Recent MLB Player News

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.

Jay Bruce headed to Seattle as part of Robinson Cano trade

New York Mets have traded outfielder Jay Bruce along with five other players to the Seattle Mariners in exchange for second baseman Robinson Cano and pitcher Edwin Diaz.

What It Means:

Bruce is expected to remain in Seattle for at least the start of the 2019 season but likely won't last long in a Mariners' uniform as they undergo a complete roster rebuild. Bruce is under contract for two more years for $26M.

Bruce batted .223 with 9 homers, 37 RBI, and 31 runs scored in 361 plate appearances in 2018.

Seattle finalizes Edwin Diaz trade to the New York Mets

The Seattle Mariners traded pitcher Edwin Diaz and second baseman Robinson Cano to the New York Mets in exchange for a five-player package headlined by outfielder Jay Bruce.

What It Means:

The Mariners reluctantly traded their All-Star closer but desperately wanted to unload the $120M still owed to Cano. Diaz will take over ninth-inning duties for New York and will be under their control for four more seasons.

Diaz saved an MLB-best 57 games in 2018 while posting a 1.96 ERA, 0.79 WHIP, and a 15.2 K/9 rate in 73 1/3 innings pitched.

Seattle's Robinson Cano long-rumoured trade to Mets finally official

The Seattle Mariners have traded second baseman Robinson Cano along with pitcher Edwin Diaz to the New York Mets for outfielder Jay Bruce, pitchers Anthony Swarzak and Gerson Bautista plus a pair of minor leaguers.

What It Means:

The Mariners take another step in their roster overhaul as they rid themselves of the hefty $120M still owed to Cano. He is under contract for five more seasons, and the Mets hope he can provide some punch in the lineup at least for a couple more seasons.

Cano batted .303 with 10 homers and 50 RBI in 348 plate appearances in 2018.

Carlos Santana dealt to Seattle from Philadelphia on Monday

The Philadelphia Phillies have traded first baseman Carlos Santana along with infielder J.P. Crawford to the Seattle Mariners in exchange for infielder Jean Segura and relievers James Pazos and Juan Nicasio.

What It Means:

Santana was included in the deal as the Phillies plan on moving Rhys Hoskins back to first base, making the veteran Santana expendable. It is unclear if he is in the Mariners' plans for 2019 as they are undergoing a dramatic roster overhaul. If he stays in Seattle, expect Santana to see the bulk of his time at designated hitter.

Santana slashed .229/.352/.414 with 24 homers and 86 RBI in 679 plate appearances last season.

Mariners' Jean Segura traded to Phillies in five-player deal

The Seattle Mariners have traded infielder Jean Segura, along with pitchers James Pazos and Juan Nicasio to the Philadelphia Phillies in exchange for infielders Carlos Santana and J.P. Crawford.

What It Means:

The Mariners continue their rebuilding process as they completed their four trade in the last month. Segura is expected to take over at shortstop for the Phillies unless they are successful in their bid for Manny Machado, which would likely move Segura to second base.

Segura batted .304 with 10 homers, 20 steals, and 91 runs scored in 632 plate appearances last season.

Braves sign Josh Donaldson to 1-year, $23M deal

The Atlanta Braves have signed free-agent third baseman Josh Donaldson to a one-year, $23 million deal on Monday.

What It Means:

Donaldson spent most of 2018 plagued with a calf injury but gets a hefty one-year deal from Atlanta to prove he still can bash homers. The 33-year-old will provide much-needed pop to the hot corner for the up-and-coming Braves -- if he stays healthy.

Donaldson saw just 50 at-bats in 2018, batting .280 with 3 homers. He is a lifetime .275 batter with 183 home runs in 3,817 career plate appearances.

Mariners send James Paxton to Yankees for 3 minor leaguers

The Seattle Mariners have traded pitcher James Paxton to the New York Yankees for minor leaguers Justus Sheffield, Erik Swanson, and Don Thompson-Williams.

What It Means:

The Mariners made it clear the fire sale would be on this offseason and Monday signaled the first significant piece on the move. Paxton has been electric when on the mound -- 3.52 ERA and 10.3 strikeouts per 9 innings pitched the last three seasons. The issue has been his health as the lefty has never thrown for more than 160 1/3 innings in a season. The 30-year-old is under contract for two more seasons.

Paxton posted a 3.76 ERA and 1.10 WHIP with 208 strikeouts and 42 walks in 160 1/3 innings pitched last season.

Kike Hernandez starting in center field for Dodgers on Sunday

Los Angeles Dodgers utilityman Kike Hernandez is starting and batting third against the Boston Red Sox on Sunday.

What It Means:

Hernandez will start in center field with Cody Bellinger heading to the bench.

Our models project Hernandez for 10.4 FanDuel points at the cost of $5,500.

Dodgers' Cody Bellinger not starting in Game 5 on Sunday

Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Cody Bellinger will not start against the Boston Red Sox on Sunday.

What It Means:

Bellinger will sit tonight with Kike Hernandez receiving the start in center field.

in the 2018 postseason, Bellinger is hitting .118 with 1 home run and 4 RBI.

Boston's Rafael Devers starting at third base on Sunday

Boston Red Sox third baseman Rafael Devers is starting and batting seventh against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Sunday.

What It Means:

Devers will start at third base in Game 5 with Eduardo Nunez heading to the bench.

Our models project Devers for 8.4 FanDuel points at the cost of $5,000.

Boston's Eduardo Nunez will not start in Game 5 on Sunday

Boston Red Sox infielder Eduardo Nunez is not in the starting lineup against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Sunday.

What It Means:

Nunez will sit tonight with Rafael Devers starting at third base.

In the 2018 postseason, Nunez is hitting .231 with 1 home run and 4 RBI.

Austin Barnes starting for Dodgers in Game 4

Los Angeles Dodgers catcher/infielder Austin Barnes is in the lineup on Saturday night in Game 4 of the World Series against the Boston Red Sox.

What It Means:

Barnes will start behind the plate and bat eighth in the order against Red Sox starter Eduardo Rodriguez.

Our models project Barnes for 6.9 FanDuel points in 3.85 plate appearances.

David Freese starting for Los Angeles in Game 4

Los Angeles Dodgers infielder David Freese is in the lineup on Saturday night in Game 4 of the World Series against the Boston Red Sox.

What It Means:

Freese will start at first base and bat leadoff against Red Sox starter Eduardo Rodriguez.

Our models project Freese for 9.6 FanDuel points in 4.62 plate appearances.

Joc Pederson not in Dodgers' lineup in Game 4

Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Joc Pederson is sitting on Saturday night in Game 4 of the World Series against the Boston Red Sox.

What It Means:

Pederson will be replaced in left field by Chris Taylor against Red Sox starter Eduardo Rodriguez. With Taylor moving to left field, Max Muncy will slide to second base from first, and David Freese will enter the lineup.

In Friday night's Game 3 win that went to 18 innings, Pederson went 1-7 with a solo home run and three strikeouts.

Yasmani Grandal not in lineup for Dodgers in Game 4

Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal is sitting on Saturday night in Game 4 of the World Series against the Boston Red Sox.

What It Means:

Grandal will be replaced behind the plate by Austin Barnes against Red Sox starter Eduardo Rodriguez.

In Friday night's Game 3 win that went to 18 innings, Grandal went 1-3 with a walk and two strikeouts before being pinch-hit for.

Eduardo Nunez starting for Boston in Game 4

Boston Red Sox infielder Eduardo Nunez is in the lineup on Saturday night in Game 4 of the World Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

What It Means:

Nunez, who had one of the most bizarre individual performances in recent history after coming in as a pinch-hitter on Friday night, will start at third base and bat sixth in the order against Dodgers starter Rich Hill.

Our models project Nunez for 9.1 FanDuel points in 4.22 plate appearances.

Steve Pearce in Boston's Game 4 lineup

Boston Red Sox infielder Steve Pearce is starting on Saturday night in Game 4 of the World Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

What It Means:

Pearce, who sat in Friday's Game 3 loss, will get the nod at first base and bat third in the order against Dodgers starter Rich Hill.

Our models project Pearce for 8.9 FanDuel points in 4.55 plate appearances.

Andrew Benintendi starting in Game 4 for Boston

Boston Red Sox outfielder Andrew Benintendi is in the lineup on Saturday night in Game 4 of the World Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

What It Means:

Benintendi, who sat in the Game 3 loss on Friday night, will start in left field and bat second in the order against Dodgers starter Rich Hill.

Our models project Benintendi for 12.5 FanDuel points in 4.67 plate appearances.

Mitch Moreland not in Red Sox' lineup in Game 4

Boston Red Sox infielder Mitch Moreland is not starting on Saturday night in Game 4 of the World Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

What It Means:

Moreland will be replaced at first base by Steve Pearce against left-handed starter Rich Hill.

In Friday night's Game 3 loss that went to 18 innings, Moreland went 0-5 with two strikeouts before being double-switched out of the game.

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