Recent MLB Player News

Yankees' Luis Severino agrees to four-year $40 million dollar extension on Friday

New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino will avoid arbitration after agreeing to a four-year $40 million dollar extension on Friday.

What It Means:

Severino will continue serving as the ace of the Yankees' starting staff after agreeing to a four-year extension on Friday. Look for the 24-year old to build off his strong 2018 season despite struggling after the All-Star break.

In 32 starts last season, Severino went 19-8 with a 3.39 ERA and 220 strikeouts.

Source: MLB.com

Nick Senzel could start for Reds in 2019

Cincinnati Reds manager David Bell said that it is "very possible" that prospect Nick Senzel will be the starting center fielder.

What It Means:

Senzel has never played in the outfield, but the Reds are confident he can make the transition. "Having never seen him on the field, my first impression was, 'This guy can really move. He's an athlete. This is more than possible,'" Bell told reporters. Senzel may have to wait until mid-to-late April to make his MLB debut due to service time rules, but it shouldn't be long before the 23-year-old becomes an everyday player for Cincinnati.

Senzel slashed .310/.378/.509 in 44 games (193 plate appearances) at Triple-A Louisville in 2018 before suffering a season-ending finger injury in June.

Yangervis Solarte, Giants reportedly agree to terms

The San Francisco Giants have agreed to terms on a contract with infielder Yangervis Solarte, reports Robert Murray of The Athletic.

What It Means:

Murray adds that the deal is pending a physical. Solarte primarily played third base while appearing in 122 games for the Toronto Blue Jays last season, but he can contribute all over the infield. Solarte turns 32 in July.

Solarte slashed .226/.277/.378 with 17 home runs, 54 RBI, and 50 runs scored across 506 plate appearances in 2018.

Blue Jays' Vladimir Guerrero Jr.'s MLB debut undetermined

Toronto Blue Jays top prospect Vladimir Guerrero Jr.'s MLB debut has "no firm timeline," general manager Ross Atkins said Thursday.

What It Means:

Guerrero Jr. likely won't debut until mid-to-late April due to baseball's service time rules. He turns 20 next month.

Vlad Jr. turned in a phenomenal .381/.437/.636 batting line with 20 home runs, 78 RBI, and 67 runs scored over 95 games (408 plate appearances) last season across four different levels of the Blue Jays' minor league system.

Jacob deGrom named Mets' Opening Day starter

New York Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom will be the club's Opening Day starter, manager Mickey Callaway announced Thursday.

What It Means:

deGrom is the reigning National League Cy Young Award winner and coming off an absolutely dominant campaign, so it would have been shocking if Callaway named anyone else. The Mets tee the 2019 season off in Washington against the Nationals on March 28.

The 30-year-old right-hander led the majors with a 1.70 ERA last season, the sixth-lowest ERA among qualified pitchers since Major League Baseball lowered the mound in 1969. He also struck out 269 batters over 217 innings.

Source: Mike Puma

Angels' Shohei Ohtani (elbow) not expected to be ready to DH until May

Los Angeles Angels pitcher/designated hitter Shohei Ohtani (elbow) is not expected to be ready to play until May, per manager Brad Ausmus.

What It Means:

Ohtani underwent Tommy John surgery on his elbow this offseason and will not be able to pitch in 2019. He will, however, be able to remain the Angel's primary DH, but not until May at the earliest. Albert Pujols and Justin Bour will likely cover first base and DH until Ohtani is ready to play.

Ohtani slashed .285/.361/.564 with 22 homers, 61 RBI, and 10 steals in 367 plate appearances in 2018.

Free agent Bryce Harper currently not considering short-term deals

Free-agent outfielder Bryce Harper will not sign or even consider any short-term deals, per Jon Heyman of MLB Netowrk.

What It Means:

With pitchers and catchers already have reported, the saga of Harper and free agency continues to drag on. The outfielder has been tied to the Philadelphia Phillies, San Francisco Giants, San Diego Padres, and Washington Nationals but there appears to be no clear favorite at the moment. Harper is looking for a 10-year, $300M offer, but seems unlikely to get one now.

Harper slashed .249/.393/.496 with 34 home runs, 100 RBI, and a league-high 130 walks over 695 plate appearances in 2018.

Francisco Lindor (calf) expected to be out nearly two months

Cleveland Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor will reportedly miss about the next two months after suffering a calf strain.

What It Means:

The Indians said Lindor "is expected to return to Major League game activity in 7-to-9 weeks," and opening Day is in exactly seven weeks from now. He'll be cutting it close based on this timeline, but there's enough time for him to recover in time to start the season healthy.

In 158 games last season, Lindor hit for a .277 batting average with 38 home runs, 129 runs, 92 RBI, 25 stolen bases and an OPS of .871.

Astros' Carlos Correa awarded $5 million in arbitration

Houston Astros shortstop Carlos Correa has won his arbitration case against the team.

What It Means:

Correa was offered $4.25 million for his services this season, but after taking the case to mediators, he was awarded the full $5 million he requested.

In 110 games last season, Correa hit for a .239 batting average with 15 home runs, 60 runs, 65 RBI and an OPS of .728.

Source: Jon Heyman

Tommy Pham wins arbitration case with Tampa Bay

Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Tommy Pham has won his arbitration in the amount of $4.1 million.

What It Means:

Pham was offered a salary of $3.5 million by Tampa Bay, but he decided to go to arbitration. It worked out for Pham, as he received a $600,000 raise.

In 137 games last season, Pham hit for a .275 batting average with 21 home runs, 102 runs, 63 RBI, 15 stolen bases and an OPS of .830.

Source: Jon Heyman

Yankees trade starting pitcher Sonny Gray to the Reds

The New York Yankees have traded pitchers Sonny Gray and Reiver Sanmartin to the Cincinnati Reds in exchange for infielder Shed Long and a 2019 competitive balance pick.

What It Means:

After the trade, Gray agreed to a three-year, $30.5M contract extension with Cincinnati. The starting pitcher hopes a reunion with former college pitching coach Derek Johnson will help him bounce back from an awful season in New York. The 29-year is just three seasons removed from finishing third in the AL CY Young voting and making his lone All-Star appearance.

Gray posted a 4.90 ERA and 1.49 WHIP with 123 strikeouts in 103 1/3 innings pitched for the Yankees in 2018. He owns a career ERA of 3.66 and 155-146 record in 6 seasons.

Ben Gamel dealt to Milwaukee on Friday by Seattle

The Seattle Mariners have traded outfielder Ben Gamel, along with minor-leaguer Noah Zavolas to the Milwaukee Brewers in exchange for outfielder Domingo Santana.

What It Means:

Gamel likely will start the season in Triple-A for Milwaukee as their outfield is already full with Christin Yelich, Ryan Braun, and Lorenzo Cain penciled in as starters. The soon-to-be 27-year-old Gamel played in over 230 games for the Mariners the last two seasons.

Gamel batted .272 with 1 homer and 7 steals in 293 plate appearances in 2018.

Mariners acquire Domingo Santana from Milwaukee

The Milwaukee Brewers have traded outfielder Domingo Santana to the Seattle Mariners in exchange for outfielder Ben Gamel and minor leaguer Noah Zavolas.

What It Means:

The Brewers were destined to make a move with their crowded outfield, but it's a surprise they waited until the offseason. At just 26, Santana likely figures into the M's long-term rebuilding plans.

Santana batted .265 with 5 homers in 235 plate appearances in 2018 but also had a 30-homer season in 2017.

Kyle Farmer headed to Cincinnati in seven-player trade

Los Angeles Dodgers center Kyle Farmer has been traded to the Cincinnati Reds in a seven-player deal on Friday.

What It Means:

Farmer will be headed to the Reds along with Matt Kemp, Yasiel Puig and Alex Wood. Coming back to the Dodgers are Homer Bailey, Jeter Downs and Josiah Gray. Farmer will likely slot in behind Tucker Barnhart.

In 39 games last season, Farmer hit for a .235 batting average with a .635 OPS.

Dodgers move Yasiel Puig to Cincinnati on Friday

The Los Angeles Dodgers traded outfielder Yasiel Puig in a seven player deal with the Cincinnati Reds on Friday.

What It Means:

Puig will finally be moved to a new home after being part of trade rumors for almost his whole Dodgers' career. The talented outfielder should be a full-time starter as a Red.

Puig finished 2018 with 23 home runs and 63 RBI in 125 games.

Alex Wood traded to Cincinnati in seven-player deal

Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Alex Wood has been traded to the Cincinnati Reds in a seven-player deal.

What It Means:

Heading to Cincinnati with Wood are Yasiel Puig, Matt Kemp and Kyle Farmer. Coming back to Los Angeles are Homer Bailey and prospects Jeter Downs and Josiah Gray. This trade opens up some luxury tax room for the Dodgers, who are in pursuit of multiple big-name free agents.

In 151.7 innings last season, Wood had a 9-7 record with a 3.68 ERA and a 1.21 WHIP.

Cincinnati Reds acquire outfielder Matt Kemp in multi-player trade on Friday

The Cincinnati Reds traded Homer Bailey, Jeter Downs and Josiah Gray to the Los Angeles Dodgers for Alex Wood, Matt Kemp, Yasiel Puig, and Kyle Farmer.

What It Means:

The Reds and Dodgers made a blockbuster trade on Friday, swapping a total of seven players including outfielder Matt Kemp. Expect Kemp to platoon with Jesse Winker in left field next season.

Kemp finished 2018 with 134 hits including 21 home runs and 85 RBI.

Reds ship Homer Bailey to Los Angeles in seven-player deal

Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Homer Bailey has been traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers in a seven-player deal.

What It Means:

Bailey will head to the bright lights of Los Angeles along with prospects Jeter Downs and Josiah Gray. In return, the Dodgers will send back Alex Wood, Matt Kemp, Yasiel Puig and Kyle Farmer. With Bailey owed $25M, it's expected that the Dodgers cut him imminently.

In 106.3 innings last year, Bailey went 1-14 with a 6.09 ERA and a 1.64 WHIP.

Angels sign Matt Harvey to 1-yr, $11M deal

MLB.com's Mark Feinsand reports that free agent pitcher Matt Harvey has agreed to a contract with the Los Angeles Angels.

What It Means:

The deal is reportedly for one-year, $11M with another $3M available with incentives. The soon-to-be 30-year-old Harvey hopes he can rebuild his value with a strong year in pitcher-friendly Angels Stadium, before pursuing one last long-term deal in 2019.

Havery posted a 4.94 ERA and 1.30 WHIP with 131 strikeouts in 155 innings between the New York Mets and Cincinnati Reds in 2018.

Yandy Diaz sent to Tampa Bay from Cleveland

The Cleveland Indians have traded infielder Yandy Diaz to the Tampa Bay Rays in a three-team deal.

What It Means:

Diaz and minor-league pitcher Cole Susler are leaving Believeland and heading down south to Tampa Bay. The Rays are sending Jake Bauers to Cleveland, and the Mariners and Indians are swapping Edwin Encarnacion and Carlos Santana.

In 39 games last season, Diaz hit for a .312 average with 15 runs, 15 RBI and a .797 OPS.

Jake Bauers headed to Cleveland in three-team deal

The Tampa Bay Rays have shipped first baseman Jake Bauers to the Cleveland Indians.

What It Means:

In a three-team deal, Bauers and former-Seattle Mariners first baseman Carlos Santana will head to Cleveland. The Indians will send Edwin Encarnacion to Seattle, while they'll also ship Yandy Diaz and Cole Susler to the Rays.

In 96 games last season, Bauers hit for a .201 average with 11 home runs and 48 RBI with a .700 OPS.

Mariners ship Carlos Santana to Cleveland

The Seattle Mariners have traded Carlos Santana to the Cleveland Indians.

What It Means:

It's a three-team deal between Seattle, Cleveland and the Tampa Bay Rays. The Mariners are unloading Santana in exchange for Edwin Encarnacion, Cleveland is also acquiring Jake Bauers, and the Rays will pick up Yandy Diaz and minor-league pitcher Cole Susler.

In 161 games last season with the Phillies, Santana hit for a .229 batting average with 24 home runs, 86 RBI and a .766 OPS.

Edwin Encarnacion traded to Mariners

The Cleveland Indians have traded first baseman Edwin Encarnacion to the Seattle Mariners.

What It Means:

Encarnacion will be joining a Mariners team that just missed out on the playoffs in 2018 and will presumably slide in at first base or designated hitter. Carlos Santana is heading to Cleveland in the three-team deal, and so will Jake Bauers. Yandy Diaz and minor-league pitcher Cole Susler will be heading to the Tampa Bay Rays.

In 137 games last season, Encarnacion hit for a .246 batting average with 32 home runs, 107 RBI and a .810 OPS.

Cardinals acquire Paul Goldschmidt from the Diamondbacks

The Arizona Diamondbacks have traded first baseman Paul Goldschmidt to the St. Louis Cardinals in exchange for catcher Carson Kelly, pitcher Luke Weaver, infielder Andy Young, and a 2019 MLB draft pick.

What It Means:

The Cardinals have been lacking a power hitter in the middle of their lineup and got one in Goldschmidt. They paid a relatively low cost due to the slugger being under contract for just one more season. There is a chance they try to work out an extension before the season is over though. The six-time All-Star will likely hit cleanup and man first base for St. Louis in 2019.

Goldschmidt has averaged 31.5 homers, 102 RBI, and 105.3 runs scored while posting a .301 batting average and .946 OPS the last four seasons.

Nationals sign pitcher Patrick Corbin to 6-year, $140M deal

The Washington Nationals have signed free-agent pitcher Patrick Corbin to a six-year, $140M deal on Tuesday.

What It Means:

Corbin was the big name pitcher available on the free agent market and the Nationals opened up their checkbook to sign the former Arizona Diamondback. The two-time All-Star gives the Nats a strong top-three in their rotation, joining Max Scherzer and Stephen Strasburg.

Corbin posted a 3.15 ERA and 1.05 WHIP while striking out 246 in 200 innings with Arizona in 2018.

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