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  • Marcell Ozuna ATL LF
    Braves' Marcell Ozuna: Eligible to return
    26m ago

    Ozuna (finger) was handed a retroactive 20-game suspension Monday for a violation of the league's Join Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Policy which has already been completed, David O'Brien of The Athletic reports.

    Ozuna landed on the injured list with broken fingers in late May and was arrested for aggravated assault and family violence soon after. He didn't return for the rest of the season while the case played out in court but was placed on administrative leave in mid-September after agreeing to enter a diversion program which could see his charges dropped. The league evidently felt that the time he already missed constituted a sufficient punishment, as his time on administrative league counted for the purposes of the suspension, though the exact role he'll play in Atlanta next season is not yet clear.

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  • Steven Brault PIT SP
    Pirates' Steven Brault: Designated for assignment
    1h ago

    Brault (lat) was designated for assignment by the Padres on Monday.

    Brault's 4.77 career ERA certainly isn't anything special, but it's better than the types of career marks you usually see among pitchers available on the waiver wire. He struggled to a 5.86 ERA in seven starts in 2021 while battling lat issues for much of the year, however, and the Pirates evidently don't have much confidence in the lefty going forward. The move clears space for the team to add new signing Jose Quintana to the 40-man roster.

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  • Robbie Ray TOR SP
    Mariners' Robbie Ray: Headed to Seattle
    1h ago

    Ray signed a five-year, $115 million contract with the Mariners on Monday, Jeff Passan of ESPN.com reports.

    Ray won the 2021 AL Cy Young Award after he posted a 2.84 ERA and 1.04 WHIP in 193.1 innings across 32 starts during his first full season with the Blue Jays. The 30-year-old will now be rewarded with a long-term deal that includes an opt-out clause following the 2024 season.

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  • Ben Gamel PIT LF
    Pirates' Ben Gamel: Avoids arbitration
    1h ago

    Gamel agreed to a one-year, $1.8 million contract with the Pirates on Monday, avoiding arbitration, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports.

    Gamel appeared in 122 games with Cleveland and Pittsburgh during the 2021 campaign and slashed .247/.347/.388 with eight homers, 43 runs, 26 RBI and three stolen bases. He served mainly in the strong side of a platoon last year and won't require arbitration ahead of the 2022 season.

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  • Darren O'Day NYY RP
    Braves' Darren O'Day: Joins Atlanta on minors deal
    2h ago

    O'Day (hamstring) signed a minor-league deal with Atlanta on Monday, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports.

    O'Day recorded a 1.25 ERA for Atlanta in 2019 and 2020, though that came in a tiny sample of just 21.2 innings. Injuries, including a hamstring strain which required season-ending surgery in July of this past season, have prevented the veteran righty from tossing more than 20 innings in any of the last four campaigns, but he's been good when available, cruising to a 2.58 ERA over that stretch. Just how much he has to offer in his age-39 season following all those injuries is not yet clear, however.

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  • Roman Quinn PHI CF
    Phillies' Roman Quinn: Designated for assignment
    2h ago

    Quinn (Achilles) was designated for assignment by the Phillies on Monday.

    Quinn has plenty of speed but hasn't shown much else in parts of five major-league seasons, hitting .228/.306/.355 with 39 steals in 512 plate appearances. He's also battled far more than his fair share of injuries, most recently missing most of last season and potentially the start of the next due to a ruptured left Achilles tendon. It's possible he gets claimed off waivers by a team that intends to use him as a fourth or fifth outfielder, but he hasn't shown enough to suggest he deserves everyday at-bats.

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  • Grayson Greiner DET C
    Grayson Greiner: Heads to open market
    3h ago

    Greiner cleared waivers and elected free agency Monday.

    Greiner has looked more like organizational depth than a legitimate backup catcher throughout his four seasons in the majors, hitting .201/.274/.309 in 477 trips to the plate. His 84 wRC+ in 2021 for the Tigers was a career high but was aided by an unsustainable .400 BABIP and came in a small sample of just 82 plate appearances. He'll likely be stuck searching for a minor-league deal on the open market.

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  • Michael Perez PIT C
    Pirates' Michael Perez: Clears waivers
    5d ago

    Perez cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Indianapolis on Wednesday, Alex Stumpf of DKPittsburghSports.com reports.

    Perez was cast off the Pirates' 40-man roster last week but will remain in the organization after he went unclaimed on waivers. The 29-year-old appeared in 70 major-league games during the 2021 campaign, and he'll likely compete for a spot on the active roster during spring training in 2022.

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  • Miguel Amaya CHC C
    Cubs' Miguel Amaya: Needs Tommy John surgery
    6d ago

    Amaya (elbow) is expected to undergo Tommy John surgery, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.

    Amaya didn't play a game after June 3 while dealing with an injury that was originally called a forearm strain. While Tommy John surgery doesn't keep hitters out for as long as it sidelines pitchers, it's still likely to require a lengthy recovery process, which could cause him to miss a meaningful portion of the 2022 campaign.

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  • Sandy Leon MIA C
    Guardians' Sandy Leon: Catches on with Guardians
    7d ago

    The Guardians signed Leon on Monday to a minor-league contract that includes an invitation to spring training.

    Austin Hedges is the only MLB-ready catcher left on Cleveland's 40-man roster after the team declined Roberto Perez's $7 million option for 2022 earlier this month, so Leon helps restore some depth at the position. Though he won't be added to the roster immediately, Leon should get the opportunity to compete for the No. 2 spot on the Guardians' depth chart at catcher heading into Opening Day. Leon logged 220 plate appearances for the Marlins in 2021, slashing .183/.237/.267 with four home runs, 15 runs and 14 RBI.

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  • Pedro Severino BAL C
    Brewers' Pedro Severino: Signs with Milwaukee
    8d ago

    Severino signed a one-year, $1.9 million contract with the Brewers on Sunday, Jeff Passan of ESPN.com reports.

    Severino appeared in a career-high 113 games with the Orioles in 2021 but elected free agency in early November after he was outrighted to Triple-A. He'll land a major-league contract with Milwaukee after he slashed .248/.308/.383 with 11 home runs, 46 RBI and 32 runs last year. The 28-year-old should serve as the primary backup to Omar Narvaez after Manny Pina signed with Atlanta.

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  • Garrett Stubbs HOU C
    Phillies' Garrett Stubbs: Dealt to Philly
    10d ago

    Stubbs was traded from the Astros to the Phillies on Friday in exchange for Logan Cerny.

    He was set to be the victim of a roster crunch in Houston, so a change of scenery is probably welcomed by Stubbs. There isn't much behind J.T. Realmuto on the depth chart in Philadelphia, so Stubbs should compete for the backup catcher job in spring training.

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  • Max Muncy LAD 1B
    Dodgers' Max Muncy: Healing slowly from elbow injury
    2h ago

    Muncy said Monday in an appearance on MLB Network that he isn't healing as quickly as anticipated after he sustained a torn UCL in addition to a dislocation of his left elbow in October, Matthew Moreno of DodgerBlue.com reports. "That's what happens when you do some serious damage to your body. A torn UCL is a slow process," Muncy said.

    When Muncy first suffered the injury in the team's Oct. 3 regular-season finale against the Brewers, the Dodgers were initially secretive about the extent of his elbow issue. Muncy didn't resume baseball activities after injuring his elbow and was ultimately left off the roster for the wild-card round, NLDS and NLCS, but a firm diagnosis wasn't provided until the 31-year-old shed light on his situation Monday. While Muncy has seemingly avoided surgery on the elbow and has instead gone the rest-and-rehab route, the nature of his injury could make it difficult for him to gain full clearance for the start of spring training in late February. Muncy's uncertain health could make a risky investment for fantasy managers drafting early in 2022, as more information on where he stands in his recovery may not come until closer to spring training.

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  • Jordan Luplow TB 1B
    Diamondbacks' Jordan Luplow: Sent to Arizona
    3d ago

    Luplow (ankle) was traded from the Rays to the Diamondbacks on Friday in exchange for Ronny Simon.

    Luplow has been a serviceable part-time player over parts of five seasons in the majors, most recently hitting .202/.326/.454 in 62 games for Cleveland and Tampa Bay. He owns a lifetime 139 wRC+ against lefties compared to a 78 wRC+ against righties, so he'll fit best on the short side of a platoon for his new team. He underwent arthroscopic ankle surgery in mid-October but is expected to be ready for spring training.

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  • Freddie Freeman ATL 1B
    Freddie Freeman: Turns down qualifying offer
    12d ago

    Freeman rejected Atlanta's $18.4 million qualifying offer prior to Wednesday's deadline and will become an unrestricted free agent, Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reports.

    Though Freeman turned down the qualifying offer, expect the 32-year-old first baseman to work out a new long-term deal with Atlanta this winter. He followed up his 2020 NL MVP-winning campaign with another strong season in Atlanta's run to its first World Series title since 1995, slashing .300/.393/.503 with 31 home runs, 120 runs, 83 RBI and eight stolen bases across 695 plate appearances.

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  • Brandon Belt SF 1B
    Giants' Brandon Belt: Accepts qualifying offer
    12d ago

    Belt (thumb) accepted his one-year, $18.4 million qualifying offer Wednesday, Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports.

    Belt spent the first 11 seasons of his career in San Francisco, and he'll remain with the Giants for at least one more year after accepting his qualifying offer. The 33-year-old missed time with various injuries in 2021, but it's unlikely that the fractured left thumb he suffered late in the season will affect his availability this spring. Belt appeared in 97 games last season and slashed .274/.378/.597 with 29 homers, 65 runs, 59 RBI and three stolen bases.

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  • Phillip Evans PIT 1B
    Phillip Evans: Let go by Pirates
    13d ago

    Evans was released by the Pirates on Tuesday, Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

    Evans appeared at all four corner positions in 2021 but didn't look anything like a corner bat, hitting just .206/.312/.299 in 247 plate appearances. The Pirates apparently didn't think he had much value even as a bench piece, so he'll look for other opportunities on the open market, presumably on a minor-league deal.

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  • Evan White SEA 1B
    Mariners' Evan White: Set for normal offseason
    20d ago

    White (hip) has resumed taking part in baseball activities and is expected to have a normal offseason program, Ryan Divish of The Seattle Times reports.

    The 25-year-old underwent hip surgery in July and was limited to 30 games in 2021, as Ty France took over the everyday role at first base for Seattle. France is now set to open 2022 as the starting first baseman, per Divish, while White will work in left field during the offseason and spring training to try and add some versatility to his game. White had a .599 OPS in 54 games during the shortened campaign in 2020, and his main positive was his defense as he won a Gold Glove, so he'll need to produce more offensively next season to have a chance of sticking around the big-league roster.

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  • Marcus Semien TOR 2B
    Rangers' Marcus Semien: Lands with Texas
    1d ago

    Semien is signing a seven-year, $175 million contract with the Rangers, Jeff Passan of ESPN.com reports.

    In Semien's one year with Toronto, the 31-year-old hit 45 home runs with 102 RBI and 15 stolen bases. Over the past three seasons, including his poor 2020 campaign, Semien has averaged 37 home runs and 93 RBI per 162 games while slashing .268/.346/.509. The 2021 Gold Glove winner is a good defender at second base and shortstop and joins a team lacking a strong option at either position.

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  • Adam Frazier SD 2B
    Mariners' Adam Frazier: Shipped to Seattle
    2d ago

    Frazier was sent from San Diego to Seattle on Saturday in exchange for Ray Kerr and Corey Rosier, Jeff Passan of ESPN.com reports.

    Frazier started the season strong with the Pirates but was far more mediocre down the stretch following a trade to the Padres, though he still finished with a .305/.368/.411 slash line, good for a 114 wRC+. He makes a ton of contact, as his 10.8 percent strikeout rate was good for fourth among qualified hitters, but that contact is among the weakest in the league, with his 1.0 percent barrel rate ranking third-worst among that same group. Don't expect him to improve significantly on his meager five homers, but another average close to .300 is certainly possible and should come with plenty of runs if he settles into a role atop Seattle's lineup.

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  • Adrian Sanchez WAS 2B
    Nationals' Adrian Sanchez: Returns to Nationals
    4d ago

    Sanchez signed a minor-league deal with the Nationals on Wednesday, according to the MLB transaction log.

    Sanchez has spent his entire career in the Nationals' organization, though his future with the club appeared in jeopardy after he was designated for assignment in September. However, he now returns on a minor-league deal and could serve as a depth infielder in Washington in 2022.

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  • Robinson Cano NYM 2B
    Mets' Robinson Cano: Dealing with lower back discomfort
    5d ago

    The Metsn="New York Mets" data-type="SPORTS_OBJECT_TEAM" data-league-abbreviation="MLB" data-team-abbreviation="NYM">Mets announced Wednesday that Cano was removed from the Dominican Winter League roster of Estrellas Orientales after experiencing lower-back discomfort.

    Cano was participating in the DWL after sitting out the entire 2021 season while he resided on the Mets' restricted list, but he's now considered week-to-week with a back issue. It's not yet clear whether the injury will affect his availability for spring training in 2022. The 39-year-old second baseman is on the Mets' books through the 2023 campaign.

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  • Kean Wong LAA 2B
    Kean Wong: Released by Halos
    5d ago

    Wong was released by the Angels on Wednesday.

    Wong lost his spot on the Angels' 40-man roster Monday, and he'll now be free to seek out other opportunities as a free agent. The 26-year-old appeared in 39 major-league games across the last two seasons and hit .167 with six runs and five RBI.

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  • Rougned Odor NYY 2B
    Rougned Odor: Heads to open market
    6d ago

    Odor was released by the Yankees on Tuesday.

    Odor crossed the 30-homer threshold three times in four years early in his career and he's still just 27 years old, but it's been several years since he's deserved anything other than a bench role. He hit 15 homers in 361 trips to the plate in 2021, but that's just about all he did, as his overall .202/.286/.379 slash line wasn't good enough for a regular even at second base. If he finds a major-league deal anywhere this winter, it will likely be as little more than a powerful bat off the bench.

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  • Eduardo Escobar MIL 3B
    Mets' Eduardo Escobar: Joining Mets for two years
    3d ago

    Escobar signed a two-year, $20 million deal with the Mets on Friday, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports. The contract includes a team option for a third season, per Joel Sherman of the New York Post.

    Escobar bounced back from a very poor shortened season in 2020 to hit .253/.314/.472 with 28 homers for the Diamondbacks and Brewers in 2021. That line was good for a 107 wRC+, meaning he's now been an above-average hitter in each of the last three 162-game seasons, averaging 28.7 homers in those campaigns. That doesn't make him a star given the high offensive bar at third base (though he can also be part of the mix at second), but he should still be a very useful player as long as his skills don't deteriorate too much heading into his age-33 season.

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  • Willians Astudillo MIN 3B
    Willians Astudillo: Heads to open market
    5d ago

    The Twins released Astudillo on Wednesday after he cleared waivers, Do-Hyoung Park of MLB.com reports.

    After a four-year stint in the Minnesota organization, the 30-year-old Astudillo will try his luck elsewhere following his removal from the 40-man roster last week. Though he's seen the bulk of his work at catcher during his minor-league career, the Twins were reluctant to use him behind the plate at the big-league level for most of the past two seasons, with Astudillo instead serving mostly as a utility infielder. While Astudillo's 91.3 percent career contact rate is matched by few, a paucity of power and a minuscule 1.9 percent walk rate has thus far rendered him a below-average hitter (86 wRC+) during his time in the majors. He'll likely have to settle for a minor-league deal this winter.

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  • Justin Turner LAD 3B
    Dodgers' Justin Turner: Rehabbing hamstring
    10d ago

    Turner (hamstring) has been rehabbing at Dodger Stadium three days a week, David Vassegh of AM 570 LA Sports reports.

    He started his offseason program earlier than usual to rehab his left hamstring, which put an end to his playoffs midway through the NLCS. Turner shouldn't be at risk of missing spring training.

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  • Willians Astudillo MIN 3B
    Twins' Willians Astudillo: Designated for assignment
    10d ago

    Astudillo was designated for assignment Friday, Dan Hayes of The Athletic reports.

    Astudillo is a fan favorite with a very unique statistical profile, possessing a career 4.7 percent strikeout rate and a 1.9 percent walk rate. He posted impressive small-sample numbers in his debut in 2018 but hasn't done much since then, hitting .254/.278/.382 across 139 games. That line doesn't work even for a player who's nominally a catcher, and Astudillo's poor defense at that spot meant he only started 25 games behind the plate over the last three years.

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  • Jordan Diaz OAK 3B
    Athletics' Jordan Diaz: Joins 40-man roster
    10d ago

    Diaz's contract was selected by the Athletics on Friday.

    The move prevents Diaz from being selected in the Rule 5 draft. The 21-year-old has some potential and hit .288/.337/.483 in 90 games last season, but those at-bats all came at the High-A level, so he's not close to making his major-league debut.

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  • Anderson Tejeda TEX 3B
    Cardinals' Anderson Tejeda: Signs minor-league deal
    11d ago

    Tejeda signed a minor-league contract with the Cardinals on Thursday.

    Tejeda became a free agent in early November after being outrighted by the Rangers, but he'll now land with another organization. The 23-year-old appeared in five major-league games last year and will serve as a non-roster invitee this spring.

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  • Kyle Farmer CIN SS
    Reds' Kyle Farmer: Played through hernia
    22h ago

    Farmer played through a sports hernia injury over the second half of the season, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reported in October. He eventually sat out the final games of the season and found out he will not need surgery this offseason.

    So far the Reds have not signed one of the many quality free agent shortstops out there, nor is it anticipated that they will do so. Farmer still has to beat out Jose Barrero for the job, if the Reds don't opt to put Barrero in center field first.

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  • Cristian Santana LAD SS
    Reds' Cristian Santana: Gets camp invite from Reds
    3d ago

    Santana signed with the Reds as a non-roster invitee Friday.

    Santana has yet to reach the majors. His .311/.331/.444 slash line in 91 games for Triple-Oklahoma City last season looks strong on the surface but was good for just a 90 wRC+ considering the high-scoring environment he played in. Given that he's been strictly a corner infielder since 2018, that leaves him as a fringe prospect at best.

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  • Wander Franco TB SS
    Rays' Wander Franco: Agrees to 11-year extension
    6d ago

    Franco and the Rays agreed to terms Monday on an 11-year contract extension, Jeff Passan of ESPN.com reports.

    Minor details are reportedly still yet to be finalized, but the contract will guarantee the young shortstop at least $182 million and could be worth up to $223 million thanks to escalators plus a $25 million team option for a 12th season. The extension keeps Franco under team control through the 2033 campaign, at which point he'll still be just 32 years old and could be in line for another large contract if his career plays out as many expect. Franco impressed in his 70-game debut last season, hitting .288/.347/.463 while playing solid defense at shortstop, but he has the potential to improve far beyond that already impressive level considering that he's still just 20 years old.

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  • Wander Franco TB SS
    Rays' Wander Franco: Closing in on extension
    6d ago

    Franco and the Rays are nearing an agreement on an extension which could pay the shortstop approximately $200 million over at least 10 seasons, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

    Hector Gomez of Z Deportes reports the deal has already been signed, though Topkin's report indicates the details won't be finalized until after Thanksgiving. Franco is widely considered a generational talent and is on the cusp of being paid like one, with the reported offer roughly doubling the $100 million Ronald Acuna received from the Braves at a similar stage in his career back in April of 2019. Any extension won't meaningfully change Franco's fantasy outlook, as he was always likely to remain a Ray for the next few years with or without a deal. Additionally, while the reported terms would potentially mean Franco remains with the team for at least a decade, the penny-pinching Rays could still wind up trading him once he reaches the more expensive years of the deal, something that could also have happened without an extension.

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  • Tyler Wade NYY SS
    Angels' Tyler Wade: Acquired by Angels
    7d ago

    Wade was traded from the Yankees to the Angels in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations Monday.

    Wade's defensive versatility has helped him carve out a role as a bench player, but he isn't a particularly exciting one. Over the last three seasons, he's hit .233/.328/.330 with five homers and 28 steals in 358 trips to the plate. He did hit a career-best .268 last season, but that came with a .194 xBA and a miniscule 1.1 percent barrel rate, so it's tough to argue his offensive profile has genuinely changed. His speed provides a pathway to deep-league relevance should he stumble into unexpected playing time, but he might hit poorly enough to offset most of what he provides with his legs even in that case.

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  • Sean Kazmar ATL SS
    Sean Kazmar: Calls end to career
    7d ago

    Kazmar announced his retirement from professional baseball Nov. 15.

    The 37-year-old ended his 17-year professional career in storybook fashion in 2021, as the longtime minor-league infielder received a call-up to Atlanta from Triple-A Gwinnett in April and played in three games with the big club. Kazmar's April 17 appearance with Atlanta marked his first big-league action in 13 years, after he previously received a cup of coffee with the Padres in 2008. Though Atlanta outrighted Kazmar off its 40-man roster in May and he remained at Gwinnett for the remainder of the season, he'll still receive a World Series ring for playing with the big club earlier in the campaign.

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  • Marcell Ozuna ATL LF
    Braves' Marcell Ozuna: Eligible to return
    26m ago

    Ozuna (finger) was handed a retroactive 20-game suspension Monday for a violation of the league's Join Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Policy which has already been completed, David O'Brien of The Athletic reports.

    Ozuna landed on the injured list with broken fingers in late May and was arrested for aggravated assault and family violence soon after. He didn't return for the rest of the season while the case played out in court but was placed on administrative leave in mid-September after agreeing to enter a diversion program which could see his charges dropped. The league evidently felt that the time he already missed constituted a sufficient punishment, as his time on administrative league counted for the purposes of the suspension, though the exact role he'll play in Atlanta next season is not yet clear.

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  • Ben Gamel PIT LF
    Pirates' Ben Gamel: Avoids arbitration
    1h ago

    Gamel agreed to a one-year, $1.8 million contract with the Pirates on Monday, avoiding arbitration, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports.

    Gamel appeared in 122 games with Cleveland and Pittsburgh during the 2021 campaign and slashed .247/.347/.388 with eight homers, 43 runs, 26 RBI and three stolen bases. He served mainly in the strong side of a platoon last year and won't require arbitration ahead of the 2022 season.

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  • Roman Quinn PHI CF
    Phillies' Roman Quinn: Designated for assignment
    2h ago

    Quinn (Achilles) was designated for assignment by the Phillies on Monday.

    Quinn has plenty of speed but hasn't shown much else in parts of five major-league seasons, hitting .228/.306/.355 with 39 steals in 512 plate appearances. He's also battled far more than his fair share of injuries, most recently missing most of last season and potentially the start of the next due to a ruptured left Achilles tendon. It's possible he gets claimed off waivers by a team that intends to use him as a fourth or fifth outfielder, but he hasn't shown enough to suggest he deserves everyday at-bats.

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  • Kole Calhoun ARI RF
    Rangers' Kole Calhoun: Lands deal with Rangers
    23h ago

    Calhoun signed a contract with the Rangers on Sunday, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports.

    Calhoun's $9 million team option was declined by the Diamondbacks in early November after he slashed .235/.297/.373 with five homers, 17 runs and 17 RBI across 51 appearances last year. Although he dealt with hamstring issues in 2021, he'll likely be in the mix for a starting role in 2022.

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  • Avisail Garcia MIL RF
    Marlins' Avisail Garcia: Signs with Marlins
    23h ago

    Garcia signed a four-year, $53 million contract with the Marlins on Sunday, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports.

    Garcia spent the last two seasons in Milwaukee but opted out of his contract with the Brewers in early November. He slashed .262/.330/.490 with 29 home runs, 86 RBI, 68 runs and eight stolen bases in 135 games last year, and he'll be rewarded with a long-term deal from the Marlins. He should take on a starting role with his new club in 2022.

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  • Byron Buxton MIN CF
    Twins' Byron Buxton: Reaches long-term deal with Twins
    1d ago

    The Twins signed Buxton to a seven-year, $100 million contract extension Sunday, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports.

    The contract includes a full no-trade clause. Injuries have plagued Buxton throughout his career, but he's proven to be an immensely impactful player both offensively and defensively when available. At about $14 million per year, the contract will be a bargain for Minnesota if the center fielder manages to stay healthy. Despite being limited to 61 games in 2021, Buxton hit 19 home runs and stole nine bases while slashing .306/.358/.647 in 254 plate appearances.

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  • Steven Brault PIT SP
    Pirates' Steven Brault: Designated for assignment
    1h ago

    Brault (lat) was designated for assignment by the Padres on Monday.

    Brault's 4.77 career ERA certainly isn't anything special, but it's better than the types of career marks you usually see among pitchers available on the waiver wire. He struggled to a 5.86 ERA in seven starts in 2021 while battling lat issues for much of the year, however, and the Pirates evidently don't have much confidence in the lefty going forward. The move clears space for the team to add new signing Jose Quintana to the 40-man roster.

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  • Robbie Ray TOR SP
    Mariners' Robbie Ray: Headed to Seattle
    1h ago

    Ray signed a five-year, $115 million contract with the Mariners on Monday, Jeff Passan of ESPN.com reports.

    Ray won the 2021 AL Cy Young Award after he posted a 2.84 ERA and 1.04 WHIP in 193.1 innings across 32 starts during his first full season with the Blue Jays. The 30-year-old will now be rewarded with a long-term deal that includes an opt-out clause following the 2024 season.

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  • Max Scherzer LAD SP
    Mets' Max Scherzer: Finalizes $130M deal with Mets
    4h ago

    Scherzer and the Mets came to terms Monday on a three-year, $130 million contract that includes an opt out after the 2023 season, Jeff Passan of ESPN.com reports.

    Per Jon Heyman of MLB Network, the $43.3 million annual average value of Scherzer's deal is the most in MLB history, besting the $36 million AAV that Gerrit Cole received from the Yankees in the megadeal he signed in December 2019. The 37-year-old will join Jacob deGrom (elbow) to give the Mets one of the best one-two combinations atop a rotation in baseball history, with the two right-handers having claimed five Cy Young Awards between them, including four of the last six in the National League.

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  • Max Scherzer LAD SP
    Mets' Max Scherzer: Deal in place with Mets
    4h ago

    Scherzer and the Mets are expected to finalize a three-year, $130 million contract Monday, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports.

    Coming off a 2021 campaign in which he posted a 2.46 ERA, 0.86 WHIP and 236 strikeouts while finishing third in the National League Cy Young Award balloting, Scherzer had no shortage of suitors in free agency, even as he heads into his age-37 season. Few teams were willing to offer the sort of compensation the Mets were, however, and New York looks like it'll have another ace-level pitcher to pair with Jacob deGrom (elbow) atop the rotation once some minor details are ironed out with the contract. The pending acquisition of Scherzer adds to what's already been a splashy offseason for the Mets, who recently reached deals with outfielders Starling Marte and Mark Canha and infielder Eduardo Escobar.

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  • Jon Gray COL SP
    Rangers' Jon Gray: Headed to Rangers
    19h ago

    Gray signed a four-year, $56 million contract with the Rangers on Sunday, Robert Murray of FanSided.com reports.

    Gray didn't receive a qualifying offer from the Rockies earlier in the offseason, so the Rangers won't be forced to give up a draft pick after signing the right-hander. The 30-year-old made 29 starts for Colorado during the 2021 campaign and logged a 4.59 ERA and 1.33 WHIP in 149 innings. Gray will no longer have to pitch his home games in the altitude at Coors Field after spending his first seven major-league seasons in Colorado, and he'll have a prominent role in the Rangers' rotation in 2022.

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    Blue Jays' Kevin Gausman: Signs on with Blue Jays
    19h ago

    Gausman agreed Sunday with the Blue Jays on a five-year, $110 million contract, Jeff Passan of ESPN.com reports.

    Gausman drew interest from several teams during free agency, but he'll land with the Blue Jays, who had expressed interest in the 30-year-old's services for several years. The right-hander made 33 starts for the Giants during the 2021 campaign and posted a career-best 2.81 ERA and 1.04 WHIP in 192 innings.

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  • Darren O'Day NYY RP
    Braves' Darren O'Day: Joins Atlanta on minors deal
    2h ago

    O'Day (hamstring) signed a minor-league deal with Atlanta on Monday, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports.

    O'Day recorded a 1.25 ERA for Atlanta in 2019 and 2020, though that came in a tiny sample of just 21.2 innings. Injuries, including a hamstring strain which required season-ending surgery in July of this past season, have prevented the veteran righty from tossing more than 20 innings in any of the last four campaigns, but he's been good when available, cruising to a 2.58 ERA over that stretch. Just how much he has to offer in his age-39 season following all those injuries is not yet clear, however.

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  • Locke St. John TEX RP
    Tigers' Locke St. John: Sticks in Detroit organization
    2h ago

    St. John re-signed Monday with the Tigers on a minor-league contract, Jason Beck of MLB.com reports.

    St. John hasn't appeared in the big leagues since 2019, but he may have put himself on the cusp of a call-up to Detroit last season based on his performance with Triple-A Toledo. Over 36 appearances out of the Toledo bullpen, St. John submitted a 2.58 ERA and 75:25 K:BB in 59.1 innings. He should get the opportunity to compete for a relief gig with the big club in spring training, though his lack of a 40-man roster spot makes it more likely than not that he returns to Toledo to begin the 2022 campaign.

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  • Brooks Raley HOU RP
    Rays' Brooks Raley: Reaches deal with Rays
    3h ago

    Raley agreed Monday with the Rays on a two-year deal, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports.

    The financial terms of the deal have yet to be revealed, but the contract lasts two years plus an option for a third, per Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times. Judging purely by his 4.78 ERA in 49 innings of relief for the Astros last season, Raley doesn't look like much of a player, but a deeper dive makes him look much more interesting. All three of his 31.7 percent strikeout rate, 7.8 percent walk rate and 45.3 percent groundball rate were better than average, leading to a 3.27 FIP and 2.90 xFIP. It's very possible he'll see high-leverage opportunities and the occasional save in the Rays' fluid bullpen.

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  • David Phelps TOR RP
    Blue Jays' David Phelps: Re-ups with Jays
    4h ago

    Phelps (lat) re-signed with the Blue Jays on Monday on a minor-league contract that includes an invitation to major-league spring training.

    Phelps should have a legitimate chance at capturing a spot in the Blue Jays' Opening Day bullpen, provided he proves in spring training that he's made a full recovery from the season-ending surgery he required last May to repair a torn right lat. Before developing the injury, Phelps was a standout performer in relief for Toronto in a small sample of 10.1 innings, allowing just one earned run on eight hits and four walks while striking out 15. The 35-year-old boasts a 3.90 ERA and 1.32 WHIP over 302 career big-league appearances.

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  • Luis Avilan WAS RP
    Nationals' Luis Avilan: Back with Nats
    7h ago

    Avilan (elbow) re-signed Monday with the Nationals on a minor-league contract, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports.

    Avilan's deal likely includes an invitation to big-league spring training, but he'll probably be in rehab mode throughout February and March while he recovers from the Tommy John procedure he required last April. The 32-year-old lefty should receive a clean bill of health at some point in the middle of the summer, but he'll likely need to first perform well at Triple-A Rochester before getting a look in the Washington bullpen. Over 458 career big-league appearances out of the bullpen, Avilan owns a 3.43 ERA, 1.27 WHIP and 12.0 K-BB%.

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  • Michael Lorenzen CIN RP
    Angels' Michael Lorenzen: Inks deal with Angels
    18h ago

    Lorenzen signed a one-year, $7 million contract with the Angels on Sunday, Robert Murray of FanSided.com reports.

    Lorenzen pitched exclusively for the Reds across his first seven seasons in the majors, but he'll now join the Angels on a short-term deal. The 29-year-old converted all four of his save chances and posted a 5.59 ERA and 1.38 WHIP in 29 innings across 27 appearances in 2021. The right-hander will likely be in the mix for a high-leverage role with the Angels in 2022.

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  • Jorge Ona SD DH
    Padres' Jorge Ona: Sent outright to Triple-A
    10d ago

    Ona (elbow) was outrighted to Triple-A El Paso on Friday.

    Ona missed most of the 2021 campaign after he underwent elbow surgery, but he began a rehab assignment late in the year. His removal from the 40-man roster will clear room for several prospects whose contracts were selected ahead of the Rule 5 draft.

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  • Shohei Ohtani LAA DH
    Angels' Shohei Ohtani: Unanimously named AL MVP
    11d ago

    Ohtani was named the 2021 American League MVP on Thursday, Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com reports.

    Ohtani received all 30 first-place votes following his dominant 2021 campaign. The two-way player excelled on the mound and at the plate during his fourth season with the Angels. He posted a 3.18 ERA and 1.09 WHIP in 130.1 innings across 23 starts as a pitcher while slashing .257/.372/.592 with 46 home runs, 103 runs, 100 RBI and 26 stolen bases as a hitter.

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  • J.D. Martinez BOS DH
    Red Sox's J.D. Martinez: Staying with Sox for 2022
    22d ago

    Martinez declined to exercise his opt-out and will remain with the Red Sox for 2022, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports.

    He will earn $19.35 million for 2022 before hitting the open market after the season. This was not seen as a forgone conclusion, but as a 34-year-old designated hitter, Martinez may have had to settle for a lower annual figure if he tested free agency this winter. He hit .286/.349/.518 with 28 home runs in 148 games and played enough games in the outfield to qualify there in fantasy next season.

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  • Curtis Terry TEX DH
    Curtis Terry: Hits open market
    24d ago

    Terry elected free agency Friday after being outrighted off the Rangers' 40-man roster, independent baseball journalist Jeff Wilson reports.

    Terry made his major-league debut this year and had a .279 OPS in 48 plate appearances, but his six minor-league seasons allowed him to hit free agency once jettisoned from the 40-man roster. The 25-year-old likely will need to settle for a minor-league deal this offseason given his minimal and unproductive major-league run and lack of defensive value, but his .882 OPS at Triple-A in 2021 should attract some attention.

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  • Ryan McBroom KC DH
    Ryan McBroom: Pursuing work in Asia
    28d ago

    The Royals granted McBroom his unconditional release Monday.

    McBroom was a candidate to be removed from the Royals' 40-man roster this offseason, and rather than waiting for the organization to make a decision on his status, the 29-year-old is apparently intent on exploring playing opportunities in Asia. He's spent parts of the last three seasons in the majors, accruing a .268/.322/.427 slash line (99 wRC+) in 177 plate appearances.

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  • Jose Martinez NYM DH
    Jose Martinez: Elects free agency
    10/29/2021

    Martinez (knee/back) declined an outright assignment to Triple-A Syracuse on Friday and elected free agency.

    Martinez missed the entire season while dealing with knee, shoulder and back issues. He hopes to play winter ball this offseason, which could help him secure a contract, but he might be stuck looking for a minor-league deal given that he's 33 years old and owns a .251/.325/.386 slash line since the start of 2019, which isn't nearly good enough for a player who provides very little defensive value.

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