A Worcester to provide outfield depth for the organization behind Alex Verdugo, Enrique Hernandez, Rob Refsnyder and Jarren Duran. Crook was originally drafted in the 23rd round by the Cincinnati Reds in 2013, and he spent seven years with the Reds before signing a minor-league deal with the Cubs last November.

    Nov 25 · Source via Red Sox Narciso Crook
  • Twins Re-Sign Elliot Soto

    The Minnesota Twins re-signed infielder Elliot Soto to a minor-league deal this week. He's expected to get an invite to major-league spring training. The 33-year-old was selected to the 40-man roster in June of 2022 but was designated for assignment a day later and didn't appear in a game. He played in 92 games for Triple-A St. Paul, hitting .223/.320/.342 with four home runs, 32 RBI, 48 runs scored and nine stolen bases in 344 plate appearances. Soto, a glove-first player, made it up to the big leagues for three games with the Los Angeles Angels in 2020 but hasn't made it back since. He'll merely serve as infield depth for the Twins again in 2023 and is well off the fantasy radar.

    Nov 25 · Source via Twins Elliot Soto
  • Angels Sign Jacob Webb

    The Los Angeles Angels signed right-handed reliever Jacob Webb to a minor-league deal on Thursday, according to sources. The 29-year-old overlapped with general manager Perry Minasian in Atlanta and has a 2.47 ERA in 76 2/3 career major-league innings, all with the Braves. Webb didn't pitch in the big leagues at all in 2022, and he had a 4.19 ERA (4.07 FIP), a 1.51 WHIP, one save, 33 strikeouts and 14 walks in 34 1/3 relief innings for Atlanta in 2021. He spent all of the 2022 season in the minors, posting a 6.06 ERA, 1.15 WHIP, 42 strikeouts and nine walks in 34 relief appearances spanning 35 2/3 innings. Webb will serve as relief depth for the Angels in 2023.

    Nov 25 · Source via Angels Jacob Webb
  • Padres Looking At Xander Bogaerts?

    The San Diego Padres are a surprise team looking at shortstop, and they like free-agent shortstop Xander Bogaerts. Ha-Seong Kim could become a super-utility player, and Fernando Tatis Jr. could move to the outfield in 2023. The Padres are looking for leadership and also like first baseman Jose Abreu. The Friars have to also be considered players for Japanese right-hander Kodai Senga since right-hander Yu Darvish is his mentor. As expected, Bogaerts opted out of his deal with the Boston Red Sox after the 2022 season, making him a free agent. The 30-year-old will be one of the most coveted position players in free agency this winter after he slashed .307/.377/.456 with an .833 OPS, 15 home runs, 73 RBI, 84 runs scored and eight stolen bases in 557 at-bats for Boston this year.

    Nov 25 · Source via Xander Bogaerts
  • Rays Among Teams Interested In Brandon Nimmo

    The San Francisco Giants, Tampa Bay Rays and Toronto Blue Jays are among many teams interested in free-agent outfielder Brandon Nimmo. The New York Mets are also interested in bringing the table-setter back. The Seattle Mariners have also been mentioned as suitors. Nimmo is expected to land a five-year deal worth more than $100 million this winter, which would likely be too costly for the penny-pinching Rays. The 29-year-old left-handed hitter has an impressive .385 career on-base percentage, which makes him very attractive to contending teams as a top-of-the-order hitter. In 151 games for the Mets in 2022, he hit .274/.367/.433 with an .800 OPS, 16 home runs, a league-leading seven triples, 64 RBI, 102 runs scored and three stolen bases.

    Nov 25 · Source via Brandon Nimmo
  • Cubs Considering Michael Conforto

    The Chicago Cubs are among the teams considering free-agent outfielder Michael Conforto. He is seeking a deal for two years with an opt-out clause. The Cubs are also in touch with free-agent catcher Christian Vazquez, among other catchers. Conforto underwent surgery on his shoulder in April, and although there was a chance he could return to play for a contender late in the season, that never panned out. The 29-year-old left-handed slugger is reportedly back to full health heading into next season, so he should receive plenty of interest on the open market. Conforto was an All-Star in 2017 and hit a career-high 33 home runs while driving in 92 in 151 games as recent as 2019.

    Nov 25 · Source via Michael Conforto
  • Rays Interested In Brandon Nimmo

    In a market thin on center field help, Brandon Nimmo has naturally drawn a lot of interest on the free agent market.  Many of baseball’s bigger spenders have been linked to the former Mets standout, but according to Jon Heyman of the New York Post, the low-payroll Rays are also a rather surprising suitor for…

    Nov 25 · MLB Trade Rumors Rays Brandon Nimmo
  • Angels Sign Jacob Webb To Minors Contract

    The Angels have agreed to sign right-hander Jacob Webb to a minor league contract, FanSided’s Robert Murray reports (Twitter link).  Webb became a free agent after spending much of the 2022 season with the Braves’ Triple-A affiliate. Webb was an 18th-round pick for the Braves in the 2014 draft, and he has spent his entire…

    Nov 24 · MLB Trade Rumors Angels Jacob Webb
  • KBO's Kiwoom Heroes Sign Ariel Jurado

    The Kiwoom Heroes have signed right-hander Ariel Jurado to a one-year contract worth $850K in guaranteed salary, with another $150K available in incentives.  (Hat tip to Dan Kurtz of MyKBO.net.)  After nine seasons in affiliated North American baseball, Jurado will try to jumpstart his career in the Korea Baseball Organization. It was almost exactly ten…

    Nov 24 · MLB Trade Rumors Twins Ariel Jurado
  • Twins Re-Sign Elliot Soto To Minor League Deal

    The Twins have signed infielder Elliot Soto to a minor league deal, according to his transactions tracker at MLB.com. He will presumably get an invite to major league Spring Training, though that hasn’t been officially announced. Soto, 33, signs with the Twins on a minor league deal for the second straight season. In 2022, he…

    Nov 24 · MLB Trade Rumors Twins Elliot Soto
  • Craig Stammen Plans To Pitch In 2023

    Right-hander Craig Stammen is a free agent and will turn 39 years old in March. However, that doesn’t mean he’s hanging up his spikes. “I just love playing,” Stammen tells Kevin Acee of The San Diego Union-Tribune. “I wasn't ready. I want to go out a little better than I went out last year. I'm…

    Nov 24 · MLB Trade Rumors Craig Stammen
  • Shelby Miller Drawing Interest From Multiple Clubs

    Right-hander Shelby Miller is a free agent that is apparently intriguing some teams around the league. He tells Susan Slusser of The San Francisco Chronicle that the Giants offered him a minor league deal with an invite to Spring Training but he has major league offers from two clubs. At first glance, it might seem…

    Nov 24 · MLB Trade Rumors Shelby Miller
  • Red Sox Acquire Hoy Park From Pirates

    The Boston Red Sox acquired shortstop Hoy Park from the Pittsburgh Pirates on Wednesday in exchange for minor-league left-hander Inmer Lobo. The Pirates designated Park for assignment on Tuesday before dealing him to Boston. The 26-year-old South Korean infielder played in just 23 games for the Bucs in 2022, hitting .216 (11-for-51) with two home runs, six RBI, seven runs scored and a stolen base. Most of his time was spent at Triple-A Indianapolis, where he slashed .225/.332/.354 with 10 home runs, 37 RBI, 48 runs scored and 14 stolen bases in 375 plate appearances over 89 games played. Lobo, 18, played in the Dominican Summer League in 2022 and allowed only two runs while striking out 28 in 22 innings pitched.

    Nov 24 · Source via Red Sox Hoy Jun Park
  • Twins Have Reportedly Made Multiple Offers To Carlos Correa

    Arguably the biggest question for the Twins this offseason is how they’ll address shortstop. Minnesota’s shocking Spring Training signing of Carlos Correa solved the position for the 2022 campaign, but it’s again up in the air after the two-time All-Star opted out of the final two years on his contract. That Correa’s now back on the…

    Nov 24 · MLB Trade Rumors Twins Carlos Correa
  • Beau Sulser Signs With KBO's KT Wiz

    The KT Wiz of the Korea Baseball Organization have come to an agreement with right-hander Beau Sulser for the 2023 season, the team announced (h/t to Dan Kurtz of MYKBO.net). He’ll receive a $740K guarantee. Sulser, 28, made his major league debut this past season. After six seasons climbing the minor league ladder in Pittsburgh, he…

    Nov 23 · MLB Trade Rumors Pirates Beau Sulser
  • Red Sox, Narciso Crook Agree To Minor League Deal

    The Red Sox have inked outfielder Narciso Crook to a minor league contract, according to the transactions log at MLB.com. The 27-year-old had elected minor league free agency after being waived by the Cubs two weeks ago. Crook, a 2013 draftee of the Reds, is headed into his 10th year in the professional ranks. That includes…

    Nov 23 · MLB Trade Rumors Red Sox Narciso Crook
  • Angels Re-Sign Chad Wallach

    The Los Angeles Angels re-signed catcher Chad Wallach to a minor-league deal on Wednesday. Wallach entered free agency when he refused an outright assignment to Triple-A Salt Lake, but he will return to the Angels organization next year. The 31-year-old backstop played in just 12 games for the Halos in 2022, going 5-for-35 (.143) with a homer, four RBI and three runs scored. In six big-league seasons with the Angels, Cincinnati Reds and Miami Marlins, Wallach has hit just .198/.265/.296 with four home runs, 24 RBI and 17 runs scored in 271 plate appearances over 90 games played. He'll be looking to win a spot on the major-league roster out of spring training in 2023.

    Nov 23 · Source via Angels Chad Wallach
  • Rockies Interested In Cody Bellinger

    The Colorado Rockies are interested in free-agent outfielder Cody Bellinger, but only on a one-year deal, according to sources. Bellinger's agent, Scott Boras, said that Bellinger is looking for a one-year, bounce-back contract, so that would set the Rockies up to potentially sign the left-handed slugger. The Dodgers didn't tender Bellinger a contract after he hit just .210/.265/.389 with 19 home runs, 68 RBI, 70 runs scored and 14 stolen bases in 504 at-bats in 2022. He was the 2017 National League Rookie of the Year and the NL MVP in 2019, but right shoulder problems have made him a shadow of his former self as a hitter. The Chicago Cubs, San Francisco Giants and Toronto Blue Jays are the leading contenders at this point to sign Bellinger.

    Nov 23 · Source via Rockies Cody Bellinger
  • Phillies Sign John Hicks To Minor League Deal

    The Phillies have signed catcher/first baseman John Hicks to a minor league deal, per Baseball America’s Chris Hilburn-Trenkle. Presumably, Hicks will be invited to participate in major league Spring Training, though an official announcement has not been made. Hicks, 33, has appeared in six separate MLB seasons dating back to 2015. He’s gotten into 264…

    Nov 23 · MLB Trade Rumors Phillies John Hicks
  • Rangers Have Serious Interest In Carlos Rodon

    The Texas Rangers are among the most serious suitors for free-agent left-hander Carlos Rodon. It was reported several weeks ago that the New York Mets were another team with interest in the veteran southpaw. The Rangers already traded for righty Jake Odorizzi this offseason and are serious about upgrading their rotation heading into the 2023 season. Rodon would be a potential ace for Texas after he rejected the San Francisco Giants' qualifying offer in order to test the open market this winter. The 29-year-old has been an All-Star the last two seasons and went 14-8 with a 2.88 ERA (league-low 2.25 FIP), a 1.03 WHIP, a career-high 237 strikeouts and 52 walks in 178 innings over 31 starts for San Fran.

    Nov 23 · Source via Rangers Carlos Rodon
  • Giants Expected To Make Formal Offer To Aaron Judge

    The San Francisco Giants had a chance to give their free-agent pitch to outfielder Aaron Judge the last two days, and MLB.com's Jon Paul Morosi expects the Giants to make a formal offer to Judge within the week. Judge and his agent had dinner with president/CEO Larry Baer, president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi, manager Gabe Kapler and other members of the organization on Monday and continued to meet with the team on Tuesday. Morosi could see Judge signing with a team in the next two weeks by the end of the Winter Meetings. The 2022 American League MVP broke the AL home run record with 62 home runs for the New York Yankees last season and will be cashing in on the open market this winter, whether it be with the Yankees, Giants or another team. And wherever he lands, Judge will remain an elite power bat in fantasy.

    Nov 23 · Source via Giants Aaron Judge
  • Bryce Harper Undergoes Tommy John Surgery

    Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Bryce Harper (elbow) underwent Tommy John surgery on Wednesday, and the procedure went "very well," according to a person with knowledge of the situation. Harper could be back hitting competitively in mid-May. The Phillies official Twitter account reports that the prognosis is for Harper to return as the designated hitter by the All-Star break in 2023, with a possible return to play right field towards the end of the regular season. The 30-year-old All-Star will miss the start of the regular season next year after playing through a UCL injury to his right arm for most of the 2022 campaign. He still hit well despite the injury, batting .286/.364/.514 with an .877 OPS, 18 homers, 65 RBI, 63 run scored and 11 stolen bases in 370 at-bats, so fantasy managers shouldn't expect much of a drop-off, if any, when he returns.

    Nov 23 · Source via Phillies Bryce Harper
  • Brewers Sign Blake Perkins To Major League Contract

    The Brewers announced Wednesday that they’ve signed outfielder Blake Perkins to a one-year, Major League contract. Big league deals for player who’ve yet to make their MLB debut aren’t common, but there are a handful of such signings every season. The 26-year-old Perkins is a former second-round pick by the Nationals (2015) who batted a…

    Nov 23 · MLB Trade Rumors Brewers Blake Perkins
  • Reds, Tucker Barnhart Have Discussed Reunion

    The Reds and catcher Tucker Barnhart have discussed the possibility of him returning to Cincinnati, according to Mark Sheldon of MLB.com. Barnhart, of course, has spent the vast majority of his career in the Reds’ organization, having been drafted by them back in 2009. He made it to the big leagues in 2014 and stayed…

    Nov 23 · MLB Trade Rumors Reds Tucker Barnhart
  • Pirates Designate Hoy Park For Assignment

    The Pittsburgh Pirates designated infielder Hoy Park for assignment Tuesday. The National League Central club designated Park for assignment to create space on the 40-man roster for first baseman Lewin Diaz, who was claimed off waivers. Park hit .216 with a .276 on-base percentage, a pair of home runs, and a stolen base in 60 plate appearances for the Pirates last season. He saw playing time at second base, third base, and shortstop as well as in right field.

    Nov 23 · Source via Pirates Hoy Jun Park
  • Red Sox Sign Joely Rodriguez

    The Boston Red Sox have signed left-handed reliever Joely Rodriguez, the team announced in a tweet on Wednesday morning. Per the Red Sox's tweet, Rodriguez is signing a one-year deal that comes with a club option for the 2024 campaign. The veteran spent the 2022 season with the New York Mets, logging a 4.47 ERA and a 3.23 FIP in 50.1 innings of work. He also added 57 strikeouts and nine holds in those 50.1 innings while allowing 26 walks. The former Met will give Boston another late-inning option alongside the likes of Tanner Houck, John Schreiber, Garrett Whitlock, Ryan Brasier, and Matt Barnes.

    Nov 23 · Source via Red Sox Joely Rodriguez
  • Brewers Acquire Janson Junk In Hunter Renfroe Trade

    The Milwaukee Brewers acquired pitcher Janson Junk, along with fellow hurlers Elvis Peguero and Adam Seminaris, on Tuesday night in a trade that sent outfielder Hunter Renfroe to the Los Angeles Angels. Junk made three appearances for the Angels last season, two of which were starts. He pitched to a 6.48 ERA and a 3.11 FIP in 8.1 innings. The 26-year-old will give the Brewers some additional pitching depth in 2023, whether it be in the rotation or in the bullpen. Milwaukee's current rotation options include Corbin Burnes, Brandon Woodruff, Freddy Peralta, Adrian Houser, Eric Lauer, and Aaron Ashby.

    Nov 23 · Source via Angels Brewers Hunter Renfroe Janson Junk
  • Angels Re-Sign Chad Wallach To Minor League Deal

    The Angels have signed catcher Chad Wallach to a minor league deal, according to his transactions tracker at MLB.com. Wallach was with the club in 2022 but elected free agency after being outrighted in October. Wallach, 31, has seen MLB action in each of the past six seasons, splitting time between the Reds, Marlins and…

    Nov 23 · MLB Trade Rumors Angels Chad Wallach
  • Mets Sign Denyi Reyes To Minor League Deal

    The Mets announced that they have signed two pitchers to minor league deals: right-hander Denyi Reyes and left-hander Zach Muckenhirn. Each will be invited to major league Spring Training. Reyes, 26, is the only one of the two with major league experience. He cracked the big leagues with the Orioles last year, tossing 7 2/3…

    Nov 23 · MLB Trade Rumors Mets Denyi Reyes
  • Athletics, Pablo Reyes Agree To Minor League Deal

    The A’s have agreed to a minor league contract with infielder/outfielder Pablo Reyes, per Baseball America’s Chris Hilburn-Trenkle. Presumably, the deal includes an invite to Major League Spring Training, though the team has not formally announced the deal or indicated as much. Reyes was outrighted by the Brewers last month and subsequently became a minor…

    Nov 23 · MLB Trade Rumors Athletics Pablo Reyes
  • Charlie Barnes Re-Signs With KBO's Lotte Giants

    The Lotte Giants of the Korea Baseball Organization have agreed to a new contract with left-hander Charlie Barnes, as first reported by Ji-heon Pae (on Twitter). It’s a one-year deal that’ll guarantee the former big league hurler $1.2MM, MLBTR has learned. That’ll take the form of a $350K signing bonus and an $850K salary, and the…

    Nov 23 · MLB Trade Rumors Charlie Barnes
  • Giants Interested In Brandon Nimmo, Cody Bellinger

    San Francisco Chronicles' Susan Slusser reported Tuesday that the San Francisco Giants have checked in on free-agent outfielders Brandon Nimmo and Cody Bellinger. The Giants agreed to a one-year deal with Mike Yastrzemski earlier in the off-season, but they could still use a good deal of help at the position. Nimmo would provide a reliable source of offensive production and solid defense. He had a successful 2022 season with the Mets, slashing .274/.367/.433 with 16 home runs, 64 RBI, and three stolen bases. Bellinger would provide defense and speed but would be a much bigger unknown offensively, as he struggled with the Dodgers during the 2021-22 seasons but showed strong skills earlier in his career.

    Nov 23 · Source via Giants Brandon Nimmo Cody Bellinger
  • Trea Turner "Likely" Phillies' Top SS Target

    Free agent shortstop Trea Turner is "likely" the Philadelphia Phillies' top target among all available players at the position, per MLB.com's Mark Feinsand. Turner would provide defensive stability to a generally weak overall defense while adding to an already-strong lineup. This move would also allow for a reunion between Turner and Bryce Harper, who were former teammates with the Washington Nationals. The 29-year-old will remain a top fantasy option regardless of where he signs, as he slashed .298/.343/.466 with 21 home runs, 100 RBI, 101 runs scores, and 27 stolen bases with the Dodgers in 2022.

    Nov 23 · Source via Phillies Trea Turner
  • Angels Trade For Hunter Renfroe Tuesday

    The Los Angeles Angeles acquired outfielder Hunter Renfroe from the Milwaukee Brewers Tuesday in exchange for pitchers Janson Junk, Elvis Peguero, and Adam Seminaris. The 30-year-old will likely slot into an everyday outfield role with Mike Trout and Taylor Ward while providing power to the Angels' lineup. Renfroe slashed .255/.315/.492 with 29 home runs and 72 RBI in 522 plate appearances with the Brewers in 2022. From a fantasy perspective, this move theoretically puts Renfroe in a worse lineup, but the Angels have shown that they are willing to make improvements this off-season. A clearer picture of Renfroe's potential value will emerge once rosters become more complete.

    Nov 23 · Source via Brewers Angels Hunter Renfroe
  • Pirates Reportedly Claim Lewin Diaz Off Waivers

    The Pittsburgh Pirates have reportedly claimed first baseman, Lewin Diaz, off waivers, per a tweet from The Miami Herald's Craig Mish on Tuesday. Mish tweeted: "Pirates claimed First Baseman Lewin Diaz from the Marlins off waivers per source." Diaz appeared in 58 games for the Marlins last season, logging 174 plate appearances and hitting .169 with a .224 on-base percentage, five home runs, and a stolen base. In 368 plate appearances with Miami's Triple-A club last year, he logged a .252 average to go along with a .323 on-base percentage and 19 home runs. The 26-year-old will give Pittsburgh another option at first base alongside Ji-Man Choi.

    Nov 22 · Source via Pirates Lewin Diaz
  • Astros Sign Dixon Machado To Minors Deal

    The Houston Astros have signed infielder Dixon Machado to a minor-league deal according to the team's official transaction log. Also, per the Astros' official transaction log, the American League West club invited him to spring training. Machado appeared in 17 games for the San Francisco Giants last season, collecting three hits, a walk, and a run scored. He hit .291 with a .372 on-base percentage, six home runs, and 10 stolen bases in 522 plate appearances split between the Triple-A affiliates for the Giants and Chicago Cubs. He'll provide the Astros with some infield depth in 2023 after returning starters Jose Altuve, Alex Bregman, and Jeremy Pena.

    Nov 22 · Source via Dixon Machado
  • Cody Bellinger Reportedly Looking For One-Year Deal

    The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal reported Sunday that free agent first baseman/outfielder Cody Bellinger is interested in signing a one-year deal over a multi-year, per his agent Scott Boras. The 27-year-old was non-tendered by the Dodgers after slashing .210/.265/.389 with 19 home runs, 68 RBI, and 14 stolen bases in 550 plate appearances. While he struggled at the plate in the 2021-22 seasons, he provides solid defense and speed and has a high pedigree, winning the 2017 National League Rookie of the Year award and the 2019 NL Most Valuable Player award. Perhaps if Bellinger can return to a fraction of his previous offensive performance in 2023, he can set himself up for a more lucrative multi-year deal in 2024 free agency. Bellinger remains in the back of fantasy managers' minds given his past success, but he will need to prove that he still has those skills before he can be trusted next season.

    Nov 22 · Source via Cody Bellinger
  • Yankees And Red Sox Reach Out To Kodai Senga

    Both the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox have contacted free agent starting pitcher Kodai Senga's representatives, MLB Network's Jon Morosi tweeted Monday. The 29-year-old, who pitched in 11 seasons for Nippon Professional Baseball's Fukuoka Softbank Hawks, is an unrestricted free agent who is not attached to draft pick compensation. This will make Senga appealing to many other teams as well, but both the Yankees and Red Sox could add depth to their starting rotation. Senga compiled a 2.59 ERA and a 10.3 K/9 rate over more than 1,000 innings pitched in his time with the Hawks.

    Nov 22 · Source via Kodai Senga
  • Braves And Twins Also Have Interest In Mitch Haniger

    The Atlanta Braves and Minnesota Twins have reportedly shown interest in free agent outfielder Mitch Haniger, per Prospects Lives' Joe Doyle. MLB Networks' Jon Morosi also tweeted Monday that the Dodgers, Angels, and Rangers are interested in the 31-year-old. Haniger has had difficulty staying healthy throughout his career, but he has typically provided power and RBI from an offensive standpoint. He slashed .246/.308/.429 with 11 home runs and 34 RBI in 247 plate appearances with the Mariners in 2022. Haniger will likely be a useful fantasy option in 2023 if he can stay on the field, particularly if he signs with any of the teams reportedly interested in him.

    Nov 22 · Source via Mitch Haniger
  • Mets Meet With Justin Verlander

    The New York Mets met with free agent starting pitcher and American League Cy Young winner Justin Verlander on a Zoom call last week, per the Athletic's Ken Rosenthal. Per Rosenthal's report, the Mets would consider Verlander if they cannot re-sign departed free agent Jacob deGrom. The 39-year-old compiled an 18-4 record with a 1.75 ERA, 0.83 WHIP, and 27.8% strikeout rate through 28 starts and 175 innings pitched in 2022. Verlander will have a competitive market, but his age combined with his request for a multi-year deal will impact his suitor list.

    Nov 22 · Source via Justin Verlander
  • Aaron Judge To Meet With Giants Tuesday

    Free agent outfielder Aaron Judge was seen in San Francisco Monday and will reportedly meet with the San Francisco Giants on Tuesday, per MLB.com's Mark Feinsand. The Giants are the first team other than the Yankees to meet with the reigning American League Most Valuable Player this offseason and are considered a significant competitor in signing Judge. Judge is believed to be seeking a deal of at least eight years with an average annual value exceeding $40 million. The sweepstakes for Judge is justified, as he slashed .311/.425/.686 with 62 home runs, 131 RBI, and 16 stolen bases in 2022. He will be a top fantasy pick in 2023 wherever he lands.

    Nov 22 · Source via Aaron Judge
  • Giants Interested In Brandon Nimmo, Cody Bellinger

    The Giants have been frequently speculated as a fit for Aaron Judge, but their offseason won’t entirely revolve around him. According to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle, the club will be looking for two outfielders this winter and have checked in on both Brandon Nimmo and Cody Bellinger. What sets Nimmo and Bellinger…

    Nov 21 · MLB Trade Rumors Giants Cody Bellinger Brandon Nimmo
  • Pirates Reportedly Sign Nate Webb To Minor League Deal

    According to a tweet from FanSided's Robert Murray on Sunday, the Pittsburgh Pirates have reportedly signed right-hander Nate Webb to a minor league deal. Per Murray's tweet, the deal comes with an invitation to spring training. Webb, a 34th-round draft pick in the 2016 draft by the Kansas City Royals, pitched at three different levels of minors for the American League Central franchise last season. He'll give the Pirates some additional bullpen depth after Duane Underwood Jr., Robert Stephenson, Yohan Ramirez, Yerry De Los Santos, and closer David Bednar.

    Nov 21 · Source via Pirates Nathan Webb
  • Reds Acquire Kevin Newman

    The Cincinnati Reds acquired infielder Kevin Newman from the Pittsburgh Pirates on Friday. The Reds traded right-handed pitcher Dauri Moreta to Pittsburgh for Newman, who hit .274 with a .316 on-base percentage in 309 plate appearances last season. The 28-year-old, who has significant experience playing both second base and shortstop, also chipped in with a pair of home runs and eight stolen bases in those 309 plate appearances. In addition to Newman, Cincinnati's other infield options on the 40-man roster include Jose Barrero, Joey Votto, Elly De La Cruz, Jonathan India, Alejo Lopez, Noelvi Marte, Matt Reynolds, and Spencer Steer.

    Nov 21 · Source via Reds Kevin Newman
  • Angels Reportedly "Showing Interest In" Mitch Haniger

    Per a tweet from MLB Network's Jon Morosi on Monday, the Los Angeles Angels are reportedly "showing interest in" outfielder Mitch Haniger. Morosi tweeted: "Sources: #Dodgers and #Angels showing interest in free agent OF Mitch Haniger. The #Rangers, as first reported by @Ken_Rosenthal, are also among the most active suitors for Haniger. Of note, Haniger has a career. 846 OPS at Angel Stadium. @MLBNetwork @MLB." Among the current outfield options on Los Angeles' 40-man roster include Mike Trout, Jo Adell, Mickey Moniak, Taylor Ward, and Jared Walsh. Haniger hit .246 in 247 plate appearances for the Seattle Mariners last season, while also logging a .308 on-base percentage and 11 home runs.

    Nov 21 · Source via Angels Mitch Haniger
  • Padres Have Reportedly Spoken With Jose Abreu This Month

    According to a tweet from MLB Network's Jon Morosi on Saturday, Jose Abreu has reportedly spoken with the San Diego Padres this month. Morosi tweeted: "Sources: Free agent Jose Abreu has spoken with #Padres officials this month. Abreu is a top priority for the Padres, who are seeing middle-of-the-order power and have an opening at the DH/1B spot. @MLBNetwork @MLB." The 35-year-old has previously spent his entire career with the Chicago White Sox. He enjoyed a strong season at the plate for the American League Central club in 2022, hitting .304 with a .378 on-base percentage and 15 home runs in 679 plate appearances.

    Nov 21 · Source via Padres Jose Abreu
  • Dodgers Reportedly "Showing Interest In" Mitch Haniger

    According to a tweet from MLB Network's Jon Morosi on Monday morning, the Los Angeles Dodgers are reportedly interested in free-agent outfielder Mitch Haniger. Morosi tweeted the following: "Sources: #Dodgers and #Angels showing interest in free agent OF Mitch Haniger. The #Rangers, as first reported by @Ken_Rosenthal, also are among the most active suitors for Haniger. Of note, Haniger has a career .846 OPS at Angel Stadium. @MLBNetwork @MLB." The outfielder appeared in 57 games for the Seattle Mariners last season, hitting .246 with a .308 on-base percentage and 11 home runs in 247 plate appearances. As of now, Los Angeles' outfield options on the 40-man roster include Mookie Betts, Trayce Thompson, Jonny DeLuca, Andy Pages, James Outman, and Chris Taylor.

    Nov 21 · Source via Dodgers Mitch Haniger
  • Giants, Rangers Among Teams Interested In Mitch Haniger

    Though a high ankle sprain and a two-week stint on the COVID-related injured list limited Mitch Haniger to only 58 games last season, the outfielder is drawing a lot of attention on the free agent market.  According to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, the Giants and Rangers are two of the clubs looking at the…

    Nov 20 · MLB Trade Rumors Rangers Giants Mitch Haniger
  • Mets Interested In Jameson Taillon

    The Mets have already been linked to several available starters early in the offseason, and The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal reports that Jameson Taillon is one of the names the club has been in touch with during its ongoing pitching search.  Taillon (who just turned 31 on November 18) is a free agent for the first…

    Nov 20 · MLB Trade Rumors Mets Jameson Taillon
  • Mets Considering Justin Verlander

    TODAY: Verlander and the Mets spoke together in a Zoom meeting last week, according to The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal. NOVEMBER 19: The Mets are hopeful of re-signing Jacob deGrom, but if they fail in that pursuit, reigning AL Cy Young winner Justin Verlander has emerged as a “prominent possibility” for the team, according to Mike…

    Nov 20 · MLB Trade Rumors Mets Justin Verlander
  • Vinny Capra Re-Signs With Blue Jays

    Infielder Vinny Capra is re-signing with the Blue Jays on a Minor League deal, reports Robert Murray of Fansided. Capra had been non-tendered by the Jays on Friday and had received “strong interest elsewhere” before opting to remain with Toronto, per Murray. Capra, a 20th-round pick in the 2018 draft, made his MLB debut in…

    Nov 20 · MLB Trade Rumors Blue Jays Vinny Capra
  • Pirates Sign Nate Webb To Minor League Deal

    The Pirates are in agreement with righty Nate Webb on a Minor League deal with an invite to Spring Training, per Robert Murray of Fansided. Webb had previously been DFA’d and non-tendered by the Royals. Webb, who had been DFA’d by the Royals on Tuesday before the deadline to protect players from the Rule 5 Draft,…

    Nov 20 · MLB Trade Rumors Pirates Nathan Webb
  • Mets Believe Jacob deGrom Wants To Stay

    Jacob deGrom is expected to have many suitors this winter, but according to Mike Puma of the New York Post, the veteran right-hander prefers to stay in Queens. While any deal would require a significant investment, Puma writes that provided there’s not a major discrepancy between offers, deGrom would rather re-sign in New York. deGrom…

    Nov 19 · MLB Trade Rumors Mets Jacob deGrom
  • Hanshin Tigers Close To Signing Jeremy Beasley and Sheldon Neuse

    The Hanshin Tigers of the Nippon Professional League are close to signing former MLB players Jeremy Beasley and Sheldon Neuse, as well as former big league prospects Brian Keller and Johan Mieses, according to Yahoo Japan.  Meanwhile, the Tigers have renewed former Tiger, Angel and Pirate Kyle Keller’s contract for around $1.3MM. Beasley, 27 tomorrow, was recently…

    Nov 19 · MLB Trade Rumors Jeremy Beasley Sheldon Neuse
  • Rays, Royals Linked With Dominic Smith

    The Rays and Royals “could have interest”in free agent slugger Dominic Smith, according to Mike Puma of the New York Post. Smith was recently non-tendered by the Mets after a disappointing campaign in 2022. Two years ago such a move would have been unfathomable after Smith slashed .316/.377/.616 with ten home runs in the pandemic-shortened…

    Nov 19 · MLB Trade Rumors Royals Rays Dominic Smith
  • Padres Have Jose Abreu As "A Top Priority"

    The Padres have been in contact with Jose Abreu and his representatives, and San Diego consider Abreu to be “a top priority” this offseason, according to Jon Morosi of MLB Network (via Twitter).  With Josh Bell, Wil Myers, and Brandon Drury all now free agents, the Padres have a vacancy at first base, making Abreu…

    Nov 19 · MLB Trade Rumors Padres White Sox Jose Abreu
  • Mariners Interested In Gleyber Torres

    The Mariners have interest in Yankees second baseman Gleyber Torres, Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports.  It isn’t known if the two sides are particularly close on any sort of trade, though Sherman theorizes that the M’s could potentially offer the Yankee some bullpen help in return — akin to Seattle’s deal for…

    Nov 19 · MLB Trade Rumors Yankees Mariners Gleyber Torres
  • Giants Interested In Kenley Jansen

    Kenley Jansen has drawn interest from the Giants, MLB Network’s Jon Morosi reports (Twitter link).  The veteran reliever is a free agent for the second straight winter, after signing a one-year, $16MM deal with the Braves last offseason. There is plenty of familiarity between Jansen and the Giants, and not only because San Francisco spent…

    Nov 19 · MLB Trade Rumors Giants Kenley Jansen closers
  • Jeimer Candelario Among Tigers Non-Tenders

    The Detroit Tigers have declined to tender a contract to third baseman Jeimer Candelario, as well as utility men Harold Castro and Willi Castro, among others. After coming up with the Cubs in 2016, Candelario was traded to Detroit and has spent nearly six seasons with the Tigers. He's had some ups and downs, with his best season coming in 2020 when he recorded an .872 OPS with seven homers in 206 plate appearances. He was at his lowest in 2022, slashing .217/.272/.361 with 13 home runs in 467 plate appearances. He'll look to resurrect his career somewhere new in the spring.

    Nov 18 · Source via Tigers Jeimer Candelario
  • Dodgers Expected To Pursue Aaron Judge

    The Los Angeles Dodgers are expected to pursue free agent outfielder Aaron Judge, according to Jon Heyman of MLB Network and the NY Post. After declining to tender a contract to outfielder Cody Bellinger, the team now has a need in the outfield, and, perhaps more importantly, approximately $100 million dollars in payroll commitments coming off the books. The New York Yankees are also known to be in pursuit of Judge, who should have no shortage of destination options coming off a record-breaking 62-home run MVP-winning season.

    Nov 18 · Source via Aaron Judge
  • Cody Bellinger Non-Tendered By Dodgers

    The Los Angeles Dodgers have declined to tender a contract to three of their players, most notably outfielder Cody Bellinger. They will also not be bringing back outfielder Luke Williams or infielder Edwin Rios. Bellinger will now be a free agent for the first time in his career. The 27-year-old struggled mightily of late, slashing .210/.265/.389 in 2022 after performing even worse in 2021, a shocking output for a player who won the MVP award in 2019. He will look to catch on elsewhere in the coming months, and the Dodgers now have a vacancy in the outfield.

    Nov 18 · Source via Dodgers Cody Bellinger
  • Kenley Jansen Drawing Interest From Giants

    The San Francisco Giants have shown interest in free agent relief pitcher Kenley Jansen, according to Jon Morosi of MLB Network. Manager Gabe Kapler and President of Baseball Operations Farhan Zaidi were with the Los Angeles Dodgers while Jansen was holding down the closer role for that franchise. In 2022 with the Atlanta Braves, Jansen was once again excellent with 41 saves and a 3.38 ERA and 1.05 WHIP. Despite being 34 years old, he is expected to garner a multi-year contract.

    Nov 18 · Source via Kenley Jansen closers
  • Isiah Kiner-Falefa Returning To Yankees

    The New York Yankees have reached an agreement with shortstop Isiah Kiner-Falefa that will bring him back to the Bronx for the 2023 season. The contract will be for one year and $6 million dollars. Kiner-Falefa endured a tumultuous year with the Yankees after coming over from the Texas Rangers last offseason, slashing .261/.314/.327 with four home runs and 22 steals in 531 plate appearances. Most of Kiner-Falefa's contributions come from speed and defense, and there's no guarantee that he will see nearly as much playing time this upcoming season as last.

    Nov 18 · Source via Yankees Isiah Kiner-Falefa
  • Mike Yastrzemski Signs One-Year Contract With Giants

    The San Francisco Giants have reached a one-year deal with Mike Yastrzemski that will pay the outfielder $6.1 million dollars in the 2023 season. The 32-year-old Yastrzemski avoids arbitration with this pact and remains eligible for free agency following the 2025 season. He will look to be more productive in the upcoming campaign after a career-worst offensive output in 2022 that saw him slash .214/.305/.392 with 17 home runs in 558 plate appearances across 148 games.

    Nov 18 · Source via Giants Mike Yastrzemski
  • Kodai Senga Meets With Mets

    The New York Mets have met with Kodai Senga and his agents as they seek to remake their starting rotation heading into the 2023 season. The meeting reportedly went well with the 29-year-old, who is said to be seeking a win-now team in a big market. The Mets certainly fit that bill, and should a deal formalize down the line, they would be hoping Senga can repeat his considerable NPB success in the states. Senga has compiled a 2.42 ERA and 1.09 WHIP with 10 K/9 in 11 NPB seasons, including an outstanding 2022 campaign in which he had a record of 11-6 and an ERA of 1.94.

    Nov 18 · Source via Kodai Senga
  • Kyle Farmer Sent From Reds To Twins

    Kyle Farmer is the newest member of the Minnesota Twins after being acquired in a trade from the Cincinnati Reds. The Reds will receive minor league right-handed pitcher Casey Legumina in exchange for Farmer. The 32-year-old Farmer enjoyed arguably his best year at the plate in 2022, recording a .701 OPS with 14 home runs in 583 plate appearances, though that only resulted in a 91 wRC+. Farmer figures to be a depth piece and fill some of the playing time vacated by the earlier trade of Gio Urshela to the Los Angeles Angels, but fantasy managers should not look to invest in the righty swinger.

    Nov 18 · Source via Reds Kyle Farmer
  • Gio Urshela Traded To Angels

    The Los Angeles Angels have acquired third baseman Gio Urshela from the Minnesota Twins, according to an announcement made by the team. Minnesota will receive minor league right-handed pitcher Alejandro Hidalgo in return. Urshela enjoyed a strong 2022 season at the plate, slashing .285/.338/.429 with a 119 wRC+ in 551 plate appearances across 144 games. While his natural position of third base is blocked in Los Angeles by Anthony Rendon, he is expected to garner playing time around the infield, and has a chance to be the starting shortstop for manager Phil Nevin, who coached Urshela when both were with the New York Yankees.

    Nov 18 · Source via Angels Giovanny Urshela
  • Aaron Judge Wins American League MVP

    As expected, New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge was named the 2022 American League Most Valuable Player on Thursday. Judge picked a nice season to set an AL record with 62 home runs before becoming a free agent this offseason. While also breaking Roger Maris' single-season AL home run record, Judge also finished just five batting average points shy of the Triple Crown. The right-handed slugger beat out Angels two-way star Shohei Ohtani. Judge hit 16 more homers than anybody else in baseball and also led the league in RBI (131), OPS (1.111), OPS+ (211), total bases (391) and runs scored (133). His 15.9 percent walk rate was in the top one percent in baseball, and his 23.9 percent chase rate ranked in the 89th percentile. Wherever Judge is playing in 2023, he'll be the best power target in fantasy baseball.

    Nov 17 · Source via Aaron Judge
  • Paul Goldschmidt Named National League MVP

    St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Paul Goldschmidt was named the 2022 National League Most Valuable Player, his first career MVP award. He's also the first Cardinal to win the award since Albert Pujols did so in 2009. Goldy had the best season of his career at 34 years old and led the NL in slugging percentage (.578) while leading all of baseball in OPS (.981) and weighted runs created plus (177). He managed to beat out teammate Nolan Arenado and San Diego Padres third baseman Manny Machado for the hardware. Goldschmidt's final slash line sat at .317/.404/.578, and he added 35 home runs, 115 RBI, 106 runs scored and seven stolen bases in his 561 at-bats. Despite being 35 heading into the 2023 season, Goldschmidt will remain an elite fantasy first baseman.

    Nov 17 · Source via Cardinals Paul Goldschmidt
  • D-Backs Acquire Kyle Lewis From Mariners

    The Arizona Diamondbacks acquired outfielder Kyle Lewis from the Seattle Mariners on Thursday in exchange for outfielder/catcher Cooper Hummel, according to sources familiar with the situation. Lewis was named the American League Rookie of the Year during the COVID-shortened 2020 season, when he hit .262/.364/.437 with an .801 OPS, 11 home runs, 28 RBI, 37 runs scored and five stolen bases in 58 games. But he's underwhelmed in two seasons since and has been bothered by injuries. In just 18 games for Seattle in 2022, he hit .143/.226/.304 with three homers, five RBI, six runs scored and 19 strikeouts in 56 at-bats. A change of scenery could be what Lewis needs to get back into fantasy relevance.

    Nov 17 · Source via Mariners Kyle Lewis
  • A's Claim Brent Rooker Off Waivers From Royals

    The Oakland Athletics claimed outfielder Brent Rooker off waivers from the Kansas City Royals on Thursday. The move comes after the Royals designated Rooker for assignment earlier this week. The 28-year-old played in two games with the San Diego Padres in 2022 before landing in Kansas City. In just 14 games with the Royals, he hit .160/.276/.200 with no home runs, two RBI and a run scored in 29 plate appearances. Rooker has a weak slash line of .200/.289/.379 with 10 home runs, 23 RBI and 30 runs scored in 270 plate appearances over 81 games in his three major-league seasons to this point. He'll be battling for a roster spot in spring training with the A's next year.

    Nov 17 · Source via Royals Brent Rooker
  • Garrett Crochet Not Expected To Start In 2023

    Although the Chicago White Sox "need another starter," according to pitching coach Ethan Katz, he doesn't believe "starting is in the cards" for left-hander Garrett Crochet (elbow) next season. However, Crochet could serve as a multi-inning reliever. It's not a huge surprise after the 23-year-old southpaw had Tommy John surgery in April of this year. On top of it, he has only thrown 60 1/3 innings in 59 relief appearances in his first two major-league seasons. The good news is that Crochet has been throwing from 120 feet, although it remains to be seen if he'll be ready by Opening Day in 2023. Fantasy managers in single-year leagues will want to avoid Crochet next year.

    Nov 17 · Source via White Sox Garrett Crochet closers
  • Chris Stratton Signs With Cardinals

    The St. Louis Cardinals agreed to a one-year contract with free-agent right-hander Chris Stratton on Thursday. The deal is reportedly for $2.8 million. Stratton began the 2022 season with the Pittsburgh Pirates but was eventually acquired by the Cardinals in a trade. In his 20 relief appearances with St. Louis, he had a nice 2.78 ERA (2.80 FIP), a 1.50 WHIP, 23 strikeouts and 12 walks in 22 2/3 innings. In total, the 32-year-old posted a 4.26 ERA (3.32 FIP), a 1.53 WHIP, two saves and a 60:25 K:BB in 63 1/3 innings pitched over 60 appearances (one start). Stratton will only become attractive in fantasy if he makes any spot starts for the Red Birds.

    Nov 17 · Source via Cardinals Chris Stratton closers
  • Michael Kopech Expected To Be Ready For Spring Training

    Chicago White Sox pitching coach Ethan Katz said that right-hander Michael Kopech's (knee) rehab from knee surgery is a bit more gradual than expected, but the team still expects him to be ready for spring training. Kopech will finish at five innings and 85 pitches before his first outing of the 2023 regular season. The 26-year-old also dealt with a right shoulder injury to close out last season, but his knee injury is the one we'll be monitoring closely as spring training approaches. Expect the White Sox to keep a short leash on him early in 2023 as he recovers from the knee procedure. In his first full big-league season in 2022, Kopech went 5-9 with a 3.54 ERA (4.49 FIP), a 1.19 WHIP, 105 strikeouts and 57 walks in 119 1/3 frames over 25 starts.

    Nov 17 · Source via White Sox Michael Kopech
  • Scott Alexander Avoids Arbitration With Giants

    The San Francisco Giants and left-handed reliever Scott Alexander avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $1.15 million deal. In his first year in San Francisco in 2022, Alexander only pitched 17 1/3 innings over 17 appearances (four starts) at the major-league level, allowing two earned runs on 12 hits while walking one and striking out 10. The 33-year-old southpaw made enough of an impression on the Giants for them to bring him back for the 2023 season. In eight big-league seasons, Alexander has posted a 3.00 ERA (3.74 FIP), a 1.29 WHIP and a 170:86 K:BB in 222 1/3 innings over 228 outings (five starts) for the Royals, Dodgers and Giants. He won't be in play for fantasy managers next spring.

    Nov 17 · Source via Scott Alexander
  • Buck Farmer Signs One-Year Deal With Reds

    The Cincinnati Reds avoided salary arbitration with right-handed reliever Buck Farmer by agreeing to a one-year, $1.75 million deal. In his first year with the Reds in 2022, Farmer finished with a 3.83 ERA (3.03 FIP), a 1.29 WHIP, five holds, his first two career saves and 54 strikeouts in 47 innings over 44 relief appearances. He was much better after being called up for the second time in early July, closing out the year with a 2.83 ERA in 35 innings pitched. The 31-year-old will return for his second season in Cincinnati in 2023, but he isn't at all on the fantasy radar.

    Nov 17 · Source via Reds Buck Farmer
  • Red Sox Avoid Arbitration With Rob Refsnyder

    The Boston Red Sox avoided salary arbitration with outfielder Rob Refsnyder by agreeing to a one-year, $1.2 million deal. Refsnyder ended his 2022 season on the injured list due to back spasms, but he should be healthy in plenty of time for spring training next year. The 31-year-old veteran will return to Beantown next year after hitting a strong .307/.384/.497 with an .881 OPS, six home runs, 21 RBI, 25 runs scored and one stolen base in just 153 at-bats as a bench player for the BoSox. Refsnyder will the 2023 campaign battling for occasional starts in Boston's outfield yet again, depending on what additions the club makes in the offseason.

    Nov 17 · Source via Red Sox Rob Refsnyder
  • Astros Sign Austin Davis To Minor-League Deal

    The Houston Astros signed left-hander Austin Davis to a minor-league deal on Wednesday that includes an invitation to major-league spring training. Davis was designated for assignment by the Minnesota Twins in September and elected free agency, and now he'll join the Astros before the 2023 season. The 29-year-old southpaw spent most of the 2022 campaign with the Boston Red Sox, posting a 5.47 ERA (3.94 FIP), a 1.56 WHIP, 61 strikeouts and 29 walks in 54 1/3 innings over 50 appearances (three starts). Davis will serve as left-handed relief depth for the World Series championship heading into the 2023 regular season.

    Nov 17 · Source via Austin Davis closers
  • Rockies Avoid Arbitration With Dinelson Lamet

    The Colorado Rockies avoided salary arbitration with right-hander Dinelson Lamet on Wednesday by agreeing to an undisclosed one-year deal. Lamet began the 2022 season with the San Diego Padres before being traded to the Milwaukee Brewers. The Rockies then claimed him off waivers from the Brewers in August. The 30-year-old pitched to a 4.05 ERA (3.46 FIP), a 1.20 WHIP, 29 strikeouts and 10 walks in 20 relief innings for Colorado to close out the year. The Padres traded him after he allowed 14 runs (13 earned) on 16 hits while walking nine and striking out 16 in 12 1/3 relief innings to begin the season. Lamet began his MLB career as a starter, but injuries have relegated him to relief duties in recent seasons.

    Nov 17 · Source via Rockies Dinelson Lamet closers
  • Shohei Ohtani Plans To Play In World Baseball Classic

    Los Angeles Angels two-way superstar Shohei Ohtani announced on his official Instagram account on Thursday that he "would like to participate" in the 2023 World Baseball Classic for Team Japan. "Looking forward for the opportunity to face the best players around the world and to be able to play in front of the Japanese fans for the first time in over five years!!" Ohtani wrote. The 28-year-old pulled out of the most recent WBC in 2017 due to an ankle injury. He told reporters last month that he'd consider coming out of the bullpen for Team Japan if he played in next year's WBC. Ohtani had another phenomenal season for the Angels in 2022, hitting .273 with 34 home runs, 95 RBI, 90 runs and 11 stolen bases as the designated hitter while also going 15-9 on the mound with a 2.33 ERA, 1.01 WHIP and 219 strikeouts in 166 innings over 28 starts.

    Nov 17 · Source via Angels Shohei Ohtani
  • Mariners Asking About Kolten Wong

    The Seattle Mariners have inquired with the Milwaukee Brewers on the availability of second baseman Kolten Wong, who has one year left before reaching free agency, according to sources. Wong is a left-handed hitter and is coming off of a career-high 118 OPS+. Milwaukee picked up Wong's $10 million option for the 2023 season to bring him back for another year. The 32-year-old was very productive at the plate last season, finishing with a .251/.339/.430 slash line with a career-high 15 home runs, 47 RBI, 65 runs scored and 17 stolen bases in 497 plate appearances over 134 games for the Brew Crew. He now has 29 home runs, 97 RBI and 29 stolen bases in his two years in Milwaukee.

    Nov 17 · Source via Brewers Kolten Wong
  • Martin Maldonado Undergoes Sports Hernia Surgery

    The Astros announced catcher Martín Maldonado underwent surgery to repair a sports hernia yesterday. He’s expected to be ready for the start of Spring Training. In the hours after Houston won the World Series, Ken Rosenthal of the Athletic reported the veteran backstop was likely to undergo hernia surgery. Rosenthal also reported that Maldonado fractured a…

    Nov 16 · MLB Trade Rumors Astros Martin Maldonado
  • Dylan File Signs With KBO's Doosan Bears

    Right-hander Dylan File has inked a contract with the Doosan Bears of the Korea Baseball Organization, the team announced (h/t to Dan Kurtz of MyKBO.net). He’ll receive a $550K salary, and the deal contains up to $100K in incentives. File was a 21st-round draftee of the Brewers back in 2017. He made it to Milwaukee’s 40-man…

    Nov 16 · MLB Trade Rumors Dylan File
  • Justin Verlander Wins Third AL Cy Young

    Houston Astros starting pitcher Justin Verlander won his third career American League Cy Young award in 2022 at 39 years old after having Tommy John surgery. He won the award unanimously after missing all of last year. Verlander becomes the first-ever pitcher to win the award after throwing zero innings the previous season. He's also one of 11 pitchers in MLB history to have won the Cy Young three times. On top of that, Verlander was the fifth-oldest hurler to win the award. He had an AL-best 18 wins and a major-league leading 1.75 ERA, WHIP (0.83), opponents' OPS (.497) and opponent's batting average (.186). The 39-year-old is stiff-arming Father Time and will cash in on the free-agent market this winter after just winning a World Series title.

    Nov 16 · Source via Astros Justin Verlander
  • Sandy Alcantara Wins National League Cy Young

    Miami Marlins starting pitcher Sandy Alcantara won the 2022 National League Cy Young award on Wednesday. He becomes the team's first-ever Cy Young winner after he tossed a league-high 228 2/3 innings this year, which is the highest total for a pitcher since Justin Verlander's 223 in 2019. The 27-year-old right-hander's six complete games were the most in baseball in six years and more than any other team in 2022. He threw eight or more innings in 14 of his 32 starts. Alcantara's ERA (2.28), expected ERA (2.92), strikeouts (207) and quality starts (24) all ranked in the top five in the NL. Alcantara was an absolute beast and continued to throw in the upper-90s with his fastball deep into his starts. He'll cost a pretty penny as a fantasy ace in 2023 drafts.

    Nov 16 · Source via Marlins Sandy Alcantara
  • Dodgers Protect Diego Cartaya From Rule 5 Draft

    The Los Angeles Dodgers added catcher Diego Cartaya, second baseman Michael Busch and outfielders Andy Pages and Jonny DeLuca to their 40-man roster on Tuesday in order to protect them from the upcoming Rule 5 draft. Cartaya is the team's top prospect heading into next season, while Busch comes in at No. 4 and Pages at No. 5, according to MLB Pipeline. Cartaya is one of the best catching prospects in all of baseball, so it's no surprise the Dodgers don't want to lose him to another club. The 21-year-old Venezuelan backstop hit a combined .254/.389/.503 with an .892 OPS, career-high 22 home runs, 72 RBI, 74 runs scored and one stolen base in 95 combined games with Single-A Rancho Cucamonga and High-A Great Lakes this season.

    Nov 16 · Source via Dodgers Diego Cartaya
  • Cardinals Add Connor Thomas To 40-Man Roster

    The St. Louis Cardinals added left-hander Connor Thomas to their 40-man major-league roster on Tuesday to protect him from this week's Rule 5 draft. Thomas checks in as the team's No. 24 prospect, per MLB Pipeline, but he doesn't have a ton of upside at the next level. The 24-year-old southpaw struck out only 110 hitters in 135 innings over 28 outings (25 starts) for Triple-A Memphis this year while also posting a 5.47 ERA and 1.57 WHIP. Thomas projects as more of a back-end starter in St. Louis or as a long-relief swing man once he eventually makes it to the majors, which could come in 2023.

    Nov 16 · Source via Cardinals Connor Thomas
  • Prelander Berroa, Jonatan Clase Protected From Rule 5 Draft

    The Seattle Mariners added right-handers Prelander Berroa and Isaiah Campbell and outfielders Jonatan Clase and Cade Marlowe to their 40-man roster on Tuesday, protecting them from this week's Rule 5 draft. Per MLB Pipeline, Berroa (No. 15), Campbell (24), Clase (12) and Marlowe (21) are all among the team's top-25 prospects. Berroa, 22, had a 2.86 ERA, 1.16 WHIP and 150 strikeouts in 100 2/3 innings over 26 starts in three minor-league stops this season, but he also walked 63 batters. He'll need to get his control figured out before he advances to Triple-A. Clase is still only 20 years and hasn't played above Single-A, so he still has plenty of developing to do. The switch-hitter batted .267 with 13 home runs, 49 RBI, 91 runs scored and 55 stolen bases in 107 games for Single-A Modesto in 2022.

    Nov 16 · Source via Mariners
  • Rockies, Dinelson Lamet Avoid Arbitration

    The Rockies announced that they have agreed to terms on a one-year deal with right-hander Dinelson Lamet, avoiding arbitration. The terms have not yet been revealed but MLBTR contributor Matt Swartz projected him for a salary of $4.8MM. Lamet, 30, has been on a bit of a roller coaster in the past few years. In…

    Nov 16 · MLB Trade Rumors Rockies Dinelson Lamet closers
  • Marco Luciano Added To 40-Man Roster

    The San Francisco Giants added infielders Marco Luciano and Brett Wisely, right-handers Tristan Beck, Jose Cruz and Keaton Winn and outfielder Luis Matos to their 40-man roster on Tuesday. Wisely was acquired from the Tampa Bay Rays in exchange for outfielder Tristan Peters. According to MLB Pipeline, Luciano is the club's top prospect. Matos checks in at No. 3. The 21-year-old Luciano played in 57 games with High-A Eugene in 2022 and hit .263/.339/.459 with 10 home runs, 30 RBI and 27 runs scored in 230 plate appearances. He generates a lot of bat speed from the right side of the plate and should continue advancing up the Giants' minor-league ladder in 2023. Luciano is a power over hit-tool guy at the next level.

    Nov 16 · Source via Giants Marco Luciano prospects
  • Orix Buffaloes To Post Masataka Yoshida

    The Orix Buffaloes of Japan’s Nippon Professional Baseball are going to post outfielder Masataka Yoshida, according to a report from Yahoo Japan, making him eligible to explore opportunities with MLB clubs. (hat tip to JJ Cooper from Baseball America and Jason Coskrey on Twitter.) The Japanese-language link lists the Yankees, Mariners, and Blue Jays as…

    Nov 16 · MLB Trade Rumors
  • Orioles Protect Grayson Rodriguez From Rule 5 Draft

    The Baltimore Orioles protected right-handed pitcher Grayson Rodriguez from the Rule 5 draft by adding him to their 40-man roster on Tuesday. The Orioles also added right-handers Noah Denoyer and Seth Johnson, shortstop Joey Ortiz and left-hander Drew Rom to the 40-man roster. Rodriguez is the No. 4 overall prospect in all of baseball, per MLB Pipeline, while Johnson is the team's No. 10 prospect. Ortiz comes in at No. 17, while Rom is Baltimore's No. 19 prospect. If it wasn't for a Grade 2 lat sprain, Rodriguez most likely would have made his major-league debut in 2022. The 23-year-old right-hander only threw a combined 75 2/3 innings with High-A Aberdeen, Double-A Bowie and Triple-A Norfolk last year, so fantasy managers should expect him to have his workload monitored throughout the year with the Orioles.

    Nov 16 · Source via Orioles Joey Ortiz Grayson Rodriguez prospects
  • Cubs Acquire Miles Mastrobuoni From The Rays

    The Chicago Cubs acquired second baseman Miles Mastrobuoni from the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday in exchange for a Single-A pitcher, according to sources. Mastrobuoni can play both the infield and outfield. The 27-year-old made his major-league debut with the Rays this year and went 3-for-16 with a stolen base, a run scored and six strikeouts in his first eight big-league games. Down on the farm in 129 games for Triple-A Durham, the left-handed hitter batted a strong .300/.377/.469 with an .846 OPS, a career-high 16 home runs, 64 RBI, 92 runs scored and 23 stolen bases in 573 plate appearances for the Bulls. Mastrobuoni will likely compete for a utility role with Chicago in spring training next season.

    Nov 16 · Source via Cubs Miles Mastrobuoni
  • Raimel Tapia Designated For Assignment

    The Toronto Blue Jays designated outfielders Raimel Tapia and Bradley Zimmer for assignment on Tuesday while also releasing Foster Griffin. In corresponding moves, the team added Orelvis Martinez, Yosver Zulueta, Addison Barger and Spencer Horwitz to the 40-man roster. The Blue Jays acquired Tapia from the Colorado Rockies last March. The 28-year-old ended up playing in 128 games in Toronto last season, hitting .265/.292/.380 with seven home runs, 52 RBI, 47 runs scored and eight stolen bases in his 411 at-bats. Zimmer played 100 games for the Blue Jays and nine with the Philadelphia Phillies in 2022. In his 100 games in Toronto, he hit just .101/.200/.213 with two home runs, five RBI, 14 runs scored and three stolen bases.

    Nov 16 · Source via Blue Jays Raimel Tapia
  • Astros Sign Austin Davis To Minor League Deal

    The Astros have informed reporters, including Brian McTaggart of MLB.com, that they have signed left-hander Austin Davis to a minor league deal with an invitation to major league Spring Training. Davis, 30 in February, was drafted by the Phillies and made his MLB debut with them in 2018. He’s since bounced around quite a bit,…

    Nov 16 · MLB Trade Rumors Astros Austin Davis closers
  • Blue Jays Interested In Brandon Nimmo

    The Blue Jays subtracted from their outfield mix earlier today when they dealt Teoscar Hernandez to the Mariners. In the wake of that deal, they are now showing interest in adding free agent Brandon Nimmo, according to Jon Morosi of MLB.com. Toronto’s general manager Ross Atkins spoke with members of the media on a conference…

    Nov 16 · MLB Trade Rumors Blue Jays Brandon Nimmo
  • Marlins Acquire JT Chargois

    The Miami Marlins acquired relief pitcher JT Chargois in a trade with the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday. The Marlins dealt right-handed pitching prospects Marcus Johnson and Santiago Suarez to the Rays for Chargois and infielder Xavier Edwards. The 31-year-old pitched to a 2.42 ERA and a 4.28 FIP in 22.1 innings for the American League East club last season, striking out 17 batters compared to five walks allowed. He also posted the holds and a pair of pitcher wins. He'll give the Marlins another late-inning relief option alongside the likes of Dylan Floro, Tanner Scott, Tommy Nance, and Richard Bleier.

    Nov 16 · Source via Marlins JT Chargois
  • Marlins Acquire Xavier Edwards

    The Miami Marlins acquired infielder Xavier Edwards from the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday. Miami acquired Edwards and relief pitcher JT for right-handed pitching prospects Marcus Johnson and Santiago Suarez in a deal between the two clubs. Able to play second base, shortstop, and third base, Edwards hit .246 with a .328 on-base percentage, five home runs, and seven stolen bases in 400 plate appearances for Tampa Bay's Triple-A affiliate during the 2023 season.

    Nov 16 · Source via Rays Marlins Xavier Edwards
  • Royals Release Sebastian Rivero

    The Royals announced Wednesday that they’ve requested unconditional release waivers on catcher Sebastian Rivero, whom they designated for assignment last week. He’d be a free agent upon clearing. Being placed on release waivers surely isn’t how Rivero wanted to spend his 24th birthday, but that’s the position in which he finds himself. The Venezuelan-born backstop…

    Nov 16 · MLB Trade Rumors Royals Sebastian Rivero
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