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  • Cin Relief Pitcher #21
    The 33-year-old hurler passed his physical and the deal became official on Friday. The contract does include an opt-out after the first season. He’s expected to compete for a spot in the Reds’ opening day rotation. If he loses out, he’ll function in the same swingman role that he worked out of with the Padres. Either way, the move away from Petco Park and to the hitter-friendly confines of the Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati won’t help his ratios in 2024.
  • Cin Shortstop #68
    Marte was examined on Friday and is expected to be fully recovered and ready to go for the start of spring training. The dynamic 22-year-old hit the ground running in his first taste of big league action in 2023 — slashing .316/.366/.456 with three homers, 15 RBI and six stolen bases in just 123 plate appearances with the Reds. He’s expected to open the 2024 campaign as the team’s primary third baseman.
  • Mia Third Base Coach
    Mabry joined the team in 2023 as the assistant hitting coach but will now fill in for John Hart who left for a job with the Mariners. Mabry has been on the coaching scene since 2012, spending seven years in St. Louis before going to the Royals from 2020 to 2022. While Mabry slots into the primary hitting coach role, Bill Mueller will take Mabry’s previous position as the new assistant hitting coach. Mueller had a .291 batting average during his 11-year career in the big leagues and has been floating around in various front office, scouting, and coaching roles since retiring in 2006. This is a reunion for the duo who spent 2015 through 2018 with the Cardinals.
  • Mia Relief Pitcher #61
    Ort was a surprising waiver claim by the Mariners in mid-October, but now they are letting him go just 49 days later. This move, along with Cooper Hummel getting claimed by the Mets today, shifts the Mariners’ 40-man roster down to 38 ahead of Winter Meetings. As for Ort, he posted an ERA over 6.25 in both of his seasons with the Red Sox but there is clearly more untapped potential there for two organizations to scoop him up off waivers in a matter of two months. Ort has posted a sturdy 12.4 K/9 during his 229 1/3 innings pitched at the minor league level.
  • NYM Catcher #55
    The 32-year-old catcher has played in just 104 games at the big-league level since his 2019 debut with the Marlins. He’s poked just 13 extra-base hits in 283 plate appearances with most of his value coming on the defensive side of the field. Despite his limited MLB action, Statcast has him throwing out 5 more runners than expected, based on the league-average rates. He’s not going to be on any fantasy radars, barring the deepest of formats.
  • NYM Left Fielder #21
    Hummel has played 76 games in the big leagues, 66 with the Diamondbacks in 2022 and 10 this past season with the Mariners. He’s struggled at the plate with a slash line of .166/.264/.286 in those 76 games. He’s flashed a bit more potential than that in the minors (.264/.399/.443) but it’s yet to translate. Part of his value comes from his jack-of-all-trades utility on the defensive side. He’s played 40 games at catcher over the last two seasons across Triple-A and MLB action, while also playing OF and filling in at 1B for 54 games in Tacoma this past season.
  • 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.


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