Rangers Re-Sign Elier Hernandez To Minors Contract
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by Mark Polishuk
3h ago
The Rangers re-signed first baseman/outfielder Elier Hernandez to a minor league deal earlier this month, as per Hernandez’s MLB.com profile page.  The 28-year-old received an invitation to the Rangers’ big league Spring Training camp. Since first signing with Texas during the 2020-21 offseason, Hernandez has played primarily at Triple-A Round Rock, and he hit a strong .298/.356/.524 with 13 homers and 21 doubles over 351 plate appearance at the Triple-A level in 2022.  This performance resulted in Hernandez making his Major League debut, though he hit a modest .182/.200/.242 in 35 P ..read more
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Orioles Sign Curtis Terry To Minor League Contract
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by Anthony Franco
8h ago
The Orioles announced this morning they’ve added first baseman Curtis Terry on a minor league deal. The team did not indicate he’s receiving an invitation to big league camp. Terry, 26, has 13 games of MLB experience under his belt. That came with the Rangers two seasons ago, when the right-handed hitter posted an .089/.146/.133 line through his first 48 plate appearances. It wasn’t a strong MLB debut but came on the heels of a .275/.349/.533 showing with 22 longballs through 99 games with their top affiliate in Round Rock. Texas outrighted the former 13th-round pick off their roster at t ..read more
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Trio Of Free Agent Pitchers Work Out For Clubs
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by Anthony Franco
13h ago
A handful of free agent hurlers threw for scouts this afternoon in Arlington, tweets Jon Heyman of the New York Post. Cole Hamels, Derek Holland and Kyle Crick each worked out for clubs in search of an opportunity. Hamels, who turned 39 last month, is obviously the highest-profile of the bunch. One of the top pitchers in the game during his peak with the Phillies, Hamels is a four-time All-Star and former World Series MVP. He was an exemplar of durability throughout his peak, starting 30+ games each season from 2008-16. Hamels missed a bit of time with the 2017 Rangers and 2019 ..read more
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Guardians’ Prospect George Valera Recovering From Hand Surgery
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by Steve Adams
13h ago
Top Guardians outfield prospect George Valera will likely be behind schedule this spring after recently undergoing surgery on the hamate bone in his right hand, Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports. The 22-year-old Valera has ranked among Cleveland’s top prospects for several years and has landed among the game’s top 100 prospects on rankings at Baseball America, MLB.com and Baseball Prospectus in each of the past two offseasons. Valera appeared in the 2022 Futures Game and climbed as high as Triple-A last season, making him a relatively near-term option for the Guardians — though ..read more
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Brewers Sign Skye Bolt, Colin Rea To Minor League Contracts
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by Anthony Franco
15h ago
The Brewers have signed outfielder Skye Bolt and right-hander Colin Rea to minor league deals, tweets Adam McCalvy of MLB.com. Both players will get non-roster looks in major league camp. Bolt joins the third organization of his professional career. He’s spent most of the last eight years with the A’s, joining the pro ranks as a fourth-round draftee in 2015. Bolt debuted with Oakland briefly in 2019, getting into five games. He didn’t appear in the big leagues in 2020, then split the 2021 campaign between Oakland and the Giants. Returning to the A’s late in that season via waiver cla ..read more
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Rangers Sign Danny Duffy, Clint Frazier, Travis Jankowski To Minor League Contracts
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by Anthony Franco
15h ago
The Rangers announced this evening that left-hander Danny Duffy and outfielders Clint Frazier* and Travis Jankowski have signed minor league deals with non-roster invitations to big league camp. Texas also confirmed previously-reported minor league deals for Reyes Moronta and Ian Kennedy. Duffy is the most notable addition as a 12-year MLB veteran. A longtime starter with the Royals, he was a key part of Kansas City’s pennant-winning clubs in 2014-15 (put together by former Royals GM and current Texas special advisor Dayton Moore). Duffy was at his best during the firs ..read more
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Cardinals Sign Andrew Suarez To Minor League Deal
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by Steve Adams
15h ago
The Cardinals announced Friday that they’ve signed lefty Andrew Suarez to a minor league contract and invited him to Spring Training. He’ll provide some left-handed depth and a potential bullpen option after spending the past two seasons pitching in the Korea Baseball Organization (2021) and Japan’s Nippon Professional Baseball (2022). A second-round pick by the Giants back in 2015, Suarez pitched parts of three big league seasons in San Francisco, impressing with a solid 4.49 ERA in 160 1/3 frames as a rookie in 2018 before regressing to a 5.79 ERA in 32 2/3 innings during his sophomore seaso ..read more
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Mets To Extend Jeff McNeil
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by Steve Adams
19h ago
The Mets and second baseman Jeff McNeil are in agreement on a four-year, $50MM contract extension, ESPN’s Jeff Passan reports. The contract contains a club option for a fifth season, which could allow the extension to max out at $63.75MM over five years. The deal buys out the final two arbitration seasons for the TWC Sports client, and the Mets will gain control over what would’ve been McNeil’s first three free-agent seasons. Unable to come to terms on a one-year salary for the upcoming season, McNeil and the Mets appeared headed toward an arbitration hearing. He’d filed for a $7.75MM on the h ..read more
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Rays To Extend Pete Fairbanks
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by Steve Adams
19h ago
2:40pm: The base value of the club option is $7MM, and it comes with a $1MM buyout, tweets Joel Sherman of the New York Post. Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times adds that Fairbanks will earn $3.666MM annually from 2023-25 and that the contract can max out at $24.6MM based on incentives and escalators (Twitter links). 2:33pm: The Rays have agreed to a three-year, $12MM contract extension with reliever Pete Fairbanks, reports Jeff Passan of ESPN (Twitter link). The Republik Sports client’s contract also contains a club option for a fourth season. The contract buys out all three of Fairbanks’ arb ..read more
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Nationals Sign Alex Colome
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by Steve Adams
19h ago
The Nationals announced Friday that they’ve signed veteran reliever Alex Colome to a minor league contract and invited him to Major League spring training. Colome is represented by Wasserman.  According to Jesse Dougherty of The Washington Post, Colome has long been on the Nationals’ radar. Colome, 34, pitched for the Rockies last year and struggled mightily.  In 47 innings, he posted a 5.74 ERA, 14.9 K%, and 10.2 BB%.  The silver lining was a career-best 55.6% groundball rate, which ranked tenth in the National League for relievers with at least 40 frames.  That allowed Co ..read more
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