MLB rumors: Royals shopping Hunter Dozier, Nicky Lopez after Red Sox commerce; Marlins halt Yuli Gurriel pursuit

We are lower than a month away from spring coaching, baseball followers. Here is every staff’s spring coaching reporting date. Now listed here are Monday’s scorching range rumors as you await baseball’s return in a couple of weeks.

Red Sox purchase Mondesi

The Red Sox have acquired oft-injured infielder Adalberto Mondesi from the Royals for lefty reliever Josh Taylor, based on Boston can even obtain a participant to be named later within the commerce. Even with Enrique Hernández shifting from heart discipline to shortstop, the Red Sox want infield depth following Xander Bogaerts’ departure and Trevor Story’s elbow surgical procedure.

Mondesi, 27, has performed solely 50 video games the final two seasons due to a number of accidents, together with a torn ACL. He flashed five-tool potential earlier in his profession, together with hitting .276/.306/.498 with 14 homers and 32 steals in 75 video games in 2018, though accidents have hampered his growth. Mondesi shall be a free agent after 2023. Taylor, 29, didn’t pitch in MLB final season and made solely a handful of minor league appearances due to a again damage.

Royals discussing different trades

But wait, there is likely to be extra motion coming from the Royals, who’ve now dealt Mondesi and outfielder Michael A. Taylor up to now 24 hours. According to ESPN, the Royals have additionally mentioned trades involving utility participant Hunter Dozier and infielder Nicky Lopez.

Dozier, a 31-year-old probably signed by way of the 2025 season, has didn’t make good on what seemed to be a breakout season in 2019. He’s posted an 89 OPS+ during the last three years whereas bouncing across the nook positions. Lopez, 27, is beneath staff management by way of the 2025 season. He too didn’t construct upon what was a banner season in 2021. His OPS+ dipped from 104 to 58. Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic notes that the White Sox are one of many groups with curiosity in Lopez.

The Royals have a glut of younger place gamers both within the majors or on the best way, making them an apparent candidate to ship out no less than yet one more hitter between now and Opening Day.

The Athletics have signed first baseman Jesús Aguilar to a one-year contract value $3 million, experiences USA Today. Oakland has spent almost $30 million on six free brokers this offseason (Aguilar, Aledmys Díaz, Shintaro Fujinami, Trevor May, Jace Peterson, and Drew Rucinski), though their estimated 2023 payroll sits at solely $58.5 million, per FanGraphs. That is likely one of the lowest in baseball.

Aguilar, 32, hit .235/.281/.379 with 16 dwelling runs in 129 video games with the Marlins and Orioles in 2022. He was an above-average hitter as lately as 2021 although, plus he’s thought to be a wonderful clubhouse presence . Aguilar can platoon with Seth Brown at first base, and likewise take DH at-bats. And, if he performs properly, the A’s might maybe flip him for a prospect on the deadline.

Marlins halt pursuit of Gurriel

The Marlins have halted their pursuit of free agent first baseman Yuli Gurriel, experiences the Miami Herald. Miami is at the moment slated to play Garrett Cooper at first base and Jorge Soler at DH, but when they’re keen to dwell with Cooper or Soler within the outfield defensively, there’s nonetheless room within the lineup for Gurriel. Jazz Chisholm is shifting to heart within the wake of the Luis Arraez commerce.

Miami has sought excessive contact hitters all offseason and Gurriel will surely match. He’s posted one of many lowest strikeout charges in baseball since arriving in 2016, though he had the worst season of his MLB profession in 2022, and at age 38, it is potential his days as an above-average hitter are over. For now although, the Marlins have paused their pursuit. It’s unclear in the event that they’re focusing elsewhere.

Rays nonetheless on the lookout for offense

The Rays are nonetheless seeking to improve their offense, though GM Erik Neader conceded “there aren’t that many (difference-making bats) on the market which are obtainable,” experiences the Tampa Bay Times. Jurickson Profar is one of the best free agent place participant nonetheless available on the marketthough others like Miguel Sanó, Franmil Reyes, Luke Voit, and former Ray David Peralta stay unsigned as properly.

Last season the Rays ranked twenty first in runs scored, and so they scored no multiple run in 9 of their remaining 16 common season video games. Tampa was then held to 1 solo homer in 24 innings in its Wild Card Series loss to the Guardians. The Rays have not added any offense this offseason. If something, they subtracted from their offense with the Ji-Man Choi commerce.

Orioles nonetheless on the lookout for rotation assist

Orioles GM Mike Elias hopes so as to add one other beginning pitcher earlier than spring coaching, he stated throughout an interview with 105.7 FM The Fan over the weekend (through the Baltimore Sun). The O’s signed Kyle Gibson to a one-year contract earlier this winter. Kyle Bradish, Dean Kremer, Tyler Wells, and Austin Voth determine to spherical out the rotation till prime prospect Grayson Rodriguez is named up.

Baltimore has been linked to Michael Wacha, one of the best obtainable free agent starter, the previous few weeks. Other unsigned starters embrace Zack Greinke, Mike Minor, and Michael Pineda. If nothing else, the O’s might use one other veteran simply to chew up innings and spare the bullpen a bit, and keep away from asking the youngsters to hold an excessive amount of of a workload too quickly.

Reds are usually not anticipated to make additional additions

The Reds are usually not anticipated to make any extra additions earlier than spring coaching and the roster is “just about set,” GM Nick Krall stated on the staff’s caravan occasion Monday (through the Cincinnati Enquirer). “Obviously, we tore it down (after making the postseason in 2020). We traded some gamers off final 12 months. It’s one thing we would have liked to undergo. We’re making an attempt to construct it again up,” Krall added.

It has been a reasonably uneventful offseason for the Reds. They traded away Kyle Farmer, added Wil Myers and Luke Weaver, and that is about it. Cincinnati opened 2022 with a $114.1 million payroll. Their estimated 2023 payroll at the moment sits at $81.5 million, per FanGraphs. In phrases of share of 2022 payroll, the Reds are projected to have the most important payroll minimize in baseball this 12 months.

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