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Thu Dec 801:10Braves Acquire Joe Jimenez From TigersJoe JiménezRPTigersFree Agent
The Atlanta Braves acquired right-handed reliever Joe Jimenez from the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday evening in exchange for outfielder Justyn-Henry Malloy and left-hander Jake Higginbotham. The Braves need some more bullpen reinforcements after closer Kenley Jansen left in free agency to sign with the Boston Red Sox on Wednesday. The 27-year-old Jimenez had a solid year in Detroit last year, posting a 3.49 ERA (1.09 WHIP), a 1.09 WHIP, two saves and 77 strikeouts in 56 2/3 innings pitched. With Jansen gone in Atlanta in 2023, Raisel Iglesias figures to open the year as the set closer for the Braves, with Jimenez operating in more of a middle-relief role in his new digs. MLB Pipeline is already listing Malloy as the Tigers' No. 7 prospect. The 22-year-old started the year at High-A and finished at Triple-A and clubbed 17 home runs in the Braves farm system in 2022.
Source: Braves TwitterRotoBaller.com
Thu Dec 801:03Padres Agree With Xander Bogaerts On 11-Year DealXander BogaertsSSRed SoxFree Agent
The San Diego Padres agreed to an 11-year, $280 million deal with free-agent shortstop Xander Bogaerts on Wednesday night. It comes after Trea Turner scored an 11-year, $300 million deal from the Philadelphia Phillies on Monday. Bogaerts has been an All-Star in three of the last four seasons and was extremely productive yet again in 2022 for the Boston Red Sox, slashing .307/.377/.456 with an .833 OPS, 15 home runs, 73 RBI, 84 runs scored and eight stolen bases in 150 games. The power drop from 23 to 15 homers has to be a bit concerning, though, as he enters his 30s. He'll have plenty of chances to drive in and score runs in a loaded Padres lineup, however. The addition of Bogaerts officially means the Padres are prepared to move star shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. to the outfield.
Source: New York Post - Jon HeymanRotoBaller.com
Wed Dec 720:45Four Teams Showing Serious Interest In Dansby SwansonDansby SwansonSSBravesFree Agent
The Chicago Cubs, St. Louis Cardinals, Minnesota Twins and Boston Red Sox are among the teams that have shown the most interest in free-agent shortstop Dansby Swanson so far this offseason. Swanson's hometown Atlanta Braves are also in the mix to re-sign him if he so chooses. The Twins and Red Sox are probably interested as a fallback option in case they can't re-sign Carlos Correa and Xander Bogaerts, respectively. It's likely that Swanson won't sign with a team until after Correa and Bogaerts do. The 28-year-old is considered inferior offensively to both Correa and Bogaerts, but Swanson has clubbed 52 home runs and driven in 184 runs in the last two years in Atlanta while slashing .263/.321/.448. He's no slouch with the bat in his hands.
Source: MLB.com - Mark BowmanRotoBaller.com
Wed Dec 720:06Six Teams Talking With Xander BogaertsXander BogaertsSSRed SoxFree Agent
Six teams still need a shortstop and are all talking to free-agent shortstop Xander Bogaerts at the Winter Meetings in San Diego this week. The Boston Red Sox, San Diego Padres and Chicago Cubs are among them. Bogaerts opted out of the final three years of his deal with Boston, but they've had some momentum in trying to re-sign him on a day in which they also added veteran closer Kenley Jansen and Japanese outfielder Masataka Yoshida. Keeping the 30-year-old All-Star shortstop would be a huge win for the Red Sox after the division-rival New York Yankees re-signed Aaron Judge to a nine-year, $360 million mega deal on Wednesday morning. Bogaerts was impressive again in 2022 and remains one of the best all-around shortstops in baseball after hitting .307 with 15 home runs, 73 RBI, 84 runs and eight steals in 150 games.
Source: MLB Network - Jon HeymanRotoBaller.com
Wed Dec 718:14Yankees Remain In On Carlos RodonCarlos RodónSPWhite SoxFree Agent
The New York Yankees remain in on free-agent left-hander Carlos Rodon despite re-signing superstar outfielder Aaron Judge to a monster nine-year, $360 million deal on Wednesday. The Yankees also remain interested in free-agent outfielder Andrew Benintendi or another left fielder, and they'd also like to bolster their bullpen. Rodon is easily the biggest name left on the starting-pitching market this winter after back-to-back All-Star seasons in 2021 and 2022 with the Chicago White Sox and San Francisco Giants. The 29-year-old southpaw has finally been able to stay healthy the last two years while also limiting the free passes. A move to Yankee Stadium and the American League East would be tricky, but Rodon has become a fantasy ace.
Source: MLB Network - Jon HeymanRotoBaller.com
Wed Dec 718:07Giants Have Talked With Carlos CorreaCarlos CorreaSSAstrosFree Agent
The San Francisco Giants have spoken with free-agent shortstop Carlos Correa's representatives at the Winter Meetings in San Diego this week, according to a source. The Los Angeles Dodgers, Chicago Cubs, St. Louis Cardinals and Minnesota Twins have also been linked to Correa this offseason. The 28-year-old declined his $35.1 million option for the 2023 season, but the Twins are all in on trying to bring him back on a multi-year deal. The shortstop market has skyrocketed after Trea Turner landed an 11-year, $300 million deal with the Philadelphia Phillies on Monday. Correa, along with Xander Bogaerts and Dansby Swanson, is one of the top shortstops available after hitting .291/.366/.467 with an .834 OPS, 22 home runs, 64 RBI and 70 runs scored in 522 at-bats for the Twins last year.
Source: MLB Network - Jon MorosiRotoBaller.com
Wed Dec 714:59Mets Acquire Brooks Raley From RaysBrooks RaleyRPAstrosFree Agent
The New York Mets have reportedly acquired relief pitcher Brooks Raley from the Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday, according to a tweet from The New York Post's Jon Heyman. Heyman tweeted on Wednesday: "Mets acquire Brooks Raley from the Rays for Keyshawn Askew." Raley made 60 appearances for the Rays last season, logging 53 2/3 innings and posting a 2.68 ERA and a 2.74 FIP. He also turned in six saves, six holds and a win while striking out 61 batters and walking just 15 hitters. He'll give the Mets another late-inning, high-leverage option in manager Buck Showalter's bullpen.
Source: Jon HeymanRotoBaller.com
Wed Dec 714:50Mariners Sign Casey Sadler To Minors DealCasey SadlerRPMarinersFree 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
Wed Dec 714:35Seth Lugo Drawing A Lot Of Interest To StartSeth LugoRPMetsFree Agent
Free-agent pitcher Seth Lugo is reportedly "drawing a lot of interest to start," per a tweet from The New York Post's Jon Heyman on Wednesday morning. Lugo pitched as a reliever for the New York Mets last season, logging a 3.60 ERA and a 3.76 FIP in 65 innings. In those 65 innings, which came over the course of 62 appearances, the 33-year-old also logged 69 strikeouts, 18 walks, three wins, three saves and 16 holds. Of the right-hander's 275 career appearances in the majors, 38 have been starts, including seven most recently during the 2020 season. The Mets don't appear to be interested in Lugo as a starter, so he's unlikely to re-sign with them.
Source: Jon HeymanRotoBaller.com
Wed Dec 714:21Red Sox In Heavy Discussions With Xander BogaertsXander BogaertsSSRed SoxFree Agent
According to a tweet from The New York Post's Jon Heyman on Wednesday morning, the Boston Red Sox are reportedly "in heavy discussions with" free-agent shortstop Xander Bogaerts. Heyman tweeted the following: "Red Sox are in heavy discussions with star shortstop Xander Bogaerts." Bogaerts hit .307 in 631 plate appearances for the Red Sox last season, adding a .377 on-base percentage, 15 home runs, and eight stolen bases in the process. Boston's current shortstop options on the team's 40-man roster include Trevor Story, who mostly played second base last season, Jeter Downs, Hoy Park, and Christian Arroyo.
Source: Jon HeymanRotoBaller.com
Wed Dec 713:25Aledmys Diaz Agrees With The A'sAledmys Díaz2B/3BAstrosFree Agent
The Oakland Athletics agreed to a two-year deal in the $14 million range on Wednesday with free-agent utility man Aledmys Diaz, pending a physical. For the Houston Astros in the last four seasons, Diaz has worked mostly as a super-utility player, giving the team plenty of flexibility in the infield and outfield. With the move to the rebuilding A's, Diaz is likely to have more of an everyday role, which will be a boost to his fantasy value in 2023. The 32-year-old hit .243/.287/.403 with 12 home runs, 38 RBI, 35 runs scored and one stolen base in 92 games played. In his four-year run in Houston, he slashed .255/.313/.425 with 32 long balls and 129 RBI. Diaz's counting stats should improve, but he's mostly a league-average hitter that is getting a downgrade in ballpark and his lineup.
Source: New York Post - Joel ShermanRotoBaller.com
Wed Dec 713:18Kenley Jansen Agrees With The Red SoxKenley JansenRPDodgersFree Agent
The Boston Red Sox and closer Kenley Jansen agreed to a two-year, $32 million deal on Wednesday, according to sources familiar with the deal. Jansen is no longer the closer that made three straight All-Star teams with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2016-18, but he'll be a much-needed boost to a Red Sox bullpen that was pretty bad in 2022. The 35-year-old right-handed reliever was solid in his only season as the Atlanta Braves closer in 2022, going 5-2 with a 3.38 ERA (3.21 FIP), a league-high 41 saves (48 chances), a 1.05 WHIP and 85 strikeouts in 64 relief innings. Jansen finished a league-high 54 games and will move to Boston as their primary closing option to begin the 2023 campaign. He has 391 career saves and should add stability to the back end of Boston's 'pen.
Source: ESPN.com - Jeff PassanRotoBaller.com
Wed Dec 713:12Cardinals, Willson Contreras Agree On Five-Year DealWillson ContrerasCCubsFree Agent
The St. Louis Cardinals and catcher Willson Contreras agreed to a five-year, $87.5 million deal on Wednesday, according to a source familiar with the deal. There were reports earlier on Wednesday that the two sides were closing in on a deal, and now it's official as the Cardinals find their replacement for the retired Yadier Molina. Contreras was the top offensive catcher on the open market this offseason, and he'll give an already strong Cardinals lineup an added boost at the catcher position. The 30-year-old three-time All-Star hit .243/.349/.466 with an .815 OPS, 22 home runs, 55 RBI, 65 runs scored and four stolen bases in 113 games in 2022 with the Cubs. Contreras has a .256/.349/.459 slash line with an .808 OPS in seven big-league seasons. Moving to St. Louis will make him even more attractive as a high-end fantasy catcher.
Source: ESPN.com - Jeff PassanRotoBaller.com
Wed Dec 713:06Jose Quintana Chooses The MetsJosé QuintanaSPAngelsFree Agent
The New York Mets and left-hander Jose Quintana agreed to a two-year, $26 million deal on Wednesday, according to sources. Jacob deGrom left the Mets for a five-year deal with the Texas Rangers, but New York has moved quickly to replace him with American League Cy Young winner Justin Verlander and Quintana. The 33-year-old southpaw turned heads in 2022, recording a 2.93 ERA (2.99 FIP), a 1.21 WHIP, 137 strikeouts and 47 walks in 165 2/3 innings over 32 starts with the Pittsburgh Pirates and St. Louis Cardinals. He was even better in 12 starts with St. Louis with a 2.01 ERA and 1.12 WHIP. Quintana isn't much of a strikeout artist for fantasy purposes, but he should be serviceable as the team's No. 3 starter behind Verlander and Max Scherzer.
Source: ESPN.com - Jeff PassanRotoBaller.com
Wed Dec 709:36Aaron Judge Inks Nine-Year Deal With YankeesAaron JudgeCF/DH/RFYankeesFree Agent
The New York Yankees signed free agent superstar outfielder Aaron Judge to a nine-year, $360 million contract. The 30-year-old ultimately will remain with the Yankees after Jon Heyman of the MLB Network reported that the slugger would sign with the Giants on Tuesday. Heyman later retracted his report. The star outfielder also met with the Padres Tuesday, but the Yankees bumped their offer Wednesday morning to keep him in New York. Judge had an incredible 2022 campaign, slashing .311/.425/.686 with 62 home runs, 131 RBI, 133 runs, and 16 stolen bases over 157 games with the Yankees. He set the American League home run record and was named the AL MVP last year. Judge is expected to be a top-five fantasy pick in upcoming 2023 fantasy drafts.
Source: Ken RosenthalRotoBaller.com
Wed Dec 708:38Aaron Judge Inks Nine-Year Deal With YankeesAaron JudgeCF/DH/RFYankeesFree Agent
The New York Yankees signed free agent superstar outfielder Aaron Judge to a nine-year, $360 million contract. The 30-year-old ultimately will remain with the Yankees after Jon Heyman of the MLB Network reported that the slugger would sign with the Giants on Tuesday. Heyman later retracted his report. The star outfielder also met with the Padres Tuesday, but the Yankees bumped their offer Wednesday morning to keep him in New York. Judge had an incredible 2022 campaign, slashing .311/.425/.686 with 62 home runs, 131 RBI, 133 runs, and 16 stolen bases over 157 games with the Yankees. He set the American League home run record and was named the AL MVP last year. Judge is expected to be a top-five fantasy pick in upcoming 2023 fantasy drafts.
Source: Ken RosenthalRotoBaller.com
Wed Dec 701:37David Price Won't Pitch In 2023David PriceRP/SPDodgersFree Agent
Free-agent left-hander David Price will not pitch in 2023, according to his long-time agent Bo McKinnis. Price isn't using the retirement word, but if this ends up being it for him, he'll finish his major-league career with a 157-82 record and a 3.32 ERA over 2,143 2/3 innings in 14 seasons. The five-time All-Star and 2013 American League Cy Young winner mostly worked as a reliever the last two seasons with the Los Angeles Dodgers, posting a 3.47 ERA (4.11 FIP), a 1.33 WHIP, three saves and 95 strikeouts in 114 innings pitched over 79 appearances (11 starts). The 37-year-old was better in 2022 with a 2.45 ERA, 1.16 WHIP and 37 K's in 40 1/3 relief innings. If Price does return in 2024, it'll likely be in a limited relief role.
Source: MLB Network - Jon HeymanRotoBaller.com
Wed Dec 701:31Jameson Taillon Agrees To Four-Year Deal With CubsJameson TaillonSPYankeesFree Agent
The Chicago Cubs and free-agent starting pitcher Jameson Taillon agreed to a four-year, $68 million deal on Tuesday night, according to sources. It was reported earlier on Tuesday night that the Cubs were making a final push to bring Taillon into their starting rotation, and now it's official. The 31-year-old's 2022 season may not have finished as strong as it started, but he still had a solid year for the New York Yankees, going 14-5 with a 3.91 ERA (3.94 FIP), a 1.13 WHIP and a 20.7 percent strikeout rate in 177 1/3 innings over a career-high-tying 32 starts. Taillon will have a weaker lineup behind him in Chicago, but he'll also be leaving the tough American League East for a much weaker division overall in the National League Central.
Source: ESPN Chicago - Jesse RogersRotoBaller.com
Wed Dec 701:25Padres Offered More For Trea TurnerTrea Turner2B/SSNationalsFree Agent
The San Diego Padres had a high level of disappointment when shortstop Trea Turner chose to sign with the Philadelphia Phillies on Monday for 11 years and $300 million, according to multiple sources. The precise terms of the Padres' offer to Turner weren't known, but two people not directly involved but familiar with the dealings said the Padres offered Turner more than the Phillies. San Diego drafted Turner 13th overall in 2014, only later to trade him to the Washington Nationals in a three-team deal that brought Wil Myers to the Friars. Turner and his wife were said all along to prefer the East Coast since they're both from Florida. A team source said Monday that the Padres are no longer in the market for a shortstop and were always really only in it for Turner, who since the start of 2016 has led baseball in steals (228) and ranked ninth in batting average (.303).
Source: The San Diego Union-Tribune - Kevin AceeRotoBaller.com
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