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Report: INF Amed Rosario, Rays agree on 1-year deal

Report: INF Amed Rosario, Rays agree on 1-year deal

Infielder Amed Rosario is joining the Tampa Bay Rays on a one-year, $1.5 million contract, ESPN reported Tuesday.

A right-handed hitter, Rosario has a career average of .298 against lefty pitchers and .263 against right-handers. He is a lifetime .272 batter with 60 home runs and 334 RBIs in 839 games with the New York Mets (2017-20), Guardians (2021-23) and Dodgers.

Reports: LHP Hyun Jin Ryu to become Korea's highest-paid player

Reports: LHP Hyun Jin Ryu to become Korea's highest-paid player

Free agent left-hander Hyun Jin Ryu is expected to return to his native Korea, where the Hanwha Eagles will make him the highest-paid player in the KBO League, per reports in Korean media Tuesday.

He pitched for the Eagles from 2006-12, winning Rookie of the Year and MVP honors in 2006, before heading to the major leagues. He was 18-6 with a 2.23 ERA that season.

Ryu made his MLB debut on April 2, 2013 with the Los Angeles Dodgers. After leading the majors in ERA (2.32) during his All-Star season in 2019, he signed a four-year, $80 million deal with the Toronto Blue Jays that December.

Tommy John surgery performed in June 2022 limited Ryu to just 17 starts over the past two seasons, and he was 5-3 for the Blue Jays in that span.

Ryu, who turns 37 next month, posted a 78-48 career record with a 3.27 ERA in 186 regular season appearances (185 starts). He struck out 934 batters in 1,055 1/3 innings.

Nationals owner says team no longer for sale

Nationals owner says team no longer for sale

As spring training begins, the Washington Nationals are off the auction block.

Mark Lerner, principal owner of the club, told the Washington Post on Monday that the Lerner family has decided against attempting to sell the Nationals. The news was confirmed to other outlets by a spokesperson.

The Lerner family announced in April 2022 it was exploring a possible sale of the club, which Forbes currently values at $2 billion.

Ted Leonsis -- whose Monumental Sports and Entertainment owns Washington's NBA, WNBA and NHL franchises -- was among the people reportedly interested in buying the Nats. Another would-be bidder, Maryland billionaire David Rubenstein, purchased the Baltimore Orioles last month along with Mike Arougheti.

Since winning the World Series in 2019, the Nationals have not returned to the playoffs, going 217-329 over the past four seasons while selling off star players like Juan Soto, Max Scherzer and Trea Turner.

OF Canaan Smith-Njigba returns to Pirates

OF Canaan Smith-Njigba returns to Pirates

The Pittsburgh Pirates claimed outfielder Canaan Smith-Njigba off waivers from the Seattle Mariners on Monday.

Smith-Njigba was on the Pirates' Opening Day roster last season and spent most of 2023 at Triple-A Indianapolis.

The Pirates designated him for assignment on Jan. 31 and he was claimed off waivers by the Mariners on Feb. 7. Seattle DFA'd him on Saturday.

Smith-Njigba, 24, has a .135 batting average (5 for 37) with five RBIs in 18 games over the previous two seasons for the Pirates and his rookie status still is intact.

He batted .280 with 15 homers, 28 doubles, 21 stolen bases and 74 RBIs in 105 games at Indianapolis last season.

Smith-Njigba is the older brother of Seattle Seahawks 2023 rookie wide receiver Jaxon Smith-Njigba.

The Pirates put right-hander JT Brubaker on the 60-day injured list to make room for Smith-Njigba on the 40-man roster.

Also Monday, Pittsburgh signed right-hander Chase Anderson to a minor league contract with an invitation to big-league spring training.

Anderson, 36, is 59-56 with a 4.35 ERA in 218 games (200 start) over 10 seasons with seven teams. He split 2023 with the Tampa Bay Rays and Colorado Rockies.

Report: LHP Blake Snell has offer from Yankees

Report: LHP Blake Snell has offer from Yankees

Two-time Cy Young Award winner Blake Snell has an offer on the table from the New York Yankees, MLB Network reported Monday.

The Los Angeles Angels and San Francisco Giants remain in the running to sign the free agent left-hander, per the report.

Terms of the Yankees' offer were not included in the report. Snell, 31, made $16 million last season with San Diego in the final campaign of a five-year, $50 million deal he signed with Tampa Bay in March 2019.

Snell finished 14-9 with a 2.25 ERA and 234 strikeouts in 32 starts for the Padres in 2023, pairing a National League Cy Young to the American League trophy he collected with the Rays in 2018.

Snell is 71-55 with a 3.20 ERA in 191 games (all starts) with the Rays (2016-20) and Padres. He has struck out 1,223 batters and walked 451 in 992 2/3 innings.

OF Mike Trout expresses loyalty to Angels

OF Mike Trout expresses loyalty to Angels

Mike Trout says he has no desire right now to leave the Los Angeles Angels, calling a potential trade "the easy way out."

The three-time MVP outfielder is heading into his 13th season with the team and has seven years and close to $250 million left on his contract.

But there have been trade rumblings regarding Trout, 32, since former teammate Shohei Ohtani signed with the crosstown Dodgers in December.

"The easy way out is just ask for a trade," Trout, who has a full no-trade clause, told reporters on Monday at spring training in Tempe, Ariz.

"There might be a time. Maybe. I really haven't thought about this. But when I signed that contract, I'm loyal. I want to win a championship here. The overall picture of winning a championship or getting to the playoffs here is bigger satisfaction (than) bailing out and just taking an easy way out. So I think that's been my mindset. Maybe down the road if something's changed, but that's been my mindset ever since the trade speculations came up."

The Angels have not been to the playoffs since Trout's second season in 2014, when they were swept by the Kansas City Royals in the division series.

Los Angeles finished 73-89 in 2023 as Trout missed half the season with a broken hand.

Ramping up for 2024, Trout said he has encouraged Angels owner Arte Moreno to sign one of the high-profile free agents still on the market. He did not name names, but that pool includes outfielder Cody Bellinger, third baseman Matt Chapman and Cy Young winner Blake Snell.

"There's a couple of guys out there still that can help this team (be) better," Trout said. " ... I'm going to keep pushing as long as I can until the season starts or until them guys sign. It is just in my nature. I'm doing everything I can possible. It's obviously Arte's decision. I'm going to put my two cents in there."

Trout batted .263 with 18 homers and 44 RBIs in 82 games last season as the Angels finished fourth in the AL West, a division that produced the last two World Series winners with the Texas Rangers (2023) and Houston Astros (2022).

"Am I worried about what happens or: Do I want to get traded, am I not gonna get traded? I'm not worried about any of that," Trout said. "I'm going out there and play my game. I got to put a full season together and see what happens.

"The overall build of not getting to the playoffs and then finally when it happens -- I think that's bigger than if I just wanted to just get out of here."

An 11-time All-Star, Trout is a career .301 hitter with 368 home runs and 940 RBIs in 1,489 games.

Reports: Red Sox to sign closer Liam Hendriks to 2-year deal

Reports: Red Sox to sign closer Liam Hendriks to 2-year deal

The Boston Red Sox and All-Star closer Liam Hendriks have agreed to a two-year deal worth a guaranteed $10 million, multiple outlets reported Monday.

The deal is pending a physical for the right-hander, who is coming off Tommy John surgery in August and is not expected to pitch much, if at all, in the 2024 season. If he does return, it would be well after the All-Star break, per the reports.

The deal is loaded with incentives, which could put the value at $20 million and includes a mutual option for 2026, per the reports.

Hendriks, 35, pitched just five games for the Chicago White Sox after returning last May from stage 4 non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Hendriks went 2-0 with a 5.40 ERA across five innings. He also had one save before undergoing surgery to repair a torn ulnar collateral ligament.

Hendriks began the 2023 season on the IL. He completed lymphoma treatment on April 3 and announced he was cancer-free 17 days later. He was diagnosed in the fall of 2022.

Hendriks, a three-time All-Star, is 33-34 with a 3.82 ERA and 116 saves in 476 career appearances (44 starts) for five teams, including the Oakland A's (2016-20) and White Sox (2021-23).

The Red Sox are expected to start the season with Kenley Jansen as their closer, though he has been the subject of trade rumors.

Report: Brewers re-sign injured RHP Brandon Woodruff

Report: Brewers re-sign injured RHP Brandon Woodruff

The Milwaukee Brewers are re-signing injured right-hander Brandon Woodruff to a two-year deal, MLB Network reported Monday.

Contract terms were not available for the two-time All-Star, who is expected to miss the 2024 season following surgery in October to repair the anterior capsule in his right shoulder.

Woodruff, who turned 31 earlier this month, is 46-26 with a 3.10 ERA in 130 games (115 starts) across seven seasons, all with the Brewers. He has 788 strikeouts and 176 walks in 680 1/3 innings.

He made only 11 starts in 2023 while sitting out from mid-April until early August with shoulder inflammation. He finished 5-1 with a 2.28 ERA and one shutout.

Shohei Ohtani won't play in Dodgers' spring training opener

Shohei Ohtani won't play in Dodgers' spring training opener

The Los Angeles Dodgers will have to wait a little longer to see their newest superstar in action, as Shohei Ohtani will miss Thursday's spring training opener against the San Diego Padres.

Ohtani, who signed a 10-year, $700 million deal with the Dodgers back in December, was absent from live batting practice on Sunday. He is working his way back from elbow surgery, which he underwent this past September.

"He's a lot further along than I think any of us -- maybe not named Shohei -- would have expected," Los Angeles manager Dave Roberts said. "He's worked really hard, very diligent in his work, so he's ahead of schedule."

Due to his surgery, Ohtani will not be used as a pitcher this season.

Ohtani, 29, spent the first six seasons of his career with the Los Angeles Angels. He hit .304 with an American League-leading 44 home runs and 95 RBIs in 135 games in 2023. On the mound, Ohtani went 10-5 with a 3.14 ERA.

In 701 career games, Ohtani has hit .274 with 171 homers and 437 RBIs while also posting a .366 on-base percentage and a .556 slugging percentage. He has made 86 starts as a pitcher, going 38-19 with a 3.01 ERA across 481 2/3 innings.

The Dodgers begin their regular season on March 20, when they open a two-game set against the San Diego Padres in Seoul, South Korea.

Orioles acquire LHP Matt Krook from Yankees for cash

Orioles acquire LHP Matt Krook from Yankees for cash

The New York Yankees traded left-hander Matt Krook to the Baltimore Orioles on Sunday for cash considerations.

The Yankees designated Krook for assignment on Tuesday in order to claim infielder Jordan Groshans off waivers from Miami.

Krook, 29, made his major league debut for New York in June 2023 and allowed 11 earned runs, eight hits and six walks with three strikeouts in four innings over four relief appearances.

The San Francisco Giants selected him in the fourth round of the 2016 MLB Draft out of Oregon. The Giants traded Krook to Tampa Bay in December 2017, and the Yankees picked him out of the Rays organization in the 2020 Rule 5 Draft in December 2020.

The Orioles made room on the 40-man roster Sunday by designating infielder/outfielder Diego Castillo, 26, for assignment.

Also Sunday, the Los Angeles Angels claimed shortstop Livan Soto, 23, off waivers from Baltimore.

Padres' Fernando Tatis Jr. confident of big 2024

Padres' Fernando Tatis Jr. confident of big 2024

Padres outfielder Fernando Tatis Jr. had a subpar performance in 2023 -- a bounce-back year following injuries and a PED suspension -- but he said he's ready to deliver big things in San Diego in the upcoming season.

"I feel way better than I did last year," Tatis said in an article published Sunday in USA Today. "Talent plus work ethic, it feels like this is gonna be special. ... I really had a really good offseason. My confidence is through the roof.''

Much was expected of the high-payroll Padres last season after they reached the 2022 National League Championship Series -- without a suspended Tatis. But they failed to achieve in 2023, finishing 82-80 and 18 games behind the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NL West, out of the postseason despite a 19-7 record in a September push.

Tatis got acclimated in the outfield last season, moving from shortstop to right field and winning a Platinum Glove. Still, he hit only .257 with 25 home runs and 78 RBIs, far below his 2021 totals of .282, a National League-leading 42 homers and 97 RBIs.

Entering his fifth major league season, Tatis is only 25, and manager Mike Shildt told USA Today that Tatis can return to All-Star form now that he has the comeback season behind him.

"The hardest thing to do in the entire sporting industry is hit a baseball," Shildt said. "You take 17 months off of doing it, and then you come back. It's not easy to just jump back into it as maybe people would expect or hope. So he got his at-bats, he got through it. There were some ups and downs, which is, regardless of the player, the game is hard.

"Now he's got those experiences, got his offseason. Now it's time for him to take that next step, getting back to the dominant player that he's excited to be."

The Padres likely still have high expectations for 2024 despite their effort to shed payroll to below $190 million, per USA Today. They spent $255 million last season and traded Juan Soto -- who will earn $31 million this season -- to the New York Yankees in the offseason as part of their quest to avoid paying the luxury tax again this year.

Tatis is signed to a $14-year, $340 million deal that runs through 2034.

Phillies' Bryce Harper eyes playing into 40s, accepts move to 1B

Phillies' Bryce Harper eyes playing into 40s, accepts move to 1B

Bryce Harper wants to finish his career with the Philadelphia Phillies, and he doesn't just mean playing out the remainder of the 13-year, $330 million contract he signed in 2019.

Harper, 31, shared his vision of the future with reporters on Sunday in the Phillies' spring training clubhouse in Clearwater, Fla., and that includes a contract extension.

"I want to be here for a long time and understand playing into my 40s, that's the biggest thing for me," the two-time National League MVP said. "So I wanted to get that done."

Harper spent the first 10 years of his career as an outfielder before moving to designated hitter for most of 2022 due to a torn elbow ligament.

He underwent Tommy John surgery in November 2022 and was slated to be the Phillies' full-time designated hitter upon his return. However, Rhys Hoskins missed the entire 2023 season due to a torn ACL, and Harper wound up taking over at first base upon his return to action in May.

"We had a pretty good conversation, me and (Dave Dombrowski, Phillies president of baseball operations), we sat down and he said this would be great for our organization, and I said, OK," Harper said. "I wanted them to know that I was on board with anything that they wanted to do. I said if you want me in right field, I'll play right. If you want me at first, I'll play first base, and I think as a collective they said first base is where we want you, and I said, OK, I'm going to do anything I can to be there."

Hoskins since has signed a two-year, $34 million contract with the Milwaukee Brewers in free agency.

Harper batted .293 with 21 homers and 72 RBIs in 126 games last season.

A seven-time All-Star, Harper has a .281 career average with 306 homers, 889 RBIs and .912 OPS that is sixth among active players, behind Mike Trout, Aaron Judge, Juan Soto, Joey Votto and Ronald Acuna Jr.

Votto is a free agent.

Mariners claim former prospect Levi Stoudt off waivers

Mariners claim former prospect Levi Stoudt off waivers

The Seattle Mariners claimed right-handed pitcher Levi Stoudt off waivers from the Cincinnati Reds, reuniting them with their 2019 third-round draft pick.

In a corresponding move, the team designated outfielder Canaan Smith-Njigba for assignment on Saturday.

Stoudt, 26, pitched three-plus seasons in the Mariners' organization before being traded July 30, 2022, as part of the deal that sent right-handed starter Luis Castillo to Seattle.

In 65 minor league games (59 starts), Stoudt posted a 19-17 record with a 4.75 ERA in 275 innings. He walked 119 batters against 247 strikeouts.

He made his major league debut on April 19, 2023, for the Reds and appeared in four games (two starts) with an 0-1 record 9.58 ERA. He gave up 11 runs on 16 hits in 10 1/3 innings, walking eight and striking out nine.

The Mariners claimed Smith-Njigba, 24, off waivers by Seattle on Feb. 7. He played in 15 games with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2023, hitting .125 and driving in five. In 105 games with Triple-A Indianapolis last season, he hit .280 with 15 home runs, 74 RBIs and 21 steals.

Pablo Sandoval receives spring training invite from Giants

Pablo Sandoval receives spring training invite from Giants

Pablo Sandoval, a long-time San Francisco Giants fan favorite, received a non-roster spring training invitation from the Giants, NBC Sports Bay Area reported Saturday, though he's a long shot to make the big-league club.

The report added that this is not expected to be a situation similar to that of Sergio Romo, who was signed last year so that he could retire as a member of the Giants.

Sandoval, 37, last played in the majors in 2021, hitting four home runs and carrying a batting average of .178 through 69 games with the Atlanta Braves.

Nicknamed "Kung Fu Panda," Sandoval has played in a few Latin American leagues recently, last appearing in a pro game in Dubai in late 2023.

He also played 91 games in the Mexican League in 2022.

Signed by the Giants as a 17-year-old in 2004, Sandoval debuted with San Francisco four years later, playing for three of the Giants' World Series title teams.

Sandoval, named MVP of the 2012 Series, hit three home runs in Game 1 that year. He joined the Boston Red Sox in free agency after the 2014 season.

Sandoval holds a career batting average of .278 with 159 home runs and 639 RBIs in 1,380 games. He is a two-time All-Star.

Marlins LHP Tanner Scott wins year's last arbitration case

Marlins LHP Tanner Scott wins year's last arbitration case

Miami Marlins left-hander Tanner Scott won his arbitration case Saturday in the final one of the year.

Scott was awarded $5.7 million as opposed to the $5.15 million filed by the Marlins.

Scott's victory gave the players a 9-6 edge in the 15 cases that reached the arbitration stage.

Scott, 29, went 9-5 with a 2.31 ERA and 12 saves in 74 appearances last season. Scott struck out 104 in 78 innings as part of the best campaign of his six-plus big-league seasons.

In two seasons with the Marlins, Scott has 32 saves. He spent his first four-plus seasons with the Baltimore Orioles.

The largest award won by a player this season was by Toronto star Vladimir Guerrero Jr., who was awarded $19.9 million, a record for the highest amount in a case that went to a hearing. Toronto had offered $18.05 million.

Report: Sacramento strong contender to host itinerant A's

Report: Sacramento strong contender to host itinerant A's

Sacramento has emerged as a strong contender to host the Oakland Athletics as they await construction on a new ballpark in Las Vegas, The Athletic reported.

Last year, unable to secure a new stadium deal in California, A's owners announced their intention to leave the aging Coliseum in Oakland and head toward the desert. With a stadium on the Las Vegas Strip not scheduled to open until 2028, and the current lease on the Coliseum ending after the 2024 season, the A's will need a place to play for three seasons.

The Athletic reported Friday that Sacramento is the frontrunner for the A's, with staying in Oakland on a short-term deal and playing in Salt Lake City as other possibilities.

Per the report, team and Oakland city officials met Thursday to discuss a possible lease extension that would have the A's staying in town through 2027. The advantage to staying in Oakland would be allowing the team to maintain its television contract with NBC Sports California -- and gain the income from it.

The Athletic reported that a shift to Sacramento would allow the team to "keep a considerable portion of the money" on the contract, whereas they'd have to find new TV revenue in Salt Lake City.

In Sacramento, the A's would play at Sutter Health Park, the home of the San Francisco Giants' Triple-A affiliate. It seats about 14,000 fans.

Royals acquire RHP John Schreiber from Red Sox

Royals acquire RHP John Schreiber from Red Sox

The Kansas City Royals acquired right-handed reliever John Schreiber from the Boston Red Sox in exchange for minor league righty David Sandlin on Saturday.

Also, the Royals placed right-hander Kyle Wright on the 60-day injured list.

Schreiber, who turns 30 on March 5, posted a 2-1 record with one save and a 3.86 ERA in 46 games (two starts) last season with Boston. He struck out 53 batters in 46 2/3 innings.

Schreiber owns an 8-6 record with nine saves and a 3.58 ERA in 139 career games (two starts) with the Detroit Tigers (2019-20) and Red Sox (2021-23).

Sandlin, 22, went 4-2 with a 3.41 ERA in 15 games (all starts) split last season with the Class-A Columbia Fireflies and the High-A Quad Cities River Bandits. He had 90 strikeouts in 68 2/3 innings.

Wright, who was acquired from the Atlanta Braves for fellow right-hander Jackson Kowar on Nov. 17, is recovering from surgery to repair a torn capsule in his throwing shoulder. He is expected to miss the 2024 season.

Because of injuries in the 2023 season, Wright appeared in just nine games (seven starts), posting a 1-3 record with a 6.97 ERA in 31 innings.

Wright, 28, led the majors in 2022 in wins when he posted a 21-5 record in 30 starts in his first full season. He had a 3.19 ERA and struck out 174 batters in 180 1/3 innings.

In 60 career games (51 starts) since 2018, Wright is 24-16 with a 4.45 ERA in 281 1/3 innings.

Report: Diamondbacks to sign OF Randal Grichuk

Report: Diamondbacks to sign OF Randal Grichuk

The Arizona Diamondbacks are singing veteran outfielder Randal Grichuk to a one-year deal with a mutual option for 2025, ESPN reported Saturday.

The deal is worth $1.5 million this year and includes a $6 million option with a $500,000 buyout for next season, as well as performance bonuses, per the report.

Grichuk, 32, was a first-round draft pick by the Los Angeles Angels in 2009. Traded to the Cardinals in 2013, he made his major league debut with St. Louis in 2014 and since has played with the Toronto Blue Jays (2018-21), Colorado Rockies (2022-23) and Angels (2023).

Between the Rockies and Angels last season, Grichuk hit .267 with 16 homers and 44 RBIs.

In 1,141 career games, Grichuk has a .249 average with 191 home runs and 556 RBIs. He is 10 hits shy of 1,000 for his career.

Rangers 3B Josh Jung (calf strain) out approximately 3 weeks

Rangers 3B Josh Jung (calf strain) out approximately 3 weeks

Texas Rangers third baseman Josh Jung is expected to be sidelined approximately three weeks due to a low-grade calf strain, manager Bruce Bochy said Saturday.

Jung, who turned 26 on Monday, sustained the injury while fielding grounders on Friday.

He is coming off a strong campaign in which he made the All-Star team in what qualified as his rookie season. He batted .266 with 23 homers and 70 RBIs in 122 games for the Rangers, who went on to win the World Series.

Injuries are nothing new for Jung, who dealt with a stress fracture in spring training of 2021 and was sidelined until June. He also suffered a shoulder injury in 2022, causing him to undergo surgery to repair a torn labrum. He did not return until August.

Last August, he broke his left thumb and returned to play 13 games before the postseason. He hit .308 with three home runs and eight RBIs in the playoffs.

Jung was selected by the Rangers with the eighth overall pick in the 2019 draft out of Texas Tech.

Phillies, Whit Merrifield in agreement on 1-year deal

Phillies, Whit Merrifield in agreement on 1-year deal

Veteran second baseman and outfielder Whit Merrifield and the Philadelphia Phillies agreed to terms on a one-year, $8 million contract, multiple reports said Friday.

ESPN reported the contract will have a team option of $8 million and will include a $1 million buyout.

Earning his third All-Star appearance in 2023, Merrifield slashed .272/.318/.382 for the Toronto Blue Jays.

Drafted in 2010 by the Kansas City Royals, Merrifield didn't reach the majors until he was 27 but quickly made up for lost time.

Merrifield was the majors' leader in hits in 2018 and 2019 and led the American League in steals three times (2017, 2018, 2021).

The 35-year-old collected 26 stolen bases last season, his first full season with Toronto following a 2022 trade from the Royals.

Merrifield, whose career slash line is .284/.380/.420 in 1,052 games, is likely to see his best opportunities in left field.

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