News for Free Agent Players - 2021 Ezra Stiles Rotisserie Association

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Wed Jan 1217:00Ronald Acuna Jr. Resumes Hitting On The FieldRonald Acuña Jr.RFBravesFree Agent
Atlanta Braves outfielder Ronald Acuna Jr. (knee) has taken the next step in his rehab from right knee surgery and has resumed hitting on the field. Acuna had surgery back in July of last year to fix a torn ACL, and he missed the rest of the 2021 season and Atlanta's improbable World Series run. Despite the progress, Acuna is expected to be limited when players report to spring training at the end of February if MLB and the players reach an agreement to end the ongoing lockout. There are still many steps for him to clear, and he could still miss the beginning of the 2022 season, which makes him much more risky as an early first-round selection in fantasy drafts. Speed is a big part of Acuna's game, and it remains to be seen if he'll run as much when he eventually makes his 2022 season debut.
Source: The Athletic - David O'
Fri Dec 17 202111:32Yankees Sign Ender InciarteEnder InciarteCFBravesFree 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 202115:59Cubs Re-Sign Michael Hermosillo Before Lockout BeginsMichael HermosilloCFCubsFree Agent
The Chicago Cubs re-signed outfielder Michael Hermosillo to a one-year, $600,000 major league deal on Wednesday night before MLB entered a lockout on Thursday. The 26-year-old was non-tendered on Wednesday before the Cubs decided to re-sign him to a new deal. Hermosillo dealt with several injuries that slowed him down last season, but he managed three home runs in 38 plate appearances while also slashing .194/.237/.500. Both he and recently added outfielder Harold Ramirez are options to cover all three outfield spots in Chicago. And for a rebuilding Cubs team, there's a chance that both Hermosillo and Ramirez play their way into starting spots in 2022. Hermosillo has a .190/.276/.343 slash line with four home runs and 13 RBI in 72 career games at the big-league level with the Cubs and Los Angeles Angels.
Source: MLB Network - Jon
Thu Dec 2 202115:51Johan Camargo Signs With PhilliesJohan Camargo2B/3BBravesFree Agent
The Philadelphia Phillies signed infielder Johan Camargo to a one-year, $1.4 million deal on Wednesday night before MLB entered a lockout on Thursday. The deal includes $100,000 in incentives. Camargo became a free agent when the Atlanta Braves didn't tender him a contract for 2022. Right-hander Adonis Medina was designated for assignment to clear a 40-man roster space for Camargo. The 27-year-old switch-hitter will be a solid bench option for the Phillies after he hit .326/.401/.557 in 104 games at Triple-A in 2021. In just 15 games for Atlanta last season, Camargo didn't have a single hit while walking twice and striking out six times in 18 plate appearances. In five big-leagues seasons for the Braves, Camargo has a .257/.315/.423 slash line with 34 home runs, 144 RBI and 141 runs scored in 364 games.
Source: MLB Network - Jon
Wed Dec 1 202122:04Royals Sign Taylor ClarkeTaylor ClarkeRP/SPDiamondbacksFree Agent
The Kansas City Royals have signed relief pitcher Taylor Clarke, according to a tweet from MLB Network's Jon Heyman. Per Heyman, it's a one-year deal for Clarke worth $975,000. The 28-year-old pitched to a 4.98 ERA and a 3.54 FIP in 43.1 innings last season for Arizona. He'll join a Royals bullpen that also features Josh Staumont, Scott Barlow, Domingo Tapia, and Jake Brentz among others. With Staumont and Barlow around, Clarke probably won't initially be in the mix for saves in Kansas City.
Source: Jon
Wed Dec 1 202113:26Braves Non-Tender Johan Camargo, Richard RodriguezJohan Camargo2B/3BBravesFree Agent
Richard RodríguezRPBravesSith Lords
The Atlanta Braves have opted not to tender contracts to three players, including relief pitcher Richard Rodriguez and utilityman Johan Camargo. Jasseel De La Cruz will also be looking to link up with a new team. Rodriguez is the most notable name of the bunch, as he pitched to a 2.94 ERA and 0.93 WHIP with 14 saves for the Pirates and Braves in 2021. Acquired via trade on June 30, he was expected to fortify the Atlanta pen, but he was left off the postseason roster, and now is back on the open market. Camargo has been with Atlanta for five seasons, posting a career .738 OPS with 34 home runs while playing all over the diamond.
Source: Mark
Tue Nov 30 202122:18Joey Lucchesi Resumes ThrowingJoey LucchesiSPMetsFree Agent
New York Mets left-hander Joey Lucchesi (elbow), who had Tommy John surgery in June, began throwing for the first time on Tuesday since his operation. The 28-year-old will likely miss all of the 2022 season. When he returns in 2023, he'll have two years of team control remaining, which is the main reason why the Mets tendered him a contract on Tuesday. In 11 appearances (eight starts) in his first season for the Mets before he had elbow reconstruction, Lucchesi had a 4.46 ERA, 3.40 FIP, 1.17 WHIP, 41 strikeouts and 11 walks in 38 1/3 innings pitched.
Source: - Anthony
Tue Nov 30 202122:13Mets Non-Tender Robert GsellmanRobert GsellmanRP/SPMetsFree Agent
The New York Mets non-tendered reliever Robert Gsellman, right-hander Stephen Nogosek and outfielder Mark Payton on Tuesday, making them all free-agents. The 28-year-old Gsellman missed most of the 2021 season while rehabbing a torn right lat muscle. He had a 3.77 ERA in 28 2/3 innings and was more effective than he was in 2020, but he only struck out 17 batters and had an FIP of 4.29. Gsellman made $1.3 million last season and would have been due a modest raise through the arbitration process. The 13th-round pick in 2016 should be able to land another job in a bullpen with his mid-90s heater with some starting experience.
Source: - Anthony
Tue Nov 30 202122:04Daniel Vogelbach, John Curtiss Non-Tendered By BrewersDaniel Vogelbach1B/DH/PHBrewersTeam Erik
John CurtissRP/SPBrewersFree Agent
Milwaukee Brewers first baseman Daniel Vogelbach and reliever John Curtiss were non-tendered by the team on Tuesday after Milwaukee reached one-year deals with first baseman Rowdy Tellez, utility man Jace Peterson and reliever Jandel Gustave. Vogelbach and Curtiss are now free agents. With Tellez the preferred left-handed-hitting power option at first base, Vogelbach was expendable. Curtiss will miss all of the 2022 season after having Tommy John surgery in September. He was acquired in a trade with the Miami Marlins at the trade deadline and made only six appearances with the Brew Crew. Vogelbach hit .219 with nine home runs and 24 RBI in 93 games for Milwaukee.
Source: - Adam
Tue Nov 30 202120:39Orlando Arcia Returning To AtlantaOrlando ArciaPH/SSBravesFree Agent
Utilityman Orlando Arcia will be returning to the Atlanta Braves after signing a two-year deal worth $3 million dollars in guaranteed money that contains a team option for 2024. Arcia only came to the plate 78 times after being trade from Milwaukee partway through the 2021 campaign, slashing .214/.282/.343. He's never had an OPS higher than .734, in the abbreviated 2020 season. It appears Atlanta has plans for the versatile Arcia, but fantasy managers do not need to pay him any mind.
Source: Jon
Tue Nov 30 202116:36Twins Claim Trevor Megill Off WaiversTrevor MegillRPCubsFree Agent
The Minnesota Twins have claimed right-handed pitcher Trevor Megill off waivers from the Chicago Cubs, according to a tweet from Dustin Morse, who works in the Twins' communications department. Megill made his Major League debut for the Cubs last season, throwing 23.2 innings while registering 30 strikeouts and eight walks. He pitched to an 8.37 ERA and a 5.62 FIP in those 23.2 innings and will give the Twins some extra bullpen depth heading into next season. Only nine teams had a bullpen with a higher FIP than Minnesota's group of relief pitchers last season.
Source: Dustin
Tue Nov 30 202115:34Nationals Re-Sign Andrew Stevenson, Luis AvilanLuis AvilánRPNationalsFree Agent
Andrew StevensonCF/LF/PHNationalsFree 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 202115:26Jerad Eickhoff Signs Minor League Deal With BucsJerad EickhoffRP/SPMetsFree Agent
The Pittsburgh Pirates signed right-handed pitcher Jerad Eickhoff and catcher James Ritchie to minor league deals on Monday, according to a source. Eickhoff, 31, has made 85 appearances (80 starts) for the Philadelphia Phillies and New York Mets in his six-year career, and he had an 8.69 ERA with 10 walks, 13 strikeouts and nine home runs allowed in 19 2/3 innings over four starts with the Mets in 2021. His best season came in 2016 with the Phillies, when he went 11-14 with a 3.65 ERA with 167 K's and 42 walks in 197 1/3 innings over 33 starts. Ritchie, 28, has yet to make his MLB debut after being taken in the 13th round by the Houston Astros in 2014. He hit .317 with an .846 OPS in 79 games for Triple-A Reno in 2021.
Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - Jason
Tue Nov 30 202114:48Pirates Sign Ben Gamel To One-Year DealBen GamelCF/LF/PH/RFPiratesFree Agent
The Pittsburgh Pirates re-signed outfielder Ben Gamel to a one-year, $1.8 million deal on Monday to avoid salary arbitration. Gamel will have a chance to earn $100,000 for 450 plate appearances and $100,000 for 550 plate appearances, according to a source. The Pirates claimed Gamel off waivers from Cleveland last year after he was mostly a bench bat for the Milwaukee Brewers the previous two seasons. Gamel was a bit of a surprise for the Pirates last year, slashing .255/.352/.399 with eight home runs, 26 RBI, three steals and 42 runs scored in 383 plate appearances over 111 games while playing solid defense in the outfield.
Source: The Athletic - Ken
Sun Nov 28 202120:26Pablo Sandoval Looking To Play In 2022Pablo Sandoval3B/PHBravesFree Agent
Free agent third baseman Pablo Sandoval expects to play next season, according to Jon Heyman of MLB Network. Sandoval, 35, spent last season with the Atlanta Braves before being traded to the Cleveland Indians but was right after. The veteran slashed .178/.302/.342 with four home runs in 69 games. He's had a hard time producing numbers that he put up earlier in his career since he signed a big contract with the Boston Red Sox ahead of 2015. His fantasy value is non-existent, and he probably won't find a starting job with any team he lands on.
Source: Jon
Wed Nov 24 202121:20Orioles Claim Cionel Perez Off WaiversCionel PérezRPRedsFree Agent
The Baltimore Orioles have claimed pitcher Cionel Perez off waivers from the Cincinnati Reds. The Orioles announced the move in a press release on Wednesday. Perez pitched to a 6.38 ERA, a 6.30 FIP, 25 strikeouts, and 20 walks in 24 innings for the Reds last season. He's logged a 6.04 ERA and a 6.02 FIP in 50.2 career innings at the Major League level. The left-hander will give Baltimore some additional depth in the bullpen. Last season, the Orioles bullpen finished with the 15th-highest fWAR in baseball, but they also had the highest collective FIP among all bullpens.
Source: Baltimore
Mon Nov 22 202121:01Rangers Acquire Billy McKinney And Zach Reks From DodgersBilly McKinneyLF/PH/RFDodgersFree Agent
Zach ReksLFDodgersFree Agent
The Texas Rangers swung a trade with the Los Angeles Dodgers Monday, acquiring outfielders Billy McKinney and Zach Reks for cash considerations. Both players had been designated for assignment Friday as Los Angeles cleared room on the 40-man roster. McKinney played for the Brewers, Mets, and Dodgers in 2021, slashing .192/.280/.358 with nine home runs across 300 plate appearances. Reks has just 10 big-league at-bats to his name, but he's slashed .295/.383/.487 in his minor-league career. Both have the opportunity to contribute at the big-league level in 2022, though they'll be hard-pressed to make it onto many fantasy rosters.
Source: Texas Rangers
Sun Nov 21 202120:04Pirates Agree To Deal With Jose QuintanaJosé QuintanaRP/SPGiantsFree Agent
The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed free-agent left-hander Jose Quintana to a one-year, $2 million deal on Sunday, according to Jon Heyman of MLB Network. The 32-year-old had a year to forget, posting a 6.43 ERA and 1.73 WHIP while striking out 28.6% of the batters he faced across 63 innings split between the Los Angeles Angels and San Francisco Giants. He appeared in 29 games but started just 10, though he will likely be utilized as a starter with the Pirates given their lack of big-league starting pitching. After being a solid arm for many years, Quintana is all but irrelevant in fantasy at this point, as he owns a 5.13 ERA over the past three seasons, and he won't win many games while pitching for Pittsburgh.
Source: Jon
Mon Nov 15 202120:21Manny Pina Signs With BravesManny PiñaC/PHBrewersFree Agent
The Atlanta Braves signed catcher Manny Pina to a two-year, $8 million deal on Monday that includes a $4 million team option for the 2024 season. Pina is a highly regarded backup catcher that will help take some of the stress off starting catcher Travis d'Arnaud as the Braves attempt to defend their World Series title in 2022. The presence of Pina as catching depth will give Atlanta extra time to develop catching prospects William Contreras and Shea Langeliers, who is the team's No. 2 prospect. The 34-year-old Pina hit a career-high 13 home runs while batting just .189 with a .732 OPS for the Milwaukee Brewers in 2021. Pina can provide occasional pop with his bat, but he's best known for his defense, throwing out 29.7% of 37 potential base-stealers last year.
Source: FanSided - Robert
Sat Nov 13 202121:03Rockies Re-Sign Jhoulys ChacinJhoulys ChacínRP/SPRockiesFree Agent
The Colorado Rockies have re-signed pitcher Jhoulys Chacin to a one-year deal, according to The Gazette's Danielle Allentuck. Chacin mostly pitched as a reliever last season for Colorado, turning in a 4.34 ERA and a 4.63 FIP in 64 1/3 innings. The veteran recorded 17 holds while also registering 47 strikeouts and 28 walks. He didn't record a save last season, as most of Colorado's save opportunities went to either Daniel Bard or Carlos Estevez. In addition to Chacin, Bard and Estevez, the Rockies current bullpen options include Robert Stephenson, Lucas Gilbreath, Jordan Sheffieldand Tyler Kinley.
Source: Danielle