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Fri Dec 917:26A.J. Alexy Designated For AssignmentA.J. AlexySPRangersFree Agent
The Texas Rangers designated right-hander A.J. Alexy for assignment on Friday to make room on the 40-man roster for the recently signed Andrew Heaney. Alexy made only four appearances for the Rangers last season, allowing nine earned runs on 10 hits while walking nine and striking out six in seven relief innings. He's made only nine major-league appearances (four starts) in the last two years, allowing 21 runs in 30 innings pitched. The 24-year-old wasn't much better at Triple-A Round Rock in 2022, posting a 5.91 ERA, a 1.71 WHIP, 103 strikeouts and 56 walks in 96 innings over 31 outings (16 starts).
Source: Rangers
Fri Dec 917:14Rangers Sign Nick Snyder To Minor-League DealNick SnyderRPRangersFree Agent
The Texas Rangers signed right-hander Nick Snyder, catcher David Garcia and left-hander Lucas Jacobsen to minor-league deals on Friday. Snyder will return to Texas after playing most of the year for Triple-A Round Rock. The 27-year-old pitched in one inning for the Rangers and allowed two earned runs on one hit. He had a 4.97 ERA, 1.42 WHIP and 51 strikeouts in 38 innings over 41 outings (one start) in the minors. Garcia will also return after slashing .229/.306/.349 with five home runs and 39 RBI in two minor-league levels. Jacobsen made 19 appearances (one start) for Double-A Frisco and Round Rock in 2022, posting a strong 2.29 ERA, a 1.12 WHIP, three saves and 30 strikeouts in 19 2/3 frames.
Source: Rangers
Fri Dec 913:43Victor Reyes Agrees With The White SoxVictor ReyesCF/LF/RFTigersFree Agent
The Chicago White Sox agreed to a minor-league deal with former Detroit Tigers outfielder Victor Reyes on Friday, according to a source. The deal includes a non-roster invite to spring training. Reyes will stay in the American League Central after he was designated for assignment in November by the Tigers. The 28-year-old will give the White Sox some much-needed outfield depth heading into next season. Reyes played in 92 games in his fifth year for Detroit and slashed .254/.289/.362 with only three home runs, 34 RBI, 27 runs scored and two stolen bases in 336 plate appearances. He has only 16 home runs and a .264 batting average in five major-league seasons, giving him very little fantasy appeal as a bench player.
Source: Detroit Free Press - Evan
Fri Dec 913:37Phillies Officially Sign Matt StrahmMatt StrahmRPPadresFree Agent
The Philadelphia Phillies officially signed free-agent left-hander Matt Strahm to a two-year deal on Friday, according to president of baseball operations David Dombrowski. Strahm will make $15 million on the two-year deal. The 31-year-old southpaw reliever will make an improving Phillies bullpen better in 2023. He posted a 3.83 ERA (3.72 FIP), a 1.23 WHIP, his first four career saves and 52 strikeouts in 44 2/3 relief innings over 50 appearances for the Boston Red Sox last season. Strahm could have some appeal in holds leagues as a setup man in Philadelphia, but he's unlikely to see many save chances, if any at all over the course of the season. Strahm has a career 3.81 ERA (4.03 FIP), a 1.21 WHIP and a 25.3 percent strikeout rate in seven big-league seasons.
Source: Phillies
Fri Dec 913:22Seth Lugo Attracting Interest From Three TeamsSeth LugoRPMetsFree Agent
The Los Angeles Dodgers, San Diego Padres and Washington Nationals are pursuing free-agent right-hander Seth Lugo. He's likely to be given a chance to start in 2023 and has flexibility to pitch in relief as well. The Nationals just signed swingman Trevor Williams on Friday, but they could also add Lugo to give them additional pitching depth. Lugo, 33, has served as an effective swingman for the New York Mets for the last seven seasons, and he went 3-2 with a 3.60 ERA (3.76 FIP), a 1.17 WHIP, three saves and a 69:18 K:BB in 65 innings over 62 relief appearances in 2022. He hasn't been as effective in recent seasons as he was in 2019, but he's very useful for his ability to start and pitch in relief.
Source: New York Post - Jon
Fri Dec 913:16Diamondbacks In The Market For Evan LongoriaEvan Longoria3BGiantsFree Agent
The Arizona Diamondbacks are one of around five teams that are looking at free-agent corner infielder Evan Longoria. The 37-year-old became a free agent when the San Francisco Giants declined his $13 million team option for the 2023 season. The D-backs are looking at another similar veteran third baseman on the open market in long-time Dodger Justin Turner. Longoria hit .244/.315/.451 with 14 home runs, 42 RBI and 31 runs scored in 298 plate appearances and just 89 games for the Gigantes in 2022 due to injuries. The three-time All-Star has played fewer than 90 games in each of the last two seasons and will be an injury-prone fantasy corner infielder with some waning power for whichever team he signs with heading into 2023.
Source: New York Post - Jon
Fri Dec 913:09Diamondbacks Looking At Justin TurnerJustin Turner3BDodgersFree Agent
The Arizona Diamondbacks, along with the Los Angeles Dodgers and Miami Marlins, are among around half a dozen teams that are in on free-agent third baseman Justin Turner. The 38-year-old veteran slugger became a free agent when the Dodgers declined his $16 million option for the 2023 season. Turner can still hit and get on base at a solid clip, but his power numbers took a noticeable dip after he slugged 27 long balls in his second All-Star campaign in 2021. In 128 games played for the Dodgers last season, Turner slashed .278/.350/.438 with 13 home runs, 81 RBI, 61 runs scored and three stolen bases. A return to LA, where he's spent the last nine years of his career, is not out of the question. At the tail end of his career, Turner is probably best suited as a full-time designated hitter.
Source: New York Post - Jon
Fri Dec 913:03Nationals Sign Trevor WilliamsTrevor WilliamsSPCubsFree Agent
The Washington Nationals signed free-agent right-hander Trevor Williams to a two-year deal on Friday, according to a source. The deal is reportedly worth $13 million. The 30-year-old bounced around between the starting rotation and the bullpen for the New York Mets last year as a swingman, posting a solid 3.21 ERA and 1.23 WHIP over 89 2/3 innings pitched. In Washington, he could end up being the No. 5 starter or a long reliever. A lot will depend on the health of right-handed starter Stephen Strasburg (ribs), but Williams will give the team some valuable pitching depth. In his seven-year big-league career, Williams has posted a 4.27 ERA (4.40 FIP), a 1.34 WHIP, one save and a 19.2 percent strikeout rate in 715 1/3 innings over 159 outings (118 starts).
Source: MASN Sports - Mark
Thu Dec 821:18David Robertson Joins Mets BullpenDavid RobertsonRPRaysFree Agent
The New York Mets agreed with relief pitcher David Robertson on a one-year, $10 million deal on Thursday, according to a source familiar with the contract. The Met got significantly better on Thursday evening, also re-signing center fielder Brandon Nimmo to a monster eight-year, $162 million deal. The 2022 season with the Philadelphia Phillies was his first full year since having Tommy John surgery in 2021. The 37-year-old veteran reliever with 157 career saves had a combined 2.40 ERA (3.58 FIP), a 1.16 WHIP, 20 saves and 81 strikeouts in 63 2/3 innings for the Phillies and Chicago Cubs. Edwin Diaz is cemented in the Mets' closer role, but Robertson will be a strong setup option with plenty of high-leverage experience. He will have plenty of value in holds leagues.
Source: - Jeff
Thu Dec 821:12Mets Bring Back Brandon Nimmo On Eight-Year DealBrandon NimmoCF/LFMetsFree Agent
The New York Mets agreed to re-sign outfielder Brandon Nimmo to an eight-year, $162 million deal on Thursday, according to sources familiar with the deal. The Mets keep their on-base machine of a center fielder, and the biggest payroll in baseball only gets bigger. The former first-rounder will remain the team's leadoff man with a career .385 on-base percentage in his seven major-league seasons with the Mets. Nimmo doesn't have a ton of pop (career-high 17 home runs in 2018), but he's an excellent table-setter and is a great target in OBP and runs scored in fantasy. In a career-high 151 games in 2022, the 29-year-old hit .274/.367/.433 with an .800 OPS, 16 homers, a league-high seven triples, 64 RBI, 102 runs scored and three stolen bases.
Source: - Jeff
Thu Dec 818:09Austin Allen Signs With MarlinsAustin AllenCAthleticsFree Agent
The Miami Marlins signed catcher Austin Allen and shortstop Alex De Goti to minor-league deals and also claimed right-hander Nic Enright off waivers from the Cleveland Guardians. Allen played in five games for the Oakland Athletics last season and went 1-for-14 with a walk, a run scored and nine strikeouts. The 28-year-old was traded to the St. Louis Cardinals in August. He hit a combined .287/.365/.472 with an .837 OPS, seven home runs, 40 RBI and 24 runs scored in 55 minor-league games. De Goti, 28, spent all of 2022 with Triple-A Sugar Land in the Houston Astros organization, slashing .253/.352/.377 with nine home runs, 69 RBI, 77 runs scored and eight stolen bases in 135 games played.
Thu Dec 818:00J.P. Feyereisen Has Shoulder SurgeryJ.P. FeyereisenRPBrewersFree Agent
Tampa Bay Rays right-hander J.P. Feyereisen (shoulder) had right shoulder surgery on Wednesday that was described as a "general cleanup of the rotator cuff and labrum." The goal is for Feyereisen to resume throwing in four months, so he will miss at least the start of the 2023 season. Tampa Bay Times' Marc Topkin believes that Feyereisen will make a post All-Star break return to game action. In his first full season with the Rays in 2022, he allowed an unearned run on seven hits while walking five and striking out 25 in 24 1/3 innings. The 29-year-old missed the final four months of the year due to the pinched nerve in his shoulder. Once healthy in the second half next year, Feyereisen should have a high-leverage relief role in Tampa's bullpen.
Source: Tampa Bay Times - Marc
Thu Dec 813:16Diamondbacks Sign Austin Brice To Minor-League DealAustin BriceRPRed SoxFree Agent
The Arizona Diamondbacks signed free-agent right-hander Austin Brice to a minor-league deal. Brice will head to the desert after spending the 2022 season with the Pittsburgh Pirates. He posted a 4.04 ERA (2.96 FIP), a 1.05 WHIP and five strikeouts in just 6 2/3 relief innings. At Triple-A Indianapolis, he went 3-4 with a 5.56 ERA, 1.37 WHIP, six saves and 53 strikeouts in 43 2/3 innings. The 30-year-old has pitched in seven big-league seasons for the Pirates, Miami Marlins, Cincinnati Reds and Boston Red Sox and sports a career 5.12 ERA (5.06 FIP), a 1.29 WHIP and 160 strikeouts in 168 2/3 innings over 144 appearances (one start). Brice will represent relief depth for Arizona in 2023.
Source: MiLB
Thu Dec 813:10Dodgers Sign Jason Heyward To Minor-League DealJason HeywardRFCubsFree Agent
The Los Angeles Dodgers signed free-agent outfielder Jason Heyward to a minor-league deal on Thursday. The Chicago Cubs granted Heyward his unconditional release in November, and now he'll move his talents to LA. The 33-year-old came up with the Atlanta Braves in 2010 as one of the top outfielder prospects in the game. He was an All-Star in his rookie year and spent his first five seasons in Atlanta. After a year in St. Louis, Heyward, signed an eight-year, $184 million deal with the Cubs, but he was mostly a disappointment in his seven years with the club, hitting .245/.323/.377 with 62 homers, 289 RBI, 335 runs scored and 32 stolen bases in 744 games. In the last two seasons, he's been way worse, slashing .211/.280/.326.
Source: FanSided - Robert
Thu Dec 813:03Mets Could Reunite With Trevor WilliamsTrevor WilliamsSPCubsFree Agent
The New York Mets are talking to free-agent right-hander Trevor Williams about a reunion. The 30-year-old is a pitcher to keep an eye on, and the Mets aren't the only team in on him this offseason. Williams went 3-5 with a 3.21 ERA (3.88 FIP), a 1.23 WHIP, 84 strikeouts and 23 walks in 89 2/3 innings for the Mets in 2022 in 30 outings (nine starts). If he returns to Queens, he could operate once again in a valuable swing-man role for the Mets' rotation/bullpen. In seven major-league seasons, Williams has a 4.27 ERA (4.40 FIP), a 1.34 WHIP and a 590:231 K:BB in 715 1/3 innings pitched over 159 appearances (118 starts) for the Mets, Pittsburgh Pirates and Chicago Cubs.
Source: SNY - Andy
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
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
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: - Mark
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
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