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Mon Jan 3014:59Marlins Acquire Matt Barnes From Red SoxMatt BarnesRPRed SoxFree Agent
The Boston Red Sox and Miami Marlins have reportedly made a deal, per a tweet from The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal on Monday morning. According to Rosenthal's tweet, Boston is trading reliever Matt Barnes to Miami for fellow relief pitcher Richard Bleier. Barnes pitched to a 4.31 ERA, a 3.87 FIP, 34 strikeouts, and 21 walks in 39.2 innings for Boston last season while adding eight saves and four holds. Bleier, meanwhile, turned in a 3.55 ERA and a 3.27 FIP in 50.2 innings for the Marlins, while adding 32 strikeouts, 10 walks, seven holds and a save. Of the duo, Barnes likely has more potential for save opportunities this coming season in Miami than Bleier does in Boston given Kenley Jansen's presence at the back end of the Red Sox bullpen.
Source: Ken RosenthalRotoBaller.com
Mon Jan 3014:51Royals Re-Sign Zack GreinkeZack GreinkeRP/SPAstrosTeam Sapinski
The Kansas City Royals are reportedly re-signing veteran starting pitcher Zack Greinke, per a tweet from Bob Fescoe of 610 Sports in Kansas City on Monday morning. Fescoe tweeted the following: "Royals have reached a deal to bring Zack Greinke back for one more year, per source. Deal will be officially announced tomorrow afternoon. #royals." The 39-year-old made his return to Kansas City this past season, making 26 starts. In those 26 starts, the right-hander pitched to a 3.68 ERA, a 4.03 FIP, 73 strikeouts, and just 27 walks allowed in 137 innings of work. Kansas City's other rotation options include the likes of Jordan Lyles, Brady Singer, Ryan Yarbrough, and Brad Keller.
Source: Bob FescoeRotoBaller.com
Mon Jan 3014:23Darren O'Day Announces RetirementDarren O'DayRPYankeesFree Agent
Relief pitcher Darren O'Day announced on Monday he's retiring from the league in a tweet. O'Day made his Major League debut with the Los Angeles Angels in 2008 and has appeared in every Major League season since. The 40-year-old made 644 appearances over the years, pitching for Los Angeles, the New York Mets, Texas, Baltimore, Atlanta, and the New York Yankees. He most recently appeared in 28 games for Atlanta in 2022, pitching to a 4.15 ERA and a 4.04 FIP in 21.2 innings of work while logging 26 strikeouts compared to 10 walks. For his career, the 40-year-old owns a 2.59 and a 3.48 FIP in 609-lifetime innings at the Major League level. He struck out 9.41 batters per nine frames while allowing just 2.54 walks per nine innings.
Source: Darren O'DayRotoBaller.com
Sun Jan 2921:41Gleyber Torres Avoids ArbitrationGleyber Torres2B/SSYankeesDoubleHeader
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 LeMahieu1B/2B/3BYankeesDark Angel
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 MaedaSPTwinsObi-Wan
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 2812:22Hirokazu Sawamura Returns To JapanHirokazu SawamuraRP/SPRed SoxFree Agent
After two seasons with the Boston Red Sox, right-hander Hirokazu Sawamura signed with the Chiba Lotte Marines of Nippon Professional Baseball on Saturday to return to Japan. He appeared in 104 games for Boston from 2021-22 and had a 3.39 ERA (4.59 FIP), 1.44 WHIP, 101 strikeouts and 59 walks in 103 2/3 innings pitched over 104 relief appearances. The 34-year-old could come back to the States and sign with a major-league team if he impresses back in Japan, but it's probably unlikely. Sawamura had a 3.73 ERA (4.16 FIP), 1.42 WHIP and 18.1 percent strikeout rate in 50 2/3 innings for Boston last season.
Source: The Boston Globe - Pete AbrahamRotoBaller.com
Sat Jan 2812:06Nationals Sign Alexander Colome To Minor-League DealAlex ColoméRPTwinsTeam Erik
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 Díaz1B/3BRaysTeam Erik
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 2718:45Rangers Sign Clint Frazier, Danny Duffy To Minor-League DealsDanny DuffySPRoyalsObi-Wan
Clint FrazierLF/RFYankeesBallbusters
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 2718:31James Kaprielian, Paul Blackburn Expected To Be ReadyPaul BlackburnSPAthleticsDark Angel
James KaprielianRP/SPAthleticsTeam Lorin
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 FairbanksRPRaysBuchanalia
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 2713:41Orioles Sign Curtis Terry To Minor-League DealCurtis Terry1BRangersFree Agent
The Baltimore Orioles signed free-agent third baseman Curtis Terry to a minor-league deal on Friday. Terry made his major-league debut with the Texas Rangers in 2021 and went 4-for-45 with no homers, one RBI, three runs scored and 15 strikeouts in 48 plate appearances over only 13 games played. The 26-year-old spent the 2022 campaign with the Minnesota Twins' Triple-A affiliate in St. Paul and slashed .250/.348/.429 with a .777 OPS, 10 home runs, 32 RBI and 41 runs scored in 80 games. Terry will provide the Orioles with depth at the hot corner this year, but he'll likely begin the regular season in the minor leagues.
Source: MASN Sports - Roch KubatkoRotoBaller.com
Fri Jan 2713:34Cubs Add Tyler Duffey On Minor-League DealTyler DuffeyRPTwinsTeam Erik
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 2713:10Ian Kennedy Agrees With RangersIan KennedyRP/SPRangersFree 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
Thu Jan 2618:33Orioles Designate Darwinzon Hernandez For AssignmentDarwinzon HernandezRPRed SoxFree Agent
The Baltimore Orioles designated left-hander Darwinzon Hernandez for assignment on Thursday to make room on the 40-man roster for left-hander Cole Irvin, who was acquired in a trade with the Oakland Athletics. Baltimore landed Hernandez in a trade with the Boston Red Sox earlier this offseason, but the 26-year-old southpaw could be on the move yet again. He only tossed 6 2/3 relief innings for Boston in 2022 and was beat up to the tune of 17 runs (16 earned) on 14 hits (four home runs allowed) while walking eight and striking out nine. The Venezuelan reliever has interesting stuff but has yet to put it all together at the big-league level in four years with the Red Sox. If Hernandez clears waivers, he could return to Baltimore.
Source: MASN Sports - Roch KubatkoRotoBaller.com
Thu Jan 2618:03Orioles Acquire Cole Irvin From A'sCole IrvinSPAthleticsThe Empire
The Baltimore Orioles acquired left-hander Cole Irvin and minor-league right-hander Kyle Virbitsky from the Oakland Athletics on Thursday in exchange for infield prospect Darell Hernaiz, according to sources. Irvin, a 28-year-old southpaw, had a career-best 3.98 ERA (4.21 FIP), 1.16 WHIP and 17.3 percent strikeout rate in 30 starts covering 181 innings in his second full season as a starter for the A's in 2022. He doesn't strike out a ton of batters, though, keeping his fantasy upside low, and the move to a much more hitter-friendly home ballpark and the tough American League East division are downgrades for Irvin heading into his fifth MLB season in 2023. Virbitsky, 24, had a 4.63 ERA and 1.31 WHIP with a career-high 140 strikeouts and 30 walks in 126 1/3 innings over 23 outings (22 starts) for Single-A Stockton and High-A Lansing last year.
Source: ESPN.com - Jeff PassanRotoBaller.com
Thu Jan 2613:35Luis Torrens Signs Minor-League Deal With CubsLuis TorrensC/DHMarinersTeam Lorin
Free-agent catcher Luis Torrens signed a minor-league deal with the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday that includes an invite to major-league spring training. Torrens spent the 2022 season with the Seattle Mariners and hit .225/.283/.298 with a .581 OPS, three home runs, 15 RBI and 13 runs scored in 166 plate appearances and 55 games. The 26-year-old will provide catching depth in Chicago behind Yan Gomes and Tucker Barnhart, but he won't be much of a fantasy option if he's on the big-league roster at any point. In his five-year big-league career, Torrens has a .226/.288/.354 slash line with a .642 OPS, 19 home runs, 75 RBI and 66 runs scored in 251 games played.
Source: Milb.comRotoBaller.com
Thu Jan 2613:24Michael King Expects To Be Ready For Opening DayMichael KingRP/SPYankeesFree Agent
New York Yankees relief pitcher Michael King (elbow) said that he expects to be ready for Opening Day after missing the final two-plus months of last season with a fractured right elbow. If healthy in 2023, King will likely be used as a multi-inning stopper in the Yankees' bullpen in the later innings in front of closer Clay Holmes. Before he was hurt in 2022, King was excellent for the Yanks, going 6-3 with a 2.29 ERA (2.23 FIP), 1.00 WHIP, his first career save, 66 strikeouts and 16 walks in 51 relief innings over a career-high 34 relief appearances. The 27-year-old right-hander may be eased in initially, but he should carry plenty of value in fantasy leagues that reward holds.
Source: The Athletic - Brendan KutyRotoBaller.com
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