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So, Brantley to the Jays isn't happening. Instead, Houston wooed him back:

 

 

 

Mark Berman of FOX 26 in Houston reports that the Astros have re-signed Michael Brantley to a two-year, $32 million contract.
Well then. Multiple reports surfaced Wednesday morning which said that Brantley had agreed to a three-year contract with the Blue Jays, but by the afternoon it was clear that the two sides still had some legwork to do.

 

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Yes, seems likely that he would have gotten significant interest from other teams, but also the market for his services might have been more variable than most comparable players because he opted out

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 pl

I was interested in LeMahieu, but geez, 6 years seems awful long.     

 

 

Jeff Passan of ESPN reports that the Nationals have signed Brad Hand to a one-year, $10.5 million contract.

As Passan points out in his report, he gets more than the $10 million option that Cleveland declined at the end of the 2020 season. Jesse Daugherty notes that the deal is pending a physical, and does not contain any options or incentives.

Hand, at the very least, got his $10M back plus a bit more. He probably wanted a 2 year deal, but this isn't a bad outcome for him.

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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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