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  • Jorge Lopez Agrees To One-Year Deal With Mets

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    Free-agent right-handed reliever Jorge Lopez and the New York Mets agreed to a one-year, $2 million deal on Thursday, according to sources. The 30-year-old pitched for the Minnesota Twins, Miami Marlins and Baltimore Orioles in 2023 and had a poor 5.95 ERA (5.76 FIP), 1.51 WHIP, three saves, 22 walks and 49 strikeouts in 59 innings out of the bullpen over 61 appearances. The 30-year-old was a first-time All-Star the year prior with the Orioles and Twins when he had a 2.54 ERA, 1.18 WHIP, a career-high 23 saves and 72 strikeouts in 71 innings pitched. If Lopez is able to bounce back in 2024 for the Mets, he'll be a nice late-inning bridge to returning closer Edwin Diaz (knee) alongside setup men Brooks Raley and Drew Smith.

    Dec 7 · Source via Closers New York Mets Jorge Lopez
  • Orioles Interested In Extensions For Gunnar Henderson, Jackson Holliday

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    Agent Scott Boras spoke to the media at the Winter Meetings yesterday and was asked if the Orioles had reached out about extension talks with his clients Gunnar Henderson and Jackson Holliday. "Only once or twice a day," Boras quipped, with Andy Kostka of The Baltimore Banner among those who passed his comments along. "Those…

    Dec 7 · MLB Trade Rumors Prospects Baltimore Orioles Gunnar Henderson Jackson Holliday
  • Wander Suero Signs With Astros

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    Free-agent right-hander Wander Suero signed a minor-league deal with the Houston Astros on Thursday. Suero will simply give the Astros some extra relief depth entering the 2024 season. The 32-year-old veteran reliever pitched in eight innings in five appearances out of the Los Angeles Dodgers' bullpen in 2023 and allowed seven earned runs on six hits (two home runs) while walking five and striking out nine. He didn't pitch at all in the majors in 2022 and has a 4.75 ERA (3.89 FIP) and 1.29 WHIP with one save, 71 walks and 209 strikeouts in five major-league seasons. Suero was with the Nationals from 2018 through 2021. He will most likely begin the 2024 campaign with Triple-A Sugar Land.

    Dec 7 · Source via Los Angeles Dodgers Wander Suero
  • Red Sox Involved With Shota Imanaga

    The Boston Red Sox are one of many teams interested in Japanese free-agent left-hander Shota Imanaga this offseason. It's no secret that the Red Sox are in need of starting pitching heading into the 2024 campaign. They are also in on free-agent starters Yoshinobu Yamamoto, Jordan Montgomery and Seth Lugo, among others, and they could be in the trade market for a pitcher like Chicago White Sox right-hander Dylan Cease. The 30-year-old Imanaga was recently posted by the DeNA BayStars of Nippon Professional Baseball in Japan. He's more of a consolation prize for teams that lose out on the Yamamoto sweepstakes. Imanaga has upside as more of a mid-rotation starter in the big leagues after posting a strong 2.66 ERA and 1.02 WHIP with 188 strikeouts and only 24 walks in 159 innings in 2023.

    Dec 7 · Source via Prospects Boston Red Sox Shota Imanaga
  • Giants, Padres Interested In Harrison Bader

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    The San Francisco Giants and San Diego Padres have been active on center fielders this offseason, including Harrison Bader. Korean outfielder Jung-Hoo Lee is also of interest to both the Giants and the Padres, as well as plenty of other teams. The Padres just dealt outfielders Juan Soto and Trent Grisham in a blockbuster deal to the New York Yankees on Wednesday night. If they'd prefer not to move Fernando Tatis Jr. to center field, signing a defensive-minded center fielder like Bader would make some sense. Not only can the 29-year-old Bader patrol center field, but he stole a career-high 20 bases in 98 games with the New York Yankees and Cincinnati Reds in 2023. Pretty much anything the Friars get from a new center fielder offensively in 2024 would be an upgrade over Grisham, who really struggled with the bat the last two years.

    Dec 7 · Source via San Francisco Giants San Diego Padres Harrison Bader
  • Red Sox Not Ready To Make Masataka Yoshida A Full-Time DH

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    There has been speculation that the Boston Red Sox want to move outfielder Masataka Yoshida to a designated hitter role, but chief baseball officer Craig Breslow has been preaching the importance of Yoshida in the field. The team still thinks Yoshida has value as a defender in the outfield, and manager Alex Cora thinks added defensive work will make Yoshida's glove better. Playing left field at Fenway Park is not easy, and the Red Sox felt the 30-year-old improved as his first season in the big leagues went on. It's possible he could split time between DH and left field again in 2024. After signing a five-year, $90 million deal as a free agent, Yoshida had a pretty strong year as a "rookie," slashing .289/.338/.445 with 15 home runs, 33 doubles, three triples, 72 RBI, eight stolen bases and 71 runs scored in 140 total games.

    Dec 7 · Source via Boston Red Sox Masataka Yoshida
  • White Sox Sign Jake Cousins To Minor League Deal

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    The White Sox have signed right-hander Jake Cousins to a minor league deal, according to his transactions tracker at MLB.com. He will presumably receive an invitation to major league Spring Training. Cousins, 29, has 51 games of major league experience, all of those coming with the Brewers over the past three years. His results were…

    Dec 7 · MLB Trade Rumors Chicago White Sox Jake Cousins
  • Red Sox Interested In Ha-Seong Kim?

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    Boston Red Sox chief baseball officer Craig Breslow said the team is currently engaged in conversations for a second baseman in free agency and the trade market, but it seems "more likely that would be a trade pursuit." Boston prefers a strong defensive second baseman, which makes Ha-Seong Kim, Whit Merrifield and Brandon Drury more likely targets than Gleyber Torres or Jonathan India. Kim was a Gold Glover in 2023 and can also play shortstop and third base in a pinch. The 28-year-old Korean was also great offensively for the San Diego Padres this past season in what was a breakout campaign, as he hit .260/.351/.398 with career-highs in home runs (17), RBI (60), stolen bases (38) and runs scored (84) in 152 games in his third year in the majors. It remains to be seen if the Padres would be serious about moving Kim, who has been a positive influence in SD's locker room.

    Dec 7 · Source via Boston Red Sox Ha-Seong Kim
  • Mets, Pete Alonso Haven't Talked Extension

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    The New York Mets and All-Star first baseman Pete Alonso have not talked about a long-term contract extension yet this offseason, according to a source. Alonso notably hired Scott Boras as his agent back in October and he isn't scheduled to reach free agency until after the 2025 season. There wasn't much rush to talk extension as things stood, and now there will probably be less urgency given Boras' reputation for being adamant that his clients reach the open market for big payoffs. Contract aside, the 29-year-old right-handed slugger is one of the premier sluggers in the game, and the Mets currently have no plans to trade him away. The three-time All-Star and former National League Rookie of the Year in 2019 hit a career-worst .217 in 154 games in 2023, but it came with 46 home runs and 118 RBI.

    Dec 7 · Source via New York Mets Pete Alonso
  • Yankees Haven't Had Extension Talks With Juan Soto

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    New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said that the team hasn't had any conversations with recently acquired outfielder Juan Soto about a long-term contract extension. Cashman and the Yankees understand that Soto could only be a short-term acquisition, but even so, the left-handed slugger will make the Bombers much better offensively in 2024. The 25-year-old will become a free agent after next season, and Soto and his agent, Scott Boras are expected to pass on any extension until then. Remember, this is a player/agent combination that turned down a 15-year, $440 million extension from the Washington Nationals before they eventually traded him to the San Diego Padres. If he stays healthy in the Bronx, Soto has the chance to do some pretty special things offensively with the short porch in right field at Yankee Stadium.

    Dec 7 · Source via New York Yankees Juan Soto
  • Aaron Judge's Toe Injury "A Resolved Issue"

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    New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge's (toe) injury is "a resolved issue," according to general manager Brian Cashman. "We think it's behind him." Judge never required surgery for a torn ligament in his right big toe that he suffered when he crashed into the outfield wall at Dodgers Stadium on June 4. It was an injury that sidelined the 31-year-old slugger for two months, but he's healthy now and should have a normal spring training leading into the start of the 2024 campaign. The Yankees acquired left-handed-hitting corner outfielders Juan Soto and Alex Verdugo the last two nights, so Judge appears ticketed for the starting center field job next year. Judge, who stands at 6-foot-7, 282 pounds, has already had trouble staying on the field in his big-league career, so a move to a more demanding position could be bad news for his durability.

    Dec 7 · Source via New York Yankees Aaron Judge
  • Royals Agree To Minor League Deals With Mike Brosseau, Tyler Duffey, Sam Long

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    The Royals announced that they have agreed to terms on minor league deals with infielder Mike Brosseau, left-hander Sam Long and right-handers Tyler Duffey and Dan Altavilla. Reporting on Altavilla’s deal came out yesterday but the other three are new developments. Brosseau, 30 in March, started the 2023 campaign with the Brewers but hit just…

    Dec 7 · MLB Trade Rumors Kansas City Royals Michael Brosseau Tyler Duffey Sammy Long
  • Braves Sign Angel Perdomo, Outright Evan White

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    The Braves announced Thursday that they’ve signed left-hander Angel Perdomo to a one-year, split Major League contract. Atlanta also passed recently acquired first baseman Evan White through waivers and assigned him outright to Triple-A Gwinnett. The Braves claimed Perdomo off waivers from the Pirates in early November but non-tendered him later in the month. He’ll…

    Dec 7 · MLB Trade Rumors Atlanta Braves Angel Perdomo Evan White
  • Latest On Corbin Burnes

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    Brewers ace Corbin Burnes, one year away from reaching the open market, is among the most compelling names on the trade market for starting pitchers this offseason. The Brewers haven’t actively shopped Burnes, but that hasn’t stopped other clubs from expressing interest. Jon Heyman of the New York Post tweets that executives with other clubs…

    Dec 7 · MLB Trade Rumors Milwaukee Brewers Corbin Burnes
  • Franchy Cordero, Albert Abreu Sign With NPB's Seibu Lions

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    First baseman/outfielder Franchy Cordero has signed with the Seibu Lions of Japan’s Nippon Professional Baseball, his representatives at Republik Sports announced today on Instagram. He’ll be joined on the Lions roster by another former Yankee, right-hander Albert Abreu, according to FanSided’s Robert Murray, who reports that Abreu is also set to sign there. Abreu is…

    Dec 7 · MLB Trade Rumors Albert Abreu Franchy Cordero
  • Yankees Interested In Jordan Hicks

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    The Yankees are among the mounting number of teams with interest in free-agent righty Jordan Hicks, per Chris Kirschner and Brendan Kuty of The Athletic. The Yanks will likely look to replenish their bullpen after trading four pitchers to the Padres in last night’s Juan Soto blockbuster. The flamethrowing Hicks is among the most sought-after…

    Dec 7 · MLB Trade Rumors Closers New York Yankees Jordan Hicks
  • Franchy Cordero, Albert Abreu Sign With NPB's Seibu Lions

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    Free agent outfielder Franchy Cordero and free agent reliever Albert Abreu have both signed in Japan's Nippon Professional Baseball league with the Seibu Lions. Cordero slugged eight home runs in just 24 games for the Yankees in the 2023 season but also hit just .188 with a 35.2% K% across 71 trips to the plate in the majors a season ago. He is the owner of a career .217 average with 27 HR and 13 stolen bases across 797 trips to the plate in parts of seven seasons between the Padres, Royals, Red Sox, and Yankees. Abreu, 28, also spent the 2023 season with the Yankees, working to a 4.73 ERA across 45 relief outings. The right-hander owns a 4.58 ERA across 108 MLB appearances between the Yankees, Rangers, and Royals.

    Dec 7 · Source via Albert Abreu Franchy Cordero
  • Evan White Outrighted To Triple-A

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    Atlanta Braves first baseman Evan White has been outrighted off the club's 40-man roster and has been assigned to Triple-A Gwinnett. The move comes on the heels of a one-year, non-guaranteed split contract given to relief pitcher Angel Perdomo. White was acquired as part of this week's trade for Jarred Kelenic while the 27-year-old is still owed $17 million from the six-year, $24 million contract he signed with the Seattle Mariners prior to his MLB debut. Despite his early extension, White has struggled mightily at the plate in the big leagues as he's logged a .165 average with 10 home runs and one stolen base across 306 plate appearances and has not appeared in the majors since the 2021 season. He would forfeit his remaining salary should he reject the outright assignment so expect White to begin the 2024 season in Gwinnett.

    Dec 7 · Source via Atlanta Braves Evan White
  • Jordan Hicks Being Eyed By Yankees

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    Free-agent reliever Jordan Hicks is receiving interest from the New York Yankees on the open market. The right-hander is coming off a bounce-back season split between the Cardinals and Blue Jays, as he tossed a 3.29 ERA across 65 appearances, recording 12 saves in the process. The 27-year-old posted a 5.40 ERA in 10 outings coming off of Tommy John surgery in the 2021 season and worked to a 4.84 mark in the 2022 campaign, but looked far more like his earlier career self in the 2023 campaign. The flame-thrower averaged 100.3 mph on his four-seam fastball in 2023 versus a 98 mph average in 2022, while he also averaged 100.2 mph on his sinker, a pitch he used more than 64% of the time. The Yankees are likely in the market for pitching following Wednesday's seven-player deal with the Padres for Juan Soto in which they sent four pitchers to San Diego.

    Dec 7 · Source via Closers New York Yankees Jordan Hicks
  • Marlins Re-Sign Devin Smeltzer To Minor League Deal

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    The Marlins are bringing back one of their most heavily used depth arms for another stint, as they’ve re-signed lefty Devin Smeltzer to a minor league deal, according to the team’s transaction log at MLB.com. He’ll presumably be in big league camp next spring. Smeltzer, who just turned 28 this week, had a Ryan Weber/Yankees-esque…

    Dec 7 · MLB Trade Rumors Miami Marlins Devin Smeltzer
  • Angel Perdomo Inks One-Year, Non-Guaranteed Split Contract With Braves

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    The Atlanta Braves and left-hander Angel Perdomo have agreed to a one-year, non-guaranteed split contract for the 2024 season. The club claimed the southpaw off waivers from the Pittsburgh Pirates last month but he will miss the 2024 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery in October. The contract ensures he remains within the organization after he tossed a healthy 3.72 ERA across 30 appearances with the Pirates in the 2023 season. He also impressed with a 3.18 ERA across 20 appearances at the Triple-A level a season ago. The 29-year-old has logged 52 career big-league appearances in parts of three seasons, working to a 5.55 ERA in that time but his 4.39 FIP, 3.65 SIERA, and massive 35.8% K%, albeit alongside a 15.8% BB%, are far more encouraging.

    Dec 7 · Source via Atlanta Braves Angel Perdomo
  • Nick Senzel Heads To Nationals

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    Free-agent outfielder Nick Senzel signed a one-year, $2 million deal with the Washington Nationals on Wednesday night. The deal includes $1 million in performance bonuses. Senzel became a free agent when the Cincinnati Reds non-tendered him in November. The 28-year-old second overall pick in 2016 struggled through injuries in his five years with the Reds and never came close to reaching his ceiling. He hit .239/.302/.369 with 33 home runs, 125 RBI and 32 stolen bases in 377 games over his five years in Cincy, never playing in more than 110 games in a single year. Senzel will now have a chance at a platoon role in the rebuilding Nats' outfield as he looks to stay healthy and deliver on his power/speed combination. He'll only be worth a late-round flier for outfield depth in deep fantasy leagues in 2024.

    Dec 7 · Source via Washington Nationals Nick Senzel
  • Reds Agree With Jeimer Candelario

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    The Cincinnati Reds agreed to an undisclosed deal with free-agent infielder Jeimer Candelario on Wednesday night, according to a source. The deal is pending a physical. The Reds were not one of the teams expected to land Candelario, as they already have plenty of third base options at the big-league level in Christian Encarnacion-Strand, Noelvi Marte and Spencer Steer. Cincy has been rumored to be interested in some high-level starting pitchers on the trade market, though, so perhaps their plan is to flip several of their young players for a rotation arm. The 30-year-old Candelario is a switch-hitter and can also play first base. He'll be a bit more interesting with the Reds from a fantasy perspective after hitting .251/.336/.471 with an .807 OPS, career-high 22 home runs, 70 RBI and eight stolen bases in 140 total games with the Washington Nationals and Chicago Cubs in 2023.

    Dec 7 · Source via Cincinnati Reds Jeimer Candelario
  • Yankees Acquire Juan Soto In Seven-Player Trade

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    For the second time before his 26th birthday, Juan Soto is on the move. The Yankees and Padres announced a trade sending Soto and fellow outfielder Trent Grisham from San Diego to the Bronx. The Friars receive five players — right-hander Michael King, top pitching prospect Drew Thorpe, right-handers Jhony Brito and Randy Vásquez, and…

    Dec 7 · MLB Trade Rumors San Diego Padres New York Yankees Jhony Brito Trent Grisham Kyle Higashioka Michael King Juan Soto Drew Thorpe
  • Diamondbacks Agree To Four-Year Deal With Eduardo Rodriguez

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    The Diamondbacks and left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez are in agreement on a four-year deal with an average annual value in the $20MM range, per Jeff Passan of ESPN. MLB Network’s Jon Morosi reported earlier this evening that Arizona was a finalist for Rodriguez’s services. According to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, the deal guarantees Rodriguez four…

    Dec 7 · MLB Trade Rumors Arizona Diamondbacks Eduardo Rodriguez
  • Reds Agree To Three-Year Deal With Jeimer Candelario

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    The Reds have agreed to a deal with third baseman Jeimer Candelario, according to MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand. The deal is pending a physical. Jon Morosi of MLB Network and Mike Rodriguez of Univision had previously reported that the Reds were a finalist for Candelario’s services. According to Gordon Wittenmeyer of the Cincinnati Enquirer, the deal…

    Dec 7 · MLB Trade Rumors Cincinnati Reds Jeimer Candelario
  • Nationals To Sign Nick Senzel

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    The Nationals and infielder Nick Senzel have a one-year deal, per Jon Heyman of the New York Post. The deal reportedly guarantees Senzel $2MM with an additional $1MM available in performance bonuses. Senzel, 28, was a highly-touted prospect early in his career, having been selected second overall by the Reds in the 2016 draft. By…

    Dec 7 · MLB Trade Rumors Washington Nationals Nick Senzel
  • Harper eyes extension, hopes to retire with Phils

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    Bryce Harper would like to get a new deal from the Phillies once the remaining eight years of his current deal are done.

    Dec 7 · ESPN Philadelphia Phillies Bryce Harper
  • Retired catcher Molina joins Cardinals front office

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    Yadier Molina will remain with the St. Louis Cardinals as a special assistant to John Mozeliak, their president of baseball operations, after the longtime catcher wrapped up his 19-year big league career in 2022.

    Dec 7 · ESPN St. Louis Cardinals Yadier Molina
  • Mets owner Cohen met with Yamamoto in Japan

    Mets owner Steve Cohen traveled to Japan to meet with coveted Japanese pitcher Yoshinobu Yamamoto and his family before the winter meetings.

    Dec 7 · ESPN Prospects New York Mets Yoshinobu Yamamoto
  • Braves, Dodgers Have Shown Interest In Tyler Glasnow

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    Tyler Glasnow remains on the Rays coming out of what had been a fairly quiet Winter Meetings until recently. That doesn’t mean trade talks have slowed down, however, as the 6’8″ righty is one of the sport’s highest-profile trade candidates. Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times writes that upwards of half the league has…

    Dec 7 · MLB Trade Rumors Los Angeles Dodgers Atlanta Braves Tampa Bay Rays Tyler Glasnow
  • Rays, Erasmo Ramirez Agree To Minor League Deal

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    The Rays are bringing veteran righty Erasmo Ramirez back for another stint with the organization, as the two parties have agreed to a minor league contract, per the club’s transaction log at MLB.com. Presumably, Ramirez will be in big league camp next spring and vie for a spot on the roster. Ramirez, 33, split the…

    Dec 7 · MLB Trade Rumors Tampa Bay Rays Erasmo Ramirez
  • Dodgers, Marlins, Brewers Have Shown Interest In Isiah Kiner-Falefa

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    There are plenty of clubs with some level of interest in utilityman Isiah Kiner-Falefa — the Yankees and Blue Jays have been linked to him this week — and the former Ranger/Yankees Swiss army knife is also of some interest to the Dodgers, Marlins and Brewers, per Fabian Ardaya and Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic.…

    Dec 7 · MLB Trade Rumors Miami Marlins Los Angeles Dodgers Milwaukee Brewers Isiah Kiner-Falefa
  • Rangers, Yankees, Astros Interested In Robert Stephenson

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    The market continues to materialize for free agent reliever Robert Stephenson. Jon Morosi of MLB.com tweets that the Rangers and Yankees have shown interest. Chandler Rome of the Athletic reports that the Astros have also checked in on the right-hander. Along with that trio, the Dodgers, Angels, Cubs and Orioles have been linked to Stephenson at…

    Dec 7 · MLB Trade Rumors Closers Houston Astros New York Yankees Texas Rangers Robert Stephenson
  • Cardinals Notes: Molina, O'Neill, Burleson

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    The Cardinals announced this afternoon that longtime catcher Yadier Molina has returned to the organization as a special assistant to President of Baseball Operations John Mozeliak. Following the announcement, Mozeliak spoke with reporters (including Jeff Jones of the Belleville News-Democrat) regarding Molina’s role in the organization. Mozeliak suggested that Molina will spend time as a…

    Dec 7 · MLB Trade Rumors Prospects St. Louis Cardinals Alec Burleson Yadier Molina Tyler O'Neill
  • Angels To Sign Adam Cimber

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    The Angels are in agreement with free agent reliever Adam Cimber on a one-year, $1.65MM contract, reports Jeff Passan of ESPN (on X). Fabian Ardaya of the Athletic (X link) first reported the sides were in advanced discussions. It’s a rebound flier on the veteran right-hander. Cimber is coming off a 7.40 ERA across 20 2/3…

    Dec 7 · MLB Trade Rumors Los Angeles Angels Adam Cimber
  • Latest On Dylan Cease

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    6:10PM: Per a report from Jon Heyman of The New York Post, rival clubs have indicated that the White Sox are “pulling back” in negotiations regarding Cease. Heyman goes on to suggest that there’s a good chance Cease is still dealt at some point this offseason, and that Chicago is likely waiting to see which…

    Dec 7 · MLB Trade Rumors Chicago White Sox Dylan Cease
  • Jung Hoo Lee High On Padres' Wish List

    Korean outfielder Jung Hoo Lee is said to be high on the San Diego Padres' offseason wish list, according to a source that says a deal could come together quickly now that Juan Soto's $30 million-plus contract is off the books. The Padres traded Soto to the New York Yankees on Wednesday night in a blockbuster deal that landed them four right-handed pitchers and a backup catcher. Fernando Tatis Jr. is the only starting outfielder left on the Padres' roster after Soto and Trent Grisham were dealt to the Yanks. The 25-year-old Lee was officially posted by his KBO team, the Kiwoom Heroes, on Monday and is expected to be a hot commodity among MLB teams given the fact he hit .340/.407/.491 in seven seasons in Korea. Lee is flexible defensively and can play all three outfield position.

    Dec 7 · Source via Prospects San Diego Padres Jung Hoo Lee
  • Eduardo Rodriguez Agrees To Four-Year Deal With Diamondbacks

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    Free-agent left-handed starter Eduardo Rodriguez and the Arizona Diamondbacks agreed to a four-year contract for around $20 million per year on Wednesday night, pending a physical, according to sources familiar with the agreement. E-Rod became a free agent this winter after opting out of the final three years of his contract with the Detroit Tigers. In need of more pitching help for their rotation next to Zac Gallen and Merrill Kelly, the 30-year-old Rodriguez will be a big upgrade after he posted a career-best 3.30 ERA and 1.15 WHIP with a 23% strikeout rate and 7.7% walk rate in 26 starts in 2023. E-Rod comes with durability concerns -- he's reached the 200-inning mark just once in eight big-league seasons -- but when he's healthy, he should be solid mid-rotation fantasy starter in his new home in the desert.

    Dec 6 · Source via Arizona Diamondbacks Eduardo Rodriguez
  • Blue Jays, Reds, Dodgers Among Teams Showing Interest In Michael A. Taylor

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    5:38 pm: The Dodgers have also expressed interest in Taylor, writes Fabian Ardaya of the Athletic. Los Angeles is looking for a right-handed bat who can see some acton in the outfield, where the lefty-hitting Jason Heyward currently projects to man right field. 2:57pm: Outfielder Michael A. Taylor has been linked to both the Mets and…

    Dec 6 · MLB Trade Rumors Cincinnati Reds Los Angeles Dodgers Toronto Blue Jays Michael A. Taylor
  • Padres Acquire Michael King, Kyle Higashioka, Others From Yankees

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    The San Diego Padres officially sent outfielders Juan Soto and Trent Grisham to the New York Yankees in a blockbuster trade on Wednesday in exchange for right-handers Michael King, Drew Thorpe, Jhony Brito, and Randy Vasquez, and catcher Kyle Higashioka. The Padres cleared payroll space and acquired some much-needed pitching help with this massive deal. King, 28, could give the team a solid mid-rotation starter, but he struggled in the big leagues before 2023 and has already dealt with a major elbow injury. Thorpe, 23, was the Yankees' No. 5 prospect and could be a rotation option down the line, but he has yet to pitch above Double-A. Brito, 25, doesn't miss many bats and is likely ticketed for a relief role after struggling as a starter in the majors. Vasquez, 25, has durability questions but could serve as a back-end starter for the Friars. And Higashioka, 34, has some decent power and should serve as Luis Campusano's backup.

    Dec 6 · Source via Closers Prospects New York Yankees San Diego Padres Jhony Brito Luis Campusano Kyle Higashioka Michael King Drew Thorpe Randy Vasquez
  • Yankees Complete Trade To Acquire Juan Soto, Trent Grisham

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    The New York Yankees have completed a blockbuster trade on Wednesday night to acquire outfielders Juan Soto and Trent Grisham from the San Diego Padres in exchange for right-handed pitchers Michael King, Drew Thorpe, Jhony Brito, and Randy Vasquez, and catcher Kyle Higashioka. The 25-year-old left-handed-hitting Soto will head to the Bronx and join slugger Aaron Judge in the middle of the Yankees' lineup as they look to get back to the postseason in 2024. Now the question will becomes, will the Yankees lock Soto up to a massive long-term contract extension to keep him around past the 2024 campaign? Soto hit .275 with a career-high 35 homers, 109 RBI and an MLB-leading 132 walks last season for the Padres, and it's not crazy to think his numbers at Yankee Stadium will improve. Grisham, after hitting under .200 in 2023, will become a fourth outfielder/defensive replacement in pinstripes.

    Dec 6 · Source via San Diego Padres New York Yankees Trent Grisham Juan Soto
  • Braves, Leury Garcia Agree To Minor League Contract

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    The Braves are in agreement with Leury García on a minor league deal, as first reflected on the MLB.com transaction log. Robert Murray of FanSided tweets the utility player will get a look in big league Spring Training. García returns to the affiliated ranks after sitting out the 2023 campaign. He was released by the White…

    Dec 6 · MLB Trade Rumors Atlanta Braves Leury Garcia
  • Angels Sign Willie Calhoun To Minor League Deal

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    The Angels announced the signing of outfielder Willie Calhoun to a non-roster contract. He’ll get an invitation to big league Spring Training. Calhoun, now 29, signed a minor league deal with the Yankees last winter. He ended up getting selected to the big league roster and received semi-regular playing time in the first half. He was…

    Dec 6 · MLB Trade Rumors Los Angeles Angels Willie Calhoun
  • Diamondbacks Are Finalists To Land Eduardo Rodriguez

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    Free-agent left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez and the Arizona Diamondbacks have had advanced discussions about a multi-year contract, according to a source. No deal is finalized, but the reigning National League champions are among the finalists to sign him this week. It was reported earlier on Wednesday that E-Rod was down to two teams and that he was expected to make a decision by Thursday. As the D-backs try to upgrade their starting rotation, they've been linked to Rodriguez, Lucas Giolito, Seth Lugo and Michael Wacha in free agency. Rodriguez, general manager Mike Hazen and Arizona manager Torey Lovullo all spent two years together with the Boston Red Sox. The 30-year-old Rodriguez opted out of the final three years of his five-year deal with the Detroit Tigers and is one of the most attractive left-handed starters on the open market this winter.

    Dec 6 · Source via Arizona Diamondbacks Eduardo Rodriguez
  • Yankees, Dennis Santana Agree To Minor League Deal

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    The Yankees have agreed to a minor league contract with free agent right-hander Dennis Santana, reports Jessica Kleinschmidt. He’ll head to major league camp during spring training and compete for a bullpen job. While it’s not the news Yankees fans are anxiously awaiting, Santana will add some depth with big league experience to the Yankees’…

    Dec 6 · MLB Trade Rumors New York Yankees Dennis Santana
  • Leury Garcia Joins Braves On Minor-League Deal

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    The Atlanta Braves signed free-agent infielder Leury Garcia to a minor-league deal on Tuesday. Garcia joins the Braves after getting their attention with a strong showing in the Dominican Winter League. The 32-year-old switch-hitter was cut by the Chicago White Sox last spring and didn't play at all the rest of the season. In 2022, he hit .210/.233/.267 with three home runs and 20 RBI in 97 games played for the White Sox. Garcia has served as a super-utility man in his 10-year big-league career in which he's hit a combined .253 with only 34 home runs, 201 RBI, 64 stolen bases and 290 runs scored in 701 total games for the White Sox and Texas Rangers. He will give Atlanta depth all over the diamond heading into the 2024 campaign.

    Dec 6 · Source via Atlanta Braves Leury Garcia
  • Marlins Listening On Starters; A.J. Puk To Be Stretched Out In Spring

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    The Marlins are listening to trade offers on their starting pitchers, reports Jon Heyman of The New York Post. On a related note, the club is planning to have left-hander A.J. Puk get stretched out in the spring, per Isaac Azout of Fish On First and Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald. The past few…

    Dec 6 · MLB Trade Rumors Closers Miami Marlins A.J. Puk
  • Johan Oviedo Undergoes Tommy John Surgery Wednesday

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    The Pittsburgh Pirates announced on Wednesday that right-hander Johan Oviedo (elbow) underwent Tommy John surgery on his right elbow. The surgery was performed by Dr. Keith Meister. The 25-year-old Cuban hurler will now be forced to sit out all of the 2024 season. Oviedo was a part of Pittsburgh's starting rotation all year for the first time in his MLB career this past season. He made 32 starts and went 9-14 with a 4.31 ERA (4.49 FIP), 1.373 WHIP, 83 walks and 158 strikeouts in 177 2/3 total innings. Oviedo will hope to come back stronger in 2025, but there will most likely be better late-round fantasy targets for starting pitching. The small-market Pirates are certainly on the lookout for rotation help this offseason.

    Dec 6 · Source via Pittsburgh Pirates Johan Oviedo
  • Rockies, Matt Koch Agree To Minor League Deal

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    The Rockies have agreed to a minor league deal with right-hander Matt Koch and invited him to spring training, reports Thomas Harding of MLB.com. Koch spent the 2023 season with the Rox but was outrighted in October and elected free agency. He’ll now head back for a second season on a non-guaranteed deal. The 33-year-old…

    Dec 6 · MLB Trade Rumors Closers Colorado Rockies Matt Koch
  • White Sox Pulling Back On Dylan Cease Trade Talks

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    Rival teams are suggesting that the Chicago White Sox are now "pulling back" on right-hander Dylan Cease trade talks this offseason. The White Sox are likely waiting to see who misses out on coveted Japanese right-hander Yoshinobu Yamamoto. Despite trade talks stalling for Cease, he's still a good bet to be traded this winter. The Los Angeles Dodgers, Atlanta Braves, Baltimore Orioles and Cincinnati Reds have been the teams most linked to Cease, who has two years remaining of club control. Because of that, Chicago is asking for a lot for Cease, who is just a year removed from finishing as the runner-up in the American League Cy Young voting. A drop in velocity and strikeout rate led to a disappointing year in 2023, but Cease is a prime bounce-back candidate with three straight 200-strikeout seasons.

    Dec 6 · Source via Chicago White Sox Dylan Cease
  • Adam Cimber Inks One-Year Deal With Angels

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    Free-agent right-handed reliever Adam Cimber and the Los Angeles Angels agreed to a one-year, $1.65 million deal on Wednesday, according to sources. The 33-year-old was non-tendered by the Toronto Blue Jays and will now join the recently signed Luis Garcia and closer Carlos Estevez in the back end of the Angels' bullpen for the 2024 season. This past year was a lost one for Cimber, as he didn't pitch at all in the second half due to a shoulder injury and posted an ugly 7.40 ERA in only 20 2/3 innings pitched before his injury. He had a nice 2.80 ERA, 1.12 WHIP, four saves and 58 strikeouts in 70 2/3 relief innings over a career-high 77 relief appearances the year prior in Toronto, though. The soft-tossing submariner doesn't miss many bats, but he could be valuable in deep holds leagues if he's healthy in 2024.

    Dec 6 · Source via Closers Los Angeles Angels Adam Cimber
  • Orioles Sign Craig Kimbrel

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    The Orioles announced the signing of closer Craig Kimbrel to a one-year deal with a club option for the 2025 season. It’s a reported $13M guarantee for the SportsMeter client. Kimbrel will make $12MM in 2024 with a $1MM buyout on a $13MM option for ’25. Baltimore has been looking to fortify the back of…

    Dec 6 · MLB Trade Rumors Closers Baltimore Orioles Craig Kimbrel
  • Nationals, Juan Yepez Agree To Minor League Deal

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    First baseman Juan Yepez has agreed to a minor league deal, per Jon Heyman of The New York Post. Yepez, 26 in February, was recently non-tendered by the Cardinals after a disappointing 2023 season, but posted strong results in the two prior campaigns. In 2021, Yepez split his time between Double-A and Triple-A, hitting 27…

    Dec 6 · MLB Trade Rumors Washington Nationals Juan Yepez
  • Juan Yepez Agrees To Minors Deal With Nationals

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    Free-agent first baseman Juan Yepez agreed to a minor-league deal with the Washington Nationals on Wednesday. Yepez will head for D.C. after appearing in the big leagues in each of the last two seasons with the St. Louis Cardinals. He was more impressive in 76 games in his rookie year in 2022, hitting .253 (64-for-253) with 12 home runs and 30 RBI in 274 plate appearances. The 25-year-old Venezuelan only appeared in 28 games for the Cards in 2023 and hit just .183 (11-for-60) with two home runs and 20 strikeouts. Yepez has a decent power stroke and will have more of an opportunity for a regular role in the big leagues for the rebuilding Nationals.

    Dec 6 · Source via Washington Nationals Juan Yepez
  • Angels Sign Willie Calhoun To Minor-League Deal

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    The Los Angeles Angels signed outfielder Willie Calhoun and right-hander Travis MacGregor to minor-league deals with spring training invites on Wednesday. Calhoun had a .712 OPS with the New York Yankees in 2023 and has played parts of seven years in the majors with the Yankees, Texas Rangers and San Francisco Giants. MacGregor has never pitched in the majors and had a 3.82 ERA at Double-A and Triple-A with the Pittsburgh Pirates this past season as a swing man. The 29-year-old left-handed-hitting Calhoun was a high-end prospect when he initially came up with the Rangers, but he never panned out, with his best season coming with Texas in 2019 when he hit .269 with 21 home runs and 48 RBI in 83 games.

    Dec 6 · Source via Los Angeles Angels Willie Calhoun
  • Astros Acquire Dylan Coleman From Royals

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    12:19pm: The Royals announced that they’ve acquired minor league right-hander Carlos Mateo from the Astros in exchange for Coleman. The 19-year-old Mateo (20 later this month) has pitched in parts of two seasons with Houston’s affiliate in the Dominican Summer League. He’s worked primarily out of the bullpen, pitching a total of 36 innings with…

    Dec 6 · MLB Trade Rumors Kansas City Royals Houston Astros Dylan Coleman
  • Rockies To Release Connor Seabold

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    The Rockies are releasing right-hander Connor Seabold, per Jonathan Mayo of MLB.com. In doing so, they’ll open a spot on their 40-man roster to make a selection in the upcoming Rule 5 Draft. Seabold, 27, was a third-round pick of the Phillies back in 2017 and has twice been traded — first to the Red…

    Dec 6 · MLB Trade Rumors Colorado Rockies Connor Seabold
  • Erasmo Ramirez Re-Signs With Rays

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    The Tampa Bay Rays re-signed right-hander Erasmo Ramirez to a minor-league deal earlier this week. Ramirez will return to Tampa after he was outrighted off the 40-man roster following the conclusion of the 2023 season. The 33-year-old veteran swing man from Nicaragua appeared in 38 games (two starts) for the Rays and Washington Nationals last season, going 3-3 with a bloated 6.41 ERA (5.05 FIP) and 1.57 WHIP with 13 walks and 43 strikeouts in 60 1/3 innings pitched. The 12-year veteran hurler will give the Rays some extra pitching depth entering spring training and the regular season next year, but he won't be anywhere near the fantasy radar.

    Dec 6 · Source via Tampa Bay Rays Erasmo Ramirez
  • Royals, Dan Altavilla Agree To Minor League Deal

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    The Royals and right-hander Dan Altavilla are in agreement on a minor league deal with an invite to major league Spring Training, reports Jon Heyman of The New York Post. The righty is a client of the MAS Agency. Altavilla, 31, is coming off three mostly lost seasons due to June 2021 Tommy John surgery.…

    Dec 6 · MLB Trade Rumors Closers Kansas City Royals Dan Altavilla
  • Aaron Judge Could Be Regular Center Fielder

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    The New York Yankees intend to keep recently acquired outfielder Alex Verdugo as a corner outfielder after acquiring him from the division-rival Boston Red Sox on Tuesday night. Aaron Judge being the team's everyday center fielder is "in play," according to manager Aaron Boone. The Yankees are on the verge of landing superstar outfielder Juan Soto in a blockbuster deal with the San Diego Padres, and Soto isn't an option to play center field in the Bronx. The 31-year-old Judge has some experience playing in center but has mostly started in right for the Yankees. He missed a good chunk of the 2023 campaign with a toe injury, and having the 6-foot-7, 282-pounder patrolling center field regularly wouldn't be ideal for the Yankees' team defense.

    Dec 6 · Source via New York Yankees Aaron Judge
  • Rockies Release Connor Seabold

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    The Colorado Rockies released right-hander Connor Seabold on Wednesday to clear a spot for a potential Rule 5 draft pick, according to a source. Seabold hasn't been any good in his three years in the majors, and that continued in 2023, as he had a rough 7.52 ERA (5.75 FIP) and 1.65 WHIP while walking 28 and striking out 67 in 87 1/3 innings over 27 appearances (13 starts) for the Rockies. The 27-year-old will hope to latch on with another team on a minor-league deal. He has an 8.12 ERA and 1.77 WHIP with 86 strikeouts in 108 2/3 career innings at the big-league level since 2021 in 33 outings (19 starts) for the Rockies and Boston Red Sox.

    Dec 6 · Source via Colorado Rockies Connor Seabold
  • Boone: LeMahieu Will Be Yankees' Third Baseman In 2024

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    As trade rumblings surrounding star Padres outfielder Juan Soto and the Yankees look to be nearing a tipping point, there’s other significant news in the Bronx as well. Manager Aaron Boone announced at the Winter Meetings this morning that veteran infielder DJ LeMahieu will line up as the team’s primary third baseman next season (link…

    Dec 6 · MLB Trade Rumors New York Yankees DJ LeMahieu
  • Yoshinobu Yamamoto Expected To Meet With Yankees Monday

    Japanese free-agent right-hander Yoshinobu Yamamoto is expected to meet with the New York Yankees in the United States on Monday, according to a source. The Yankees are seen as one of the top candidates to sign Yamamoto along with the Boston Red Sox, San Francisco Giants, Los Angeles Dodgers and Chicago Cubs. It might be a stretch for the Yankees to take on both outfielder Juan Soto and Yamamoto, but the Yankees are going to try after another disappointing finish outside the postseason in 2023. Yamamoto is one of the top available arms on the free-agent market this winter and is expected to command a deal in excess of $200 million after dominating in Nippon Professional Baseball in Japan.

    Dec 6 · Source via Prospects New York Yankees Yoshinobu Yamamoto
  • White Sox Have High Asking Price For Dylan Cease

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    The Chicago White Sox's asking price for right-hander Dylan Cease is very high, as it should be for a player with two years of control and an $8 million contract. The Cincinnati Reds were asked for four of their top prospects in exchange for Cease, including right-handers Rhett Lowder and Chase Petty and their Nos. 9 and 11 position-player prospects. The 27-year-old Cease was the runner-up in the American League Cy Young voting in 2022, but he regressed the past season while seeing drops in his velocity and strikeout rate. The rebuilding White Sox are dead-set on dealing him this offseason, though, and Cease could certainly have a nice rebound campaign in 2024, depending on his landing spot. Despite control issues and a 4.58 ERA in 2023, Cease managed to fan over 200 hitters for the third straight season.

    Dec 6 · Source via Chicago White Sox Dylan Cease
  • Trent Grisham Expected To Be Shipped To Yankees

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    Only medicals and minor details remain as the New York Yankees look to acquire outfielder Juan Soto from the San Diego Padres, and a deal is expected to be done fairly soon. Once the deal is complete, the Yankees will also receive outfielder Trent Grisham to back up their revamped started outfield of Soto, Aaron Judge and Alex Verdugo. The Padres are expected to receive pitchers Michael King, Drew Thorpe, Jhony Brito and Randy Vasquez and catcher Kyle Higashioka in return in this blockbuster deal. The 27-year-old Grisham will become a fourth outfielder for the Yankees if the trade is completed after hitting under .200 with 13 home runs, 50 RBI, 15 stolen bases and 154 strikeouts in 555 trips to the plate over 153 games played.

    Dec 6 · Source via San Diego Padres New York Yankees Trent Grisham
  • Bryce Harper Hoping To Discuss Another Long-Term Deal

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    Philadelphia Phillies first baseman Bryce Harper is hoping to discuss a contract extension with the club to stay with the team for the rest of his career. It was reported earlier this offseason that the Phillies also want to keep Harper around for the rest of his career, and we could have resolution on something before the start of the 2024 season. The 31-year-old superstar signed a 13-year deal with the Phils in 2019, but apparently both sides are interested in extending that out even further. Harper had Tommy John surgery last offseason and got a late start in 2023 as a result, but it didn't slow the seven-time All-Star down, as he hit .293/.401/.499 with a .900 OPS, 21 home runs, 72 RBI and 11 stolen bases in 126 regular-season games in 2023 in his fifth year with the team. He will be the team's primary first baseman moving forward.

    Dec 6 · Source via Philadelphia Phillies Bryce Harper
  • Craig Kimbrel, Orioles Agree To One-Year Deal

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    Free-agent right-handed reliever Craig Kimbrel and the Baltimore Orioles agreed to a one-year, $13 million deal on Wednesday, according to sources. The contract includes a $13 million club option for the 2025 season. Talks between the two sides began to heat up on Tuesday night, and the O's have now secured the 35-year-old closer at the Winter Meetings. He had a nice 3.26 ERA with 94 strikeouts and 23 saves during the regular season in 2023 for the Philadelphia Phillies. Kimbrel, a nine-time All-Star, has 417 career saves in 14 big-league seasons with seven different teams. With Felix Bautista (elbow) out for all of the 2024 season, it seems likely that Kimbrel is going to serve as Baltimore's primary closer, which will make him a high-end fantasy closing target in spring drafts.

    Dec 6 · Source via Closers Baltimore Orioles Felix Bautista Craig Kimbrel
  • Frankie Montas Fully Healthy

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    Free-agent pitcher Frankie Montas (shoulder) is "fully healthy" and "in great demand," according to his agent Scott Boras. The Yankees are among the clubs who have reached out to the right-hander. A shoulder injury limited the 30-year-old to just one outing and 1 1/3 innings of work in the 2023 season while he walked one and struck out one in that time. The Yankees originally acquired him in a 2022 trade-deadline deal with the Oakland A's, and he made eight starts for the club down the stretch but struggled to a 6.35 ERA in that time. Montas broke out with a 2.63 ERA in the 2019 season and put forth a 3.37 ERA as recently as the 2021 season before shoulder issues limited him the last couple of seasons.

    Dec 6 · Source via Frankie Montas
  • Michael A. Taylor Receiving Interest From Reds, Red Sox, Blue Jays

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    The free agent market for outfielder Michael A. Taylor is starting to take shape as the Reds, Red Sox, and Blue Jays are three teams showing interest in the veteran. Taylor put forth a solid combination of power and speed at the plate in 2023 as he slugged 21 home runs and stole 13 bases in just 388 trips to the plate. However, he also hit just .220 alongside a 33.5% K%, limiting him to a 96 wRC+ that sits 4% below the league average. Taylor's foremost contributions are with his glove as he has long been regarded as one of the best defensive center fielders in the sport. His low walk rates, high strikeout rates, and limited playing time put a hard cap on his fantasy value.

    Dec 6 · Source via Boston Red Sox Cincinnati Reds Toronto Blue Jays Michael A. Taylor
  • A.J. Puk To Be Stretched Out As A Starter

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    Miami Marlins pitcher A.J. Puk is going to be stretched out as a starter ahead of the 2024 season. While there is no guarantee the club will use him out of the rotation, the current plan is for him to be stretched out in case the club has an open rotation spot next season. Once a starter in the minor leagues, the left-hander has made all of his 142 big-league appearances as a reliever. He was traded from the A's to the Marlins prior to the 2023 season and went on to toss a 3.97 ERA across 58 outings with Miami, locking down 15 saves in the process. Puk is the owner of a career 3.72 ERA across 147 2/3 big-league frames alongside 19 saves. His attractive strikeout rates make him in interesting fantasy consideration if he works out of the Marlins' rotation in 2024.

    Dec 6 · Source via Closers Miami Marlins A.J. Puk
  • Eduardo Rodriguez Expected To Have Decision By Thursday

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    Free-agent pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez met with clubs at the Winter Meetings and is reportedly down to two teams, with a decision expected by Thursday. The left-hander became a free agent after opting out of his contract with the Detroit Tigers following the 2023 season. Rodriguez spent two seasons in Detroit, and while his 2022 campaign was limited due to injury and personal matters, he bounced back with a 3.30 ERA across 26 starts in the 2023 season. An eight-year MLB veteran, E-Rod has posted a career 4.03 ERA through 202 appearances (196 starts) between the Tigers and Boston Red Sox.

    Dec 6 · Source via Eduardo Rodriguez
  • Mitch Spence Taken First In Rule 5 Draft

    The Oakland A's selected New York Yankees pitching prospect Mitch Spence with the first pick of the major-league phase of the Rule 5 draft on Wednesday. Spence, 25, spent the entire 2023 season with the Yankees' Triple-A affiliate in Scranton/Wilkes/Barre and worked to a 4.47 ERA while making 29 starts spanning 163 innings of work, both of which are professional career-highs for the right-hander. By rule, Rule 5 drafted players must spend the entire season on the acquiring team's active roster or is forced to be offered back to their original organization. Spence was a 10th-round selection of the Yankees in the 2019 MLB Draft.

    Dec 6 · Source via Prospects Oakland Athletics
  • Dylan Coleman Goes From Royals To Astros

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    The Houston Astros have acquired relief pitcher Dylan Coleman from the Kansas City Royals in exchange for minor-league pitcher Carlos Mateo. The 27-year-old made 18 appearances for the Royals in the 2023 season but struggled to an 8.84 ERA alongside a massive 19.8% BB%. However, Coleman was far better in the 2022 season when he turned in a 2.78 ERA, albeit along with an elevated 12.8% BB%, across 68 appearances and 68 innings with Kansas City. All told, Coleman sports a career 3.88 ERA across 96 big-league appearances, all with the Royals. For his part, Mateo, 19, posted a 5.19 ERA across seven outings with the Astros' Complex League team in the 2023 campaign.

    Dec 6 · Source via Kansas City Royals Houston Astros Dylan Coleman
  • DJ LeMahieu Is The Team's Starting Third Baseman

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    New York Yankees infielder DJ LeMahieu will be the team's starting third baseman next season, according to manager Aaron Boone. The Yankees had been mostly using LeMahieu as a utility infielder at third, second and first base, but he'll have a more permanent home at the hot corner in the Bronx in 2024. It means that Oswald Peraza may have to spend more of his time in the outfield or as a bench bat, especially after the team just acquired outfielder Alex Verdugo from the division-rival Boston Red Sox. The 35-year-old LeMahieu, a three-time All-Star, hit a career-low .243 (121-for-497) this past season with 15 home runs, 22 doubles, three triples, 44 RBI and 55 runs scored in 136 games. LeMahieu isn't much of an asset in the average department at this point, but he's a valuable table-setter for a Yankees lineup that could be adding superstar Juan Soto this week.

    Dec 6 · Source via New York Yankees DJ LeMahieu
  • Jake Cronenworth Another Trade Candidate For Padres

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    The San Diego Padres are getting close to trading superstar outfielder Juan Soto to the New York Yankees, but infielder Jake Cronenworth is another trade candidate for the Padres this offseason. His seven-year, $80 million contract extension starts in 2024. However, Cronenworth has an eight-team no-trade clause that kicked in this offseason, which could make dealing him more difficult. The 29-year-old had a down year in 2023 after making the All-Star team in 2021 and 2022. Cronenworth finished on the injured list due to a fractured right wrist and hit just .229 (105-for-458) with 10 home runs, 24 doubles, seven triples, 48 RBI, six stolen bases and 54 runs scored in 127 games played. He should be ready in time for the start of the 2024 campaign, but his fantasy stock is down considerably going into next season.

    Dec 6 · Source via San Diego Padres Jake Cronenworth
  • Juan Soto To Yankees

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    San Diego Padres outfielder Juan Soto being traded to the New York Yankees is now "close to being finalized," according to a source. If a blockbuster deal is completed, pitchers Michael King and Drew Thorpe, along with additional pieces, will head back to the Padres. Soto has been New York's top priority this offseason as they look to give slugger Aaron Judge more help in the middle of the batting order. Clarke Schmidt is another pitcher that could be included in this deal as the Friars look to rebuild their starting rotation around Yu Darvish and Joe Musgrove. The 25-year-old Soto led all of baseball with 132 walks in 2023 and is still one of the best all-around hitters in the game. He slashed .275/.410/.519 with a .930 OPS, career-high 35 homers, 109 RBI and 12 stolen bases in 162 games in 2023 in San Diego.

    Dec 6 · Source via San Diego Padres New York Yankees Juan Soto
  • Alex Faedo To Have Fourth Option Year In 2024

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    Tigers right-hander Alex Faedo will have a fourth option year in 2024, according to MLive’s Evan Woodbery. Typically, players have three option seasons with one used each season during which the player spends at least 20 days on optional assignment in the minor leagues. A player is considered to be on optional assignment when on…

    Dec 6 · MLB Trade Rumors Detroit Tigers Miguel Diaz Alex Faedo Joey Wentz
  • Cubs Re-Sign Ethan Roberts To Minor League Deal

    The Cubs have re-signed right-hander Ethan Roberts on a minor league deal, according to the transactions log on Roberts’s MLB.com player page. The deal presumably includes an invite to big league Spring Training. Roberts, 26, missed the entire 2023 campaign after undergoing Tommy John surgery in June of 2022. Chicago’s fourth-round pick from the 2018…

    Dec 6 · MLB Trade Rumors Closers Chicago Cubs Ethan Roberts
  • Reds Have Discussed Dylan Cease Trade With White Sox

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    The Reds have engaged in conversations with the White Sox regarding right-hander Dylan Cease this offseason, per Gordon Wittenmeyer of The Cincinnati Enquirer. Cease, 28 this month, has been among the most discussed trade targets of the offseason to this point, with Chicago GM Chris Getz suggesting yesterday that there’s no club in the majors…

    Dec 6 · MLB Trade Rumors Cincinnati Reds Chicago White Sox Dylan Cease
  • Mets Sign Michael Tonkin

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    12:05AM: Tonkin will earn $1MM, according to Mike Puma of the New York Post.  Feinsand adds that Tonkin’s deal is actually a split contract, so the $1MM salary will be prorated over the time Tonkin spends on the big league roster. 11:30PM: The Mets have signed right-hander Michael Tonkin to a Major League contract, according…

    Dec 6 · MLB Trade Rumors Closers New York Mets Michael Tonkin
  • Red Sox Interested In Lourdes Gurriel Jr., Michael A. Taylor, Martin Maldonado

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    The Red Sox are considering a number of position player targets, including a pair of outfielders.  MLB Network’s Jon Morosi reports that the Sox are interested in Lourdes Gurriel Jr., KPRC’s Ari Alexander reports that Michael A. Taylor is another player of interest, and Boston is also looking at help behind the plate in Martin…

    Dec 6 · MLB Trade Rumors Boston Red Sox Lourdes Gurriel Martin Maldonado Michael A. Taylor
  • Astros, Victor Caratini Agree To Two-Year Deal

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    The Astros are signing catcher Víctor Caratini, report Chandler Rome and Ken Rosenthal of the Athletic (X link). It’s a two-year pact, reports Robert Murray of FanSided (on X). The deal, which is pending a physical, guarantees $12MM, according to Mark Feinsand and Brian McTaggart of MLB.com (X link). Caratini is an ACES client. Houston…

    Dec 6 · MLB Trade Rumors Houston Astros Victor Caratini Yainer Diaz
  • Braves, Max Fried Discussed Extension Prior To 2023 Season

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    The Braves and left-hander Max Fried had talks about a contract extension prior to the start of last season, according to Justin Toscano of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.  Obviously no agreement was reached, and it isn’t known if any more negotiations have since taken place between the two sides. As expected, president of baseball operations Alex…

    Dec 6 · MLB Trade Rumors Atlanta Braves Max Fried
  • Holliday to get every chance to make O's roster

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    Jackson Holliday, the consensus best prospect in baseball, will be given "every opportunity" to make the Orioles' Opening Day roster, manager Brandon Hyde said Tuesday.

    Dec 6 · ESPN Prospects Baltimore Orioles Jackson Holliday
  • Pirates Acquire Marco Gonzales

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    The Pirates announced the acquisition of left-hander Marco Gonzales and cash considerations from the Braves. Atlanta receives a player to be named later or cash in return. The move comes just two days after Atlanta landed Gonzales as part of a five-player trade with the Mariners, yet it was already expected that Gonzales would be quickly…

    Dec 6 · MLB Trade Rumors Pittsburgh Pirates Marco Gonzales
  • Angels To Sign Luis Garcia

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    The Angels are in agreement with reliever Luis García on a one-year, $4.25MM contract, reports Bob Nightengale of USA Today (X link). The team has yet to announce the deal, which is pending a physical. An 11-year big league veteran, García is set for a second stint with the Halos. The right-hander spent the 2019…

    Dec 6 · MLB Trade Rumors Los Angeles Angels Luis Garcia
  • Yankees Acquire Alex Verdugo

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    The Yankees and Red Sox have lined up on a rare major trade. The teams announced a deal sending outfielder Alex Verdugo to the Bronx for reliever Greg Weissert and minor league pitchers Richard Fitts and Nicholas Judice. Verdugo, who turns 28 in May, has spent the past four seasons in Boston. The Sox acquired…

    Dec 6 · MLB Trade Rumors Boston Red Sox New York Yankees Alex Verdugo Greg Weissert
  • Marlins Looking To Add Shortstop Help, Jazz Chisholm To Remain In Center Field

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    Joey Wendle and Garrett Hampson have already signed with other teams, as the free agent departures left the Marlins further thinned out at a shortstop position that was already something of a weak link.  President of baseball operations Peter Bendix is looking to address the position this winter, telling MLB.com’s Christina De Nicola and other…

    Dec 6 · MLB Trade Rumors Miami Marlins Jazz Chisholm
  • Latest On Christopher Morel, Tyler Glasnow

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    7:45pm: Nightengale tweets that while Morel’s name has come up in discussions on Glasnow, the Cubs are reluctant to move him for a player with one year of team control. Patrick Mooney and Sahadev Sharma of the Athletic, on the other hand, write that Morel has not come up in any recent discussions about Glasnow. 3:34pm:…

    Dec 6 · MLB Trade Rumors Tampa Bay Rays Chicago Cubs Tyler Glasnow Christopher Morel
  • Michael Tonkin Agrees To Big-League Deal With Mets

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    Free-agent right-hander Michael Tonkin agreed to a one-year, $1 million major-league deal with the New York Mets on Tuesday, according to a source. Tonkin was nothing spectacular in 2023, but it was his return to the majors for the first time in six seasons. The 34-year-old veteran pitched for the Atlanta Braves and had a 4.28 ERA (4.43 FIP) and 1.09 WHIP with 23 walks and 75 strikeouts in 80 innings pitched over 45 relief appearances. Tonkin isn't going to be on the fantasy radar whatsoever and will most likely start the 2024 season providing long relief for the Mets' bullpen. In six major-league seasons (five with the Minnesota Twins), Tonkin has a 4.37 ERA (4.52 FIP) and 1.31 WHIP in 226 1/3 relief innings.

    Dec 6 · Source via New York Mets Michael Tonkin
  • Angels Sign Luis Garcia To One-Year Deal

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    The Los Angeles Angels signed free-agent reliever Luis Garcia to a one-year, $4.25 million deal to help bolster their bullpen on Tuesday. Garcia spent the last two years pitching for the San Diego Padres. The 36-year-old veteran right-hander wasn't all that great in 2023 for the Friars, but he's an upgrade over what the Halos were working with last year. In his two seasons in San Diego, Garcia went 6-9 with a 3.73 ERA (3.44 FIP) and 1.30 WHIP with three saves, 41 walks and 121 strikeouts in 120 2/3 relief innings. Garcia was hurt by walks and poor control more than anything, and his strikeout rate also dropped from a career-high 26.3% in 2022 to 19.9% in 2023. He could be of some use in deep holds leagues as a setup man in Anaheim, but not much else.

    Dec 6 · Source via Los Angeles Angels Luis Garcia
  • Gregory Santos Might Not Be Full-Go For Start Of Spring Training

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    Chicago White Sox relief pitcher Gregory Santos (elbow) is working out in Arizona and has had good medical reports, according to general manager Chris Getz. The team's goal is to have Santos ready for the start of the 2024 season, but he just started a throwing program, so he might not be full-go for the start of spring training. The 24-year-old is projected to share the closer's role next year with left-hander Garrett Crochet, but first Santos must fully recover after closing the 2023 campaign on the injured list with right-elbow inflammation. The White Sox are in full rebuild this offseason, though, so the Chicago bullpen may not yield many saves for Santos and company. The Dominican reliever had a 3.39 ERA (2.65 FIP) and 1.29 WHIP with his first five career saves and 66 K's in 66 1/3 relief innings this past season in his first full MLB season after debuting in 2021.

    Dec 6 · Source via Chicago White Sox Gregory Santos
  • Orioles "Seriously Engaged" With Craig Kimbrel

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    The Baltimore Orioles have been "seriously engaged" with free-agent relief pitcher Craig Kimbrel, MLB Network's Joel Sherman reported Tuesday. The O's will be without their All-Star closer Felix Bautista (elbow) in 2024 while he recovers from Tommy John surgery. While the team does have several late-inning relievers, a player with Kimbrel's career numbers could help shut things down at the end of games. The 35-year-old veteran had a mixed 2023 season with the Phillies, converting 23 of 28 save opportunities in the regular season with a 3.26 ERA, 1.04 WHIP, and 33.8% strikeout rate. However, he posted a bloated 6.00 ERA in seven postseason appearances.

    Dec 6 · Source via Closers Baltimore Orioles Craig Kimbrel Felix Bautista
  • Giants Interested In Jung Hoo Lee

    The San Francisco Giants are among the teams that heavily scouted free-agent outfielder Jung Hoo Lee and could attempt to sign him to bolster their outfield, per MLB's Maria Guardado. The 25-year-old has a .340 career batting average over his seven seasons in the KBO and slashed .318/.406/.455 with six home runs and 45 RBI in 387 plate appearances in 2023, which was cut short due to a left ankle fracture. The Giants had 11 players play center field last season and ranked 28th in the majors with an overall -13 outs above average, so bringing in a player like Lee, who won five Golden Gloves in KBO, would benefit them both offensively and defensively.

    Dec 6 · Source via Prospects San Francisco Giants Jung Hoo Lee
  • White Sox, Erick Fedde Agree To Two-Year Contract

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    The White Sox are in agreement with right-hander Erick Fedde on a two-year, $15MM contract, reports Jeff Passan of ESPN (X link). The deal is pending a physical. MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand reported last night that Fedde, a client of the Boras Corporation, was nearing a two-year pact and named the White Sox and Mets as…

    Dec 6 · MLB Trade Rumors Chicago White Sox Erick Fedde
  • Martin Maldonado Drawing Interest From Several Teams

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    Free-agent veteran catcher Martin Maldonado is drawing interest from the Boston Red Sox, San Diego Padres, Miami Marlins, and Chicago White Sox, per the Athletic's Chandler Rome. The 37-year-old spent the last four full seasons with the Astros. However, the team reportedly signed Victor Caratini Tuesday, which would suggest there will not be a reunion for the Astros and Maldonado. Known for his defense and pitcher management, Maldonado slashed .191/.258/.348 with 15 home runs and 36 RBI in 407 plate appearances in 2023. His skill set will likely land him a backup role with a new team, but it does not lend itself to fantasy.

    Dec 6 · Source via Martin Maldonado
  • Astros Reportedly Sign Victor Caratini To Two-Year Deal

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    The Houston Astros reportedly signed free-agent catcher Victor Caratini to a two-year, $12 million deal Tuesday, per MLB's Theo DeRosa. The team has not confirmed the deal. The Astros needed a backup catcher to Yainer Diaz with Martin Maldonado also a free agent and will seemingly turn to the 30-year-old Caratini. Caratini served as the backup catcher for the Brewers in 2023, slashing .259/.327/.383 with seven home runs and 25 RBI in 226 plate appearances. While the lineup change will benefit Caratini, it likely will not be enough to make him fantasy-relevant except perhaps in the deepest of two-catcher leagues.

    Dec 6 · Source via Houston Astros Victor Caratini
  • Marco Gonzales Traded To Pirates

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    The Atlanta Braves traded newly-acquired starting pitcher Marco Gonzales and cash considerations to the Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday in exchange for a player to be named later. The Braves acquired the left-handed veteran from the Seattle Mariners on Sunday night as part of a deal for outfielder Jared Kelenic. Gonzales will now slot into a Pirates' rotation desperately in need of support. He went 4-1 with a 5.22 ERA, 1.46 WHIP, and 15.8% strikeout rate in 10 starts in 2023 before being shut down in August due to surgery to fix a nerve issue in his left forearm. While Gonzales has served as a stable rotation piece who can eat innings in the past, his lack of strikeout upside and pitch-to-contact approach limit his fantasy value.

    Dec 6 · Source via Atlanta Braves Pittsburgh Pirates Marco Gonzales
  • Yankees Acquire Alex Verdugo In Four-Player Trade

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    The Boston Red Sox traded outfielder Alex Verdugo to the division-rival New York Yankees on Tuesday in exchange for three right-handed pitchers, the most notable being 23-year-old right-hander Richard Fitts. The 27-year-old Verdugo fulfills the Yankees' search for a left-handed bat. Verdugo finished 2023 as a Gold Glove finalist while slashing .264/.324/.421 with 13 home runs, 54 RBI, and five stolen bases in 602 plate appearances. General manager Brian Cashman has stated that he is searching for two outfielders, so the Yankees may not be done bolstering their outfield. Verdugo is a solid all-around baseball player but does not particularly stand out for fantasy purposes. Ultimately, his shift to Yankee Stadium may benefit his home-run numbers, but his overall value will be determined by the final state of the Yankees' lineup heading into 2024.

    Dec 6 · Source via Boston Red Sox New York Yankees Alex Verdugo
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