News for Free Agent Players - 2014 Going 9 Experts League

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Fri Dec 17 202111:32Yankees Sign Ender InciarteEnder InciarteCF/LFDiamondbacksFree Agent
The New York Yankees signed outfielder Ender Inciarte to a minor league deal on Wednesday. The three-time Gold Glover can sign with a team during MLB's lockout because he was not on a 40-man roster to end last year. The 31-year-old was an All-Star in 2017 and has hit .280 with 118 stolen bases and a 91 OPS+ in eight seasons in the majors. Inciarte is best known for his defense in center field, though, but he has seen a sharp decline with his glove since his last Gold Glove season in 2018. He played 52 games with the Atlanta Braves in 2021 before he was designated for assignment in July, and he finished out the year at Triple-A for the Cincinnati Reds before being released in August. The Yankees also signed center fielder Blake Perkins, shortstop Wilkerman Garcia and right-hander Vinny Nittoli to minor league deals.
Source: New York Post - Greg
Thu Dec 2 202116:06Nick Martinez Technically Still A Free AgentNick MartínezRP/SPRangersFree Agent
Right-hander Nick Martinez's four-year, $20 million deal with the San Diego Padres didn't quite make it through before the deadline on Wednesday night, so he technically remains a free agent with the sport's lockout beginning on Thursday. However, there's no reason to believe that the two sides won't finalize the agreement after a new Collective Bargaining Agreement is done. Martinez's deal includes opt-outs after the first and second seasons. The 31-year-old spent the last four years in Japan and had a very nice 1.62 ERA for the SoftBank Hawks last season. In his four seasons with the Texas Rangers before going overseas, he was 17-30 with a 4.77 ERA. It's unclear if San Diego's crowded starting rotation will have room for Martinez to begin the 2022 season.
Source: MLB Network - Jon
Thu Dec 2 202113:44Jackie Bradley Jr. Traded To The Red SoxJackie Bradley Jr.CF/LF/RFRed SoxFree Agent
The Boston Red Sox traded outfielder Hunter Renfroe to the Milwaukee Brewers in exchange for outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr., minor-league infielders David Hamilton and Alex Binelas. Bradley Jr. returns to Boston, where he spent the first eight years of his MLB career (2013-2020). The 31-year-old is a phenomenal defender and is expected to be Boston's everyday centerfielder, but struggles to make contact and slashed .163/.236/.261 with six home runs, 29 RBI, 39 runs scored, and seven stolen bases with a 30.8 percent strikeout rate in 134 games for the Brewers. Binelas slashed .314/.379/.636 with nine home runs in Low-A Carolina and is a few years away from making his MLB debut. Hamilton was an eighth-round pick by the Brewers in 2019, slashing .242/.318/.409 with three home runs, 12 RBI, and 11 stolen bases in Double-A last season. The 24-year-old will most likely make his MLB debut sometime in 2023.
Source: Jon Heyman of the MLB
Wed Dec 1 202122:42Padres Sign Right-Hander Nick MartinezNick MartínezRP/SPRangersFree Agent
The San Diego Padres agreed to a four-year, $20 million deal with right-hander Nick Martinez on Wednesday evening, according to sources familiar with the deal. The 31-year-old former Texas Ranger was excellent in Japan this past season for the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks, posting a 1.62 ERA. His contract with the Friars will include opt-outs after the first and second years. Martinez will be back in the big leagues for the first time since 2017 and was a back-of-the rotation arm in Texas before heading overseas. In his four seasons with the Rangers, he had a 4.77 ERA (5.36 FIP), 1.45 WHIP, 5.1 K/9 and 3.2 BB/9 in 415 1/3 innings over 88 appearances (68 starts). Martinez could be an option as a long-relief arm out of the bullpen if he doesn't win a spot at the back end of San Diego's crowded starting rotation.
Source: - Jeff
Wed Dec 1 202122:04Luis Garcia Signs With PadresLuis GarcíaRPPhilliesFree Agent
Luis GarcíaFree Agent
Luis GarciaFree Agent
Luis GarcíaFree Agent
The San Diego Padres have signed relief pitcher Luis Garcia, according to a tweet from MLB Network's Jon Heyman. Per Heyman, the reliever will earn $7 million in two seasons, $500,000 of which is a signing bonus. The 34-year-old pitched to a 3.24 ERA and a 2.72 FIP in 33.1 innings for the St. Louis Cardinals last season, registering two saves, 34 strikeouts, and eight walks. He'll join a San Diego bullpen that also features Emilio Pagan, Pierce Johnson, Tim Hill, and Craig Stammen in high-leverage roles.
Source: Jon
Wed Dec 1 202121:53Dodgers Reportedly Re-Sign Chris TaylorChris TaylorSSMarinersFree Agent
According to a tweet from The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal, the Los Angeles Dodgers have reportedly re-signed infielder/outfielder Chris Taylor to a four-year deal. Per Rosenthal, the contract is worth $60 million and includes an option for a fifth year, that if exercised, would take the contract's total value to $73 million. The 31-year-old hit .254 with a .344 on-base percentage, 20 home runs and 13 stolen bases in 582 plate appearances for the Dodgers last season. With shortstop Corey Seager now in Texas, Taylor could, in theory, see more starts at both middle infield spots alongside Trea Turner.
Source: Ken
Wed Dec 1 202121:40Rich Hill Reportedly Signs With Red SoxRich HillRPYankeesFree Agent
According to a tweet from FanSided's Robert Murray, the Boston Red Sox have reportedly agreed to terms with free-agent starting pitcher Rich Hill. Hill pitched to a 3.86 ERA and a 4.34 FIP in 158 2/3 innings last season, registering 150 strikeouts while surrendering 55 walks. He'll give the Red Sox another rotation option to slot in after left-hander Chris Sale and right-hander Nathan Eovaldi.
Source: Robert
Wed Dec 1 202120:38Marcus Stroman Reportedly Signs With CubsMarcus StromanRP/SPBlue JaysFree Agent
According to a tweet from ESPN's Jeff Passan, the Chicago Cubs have reportedly signed free-agent starting pitcher Marcus Stroman. Per Passan, it'll be a three-year contract for Stroman worth $71 million that also includes an opt-out after the second season. The 30-year-old pitched to a 3.02 ERA and a 3.49 FIP in 179 innings for the New York Mets this past season, striking out 158 batters while allowing just 44 walks. He'll step in as the ace of a rotation that should also feature Kyle Hendricks, Wade Miley, Alec Mills, and Adbert Alzolay, among others.
Source: Jeff
Wed Dec 1 202116:03Corey Knebel Reaches One-Year Deal With PhilliesCorey KnebelRPRangersFree Agent
The Philadelphia Phillies and free-agent reliever Corey Knebel agreed to a one-year, $10 million deal on Wednesday. The 30-year-old is one of the hardest throwers in baseball, but he's had trouble staying healthy in his career. Knebel missed more than three months in 2021 with a right lat strain but had a 2.45 ERA and 2.90 FIP in 27 appearances for the Los Angeles Dodgers. He relies on a high-90s four-seam fastball and a curveball that helped him strike out 30 hitters in 25 2/3 innings for LA. Knebel was an All-Star in 2017 with the Milwaukee Brewers when he led the National League with 76 appearances and had a 1.78 ERA and 39 saves. With Phillies bullpen in flux, the right-hander will have a shot to win the closing gig in 2022 if the team doesn't end up going with a committee approach.
Source: MLB Network - Jon
Wed Dec 1 202113:37Angels Do Not Tender Phil GosselinPhil Gosselin2BBravesFree Agent
Utilityman Phil Gosselin is set for free agency, as the Los Angeles Angels have opted not to tender him a contract. They did tender their three other eligible players, catcher Max Stassi, pitcher Mike Mayers, and utilityman Tyler Wade. It is the acquisitions of Wade and Andrew Velazquez, both from the Yankees, which likely made Gosselin expendable. The 33-year-old recorded a .676 OPS in 345 at-bats in 2021, appearing at first base, third base, and in the corner outfield. He should catch on with another team after the expected lockout but will remain off the fantasy radar.
Source: Jeff
Tue Nov 30 202121:43Cesar Hernandez Heading To The NationalsCesar Hernandez2B/3B/CFPhilliesFree Agent
The Washington Nationals are signing free-agent second baseman Cesar Hernandez to a one-year, $4 million deal on Tuesday evening. The deal will include $1 million in incentives. Hernandez became a free agent when the Chicago White Sox didn't pick up his $6 million option for the 2022 season. The switch-hitting second baseman had just a .299 slugging percentage after being acquired in a trade from Cleveland. In total, the 31-year-old hit just .232/.309/.299 in 53 games for the White Sox with three home runs and 15 RBI in 217 plate appearances. Hernandez totaled a career-high 21 home runs, 62 RBI and 84 runs scored in 149 total games with Cleveland and Chicago, though, and he'll provide some solid pop at the keystone for the Nats next season.
Source: MLB Network - Jon
Tue Nov 30 202121:35Yankees Have Interest In Kevin KiermaierKevin KiermaierCF/RFRaysFree Agent
The New York Yankees have expressed some interest in trading for Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Kevin Kiermaier, although the talks haven't been in advanced stages. Kiermaier, who is an excellent defensive center fielder, is owed $12 million in the 2022 season. The 31-year-old also has a $13 million club option with a $2.5 million buyout for the 2023 campaign. Kiermaier is expendable with the Rays having two low-cost center field options in Manuel Margot and Brett Phillips. While Kiermaier's glove is attractive, he's been a league-average hitter and has played more than 129 games in a season just once in his nine-year career. He finished 2021 with a .259/.328/.388 slash line, a .716 OPS, four home runs, 37 RBI, nine stolen bases and 54 runs scored in 390 plate appearances over 122 games played.
Source: The Athletic - Lindsey
Tue Nov 30 202121:27Phillies In Trade Talks For Kevin KiermaierKevin KiermaierCF/RFRaysFree Agent
The Philadelphia Phillies have had trade discussions with the Tampa Bay Rays for outfielder Kevin Kiermaier, according to two leagues sources, and the fit is a logical one. If Kiermaier were traded, the Rays could slide Manuel Margot to center field. Kiermaier is scheduled to make $12 million next season, and he would count for an $8.9 million average annual value for luxury tax purposes. He turns 32 next April, and while he doesn't hit for much power, he remains an elite defender in center field. The Athletic's Matt Gelb lists the A's Ramon Laureano, Arizona's Ketel Marte, Baltimore's Cedric Mullins and Pittsburgh's Bryan Reynolds as other potential trade options as the Phillies look to address their center field need this offseason.
Source: The Athletic - Matt
Tue Nov 30 202120:33Rougned Odor Closing In On Major-League Deal With OriolesRougned Odor2B/SSRangersFree Agent
Infielder Rougned Odor is set to join the Baltimore Orioles, as he is reported to be close to an agreement on a one-year major-league contract. Odor spent the first seven years of his career with the Texas Rangers before making 349 plate appearances with the New York Yankees in 2021. He's a career .234/.289/.433 hitter with 161 homers and 62 steals in 960 games. At 27 years old, it isn't out of the question that Odor could once again become a productive regular, but fantasy managers should wait and see before selecting him on draft day.
Source: Dan
Tue Nov 30 202116:15White Sox Reportedly Re-Sign Leury GarciaLeury García2B/3B/CFWhite SoxFree Agent
The Chicago White Sox are reportedly re-signing Leury Garcia, according to a tweet from MLB Network's Jon Heyman. Per Heyman's tweet, it's a three-year deal for the 30-year-old. In 474 plate appearances last season, Garcia hit .267 with a .335 on-base percentage, five home runs, and six stolen bases. He played all over the field for Tony La Russa's club, starting games at every position besides pitcher, catcher, and first base. He'll likely be a utility option again next season, though speculatively speaking, he could see extended time at second base if the White Sox don't make any additions at the position.
Source: Jon
Tue Nov 30 202115:34Nationals Re-Sign Andrew Stevenson, Luis AvilanLuis AvilánRPBravesFree Agent
Andrew StevensonFree Agent
The Washington Nationals re-signed outfielder Andrew Stevenson and veteran left-hander Luis Avilan on Monday. Stevenson avoided arbitration and stands to earn a modest raise from his 2021 salary of $579,100. The 27-year-old remains the team's fourth outfielder, but both he and the Nationals will be hoping for more production in 2022 after he slashed .229/.294/.339 with five home runs and 23 RBI over 213 plate appearances last season. He hit just .184 with a .248 on-base percentage in 136 plate appearances as a starter compared to .319 with a .794 OPS and four of his five homers off the bench. Avilan appeared in only four games last year before needing Tommy John surgery on his elbow.
Source: MASN Sports - Mark
Tue Nov 30 202115:20Darren O'Day Signs Minor League Deal With BravesDarren O'DayRPOriolesFree Agent
The Atlanta Braves signed right-handed reliever Darren O'Day to a minor league deal on Monday. The 39-year-old side-armer signed a one-year deal with the New York Yankees last winter but pitched in only 10 2/3 innings due to a rotator cuff strain and a season-ending hamstring injury that required surgery. If he's in the majors with the Braves next season, he'll make $1 million. In his 14 big-league seasons, O'Day has a nice 2.53 ERA in 587 1/3 innings pitched. He previously pitched with Atlanta from 2019-20 but pitched only 21 2/3 innings due to injuries, and he hasn't gone over 20 innings pitched in a season since 2017. If O'Day cracks the Opening Day roster, he'll be a relief option against right-handed bats.
Source: MLB Network - Jon
Tue Nov 30 202114:30Pirates Reportedly Sign Roberto PerezRoberto PérezCIndiansFree Agent
According to a tweet from ESPN's Jeff Passan, the Pittsburgh Pirates have signed catcher Roberto Perez to a one-year contract. The 32-year-old hit .149 with a .245 on-base percentage, seven home runs, and a stolen bases in 161 plate appearances for Cleveland last season. He gives Pittsburgh a veteran option behind the plate after the team traded last season's starter, Jacob Stallings, to the Miami Marlins. Fellow catcher Michael Perez was designated for assignment and later outrighted to Triple-A by the Pirates earlier in the offseason.
Source: Jeff
Tue Nov 30 202114:17Phillies In Hot Pursuit Of Corey KnebelCorey KnebelRPRangersFree Agent
The Philadelphia Phillies are in hot pursuit of free-agent reliever Corey Knebel, according to baseball sources. Talks are serious with the 30-year-old, who saved 39 games for the Milwaukee Brewers while being named an All-Star as recently as 2017. If Knebel lands with the Phillies, he'd have a shot at potentially being named the closer heading into 2022. The Phillies have listed a closer as an offseason priority, but they also haven't ruled out filling the spot with more than one arm. Philadelphia has also had talks with free-agent Mychal Givens for a back-end bullpen role. Knebel had Tommy John surgery in 2019 and appeared in 27 games for the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2021, posting a 2.45 ERA and 0.97 WHIP while missing three months with a lat strain.
Source: NBC Sports Philadelphia - Jim
Tue Nov 30 202113:44Kendall Graveman Officially Signs With White SoxKendall GravemanRPBlue JaysFree Agent
The Chicago White Sox and relief pitcher Kendall Graveman officially agreed on a three-year, $24 million deal on Tuesday. Graveman will make $8 million in all three seasons and will also have incentives for awards. The 30-year-old right-hander combined to go 5-1 with a sparkling 1.77 ERA, 61 strikeouts, a .180 opponent's average, 0.98 WHIP, 10 saves and 11 holds in 53 appearances for the Seattle Mariners and Houston Astros in 2021. He was among the American League relief leaders in ERA (third), opponent's OPS (.536), opponent's average (fifth), ground-ball percentage (12th) and WHIP (12th). He also had a 1.64 ERA with two holds and 11 strikeouts for Houston in the playoffs. Graveman will still have fantasy value for his strikeouts and in holds leagues, but he's unlikely to see many save chances with both Liam Hendriks and Craig Kimbrel handling the late innings.
Source: MLB Network - Jon