Spring training is less than six weeks away and. That means the as teams look to round out their rosters. With that in mind, here are Friday's hot stove rumors.
Yankees remain interested in Reynolds
The Yankees remain among the teams with consistent interest in Pirates outfielder Bryan Reynolds, reports the New York Post. The asking price is said to be "unrealistic," however. and have remained an obvious fit for Reynolds, a switch-hitter with all-around ability and three years of team control remaining.
Rangers still seeking a left fielder
according to The Athletic. They have interest in the aforementioned Reynolds, and free agents such as A.J. Pollock and David Peralta are possibilities as well. Last season the Rangers received a ghastly .186/.253/.256 line from their left fielders. It shouldn't be difficult to improve upon that., the Rangers continue to seek a left fielder,
Texas has used 20 different players in left field the last two seasons, the third most in baseball, and utility man Josh Smith is currently penciled in as their starting left fielder. The Rangers could also use a DH to improve a bottom of the lineup that is lacking. The Rangers have done good work strengthening the rotation. Now they need to upgrade an offense that ranked 18th in adjusted OPS in 2022.
Padres sign OF Engel
The Padres have agreed to terms with free agent outfielder Adam Engel, the club announced Friday. Engel previously spent all six years of his big-league career with the White Sox, mostly serving as a fourth-outfield type, though the majority of his time has been spent in center. He generally rates out as a good defender, too.
With the bat, Engel is a career .225/.280/.350 (72 OPS+) hitter in 1,540 plate appearances. He's 47 of 64 in his career on stolen base attempts and was 12 of 16 last season.
Padres ink former top prospect
The Padres have agreed to terms on a major-league deal with right-handed pitcher Brent Honeywell, the team announced Friday. Honeywell was a second-round pick in the 2014 draft and worked his way up the vaunted Rays' farm system to the point where he was a consensus top-15 prospect in all of baseball prior to the 2018 season. He was the MVP of the 2017 Futures Game ( ) while showcasing his signature screwball.
Unfortunately, Honeywell tore the UCL in his right elbow in the spring of 2018 and had Tommy John surgery. He had another procedure in 2020 and has only managed three MLB appearances (8.31 ERA in 2021). He struggled in the minors in the A's system last season, though he's thrown well in the Dominican Winter League. He's 27 years old, so there's still time to get things figured out.