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  • INT Starting Pitcher
    Shohei Ohtani is the big fish everyone wants to catch this offseason but Yamamoto wouldn’t be a bad consolation prize. Jeff Passan of ESPN reported that the Mets were among the initial group of suitors for Ohtani but have turned their attention to other players. Martino responded to these reports by saying the Mets are not the frontrunner for Ohtani but still in the conversation, “I’m not totally 100% ruling him out for Steve Cohen’s team until he signs elsewhere.” As of now, their attention is on Yoshinobu Yamamoto, though. Yamamoto was reported to have remote meetings set up this week before returning to the United States for next week’s Winter Meetings in Nashville.
  • Cin Relief Pitcher #15
    The deal was reported earlier in the week and is now official. Assuming Pagán exercises the player option, he’ll reportedly make $16 million over two years. The 32-year-old should function in a set-up role in front of Alexis Díaz next season after posting a strong 2.99 ERA and 65/21 K/BB ratio over 69 1/3 innings for the Twins in 2023.
  • NYY Right Fielder #39
    Gonzalez getting DFA’d by the Guardians flew under the radar but the Yankees did not let him slip through the cracks. This move puts the Yankees roster at 39 players. Gonzalez had a disappointing 2023 campaign but flashed his potential the year prior, which was his rookie season. He slashed .296/.327/.789 that season while popping 11 home runs with 43 RBI, in 382 plate appearances. This is a low-risk, high-upside move for the Yankees.
  • Mia General Manager
    Kapler spent 12 years in the big leagues as a player and after his playing career, he joined the Dodgers as director of player development in 2014. As Ken Rosenthal reports, his success in that role was one of the main selling points for hiring him for this position. Kapler also spent six seasons in the manager role, two with the Phillies and four with the Giants, amassing a 456-411 win-loss record along the way. The Marlins don’ts currently have a General Manager so Kapler will serve under Peter Bendix, the president of baseball operations for the Marlins.
  • MLB Relief Pitcher #30
    The former first-round draft pick has made 194 big-league appearances out of the bullpen, a majority of those with the Pirates, but did not land on a major-league roster this past season. He made just 14 appearances for the White Sox in 2022 before getting shut down with an elbow injury. The Rays invited him to spring training in 2023 but he posted an 8.22 ERA over 7 2/3 innings of Grapefruit League action, failing to find a roster spot. His most recent action has come in the Dominican Winter League where he’s allowed two hits and two walks while striking out four batters, in 3 innings of work.
  • Ari Relief Pitcher #74
    Karcher will presumably also receive an invitation to spring training. The hard-throwing 26-year-old righty made one relief appearance this past season for the Reds and finished with a pedestrian 4.77 ERA, 1.87 WHIP and 70/72 K/BB ratio across 60 1/3 innings for Triple-A Louisville. He possesses the raw stuff required to pitch in the big leagues, but needs to harness his control issues if he’s going to become a mainstay in Arizona’s bullpen.
  • Col Relief Pitcher
    Wilcox compiled five saves to accompany a strong 2.62 ERA, 1.13 WHIP and 72/35 K/BB ratio across 55 innings this past season between Double-A Mississippi and Triple-A Gwinnett in the Braves’ minor league system. The 29-year-old righty has yet to ascend to the majors, but it might finally happen with the pitching-challenged Rockies during the 2024 campaign.
  • Hou Relief Pitcher #66
    The deal presumably also includes an invitation to spring training. Castro represents an intriguing relief project for the Astros heading into next season as he’s made 20 appearances in the big leagues between the Cubs and Giants since 2021.
  • Min Relief Pitcher #71
    It’s presumably a two-year minor league deal for Moran, who will be sidelined until at least 2025 after undergoing Tommy John surgery. The 26-year-old southpaw made a career-high 43 relief appearances this past season in the big leagues, finishing with an inflated 5.31 ERA, 1.47 WHIP and 48/27 K/BB ratio across 42 1/3 innings.
  • Min Relief Pitcher #31
    As expected, Henriquez is back in the fold with the Twins as extra relief depth just a few weeks after being non-tendered. The 23-year-old righty looked sharp in a trio of relief appearances for Minnesota this past season and appears likely to stick as a reliever long-term.


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