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  • Spencer Torkelson Will Have Shot To Be 1B Regular

    It sounds as though Detroit Tigers first baseman Spencer Torkelson will get every chance to earn a regular role at first base for the team in 2023. He will meet with the Tigers hitting coaches this week in Arizona. "We have other options if we need to, but clearly our best team has Spencer Torkelson as a major contributor," manager A.J. Hinch said. The Tigers don't have many other viable options for the cold corner, and Torkelson was the No. 1 overall pick of the 2020 draft, so Detroit has plenty invested in him. The 23-year-old power hitter struggled mightily in his first taste of the majors last year and was optioned to Triple-A Toledo, where he didn't fare a lot better. He's still young, though, and possessed plenty of pop, so he remains very interesting in dynasty/keeper leagues.

    Jan 19 · Source via Tigers Spencer Torkelson prospects
  • Aroldis Chapman Signs With Royals

    Free-agent left-handed reliever Aroldis Chapman signed a one-year, $3.75 million deal with the Kansas City Royals on Thursday, according to a source. The hard-throwing 34-year-old veteran reliever had one of his worst seasons in the big leagues in 2022 with the New York Yankees with a career-worst 4.46 ERA (4.57 FIP), 1.43 WHIP, nine saves and career-low 26.9 percent strikeout rate in 36 1/3 relief innings. Chapman was on the injured list late in the season due to an infected tattoo on his leg and was left off New York's playoff roster for missing a team meeting. Scott Barlow had an excellent year for KC in 2022 and is penciled in to open the year as the primary closer, but Chapman has his fair share of closing experience and could eventually take over the job if he pitches well and Barlow struggles. But it's an understatement to say that Chapman's fantasy value has cratered.

    Jan 19 · Source via Royals Aroldis Chapman closers
  • Bryce Harper To Start Swinging Around End Of March

    Philadelphia Phillies general manager Dave Dombrowski said that outfielder Bryce Harper's (elbow) rehab has been going well and that Harper should start swinging a bat around the end of March. Dombrowski also said that Harper should be back in the lineup right around the All-Star game, which fits with the original timeline that the Phillies gave after he had Tommy John surgery in November. When the former MVP slugger does return to the lineup, it will be as the designated hitter. Harper still hit a strong .286 with an .877 OPS in 99 games for the Phillies in 2022, but his power was down with only 18 home runs as a result of his elbow injury that he played through. But when he's right, he's a game-changer on offense for the Phils and fantasy managers alike.

    Jan 19 · Source via Phillies Bryce Harper
  • Adam Warren Retires After Eight-Year Career

    Right-handed pitcher Adam Warren announced his retirement from professional baseball on Wednesday after eight seasons. Warren last pitched in the majors with the San Diego Padres in 2019 and hadn't pitched since due to a shoulder injury and Tommy John surgery. The 35-year-old began his MLB career in 2012 with the New York Yankees and spent seven of his eight seasons pitching in pinstripes. He had a decent career in mostly a relief role, posting a 3.53 ERA (4.02 FIP), 1.23 WHIP, six saves and 20.9 percent strikeout rate in 492 1/3 innings pitched over 323 appearances (21 starts) in the regular season.

    Jan 19 · Source via Adam Warren
  • David Phelps Announces Retirement

    Right-handed pitcher David Phelps officially announced his retirement from professional baseball. The 36-year-old reliever spent 10 years in the big leagues, three each with the New York Yankees, Miami Marlins and Toronto Blue Jays. He finished up the 2022 season in Toronto with a strong 2.83 ERA (3.16 FIP), 1.30 WHIP, one save, 31 walks and 64 strikeouts in 63 2/3 innings over 65 appearances (one start). Phelps made the decision to hang up his cleats after having surgery to reattach his lat muscle to his right shoulder. Over the span of his 10-year career, Phelps went 34-40 with a 3.80 ERA (3.87 FIP), 1.31 WHIP, seven saves and 22.9 percent strikeout rate in 682 2/3 innings thrown in the regular season.

    Jan 19 · Source via David Phelps
  • Max Meyer To Start Throwing Soon

    Miami Marlins right-hander Max Meyer (elbow) said that he will "start getting ready to throw here soon in a couple weeks." Meyer underwent Tommy John surgery last August after making his first two major-league starts in 2022. A return late in the 2023 season can't be ruled out, but fantasy managers shouldn't expect the 23-year-old to do much this year while recovering from elbow reconstruction. He is the team's No. 2 prospect, per MLB Pipeline, and has a bright future ahead of him once his elbow injury is fully in the rearview mirror. Meyer's physique isn't exactly intimidating on the mound, but he has a nasty slider and has shown better command in recent seasons. He's a fine dynasty/keeper league stash for now.

    Jan 19 · Source via Marlins Max Meyer
  • Marlins Designate Daniel Castano For Assignment

    The Miami Marlins designated left-hander Daniel Castano for assignment on Thursday to make room on the 40-man roster for the recently signed Johnny Cueto. The 2022 season was a tough one for Castano, as he suffered a concussion and also had a small labrum tear in his left shoulder in September. He ended up making just 10 appearances (seven starts) for the Fish, allowing 20 runs (16 earned) on 42 hits (five homers) while walking nine and striking out 20 in 35 2/3 innings pitched. Because there's a good chance he won't be ready for the start of spring training, he could go unclaimed on waivers, at which point he'd be free to sign with any MLB club. Castano has a 3.89 ERA (4.86 FIP) and 1.42 WHIP in three big-league seasons with Miami.

    Jan 19 · Source via Marlins Daniel Castano
  • Raimel Tapia Signs Minor-League Deal With Red Sox

    The Boston Red Sox signed free-agent outfielder Raimel Tapia to a minor-league deal on Thursday. The 28-year-old will be invited to major-league spring training. In 128 games for the Toronto Blue Jays in 2022, Tapia slashed .265/.292/.380 with a .672 OPS, seven home runs, 52 RBI, 47 runs scored and eight stolen bases in 433 plate appearances. He'll have a good chance to earn a bench role as depth in Boston's outfield, but he won't be attractive in fantasy outside of deep AL-only leagues. Tapia is best known for his speed -- he stole a career-high 20 bases in his final season with the Rockies in 2021 -- but he won't provide much at the plate (career-high nine homers in 2019).

    Jan 19 · Source via Raimel Tapia
  • Marlins Designate Daniel Castano For Assignment

    The Marlins have designated left-hander Daniel Castano for assignment, tweets Daniel Alvarez Montes of El Extra Base (Twitter link). Castano’s spot on the roster will go to right-hander Johnny Cueto, whose previously reported one-year, $8.5MM contract has now been made official. Cueto was formally introduced this morning at Miami’s loanDepot Park. Castano, 28, was one…

    Jan 19 · MLB Trade Rumors Marlins Daniel Castano
  • Orioles Sign Reed Garrett To Minor League Deal

    The Orioles announced Thursday that they’ve signed right-handed reliever Reed Garrett to a minor league contract. He’ll likely vie for a roster spot in big league camp this spring. Garrett, 30, was with the Nationals organization in 2022, pitching 9 1/3 innings at the big league level and another 47 1/3 frames of Triple-A ball.…

    Jan 19 · MLB Trade Rumors Orioles Reed Garrett
  • Red Sox, Raimel Tapia Agree To Minor League Deal

    The Red Sox are in agreement with Raimel Tapia, as the free agent outfielder himself first indicated on Instagram. It’s a minor league deal for Tapia, tweets Jon Heyman of the New York Post. Tapia is repped by the MVP Sports Group. Tapia, 29 next month, joins the third organization of his professional career. The speedster…

    Jan 19 · MLB Trade Rumors Red Sox Raimel Tapia
  • A's Reportedly Not Pursuing Ramon Laureano Trade

    Over the past 18 months, the A’s have traded away most of the core players on the roster as a means of stripping down payroll. While much of that teardown was orchestrated either last offseason or at the summer deadline, it continued with the three-team deal that sent Sean Murphy to Atlanta last month. Given Oakland’s…

    Jan 18 · MLB Trade Rumors Athletics Ramon Laureano
  • Twins Sign Chris Paddack To Extension

    On Wednesday evening, the Twins announced a three-year contract with right-hander Chris Paddack. The deal covers his final two seasons of arbitration eligibility and buys out what would’ve been his first free agent season in 2025. Paddack reportedly receives a $2.5MM salary for the coming season. He’ll be guaranteed $2.525MM in 2024 and $7.5MM during the…

    Jan 18 · MLB Trade Rumors Twins Chris Paddack
  • Tanner Houck Generating Significant Trade Interest

    Boston Red Sox right-hander Tanner Houck has generated significant trade interest this offseason, according to a baseball source. The Red Sox are open to listening on their young starters because any significant trade would likely force the team to part with some of its pitching depth. If Houck stays in Boston, he projects as a very important part of the team's pitching staff in 2023 in a still-to-be-determined role. Whether he pitches out of the rotation or bullpen will depend on how the staff comes together in spring training and the overall health of the staff, including Houck, whose 2022 season was cut short due to back surgery. The 26-year-old will be built up as a starter this spring to give the team more options. Houck will have much more fantasy upside in a starting role, but he could also have value in deeper leagues if he's in the bullpen in a high-leverage role.

    Jan 18 · Source via Red Sox Tanner Houck closers
  • David Phelps Announces Retirement

    Right-hander David Phelps is retiring, he announced this evening through his agents at Wasserman (Twitter link). Phelps thanked his former teammates, coaches, medical staff, agency and family as well as all the organizations for which he played in a lengthy statement. A Notre Dame product, Phelps cracked the professional ranks a 14th-round selection of the Yankees…

    Jan 18 · MLB Trade Rumors David Phelps
  • Rays Sign Zack Burdi To Minor-League Deal

    The Tampa Bay Rays signed free-agent right-handers Zack Burdi, Ben Heller and Heath Hembree to minor-league deals on Wednesday that include invites to major-league spring training. Burdi was once an intriguing relief prospect in the Chicago White Sox's organization, but injuries have held him back the last several years. The 27-year-old has only thrown 17 1/3 innings in the majors and has allowed 18 runs (15 earned). Heller, 31, hasn't pitched in the big leagues since 2020, although he has a 2.59 ERA (5.57 FIP) and 1.34 WHIP in 31 1/3 innings over four seasons with the Yankees. Hembree, 34, has by far the most experience of the trio (354 2/3 career relief innings) over 10 major-league seasons. He has a 4.39 career ERA (4.67 FIP), 1.39 WHIP, 11 saves and 25.4% strikeout rate in 357 relief appearances.

    Jan 18 · Source via Rays Zack Burdi Ben Heller Heath Hembree closers
  • Alex Kirilloff Taking Swings

    Minnesota Twins first baseman/outfielder Alex Kirilloff (wrist) has been taking full swings while working out this offseason and is expected to be ready to go for the start of spring training after needing season-ending surgery in 2022 to fix a ligament tear in his right wrist. The 25-year-old former first-round pick has only been able to play in 104 games in his two big-league seasons with the Twins due to injury, but he could be a post-hype breakout for fantasy managers if he's ever able to stay healthy for a full season. The left-handed slugger has been dealing with the same wrist injury for a few years, so it will be interesting to see what he does if he can move past it. At the right cost in fantasy drafts, Kirilloff is absolutely worth a low-cost flier.

    Jan 18 · Source via Twins Alex Kirilloff
  • Enrique Hernandez Moving To Middle-Infield Role

    Boston Red Sox infielder/outfielder Enrique Hernandez has started in center field for the team for the last two seasons, but he will be moving to a middle infield spot to begin the 2023 season with Xander Bogaerts now in San Diego and Trevor Story (elbow) injured. Boston signed outfielder Adam Duvall on Wednesday, and he projects to play center field now. The Red Sox could still add another middle infielder, which will determine where Hernandez will play, but he does have experience at both second base and shortstop. The loser in this whole situation could be Christian Arroyo, but he can also play the outfield and serve in a super-utility role. The 31-year-old Hernandez hit 20 homers in 2021, but that number dropped to six in 2022, and he also hit only .222 in 93 games played.

    Jan 18 · Source via Red Sox Enrique Hernandez
  • Elvin Rodriguez Signs With Rays

    Former Detroit Tigers pitcher Elvin Rodriguez signed a minor-league deal with the Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday that includes an invitation to major-league spring training, according to a source. The 24-year-old had a 3.22 ERA, 1.32 WHIP, eight walks and 23 strikeouts in 19 innings (six starts) in the Dominican Winter League this offseason. The right-hander went 0-4 with a 10.62 ERA (8.30 FIP), 1.92 WHIP, 25 strikeouts and 15 walks in 29 2/3 innings over seven outings (five starts) in his first taste of major-league action in Detroit last year. Rodriguez also allowed 12 home runs in his small sample size, so he'll have to perform much better this spring to have a shot at making Tampa's Opening Day roster.

    Jan 18 · Source via Rays Elvin Rodriguez
  • Tomas Nido Agrees To Two-Year Deal With Mets

    The New York Mets and catcher Tomas Nido agreed to a two-year, $3.7 million deal on Wednesday, according to sources familiar with the deal. The contract covers Nido's remaining arbitration-eligible years and will pay him $1.6 million in 2023 and $2.1 million in 2024. The 28-year-old backstop hit .239/.276/.324 with a .600 OPS, three home runs, 28 RBI and 31 runs scored in 313 plate appearances and a career-high 98 games for the New York Mets in a backup role in 2022. Nido will be the team's No. 3 catcher this year behind Omar Narvaez and prospect Francisco Alvarez, so he will carry virtually zero fantasy appeal unless there is an injury ahead of him.

    Jan 18 · Source via Mets Tomas Nido
  • Rays Add Trevor Kelley On Minor-League Deal

    The Tampa Bay Rays agreed on a minor-league deal with an invitation to major-league spring training with right-hander Trevor Kelley on Wednesday. Kelley has spent time with the Boston Red Sox, Philadelphia Phillies and Milwaukee Brewers. In 32 big-league relief appearances over three seasons, he has a 7.13 ERA (6.71 FIP), 1.61 WHIP, 34 strikeouts and 15 walks in 35 1/3 innings. Kelley was designated for assignment by the Brewers, cleared waivers and declined an outright minor-league assignment to become a free agent. The 30-year-old reliever has a 2.26 career ERA in the minors and will serve as relief depth for the Rays heading into spring training.

    Jan 18 · Source via Rays Trevor Kelley
  • Kevin Pillar Agrees To Minor-League Deal With Braves

    The Atlanta Braves agreed to a minor-league deal with veteran outfielder Kevin Pillar on Wednesday, according to a source. Pillar will earn $3 million if he makes the big-league roster. The deal includes an invitation to major-league spring training. Pillar only played four games for the Los Angeles Dodgers last season and eventually had left shoulder surgery in June. In his last full season with the New York Mets in 2021, he slashed .231/.277/.415 with a .692 OPS, 15 home runs, 47 RBI, 40 runs scored and four stolen bases in 347 plate appearances and 124 games. The 34-year-old defensive stalwart is nearing the end of his career and is unlikely to have much fantasy value at all if he's in the big leagues in 2023 with Atlanta.

    Jan 18 · Source via Braves Kevin Pillar
  • Aroldis Chapman Throws Bullpen For Marlins

    Free-agent relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman threw a bullpen session for the Miami Marlins on Wednesday at Nova Southeastern University, according to a source. Miami's interest in the hard-throwing left-hander was reported on Tuesday, and the Kansas City Royals and San Diego Padres are also interested in signing him. The Cuban southpaw probably isn't returning to the New York Yankees after missing a mandatory meeting late last season and being kept off the playoff roster. The 34-year-old veteran lost the closing job in 2022 and showed signs of decline when he posted a career-worst 4.46 ERA (4.57 FIP), 1.43 WHIP, nine saves and career-low 26.9 percent strikeout rate. Chapman could regain closing duties if he lands in Miami, but it wouldn't be a guarantee.

    Jan 18 · Source via Marlins Aroldis Chapman closers
  • Rangers Sign Jacob Barnes To Minor League Deal

    The Rangers announced four minor league deals today, with three of them being the previously reported deals for catcher Sandy León as well as right-handers Kyle Funkhouser and Zack Littell. The fourth deal is with right-hander Jacob Barnes. All four players will receive invitations to major league Spring Training. Barnes, 33 in April, is a…

    Jan 18 · MLB Trade Rumors Rangers Jacob Barnes
  • Rays Sign Elvin Rodríguez, Trevor Kelley To Minor League Deals

    The Rays have signed right-hander Elvin Rodríguez to a minor league deal, reports Evan Petzold of The Detroit Free Press. Fellow righty Trevor Kelley also has a minor league deal with the club, per Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times. Both players will receive invitations to major league Spring Training. Rodríguez, 25 in March,…

    Jan 18 · MLB Trade Rumors Rays Trevor Kelley Elvin Rodriguez
  • Rangers, Marlins Among Teams Interested In Jurickson Profar

    Outfielder Jurickson Profar is one of the top free agents that still remains unsigned and he is drawing plenty of interest around the league. He’s already been connected to the Yankees, Astros and Red Sox at various points throughout the winter and it seems there are a few more teams involved. Jon Morosi of MLB…

    Jan 18 · MLB Trade Rumors Marlins Rangers Jurickson Profar
  • Marlins, Royals, Padres Interested In Aroldis Chapman

    Per a tweet from MLB.com's Mark Feinsand on Wednesday morning, the Miami Marlins, Kansas City Royals, and San Diego Padres are reportedly interested in free-agent relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman. Feinsand tweeted the following on Wednesday: "The Marlins, Royals and Padres are among the teams interested in Aroldis Chapman, per sources." The 34-year-old made 43 appearances for the New York Yankees during the 2022 season, pitching to a 4.46 ERA and a 4.57 FIP in 36.1 innings of work for the American League East franchise. He also registered nine saves and a hold while collecting 43 strikeouts compared to 28 walks allowed.

    Jan 18 · Source via Marlins Royals Padres Aroldis Chapman closers
  • Mets, Tomas Nido Agree To Two-Year Deal

    The Mets have agreed to a two-year, $3.7MM contract with catcher Tomas Nido, reports Robert Murray of FanSided (Twitter link). The contract buys out his final two seasons of arbitration eligibility and will pay the ACES client $1.6MM in 2023 and $2.1MM in 2024. Nido had been projected by MLBTR contributor Matt Swartz to earn…

    Jan 18 · MLB Trade Rumors Mets Tomas Nido
  • Mets Reportedly Agree To Terms With Tommy Pham

    The New York Mets have reportedly agreed to terms with free agent outfielder Tommy Pham, per a tweet from SNY's Andy Martino on Wednesday morning. Martino tweeted the following: "Actually, the Mets have agreed to terms with Pham, pending physical, per source." Pham split the 2022 season with the Cincinnati Reds and Boston Red Sox, hitting a cumulative .236 with a .312 on-base percentage, 17 home runs, and eight stolen bases in 622 plate appearances. As of now, New York's current outfield options on the team's 40-man roster include Mark Canha, Brandon Nimmo, Khalil Lee, and Starling Marte.

    Jan 18 · Source via Mets Tommy Pham
  • Market Heating Up Now For Andrew Chafin

    Per a tweet from the New York Post's Jon Heyman on Wednesday, the market for free agent reliever Andrew Chafin is reportedly "heating up now." Heyman tweeted the following: "Andrew Chafin market heating up now. Mets are among teams in on one of the top lefty relievers. They've also talked to Zack Britton (Buck O's connection)." Chafin enjoyed a strong season out of the bullpen for the Detroit Tigers in 2022, pitching to a 2.83 ERA and a 3.06 FIP in 57.1 innings of work. He added 67 strikeouts compared to just 19 walks allowed while finishing with 19 holds, three saves and a pair of pitcher wins.

    Jan 18 · Source via Andrew Chafin closers
  • Adam Duvall In Agreement With Red Sox

    Per a tweet from the Miami Herald's Craig Mish on Wednesday, free-agent outfielder Adam Duvall is reportedly in agreement with the Boston Red Sox on a one-year deal worth $7 million. Performance bonuses could get the deal up to $10 million. Duvall hit .213 with a .276 on-base percentage in 315 plate appearances for Atlanta last season, adding 12 home runs in the process. Capable of playing all three outfield spots, he'll give the Red Sox another option in the grass at Fenway Park. Boston's current outfield options on the team's 40-man roster include Enrique Hernandez, Masataka Yoshida, Alex Verdugo, Rob Refsnyder, Jarren Duranand Wilyer Abreu.

    Jan 18 · Source via Red Sox Adam Duvall
  • Mets Among Teams Interested In Andrew Chafin

    The market for lefty reliever Andrew Chafin is “heating up,” per Jon Heyman of the New York Post (Twitter link), and the Mets are among the teams with interest. SNY’s Andy Martino tweets that as many as seven other clubs have been talking with Chafin, however. Mets GM Billy Eppler said yesterday that he still…

    Jan 18 · MLB Trade Rumors Mets Andrew Chafin closers
  • Red Sox Interested In Josh Harrison

    The Red Sox have been looking for ways to bolster their roster and have infielder Josh Harrison “on their radar,” reports Jon Heyman of The New York Post. This item from Heyman came out before the Sox reached an agreement with Adam Duvall, but that move likely doesn’t do much to dampen their interest in…

    Jan 18 · MLB Trade Rumors Red Sox Josh Harrison
  • Andrew Painter Could Compete For Rotation Spot

    Matt Gelb of The Athletic has projected Philadelphia Phillies top pitching prospect Andrew Painter to make the Opening Day rotation. Painter, 20, had one of the most impressive seasons for any pitcher this past season with a 1.56 ERA, 155 strikeouts, 25 walks and a 6-2 record over 103 2/3 innings between Low-A and Double-A. Nothing seemed to intimidate the 6'7 right-hander and there seems to be a true chance that the big leagues could be his next stop. President of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski has a history of promoting his young arms ahead of their projection dates and some believe that he is already sold on Painter with the team primed to compete for a World Series title. This could be a long shot with Painter still working to improve his secondary pitches and the possibility of an innings limit, but Painter is still a name that fantasy managers in all formats should be keeping a keen eye on this spring. If he does break camp, he should be an early Rookie of the Year candidate.

    Jan 18 · Source via Phillies Andrew Painter prospects
  • Brewers To Sign Brian Anderson

    Jan. 18: Craig Mish of the Miami Herald reports that the deal is for one-year and $3.5MM, with up to $2MM in incentives. Jan. 17: The Brewers are in agreement on a deal with free agent third baseman/corner outfielder Brian Anderson, reports Ken Rosenthal of the Athletic (Twitter link). The deal is pending a physical. Anderson…

    Jan 18 · MLB Trade Rumors Brewers Brian Anderson
  • Jordan Walker Set To Compete For Opening Day Spot

    St. Louis Cardinals third base prospect Jordan Walker will be given every opportunity to compete for an Opening Day spot this season. Walker, 20, has been a consensus top-10 prospect and has light tower power. With his bat clearly ready to make an impact, Walker will have his first legit chance to show why he has been so highly regarded. Despite being brought up as a third baseman, Walker will be competing for the right field job against Lars Nootbaar with Nolan Arenado securing the hot corner. In Double-A Springfield last season, Walker hit a healthy .306 with 19 dingers and 68 RBI. The 6'5 prospect remains one of the top young hitters in the league and his time could be arriving sooner than expected. Fantasy managers in all formats should be keeping an eye on Walker with his potential to be a Rookie of the Year candidate.

    Jan 18 · Source via Cardinals Jordan Walker prospects
  • Reds Sign Alex Young To Minor-League Deal

    The Cincinnati Reds signed free-agent left-hander Alex Young to a minor-league deal on Tuesday with an invitation to major-league spring training. Young spent his fourth major-league season in 2022 with the Cleveland Guardians and San Francisco Giants. He only went one-third of an inning in Cleveland and tossed 26 1/3 innings over 24 appearances (one starts) in San Francisco. In total, he had a nice 2.36 ERA (2.89 FIP), 1.50 WHIP, 21 strikeouts and 11 walks. The 29-year-old southpaw will have a shot to stick in the rebuilding Reds' bullpen in 2023, but he won't have any fantasy appeal. Young has a 4.58 career ERA (5.09 FIP), 1.42 WHIP and 19 percent strikeout rate in 208 1/3 innings over 97 outings (25 starts) in his four big-league seasons.

    Jan 18 · Source via Red Sox Alex Young closers
  • Reds Agree With Alfredo Duno For $3.1 Million

    The Cincinnati Reds agreed to a deal with international catching prospect Alfredo Duno on Sunday worth $3.1 million, per MLB.com's Jesse Sanchez. The 17-year-old is currently MLB.com's No. 4-ranked prospect on the international Top 50 Prospects list. Duno has been scouted for his fielding abilities, arm strength, and power potential. However, he will have to work on his aggressive approach at the plate, as he has some swing-and-miss tendencies.

    Jan 18 · Source via Reds prospects
  • Twins Outright Kyle Garlick, Oliver Ortega

    Twins outfielder Kyle Garlick and reliever Oliver Ortega each went unclaimed on waivers, according to an announcement from the club’s communications director Dustin Morse (Twitter link). Both players have been outrighted to Triple-A St. Paul and will receive non-roster invitations to MLB Spring Training. Garlick was designated for assignment last Wednesday as the corresponding move to accommodate Carlos…

    Jan 18 · MLB Trade Rumors Twins Kyle Garlick Oliver Ortega
  • Marlins Interested In Luis Arraez

    The Athletic's Dan Hayes reported Tuesday that the Miami Marlins are interested in Minnesota Twins second baseman Luis Arraez. However, the Twins have reportedly attached a heavy price tag to the 2022 All-Star. The 25-year-old had a great season, slashing .316/.375/.420 with eight home runs 49 RBI, 88 runs scored, and four stolen bases in 603 plate appearances. The young second baseman holds a great deal of value to the Twins, but his fantasy value is somewhat limited, as he hits almost entirely for average. His fantasy value would relatively decline if he were to be traded to the Marlins.

    Jan 18 · Source via Twins Marlins Luis Arraez
  • Brewers, Brian Anderson Reach Agreement Tuesday

    The Milwaukee Brewers and free-agent third baseman/outfielder Brian Anderson reached an agreement Tuesday, pending a physical, per The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed. The 29-year-old had a disappointing 2022 season with the Miami Marlins, slashing .222/.311/.346 with eight home runs and 28 RBI in 383 plate appearances while missing time with a left shoulder strain. However, Anderson is a strong defensive player and has a respectable career .256/.341/.410 slash line. He will be joining a better lineup and now becomes an interesting late-round fantasy pick if he enters the season healthy with a starting role.

    Jan 18 · Source via Brewers Brian Anderson
  • Blue Jays Outright Junior Fernandez

    The Blue Jays announced that reliever Junior Fernández has gone unclaimed on waivers. He’s been assigned outright to Triple-A Buffalo. He’d been designated for assignment last week after Toronto finalized the acquisition of starter Zach Thompson from Pittsburgh. Fernández has bounced around a bit over the past few months. Initially an amateur signee of the Cardinals in…

    Jan 17 · MLB Trade Rumors Blue Jays Junior Fernandez
  • A's Agree With Luis Morales, Darling Fernandez

    The Oakland Athletics agreed to deals with right-hander Luis Morales and outfield prospect Darling Fernandez on Sunday. Morales (No. 5) and Fernandez (No. 40) are on MLB.com's top-50 international prospects list. Morales agreed to a $3 million deal, while Fernandez's deal was worth $750,000. Morales set a Cuban record for strikeouts (161) in 82 2/3 innings between 2019 and 2020. He projects to be a top-of-the-rotation pitcher with a fastball that sits between 94-97 mph. Fernandez is a left-handed-hitting outfielder from the Dominican Republic and has the potential to be a plus hitter with developing power. He currently has an average arm and is an average runner, but he could improve as his body matures.

    Jan 17 · Source via Athletics prospects
  • Yankees Give Brandon Mayea $4.4 Million

    The New York Yankees agreed to an estimated $4.4 million deal with international outfield prospect Brandon Mayea on Sunday, according to a source. Mayea is considered MLB Pipeline's No. 9 prospect on their top-50 international prospect list. He's considered one of the most exciting prospects in this class and is a premium athlete with advanced tools for his age. Mayea possesses rare bat speed and power, and one scout described him as a "mini Gary Sheffield." In addition to the strength and power, he has an advanced approach at the plate despite also being very aggressive at times. He also has a mature frame with plenty of upside in center field for the future.

    Jan 17 · Source via Yankees prospects
  • Pirates Agree With Jun-Seok Shim, Raymond Mola

    The Pittsburgh Pirates agreed with right-hander Jun-Seok Shim and outfielder Raymond Mola on Sunday, according to a source. Shim is considered the No. 10 overall international prospect, while Mola comes in at No. 26. Mola's deal is worth $600,000. The 18-year-old Shim can already touch triple digits with his fastball because of its high backspin. "He is one of the top prospects internationally, and rightly so," director of international scouting Junior Vizcaino said. "He can do some things with the baseball, God-given." Raymond is a 17-year-old outfielder from the Dominican Republic. He projects as a corner outfielder and has plenty of power already.

    Jan 17 · Source via Pirates prospects
  • Mariners Land Felnin Celesten For $4.7 Million

    The Seattle Mariners agreed to a $4.7 million deal on Sunday with shortstop prospect Felnin Celesten, according to a source. Celesten is considered the No. 2 international prospect, according to MLB.com. In addition to Celesten, the M's agreed to a $600,000 with right-hander Jeter Martinez, who ranks No. 42. Celesten may have the highest ceiling of any international shortstop prospect in a decent in a list that includes Marco Luciano, Wander Franco and Robert Puason. If he continues to develop at a normal pace, he'll have five-tool potential as a switch-hitter. Martinez is a 6-foot-4 16-year-old that possesses a smooth delivery on the mound and a solid repertoire of pitches at such a young age. He's also an above-average strike-thrower.

    Jan 17 · Source via Mariners prospects
  • Mariners Claim J.B. Bukauskas Off Waivers From D-Backs

    The Seattle Mariners claimed right-hander J.B. Bukauskas off waivers from the Arizona Diamondbacks on Tuesday and designated outfielder Alberto Rodriguez for assignment in a corresponding move. Bukauskas didn't make it through waivers after Arizona designated him for assignment last Wednesday. The 26-year-old was injured to begin last season and never made it to the big leagues. In three minor-league stops in 2022, Bukauskas had a nice 2.42 ERA, 1.16 WHIP, 22 strikeouts and only four walks in 22 1/3 frames over 23 appearances (one start). In his lone major-league campaign with the D-backs in 2021, he had a rough 7.79 ERA (5.77 FIP), 1.79 WHIP and 17.3 percent strikeout rate in 17 1/3 relief innings. Bukauskas will provide relief depth for the M's in 2023.

    Jan 17 · Source via Mariners J.B. Bukauskas
  • Julian Merryweather Claimed By Cubs

    The Chicago Cubs claimed right-hander Julian Merryweather off waivers from the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday. Merryweather was designated for assignment by the Jays recently so that they could make room on the active roster for first baseman Brandon Belt, but the 31-year-old reliever didn't make it through waivers. In his third MLB season in 2022, Merryweather tossed a career-high 26 2/3 innings (26 appearances, one start) and had a career-worst 6.75 ERA (4.35 FIP), 1.42 WHIP, 23 strikeouts and seven walks for Toronto. An oblique strain may have been to blame for his poor performance last year, but the Cubs will be hoping he can bounce back with better health as bullpen depth.

    Jan 17 · Source via Cubs Julian Merryweather closers
  • Dodgers Agree With Joendry Vargas, Arnaldo Lantigua

    The Los Angeles Dodgers agreed with shortstop Joendry Vargas and outfielder Arnaldo Lantigua on Sunday. Vargas, the No. 3 player on MLB.com's top-50 international prospect list, signed for $2.077 million. Lantigua was ranked No. 23 and signed for $697,500. Vargas, who stands at 6-foot-3, is quick with good hands and instincts at the position, and he'll stay as a middle infielder for as long as he can. But his plus arm will make a transition to third base possible. Vargas is also one of the top hitters in this international class. He sprays line drives to all fields and can hit for average, with the hope that his power eventually develops. Lantigua is a power-hitting Dominican that can also make consistent contact.

    Jan 17 · Source via Dodgers prospects
  • Reds Sign Alex Young, Richie Martin To Minor League Deals

    The Reds announced a pair of minor league deals today, one of them going to left-hander Alex Young and the other to infielder Richie Martin. Both players have received invitations to major league Spring Training. Young, 29, was a second round pick of the Diamondbacks in the 2015 draft. He had a solid debut in…

    Jan 17 · MLB Trade Rumors Reds Richie Martin Alex Young
  • Marlins Have Been In Contact With Yuli Gurriel

    The Marlins have been in contact with free agent first baseman Yuli Gurriel, according to Barry Jackson and Craig Mish of the Miami Herald and Alejandro Villegas of 5 Reasons Sports. Gurriel, 39 in June, has spent his entire MLB career with the Astros thus far. He signed with them out of Cuba in 2016,…

    Jan 17 · MLB Trade Rumors Marlins Yuli Gurriel
  • Padres Agree With Ethan Salas

    The San Diego Padres agreed to a $5.6 million deal with catcher Ethan Salas on Sunday, according to a source. Salas is the top-ranked prospect on MLB.com's top-50 international prospect list. The Venezuelan backstop is one of the best catching prospects in recent history with strong bloodlines. The 16-year-old is the younger brother of Miami Marlins prospect Jose Salas. He has good plate discipline, the ability to use all fields and raw power that should develop as he matures. On defense, he excels thanks to soft hands and great blocking and receiving skills.

    Jan 17 · Source via Padres prospects
  • Lewin Diaz Outrighted To Triple-A

    Baltimore Orioles first baseman Lewin Diaz passed through waivers and has been outrighted to Triple-A Norfolk. Diaz has had a tumultuous offseason to say the least, after originally being designated for assignment on Nov. 15 of last year by the Miami Marlins. Since then, he was claimed by the Pirates on Nov. 22, DFA'd by the Pirates on Nov. 30, claimed by the Orioles on Dec. 2, DFA'd by the Orioles on Dec. 21, traded to the Braves on Dec. 23, DFA'd by the Braves on Dec. 28, claimed by the O's on Jan. 5 and now outrighted back to the minors. For now, the 26-year-old left-handed hitter will stick with Baltimore after he hit .169 with five home runs, 11 RBI and 54 strikeouts in 174 plate appearances in his third MLB season with Miami in 2022. Diaz will represent first base depth in Baltimore if he sticks with the organization.

    Jan 17 · Source via Orioles Lewin Diaz
  • Brett Martin Having Shoulder Surgery

    Texas Rangers left-hander Brett Martin (shoulder) is set to have left shoulder surgery this week, according to a source. Martin's timetable for a return is to be determined. The 27-year-old southpaw went on the injured list in September with a left shoulder strain and he obviously didn't improve over the winter. Although we don't have specific timeline for his return, it's likely that he'll miss at least half of the 2023 campaign. Martin pitched in his fourth major-league season with Texas last year and went 1-7 with a 4.14 ERA (3.63 FIP), 1.36 WHIP, career-high three saves and 40 strikeouts in 50 innings over 55 appearances (one start).

    Jan 17 · Source via Rangers Brett Martin closers
  • Reds Sign Richie Martin To Minor-League Deal

    The Cincinnati Reds signed free-agent shortstop Richie Martin to a minor-league deal on Tuesday with an invitation to major-league spring training. Martin comes to the Reds after playing only 13 games at the major-league level for the Baltimore Orioles in 2022. He went 5-for-30 with no homers, three RBI, four runs scored and three stolen bases. The 28-year-old has played in three MLB seasons, all with the Orioles, and has a career slash line of just .212/.261/.311 with a .572 OPS, seven home runs, 34 RBI, 42 runs scored and 13 stolen bases in 170 games. He'll have a better shot at sticking in the big leagues with the rebuilding Reds, but even if he does, he'll be well off the fantasy radar in most leagues.

    Jan 17 · Source via Reds Richie Martin
  • Matt Mervis Likely To Start At Triple-A

    Chicago Cubs first base prospect Matt Mervis will almost certainly begin 2023 at Triple-A Iowa after the team signed first basemen Eric Hosmer and Trey Mancini this offseason. Hosmer will take the at-bats against right-handers and even some lefties, with Mancini also a prime candidate at designated hitter. Mervis hit 36 home runs across three minor-league levels in 2022 and is considered Chicago's No. 21 prospect, according to MLB Pipeline. But if Hosmer continues to struggle and Mervis is playing well on the farm, the Cubs won't hesitate to make a move. The left-handed hitting Mervis could still be a decent stash in NL-only leagues to begin the year and should have a good shot at making his big-league debut in 2023.

    Jan 17 · Source via Cubs Matt Mervis prospects
  • Cardinals Could Be In The Mix For Pablo Lopez

    The St. Louis Cardinals rank near the top of the list of teams that could benefit from a trade for Miami Marlins right-hander Pablo Lopez. Current Cardinals starters Adam Wainwright, Miles Mikolas, Jack Flaherty and Jordan Montgomery will reach free agency after 2023, while Lopez is under team control for two more years and is only 26. St. Louis could have a surplus of outfielders in 2023, so players like Lars Nootbaar, Dylan Carlson and Tyler O'Neill could be trade candidates. According to sources, the two teams have engaged in at least preliminary trade talks. Lopez recently signed a one-year, $5.45 million deal with the Fish to avoid salary arbitration after he went 10-10 with a 3.75 ERA (3.71 FIP), 1.17 WHIP and 23.6% strikeout rate in a career-high 32 starts over 180 innings in 2022.

    Jan 17 · Source via Marlins Cardinals Pablo Lopez
  • Royals Still Willing To Re-Sign Zack Greinke

    Although the Kansas City Royals don't necessarily need veteran starting pitcher Zack Greinke in 2023, they remain interested in re-signing him. The potential Hall of Famer will probably need to accept a low base salary that could grow with incentives based on innings pitched if he wants to return to KC, according to sources familiar with the team's thinking. The Royals remain open to the idea, even if it would leave fewer innings for their young arms. The 39-year-old means a lot to the organization, which drafted him sixth overall in 2002. Greinke had a 3.68 ERA in 137 innings in his return to the Royals last year, but the soft-tosser with a low strikeout rate won't be very attractive in fantasy, no matter where he signs.

    Jan 17 · Source via Royals Zack Greinke
  • Marlins Having Talks With Yuli Gurriel

    The Miami Marlins have had talks with free-agent first baseman Yuli Gurriel, according to a source. If signed by the Marlins, Gurriel could potentially share time at the cold corner with Garrett Cooper. General manager Kim Ng and Gurriel have spoken directly, but it remains to be seen if the Fish will actually sign the former Houston Astro. The 38-year-old veteran suffered an MCL sprain of his right knee during the World Series, but he should be fine for spring training and the start of 2023. Gurriel has never been a big power guy -- he's gone over 18 home runs in a season just once in his seven big-league seasons -- and showed some decline in 2022 with a .242/.288/.360 slash line, .647 OPS, eight home runs, 53 RBI, 53 runs scored and a career-high eight stolen bases in 146 games. Gurriel's fantasy stock would drop further with a move to Miami in a part-time role.

    Jan 17 · Source via Marlins Yuli Gurriel
  • Red Sox Eyeing Adam Duvall, Josh Harrison

    The Boston Red Sox have free-agent outfielders Adam Duvall and Josh Harrison on their radar, among others. With Xander Bogaerts out of town and Trevor Story (elbow) injured, shortstop is a big need for 2023 as well. Among the available free agents at the position are Elvis Andrus, Jose Iglesias and Andrelton Simmons. Duvall could be a perfect fit for the Red Sox, who view him as a capable center fielder. The 34-year-old had wrist surgery in 2022 and hit .213/.276/.401 with 12 home runs and 36 RBI in 86 games for the Atlanta Braves. Better health and a spot in Boston's everyday lineup would make Duvall a potential bounce-back slugger. Harrison can also play multiple infield spots but isn't nearly as attractive as Duvall in fantasy. He hit .256 with seven homers, 27 RBI and two steals in 119 games for the White Sox last year.

    Jan 17 · Source via Red Sox Josh Harrison Adam Duvall
  • Marlins Considering Aroldis Chapman

    The Miami Marlins are among a few teams considering free-agent relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman, who lives in South Florida. The hard-throwing left-hander fell on hard times in 2022, posting a career-worst 4.46 ERA (4.57 FIP), 1.43 WHIP, nine saves and a career-low 26.9 percent strikeout rate in 36 1/3 relief innings in what will likely being his final season with the New York Yankees. The 35-year-old southpaw ended the year on a sour note with the club after landing on in the injured list due to a leg infection from a tattoo and then being left off the playoff roster after missing a mandatory meeting. He lost the closing gig to Clay Holmes last season and won't be guaranteed to land a closing job on the free-agent market. In Miami, Dylan Floro is projected to open the 2023 campaign as their primary closer.

    Jan 17 · Source via Marlins Aroldis Chapman closers
  • Kris Bryant To Be Full-Go For Spring Training

    Colorado Rockies third baseman/outfielder Kris Bryant (foot) said over the weekend that he will head into spring training fully healthy and without restrictions. Bryant only managed to play in 42 games in his first year with the Rockies due to multiple injuries, mainly plantar fasciitis in his foot. It's good news that he's healthy already, but fantasy managers will be wary that the 31-year-old slugger can continue to stay healthy as he heads into the latter portion of his career. When the four-time All-Star was healthy in 2022, though, he hit a strong .306/.376/.475 with an .851 OPS, five home runs, 14 RBI and 28 runs scored in 181 plate appearances. Bryant's power was down, but he's a prime bounce-back candidate in the best hitting environment in baseball in 2023 and will have eligibility at third base and the outfield.

    Jan 17 · Source via Rockies Kris Bryant
  • Orioles Outright Lewin Díaz

    The Orioles announced that first baseman Lewin Díaz has cleared outright waivers and been outrighted to Triple-A Norfolk. He will stick in the organization but without taking up a roster spot. This move will finally bring some semblance of stability to a wild offseason for Díaz, who recently turned 26. He began the offseason with…

    Jan 17 · MLB Trade Rumors Orioles Lewin Diaz
  • Nationals Outright Andrés Machado

    The Nationals announced that right-hander Andrés Machado has cleared outright waivers and been outrighted to Triple-A Rochester. He was designated for assignment last week when the club signed outfielder Corey Dickerson. Machado, 30 in April, tossed 59 1/3 innings for the Nats last year with a 3.34 ERA. Despite those solid results, there were reasons…

    Jan 17 · MLB Trade Rumors Nationals Andres Machado closers
  • Rays Sign Braden Bristo To Minor-League Deal

    Per a tweet from The Tampa Bay Times' Marc Topkin on Tuesday, the Tampa Bay Rays have reportedly signed right-handed pitcher Braden Bristo to a minor-league deal. Topkin tweeted the following on Tuesday: "#Rays have signed RH reliever Braden Bristo to a minor league contract with a spring invite. Spent last 2 years with #Yankees AAA team; has a 16-16, 3.51 record over 6 seasons." A reliever for most all of his career, Bristo will give the club some additional bullpen depth heading into the 2023 campaign. Tampa Bay's current bullpen options include Shawn Armstrong, Colin Poche, Pete Fairbanks, Ryan Thompson, Jason Adam, Jalen Beeks, Garrett Cleavinger, Kevin Kelly, and Calvin Faucher.

    Jan 17 · Source via Rays
  • Rockies Acquire Connor Seabold

    The Colorado Rockies have acquired right-handed pitcher Connor Seabold from the Boston Red Sox. Per a tweet from MLB.com's Mark Feinsand on Tuesday, Colorado is sending a player to be named or cash considerations to the American League East club. Seabold made five starts for Boston during the 2022 season, throwing 18.1 innings in the process while logging an 11.29 ERA, a 6.39 FIP, and 19 strikeouts compared to eight walks allowed. He'll give the Rockies some additional rotation depth heading into next season. As of now, Colorado's starting pitching options include Kyle Freeland, German Marquez, Antonio Senzatela, Austin Gomber, Peter Lambert, Jose Urena, and Ryan Feltner.

    Jan 17 · Source via Rockies Red Sox Connor Seabold
  • Red Sox Express Interest In Elvis Andrus, Jurickson Profar

    USA Today's Bob Nightengale reported Monday that the Boston Red Sox have "expressed interest" in free agent shortstop Elvis Andrus and free agent second baseman/outfielder Jurickson Profar. The team will be without Trevor Story (elbow) for several months at least as he recovers from elbow surgery and they no longer have Xander Bogaerts, so either or both players would provide depth. Andrus had a surprise 2022 season, slashing .249/.303/.404 with 17 home runs, 58 RBI, and 18 stolen bases with the Athletics and White Sox. Profar slashed .243/.331/.391 with 15 home runs, 58 RBI, and five stolen bases with the Padres.The Red Sox lineup will not be as strong as it historically has been, and while either player could provide speed with some power, they would be at best late-round roto picks if they signed.

    Jan 17 · Source via Red Sox Elvis Andrus Jurickson Profar
  • Padres Could Be "All In" On Shohei Ohtani In 2023 Offseason

    USA Today's Bob Nightengale reported Monday that the San Diego Padres are planning to be "all in" on starting pitcher/designated hitter Shohei Ohtani if he becomes a free agent in the 2023 offseason. The 28-year-old phenom has one year left on his contract with the Los Angeles Angels, so he could potentially be traded this season or sign a contract extension with the Angels. If he does become a free agent, there will likely be high competition to sign him given his elite hitting and pitching talent. Ohtani slashed .273/.356/.519 with 34 home runs, 95 RBI, and 11 stolen bases in 666 plate appearances in 2022 while also going 15-9 with a 2.33 ERA, 1.01 WHIP, and 33.2% strikeout rate in 28 starts. The Padres would be even more formidable if they were to sign him.

    Jan 17 · Source via Angels Padres Shohei Ohtani
  • Red Sox, Jorge Alfaro Reportedly Agree To Minor League Deal

    MLB.com's Shanthi Sepe-Chepuru reported Monday that the Boston Red Sox reportedly agreed to a Minor League deal with free agent catcher Jorge Alfaro. The Red Sox would reportedly pay Alfaro $2 million if he is added to the big league roster. The agreement would also include two opt-outs on June 1 and July 1 if he is not with the team on either date. The 29-year-old held some fantasy intrigue earlier in his career but has never really delivered. He slashed .246/.285/.383 with seven home runs and 40 RBI in 274 plate appearances with the Padres in 2022. Alfaro could potentially hold some fantasy value in deep two-catcher leagues if he were to make the big league roster, but a lot would have to go right for him to get to that point.

    Jan 17 · Source via Red Sox Jorge Alfaro
  • Royals Hoping For Incentive-Laden Deal With Zack Greinke

    The Royals have made a pair of relatively low-cost additions to their rotation this offseason. Ryan Yarbrough inked a $3MM guarantee in mid-December, while Jordan Lyles secured a two-year, $17MM commitment a couple weeks later. Those veteran starters join younger, in-house hurlers like Brady Singer, Daniel Lynch, Max Castillo and Kris Bubic in the rotation mix for first-year skipper Matt Quatraro.…

    Jan 16 · MLB Trade Rumors Royals Zack Greinke
  • Travis Shaw Announces Retirement

    Former MLB infielder Travis Shaw took to Twitter on Monday to announce his retirement from playing. The left-handed hitter appeared at the game’s highest level in each of the last eight seasons. “For the last eight years, I’ve been blessed to live out my childhood dreams of playing Major League Baseball,” Shaw wrote. “But today, that dream…

    Jan 16 · MLB Trade Rumors Travis Shaw
  • White Sox Sign Keynan Middleton To Minor League Deal

    The White Sox have signed right-hander Keynan Middleton to a minor league deal, according to his transactions tracker at MLB.com. He’ll presumably receive an invitation to major league Spring Training. Middleton, 29, was drafted by the Angels and spent the first few seasons of his career there. He seemed to be establishing himself as a…

    Jan 16 · MLB Trade Rumors White Sox Keynan Middleton closers
  • Padres Sign Ángel Sánchez To Minor League Deal

    The Padres and right-hander Ángel Sánchez are in agreement on a minor league deal, reports Robert Murray of FanSided. The righty will get an invitation to major league Spring Training. Sánchez, 33, has a very small amount of major league experience, which came back in 2017 with the Pirates. He got into eight games but…

    Jan 16 · MLB Trade Rumors Padres
  • Rangers Sign Yoshi Tsutsugo To Minor-League Deal

    The Texas Rangers have signed first baseman Yoshi Tsutsugo to a minor league deal, per a tweet from the team's public relations Twitter account on Sunday. Also per the tweet, Tsutsugo will be invited to Major League Spring Training. The 30-year-old appeared in 50 games for the Pittsburgh Pirates last season, hitting .171 with a .249 on-base percentage and a pair of home runs. He logged 193 plate appearances for the National League Central club, seeing all of his playing time at first base and designated hitter. He'll give the Rangers some additional depth heading into the 2023 season.

    Jan 16 · Source via Rangers Yoshitomo Tsutsugo
  • Padres Sign Domingo Tapia To Minor League Deal

    The Padres have signed right-hander Domingo Tapia to a minor league deal, according to his transactions tracker at MLB.com. He will presumably be invited to major league Spring Training. Tapia, 31, had some major league success in 2021, split between the Mariners and Royals. Between those two clubs, he tossed 33 2/3 innings over 34…

    Jan 16 · MLB Trade Rumors Padres Domingo Tapia closers
  • Athletics Sign Austin Pruitt To Minor League Deal

    The Athletics have signed right-hander Austin Pruitt to a minor league deal, according to his transactions tracker at MLB.com. He will presumably receive an invitation to major league Spring Training with the club. Pruitt, 33, was originally drafted by the Rays and first cracked the big leagues with that club. He had a solid three-year…

    Jan 16 · MLB Trade Rumors Athletics Austin Pruitt closers
  • White Sox Agree To Minor League Deals With Jake Marisnick, Erik Gonzalez

    The White Sox have agreed to minor league contracts with outfielder Jake Marisnick (as first reported by Kenny Van Doren of Astros Future) and infielder Erik Gonzalez (as indicated on the transaction log at MiLB.com). Marisnick will be invited to Major League Spring Training and would earn a $1.3MM salary if he makes the team.…

    Jan 16 · MLB Trade Rumors White Sox Erik Gonzalez Jake Marisnick
  • Red Sox Interested In Jurickson Profar, Elvis Andrus

    The Red Sox were known to be looking for middle infield help even before news broke earlier this week about Trevor Story’s internal brace surgery on his right elbow, which could keep the shortstop on the injured list for most (or potentially all) of the 2023 season.  In the wake of Story’s surgery, two names…

    Jan 15 · MLB Trade Rumors Red Sox Elvis Andrus Jurickson Profar
  • Rangers Sign Yoshi Tsutsugo To Minor League Deal

    The Rangers announced that first baseman/outfielder Yoshi Tsutsugo has been signed to a minor league contract.  Tsutsugo’s deal contains an invitation to the Rangers’ big league Spring Training camp. Tsutsugo came to the majors in the 2019-20 offseason, but Texas will be the fifth different organization Tsutsugo has suited up during his relatively brief time…

    Jan 15 · MLB Trade Rumors Rangers Yoshitomo Tsutsugo
  • Tigers Sign Trey Wingenter To Minors Contract

    The Tigers have signed right-hander Trey Wingenter to a minor league deal, Evan Petzold of The Detroit Free Press reports.  The contract contains an invitation to the Tigers’ big league Spring Training camp. Wingenter’s MLB resume consists of 70 innings with the Padres in 2018-19, and the hard-throwing righty delivered an impressive 33.1% strikeout rate…

    Jan 15 · MLB Trade Rumors Tigers Trey Wingenter
  • NPB's Yomiuri Giants Sign Lewis Brinson

    The Yomiuri Giants of Nippon Professional Baseball have agreed to a contract with outfielder Lewis Brinson, according to reports out of Japan.  It will be a Giants-to-Giants move for the 28-year-old Brinson, who finished the 2022 season with San Francisco before being outrighted off the club’s 40-man roster in September. Brinson began the season in…

    Jan 15 · MLB Trade Rumors Lewis Brinson
  • Kris Bryant Expected To Be Healthy For Spring Training

    Despite being limited to 42 games due to a lower back strain and left foot plantar fasciitis, Rockies’ outfielder Kris Bryant has proclaimed himself 100% ready for baseball, reports Patrick Saunders of The Denver Post. Saunders adds that Bryant does not anticipate any restrictions when he reports to Salt River Fields for Spring Training. Manager…

    Jan 15 · MLB Trade Rumors Rockies Kris Bryant
  • Yency Almonte Avoids Arbitration

    The Los Angeles Dodgers and right-handed relieverYency Almonte avoided arbitration after agreeing to a one-year, $1.5 million contract. The 28-year-old signed with the Dodgers on a minor-league deal before 2022 but missed roughly two months due to elbow inflammation. Although, his 2022 campaign may have been his best performance yet. He spent four seasons with the Rockies and compiled a 5.30 ERA through four seasons. It appears that a change of scenery has flipped the script. Almonte posted a 1.02 ERA with a 3.17 FIP across 33 appearances. If Almonte can mirror his 2022 campaign and stay healthy, he should undoubtedly be considered for deep-league formats.

    Jan 15 · Source via Dodgers Yency Almonte
  • Drew Smith Settles At $1.3 Million

    The New York Mets and relieverDrew Smithavoided arbitration after agreeing to a one-year, $1.3 million deal. The 29-year-old has effectively contributed to Buck Showalter's bullpen despite missing some time in 2022. He suffered a back and finger injury and hasn't been too healthy since joining the pros in 2018. Although Smith still commenced 44 appearances and posted a 3.33 ERA with 53 punchouts. He compiled a 28.3% strikeout rate while holding opponents to a .221 average. Smith is primarily used in middle-inning situations and collected 14 holds across 46 innings. He should be on the radar for leagues that account for holds.

    Jan 15 · Source via Mets Drew Smith closers
  • Kyle Higashioka Gets $1.46 Million To Avoid Arbitration

    The New York Yankees and catcherKyle Higashiokaagreed to a one-year, $1.46 million deal to avoid salary arbitration. The 32-year-old has one more year of arbitration before entering free agency. His workload may have been reduced when the Yankees acquiredJose Trevino, but Higashioka will still get considerable reps behind the plate. This past season, he made 248 plate appearances and molded a .227/.264/.389 slash line and matched his career-high 10 HRs. The veteran may not be the most efficient player at the plate. However, his defensive attributes allow him to keep his job. He ranked in the 71st percentile for framing in 2022, which is quite impressive for a backup catcher. Although, his fantasy value is likely insignificant with Trevino as the Yankees' primary catcher.

    Jan 15 · Source via Yankees Kyle Higashioka
  • Guardians, James Karinchak Avoid Arbitration

    The Cleveland Guardians and relieverJames Karinchakavoided salary arbitration after inking a one-year, $1.5 million deal. Known to have one of the most sophisticated routines in the game, Karinchak has established himself as one of the most dependable Cleveland arms. He dealt with a shoulder strain this past season which sidelined him for a considerable amount of time, but he still managed to make an impact. Through 38 appearances, Karinchak molded a 2.08 ERA with 62 strikeouts and a 38.8% strikeout rate. He continues to work his way up in the Guardians clubhouse and is vying to increase his workload this coming season. If he can stay healthy, Karinchak is expected to be in a high-leverage role for the Guardians and could see a few save chances behind star closer Emmanuel Clase.

    Jan 15 · Source via Guardians James Karinchak closers
  • Jose Trevino Avoids Arbitration

    CatcherJose Trevinoand the New York Yankees agreed to a one-year, $2.36 million deal to avoid salary arbitration. Trevino serves as the starting catcher in the Bronx, withKyle Higashiokaserving as the backup. Trevino was named to his first all-star game in 2022 after displaying an impressive bat and immaculate defense. He slashed .248/.283/.388 with a .671 OPS and 11 HRs. The 30-year-old was most productive with runners in scoring position and amassed a .901 OPS with a 159 wRC+. Trevino was additionally awarded the Gold Glove award, which is only the beginning of his hardware display. The Texas native continues to impress the Yankees' management and is vying for some more reps behind the plate in 2023.

    Jan 15 · Source via Yankees Jose Trevino
  • Trey Mancini Signs Two-Year Deal With Cubs

    The Chicago Cubs and first baseman Trey Mancini agreed to a two-year, $14 million deal with an option year for 2025. Mancini will bank seven million a year and could earn more with escalators and incentives. The 30-year-old was hauled to the Astros in a three-team deal that included Christian Vazquez to Houston. Mancini slashed .268/.347/.404 across 401 plate appearances with the Orioles before encountering some struggles in Houston. He didn't make much of an impact for the reigning champs after amassing just a .622 OPS. Despite the signing of Eric Hosmer, it appears that Mancini was brought in to address the lefty-righty split. Mancini should get some outfield reps and can also DH when Hosmer occupies first base.

    Jan 15 · Source via Cubs Trey Mancini
  • Kris Bubic Avoids Arbitration

    The Kansas City Royals and starting pitcherKris Bubicagreed to a one-year, $2.2 million deal to avoid salary arbitration. The southpaw made 28 starts for the Royals this past season and posted a career-high 5.58 ERA across 129 frames. Bubic struck out 110 batters and whipped up a 4.78 FIP. The 25-year-old has had better years as a starter, and the Royals can only hope that Bubic can move past this roadblock in his career. He is relatively young for a starter which gives him time to alter any flaws in his game. The Royals do not have the most dependable rotation, but Bubic is undoubtedly a vital component of the rotation. However, he will not provide anything significant from a fantasy standpoint and is mainly an option in deep-league formats.

    Jan 14 · Source via Royals Kris Bubic
  • Santiago Espinal Settles at $2.1 Million

    The Toronto Blue Jays and infielderSantiago Espinalagreed to a one-year, $2.1 million deal to avoid salary arbitration. The 28-year-old has established himself as a vital component of the Blue Jays organization as a utility infielder. He spent the bulk of 2022 at second base but also saw some reps at shortstop and third. His bat has become a weapon after slashing .267/.322/.370 with a .692 OPS that earned him an all-star spot. Although the Blue Jays acquiredWhit Merrifieldlast season, Merrifield had no issue getting some outfield reps. If Espinal can match the numbers he posted this past season, he should be a solid fantasy option with position eligibility at second, shortstop, and third base in 2023.

    Jan 14 · Source via Blue Jays Santiago Espinal
  • Jared Walsh, Angels Avoid Arbitration

    The Los Angeles Angels and first baseman Jared Walsh (shoulder) avoided salary arbitration after inking a one-year, $2.65 million deal. Walsh was sidelined for the last month of the season after undergoing a thoracic outlet surgery. He is expected to be ready for the 2023 season and shouldn't miss any time. Across 454 plate appearances, the 29-year-old posted a .215/.269/.374 slash line with 44 RBI and 15 HRs. His .642 OPS was nothing close to what he displayed in the two previous years, but his health certainly impeded his success. If the first baseman can stay healthy in 2023, the Angels are hoping that Walsh can tap into his raw power that was on display in 2021 when he hit 29 homers.

    Jan 14 · Source via Angels Jared Walsh
  • Dillon Tate Avoids Arbitration

    The Baltimore Orioles and right-handerDillon Tate agreed to a one-year, $1.5 million deal to avoid salary arbitration. The 28-year-old represented one of the most revered bullpens in 2022 after the Orioles combined for a 3.49 bullpen ERA. Following a shaky 2021 season, Tate returned as a completely different player in 2022. He reduced his ERA to 3.05 while making 67 appearances across 73 2/3 innings. His role has primarily been as a late-inning reliever, and he has been solid in high-leverage situations, racking up five saves and 16 holds in 2022. If he can maintain his productivity levels, Tate will receive a similar workload to what he had in 2022. Most importantly, his fantasy value was boosted after his impressive performance, and he should be on the fantasy radar in league formats that account for holds.

    Jan 14 · Source via Orioles Dillon Tate closers
  • Dustin May Gets $1.675 Million To Avoid Arbitration

    The Los Angeles Dodgers and pitcherDustin Mayagreed to a one-year, $1.675 million contract to avoid salary arbitration. His career has been plagued with injuries, but a healthy Dustin May is not a pitcher you want to face in the batter's box. He has made just 11 starts over the past two seasons, but the Dodgers hope to get him healthy for 2023. May made his season debut in August after recovering from Tommy John surgery. In his six starts in 2022, the 25-year-old displayed a 4.50 ERA along with 29 strikeouts and a 4.38 FIP. If May can stay healthy for the bulk of 2023, he will be included in the Dodgers' five-man rotation consisting ofClayton Kershaw,Julio Urias,Tony Gonsolin, andNoah Syndergaard. If everything goes right for the right-hander, he should be a reliable contributor in the fantasy world.

    Jan 14 · Source via Dodgers Dustin May
  • Elieser Hernandez Avoids Arbitration

    The New York Mets and pitcherElieser Hernandezagreed to a one-year, $1.6 million deal to avoid salary arbitration. Hernandez will begin a new chapter with the Mets in 2023 after spending five seasons in Miami. The 27-year-old split his 2022 season as a starter and middle-inning reliever. He posted a 6.35 ERA across 62 1/3 innings and 60 punchouts. Hernandez was not the most effective pitcher in 2022, although we have seen success in previous years. With a change of scenery in Citi Field, Hernandez may have an opportunity to turn the tables. However, he is mainly on the fantasy radar in deep-league league formats.

    Jan 14 · Source via Mets Elieser Hernandez
  • Michael King Settles For $1.3 Million

    The New York Yankees and right-handerMichael King avoided arbitration after agreeing to a one-year, $1.3 million deal. King is recovering from a fractured elbow back in July and hopes to return in 2023. He is lauded as one of the biggest weapons out of the Yankees bullpen, and his return is quite impactful for the club. Before suffering a fractured elbow, King made 34 bullpen appearances and posted a 2.29 ERA with 66 strikeouts and a 2.23 FIP. He maintained a career-high 33.2% strikeout rate while holding opponents to a .191 average. Assuming that the 27-year-old is ready for 2023, the Yankees expect King to pick up where he left off. King will make an impact in the fantasy world, especially in league formats that account for holds.

    Jan 14 · Source via Yankees Michael King
  • Cubs Interested In Andrew Chafin, Matt Moore

    The Cubs continue to look for relief help, and The Athletic’s Sahadev Sharma reports that left-handers Andrew Chafin and Matt Moore are both on the team’s radar.  It isn’t clear whether the Cubs are necessarily willing to meet either pitcher’s asking price, as president of baseball operations Jed Hoyer had previously indicated that his team…

    Jan 14 · MLB Trade Rumors Cubs Andrew Chafin Matt Moore
  • Lucas Luetge Gets $1.55 Million To Avoid Arbitration

    Left-hander Lucas Luetgeand the Atlanta Braves avoided arbitration after agreeing to a one-year, $1.55 million deal. Luetge was waived by the Yankees during the offseason and traded to the Braves a few weeks ago. The 35-year-old made quite an impact for the Yankees in 2022 after molding a 2.67 ERA across 50 appearances. He whiffed 60 batters with a 23.9% strikeout rate. Along with Wandy Peralta, Luetge was the only lefty arm out of the Yankees bullpen. He provided consecutive sub-three ERA's in the two years that he spent in the Bronx, and the southpaw will likely display similar numbers in Atlanta. Luetge will make a fantasy impact if you are looking for a dependable bullpen arm.

    Jan 14 · Source via Braves Lucas Luetge closers
  • Royals, Josh Staumont Avoid Arbitration

    RelieverJosh Staumontand the Kansas City Royals avoided salary arbitration after agreeing to a one-year, $1.25 million deal. The 29-year-old has two seasons left of arbitration before becoming a free agent in 2026. Staumont could not access his true, dependable form this past season after a promising 2021 season. In 2022, Staumont displayed a whopping 6.45 ERA across 37 2/3 frames. Although just a year prior, in 2021, the right-hander molded a 2.88 ERA across 64 appearances. However, the 29-year-old landed on the injured list twice this past year, which may have been the cause of his struggles. The Royals hope to tap into Staumont's success and shape him into his true form. Staumont is expected to be used in a high-leverage role for the Royals in 2023.

    Jan 14 · Source via Royals Josh Staumont closers
  • Yankees, Jonathan Loaisiga Avoid Arbitration

    Right-handed relieverJonathan Loaisigaand the New York Yankees settled on a one-year, $2.3 million deal to avoid salary arbitration. The 28-year-old is a crucial component of the Yankees bullpen and is expected to make a similar impact in 2023. The right-hander was less effective than the Yankees had hoped in 2022, but he suffered a shoulder injury at the beginning of the season. His 4.13 ERA was nearly double his 2.17 ERA in 2022, but Loaisiga will get his chance to re-establish himself. He made 50 appearances this past season and yielded a career-high 22 earned runs. The right-hander hopes to reinvigorate his fiery approach toward the game and play a vital role in the Yankees' bullpen this coming season.

    Jan 14 · Source via Yankees Jonathan Loaisiga closers
  • Angels Sign Taylor Jones To Minor League Deal

    The Angels have signed first baseman/outfielder Taylor Jones to a minor league contract, according to Jones’ official MLB.com profile page.  Jones entered into minor league free agency after turning down an outright assignment from the Giants back in November. Jones (who turned 29 last month) has appeared in each of the last three MLB seasons,…

    Jan 14 · MLB Trade Rumors Angels Taylor Jones
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