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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: - Mark
Tue Jan 3117:03Rays Finalize Three-Year Extension With Yandy DiazYandy Díaz3B/DHIndiansFree 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
Tue Jan 3116:56Nationals Sign Wily Peralta To Minor-League DealWily PeraltaRP/SPRoyalsFree 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
Tue Jan 3116:43Jandel Gustave Agrees To Minor-League Deal With ArizonaJandel GustaveRPAstrosFree Agent
Free-agent relief pitcher Jandel Gustave agreed to a minor-league deal with the Arizona Diamondbacks on Tuesday that includes an invitation to major-league spring training, according to a source. Gustave had a 3.86 ERA in 27 appearances for the Milwaukee Brewers last season. The 30-year-old Dominican right-hander has five years of major-league experience with the Brewers, San Francisco Giants and Houston Astros. He has a 3.56 career ERA (4.25 FIP), 1.29 WHIP, one save and 18.8 percent strikeout rate in 91 innings over 84 relief appearances. Gustave won't be fantasy relevant in 2023, even if he makes the Diamondbacks' Opening Day bullpen.
Source: FanSided - Robert
Tue Jan 3116:35Braves Sign Adeiny Hechavarria, Among OthersAdeiny HechavarríaSSRaysFree Agent
The Atlanta Braves signed free-agent infielder Adeiny Hechavarria to a minor-league deal on Monday that includes an invitation to major-league spring training. The Braves also signed right-handers Daniel Martinez, Nolan Martinez, Zach Mort and Jon Olczack, left-handers Brian Moran and Domingo Robles and outfielders Kevin Pillar, Magneuris Sierra and Forrest Wall. The 33-year-old Hechavarria spent the last two years in Japan playing for the Chiba Lotte Marines. The utility infielder from Cuba last played in the big leagues in 2020 with the Braves and hit .254/.302/.305 with a .607 OPS, no homers, two RBI and seven runs scored in just 27 games. Hechavarria will strictly serve as infield depth for Atlanta and won't be on the fantasy radar.
Source: Chris
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: - Chris
Tue Jan 3100:31Mets Expected To Make Bid On Shohei Ohtani In 2023Shohei OhtaniDH/SPAngelsFree Agent
MLB Network's Jon Heyman reported Monday that the New York Mets are expected to pursue Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher/designated hitter Shohei Ohtani in 2023 should he enter free agency. The 28-year-old phenom would be in high demand given his elite hitting and pitching talent. Ohtani slashed .273/.356/.519 with 34 home runs, 95 RBI, and 11 stolen bases in 666 plate appearances in 2022 while also going 15-9 with a 2.33 ERA, 1.01 WHIP, and 33.2% strikeout rate in 28 starts. While the Mets and owner Steve Cohen have been one of baseball's spendiest teams of late, Cohen said of potentially going after Ohtani, "Hard to think about next year. I'm focused on this season." Ohtani will remain a top fantasy asset wherever he goes, but a move to the Mets would be a clear upgrade over his current team.
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
Mon Jan 3014:23Darren O'Day Announces RetirementDarren O'DayRPOriolesFree 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'
Sun Jan 2921:41Gleyber Torres Avoids ArbitrationGleyber TorresSSYankeesFree Agent
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
Sat Jan 2812:00Yandy Diaz Closing In On Extension With RaysYandy Díaz3B/DHIndiansFree Agent
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: - Juan
Thu Jan 2613:30Rays Sign Jaime Schultz, Gavin CollinsJaime SchultzSPRaysFree Agent
The Tampa Bay Rays signed right-hander Jaime Schultz and catcher Gavin Collins to minor-league deals on Wednesday that include invitations to major-league spring training. Schultz didn't pitch at all last year while dealing with an oblique injury, but the former Rays prospect will return to Tampa as pitching depth in 2023. In 26 major-league outings (one start) with the Rays and Los Angeles Dodgers in two seasons, he has a 5.86 ERA (5.55 FIP) and 1.24 WHIP over 35 1/3 innings. Collins has yet to play in the big leagues. The 27-year-old backstop spent the 2022 campaign at Triple-A Columbus in the Cleveland Guardians organization and slashed .235/.326/.370 with a .696 OPS, four home runs, 16 RBI and 15 runs in 41 games.
Source: Tampa Bay Times - Marc
Thu Jan 2613:18Giancarlo Stanton Feeling GreatGiancarlo StantonRFYankeesFree Agent
New York Yankees outfielder/designated hitter Giancarlo Stanton (Achilles) played in only 110 games last year and hit .211 while dealing with left Achilles tendinitis. However, he told the Yankees that he's feeling great this offseason, according to a source. If he can stay healthy, there's a chance he could work himself into semi-regular appearances in left field. Stanton saw just four regular season games in left field in 2022 and 34 in right field. Despite the low average, the 33-year-old slugger managed 31 home runs, which was the fourth time in his career he's hit that mark. Fantasy managers should know by now that Stanton will likely be on the injured list at some point during the season, but you can't argue with his elite power in a great lineup and home ballpark.
Source: The Athletic - Brendan
Wed Jan 2520:42Gleyber Torres Could Find Himself On The Bench MoreGleyber TorresSSYankeesFree Agent
Last season, when New York Yankees infielders DJ LeMahieu and Gleyber Torres were both healthy on Opening Day, LeMahieu started at second base and Torres was on the bench. The next game, LeMahieu started at third base, which forced Josh Donaldson to the bench and Torres to second. LeMahieu is expected to resume seeing everyday at-bats in a utility role in 2023 if he's healthy, playing mostly second base while jumping in at third and first base when necessary. At shortstop, Isiah Kiner-Falefa is expected to compete for the starting job with prospects Oswald Peraza and Anthony Volpe. So barring injuries at either short or second base, Torres doesn't project as an everyday player for the Yankees, which is obviously bad news for his fantasy value. The 26-year-old hit .257/.310/.451 with a .761 OPS, 24 home runs, 76 RBI, 73 runs scored and 10 stolen bases in 140 games for the Yanks last year.
Source: The Athletic - Brendan
Wed Jan 2500:17Matt Barnes Designated For Assignment TuesdayMatt BarnesRPRed SoxFree Agent
The Boston Red Sox officially designated relief pitcher Matt Barnes for assignment on Tuesday, per the Athletic's Jen McCaffrey. The move was made to make room for recently-signed outfielder Adam Duvall. The 32-year-old righty did see some high-leverage situations over the course of the 2022 season but ended with an 0-4 record, eight of 10 save opportunities converted, and four holds to go with a 4.31 ERA, 1.44 WHIP, and 19.3% strikeout rate. He also missed time in the middle of the season with right shoulder inflammation. Barnes did earn 24 saves for the Red Sox in 2021, so he may be able to find a high-leverage spot with another team.
Source: Jen McCaffrey -
Tue Jan 2413:03Red Sox Acquire Adalberto Mondesi From RoyalsAdalberto Mondesi2BRoyalsFree Agent
The Boston Red Sox acquired infielder Adalberto Mondesi and a player to be named later from the Kansas City Royals on Tuesday in exchange for pitcher Josh Taylor, according to a source. Mondesi could open the 2023 season as Boston's primary shortstop now, which would allow utility man Enrique Hernandez to shift over to second. The BoSox also have Christian Arroyo as an option for the keystone, so the addition of Mondesi affords them more insurance and flexibility in the middle infield with Trevor Story (elbow) expected to miss the beginning of the season. The 27-year-old Mondesi tore his left ACL last May, but all indications are that he'll be ready for the upcoming campaign. Injuries have caused Mondesi's fantasy and real-life stock to take a major hit, but a bounce-back isn't out of the question considering his overall talent.
Source: - Mark
Tue Jan 2400:23Eloy Jimenez Wants Larger Outfield Role In 2023Eloy JiménezRFWhite SoxFree Agent
Chicago White Sox outfielder/designated hitter Eloy Jimenez said on a Monday Zoom call that he does not want to serve as the team's primary DH in 2023. Jimenez did serve that role in 2022, as he was recovering from surgery to repair a torn hamstring tendon behind his right knee. The good news is that the 26-year-old performed exceptionally well at the plate, slashing .295/.358/.500 with 16 home runs and 54 RBI in 327 plate appearances. How Jimenez gets his at-bats is not much of a fantasy concern, as long as he plays enough outfield to maintain position eligibility for future seasons. What is a concern is his overall health, as he saw just 558 plate appearances over the 2021-22 seasons.
Source: Scott Merkin -
Sat Jan 2112:58Astros Unsure If Michael Brantley Will Be ReadyMichael BrantleyLFIndiansFree Agent
Houston Astros manager Dusty Baker said that he isn't sure if outfielder Michael Brantley (shoulder) is hitting yet or if he'll be ready for Opening Day. Baker said he plans on treating Brantley like NBA star Kawhi Leonard, welcoming him back when he is ready so he can "carry" the team. Brantley missed the final three months of the 2022 season after having surgery to fix the labrum in his right shoulder in August. The 35-year-old veteran is back on a one-year deal, but there's a good chance he won't be ready for the start of the season. When healthy, he should be a lineup regular between left field and designated hitter duties. Brantley doesn't have much pop -- only two 20-homer campaigns in 14 MLB seasons -- but he's a solid asset for average and on-base percentage.
Source: Houston Chronicle - Chandler
Fri Jan 2017:26Pirates Designate Miguel Andujar For AssignmentMiguel Andújar3BYankeesFree Agent
The Pittsburgh Pirates designated infielder Miguel Andujar for assignment on Friday to make room on the 40-man roster for the recently signed Andrew McCutchen. The former New York Yankee, Andujar appeared in only 36 games in 2022 (27 with the Yankees) and slashed .235/.257/.311 with a .568 OPS, one home runs, 17 RBI, 13 runs scored and four stolen bases in 140 plate appearances. The 27-year-old hit .297 with an .855 OPS, 27 home runs and 92 RBI in his first full big-league season in 2018 with the Yankees, but he's struggled to come anywhere near that mark since. If Andujar goes unclaimed on waivers, there's a good chance he could return to Pittsburgh's organization and serve as infield depth in 2023.
Source: Pittsburgh PG - Jason
Fri Jan 2013:33Aaron Slegers Announces His RetirementAaron SlegersRP/SPTwinsFree Agent
Free-agent right-hander Aaron Slegers officially announced on his Twitter account on Thursday that he is retiring from professional baseball. A right shoulder injury that limited him to two rehab outings last season is the big reason why he's decided to hang up his cleats after just five years in the big leagues. In his final MLB season in 2021 with the Los Angeles Angels, Slegers had a career-high 6.97 ERA (5.62 FIP), 1.87 WHIP, 15 walks and a career-high 25 strikeouts in 31 relief innings. The 30-year-old reliever will finish his short MLB career with a 3-4 record, 5.46 ERA (5.01 FIP), 1.36 WHIP, three saves, 28 walks and 59 strikeouts in 89 innings covering 49 appearances (six starts) with the Angels, Minnesota Twins and Tampa Bay Rays.
Source: Aaron Slegers on