MLB Player News

  • Nationals' Brandon Kintzler: Two-year deal with Washington

    Kintzler agreed to a two-year, $10 million contract with Washington, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports.

    The contract also contains an unspecified club option that could make the contract worth $16 million, according to the report. Kintzler will return to the Nationals in a setup role working ahead of Ryan Madson and Sean Doolittle as he did last season. Kintzler had 28 saves with the Twins before he was traded to the Nationals at the end of July. He had just one save in Washington and his return to the Nationals likely limits his fantasy value since he'll rarely be used to close games.

  • Marlins' Magneuris Sierra: Dealt to Marlins

    Sierra was traded to the Marlins on Wednesday along with Sandy Alcantara and two undisclosed prospects for Marcell Ozuna, Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald reports.

    Sierra is a better real-life prospect than fantasy asset, as he has the potential to offer elite center-field defense, but is raw at the plate. As a member of the Cardinals' 40-man roster, he was shuttled between the majors and minors last season, at the expense of his offensive development. He is a 70-grade runner, however, so he could eventually be a threat to steal 30-plus bases if he is able to secure an everyday role. Look for him to start the year at Double-A, as the Marlins will be able to be more patient with him as his offensive game develops.

  • Marlins' Sandy Alcantara: Shipped to Miami

    Alcantara was traded to the Marlins on Wednesday as part of the return package in the trade that sent Marcell Ozuna to the Cardinals, Jon Heyman of FanRagSports.com reports.

    The rest of the prospects headed to Miami have not yet been revealed, but the flame-throwing right-hander might be the headliner. He can touch triple digits with his fastball, but shaky command and inconsistent secondary offerings have many evaluators pegging him for a high-leverage relief role. He is still just 22, so there is time for him to improve in both areas. The Marlins will continue to develop him as a starter, as they won't be contending anytime soon. The impact on his fantasy value is complicated -- he was likely ticketed for a relief role sooner than later with the Cardinals, which could have yielded saves and strikeouts, but now he will have a chance to max out as a high-strikeout/high-WHIP starter.

  • Marcell Ozuna LF | MIA

    Cardinals' Marcell Ozuna: Dealt to Cardinals

    Ozuna was traded to the Cardinals from the Marlins on Wednesday, Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com reports.

    After failing to secure Giancarlo Stanton, the Cardinals will snag a different outfielder from Miami, as Ozuna is heading to St. Louis following five seasons in the big leagues with the Marlins. During his breakout 2017 campaign, Ozuna slashed .312/.376/.548 with 37 home runs and 124 RBI, with all stats checking in as career highs. At this point in time, the return for Ozuna hasn't been announced, but all players involved will need to pass their physicals in order for the deal to go through. Looking ahead, Ozuna is the impact bat that the Cardinals were searching for at the winter meetings, and he will be a mainstay at the number three or four spot in the order for St. Louis during this upcoming season. As for defensive positioning, Ozuna will probably remain in left field while Tommy Pham transitions to right.

  • Mets' Anthony Swarzak: Agrees to deal with Mets

    Swarzak signed a two-year, $14 million contract with the Mets on Wednesday, Marc Carig of Newsday reports.

    After delivering the best season of his career between the White Sox and Brewers, Swarzak will head back to The Big Apple after playing in 2016 with the Yankees. The left-hander was a trade-deadline acquisition for Milwaukee this past year, and totaled an ERA of 2.33 and 91:22 K:BB over 77.1 relief innings between both clubs. He will join a Mets bullpen that was in desperate need of an arm, or two, and should be utilized in high-leverage situations as a setup man, during this upcoming season.

  • Jake McGee RP | COL

    Rockies' Jake McGee: Returns to Colorado

    McGee will remain with the Rockies after signing a three-year deal Wednesday, Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports.

    Pending a physical, McGee will be back in the Colorado bullpen for the third straight year, and could potentially be the club's closer for the 2018 season. That obviously depends on whether the Rockies are able to sign other relievers before the start of next season, but McGee is a solid candidate to take over that role following a good season in 2017. During this past year, he posted a 3.61 ERA and 1.10 WHIP over 57.1 innings, while accumulating three saves and 20 holds. His 58:16 K:BB was more in line with his remarkable final two seasons in Tampa Bay than his rough debut with the Rockies in 2016, and the left-hander should be able to put together another quality year in whichever role he winds up being deployed in.

  • Tommy Hunter RP | TB

    Phillies' Tommy Hunter: Lands with Phillies

    Hunter has agreed to a two-year deal with the Phillies worth approximately $18 million, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports.

    Tuesday was an eventful night, as it was first reported that the Phillies were landing Addison Reed, which turned out to be incorrect. They instead came to terms with Hunter, who will serve as one of their top setup men in 2018. The 31-year-old righty logged a 2.61 ERA, 0.97 WHIP and 64 strikeouts in 58.2 innings for the Rays last season. He has 17 career saves, but most of those came in 2014 with the Orioles. Hector Neris would open the year as the Phillies' closer if they don't make more moves, but talks with Reed are reportedly ongoing.

  • Drew Smyly SP | CHC

    Cubs' Drew Smyly: Signs with Cubs

    Smyly (elbow) agreed to a two-year contract with the Cubs on Tuesday, Buster Olney of ESPN reports.

    Smyly is not expected to debut with the Cubs until the latter portion of the 2018 season, as he just underwent Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery this past June. The move is likely more 2019 focused, as Smyly could be seen as a nice buy-low option in the long run. He has a career 3.74 ERA and 1.19 WHIP across 156 appearances.

  • Bryan Shaw RP | CLE

    Rockies' Bryan Shaw: Reaches deal with Rockies

    Shaw has agreed to sign with the Rockies, Jon Heyman of FanRagSports.com reports.

    In seven seasons, Shaw has posted a 3.13 ERA, 2.64 K/BB and 8.0 K/9 across 446.1 innings. The 30-year-old has also impressed with his durability, as he has never seen the disabled list in his career. He worked mainly in a setup/middle-relief role with the Indians last season, and it would seem likely he will do the same in his new surroundings, unless the Rockies are unable to land another reliever.

  • Giants' Christian Arroyo: To be ready for spring training

    Arroyo (hand) is expected to be fully ready for spring training, Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

    Arroyo, who suffered a broken left hand in July, underwent surgery to insert a pin into the same hand after suffering a setback during a Dominican Winter League game. Assuming he avoids any further setbacks, the 22-year-old should compete for an Opening Day roster spot in spring training. He made his major-league debut in 2017, hitting just .192/.244/.304 in 34 games.