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Sat Jan 2812:06Nationals Sign Alexander Colome To Minor-League DealAlex ColoméSPRaysFree Agent
The Washington Nationals signed free-agent reliever Alexander Colome to a minor-league deal on Friday that includes an invitation to major-league spring training. The Nationals have had plenty of interest in Colome before, including advanced trade talks with the Chicago White Sox at the 2019 trade deadline. The 34-year-old right-hander was an All-Star back in 2016 with the Tampa Bay Rays when he had a 1.91 ERA and 37 saves, but he's no longer in his prime heading into his 11th big-league campaign. In 47 relief innings for the Colorado Rockies in 2022, he posted a career-worst 5.74 ERA (4.54 FIP), 1.68 WHIP, four saves and 14.9 percent strikeout rate. Colome does have 159 career saves, but he's unlikely to pitch in too many high-leverage situations for the Nats if he makes the team out of spring training.
Source: The Washington Post - Jesse DoughertyRotoBaller.com
Fri Jan 2718:45Rangers Sign Clint Frazier, Danny Duffy To Minor-League DealsDanny DuffySPRoyalsFree Agent
Clint FrazierCFIndiansFree Agent
The Texas Rangers signed free-agent outfielder Clint Frazier and left-hander Danny Duffy to minor-league deals on Friday. Once a top prospect for the Cleveland Guardians, Frazier spent the 2022 season with the Chicago Cubs and hit just .216 with a .653 OPS and no home runs in 19 games. Staying healthy has always been a big issue -- he's never played in more than 69 major-league games in a single season -- and he has a career slash line of .238/.329/.427 with a .756 OPS, 29 home runs and 98 RBI in six big-league seasons. Duffy had a left forearm injury that kept him from pitching in 2022. In his 11 major-league seasons with the Kansas City Royals, he has a 3.95 ERA (4.17 FIP), 1.32 WHIP and 21.1 percent strikeout rate in 234 outings (204 starts). Frazier and Duffy will provide some nice veteran depth if they can stay healthy in 2023.
Source: Dallas Morning News - Evan GrantRotoBaller.com
Fri Jan 2718:36Jesus Aguilar To Split Time At First Base, DHJesús Aguilar1BIndiansFree Agent
Oakland Athletics general manager David Forst said he expects the newly signed Jesus Aguilar to split his time in 2023 at first base and designated hitter in an everyday role, similar to what he was doing last year with the Miami Marlins and Baltimore Orioles. The 32-year-old right-handed slugger spent most of his time with the Fish (113 games) and finished with a .235/.281/.379 slash line, .661 OPS, 16 home runs, 51 RBI, 39 runs scored and a stolen base in 507 plate appearances over 129 combined games. Aguilar still has some pop in his bat, but he'll provide little else while moving to a weak lineup in one of the most pitcher-friendly home ballparks in baseball. He can be avoided in shallow mixed leagues.
Source: MLB.com - Martin GallegosRotoBaller.com
Wed Jan 2500:17Matt Barnes Designated For Assignment TuesdayMatt BarnesSPRed SoxFree Agent
The Boston Red Sox officially designated relief pitcher Matt Barnes for assignment on Tuesday, per the Athletic's Jen McCaffrey. The move was made to make room for recently-signed outfielder Adam Duvall. The 32-year-old righty did see some high-leverage situations over the course of the 2022 season but ended with an 0-4 record, eight of 10 save opportunities converted, and four holds to go with a 4.31 ERA, 1.44 WHIP, and 19.3% strikeout rate. He also missed time in the middle of the season with right shoulder inflammation. Barnes did earn 24 saves for the Red Sox in 2021, so he may be able to find a high-leverage spot with another team.
Source: Jen McCaffrey - Twitter.comRotoBaller.com
Tue Jan 2415:36Yolmer Sanchez Latches On With BravesYolmer SánchezSSWhite SoxFree Agent
Free-agent infielder Yolmer Sanchez signed a minor-league deal with the Atlanta Braves on Tuesday. Sanchez, a 30-year-old switch-hitting infielder, played in just 17 major-league games in 2022 with the Boston Red Sox and New York Mets and hit a combined .108/.214/.108 with a .322 OPS, no home runs, two RBI and one run scored in 44 plate appearances. He spent all of the 2021 season with the Braves' Triple-A affiliate in Gwinnett and is likely to begin the 2023 season back there. Sanchez spent the first seven seasons of his big-league career with the Chicago White Sox, and he has a .243/.299/.355 career slash line with a .654 OPS, 32 home runs, 217 RBI, 253 runs scored and 30 stolen bases in eight seasons in the majors. He'll serve as infield depth for Atlanta.
Source: Milb.comRotoBaller.com
Tue Jan 2414:14A's Agree To Contract With Jesus AguilarJesús Aguilar1BIndiansFree Agent
The Oakland Athletics have reportedly agreed to a deal with first baseman Jesus Aguilar, per a tweet from FanSided's Robert Murray on Tuesday. Murray tweeted the following: "Free-agent first baseman Jesus Aguilar and the Oakland A's are in agreement on a contract, pending physical, according to a source familiar with the deal. First to report a deal was close: @susanslusser." Aguilar previously split the 2022 season with the Miami Marlins and Baltimore Orioles, hitting .235 with a .281 on-base percentage, 16 home runs, and a stolen base in 507 plate appearances. He'll give the A's another option at first base alongside the likes of Dermis Garcia and Seth Brown.
Source: Robert MurrayRotoBaller.com
Tue Jan 2400:08Yankees Will Likely Start Aaron Hicks In Left FieldAaron HicksCFTwinsFree Agent
MLB.com's Bryan Hoch reported Monday that New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Hicks will likely be the team's starting left fielder for the 2023 season. General manager Brian Cashman said of Hicks, "I suspect he will be the guy that emerges, because he's still really talented and everything's there." The 33-year-old has spent much of his career with the Yankees in a platoon role and slashed an uninspiring .216/.330/.313with eight home runs, 40 RBI, and 10 stolen bases in 453 plate appearances in 2022. While the Yankees do have a strong lineup overall, Hicks' speed and benefit of hitting in that lineup do not provide enough to make him a compelling fantasy option, except perhaps in deep five-outfielder leagues.
Source: Bryan Hoch - Twitter.comRotoBaller.com
Mon Jan 2315:00Jon Singleton Designated For AssignmentJon Singleton1BAstrosFree Agent
The Milwaukee Brewers have reportedly designated first baseman Jon Singleton for assignment on Monday, per a tweet from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's Curt Hogg. Per Hogg's tweet, Singleton was designated for assignment to open up a 40-man roster space for new signing Brian Anderson. Singleton appeared in 134 games for Milwaukee's Triple-A club this past season, hitting .219 with a .375 on-base percentage, 24 home runs, and three stolen bases in 581 plate appearances. As of now, Milwaukee's options at first base include Rowdy Tellez, Owen Miller, Keston Hiura, Brian Anderson, and Josh VanMeter.
Source: Curt HoggRotoBaller.com
Sat Jan 2112:58Astros Unsure If Michael Brantley Will Be ReadyMichael BrantleyLFIndiansFree Agent
Houston Astros manager Dusty Baker said that he isn't sure if outfielder Michael Brantley (shoulder) is hitting yet or if he'll be ready for Opening Day. Baker said he plans on treating Brantley like NBA star Kawhi Leonard, welcoming him back when he is ready so he can "carry" the team. Brantley missed the final three months of the 2022 season after having surgery to fix the labrum in his right shoulder in August. The 35-year-old veteran is back on a one-year deal, but there's a good chance he won't be ready for the start of the season. When healthy, he should be a lineup regular between left field and designated hitter duties. Brantley doesn't have much pop -- only two 20-homer campaigns in 14 MLB seasons -- but he's a solid asset for average and on-base percentage.
Source: Houston Chronicle - Chandler RomeRotoBaller.com
Sat Jan 2112:02Chris Sale Has Worked Off A MoundChris SaleSPWhite SoxFree Agent
Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora said that left-hander Chris Sale (wrist) has thrown off a mound this offseason. Sale just has not been able to stay healthy for Boston in the last few seasons. He got a late start to 2022 and then broke his wrist in a bicycle accident in August. The 33-year-old southpaw only ended up making two starts for the Red Sox, but it sounds like he's getting his work in this offseason. However, we have no idea if Sale will be ready for the 2023 regular season, and quite honestly, fantasy managers shouldn't be holding their breath. The seven-time All-Star has had plenty of swing-and-miss stuff when healthy (career 11.1 K/9), but the injury risk now far outweighs the rewards with Sale.
Source: The Athletic - Jen McCaffreyRotoBaller.com
Fri Jan 2017:48Mike Trout Says His Back Is A "Non-Issue"Mike TroutCFAngelsFree Agent
Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout (back) said his back has been a "non-issue" for the last four months and it hasn't factored into his offseason much at all. That's excellent news for the Angels and fantasy managers as we approach the start of spring training. The 31-year-old played in only 119 games last season due to a condition called costovertebral dysfunction, which could be a long-term issue for him. The good news is that he was able to return to finish the 2022 campaign and hit .283/.369/.630 with a .999 OPS, 40 home runs, 80 RBI, 85 runs scored and one stolen base when it was all said and done. As long as he's healthy heading into the 2023 season, Trout will be a costly fantasy selection, but he now has much more risk than ever before if his back injury resurfaces.
Source: The Athletic - Sam BlumRotoBaller.com
Fri Jan 2013:07Yankees Have Discussed Jurickson ProfarJurickson Profar2BRangersFree Agent
The New York Yankees have discussed signing free-agent infielder/outfielder Jurickson Profar, but the Yankees are also adamant about staying under the "Steve Cohen tax" threshold of $293 million. They are currently at around $290 million. In addition to Profar, the Yankees have also checked in on Josh Harrison. The 29-year-old Profar reached free agency after declining his $8.33 million player option with the San Diego Padres for 2023. He became the Friars' everyday left field option in 2022 and hit .243/.331/.391 with a .723 OPS, 15 home runs, 58 RBI, 82 runs scored and five stolen bases in 152 games. Profar's bat might be slightly more attractive at Yankee Stadium, but he also wouldn't be guaranteed the playing time that he saw in San Diego.
Source: New York Post - Jon HeymanRotoBaller.com
Thu Jan 1913:35Adam Warren Retires After Eight-Year CareerAdam WarrenRPYankeesFree Agent
Right-handed pitcher Adam Warren announced his retirement from professional baseball on Wednesday after eight seasons. Warren last pitched in the majors with the San Diego Padres in 2019 and hadn't pitched since due to a shoulder injury and Tommy John surgery. The 35-year-old began his MLB career in 2012 with the New York Yankees and spent seven of his eight seasons pitching in pinstripes. He had a decent career in mostly a relief role, posting a 3.53 ERA (4.02 FIP), 1.23 WHIP, six saves and 20.9 percent strikeout rate in 492 1/3 innings pitched over 323 appearances (21 starts) in the regular season.
Source: MLB.com - Bryan HochRotoBaller.com
Thu Jan 1913:29David Phelps Announces RetirementDavid PhelpsRPYankeesFree Agent
Right-handed pitcher David Phelps officially announced his retirement from professional baseball. The 36-year-old reliever spent 10 years in the big leagues, three each with the New York Yankees, Miami Marlins and Toronto Blue Jays. He finished up the 2022 season in Toronto with a strong 2.83 ERA (3.16 FIP), 1.30 WHIP, one save, 31 walks and 64 strikeouts in 63 2/3 innings over 65 appearances (one start). Phelps made the decision to hang up his cleats after having surgery to reattach his lat muscle to his right shoulder. Over the span of his 10-year career, Phelps went 34-40 with a 3.80 ERA (3.87 FIP), 1.31 WHIP, seven saves and 22.9 percent strikeout rate in 682 2/3 innings thrown in the regular season.
Source: Sportsnet.ca - Arden ZwellingRotoBaller.com
Wed Jan 1818:08Kevin Pillar Agrees To Minor-League Deal With BravesKevin PillarCFBlue JaysFree Agent
The Atlanta Braves agreed to a minor-league deal with veteran outfielder Kevin Pillar on Wednesday, according to a source. Pillar will earn $3 million if he makes the big-league roster. The deal includes an invitation to major-league spring training. Pillar only played four games for the Los Angeles Dodgers last season and eventually had left shoulder surgery in June. In his last full season with the New York Mets in 2021, he slashed .231/.277/.415 with a .692 OPS, 15 home runs, 47 RBI, 40 runs scored and four stolen bases in 347 plate appearances and 124 games. The 34-year-old defensive stalwart is nearing the end of his career and is unlikely to have much fantasy value at all if he's in the big leagues in 2023 with Atlanta.
Source: MLB Trade Rumors - Steve AdamsRotoBaller.com
Tue Jan 1700:34Red Sox Express Interest In Elvis Andrus, Jurickson ProfarElvis AndrusSSRangersFree Agent
Jurickson Profar2BRangersFree Agent
USA Today's Bob Nightengale reported Monday that the Boston Red Sox have "expressed interest" in free-agent shortstop Elvis Andrus and free-agent second baseman/outfielder Jurickson Profar. The team will be without Trevor Story (elbow) for several months at least, as he recovers from elbow surgery, and they no longer have Xander Bogaerts, so either or both players would provide depth. Andrus had a surprise 2022 season, slashing .249/.303/.404 with 17 home runs, 58 RBI and 18 stolen bases with the Athletics and White Sox. Profar slashed .243/.331/.391 with 15 home runs, 58 RBI and five stolen bases with the Padres. The Red Sox's lineup will not be as strong as it historically has been, and while either player could provide speed with some power, they would be, at best, late-round rotisserie picks if they signed.
Source: Bob Nightengale - USA TodayRotoBaller.com
Sat Jan 1420:56Lucas Luetge Gets $1.55 Million To Avoid ArbitrationLucas LuetgeRPMarinersFree Agent
Left-handerLucas Luetgeand the Atlanta Braves avoided arbitration after agreeing to a one-year, $1.55 million deal. Luetge was waived by the Yankees during the offseason and traded to the Braves a few weeks ago. The 35-year-old made quite an impact for the Yankees in 2022 after molding a 2.67 ERA across 50 appearances. He whiffed 60 batters with a 23.9% strikeout rate. Along withWandy Peralta, Luetge was the only lefty arm out of the Yankees bullpen. He provided consecutive sub-three ERA's in the two years that he spent in the Bronx, and the southpaw will likely display similar numbers in Atlanta. Luetge will make a fantasy impact if you are looking for a dependable bullpen arm.
Source: Jon HeymanRotoBaller.com
Fri Jan 1320:37Jose Cisnero Gets $2.287 Million From TigersJosé CisneroRPAstrosFree Agent
The Detroit Tigers and relief pitcher Jose Cisnero agreed to a one-year, $2.287 million deal on Friday to avoid salary arbitration. Cisnero had an excellent 1.08 ERA (3.67 FIP), 1.36 WHIP, 19 walks and 23 strikeouts for the Tigers in 2022, but he only threw 25 relief innings due to an injury and personal issues. The 33-year-old right-hander will not be so fortunate next year if he is unable to limit his number of walks. Cisnero will only be attractive in 2023 deep holds leagues as a setup man in front of expected closer Alex Lange.
Source: New York Post - Jon HeymanRotoBaller.com
Thu Jan 1218:04Dodgers Officially Release Trevor BauerTrevor BauerSPIndiansFree Agent
The Los Angeles Dodgers gave starting pitcher Trevor Bauer his unconditional release on Thursday. The Dodgers designated Bauer for assignment last Friday and could not find a trade partner by the deadline this Friday, so the 31-year-old right-hander will become a free agent. Bauer has been reinstated by the league following his lengthy suspension for domestic violence, but it remains to be seen if any other MLB teams will take a chance on the former National League Cy Young winner. The Dodgers are on the hook for $22.5 million. He missed all of last season, so even if a team takes a chance on Bauer for 2023, it will be tough to predict how he'll perform after previously being one of the better pitchers in the game.
Source: Dodgers TwitterRotoBaller.com
Thu Jan 1213:35Mets, Yankees Won't Pursue Trevor BauerTrevor BauerSPIndiansFree Agent
The New York Mets and New York Yankees won't pursue starting pitcher Trevor Bauer, according to sources, either via trade by the Friday deadline or as a free agent. Bauer, who is still currently on the Los Angeles Dodgers roster, was reinstated his 194-game suspension. However, it's unclear if any major-league team will take a chance on him. The Dodgers would like to trade him out of the National League West, if possible. One baseball decision-maker said Bauer would have to be signed by a "team on another planet." Pitching is at a premium this year, and Bauer won the NL Cy Young as recently as 2020. The Dodgers have until Friday to trade him, and if they can't, he'll be on the open market as a free agent.
Source: New York Post - Jon HeymanRotoBaller.com
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