In about five weeks, pitchers and receivers will come to spring training camps across Arizona and Florida to prepare for the 2019 season. Despite this, 22 of our top 50 free agents remain unsigned, including four of the first seven. Finally, one side will flash and we will witness a wave of signatures.
So, keeping this in mind, we will keep you up to date with the burns of the day with this very useful stove. Be sure to check for updates throughout the day.
Nationals sign Dozier
The Nationals continued their off-season active Thursday morning by signing Brian Dozier. Both parties have agreed on a one – year contract worth $ 9 million. Dozier struggled with the Twins and Dodgers last season, hitting .215 / .305 / .391 with 21 home runs. He is a decent candidate for the rebound because he is not old (31 years old) and last year's release and exit angles were not really out of sync with his record years in Minnesota, including his 42-circuit season in 2016.
Panik available, 2B market is heating up
With Dozier on the set, the second market is starting to warm up. Jed Lowrie and DJ LeMahieu are the best free agents, and the Giants made Joe Panik available, Jeff Passan reports from ESPN. Ken Rosenthal of Athletic mentions the giants have an interest in LeMahieu, which makes sense when combined with the availability of Panik. San Francisco could sign LeMahieu then overthrow Panik for prospects or another big hunk of the league.
Panik, 28, has only played 467 of the 648 possible games of the past four seasons due to various injuries. It is the author of a low hit line of .254 / .307 / .332 in 2018, although it is only a year away from the average of the last year. a .288 / .347 / .421 strike league. Panik is a solid defender who is under the control of the team as a player eligible for refereeing until 2020. At his age, clubs could see the southpaw swinger as a potential candidate at rebound. The Angels, Brewers, Dodgers and Rockies stand out as teams that can import a second baseman.
Mets seeking to add left-handed relief
According to Andy Martino of SNY, the Mets are looking to add a left-handed taker, although it does not seem like they have a clear preference yet. For the moment, the club is very right handed, Seth Lugo and Robert Gsellman, converted at the start, joining Jeurys Familia and Edwin Diaz at the back. Rookie Daniel Zamora is the best left-back option in New York. In 2018, he eliminated 16 times in 16 innings by qualifying for an end of season.
Jake Diekman, Tony Sipp, Justin Wilson and former Met Jerry Blevins are among the left-leaning players on the market. The Mets have been very busy this season, but they would run out of money – or more precisely, the Wilpons refuse to spend more money, as was their case. In recent years, any relief left should therefore be cheap. A low cost contract of one year or even a minor league contract. Something like that.
Braves, Marlins always talk to Realmuto
Marlins and Braves again discuss receiver J.T. Realmuto, reports Craig Mish of SiriusXM. Realmuto has made it clear that he will not sign with Miami in the long run. They therefore sought to exchange it throughout the winter, although their high price had apparently scared the teams. It seems that they are still not willing to lower their asking price with the approach of spring training.
As it stands, the Braves stand behind the plate with Tyler Flowers and Brian McCann. Realmuto is better than both however, and it remains under the control of the team until 2020. It therefore represents a multi-year upgrade behind the plate. Atlanta could trade against Realmuto, then return flowers elsewhere to pick up potential customers. This seems unlikely, but it is possible. If nothing else, the Braves are watching the Realmuto market.
Sailors add two infielders, want a reliever
The Mariners have started rebuilding this off season, but they have also hired 27-year-old Yusei Kikuchi, and they have now added deep depth. according to United States of today Bob Nightengale and Jon Heyman of Fancred, Seattle recruited infielders Tim Beckham and Dustin Ackley. Beckham gets a one year contract worth $ 1.75 million. Ackley has received a minor league agreement.
The team is not over either. Managing Director Jerry Dipoto told Greg Johns of MLB.com that he had not finished adding. More specifically, Dipoto wants to bring a succession. This is what Dipoto told Johns:
"We are still very active, at least in our conversations, in the free agent market," said Dipoto. "We are going to sign someone, we are likely to sign major league and minor league contracts, and I would be shocked if we do not sign at least one Major league releaser."
Seven of the nine best Seattle players in the heats launched last season are no longer part of the organization. It is therefore logical that Dipoto adds depth to the envelope. The signing of free grants of free agents in short-term contracts is a common practice for reconstruction teams. They sign them, hope they get good results, and then send them back to one or more prospects at the trading deadline. The Mariners think they are doing something similar.
Veteran Garcia Gets Retired
Veteran southpaw Jaime Garcia retired, reports Jon Morosi from MLB.com. Garcia split the 2018 season between the Blue Jays and the Cubs, scoring 82 innings with a tie-breaking average of 5.82 in 14 starts and 19 appearances in relief. He retired with a career record of 70-62 and a silver point average of 3.85 in 10 games of the season. He won a World Series ring with the 2011 Cardinals.
Garcia, 32, played most of his career in St. Louis and overcame several serious injuries to boost his career. He underwent Tommy John's surgery, a shoulder operation and a thoracic outlet syndrome, a combination that kills the career for the most part. Garcia was able to return to the mound a few years ago and carve out a nice second phase in his career. Garcia is 14th of his career in the war, among launchers of Mexican origin.