Spring training is a few days away and, including only one of the top 25. and here are the latest hot stove rumblings.
Yankees in talks with Wilson
The Yankees are in "serious" talks with free-agent lefty reliever Justin Wilson, according to MLB reporter Robert Murray. Mike Puma of the New York Post adds the Mets reached out to Wilson about a reunion in recent days and indications are he would prefer to remain with the club. .
Wilson, 33, spent 2019-20 with the Mets and 2015 with the Yankees. The Yankees got him from the Pirates for Francisco Cervelli, then sent him to the Tigers in the trade that netted Chad Green. Wilson's fastball still sits in the mid-90s and he has been effective against right-handed batter throughout his career, so he's more than a left-on-left specialist.
Mets grab pair of arms
Hunter, 34, appeared in 24 games for the Phillies last season, pitching to a 4.01 ERA and 1.14 WHIP with 25 strikeouts in 24 2/3 innings.
Montgomery, 31, pitched to a 4.95 ERA and 1.60 WHIP in 96 1/3 innings in 2019-20 with the Royals and Cubs. He has a career 3.16 ERA as a reliever and it's 4.19 as a starter.
Both should have a real shot at joining the bullpen to start the season and add depth.
Cubs want lefty-hitting infielder
The Cubs are seeking a left-handed hitting infielder to use as a platoon option at second base, reports Bruce Levine of 670 The Score. Chicago is set to use the righty-hitting Nico Hoerner and David Bote at second, with fellow righty hitter Matt Duffy on a minor-league contract. Ian Happ, a switch-hitter, is a full-time outfielder these days.
Free agency is short on quality lefty hitting infielders at this point. Eric Sogard, former Cubs Jason Kipnis and Daniel Descalso, and maybe Travis Shaw. Joe Panik would've fit, though he recently signed with the Blue Jays.and . Other free-agent options include
Dodgers complete two minor trades
Dodgers completed a pair of minor trades with the Athletics and Marlins to unclutter their 40-man roster and bolster their minor-league depth. Here are the two trades, which have since been announced by all teams:, the
IF Sheldon Neuse, RHP Gus Varland
LHP Alex Vesia, RHP Kyle Hurt
RHP Dylan Floro
Kolarek and Floro were solid middle relief options for Los Angeles the last few years and they will step right into the bullpen with their new clubs. MLB.com ranks Thomas the No. 20 prospect in Oakland's system and Neuse the No. 13 prospect in the Dodgers' system. Vesia, Hurt, and Varland are unranked. Neuse and Vesia each have a little MLB time. Hurt was a fifth-round pick in 2020.