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  • Marlins Sign Enrique Burgos To Minor League Deal

    The Marlins announced that reliever Enrique Burgos has signed a minor league contract with a non-roster Spring Training invitation. The 32-year-old makes it back to the affiliated ranks for the first time since he was released by the Tigers in March 2018. Burgos, a Panama native, has some previous MLB experience. He was a frequent middle…

    Jan 25 · MLB Trade Rumors Marlins
  • Gleyber Torres Could Find Himself On The Bench More

    Last season, when New York Yankees infielders DJ LeMahieu and Gleyber Torres were both healthy on Opening Day, LeMahieu started at second base and Torres was on the bench. The next game, LeMahieu started at third base, which forced Josh Donaldson to the bench and Torres to second. LeMahieu is expected to resume seeing everyday at-bats in a utility role in 2023 if he's healthy, playing mostly second base while jumping in at third and first base when necessary. At shortstop, Isiah Kiner-Falefa is expected to compete for the starting job with prospects Oswald Peraza and Anthony Volpe. So barring injuries at either short or second base, Torres doesn't project as an everyday player for the Yankees, which is obviously bad news for his fantasy value. The 26-year-old hit .257/.310/.451 with a .761 OPS, 24 home runs, 76 RBI, 73 runs scored and 10 stolen bases in 140 games for the Yanks last year.

    Jan 25 · Source via Yankees Gleyber Torres
  • Oswald Peraza Could Be The Favorite To Start At Short

    New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman, manager Aaron Boone and owner Hal Steinbrenner have said to expect a spring training shortstop competition between incumbent Isiah Kiner-Falefa and top prospects Oswald Peraza and Anthony Volpe, but the feeling around the organization is that Peraza might enter camp in the lead. He's ranked No. 62 on Baseball America's top-100 prospect list and impressed at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and during a September call-up. Peraza has more offensive upside than Kiner-Falefa, who hit just four homers and struggled on defense. Volpe is New York's top prospect, but he has only 22 games at Triple-A under his belt and could use some more seasoning.

    Jan 25 · Source via Yankees Isiah Kiner-Falefa Oswald Peraza Anthony Volpe prospects
  • DJ LeMahieu Feeling Much Better

    New York Yankees infielder DJ LeMahieu (toe) is feeling significantly better in the offseason, according to a person with knowledge of the team's personnel decisions. The 34-year-old has worked out at the team's facility in Tampa this offseason and hasn't had any setbacks. He decided against offseason surgery after consulting with several doctors. Before his toe became an everyday issue in 2022, LeMahieu was a dangerous hitter, but he finished with a .261/.357/.377 slash line, .734 OPS, 12 home runs, 46 RBI, 74 runs and four stolen bases in 125 games. It's unclear if he'll play every day at the beginning of the season, but if he's fully healthy, LeMahieu projects as the Yankees' regular second baseman and leadoff hitter, giving him plenty of fantasy value despite coming off injury.

    Jan 25 · Source via Yankees DJ LeMahieu
  • Lucas Sims, Justin Dunn Should Be Ready For Camp

    Cincinnati Reds relief pitcher Lucas Sims (back) and starting pitcher Justin Dunn (shoulder), who both missed time with injuries in 2022, have been throwing and should be ready for spring training. Meanwhile, reliever Tejay Antone's (forearm) throwing program has been slowed this offseason by a forearm issue, but it's unrelated to his elbow issue that required Tommy John surgery in 2021. He'll be eased in as camp opens. When healthy, Sims and Antone figure to be important high-leverage arms in Cincy's bullpen in front of expected closer Alexis Diaz. Dunn started seven games for the Reds in 2022 but had an unsavory 6.10 ERA and 1.58 WHIP with only 21 strikeouts in 31 innings pitched.

    Jan 25 · Source via Reds Lucas Sims Justin Dunn closers
  • Diamondbacks Sign Jeurys Familia To Minor-League Deal

    The Arizona Diamondbacks signed veteran reliever and closer Jeurys Familia to a minor-league deal on Wednesday that includes an invite to major-league spring training. The 33-year-old right-hander was with the Boston Red Sox and Philadelphia Phillies last year and struggled to the tune of a 6.09 ERA (4.94 FIP), 1.80 WHIP, 41 strikeouts and 22 walks in 44 1/3 relief innings. He was much better for the New York Mets in 2021, although he has only one save since 2019. Should Familia make Arizona's Opening Day roster, he will bring some veteran relief depth after recording 125 saves in 11 major-leagues seasons, including a league-high 51 with the Mets back in 2016. Familia won't have any fantasy value in spring drafts.

    Jan 25 · Source via Diamondbacks Jeurys Familia closers
  • Paul Sewald, Andres Munoz May Get Late Start This Spring

    Seattle Mariners relief pitchers Paul Sewald (elbow, heel) and Andres Munoz (foot), who both had surgeries this offseason, might not see much action early in spring training. However, relievers don't usually need much work in the spring to get ready, and they should both be fine for Opening Day. Both pitchers are a big part of the back end of Seattle's bullpen heading into 2023, with Sewald currently slated to enter the year as the primary closer. Sewald was great in his second year with the M's, posting a career-best 2.67 ERA (3.88 FIP), career-high 20 saves, 0.77 WHIP and 72 strikeouts in 64 relief innings. Munoz was just as good with a 2.49 ERA (2.04 FIP), four saves, 0.89 WHIP and 96 K's in 65 innings out of the bullpen.

    Jan 25 · Source via Mariners Andres Munoz Paul Sewald closers
  • Ken Giles To Throw For Interested Teams

    Free-agent relief pitcher Ken Giles (elbow) will be throwing for interested teams two weeks from Wednesday on Feb. 8 at Arizona State University in Tempe, Ariz. Giles is reportedly "100 percent healthy" after two years removed from having Tommy John surgery. The 32-year-old former closer has eight years of major-league experience with four different teams and also 115 career saves, so there is bound to be some interested teams if he is now healthy and looks anything like his prior self. Giles only appeared in five games in 2022 for the Seattle Mariners, but he tossed 4 1/3 shutout innings. The problem is he hasn't pitched in a full season since 2019, and he'll likely be a long shot to return any fantasy relevance in 2023 if he lands with a new team.

    Jan 25 · Source via Ken Giles closers
  • Rays Sign Jeffrey Springs To Four-Year Extension

    The Tampa Bay Rays signed left-hander Jeffrey Springs to a four-year, $31 million contract extension on Wednesday. If the Rays pick up his 2027 option, Springs can make up to as much as $65.75 million while also earning his performance bonuses. The 30-year-old southpaw had a career-best 2.46 ERA (3.04 FIP), 1.07 WHIP and 26.2 percent strikeout rate in a career-high 135 1/3 innings covering 33 appearances (25 starts) in his second year with the Rays and fifth in the major leagues. Given the extension, it's clear the Rays plan to use Springs in their rotation in the coming seasons after he entered the 2022 campaign with just two big-league starts in four seasons. Even in the tough American League East, Springs will have some appeal in the later rounds of fantasy drafts as rotation depth.

    Jan 25 · Source via Rays Jeffrey Springs closers
  • Mariners Sign Jason Vosler To Minor League Deal

    The Mariners have signed infielder/outfielder Jason Vosler to a minor league contract, according to his transactions tracker at MLB.com. Volser will presumably receive an invitation to major league Spring Training. Vosler, 29, has been an up-and-down player with the Giants for the past two years. In 2021, he got into 41 games and hit .178/.256/.356…

    Jan 25 · MLB Trade Rumors Mariners Jason Vosler
  • Tigers, Cesar Hernandez Agree To Minor-League Deal

    Per a tweet from The New York Post's Jon Heyman on Wednesday, veteran infielder Cesar Hernandez has reportedly agreed to a minor-league deal with the Detroit Tigers. Heyman tweeted the following on Wednesday: "Cesar Hernandez agrees to minors deal with Tigers. Invited to MLB camp." Hernandez hit .248 in 617 plate appearances for the Washington Nationals last year, adding a home run and 10 stolen bases in the process. Capable of playing second base, third base, and left field he'll give the Tigers some additional infield depth heading into the 2023 season.

    Jan 25 · Source via Tigers Cesar Hernandez
  • Rangers Sign Reyes Moronta To Minor-League Deal

    The Texas Rangers have reportedly signed relief pitcher Reyes Moronta to a minor-league deal, per a tweet from The Athletic's Levi Weaver on Wednesday morning. Weaver tweeted the following: "Source: the Rangers have signed right-handed reliever Reyes Moronta to a minor-league deal with an invitation to big-league camp. Moronta, 30, pitched for Bruce Bochy in SF in 2017-19." Moronta split time between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Arizona Diamondbacks last season, throwing 37.2 innings over the course of 39 appearances. He also added 38 strikeouts, 18 walks, and a pair of saves in the process to go along with a 4.30 ERA and a 4.41 FIP. The veteran will give the Rangers some additional bullpen depth heading into the 2023 campaign. Texas' current late-inning bullpen options include Joe Barlow, Brock Burke, Jose Leclerc, and Brett Martin.

    Jan 25 · Source via Rangers Reyes Moronta
  • Tigers, Cesar Hernandez Agree To Minor League Deal

    The Tigers and veteran infielder Cesar Hernandez are in agreement on a minor league contract, tweets Jon Heyman of the New York Post. The Octagon client will be invited to major league camp this spring. If Hernandez makes the roster, he’ll earn a $1.5MM base salary with the potential to unlock more via incentives, Evan…

    Jan 25 · MLB Trade Rumors Tigers Cesar Hernandez
  • Cubs Sign Luis Torrens To Minor League Deal

    The Cubs have signed catcher Luis Torrens to a minor league deal, per Ángel Daniel Conde T of the Venezuelan Professional Baseball League’s Navegantes del Magallanes. Torrens will receive an invitation to major league Spring Training. Torrens, 27 in May, has seen scattered playing time in the big leagues since 2017, suiting up for the…

    Jan 25 · MLB Trade Rumors Cubs Luis Torrens
  • Mariners Hire Mike Freeman As Double-A Manager

    The Mariners announced last night that former infielder Mike Freeman has been hired as the manager of their Double-A affiliate, the Arkansas Travelers. The 35-year-old Freeman was playing in the big leagues as recently as 2021 but did not sign for the 2022 season. It now sounds as though his days as an active player have…

    Jan 25 · MLB Trade Rumors Mariners Mike Freeman
  • Scott Rolen Elected To Hall Of Fame Tuesday

    Former third baseman Scott Rolen was the only one of the 28 candidates on the BBWAA Hall of Fame ballot to be elected on Tuesday, as reported on MLB Network. It was the 47-year-old's sixth year on the ballot. Rolen's 17-year career was spent with the Phillies, Cardinals, Reds, and Blue Jays. His career slash line was .281/.364/.490 with 2,077 hits, 316 home runs, and 1,287 RBI. Rolen earned many accolades over the course of his career, including being named the National League Rookie of the Year in 1997, earning one Silver Slugger Award in 2002, making seven All-Star appearances, earning eight Gold Glove Awards, and winning a World Series in 2006. Rolen will become the 18th third baseman elected, which is the lowest total among fielding positions.

    Jan 25 · Source via Scott Rolen
  • Mariners Outright Alberto Rodriguez

    The Mariners announced that minor league outfielder Alberto Rodriguez has gone unclaimed on waivers. He’ll stick in the organization at High-A Everett on outright assignment. Rodriguez entered the professional ranks as an amateur signee of the Blue Jays in 2017. He was dealt to Seattle three years later as part of the trade that sent Taijuan Walker…

    Jan 25 · MLB Trade Rumors Mariners Alberto Rodriguez
  • Matt Barnes Designated For Assignment Tuesday

    The Boston Red Sox officially designated relief pitcher Matt Barnes for assignment on Tuesday, per the Athletic's Jen McCaffrey. The move was made to make room for recently-signed outfielder Adam Duvall. The 32-year-old righty did see some high-leverage situations over the course of the 2022 season but ended with an 0-4 record, eight of 10 save opportunities converted, and four holds to go with a 4.31 ERA, 1.44 WHIP, and 19.3% strikeout rate. He also missed time in the middle of the season with right shoulder inflammation. Barnes did earn 24 saves for the Red Sox in 2021, so he may be able to find a high-leverage spot with another team.

    Jan 25 · Source via Red Sox Matt Barnes closers
  • White Sox Interested In Nicky Lopez

    The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal reported Tuesday that the Chicago White Sox have expressed interest in trading for Kansas City Royals second baseman/shortstop Nicky Lopez. However, the Royals are not eager to move Lopez, as they view him as an important depth player. The team's plan is to start Bobby Witt Jr. at shortstop, Michael Massey at second base, and use Lopez in a utility role. The 27-year-old slashed .227/.281/.273 with no home runs, 51 runs scored, 20 RBI, and 13 stolen bases in 480 plate appearances in 2022. Lopez's fantasy value is already limited to stolen bases in roto leagues as is, and any dent in his playing time would further limit that.

    Jan 25 · Source via Royals Nicky Lopez
  • Blue Jays, Wynton Bernard Agree To Minor League Contract

    The Blue Jays are signing outfielder Wynton Bernard to a minor league deal, reports Robert Murray of FanSided (on Twitter). The 32-year-old will be in big league Spring Training as a non-roster invitee. Bernard has spent over a decade in the professional ranks. Initially a 35th-round pick of the Padres in 2012, the Niagara product landed…

    Jan 24 · MLB Trade Rumors Blue Jays Wynton Bernard
  • Red Sox, Matt Dermody Agree To Minor League Deal

    The Red Sox are signing left-hander Matt Dermody to a minor league contract, reports Chris Cotillo of MassLive (Twitter link). He’ll get a crack in big league camp as a non-roster invitee. Dermody, 32, has pitched in parts of four MLB campaigns. He got the briefest of looks last season, making one appearance for the Cubs…

    Jan 24 · MLB Trade Rumors Red Sox Matt Dermody
  • Cubs Outright Anthony Kay, Manuel Rodriguez

    The Cubs informed reporters that pitchers Anthony Kay and Manuel Rodríguez have each gone unclaimed on waivers (via Meghan Montemurro of the Chicago Tribune). Both players have been sent outright to Triple-A Iowa. It’s the first outright assignment for both, meaning they’ll each stay in the organization but won’t occupy a spot on the 40-man roster. Kay’s…

    Jan 24 · MLB Trade Rumors Cubs Anthony Kay closers
  • Jeff Kent Falls Off Hall Of Fame Ballot

    Former second baseman Jeff Kent has been up for Hall of Fame consideration for a decade, with this year marking his last crack at induction via the Baseball Writers Association of America. Kent received 46.5% of the the vote during this cycle, well shy of the 75% needed for induction. He falls off the ballot and…

    Jan 24 · MLB Trade Rumors Jeff Kent
  • Red Sox Designate Matt Barnes For Assignment

    The Red Sox announced that they have designated right-hander Matt Barnes for assignment. His roster spot will go to outfielder Adam Duvall, whose signing is now official. Barnes, 33 in June, has spent his entire career with the Red Sox thus far. They selected him back in 2011, using the 19th overall pick to grab…

    Jan 24 · MLB Trade Rumors Red Sox Matt Barnes closers
  • Royals Optimistic About Re-Signing Zack Greinke

    Right-hander Zack Greinke signed with the Royals in 2022, returning to the club that drafted him in 2002 and for whom he pitched from 2004 through 2010. The club has reportedly been interested in bringing him back for 2023 since before the offseason even officially began. There’s now less than three weeks until Spring Training…

    Jan 24 · MLB Trade Rumors Royals Zack Greinke
  • Brad Ausmus Reportedly Among Astros' GM Finalists

    Earlier today, Jon Heyman of the New York Post reported that the Astros have at least three finalists for their GM vacancy: Braves vice president of scouting Dana Brown, Guardians assistant GM James Harris and former Giants GM Bobby Evans. That’s not an exhaustive list, however, and Jose de Jesus Ortiz of Our Esquina tweets…

    Jan 24 · MLB Trade Rumors Astros
  • Mets Designate Tayler Saucedo For Assignment

    The Mets have made their agreement with outfielder Tommy Pham official, announcing the signing today. In a corresponding move, left-hander Tayler Saucedo was designated for assignment, per Will Sammon of The Athletic. Saucedo, 30 in June, was selected by the Blue Jays in the 21st round of the 2015 draft. He worked his way up…

    Jan 24 · MLB Trade Rumors Mets Tayler Saucedo
  • Devin Smeltzer Agrees To Deal With Marlins

    Free-agent left-hander Devin Smeltzer agreed to a one-year split deal with the Miami Marlins on Tuesday. He will make $1 million if he's in the majors and will receive an invitation to major-league spring training, according to sources. The 27-year-old southpaw reliever had a 3.71 ERA (5.23 FIP), 1.22 WHIP and career-low 13.9 percent strikeout rate in a career-high 70 1/3 innings pitched over 15 appearances (12 starts) for the Minnesota Twins last year. There is more opportunity in Miami's starting rotation with Pablo Lopez now in Minnesota, but Smeltzer will likely open the 2023 season as a long man in Miami's bullpen if he makes the Opening Day roster out of spring training.

    Jan 24 · Source via Marlins Devin Smeltzer
  • Dodgers Sign Wander Suero To Minor-League Deal

    The Los Angeles Dodgers signed free-agent right-hander Wander Suero to a minor-league deal on Tuesday. Suero didn't pitch at all in the majors in 2022 and spent the entire year pitching for Triple-A Salt Lake in the Los Angeles Angels organization, where he posted a 6.08 ERA, 1.86 WHIP, two saves, nine walks and 15 strikeouts in only 23 2/3 relief innings. The 31-year-old reliever debuted in the big leagues in 2018 and has spent all four of his seasons in the majors with the Washington Nationals, going 14-13 with a 4.61 ERA (3.80 FIP), 1.28 WHIP, one save and 25.4 percent strikeout rate in 185 relief appearances covering 185 1/3 innings. Suero will simply serve as bullpen depth for the Dodgers in 2023, and there's a good chance he'll start in the minor leagues.

    Jan 24 · Source via Dodgers Wander Suero closers
  • Yolmer Sanchez Latches On With Braves

    Free-agent infielder Yolmer Sanchez signed a minor-league deal with the Atlanta Braves on Tuesday. Sanchez, a 30-year-old switch-hitting infielder, played in just 17 major-league games in 2022 with the Boston Red Sox and New York Mets and hit a combined .108/.214/.108 with a .322 OPS, no home runs, two RBI and one run scored in 44 plate appearances. He spent all of the 2021 season with the Braves' Triple-A affiliate in Gwinnett and is likely to begin the 2023 season back there. Sanchez spent the first seven seasons of his big-league career with the Chicago White Sox, and he has a .243/.299/.355 career slash line with a .654 OPS, 32 home runs, 217 RBI, 253 runs scored and 30 stolen bases in eight seasons in the majors. He'll serve as infield depth for Atlanta.

    Jan 24 · Source via Braves Yolmer Sanchez
  • Phillies Bring Back Mark Appel

    The Philadelphia Phillies re-signed right-hander Mark Appel to a minor-league deal on Tuesday that includes an invitation to major-league spring training. The 31-year-old made his MLB debut with the Phils in 2022 after being drafted first overall in 2013 by the Houston Astros out of Stanford. He didn't stick around long, though, and landed on the injured list due to an elbow injury. In six relief appearances, Appel allowed two earned runs on nine hits while walking three and striking out five. He will have to be healthy in spring training to have any shot of winning an Opening Day spot in Philly's revamped bullpen in 2023.

    Jan 24 · Source via Phillies Mark Appel
  • Marlins Not Certain To Sign Yuli Gurriel

    Free-agent first baseman Yuli Gurriel isn't viewed as a certainty to sign with the Miami Marlins now after it was reported over the weekend that the two sides were progressing towards a deal, according to sources. Talks between the two sides have cooled in recent days, although that could change again. The Marlins have been focused on adding bats this offseason, but they could end up passing on the 38-year-old Cuban first baseman. If Gurriel did sign in Miami, he'd likely platoon at first base and designated hitter after having a down season with the Houston Astros in 2022. He also sprained the MCL in his knee in the World Series and probably doesn't have much left offensively as he approaches 40 years old.

    Jan 24 · Source via Marlins Yuli Gurriel
  • Mike Clevinger Under Investigation For Domestic Violence

    Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Mike Clevinger is under investigation by MLB after allegations of domestic violence and child abuse. Olivia Finestead, the mother of Clevinger's 10-month-old daughter, detailed to investigators incidents of physical, verbal and emotional abuse, including an incident last June in which she said Clevinger choked her. There was another incident two weeks later when she said Clevinger slapped her and threw used chewing tobacco on their child. The White Sox became aware of the allegations after they signed him this offseason. The 32-year-old right-hander had a rough 2022 with the San Diego Padres in his first season back from Tommy John surgery, and now he could be facing a lengthy suspension in 2023. Stay tuned for more details on the situation.

    Jan 24 · Source via White Sox Mike Clevinger
  • A's Agree To Contract With Jesus Aguilar

    The Oakland Athletics have reportedly agreed to a deal with first baseman Jesus Aguilar, per a tweet from FanSided's Robert Murray on Tuesday. Murray tweeted the following: "Free-agent first baseman Jesus Aguilar and the Oakland A's are in agreement on a contract, pending physical, according to a source familiar with the deal. First to report a deal was close: @susanslusser." Aguilar previously split the 2022 season with the Miami Marlins and Baltimore Orioles, hitting .235 with a .281 on-base percentage, 16 home runs, and a stolen base in 507 plate appearances. He'll give the A's another option at first base alongside the likes of Dermis Garcia and Seth Brown.

    Jan 24 · Source via Athletics Jesus Aguilar
  • Marlins, Devin Smeltzer Agree To Minor League Contract

    The Marlins are in agreement with left-hander Devin Smeltzer on a minor league deal, reports Daniel Álvarez-Montes of El Extrabase (Twitter link). The deal, which contains a non-roster invitation to Spring Training, would pay the ISE Baseball client at a $1MM rate for any time spent in the majors. Smeltzer has pitched in the majors in…

    Jan 24 · MLB Trade Rumors Marlins Devin Smeltzer
  • Phillies Sign Ben Bowden, Jeremy Walker, Mark Appel To Minor League Deals

    The Phillies announced a number of non-roster invitations to big league camp this morning. While most of that group was either already in the system or had previously been reported to have an agreement with Philadelphia, a trio of new names with MLB experience were among the batch: righties Jeremy Walker and Mark Appel, and left-hander Ben Bowden.…

    Jan 24 · MLB Trade Rumors Phillies Ben Bowden Jeremy Walker
  • Red Sox Acquire Adalberto Mondesi From Royals

    The Boston Red Sox acquired infielder Adalberto Mondesi and a player to be named later from the Kansas City Royals on Tuesday in exchange for pitcher Josh Taylor, according to a source. Mondesi could open the 2023 season as Boston's primary shortstop now, which would allow utility man Enrique Hernandez to shift over to second. The BoSox also have Christian Arroyo as an option for the keystone, so the addition of Mondesi affords them more insurance and flexibility in the middle infield with Trevor Story (elbow) expected to miss the beginning of the season. The 27-year-old Mondesi tore his left ACL last May, but all indications are that he'll be ready for the upcoming campaign. Injuries have caused Mondesi's fantasy and real-life stock to take a major hit, but a bounce-back isn't out of the question considering his overall talent.

    Jan 24 · Source via Royals Red Sox Adalberto Mondesi
  • Arte Moreno No Longer Pursuing Sale Of Angels

    The Angels announced that the Moreno family is ending the exploratory process to sell the team and will continue ownership throughout the 2023 season and beyond. “During this process, it became clear that we have unfinished business and feel we can make a positive impact on the future of the team and the fan experience,”…

    Jan 24 · MLB Trade Rumors Angels
  • Eloy Jimenez Wants Larger Outfield Role In 2023

    Chicago White Sox outfielder/designated hitter Eloy Jimenez said on a Monday Zoom call that he does not want to serve as the team's primary DH in 2023. Jimenez did serve that role in 2022, as he was recovering from surgery to repair a torn hamstring tendon behind his right knee. The good news is that the 26-year-old performed exceptionally well at the plate, slashing .295/.358/.500 with 16 home runs and 54 RBI in 327 plate appearances. How Jimenez gets his at-bats is not much of a fantasy concern, as long as he plays enough outfield to maintain position eligibility for future seasons. What is a concern is his overall health, as he saw just 558 plate appearances over the 2021-22 seasons.

    Jan 24 · Source via White Sox Eloy Jimenez
  • Yankees Will Likely Start Aaron Hicks In Left Field

    MLB.com's Bryan Hoch reported Monday that New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Hicks will likely be the team's starting left fielder for the 2023 season. General manager Brian Cashman said of Hicks, "I suspect he will be the guy that emerges, because he's still really talented and everything's there." The 33-year-old has spent much of his career with the Yankees in a platoon role and slashed an uninspiring .216/.330/.313with eight home runs, 40 RBI, and 10 stolen bases in 453 plate appearances in 2022. While the Yankees do have a strong lineup overall, Hicks' speed and benefit of hitting in that lineup do not provide enough to make him a compelling fantasy option, except perhaps in deep five-outfielder leagues.

    Jan 24 · Source via Yankees Aaron Hicks
  • Aaron Slegers Announces Retirement

    Aaron Slegers announced his retirement from baseball on his personal Twitter account last week, citing an “ongoing shoulder injury” that has led to him “calling it a career” at age 30. Slegers was selected by the Twins in the fifth round of the 2013 MLB Draft out of Indiana University and went on to make…

    Jan 23 · MLB Trade Rumors Aaron Slegers
  • Twins Designate A.J. Alexy For Assignment

    After officially announcing their acquisition of Michael A. Taylor from the Royals, the Twins have designated right-hander A.J. Alexy for assignment. Alexy was acquired from the Nationals earlier this month — on the same day as Carlos Correa’s thoroughly-covered physical with the Twins — but the 24-year-old is now off the 40-man roster in Minnesota…

    Jan 23 · MLB Trade Rumors Twins A.J. Alexy
  • Cubs, Jordan Holloway Agree To Minor League Deal

    The Cubs signed right-hander Jordan Holloway to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training, MLBTR has learned. Holloway was limited to just 2 2/3 major league innings with the Marlins last season — and he also logged only 23 2/3 innings in the minors — because of a fractured bone spur in…

    Jan 23 · MLB Trade Rumors Cubs Jordan Holloway
  • Twins Acquire Michael Taylor From Royals

    The Minnesota Twins acquired center fielder Michael Taylor from the Kansas City Royals on Monday, according to sources. It's unknown what the Royals received in return for Taylor. The 31-year-old veteran spent the last two years with the Royals, slashing .249/.304/.357 with a .661 OPS, 21 home runs, 97 RBI, 107 runs scored and 18 stolen bases in 984 plate appearances covering 266 games. He had a .254 average with nine home runs, 43 RBI, 49 runs scored and four stolen bases in 124 games in 2022 and will give the Twins some more outfield depth for 2023. Taylor could see decent playing time in Minnesota, but aside from modest speed in much deeper fantasy leagues, he won't have much upside. He hit a career-high 19 homers back in 2017 with the Washington Nationals.

    Jan 23 · Source via Royals Michael A. Taylor
  • Reds Re-Sign Derek Law

    The Cincinnati Reds re-signed right-hander Derek Law to a minor-league deal on Monday that includes an invitation to major-league spring training. Law spent the 2022 season with both the Reds and Detroit Tigers, combining for a 4.12 ERA (4.89 FIP), 1.58 WHIP, 17 strikeouts and eight walks in only 19 2/3 relief innings over 17 appearances. The 32-year-old will have an opportunity to make the team's Opening Day roster, but fantasy managers can ignore him if he does. Law has six years of major-league experience and a career 4.21 ERA (4.13 FIP), 1.45 WHIP and 21.9 percent strikeout rate in 193 appearances (four starts) covering 201 innings pitched.

    Jan 23 · Source via Red Sox Derek Law
  • Ryan Sherriff Joins Red Sox

    Free-agent left-hander Ryan Sherriff announced on his Twitter account over the weekend that he signed a minor-league deal with the Boston Red Sox. Sherriff spent all of 2022 in the minor leagues for the Philadelphia Phillies and had a nice 2.51 ERA, 1.39 WHIP, 18 strikeouts and seven walks in just 14 1/3 relief innings over three different levels. The 32-year-old southpaw reliever has spent four seasons in the majors and has a career 3.65 ERA (3.98 FIP), 1.31 WHIP, two saves and 18.7 percent strikeout rate in 44 relief outings covering 44 1/3 innings. If Sherriff is on Boston's major-league roster at any point in 2023, he won't be worth considering in fantasy leagues.

    Jan 23 · Source via Red Sox Ryan Sherriff closers
  • Oscar Colas Will Be Given Shot In Right Field

    Chicago White Sox outfield prospect Oscar Colas will have every opportunity to win the starting right field job in 2023 in spring training, according to manager Pedro Grifol. The 24-year-old is the second-ranked prospect in the team's farm system, and he hit .314 with 23 home runs, 79 RBI and an .895 OPS in 117 games over three minor-league levels in 2022. Gavin Sheets, Leury Garcia and Jake Marisnick are the other options in right field, but Grifol didn't rule out the defensively challenged Eloy Jimenez factoring in as well. Otherwise, Jimenez will be the team's primary designated hitter. Colas, even if he starts the year in the minors, will be worth stashing in AL-only and deep-mixed fantasy leagues in 2023.

    Jan 23 · Source via White Sox Oscar Colas
  • Yuli Gurriel Close To Signing With Marlins?

    It was reported over the weekend that free-agent first baseman Yuli Gurriel was moving toward a deal with the Miami Marlins, according to sources. The soon-to-be 39-year-old suffered a sprained right MCL in Game 5 of the World Series, although he should be ready to go for Opening Day in 2023. Gurriel's numbers dropped in his seventh big-league season in 2022, as he slashed .242/.288/.360 with a career-low .647 OPS, eight home runs, 53 RBI, 53 runs scored and eight stolen bases in 584 plate appearances and 146 games. Other than a 31-homer season in 2019, Gurriel hasn't been much of a power hitter and would be moving to a pitcher-friendly park in Miami while also serving in a platoon at first base/designated hitter.

    Jan 23 · Source via Marlins Yuli Gurriel
  • Triston Casas An Obvious Extension Candidate

    Boston Red Sox first baseman Triston Casas is viewed by the organization as a big piece of what Boston hopes is their next evolution, as he's currently Baseball America's No. 29-ranked prospect in the sport. Casas hit just .197 in his first 27 major-league games in 2022, but it's clear that the Red Sox want him to be part of their future. According to Casas, he hasn't had any extension talks with the team, but he wouldn't mind approaching that subject. General manager Chaim Bloom isn't a stranger to early extensions from his days in the Tampa Bay Rays organization. The 23-year-old youngster is in line to be the team's regular first baseman in 2023 after Boston parted ways with Eric Hosmer this offseason.

    Jan 23 · Source via Red Sox Triston Casas prospects
  • Mike Clevinger's Knee Injury "Not A Factor"

    Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Mike Clevinger (knee) had a platelet-rich plasma injection in his right knee before he signed with the team, but pitching coach Ethan Katz said it's currently "not a factor" in Clevinger's preparation for 2023. In his first season back from Tommy John surgery in 2022 with the San Diego Padres, Clevinger had the worst ERA (4.33) since his rookie year and declining velocity in the second half was attributed to his knee injury. The White Sox's focus is returning Clevinger's delivery to what it looked like before his injury, and he could also add more breaking pitches to his arsenal. Working with his former coach in Single-A, Clevinger could find success again in the weak American League Central if he can stay healthy, and he'll come cheap in fantasy drafts.

    Jan 23 · Source via White Sox Mike Clevinger
  • Ozzie Albies Hasn't Faced Restrictions In Offseason

    Atlanta Braves second baseman Ozzie Albies (finger) said he would have been ready for the National League Championship Series had the team advanced, and he hasn't had any restrictions during the offseason. Albies suffered a fractured pinkie in mid-September and was unable to play in the first round of the postseason. It was a frustrating season overall for the 26-year-old, as he played in only 64 games and hit .247/.294/.409 with a career-low .703 OPS, eight home runs, 35 RBI, 36 runs scored and three stolen bases in 269 plate appearances. Albies also missed time with a broken foot in 2022, but he should be all systems go for Opening Day this year and could easily bounce back for fantasy managers. He should be treated as a top-five second baseman on draft day.

    Jan 23 · Source via Braves Ozzie Albies
  • Jon Singleton Designated For Assignment

    The Milwaukee Brewers have reportedly designated first baseman Jon Singleton for assignment on Monday, per a tweet from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's Curt Hogg. Per Hogg's tweet, Singleton was designated for assignment to open up a 40-man roster space for new signing Brian Anderson. Singleton appeared in 134 games for Milwaukee's Triple-A club this past season, hitting .219 with a .375 on-base percentage, 24 home runs, and three stolen bases in 581 plate appearances. As of now, Milwaukee's options at first base include Rowdy Tellez, Owen Miller, Keston Hiura, Brian Anderson, and Josh VanMeter.

    Jan 23 · Source via Brewers Jon Singleton
  • Dodgers, Tyler Cyr In Agreement On Minor-League Deal

    Pitcher Tyler Cyr and the Los Angeles Dodgers are reportedly in agreement on a minor-league deal, per a tweet from The Athletic's Fabian Ardaya on Saturday. The deal includes an invite to major-league spring training. Cyr made 12 appearances in the majors last season, splitting time with the Oakland Athletics and Philadelphia Phillies. He logged a 2.70 ERA and a 4.01 FIP in 13 1/3 innings to go along with 16 strikeouts and five walks allowed. The reliever also logged a hold and a win. Heading into the 2023 season, the right-hander will give the Dodgers some additional bullpen depth.

    Jan 23 · Source via Dodgers Tyler Cyr
  • Mark Leiter Jr. Elects Free Agency

    Right-hander Mark Leiter Jr. has elected free agency, according to his transactions tracker at MLB.com. He had been designated for assignment and outrighted by the Cubs in recent days but had the right to reject the assignment by virtue of having been previously outrighted in his career. Leiter, 32 in March, got some time in…

    Jan 23 · MLB Trade Rumors Cubs Mark Leiter prospects
  • Reds Re-Sign Derek Law To Minor League Deal

    The Reds announced Monday that they’ve re-signed right-handed reliever Derek Law to a minor league contract and invited him to big league camp this spring. Cincinnati non-tendered him back in November. Law spent the final two months of the 2022 season with the Reds organization after spending much of the year with the Tigers’ Triple-A…

    Jan 23 · MLB Trade Rumors Reds Derek Law
  • Which Teams Make The Most Sense For Elvis Andrus?

    This offseason’s crop of free agents featured a clear top four in the shortstop category. Carlos Correa, Trea Turner, Xander Bogaerts and Dansby Swanson were all highly sought after and all ended up securing deals well into nine-figure territory. There was a steep drop to the fifth best option, Elvis Andrus. Though there were many…

    Jan 23 · MLB Trade Rumors Elvis Andrus
  • Read The Transcript Of Our Chat With Knuckleballer Mickey Jannis

    MLB player chats are back!  Last year, MLBTR readers chatted with 13 different former and current MLB players, and it was a blast.  This year, we’ve got more than 25 on tap.  If you’re a former or current MLB player, we’d love to host you for a chat!  It’s a great time, and you get…

    Jan 23 · MLB Trade Rumors Mickey Jannis
  • Red Sox, Ryan Sherriff Agree To Minor League Deal

    Left-hander Ryan Sherriff announced over the weekend that he’s signed with the Red Sox (Twitter link). Presumably, it’s a minor league deal for the southpaw that’ll give him a chance to compete for a job during spring training. Sherriff, 32, has pitched in parts of four Major League seasons, most recently with the Rays in…

    Jan 23 · MLB Trade Rumors Red Sox Ryan Sherriff
  • Twins Notes: Rotation, Ober, Arraez

    The dust is still settling in the aftermath of the Twins’ big four-player trade with the Marlins this past week, as Luis Arraez was sent to Miami in exchange for right-hander Pablo Lopez and prospects Jose Salas and Byron Chourio.  The move shook up Minnesota’s lineup and added yet another external arm to the Twins’…

    Jan 22 · MLB Trade Rumors Twins Luis Arraez Bailey Ober
  • Matt Bowman Rejoins Yankees On Minors Contract

    Matt Bowman is returning to the Yankees on a minor league contract for 2023, per his MLB.com transactions log. And maybe he’ll finally actually be able to pitch for them at some level following numerous stops and starts related to an elbow injury that was repaired via Tommy John surgery back in September 2020. The…

    Jan 22 · MLB Trade Rumors Yankees Matt Bowman
  • Mariners Sign Mike Ford To Minor League Deal

    Mike Ford is back with the Mariners on a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training, according to his MLB.com transactions log. Ford played in 16 major league games with Seattle in 2022 while ultimately bouncing around between four different organizations — the Giants, Braves, and Angels being the other three. He took…

    Jan 22 · MLB Trade Rumors Mariners Mike Ford
  • Triston Casas Open To Extension Talks With Red Sox

    Triston Casas, viewed as a future cornerstone at first base in Boston, spoke to WEEI.com’s Rob Bradford this weekend and expressed an openness to discussing a long-term contract extension with the Red Sox. Alas, those talks have not actually gotten underway in any form … “No. None whatsoever,” Casas told Bradford. “I haven't thought about…

    Jan 22 · MLB Trade Rumors Red Sox Triston Casas
  • A's Sign Joe Wieland To Minor League Contract

    Joe Wieland has agreed to a minor league deal with the Athletics, according to his MLB transactions log. Wieland, 33, spent the 2022 season in the Rays’ minor league system after bouncing around for a handful of years between Nippon Professional Baseball, the Korea Baseball Organization, and the independent Constellation Energy League. A former top-100…

    Jan 22 · MLB Trade Rumors Athletics Joe Wieland
  • Make Or Break Year: Lourdes Gurriel Jr.

    The Diamondbacks and Blue Jays combined on one of the winter’s biggest trades back in December, though for all of the attention the deal received, much more focus was (understandably) placed on the involvement of Daulton Varsho and Gabriel Moreno than on the fact that Lourdes Gurriel Jr. was now headed to Arizona.  Varsho is…

    Jan 21 · MLB Trade Rumors Diamondbacks Lourdes Gurriel
  • Marlins "Moving Toward" Deal With Yuli Gurriel, Twins Also Involved

    The Marlins are “moving toward” a deal with free agent Yuli Gurriel, according to Mark Feinsand and Brian McTaggart of MLB.com. No deal has been finalized yet, and Miami isn’t the only club involved, as Daniel Alvarez-Montes of El Extra Base reports that the Twins are also in on Gurriel. The Marlins had been the…

    Jan 21 · MLB Trade Rumors Marlins Twins Yuli Gurriel
  • Dodgers To Sign Tyler Cyr To Minor League Deal

    The Dodgers have agreed to a deal to sign right hander Tyler Cyr, according to Robert Murray of Fansided. It’ll be a minor league deal and comes with an invite to big league spring training, per Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic. Cyr, 30 in May, split time last season between the Phillies and A’s. He…

    Jan 21 · MLB Trade Rumors Dodgers Tyler Cyr
  • Astros Unsure If Michael Brantley Will Be Ready

    Houston Astros manager Dusty Baker said that he isn't sure if outfielder Michael Brantley (shoulder) is hitting yet or if he'll be ready for Opening Day. Baker said he plans on treating Brantley like NBA star Kawhi Leonard, welcoming him back when he is ready so he can "carry" the team. Brantley missed the final three months of the 2022 season after having surgery to fix the labrum in his right shoulder in August. The 35-year-old veteran is back on a one-year deal, but there's a good chance he won't be ready for the start of the season. When healthy, he should be a lineup regular between left field and designated hitter duties. Brantley doesn't have much pop -- only two 20-homer campaigns in 14 MLB seasons -- but he's a solid asset for average and on-base percentage.

    Jan 21 · Source via Astros Michael Brantley
  • Alex Bregman Has Been Swinging A Bat

    Houston Astros third baseman Alex Bregman (finger), who broke his left index finger in Game 6 of the World Series, said he's been swinging a bat since Jan. 1 and that it has healed well. It's good news for Bregman and anyone that plans on drafting him this spring, although his spring training performance will be worth watching to see if the finger is negatively affecting him in any way. The 28-year-old slugger reached the 20-homer mark for the third time in his career in 2022, finishing with a .259/.366/.454 slash line, .820 OPS, 23 home runs, 93 RBI, 93 runs scored and a stolen base in 656 plate appearances and 155 games played. Despite the injury, Bregman should be considered a top-10 fantasy third baseman heading into the 2023 season.

    Jan 21 · Source via Astros Alex Bregman
  • White Sox Add Mike Morin On Minor League Deal

    The White Sox have added some pitching depth, signing right hander Mike Morin to a minor league deal, per his MLB transaction page. Morin, 31, hasn’t appeared in the big leagues since a 2020 stint with the Marlins, having spent the past season in independent ball. For Kane County, Morin tossed 13 2/3 innings of…

    Jan 21 · MLB Trade Rumors White Sox Mike Morin
  • Rogers Centre Moving The Fences In

    The Toronto Blue Jays are making their already hitter-friendly stadium (Rogers Centre) even more hitter-friendly going forward. Per sources, the right center field alley is moving in from 375 feet to 357 feet. The left center alley will move in from 375 feet to 366 feet, while center field will move in from 400 feet to 397 feet. The lines are expected to stay the same at 328 feet. This obviously will benefit all the Blue Jays hitters moving forward, while at the same time making Toronto an even scarier place for pitchers. Defensively, center field at Rogers Centre will become much more challenging. Along with the fences being shortened in certain sections, some parts of the outfield wall will also be raised.

    Jan 21 · Source via Blue Jays
  • Royals Sign Johan Camargo To Minor-League Deal

    The Kansas City Royals signed free-agent infielder Johan Camargo to a minor-league deal on Saturday. Camargo will provide the rebuilding Royals with some veteran infield depth for 2023. The 29-year-old hit .237/.297/.316 with a .613 OPS, three home runs, 15 RBI and eight runs scored in just 52 games in his first year with the Philadelphia Phillies in 2022. He's more useful for his glove and defensive versatility on the infield, so Camargo most likely won't come into play in fantasy leagues, even the deepest ones. In his six-year major-league career, Camargo has a .255/.313/.410 slash line with a .723 OPS, 37 home runs, 159 RBI, 149 runs scored and two stolen bases in 1,339 plate appearances over 416 games. He won't be guaranteed to be on KC's Opening Day roster.

    Jan 21 · Source via Twins Johan Camargo
  • Trevor Story Expects To Play In 2023

    Boston Red Sox middle infielder Trevor Story (elbow) said he should be able to play at some point in 2023. "Yeah. Oh yeah. In my mind, yeah," Story said when asked whether he'll play this season. The 30-year-old had an internal bracing procedure on the UCL in his right elbow last week and will not be ready for the start of the 2023 campaign. Typical recovery time from this procedure is around four to six months. Boston was planning to have Story be their starting shortstop this year with Xander Bogaerts now in San Diego, but now they're planning to use Enrique Hernandez at the 6 and Christian Arroyo at second to begin the season. RotoBaller currently has Story listed outside the top-50 middle infielders for 2023. He struggled to stay healthy in his first year in Beantown in 2022 and hit .238/.303/.434 with a .737 OPS, 16 homers, 66 RBI, 53 runs and 13 stolen bases in 396 plate appearances.

    Jan 21 · Source via Red Sox Trevor Story
  • Garrett Whitlock, Tanner Houck On Track

    Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora said that right-handers Garrett Whitlock (hip) and Tanner Houck (back) have been throwing this offseason and are on track for the start of the 2023 season. Whitlock is recovering from arthroscopic surgery on his right hip, while Houck had a lumbar discectomy. If healthy, Whitlock should begin the year in the starting rotation after he had a 3.45 ERA (3.29 FIP), 1.02 WHIP, six saves and 26.4% strikeout rate in 78 1/3 innings over 31 outings (nine starts) for Boston in his second MLB season. Houck was used mostly in relief (four starts in 32 appearances) and had a career-high eight saves, but Boston is expected to stretch him out for a potential starting role this spring. However, he's also a trade candidate, so he could find himself pitching somewhere other than Boston in 2023.

    Jan 21 · Source via Red Sox Tanner Houck Garrett Whitlock closers
  • Chris Sale Has Worked Off A Mound

    Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora said that left-hander Chris Sale (wrist) has thrown off a mound this offseason. Sale just has not been able to stay healthy for Boston in the last few seasons. He got a late start to 2022 and then broke his wrist in a bicycle accident in August. The 33-year-old southpaw only ended up making two starts for the Red Sox, but it sounds like he's getting his work in this offseason. However, we have no idea if Sale will be ready for the 2023 regular season, and quite honestly, fantasy managers shouldn't be holding their breath. The seven-time All-Star has had plenty of swing-and-miss stuff when healthy (career 11.1 K/9), but the injury risk now far outweighs the rewards with Sale.

    Jan 21 · Source via Red Sox Chris Sale
  • Rockies Sign Harold Castro To Minor League Deal

    The Rockies have landed infielder Harold Castro on a minor league deal, MLBTR can confirm. The move was first reported by Efrain Zavarce of IVC Networks. The deal comes with an invite to major league spring training. Castro is represented by the MAS+ Agency. Castro, 29, put up a .271/.300/.381 line with seven home runs…

    Jan 21 · MLB Trade Rumors Rockies Harold Castro
  • Padres Outright Sean Poppen

    The Padres announced Friday evening that reliever Sean Poppen has gone unclaimed on waivers and been assigned outright to Triple-A El Paso. There’d been no previous indication Poppen was designated for assignment, so the move clears a spot on the San Diego 40-man roster. That count drops to 39. Poppen landed in San Diego last month…

    Jan 20 · MLB Trade Rumors Padres Sean Poppen
  • Enrique Hernandez Could Be Starting Shortstop

    Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora has sounded poised to make outfielder Enrique Hernandez the starting shortstop to begin the 2023 season with Trevor Story (elbow) injured. At the very minimum, Hernandez will enter this season as a starting middle infielder for Boston after spending most of last season in center field. But the 31-year-old has extensive major-league experience up the middle, playing 100 games at the 6 and 258 at the keystone. He'll gain a little more fantasy appeal with the positional versatility this year, but he still won't offer a ton with his bat as a middle-infield option. In his second year in Beantown in 2022, Hernandez hit just .222/.291/.338 with a .629 OPS, six home runs, 45 RBI and 48 runs scored in 93 games.

    Jan 20 · Source via Red Sox Enrique Hernandez
  • Mike Trout Says His Back Is A "Non-Issue"

    Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout (back) said his back has been a "non-issue" for the last four months and it hasn't factored into his offseason much at all. That's excellent news for the Angels and fantasy managers as we approach the start of spring training. The 31-year-old played in only 119 games last season due to a condition called costovertebral dysfunction, which could be a long-term issue for him. The good news is that he was able to return to finish the 2022 campaign and hit .283/.369/.630 with a .999 OPS, 40 home runs, 80 RBI, 85 runs scored and one stolen base when it was all said and done. As long as he's healthy heading into the 2023 season, Trout will be a costly fantasy selection, but he now has much more risk than ever before if his back injury resurfaces.

    Jan 20 · Source via Angels Mike Trout
  • Bailey Ober Could Be Odd Man Out In Twins Rotation

    With the addition of right-hander Pablo Lopez via a trade with the Miami Marlins on Friday, the Minnesota Twins got a big addition to their starting rotation. The Twins now have the option of using a six-man rotation or making another trade. They could also be in the position to start right-hander Bailey Ober at Triple-A St. Paul. In addition to Lopez, they also currently have Sonny Gray, Kenta Maeda, Tyler Mahle and Joe Ryan for the rotation. Ober was only able to make 11 starts due to injury in 2022, but he was very solid for the Twins when available, going 2-3 with a 3.21 ERA (2.92 FIP), 1.05 WHIP and 22.5 percent strikeout rate in his second MLB season. The 27-year-old may be out of luck for a rotation spot to begin the season, but if he stays healthy, he should be a rotation contributor at some point in 2023.

    Jan 20 · Source via Twins Bailey Ober
  • Sean Poppen Outrighted To Triple-A

    San Diego Padres right-hander Sean Poppen has cleared waivers and has been outrighted to Triple-A El Paso. The Padres initially claimed Poppen off waivers from the Arizona Diamondbacks. The 28-year-old saw action 29 times out of the bullpen for the Snakes in 2022, posting a 4.40 ERA (5.21 FIP), 1.36 WHIP, 12 walks and only 22 strikeouts in 28 2/3 innings pitched. He has an ERA over 5.00 in four major-league seasons with the D-backs, Minnesota Twins, Pittsburgh Pirates and Tampa Bay Rays, and he hasn't been much better in the minor leagues. Poppen will strictly serve as minor-league relief depth in 2023 if he remains with the organization.

    Jan 20 · Source via Padres Sean Poppen
  • Pirates Designate Miguel Andujar For Assignment

    The Pittsburgh Pirates designated infielder Miguel Andujar for assignment on Friday to make room on the 40-man roster for the recently signed Andrew McCutchen. The former New York Yankee, Andujar appeared in only 36 games in 2022 (27 with the Yankees) and slashed .235/.257/.311 with a .568 OPS, one home runs, 17 RBI, 13 runs scored and four stolen bases in 140 plate appearances. The 27-year-old hit .297 with an .855 OPS, 27 home runs and 92 RBI in his first full big-league season in 2018 with the Yankees, but he's struggled to come anywhere near that mark since. If Andujar goes unclaimed on waivers, there's a good chance he could return to Pittsburgh's organization and serve as infield depth in 2023.

    Jan 20 · Source via Pirates Miguel Andujar
  • Jazz Chisholm Jr. Moving To Center Field

    The Miami Marlins will move second baseman Jazz Chisholm Jr. to center field this year, according to general manager Kim Ng. Chisholm has played exclusively as a second baseman and shortstop during his major-league career, but All-Star second baseman Luis Arraez will now take over after being acquired from the Minnesota Twins on Friday, with Jean Segura manning third base. Instead of moving to shortstop, the 24-year-old Chisholm will gain outfield eligibility for fantasy managers in 2023, in addition to second base. It will make him even more attractive in fantasy after an All-Star season in 2022 that saw him hit .254/.325/.535 with a career-high .860 OPS, 14 home runs, 45 RBI, 39 runs scored and 12 stolen bases in just 60 games played due to injury.

    Jan 20 · Source via Marlins Jazz Chisholm
  • Twins Land Pablo Lopez And Two Prospects

    The Minnesota Twins acquired right-hander Pablo Lopez and prospects Jose Salas and Byron Chourio from the Miami Marlins on Friday in exchange for All-Star second baseman Luiz Arraez, according to sources. Lopez went 10-10 with a 3.75 ERA (3.71 FIP), 1.17 WHIP and 23.6 percent strikeout rate in 180 innings over a career-high 32 starts in his fifth MLB season with the Marlins. The 26-year-old will be under Twins control for the next two seasons and heads to another favorite pitcher's park in a rather weak division as well. Neither Salas nor Chourio were listed on Miami's list of top-30 prospects, per MLB Pipeline. Salas is the more intriguing of the two. The 19-year-old switch-hitting shortstop only made it to High-A in 2022, but he could rise quickly in Minnesota's system.

    Jan 20 · Source via Marlins Twins Pablo Lopez
  • Marlins Acquire Luis Arraez From Twins

    The Miami Marlins acquired All-Star second baseman Luis Arraez from the Minnesota Twins on Friday in exchange for right-hander Pablo Lopez and prospects Jose Salas and Byron Chourio, according to sources. Arraez won the American League batting title in 2022 by hitting .316 with a .375 on-base percentage, .420 slugging percentage, .795 OPS, career-high eight home runs, 49 RBI, 88 runs scored and four stolen bases in 603 plate appearances and 144 games. The 25-year-old can play pretty much anywhere on the infield and could also be used in the outfield in Miami, but there's no doubt that he'll be playing every day for the Fish. Miami isn't the best hitter's environment, but Arraez is more useful for runs, average and OBP to begin with in fantasy.

    Jan 20 · Source via Twins Marlins Luis Arraez
  • Pirates Designate Miguel Andujar For Assignment

    The Pirates have designated infielder/outfielder Miguel Andujar for assignment in order to make space on the roster for Andrew McCutchen, tweets Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Andujar, 27, came to the Pirates late in the 2022 season after being designated for assignment by the Yankees and turned in a .250/.279/.389 batting line in 40…

    Jan 20 · MLB Trade Rumors Pirates Miguel Andujar
  • Aaron Slegers Announces His Retirement

    Free-agent right-hander Aaron Slegers officially announced on his Twitter account on Thursday that he is retiring from professional baseball. A right shoulder injury that limited him to two rehab outings last season is the big reason why he's decided to hang up his cleats after just five years in the big leagues. In his final MLB season in 2021 with the Los Angeles Angels, Slegers had a career-high 6.97 ERA (5.62 FIP), 1.87 WHIP, 15 walks and a career-high 25 strikeouts in 31 relief innings. The 30-year-old reliever will finish his short MLB career with a 3-4 record, 5.46 ERA (5.01 FIP), 1.36 WHIP, three saves, 28 walks and 59 strikeouts in 89 innings covering 49 appearances (six starts) with the Angels, Minnesota Twins and Tampa Bay Rays.

    Jan 20 · Source via Aaron Slegers
  • Cubs Designate Anthony Kay For Assignment

    The Chicago Cubs designated left-hander Anthony Kay for assignment on Friday to make room on the 40-man roster for the recently signed Trey Mancini. The Cubs claimed Kay off waivers from the Toronto Blue Jays in December, but he could be moving to another organization shortly. The 27-year-old southpaw tossed only two relief innings for the Blue Jays in 2022 due to injuries and allowed one earned run while striking out three. In his four seasons in the big leagues with Toronto, he's posted a 5.48 ERA (4.67 FIP), 1.63 WHIP, 38 walks and 77 strikeouts in 70 2/3 innings pitched over 28 outings (seven starts). If he clears waivers this time around, Kay could remain in Chicago's organization.

    Jan 20 · Source via Cubs Anthony Kay
  • Dereck Rodriguez Re-Signs With Twins

    The Minnesota Twins re-signed right-hander Dereck Rodriguez to a minor-league deal on Thursday, according to his agent Gavin Kahn. Rodriguez appeared in 49 games (35 starts) for the San Francisco Giants in his first two major-league seasons in 2018 and 2019, but since then he's made just four relief appearances (two for the Twins in 2022) and has allowed 11 runs (nine earned) on 17 hits (five home runs) while walking seven and striking out six in 11 2/3 innings. The 30-year-old had a 4.75 ERA and 92 strikeouts in 94 2/3 innings at Triple-A St. Paul in 2022. Rodriguez will provide starting and relief depth for the Twins again in 2023 and will likely begin in the minors.

    Jan 20 · Source via Twins Dereck Rodriguez
  • Tres Barrera Signs Minor-League Deal With Cardinals

    Free-agent catcher Tres Barrera signed a minor-league deal with the St. Louis Cardinals on Friday that includes an invitation to major-league spring training, according to a source. Barrera has spent three major-league seasons with the Washington Nationals, slashing .231/.317/.315 with a .631 OPS, two home runs, 14 RBI and 10 runs scored in 162 plate appearances over 51 games. In 19 games last year, he went 9-for-50 with no homers, four RBI and 16 strikeouts at the plate. The 28-year-old will most likely begin the 2023 campaign in the minors for the Cardinals as catching depth behind Willson Contreras, Andrew Knizner and Ivan Herrera.

    Jan 20 · Source via Cardinals Tres Barrera
  • Yankees Have Discussed Jurickson Profar

    The New York Yankees have discussed signing free-agent infielder/outfielder Jurickson Profar, but the Yankees are also adamant about staying under the "Steve Cohen tax" threshold of $293 million. They are currently at around $290 million. In addition to Profar, the Yankees have also checked in on Josh Harrison. The 29-year-old Profar reached free agency after declining his $8.33 million player option with the San Diego Padres for 2023. He became the Friars' everyday left field option in 2022 and hit .243/.331/.391 with a .723 OPS, 15 home runs, 58 RBI, 82 runs scored and five stolen bases in 152 games. Profar's bat might be slightly more attractive at Yankee Stadium, but he also wouldn't be guaranteed the playing time that he saw in San Diego.

    Jan 20 · Source via Yankees Jurickson Profar
  • Mets Don't Want To Deal Francisco Alvarez, Brett Baty

    The New York Mets have been big spenders, but they also remain committed to the idea of building from within long term. Top prospects Francisco Alvarez and Brett Baty don't seem to have a very good chance to make this year's Opening Day roster, but the team is reluctant to trade them. The Miami Marlins have tried multiple times to acquire Baty and were prepared to offer one of their young starters in return. The Marlins came close to landing Brendan Rodgers from the Colorado Rockies in exchange for starter Edward Cabrera, but it ultimately fell through. Alvarez and Baty are both highly attractive in dynasty/keeper leagues and could also be worth stashing in deep mixed leagues in 2023. Alvarez has the better shot to crack the Opening Day roster because of his ability to play both catcher and outfield.

    Jan 20 · Source via Mets Francisco Alvarez Brett Baty prospects
  • Pirates Sign Andrew McCutchen

    Andrew McCutchen’s career has come full circle. The Pirates on Friday formally announced that they’ve re-signed the franchise icon to a one-year contract for the 2023 season. McCutchen will reportedly earn a $5MM salary on the deal. “We are thrilled to be able to reunite with Andrew,” Pirates owner Bob Nutting said in a statement…

    Jan 20 · MLB Trade Rumors Pirates Andrew McCutchen
  • Twins Re-Sign Dereck Rodriguez To Minor League Deal

    The Twins have re-signed righty Dereck Rodriguez to a minor league contract, as announced by agent Gavin Kahn of Enter Sports Management (Twitter link). Rodriguez, 30, will head back for a third stint with the organization that originally selected him in the sixth round of the 2011 draft. After a three-year stretch with the Giants…

    Jan 20 · MLB Trade Rumors Twins Dereck Rodriguez
  • Zack Britton Held Recent Throwing Session For Teams

    Free agent reliever Zack Britton held a throwing session for interested teams last week, reports Jon Heyman of the New York Post. The veteran southpaw is looking to rebound after a mostly lost final season with the Yankees. Britton was one of the sport’s best late-game weapons during his peak with the Orioles and Yankees. His…

    Jan 20 · MLB Trade Rumors Zack Britton closers
  • Justus Sheffield Designated For Assignment

    The Seattle Mariners designated left-hander Justus Sheffield for assignment on Thursday to make room on the 40-man roster for infielder Tommy La Stella, who was signed to a one-year deal Thursday. Sheffield has pitched in five major-league seasons (four with Seattle) and has gone 12-12 with a 5.47 ERA (4.77 FIP), 1.63 WHIP and 18.2 percent strikeout rate in 186 innings covering 48 appearances (33 starts). Last year in Seattle he had a 3.86 ERA (4.83 FIP), 1.29 WHIP, six walks and seven strikeouts in just 11 2/3 innings over six outings (one start). If Sheffield isn't claimed off waivers or traded to another team, he could return to the organization as both starting and relief depth.

    Jan 19 · Source via Mariners Justus Sheffield
  • Mariners Sign Tommy La Stella

    The Seattle Mariners signed free-agent infielder Tommy La Stella to an undisclosed one-year deal on Thursday. La Stella was released by the San Francisco Giants this offseason after slashing .245/.297/.380 with a .677 OPS, nine home runs, 41 RBI and 43 runs scored in 136 games over the last two seasons. The 33-year-old left-handed slugger had a tough time staying healthy as well, and that's probably going to continue to be an issue moving forward. He was able to play in only 60 games for the Gigantes in 2022 and will now head to Seattle, where he'll serve as infield bench depth for the M's. In his nine-year MLB career, La Stella has a .267/.337/.399 slash line, .736 OPS and 40 long balls in 667 games played.

    Jan 19 · Source via Mariners Tommy La Stella
  • Reds Outright Matt Reynolds To Minors

    Cincinnati Reds infielder Matt Reynolds cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Louisville on Thursday. Reynolds has the option to decline the outright assignment and become a free agent after he was designated for assignment last Friday to make room on the 40-man roster for right-hander Luke Weaver. The 32-year-old will simply serve as organizational infield depth for the Reds if he remains in the organization. Reynolds spent 2022 with the Reds and New York Mets, hitting .246/.320/.332 with a .652 OPS, three home runs, 23 RBI, 31 runs scored and five stolen bases in 272 plate appearances and 93 games (only one with the Mets).

    Jan 19 · Source via Reds Matt Reynolds
  • Mark Leiter Jr. Clears Waivers, Outrighted To Minors

    Chicago Cubs right-hander Mark Leiter Jr. cleared waivers and has been outrighted to Triple-A Iowa on Thursday. Leiter was designated for assignment last week but will remain with the Cubs for now. The 31-year-old made 35 appearances (four starts) for Chicago in 2022, going 2-7 with a 3.99 ERA (4.29 FIP), 1.14 WHIP, a career-high three saves, 25 walks and 73 strikeouts in 67 2/3 innings pitched. In three major-league seasons, he sports a 4.95 ERA (5.06 FIP), 1.35 WHIP, three saves and 22.4 percent strikeout rate. Leiter will serve as relief depth for the Cubs in 2023 and can be ignored in fantasy.

    Jan 19 · Source via Cubs Mark Leiter
  • Pedro Leon Out 6-8 Weeks After Hernia Surgery

    Houston Astros prospect Pedro Leon (hernia), the team's No. 4 prospect per MLB Pipeline, had sports-hernia surgery on Tuesday and will not be in attendance at major-league spring training. He is expected to be out for roughly six to eight weeks. It's a tough break for the 24-year-old heading into the 2023 campaign, ensuring that he'll begin the season in the minors. The outfielder/infielder hit .228/.365/.431 with 17 home runs, 63 RBI, 71 runs scored and 38 stolen bases at Triple-A Sugar Land last year and could certainly make his MLB debut with Houston at some point later in 2023. Leon has above-average bat speed, plus raw power and can run on the basepaths. How quickly he makes his debut and how well he plays once he's there will depend on whether he can make more contact at the dish.

    Jan 19 · Source via Astros Pedro Leon prospects
  • Ronald Guzman Signs Minor-League Deal With Giants

    The San Francisco Giants signed free-agent first baseman Ronald Guzman to a minor-league deal on Thursday. Guzman spent the first four years of his major-league career with the Texas Rangers, slashing .227/.304/.414 with a .718 OPS, 31 home runs, 104 RBI, 91 runs scored and three stolen bases in 243 games played. He ended up playing in only three games with the New York Yankees in 2022, going hitless in six at-bats with five strikeouts. The 28-year-old will provide the Giants with some depth at the first base position after veteran slugger Brandon Belt left in free agency this offseason.

    Jan 19 · Source via Giants Ronald Guzman
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