OFFSEASON UPDATE - EDITION 6

2023-02-06 · 5 min read · MLB/Baseball
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Perhaps the last offseason update before Pitchers report, a number of teams round out their AAA-and-below depth with a few vets signing deals for at least one more year. With the first Spring Training games less than a month away, soon the excitement will shift to the field…
MLB SIGNINGS:
  • Josh Harrison, UTL, Philadelphia Phillies - One-year, $2 Million:
    • A relatively productive hitter throughout his career, the 36-year-old Harrison inks a cheap deal with the Phillies as a quality veteran depth piece. An All-Star in ‘14 and ‘17 with Pittsburgh, Harrison is a versatile utilityman who’ll likely receive a good chunk of playing time this year.
  • Zack Greinke, SP, Kansas City Royals - One-year, $8.5 Million:
    • Nearing the end of his playing days, Greinke inks another short deal with a young Kansas City squad after a relatively successful 2022 season. The six-time All-Star, six-time Gold Glove, and former Cy Young winner will pitch in his 20th season in ‘23, likely being his last year in the MLB.
  • Chad Green, RP, Toronto Blue Jays - Two years, $8.5 Million:
    • In his first go-around in Free Agency, Green signs a two-year, option-laden deal allowing his time in Toronto to be as short as one season or as long as four. On the mend from TJS, Green will look to add some extra reliable bullpen health when he returns from rehab.
DFAs:
  • Toronto Blue Jays DFA LHP Matt Gage.
  • Baltimore Orioles DFA LHP Darwinzon Hernandez.
  • Kansas City Royals DFA LHP Anthony Misiewicz.
  • Philadelphia Phillies DFA RHP Sam Coonrod.
  • Milwaukee Brewers DFA 1B Jon Singleton.
WAIVERS:
  • Chicago White Sox claimed RHP A.J. Alexy off waivers from Minnesota Twins.
  • Seattle Mariners claim LHP Taylor Saucedo off waivers from New York Mets.
TRADES:
  • Boston Red Sox acquire SS Adalberto Mondesi and a PTBNL from the Kansas City Royals in exchange for LHP Josh Taylor.
  • Boston Red Sox acquire LHP Richard Bleier from the Miami Marlins in exchange for RHP Matt Barnes.
  • Boston Red Sox acquire RHP Theo Denlinger from the Chicago White Sox in exchange for RHP Franklin German.
  • Baltimore Orioles acquire LHP Cole Irvin and RHP Kyle Virbitsky from the Oakland Athletics in exchange for INF Darell Hernaiz.
NOTABLE MiLB SIGNINGS:
  • Graham Spraker, RHP, Tampa Bay Rays
  • Jamie Ritchie, C, Toronto Blue Jays
  • Matt Duffy, INF, Kansas City Royals
  • Ryan Goins, UTL, Kansas City Royals
  • Will McAffer, RHP, Kansas City Royals
  • Aaron Sanchez, RHP, Minnesota Twins
  • Jonathan Davis, OF, Detroit Tigers
  • Ian Kennedy, RHP, Texas Rangers
  • Travis Jankowski, OF, Texas Rangers
  • Ty Buttrey, RHP, Houston Astros
  • Adeiny Hechavarria, SS, Atlanta Braves
  • Magneuris Sierra, OF, Atlanta Braves
  • Brian Moran, LHP, Atlanta Braves
  • Alex Colome, RHP, Washington Nationals
  • D.J. Stewart, OF, New York Mets
  • Derek Law, RHP, Cincinnati Reds
  • Kennys Vargas, 1B, Cincinnati Reds
  • Chad Pinder, UTL, Cincinnati Reds
  • Andrew Suarez, LHP, St. Louis Cardinals
  • Skye Bolt, OF, Milwaukee Brewers
  • Chris Owings, UTL, Pittsburgh Pirates
  • Jesse Biddle, LHP, Arizona Diamondbacks
  • Jeurys Familia, RHP, Arizona Diamondbacks
  • Robbie Erlin, LHP, Los Angeles Dodgers
  • Jordan Yamamoto, RHP, Los Angeles Dodgers
  • Stephen Piscotty, OF, San Francisco Giants
  • Sean Newcomb, LHP, San Francisco Giants
AROUND THE LEAGUE:
  • Jeffrey Springs:
    • The first of two recent contract extensions made by the Tampa Bay Rays, Springs receives a 4-year, $31 million payout after having a career year in 2022 which saw him start 25 games and post a 2.46 ERA across 135 ⅓ innings. Finding little success in Texas and Boston, Tampa struck gold with him and can now insert the lefty into their rotation for years to come.
  • Pete Fairbanks:
    • Along with Springs, Fairbanks also received an extension for 3 years, $12 million. The 6’6” righty reliever has dominated over the last three seasons, though limited in ‘22 due to injury. Imposing on the mound, the now-29-year-old has his remaining arbitration-eligible seasons bought out and, barring injury, should be a consistent bullpen presence for the Rays moving forward.
  • Jeff McNeil:
    • One of the best pure hitters in baseball, McNeil signs a 4-year, $50 million extension with Steve Cohen and the New York Mets after leading the MLB with a .326 average in ‘22. The two-time All-Star is a fan favourite in New York, and Cohen once again flexes his financial might to keep the super-utilityman until, at least, 2026.
  • Dylan Moore:
    • Seattle extended their primary utility man to a 3-year, $8.875 million contract which will see him stick around in Seattle until 2025. Moore will likely split time with Kolten Wong at 2B, filling in when need be for J.P. Crawford over at SS too.
  • Miguel Rojas:
    • Acquired this offseason from the Miami Marlins, the ex-Dodger returns to Los Angeles and signs a cheap 1-year, $5 million extension. A consistently good contact hitter with the Marlins, the soon-to-be 34-year-old should have a fair amount of playing time following the loss of Trea Turner in Free Agency.
  • Khalil Lee:
    • New York Mets’ Outfielder Khalil Lee was recently named in a federal domestic violence lawsuit by his ex-girlfriend, per Anne Hayes of Syracuse.com. Lee’s arrest warrant was signed in August, however, the MLB and MLBPA are also opening an investigation under their domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse policy. The Mets have already released a statement fully complying with the MLB, as Lee’s future in baseball is - quite rightly - in doubt.
RETIREMENTS:
  • RHP Darren O’Day voluntarily retires:
    • Having only had one real ‘bad’ season over his decade-and-a-half career, the infamous sidewinder calls it quits after finishing his fifteenth season with the Atlanta Braves. Best known for his years in Baltimore - particularly against Jays’ slugger Jose Bautista - O’Day ends his baseball playing days with an outstanding 2.59 ERA across 609 innings. With few pitches having as funky a motion as he, the noticeable absence in abnormal arm slots continues to grow.
  • LHP Jake McGee voluntarily retires:
    • After thirteen years spanning over six teams - most prominently the Tampa Bay Rays - the veteran lefty reliever will hang ‘em up after a heck of a career pitching out of the back end of bullpens. Initially drafted in 2004 by the then-Devil Rays, McGee debuted in 2010 and spent six years in Tampa before moving on to Colorado, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Milwaukee and Washington as he spent seven years in the NL. The 36-year-old told Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times he’ll return to Tampa this season to celebrate his career with the Rays.
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