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Fri Jan 1418:53Melky Cabrera Announces His RetirementMelky CabreraLFFree AgentFree Agent
Long-time outfielder Melky Cabrera announced his retirement on Friday. Cabrera hadn't played in the major leagues since 2019, but he had played in winter ball each of the last two years. The switch-hitter broke into the bigs in 2005 with the New York Yankees. He spent the first five seasons of his career in the Bronx before making stops with the Atlanta Braves, Kansas City Royals, San Francisco Giants, Toronto Blue Jays, Chicago White Sox, Cleveland Indians and Pittsburgh Pirates. Cabrera's most productive season came in 2012 with the Giants when he hit .346/.390/.516 with 11 home runs, 60 RBI and 13 stolen bases in his only All-Star appearance. The Melk Man never had much power (career-high 18 home runs), but he had a productive 15-year career that saw him hit .285/.334/.417 with 144 homers, 383 doubles, 854 RBI and 101 stolen bases in 1,887 games.
Source: MLB Network - Jon HeymanRotoBaller.com
Wed Jan 1217:00Ronald Acuna Jr. Resumes Hitting On The FieldRonald Acuña Jr.CF/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'BrienRotoBaller.com
Wed Jan 1216:52Jon Lester Announces His RetirementJon LesterSPCardinalsFree Agent
Three-time World Series champion and 200-game winner Jon Lester announced his retirement on Wednesday after a 16-year career. The 38-year-old made 30-plus starts in a season 12 times, including 28 starts in his final season with the Washington Nationals and St. Louis Cardinals last year. The southpaw made five All-Star teams and had a 2.51 career postseason ERA. Lester will be known for a nasty cutter, and he is one of only nine modern left-handers with 200 wins, a .600 winning percentage and a career ERA under 4.00. Six of the other eight southpaws are all in the Hall of Fame. From 2016 to 2018, Lester had a sparkling 1.93 ERA in 10 playoff outings. "I never wanted fans to leave a game and ask, 'Was the effort there?'" Lester said. "I think I always gave it."
Source: ESPN Chicago - Jesse RogersRotoBaller.com
Wed Dec 29 202114:16Kyle Seager Announces His RetirementKyle Seager3BMarinersFree Agent
Seattle Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager announced his retirement in a statement that was posted to Twitter by his wife on Wednesday. Seager is calling it quits after a career season in 2021 in which he posted 35 home runs and 101 RBI. In his 11 seasons in MLB, all with the Mariners, Seager recorded 242 home runs, 807 RBI and had a .251 batting average. The 34-year-old was originally a third-round pick by Seattle in 2009, and he made his big-league debut in 2011. Seager's breakout came in his second season in 2012, when he hit 20 home runs in 155 games while slashing .259/.316/.423. Abraham Toro is an option to settle into the hot corner with Seager gone in 2022, but the Mariners could address the position via free agency or trade once the lockout is lifted.
Source: Julie Seager on TwitterRotoBaller.com
Thu Dec 23 202114:09Dodgers, Cody Bellinger Agree To One-Year DealCody BellingerCFDodgersFree Agent
The Los Angeles Dodgers and outfielder Cody Bellinger agreed to a one-year, $17 million deal to avoid salary arbitration before the league's Dec. 1 lockout, according to sources familiar with the agreement. The 26-year-old is coming off the worst season of his career, slashing .165/.240/.302 with 10 home runs in 95 games, but he played much better in the postseason. Bellinger is only two seasons removed from winning the National League MVP in 2019 by slashing .305/.406/.629 with 47 home runs. The deal won't be guaranteed until Bellinger makes the Opening Day roster, but he won't hit the free-agent market now until after the 2023 season. A hairline fracture in his left leg, a rib fracture and a hamstring strain caused him to miss time last year, so with better health, fantasy managers should expect better production in 2022.
Source: ESPN.com - Jeff Passan and Kiley McDanielRotoBaller.com
Fri Dec 17 202111:47Nomar Mazara Lands With PadresNomar MazaraRFTigersFree Agent
The San Diego Padres signed outfielder Nomar Mazara to a minor league deal that includes an invite to big-league spring training. Mazara was eligible to sign a minor league during MLB's lockout because he didn't finish the 2021 season on any team's 40-man roster after he was released by the Detroit Tigers in June. Mazara made his big-league debut at 20 years old in 2016, batting .266/.320/.419 with 20 home runs in 568 plate appearances in his rookie season. But the left-handed slugger never was able to break out and he posted below-average offensive numbers for the Texas Rangers before he was traded to the Chicago White Sox. He struggled with Chicago in 2020 before slashing just .212/.276/.321 in 181 plate appearances for Detroit last year. The 26-year-old represents a low-cost depth option for a Padres team with plenty of questions at the corner outfield spots.
Source: Mass Live - Chris CotilloRotoBaller.com
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 JoyceRotoBaller.com
Tue Dec 7 202112:42Red Sox Have Checked In With Trevor StoryTrevor StorySSRockiesFree Agent
The Boston Red Sox have at least checked in with free-agent shortstop Trevor Story. There are at least three serious players for Story, plus others and one mystery team. MLB Network's Jon Heyman also mentioned the Houston Astros as a team to have expressed interest in Story this offseason. Boston recently reached out to Carlos Correa's representatives before the lockout, but it remains to be seen if All-Star Xander Bogaerts would be moved out of the position. It's unclear if Story is willing to move to another position besides shortstop, but the Seattle Mariners have reportedly been interested in adding Story to play third base. Leaving Coors Field will be a downgrade for Story, but landing in Boston wouldn't be a bad place for the power/speed threat at shortstop.
Source: MLB Network - Jon HeymanRotoBaller.com
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 HeymanRotoBaller.com
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 HeymanRotoBaller.com
Thu Dec 2 202113:44Jackie Bradley Jr. Traded To The Red SoxJackie Bradley Jr.CF/PHBrewersFree 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 NetworkRotoBaller.com
Thu Dec 2 202113:20Jordan Lyles Agrees With OriolesJordan LylesSPRangersFree Agent
The Baltimore Orioles and right-hander Jordan Lyles agreed to a one-year deal worth $7 million on Wednesday night, pending a physical. However, the deal is unlikely to become official until the new Collective Bargaining Agreement is completed. Lyles' deal could be worth $17 million if his 2023 option is picked up. The 31-year-old had a 5.15 ERA in a career-high 180 innings over 30 starts for the Texas Rangers in 2021. Lyles led all of baseball with 38 home runs allowed, and that could again be a problem in 2022 at hitter-friendly Camden Yards and in the tough American League East division. On a bright not, Lyles had a 2.87 ERA and 0.99 WHIP after Sept. 1 when he started using his sinker and curveball more to attack hitters. Lyles has a career 5.21 ERA and 1.43 WHIP with seven different teams.
Source: MLB Network - Jon HeymanRotoBaller.com
Thu Dec 2 202113:17Hunter Renfroe Traded To The BrewersHunter RenfroeRFRed 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. Renfroe slashed .259/.315/.501 with 31 home runs and 96 RBI with a .816 OPS in 144 games for the Red Sox in 2021. The 29-year-old is expected to be the Brewers starting right fielder to replace Avisail Garcia, who signed with the Miami Marlins during the offseason. He will hit in the heart of the Brewers' order, and Renfroe's power should suit well at American Family Field. The former San Diego Padre could be in line for another 30-plus homers in one of the friendliest hitters parks in baseball, making him a solid fantasy option in upcoming 2022 drafts.
Source: Jon Heyman of the MLB NetworkRotoBaller.com
Wed Dec 1 202123:02Carlos Correa Comfortable Waiting Through LockoutCarlos CorreaSSAstrosFree Agent
Free-agent shortstop Carlos Correa has received plenty of interest and many offers on the open market as the top free agent available, but he is comfortable waiting through the coming lockout for the right offer. The usual big-spending teams have not spent big yet, and if the tax threshold rises with a new Collective Bargaining Agreement, it could benefit Correa if he waits it out. Correa has reportedly heard from the New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox, Los Angeles Dodgers, Chicago Cubs and Atlanta Braves and was offered a five-year deal worth $160 million by the Houston Astros last month, according to FOX 26's Mark Berman. The Cubs appear to be trying to compete after signing starting pitcher Marcus Stroman on Wednesday night. And the Braves could be looking for another big bat if they aren't able to re-sign star first baseman Freddie Freeman.
Source: MLB Network - Jon HeymanRotoBaller.com
Wed Dec 1 202122:57Kris Bryant's Market Is PercolatingKris Bryant3B/LF/RFGiantsFree Agent
The New York Mets, Los Angeles Angels and San Diego Padres are among many teams that are interested in signing star free-agent Kris Bryant. The Seattle Mariners, Philadelphia Phillies, Colorado Rockies and Houston Astros, among others, have also checked in. Bryant's biggest draw is his versatility, with his ability to play third base, first base and all three outfield positions. The Angels have mostly been focusing on pitching, but the thought of Bryant joining a lineup with Mike Trout and American League MVP Shohei Ohtani is very intriguing. The Astros could be looking to replace Carlos Correa in free agency. The Padres already have star third baseman Manny Machado, but Bryant could be used in their outfield. The 29-year-old Bryant made 47 starts at third base, 35 in left field, 33 in right field, 13 in center and 10 at first base in 2021.
Source: MLB Network - Jon HeymanRotoBaller.com
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 HeymanRotoBaller.com
Wed Dec 1 202122:04Luis Garcia Signs With PadresLuis GarcíaRPCardinalsFree Agent
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Luis GarcíaSSPhilliesFree 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 HeymanRotoBaller.com
Wed Dec 1 202121:53Dodgers Reportedly Re-Sign Chris TaylorChris Taylor2B/CF/LF/SSDodgersFree 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 RosenthalRotoBaller.com
Wed Dec 1 202121:40Rich Hill Reportedly Signs With Red SoxRich HillSPMetsFree 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 MurrayRotoBaller.com
Wed Dec 1 202121:26Mark Melancon Signs With DiamondbacksMark MelanconRPPadresFree Agent
The Arizona Diamondbacks have signed relief pitcher Mark Melancon, according to a tweet from MLB Network's Jon Heyman. Per Heyman, it's a two-year deal that includes a third-year option with a $2 million buyout. Including the buyout, the contract is for $14 million with an additional $2 million potentially in incentives. The veteran reliever pitched for the division-rival San Diego Padres in 2021, notching 39 saves in 64 appearances. Melancon also pitched to a 2.23 ERA and a 3.36 FIP in 64 2/3 innings while registering 59 strikeouts and 25 walks. He seems like a decent bet to close games for the Diamondbacks with Joe Mantiply, Noe Ramirezand J.B. Wendelken on hand as setup options.
Source: Jon HeymanRotoBaller.com
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