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  • FA Starting Pitcher #56
    Free agent RHP Spencer Turnbull has been granted full major league service time for the 2023 season, per MLBPA ruling.
    In August, the Tigers re-instated Turnbull from the 60-day injured list and optioned him to Triple-A Toledo. Since he was not on the major league roster, he did not get a full year of MLB service time. However, the MLBPA released a statement on Monday suggesting that Turnbull informed the Tigers he was dealing with a foot injury in August. Since he was hurt at the time of his option, he should have been placed on the MLB injured list and not optioned. After the ruling, he has retroactively been rewarded that year, which has financial repercussions and also means Turnbull now can’t be optioned without consent in the future; however, this has no impact on his free agent standing now.
  • FA Starting Pitcher #17
    Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic reports that Shohei Othani will defer $68 million annually over the course of his 10-year contract with the Dodgers.
    We knew that the structure of the contract was going to get creative, but this is unchartered territory. Ardaya notes that the structure was Ohtani’s idea — which will allow the team to continue spending while he makes just $2 million per season in salary. Jeff Passan of ESPN adds that the competitive balance tax hit on the contract will be around $46 million. The contract still needs to be approved by the league, and Ohtani still has a physical to pass before it’s official and announced by the Dodgers — hurdles that should be cleared at some point this week.
  • Cin Third Baseman #9
    Reds signed 3B Jeimer Candelario to a three-year, $45 million contract.
    The deal also includes a $15 million club option for the 2027 season. The 30-year-old had a terrific 2023 campaign, slashing .251/.336/.471 with career highs of 22 homers, 70 RBI and eight stolen bases in 576 plate appearances between the Nationals and Cubs. He’ll add a strong veteran switch-hitting presence to the middle of a talented young Reds’ lineup.
  • LAD Relief Pitcher #17
    Dodgers signed RHP Joe Kelly to a one-year, $8 million contract.
    The deal was first reported by The Athletic’s Jim Bowden last week, but the Dodgers had to clear room on their 40-man roster before they could officially sign Kelly. With this morning’s trade that sent Victor Gonzalez and Jorbit Vivas to the Yankees, the Dodgers now have that space. Kelly had an up-and-down 2023 season, with a 4.12 ERA, 1.19 WHIP, and 60/18 K/BB ratio in 39 1/3 innings slit between the Dodgers and White Sox, but he thrived when he was back in Los Angeles, finishing the season with a 1.74 ERA, 0.87 WHIP, and a 19/6 K/BB ratio over 10 1/3 innings in 11 appearances with the Dodgers. He figures to remain a key set-up man for them in 2024.
  • KC Relief Pitcher #51
    Royals signed LHP Will Smith to a one-year contract.
    The deal was reported yesterday by Jeff Passan as a one-year, $5 million contract and is now official with the Royals designating Collin Snider for assignment to clear space on the 40-man roster. Smith started the year strong in 2023, pitching to a 3.06 ERA, 0.87 WHIP, and 35/8 K/BB ratio in 32 1/3 innings in the first half of the season. He also earned the closer’s job in Texas during that time and registered 14 saves prior to July 1st. However, in 25 second-half innings, Smith had a 6.12 ERA, 1.32 WHIP, and 20/9 K/BB ratio and was a non-factor in the Rangers’ postseason run, pitching just 3 1/3 innings with a 10.80 ERA. The Royals will hope that the 34-year-old can recapture some of that early season magic and will likely give him a chance to earn save opportunities as well.
  • FA Relief Pitcher #40
    Royals designated RHP Collin Snider for assignment.
    The move clears space on the 40-man roster for newly signed reliever Will Smith. The 28-year-old Snider had a 4.87 ERA, 1.82 WHIP, and 11/13 K/BB ratio in 20 1/3 innings for the Royals in 2023. He has a career 5.93 MLB ERA in 54 2/3 innings, but has a high-90s fastball that averaged 95.9 mph, so there’s a chance he finds a minor league opportunity somewhere or even comes back to the Royals and rejoins their farm system.
  • INT Starting Pitcher
    Giants ownership met with Yoshinobu Yamamoto on Sunday, according to ESPN’s Buster Olney.
    It had previously been reported that Mets owner Steve Cohen had met with Yamamoto in Japan and that the Yankees were meeting with him on Monday, so this is now just the third confirmed meeting for Yamamoto as he begins what should be an eventful few weeks. The 25-year-old free agent figures to be the top remaining free agent now that Shohei Ohtani has signed with some reporters speculating that he will sign a contract upwards of $300 million. Most contending teams are said to be “in on” Yamamoto, so we should hear plenty of reports about other meetings in the future.
  • FA Starting Pitcher #52
    Royals interested in RHP Michael Wacha, according to’s Mark Feinsand.
    The Royals have been linked to a handful of veteran right-handed starters like Wacha, Lucas Giolito, Marcus Stroman, and Jack Flaherty. Wacha would seem to be a more reasonable target as the 32-year-old doesn’t seem likely to command a large contract despite a strong season in 2023 that saw him register a 14-4 with a 3.22 ERA and 1.16 WHIP over 24 starts. That’s after a strong 2022 season where he went 11-2 with a 3.32 ERA and 1.12 WHIP with the Red Sox. Wacha has leaned more heavily on his change-up over that span, which has fueled a mini career rebound. He figures to be a solid rotation piece for whichever teams signs him this off-season.
  • LAD Shortstop #19
    Dodgers acquired INF Trey Sweeney from the Yankees for INF Jorbit Vivas and LHP Victor González.
    The Dodgers needed to clear two spots on the 40-man roster for Joe Kelly and Shohei Ohtani, so they dealt two players on the 40-man roster - González and Vivas - for one who isn’t. Sweeney was the 8th-ranked prospect in the Yankees system, according to MLB Pipeline. The 23-year-old shortstop was the 20th overall pick in the 2021 draft, and he hit .252/.367/.411 in Double-A last year with 13 home runs and 20 steals. While Vivas is the more advanced hitter at the moment, Sweeney has plus raw tools and the potential to grow into more power which will make him a solid starting infielder at the big league level. Given that the Dodgers don’t have room in their current MLB lineup and are loaded with INF prospects like Michael Busch, it could be a couple years before we see Sweeney crack the Dodgers’ MLB roster.
  • NYY Second Baseman #79
    Yankees acquired INF Jorbit Vivas and LHP Victor González from the Dodgers for INF Trey Sweeney.
    Vivas is a high contact rate hitter with an 81 percent contact rate and a career 15.4 percent minor league strikeout rate. In 612 plate appearances between Double-A and Triple-A in 2023, Vivas posted a .269/.381/.407 triple slash with 13 home runs and 25 stolen bases. He likely won’t be more than a 10 home run hitter at the major league level, but Vivas is a solid defender at both second base and third base and profiles as a high floor utility infielder who has more real-life value than fantasy value.
  • NYY Relief Pitcher #81
    Yankees acquired LHP Victor González and INF Jorbit Vivas from the Dodgers for INF Trey Sweeney.
    Both González and Vivas were on the 40-man roster, and the Dodgers needed to clear two roster spots for Shohei Ohtani and Joe Kelly. González is a 28-year-old reliever who pitched to a 4.01 ERA and 1.10 WHIP in 33 2/3 innings last year with a 30/10 K/BB ratio. Victor González had a 2.70 ERA during the Dodger’s 2020 playoff run that ended in a World Series win. He has an elite 58.1 percent career ground ball rate and induces a lot of to weak contact while holding lefties to a .209 batting average and .282 slugging percentage in his career. He has three years of team control with one MiLB option left and is projected to make $1M in 2023.