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  • Roberto Perez PIT C
    Giants' Roberto Perez: Joining San Francisco
    7h ago

    Perez agreed to a contract with the Giants on Sunday, Chris Cotillo of The Springfield Republican reports.

    Perez played in just 21 games for Pittsburgh last season before he ruptured his right hamstring and underwent season-ending surgery. The 34-year-old could open 2023 by splitting playing time with Joey Bart, who had a .660 OPS in his first full season as a starter behind the plate last year.

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  • Josh Harrison CHW 2B
    Phillies' Josh Harrison: Heading to Philadelphia
    8h ago

    Harrison agreed to a one-year, $2 million contract with the Phillies on Sunday, Jon Heyman of the New York Post reports.

    The veteran infielder spent the 2022 campaign with the White Sox, and the team declined his $5.5 million club option after he posted a .256/.317/.370 slash line with seven home runs and 27 RBI in 119 games. Harrison should have a chance to earn the starting job at second base, though he's more likely to fill the weak side of a platoon with Bryson Stott while also working as a utility man.

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  • Miguel Vargas LAD 1B
    Dodgers' Miguel Vargas: Could start at second base
    9h ago

    Dodgers GM Andrew Friedman said Sunday that Vargas could open 2023 as the club's primary second baseman, Jim Bowden of The Athletic reports.

    The 23-year-old had a .455 OPS across 18 games in his first taste of big-league action in 2022, but he could be an Opening Day starter for Los Angeles this year following the offseason departures of Trea Turner and Justin Turner. Vargas is the organization's top prospect, and it appears he'll enter spring training with a leg up for playing time over veteran Miguel Rojas, who would fill an infield utility role after being acquired from the Marlins.

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  • Gleyber Torres NYY 2B
    Yankees' Gleyber Torres: Avoids arbitration
    10h ago

    Torres agreed to a one-year, $9.95 million contract with the Yankees on Saturday to avoid arbitration, Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reports.

    It's the penultimate year of arbitration eligibility for Torres, and he'll receive a nice raise after he made $6.25 million in 2022. The 26-year-old rebounded at the plate last season with a .257/.310/.451 slash line and 24 home runs after he struggled to a .697 OPS in 2021.

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  • Grayson Rodriguez BAL RP
    Orioles' Grayson Rodriguez: Good bet for Opening Day rotation
    11h ago

    Orioles GM Mike Elias said Sunday he expects Rodriguez to make the team's Opening Day starting rotation, Jim Bowden of The Athletic reports.

    The 23-year-old was poised to make his big-league debut last summer before a Grade 2 lat strain resulted in a three-month absence, though he returned from the injured list to make six appearances in September. Rodriguez made 14 starts for Triple-A Norfolk in 2022 and had a 2.20 ERA, 0.94 WHIP and 97:21 K:BB across 69.2 innings, and he should crack Baltimore's Opening Day rotation with a decent showing during spring training. The young right-hander's reduced workload last year likely means he'll face some workload limitations in 2023.

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  • Nick Ahmed ARI SS
    Diamondbacks' Nick Ahmed: OK for spring training
    1d ago

    Ahmed (shoulder) is expected to be ready for the start of spring training, Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports.

    Ahmed told Piecoro he's been swinging "full go" for about a month, and that he's making progress in his throwing program. The shortstop missed the second half of the 2022 season after undergoing season-ending surgery in June to fix a labrum tear and two bone spurs in his right shoulder. Assuming good health, he'll likely open the 2023 season as the Diamondbacks' starting shortstop, but his lack of offensive upside severely limits his potential fantasy output.

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  • Roberto Perez PIT C
    Giants' Roberto Perez: Joining San Francisco
    7h ago

    Perez agreed to a contract with the Giants on Sunday, Chris Cotillo of The Springfield Republican reports.

    Perez played in just 21 games for Pittsburgh last season before he ruptured his right hamstring and underwent season-ending surgery. The 34-year-old could open 2023 by splitting playing time with Joey Bart, who had a .660 OPS in his first full season as a starter behind the plate last year.

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  • Tyler Stephenson CIN C
    Reds' Tyler Stephenson: Expected to see heavy workload
    2d ago

    Reds manager David Bell said Friday that he wants Stephenson (collarbone) in the lineup for 140-150 games this season, Bobby Nightengale of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

    That helps to explain why the Reds have stacked up an experienced cast of veteran backup catchers -- Curt Casali, Luke Maile, and Austin Romine -- over the course of the winter. Stephenson is expected to see a lot of time at DH and first base to aid in ensuring that he can handle a larger overall workload. The 26-year-old was limited to 50 games in 2022 due to a range of different ailments, but it was a broken collarbone that officially ended his season in August. He's averaged an .823 OPS with 15 home runs and 73 RBI for every 162 games played when healthy.

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  • Michael Perez NYM C
    Mets' Michael Perez: Re-signed by Mets
    3d ago

    Perez re-signed with the Mets on a minor-league contract Thursday, Mike Puma of the New York Post reports.

    Perez was acquired from the Pirates last midseason and later elected free agency after being outrighted off the 40-man roster, but he's now back with the organization on a minor-league pact. The 30-year-old sports a career .545 OPS over parts of five big-league seasons.

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  • Gavin Collins TB C
    Rays' Gavin Collins: Signs NRI deal with Rays
    4d ago

    Collins agreed Wednesday with the Rays on a minor-league contract that includes an invitation to MLB spring training, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

    Collins spent the 2022 campaign in the Guardians organization, and he posted a slash line of .235/.326/.370 with four homers over 139 plate appearances with Triple-A Columbus. He'll battle for a backup role with Tampa Bay, but he's likely ticketed for the minors to begin the 2023 season.

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  • Luis Torrens SEA C
    Cubs' Luis Torrens: Finds work with North Siders
    4d ago

    Torrens signed Wednesday with the Cubs on a minor-league deal that includes an invitation to MLB spring training.

    The Cubs will enter spring training with veterans Yan Gomes and Tucker Barnhart entrenched as the team's top two backstops, but Torrens could have an opportunity to break camp with the big club if Chicago elects to carry three catchers into Opening Day or if Gomes or Barnhart succumbs to an injury. Torrens logged 166 plate appearances in the big leagues with the Mariners in 2022, slashing .225/.283/.298 with three home runs, 15 RBI and 13 runs.

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  • Tres Barrera WAS C
    Cardinals' Tres Barrera: Gets NRI from St. Louis
    10d ago

    Barrera signed a minor-league contract with the Cardinals on Friday that includes an invitation to major-league spring training, Robert Murray of FanSided.com reports.

    The 28-year-old has seen big-league action in bits and pieces with the Nationals, collecting a .631 OPS in 162 plate appearances over three seasons. Barrera will likely to open 2023 at Triple-A Memphis.

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  • Miguel Vargas LAD 1B
    Dodgers' Miguel Vargas: Could start at second base
    9h ago

    Dodgers GM Andrew Friedman said Sunday that Vargas could open 2023 as the club's primary second baseman, Jim Bowden of The Athletic reports.

    The 23-year-old had a .455 OPS across 18 games in his first taste of big-league action in 2022, but he could be an Opening Day starter for Los Angeles this year following the offseason departures of Trea Turner and Justin Turner. Vargas is the organization's top prospect, and it appears he'll enter spring training with a leg up for playing time over veteran Miguel Rojas, who would fill an infield utility role after being acquired from the Marlins.

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  • Jesus Aguilar OAK 1B
    Athletics' Jesus Aguilar: Expected to play every day
    2d ago

    Aguilar is expected to receive everyday playing time between first base and designated hitter, Athletics general manager David Forst told Martin Gallegos of MLB.com on Friday.

    Forst was speaking to reporters after the A's made their one-year, $3 million contract with Aguilar official. The 32-year-old put up just a .661 OPS over 129 games for the Marlins and Orioles last season, but it's not a surprise to hear the plan is to play him regularly in 2023 given the state of Oakland's roster. Still, it's difficult to imagine Aguilar will have much fantasy utility outside of deep leagues. With Aguilar around, Seth Brown figures to play the outfield more, assuming he's not traded.

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  • Jonathan Singleton MIL 1B
    Jon Singleton: Released by Milwaukee
    3d ago

    Singleton was released by the Brewers on Thursday, per the MLB transaction log.

    Singleton was designated for assignment by Milwaukee on Monday, and he unsurprisingly went unclaimed on waivers. He spent the entire 2022 season with Triple-A Nashville and managed a .219/.375/.434 line across 581 plate appearances.

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  • Jesus Aguilar BAL 1B
    Athletics' Jesus Aguilar: Signing deal with A's
    5d ago

    Aguilar is set to sign a contract with the Athletics, according to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle.

    It's a one-year, $3 million deal, adds USA Today's Bob Nightengale. Aguilar largely struggled at the dish for both the Marlins and Orioles in 2022, ultimately finishing with a .235/.281/.379 slash line over 507 plate appearances. The 32-year-old first baseman/DH has some pop left in his bat, however, and appears to have picked the right spot in Oakland to maximize his potential for playing time in 2023.

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  • Yuli Gurriel HOU 1B
    Yuli Gurriel: Marlins no longer pursuing
    6d ago

    Gurriel (knee) is no longer a target for the Marlins in free agency, Craig Mish of the Miami Herald reports.

    Gurriel is one of the few potentially impactful position players remaining on the free-agent market, and the Marlins could use some help in that regard, but Mish hears that the club "had stopped any aggressive pursuit" of the veteran first baseman as of Monday afternoon. Maybe this falling out has to do with the MCL sprain that he suffered in Game 5 of the World Series against the Phillies. Gurriel struggled to a .242/.288/.360 slash line during the 2022 regular season before rising up in the early part of the playoffs for the Astros. He turns 39 years old this June but should be able to find a major-league deal at some point before the beginning of spring training.

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  • Joey Votto CIN 1B
    Reds' Joey Votto: Likely to be delayed this spring
    6d ago

    Votto (shoulder) is likely going to be delayed at the start of spring training, Reds general manager Nick Krall said Monday.

    "Probably not," Krall said when asked of Votto's potential readiness for the beginning of camp. "I think he's going to be a little delayed there. That was expected at the beginning, from when he had surgery, that he wasn't going to be unlimited, full-go at the beginning. We'll just have to see where he comes in and go from there." Additionally, manager David Bell said of Votto's recovery from surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff and torn biceps, that "it's been a tougher rehab than he anticipated." The skipper did note that it still wouldn't surprise him if Votto is ready to go on Opening Day but that more will be known once spring training gets underway. Votto has always been lauded for his work ethic, but he's also a 39-year-old coming off major surgery, so we can't count on him avoiding an injured list stint.

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  • Josh Harrison CHW 2B
    Phillies' Josh Harrison: Heading to Philadelphia
    8h ago

    Harrison agreed to a one-year, $2 million contract with the Phillies on Sunday, Jon Heyman of the New York Post reports.

    The veteran infielder spent the 2022 campaign with the White Sox, and the team declined his $5.5 million club option after he posted a .256/.317/.370 slash line with seven home runs and 27 RBI in 119 games. Harrison should have a chance to earn the starting job at second base, though he's more likely to fill the weak side of a platoon with Bryson Stott while also working as a utility man.

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  • Gleyber Torres NYY 2B
    Yankees' Gleyber Torres: Avoids arbitration
    10h ago

    Torres agreed to a one-year, $9.95 million contract with the Yankees on Saturday to avoid arbitration, Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reports.

    It's the penultimate year of arbitration eligibility for Torres, and he'll receive a nice raise after he made $6.25 million in 2022. The 26-year-old rebounded at the plate last season with a .257/.310/.451 slash line and 24 home runs after he struggled to a .697 OPS in 2021.

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  • Jeff McNeil NYM 2B
    Mets' Jeff McNeil: Signs extension with New York
    2d ago

    McNeil signed a four-year, $50 million contract extension with the Mets on Friday to avoid arbitration, Jeff Passan of ESPN.com reports.

    After slashing .326/.382/.454 across 589 plate appearances last season, the reigning NL batting champion earned himself a nice raise from his $3 million salary in 2022. The deal reportedly includes a fifth-year club option, which could bump the total value of the deal up to $63.75 million.

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  • Cesar Hernandez WAS 2B
    Tigers' Cesar Hernandez: Gets chance with Detroit
    4d ago

    Hernandez agreed Wednesday with the Tigers on a minor-league contract that includes an invitation to MLB spring training, Jon Heyman of the New York Post reports.

    After signing a one-year, $4.5 million contract with the Nationals last season, Hernandez had to settle for a minor-league deal on the open market this winter while his performance took a major step back in 2022. On the heels of a 21-home run campaign in 2021 while he split time with the White Sox and Guardians, Hernandez left the yard just once this past season, despite logging 617 plate appearances. The 32-year-old still displayed a high-contact approach at the plate and flashed some speed (10 stolen bases in 14 attempts), so he could have a fair chance at breaking camp with the Tigers as a utility infielder.

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  • Trevor Story BOS 2B
    Red Sox's Trevor Story: Expects to play in 2023
    8d ago

    Story (elbow) believes he will be able to play in 2023, Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe reports.

    Story underwent an internal bracing procedure on the UCL in his right elbow in the middle of January. The infielder is expected to miss at least 4-6 months while he recovers from the procedure, but that timeline does give him an opportunity to return at some point this summer. While Story is out, it appears that Enrique Hernandez will see the majority of his playing time at shortstop, but the Red Sox have made it known they are looking for additional help in the middle of their infield.

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  • Ozzie Albies ATL 2B
    Braves' Ozzie Albies: Going through normal offseason
    8d ago

    Albies hasn't had any restrictions this offseason after fracturing his pinky finger in mid-September, Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports.

    Albies missed the remainder of the regular season as well as Atlanta's lone playoff series, though he said Saturday that he would have been ready to go had the team advanced to the NLCS. The 26-year-old is coming off a down season in which he hit .247/.294/.409 and was limited to just 64 games due to the broken pinky and a broken foot. He can seemingly be considered fully healthy heading into camp.

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  • Jason Vosler SF 3B
    Jason Vosler: Released by Mariners
    1d ago

    Vosler was released by the Mariners on Saturday.

    Vosler was only a member of the Mariners' organization for 10 days, and the reason for his abrupt departure has not been announced. One possible explanation could be that he's on the cusp of signing with a team overseas. While no such move has been announced, he'd fit the typical demographic. He's yet to establish himself at the MLB level, playing just 77 career games through his age-28 season, but his .228/.306/.421 line is decent enough that teams in Korea or Japan would probably be interested.

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  • Matt Duffy LAA 3B
    Royals' Matt Duffy: Receives contract from Royals
    2d ago

    Duffy signed a minor-league contract with the Royals on Friday.

    The veteran infielder will be given an invitation to major-league spring training. It's a good landing spot for Duffy, as the Royals recently freed up some playing time in the infield when they traded Adalberto Mondesi. Duffy was solid for the Cubs in 2021 but struggled last season with the Angels, putting up a .619 OPS across 247 plate appearances.

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  • Zach Remillard CHW 3B
    White Sox's Zach Remillard: Returns to White Sox as NRI
    3d ago

    Remillard re-signed with the White Sox on a minor-league contract Friday.

    Remillard had reached minor-league free agency, but he'll return to the White Sox and be given an invitation to major-league spring training. The 28-year-old spent 2022 at Triple-A Charlotte, posting a .773 OPS with nine homers and 19 stolen bases. He'll compete for a reserve role but is almost certainly headed back to Charlotte to begin 2023.

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  • Jason Vosler SF 3B
    Mariners' Jason Vosler: Links on with Mariners
    5d ago

    Vosler signed a minor-league deal with the Mariners on Jan. 18.

    Vosler was designated for assignment by the Giants in November, and he elected free agency after refusing an outright assignment to Triple-A Sacramento. The infielder forged a slash line of .242/.311/.433 with 18 homers in 360 at-bats with the River Cats in 2022.

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  • Brett Baty NYM 3B
    Mets' Brett Baty: Likely to start season in minors
    5d ago

    Baty (thumb) is likely to begin the season at Triple-A Syracuse, Deesha Thosar of FOXSports.com reports.

    The Mets' third-base job opened back up when their deal with Carlos Correa fell through, but they're expected to turn back to Eduardo Escobar rather than hand the hot corner over to Baty. Escobar is slated to play for Venezuela in the World Baseball Classic, so Baty will have plenty of opportunities in camp to change the Mets' minds. The top prospect mostly struggled when pressed into duty with the big club last season, but Baty is likely the future at third base. Ideally, the Mets would probably like him to seize the job against righties at some point in 2023.

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  • Brian Anderson MIL 3B
    Brewers' Brian Anderson: Expected to play primarily at 3B
    6d ago

    Anderson told reporters via Zoom on Sunday that he will primarily play third base, Adam McCalvy of MLB.com reports.

    Anderson also said the team has talked to him about playing in the outfield, and also potentially at first base. The former Miami infielder/outfielder signed a one-year, $3.5 million deal with the Brewers after being non-tendered by the Marlins following a disappointing 2022 season where he posted a .657 OPS over 98 games.

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  • Nick Ahmed ARI SS
    Diamondbacks' Nick Ahmed: OK for spring training
    1d ago

    Ahmed (shoulder) is expected to be ready for the start of spring training, Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports.

    Ahmed told Piecoro he's been swinging "full go" for about a month, and that he's making progress in his throwing program. The shortstop missed the second half of the 2022 season after undergoing season-ending surgery in June to fix a labrum tear and two bone spurs in his right shoulder. Assuming good health, he'll likely open the 2023 season as the Diamondbacks' starting shortstop, but his lack of offensive upside severely limits his potential fantasy output.

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  • Fernando Tatis SD SS
    Padres' Fernando Tatis: Resumes swinging
    3d ago

    Tatis (shoulder/wrist/suspension) took batting practice Thursday, Hector Gomez of Z101Digital.com reports.

    Tatis was cleared to resume baseball activity Jan. 6 and this was his first public step toward returning to the field since. He is expected to be ready to participate at the start of spring training, though he'll still be required to sit out the first 20 games of the season due to a PED suspension. After missing the entire 2022 campaign, Tatis will have high expectations in 2023 after posting an OPS above .930 in all three of his previous seasons in the majors.

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  • Colson Montgomery CHW SS
    White Sox's Colson Montgomery: Invited to MLB spring training
    3d ago

    Montgomery has been invited to the major-league side of White Sox camp this spring.

    It's an opportunity for Montgomery to familiarize himself with the players -- and, more importantly, coaches -- on Chicago's current major-league roster/staff. Selected in the first round of the 2021 MLB Draft out of a high school in Indiana, the 20-year-old top shortstop prospect batted .274/.381/.429 with 11 home runs and 17 doubles in 96 games between three different levels of the minor leagues in 2022. He finished the 2022 season at Double-A Birmingham.

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  • Adalberto Mondesi BOS SS
    Red Sox's Adalberto Mondesi: Acquired by Red Sox
    5d ago

    The Red Sox acquired Mondesi (knee) along with a player to be named later from the Royals on Tuesday in exchange for Josh Taylor, Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reports.

    Chief baseball officer Chaim Bloom said Enrique Hernandez remains the likely starter at shortstop, per Chris Cotillo of The Springfield Republican, and Mondesi should be in the mix for playing time at both shortstop and second base. However, Mondesi isn't fully recovered from the ACL surgery he underwent last May and isn't guaranteed to be ready for Opening Day, according to Ian Browne of MLB.com. Injuries have obviously been the 27-year-old's big bugaboo, but this looks like a small price to pay for the Red Sox for a player with some upside. Mondesi will make $3.05 million in 2023 and is slated to hit free agency next winter.

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  • Amed Rosario CLE SS
    Guardians' Amed Rosario: Avoids arbitration
    16d ago

    Rosario signed a one-year, $7.8 million contract with the Guardians on Friday to avoid arbitration, Paul Hoynes of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

    After making $4.95 million in 2022, Rosario is now the fourth-highest paid player in Cleveland. He is coming off a season in which he led the team in hits and at-bats while batting .283 and recording 71 RBI and 86 runs. The 27-year-old also went 18-for-22 on stolen-base attempts.

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  • Edmundo Sosa PHI SS
    Phillies' Edmundo Sosa: Avoids arbitration with Philly
    16d ago

    Sosa agreed to a one-year, $950,000 contact with the Phillies on Friday to avoid arbitration, Scott Lauber of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

    It's the first year of arbitration eligibility for Sosa, who was acquired from the Cardinals at the trade deadline last season. The 26-year-old had a .227/.275/.369 slash line with two home runs and six stolen bases in 78 games and should fill a utility role for Philadelphia in 2023.

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  • Nick Senzel CIN CF
    Reds' Nick Senzel: Still expected to play center field
    2d ago

    Senzel (toe) is still expected to start in center field to begin the season, though it's possible that he could get work in other positions, Bobby Nightengale of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports. "He can play all over the field and be an everyday player, but with where we are as a team, he still factors into center field a lot," manager David Bell said.

    It's still not certain whether Senzel will be ready for the start of spring training following his surgery in November to repair a broken toe.

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  • Travis Jankowski NYM LF
    Rangers' Travis Jankowski: Gets NRI from Texas
    2d ago

    Jankowski signed a minor-league contract with the Rangers on Friday and received an invitation to major-league spring training.

    Jankowski only managed a .445 OPS in 64 plate appearances last season with the Mets and Mariners. That number became a little more respectable in Triple-A (.679 OPS), though the odds of him making an impact in the majors remain extremely slim.

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  • Skye Bolt OAK CF
    Brewers' Skye Bolt: Gets NRI from Crew
    2d ago

    Bolt signed a minor-league contract with the Brewers on Friday and received an invitation to major-league spring training, Adam McCalvy of MLB.com reports.

    Bolt slashed .326/.385/.526 in Triple-A last season, though he was never able to put it together in the majors, where his numbers dropped to .198/.259/.330 across 116 plate appearances with Oakland. Milwaukee already has plenty of outfield talent at the major-league and minor-league levels, so Bolt will likely serve as organizational depth.

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  • Starling Marte NYM RF
    Mets' Starling Marte: Status for start of spring TBD
    3d ago

    Marte's (core) status for the start of spring training has yet to be determined, Andy Martino of SNY.tv reports.

    The Mets said following Marte's core muscle surgery back in early November that he was expected to be full-go come spring training. However, it appears his availability is now more of a question mark. Marte will not play for the Dominican Republic in the World Baseball Classic as he had previously hoped to. More is expected to be known about Marte's status by early February, Martino adds.

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  • George Valera CLE CF
    Guardians' George Valera: Recovering from hand surgery
    4d ago

    Valera recently underwent surgery for a broken hamate bone in his right hand, reports Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

    The expectation is that Valera will still be in recovery mode when Guardians camp gets underway in Arizona next month. This type of surgery usually requires around two full months of rest and rehab. One of the top position-player prospects in Cleveland's system, Valera slashed .250/.353/.463 with 24 home runs and 82 RBI in 132 games last season between Double-A Akron and Triple-A Columbus. If his health cooperates, he could make his MLB debut at some point in 2023.

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  • Miguel Andujar PIT LF
    Pirates' Miguel Andujar: Outrighted to Triple-A
    4d ago

    Andujar cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Indianapolis by the Pirates on Thursday, Rob Biertempfel of The Athletic reports.

    It's a little surprising that Andujar passed through waivers unclaimed, but the Pirates are surely glad he'll stick around in the organization while not occupying a spot on the 40-man roster. The 27-year-old will be in major-league camp as a non-roster invitee.

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  • Kenta Maeda MIN SP
    Twins' Kenta Maeda: No restrictions for spring
    1d ago

    Maeda (elbow) will have no restrictions during spring training, Dan Hayes of The Athletic reports.

    Maeda missed all of the 2022 season while recovering from Tommy John surgery he underwent in September of 2021. The right-hander struggled to a 4.66 ERA in 21 appearances before the injury that season, but he has been an effective option in previous seasons. He's someone to monitor in the Grapefruit League, as a return to prior form could pay dividends for fantasy managers in 2023.

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  • Danny Duffy LAD SP
    Rangers' Danny Duffy: Signs on with Rangers
    2d ago

    Duffy (forearm) agreed Friday to a minor-league contract with the Rangers and received an invitation to major-league spring training, Evan Grant of The Dallas Morning News reports.

    Duffy's $7 million club option for 2023 was declined by the Dodgers in November after he was unable to pitch at all in 2022 due to forearm issues. The left-hander did pitch well in 2021 with a 2.51 ERA over 61 innings for Kansas City, and if he can stay reasonably healthy, he could be a significant asset for the Texas pitching staff. For fantasy purposes he carries at least as much risk as potential reward, however.

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  • James Kaprielian OAK SP
    Athletics' James Kaprielian: On track for spring
    2d ago

    Kaprielian (shoulder) is expected to be ready for the start of spring training, Athletics general manager David Forst told Matt Kawahara of the San Francisco Chronicle on Friday.

    The question on Kaprielian's status came in relation to the A's recent trade of Cole Irvin to the Orioles. That move was quite clearly a salary dump, but Oakland does have the depth to deliver a respectable Opening Day rotation if there are no setbacks on the health front. Kaprielian is said to be moving in the right direction in his recovery from offseason surgery to repair the AC joint in his throwing shoulder.

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  • Cole Irvin BAL SP
    Orioles' Cole Irvin: Traded to Orioles
    3d ago

    Irvin was traded from the A's to the Orioles on Thursday in exhange for minor leaguers Darell Hernaiz and Kyle Virbitsky, ESPN.com's Jeff Passan reports.

    Irvin put together the best season of his career in 2022, working to an overall 3.98 ERA and 1.16 WHIP in 30 starts covering 181 innings. He's never been a big strikeouts compiler, which stunts his fantasy appeal, but the 28-year-old lefty looks like a solid mid-to-upper rotation pickup for the O's as they aim to continue gaining ground in the AL East.

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  • Daniel Castano MIA SP
    Marlins' Daniel Castano: Outrighted to Triple-A
    3d ago

    Castano (shoulder) cleared waivers and was sent outright to Triple-A Jacksonville by the Marlins on Thursday, per Jordan McPherson of the Miami Herald.

    Miami designated Castano for assignment last week as the corresponding 40-man roster move for its completion of a free-agent agreement with veteran starter Johnny Cueto. The 28-year-old left-hander holds a 3.89 ERA, 1.43 WHIP and 45:28 K:BB ratio in 85.2 career innings at the MLB level.

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  • Jeffrey Springs TB SP
    Rays' Jeffrey Springs: Inks four-year extension
    4d ago

    Springs signed a four-year, $31 million contract extension with the Rays on Wednesday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

    The deal can max out at $65.75 million if Springs gets his club option picked up for 2027 and reaches all of the included performance-based incentives. The 30-year-old left-hander impressed his way into a full-time rotation spot in Tampa Bay last season, delivering a 2.46 ERA, 1.07 WHIP and 144 strikeouts (31 walks) across 135.1 innings. With his projectable workload on the rise, Springs should have late-round appeal in all standard fantasy drafts leading into the 2023 campaign.

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  • Grayson Rodriguez BAL RP
    Orioles' Grayson Rodriguez: Good bet for Opening Day rotation
    11h ago

    Orioles GM Mike Elias said Sunday he expects Rodriguez to make the team's Opening Day starting rotation, Jim Bowden of The Athletic reports.

    The 23-year-old was poised to make his big-league debut last summer before a Grade 2 lat strain resulted in a three-month absence, though he returned from the injured list to make six appearances in September. Rodriguez made 14 starts for Triple-A Norfolk in 2022 and had a 2.20 ERA, 0.94 WHIP and 97:21 K:BB across 69.2 innings, and he should crack Baltimore's Opening Day rotation with a decent showing during spring training. The young right-hander's reduced workload last year likely means he'll face some workload limitations in 2023.

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  • Matt Koch COL RP
    Rockies' Matt Koch: Signs NRI deal with Rockies
    1d ago

    Koch signed a minor-league contract with the Rockies on Nov. 22 and received an invitation to major-league spring training.

    Koch spent the 2022 season with the Mariners, and struggled to an 8.31 ERA over 4.1 innings of work in four appearances. The right-hander has an outside chance of making the Rockies out of spring training with a strong showing in the Cactus League.

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  • Brock Burke TEX RP
    Rangers' Brock Burke: Variety of roles possible
    1d ago

    Burke and the Rangers discussed a return to the rotation earlier in the offseason, and he's now being considered for the closer spot as well, Evan Grant of The Dallas Morning News reports.

    While the Rangers seemingly aren't certain how they'll use Burke next season, it's clear they like him quite a bit. It's easy to see why, as he recorded a 1.97 ERA last season in 82.1 innings of relief, backing that number up with a 27.4 percent strikeout rate and 7.3 percent walk rate. He was a starter in the minors and regularly threw multiple innings last season, so it could make sense for the Rangers to stretch him out and have him ready as the top fill-in should any of their starters' long injury histories get even longer. Given his success in relief, however, it could make sense for the Rangers to keep him in the bullpen, where he'll compete with Jose Leclerc, Jonathan Hernandez and potentially others for saves.

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  • Kyle Crick CHW RP
    Kyle Crick: Throws for interested clubs
    2d ago

    Crick (elbow) had a throwing session for teams Friday, Jon Heyman of the New York Post reports.

    Crick was attempting to show teams he's now healthy after he missed the final four months of the 2022 season with an elbow injury. The 30-year-old has always been a capable strikeout artist but has had major control problems for several years running.

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  • Alex Colome COL RP
    Nationals' Alex Colome: Gets NRI deal from Nats
    2d ago

    Colome signed a minor-league contract with the Nationals on Friday and received an invite to major-league spring training, Jesse Dougherty of The Washington Post reports.

    The Nationals have had their eyes on Colome since 2019 when they attempted to trade for him ahead of the deadline. The right-hander has declined considerably since then, however, and holds a 4.82 ERA and 1.52 WHIP over the past two seasons. If the 34-year-old reliever can hold his own in spring training, he might crack a Nats bullpen with few proven arms, though he probably won't see much high-leverage usage.

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  • Peter Fairbanks TB RP
    Rays' Pete Fairbanks: Signs three-year extension
    2d ago

    Fairbanks signed a three-year, $12 million contract extension with the Rays on Friday, per ESPN's Jeff Passan.

    Passan adds that the arbitration-covering deal includes a $7 million fourth-year club option, which could potentially secure what would have been Fairbanks' first year of free-agent eligibility. The 29-year-old right-hander again had to contend with injuries in 2022, but he dominated to the tune of a 1.13 ERA and 38:3 K:BB ratio in 24 innings when healthy. Fairbanks currently projects as the favorite for saves in Tampa Bay leading into the 2023 campaign, though history suggests the closer role will be a carousel as the season plays out. It's just how the Rays tend to operate.

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    Rangers' Jackson Frazier: Catches on with Texas
    2d ago

    Frazier agreed Friday to a minor-league contract with the Rangers that includes an invitation to major-league spring training, Evan Grant of The Dallas Morning News reports.

    Frazier hit just .216/.356/.297 in his 45 major-league plate appearances in the 2022 season with the Cubs. The former top prospect will compete for a bench spot with the Rangers in the Cactus League.

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  • Trey Mancini CHC DH
    Cubs' Trey Mancini: Won't play for Italy in WBC
    6d ago

    Mancini will not play for Team Italy in the World Baseball Classic, Meghan Montemurro of the Chicago Tribune reports.

    Mancini believes that it will be better for him to spend that time with his new organization rather than participate in the WBC. The 30-year-old was signed to a two-year, $14 million contract with the Cubs after declining a $10 million option with the Astros after the season. He's expected to see plenty of playing time at first base and designated hitter while he's with Chicago.

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  • Tommy La Stella SEA DH
    Mariners' Tommy La Stella: Joining Seattle
    10d ago

    La Stella signed a one-year contract with the Mariners on Thursday.

    La Stella spent the past two seasons with the Giants and battled various injuries during his time with the club. He played in just 60 games last year and slashed .239/.282/.350 with two homers, 17 runs and 14 RBI but will attempt to bounce back during his age-34 season. La Stella missed the end of 2022 with neck spasms but should be ready for spring training in February.

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  • Trey Mancini HOU DH
    Cubs' Trey Mancini: Two-year deal with Cubs
    15d ago

    Mancini agreed Saturday with the Cubs on a two-year, $14 million deal that includes an opt-out clause after the first season, Jesse Rogers of ESPN.com reports.

    Per Rogers, Mancini is likely to see time at first base and designated hitter for the Cubs. A longtime Oriole, Mancini was dealt to the Astros ahead of the trade deadline last season and struggled to the tune of a .176/.258/.364 line following the trade, resulting in Houston declining his $10 million option for 2023. Mancini, who turns 31 in March, is a career .265/.330/.457 hitter in the major leagues.

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  • J.D. Davis SF DH
    Giants' J.D. Davis: Inks one-year deal
    16d ago

    Davis signed a one-year, $4.21 million contract with the Giants on Friday to avoid arbitration, source reports.

    Davis started slow for the Mets last season, but was able to slash .263/.361/.496 with the Giants after being traded at the deadline. It's unclear how exactly Davis will fit in the Giants' lineup in 2023, whether it's at third base or as the designated hitter, but he still figures to get his fair share of at-bats next season.

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  • Kyle Lewis ARI DH
    Diamondbacks' Kyle Lewis: Reaches deal with Arizona
    16d ago

    Lewis agreed to a one-year, $1.61 million contract with the Diamondbacks on Friday to avoid arbitration, Nick Piecoro of The Arizona Republic reports.

    It's the first year of arbitration eligibility for Lewis, who was acquired from the Mariners in November. The 2020 AL Rookie of the Year has played in only 54 big-league games across the past two seasons and produced a .215/.301/.366 slash line during that span.

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