We're still over a month away from pitchers and catchers reporting to camp in Florida and Arizona, but it's not much more than that. One major item from the offseason remains and we'll get to that in just a second. The week began with news that former Braves general manager despite having been slapped with a "permanent ban" from baseball a touch over five years ago.
For the rest of the news and rumors for the day, let's round it up.
Correa deal in process, not 'imminent'
The status of free agent shortstop (or third baseman) Carlos Correa remains up in the air. His agreed-upon deal with the Giants fell through weeks ago and he then agreed with the Mets for a 12-year contract worth $315 million, though the same medical concerns have left that one in limbo. Here's a .
At present, we're all still waiting. Jim Bowden of CBS Sports HQ reported Monday afternoon that the Mets and Correa "continue to progress" toward completing a deal, though nothing is "imminent."
In the meantime, the baseball world continues to wait.
Giants sign reliever
The Giants have agreed to a two-year deal with right-handed reliever Luke Jackson that contains a third-year option, the club announced Monday.
Jackson, 31, missed all of last season due to undergoing Tommy John surgery last April. As such, it's likely he opens this season on the injured list but could return shortly thereafter.
In 2021, Jackson had a 1.98 ERA and 1.16 WHIP with 70 strikeouts in 63 2/3 innings. He also threw very well in nine of his 11 postseason appearances en route to the Braves winning the World Series, though two meltdown outings in the NLCS ruined his stat line.
Giants, Phillies make trade
The Giants have acquired left-hander Erik Miller with the Phillies getting right-hander Yunior Marté, the teams announced.
Miller, 24, was a fourth-round pick out of Stanford in 2019 and made the Futures Game last year. In 32 appearances between Double-A and Triple-A last season, he pitched to a 3.54 ERA and 1.45 WHIP with 62 strikeouts and 31 walks in 48 1/3 innings.
Marté, 27, appeared in 39 games at the big-league level last season for San Francisco. He had a 5.44 ERA, 1.44 WHIP and 44 strikeouts with 22 walks in 48 innings.
Angels add Phillips
The Angels have signed outfielder Brett Phillips to a one-year deal worth $1.2 million, reports the New York Post. He'll serve as the team's defensive-minded fourth outfielder behind Mike Trout, Taylor Ward, and Hunter Renfroe.
Phillips, 28, is a career .188/.273/.348 hitter in parts of six MLB seasons. He is a standout defender, however, one of the very best in the game, plus he can steal a base. The Phillips signing allows the Angels to send former top prospects Jo Adell and Mickey Moniak to Triple-A, where they can get regular at-bats rather than sitting on the big league bench.