The day before Thanksgiving means teams are going to try and tie up any loose ends before the holiday, then most are going to take a short break before ramping things up in front of the winter meetings. Sure enough, Wednesday morning brought a host of activity. Let's round up everything that's going on in MLB right here.
Bundy trade coming?
Bundy, 27, has shown flashes of brilliance throughout his big-league career, but those moments have been buried under a sea of mediocrity or worse. In over 600 career innings, he's posted a 4.67 ERA and 1.33 WHIP. He led the majors in home runs allowed in 2018 and hasn't posted a sub-4.00 ERA. He has been striking out more than a batter per inning the last two seasons, though, and he's got good raw stuff. It's entirely possible a change of scenery gives him a big boost.
Pirates hire new manager
The Pirates have hired Derek Shelton, who was previously the Twins bench coach, as their new manager. .
Padres grab Pomeranz, Rangers ink Gibson
A pair of pitcher signings were reported Wednesday morning. The Padres have agreed to terms with, per reports. Meanwhile, the Rangers reportedly .
Greg Bird hits free agency
Former Yankees first baseman Greg Bird has cleared waivers and is now a free agent, reports Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic. The 27-year-old Bird was never really able to live up to expectations in the Bronx after a great start in 2015. He missed all of 2016 due to injury and has hit .194/.287/.388 with 21 homers in 522 plate appearances in the three seasons since. He won't find trouble getting a job elsewhere, but don't expect an everyday starter role unless it's with a non-contender.
Orioles place Villar on waivers
The Orioles have placed infielder Jonathan Villar on outright waivers as they've been unable to trade him, reports Roch Kubatko of MASN. Villar, 28, hit .274/.339/.453 (109 OPS+) with 33 doubles, five triples, 24 homers, 73 RBI, 111 runs and 40 steals in 2019. At 4.0 WAR, he was the Orioles' best position player. So why are they offloading him? Well, they are still in the tear down portion of their rebuild and Villar was likely set to make around $10 million in his final year of arbitration. Villar would be an excellent fit on several contenders, so the Orioles probably did him a favor.
Rays grab outfielder, DFA Aguilar
O'Grady, 27, hit .190/.292/.429 in 48 plate appearances last season in his first foray into big-league action. He flashed a nice power-speed combo in Triple-A, hitting .280/.359/.550 with 28 homers and 20 steals in 112 games with Louisville.
As for Aguilar, it's been quite a fall. In 2018, he hit 35 homers and drove home 108 runs, getting down-ballot MVP votes. Last season, he lost his job with the Brewers and was traded to the Rays at the deadline for reliever Jake Faria. In 107 plate appearances with the Rays, he hit .261/.336/.424 with four homers. It wasn't terrible, but he's a bat-only guy and that's not exceptional production.
Mariners agree to sign Edwards
The Mariners have agreed to terms with reliever Carl Edwards Jr., per the Seattle Times. Edwards was very good for the Cubs from 2016-18 overall, but fell off the rails last season. He had an 8.47 ERA and 1.47 WHIP in 17 innings for the Cubs -- wrapped around a stint in Triple-A -- before being traded to the Padres. With San Diego, he allowed six runs in his 1 2/3 innings. He's still only 28 years old, so a bounce back isn't out of the realm of possibility.
Cubs claim Pelham
The Cubs have grabbed left-handed reliever C.D. Pelham off waivers from the Rangers, the teams announced. Pelham, 24, worked 7 2/3 innings last season as a rookie, striking out seven against four walks. He coughed up six runs on 12 hits, so his rate stats -- 7.04 ERA, 2.09 WHIP -- were ugly. He has a career 5.51 ERA in the minors, too, but also throws really hard so the raw talent is there. The Cubs will attempt to fix him.