MLB rumors: Twins could trade Luis Arraez for pitching assist; Mets sign Tommy Pham

Pitchers and catchers report in lower than a month. All of the big-name free brokers have signed — fortunately, the Carlos Correa saga has concluded! — and it would not seem the trade market is simply too scorching. That means the remainder of the offseason is left sorting by means of depth-type signings. Or possibly we’ll see a needle-moving trade (spoiler alert).

The Red Sox grabbed Adam Duvall, presumably as their on a regular basis heart fielder but in addition presumably to platoon (full story right here). As for the remaining, let’s spherical up the information and rumors of the day.

Twins seeking to make trade

The Twins proceed to push for a greater roster right here within the quick time period, “together with additional exploration of buying and selling” Luis Arraez with a purpose to land beginning pitching assist, The Athletic stories. Pablo López of the Marlins is talked about as a attainable goal, though nothing is reported as being near a deal.

López, 26, was 10-10 with a 3.75 ERA (108 ERA+), 1.17 WHIP and 174 strikeouts towards 52 unintentional walks in 180 innings — 32 begins — final season.

At current, the Twins’ rotation is Sonny Gray, Joe Ryan, Tyler Mahle, Kenta Maeda and Bailey Ober.

Arraez was an All-Star and gained the AL batting title final season when he hit .316. He walked 50 instances in comparison with solely 43 strikeouts in 603 plate appearances.

Three groups keen on Chapman

In Tuesday’s rumours, we handed alongside phrase that the Marlins had been keen on signing free agent reliever Aroldis Chapman. Wednesday, stories that the Marlins are joined by the Royals and Padres in groups having curiosity within the lefty.

Chapman, 34, had a 4.46 ERA, 1.43 WHIP and 43 strikeouts towards 28 walks in 36 1/3 innings final season. He had 9 saves with out blowing any, however he needed to be faraway from a number of meltdowns. He then simply disappeared from the workforce after studying there was an opportunity he would not make the playoff roster.

At this level, he is a lottery ticket.

Profar nonetheless has a market

Free agent outfielder Jurickson Profar stays unsigned. Jon Morosi of MLB Network reported Wednesday that the Rangers and Marlins have proven curiosity in his providers.

After being a little bit of a utility man for some time, Profar has settled in as a left fielder. Last season for the Padres in 152 video games, he hit .243/.331/.391 (111 OPS+) with 36 doubles, 15 homers, 58 RBI, 82 runs and three.1 WAR.

A reunion with Texas can be enjoyable. Profar was signed by them out of Curaçao at age 16 and ultimately got here up by means of their system as the highest prospect in all of baseball.

The Mets sign Pham

The Mets have agreed to a one-year, $6 million take care of free agent outfielder Tommy Pham, stories Jon Heyman. Pham is heading in the direction of his age-35 season. In 144 video games final yr for the Reds and Red Sox, he hit .236/.312/.374 (87 OPS+) with 23 doubles, 17 homers, 63 RBI, 89 runs, eight steals and 0.4 WAR.

The expectation right here is that Pham can be a fourth outfielder for the Mets behind Brandon Nimmo (CF), Starling Marte (RF) and Mark Canha (LF), though there’s all the time an opportunity every single day enjoying time opens up. There are additionally DH at-bats and Pham could determine there (or play left area with Canha at DH towards lefties, as left-handed swinging Daniel Vogelbach figures to be the first DH).

Brewers add utility participant

The Brewers have signed free agent Brian Anderson, stories Ken Rosenthal. Anderson, 29, posted 0.3 WAR in 98 video games for the Marlins final season, whereas slashing .222/.311/.346 (87 OPS+). His numbers took a dip these final two seasons, however from 2018-20, he hit .266/.350/.439 (112 OPS+). In 459 at-bats in 2019, he had 33 doubles and 20 homers.

He has largely performed third base and proper area within the majors, however he is additionally seen time in left area (oh and 7 innings at first base, six innings at shortstop and three 1/3 innings at second). With the best way the Brewers function, mixing and matching, Anderson is a pleasant match and can possible see a lot of enjoying time at completely different spots on the sector and within the batting order.

Red Sox possible nonetheless in on Harrison

As talked about within the rumors roundup Tuesday, the Red Sox had been keen on each Duvall and Josh Harrison. We’ll deliver it up once more to notice that the Red Sox are nonetheless scrambling within the aftermath of Trevor Story’s elbow surgical procedure. He was anticipated to maneuver over to shortstop after Xander Bogaerts was allowed to stroll in free company.

Harrison would give them depth at second base to unencumber Enrique Hernández and/or Christian Arroyo to see time at shortstop, if that is the route the entrance workplace decides to take.

Mets, I conform to contract

The Mets and backup catcher Tomás Nido have agreed to a two-year deal price $3.7 million, stories Robert Murray. Nido was already underneath Mets management for these subsequent two years; this simply buys the Mets value certainty and Nido assured cash.

In 313 plate appearances final season, Nido hit .239/.276/.324, though his protection behind the plate helped push him as much as a 0.3 WAR. Fun sidenote: He led the majors with 12 sack bunts final yr.

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