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Sat Feb 412:56Fernando Tatis Jr. Open To Any PositionFernando Tatis Jr.SSPadresFree Agent
When San Diego Padres shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. was asked what position he'll play in 2023, he said: "Gotta talk to my manager," while adding that he's open to playing any position after the Padres signed shortstop Xander Bogaerts this offseason. Tatis also said he's been working at both outfield and infield as he prepares for the upcoming season. The 24-year-old superstar missed all of 2022 due to a fractured wrist and a suspension for performance-enhancing drugs. He was cleared resume swinging a bat in early January and is expected to take part in spring training. Despite the fact that he'll miss the first 20 games to close out his suspension, Tatis will continue to have sky-high expectations, even after missing all of 2022.
Source: The San Diego Union-Tribune - Annie
Sat Feb 412:41Jake McGee Announces His RetirementJake McGeeRPDodgersFree Agent
Left-handed relief pitcher Jake McGee has announced his retirement from professional baseball after pitching 13 years in the majors. He finished his final season in 2022 with a career-worst 6.81 ERA (4.84 FIP), 1.43 WHIP, three saves and career-low 15.3 percent strikeout rate in 37 relief innings between the San Francisco Giants, Milwaukee Brewers and Washington Nationals. The 36-year-old southpaw spent six of his 13 MLB seasons with the Tampa Bay Rays. McGee had a career-high 31 saves for the Giants in 2021 and amassed 79 career saves in 572 1/3 innings pitched (all in relief). He finishes his 13-year career with a 3.71 ERA (3.48 FIP), 1.15 WHIP and 613 strikeouts over 650 relief appearances.
Source: Tampa Bay Times - Marc
Sat Feb 412:27Dodgers Sign Yusniel Diaz To Minor-League DealYusniel DiazLFOriolesFree Agent
The Los Angeles Dodgers signed free-agent outfielder Yusniel Diaz to a minor-league deal on Friday that includes an invitation to major-league spring training. Diaz made his major-league debut last year with the Baltimore Orioles, but he struck out in his only plate appearance. The 26-year-old was originally signed out of Cuba by the Dodgers in 2015, so he'll be returning to the organization for 2023. He was sent to Baltimore in the blockbuster trade involving Manny Machado in 2018. In six minor-league seasons, Diaz has hit .261/.340/.410 with a .749 OPS, 54 home runs, 268 RBI, 273 runs scored and 39 stolen bases in 523 games played. Given LA's loaded roster, there's a high likelihood that Diaz opens the year in the minors.
Source: Orange County Register - Bill
Sat Feb 412:15Twins Re-Sign Aaron SanchezAaron SanchezSPFree AgentFree 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.
Fri Feb 313:47Miguel Sano Hosting Workout Next WeekMiguel Sanó1BTwinsFree 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
Fri Feb 313:29Anthony Misiewicz DFA'd By RoyalsAnthony MisiewiczSPMarinersFree Agent
The Kansas City Royals designated left-hander Anthony Misiewicz for assignment on Friday to make room on the 40-man roster for starting pitcher Zack Greinke, who was officially re-signed on a one-year deal. The 28-year-old southpaw pitched for the Royals and Seattle Mariners last season and had a combined 4.34 ERA (4.08 FIP), 1.28 WHIP, 10 walks and 27 strikeouts in 29 relief innings over 32 appearances out of the bullpen. He had a 4.11 ERA, 1.11 WHIP and 19 strikeouts in his 15 1/3 innings with the Royals to close out the year. If Misiewicz clears waivers, he could return to the team as minor-league relief depth for 2023.
Source: Royals
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: - Mark
Fri Feb 313:05John Means Won't Return Until At Least JulyJohn MeansSPOriolesFree 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: - Jake
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
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
Thu Feb 218:13Stephen Strasburg Has Resumed ThrowingStephen StrasburgSPNationalsFree Agent
Washington Nationals starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg (ribs, shoulder) is throwing near his home in D.C., but his pitching prognosis remains unclear after thoracic outlet surgery. Strasburg had surgery in July of 2021 but made only one start last season before being shut down again. With just eight total starts over the last three seasons due to injuries, it's understandable if fantasy managers want nothing to do with the 34-year-old right-hander in 2023. We'll keep a close eye on his progress this spring, but it's a good bet that he won't be ready for the start of the regular season. You're probably better off taking a flier on a less injury-prone pitcher at the end of fantasy drafts this spring.
Source: New York Post - Jon
Thu Feb 218:08Anthony Rendon Feeling "Fantastic"Anthony Rendon3BAngelsFree Agent
Los Angeles Angels third baseman Anthony Rendon (wrist) is said to be feeling "fantastic" this offseason after a season that was marred by injury in 2022. Rendon had right wrist surgery in June, and although he was able to return late in the year, he played in a career-low 47 games and hit a very disappointing .229/.326/.380 with a career-low .706 OPS, five home runs, 24 RBI, 15 runs scored and two stolen bases in 193 plate appearances. He's still seen as a key piece for the Halos moving forward, though, and better health could mean a big rebound. Rendon only played in 58 games in 2021 due to injuries, though, so fantasy managers will have plenty of concerns heading into 2023. The 32-year-old will at least be cheap in drafts because of injuries the last two seasons with the Angels.
Source: New York Post - Jon
Thu Feb 213:38Mark Leiter Jr. Re-Signs With CubsMark Leiter Jr.SPPhilliesFree Agent
Right-hander Mark Leiter Jr. re-signed a minor-league deal with the Chicago Cubs on Thursday that includes an invite to major-league spring training. Leiter returns to the Cubbies after being pushed off the 40-man roster this offseason. The 31-year-old posted a career-best 3.99 ERA (4.29 FIP), 1.14 WHIP, his first three MLB saves, 25 walks and 73 strikeouts in 67 2/3 innings covering a career-high 35 appearances (four starts) in 2022 with Chicago. He'll attempt to impress at camp in order to win a bullpen spot on Opening Day. In three major-league seasons with the Cubs, Philadelphia Phillies and Toronto Blue Jays, Leiter has an unimpressive 4.95 ERA (5.06 FIP) and 1.35 WHIP in 181 2/3 frames.
Source: Watch Marquee - Andy
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
Thu Feb 213:10Pirates Sign Chris Owings To Minor-League DealChris OwingsSSRockiesFree 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.
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: - Mark
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: - Jeff
Wed Feb 118:50Gray Fenter Signs With YankeesGray FenterSPCubsFree Agent
Free-agent right-hander Gray Fenter signed a minor-league deal with the New York Yankees on Wednesday. Fenter was formerly with the Baltimore Orioles and San Francisco Giants and had a nice 2.95 ERA and 32 strikeouts in 21 1/3 innings for the Lancaster Barnstormers of the independent Atlantic League in 2022. The 27-year-old was previously drafted by the Orioles in the seventh round in 2015. He has never made it to the major-league level and sports a 3.93 ERA, 1.29 WHIP, 183 walks and 402 strikeouts in 347 2/3 innings over 113 appearances (69 starts) in six seasons in the minors. There's a very good chance that Fenter will open the 2023 season in the minor leagues for the Yankees as pitching depth.
Source: New York Post - Jon
Wed Feb 118:42Paul Sewald Should Be Ready For Spring TrainingPaul SewaldRPMetsFree Agent
Seattle Mariners closer Paul Sewald (elbow, heel) has resumed throwing and should be ready to pitch in spring training games. Sewald had surgeries on his right elbow and his heel in the offseason. The 32-year-old could be eased into spring training action, but relievers typically don't need a ton of work before the regular season. He had a team-high 20 saves last season and will enter Opening Day as Seattle's primary closer yet again, giving him plenty of value in fantasy leagues on an improved Mariners team. Sewald could have a short leash if he falters, though, and Andres Munoz and Diego Castillo are plenty capable of handling ninth-inning duties as well. Sewald had a career-best 2.67 ERA (3.88 FIP), 0.77 WHIP, 20 saves and 72 strikeouts in 64 relief innings last year.
Source: The Seattle Times - Ryan
Wed Feb 118:28Evan White, Sam Haggerty Good To GoSam Haggerty1BMarinersFree 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