2023-01-24 · 8 min read · MLB/Baseball
Carlos Correa and Trey Mancini

Carlos Correa Kiyoshi Mio-USA TODAY Sports | Julio Cortez/AP

We’ll call this Edition 5 - as Spring Training creeps closer everyday, teams are beginning to finalize their opening day rosters. There’s always low-cost, lesser-known moves that play a big part in the post-Trade Deadline MLB, many of which could be in this latest smattering of signings over the last month or so…
  • Adam Duvall, OF, Boston Red Sox - One-year, $7 Million:
    • A nine-year veteran, Duvall is a power-hitting, above-average defensive outfielder who hopes to take advantage of a hitter-friendly American League East. He’ll start more often than not, and can provide some much needed stability after some questionable play by Jarren Duran. This will be Duvall’s first time playing for an AL team.
  • Carlos Correa, SS, Minnesota Twins - Six-years, $200 Million:
    • Third time’s the charm! Correa finally signs a deal that will not fall apart, as he ends up back with the Twins on a much shorter-term contract than he would have received with either the Giants or Mets. He posted great numbers last year, and is clearly healthy enough by Minnesota’s standards to fork over a boatload of cash.
  • Aroldis Chapman, LHP, Kansas City Royals - One-year, $3.75 Million:
    • On the back end of his career, Chapman joins a young Kansas City squad to provide some stability at the back end of their bullpen. Along with Scott Barlow, Chapman should receive plenty of chances in the late innings.
  • Tommy La Stella, INF, Seattle Mariners - One-year, $720,000:
    • After being let go by the Giants, La Stella finds himself a Major League minimum deal to help provide depth to a good Mariners team. His numbers have tailed off since his Angels and Athletics days, but he’ll look to provide some quality defense as a backup in Seattle.
  • AJ Pollock, OF, Seattle Mariners - One-year, $7 Million:
    • One of now seven Major League-caliber Outfielders now on the Mariners’ roster, Pollack will certainly have to battle for playing time. Rodriguez and Hernandez are set in stone as regulars, leaving Pollack amongst the likes of Sam Haggerty, Taylor Trammell, Jarred Kelenic and Dylan Moore. Not to mention Cooper Hummel, who will likely add to the chaos should he put together a quality Spring Training.
  • Shintaro Fujinami, RHP, Oakland Athletics - One-year, $3.25 Million:
    • Following ten successful years as a fireballer in the NPB with Hanshin, Fujinami joins Oakland on a one-year deal with an essentially endless opportunity in the Majors this year. In 2022, he posted a 2.77 ERA across 107 ⅓ innings while striking out 115 and walking only 36. Fujinami can easily assert himself as one of Oakland’s best relievers if he translates even remotely well to the MLB.
  • Brett Phillips, OF, Los Angeles Angels - One-year, $1.2 Million:
    • One of the most likable players in baseball finds himself a Major League deal with the Angels, as Phillips joins fellow two-way player Shohei Ohtani. If nothing else, he’ll significantly boost the entertainment value of any game he plays in for the fans since he’s a career .188 hitter.
  • Corey Dickerson, OF, Washington Nationals - One-year, $2.25 Million:
    • One of a number of cheap, roster-filling deals that Washington has made this offseason, Dickerson is a serviceable outfielder who’s been a very consistent hitter throughout his ten seasons in the MLB. An All-Star with the Rays in 2017, Dickerson hasn’t been able to perform to that level since due to injuries and playing time - though when he plays, he’ll give good at-bats.
  • Dominic Smith, 1B, Washington Nationals - One-year, $2 Million:
    • A longtime Met that showed flashes of his potential, Smith now joins an NL East rival that should provide him more of a path towards playing time - unlike New York. If he can retain his abilities that he flashed from ‘19-’21, Washington will find themselves with a good ballplayer.
  • Johnny Cueto, SP, Miami Marlins - One-year, $8.5 Million:
    • Perhaps a somewhat puzzling move by the Marlins, the veteran Cueto heads to a very young Miami rotation as he looks to continue off the success he had last year with the White Sox. Cueto, for now, appears to be in line for either the fourth or fifth spot in the rotation - behind Alcantara, Luzardo, and Rogers.
  • Tommy Pham, OF, New York Mets - One-year, $6 Million:
    • With Duvall and McCutchen going elsewhere, Pham fits the bill as what will likely be the Mets’ last Major League signing this offseason. Not the offensive threat he once was, Pham - barring injury - will serve as nothing more than a quality 4th or 5th outfielder with plenty of experience.
  • Eric Hosmer, 1B, Chicago Cubs - One-year, $720,000:
    • The first of two first-base sluggers that Chicago has inked to deals, Hosmer gets the Major League minimum treatment as San Diego eats the rest of his last big contract. Following an incredible seven seasons with the Royals, Hosmer was up-and-down with the Padres and, this past season, struggled with the Red Sox.
  • Trey Mancini, 1B, Chicago Cubs - Two-years, $14 Million:
    • In keeping with Chicago’s mindset of seemingly blocking every chance Matt Mervis has at starting, Mancini joins the Cubs as he comes off a World Series Championship with Houston. With the DH in the NL now, it is likely that much of his playing time will be stepping into that role.
  • Wade Miley, SP, Milwaukee Brewers - One-year, $4.5 Million:
    • In what will now be his second time in Milwaukee, the veteran lefty hopes to pick up right where he left off when he pitched for the Brewers in 2018. In fact, he had his lowest career ERA through 80 ⅔ innings with them that year at 2.57 - and pitched in four playoff games for them that year. He’ll slide into the back-end of the rotation and eat plenty of innings, likely being quite effective at it too.
  • Brian Anderson, UTL, Milwaukee Brewers - One-year, $3.5 Million:
    • Once a highly touted Marlins youngster, Anderson was never able to put it all together over six seasons in Florida. Milwaukee takes a no-risk chance on him, and if he can turn back into his 2019 self then the Brewers will have an ultra reliable depth piece.
  • Andrew McCutchen, OF, Pittsburgh Pirates - One-year, $5 Million:
    • Although rumours were circulating about a potential deal with either Toronto or the Mets, it would seem that uncertain playing time drove him away - and right back to where it all began for him. He’s still a decently productive hitter and will be an everyday regular in Pittsburgh, likely the biggest draw to a non-playoff team.
  • Luke Weaver, SP, Cincinnati Reds - One-year, $2 Million:
    • The Reds have announced that Weaver will compete for one of the back-end rotation spots, and there’s a good chance he’ll get it. The ex-Cardinal prospect has shown flashes here and there throughout his seven Major League seasons, and Cincinnati is a prime spot to rebuild value. Greene, Lodolo, and Ashcraft are fairly certain to open the year in the rotation leaving two spots for Weaver, Cessa, Overton and Dunn for the moment.
  • Adam Engel, OF, San Diego Padres - One-year, $N/A:
    • A late bloomer with the Chicago White Sox, Engel will provide some extra speed and quality defense in the outfield for the Friars when a starter needs a day off. He offers little with the bat, but can hit for contact at times and occasionally can pop one.
  • Nelson Cruz, DH, San Diego Padres - One-year, $1 Million:
    • Cruz will enter his nineteenth MLB season with his eighth different club, this time as a veteran bat for the Padres. Depending how his year starts, Cruz’ time could be shortlived as neither side is in it for the money at this point.
  • Luke Jackson, RP, San Francisco Giants - Two-years, $11.5 Million:
    • Following a terrific 2021 season with the Braves, Jackson underwent Tommy John Surgery and hopes to begin his rehab this year with the Giants. As is the case with many post-surgery signees, a two-year deal allows for Jackson to get a fresh look with San Francisco whenever the time comes in which his rehab is complete.
  • Zach Davies, SP, Arizona Diamondbacks - One-year, $5 Million:
    • Although he’s struggled over the past two seasons, Davies has proved to be a solid innings eater for a team like Arizona - the exact situation he was in last year. A stopgap until the youngsters are ready, Davies joins a relatively underappreciated Diamondbacks team that could surprise some folks this season.
  • Baltimore Orioles DFA 1B Ryan O’Hearn.
  • Seattle Mariners DFA LHP Justus Sheffield.
  • Pittsburgh Pirates DFA OF Miguel Andujar.
  • Los Angeles Dodgers DFA RHP Trevor Bauer.
  • Baltimore Orioles claim 1B Lewin Diaz off waivers from Atlanta Braves.
  • Detroit Tigers claim RHP Edwin Uceta off waivers from Arizona Diamondbacks.
  • Chicago Cubs claim RHP Julian Merryweather off waivers from Toronto Blue Jays.
  • Colorado Rockies claim RHP Nick Mears off waivers from Texas Rangers.
  • Baltimore Orioles acquire 1B Ryan O’Hearn from the Kansas City Royals in exchange for cash.
  • Baltimore Orioles acquire LHP Darwinzon Hernandez from the Boston Red Sox in exchange for cash.
  • Toronto Blue Jays acquire RHP Zach Thompson from the Pittsburgh Pirates in exchange for OF Chavez Young.
  • Minnesota Twins acquire LHP A.J. Alexy from the Washington Nationals in exchange for RHP Christian Jimenez.
  • Minnesota Twins acquire OF Michael A. Taylor from the Kansas City Royals in exchange for LHP Evan Sisk and RHP Steven Cruz.
  • Houston Astros acquire OF Bligh Madris from the Detroit Tigers in exchange for cash.
  • Philadelphia Phillies acquire LHP Gregory Soto and INF Kody Clemons from the Detroit Tigers in exchange for INF Nick Maton, OF Matt Vierling, and C Donny Sands.
  • Philadelphia Phillies acquire RHP Erich Uelmen from the Chicago Cubs in exchange for cash.
  • Miami Marlins acquire INF Luis Arraez from the Minnesota Twins in exchange for RHP Pablo Lopez, INF Jose Salas, and OF Byron Chourio.
  • Milwaukee Brewers have acquired SP Bryse Wilson from the Pittsburgh Pirates in exchange for cash.
  • Milwaukee Brewers have acquired RHP Joseph Hernandez from the Seattle Mariners in exchange for RHP Justin Topa.
  • Los Angeles Dodgers acquire SS Miguel Rojas from the Miami Marlins in exchange for INF Jacob Amaya.
  • Colorado Rockies acquire RHP Connor Seabold from the Boston Red Sox in exchange for a PTBNL or cash.
  • Jorge Alfaro, C, Boston Red Sox - Split Deal:
  • The ex-Top Prospect will earn $2 Million should he make the Boston roster, and retains opt-out clauses that allows him to hit Free Agency on either June 1st or July 1st if he is not called up.
  • Raimel Tapia, OF, Boston Red Sox.
  • Jay Jackson, RHP, Toronto Blue Jays.
  • Heath Hembree, RHP, Tampa Bay Rays.
  • Hanser Alberto, INF, Chicago White Sox.
  • Mike Morin, RHP, Chicago White Sox.
  • Roman Quinn, OF, Cleveland Guardians.
  • Touki Toussaint, RHP, Cleveland Guardians.
  • Johan Camargo, UTL, Kansas City Royals.
  • Matt Beaty, UTL, Kansas City Royals.
  • Tony Wolters, C, Minnesota Twins.
  • Kyle Funkhouser, RHP, Texas Rangers.
  • Yoshi Tsutsugo, 1B/OF, Texas Rangers.
  • Mike Ford, 1B, Seattle Mariners.
  • Joe Wieland, RHP, Oakland Athletics.
  • Kevin Pillar, OF, Atlanta Braves.
  • Tim Locastro, OF, New York Mets.
  • Anthony Banda, LHP, Washington Nationals.
  • Ryan Borucki, LHP, Chicago Cubs.
  • Brad Wieck, LHP, Chicago Cubs - Two-years Deal:
  • Recovering from Tommy John Surgery, Wieck will be unable to throw for much of 2023 - if at all. This locks him up for a fresh look in 2024, post-rehab.
  • Alex Claudio, LHP, Milwaukee Brewers.
  • Josh VanMeter, INF, Milwaukee Brewers.
  • Brent Honeywell Jr., RHP, San Diego Padres - Split Deal:
  • Honeywell Jr. will make $750,000 if he cracks the Majors with San Diego, otherwise he will make $200,000 should he begin in the Minors.
  • Craig Stammen, RHP, San Diego Padres.
  • P.J. Higgins, C, Arizona Diamondbacks.
  • Tyler Cyr, RHP, Los Angeles Dodgers.
  • Ronald Guzman, 1B, San Francisco Giants.
  • Rafael Devers:
    • The Boston Red Sox locked up their superstar 3B to an eleven-year, $332 Million extension. In a post-Bogaerts reality for Red Sox fans, one would have to believe that it became a necessity for Boston management to lock up Devers no matter the cost or risk even more anger from their fanbase.
  • Trevor Bauer’s Release:
    • After DFA’ing Bauer on January 6th, the Dodgers have released him. Bauer is now free to sign with any team for the league minimum ($720,000), as the Dodgers bite the bullet and will eat the remainder of his $102 Million, three-year deal he signed with L.A. prior to the ‘21 season.
  • Trevor Story’s Surgery:
    • After having right elbow surgery this offseason, Trevor Story told media that he is “confident” he’ll play this year - somewhat of a surprise to fans who were unaware of the possibility that his surgery would limit him in 2023. That said, this is good news for a Red Sox team that could use some old-fashion Story production.
  • Lewis Brinson signs in Japan:
    • Following an unsuccessful stint in American Professional Baseball, the Outfielder has inked a deal with the Yomiuri Giants of Japan’s NPB. The now-28 year old has yet to put it together in the Majors, though he did provide some late-season excitement for San Francisco after he was acquired for cash. A few quick homers showed signs of progress, but he regressed to a high strikeout rate and was sent to AAA. The potential is there - as he’s shown in AAA - and he hopes Japan will help propel him to a future MLB deal.
  • INF Travis Shaw voluntarily retires:
  • The epitome of an all-or-nothing type hitter for much of his career, Shaw leaves baseball after smashing 114 bombs over eight seasons - and accumulating 650 strikeouts to go along with them. His best seasons came from 2016-2018 with Boston and Milwaukee, though Jays fans will remember him best for his appearance with Toronto in 2020’s Covid-shortened year. Only 32, Shaw is not ‘old’ by any means, but chooses to move on after playing in only 141 MLB games since 2020.
  • RHP David Phelps voluntarily retires:
  • Perhaps somewhat surprising to Blue Jays fans, the ten-year vet calls it quits after an incredibly successful career as, predominantly, a reliever. Phelps had a terrific 2022 with Toronto, posting a 2.83 ERA over 62 ⅓ innings (his highest usage since 2016) leading many to believe that he might return on a one-year deal, though that of course is out of the question now.
  • RHP Josh Lindblom voluntarily retires:
  • After returning from overseas to pitch in the MLB again, the righty struggled over his two years in Milwaukee and now decides to hang ‘em up. Lindblom was a 2nd-round pick by the Dodgers back in 2008, and pitched decently from 2011-14 during his first of three stints in the Majors. Overall, his career spanned fifteen years, which is a high accomplishment in and of itself.
  • RHP Scott Oberg retires due to injury:
  • One of Colorado’s best relievers in 2018 and 2019, Oberg has unfortunately had his career cut short by recurring blood clotting that has developed in his throwing arm since the 2019 season. Multiple attempts at rehab and surgery proved little success, and the Rockies’ fan favourite ends his career after appearing in five playoff games during Colorado’s brief time in the playoffs from ‘17-’18.
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