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#81 Danchat

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Posted 25 January 2021 - 12:20 PM

 

 

Lindsey Adler of The Athletic reports that the Red Sox are acquiring Adam Ottavino from the Yankees.
Yes, the rare Yankees/Red Sox trade. It appears the main motivation for the Yankees was freeing up the cash, as Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports that the Red Sox are set to pick up most of what's owed to Ottavino ($8 million in 2021, $3 million deferred) for the remainder of his deal. Buster Olney of ESPN reports that the Yankees are kicking in $850,000. Per Joel Sherman of the New York Post, New York will also send prospect right-hander Frank German to Boston, so the Red Sox are essentially buying a prospect while buying low on a reliever. Ottavino, 35, posted a rough 5.89 ERA over 24 relief appearances in 2020, but he's obviously capable of better.

 


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Posted 25 January 2021 - 10:50 PM

 

 

According to Sankei Sports in Japan, free agent right-hander Masahiro Tanaka is in talks with the Rakuten Eagles of Nippon Professional Baseball.
There has been chatter for weeks now that Tanaka might really head back to his native country, and the Yankees' recent acquisitions of starting pitchers Corey Kluber and Jameson Taillon might have spurred that consideration even further.

Another starting pitcher appears to be close to coming off the board - entirely, to another league. You'd think MLB would be able to retain players of Tanaka's caliber...


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Posted 26 January 2021 - 02:22 PM

 

Craig Mish of SportsGrid reports that the Phillies have reached a five-year, $115.5 million contract with catcher J.T. Realmuto.

 


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Posted 26 January 2021 - 05:42 PM

 

 

Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports that free agent infielder Marcus Semien is headed to the Blue Jays.
It's a one-year, $18 million contract, per ESPN's Jeff Passan.

I can see why the Twins didn't match this price... $18M is a lot for him.


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Posted 26 January 2021 - 08:08 PM

 

Tommy La Stella is close to a deal with the Giants, per Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area.

The infielder market is moving now. Gregorious is probably next.


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Posted 29 January 2021 - 07:30 PM

Uh oh...

 

 

 

Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reports that the Indians are closing in on a deal with free agent outfielder Eddie Rosario.
There were plenty of teams interested in Rosario -- including the Brewers who seemingly wanted him to play first base -- but it looks like Rosario will decide to remain in the American League Central. Given the current construction of the Indians' lineup, Rosario should find himself hitting right in the middle of the order on a nightly basis. The 29-year-old hit .277/.310/.478 with 119 homers in 697 games with the Twins over his six seasons there. The move away from Target Field should help his power numbers, though the surrounding cast is a definite downgrade.

 

The Indians finally make a move, and they land Rosario. We'll be seeing a lot of him!


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Posted 29 January 2021 - 07:55 PM

Lots of revenge opportunities for old friend Eddie... That makes me sad. He should have went to the NL so I would feel good about cheering for him. Why didn’t he consider my feelings, dang it!
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Posted 30 January 2021 - 06:00 PM

 

 Jayson Stark of The Athletic reports that the Phillies have re-signed Didi Gregorius to a two-year contract.

 

The Cardinals and Rockies have swung an enormously impactful trade centering on Colorado third baseman Nolan Arenado, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic was among those to report. The Rockies will send around $50MM to the Cardinals in the deal, according to Rosenthal, who adds that it likely won’t be official tonight and perhaps won’t go through this weekend.

 


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Posted 03 February 2021 - 06:33 PM

 

 

Kolten Wong’s deal is a two-year, $18MM contract that contains a club option for a third season, Rosenthal tweets. If the option is picked up, Wong would earn $26MM over the three-year term.

 

12:50pm: The Brewers and Wong have agreed to terms on a contract, MLB.com’s Jon Morosi tweets. It’s a multi-year deal for the PSI Sports Management client. Presumably, the deal is still pending a physical.

 


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Posted 04 February 2021 - 06:31 PM

It's happening!!

 

Edit: Maybe?

 

 

The Mets have reached an agreement with right-hander Trevor Bauer, the top free agent on the board, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports. However, Mark Feinsand of MLB.com offers different information, tweeting that the two sides do not have a deal yet.

 

 


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Posted 13 February 2021 - 10:11 PM

 

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that Justin Turner's deal with the Dodgers is for two years and $34 million with a club option for a third season.

 

 

Chad Dey of Sportsnet 650 reports that the Mariners have agreed to a contract with free agent left-hander James Paxton.
Jeff Passan of ESPN adds that it's a one-year pact for $8.5 million. There are also incentives in the deal that could push the contract north of $10 million.

 


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Posted 13 February 2021 - 10:45 PM

 

Chad Dey of Sportsnet 650 reports that the Mariners have agreed to a contract with free agent left-hander James Paxton.
Jeff Passan of ESPN adds that it's a one-year pact for $8.5 million. There are also incentives in the deal that could push the contract north of $10 million.

 

Paxton's base salary is 0.5 million more than Happ's! From the surface that seems like it would have been a great move for the Twins, but who knows about the medical reports, where Paxton wanted to play, etc.
 

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Posted 14 February 2021 - 11:39 AM

Yanks sign Jay Bruce- could be a great move. Orioles sign Matt Harvey- nothing to lose. Cubs get Arrieta back- who knows. Turner back with the Dodgers- expected move. Many more coming this week though probably minor league deals with invites. Who's left?


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Posted 17 February 2021 - 07:52 PM

Tatis signed for 14 years and 340 million......
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It's been a fun year so far, GO Twins. 


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Posted 18 February 2021 - 09:40 PM

The A's land Trevor Rosenthal, which was certainly unexpected.

 

8:59am: In a surprising move, the A’s have agreed to a one-year deal with free-agent righty Trevor Rosenthal, reports MLB Network’s Jon Heyman (via Twitter). The Boras Corporation client will earn $11MM in 2021 and presumably slot in as Oakland’s primary closer before returning to the open market next winter. 

 

8:37pm: While it’s only a one-year pact, the Athletics will pay Trevor Rosenthal for three seasons, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic tweets. He’ll earn $3MM in both 2021 and ’22 and another $5MM in ’23.

 

 


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Posted 06 March 2021 - 06:41 PM