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Wed Dec 714:50Mariners Sign Casey Sadler To Minors DealCasey SadlerRPPiratesFree Agent
According to a tweet from The New York Post's Jon Heyman on Wednesday morning, the Seattle Mariners have reportedly signed relief pitcher Casey Sadler to a minor-league deal. The 32-year-old most recently pitched during the 2021 season, during which he logged a 0.67 ERA and a 2.48 FIP in 40.1 innings in a bullpen role for the Mariners. He also struck out 37 batters compared to just 10 walks during the 2021 season and logged 15 holds in his 42 appearances. The veteran didn't pitch in the Majors last season due to shoulder surgery, but he'll provide the American League West club with some additional bullpen depth heading into the 2023 campaign.
Source: Jon HeymanRotoBaller.com
Wed Dec 714:42Pirates Interested In Tucker BarnhartTucker BarnhartCRedsFree Agent
The Pittsburgh Pirates are reportedly interested in free-agent catcher Tucker Barnhart, per a tweet from The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Jason Mackey on Wednesday morning. Mackey tweeted: "Per sources: Pirates have expressed interest in catcher Tucker Barnhart. Two-time Gold Glove winner has spent the bulk of his career with the Reds. Coming off down year with Detroit. Looking for bounce-back. Excellent fit." The veteran catcher previously appeared in 94 games for the Detroit Tigers in 2022, hitting .221 with a .287 on-base percentage and a home run in 308 plate appearances. As of right now, the only catching option on Pittsburgh's 40-man roster is Endy Rodriguez.
Source: Jason MackeyRotoBaller.com
Tue Dec 622:00Taijuan Walker Agrees To Four-Year Deal With PhilliesTaijuan WalkerSPMarinersFree Agent
The Philadelphia Phillies signed free-agent right-hander Taijuan Walker to a four-year deal worth $72 million on Tuesday, according to sources. Walker will join the division-rival Phillies after spending the last two seasons with the New York Mets. He was an All-Star for the first time in his career in 2021 but he actually pitched better in 2022, going 12-5 with a 3.49 ERA (3.65 FIP), a 1.19 WHIP, 132 strikeouts and 45 walks in 157 1/3 innings pitched over 29 starts. The 30-year-old should become the Phillies' No. 3 starter heading into the 2023 season behind Zack Wheeler and Aaron Nola. Walker's fantasy value won't change all that much heading into next year while staying in the National League East division.
Source: ESPN.com - Jeff PassanRotoBaller.com
Tue Dec 616:42Rangers Sign Andrew HeaneyAndrew HeaneyRP/SPMarlinsFree Agent
The Texas Rangers signed free-agent left-hander Andrew Heaney to an undisclosed deal on Tuesday, according to a source. Heaney already had a few three-year offers on the open market, but he was pushing for a fourth year. It's unclear if he got that with Texas after throwing 75 innings for the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2022. The Toronto Blue Jays and San Francisco Giants were also interested in the 31-year-old southpaw. Starting pitching has been a priority for Texas this offseason, as they've already traded for Jake Odorizzi and signed Jacob deGrom to a five-year deal. Injuries limited Heaney to just 16 outings (14 starts) in 2022 for the Dodgers, but he had a strong 3.10 ERA (3.75 FIP), a 1.09 WHIP and 110 strikeouts in 72 2/3 innings when he was on the mound.
Source: ESPN.com - Alden GonzalezRotoBaller.com
Tue Dec 614:54A's, Jace Peterson In Agreement On Two-Year ContractJace Peterson2B/3B/SSPadresFree Agent
The Oakland Athletics and Jace Peterson are reportedly "in agreement on a two-year contract, pending physical," per a tweet from FanSided's Robert Murray on Tuesday. Murray tweeted: "Free-agent utilityman Jace Peterson and the Oakland A's are in agreement on a two-year contract, pending physical, according to source familiar with the deal." Peterson appeared in 113 games for the Milwaukee Brewers last season, seeing time at a multitude of positions, including third base, right field, first base, left field and second base. He hit .236 in 328 plate appearances while adding a .316 on-base percentage, eight home runs and 12 stolen bases in the process.
Source: Robert MurrayRotoBaller.com
Tue Dec 614:45Tommy Kahnle Signs With YankeesTommy KahnleRPRockiesFree Agent
The New York Yankees have reportedly signed relief pitcher Tommy Kahnle to a two-year deal, according to a tweet from The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal on Tuesday. Rosenthal tweeted the following: "Free-agent reliever Tommy Kahnle heading back to Yankees on two-year deal, source tells @TheAthletic." Kahnle appeared in 129 games for the American League East club from 2017 through 2020 after being acquired in mid-July during the 2017 season from the Chicago White Sox. He most recently pitched for the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2022, logging 12.2 innings in 13 appearances and pitching to a 2.84 ERA, a 4.38 FIP, 14 strikeouts, and three walks. He also logged a save and a hold. The veteran will give the Yankees another late-inning bullpen option heading into the 2023 season.
Source: Ken RosenthalRotoBaller.com
Tue Dec 613:12Mets Re-Sign Tommy Hunter, Sean Reid-FoleyTommy HunterRPOriolesFree Agent
Sean Reid-FoleyFree Agent
The New York Mets re-signed right-handed relievers Tommy Hunter and Sean Reid-Foley to minor-league deals on Tuesday. Both pitchers have been with the team the last two seasons, but they both missed significant time due to injuries. Hunter, 36, threw only 22 1/3 innings in 2022, but he had a solid 2.42 ERA (4.28 FIP), a 1.21 WHIP and 22 strikeouts in 18 relief appearances. Reid-Foley, 27, allowed six earned runs on seven hits while walking seven and striking out eight in just 10 relief innings for the Mets last season. In five big-league seasons, he has a 4.66 ERA (4.93 FIP), a 1.56 WHIP and 110 strikeouts in 102 1/3 innings pitched. Hunter and Reid-Foley will give the Mets relief depth yet again in 2023.
Source: SB Nation - Brian SalvatoreRotoBaller.com
Tue Dec 600:19Liam Hendriks Coming Up In Trade TalksLiam HendriksSPBlue JaysFree Agent
Chicago White Sox closer Liam Hendriks has been the topic of recent trade conversation, MLB.com's Mark Feinsand reported Monday. The 33-year-old has a limited no-trade clause that allows him to veto a deal to five undisclosed teams. Hendriks is owed $14 million in 2023 and has a $15 million club option for 2024. He has been one of baseball's most reliable closers in the past two seasons with the White Sox, earning 75 saves with a 2.66 ERA, 0.87 WHIP, and 39.4% strikeout rate. Competitive teams are always looking to bolster their bullpens, and Hendriks would likely maintain a firm closer role if he were to be traded, particularly given his current contract.
Source: Mark Feinsand - Twitter.comRotoBaller.com
Sat Dec 313:27Orioles Agree With Kyle GibsonKyle GibsonSPTwinsFree Agent
The Baltimore Orioles agreed to an undisclosed one-year deal, pending a physical, with free-agent right-hander Kyle Gibson on Saturday, according to a source. Gibson isn't a big fantasy name, but he should be able to eat some innings for the O's in 2023. The 35-year-old spent last season with the Philadelphia Phillies, going 10-8 with a 5.05 ERA (4.28 FIP), a 1.34 WHIP, 144 strikeouts and 48 walks in 167 2/3 innings pitched over his 31 starts. Gibson has a below-average strikeout rate and probably won't fare too well in another hitter-friendly ballpark in the tough American League East. Gibson will likely take up residence at the back of the Orioles starting rotation next season.
Source: The Athletic - Ken RosenthalRotoBaller.com
Fri Dec 218:07Jason Castro Announces His RetirementJason CastroC/DHAstrosFree Agent
Houston Astros catcher Jason Castro officially announced his retirement from professional baseball on Friday on his personal Twitter account. "Today, I officially announce my retirement from Major League Baseball. Over the last 15 years of pro ball, I have been blessed with many incredible opportunities and have met so many people along the way that helped me achieve more than I could have ever imagined," Castro wrote. The 35-year-old backstop will finish his career with 12 seasons played at the highest level and a slash line of .227/.312/.387 with 97 home runs, 325 RBI, 368 runs scored and six stolen bases for the Astros (eight seasons), Minnesota Twins, San Diego Padres and Los Angeles Angels.
Source: Jason Castro on TwitterRotoBaller.com
Fri Dec 217:30Chris Martin Agrees With Red SoxChris MartinRP/SPRockiesFree Agent
The Boston Red Sox agreed to a two-year, $17.5 million deal with right-handed reliever Chris Martin on Friday, pending a physical, according to sources familiar with the deal. The 36-year-old was excellent for the Los Angeles Dodgers after a deadline trade and parlayed that performance into a multi-year deal on the open market this offseason. He began the 2022 campaign with the Chicago Cubs and had a 4.31 ERA and 1.34 WHIP in 31 1/3 relief innings before joining the Dodgers in the second half. With LA, he allowed just four earned runs on 12 hits while walking one and striking out 34 hitters in 24 2/3 innings. Martin will look to help a Boston bullpen that was pretty bad last season, and he should pitch in high-leverage situations.
Source: ESPN.com - Jeff PassanRotoBaller.com
Thu Dec 111:09Anthony Gose Re-Signs With GuardiansAnthony GoseCF/LF/RFBlue JaysFree Agent
The Cleveland Guardians agreed to re-sign left-hander Anthony Gose (elbow) to a two-year minor-league deal on Thursday, according to sources. Gose continues to rehab after having Tommy John surgery in September, and he will not be able to play at all in 2023. The deal pays him $1 million per season if he's in the big leagues. The 32-year-old former outfielder went 3-0 for the Guardians in 2022 and posted a 4.71 ERA (5.06 FIP), a 1.38 WHIP, 28 strikeouts and 14 walks in 21 innings pitched in the big leagues over 22 relief appearances. He's obviously well off the fantasy radar and won't even pitch for Cleveland next season.
Source: FanSided - Robert MurrayRotoBaller.com
Tue Nov 2900:08Pirates Interested In Kyle GibsonKyle GibsonSPTwinsFree Agent
The Pittsburgh Pirates are reportedly one of the teams interested in free-agent starting pitcher Kyle Gibson, per MLB Network's Jon Heyman. The 35-year-old compiled a 10-8 record with a poor 5.05 ERA, 1.34 WHIP and 20.1% strikeout rate in 31 starts with the Phillies in 2022. However, he was a useful fantasy streamer at times throughout the season and had a more encouraging 4.06 SIERA. Gibson's high WHIP and low strikeout numbers have always limited his fantasy upside, and going to a team with a poor offense like the Pirates would further limit his potential fantasy value.
Source: Jon Heyman - Twitter.comRotoBaller.com
Wed Nov 2314:51Red Sox Sign Joely RodriguezJoely RodríguezSPPiratesFree Agent
The Boston Red Sox have signed left-handed reliever Joely Rodriguez, the team announced in a tweet on Wednesday morning. Per the Red Sox's tweet, Rodriguez is signing a one-year deal that comes with a club option for the 2024 campaign. The veteran spent the 2022 season with the New York Mets, logging a 4.47 ERA and a 3.23 FIP in 50.1 innings of work. He also added 57 strikeouts and nine holds in those 50.1 innings while allowing 26 walks. The former Met will give Boston another late-inning option alongside the likes of Tanner Houck, John Schreiber, Garrett Whitlock, Ryan Brasier, and Matt Barnes.
Source: Boston Red SoxRotoBaller.com
Thu Nov 1718:05Buck Farmer Signs One-Year Deal With RedsBuck FarmerSPTigersFree Agent
The Cincinnati Reds avoided salary arbitration with right-handed reliever Buck Farmer by agreeing to a one-year, $1.75 million deal. In his first year with the Reds in 2022, Farmer finished with a 3.83 ERA (3.03 FIP), a 1.29 WHIP, five holds, his first two career saves and 54 strikeouts in 47 innings over 44 relief appearances. He was much better after being called up for the second time in early July, closing out the year with a 2.83 ERA in 35 innings pitched. The 31-year-old will return for his second season in Cincinnati in 2023, but he isn't at all on the fantasy radar.
Source: MLB Network - Jon HeymanRotoBaller.com
Wed Nov 1613:19Padres Officially Re-Sign Nick MartinezNick MartinezRP/SPRangersFree Agent
The San Diego Padres officially re-signed right-hander Nick Martinez to a three-year, $26 million deal on Wednesday. Martinez hit the open market when he declined his $6.5 million option for the 2023 season last week, but the two sides quickly worked to bring him back in 2023 and beyond. The 32-year-old opened the year in the Friars' rotation, but eventually moved to a relief role, where he was much more effective. Martinez even filled in as the closer when lefty Josh Hader was struggling, earning eight saves. He finished with a 3.47 ERA (4.43 FIP), a 1.29 WHIP, 95 strikeouts and 41 walks in 106 1/3 innings over 47 appearances (10 starts). There's a good chance that Martinez will open the 2023 campaign in the starting rotation, which gives him much more fantasy appeal for his strikeout upside.
Source: MLB Network - Jon HeymanRotoBaller.com
Wed Nov 1600:39Mariners Willing To Trade Chris Flexen, Marco GonzalesMarco GonzalesRP/SPCardinalsFree Agent
Chris FlexenFree Agent
MLB.com's Jon Morosi reported Tuesday that the Seattle Mariners would be willing to trade either starting pitcher Chris Flexen or Marco Gonzales. Flexen is in the final year of his contract and Gonzales is under contract for another two seasons with a $15 million club option for 2025. Both were important pieces in the Mariners' rotation in 2022, with Flexen compiling a 3.73 ERA, 1.33 WHIP, and 16.1% strikeout rate over 137 2/3 innings and Gonzales posting a 4.13 ERA, 1.33 WHIP, and 13.2% strikeout rate over 183 IP. Regardless of where they land, both pitchers offer minimal fantasy upside due to high WHIP's and low strikeout rates.
Source: Jon Morosi - MLB.comRotoBaller.com
Wed Nov 1600:22Nick Martinez Reportedly Returning To PadresNick MartinezRP/SPRangersFree Agent
Free-agent pitcher Nick Martinez is reportedly returning to the San Diego Padres after opting out of his contract with the team to start the offseason, per NY Post's Jon Heyman. Both sides agreed Tuesday, but details were not disclosed. The 32-year-old played a large part in both the starting rotation and out of the bullpen for the Padres in 2022, pitching 106 1/3 innings over 47 appearances (10 starts) with a 3.47 ERA, 1.29 WHIP, 21.2% strikeout rate, four wins, eight saves and eight holds. His ability to deliver in tight spots was showcased during the playoffs, and while his hybrid role will be useful for the Padres, it does limit his fantasy value.
Source: Jon Heyman - Twitter.comRotoBaller.com
Tue Nov 1516:38Nathan Eovaldi Declines Boston's Qualifying OfferNathan EovaldiSPMarlinsFree Agent
Free-agent starting pitcher Nathan Eovaldi declined the Boston Red Sox's one-year, $19.65 million qualifying offer on Tuesday, according to a source familiar with the situation. Eovaldi is free to sign with any team this offseason despite dealing with multiple injuries throughout the year that limited him to 20 starts in 2022. The 32-year-old right-hander ended up going 6-3 with a 3.87 ERA (4.30 FIP), a 1.23 WHIP, 103 strikeouts and 20 walks in 109 1/3 innings over his 20 starts a year after being an All-Star for the first time in his career. Eovaldi still has appealing strikeout upside, but he's not getting any younger and has never reached the 200-inning mark in his 11 years in the big leagues.
Source: FanSided - Robert MurrayRotoBaller.com
Tue Nov 1516:33Joc Pederson Accepts Giants' Qualifying OfferJoc PedersonCFDodgersFree Agent
San Francisco Giants outfielder Joc Pederson accepted the team's one-year, $19.65 million qualifying offer on Tuesday to return to the team in 2023, according to a source. Pederson and Rangers left-hander Martin Perez were only two of 14 players given the qualifying offer to accept it this offseason. Pederson made the All-Star team for the second time in 2022 in his first year in the Bay Area, slashing .274/.353/.521 with an .874 OPS, 23 home runs, 70 RBI, 57 runs scored and three stolen bases in 433 plate appearances over 134 games. The 30-year-old will continue to be a nice source of power in fantasy leagues, but he'll also lose some playing time against left-handed pitchers. In 57 plate appearances against them last year, he hit .245 with only two of his 23 home runs against them.
Source: MLB.com - Mark FeinsandRotoBaller.com
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