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  21. <title>Anthopoulos On Donaldson, Ozuna, Rotation, Payroll</title>
  22. <link>https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2020/01/anthopoulos-on-donaldson-ozuna-rotation-payroll.html</link>
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  24. <pubDate>Fri, 24 Jan 2020 07:31:56 +0000</pubDate>
  25. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Connor Byrne]]></dc:creator>
  26. <category><![CDATA[Atlanta Braves]]></category>
  27. <category><![CDATA[Josh Donaldson]]></category>
  28. <category><![CDATA[Marcell Ozuna]]></category>
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  31. <description><![CDATA[The Braves took one of the last high-end free agents off the board when they inked Marcell Ozuna to a one-year, $18MM contract Tuesday, but the signing looks like a mere consolation prize for the team. After all, the Braves lost a better free agent the previous week when they saw third baseman Josh Donaldson&#8230;]]></description>
  32. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>The Braves took one of the last high-end free agents off the board when they inked <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/o/ozunama01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener" data-wpel-link="external">Marcell Ozuna</a></strong> to a one-year, $18MM contract Tuesday, but the signing looks like a mere consolation prize for the team. After all, the Braves lost a better free agent the previous week when they saw third baseman <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/d/donaljo02.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener" data-wpel-link="external">Josh Donaldson</a></strong> agree to a four-year, $92MM pact with the Twins. The Braves prioritized re-signing Donaldson this offseason, general manager Alex Anthopoulos told <a href="https://www.ajc.com/blog/mark-bradley/anthopoulos-wanted-donaldson-back-but-not-any-price/zSXKHErQyRLcmPtO0LtayJ/" data-wpel-link="external" target="_blank">Mark Bradley of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution</a> and <a href="https://theathletic.com/1557699/2020/01/23/schultz-alex-anthopoulos-says-josh-donaldson-a-tough-loss-for-us-but-denies-budget-constraints-played-a-role/" data-wpel-link="external" target="_blank">Jeff Schultz of The Athletic</a> in separate interviews, but they were simply unwilling to meet the Twins&#8217; bid for the 34-year-old.</p>
  33. <p><em>&#8220;I don’t blame him for a minute,&#8221;</em> Anthopoulos said of Donaldson&#8217;s choice. &#8220;<em>It’s a fantastic contract for him. He earned it. Would’ve loved to have him stay a Brave, but we ultimately had to make a decision. We felt like it was best for our club to go to a number and not go beyond that to get it done.&#8221;</em></p>
  34. <p>In the end, the number Donaldson received <em>&#8220;went north of where we thought it would be at the start of the offseason,&#8221;</em> according to Anthopoulos, who added that <em>&#8220;Josh gave us every opportunity to sign him back and every opportunity to get the deal done.&#8221; </em>And Donaldson didn&#8217;t leave because of any payroll constraints hampering the Braves, per Anthopoulos, who noted the team <em>&#8220;could&#8217;ve&#8221;</em> matched the Twins&#8217; offer. However, the executive just wasn&#8217;t comfortable doing so.</p>
  35. <p>So now what for the Braves? Well, barring an unexpected trade for the Rockies&#8217; <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/a/arenano01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener" data-wpel-link="external">Nolan Arenado</a></strong> or the Cubs&#8217; <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/b/bryankr01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener" data-wpel-link="external">Kris Bryant</a></strong>, it appears they&#8217;ll turn to <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/c/camarjo01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener" data-wpel-link="external">Johan Camargo</a></strong> and <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/r/rileyau01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener" data-wpel-link="external">Austin Riley</a></strong> &#8211; two third basemen who struggled last season &#8211; to pick up the slack at the hot corner. When they were trying to re-sign Donaldson, they were <em>&#8220;also weighing the possibility that we would be blocking Riley or blocking Camargo from playing third base. That presents its own challenges,&#8221;</em> Anthopoulos stated.</p>
  36. <p>It&#8217;s anyone&#8217;s guess what the Braves will get from Camargo and Riley in 2020, but the addition of Ozuna should help cover for the loss of Donaldson&#8217;s offense to some extent. Anthopoulos acknowledged the Braves <em>&#8220;likely&#8221;</em> wouldn&#8217;t have signed Ozuna had they convinced Donaldson to come back, but Ozuna is nonetheless someone who excites the club. They believe Ozuna has untapped potential.</p>
  37. <p><em>&#8220;Because of his stat line last year, we felt he was an undervalued player. We felt he was better than his .240 average and 29 home runs,&#8221;</em> Anthopoulos said of Ozuna, who &#8211; for what it&#8217;s worth &#8211; was a Statcast darling in 2019. The 29-year-old ranked in the majors&#8217; upper echelon in average exit velocity, hard-hit percentage and expected weighted on-base average, to name a few key metrics.</p>
  38. <p>Does the Ozuna acquisition mean the Braves will part with one of their outfielders (say, <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/i/inciaen01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener" data-wpel-link="external">Ender Inciarte</a></strong>)? <em>&#8220;I don&#8217;t think so,&#8221; </em>Anthopoulos observed, noting the<em>re&#8217;s </em>more room for extra options now that the league&#8217;s moving from a 25-man to a 26-man roster, and that <em>&#8220;too many good players&#8221;</em> is a high-class problem.</p>
  39. <p>Elsewhere on their roster, the Braves made a noteworthy move earlier this offseason when they picked up left-hander <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/h/hamelco01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener" data-wpel-link="external">Cole Hamels</a></strong> on a one-year, $18MM guarantee of his own. Now, although Anthopoulos opined that a team&#8217;s<em> &#8220;never comfortable&#8221; </em>with its rotation, he&#8217;s hopeful that<em> &#8220;we can have one of our young guys or two take a step, like last year with (Max) Fried and (Mike) Soroka.&#8221; </em></p>
  40. <p>Hamels, Fried, Soroka and <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/f/foltymi01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener" data-wpel-link="external">Mike Foltynewicz</a></strong> look like shoo-ins to make up four-fifths of the Braves&#8217; rotation at the start of the season, but the team did try to add another splashy name to the group earlier in the winter.</p>
  41. <p><em>&#8220;We talked to some of the starters who got bigger, longer deals, whether that was (Hyun-Jin) Ryu, (Zack) Wheeler, Bumgarner,&#8221;</em> Anthopoulos revealed. <em>&#8220;We ultimately chose not to go to the same contract, whether it was length or total value.&#8221;</em></p>
  42. <p>If the Braves&#8217; rotation or some other part of their roster fails during the first few months of the season, perhaps the two-time defending NL East champions will find reinforcements leading up to the summer trade deadline. The Braves are already <a href="https://www.fangraphs.com/roster-resource/payroll/braves" data-wpel-link="external" target="_blank">projected</a> for a franchise-record Opening-Day payroll of $158MM &#8211; almost $45MM more than 2019&#8217;s season-starting outlay &#8211; but there may be more in the coffers. Anthopoulos said he <em>&#8220;was given a quick yes&#8221;</em> when he asked CEO Terry McGuirk for a spending increase during the prior two summers.</p>
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  48. <title>MLBTR Poll: Mookie Betts&#8217; Red Sox Future</title>
  49. <link>https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2020/01/mlbtr-poll-mookie-betts-red-sox-future.html</link>
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  51. <pubDate>Fri, 24 Jan 2020 06:51:21 +0000</pubDate>
  52. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Connor Byrne]]></dc:creator>
  53. <category><![CDATA[Boston Red Sox]]></category>
  54. <category><![CDATA[MLBTR Polls]]></category>
  55. <category><![CDATA[Mookie Betts]]></category>
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  58. <description><![CDATA[Red Sox right fielder Mookie Betts has been one of multiple superstars involved in trade speculation this offseason, joining the likes of Nolan Arenado, Francisco Lindor and Kris Bryant. The Betts rumors got especially interesting Thursday when a report indicated the Red Sox and Padres have discussed a swap centering on the 27-year-old. It doesn&#8217;t&#8230;]]></description>
  59. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>Red Sox right fielder <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/b/bettsmo01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener" data-wpel-link="external">Mookie Betts</a></strong> has been one of multiple superstars involved in trade speculation this offseason, joining the likes of <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/a/arenano01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener" data-wpel-link="external">Nolan Arenado</a></strong>, <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/l/lindofr01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener" data-wpel-link="external">Francisco Lindor</a></strong> and <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/b/bryankr01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener" data-wpel-link="external">Kris Bryant</a></strong>. The Betts rumors got especially interesting Thursday when a <a href="https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2020/01/padres-discussing-mookie-betts-trade-with-red-sox.html" data-wpel-link="internal" target="_blank">report</a> indicated the Red Sox and Padres have discussed a swap centering on the 27-year-old. It doesn&#8217;t seem there has been a great deal of traction in those talks, but it&#8217;s still interesting that Boston seemingly hasn&#8217;t closed the door on parting with its franchise player just weeks from spring training.</p>
  60. <p>A couple years ago, the idea of the Red Sox trading Betts would have come off as preposterous. He was a 10-WAR, AL MVP-winning player in 2018 as the Red Sox steamrolled the competition en route to 108 regular-season wins and a World Series title. Neither Betts nor the Red Sox were close to as good last season, but he was still unquestionably one of the majors&#8217; top performers, slashing .295/.391/.524 with 29 home runs and 6.6 fWAR.</p>
  61. <p>If the Red Sox had their druthers, Betts would probably be the guy they&#8217;d build around. But Betts has publicly expressed a desire to test the free-agent market a year from now. Betts&#8217; uncertain future beyond this season, in which he&#8217;ll earn an arbitration-record $27MM salary, as well as the team&#8217;s preference to duck the luxury tax have helped open the door for a trade. And if the Red Sox want to upgrade their farm system in the process (<a href="https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2020/01/latest-on-red-sox-asking-price-for-mookie-betts.html" data-wpel-link="internal" target="_blank">which seems to be the case</a>), there may not be a better place to send Betts than prospect-rich San Diego.</p>
  62. <p>The Padres likely have the prospect capital to make a deal happen, but it will be difficult for them or anyone else to get Betts out of Boston. New chief baseball officer Chaim Bloom <a href="https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2020/01/chaim-bloom-on-mookie-betts-cbt.html" data-wpel-link="internal" target="_blank">said just last week</a> that he expects Betts to open 2020 as a member of the Red Sox. In the wake of the latest Betts trade rumors, though, do you believe he&#8217;ll still be on the BoSox roster when the new season starts?</p>
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  75. <title>Central Notes: Tigers, Boyd, Fulmer, Pirates, Walker</title>
  76. <link>https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2020/01/central-notes-tigers-boyd-fulmer-pirates-walker.html</link>
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  78. <pubDate>Fri, 24 Jan 2020 06:03:12 +0000</pubDate>
  79. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Connor Byrne]]></dc:creator>
  80. <category><![CDATA[Detroit Tigers]]></category>
  81. <category><![CDATA[Matt Boyd]]></category>
  82. <category><![CDATA[Michael Fulmer]]></category>
  83. <category><![CDATA[Neil Walker]]></category>
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  85. <category><![CDATA[Pittsburgh Pirates]]></category>
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  88. <description><![CDATA[Let&#8217;s check in on a pair of teams from the game&#8217;s Central divisions&#8230; The Tigers and left-hander Matthew Boyd avoided arbitration with a one-year, $5.3MM agreement earlier this month. There was then speculation that the two sides would work out a long-term pact (at least one that would buy out Boyd&#8217;s three arb-eligible seasons), but&#8230;]]></description>
  89. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>Let&#8217;s check in on a pair of teams from the game&#8217;s Central divisions&#8230;</p>
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  91. <li>The <strong>Tigers</strong> and left-hander <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/b/boydma01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener" data-wpel-link="external">Matthew Boyd</a></strong> avoided arbitration with a one-year, $5.3MM agreement earlier this month. There was then <a href="https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2020/01/al-central-notes-boyd-mccann-twins.html" data-wpel-link="internal" target="_blank">speculation</a> that the two sides would work out a long-term pact (at least one that would buy out Boyd&#8217;s three arb-eligible seasons), but the soon-to-be 29-year-old told <a href="https://www.mlb.com/tigers/news/michael-fulmer-tommy-john-rehab-update" data-wpel-link="external" target="_blank">Jason Beck of MLB.com</a> and other reporters Thursday that no talks have occurred.<em> “No, but that would be cool,&#8221;</em> said Boyd, who went to add that his goal is <em>&#8220;to win a championship here.” </em>Boyd may be the Tigers&#8217; most valuable trade chip, and he has been the subject of rumors for several months now, but the club <a href="https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2019/12/tigers-rumors-castro-goodrum-boyd-tsutsugo.html" data-wpel-link="internal" target="_blank">wasn&#8217;t aggressively shopping him</a> as of December&#8217;s Winter Meetings.</li>
  92. <li>More on the<strong> Tigers&#8217;</strong> rotation from Beck, who passes along an update on righty <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/f/fulmemi01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener" data-wpel-link="external">Michael Fulmer</a></strong>&#8217;s status as he continues to recover from the Tommy John surgery he underwent last March. The former AL Rookie of the Year is progressing well, as Beck writes that Fulmer&#8217;s &#8220;pain-free&#8221; and scheduled to begin throwing from 120 feet off flat ground next week. However, manager Ron Gardenhire noted Fulmer&#8217;s not slated to return to a major league mound until<em> &#8220;deep into the summer.</em>&#8221; The Tigers set a 15- to 16-month recovery timetable for Fulmer when he went under the knife, so he should be back sometime in June or July if all goes according to plan.</li>
  93. <li>There was at least some chance of a reunion between the <strong>Pirates</strong> and one of their ex-players, Pittsburgh native <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/w/walkene01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener" data-wpel-link="external">Neil Walker</a></strong>, before he <a href="https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2020/01/phillies-to-sign-neil-walker.html" data-wpel-link="internal" target="_blank">signed a minor league deal</a> with the in-state rival Phillies on Wednesday. Walker and Pirates GM Ben Cherington engaged in &#8220;some cursory conversations,&#8221; <a href="https://www.post-gazette.com/sports/pirates/2020/01/22/Pirates-Neil-Walker-Phillies-return-Flyers-Philadelphia-Ben-Cherington/stories/202001220180" data-wpel-link="external" target="_blank">Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette</a> relays, but they didn&#8217;t make meaningful progress in those discussions.<em> “We did talk a little bit, but it was pretty vague,&#8221;</em> Walker said. <em>&#8220;It sounded like Ben had a lot on his plate from the time he took over, and he just wasn’t able to commit a spot.&#8221; </em>Walker had a productive run with the Pirates, Mets and Brewers from 2009-17, but his numbers dipped with the Yankees and Marlins during the previous two seasons. The 35-year-old doesn&#8217;t expect this to be his last season, though, and he left the door open for a possible return to the Bucs in 2021.</li>
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  100. <title>Mariners Expect To Add More Pitching Soon</title>
  101. <link>https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2020/01/mariners-expect-to-add-more-pitching-soon.html</link>
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  103. <pubDate>Fri, 24 Jan 2020 04:26:54 +0000</pubDate>
  104. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Connor Byrne]]></dc:creator>
  105. <category><![CDATA[Seattle Mariners]]></category>
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  108. <description><![CDATA[The rebuilding Mariners have largely stayed away from making noteworthy acquisitions this offseason. To this point, starter Kendall Graveman and reliever Carl Edwards Jr. &#8211; two low-cost signings &#8211; have been their most recognizable pickups of the winter. It&#8217;s possible that will change soon, however, with general manager Jerry Dipoto planning to further address the&#8230;]]></description>
  109. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>The rebuilding Mariners have largely stayed away from making noteworthy acquisitions this offseason. To this point, starter <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/g/graveke01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener" data-wpel-link="external">Kendall Graveman</a></strong> and reliever <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/e/edwarca01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener" data-wpel-link="external">Carl Edwards Jr.</a></strong> &#8211; two low-cost signings &#8211; have been their most recognizable pickups of the winter. It&#8217;s possible that will change soon, however, with general manager Jerry Dipoto planning to further address the team&#8217;s starting staff and bullpen imminently. Dipoto said Thursday afternoon that the Mariners could make signings within 48 to 72 hours or by sometime next week, <a href="https://twitter.com/RyanDivish/status/1220424161572671488" data-wpel-link="external" target="_blank">Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times</a> reports.</p>
  110. <p>It&#8217;s unclear whom the Mariners are targeting, but with most high-quality arms off the <a href="https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2018/08/2019-20-mlb-free-agents.html" data-wpel-link="internal" target="_blank">free-agent market</a>, any signing is likely to be of the buy-low variety. While Mariners rumors have been scarce since the offseason began, the team did <a href="https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2020/01/quick-hits-soler-pirates-mariners-cardinals.html" data-wpel-link="internal" target="_blank">show interest</a> in <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/n/nelsoji02.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener" data-wpel-link="external">Jimmy Nelson</a></strong> before he signed a cheap pact with the Dodgers. The M&#8217;s have also <a href="https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2019/12/mariners-reportedly-interested-in-taijuan-walker.html" data-wpel-link="internal" target="_blank">been in on</a> <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/w/walketa01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener" data-wpel-link="external">Taijuan Walker</a></strong>, an ex-top prospect and former starter of theirs who remains available after two seasons ruined by arm problems. As inexpensive hurlers with some upside whose careers have been derailed by injuries over the past couple years, Graveman, Nelson and Walker are all cut from the same cloth.</p>
  111. <p>In the Mariners&#8217; non-contending position, it seems logical to vie for lottery tickets on the open market, perhaps in hopes the pitchers they land will rebuild their stock and wind up as in-season trade chips. Speculatively, <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/h/harvema01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener" data-wpel-link="external">Matt Harvey</a></strong> and <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/m/millesh01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener" data-wpel-link="external">Shelby Miller</a></strong> stand out as other free-agent starters who might interest the club. Regardless, the M&#8217;s rotation could use the help. Among their starters, only <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/g/gonzama02.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener" data-wpel-link="external">Marco Gonzales</a></strong> looks like a strong bet to put up above-average production in 2020.</p>
  112. <p>Questions also abound in Seattle&#8217;s bullpen, a unit that had a hard time keeping runs off the board last season and hasn&#8217;t welcomed many new faces since then. The bullpen market &#8211; where someone like <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/m/mchugco01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener" data-wpel-link="external">Collin McHugh</a></strong> may be a fit (again, just my speculation) &#8211; contains far more options than the starting class, so the Mariners could be deciding among a host of different relievers right now.</p>
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  118. <title>Latest On Padres&#8217; Pursuit Of Starling Marte</title>
  119. <link>https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2020/01/latest-on-padres-pursuit-of-starling-marte.html</link>
  120. <comments>https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2020/01/latest-on-padres-pursuit-of-starling-marte.html#comments</comments>
  121. <pubDate>Fri, 24 Jan 2020 03:15:34 +0000</pubDate>
  122. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Connor Byrne]]></dc:creator>
  123. <category><![CDATA[Pittsburgh Pirates]]></category>
  124. <category><![CDATA[San Diego Padres]]></category>
  125. <category><![CDATA[Starling Marte]]></category>
  126.  
  127. <guid isPermaLink="false">https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/?p=188127</guid>
  128. <description><![CDATA[The Padres have their sights set on on a bona fide superstar, Red Sox right fielder Mookie Betts, and they&#8217;ve also been connected to Pirates center fielder Starling Marte in trade rumors this offseason. At this point, though, it doesn&#8217;t appear a Marte deal will come together between the Padres and Pirates. The teams&#8217; talks&#8230;]]></description>
  129. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>The Padres <a href="https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2020/01/padres-discussing-mookie-betts-trade-with-red-sox.html" data-wpel-link="internal" target="_blank">have their sights set</a> on on a bona fide superstar, Red Sox right fielder <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/b/bettsmo01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener" data-wpel-link="external">Mookie Betts</a></strong>, and they&#8217;ve also been connected to Pirates center fielder <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/m/martest01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener" data-wpel-link="external">Starling Marte</a></strong> in trade rumors this offseason. At this point, though, it doesn&#8217;t appear a Marte deal will come together between the Padres and Pirates. The teams&#8217; talks &#8220;have cooled, likely over the asking price,&#8221; <a href="https://theathletic.com/1557943/2020/01/23/sources-padres-and-red-sox-have-discussed-potential-mookie-betts-trade/" data-wpel-link="external" target="_blank">Dennis Lin of The Athletic</a> writes (subscription link).</p>
  130. <p>Marte&#8217;s not the player Betts is (few are), but that&#8217;s not to say he isn&#8217;t plenty valuable in his own right. In fact, the 31-year-old has been one of the majors&#8217; top center fielders throughout his career. Marte totaled at least 3.0 fWAR for the sixth time in his seven full seasons last year, posted his second straight 20-20 campaign (23 home runs, 25 stolen bases) and slashed .295/.342/.503 over 586 plate appearances.</p>
  131. <p>Despite Marte&#8217;s perennial effectiveness, there is a case that the Pirates and new general manager Ben Cherington should sell him sooner than later. Marte&#8217;s under control for a maximum of just two more years &#8211; a pair of seasons that don&#8217;t figure to wind up as playoff-caliber efforts for the club. And though Marte&#8217;s control is dwindling, his affordability should only boost his trade value. He&#8217;s due a reasonable $11.5MM this year and could then make a similarly affordable $12.5MM by way of a club option in 2021; that&#8217;s if Marte&#8217;s employer doesn&#8217;t buy him out for $1MM instead, but the odds of that happening appear quite slim right now.</p>
  132. <p>There are several teams that would make sense as Marte suitors, as <a href="https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2020/01/surveying-the-market-for-starling-marte.html" data-wpel-link="internal" target="_blank">Jeff Todd of MLBTR</a> explored this week. The Padres, who have been busy in the outfield this winter (they&#8217;ve added <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/p/phamth01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener" data-wpel-link="external">Tommy Pham</a></strong> and <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/g/grishtr01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener" data-wpel-link="external">Trent Grisham</a></strong>, subtracted <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/r/renfrhu01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener" data-wpel-link="external">Hunter Renfroe</a></strong> and would like to get rid of <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/search/search.fcgi?pid=,myerswi01&amp;search=Wil+Myers&amp;utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener" data-wpel-link="external">Wil Myers</a></strong>&#8217; contract), are one of them. So far, however, it doesn&#8217;t look as if San Diego has made much progress in trying to pry Marte out of Pittsburgh.</p>
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  138. <title>GM Rick Hahn: White Sox &#8220;Probably Done With Any Major Acquisitions&#8221;</title>
  139. <link>https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2020/01/gm-rick-hahn-white-sox-probably-done-with-any-major-acquisitions.html</link>
  140. <comments>https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2020/01/gm-rick-hahn-white-sox-probably-done-with-any-major-acquisitions.html#comments</comments>
  141. <pubDate>Fri, 24 Jan 2020 02:18:49 +0000</pubDate>
  142. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Mark Polishuk]]></dc:creator>
  143. <category><![CDATA[Chicago White Sox]]></category>
  144. <category><![CDATA[Rick Hahn]]></category>
  145.  
  146. <guid isPermaLink="false">https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/?p=188098</guid>
  147. <description><![CDATA[The White Sox have been one of the offseason&#8217;s busier clubs, and according to GM Rick Hahn, the South Siders may not be making more headline-grabbing transactions.  While the Sox are taking a &#8220;never say never&#8221; approach to further opportunities and &#8220;various potential smaller additions&#8221; could potentially still occur, &#8220;we&#8217;re probably done with any major&#8230;]]></description>
  148. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>The White Sox have been one of the offseason&#8217;s busier clubs, and according to GM Rick Hahn, the South Siders may not be making more headline-grabbing transactions.  While the Sox are taking a &#8220;<em>never say never</em>&#8221; approach to further opportunities and &#8220;<em>various potential smaller additions</em>&#8221; could potentially still occur, &#8220;<em>we&#8217;re probably done with any major acquisitions</em>,&#8221; Hahn told reporters (including <a href="https://www.nbcsports.com/chicago/white-sox/more-moves-nicholas-castellanos-heavy-lifting-over-white-sox-might-not-be-done" target="_blank" rel="noopener" data-wpel-link="external">NBC Sports Chicago&#8217;s Vinnie Duber</a>).</p>
  149. <p>&#8220;<em>The nature of the job is you always feel like there&#8217;s one more addition you can make, so I&#8217;m probably never going to stand up here and say we&#8217;re finished</em>,&#8221; Hahn said.  &#8220;<em>But in reality, I think the safe assumption is the bulk of our heavy lifting for this winter, at least, is over</em>.&#8221;</p>
  150. <p>The White Sox have erased any questions about whether the organization was willing or able to expand payroll, spending over $201MM on several new faces (i.e. <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/g/grandya01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener" data-wpel-link="external">Yasmani Grandal</a></strong>, <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/k/keuchda01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener" data-wpel-link="external">Dallas Keuchel</a></strong>, <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/e/encared01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener" data-wpel-link="external">Edwin Encarnacion</a></strong>, <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/g/gonzagi01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener" data-wpel-link="external">Gio Gonzalez</a></strong>, <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/c/cishest01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener" data-wpel-link="external">Steve Cishek</a></strong>) and a familiar one in <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/a/abreujo02.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener" data-wpel-link="external">Jose Abreu</a></strong>, who first accepted the club&#8217;s one-year qualifying offer for the 2020 season and then inked <a href="https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2019/11/white-sox-extend-jose-abreu.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener" data-wpel-link="internal">an extension</a> that will run through 2022.  If those signings weren&#8217;t enough, the Pale Hose also acquired <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/m/mazarno01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener" data-wpel-link="external">Nomar Mazara</a></strong> in a trade with the Rangers, and locked up star prospect <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/register/player.fcgi?id=robert001lui&amp;utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener" data-wpel-link="external">Luis Robert</a></strong> to <a href="https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2020/01/white-sox-to-extend-luis-robert.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener" data-wpel-link="internal">a long-term extension</a> prior to Robert&#8217;s MLB debut.</p>
  151. <p>These moves have already gone a long way to turning the White Sox from an also-ran with a 72-89 record in 2019 to a potential postseason contender in 2020.  That said, there are a few areas that could still possibly be upgraded &#8212; Duber cites rotation and bullpen depth, as well as a potential platoon partner for Mazara and a more stable veteran to play second base.  In regards to the latter position, Hahn did say to &#8220;<em>ask me again on March 25</em>&#8221; about the second base plan, which could hint that the Sox are still exploring second base options.  For now, &#8220;<em>some combination of <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/g/garcile02.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener" data-wpel-link="external">Leury Garcia</a></strong>, <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/m/mendida01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener" data-wpel-link="external">Danny Mendick</a></strong> and <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/register/player.fcgi?id=madrig000nic&amp;utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener" data-wpel-link="external">Nick Madrigal</a></strong></em>&#8221; will handle the keystone.</p>
  152. <p>Madrigal is one of Chicago&#8217;s top prospects, and a player expected to eventually take over the position at some point in the 2020 season.  Madrigal is likely to begin the season at Triple-A for extra seasoning (and service time reasons), leaving the veteran Garcia and the rookie Mendick with the bulk of at-bats at least early in the season.  Garcia has displayed average-to-solid glovework &#8212; depending on your defensive metric of choice &#8212; and not much hitting over his seven seasons and 1493 plate appearances for Chicago, while Mendick had some good numbers at Triple-A and even over his 16-game cup of coffee for the White Sox in 2019.</p>
  153. <p>Despite the promise on hand, there isn&#8217;t a lot of certainty within the group, especially for a would-be contender.  There are some interesting veteran second base options still hanging around <a href="https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2018/08/2019-20-mlb-free-agents.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener" data-wpel-link="internal">the free agent market</a>, and would potentially be had for a relatively low price at this late date in the offseason.  Signing such a player to even a one-year deal could be a good investment, and it would lessen any pressure on Madrigal to immediately contribute in his first exposure to the big leagues.</p>
  154. <p>Mazara appears to be Chicago&#8217;s first choice as the everyday right fielder, as Hahn said &#8220;<em>our scouts and coaches think there&#8217;s more upside to</em>&#8221; Mazara&#8217;s hitting potential.  The former star prospect hit a middling .261/.320/.435 over his first 2189 Major League plate appearances, though Mazara is still only 24 and could benefit from a change of scenery.  The White Sox have often been linked to <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/c/casteni01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener" data-wpel-link="external">Nicholas Castellanos</a></strong> this offseason, though it seems like the Sox will give Mazara a clear shot at right field rather than make another splashy addition.</p>
  155. <p>Depending on how things shake out with right field, second base, or other positions over the first few months of the season, Hahn indicated that the White Sox are open to addressing any future needs at the trade deadline.</p>
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  161. <title>Giants Sign Darin Ruf</title>
  162. <link>https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2020/01/giants-sign-darin-ruf.html</link>
  163. <comments>https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2020/01/giants-sign-darin-ruf.html#comments</comments>
  164. <pubDate>Fri, 24 Jan 2020 01:55:39 +0000</pubDate>
  165. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Connor Byrne]]></dc:creator>
  166. <category><![CDATA[Darin Ruf]]></category>
  167. <category><![CDATA[San Francisco Giants]]></category>
  168. <category><![CDATA[Transactions]]></category>
  169.  
  170. <guid isPermaLink="false">https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/?p=188123</guid>
  171. <description><![CDATA[The Giants have inked first baseman/outfielder Darin Ruf to a minor league contract, Jayson Stark of The Athletic reports. The deal includes an invitation to major league spring training. The 33-year-old Ruf is returning stateside after spending three seasons with the Korea Baseball Organization&#8217;s Samsung Lions, who purchased his contract from the Dodgers in February&#8230;]]></description>
  172. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>The Giants have inked first baseman/outfielder <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/r/rufda01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener" data-wpel-link="external">Darin Ruf</a></strong> to a minor league contract, <a href="https://twitter.com/jaysonst/status/1220522324878921733" data-wpel-link="external" target="_blank">Jayson Stark of The Athletic</a> reports. The deal includes an invitation to major league spring training.</p>
  173. <p>The 33-year-old Ruf is returning stateside after spending three seasons with the Korea Baseball Organization&#8217;s Samsung Lions, who <a href="https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2017/02/dodgers-sell-contract-of-darin-ruf-to-kbos-samsung-lions.html" data-wpel-link="internal" target="_blank">purchased his contract</a> from the Dodgers in February 2017. It proved to be a great move for the Lions, as Ruf slashed an excellent .313/.404/.564 line with 86 home runs over 1,756 plate appearances as a member of the team.</p>
  174. <p>Long before heading to Korea, Ruf entered pro ball as a 20th-round pick of the Phillies in 2009. He picked up at-bats with the major league club in each season from 2012-16, hitting a decent .240/.314/.433 (105 wRC+) with 35 homers in 833 PA, but he logged dismal production in his most recent MLB campaign. Ruf spent the majority of that season at the Triple-A level, where he owns a lifetime .280/.345/.457 mark and 28 HRs in 859 trips to the plate.</p>
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  180. <title>Padres Discussing Mookie Betts Trade With Red Sox</title>
  181. <link>https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2020/01/padres-discussing-mookie-betts-trade-with-red-sox.html</link>
  182. <comments>https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2020/01/padres-discussing-mookie-betts-trade-with-red-sox.html#comments</comments>
  183. <pubDate>Fri, 24 Jan 2020 01:34:50 +0000</pubDate>
  184. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Mark Polishuk]]></dc:creator>
  185. <category><![CDATA[Boston Red Sox]]></category>
  186. <category><![CDATA[David Price]]></category>
  187. <category><![CDATA[Mookie Betts]]></category>
  188. <category><![CDATA[San Diego Padres]]></category>
  189. <category><![CDATA[Wil Myers]]></category>
  190.  
  191. <guid isPermaLink="false">https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/?p=188103</guid>
  192. <description><![CDATA[7:34PM: The main stumbling block in trade talks is how much of Myers&#8217; contract the Red Sox would be covering, Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports, as the Padres want Boston&#8217;s obligation &#8220;to be much closer to the full value of the contract.&#8221;  The prospects reportedly being discussed in the trade aren&#8217;t any&#8230;]]></description>
  193. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p><strong>7:34PM:</strong> The main stumbling block in trade talks is how much of Myers&#8217; contract the Red Sox would be covering, <a href="https://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/sports/padres/story/2020-01-23/padres-mookie-betts-trade-red-sox-wil-myers" target="_blank" rel="noopener" data-wpel-link="external">Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune</a> reports, as the Padres want Boston&#8217;s obligation &#8220;to be much closer to the full value of the contract.&#8221;  The prospects reportedly being discussed in the trade aren&#8217;t any of San Diego&#8217;s &#8220;top five minor leaguers,&#8221; which would mean the likes of Gore or Patino aren&#8217;t involved.</p>
  194. <p><strong>6:29PM:</strong> The Padres and Red Sox have had talks about a deal that would send former AL MVP <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/b/bettsmo01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener" data-wpel-link="external">Mookie Betts</a></strong> to San Diego, <a href="https://theathletic.com/1557943/2020/01/23/sources-padres-and-red-sox-have-discussed-potential-mookie-betts-trade/" target="_blank" rel="noopener" data-wpel-link="external">The Athletic&#8217;s Dennis Lin</a> reports (subscription required).  Boston&#8217;s side of the trade would consist of <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/search/search.fcgi?pid=,myerswi01&amp;search=Wil+Myers&amp;utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener" data-wpel-link="external">Wil Myers</a></strong> and &#8220;a significant amount of prospect talent,&#8221; as per the most recent discussion between the two clubs.</p>
  195. <p>No trade seems close, as &#8220;multiple people familiar with the discussions characterized an agreement as unlikely&#8230;.yet both sides appear to have legitimate interest.&#8221;  If nothing else, the news indicates that the Red Sox haven&#8217;t closed the door on moving Betts prior to Opening Day, despite chief baseball officer Chaim Bloom&#8217;s <a href="https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2020/01/chaim-bloom-on-mookie-betts-cbt.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener" data-wpel-link="internal">multiple statements</a> about his belief that Betts will remain in Boston.  That said, trade talks doesn&#8217;t necessarily contradict Bloom&#8217;s comments; naturally he would be open to hearing what other teams have to say, even if he ultimately thinks Betts won&#8217;t be dealt since no club would meet <a href="https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2020/01/latest-on-red-sox-asking-price-for-mookie-betts.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener" data-wpel-link="internal">the very high asking price</a> he has put on Betts&#8217; services.</p>
  196. <p>That asking price doesn&#8217;t appear to be part of these talks with the Padres, which could be why Lin&#8217;s sources don&#8217;t think a trade will be finalized.  As per ESPN.com&#8217;s Buster Olney, the Red Sox were looking to acquire &#8220;two high-end prospects&#8221; for a trade package that included Betts and <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/p/priceda01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener" data-wpel-link="external">David Price</a></strong>, with the trade partner covering &#8220;most or all&#8221; of the $96MM owed to Price through the 2022 season.  Price&#8217;s name surfaced in talks with San Diego involving Myers earlier this offseason, though the Padres &#8220;seemingly have limited interest in such a scenario,&#8221; Lin writes.</p>
  197. <p>Myers is owed $61MM over the next three seasons, and has been an inconsistent performer since signing that six-year, $83MM extension prior to the 2017 campaign.  Myers has hit .244/.323/.444 with 59 homers over 1482 PA the last three seasons, good for only a modest 103 wRC+ and 105 OPS+.  Myers has generated only 3.0 fWAR over that span due to this middling offensive performance and an increasing lack of defensive value &#8212; the Padres&#8217; signing of first baseman <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/h/hosmeer01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener" data-wpel-link="external">Eric Hosmer</a></strong> left Myers bouncing around third base and all three outfield spots without much good glovework at any spot.</p>
  198. <p>In Boston, Myers would probably at least get his old first base job back, as the Sox could deploy youngster <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/c/chavimi01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener" data-wpel-link="external">Michael Chavis</a></strong> mostly as a second baseman.  (Myers could also take over Betts&#8217; spot in right field on days when Chavis is at first base.)  There are some past ties between Bloom and Myers, as Bloom was in Tampa Bay&#8217;s front office when the Rays acquired Myers from the Royals prior to the 2013 season &#8212; and, it should be noted, also when the Rays dealt Myers to San Diego in the 2014-15 offseason.</p>
  199. <p>Unless the Sox think a move to Fenway Park would unlock Myers&#8217; bat in a major fashion, taking on Myers&#8217; deal as part of a Betts trade would appear to be something of a curious move for a Boston club that seems to have made an offseason priority (despite <a href="https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2020/01/owner-john-henry-red-sox-are-focused-on-competitiveness-over-and-above-resetting-luxury-tax-payment.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener" data-wpel-link="internal">the claims</a> of owner John Henry) of reducing or altogether avoiding further luxury tax payments in 2020 after two years of overages.  Since a contract&#8217;s luxury tax hit is calculated by average annual value, Myers&#8217; $13.833 AAV is far less than the $27MM Betts is owed in 2020, which is also Betts&#8217; final year under contract before hitting free agency.</p>
  200. <p>Despite Betts&#8217; lack of remaining contractual control and his stated desire to test free agency rather than sign an extension, moving a superstar like Betts for, essentially salary relief, isn&#8217;t the type of move that would go over well with Boston fans.  One would figure the Sox are asking for the very best young talents from the Padres&#8217; farm system, though <a href="https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2019/11/report-paddack-gore-are-virtually-untouchable-in-padres-trade-talks.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener" data-wpel-link="internal">reports from earlier this winter</a> indicated that San Diego wasn&#8217;t willing to put the likes of <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/p/paddach01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener" data-wpel-link="external">Chris Paddack</a></strong>, <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/register/player.fcgi?id=gore--000mac&amp;utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener" data-wpel-link="external">MacKenzie Gore</a></strong>, and <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/register/player.fcgi?id=patino000lui&amp;utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener" data-wpel-link="external">Luis Patino</a></strong> on the table in trade talks.</p>
  201. <p>Other prospects could be under consideration in these Betts talks, as the Padres aren&#8217;t hurting for blue chip talent in their deep pipeline.  From the Padres&#8217; perspective, even parting ways with a Gore or Patino might be seen as acceptable if it meant swapping Myers for one of the sport&#8217;s best players in Betts.  The Padres would be much better positioned to contend in 2020 with Betts in their lineup, and even if Betts did leave after the 2020 season, San Diego would stand to recoup a draft pick via the qualifying offer (thus partially replenishing their minor league ranks) and they&#8217;d still have the benefit of having Myers&#8217; deal off of the books.</p>
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  207. <title>Brian Cashman: J.A. Happ To Open 2020 In Yankees&#8217; Rotation</title>
  208. <link>https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2020/01/brian-cashman-j-a-happ-to-open-2020-in-yankees-rotation.html</link>
  209. <comments>https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2020/01/brian-cashman-j-a-happ-to-open-2020-in-yankees-rotation.html#comments</comments>
  210. <pubDate>Fri, 24 Jan 2020 01:27:53 +0000</pubDate>
  211. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Connor Byrne]]></dc:creator>
  212. <category><![CDATA[J.A. Happ]]></category>
  213. <category><![CDATA[New York Yankees]]></category>
  214.  
  215. <guid isPermaLink="false">https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/?p=188115</guid>
  216. <description><![CDATA[There has been no shortage of offseason trade speculation centering on Yankees left-hander J.A. Happ, especially in the wake of the team&#8217;s blockbuster Gerrit Cole signing. If we&#8217;re to believe general manager Brian Cashman, though, Happ isn&#8217;t going anywhere. Cashman told Meredith Marakovits of the YES Network (video link) that Happ will open 2020 as&#8230;]]></description>
  217. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>There has been no shortage of offseason trade speculation centering on Yankees left-hander <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/h/happja01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener" data-wpel-link="external">J.A. Happ</a></strong>, especially in the wake of the team&#8217;s blockbuster <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/c/colege01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener" data-wpel-link="external">Gerrit Cole</a></strong> signing. If we&#8217;re to believe general manager Brian Cashman, though, Happ isn&#8217;t going anywhere. Cashman told Meredith Marakovits of the YES Network (<a href="https://twitter.com/YESNetwork/status/1220503321707974656" data-wpel-link="external" target="_blank">video link</a>) that Happ will open 2020 as the Yankees&#8217; fifth starter behind Cole, <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/s/severlu01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener" data-wpel-link="external">Luis Severino</a></strong>, <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/p/paxtoja01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener" data-wpel-link="external">James Paxton</a></strong> and <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/t/tanakma01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener" data-wpel-link="external">Masahiro Tanaka</a></strong>.</p>
  218. <p>Whether you want to take Cashman&#8217;s statement at face value is up to you, but it does appear Happ would be a challenge to trade. The normally solid Happ is coming off a subpar season, set to enter his age-37 campaign, owed a significant salary, and has an unappealing vesting option baked into his contract.</p>
  219. <p>Happ, who pitched to a 4.91 ERA/5.22 FIP with 7.81 K/9 (down from 9.78 the prior year) in 2019, will earn $17MM this season. Worsening matters, he&#8217;ll make another $17MM in 2021 if he racks up 165 innings or 27 starts this year &#8211; two figures he has typically approached or surpassed over the past several campaigns.</p>
  220. <p>Getting Happ&#8217;s money (or at least some of it) off the books would help the Yankees from a luxury-tax standpoint, as they&#8217;re currently <a href="https://www.fangraphs.com/roster-resource/payroll/yankees" data-wpel-link="external" target="_blank">projected</a> for a whopping $261MM-plus total. That said, there&#8217;s a case it would benefit them to keep Happ around and hope for a bounce-back showing.</p>
  221. <p>Happ, despite an overall disappointing year, did end last season on a high note with a strong September. He&#8217;s also the most logical candidate to eat innings from the back of a Yankees rotation that will go awhile without righty <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/g/germado01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener" data-wpel-link="external">Domingo German</a></strong>, whom MLB handed a suspension for domestic violence that will cost him the first 63 games of 2020. Meanwhile, southpaw <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/search/search.fcgi?pid=montgjo01,montgo001jor&amp;search=Jordan+Montgomery&amp;utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener" data-wpel-link="external">Jordan Montgomery</a></strong> &#8211; the Yankees&#8217; next most experienced starter &#8211; barely pitched over the previous two years after undergoing Tommy John surgery.</p>
  222. <p>Beyond German and Montgomery, New York&#8217;s looking at mostly unproven 40-man options, albeit some intriguing ones including <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/register/player.fcgi?id=garcia000dei&amp;utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener" data-wpel-link="external">Deivi Garcia</a></strong>, <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/l/loaisjo01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener" data-wpel-link="external">Jonathan Loaisiga</a></strong>, <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/register/player.fcgi?id=abreu-000alb&amp;utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener" data-wpel-link="external">Albert Abreu</a></strong> and <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/k/kingmi01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener" data-wpel-link="external">Mike King</a></strong>, as well as minor league signing <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/t/tropeni01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener" data-wpel-link="external">Nick Tropeano</a></strong>. One or more of them could factor into the Yankees&#8217; starting staff during the season, but for now, it appears they&#8217;ll take a backseat to Happ.</p>
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  228. <title>Seeking Writers For Pro Hockey Rumors</title>
  229. <link>https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2020/01/seeking-writers-for-pro-hockey-rumors.html</link>
  230. <comments>https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2020/01/seeking-writers-for-pro-hockey-rumors.html#comments</comments>
  231. <pubDate>Thu, 23 Jan 2020 23:42:58 +0000</pubDate>
  232. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Mark Polishuk]]></dc:creator>
  233. <category><![CDATA[Uncategorized]]></category>
  234.  
  235. <guid isPermaLink="false">https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/?p=188093</guid>
  236. <description><![CDATA[Pro Hockey Rumors, MLBTR&#8217;s sister site devoted to coverage of the hockey world, is looking to add multiple part-time writers to its staff. The positions pay on an hourly basis. Specifically, PHR is looking for people who have availability at these times of the week (plus some weekend availability may also be needed): 8am –&#8230;]]></description>
  237. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p><strong><a href="https://www.prohockeyrumors.com/" target="_blank" rel="noopener" data-wpel-link="external">Pro Hockey Rumors</a></strong>, MLBTR&#8217;s sister site devoted to coverage of the hockey world, is looking to add multiple part-time writers to its staff. The positions pay on an hourly basis. Specifically, PHR is looking for people who have availability at these times of the week (plus some weekend availability may also be needed):</p>
  238. <ul>
  239. <li>8am – 9am CT, Monday-Friday</li>
  240. <li>8am – 3pm CT, one day per week</li>
  241. <li>3pm – 9pm CT, Monday-Friday</li>
  242. </ul>
  243. <p>Applicants must meet <strong>ALL</strong> of the following criteria:</p>
  244. <ul>
  245. <li>Exceptional knowledge of all 31 NHL teams, with no discernible bias.</li>
  246. <li>Knowledge of the salary cap, CBA and transaction-related concepts.</li>
  247. <li>At least some college education.</li>
  248. <li>Extensive writing experience, with professional experience and a background in journalism both strongly preferred.</li>
  249. <li>Keen understanding of journalistic principles, ethics and procedures. Completion of basic college-level journalism classes is strongly preferred.</li>
  250. <li>Attention to detail — absolutely no spelling errors, especially for player and journalist names.</li>
  251. <li>Ability to follow the site’s style and tone.</li>
  252. <li>Ability to analyze articles and craft intelligent, well-written posts summing up the news in a few paragraphs. We need someone who can balance creating quick copy with thoughtful analysis. You must be able to add value to breaking news with your own insight, numbers or links to other relevant articles.</li>
  253. <li>Ability to use Twitter, Tweetdeck, and an RSS feed reader such as Feedly. In general, you must be able to multi-task.</li>
  254. <li>Flexibility. You must be available to work on short notice.</li>
  255. </ul>
  256. <p>If you’re interested, email <b><a href="mailto:[email protected]" target="_blank" rel="noopener">[email protected]<wbr />gmail.com</a> </b>and take a couple of paragraphs to explain why you qualify and stand out. Be sure to attach your resume to the email.  If you have applied to PHR before, please feel free to submit again.  Many will apply, so unfortunately we cannot respond to every applicant.</p>
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  262. <title>MLBTR Video: Mets Hire Luis Rojas, Royals Sign Alex Gordon</title>
  263. <link>https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2020/01/mlbtr-video-mets-hire-luis-rojas-royals-sign-alex-gordon.html</link>
  264. <comments>https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2020/01/mlbtr-video-mets-hire-luis-rojas-royals-sign-alex-gordon.html#comments</comments>
  265. <pubDate>Thu, 23 Jan 2020 23:30:10 +0000</pubDate>
  266. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Tim Dierkes]]></dc:creator>
  267. <category><![CDATA[MLBTR On YouTube]]></category>
  268.  
  269. <guid isPermaLink="false">https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/?p=188043</guid>
  270. <description><![CDATA[The Mets have their second manager of the offseason, Alex Gordon reaches a new deal with the Royals, and much more in Jeff Todd&#8217;s latest video.  If you enjoy the video, be sure to subscribe to our new YouTube channel!]]></description>
  271. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>The Mets have their second manager of the offseason, Alex Gordon reaches a new deal with the Royals, and much more in <a href="https://youtu.be/46kK_X64agQ" data-wpel-link="external" target="_blank">Jeff Todd&#8217;s latest video</a>.  If you enjoy the video, be sure to subscribe to <a href="https://www.youtube.com/c/mlbtraderumorsmedia" data-wpel-link="external" target="_blank">our new YouTube channel</a>!</p>
  272. <p><iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/46kK_X64agQ" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p>
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  278. <title>Minor MLB Transactions: 1/23/20</title>
  279. <link>https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2020/01/minor-mlb-transactions-12320.html</link>
  280. <comments>https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2020/01/minor-mlb-transactions-12320.html#comments</comments>
  281. <pubDate>Thu, 23 Jan 2020 22:54:06 +0000</pubDate>
  282. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Mark Polishuk]]></dc:creator>
  283. <category><![CDATA[Kyle Lobstein]]></category>
  284. <category><![CDATA[Los Angeles Dodgers]]></category>
  285. <category><![CDATA[Transactions]]></category>
  286.  
  287. <guid isPermaLink="false">https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/?p=188074</guid>
  288. <description><![CDATA[The latest minor league transactions from around the game&#8230; The Dodgers released their list of Spring Training non-roster invites, most of which have already been detailed on MLBTR&#8217;s pages.  One previously unreported name on the list is left-hander Kyle Lobstein, who is back with L.A. on a minor league contract.  This will be Lobstein&#8217;s second&#8230;]]></description>
  289. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>The latest minor league transactions from around the game&#8230;</p>
  290. <ul>
  291. <li>The <strong>Dodgers</strong> <a href="https://www.mlb.com/dodgers/press-release/press-release-dodgers-2020-non-roster-invites?t=dodgers-press-releases" target="_blank" rel="noopener" data-wpel-link="external">released</a> their list of Spring Training non-roster invites, most of which have already been detailed on MLBTR&#8217;s pages.  One previously unreported name on the list is left-hander <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/l/lobstky01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener" data-wpel-link="external">Kyle Lobstein</a></strong>, who is back with L.A. on a minor league contract.  This will be Lobstein&#8217;s second stint in the organization, as he pitched for the Dodgers&#8217; Double-A and Triple-A affiliates in 2018 before moving on to pitch for the Athletics&#8217; Triple-A team in 2019.  Lobstein posted a 4.75 ERA, 2.06 K/BB rate, and 9.0 K/9 over 66 1/3 innings last season, with virtually identical numbers against both right-handed and left-handed batters.  The 30-year-old Lobstein posted a 5.06 ERA over his 128 career Major League innings, all with the Tigers and Pirates from 2014-16.</li>
  292. </ul>
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  298. <title>Mets Hire Luis Rojas As Manager</title>
  299. <link>https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2020/01/mets-to-name-luis-rojas-manager.html</link>
  300. <comments>https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2020/01/mets-to-name-luis-rojas-manager.html#comments</comments>
  301. <pubDate>Thu, 23 Jan 2020 21:43:39 +0000</pubDate>
  302. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Jeff Todd]]></dc:creator>
  303. <category><![CDATA[Luis Rojas]]></category>
  304. <category><![CDATA[New York Mets]]></category>
  305. <category><![CDATA[Newsstand]]></category>
  306.  
  307. <guid isPermaLink="false">https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/?p=187937</guid>
  308. <description><![CDATA[TODAY: The Mets have officially announced the hiring.  Rojas will be introduced at a press conference on Friday. JANUARY 22, 1:46pm: Rojas will receive a two year deal in addition to multiple club options, tweets MLB Network&#8217;s Jon Heyman. 11:53am: The Mets have moved swiftly in the wake of the departure of manager Carlos Beltran.&#8230;]]></description>
  309. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p><strong>TODAY</strong>: The Mets have officially announced the hiring.  Rojas will be introduced at a press conference on Friday.</p>
  310. <p><strong>JANUARY 22, 1:46pm:</strong> Rojas will receive a two year deal in addition to multiple club options, <a href="https://twitter.com/JonHeyman/status/1220069998129041408" data-wpel-link="external" target="_blank">tweets</a> MLB Network&#8217;s Jon Heyman.</p>
  311. <p><strong>11:53am:</strong> The Mets have moved swiftly in the wake of the departure of manager Carlos Beltran. Their 2020 club will be helmed by Luis Rojas, according to multiple reporters including Mike Puma of the New York Post (<a href="https://twitter.com/NYPost_Mets/status/1220041149299286016" target="_blank" rel="noopener" data-wpel-link="external">via Twitter</a>) and Tim Britton of The Athletic (<a href="https://twitter.com/TimBritton/status/1220041153078272000" target="_blank" rel="noopener" data-wpel-link="external">Twitter link</a>).</p>
  312. <p><img class="size-medium wp-image-187944 alignright" src="https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/files/2020/01/Rojas.Luis-vertical-232x300.jpg" alt="" width="232" height="300" srcset="https://cdn.mlbtraderumors.com/files/2020/01/Rojas.Luis-vertical-232x300.jpg 232w, https://cdn.mlbtraderumors.com/files/2020/01/Rojas.Luis-vertical-768x993.jpg 768w, https://cdn.mlbtraderumors.com/files/2020/01/Rojas.Luis-vertical-792x1024.jpg 792w, https://cdn.mlbtraderumors.com/files/2020/01/Rojas.Luis-vertical-900x1163.jpg 900w" sizes="(max-width: 232px) 100vw, 232px" /></p>
  313. <p>Rojas and the Mets are said to be finalizing a multi-year contract. The 38-year-old had interviewed for the open managerial position before it went to Beltran, leaving Rojas to reprise his role as quality control coach. But when Beltran <a href="https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2020/01/carlos-beltran-steps-down-mets-manager.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener" data-wpel-link="internal">stepped out the door</a> due to his role in the Astros cheating scandal, the Mets turned back to Rojas.</p>
  314. <p>Indications are that Rojas will oversee the same coaching staff that had expected to serve under Beltran. Obviously there&#8217;ll be at least one new hire as well, to account for the promotion.</p>
  315. <p>It&#8217;s a bit opportunity for Rojas, who&#8217;ll take over for former manager Mickey Callaway after just one year on an MLB staff. Rojas came up through the Mets farm system as a coach and manager but had only overseen big leaguers during his time managing Dominican Winter League outfits.</p>
  316. <p>Beyond his own experience, Rojas comes from a royal lineage. He&#8217;s the son of legendary skipper Felipe Alou and half-brother of MLB stalwart Moises Alou. <a href="https://www.mlb.com/news/luis-rojas-analytics-quality-control-mets" target="_blank" rel="noopener" data-wpel-link="external">MLB.com&#8217;s Nathalie Alonso detailed</a> Rojas&#8217;s rise and managerial future in an article last summer.</p>
  317. <p>This is obviously not how anyone envisioned Rojas moving into the manager&#8217;s seat, but he&#8217;ll need to hit the ground running. Camp opens in just three weeks and Rojas inherits a roster that carries win-now expectations after two-straight disappointing campaigns. The stakes are lofty for all involved, including GM Brodie Van Wagenen and his front office, with an <a href="https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2019/12/mets-sale-wilpon-steve-cohen-2025.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener" data-wpel-link="internal">ownership change</a> on the horizon.</p>
  318. <p><em>Photo courtesy of USA Today Sports Images.</em></p>
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  324. <title>Red Sox Sign Juan Centeno To Minor League Deal</title>
  325. <link>https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2020/01/red-sox-sign-juan-centeno-to-minor-league-deal.html</link>
  326. <comments>https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2020/01/red-sox-sign-juan-centeno-to-minor-league-deal.html#comments</comments>
  327. <pubDate>Thu, 23 Jan 2020 21:30:49 +0000</pubDate>
  328. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Mark Polishuk]]></dc:creator>
  329. <category><![CDATA[Boston Red Sox]]></category>
  330. <category><![CDATA[Juan Centeno]]></category>
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  333. <guid isPermaLink="false">https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/?p=188083</guid>
  334. <description><![CDATA[The Red Sox have re-signed catcher Juan Centeno, MLB Network&#8217;s Jon Heyman reports (Twitter link).  Centeno&#8217;s minor league contract contains an invitation to Boston&#8217;s Major League Spring Training camp. Centeno chose to become a free agent in November after the Red Sox outrighted him off their 40-man roster.  The 30-year-old backstop originally joined the Sox&#8230;]]></description>
  335. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>The Red Sox have re-signed catcher <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/c/centeju01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener" data-wpel-link="external">Juan Centeno</a></strong>, MLB Network&#8217;s Jon Heyman reports (<a href="https://twitter.com/JonHeyman/status/1220457515735044096" target="_blank" rel="noopener" data-wpel-link="external">Twitter link</a>).  Centeno&#8217;s minor league contract contains an invitation to Boston&#8217;s Major League Spring Training camp.</p>
  336. <p>Centeno chose to become a free agent in November after the Red Sox outrighted him off their 40-man roster.  The 30-year-old backstop originally joined the Sox on a minor league deal last offseason and ended up appearing in seven MLB games during the 2019 season.</p>
  337. <p>Those appearances marked seven straight seasons of Major League action for Centeno, though he has only 118 games and 371 total plate appearances as a big leaguer.  The bulk of that experience came in 2016, when he hit a respectable .261/.312/.392 over 192 PA with the Twins, though Centeno has primarily been used as a depth option at the MLB level.  Centeno will again return to that role in 2020, joining <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/b/bandyje01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener" data-wpel-link="external">Jett Bandy</a></strong> as spring competition for <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/p/plaweke01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener" data-wpel-link="external">Kevin Plawecki</a></strong> for the backup catching job behind incumbent Red Sox starter <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/v/vazquch01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener" data-wpel-link="external">Christian Vazquez</a></strong>.</p>
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  343. <title>Mariners To Sign Alen Hanson To Minors Deal</title>
  344. <link>https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2020/01/mariners-to-sign-alen-hanson-to-minors-deal.html</link>
  345. <comments>https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2020/01/mariners-to-sign-alen-hanson-to-minors-deal.html#comments</comments>
  346. <pubDate>Thu, 23 Jan 2020 21:09:40 +0000</pubDate>
  347. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Mark Polishuk]]></dc:creator>
  348. <category><![CDATA[Alen Hanson]]></category>
  349. <category><![CDATA[Seattle Mariners]]></category>
  350. <category><![CDATA[Transactions]]></category>
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  352. <guid isPermaLink="false">https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/?p=188078</guid>
  353. <description><![CDATA[The Mariners have agreed to sign utilityman Alen Hanson to a minor league contract, according to Steve Adams of MLB Trade Rumors (Twitter link).  The deal contains an invitation to Seattle&#8217;s Major League spring camp. Most immediately, Hanson gives the M&#8217;s some experienced outfield depth in the wake of today&#8217;s news that Mitch Haniger recently&#8230;]]></description>
  354. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>The Mariners have agreed to sign utilityman <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/h/hansoal01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener" data-wpel-link="external">Alen Hanson</a></strong> to a minor league contract, according to Steve Adams of MLB Trade Rumors (<a href="https://twitter.com/Adams_Steve/status/1220452684685283328" target="_blank" rel="noopener" data-wpel-link="external">Twitter link</a>).  The deal contains an invitation to Seattle&#8217;s Major League spring camp.</p>
  355. <p>Most immediately, Hanson gives the M&#8217;s some experienced outfield depth in the wake of <a href="https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2020/01/mitch-haniger-to-miss-6-8-weeks-after-core-surgery.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener" data-wpel-link="internal">today&#8217;s news</a> that <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/h/hanigmi01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener" data-wpel-link="external">Mitch Haniger</a></strong> recently underwent core surgery and will miss the start of the season.  Since Haniger is expected to be back before the end of April, however, Hanson&#8217;s versatility gives him a shot at remaining on Seattle&#8217;s roster even after Haniger returns.  Over 261 career games at the big league level, Hanson has started at every position on the diamond except pitcher and catcher.</p>
  356. <p>Not much hitting pop has come along with that defensive flexibility, as Hanson has only a .232/.266/.368 slash line over 625 career plate appearances in the majors, and he also hasn&#8217;t hit much at the Triple-A or even Double-A levels.  The 27-year-old has bounced around between four different organizations over his pro career, seeing MLB action with the Pirates, White Sox, Giants, and Blue Jays.</p>
  357. <p>With Haniger on the shelf, <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/f/fraleja01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener" data-wpel-link="external">Jake Fraley</a></strong> and <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/b/bishobr01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener" data-wpel-link="external">Braden Bishop</a></strong> stand out as Seattle&#8217;s top candidates for right field playing time.  <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/l/lewisky01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener" data-wpel-link="external">Kyle Lewis</a></strong> could also see some time at the position if not in left field, while <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/g/gordode01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener" data-wpel-link="external">Dee Gordon</a></strong> is expected to be deployed at multiple positions.  Hanson will be battling for a utility role with such players as <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/l/lopesti01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener" data-wpel-link="external">Tim Lopes</a></strong>, <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/w/wisdopa01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener" data-wpel-link="external">Patrick Wisdom</a></strong>, <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/search/search.fcgi?pid=mooredy01,moore-002dyl&amp;search=Dylan+Moore&amp;utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener" data-wpel-link="external">Dylan Moore</a></strong>, and <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/w/waltodo01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener" data-wpel-link="external">Donnie Walton</a></strong>.</p>
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