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Sat Feb 412:33Pirates Sign Juan Minaya To Minor-League DealJuan MinayaRPWhite SoxFree Agent
The Pittsburgh Pirates signed free-agent right-hander Juan Minaya to a minor-league deal on Saturday. The 32-year-old made six appearances out of the bullpen (9 2/3 innings) for the Minnesota Twins in 2022 and allowed six earned runs on eight hits while walking five and striking out 11. It took Minaya eight years to reach the majors after signing out of the Dominican Republic in 2008. In parts of six major-league seasons, he has a decent 3.69 ERA (4.08 FIP), 1.37 WHIP, 10 saves and 25.2 percent strikeout rate in 178 innings pitched (all in relief). Minaya might have a pretty decent shot at pitching in the big leagues for the rebuilding Pirates in 2023, but he won't be on the fantasy radar at all.
Source: Pirates Prospects - John DrekerRotoBaller.com
Sat Feb 412:15Twins Re-Sign Aaron SanchezAaron SanchezSPBlue JaysFree Agent
The Minnesota Twins re-signed right-hander Aaron Sanchez to a minor-league deal. Along with the Twins, Sanchez also pitched for the Washington Nationals last year. When all was said and done, he had a career-worst 6.60 ERA (4.48 FIP), 1.55 WHIP and weak 15.5 percent strikeout rate in 60 innings pitched over 15 appearances (10 starts). Sanchez was an All-Star with the Toronto Blue Jays in 2016 and had a much more promising fantasy outlook earlier in his career, but lingering injuries (mostly finger/hand) derailed his career. The 30-year-old will be looking to impress Minnesota's coaching staff in spring training to see if he can win a role on the pitching staff entering the 2023 season. Sanchez can be ignored in most fantasy formats.
Source: MLB.comRotoBaller.com
Fri Feb 313:47Miguel Sano Hosting Workout Next WeekMiguel Sanó3BTwinsFree Agent
Former Minnesota Twins first baseman/designated hitter Miguel Sano will host a workout for scouts next Tuesday in Tampa, Florida. Sano became a free agent when the Twins declined his option last November for the 2023 season. A knee injury limited the 29-year-old slugger to just 71 plate appearances in 2022, and he hit just .083/.211/.133 with a .345 OPS, one home run, three RBI, one run scored and a stolen base in 20 games played. However, Sano reached the 30-homer mark as recently as 2021, so his raw power could attract some teams with spring training approaching if he can prove he's over the knee injury that slowed him down last year.
Source: Darren WolfsonRotoBaller.com
Fri Feb 313:16Jesus Luzardo Wins Arbitration Case Over MarlinsJesús LuzardoSPAthleticsFree Agent
Miami Marlins starting pitcher Jesus Luzardo won his salary arbitration hearing on Friday against the Marlins, according to a source. He will make $2.45 million in 2023 after the Marlins filed for $2.1 million. Luzardo is one of the bright spots for the Marlins rotation after he had a 3.32 ERA (3.12 FIP), 1.04 WHIP and impressing 30 percent strikeout rate in 100 1/3 innings over 18 starts in his first full season in Miami in 2022. Sandy Alcantara is the clear No. 1 in this rotation, but Luzardo is the clear No. 2 and could be in for a breakout season in 2023 if he can stay healthy all year long. RotoBaller currently has Luzardo ranked as the No. 49 fantasy starter, but he could outperform that ranking easily.
Source: MLB.com - Mark FeinsandRotoBaller.com
Fri Feb 313:05John Means Won't Return Until At Least JulyJohn MeansRPOriolesFree Agent
Baltimore Orioles general manager Mike Elias said that starting pitcher John Means' (elbow) Tommy John recovery has been going as expected, but July will be on the early side of the timeline for his eventual return. The 29-year-old left-hander had Tommy John surgery in late April of last year, so fantasy managers shouldn't have been expecting him to be ready to return to Baltimore's rotation in the first half of the 2023 season. Even when Means is able to return to the field this year, he won't be guaranteed to be sharp after having elbow reconstruction. He made just two starts before being shut down in 2022, allowing three earned runs on eight hits while striking out seven in eight innings.
Source: MLB.com - Jake RillRotoBaller.com
Fri Feb 313:01Luis Severino Won't Pitch In World Baseball ClassicLuis SeverinoSPYankeesFree Agent
New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino will not pitch for the Dominican Republic in the 2023 World Baseball Classic because general manager Brian Cashman didn't allow him, according to a source. It makes sense with 2022 being Severino's first full season back from Tommy John surgery. The 28-year-old right-hander also missed two months last year due to a lat injury, but he had a solid 3.18 ERA, 1.00 WHIP and 112 strikeouts over 19 starts and 102 innings when he was healthy for the Yanks. New York picked up Severino's $15 million option for 2023. RotoBaller currently has Severino ranked as the No. 38 fantasy starter heading into spring training. There is injury risk with him, but he should be a solid No. 3/4 starter otherwise.
Source: Z101 Digital - Hector GomezRotoBaller.com
Thu Feb 218:55Mets Sign DJ Stewart To Minor-League DealDJ StewartRFOriolesFree Agent
The New York Mets signed free-agent outfielder DJ Stewart to a minor-league deal on Thursday that includes an invitation to major-league spring training. Stewart was taken in the first round (25th overall) by the Baltimore Orioles in 2015, and he spent his first five seasons with the team. He managed to play in only three big-league games for the O's in 2022 due to injuries, and he has a career slash line of .213/.327/.400 with a .728 OPS, 26 home runs, 73 RBI, 75 runs scored and three stolen bases in 195 games over his five seasons. The 29-year-old left-handed hitter possesses some raw power, but he'll strictly serve as organizational outfield depth for the Mets in 2023.
Source: Mets InsiderRotoBaller.com
Thu Feb 213:31Max Kepler Likely Staying With TwinsMax KeplerRFTwinsFree Agent
The probability of the Minnesota Twins trading outfielder Max Kepler has been significantly reduced with spring training quickly approaching. The Twins are fully stocked on left-handed-hitting corner outfielders with Joey Gallo, Kepler, Trevor Larnach, Matt Wallner and Nick Gordon. The desired interest in Kepler just wasn't there this offseason after he produced a 2.0 wins above replacement despite hitting just .227/.318/.348 with nine home runs in 446 plate appearances. The 29-year-old continues to show great plate discipline, but his drop in power in 2022 was worrisome. But it could be attributed to multiple injuries that limited him to 115 games played. Kepler needs to put the ball in the air more to rediscover his power, but the ban on shifts should help his cause as far as overall average.
Source: The Athletic - Dan HayesRotoBaller.com
Thu Feb 213:10Pirates Sign Chris Owings To Minor-League DealChris OwingsSSRoyalsFree Agent
The Pittsburgh Pirates signed free-agent infielder Chris Owings to a minor-league deal on Thursday that includes an invitation to major-league spring training. Owings, a veteran of 10 major-league seasons, spent the 2022 season with the Baltimore Orioles but hit just .107/.254/.143 with no homers, six runs scored and a stolen base in 26 games played. He didn't fare a whole lot better in the minors for the New York Yankees or in an independent league after he was released by Baltimore. Owings hasn't played over 100 games in a single major-league season since 2018 with the Arizona Diamondbacks, and he'll strictly serve as veteran infield depth with the rebuilding Pirates.
Source: Milb.comRotoBaller.com
Thu Feb 213:04Luis Arraez Wins Arbitration Case Over MarlinsLuis Arraez2BTwinsFree Agent
Miami Marlins second baseman Luis Arraez won his salary arbitration case at $6.1 million over the team on Thursday, according to a source. The Minnesota Twins filed a number of $5 million before they traded Arraez to the Marlins this offseason, but the number didn't change following his trade. Arraez won the American League batting title in 2022 with the Twins when he hit .316. The 25-year-old also added a .375 on-base percentage, .420 slugging percentage, .795 OPS, career-high eight home runs, 49 RBI, 88 runs scored and four stolen bases in 603 plate appearances over 144 games. He will be Miami's everyday second baseman and leadoff batter in 2023. Although Miami isn't the best hitting environment and their offense as a whole isn't anything to write home about, Arraez should once again be a great source of average, OBP and runs scored.
Source: MLB.com - Mark FeinsandRotoBaller.com
Wed Feb 121:58Dylan Moore Avoids Arbitration With Three-Year DealDylan Moore2B/3BMarinersFree Agent
The Seattle Mariners and super utilityman Dylan Moore avoided salary arbitration on Wednesday by agreeing to a three-year, $8.875 million extension, according to sources. The deal contains no options and escalators to $9 million-plus while buying out one free-agent year. Moore posted a strong .368 on-base percentage in 2022 and played seven different positions. The 30-year-old had offseason surgery on his abdomen but is expected to be ready for Opening Day, where he should continue to get plenty of playing time against left-handed pitchers all over the field. In his fourth MLB season for the M's last year, Moore slashed .224/.368/.385 with a .753 OPS, six home runs, 24 RBI, 41 runs scored and 21 stolen bases in 104 games. He is valuable in deeper leagues for his positional versatility and speed.
Source: ESPN.com - Jeff PassanRotoBaller.com
Wed Feb 118:28Evan White, Sam Haggerty Good To GoSam Haggerty1BMetsFree Agent
Evan White1BMarinersFree Agent
Seattle Mariners first baseman Evan White (hip) is as healthy as he's ever been with spring training approaching. Meanwhile, infielder/outfielder Sam Haggerty (groin) should also be good to go for spring training. Reliever Andres Munoz (foot) is out of a walking boot and has started his throwing program after having foot surgery. White had sports-hernia surgery in 2022 and also deal with a hip injury, limiting him to just 107 plate appearances at Triple-A Tacoma. The 26-year-old will need to stay healthy and produce in order to find regular at-bats at the major-league level in 2023. Haggerty will serve in a utility role yet again after hitting .256 with five homers, 23 RBI and 13 steals in 83 games. He's worth rostering in AL-only leagues for his speed. Munoz had a breakout season in 2022 and should serve as a top setup man ahead of closer Paul Sewald when he's healthy.
Source: The Seattle Times - Ryan DivishRotoBaller.com
Wed Feb 118:14Diego Castillo Loses Arbitration CaseDiego CastilloRPRaysFree Agent
Seattle Mariners relief pitcher Diego Castillo lost his salary arbitration case against the team on Wednesday, according to a source. Castillo will make $2.95 million in 2023, instead of the $3.225 million he filed for. In his first full season with the Mariners in 2022, Castillo went 7-3 with a 3.64 ERA (3.68 FIP), 1.14 WHIP, seven saves, 22 walks and 53 strikeouts in 54 1/3 relief innings over 59 appearances out of the bullpen. The 29-year-old right-hander could see a handful of save chances again in 2023, but he'll mostly be serving as a late-inning setup man in Seattle's bullpen alongside Andres Munoz. Paul Sewald is coming off injury, but he's projected to begin the year as the M's primary closer.
Source: MLB.com - Mark FeinsandRotoBaller.com
Tue Jan 3117:03Rays Finalize Three-Year Extension With Yandy DiazYandy Díaz1BRaysFree Agent
The Tampa Bay Rays finalized a three-year, $24 million contract extension with infielder Yandy Diaz on Tuesday. Diaz will earn $6 million in 2023, $8 million in 2024 and $10 million in 2025. The Rays will also have a $12 million option for 2026 that doesn't include a buyout. The 31-year-old Cuban corner infielder should be a solid source of runs, average and on-base percentage near the top of Tampa's lineup again in 2023. He finished his sixth year in the majors and fourth with the Rays in 2022 by slashing .296/.401/.423 with a career-high .824 OPS, nine home runs, 57 RBI, 71 runs scored and three stolen bases in 137 games. Diaz is not flashy by any means and doesn't have a ton of power, but he's a nice complementary piece for fantasy managers as a corner infield option.
Source: Tampa Bay Times - Marc TopkinRotoBaller.com
Tue Jan 3116:56Nationals Sign Wily Peralta To Minor-League DealWily PeraltaRPRoyalsFree Agent
The Washington Nationals signed free-agent right-hander Wily Peralta to a minor-league deal on Tuesday that includes an invite to major-league spring training. Peralta was strong for the Detroit Tigers in 28 relief appearances last year, posting a 2.58 ERA (4.08 FIP), 1.51 WHIP, 24 walks and 32 strikeouts in 38 1/3 innings pitched. He was eventually released in August and didn't latch on with another team before the end of the year. Peralta has 10 years of big-league experience, including 16 career saves in 911 1/3 innings pitched, so he can offer the Nationals depth in either the rotation (139 career starts) or the bullpen in 2023.
Source: The Washington Post - Andrew GoldenRotoBaller.com
Tue Jan 3116:22Tigers Sign Jonathan Davis To Minor-League DealJonathan DavisCFBlue JaysFree Agent
The Detroit Tigers signed free-agent center fielder Jonathan Davis to a minor-league deal on Monday. The deal includes an invite to big-league spring camp. The 30-year-old has played in 171 games in parts of five major-league seasons for three teams. He hit .224 with a .344 on-base percentage in 37 games with the Milwaukee Brewers in 2022. Davis also had no home runs, four RBI, nine runs scored and a career-high seven stolen bases in 91 plate appearances. He will have to show out in spring training and impress the coaching staff to have a shot at making the Opening Day roster as outfield depth. In his five MLB seasons, Davis has only four home runs, 20 RBI, 44 runs scored and 18 stolen bases in 350 plate appearances.
Source: Detroit Free Press - Evan PetzoldRotoBaller.com
Tue Jan 3116:13Roberto Perez Signs With GiantsRoberto PérezCIndiansFree Agent
Free-agent catcher Roberto Perez signed an undisclosed deal with the San Francisco Giants over the weekend, according to a source. Perez only played in 21 games for the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2022 and hit .233/.333/.367 with a .700 OPS, two home runs, eight RBI and eight runs scored. The 34-year-old suffered a season-ending torn right hamstring, but he should be healthy for this year. Perez could stand a decent chance of backing up Joey Bart in 2023, but he won't really be on the fantasy radar, even in deeper leagues. In his nine-year major-league career, Perez has a .207/.298/.360 slash line with a .658 OPS, 55 home runs and 192 RBI. He's never come remotely close to replicating his 2019 season with the Cleveland Guardians, when he hit .239 with a career-high 24 home runs and 63 RBI.
Source: MassLive.com - Chris CotilloRotoBaller.com
Tue Jan 3115:20Blue Jays Sign Chad GreenChad GreenRPYankeesFree Agent
The Toronto Blue Jays have reportedly signed free-agent relief pitcher Chad Green to a multi-year deal, per a tweet from The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal on Tuesday. Rosenthal tweeted the following: "Source confirms: Free-agent reliever Chad Green to Blue Jays on 2-year, $8.5M deal. Second year is conditional player option that Green can exercise if Jays decline 3-year club option. If both decline, Jays get 2-year club option at higher AAV. First: @MarinoMLB, @ShiDavidi." Green appeared in 14 games for the New York Yankees this past season, pitching to a 3.00 ERA, a 2.85 FIP, 16 strikeouts, and five walks in 15 innings of work, logging a save, three holds, and a pitcher win in the process. He previously underwent Tommy John surgery early this past summer. For his career, the 31-year-old has logged a 3.17 ERA, a 3.37 FIP, 494 strikeouts, and 96 walks in 383.2 Major League innings to go along with 11 saves and 52 holds.
Source: Ken RosenthalRotoBaller.com
Tue Jan 3101:01Jose Leclerc The Front-Runner For Rangers Closer Role?José LeclercRPRangersFree Agent
Texas Rangers general manager Chris Young named several players currently on the roster as potential options to serve as the team's closer in an interview Saturday, per the Athletic's Levi Weaver. This included Jose Leclerc, Jonathan Hernandez, Ian Kennedy, Danny Duffy, Brett Martin, and Brock Burke. Joe Barlow would also be considered in this mix. However, it sounded as though Leclerc would be the initial candidate given his history. The 29-year-old pitched well in 2022 after returning from Tommy John surgery, converting seven of nine save opportunities with a 2.83 ERA, 1.13 WHIP, and 27.3% strikeout rate. There are a number of players on the Rangers who have some closer experience, including Leclerc. The biggest issue for him has been walks, as he owns a career 5.32 BB/9 rate. The Rangers appear slated to be a more competitive team this season, so whoever is closing for them would hold fantasy value, although the role may not be consistent. Fantasy managers should keep an eye on further developments as things get closer to the start of the season.
Source: Levi Weaver - The AthleticRotoBaller.com
Tue Jan 3100:44Reds Agree To Minor-League Deal With Chad PinderChad Pinder2B/LFAthleticsFree Agent
MLB.com's Mark Sheldon reported Monday that the Cincinnati Reds have agreed to a minor-league contract with free-agent utilityman Chad Pinder. The deal would include an invitation to big-league camp as a non-roster player. The 30-year-old spent most of his time in the outfield in 2022 with the A's, but he also saw time at first and third base. The Reds currently have an opening at third base, so Pinder would likely be competing for playing time at that position. Offensively, Pinder slashed .235/.263/.385 with 12 home runs and 42 RBI in 379 plate appearances. It sounds as though the Reds may still be looking to bring in additional players, and Pinder's recent offensive production has not been so great that he would be fantasy relevant even if he were to see somewhat regular playing time.
Source: Mark Sheldon - MLB.comRotoBaller.com
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