TheRotofeed http://feed.informer.com/digests/5OVEQCRACH/feeder TheRotofeed Respective post owners and feed distributors Thu, 19 Apr 2018 13:53:44 +0000 Feed Informer http://feed.informer.com/ Braves Extend Manager Brian Snitker Through 2025 https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2023/01/braves-extend-brian-snitker-2.html MLB Trade Rumors urn:uuid:d9ee09a4-eea2-4fd5-7b61-9c3f8aec1b42 Fri, 27 Jan 2023 22:52:39 +0000 The Braves announced Friday they&#8217;ve signed manager Brian Snitker to an extension through the 2025 season. He&#8217;d been headed into the final guaranteed year of his contract, which also contained an option for 2024. Atlanta has preemptively triggered that option and tacked on an additional season for the Illinois native. It&#8217;s familiar territory for Snitker,&#8230; <p>The Braves announced Friday they&#8217;ve signed manager Brian Snitker to an extension through the 2025 season. He&#8217;d been headed into the final guaranteed year of his contract, which also contained an option for 2024. Atlanta has preemptively triggered that option and tacked on an additional season for the Illinois native.</p> <p>It&#8217;s familiar territory for Snitker, who has signed a handful of short-term extensions since taking over the dugout midway through the 2016 season. An organizational lifer who has spent more than four decades with the franchise, he stepped into almost immediate success as skipper. Snitker won the NL&#8217;s Manager of the Year award by his second full season at the helm after overseeing an 18-win improvement between 2017-18.</p> <p>That 2018 campaign saw the Braves win 90 games and an NL East title. It kicked off a stretch of five years (and counting) atop the division, one which has seen the club play at a 90-plus win pace in four of those seasons (including the shortened 2020 schedule). The lone exception, an 88-73 showing in 2021 that looked like a relative &#8220;down&#8221; year, was more than salvaged in October. Despite carrying the worst regular season record of any playoff team, Atlanta knocked off the Brewers and Dodgers before winning a six-game World Series over the Astros.</p> <p><img class="alignleft wp-image-762861" src="https://cdn.mlbtraderumors.com/files/2023/01/USATSI_18890174-200x300.jpg" alt="" width="190" height="285" srcset="https://cdn.mlbtraderumors.com/files/2023/01/USATSI_18890174-200x300.jpg 200w, https://cdn.mlbtraderumors.com/files/2023/01/USATSI_18890174-683x1024.jpg 683w, https://cdn.mlbtraderumors.com/files/2023/01/USATSI_18890174-768x1152.jpg 768w, https://cdn.mlbtraderumors.com/files/2023/01/USATSI_18890174-1024x1536.jpg 1024w, https://cdn.mlbtraderumors.com/files/2023/01/USATSI_18890174-1365x2048.jpg 1365w, https://cdn.mlbtraderumors.com/files/2023/01/USATSI_18890174-900x1350.jpg 900w, https://cdn.mlbtraderumors.com/files/2023/01/USATSI_18890174-scaled.jpg 1707w" sizes="(max-width: 190px) 100vw, 190px" /></p> <p>It was the Braves&#8217; first World Series win since 1995. The club rewarded Snitker by exercising a 2023 option on his contract a year early. They didn&#8217;t replicate their playoff success last season but had their best regular season showing in nearly two decades. Atlanta won 101 games, topping the triple-digit mark for the first time since 2003. An otherworldly second half was capped off with a late-season sweep of the Mets to all but clinch the division, erasing a deficit that had reached as high as 10 1/2 games at the beginning of June. Unfortunately for Braves&#8217; fans, it was the third-place Phillies who made the deepest playoff run among NL East clubs, with Philadelphia eliminating Atlanta in four games during their Division Series.</p> <p>While it obviously wasn&#8217;t the manner in which the Braves envisioned their season ending, there&#8217;s no question of the success they&#8217;ve had under Snitker. The club has gone 542-451 in parts of seven seasons with him at the helm, a 54.6% win percentage. Only the Dodgers, Astros and Yankees have a longer active postseason streak than Atlanta. No other club has won its division in five straight years.</p> <p>The 67-year-old Snitker has certainly had the fortune of working with extremely talented rosters. No manager is exclusively or even primarily responsible for a club&#8217;s successes and failures, and the Braves&#8217; strong run is primarily thanks to their core of young stars. Yet Snitker has helped keep the club remarkably consistent over the past half-decade, and the front office is clearly confident in his ability to continue doing so over the next few years.</p> <p><em>Image courtesy of USA Today Sports.</em></p> Atlanta Braves Newsstand Brian Snitker Anthony Franco Mining the News (1/27/23) https://fantasy.fangraphs.com/mining-the-news-1-27-23/ FanGraphs Fantasy Baseball urn:uuid:9ac0c9ad-97fd-37a0-16d2-d4d4c27c1725 Fri, 27 Jan 2023 22:17:56 +0000 Reds and Yankees-focused. <p><a href="https://fantasy.fangraphs.com/mining-the-news-1-27-23/" rel="nofollow">Source</a></p> Featured Links Mining the News Jeff Zimmerman The Sleeper and the Bust Episode: 1131 – 2023 OF Rankings Preview 31-80 https://fantasy.fangraphs.com/the-sleeper-and-the-bust-episode-1131-2023-of-rankings-preview-31-80/ FanGraphs Fantasy Baseball urn:uuid:bd7e192c-3c27-d4c3-f91c-ee7a27f50afc Fri, 27 Jan 2023 21:04:53 +0000 Paul and Justin continue discussing OF with the guys going 31-80 at the position which includes several intriguing breakout candidates, but all of whom carry a measure of risk <p><a href="https://fantasy.fangraphs.com/the-sleeper-and-the-bust-episode-1131-2023-of-rankings-preview-31-80/" rel="nofollow">Source</a></p> Featured Podcast - The Sleeper and the Bust Paul Sporer Mets To Extend Jeff McNeil https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2023/01/mets-extend-jeff-mcneil.html MLB Trade Rumors urn:uuid:6051d5d3-3b73-76da-2fe6-48ce636db3dd Fri, 27 Jan 2023 21:03:27 +0000 The Mets and second baseman Jeff McNeil are in agreement on a four-year, $50MM contract extension, ESPN&#8217;s Jeff Passan reports. The contract contains a club option for a fifth season, which could allow the extension to max out at $63.75MM over five years. The deal buys out the final two arbitration seasons for the TWC&#8230; <p>The Mets and second baseman <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/m/mcneije01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2023-01-27_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Jeff McNeil</a></strong> are in agreement on a four-year, $50MM contract extension, ESPN&#8217;s Jeff Passan <a target="_blank" href="https://twitter.com/JeffPassan/status/1619077560805064704">reports</a>. The contract contains a club option for a fifth season, which could allow the extension to max out at $63.75MM over five years. The deal buys out the final two arbitration seasons for the TWC Sports client, and the Mets will gain control over what would&#8217;ve been McNeil&#8217;s first three free-agent seasons.</p> <p><img class="alignleft size-medium wp-image-762855" src="https://cdn.mlbtraderumors.com/files/2023/01/jeff-mcneil-new-york-mets-219x300.jpg" alt="" width="219" height="300" srcset="https://cdn.mlbtraderumors.com/files/2023/01/jeff-mcneil-new-york-mets-219x300.jpg 219w, https://cdn.mlbtraderumors.com/files/2023/01/jeff-mcneil-new-york-mets-748x1024.jpg 748w, https://cdn.mlbtraderumors.com/files/2023/01/jeff-mcneil-new-york-mets-768x1051.jpg 768w, https://cdn.mlbtraderumors.com/files/2023/01/jeff-mcneil-new-york-mets-1122x1536.jpg 1122w, https://cdn.mlbtraderumors.com/files/2023/01/jeff-mcneil-new-york-mets-1497x2048.jpg 1497w, https://cdn.mlbtraderumors.com/files/2023/01/jeff-mcneil-new-york-mets-900x1232.jpg 900w, https://cdn.mlbtraderumors.com/files/2023/01/jeff-mcneil-new-york-mets-scaled.jpg 1871w" sizes="(max-width: 219px) 100vw, 219px" /></p> <p>Unable to come to terms on a one-year salary for the upcoming season, McNeil and the Mets appeared headed toward an arbitration hearing. He&#8217;d filed for a $7.75MM on the heels of his first National League batting title in 2021, whereas the Mets had countered with a $6.25MM figure. Those sums can now be thrown out, as McNeil&#8217;s final two arbitration years are locked in. If we count 2023 at the $7MM midpoint of those two sums and figure McNeil could&#8217;ve earned anywhere from $12-13MM in what would&#8217;ve been his final arbitration season, the Mets are guaranteeing somewhere in the vicinity of an additional $30MM to lock in two more free-agent seasons and secure a reasonably priced club option on a third free-agent year.</p> <p>McNeil, 31 in April, is now locked in through at least his age-34 campaign and possibly his age-35 season. He&#8217;s fresh off one of the finest seasons of his career, having turned in a .326/.382/.454 batting line with nine home runs, 39 doubles, a triple and four stolen bases in 589 plate appearances. Unsurprisingly, that season earned him a second career All-Star nod and won him Silver Slugger honors in the National League &#8212; his first such award.</p> <p>McNeil was one of the toughest strikeouts in the Majors, fanning in a career-low 10.4% of his plate appearances. He&#8217;s never walked much and didn&#8217;t change that in 2022 (6.8%), but it&#8217;s difficult to argue with the results. McNeil benefited to an extent from a career-high .353 average on balls in play, but even if that mark regresses toward the .324 mark he carried into the 2022 season, his bat-to-ball skills and penchant for finding the gaps will allow him to remain the well above-average hitter he was for the majority of the 2018-21 seasons.</p> <p>The 2022 season was also very arguably the finest defensive season of McNeil&#8217;s career. Each of Defensive Runs Saved (3), Ultimate Zone Rating (3.5) and Outs Above Average (7) pegged him as a strong handler of the glove at second base. He also logged some brief time in the outfield corners (278 innings) and drew average or better reviews for his work there, and he even chipped in a lone inning at third base for good measure. Second base will continue to be his primary home on the diamond, but McNeil has shown in the past that he&#8217;s a capable third baseman, left fielder or right fielder, which only adds to his value for the Mets.</p> <p>Of course, since we&#8217;re discussing the Mets, the financial ramifications of the contract extend well beyond the $50MM that McNeil himself will receive. The Mets are already over the fourth and final luxury-tax barrier this season, meaning any dollars they spend are taxed at a 90% clip. Had McNeil won his arbitration hearing and secured a $7.75MM salary, that would&#8217;ve meant the Mets would&#8217;ve paid $6.975MM in taxes on his salary &#8212; bringing the total expenditure to $14.725MM. Instead, the Mets will now be taxed based on the $12.5MM average annual value of McNeil&#8217;s contract. That means they&#8217;ll pay $11.25MM in taxes on McNeil&#8217;s contract this year &#8212; an increase of $4.275MM over what they&#8217;d have paid him had he won an arbitration hearing.</p> <p>There&#8217;s some down-the-road tax benefit to extending McNeil &#8212; even beyond the obvious value in keeping an excellent player at a reasonable rate for the next half decade. Had McNeil won an arbitration hearing next month &#8212; and coming off a batting title, he&#8217;d have had a strong case &#8212; he&#8217;d have landed that $7.75MM salary. With another strong season, he&#8217;d quite possibly have been in for a raise beyond the $12.5MM AAV of his current contract in his final arb season, when the Mets will likely again be in the top tier of luxury penalization (with overages being taxed at a 110% clip). The extension, then, could wind up saving the Mets $1MM or so off their luxury ledger for the 2024 season &#8212; assuming McNeil has a healthy and productive 2023 campaign.</p> <p>Setting aside any such minutiae, the primary benefit to the Mets is simply keeping a two-time All-Star and paying an annual rate that, with good health for McNeil, will likely clock in below his true open-market value by the time the 2024-25 offseason rolls around. There&#8217;s certainly some risk for the Mets, as one need only look at McNeil&#8217;s pedestrian .251/.319/.360 batting line from 2021 to see that his lack of power (outside of the juiced ball campaign in 2019) leaves him with a fairly tepid floor. The Mets already had control over McNeil&#8217;s age-31 and age-32 seasons, and it&#8217;s always possible that preemptively buying out a player&#8217;s age-33 through age-35 seasons could look regrettable in hindsight.</p> <p>That said, the aforementioned &#8217;21 campaign is the lone below-average offensive season of McNeil&#8217;s career, and his contact skills and defensive aptitude at multiple positions figure to make him a perennially useful player even into his mid-30s. It&#8217;s not realistic to expect him to replicate his 2022 production in the years ahead, but there&#8217;s little reason to think this deal will turn into some form of egregious misstep, either.</p> <p>McNeil now joins <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/s/scherma01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2023-01-27_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Max Scherzer</a></strong> ($43MM), <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/v/verlaju01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2023-01-27_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Justin Verlander</a></strong> ($43MM), <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/l/lindofr01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2023-01-27_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Francisco Lindor</a></strong> ($34.1MM), <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/n/nimmobr01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2023-01-27_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Brandon Nimmo</a></strong> ($20.5MM), <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/m/martest01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2023-01-27_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Starling Marte</a></strong> ($20.75MM), <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/search/search.fcgi?pid=diazed04,diaz--005edw&amp;search=Edwin+Díaz&amp;utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2023-01-27_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Edwin Diaz</a></strong> ($21.25MM), <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/register/player.fcgi?id=senga-000kod&amp;utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2023-01-27_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Kodai Senga</a></strong> ($15MM), <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/q/quintjo01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2023-01-27_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Jose Quintana</a></strong> ($13MM) and <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/n/nidoto01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2023-01-27_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Tomas Nido</a></strong> ($2.1MM) as players locked into their 2024 salaries.</p> <p>Assuming an even distribution of McNeil&#8217;s salary, that&#8217;d come out to just over $225MM guaranteed to 10 players, with another four club options (<strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/c/canhama01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2023-01-27_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Mark Canha</a></strong>, <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/e/escobed01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2023-01-27_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Eduardo Escobar</a></strong>, <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/r/raleybr01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2023-01-27_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Brooks Raley</a></strong>, <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/r/rufda01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2023-01-27_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Darin Ruf</a></strong>), two player options (<strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/n/narvaom01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2023-01-27_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Omar Narvaez</a></strong>, <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/o/ottavad01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2023-01-27_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Adam Ottavino</a></strong>) and a nine-player arbitration class headlined by <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/a/alonspe01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2023-01-27_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Pete Alonso</a></strong> all potentially adding to the bill.</p> New York Mets Newsstand Transactions Jeff McNeil Steve Adams Rays To Extend Pete Fairbanks https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2023/01/rays-extend-pete-fairbanks.html MLB Trade Rumors urn:uuid:1739ce7f-853e-e252-fc86-60314941f7ee Fri, 27 Jan 2023 20:40:39 +0000 2:40pm: The base value of the club option is $7MM, and it comes with a $1MM buyout, tweets Joel Sherman of the New York Post. Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times adds that Fairbanks will earn $3.666MM annually from 2023-25 and that the contract can max out at $24.6MM based on incentives and escalators&#8230; <p><strong>2:40pm:</strong> The base value of the club option is $7MM, and it comes with a $1MM buyout, <a target="_blank" href="https://twitter.com/Joelsherman1/status/1619072081685086212">tweets</a> Joel Sherman of the New York Post. Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times adds that Fairbanks will earn $3.666MM annually from 2023-25 and that the contract can max out at $24.6MM based on incentives and escalators (<a target="_blank" href="https://twitter.com/TBTimes_Rays/status/1619072536628834304">Twitter</a> <a target="_blank" href="https://twitter.com/TBTimes_Rays/status/1619073076418998272">links</a>).</p> <p><strong>2:33pm:</strong> The Rays have agreed to a three-year, $12MM contract extension with reliever <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/f/fairbpe01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2023-01-27_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Pete Fairbanks</a></strong>, reports Jeff Passan of ESPN (<a target="_blank" href="https://twitter.com/JeffPassan/status/1619070319523774466">Twitter link</a>). The Republik Sports client&#8217;s contract also contains a club option for a fourth season. The contract buys out all three of Fairbanks&#8217; arbitration seasons, and the club option covers what would&#8217;ve been his first free-agent season.</p> <p><img class="alignleft size-medium wp-image-762837" src="https://cdn.mlbtraderumors.com/files/2023/01/pete-fairbanks-tampa-bay-rays-230x300.jpg" alt="" width="230" height="300" srcset="https://cdn.mlbtraderumors.com/files/2023/01/pete-fairbanks-tampa-bay-rays-230x300.jpg 230w, https://cdn.mlbtraderumors.com/files/2023/01/pete-fairbanks-tampa-bay-rays-784x1024.jpg 784w, https://cdn.mlbtraderumors.com/files/2023/01/pete-fairbanks-tampa-bay-rays-768x1003.jpg 768w, https://cdn.mlbtraderumors.com/files/2023/01/pete-fairbanks-tampa-bay-rays-1176x1536.jpg 1176w, https://cdn.mlbtraderumors.com/files/2023/01/pete-fairbanks-tampa-bay-rays-1568x2048.jpg 1568w, https://cdn.mlbtraderumors.com/files/2023/01/pete-fairbanks-tampa-bay-rays-900x1176.jpg 900w, https://cdn.mlbtraderumors.com/files/2023/01/pete-fairbanks-tampa-bay-rays-scaled.jpg 1960w" sizes="(max-width: 230px) 100vw, 230px" /></p> <p>Fairbanks and the Rays had yet to settle on a salary for the upcoming season, as he&#8217;d filed for a $1.9MM figure in his first time through the arbitration process, while the team countered at $1.5MM. Fairbanks would&#8217;ve been in line for another pair of raises in 2024 and 2025, but those salaries are now locked into place. In exchange for a guarantee that could err toward the high end of what he might&#8217;ve earned going year to year, Fairbanks will give the Rays control over his first free-agent campaign &#8212; his age-32  season.</p> <p>The 29-year-old Fairbanks, acquired from the Rangers in a straight-up swap for infielder/outfielder Nick Solak back in 2019, has become one of the Rays&#8217; top late-inning options. Tampa Bay doesn&#8217;t typically deploy one set closer, but Fairbanks is among the favorites to lead the club in saves during the upcoming season. Over the past three years, he&#8217;s pitched to a 2.70 ERA with a 33.8% strikeout rate and 9.7% walk rate in 93 1/3 innings.</p> <p>Injuries have kept Fairbanks from working a full slate of innings over a 162-game season, however. In 2021, he twice landed on the injured list due to shoulder troubles &#8212; first a strained rotator cuff, then a bout of inflammation &#8212; missing roughly a month each time. He missed more than three months of the 2022 season due to a lat strain.</p> <p>Though there are some durability concerns, Fairbanks&#8217; 2022 campaign, in particular, illustrate the potentially dominant arm the Rays are locking up on this deal. Fairbanks averaged a blistering 99.2 mph on his heater while pitching to a 1.13 ERA with a comical 43.7% strikeout rate, a brilliant 3.4% walk rate and a well above-average 53.3% ground-ball rate. He also registered a 17% swinging-strike rate that ranked 16th out of the 546 pitchers who tossed at least 20 innings in 2022. Fairbanks didn&#8217;t allow a run over his final 22 innings of the season.</p> <p>It&#8217;s the second multi-year extension this week for the Rays, who exchanged arbitration figures with a whopping seven players ago two weeks ago on exchange day. Southpaw <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/s/sprinje01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2023-01-27_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Jeffrey Springs</a></strong> agreed to a four-year, $31MM contract that bought out two arbitration seasons and two free-agent years earlier in the week. The Rays, like many other clubs, have taken a file-and-trial approach to arbitration in recent years &#8212; effectively cutting off talks on one-year deals once figures are exchanged. Those clubs will typically remain open to working out multi-year arrangements if the player is amenable, and otherwise, an arbitration hearing is the typical outcome.</p> <p>The Rays still have another five players with unresolved cases. Infielder <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/d/diazya01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2023-01-27_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Yandy Diaz</a></strong> (requested $6.3MM to the Rays’ $5.5MM), first baseman/outfielder <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/r/ramirha02.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2023-01-27_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Harold Ramirez</a></strong> ($2.2MM vs. $1.9MM), lefty <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/p/pocheco01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2023-01-27_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Colin Poche</a></strong> ($1.3MM vs. $1.175MM), righty <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/search/search.fcgi?pid=thompry02,thomps010rya,thomps007rya&amp;search=Ryan+Thompson&amp;utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2023-01-27_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Ryan Thompson</a></strong> ($1.2MM vs. $1MM) and righty <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/a/adamja01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2023-01-27_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Jason Adam</a></strong> ($1.775MM vs. $1.55MM) all exchanged figures with the team on Jan. 13 after being unable to come to terms on a one-year salary figure.</p> <p>With the recent rash of extensions over the past year-plus &#8212; Wander Franco, Tyler Glasnow, Manuel Margot and Springs also agreed to multi-year deals &#8212; and the Rays&#8217; signing of Zach Eflin to a three-year contract, Tampa Bay is in the rare position of having a decent bit of cash already on the books two years down the road. The Rays already have $65.666MM guaranteed to seven players for the 2024 campaign, and that&#8217;s before factoring in what&#8217;s currently slated to be 13 arbitration-eligible players, league-minimum players to round out the group and, of course, any forthcoming additions via trade or free agency over the next 12 months or so.</p> <p>The Rays have never opened a season with a payroll higher than last year&#8217;s $83.8MM total. That won&#8217;t change in 2023, barring an unexpected late addition to the roster, but barring a major trade or trades, they look like locks to set a new franchise record in player payroll in 2024. And with each of Diaz, Ramirez, Poche, Thompson and Adam all still unsettled, it&#8217;s possible Tampa Bay could yet add a few more guaranteed salaries to that ledger by hammering out additional multi-year pacts with the currently outstanding members of their arbitration class</p> Newsstand Tampa Bay Rays Transactions Pete Fairbanks Steve Adams Nationals Sign Alex Colome https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2023/01/nationals-sign-alex-colome.html MLB Trade Rumors urn:uuid:c5e5e4aa-a311-a3cb-c4b7-0fe4a743ac9f Fri, 27 Jan 2023 20:39:39 +0000 The Nationals announced Friday that they&#8217;ve signed veteran reliever Alex Colome to a minor league contract and invited him to Major League spring training. Colome is represented by Wasserman.  According to Jesse Dougherty of The Washington Post, Colome has long been on the Nationals&#8217; radar. Colome, 34, pitched for the Rockies last year and struggled&#8230; <p>The Nationals announced Friday that they&#8217;ve signed veteran reliever <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/c/colomal01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2023-01-27_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Alex Colome</a></strong> to a minor league contract and invited him to Major League spring training. Colome is represented by Wasserman.  According to <a target="_blank" href="https://twitter.com/dougherty_jesse/status/1619070935545573376">Jesse Dougherty of The Washington Post</a>, Colome has long been on the Nationals&#8217; radar.</p> <p>Colome, 34, pitched for the Rockies last year and struggled mightily.  In 47 innings, he posted a 5.74 ERA, 14.9 K%, and 10.2 BB%.  The silver lining was a career-best 55.6% groundball rate, which ranked tenth in the National League for relievers with at least 40 frames.  That allowed Colome to post a slightly above-average 0.96 HR/9 despite half his innings coming at Coors Field.</p> <p>Some of Colome&#8217;s best work came with the Rays, the team that signed him as an 18-year-old out of the Dominican Republic.  He made his lone All-Star team in 2016, and led MLB in saves the following year.  The Rays traded Colome to the Mariners in 2018, who shipped him to the White Sox six months later.  He&#8217;s since signed a series of one-year deals in free agency, first with the Twins and then with the Rockies.</p> <p>2022 represented the first time Colome failed to tally double digit saves since 2015, which was also the last season he was used partially as a starter.  The Rockies chose to give their highest-leverage work and most save opportunities to <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/b/bardda01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2023-01-27_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Daniel Bard</a></strong>.  Colome spent part of the summer as manager Bud Black&#8217;s third-most trusted reliever, but fell out of favor around August.  His ERA stood at 3.20 on July 30th, and then he proceeded to allow 16 earned runs over his next 7 2/3 innings to close out his season.  Those innings came over 12 appearances, as he recorded zero or one out in five of them.  Perhaps on a related note, Colome had an IL stint in August for right lateral epicondylitis, also known as tennis elbow.  He also spent some time on the bereavement list in September.</p> <p>Colome has put together a ten-year MLB career with 159 saves, despite missing bats at an above-average clip only twice: in 2016 and 2018.  His control, once pretty strong, has slipped into the 9 BB% range since he joined the White Sox.  Around that same point in his career, Colome started abandoning his four-seam fastball for a cutter.  That has at least allowed him to post a 54.2% groundball rate since 2020.  There was a point when Colome was at least limiting hard contact, but last year 10% of the batted balls he allowed were barrels, which is not a good place to be.</p> <p>Coming off the season he had, the most important factor in free agency is opportunity, and Colome chose the right team for that.  The Nationals&#8217; highest-leverage reliever from last year, <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/r/raineta01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2023-01-27_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Tanner Rainey</a></strong>, underwent Tommy John surgery in August.  Holdovers include <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/f/finneky01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2023-01-27_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Kyle Finnegan</a></strong>, <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/e/edwarca01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2023-01-27_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Carl Edwards Jr.</a></strong>, <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/a/aranovi01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2023-01-27_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Victor Arano</a></strong>, and <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/h/harvehu01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2023-01-27_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Hunter Harvey</a></strong>.  Some of those pitchers had better years than you might have realized, but the rebuilding Nats are a good destination for a veteran reliever trying to rebuild value.</p> <p>The Nats also brought <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/d/doolise01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2023-01-27_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Sean Doolittle</a></strong>  and <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/search/search.fcgi?pid=perezfr01,perez-027fra&amp;search=Francisco+Perez&amp;utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2023-01-27_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Francisco Perez</a></strong> back on a minor league deals and retained <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/search/search.fcgi?pid=ramirer02,ramirer01&amp;search=Erasmo+Ramirez&amp;utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2023-01-27_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Erasmo Ramirez</a></strong> on a $1MM contract, so their &#8217;pen features surprisingly little turnover.  <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/b/bandaan01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2023-01-27_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Anthony Banda</a></strong> will also fight for a job in spring training, having signed a minor league deal after pitching for the Pirates, Blue Jays, and Yankees last year.</p> <p>Perhaps working against a Colome resurgence, <a target="_blank" href="https://ftw.usatoday.com/lists/mlb-pitch-clock-rules-slowest-pitchers-baseball-2022">USA Today&#8217;s Bryan Kalbrosky</a> has noted that he was one of the game&#8217;s slowest workers in 2022.  With the implementation of a pitch clock at 15 seconds with bases empty and 20 seconds with runners on, Colome will have to speed things up to avoid getting penalized.</p> Transactions Washington Nationals Alex Colome Steve Adams Braves Extend Brian Snitker https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2023/01/braves-extend-brian-snitker-2.html MLB Trade Rumors urn:uuid:0cd2996d-cc3e-7b8f-b78b-9b4f2cff09ec Fri, 27 Jan 2023 20:36:39 +0000 The Braves announced Friday that they&#8217;ve signed manager Brian Snitker to an extension through the 2025 season. He&#8217;d been entering the final guaranteed season of his contract. The Braves previously held a 2024 option on Snitker, but they&#8217;ve now preemptively exercised that and tacked another guaranteed year onto his deal. It&#8217;s familiar territory for Snitker,&#8230; <p>The Braves announced Friday that they&#8217;ve signed manager Brian Snitker to an extension through the 2025 season. He&#8217;d been entering the final guaranteed season of his contract. The Braves previously held a 2024 option on Snitker, but they&#8217;ve now preemptively exercised that and tacked another guaranteed year onto his deal.</p> <p>It&#8217;s familiar territory for Snitker, who has signed a handful of short-term extensions since taking over the dugout midway through the 2016 season. An organizational lifer who has spent more than four decades with the franchise, he stepped into almost immediate success as skipper. Snitker won the NL&#8217;s Manager of the Year award by his second full season at the helm after overseeing an 18-win improvement between 2017-18.</p> <p>That 2018 campaign saw the Braves win 90 games and an NL East title. It kicked off a stretch of five years (and counting) atop the division, one which has seen the club play at a 90-plus win pace in four of those seasons (including the shortened 2020 schedule). The lone exception, an 88-73 showing in 2021 that looked like a relative &#8220;down&#8221; year for the franchise, was more than salvaged in October. Despite carrying the worst regular season record of any playoff team that season, Atlanta knocked off the Brewers and Dodgers before winning a six-game World Series over the Astros.</p> <p>It was the Braves&#8217; first World Series win since 1995. The club rewarded Snitker by exercising a 2023 option on his contract a year early. They didn&#8217;t replicate their playoff success last season but had their best regular season showing in nearly two decades. Atlanta won 101 games, topping the triple-digit mark for the first time since 2003. An otherworldly second half was capped off with a late-season sweep of the Mets to all but clinch the division, erasing a deficit that had reached as high as 10 1/2 games at the beginning of June. Unfortunately for Braves&#8217; fans, it was the third-place Phillies who made the deepest playoff run, with Philadelphia eliminating Atlanta in four games during their Division Series.</p> <p><em>More to come.</em></p> Atlanta Braves Newsstand Brian Snitker Steve Adams Big Hype Prospects: Baty, Colas, Waters, Grissom, Hernaiz https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2023/01/big-hype-prospects-baty-colas-waters-grissom-hernaiz.html MLB Trade Rumors urn:uuid:230e915d-7d58-3648-a09a-d9616d2b0d5a Fri, 27 Jan 2023 19:27:36 +0000 Late January is a sluggish period in the baseball transactions calendar. As has occurred in other slow weeks this offseason, we’ll be generous with our definitions of “Big Hype” and “Prospects” in order to cover interesting players recently in the news. Five BHPs In The News Brett Baty, 23, 3B, Mets (MLB) (AA/AAA) 420 PA,&#8230; <p>Late January is a sluggish period in the baseball transactions calendar. As has occurred in other slow weeks this offseason, we’ll be generous with our definitions of “Big Hype” and “Prospects” in order to cover interesting players recently in the news.</p> <p><strong><u>Five BHPs In The News</u></strong></p> <p><strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/b/batybr01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2023-01-27_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Brett Baty</a>, 23, 3B, Mets (MLB)</strong><br /> <em>(AA/AAA) 420 PA, 19 HR, 2 SB, .315/.410/.533</em></p> <p>Baty’s future role with the Mets has shifted a few times this offseason. When it appeared the club was set to sign <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/c/correca01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2023-01-27_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Carlos Correa</a></strong>, Baty shifted from a potential cost-controlled building block to trade bait. The division-rival Marlins even <a href="https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2023/01/marlins-explored-trades-for-mets-brett-baty.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener">reportedly explored a trade</a> for Baty involving either <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/l/luzarje01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2023-01-27_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Jesus Luzardo</a></strong> or <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/search/search.fcgi?pid=cabreed02,cabrer005edw&amp;search=Edward+Cabrera&amp;utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2023-01-27_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Edward Cabrera</a></strong>. With Correa crossed off the acquisition list, Baty is back in the picture for third base reps. From a roster management perspective, an Opening Day role will likely require either a monstrous Spring Training or an injury to incumbent third baseman <a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/e/escobed01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2023-01-27_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener"><strong>Eduardo Escobar</strong></a>. While Baty had an excellent season in the minors, he only recorded 26 plate appearances in Triple-A. He then skipped to the Majors where his issues with ground-ball contact were on display in 42 plate appearances. Encouragingly, he posted above-average exit velocities. He profiles as a high-floor future Major League regular, though he’ll need to hit more balls in the air to access a star-caliber ceiling.</p> <p>Although Baty is currently a below-average defender, he has the raw tools to improve to league average with sufficient effort. For the sake of comparison, Baty’s range, throwing skills, and athleticism are superior to those of Phillies third baseman <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/b/bohmal01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2023-01-27_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Alec Bohm</a></strong>.</p> <p><strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/register/player.fcgi?id=colas-000osc&amp;utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2023-01-27_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Oscar Colas</a>, 24, OF, White Sox (AAA)</strong><br /> <em>(A+/AA/AAA) 526 PA, 23 HR, 3 SB, .314/.371/.524</em></p> <p>Colas had an encouraging stateside debut, blitzing through High- and Double-A before finishing with a power show over 33 plate appearances at Triple-A. Despite hitting .387/.424/.645 in that brief taste of Triple-A, Colas also recorded a 36.4 percent strikeout rate and 21.6 percent swinging-strike rate. The White Sox have done little to resolve an opening in right field, leaving the position an open battle between <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/s/sheetga01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2023-01-27_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Gavin Sheets</a></strong>, <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/j/jimenel02.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2023-01-27_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Eloy Jimenez</a></strong>, <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/g/garcile02.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2023-01-27_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Leury Garcia</a></strong>, and others. Colas is expected to have a legitimate opportunity to make the Opening Day roster. The left-handed slugger has a couple traits in common with Baty – namely, he produces high exit velocities with too many ground balls. There are also questions about his plate discipline, breaking ball recognition, and feel for contact. Overall, Colas has a volatile profile – the sort one could picture winning Player of the Week honors and experiencing an 0-for-30 slump in the same season.</p> <p><strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/w/waterdr01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2023-01-27_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Drew Waters</a>, 24, OF, Royals (MLB)</strong><br /> <em>(MLB) 109 PA, 5 HR, .240/.324/.479</em></p> <p>A former top prospect in the Braves system who lost his luster in recent seasons, Waters is another volatile outfielder with a wide range of plausible outcomes. The Royals found 109 plate appearances for him last season. He’s primed to start in 2023 following the trade of <a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/search/search.fcgi?pid=taylomi01,taylor018mic,taylor016mic,taylor015mic&amp;search=Michael+Taylor&amp;utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2023-01-27_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener"><strong>Michael A. Taylor</strong></a>. Since joining the Royals in the middle of 2022, Waters has posted uncharacteristically high walk rates – possibly an important sign of improvement. Long considered an undisciplined hitter, he’s always had issues with low walk and high strikeout rates. It’s worth noting his swinging-strike rate improved along with the improved walk rate. Waters can produce an above-average maximum exit velocity, but his 84.1-mph average exit velocity was among the league’s worst. All told, there are a lot of moving parts to Waters’ profile. The 2023 campaign should prove instructive for his future role.</p> <p><strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/g/grissva01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2023-01-27_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Vaughn Grissom</a>, 22, SS/2B, Braves (MLB)</strong><br /> <em>(MLB) 156 PA, 5 HR, 5 SB, .291/.353/.440 </em></p> <p>Like teammate <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/h/harrimi04.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2023-01-27_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Michael Harris</a></strong>, Grissom skipped Triple-A last season and still managed to perform remarkably well. He’s an effective Spring Training away from an Opening Day role in the Braves&#8217; middle infield. While he’s no longer a rookie, there’s no question he’s still a developing young player. Per reports, infield coach Ron Washington is encouraged by his development as a shortstop this offseason. That’s a necessary improvement, as defensive metrics indicate he struggled as a second baseman last season. Presently, the Braves&#8217; shortstop options amount to Grissom, <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/a/arciaor01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2023-01-27_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Orlando Arcia</a></strong>, <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/a/adriaeh01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2023-01-27_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Ehire Adrianza</a></strong>, and <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/p/parkho01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2023-01-27_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Hoy Park</a></strong>. It’s possible opposing scouts figured out how to exploit Grissom at the plate late last season. His final 53 plate appearances amounted to a .174/.264/.196 triple-slash. He also struck out in all three postseason plate appearances.</p> <p><strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/register/player.fcgi?id=hernai000dar&amp;utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2023-01-27_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Darell Hernaiz</a>, 21, SS, Athletics (AA)</strong><br /> <em>(A/A+/AA) 452 PA, 12 HR, 32 SB, .273/.341/.438</em></p> <p>The Athletics&#8217; return in yesterday&#8217;s <a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/i/irvinco01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2023-01-27_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener"><strong>Cole Irvin</strong></a> trade <a target="_blank" href="https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2023/01/orioles-acquire-cole-irvin-from-as.html">with the Orioles</a>, Hernaiz was considered by both clubs to be more valuable than Irvin despite the pitcher’s success in the Majors. Hernaiz’s path to a regular role in Baltimore was narrow and unlikely to be achieved. He’s praised for his work ethic and baseball acumen, leading most scouts to consider him a future utilityman as a floor. He could stand to improve his plate discipline, though it isn’t a fatal flaw like with many aggressive, young hitters. He has above-average feel for contact and has shown unexpected growth in the power department. He’s expected to remain a contact-over-power hitter. As a defender, he’s sure-handed but might lose the footspeed necessary to remain at shortstop – especially in a post-shifts era.</p> <p>In my opinion, this was an intelligent move by both clubs. The Athletics landed an up-and-coming prospect who would have remained overshadowed had he stuck in the Orioles&#8217; farm system.</p> <p><strong><u>Three More</u></strong></p> <p><strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/register/player.fcgi?id=norby-000con&amp;utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2023-01-27_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Connor Norby</a>, Orioles (22 years old)</strong>: For most clubs, <a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/h/hendegu01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2023-01-27_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener"><strong>Gunnar Henderson</strong></a> and <a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/register/player.fcgi?id=westbu000jor&amp;utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2023-01-27_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener"><strong>Jordan Westburg</strong></a> would serve as an enviable middle infield prospect duo with <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/register/player.fcgi?id=hollid000jac&amp;utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2023-01-27_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Jackson Holliday</a></strong> offering a down-the-road reinforcement. Baltimore has additional depth, rendering Hernaiz a practically unusable luxury. Norby is Major League adjacent and hit 29 home runs across three levels last season. I get vague <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/u/utleych01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2023-01-27_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Chase Utley</a></strong> vibes from him – meaning his production comfortably exceeds his appearance. After a few looks, you’ll come to expect clutch hits in big spots.</p> <p><strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/register/player.fcgi?id=ortiz-002joe&amp;utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2023-01-27_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Joey Ortiz</a>, Orioles (24)</strong>: Ortiz is also Major League adjacent. A gritty gamer, Ortiz seems destined to fill an oft-used utility role in the Orioles&#8217; loaded infield. The club is enamored with Ortiz and may struggle to find another team that likes him as much as them, even though he’d project as a starter in most systems. His presence could help them feel comfortable dealing Westburg if and when a blockbuster opportunity emerges.</p> <p><strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/register/player.fcgi?id=salas-008jos&amp;utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2023-01-27_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Jose Salas</a>, Twins (19)</strong>: Acquired as ballast in the <a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/a/arraelu01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2023-01-27_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener"><strong>Luis Arraez</strong></a> trade, Salas is considered a high-probability future big leaguer. As with most developing teenagers, there’s a wide degree of plausible outcomes ranging from emergency bench depth to future front-line starter. A switch-hitter, there are still exploitable holes in his swing from both sides of the plate. It’s also unclear how his power will develop.</p> Big Hype Prospects MLBTR Originals Brad Johnson 2 RazzSlam 4: The Grand Salami https://razzball.com/razzslam-4-the-grand-salami/ Fantasy Baseball Blog at Razzball.com urn:uuid:2d19db28-55e7-00e6-ebfe-07d532e5b85e Fri, 27 Jan 2023 19:00:06 +0000 <p>Good morning, baseball fans! It&#8217;s nearly February, which means it&#8217;s almost close to time to start considering thinking about baseball! Unless, of course, you&#8217;re a fantasy sports degen like myself, in which case, it is <em>already literally baseball season!</em></p> <p>And of course you are, or you wouldn&#8217;t be here! <a href="https://razzball.com/razzslam-4-the-grand-salami/" class="read-more">Please, blog, may I have some more? </a></p> Our Leagues RazzSlam Steve Paulo Athletics Sign Jesús Aguilar https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2023/01/as-reportedly-nearing-deal-with-jesus-aguilar.html MLB Trade Rumors urn:uuid:d5d1600e-902d-ffb3-8d71-af2492016312 Fri, 27 Jan 2023 18:00:19 +0000 Jan. 27: The Athletics have announced the signing of Aguilar to a one-year contract. Yesterday&#8217;s trade of lefty Cole Irvin to the Orioles opened a spot on the 40-man roster, so there&#8217;s no need for a further corresponding move. Jan. 24: The A&#8217;s and first baseman Jesús Aguilar are in agreement on a deal that&#8230; <p><strong>Jan. 27:</strong> The Athletics have announced the signing of Aguilar to a one-year contract. Yesterday&#8217;s <a target="_blank" href="https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2023/01/orioles-acquire-cole-irvin-from-as.html">trade of lefty Cole Irvin to the Orioles</a> opened a spot on the 40-man roster, so there&#8217;s no need for a further corresponding move.</p> <p><strong>Jan. 24:</strong> The A&#8217;s and first baseman <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/a/aguilje01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2023-01-24_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Jesús Aguilar</a></strong> are in agreement on a deal that will pay him $3MM. The deal for the MVP Sports Group client is pending a physical. The A&#8217;s have a full 40-man roster and will need to make a corresponding move once the deal is made official.</p> <p>Aguilar, 33 in June, has appeared in the past nine MLB seasons, having a mercurial career so far. He didn&#8217;t produce much in his first three campaigns while with Cleveland, only getting into 35 games over that three-year stretch as the club kept him mostly in the minors. He was claimed off waivers by the Brewers going into 2017 and made the most of his new opportunity. Aguilar hit 51 home runs over the next two seasons, producing a batting line of .271/.344/.527 over 2017 and 2018. His 127 wRC+ in that time indicates he was 27% better than the league average hitter.</p> <p><img class="alignleft wp-image-762551" src="https://cdn.mlbtraderumors.com/files/2023/01/USATSI_19181416-200x300.jpg" alt="" width="190" height="285" srcset="https://cdn.mlbtraderumors.com/files/2023/01/USATSI_19181416-200x300.jpg 200w, https://cdn.mlbtraderumors.com/files/2023/01/USATSI_19181416-683x1024.jpg 683w, https://cdn.mlbtraderumors.com/files/2023/01/USATSI_19181416-768x1152.jpg 768w, https://cdn.mlbtraderumors.com/files/2023/01/USATSI_19181416-1024x1536.jpg 1024w, https://cdn.mlbtraderumors.com/files/2023/01/USATSI_19181416-1365x2048.jpg 1365w, https://cdn.mlbtraderumors.com/files/2023/01/USATSI_19181416-900x1350.jpg 900w, https://cdn.mlbtraderumors.com/files/2023/01/USATSI_19181416-scaled.jpg 1707w" sizes="(max-width: 190px) 100vw, 190px" /></p> <p>He then experienced a downturn in 2019, as he was sitting on a line of .225/.320/.374 and an 82 wRC+ when the Brewers traded him to the Rays at that year&#8217;s deadline. He righted the ship somewhat in Tampa down the stretch, hitting .261/.336/.424 for a wRC+ of 105. Despite that uptick, the Rays put him on waivers after the season and the Marlins put in a claim.</p> <p>He had a couple of solid years with the Fish in 2020 and 2021, batting .265/.336/.458 over that period for a 113 wRC+, but another swoon came in 2022. He struggled over the beginning of the season and was released by the Marlins in August. He jumped to the Orioles for the final month of the season and finished the campaign with a .235/.281/.379 line and an 86 wRC+.</p> <p>Defensively, Aguilar has made very brief appearances at third base but is primarily a first baseman. His work in the field has been considered near average, having produced 4 Defensive Runs Saved, -3 Outs Above Average and a 0.6 score from Ultimate Zone Rating. Since he has just a single stolen base in his career and limited defensive value, he needs to be producing at the plate in order to be a useful player. That&#8217;s occasionally been the case but his work with the bat has dipped often enough to bounce him off rosters a few times.</p> <p>For the A&#8217;s, they have stripped down their roster over the past year, sending out most of their established players for prospects. They do still have <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/search/search.fcgi?pid=brownse01,brown-004set&amp;search=Seth+Brown&amp;utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2023-01-24_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Seth Brown</a></strong> on the roster who would be the most logical option for everyday reps at first base. However, he hits from the left side and Aguilar the right, so dividing up the playing time in a platoon could be a logical move. Aguilar has fairly even platoon splits for his career but Brown has struggled against southpaws, producing a 52 wRC+ against them for his career while posting a 122 mark against righties. Brown can also play the outfield and the club doesn&#8217;t have a strict designated hitter on the roster, making it fairly easy for manager <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/k/kotsama01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2023-01-24_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Mark Kotsay</a></strong> to fit both players into the lineup if he so chooses. If Aguilar can get back in a good groove at the plate, he could serve as a trade chip for the A&#8217;s since they are unlikely to return to contention this season.</p> <p>Financially, the deal brings the club&#8217;s payroll to $79MM, per the calculations of <a target="_blank" href="https://www.fangraphs.com/roster-resource/payroll/athletics">Roster Resource</a>. It&#8217;s unclear how much the A&#8217;s plan on spending between now and Opening Day but they&#8217;re already way beyond last year&#8217;s $48MM figure, per <a target="_blank" href="https://legacy.baseballprospectus.com/compensation/cots/al-west/oakland-athletics/">Cot&#8217;s Baseball Contracts</a>.</p> <p><em><a target="_blank" href="https://twitter.com/susanslusser/status/1617945343987179520">Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle</a> first reported that the two sides were close to an agreement. <a target="_blank" href="https://twitter.com/ByRobertMurray/status/1617948741822189568">Robert Murray of FanSided</a> reported that a deal was in place, pending a physical. <a target="_blank" href="https://twitter.com/BNightengale/status/1617951621421633536">Bob Nightengale of USA Today</a> first reported the $3MM salary.</em></p> <p><em>Image courtesy of USA Today Sports.</em></p> Newsstand Oakland Athletics Transactions Jesus Aguilar Darragh McDonald Rolling In The Deep: A Deep Look At The Shallow Third Base Landscape https://razzball.com/rolling-in-the-deep-a-deep-look-at-the-shallow-third-base-landscape/ Fantasy Baseball Blog at Razzball.com urn:uuid:7be39979-5db2-5d38-7aaf-82fb926ae436 Fri, 27 Jan 2023 18:00:17 +0000 <p>Last week we talked about catchers; let’s go clockwise around the diamond and move to third base. If you’ve done any drafting yet, or if you’ve just been checking in here at Razzball regularly, you already know that the position involves a comically steep cliff after the top guys are off the board. <a href="https://razzball.com/rolling-in-the-deep-a-deep-look-at-the-shallow-third-base-landscape/" class="read-more">Please, blog, may I have some more? </a></p> 2023 Fantasy Baseball Rolling In The Deep Brendan Donovan Eduardo Escobar J.D. Davis Jace Peterson Luis Rengifo Patrick Wisdom Ramon Urias Rodolfo Castro Spencer Steer Wilmer Flores Laura Holt Royals Sign Matt Duffy To Minor League Deal https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2023/01/royals-sign-matt-duffy.html MLB Trade Rumors urn:uuid:64868a27-a743-7627-cdcc-4b6836eceef0 Fri, 27 Jan 2023 17:59:23 +0000 The Royals signed veteran infielder Matt Duffy to a minor league contract Friday, per a team announcement. The TWC Sports client will be invited to Major League Spring Training and compete for a roster spot. Duffy, 32, spent the 2022 season with the Angels, where he played three different spots around the infield and posted&#8230; <p>The Royals signed veteran infielder <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/search/search.fcgi?pid=duffyma01,duffyma02,duffy-002mat&amp;search=Matt+Duffy&amp;utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2023-01-27_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Matt Duffy</a></strong> to a minor league contract Friday, per a team announcement. The TWC Sports client will be invited to Major League Spring Training and compete for a roster spot.</p> <p>Duffy, 32, spent the 2022 season with the Angels, where he played three different spots around the infield and posted a combined .250/.308/.311 batting line in 247 plate appearances. Duffy held a similar role with the Cubs in 2021 when he batted .287/.357/.381 and played all four infield positions in addition to left field.</p> <p>Once the starting third baseman for the Giants and a key piece in the trade that sent <strong><a target="_blank" href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/m/moorema02.shtml">Matt Moore</a></strong> from Tampa Bay to San Francisco, Duffy&#8217;s career has been severely hampered by injuries. An ailing Achilles tendon in 2016 eventually required surgical repair. That, paired with a separate procedure to remove bone spurs from his heel, cost him the entire 2017 season. Duffy returned to play in 132 games with the 2018 Rays, but a hamstring injury cost him the first four months of the 2019 season and ultimately held him to 46 games.</p> <p>Duffy doesn&#8217;t have much power, but he tends to have a low strikeout rate and is capable of playing all over the infield with passable or better defense (generally plus defense at the hot corner). He&#8217;ll give the Royals the type of contact-oriented profile that is so often a hallmark of their roster, and he provides some insurance at second base, third base or shortstop in the event of injuries or a trade.</p> <p>Kansas City has reportedly drawn trade interest in <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/l/lopezni01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2023-01-27_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Nicky Lopez</a></strong> &#8212; including <a target="_blank" href="https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2023/01/white-sox-showing-trade-interest-in-nicky-lopez.html">from the division-rival White Sox</a> &#8212; and their top option at third base is <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/d/doziehu01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2023-01-27_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Hunter Dozier</a></strong>, whose contract team would surely prefer to move, if at all possible. Twenty-four-year-old <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/search/search.fcgi?pid=massemi02,massey002mic&amp;search=Michael+Massey&amp;utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2023-01-27_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Michael Massey</a></strong> is expected to have the opportunity to win the second base job, but Duffy provides a veteran alternative if Massey struggles this spring.</p> Kansas City Royals Transactions Matt Duffy Steve Adams Risers and Fallers from the 2023 Offseason https://www.pitcherlist.com/risers-and-fallers-from-the-2023-offseason/ Pitcher List urn:uuid:796182e9-dcaa-2204-0886-d35127ec7ef0 Fri, 27 Jan 2023 17:00:01 +0000 <p>Checking 10 teams, players and vibes that shifted momentum this winter.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.pitcherlist.com/risers-and-fallers-from-the-2023-offseason/">Risers and Fallers from the 2023 Offseason</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.pitcherlist.com">Pitcher List</a>.</p> Baseball We Love Baseball Wynn McDonald Dodgers Agree To Minor League Deals With Jordan Yamamoto, Dylan Covey https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2023/01/dodgers-sign-jordan-yamamoto-dylan-covey.html MLB Trade Rumors urn:uuid:e6b48a4e-3386-b943-4cef-c0ca08570170 Fri, 27 Jan 2023 16:46:59 +0000 The Dodgers have agreed to minor league contract with right-handers Jordan Yamamoto and Dylan Covey. Yamamoto announced his own deal with the Dodgers on Instagram yesterday. Taiwan&#8217;s United Daily News first reported that Covey, who spent 2021-22 pitching for the Rakuten Monkeys in Taiwan&#8217;s CPBL, was signing with the Dodgers (hat tip: CPBL Stats, on&#8230; <p>The Dodgers have agreed to minor league contract with right-handers <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/y/yamamjo01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2023-01-27_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Jordan Yamamoto</a></strong> and <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/c/coveydy01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2023-01-27_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Dylan Covey</a></strong>. Yamamoto announced his own deal with the Dodgers <a target="_blank" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/Cnz-0peyM5N/?hl=en">on Instagram yesterday</a>. Taiwan&#8217;s United Daily News first reported that Covey, who spent 2021-22 pitching for the Rakuten Monkeys in Taiwan&#8217;s CPBL, was signing with the Dodgers (hat tip: <a target="_blank" href="https://twitter.com/GOCPBL/status/1618886254711689216">CPBL Stats, on Twitter</a>).</p> <p>Yamamoto, 26, was one of the four players who went from Milwaukee to Miami in the <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/y/yelicch01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2023-01-27_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Christian Yelich</a></strong> blockbuster several years ago. He turned in a solid debut effort with Miami in 2019, pitching to a 4.46 ERA with a strong 25.2% strikeout rate against a rough 11.1% walk rate through 15 starts &#8212; a total of 78 2/3 innings. That looked to set the stage for Yamamoto to be a contributor on the Miami staff for the foreseeable future, but the righty was blasted for 23 runs in just 11 1/3 innings during the shortened 2020 season.</p> <p>That nightmarish 2020 season was perhaps impacted by some health troubles. Yamamoto&#8217;s 2019 season ended with an IL placement due to a forearm strain, and his velocity in 2020 was down more than 1.5 mph from its 2019 levels. He was traded to the Mets in the 2020-21 offseason but pitched in just 6 2/3 Major League innings for New York in 2021, as a right shoulder injury shelved him for much of the season. Overall, Yamamoto has a 6.05 ERA in 96 2/3 big league innings, although that&#8217;s skewed heavily by the 2020 season. Subtract those 11 1/3 innings, and Yamamoto is at a much more palatable 4.43 ERA in 85 1/3 frames.</p> <p>Covey, 31, has pitched in parts of four big league seasons, logging time with the White Sox each year from 2017-19 and with the Red Sox in 2020. He&#8217;s been tagged for a dismal 6.57 ERA in that time, but he has a strong track record both in Triple-A (2.63 ERA, 95 2/3 innings) and in the Chinese Professional Baseball League, where he tallied 198 1/3 innings of 3.63 ERA ball while pitching for the Monkeys.</p> <p>The Dodgers already have a deep rotation mix with <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/k/kershcl01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2023-01-27_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Clayton Kershaw</a></strong>, <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/u/uriasju01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2023-01-27_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Julio Urias</a></strong>, <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/g/gonsoto01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2023-01-27_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Tony Gonsolin</a></strong>, <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/m/maydu01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2023-01-27_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Dustin May</a></strong> and <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/s/syndeno01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2023-01-27_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Noah Syndergaard</a></strong> locked into big league spots (and <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/b/buehlwa01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2023-01-27_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Walker Buehler</a></strong> rehabbing from Tommy John surgery). That&#8217;s not counting top pitching prospects <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/register/player.fcgi?id=miller003bob&amp;utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2023-01-27_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Bobby Miller</a></strong>, <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/p/pepiory01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2023-01-27_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Ryan Pepiot</a></strong> and <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/register/player.fcgi?id=stone-000gav&amp;utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2023-01-27_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Gavin Stone</a></strong>, each of whom could factor into the plan as soon as this season. Righties <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/g/grovemi01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2023-01-27_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Michael Grove</a></strong> and <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/j/jacksan01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2023-01-27_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Andre Jackson</a></strong>, both on the 40-man roster, represent further depth options. Both Yamamoto and Covey will add some experience to that group.</p> Los Angeles Dodgers Transactions Dylan Covey Jordan Yamamoto Steve Adams 5 Under the Radar Moves from the Offseason https://www.pitcherlist.com/5-under-the-radar-moves-from-the-offseason/ Pitcher List urn:uuid:a4b7b73b-c50f-e477-08d0-f94f970f9646 Fri, 27 Jan 2023 16:30:55 +0000 <p>Five potential impact moves you may have forgotten. </p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.pitcherlist.com/5-under-the-radar-moves-from-the-offseason/">5 Under the Radar Moves from the Offseason</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.pitcherlist.com">Pitcher List</a>.</p> Baseball Nicole Cahill Cubs, Tyler Duffey Agree To Minor League Deal https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2023/01/cubs-sign-tyler-duffey.html MLB Trade Rumors urn:uuid:d636b7cd-1a1f-746f-f055-305337807942 Fri, 27 Jan 2023 15:13:17 +0000 The Cubs have agreed to a minor league deal with right-handed reliever Tyler Duffey, as first reported by Patrick Mooney of The Athletic (Twitter link). The Ballengee Group client will be invited to big league camp this spring. Duffey, 32, was a mainstay in the Twins&#8217; bullpen from 2017 until this past summer, when he&#8230; <p>The Cubs have agreed to a minor league deal with right-handed reliever <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/search/search.fcgi?pid=duffety01,duffey001tyl&amp;search=Tyler+Duffey&amp;utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2023-01-27_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Tyler Duffey</a></strong>, as first reported by Patrick Mooney of The Athletic (<a target="_blank" href="https://twitter.com/PJ_Mooney/status/1618974357749112832">Twitter link</a>). The Ballengee Group client will be invited to big league camp this spring.</p> <p>Duffey, 32, was a mainstay in the Twins&#8217; bullpen from 2017 until this past summer, when he began to struggle with diminished velocity, a dwindling strikeout rate and increased susceptibility to home runs. The former fifth-round pick appeared in 40 games for Minnesota this past season but pitched to a 4.91 ERA with a 21.1% strikeout rate, 8.1% walk rate and a bloated 1.64 HR/9 mark. The Twins designated Duffey for assignment on Aug. 5 and released him three days later. Duffey signed minor league deals with the Rangers and Yankees over the next few weeks but didn&#8217;t make it back to the Majors with either.</p> <p>Prior to those 2022 struggles, Duffey had been a regular in late-inning situations with the Twins. There were some red flags in 2021 when both his strikeout and walk rates trended in the wrong direction, but the Twins bet on the right-hander&#8217;s track record and kept him for the 2022 season.</p> <p>From 2019-20, in particular, Duffey was an absolutely dominant force in the Minnesota relief corps. He tallied 81 2/3 innings over that two-year peak and posted a sterling 2.31 ERA to go along with a gaudy 34.2% strikeout rate, an excellent 6.1% walk rate and a 43.1% ground-ball rate.</p> <p>That&#8217;ll be the form the Cubs hope they can unlock this spring. They&#8217;ll be the third team to take a chance on Duffey since he was cut loose by the Twins, however, and neither the Rangers (four walks in five scoreless Triple-A frames) nor the Yankees (seven runs in six Triple-A frames) managed to do so while taking their brief looks at Duffey late last summer.</p> <p>Duffey fits the Cubs&#8217; preferred mold of offseason bullpen shopping in recent years. Since the Cubs inked <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/k/kimbrcr01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2023-01-27_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Craig Kimbrel</a></strong> to an ill-fated three-year contract, they&#8217;ve moved away from lavish additions in the bullpen, instead gravitating toward low-cost one-year contracts and minor league deals for veterans of note who are seeking to reestablish themselves.</p> <p>The Cubs&#8217; earlier $2.8MM deal with righty <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/b/boxbebr01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2023-01-27_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Brad Boxberger</a></strong> also fit into this bucket. Over the past three seasons they&#8217;ve also signed <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/g/givenmy01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2023-01-27_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Mychal Givens</a></strong>, <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/r/roberda08.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2023-01-27_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">David Robertson</a></strong>, <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/n/norrida01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2023-01-27_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Daniel Norris</a></strong>, <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/t/teperry01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2023-01-27_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Ryan Tepera</a></strong>, <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/search/search.fcgi?pid=martich02,martin025chr,martin022chr,martin018chr,martin015chr&amp;search=Chris+Martin&amp;utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2023-01-27_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Chris Martin</a></strong>, <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/w/workmbr01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2023-01-27_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Brandon Workman</a></strong>, <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/w/willitr01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2023-01-27_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Trevor Williams</a></strong> and <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/w/winklda01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2023-01-27_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Dan Winkler</a></strong> to one-year deals worth $5MM or less, while some non-roster deals have been given out to notable names like <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/c/chaveje01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2023-01-27_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Jesse Chavez</a></strong>, <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/s/stroppe01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2023-01-27_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Pedro Strop</a></strong>, <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/m/morgaad01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2023-01-27_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Adam Morgan</a></strong> and <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/g/gsellro01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2023-01-27_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Robert Gsellman</a></strong>, among others.</p> Chicago Cubs Transactions Tyler Duffey Steve Adams PPP 173 – All St. Louis Cardinals SP Analyzed https://www.pitcherlist.com/ppp-173-all-st-louis-cardinals-sp-analyzed/ Pitcher List urn:uuid:955cfe2c-330b-cd66-94fb-460a56e8c610 Fri, 27 Jan 2023 14:59:24 +0000 <p>Nick Pollack's latest episode of the PL+ exclusive Plus Pitch Podcast. </p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.pitcherlist.com/ppp-173-all-st-louis-cardinals-sp-analyzed/">PPP 173 &#8211; All St. Louis Cardinals SP Analyzed</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.pitcherlist.com">Pitcher List</a>.</p> Podcast The Plus Pitch Podcast Nick Pollack The Opener: Chapman, A’s, Rays https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2023/01/the-opener-chapman-as-rays.html MLB Trade Rumors urn:uuid:b07515e3-26a5-5e29-097f-0ff944063a0e Fri, 27 Jan 2023 14:52:39 +0000 As the final weeks of the offseason continue their slow creep towards Spring Training, here are three things we&#8217;ll be keeping an eye on around the baseball world throughout the day today: 1. Royals, Chapman deal to be made official soon? Anne Rogers of MLB.com reports that Aroldis Chapman&#8217;s physical with the Royals is expected&#8230; <p>As the final weeks of the offseason continue their slow creep towards Spring Training, here are three things we&#8217;ll be keeping an eye on around the baseball world throughout the day today:</p> <p><strong>1. Royals, Chapman deal to be made official soon?</strong></p> <p>Anne Rogers of MLB.com <a target="_blank" href="https://twitter.com/anne__rogers/status/1617957942560722944?s=20">reports</a> that <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/c/chapmar01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2023-01-27_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Aroldis Chapman</a></strong>&#8217;s physical with the Royals is expected to be completed this week. If it hasn&#8217;t already happened, it could be conducted as soon as today, and Chapman&#8217;s <a target="_blank" href="https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2023/01/royals-to-sign-aroldis-chapman.html">one-year contract</a> with the Royals could be made official any day now. Chapman, who had been among the best closers in baseball for over a decade, has suffered a steep decline in recent years, culminating in a 2022 season that was his first below average year by ERA+. Kansas City is hoping for a return to form for the lefty flamethrower, whose fastball still played in the upper 90s with 81st percentile spin rate last season despite the diminished results.</p> <p><strong>2. After dealing Irvin, who remains for the A&#8217;s to shop?</strong></p> <p>Yesterday, the A&#8217;s <a target="_blank" href="https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2023/01/orioles-acquire-cole-irvin-from-as.html">dealt</a> <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/i/irvinco01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2023-01-27_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Cole Irvin</a></strong> to the Orioles, reinforcing the fact that virtually no one on the big league roster in Oakland is unavailable. With Irvin and catcher <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/search/search.fcgi?pid=murphse01,murphy010sea&amp;search=Sean+Murphy&amp;utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2023-01-27_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Sean Murphy</a></strong> both out the door, are there other moves left to make? The most obvious trade candidate would be <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/l/laurera01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2023-01-27_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Ramon Laureano</a></strong>, but the club is reportedly <a target="_blank" href="https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2023/01/as-reportedly-not-pursuing-ramon-laureano-trade.html">not pursuing a trade</a> of their most established outfielder after a difficult 2022 season, perhaps in hopes that he can build his value back up during the 2023 campaign.</p> <p>Right-hander <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/b/blackpa01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2023-01-27_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Paul Blackburn</a></strong> and second baseman/outfielder <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/k/kempto01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2023-01-27_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Tony Kemp</a></strong> are the only two other arbitration-level players left on the roster, making each of them at least speculative candidates to be moved. Kemp, in particular, is set to become a free agent after the 2023 and could be interesting to clubs in need of middle infield help ahead of Opening Day. Looking elsewhere on the roster, both <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/search/search.fcgi?pid=brownse01,brown-004set&amp;search=Seth+Brown&amp;utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2023-01-27_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Seth Brown</a></strong> and <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/p/pukaj01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2023-01-27_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">A.J. Puk</a></strong> could make sense as trade candidates. Both players are set to be eligible for arbitration next offseason, as Irvin was, and each is coming off a strong season in 2022.</p> <p><strong>3. </strong><strong>The rest of the Rays&#8217; arb class</strong></p> <p>The Rays have more arbitration work left to do than any team in the league, as they exchanged figures with a whopping seven players two weeks ago. Most teams employ a &#8220;file and trial&#8221; approach, meaning that once figures are exchanged, talks on one-year contracts cease. Those clubs will typically remain open to discussing multi-year arrangements, however, which is what happened with the Rays and lefty <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/s/sprinje01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2023-01-27_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Jeffrey Springs</a></strong> earlier this week. Spring agreed to a four-year, $31MM contract that buys out a pair of free-agent seasons.</p> <p>That still leaves six pending cases for the Rays. Infielder <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/d/diazya01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2023-01-27_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Yandy Diaz</a></strong> (requested $6.3MM to the Rays&#8217; $5.5MM), first baseman/outfielder <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/r/ramirha02.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2023-01-27_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Harold Ramirez</a></strong> ($2.2MM vs. $1.9MM), lefty <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/p/pocheco01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2023-01-27_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Colin Poche</a></strong> ($1.3MM vs. $1.175MM), righty <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/f/fairbpe01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2023-01-27_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Pete Fairbanks</a></strong> ($1.9MM vs. $1.5MM), righty <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/search/search.fcgi?pid=thompry02,thomps010rya,thomps007rya&amp;search=Ryan+Thompson&amp;utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2023-01-27_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Ryan Thompson</a></strong> ($1.2MM vs. $1MM) and righty <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/a/adamja01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2023-01-27_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Jason Adam</a></strong> ($1.775MM vs. $1.55MM) all have unresolved arbitration situations. Arbitration hearings typically begin in February, so there&#8217;s still a bit of time for Tampa Bay to hammer out multi-year deals for any of these six. To be clear, that doesn&#8217;t necessarily mean a long-term extension like the one signed by Springs, either. It&#8217;s commonplace for teams and players to agree to contracts that buy out multiple arbitration seasons but don&#8217;t extend team control. We&#8217;ve already seen a few such instances this offseason, with <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/n/nidoto01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2023-01-27_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Tomas Nido</a></strong> inking a <a target="_blank" href="https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2023/01/mets-sign-tomas-nido-two-year-deal-arbitration.html">two-year deal</a> with the Mets and <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/v/vothau01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2023-01-27_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Austin Voth</a></strong> signing a for a <a target="_blank" href="https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2023/01/orioles-austin-voth-avoid-arbitration-one-year-club-option.html">year plus an option</a> with the Orioles just yesterday.</p> The Opener Nick Deeds Beat the Shift Podcast – Corner Infield Episode w/ Frank Stampfl https://fantasy.fangraphs.com/beat-the-shift-podcast-corner-infield-episode-w-frank-stampfl/ FanGraphs Fantasy Baseball urn:uuid:5cfdc639-a408-027d-deb9-fcbbfc51f4b0 Fri, 27 Jan 2023 13:15:46 +0000 Corner infield preview episode with Frank Stampfl of CBS. <p><a href="https://fantasy.fangraphs.com/beat-the-shift-podcast-corner-infield-episode-w-frank-stampfl/" rel="nofollow">Source</a></p> Beat the Shift Featured First Base Projections Strategy Third Base Ariel Cohen Justin Mason’s Outfield Ranks: 1/27/2023 https://fantasy.fangraphs.com/justin-masons-outfield-ranks-1-27-2023/ FanGraphs Fantasy Baseball urn:uuid:9a5118db-18e0-6714-0f6b-b8b6c5a01558 Fri, 27 Jan 2023 12:15:53 +0000 Do you love Michael Harris II, Byron Buxton, and Harrison Bader? Well, then come yell at Justin Mason for his outfield ranks! <p><a href="https://fantasy.fangraphs.com/justin-masons-outfield-ranks-1-27-2023/" rel="nofollow">Source</a></p> Featured Outfielders Rankings Justin Mason Top 60 Outfielders for 2023 Fantasy Baseball https://razzball.com/top-60-outfielders-for-2023-fantasy-baseball/ Fantasy Baseball Blog at Razzball.com urn:uuid:edfa6084-bca7-6c36-bbe0-af209a2470a8 Fri, 27 Jan 2023 08:00:37 +0000 <!--WP embed code ASYNC PLAYER - Brid Ver.3.6.8 --><div id="Brid_4119103_1" class="brid" style="width: 480; height: 270;" ></div><script type="text/javascript"> var _bp = _bp||[]; _bp.push({ "div": "Brid_4119103_1", "obj": {"id":"13959","stats":{"wp":1},"title":"2023%20Razzball%20Draft%20Kit%20%20Outfielders","autoplay":true,"video":"1229405","width":"480","height":"270"}}); </script><script type="text/javascript" async src="//services.brid.tv/player/build/brid.min.js"></script> Something I will regret informing you about, but have chosen to anyway is last year's top 60 outfielders were great, except, and here's the regret: The upsidey ones. The top 60 outfielders you wanted to do more *cough* Jo Adell *cough* did not. The ones that you had no real high hopes for like Hunter Renfroe were totally respectable. Can we learn from that? Learneth, we might! Here’s Steamer’s <a href="https://razzball.com/steamer-hitter-projections/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">2023 Fantasy Baseball Projections for Hitters</a> and <a href="https://razzball.com/steamer-pitcher-projections/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">2023 Fantasy Baseball Projections for Pitchers</a>. <a href="https://razzball.com/membership-account/subscriptions/?pa=mainmenu" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Subscriptions</a> are up and running, and you can already get Rudy’s <a href="https://razzball.com/war-room/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Draft War Room</a>. Anyway, here’s the top 60 outfielders for 2023 fantasy baseball: Fantasy Baseball Rankings Featured Alex Kirilloff Alex Verdugo Brandon Nimmo Brendon Donovan Christopher Morel Cody Bellinger Jarred Kelenic Jeff McNeil Joey Meneses Josh Naylor Lane Thomas Lars Nootbaar Masataka Yoshida Mitch Haniger Nick Castellanos Oswaldo Cabrera Ramon Laureano Riley Greene Seth Brown Wil Myers Grey WAF 85 – Impact Prospects for Redraft w/ Shelly Verougstrate https://www.pitcherlist.com/waf-85-impact-prospects-for-redraft-w-shelly-verougstrate/ Pitcher List urn:uuid:4e5bc1c3-c27e-029b-d40f-5f1eb81ea3e7 Fri, 27 Jan 2023 06:00:04 +0000 <p>Van, Steve and Shelly talk prospects</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.pitcherlist.com/waf-85-impact-prospects-for-redraft-w-shelly-verougstrate/">WAF 85 &#8211; Impact Prospects for Redraft w/ Shelly Verougstrate</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.pitcherlist.com">Pitcher List</a>.</p> Podcast Wins Above Fantasy Steve Gesuele Orioles Acquire Cole Irvin From A’s https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2023/01/orioles-acquire-cole-irvin-from-as.html MLB Trade Rumors urn:uuid:6b066c55-db97-042c-d803-5ecd8bbbb56d Fri, 27 Jan 2023 05:59:13 +0000 The Orioles have acquired left-handed pitcher Cole Irvin in a trade with the Athletics, per announcements from both clubs. Right-handed pitching prospect Kyle Virbitsky will also head to Baltimore while infield prospect Darell Hernaiz is heading to the A&#8217;s. On one hand, this move comes as a surprise, since there had been no previous indication&#8230; <p>The Orioles have acquired left-handed pitcher <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/i/irvinco01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2023-01-26_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Cole Irvin</a></strong> in a trade with the Athletics, per announcements from both clubs. Right-handed pitching prospect <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/register/player.fcgi?id=virbit000kyl&amp;utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2023-01-26_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Kyle Virbitsky</a></strong> will also head to Baltimore while infield prospect <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/register/player.fcgi?id=hernai000dar&amp;utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2023-01-26_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Darell Hernaiz</a></strong> is heading to the A&#8217;s.</p> <p>On one hand, this move comes as a surprise, since there had been no previous indication the A&#8217;s were shopping Irvin or that they were talking to the Orioles. On the other hand, it&#8217;s not shocking to see the club continue tearing down the roster, since they&#8217;ve been aggressively committed to that path for the past year. <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/c/chapmma01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2023-01-26_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Matt Chapman</a></strong>, <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/search/search.fcgi?pid=olsonma02,olson-006mat&amp;search=Matt+Olson&amp;utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2023-01-26_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Matt Olson</a></strong>, <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/m/manaese01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2023-01-26_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Sean Manaea</a></strong> and <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/b/bassich01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2023-01-26_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Chris Bassitt</a></strong> were all traded just before the 2022 campaign, while <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/m/montafr02.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2023-01-26_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Frankie Montas</a></strong> was dealt midseason and <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/search/search.fcgi?pid=murphse01,murphy010sea&amp;search=Sean+Murphy&amp;utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2023-01-26_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Sean Murphy</a></strong> this winter.</p> <p>With the club seemingly willing to strip the roster down to the studs, any established Oakland player is at least a speculative trade candidate. There was no real rush to move Irvin, since he still had four years of club control remaining, but he will qualify for arbitration at the end of this season and would start to make a more significant salary. It appears that they received an offer they liked enough to pull the ripcord early and jettison Irvin from the roster in yet another future-focused move.</p> <p>The Orioles have been looking for rotation upgrades all winter and were <a target="_blank" href="https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2023/01/orioles-still-exploring-rotation-additions.html">reportedly</a> still on the hunt earlier this week. They haven&#8217;t been running out huge payrolls in recent years so Irvin&#8217;s low salary and years of cheap control were surely appealing to them. They made one modest upgrade to their rotation this offseason by signing veteran <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/search/search.fcgi?pid=gibsoky01,gibson004kyl&amp;search=Kyle+Gibson&amp;utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2023-01-26_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Kyle Gibson</a></strong> to a one-year, $10MM deal but have otherwise been quiet until today. Irvin will quickly become the club&#8217;s second-most experienced starter behind Gibson.</p> <p><img class="size-medium wp-image-762750 alignleft" src="https://cdn.mlbtraderumors.com/files/2023/01/Cole_Irvin_Athletics-200x300.jpg" alt="" width="200" height="300" srcset="https://cdn.mlbtraderumors.com/files/2023/01/Cole_Irvin_Athletics-200x300.jpg 200w, https://cdn.mlbtraderumors.com/files/2023/01/Cole_Irvin_Athletics-683x1024.jpg 683w, https://cdn.mlbtraderumors.com/files/2023/01/Cole_Irvin_Athletics-768x1152.jpg 768w, https://cdn.mlbtraderumors.com/files/2023/01/Cole_Irvin_Athletics-1024x1536.jpg 1024w, https://cdn.mlbtraderumors.com/files/2023/01/Cole_Irvin_Athletics-1365x2048.jpg 1365w, https://cdn.mlbtraderumors.com/files/2023/01/Cole_Irvin_Athletics-900x1350.jpg 900w, https://cdn.mlbtraderumors.com/files/2023/01/Cole_Irvin_Athletics-scaled.jpg 1706w" sizes="(max-width: 200px) 100vw, 200px" /></p> <p>Irvin, 29 next week, was a Phillies&#8217; draftee and made his MLB debut with them. He made 19 appearances over 2019 and 2020 but with a bloated 6.75 ERA in that time. But his minor league results were much better and the A&#8217;s took a shot by sending cash considerations to Philadelphia to get him. The change of scenery went very well for him, as he made 62 starts over the past two seasons with a 4.11 ERA over 359 1/3 innings.</p> <p>This new change of scenery will have risk for the O&#8217;s, though. Irvin has succeeded in Oakland over the past couple of years with a low-strikeout, pitch-to-contact approach. He&#8217;s only walked 5.2% of the batters he&#8217;s faced over those two campaigns, which is a very strong number. For reference, the league average for starters last year was 7.5%. But he&#8217;s only punched out hitters at a 16.8% rate for Oakland, well below last year&#8217;s 21.6% league average. His 37.6% ground ball over that span was also a bit below par. That kind of profile has worked for him in the pitcher-friendly confines of Oakland Coliseum but might not be as effective in different conditions. It&#8217;s perhaps notable that Irvin has posted a 3.44 ERA at home over the past two years but a 4.88 mark outside of Oakland.</p> <p>The O&#8217;s are apparently undeterred by those splits and have added Irvin to their starting mix, where he and Gibson should take two of the spots. The rest of the rotation will be less certain, with options like <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/b/bradiky01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2023-01-26_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Kyle Bradish</a></strong>, <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/k/kremede01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2023-01-26_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Dean Kremer</a></strong>, <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/search/search.fcgi?pid=wellsty01,wells-004tyl,wells-003tyl&amp;search=Tyler+Wells&amp;utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2023-01-26_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Tyler Wells</a></strong>, <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/z/zimmebr02.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2023-01-26_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Bruce Zimmermann</a></strong>, <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/b/baumami01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2023-01-26_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Mike Baumann</a></strong> and <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/w/watkisp01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2023-01-26_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Spenser Watkins</a></strong> on the 40-man. Each of those guys have a bit of MLB experience but inconsistent results have prevented them from truly establishing themselves as big leaguers. There&#8217;s also <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/register/player.fcgi?id=rodrig000gra&amp;utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2023-01-26_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Grayson Rodriguez</a></strong>, who is considered one of the best pitching prospects in the sport but he&#8217;s yet to make his MLB debut and missed most of last year due to a lat strain. <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/m/meansjo01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2023-01-26_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">John Means</a></strong> could be a factor down the line but likely not until midseason due to undergoing Tommy John surgery in April of last year. It&#8217;s a group with a lot of unknowns but the club will hope to get some reliability out of Irvin and Gibson while they sort through the rest and see who separates themselves from the pack. In addition to Irvin, the O&#8217;s will add Virbitsky to their system. The 24-year-old was a 17th round draft pick in 2021. He posted a 4.63 ERA last year between Class-A and High-A, striking out 25.7% of batters faced while walking 5.5%. He&#8217;ll add some starting depth to the lower levels of their system.</p> <p>By letting go of Irvin and Virbitsky, the A&#8217;s are adding an intriguing young player in Hernaiz. The 21-year-old was a fifth-round selection of the O&#8217;s in 2019. Baseball America ranked him the #25 Orioles prospect going into 2020, highlighting his athleticism but noting that the lack of power could be an issue for him. That seems to have played out in his minor league time so far. After the minors were canceled in 2020, Hernaiz spent 2021 in Class-A, hitting six home runs in 94 games. He did steal 22 bases but his .277/.333/.358 batting line was a bit below average, with his wRC+ coming in at 92. In 2022, he shot up three levels, going from Class-A to High-A and Double-A. He got into 105 games between those three levels and stole 32 bases with 12 home runs. His combined batting line of .273/.341/.438 resulted in a 112 wRC+. He&#8217;s split his time between second base, third base and shortstop and will slot into Oakland&#8217;s infield prospect mix. He struggled in his first 13 Double-A games and will likely head back to that level to start this season. He&#8217;ll be Rule 5 eligible at the end of the upcoming season.</p> <p>The O&#8217;s have plenty of infield prospects, with the likes of <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/h/hendegu01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2023-01-26_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Gunnar Henderson</a></strong>, <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/register/player.fcgi?id=mayo--000cob&amp;utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2023-01-26_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Coby Mayo</a></strong>, <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/register/player.fcgi?id=ortiz-002joe&amp;utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2023-01-26_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Joey Ortiz</a></strong>, <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/register/player.fcgi?id=hollid000jac&amp;utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2023-01-26_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Jackson Holliday</a></strong>, <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/register/player.fcgi?id=westbu000jor&amp;utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2023-01-26_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Jordan Westburg</a></strong> and <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/register/player.fcgi?id=norby-000con&amp;utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2023-01-26_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Connor Norby</a></strong> some of the exciting youngsters in the system. It seems they felt they could part with Hernaiz and still be in good shape there, whereas the A&#8217;s have continued to bolster their farm by subtracting from their major league club. Without Irvin, their rotation will consist of offseason signees <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/register/player.fcgi?id=fujina000shi&amp;utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2023-01-26_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Shintaro Fujinami</a></strong> and <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/r/rucindr01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2023-01-26_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Drew Rucinski</a></strong>, incumbents <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/b/blackpa01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2023-01-26_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Paul Blackburn</a></strong> and <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/k/kaprija01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2023-01-26_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">James Kaprielian</a></strong>, as well as <a target="_blank" href="https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2023/01/athletics-rumors-starting-rotation.html">a huge pile</a> of unestablished options who will be jockeying for playing time as the season rolls along.</p> <p><em>Jeff Passan of ESPN reported the deal before the official announcement (<a target="_blank" href="https://twitter.com/JeffPassan/status/1618702868617338883">Twitter</a> <a target="_blank" href="https://twitter.com/JeffPassan/status/1618703345836859423">links</a>).</em></p> <p><em>Image courtesy of USA Today Sports.</em></p> Baltimore Orioles Newsstand Oakland Athletics Transactions Cole Irvin Darell Hernaiz Kyle Virbitsky Darragh McDonald Rangers, Ian Kennedy Agree To Deal https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2023/01/rangers-ian-kennedy-agree-to-deal.html MLB Trade Rumors urn:uuid:4be591f1-f414-2fa1-2cfd-f7cec1457eb5 Fri, 27 Jan 2023 05:42:13 +0000 The Rangers are re-signing Ian Kennedy, the veteran reliever announced on Instagram this afternoon. Presumably, it&#8217;ll be a minor league deal for the Boras Corporation client. Kennedy spent the first half of the 2021 season in Arlington. Those months were among the best of his past four seasons as a full-time reliever. After cracking the MLB&#8230; <p>The Rangers are re-signing <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/search/search.fcgi?pid=kenneia01,kenned002ian&amp;search=Ian+Kennedy&amp;utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2023-01-27_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Ian Kennedy</a></strong>, the veteran reliever announced on <a target="_blank" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/Cn5Alb6MUJU/">Instagram</a> this afternoon. Presumably, it&#8217;ll be a minor league deal for the Boras Corporation client.</p> <p>Kennedy spent the first half of the 2021 season in Arlington. Those months were among the best of his past four seasons as a full-time reliever. After cracking the MLB roster following an offseason minors deal, Kennedy quickly pitched his way into the closer&#8217;s role. He saved 16 games through 32 appearances while posting a 2.51 ERA over 32 1/3 frames. At that summer&#8217;s deadline, the then-rebuilding Texas club packaged Kennedy with veteran starter <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/search/search.fcgi?pid=gibsoky01,gibson004kyl&amp;search=Kyle+Gibson&amp;utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2023-01-27_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Kyle Gibson</a></strong> to Philadelphia for righty <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/h/howarsp01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2023-01-27_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Spencer Howard</a></strong>.</p> <p>The 16-year MLB veteran fanned almost 27% of opponents with the Phils but surrendered a staggering seven homers in 24 innings. In spite of the poor finish, Kennedy landed a $4.75MM guarantee from the Diamondbacks last winter. He made 57 appearances during his second stint in the desert but struggled. Kennedy managed only a 5.36 ERA over 50 1/3 innings. He continued to battle the longball, allowing nearly two home runs per nine innings, while his strikeout percentage plummeted to a 19% clip. At season&#8217;s end, the D-Backs made the fairly easy call to buy out a mutual option on his services for 2023.</p> <p>Kennedy carries a 4.30 ERA in 190 appearances since making his bullpen conversion during the 2019 campaign. He&#8217;s shown the ability to miss bats at an above-average rate while throwing a decent number of strikes at his best. The 38-year-old will look to recapture some of his early-2021 success in a second crack as a Ranger.</p> Texas Rangers Transactions Ian Kennedy Anthony Franco Yankees Have Shown Interest In David Peralta https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2023/01/yankees-have-shown-interest-in-david-peralta.html MLB Trade Rumors urn:uuid:b42be7ce-c469-d443-b578-ea337713cfa8 Fri, 27 Jan 2023 05:14:55 +0000 The Yankees have been in contact with free agent outfielder David Peralta this offseason, reports Jon Heyman of the New York Post. It isn&#8217;t clear whether talks are ongoing, as Heyman suggests the Yankees look likelier to roll with their in-house options in left field. That position has been a prominent talking point among the fanbase&#8230; <p>The Yankees have been in contact with free agent outfielder <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/p/peralda01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2023-01-26_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">David Peralta</a></strong> this offseason, <a target="_blank" href="https://nypost.com/2023/01/26/yankees-unfinished-business-leaves-them-with-two-significant-issues/">reports Jon Heyman of the New York Post</a>. It isn&#8217;t clear whether talks are ongoing, as Heyman suggests the Yankees look likelier to roll with their in-house options in left field.</p> <p>That position has been a prominent talking point among the fanbase throughout the offseason. That&#8217;s due to the two-year struggles of <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/h/hicksaa01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2023-01-26_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Aaron Hicks</a></strong>, who&#8217;s coming off a .216/.330/.313 showing through 453 plate appearances. That marked an improvement over his .194/.294/.333 line during an injury-riddled 2021 season but was still below average.</p> <p>Given the stiff competition the Yankees are facing in the AL East, one could certainly argue for general manager Brian Cashman and his staff to seek out an upgrade. They&#8217;ve been tied to an array of left field possibilities. That includes the top remaining free agent, <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/p/profaju01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2023-01-26_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Jurickson Profar</a></strong>, and trade candidates like <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/r/reynobr01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2023-01-26_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Bryan Reynolds</a></strong> and <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/k/keplema01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2023-01-26_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Max Kepler</a></strong>. Pittsburgh has reportedly set a massive asking price in talks regarding Reynolds. Minnesota dealing Kepler this offseason still seems possible, though Heyman writes there isn&#8217;t any current traction between the Yankees and Twins on that front.</p> <p>Peralta&#8217;s part of a veteran fallback contingent for teams looking to augment their corner outfield but unwilling to meet Profar&#8217;s asking price. The longtime Diamondback had a great 2018 season in which he connected on 30 homers, but he&#8217;s posted roughly average offensive numbers in the four years since then. The left-handed batter owns a .266/.329/.425 mark since the start of the 2019 season. That includes a .251/.316/.415 showing over 490 trips between Arizona and the Rays last year.</p> <p>While the bottom line numbers for the nine-year MLB veteran didn&#8217;t much change, the shape of his production did. Peralta significantly cut back on his ground balls last season, putting the ball on the dirt 36.3% of the time after hovering around 50% in every previous season of his career. The fly-ball oriented approach looked to be resulting in better power output earlier in the season, as Peralta carried a .460 slugging mark through 87 games in Arizona. Things cratered after he was dealt to the Rays, as he didn&#8217;t collect a single longball and stumbled to a .255/.317/.335 slash over 180 plate appearances with Tampa Bay.</p> <p>Peralta&#8217;s a low-cost veteran option during his first trip to free agency. Yet even a modest deal might prove too costly for the Yankees given their reported spending limit. Heyman wrote last week the club doesn&#8217;t want to surpass the $293MM luxury tax mark that&#8217;d subject them to the highest penalization level on spending. <a target="_blank" href="https://www.fangraphs.com/roster-resource/payroll/yankees">Roster Resource</a> calculates their CBT number around $292.3MM at the moment. Virtually any acquisition would likely push the Yankees past that threshold.</p> <p>If the Yankees do stick with their internal left field options, the competition would figure to come down to Hicks and youngster <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/c/cabreos01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2023-01-26_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Oswaldo Cabrera</a></strong>. The latter hit .247/.312/.429 in 44 games as a rookie, outperforming Hicks in 2022. Nevertheless, Cashman suggested last weekend in an appearance on MLB Network Radio on SiriusXM the veteran could have the upper hand in a camp battle (<a target="_blank" href="https://twitter.com/BryanHoch/status/1617710838512500737">h/t to Bryan Hoch of MLB.com</a>). While Cashman called the situation &#8220;<em>fluid</em>,&#8221; he noted he expects &#8220;<em>(</em><em>Hicks) will be the guy that emerges, because he&#8217;s still really talented and everything&#8217;s there.</em>&#8220;</p> Minnesota Twins New York Yankees Aaron Hicks David Peralta Max Kepler Oswaldo Cabrera Anthony Franco Brewers Release Jon Singleton https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2023/01/brewers-release-jon-singleton.html MLB Trade Rumors urn:uuid:1f6ea4aa-33b6-5e1d-a13b-79b1046c6be7 Fri, 27 Jan 2023 03:59:27 +0000 The Brewers have released first baseman Jon Singleton, according to his transactions log at MLB.com. The move comes a few days after he was designated for assignment once Milwaukee signed Brian Anderson. Singleton didn&#8217;t appear in an MLB game with the Brew Crew during his brief stint on the 40-man roster. He hasn&#8217;t played in the majors&#8230; <p>The Brewers have released first baseman <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/search/search.fcgi?pid=singljo02,single002jon&amp;search=Jon+Singleton&amp;utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2023-01-26_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Jon Singleton</a></strong>, according to his <a target="_blank" href="https://www.mlb.com/player/jon-singleton-572138">transactions log</a> at MLB.com. The move comes a few days after he was designated for assignment once Milwaukee signed <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/search/search.fcgi?pid=anderbr06,anderbr03,anderbr02,anders012bri&amp;search=Brian+Anderson&amp;utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2023-01-26_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Brian Anderson</a></strong>.</p> <p>Singleton didn&#8217;t appear in an MLB game with the Brew Crew during his brief stint on the 40-man roster. He hasn&#8217;t played in the majors since 2015, his second season as a member of the Astros. A one-time top prospect and recipient of a $10MM extension before reaching the majors, Singleton struggled to a .171/.290/.331 line through 114 big league games. He connected on 14 home runs with a massive 14.3% walk percentage but struck out at an untenable 36% clip.</p> <p>After spending a couple seasons in the minors, Singleton was released by Houston. That came on the heels of a suspension after failing a drug test, with the left-handed hitter later admitting he has battled marijuana addiction. Singleton was out of the sport entirely for a few seasons but embarked on a comeback in Mexico two years ago. A monster 46-game run there earned him a minor league opportunity with Milwaukee heading into 2022.</p> <p>Singleton spent the year with the Brew Crew&#8217;s top affiliate in Nashville. He struck out at a near-28% clip and only hit .219, but he more than compensated with his typical blend of patience and power. Singleton walked at a 20.1% clip to reach base at a strong .375 rate and popped 24 home runs in 581 plate appearances. It didn&#8217;t get him a big league call but impressed Milwaukee&#8217;s front office enough they re-signed him to a minor league deal at the start of the offseason and quickly added him to the 40-man roster to prevent another team from taking him in the Rule 5 draft.</p> <p>Unfortunately for Singleton, the Brewers&#8217; high rate of turnover this offseason squeezed him out of the picture. Assuming he goes unclaimed on release waivers, he&#8217;ll be free to explore other opportunities as a free agent.</p> Milwaukee Brewers Transactions Jonathan Singleton Anthony Franco Phillies, Jesus Cruz Agree To Minor League Deal https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2023/01/phillies-jesus-cruz-agree-to-minor-league-deal.html MLB Trade Rumors urn:uuid:a40de61a-64d3-4ea8-d431-4ce71cd0fa4e Fri, 27 Jan 2023 03:19:45 +0000 The Phillies recently agreed to minor league deals with reliever Jesús Cruz and corner outfielder Dustin Peterson, according to their transactions log at MLB.com. It&#8217;s unclear if either will get a non-roster Spring Training invitation. Cruz, 27, is a 6&#8217;1&#8243; right-hander with eight MLB appearances to his name. Seven of those came last season for the division-rival&#8230; <p>The Phillies recently agreed to minor league deals with reliever <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/search/search.fcgi?pid=cruzje01,cruz--005jes,cruz--004jes&amp;search=Jesus+Cruz&amp;utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2023-01-26_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Jesús Cruz</a></strong> and corner outfielder <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/p/peterdu01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2023-01-26_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Dustin Peterson</a></strong>, according to their <a target="_blank" href="https://www.mlb.com/phillies/roster/transactions">transactions log</a> at MLB.com. It&#8217;s unclear if either will get a non-roster Spring Training invitation.</p> <p>Cruz, 27, is a 6&#8217;1&#8243; right-hander with eight MLB appearances to his name. Seven of those came last season for the division-rival Braves, as he worked 8 2/3 innings of low-leverage work. He allowed six runs (including a trio of homers) with four walks and six strikeouts before losing his 40-man roster spot at the beginning of August.</p> <p>Things went better at the Triple-A level, where the Mexico native showed interesting swing-and-miss stuff. Cruz punched out an excellent 32.2% of batters faced in 28 outings with the Braves&#8217; highest affiliate in Gwinnett. That came with a lofty 13.2% walk percentage, the continuation of longstanding control problems he&#8217;s shown throughout his career. Cruz has walked 13.4% of opponents in parts of five minor league seasons.</p> <p>Erratic as his strike-throwing is, he&#8217;s shown the ability to miss bats at the upper levels of the minors. Cruz averaged just under 95 MPH with his heater and around 87 MPH on his slider during his limited MLB look in Atlanta. He&#8217;ll add a reasonably strong arm to the Phils&#8217; bullpen depth chart, likely to open the season at Triple-A Lehigh Valley. He still has a pair of minor league option years remaining, meaning Philadelphia could send him back and forth between MLB and the minors if he secures a 40-man roster spot.</p> <p>Peterson is a former second-round pick of the Padres who has limited MLB time as a member of the Braves and Tigers. He played in 19 games between the two clubs from 2018-19, collecting 10 hits and two walks in 49 plate appearances. The 28-year-old has spent a decade in the minor leagues, hitting .261/.319/.364 in just under 3700 trips to the plate.</p> <p>The right-handed hitter opened the 2022 campaign with the Brewers on a minor league pact. After just three games, Milwaukee traded him to Philadelphia. Peterson spent the rest of the season with the IronPigs, posting a .244/.318/.379 line with nine homers across 102 contests. He made a favorable enough impression on the organization to get another minor league opportunity and could play a similar depth role during the upcoming season.</p> Philadelphia Phillies Transactions Dustin Peterson Jesus Cruz Anthony Franco Brewers Sign Robert Stock To Minor League Deal https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2023/01/brewers-sign-robert-stock-to-minor-league-deal.html MLB Trade Rumors urn:uuid:c9416a43-8e1d-2317-b9ba-1fb010039849 Fri, 27 Jan 2023 02:25:04 +0000 The Brewers have signed right-hander Robert Stock to a minor league contract, tweets Adam McCalvy of MLB.com. He&#8217;ll be in major league camp as a non-roster invitee to Spring Training. Stock appeared at the MLB level each season from 2018-21. He first cracked the majors during his age-28 season with the Padres. The hard-throwing Stock broke&#8230; <p>The Brewers have signed right-hander <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/s/stockro01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2023-01-26_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Robert Stock</a></strong> to a minor league contract, <a target="_blank" href="https://twitter.com/AdamMcCalvy/status/1618722583263821825">tweets</a> Adam McCalvy of MLB.com. He&#8217;ll be in major league camp as a non-roster invitee to Spring Training.</p> <p>Stock appeared at the MLB level each season from 2018-21. He first cracked the majors during his age-28 season with the Padres. The hard-throwing Stock broke in with a flourish, posting a 2.50 ERA in 39 2/3 relief innings as a rookie. He didn&#8217;t replicate that success the following season, struggling in 10 appearances and missing an extended stretch of action with a biceps strain. The next offseason, he bounced from San Diego to Philadelphia to Boston on waivers.</p> <p>After struggling in 10 outings of relief for Boston, Stock landed with the Cubs on waivers. He made just one appearance for Chicago &#8212; his first MLB start &#8212; and then headed to the Mets. Stock started twice for New York and was outrighted off the roster at the end of the season. He signed with the Doosan Bears of the Korea Baseball Organization for the 2022 campaign.</p> <p>The USC product worked out of the Bears&#8217; rotation last year. He started 29 games and worked 165 innings, posting a solid 3.60 ERA. That came with a fairly modest 19.1% strikeout percentage and an elevated 11.5% walk rate. Stock will try to iron those numbers out in his return to affiliated ball.</p> <p>He&#8217;ll be in MLB camp and offer some depth in both the starting staff or bullpen. Milwaukee&#8217;s rotation is already deep, with <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/b/burneco01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2023-01-26_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Corbin Burnes</a></strong>, <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/w/woodrbr01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2023-01-26_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Brandon Woodruff</a></strong>, <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/p/peralfr01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2023-01-26_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Freddy Peralta</a></strong>, <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/m/mileywa01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2023-01-26_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Wade Miley</a></strong>, <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/a/ashbyaa01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2023-01-26_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Aaron Ashby</a></strong>, <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/l/lauerer01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2023-01-26_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Eric Lauer</a></strong> and <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/h/housead01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2023-01-26_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Adrian Houser</a></strong> offering seven options on the 40-man roster. The clearer path to MLB time for Stock would likely come in relief, though he seems likely to open the year at Triple-A Nashville given Milwaukee&#8217;s overall pitching depth.</p> Milwaukee Brewers Transactions Robert Stock Anthony Franco Red Sox Have Shown Interest In Matt Moore https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2023/01/red-sox-have-shown-interest-in-matt-moore.html MLB Trade Rumors urn:uuid:624f2f42-b96f-5d47-bfd9-b68da9d9a2c2 Fri, 27 Jan 2023 01:02:33 +0000 The Red Sox have checked in on free agent reliever Matt Moore this offseason, reports Chris Cotillo of MassLive (Twitter links). The extent of their interest isn&#8217;t known, but Cotillo adds that fellow southpaw Andrew Chafin has not been on Boston&#8217;s radar thus far. Moore and Chafin are arguably the two best remaining free agent relievers. Alongside Will Smith,&#8230; <p>The Red Sox have checked in on free agent reliever <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/search/search.fcgi?pid=moorema02,moore-007mat,moore-006mat&amp;search=Matt+Moore&amp;utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2023-01-26_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Matt Moore</a></strong> this offseason, reports Chris Cotillo of MassLive (<a target="_blank" href="https://twitter.com/ChrisCotillo/status/1618645387342147585">Twitter</a> <a target="_blank" href="https://twitter.com/ChrisCotillo/status/1618637185451950081">links</a>). The extent of their interest isn&#8217;t known, but Cotillo adds that fellow southpaw <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/c/chafian01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2023-01-26_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Andrew Chafin</a></strong> has <span style="text-decoration: underline;">not</span> been on Boston&#8217;s radar thus far.</p> <p>Moore and Chafin are arguably the two best remaining free agent relievers. Alongside <a target="_blank" href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/s/smithwi04.shtml"><strong>Will Smith</strong></a>, they&#8217;re part of a group of quality left-handers whose market has unexpectedly lingered. The Athletic&#8217;s Ken Rosenthal linked a <a target="_blank" href="https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2023/01/latest-on-market-for-left-handed-relievers.html">third of the league</a> (Boston included) to the lefty relief market earlier in the week, but we&#8217;ve still not seen any notable movement since <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/r/rogerta01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2023-01-26_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Taylor Rogers</a></strong> inked a three-year deal with the Giants before the calendar flipped to 2023.</p> <p>The 33-year-old Moore spent a decade as a big leaguer starter, battling inconsistency along the way. The former top prospect had a couple strong seasons upon breaking in with the Rays but started to struggle in the wake of 2014 Tommy John surgery. He sandwiched a solid 2016 campaign between a trio of 5.00-plus ERA marks between 2015-18. Moore barely pitched in 2019, spent the &#8217;20 campaign in Japan and was hit hard in his return showing with the Phillies two seasons ago.</p> <p>Moore inked a minor league deal with the Rangers last offseason. He was in the majors again by mid-April and reinvented himself as a power arm out of the bullpen. Texas deployed him exclusively in relief, calling upon the veteran 63 times. Through 74 innings, Moore posted a stellar 1.95 ERA. He struck out batters at a strong 27.3% clip while generating swinging strikes on a massive 14.7% of his offerings. His fastball averaged around 94 MPH and he got excellent results on both his curveball and changeup, giving him a three-pitch arsenal to deploy in short stints.</p> <p>The sole red flag in Moore&#8217;s 2022 performance was his control. He dished out walks to 12.5% of opponents, a rate more than three percentage points higher than average. ERA estimators like FIP (2.98) and SIERA (3.69) weren&#8217;t quite as bullish as his sub-2.00 ERA would suggest, as Moore was probably a bit fortunate to strand 81% of the baserunners he allowed. That said, there&#8217;s room for Moore to regress marginally from his 2022 level while still remaining a quality high-leverage option if he can sustain last season&#8217;s swing-and-miss prowess.</p> <p>Moore certainly earned himself a big league deal this time around and he has a case for a multi-year pact even headed into his age-34 campaign. Former Red Sox hurler <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/s/strahma01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2023-01-26_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Matt Strahm</a></strong> secured a two-year, $15MM deal from the Phillies on the heels of a solid but arguably less impressive 3.83 ERA/3.30 SIERA showing.</p> <p>Chafin has an even stronger argument for a two-year contract. He&#8217;s going into his age-33 season and coming off a second straight excellent year. He provided the Tigers 57 1/3 frames of 2.83 ERA ball with a 27.6% strikeout rate and 7.8% walk percentage. That was on the heels of a 1.83 ERA season between the Cubs and A&#8217;s in 2021. Speculatively speaking, it&#8217;s possible that&#8217;s leading to a loftier asking price than is coming from Moore&#8217;s camp to explain Boston&#8217;s seeming lack of interest in Chafin.</p> <p>The Red Sox have a fairly straightforward desire for left-handed relief help. They&#8217;ve added <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/r/rodrijo06.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2023-01-26_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Joely Rodríguez</a></strong> on a $2MM free agent contract but parted with <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/h/hernada02.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2023-01-26_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Darwinzon Hernández</a></strong> and <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/search/search.fcgi?pid=taylojo02,taylor013jos&amp;search=Josh+Taylor&amp;utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2023-01-26_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Josh Taylor</a></strong> after seeing Strahm leave in free agency. Rodríguez is the only assured lefty reliever on the 40-man roster, though starting pitching prospects <a target="_blank" href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/register/player.fcgi?id=murphy007chr"><strong>Chris Murphy</strong></a> and <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/register/player.fcgi?id=walter000bra&amp;utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2023-01-26_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Brandon Walter</a></strong> could theoretically find themselves in that mix. The Sox have signed <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/s/sherrry01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2023-01-26_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Ryan Sherriff</a></strong> and <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/d/dermoma01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2023-01-26_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Matt Dermody</a></strong> to minor league deals in recent days to strengthen the depth. Neither would take them out of the market for Moore, who&#8217;d be a more significant acquisition.</p> <p>The Red Sox currently project for a player payroll in the $192MM range, as tabulated by <a target="_blank" href="https://www.fangraphs.com/roster-resource/payroll/red-sox">Roster Resource</a>. More meaningfully, they&#8217;re around $219MM in luxury tax obligations. That leaves them approximately $14MM shy of the $233MM base threshold, so a Moore deal would be financially viable while still leaving them some breathing room under the tax for midseason additions should they so desire. The Cubs are the only other team known to have checked in with Moore&#8217;s camp this winter, though there are surely numerous unreported suitors.</p> Boston Red Sox Andrew Chafin Matt Moore Anthony Franco Gary Peters Passes Away https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2023/01/gary-peters-passes-away.html MLB Trade Rumors urn:uuid:bc45a088-85f8-1860-9a04-50aa8d2c50bd Thu, 26 Jan 2023 23:40:30 +0000 Former big leaguer Gary Peters has passed away at the age of 85, per a report from Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times. A native of Pennsylvania, Peters signed with the White Sox as an amateur in 1956. He got called up to the majors for brief showings in four straight seasons from 1959&#8230; <p>Former big leaguer <strong><a target="_blank" href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/p/peterga01.shtml">Gary Peters</a></strong> has passed away at the age of 85, per a report from <a target="_blank" href="https://chicago.suntimes.com/white-sox/2023/1/26/23572995/gary-peters-two-time-white-sox-all-star-dies-at-85">Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times</a>.</p> <p>A native of Pennsylvania, Peters signed with the White Sox as an amateur in 1956. He got called up to the majors for brief showings in four straight seasons from 1959 to 1962, never getting to pitch more than 10 1/3 innings in any of those seasons. He finally got an extended run in 1963 and made the most of it. He tossed 243 innings that year over 30 starts and 11 relief appearances, posting a tidy 2.33 ERA that led the American League. He was given the AL Rookie of the Year award for that season. The southpaw built on that campaign with another strong one in 1964. He made 36 starts and one relief appearance, logging 273 2/3 innings with a 2.50 ERA. His 20 wins were tops in the American League and he made the All-Star team, the first of two times in his career.</p> <p>He would continue to post solid results for most of remainder of the decade, keeping his ERA under 4.00 in each year through 1968. In 1969, his ERA jumped to 4.53 and he was traded to the Red Sox afterwards. He would pitch in three more seasons in Boston with an ERA just over 4.00 in each, with 1972 marking his final major league action.</p> <p>Peters finished his career with a 3.25 ERA over 2,081 innings pitched in 359 major league games. He is credited with 124 wins, five saves, 79 complete games, 23 shutouts and 1,420 strikeouts. He won the Rookie of the Year in 1963, made the All-Star team in 1964 and 1967, led the AL in ERA twice and wins once.</p> <p>MLBTR sends our condolences to Peters&#8217; family, friends, former teammates and loved ones.</p> Boston Red Sox Chicago White Sox Obituaries Darragh McDonald Paul Sporer’s 2023 Third Base Rankings https://fantasy.fangraphs.com/paul-sporers-2023-third-base-rankings/ FanGraphs Fantasy Baseball urn:uuid:05df98e4-9205-730c-7f2d-55c6051f509f Thu, 26 Jan 2023 22:48:47 +0000 The Hot Trash Corner can be dangerous if you miss out on the top 7 <p><a href="https://fantasy.fangraphs.com/paul-sporers-2023-third-base-rankings/" rel="nofollow">Source</a></p> Featured Rankings Third Base Paul Sporer Mariners Outright Justus Sheffield https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2023/01/mariners-outright-justus-sheffield.html MLB Trade Rumors urn:uuid:9105a62d-df65-e10a-60db-15eacd0c09f3 Thu, 26 Jan 2023 22:16:12 +0000 The Mariners announced that left-hander Justus Sheffield has cleared waivers and been outrighted to Triple-A Tacoma. Sheffield, 27 in May, was a first round draft pick and was previously considered one of the top prospects in baseball. Selected 31st overall by Cleveland in 2014, went to the Yankees in 2016 as part of the Andrew&#8230; <p>The Mariners announced that left-hander <strong><a target="_blank" href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/s/sheffju01.shtml">Justus Sheffield</a></strong> has cleared waivers and been outrighted to Triple-A Tacoma.</p> <p>Sheffield, 27 in May, was a first round draft pick and was previously considered one of the top prospects in baseball. Selected 31st overall by Cleveland in 2014, went to the Yankees in 2016 as part of the <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/search/search.fcgi?pid=millean01,miller018and,miller017and,miller016and,miller021and,miller020and,miller019and&amp;search=Andrew+Miller&amp;utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2023-01-19_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Andrew Miller</a></strong> trade and then went to Seattle in the 2018 <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/p/paxtoja01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2023-01-19_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">James Paxton</a></strong> deal. Baseball America placed him on their top 100 list for four straight years beginning in 2016, including placing Sheffield in the top 50 for the latter two years of that stretch.</p> <p>Unfortunately, he hasn&#8217;t been able to deliver on that hype so far. He&#8217;s pitched 186 innings in the big leagues over the past five seasons with a 5.47 ERA, 18.2% strikeout rate and 10.6% walk rate. His 49.5% ground ball rate is strong but the results have been poor otherwise. His work in the minors hasn&#8217;t inspired much confidence either, as he registered a 6.99 ERA over 24 Triple-A starts last year.</p> <p>Those poor results nudged him off the roster when the Mariners signed <strong><a target="_blank" href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/l/lasteto01.shtml">Tommy La Stella</a></strong> last week. None of the 29 other clubs were willing to commit a roster spot to Sheffield so he&#8217;ll stick with the M&#8217;s as non-roster depth. Players with over three years of service time or a previous career outright can reject an outright assignment and elect free agency, but Sheffield doesn&#8217;t meet either qualification. If he earns his way back onto the roster, he still has one option year remaining.</p> Seattle Mariners Transactions Justus Sheffield Darragh McDonald Orioles Designate Darwinzon Hernandez For Assignment https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2023/01/orioles-designate-darwinzon-hernandez-for-assignment.html MLB Trade Rumors urn:uuid:03c6a5f7-80b2-2ff7-7c26-4a474cc1c5c3 Thu, 26 Jan 2023 20:40:05 +0000 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&#8217;s in a trade. Few pitchers in the game can match the 26-year-old Hernandez&#8217;s ability to miss bats &#8212; evidenced by a 32.3% strikeout rate in 85 1/3&#8230; <p>The Orioles announced that they have designated left-hander <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/h/hernada02.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2023-01-26_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Darwinzon Hernandez</a></strong> for assignment. His roster spot goes to fellow lefty <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/i/irvinco01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2023-01-26_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Cole Irvin</a></strong>, whom the club acquired from the A&#8217;s in a <a target="_blank" href="https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2023/01/orioles-acquire-cole-irvin-from-as.html">trade</a>.</p> <p>Few pitchers in the game can match the 26-year-old Hernandez&#8217;s ability to miss bats &#8212; evidenced by a 32.3% strikeout rate in 85 1/3 innings at the MLB level. However, even fewer struggle with their command to the same extent as Hernandez, who&#8217;s also walked 17.7% of his opponents as a big leaguer. He nonetheless managed a sharp 3.17 ERA with the Red Sox from 2020-21, but the 2022 season was a nightmare; Hernandez was shelled for 17 runs (16 earned)  in just 6 2/3 innings with Boston this past season. The Sox designated him for assignment earlier in the winter, and the O&#8217;s picked him up in a trade sending cash back to Boston. Overall, he has a 5.06 ERA during his 85 2/3 frames in the Majors.</p> <p>Even with that poor command, Hernandez could intrigue other clubs. Controllable, hard-throwing lefties who avoid hard contact and have a minor league option remaining aren&#8217;t necessarily easy to come by. The Orioles will have a week to trade Hernandez or attempt to pass him through outright waivers. In the event that he goes through waivers unclaimed, the Orioles could assign Hernandez outright to their Triple-A affiliate, thereby keeping him in the organization without the need to dedicate a 40-man roster spot to him.</p> Baltimore Orioles Transactions Darwinzon Hernandez Darragh McDonald Marlins Outright Daniel Castano https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2023/01/marlins-outright-daniel-castano.html MLB Trade Rumors urn:uuid:99d60d3d-3dec-bb36-830e-f8ce96a27f60 Thu, 26 Jan 2023 20:01:33 +0000 Left-hander Daniel Castano went unclaimed on waivers and has been assigned outright to Triple-A Jacksonville, the team announced Thursday. Castano, who was designated for assignment to open a roster spot for Johnny Cueto, will be in spring training as a non-roster invitee. Acquired alongside Sandy Alcantara, Zac Gallen and Magneuris Sierra in the lopsided trade&#8230; <p>Left-hander <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/c/castada01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2023-01-26_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Daniel Castano</a></strong> went unclaimed on waivers and has been assigned outright to Triple-A Jacksonville, the team announced Thursday. Castano, who was designated for assignment to open a roster spot for <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/c/cuetojo01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2023-01-26_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Johnny Cueto</a></strong>, will be in spring training as a non-roster invitee.</p> <p>Acquired alongside <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/a/alcansa01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2023-01-26_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Sandy Alcantara</a></strong>, <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/g/galleza01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2023-01-26_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Zac Gallen</a></strong> and <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/s/sierrma01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2023-01-26_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Magneuris Sierra</a></strong> in the lopsided trade that sent <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/o/ozunama01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2023-01-26_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Marcell Ozuna</a></strong> to St. Louis, the now-28-year-old Castano has appeared with the Marlins in each of the past three seasons, pitching to a combined 3.89 ERA over 85 2/3 innings of big league work. However, that ERA has been accompanied by a 12% strikeout rate that ranks as the lowest in MLB dating back to his debut (min. 80 innings pitched).</p> <p>Castano has strong command, evidenced by a 7.5% walk rate, and he&#8217;s avoided hard contact nicely, yielding just an 87.6 mph average exit velocity, a 7% barrel rate and a 35.9% hard-hit rate, per Statcast. Paired with a solid 44.7% ground-ball rate, he&#8217;s managed to find some success even in spite of his lack of punchouts &#8212; although fielding-independent metrics like FIP (4.86) and SIERA (5.28) feel he&#8217;s had his share of good fortune to arrive at that much stronger earned run average.</p> <p>The addition of Cueto bolstered the Marlins&#8217; rotation depth, although their subsequent trade of <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/l/lopezpa01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2023-01-26_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Pablo Lopez</a></strong> to the Twins thinned it back out. As such, the Marlins are surely happy to keep Castano in the organization. If he doesn&#8217;t earn a spot on the big league roster this spring, he&#8217;ll head to Jacksonville and give the club some experienced depth to call on in the event of an injury. While in Triple-A, he can continue to hone the new cutter that he debuted in 2022 &#8212; a pitch that emerged as his primary offering this past season. Castano found good success with the pitch in the minors (26.4% strikeout rate), but those new missed bats didn&#8217;t carry over to the MLB level for him this past season (12.8% strikeout rate).</p> Miami Marlins Transactions Daniel Castano Steve Adams Mets To Sign Michael Perez To Minor League Deal https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2023/01/mets-to-sign-michael-perez-to-minor-league-deal.html MLB Trade Rumors urn:uuid:23d64c94-1d43-e0b4-1b6d-7a42fa71effd Thu, 26 Jan 2023 19:13:38 +0000 The Mets are bringing back catcher Michael Perez, reports Mike Puma of The New York Post. Presumably, it&#8217;s a minor league deal for Perez, who was outrighted off the club&#8217;s roster in October. Perez, 30, has spent some time in the majors in each of the past five seasons, spending time with the Rays, Pirates&#8230; <p>The Mets are bringing back catcher <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/search/search.fcgi?pid=perezmi03,perez-011mic,perez-010mic&amp;search=Michael+Perez&amp;utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2023-01-26_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Michael Perez</a></strong>, reports <a target="_blank" href="https://twitter.com/NYPost_Mets/status/1618671514014089217">Mike Puma of The New York Post</a>. Presumably, it&#8217;s a minor league deal for Perez, who was outrighted off the club&#8217;s roster in October.</p> <p>Perez, 30, has spent some time in the majors in each of the past five seasons, spending time with the Rays, Pirates and Mets. He seemed passable with the bat in his first couple of seasons with the Rays, hitting .258/.321/.367 in 2018 and 2019. That was just 135 plate appearances but led to a 91 wRC+, roughly average for a catcher. In the three seasons since, however, he&#8217;s produced a line of .149/.222/.282.</p> <p>Defensively, Perez has generally been considered a strong defender. Prospect reports from his time as a minor league highlighted his blocking and game-calling, though his framing was considered a weak point. Both FanGraphs and Baseball Prospectus have considered him to be a subpar framer in his time in the big leagues so far, though Defensive Runs Saved considers his defense to be better than average.</p> <p>Last year, despite not hitting much, he spent a decent amount of time rostered due to injuries. The Pirates were trying to cover for <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/search/search.fcgi?pid=perezro02,perez-016rob&amp;search=Roberto+Perez&amp;utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2023-01-26_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Roberto Pérez</a></strong>, who underwent season-ending hamstring surgery. Michael Perez got selected in his place and lasted on the roster for more than two months but barely hit at all. He was designated for assignment and sent to the Mets for cash considerations, with that club dealing with injuries to <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/m/mccanja02.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2023-01-26_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">James McCann</a></strong> and <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/n/nidoto01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2023-01-26_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Tomás Nido</a></strong> at the time. He stuck with the Mets until getting designated for assignment and outrighted in October.</p> <p>For the Mets, they clearly liked Perez enough to bring him back as non-roster depth. The major league team will feature <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/n/narvaom01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2023-01-26_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Omar Narváez</a></strong> and Nido, with a third catcher on the 40-man roster in <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/a/alvarfr01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2023-01-26_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Francisco Álvarez</a></strong>. The 21-year-old Álvarez made his MLB debut late last year and is considered one of the best prospects in the league, but that&#8217;s mainly due to his bat. He seems likely to begin the season at Triple-A to continue developing as a defender. <a target="_blank" href="https://nypost.com/2023/01/25/mets-francisco-alvarez-question-comes-with-complex-answers/">Joel Sherman of The New York Post</a> recently spoke with general manager Billy Eppler, who said there&#8217;s a chance Alvarez could crack the big league club out of Spring Training. Some have suggested the club should carry three catchers in order to get the bat of Álvarez into the lineup, though doing so would give him less time to continue developing his defense than if he were the everyday backstop in Triple-A. However the Mets choose to play it, Perez will give them an experienced option to have in Triple-A should they need it at some point. If he gets back onto the roster, he still has an option year remaining and will give the Mets some roster flexibility.</p> New York Mets Transactions Francisco Alvarez Michael Perez Darragh McDonald MLB Risers and Fallers: Free Agency Fallout https://razzball.com/mlb-risers-and-fallers-free-agency-fallout/ Fantasy Baseball Blog at Razzball.com urn:uuid:e8342da4-5c0f-a306-5f00-0892693be8d7 Thu, 26 Jan 2023 19:00:39 +0000 <p>Who were the real risers and fallers from MLB free agency this offseason, you ask?</p> <p>Let&#8217;s be clear, there was one true winner of this MLB offseason, and that was Scott Boras. He presided over more than $1.2 billion in free agency deals like he was the Pope lifting his holy hands to all those MLB clubs who were desperately seeking just a morsel of the divine flock of players he had to offer. <a href="https://razzball.com/mlb-risers-and-fallers-free-agency-fallout/" class="read-more">Please, blog, may I have some more? </a></p> 2023 Fantasy Baseball Fantasy Baseball Buy/Sell Jesse Winker Jon Berti Josh Bell Patrick Wisdom Rafael Devers Willson Contreras KirkseySports Astros Name Dana Brown General Manager https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2023/01/astros-hire-dana-brown-braves-gm.html MLB Trade Rumors urn:uuid:aadf40d5-b612-12c1-5db3-25a555c835ce Thu, 26 Jan 2023 18:49:59 +0000 The Astros have hired Braves vice president of scouting Dana Brown as their new general manager, the team announced Thursday. He&#8217;ll replace James Click, who held the position from 2020-22 but departed after the season. &#8220;We are excited to have Dana join our organization,&#8221; Astros owner Jim Crane said in today&#8217;s press release. &#8220;He brings&#8230; <p>The Astros have hired Braves vice president of scouting Dana Brown as their new general manager, the team announced Thursday. He&#8217;ll replace James Click, who held the position from 2020-22 but departed after the season.</p> <p>&#8220;We are excited to have Dana join our organization,&#8221; Astros owner Jim Crane said in today&#8217;s press release. &#8220;He brings championship caliber experience to our team and is the right fit for us to continue to deliver a winning franchise on and off the field. We welcome Dana and his family to the Astros family.&#8221;</p> <p><img class="alignright size-medium wp-image-762714" src="https://cdn.mlbtraderumors.com/files/2023/01/dana-brown-astros-300x200.jpg" alt="" width="300" height="200" srcset="https://cdn.mlbtraderumors.com/files/2023/01/dana-brown-astros-300x200.jpg 300w, https://cdn.mlbtraderumors.com/files/2023/01/dana-brown-astros.jpg 679w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" /></p> <p>Brown has been the Braves&#8217; vice president of scouting for the past four seasons, overseeing drafts that netted the Braves talent such as <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/s/stridsp01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2023-01-26_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Spencer Strider</a></strong>, <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/h/harrimi04.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2023-01-26_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Michael Harris</a></strong>, <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/g/grissva01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2023-01-26_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Vaughn Grissom</a></strong>, <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/l/langesh01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2023-01-26_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Shea Langeliers</a></strong> and <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/e/elderbr01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2023-01-26_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Bryce Elder</a></strong>. Prior to being hired by Atlanta in 2019, he was a special assistant in the Blue Jays&#8217; front office for nine years &#8212; overlapping with current Braves president of baseball operations (and former Toronto GM) Alex Anthopoulos for a substantial portion of that tenure. Brown spent the nine preceding seasons as the director of scouting for the Expos/Nationals and was an area supervisor and crosschecker in the Pirates&#8217; scouting department for eight years in the 90s.</p> <p>Even six months ago, the notion of the Astros needing to hire a new general manager would&#8217;ve registered as a surprise. There were reports of growing friction between Crane and Click late in the 2022 season, but winning tends to cure all, and the Astros not only made a deep postseason run but took home their second World Series title in the past six seasons &#8212; Click&#8217;s first in just his third year on the job.</p> <p>However, while 73-year-old skipper Dusty Baker was content to take a one-year extension despite having just secured a championship, Click understandably sought a multi-year offer with his original three-year contract drawing to a close. Crane put forth what was widely viewed as a token one-year extension offer &#8212; Click&#8217;s World Series counterpart Dave Dombrowski, for comparison, was extended through 2027 by the Phillies &#8212; which was swiftly rejected by Click. The Astros <a target="_blank" href="https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2022/11/astros-part-ways-with-general-manager-james-click.html">announced Click&#8217;s departure</a> two days later and, on the same day, <a target="_blank" href="https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2022/11/astros-fire-assistant-general-manager-scott-powers.html">fired assistant GM Scott Powers</a>, whom Click had hired away from the Dodgers back in Jan. 2022.</p> <p>The Astros have operated without a general manager throughout the offseason. Crane has personally taken a large role in baseball operations, negotiating Rafael Montero&#8217;s three-year, $34.5MM deal to return to the club and Jose Abreu&#8217;s three-year, $58.5MM contract. Assistant GMs Bill Firkus, Andrew Ball and Charles Cook have all retained roles near the top of the hierarchy, and former Astros star and current front office advisor Jeff Bagwell has also reportedly influenced the team&#8217;s baseball operations decisions.</p> <p>Brown will now step to the top of the Astros&#8217; baseball operations department, ostensibly with full autonomy over the team&#8217;s roster decisions moving forward. Reports have indicated that Crane was more involved than most owners even prior to Click&#8217;s departure &#8212; he <a target="_blank" href="https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2022/11/astros-owner-nixed-willson-contreras-deal-at-trade-deadline.html">nixed a deadline trade</a> that would&#8217;ve sent Jose Urquidy to the Cubs for Willson Contreras &#8212; and only time will tell whether he has a more hands-off approach with his newly minted general manager.</p> <p>Brown&#8217;s appointment as general manager marks at least something of a philosophical shift from recent regimes. Former president of baseball operations Jeff Luhnow, who was fired in the wake of the 2017 trashcan scandal, was among the foremost voices in bringing about the analytical revolution in modern baseball front offices. Click, meanwhile, came from a similarly data-driven Rays organization, where he&#8217;d served as vice president of baseball operations and, per the Rays (at the time of his hiring in Houston) had &#8220;a focus on baseball research and development&#8221; and &#8220;baseball systems,&#8221; among other responsibilities.</p> <p>That&#8217;s not to say that neither Luhnow nor Click had any scouting acumen themselves, just as it&#8217;s not to say that Brown is unfamiliar with many of the data-oriented principles that guide modern front offices (to varying extents). Nonetheless, Brown&#8217;s background is rooted in more traditional types of player evaluation; the Astros, under Luhnow, moved away from in-person scouting to put a greater focus on video scouting. That had already begun to change under Click, who worked hard over his final year to replenish some of the scouting resources lost under the prior regime&#8217;s shift.</p> <p>Just as we can&#8217;t yet know whether Crane&#8217;s more hands-on approach will change with Brown in the GM&#8217;s chair, it&#8217;s impossible to state whether the Astros will pivot to a more scouting-heavy focus &#8212; or at least a more balanced blend between data-based and scouting-based evaluations. Brown and Crane will surely speak on the matter in the near future; the Astros have called a 2pm press conference to formally introduce their new general manager.</p> <p><em>Mark Berman of FOX 26 first reported that Brown would be Houston&#8217;s new GM (<a target="_blank" href="https://twitter.com/MarkBermanFox26/status/1618681478535335936">Twitter link</a>).</em></p> <p><em>Photo courtesy of the Houston Astros.</em></p> Atlanta Braves Houston Astros Newsstand Dana Brown Steve Adams Orioles, Austin Voth Avoid Arbitration https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2023/01/orioles-austin-voth-avoid-arbitration-one-year-club-option.html MLB Trade Rumors urn:uuid:52521ea5-a67b-64f8-b286-66bde5b41792 Thu, 26 Jan 2023 18:21:56 +0000 12:21pm: The Athletic&#8217;s Dan Connolly tweets that Voth agreed to a $1.85MM salary for the upcoming season, which was the midpoint between the $2MM sum at which he filed and the team&#8217;s $1.7MM. The option is valued at $2.45MM but can increase by as much as $500K based on performance incentives for the 2023 season.&#8230; <p><strong>12:21pm:</strong> The Athletic&#8217;s Dan Connolly <a target="_blank" href="https://twitter.com/danconnolly2016/status/1618673994961649669">tweets</a> that Voth agreed to a $1.85MM salary for the upcoming season, which was the midpoint between the $2MM sum at which he filed and the team&#8217;s $1.7MM. The option is valued at $2.45MM but can increase by as much as $500K based on performance incentives for the 2023 season.</p> <p><strong>11:30am:</strong> The Orioles announced Thursday that they&#8217;ve agreed to a one-year contract with right-hander <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/v/vothau01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2023-01-26_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Austin Voth</a></strong>. The deal, which avoids an arbitration hearing, also contains a club option for the 2024 season.</p> <p>Claimed off waivers out of the Nationals organization on June 7, Voth immediately turned a corner with the O&#8217;s. The former fifth-round pick had long held potential and <a target="_blank" href="https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2020/04/nationals-rumors-austin-voth-breakout-rotation.html">looked like a breakout candidate</a> in D.C., but despite some brief glimpses of potential he was never able to establish himself as a consistent member of the Nats&#8217; rotation or bullpen. Time will tell whether he&#8217;s able to do so in Baltimore, but he&#8217;s off to a good start.</p> <p>In 83 innings following that waiver claim, Voth pitched to a sharp 3.04 ERA with a 20.7% strikeout rate, a strong 7.2% walk rate and a tidy 1.08 HR/9 mark. He&#8217;s unlikely to sustain an 82.4% left-on-base rate that&#8217;s 10 percentage points higher than league-average &#8212; only eight pitchers (min. 80 innings sustained a rate at that level in 2023) &#8212; but fielding-independent marks still peg him in the low-4.00 range.</p> <p>Heading into 2023, the 30-year-old Voth could compete for a rotation spot in Baltimore. He started 17 games for the O&#8217;s after being acquired, and the team hasn&#8217;t done much to supplement its rotation this winter. The Orioles have effectively replaced <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/l/lylesjo01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2023-01-26_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Jordan Lyles</a></strong> with <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/search/search.fcgi?pid=gibsoky01,gibson004kyl&amp;search=Kyle+Gibson&amp;utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2023-01-26_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Kyle Gibson</a></strong> for the same cost, but there have been no further additions. <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/k/kremede01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2023-01-26_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Dean Kremer</a></strong>, <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/search/search.fcgi?pid=wellsty01,wells-004tyl,wells-003tyl&amp;search=Tyler+Wells&amp;utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2023-01-26_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Tyler Wells</a></strong>, <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/b/bradiky01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2023-01-26_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Kyle Bradish</a></strong>, <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/z/zimmebr02.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2023-01-26_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Bruce Zimmermann</a></strong>, <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/b/baumami01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2023-01-26_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Mike Baumann</a></strong>, <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/w/watkisp01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2023-01-26_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Spenser Watkins</a></strong> and top prospects <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/h/halldl01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2023-01-26_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">DL Hall</a></strong> and <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/register/player.fcgi?id=rodrig000gra&amp;utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2023-01-26_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Grayson Rodriguez</a></strong> will all get consideration for innings this season &#8212; though the O&#8217;s are reportedly still exploring potential moves to bolster the starting staff.</p> <p>Even if Voth doesn&#8217;t win a rotation spot this spring, he&#8217;ll be assured a spot in the bullpen. He&#8217;s now on a guaranteed salary for the upcoming season, and because he&#8217;s out of minor league options, he can&#8217;t be sent to the minors without first being exposed to waivers. Given how well he pitched after being claimed last time around, he&#8217;d surely be claimed if the O&#8217;s tried to pass him through waivers themselves.</p> <p>The club option on the contract doesn&#8217;t extend Baltimore&#8217;s control over Voth. He was already controllable via arbitration for three seasons, so the option merely serves as a means of giving the club some possible cost certainty on his next arbitration salary. If the option is declined, he&#8217;d still be under team control, but the two sides would then go through the arb process all over again &#8212; or else Voth could simply be non-tendered. As things currently stand, he won&#8217;t qualify for free agency until after the 2025 campaign.</p> Baltimore Orioles Transactions Austin Voth Steve Adams Dodgers Sign Wander Suero To Minor League Deal https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2023/01/dodgers-sign-wander-suero-to-minor-league-deal.html MLB Trade Rumors urn:uuid:6592bee1-9089-2316-98b7-ec011e8a767d Thu, 26 Jan 2023 18:04:22 +0000 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&#8230; <p>The Dodgers have signed reliever <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/s/suerowa01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2023-01-26_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Wander Suero</a></strong> to a minor league deal, as relayed by <a target="_blank" href="https://www.baseballamerica.com/stories/minor-league-transactions-jan-10-25-2023/">Chris Hilburn-Trenkle of Baseball America</a>. Pitcher <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/register/player.fcgi?id=gowdy-000kev&amp;utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2023-01-26_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Kevin Gowdy</a></strong> and catcher <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/register/player.fcgi?id=marte-000ham&amp;utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2023-01-26_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Hamlet Marte</a></strong> have also signed non-roster pacts with L.A.</p> <p>Suero, 31, is the only member of that group with big league experience. The righty was a durable middle innings option for the Nationals between 2018-21. He pitched in 185 games over that stretch, tallying 185 1/3 innings of 4.61 ERA ball. While a bloated 6.33 mark during his final season inflated his overall numbers, Suero was a roughly league average reliever for his first three years.</p> <p>Between 2018-20, the Dominican-born hurler put together a 4.10 ERA in 140 appearances. He struck out 26.1% of batters faced against a manageable 8.5% walk percentage, holding opposing hitters to a .239/.315/.365 line. Suero contributed 71 1/3 regular season innings to Washington&#8217;s World Series team in 2019, logging four postseason appearances that year.</p> <p>Things went off the rails in 2021. Suero&#8217;s strikeout rate dipped from the 27-28% range to 23.2%. His whiff rate also dropped a couple percentage points. Most alarming was a massive spike in home runs, as he allowed 11 longballs in 42 2/3 frames. That rate of 2.32 homers per nine innings was well north of his previous career-high mark of 0.76 HR/9. That led Washington to non-tender him at the end of the season.</p> <p>Suero latched on with the Angels on a minor league contract for 2022. He made 20 appearances for their top affiliate in Salt Lake, struggling to a 6.08 ERA with just a 13.4% strikeout percentage. The Halos released him in July. Suero made seven appearances in the Mexican League to finish the season, and he&#8217;s pitched seven more times in Dominican Winter League action over the offseason. He allowed two runs in 6 2/3 innings in winter ball but only struck out two of 28 opponents.</p> <p>Gowdy is a 25-year-old righty who went 42nd overall to the Phillies in the 2016 draft. The Phils paid an overslot $3.5MM bonus to buy him out of a UCLA commitment out of high school. That didn&#8217;t pan out, as Gowdy missed two seasons recovering from Tommy John surgery and didn&#8217;t advance past High-A in the Philadelphia system. The Rangers acquired him as part of the <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/search/search.fcgi?pid=gibsoky01,gibson004kyl&amp;search=Kyle+Gibson&amp;utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2023-01-26_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Kyle Gibson</a></strong>/<strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/search/search.fcgi?pid=kenneia01,kenned002ian&amp;search=Ian+Kennedy&amp;utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2023-01-26_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Ian Kennedy</a></strong> deadline deal in 2021. Gowdy spent last season working out of the bullpen at Double-A Frisco, where he was tattooed for a 9.90 ERA with nearly as many walks as strikeouts in 40 innings. He hit minor league free agency at year&#8217;s end and will try to earn an MLB look in the third organization of his professional career.</p> <p>Marte, 29 next month, is a minor league journeyman. He&#8217;s played parts of 11 pro seasons for three organizations, hitting .259/.327/.409. He&#8217;s spent the past two seasons in the upper levels of the Dodgers&#8217; system but has only played in 52 combined games. He&#8217;ll likely head to Triple-A Oklahoma City as a depth catcher.</p> Los Angeles Dodgers Transactions Kevin Gowdy Wander Suero Anthony Franco Stolen Base Rate Depending on Lineup Position https://fantasy.fangraphs.com/stolen-base-rate-depending-on-lineup-position/ FanGraphs Fantasy Baseball urn:uuid:83331dd0-17ec-7f76-2643-6e940117f2ca Thu, 26 Jan 2023 18:00:44 +0000 Wherein I find out the hard way... <p><a href="https://fantasy.fangraphs.com/stolen-base-rate-depending-on-lineup-position/" rel="nofollow">Source</a></p> Featured Lineups Meta Analysis Stolen Bases Jeff Zimmerman Pirates Outright Miguel Andujar https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2023/01/pirates-outright-miguel-andujar.html MLB Trade Rumors urn:uuid:e33d6190-6956-5990-01f2-346adafd1a85 Thu, 26 Jan 2023 17:13:13 +0000 The Pirates have sent corner infielder/outfielder Miguel Andújar outright to Triple-A Indianapolis after he went unclaimed on waivers, tweets Kevin Gorman of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. He&#8217;ll be in big league camp as a non-roster invitee to Spring Training, which suggests he&#8217;s accepted the assignment. Andújar is a more high-profile player than usually hits the waiver wire.&#8230; <p>The Pirates have sent corner infielder/outfielder <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/a/andujmi01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2023-01-26_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Miguel Andújar</a></strong> outright to Triple-A Indianapolis after he went unclaimed on waivers, <a target="_blank" href="https://twitter.com/KevinGormanPGH/status/1618650501146624001">tweets</a> Kevin Gorman of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. He&#8217;ll be in big league camp as a non-roster invitee to Spring Training, which suggests he&#8217;s accepted the assignment.</p> <p>Andújar is a more high-profile player than usually hits the waiver wire. The right-handed hitter posted big numbers in the Yankees&#8217; farm system and reached the majors at the tail end of the 2017 season. A top 60 overall prospect headed into the following year at both Baseball America and FanGraphs, Andújar looked like a potential core piece in the Bronx after an excellent rookie season. He hit 27 home runs and 47 doubles with a .297/.328/.527 line over 606 plate appearances as New York&#8217;s primary third baseman in 2018.</p> <p>That earned Andújar a runner-up behind <b><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/o/ohtansh01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2023-01-26_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Shohei Ohtani</a></b> in AL Rookie of the Year balloting. While he seemed like the third baseman of the future for the Yankees, he&#8217;s yet to again reach those early-career heights. His sophomore season was cut short after just 12 games by a labrum tear in his right shoulder that required surgery. By the time he returned in 2020, <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/u/urshegi01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2023-01-26_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Gio Urshela</a></strong> had broken out and claimed the third base job. That left Andújar in a depth role, cycling between the Bronx and Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre without much consistent MLB playing time.</p> <p>Tough as that situation must&#8217;ve been for Andújar, he never forced the Yankees&#8217; hand by earning significant reps. New York gave him 327 scattered plate appearances between 2020-22. He hit just .244/.272/.346 with eight homers and a meager 4% walk rate. Paired with a corner-only defensive profile, his production was a little below replacement level. The Yankees eventually cut him loose at the end of last season, waiving him in September. The Pirates grabbed the 27-year-old off the wire and plugged him into nine games down the stretch. Andújar got 40 plate appearances with Pittsburgh, hitting .250/.275/.389 to close out the year.</p> <p>After the season, he and the Bucs agreed to a $1.525MM salary to buy out his second season of arbitration eligibility. While that may have kept him from being non-tendered in November, he was still squeezed off the 40-man roster last week once the Bucs brought back <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/m/mccutan01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2023-01-26_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Andrew McCutchen</a></strong>. Any team that claimed Andújar off waivers would&#8217;ve had to take on his salary. It&#8217;s certainly not an exorbitant sum but is roughly double the league minimum and might&#8217;ve played a role in him going unclaimed.</p> <p>Andújar has a bit more than four years of major league service time. Players with over three years of service have the right to refuse an outright assignment in favor of minor league free agency, though anyone with fewer than five years of service would forfeit the remaining guaranteed money on their contract to do so. Andújar certainly wouldn&#8217;t have landed a better deal in free agency after going unclaimed on waivers, so it&#8217;s no surprise he&#8217;s elected to take the minor league assignment to hang onto that salary.</p> <p>He&#8217;ll report to camp and try to reestablish himself on the 40-man roster as a right-handed bench bat. If he doesn&#8217;t break camp, he&#8217;ll open the season as a depth option in Indianapolis. Andújar has a .303/.351/.507 line in a little over 600 career Triple-A plate appearances. Performing at that level in the minors could certainly get him back on the radar for a midseason promotion. Andújar is out of minor league option years, though, meaning he&#8217;d have to stick on the MLB roster or again be DFA if he earns a call-up at any point.</p> Pittsburgh Pirates Transactions Miguel Andujar Anthony Franco All-Time Best New York Mets https://www.pitcherlist.com/all-time-best-new-york-mets/ Pitcher List urn:uuid:22077996-38a5-2afa-8742-4f7c67a60503 Thu, 26 Jan 2023 17:00:26 +0000 <p>Who made our franchise starting lineup for the New York Mets?</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.pitcherlist.com/all-time-best-new-york-mets/">All-Time Best New York Mets</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.pitcherlist.com">Pitcher List</a>.</p> We Love Baseball Scott Youngson Red Sox In Talks With Roberto Perez https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2023/01/red-sox-rumors-roberto-perez-catcher.html MLB Trade Rumors urn:uuid:18b082a2-cf61-e629-db3f-777ef474b2aa Thu, 26 Jan 2023 16:52:17 +0000 The Red Sox are discussing a deal with free-agent catcher Roberto Perez, reports Chris Cotillo of MassLive.com (Twitter link). iTalkStudios tweeted yesterday that the Red Sox had some interest in Perez. Boston has already added Jorge Alfaro on a minor league deal this winter and also picked up Caleb Hamilton off waivers from the Twins&#8230; <p>The Red Sox are discussing a deal with free-agent catcher <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/search/search.fcgi?pid=perezro02,perez-016rob&amp;search=Roberto+Perez&amp;utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2023-01-26_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Roberto Perez</a></strong>, reports Chris Cotillo of MassLive.com (<a target="_blank" href="https://twitter.com/ChrisCotillo/status/1618636605941743616">Twitter link</a>). iTalkStudios <a target="_blank" href="https://twitter.com/iTalkStudiosYT/status/1618019484752809985">tweeted</a> yesterday that the Red Sox had some interest in Perez. Boston has already added <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/a/alfarjo01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2023-01-26_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Jorge Alfaro</a></strong> on a minor league deal this winter and also picked up <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/h/hamilca01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2023-01-26_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Caleb Hamilton</a></strong> off waivers from the Twins in October (later passing him through outright waivers themselves), but the front office is still exploring other potential options behind the dish.</p> <p>Perez, 34, spent eight seasons in Cleveland from 2014-21, establishing himself as one of the game&#8217;s premier defensive backstops along the way. He signed with the Pirates in free agency last offseason, but his 2022 campaign was limited to just 21 games. Perez tore his hamstring in early May and wound up requiring surgery that wiped out the rest of his season.</p> <p>During his brief time with the Bucs, Perez tallied 69 plate appearances and turned in a .233/.333/.367 batting line. That was solid production for a catcher, but on the whole, Perez has typically been a well below-average offensive player. His 2015 season (.228/.348/.402) and 2019 season (.239/.321/.452, career-high 24 home runs) stand as exceptions, but those peaks are offset by several seasons of sub-.200 batting averages and sub-.300 on-base percentages. Overall, Perez is a .207/.298/.360 hitter in 1752 Major League plate appearances.</p> <p>That lack of offense has been easier to live with, however, due to the strength of his glovework. Perez has won a pair of Gold Gloves in his career and, in 2019, was named the Wilson Overall Defensive Player of the Year in MLB. He&#8217;s piled up 79 Defensive Runs Saved in 4052 innings behind the plate, notched a massive 39% caught-stealing rate &#8212; including marks of 41% in 2019 and 71% in the shortened 2020 season &#8212; and posted elite pitch-framing marks according to each of FanGraphs, Baseball Prospectus and Statcast. Since Statcast began tracking framing data in 2015, only four catchers &#8212; <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/g/grandya01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2023-01-26_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Yasmani Grandal</a></strong>, <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/p/poseybu01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2023-01-26_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Buster Posey</a></strong>, <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/h/hedgeau01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2023-01-26_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Austin Hedges</a></strong> and <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/f/flowety01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2023-01-26_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Tyler Flowers</a></strong> &#8212; have been credited with more value for their framing efforts.</p> <p>As things stand, the Red Sox figure to deploy <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/m/mcguire01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2023-01-26_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Reese McGuire</a></strong> as their primary catcher in 2023. McGuire and <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/search/search.fcgi?pid=wongco01,wong--001con&amp;search=Connor+Wong&amp;utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2023-01-26_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Connor Wong</a></strong> are the only two catchers on Boston&#8217;s 40-man roster, although the aforementioned Alfaro, Hamilton and former top prospect <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/register/player.fcgi?id=hernan000ron&amp;utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2023-01-26_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Ronaldo Hernandez</a></strong> give the Sox some other non-roster options who&#8217;ll vie for playing time in spring training.</p> Boston Red Sox Roberto Perez Steve Adams Chad Young’s 2023 Ottoneu OF Rankings https://fantasy.fangraphs.com/chad-youngs-2023-ottoneu-of-rankings/ FanGraphs Fantasy Baseball urn:uuid:ecd064b5-1aa7-0062-0253-722b4370f201 Thu, 26 Jan 2023 16:15:12 +0000 More than 175 OF ranked for Ottoneu, with notes on each. <p><a href="https://fantasy.fangraphs.com/chad-youngs-2023-ottoneu-of-rankings/" rel="nofollow">Source</a></p> Ottoneu Outfielders Rankings Chad Young Fantasy Baseball Sleepers & Busts: Houston Astros https://www.pitcherlist.com/fantasy-baseball-sleepers-busts-houston-astros/ Pitcher List urn:uuid:b2b41ca1-d786-e828-7c18-59fd02da97d0 Thu, 26 Jan 2023 16:00:40 +0000 <p>Analyzing the Houston Astros for 2023 fantasy drafts.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.pitcherlist.com/fantasy-baseball-sleepers-busts-houston-astros/">Fantasy Baseball Sleepers &#038; Busts: Houston Astros</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.pitcherlist.com">Pitcher List</a>.</p> Baseball Fantasy Sleepers & Busts Scott Chu Read The Transcript Of Our Chat Hosted By Former MLB Pitcher Cory Wade https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2023/01/chat-with-former-mlb-pitcher-cory-wade.html MLB Trade Rumors urn:uuid:d927cad7-d9f1-f228-f1d8-5e43215e73c1 Thu, 26 Jan 2023 15:58:04 +0000 Righty Cory Wade was drafted by the Dodgers in the 10th round in 2004 out of Kentucky Wesleyan College &#8220;after setting the career record for strikeouts at Indianapolis&#8217; Ripple High,&#8221; according to Baseball America.  He broke into the Majors in late April of 2008 as a 24-year-old, tossing a scoreless inning against the Diamondbacks at&#8230; <p>Righty <a target="_blank" href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/w/wadeco01.shtml"><strong>Cory Wade</strong></a> was drafted by the Dodgers in the 10th round in 2004 out of Kentucky Wesleyan College &#8220;after setting the career record for strikeouts at Indianapolis&#8217; Ripple High,&#8221; according to Baseball America.  He broke into the Majors in late April of 2008 as a 24-year-old, tossing a scoreless inning against the Diamondbacks at Dodger Stadium.</p> <p><a target="_blank" href="https://cdn.mlbtraderumors.com/files/2023/01/68617380522__5CFA71FC-2C1D-414B-9643-1CF0E5751382.fullsizerender-2-scaled.jpg"><img class="alignleft wp-image-762680" src="https://cdn.mlbtraderumors.com/files/2023/01/68617380522__5CFA71FC-2C1D-414B-9643-1CF0E5751382.fullsizerender-2-225x300.jpg" alt="" width="271" height="361" srcset="https://cdn.mlbtraderumors.com/files/2023/01/68617380522__5CFA71FC-2C1D-414B-9643-1CF0E5751382.fullsizerender-2-225x300.jpg 225w, https://cdn.mlbtraderumors.com/files/2023/01/68617380522__5CFA71FC-2C1D-414B-9643-1CF0E5751382.fullsizerender-2-768x1024.jpg 768w, https://cdn.mlbtraderumors.com/files/2023/01/68617380522__5CFA71FC-2C1D-414B-9643-1CF0E5751382.fullsizerender-2-1152x1536.jpg 1152w, https://cdn.mlbtraderumors.com/files/2023/01/68617380522__5CFA71FC-2C1D-414B-9643-1CF0E5751382.fullsizerender-2-1536x2048.jpg 1536w, https://cdn.mlbtraderumors.com/files/2023/01/68617380522__5CFA71FC-2C1D-414B-9643-1CF0E5751382.fullsizerender-2-900x1200.jpg 900w, https://cdn.mlbtraderumors.com/files/2023/01/68617380522__5CFA71FC-2C1D-414B-9643-1CF0E5751382.fullsizerender-2-scaled.jpg 1920w" sizes="(max-width: 271px) 100vw, 271px" /></a></p> <p>As Wade&#8217;s stellar rookie season continued, he gained the trust of manager Joe Torre.  He finished the regular season with a 2.27 ERA in 71 1/3 innings, ranking third among all relievers.  Wade was a key part of the Dodgers&#8217; NLDS sweep of the Cubs in &#8217;08, pitching well out of L.A.&#8217;s bullpen in all three games.</p> <p>Unfortunately, Wade&#8217;s Dodgers career was derailed by shoulder surgery.  He battled to get back to the Majors, opting out of a minor league deal with the Rays in the summer of 2011 and signing with the Yankees.  Wade jumped straight into the Yankees&#8217; big league bullpen on June 15th, posting a 2.04 ERA on the season that was bested by only a handful of AL relievers, including pen-mates Mariano Rivera and David Robertson.  Under manager Joe Girardi, Wade once again found himself getting crucial postseason innings, putting up two scoreless against the Tigers in the second game of the ALDS.</p> <p>Wade moved around after his time with the Yankees, pitching in Triple-A for the Rays, Cubs, Mets, and Royals organizations.  After retiring from pitching, Wade spent nine years as a pro scout for the Padres.  He recently left that job to help start a sports scouting app called <a target="_blank" href="https://www.scoutuspro.com/">ScoutUs Pro</a>.</p> <p>Despite an average fastball velocity shy of 90 miles per hour, Wade showed impeccable control and wound up as one of the league&#8217;s better relievers in his work with both the &#8217;08 Dodgers and &#8217;11 Yankees.  His strikeout victims included Chipper Jones, Bobby Abreu, and Todd Helton.</p> <p>Cory answered questions from MLBTR readers for over an hour today, touching on topics such as modern baseball analytics, scouting, bouncing back from injuries, and much more.  Check out the transcript <a target="_blank" href="https://live.jotcast.com/chat/live-chat-with-former-mlb-pitcher-cory-wade-14866.html">here</a>!</p> <p>If you&#8217;re a current or former MLB player and you&#8217;d like to host an hour-long chat with our readers, <a target="_blank" href="https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/contact">contact us here</a>!  It&#8217;s easy and fun!</p> Los Angeles Dodgers MLBTR Player Chats New York Yankees San Diego Padres Cory Wade Tim Dierkes D-backs Sign Austin Adams, Jesse Biddle To Minor League Deals https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2023/01/d-backs-sign-austin-adams-jesse-biddle-to-minor-league-deals.html MLB Trade Rumors urn:uuid:0aa9e10a-7195-3eb6-22cf-7d6ebd8a0443 Thu, 26 Jan 2023 15:42:15 +0000 The Diamondbacks have signed righties Austin Adams and Eric Yardley and left-hander Jesse Biddle to minor league contracts, per Baseball America&#8217;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&#8217;s enormous strikeout numbers.&#8230; <p>The Diamondbacks have signed righties <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/search/search.fcgi?pid=adamsau01,adamsau02&amp;search=Austin+Adams&amp;utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2023-01-26_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Austin Adams</a></strong> and <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/y/yardler01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2023-01-26_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Eric Yardley</a></strong> and left-hander <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/b/biddlje01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2023-01-26_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Jesse Biddle</a></strong> to minor league contracts, <a target="_blank" href="https://www.baseballamerica.com/stories/minor-league-transactions-jan-10-25-2023/">per Baseball America&#8217;s Chris Hilburn-Trenkle</a>.</p> <p>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&#8217;s enormous strikeout numbers. Adams has appeared in 108 games and tallied 97 innings at the MLB level (mostly with the Padres), working to a solid 3.90 ERA along the way. He&#8217;s punched out a massive 34.2% of his opponents in the big leagues, walked 15.5% of them and, remarkably, plunked 6% of his opponents as well.</p> <p>Troubling as that lack of command is, Adams misses bats at an elite rate, and when opponents do make contact, it&#8217;s rarely high-quality contact. He&#8217;s held opposing batters to a dismal 86.2 mph average exit velocity in his career, yielded just a 29.7% hard-hit rate and allowed only six home runs in 97 innings (433 batters faced).</p> <p>Adams has been intriguing enough for the Mariners to trade for him and for the Padres to push for his inclusion alongside <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/n/nolaau01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2023-01-26_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Austin Nola</a></strong> in the trade that sent <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/f/francty01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2023-01-26_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Ty France</a></strong> and <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/m/munozan01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2023-01-26_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Andres Munoz</a></strong> to Seattle. There&#8217;s some obvious talent, thanks in no small part <a target="_blank" href="https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2020/04/the-mariners-mightve-struck-dfa-gold.html">to a wipeout slider</a>, but in addition to being his difficulties locating the ball, he&#8217;s endured a torn ACL in 2020 and a flexor strain that <a target="_blank" href="https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2022/08/austin-adams-undergoes-flexor-tendon-surgery.html">required surgery in 2022</a>, limiting him to just two innings. Because of that latter procedure, which was performed in August, it&#8217;s possible Adams will be delayed to begin his season. If he makes it back to the big leagues, the D-backs will have at least two years of club control over him.</p> <p>Yardley, 32, has pitched in parts of three big league seasons, spending time with the 2019 Padres and 2020-21 Brewers. He&#8217;s notched a tidy 3.52 ERA in that time, although fielding-independent metrics are far more bearish than his ERA &#8212; due largely to a tiny 13% strikeout rate and a slightly elevated 9.7% walk rate.</p> <p>Yardley has offset that lack of punchouts in part with a massive 60.8% ground-ball rate and a solid 1.01 HR/9 mark. The righty&#8217;s submarine delivery has helped him to keep the ball on the ground and in the yard, although as is often the case, it&#8217;s also given him a notable platoon split; lefties have clobbered Yardley at a .312/.382/.468 clip in his big league career.</p> <p>As for the 31-year-old Biddle, he&#8217;s returning from a one-year stint with the Orix Buffaloes in Japan&#8217;s Nippon Professional Baseball, where he pitched to a 4.02 ERA with a 24.4% strikeout rate and 10.9% walk rate out of the bullpen. The former first-round pick (27th overall by the Phillies in 2010) has appeared in parts of four Major League seasons, working to a 5.07 ERA in 103 frames. Biddle has fanned 22.2% of his opponents, issued walks at a bloated 13.1% clip and also recorded a hefty 52.8% ground-ball rate in that time.</p> <p>Back in 2018, the Braves looked like they might&#8217;ve benefited from a shrewd waiver claim of Biddle, who pitched 63 2/3 innings of 3.11 ERA ball for them as a rookie that season. Since that solid debut, however, Biddle has been tagged for an 8.24 ERA in 39 1/3 big league innings.</p> <p>Both pitchers will have the chance to factor into the Arizona bullpen at some point during the 2023 season. The Snakes have a handful of veterans on guaranteed contracts, including <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/m/melanma01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2023-01-26_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Mark Melancon</a></strong>, <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/search/search.fcgi?pid=castrmi01,castro002mig&amp;search=Miguel+Castro&amp;utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2023-01-26_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Miguel Castro</a></strong> and <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/m/mcgousc01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2023-01-26_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Scott McGough</a></strong>. They also enjoyed a breakout year from lefty <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/m/mantijo01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2023-01-26_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Joe Mantiply</a></strong> and a strong 30-game run from 28-year-old <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/g/ginkeke01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2023-01-26_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Kevin Ginkel</a></strong> in the season&#8217;s second half. There are still multiple spots up for grabs, however, and injuries throughout the year will of course create additional opportunities for veterans of this ilk.</p> Arizona Diamondbacks Transactions Austin Adams Eric Yardley Jesse Biddle Steve Adams Seattle Mariners Top Fantasy Baseball Prospects 2023 https://www.pitcherlist.com/seattle-mariners-top-fantasy-baseball-prospects-2023/ Pitcher List urn:uuid:b66628da-9842-03c8-402b-897e3bca40c7 Thu, 26 Jan 2023 15:00:37 +0000 <p>There are more rising stars on the horizon in the Pacific Northwest.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.pitcherlist.com/seattle-mariners-top-fantasy-baseball-prospects-2023/">Seattle Mariners Top Fantasy Baseball Prospects 2023</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.pitcherlist.com">Pitcher List</a>.</p> Dynasty Prospect Rankings Will Garofalo PPP 172 – All Seattle Mariners SP Analyzed https://www.pitcherlist.com/ppp-172-all-seattle-mariners-sp-analyzed/ Pitcher List urn:uuid:d031d9c7-b6ca-f000-b91c-09a17f728bdf Thu, 26 Jan 2023 14:59:02 +0000 <p>Nick Pollack's latest episode of the PL+ exclusive Plus Pitch Podcast. </p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.pitcherlist.com/ppp-172-all-seattle-mariners-sp-analyzed/">PPP 172 &#8211; All Seattle Mariners SP Analyzed</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.pitcherlist.com">Pitcher List</a>.</p> Podcast The Plus Pitch Podcast Nick Pollack The Opener: DFAs, Twins, Player Chat https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2023/01/the-opener-dfas-twins-player-chat.html MLB Trade Rumors urn:uuid:1f52b8f2-55f0-468d-ca8b-ddc1d22405b4 Thu, 26 Jan 2023 14:31:58 +0000 As the offseason continues to plug along toward the start of Spring Training in a few weeks, here are three things we&#8217;ll be keeping an eye on around the baseball world throughout the day today: 1. Unresolved DFAs come due A pair of lefties who were designated for assignment last week are due for a&#8230; <p>As the offseason continues to plug along toward the start of Spring Training in a few weeks, here are three things we&#8217;ll be keeping an eye on around the baseball world throughout the day today:</p> <p><strong>1. Unresolved DFAs come due</strong></p> <p>A pair of lefties who were designated for assignment last week are due for a conclusion today. <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/c/castada01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2023-01-26_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Daniel Castano</a></strong> was <a target="_blank" href="https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2023/01/marlins-dfa-daniel-castano.html">DFA&#8217;d</a> last week by the Marlins to make room for <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/c/cuetojo01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2023-01-26_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Johnny Cueto</a></strong> on the 40-man roster, while <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/s/sheffju01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2023-01-26_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Justus Sheffield</a></strong> was <a target="_blank" href="https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2023/01/mariners-sign-tommy-la-stella.html">designated</a> by the Mariners to open a spot for <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/l/lasteto01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2023-01-26_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Tommy La Stella</a></strong>. Castano has pitched to a 3.89 ERA (4.86 FIP) in 85 2/3 innings across 27 games (22 starts) with the Marlins spanning 2020-2022, making him an intriguing option for clubs looking to add starting depth.</p> <p>Sheffield, on the other hand, has struggled mightily to this point in the big leagues and recently at Triple-A as well, with a career 5.47 ERA (4.77 FIP) in 186 big league innings for his career. As a former top prospect, however, it wouldn&#8217;t be a surprise if another organization wanted to try their hand at righting the ship for Sheffield. Unlike Castano, Sheffield also has a minor league option remaining, making him easier for interested clubs to stash in the minors.</p> <p><strong>2. Are more moves on the horizon for the Twins?</strong></p> <p>The Twins have been active on the trade market recently, adding <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/l/lopezpa01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2023-01-26_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Pablo Lopez</a></strong> and two prospects in a <a target="_blank" href="https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2023/01/marlins-trade-pablo-lopez-twins-luis-arraez.html">blockbuster</a> that sent <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/a/arraelu01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2023-01-26_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Luis Arraez</a></strong> to the Marlins while also landing <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/t/taylomi02.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2023-01-26_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Michael A. Taylor</a></strong> in a <a target="_blank" href="https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2023/01/twins-to-acquire-michael-a-taylor-from-royals.html">separate deal</a> with the Royals. That&#8217;s already a considerable amount of action over the past week, but it seems possible Minnesota is still not quite done. Earlier this offseason, rumors frequently <a target="_blank" href="https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2022/12/max-kepler-has-drawn-trade-interest.html">percolated</a> regarding outfielder <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/k/keplema01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2023-01-26_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Max Kepler</a></strong>, and the Taylor trade gives Derek Falvey&#8217;s front office even more outfield depth. The Twins are particularly deep in lefty-hitting corner outfielders, with Kepler, offseason signee <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/g/gallojo01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2023-01-26_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Joey Gallo</a></strong>, <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/l/larnatr01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2023-01-26_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Trevor Larnach</a></strong>,<strong> <a target="_blank" href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/g/gordoni01.shtml">Nick Gordon </a></strong>and <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/w/wallnma01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2023-01-26_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Matt Wallner</a> </strong>all on the roster. Righty <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/c/celesgi01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2023-01-26_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Gilberto Celestino</a></strong>, meanwhile, is pushed further down the depth chart by the Taylor acquisition.</p> <p>Furthermore, with <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/k/kirilal01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2023-01-26_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Alex Kirilloff</a></strong> (another lefty-hitting corner outfield option) now primed to take on the lion&#8217;s share of playing time at first base, the Twins have looked into veteran complements for the former top prospect. The rumor mill has linked <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/g/gourryu01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2023-01-26_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Yuli Gurriel</a></strong> to Minnesota recently, and Miami&#8217;s decision to <a target="_blank" href="https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2023/01/marlins-rumors-stop-pursuit-yuli-gurriel-twins.html">step back</a> from their pursuit of Gurriel could help the odds of a deal getting done.</p> <p><strong>3. MLBTR Player Chat Today</strong></p> <p>For our final player chat of the week, MLBTR is excited to welcome former Dodgers and Yankees reliever <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/w/wadeco01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2023-01-26_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Cory Wade</a></strong>. Wade&#8217;s best season with the Dodgers came in 2008, when he posted a 2.27 ERA (3.78 FIP), good for a 184 ERA+ in 71 1/3 innings. With the Yankees, Wade had is best year in 2011, when he posted a 2.04 ERA (3.76 FIP), good for a 212 ERA+ in 39 2/3 innings. For his career, Wade finished with a 3.65 ERA (115 ERA+) with a 4.03 FIP in 177 2/3 innings of work in the majors. You can tune in at 10am CST today to participate in the live chat, and if you missed yesterday&#8217;s live chat with former Rockies and Pirates catcher (and current Pirates TV analyst) <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/m/mckenmi01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2023-01-26_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Michael McKenry</a></strong>, you can find the transcript <a target="_blank" href="https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2023/01/chat-with-former-mlb-catcher-michael-mckenry.html">here.</a></p> The Opener Nick Deeds