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Sun Jan 2922:35Travis Jankowski Signs Minor-League Deal With RangersTravis JankowskiCFRedsFree Agent
The Texas Rangers and outfielder Travis Jankowski agreed to a minor-league deal with a non-roster invitation to the big-league camp. In 2022 the 31-year-old played for the New York Mets and Seattle Mariners. With the Mets, Jankowski collected a 35 OPS+ with just a .445 OPS through 63 plate appearances. He was picked up by the Mariners and made just one plate appearance in the pros before Seattle DFA'd him four days later. The former first-rounder is valued mainly for his defensive attributes, and his bat isn't worth much. He will likely spend the bulk of his 2023 campaign in the minors, but he could make an impact for the Rangers if a replacement is needed. Jankowski is not on the fantasy radar in 2023.
Source: Texas RangersRotoBaller.com
Sun Jan 2921:54Josh Harrison Signs With the PhilliesJosh Harrison2BNationalsFree Agent
The Philadelphia Phillies and infielder Josh Harrison agreed to a one-year, $2 million deal. Harrison was one of the few remaining infielders left in free agency, and he is expected to make an impact in Philly. The 35-year-old spent his 2022 campaign with the Chicago White Sox and slashed .256/.317/.370 with a .687 OPS and 27 RBI. This was a slight drop off from 2021, when he amassed a 10 OPS+, but Harrison continues to utilize his bat despite his high age. He spent most of the season at second base but also saw considerable reps at third. The Phillies will likely platoon Harrison in the infield and hope his bat contributes. He is mainly an option in deep-league and NL-Only formats.
Source: Jon HeymanRotoBaller.com
Sun Jan 2921:41Gleyber Torres Avoids ArbitrationGleyber TorresSSYankeesFree Agent
The New York Yankees and second baseman Gleyber Torres avoided arbitration after agreeing to a one-year, $9.995 million deal. The two parties were initially at odds, with Torres filing at $10.2 million and the Yankees offering $9.7. The second baseman has been involved in extensive discussions to be traded at the deadline with Pablo Lopez as the centerpiece, but the Yanks continue to endorse Torres as their second baseman. The 26-year-old cranked 24 HRs while slashing .257/.310/.451 with a .761 OPS. He also amassed 114 OPS+ with a 22.6% strikeout rate. If Torres can show more consistency on the field and at the plate, he should find himself in the Yankees lineup every day despite recent reports that he could find himself on the bench more in 2023.
Source: New York YankeesRotoBaller.com
Sun Jan 2921:14DJ LeMahieu Ready For 2023DJ LeMahieu2BYankeesFree Agent
New York Yankees utility infielder DJ LeMahieu(toe) is reportedly ready for the 2023 season. According to Yankees hitting coach Don Lawson, LeMahieu is back to his old self. The 34-year-old opted not to undergo surgery on his toe and missed the Yankees' 2022 playoff campaign. Currently, LeMahieu is solely hitting off machines and coaches and is nearing live pitching. The California native slashed .261/.357/.337 across 541 plate appearances in 2022. He maintained a 13.1% strikeout rate and amassed a .734 OPS. The Yankees' playoff mishaps proved LeMahieu's value to the organization, and the lack of contact hitting was void. Despite opting not to undergo surgery on his toe during the offseason, LeMahieu is expected to be ready by the start of Spring Training.
Source: Dan MartinRotoBaller.com
Sun Jan 2913:53Kenta Maeda Not Expected To Have Restrictions This SpringKenta MaedaSPTwinsFree Agent
Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Kenta Maeda (elbow) said that he won't have any restrictions and is expected to have a normal spring training. Maeda didn't pitch at all last season after having Tommy John surgery in September of 2021. The 34-year-old veteran right-hander is apparently recovered, though, but he won't be all that attractive to fantasy managers after finishing his 2021 campaign with a 4.66 ERA in 21 starts for the Twins. It remains to be seen how effective Maeda will be in his return from elbow reconstruction, so he'll be one to watch closely in spring training games. When healthy, Maeda hasn't been a big strikeout guy in his six major-league seasons, but he does have a decent 3.87 ERA and 1.14 WHIP in 762 innings pitched.
Source: The Athletic - Dan HayesRotoBaller.com
Sat Jan 2812:51Brock Burke Could Be In The Closing MixBrock BurkeSPRangersFree Agent
Texas Rangers general manager Chris Young isn't ruling out the possibility that left-hander Brock Burke could close some games for the team in 2023. Burke made his major-league debut as a starter for the Rangers in 2019 and had a 7.43 ERA (6.55 FIP) and 1.54 WHIP in his first six starts. But he was much better as a reliever in his return to the majors in 2022, going 7-5 with a sharp 1.97 ERA (3.29 FIP), 1.06 WHIP and 27.4 percent strikeout rate in 82 1/3 relief innings over 52 appearances. The 26-year-old gained some velocity with the transition to a relief role and could be in line for some high-leverage work at the back end of Texas' bullpen alongside fellow setup man Jonathan Hernandez and Jose Leclerc. Burke probably isn't worth a draft pick in shallow mixed leagues, but he should certainly be on the radar of saves speculators and deep holds leagues in 2023.
Source: Dallas Morning News - Evan GrantRotoBaller.com
Sat Jan 2812:15Nick Senzel Expected To Be Starting Center FielderNick SenzelCFRedsFree Agent
It's still unknown if Cincinnati Reds outfielder Nick Senzel (toe) will be ready for the start of spring training after he had surgery to fix a broken toe last November, but manager David Bell said Senzel is still expected to be the team's starting center fielder on Opening Day. "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," Bell said. The former first-rounder (second overall) has developed an injury-prone label in his first four MLB seasons, and his 110 games played in 2022 was a career-high so far. The 27-year-old made a decent amount of contact, but didn't square the ball up enough and finished with a disappointing .231/.296/.306 slash line with a career-low .601 OPS, five homers, 25 RBI, 45 runs score and eight stolen bases. There's still time for Senzel to figure things out, making him worth a late-round flier, but he needs to stay healthy.
Source: The Cincinnati Enquirer - Bobby NightengaleRotoBaller.com
Sat Jan 2812:06Nationals Sign Alexander Colome To Minor-League DealAlex ColoméRPWhite SoxFree 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
Sat Jan 2812:00Yandy Diaz Closing In On Extension With RaysYandy Díaz3BRaysFree Agent
The Tampa Bay Rays and infielder Yandy Diaz are closing in on a three-year, $24 million contract extension on Saturday, according to sources. The deal would include an option for a fourth year. Diaz battled through nagging injuries in 2022 but still managed to play a career-high 137 games in his sixth season in the big leagues, and he finished with a strong .296/.401/.423 slash line with a career-high .824 OPS, nine home runs, 57 RBI, 71 runs scored and career-high three stolen bases in 558 plate appearances. The 31-year-old won't supply fantasy managers with much power (career-high 14 homers in 2019), but he makes a ton of contact and gets on base frequently. Diaz had more walks (78) than strikeouts (60) and will need to continue making frequent hard contact to keep his average high.
Source: MLB.com - Juan ToribioRotoBaller.com
Fri Jan 2718:53Reds Planning On Full Season For Tyler StephensonTyler StephensonCRedsFree Agent
Cincinnati Reds manager David Bell said that the team is planning for catcher Tyler Stephenson (collarbone) to be in the lineup for 140-150 games in 2023 if he can remain healthy. They will be able to achieve that by using Stephenson as the designated hitter to give him days off behind the plate. The 26-year-old is one of the best hitting catchers in baseball, but he played in only 50 games in his third major-league season last year due to a broken collarbone. He managed to hit .319 with six homers and 35 RBI before his injury, and RotoBaller has him ranked as the No. 10 fantasy backstop at a thin position. In 132 games in 2021, Stephenson slashed .286/.366/.431 with a .797 OPS, 10 home runs, 45 RBI and 56 runs scored. When he's serving as the DH, the Reds will have options at catcher with Curt Casali, Luke Maile and Austin Romine.
Source: The Cincinnati Enquirer - Bobby NightengaleRotoBaller.com
Fri Jan 2718:45Rangers Sign Clint Frazier, Danny Duffy To Minor-League DealsDanny DuffySPRoyalsFree Agent
Clint FrazierRFYankeesFree 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 Aguilar1BMarlinsFree 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
Fri Jan 2718:31James Kaprielian, Paul Blackburn Expected To Be ReadyPaul BlackburnSPAthleticsFree Agent
James KaprielianRPAthleticsFree Agent
The Oakland Athletics expect starting pitchers James Kaprielian (shoulder) and Paul Blackburn (finger) to be ready for spring training, according to general manager David Forst. It's the reason the team felt comfortable trading left-hander Cole Irvin to the Baltimore Orioles this week. Kaprielian had surgery to fix the AC joint in his right-shoulder in the offseason. The 28-year-old figures to be a fixture in the A's rotation after posting a 4.23 ERA (4.63 FIP), 1.34 WHIP and 17 percent strikeout rate in a career-high 26 starts in his third MLB season in 2022. Blackburn was excellent for Oakland before a finger caused him to be shut down in July. The 29-year-old was an All-Star last for the first time last year and went 7-6 with a 4.28 ERA (4.21 FIP), 1.26 WHIP and career-high 19.1 percent strikeout rate in a career-high 21 starts in his sixth season in Oakland.
Source: San Francisco Chronicle - Matt KawaharaRotoBaller.com
Fri Jan 2718:23Pete Fairbanks Agrees To Three-Year Extension With RaysPete FairbanksRPRaysFree Agent
The Tampa Bay Rays and reliever Pete Fairbanks agreed to a three-year, $12 million contract extension on Friday, according to sources. The deal includes a fourth-year team option and comes off a year in which Fairbanks tossed 22 scoreless innings. The 29-year-old right-hander avoids his remaining arbitration-eligible years with the deal, and his fourth-year option will be worth $7 million. While injuries were a problem for him in 2022, he allowed just three earned runs on 13 hits while walking three and striking out 38 in his 24 relief innings for the Rays. Despite his injury last year, Fairbanks should enter the 2023 season with plenty of fantasy appeal as the current favorite for save chances in Tampa alongside Jason Adam.
Source: ESPN.com - Jeff PassanRotoBaller.com
Fri Jan 2718:11Cole Hamels Looks Great During ShowcaseCole HamelsSPBravesFree Agent
Free-agent left-hander Cole Hamels threw for interested teams in Arlington, Texas, on Friday and was said to look "insanely good." Hamels was hitting 88-91 mph with his fastball, and the observer expects Hamels to draw serious interest on the open market with spring training quickly approaching. The 39-year-old southpaw hasn't pitched since the 2020 shortened season and only made one start that year for the Atlanta Braves before injuring his left shoulder. But he looks to be completely healthy now and motivated to continue his career. The four-time All-Star obviously is no longer in his prime and is unlikely to be whiffing many batters, but he could provide a team in need of rotation depth a crafty veteran option.
Source: New York Post - Jon HeymanRotoBaller.com
Fri Jan 2718:06Jeff McNeil, Mets Agree On Four-Year ExtensionJeff McNeil3BMetsFree Agent
The New York Mets and National League batting champion Jeff McNeil agreed to a four-year, $50 million contract extension on Friday, according to sources familiar with the deal. The contract includes a fifth-year team option that could take the total value of the deal to $63.75 million. Not only can McNeil hit, but he can also play second base, third base and the outfield, giving the Mets positional flexibility. The 30-year-old slashed .326/.382/.454 with an .836 OPS, nine home runs, 62 RBI, 73 runs scored and four stolen bases in a career-high 589 plate appearances and 148 games to earn his second career All-Star bid in 2022. McNeil won't supply fantasy managers with much power -- only one season with 20-plus homers -- but he's an excellent source of average, contact and on-base percentage in one of the best lineups in baseball.
Source: ESPN.com - Jeff PassanRotoBaller.com
Fri Jan 2713:34Cubs Add Tyler Duffey On Minor-League DealTyler DuffeyRPTwinsFree Agent
The Chicago Cubs signed free-agent right-hander Tyler Duffey as a non-roster invitee on Friday, according to a source. Duffey will compete for a bullpen job in spring training. He made 295 appearances for the Minnesota Twins over the last eight seasons, and the Cubs have a good track record with these types of free-agent relievers. The 32-year-old veteran has a good shot of making the Cubs bullpen out of spring training. Last year with Minnesota, he had a 4.91 ERA (4.79 FIP), 1.36 WHIP, two saves and 21.1 percent strikeout rate in 44 innings over 40 relief appearances. In eight major-league seasons, he has a 4.57 ERA (3.96 FIP), 1.29 WHIP and six saves in 475 innings. If Duffey makes the big-league club, he won't have much fantasy appeal, if any.
Source: The Athletic - Patrick MooneyRotoBaller.com
Fri Jan 2713:27Cardinals Sign Andrew Suarez To Minor-League DealAndrew SuárezSPGiantsFree Agent
The St. Louis Cardinals signed free-agent left-hander Andrew Suarez to a minor-league deal on Friday that includes a non-roster invitation to major-league spring training. The 30-year-old southpaw pitched in 56 games for the San Francisco Giants from 2018 to 2020 and was an All-Star in the Korean Baseball Organization in 2021. In his three seasons with the Giants, Suarez went 7-15 with a 4.66 ERA (4.60 FIP), 1.36 WHIP and 18.7 percent strikeout rate in 202 2/3 innings over 56 appearances (31 starts). He spent the 2022 season in Japan. Suarez will give the Cardinals both starting and relief depth, but there's a good chance he won't make the Opening Day roster out of spring training.
Source: Cardinals TwitterRotoBaller.com
Fri Jan 2713:16Mets Re-Sign Michael PerezMichael PerezCRaysFree Agent
The New York Mets re-signed catcher Michael Perez to a minor-league deal on Thursday. Perez came to the Mets in a midseason trade with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2022 and played in only six games for New York, going 2-for-14 with no homers, three RBI and two runs scored. In total, he slashed just .149/.214/.298 with a .511 OPS, six home runs, 14 RBI, 10 runs scored and a stolen base in 132 plate appearances over 45 games. The 30-year-old will give the Mets additional catching depth for the 2023 season behind catchers Omar Narvaez, Francisco Alvarez and Tomas Nido. Perez is far from the fantasy radar and has a career slash line of .174/.244/.301 with a .545 OPS and 15 home runs in five major-league seasons.
Source: New York Post - Mike PumaRotoBaller.com
Fri Jan 2713:10Ian Kennedy Agrees With RangersIan KennedyRPRoyalsFree Agent
Free-agent right-hander Ian Kennedy announced in his official Instagram page on Friday that he has agreed to an undisclosed deal with the Texas Rangers. Kennedy hit the open market this offseason when the Arizona Diamondbacks declined his $4 million option for the 2023 season. The 38-year-old reliever struggled in the desert last year with a 5.36 ERA (5.58 FIP), 1.57 WHIP, 10 saves and weak 19.0 percent strikeout rate in 50 1/3 relief innings over 57 appearances out of the bullpen. The 16-year veteran was with the Rangers for 32 appearances in 2021 and pitched well with a 2.51 ERA (3.66 FIP), 1.05 WHIP and 16 saves, but it would be a surprise if he gets many save chances this year with Texas with Jose Leclerc locked in as the primary closer.
Source: Ian Kennedy on InstagramRotoBaller.com
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