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  • Anthony Misiewicz DFA'd By Royals

    The Kansas City Royals designated left-hander Anthony Misiewicz for assignment on Friday to make room on the 40-man roster for starting pitcher Zack Greinke, who was officially re-signed on a one-year deal. The 28-year-old southpaw pitched for the Royals and Seattle Mariners last season and had a combined 4.34 ERA (4.08 FIP), 1.28 WHIP, 10 walks and 27 strikeouts in 29 relief innings over 32 appearances out of the bullpen. He had a 4.11 ERA, 1.11 WHIP and 19 strikeouts in his 15 1/3 innings with the Royals to close out the year. If Misiewicz clears waivers, he could return to the team as minor-league relief depth for 2023.

    Feb 3 · Source via Royals Anthony Misiewicz closers
  • Was Brad Hand Good Or Lucky Last Year?

    There seems to be a holdup in the market for left-handed relievers. Though pitchers like Taylor Rogers and Matt Strahm have signed deals, others like Andrew Chafin, Matt Moore and Zack Britton are still out there. Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic recently wrote about the situation, listing 10 clubs that were interested in that trio…

    Feb 2 · MLB Trade Rumors Brad Hand closers
  • Paul Sewald Should Be Ready For Spring Training

    Seattle Mariners closer Paul Sewald (elbow, heel) has resumed throwing and should be ready to pitch in spring training games. Sewald had surgeries on his right elbow and his heel in the offseason. The 32-year-old could be eased into spring training action, but relievers typically don't need a ton of work before the regular season. He had a team-high 20 saves last season and will enter Opening Day as Seattle's primary closer yet again, giving him plenty of value in fantasy leagues on an improved Mariners team. Sewald could have a short leash if he falters, though, and Andres Munoz and Diego Castillo are plenty capable of handling ninth-inning duties as well. Sewald had a career-best 2.67 ERA (3.88 FIP), 0.77 WHIP, 20 saves and 72 strikeouts in 64 relief innings last year.

    Feb 1 · Source via Mariners Paul Sewald closers
  • Mariners, Kyle Tyler Agree To Minor League Contract

    The Mariners are signing reliever Kyle Tyler to a minor league deal, MLBTR has learned. The Nello Gamberdino client hit free agency last summer after being released by the Giants. Tyler’s name frequented the MLBTR pages last offseason. The right-hander bounced around to a number of teams in rapid succession, essentially serving as the 41st man…

    Feb 1 · MLB Trade Rumors Mariners Kyle Tyler closers
  • Blue Jays Sign Chad Green

    The Blue Jays have signed right-hander Chad Green to a deal that will reportedly guarantee him $8.5MM over two years. He will make $2.25MM in 2023 and then Jays will then have the option of triggering a $27MM option for the next three years, with up to $1MM in bonuses. If they decline, Green’s player option…

    Feb 1 · MLB Trade Rumors Blue Jays Chad Green closers
  • Astros, Ty Buttrey Agree To Minor League Deal

    The Astros have agreed to a minor league contract with reliever Ty Buttrey, as first reported by Sam Blum of the Athletic (Twitter link). He’ll get a non-roster look in big league camp this spring. Buttrey has pitched in parts of three MLB seasons, all of which came as a member of the Angels. His best…

    Jan 31 · MLB Trade Rumors Astros Ty Buttrey closers
  • Rangers GM Chris Young Discusses Closer Options

    The Rangers were active this offseason in overhauling their rotation for 2023. Martín Pérez was set to hit free agency but was given a $19.65MM qualifying offer that he accepted to return. The club also signed free agents Jacob deGrom, Andrew Heaney and Nathan Eovaldi, in addition to acquiring Jake Odorizzi from Atlanta. Those five…

    Jan 31 · MLB Trade Rumors Rangers Joe Barlow Brock Burke Danny Duffy Jon Gray Jonathan Hernandez Ian Kennedy Jose Leclerc Brett Martin closers
  • Jandel Gustave Agrees To Minor-League Deal With Arizona

    Free-agent relief pitcher Jandel Gustave agreed to a minor-league deal with the Arizona Diamondbacks on Tuesday that includes an invitation to major-league spring training, according to a source. Gustave had a 3.86 ERA in 27 appearances for the Milwaukee Brewers last season. The 30-year-old Dominican right-hander has five years of major-league experience with the Brewers, San Francisco Giants and Houston Astros. He has a 3.56 career ERA (4.25 FIP), 1.29 WHIP, one save and 18.8 percent strikeout rate in 91 innings over 84 relief appearances. Gustave won't be fantasy relevant in 2023, even if he makes the Diamondbacks' Opening Day bullpen.

    Jan 31 · Source via Diamondbacks Jandel Gustave closers
  • Blue Jays Reportedly Sign Chad Green

    The Toronto Blue Jays have reportedly signed free-agent relief pitcher Chad Green to a multi-year deal, per a tweet from The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal on Tuesday. Rosenthal tweeted the following: "Source confirms: Free-agent reliever Chad Green to Blue Jays on 2-year, $8.5M deal. Second year is conditional player option that Green can exercise if Jays decline 3-year club option. If both decline, Jays get 2-year club option at higher AAV. First: @MarinoMLB, @ShiDavidi." Green appeared in 14 games for the New York Yankees this past season, pitching to a 3.00 ERA, a 2.85 FIP, 16 strikeouts, and five walks in 15 innings of work, logging a save, three holds, and a pitcher win in the process. He previously underwent Tommy John surgery early this past summer. For his career, the 31-year-old has logged a 3.17 ERA, a 3.37 FIP, 494 strikeouts, and 96 walks in 383.2 Major League innings to go along with 11 saves and 52 holds.

    Jan 31 · Source via Blue Jays Chad Green closers
  • Nationals Sign Wily Peralta To Minor League Deal

    The Nationals announced Tuesday that they’ve signed veteran right-hander Wily Peralta to a minor league contract. He’s been invited to Major League camp this spring, per the team. Peralta, 33, was a starter early in his career with the Brewers but has pitched primarily out of the bullpen dating back to 2017. He’s spent the…

    Jan 31 · MLB Trade Rumors Nationals Wily Peralta closers
  • D-backs, Jandel Gustave Agree To Minor League Deal

    The Diamondbacks have agreed to a minor league contract with right-hander Jandel Gustave, tweets Robert Murray of FanSided. He’ll be invited to big league camp this spring. The 30-year-old Gustave has spent the past two seasons with the Brewers, turning in solid bottom-line results despite some shakier secondary marks. Gustave carries a 3.69 ERA in…

    Jan 31 · MLB Trade Rumors Diamondbacks Jandel Gustave closers
  • Mets Sign Jeff McNeil To Four-Year Extension

    Jan. 31: The Mets formally announced McNeil’s extension this morning. He’ll be paid $6.25MM in 2023, $10.25MM in 2024  and $15.75MM in both 2025 and 2026, tweets Jon Heyman of the New York Post. The club option for 2027 is also valued at $15.75MM, and it comes with a $2MM buyout. Jan. 27: The Mets…

    Jan 31 · MLB Trade Rumors Mets Jeff McNeil closers
  • Jose Leclerc Front-Runner For Rangers' Closer Role?

    Texas Rangers general manager Chris Young named several players currently on the roster as potential options to serve as the team's closer in an interview Saturday, per the Athletic's Levi Weaver. This included Jose Leclerc, Jonathan Hernandez, Ian Kennedy, Danny Duffy, Brett Martin, and Brock Burke. Joe Barlow would also be considered in this mix. However, it sounded as though Leclerc would be the initial candidate given his history. The 29-year-old pitched well in 2022 after returning from Tommy John surgery, converting seven of nine save opportunities with a 2.83 ERA, 1.13 WHIP, and 27.3% strikeout rate. There are a number of players on the Rangers who have some closer experience, including Leclerc. The biggest issue for him has been walks, as he owns a career 5.32 BB/9 rate. The Rangers appear slated to be a more competitive team this season, so whoever is closing for them would hold fantasy value, although the role may not be consistent. Fantasy managers should keep an eye on further developments as things get closer to the start of the season.

    Jan 31 · Source via Rangers Jose Leclerc closers
  • Angels Have "Strong Interest" In Zack Britton

    USA Today's Bob Nightengale reported Monday that the Los Angeles Angels have "strong interest" in free agent relief pitcher Zack Britton if his price tag were to drop. The 35-year-old lefty was one of baseball's better relief pitchers from 2014-2020 with the Orioles and Yankees. However, a number of injuries limited Britton to just 19 innings pitched between the 2021-22 seasons. The Angels have already somewhat bolstered their bullpen this offseason by signing Carlos Estevez and health is a concern for Britton. However, given his experience as a closer and track record of solid pitching, he could have a shot to see considerable save opportunities if he were to join the Angels, which would instantly make him fantasy relevant.

    Jan 31 · Source via Angels Zack Britton closers
  • Marlins Acquire Matt Barnes From Red Sox

    The Boston Red Sox and Miami Marlins have reportedly made a deal, per a tweet from The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal on Monday morning. According to Rosenthal's tweet, Boston is trading reliever Matt Barnes to Miami for fellow relief pitcher Richard Bleier. Barnes pitched to a 4.31 ERA, a 3.87 FIP, 34 strikeouts, and 21 walks in 39.2 innings for Boston last season while adding eight saves and four holds. Bleier, meanwhile, turned in a 3.55 ERA and a 3.27 FIP in 50.2 innings for the Marlins, while adding 32 strikeouts, 10 walks, seven holds and a save. Of the duo, Barnes likely has more potential for save opportunities this coming season in Miami than Bleier does in Boston given Kenley Jansen's presence at the back end of the Red Sox bullpen.

    Jan 30 · Source via Marlins Red Sox Matt Barnes closers
  • Angels Interested In Zack Britton

    The Angels are known to be in the market for left-handed bullpen help, and USA Today’s Bob Nightengale specifies that the Halos “have strong interest” in Zack Britton’s services.  The two sides have yet to line up on a contract, as Nightengale writes that the Angels’ interest may only hinge on getting Britton at a…

    Jan 29 · MLB Trade Rumors Angels Zack Britton closers
  • Brock Burke Could Be In The Closing Mix

    Texas Rangers general manager Chris Young isn't ruling out the possibility that left-hander Brock Burke could close some games for the team in 2023. Burke made his major-league debut as a starter for the Rangers in 2019 and had a 7.43 ERA (6.55 FIP) and 1.54 WHIP in his first six starts. But he was much better as a reliever in his return to the majors in 2022, going 7-5 with a sharp 1.97 ERA (3.29 FIP), 1.06 WHIP and 27.4 percent strikeout rate in 82 1/3 relief innings over 52 appearances. The 26-year-old gained some velocity with the transition to a relief role and could be in line for some high-leverage work at the back end of Texas' bullpen alongside fellow setup man Jonathan Hernandez and Jose Leclerc. Burke probably isn't worth a draft pick in shallow mixed leagues, but he should certainly be on the radar of saves speculators and deep holds leagues in 2023.

    Jan 28 · Source via Rangers Brock Burke closers
  • Hirokazu Sawamura Returns To Japan

    After two seasons with the Boston Red Sox, right-hander Hirokazu Sawamura signed with the Chiba Lotte Marines of Nippon Professional Baseball on Saturday to return to Japan. He appeared in 104 games for Boston from 2021-22 and had a 3.39 ERA (4.59 FIP), 1.44 WHIP, 101 strikeouts and 59 walks in 103 2/3 innings pitched over 104 relief appearances. The 34-year-old could come back to the States and sign with a major-league team if he impresses back in Japan, but it's probably unlikely. Sawamura had a 3.73 ERA (4.16 FIP), 1.42 WHIP and 18.1 percent strikeout rate in 50 2/3 innings for Boston last season.

    Jan 28 · Source via Hirokazu Sawamura closers
  • Nationals Sign Alexander Colome To Minor-League Deal

    The Washington Nationals signed free-agent reliever Alexander Colome to a minor-league deal on Friday that includes an invitation to major-league spring training. The Nationals have had plenty of interest in Colome before, including advanced trade talks with the Chicago White Sox at the 2019 trade deadline. The 34-year-old right-hander was an All-Star back in 2016 with the Tampa Bay Rays when he had a 1.91 ERA and 37 saves, but he's no longer in his prime heading into his 11th big-league campaign. In 47 relief innings for the Colorado Rockies in 2022, he posted a career-worst 5.74 ERA (4.54 FIP), 1.68 WHIP, four saves and 14.9 percent strikeout rate. Colome does have 159 career saves, but he's unlikely to pitch in too many high-leverage situations for the Nats if he makes the team out of spring training.

    Jan 28 · Source via Nationals Alex Colome closers
  • Pete Fairbanks Agrees To Three-Year Extension With Rays

    The Tampa Bay Rays and reliever Pete Fairbanks agreed to a three-year, $12 million contract extension on Friday, according to sources. The deal includes a fourth-year team option and comes off a year in which Fairbanks tossed 22 scoreless innings. The 29-year-old right-hander avoids his remaining arbitration-eligible years with the deal, and his fourth-year option will be worth $7 million. While injuries were a problem for him in 2022, he allowed just three earned runs on 13 hits while walking three and striking out 38 in his 24 relief innings for the Rays. Despite his injury last year, Fairbanks should enter the 2023 season with plenty of fantasy appeal as the current favorite for save chances in Tampa alongside Jason Adam.

    Jan 27 · Source via Rays Pete Fairbanks closers
  • Cubs Add Tyler Duffey On Minor-League Deal

    The Chicago Cubs signed free-agent right-hander Tyler Duffey as a non-roster invitee on Friday, according to a source. Duffey will compete for a bullpen job in spring training. He made 295 appearances for the Minnesota Twins over the last eight seasons, and the Cubs have a good track record with these types of free-agent relievers. The 32-year-old veteran has a good shot of making the Cubs bullpen out of spring training. Last year with Minnesota, he had a 4.91 ERA (4.79 FIP), 1.36 WHIP, two saves and 21.1 percent strikeout rate in 44 innings over 40 relief appearances. In eight major-league seasons, he has a 4.57 ERA (3.96 FIP), 1.29 WHIP and six saves in 475 innings. If Duffey makes the big-league club, he won't have much fantasy appeal, if any.

    Jan 27 · Source via Tyler Duffey closers
  • Ian Kennedy Agrees With Rangers

    Free-agent right-hander Ian Kennedy announced in his official Instagram page on Friday that he has agreed to an undisclosed deal with the Texas Rangers. Kennedy hit the open market this offseason when the Arizona Diamondbacks declined his $4 million option for the 2023 season. The 38-year-old reliever struggled in the desert last year with a 5.36 ERA (5.58 FIP), 1.57 WHIP, 10 saves and weak 19.0 percent strikeout rate in 50 1/3 relief innings over 57 appearances out of the bullpen. The 16-year veteran was with the Rangers for 32 appearances in 2021 and pitched well with a 2.51 ERA (3.66 FIP), 1.05 WHIP and 16 saves, but it would be a surprise if he gets many save chances this year with Texas with Jose Leclerc locked in as the primary closer.

    Jan 27 · Source via Ian Kennedy closers
  • Orioles Designate Darwinzon Hernandez For Assignment

    The Baltimore Orioles designated left-hander Darwinzon Hernandez for assignment on Thursday to make room on the 40-man roster for left-hander Cole Irvin, who was acquired in a trade with the Oakland Athletics. Baltimore landed Hernandez in a trade with the Boston Red Sox earlier this offseason, but the 26-year-old southpaw could be on the move yet again. He only tossed 6 2/3 relief innings for Boston in 2022 and was beat up to the tune of 17 runs (16 earned) on 14 hits (four home runs allowed) while walking eight and striking out nine. The Venezuelan reliever has interesting stuff but has yet to put it all together at the big-league level in four years with the Red Sox. If Hernandez clears waivers, he could return to Baltimore.

    Jan 26 · Source via Orioles Darwinzon Hernandez closers
  • Orioles Designate Darwinzon Hernandez For Assignment

    The Orioles announced that they have designated left-hander Darwinzon Hernandez for assignment. His roster spot goes to fellow lefty Cole Irvin, whom the club acquired from the A’s in a trade. Few pitchers in the game can match the 26-year-old Hernandez’s ability to miss bats — evidenced by a 32.3% strikeout rate in 85 1/3…

    Jan 26 · MLB Trade Rumors Orioles Darwinzon Hernandez closers
  • Orioles Avoid Arbitration With Austin Voth

    The Baltimore Orioles and right-hander Austin Voth avoided salary arbitration on Thursday by agreeing to a one-year deal for the 2023 season. The deal also includes a team option for 2024. Financial terms weren't disclosed. Voth spent 2022 with both the Orioles and Washington Nationals, posting a 4.34 ERA (4.13 FIP), 1.39 WHIP and 20.4 percent strikeout rate in a career-high 101 2/3 innings over 41 outings (17 starts). He was much better in Baltimore and started 17 of his 22 outings. The 30-year-old could see some more starts for the O's in 2023, but he won't be all that attractive in fantasy outside of being a potential deep-league streamer. Voth has a 4.86 ERA (4.76 FIP) and 1.38 WHIP in five major-league seasons.

    Jan 26 · Source via Orioles Austin Voth closers
  • Dodgers Sign Wander Suero To Minor League Deal

    The Dodgers have signed reliever Wander Suero to a minor league deal, as relayed by Chris Hilburn-Trenkle of Baseball America. Pitcher Kevin Gowdy and catcher Hamlet Marte have also signed non-roster pacts with L.A. Suero, 31, is the only member of that group with big league experience. The righty was a durable middle innings option for the Nationals…

    Jan 26 · MLB Trade Rumors Dodgers Wander Suero closers
  • D-backs Sign Austin Adams, Jesse Biddle To Minor League Deals

    The Diamondbacks have signed righties Austin Adams and Eric Yardley and left-hander Jesse Biddle to minor league contracts, per Baseball America’s Chris Hilburn-Trenkle. Adams, 31, has spent the past three seasons with the division-rival Padres, at times looking like a potential late-inning weapon. Injuries and command issues, however, have undercut the righty’s enormous strikeout numbers.…

    Jan 26 · MLB Trade Rumors Diamondbacks Jesse Biddle Austin L. Adams closers
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
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