Player Notes

  • Latches on with Mets
    Wendle signed a one-year, $2 million contract with the Mets on Wednesday, Robert Murray of reports.

    Advice: After two seasons with the Marlins, Wendle will remain in the NL East and presumably serve in a utility role with the Mets. The 33-year-old infielder had his worst season at the plate in 2023, slashing .212/.248/.306 across 318 plate appearances. While Wendle's defensive versatility may get him in the lineup fairly often next year, his poor bat puts a low ceiling on his fantasy value. Yesterday, 5:57 pm
    Joey Wendle NYM - 2B,3B,SS
  • Inks one-year deal with KC
    Hampson signed a one-year contract with the Royals on Wednesday.

    Advice: The deal is worth $2 million guaranteed, per Jeff Passan of Hampson was non-tendered by the Marlins earlier this month despite posting a career-best .276/.349/.380 batting line over 98 games in 2023 while appearing defensively at shortstop, second base, third base and all three outfield spots. The 29-year-old should be a useful super-utility option for Kansas City in 2024. Yesterday, 2:43 pm
    Garrett Hampson KC - 2B,3B,SS,OF
  • Nabs MiLB deal from Oakland
    Park signed a minor-league deal with the Athletics on Nov. 20.

    Advice: Park has previously seen action in 68 games in the majors with the Yankees and Pirates but spent the 2023 season exclusively at the Triple-A level in Atlanta's organization. Over 384 plate appearances with Gwinnett, Park slashed .262/.385/.379 with six home run and 17 stolen base. Park could have a better chance to resurface in the majors with an Athletics squad coming off a 112-loss season, but he's still more likely to open the 2024 campaign at Triple-A Las Vegas. Monday, 8:39 am
    Hoy Park OAK - 2B
  • Signs minor-league contract
    Blandino signed a minor-league contract with the Reds on Wednesday.

    Advice: Blandino joined the Giants on a minor-league deal ahead of the 2022 season before being traded to the Mariners. He was let go by Seattle in August of 2022 and didn't play last year, but he's slated to get another opportunity to provide organizational depth for the Reds in 2023. The 31-year-old played in 135 major-league games with the Reds between the 2018, 2019 and 2021 seasons and hit .226 with two homers, 29 runs, 16 RBI and a steal. He should play mainly in the minors in 2023. Sunday, 7:15 pm
    Alex Blandino SF - 2B,3B
  • Lands MiLB deal
    Velazquez signed a minor-league contract with Atlanta on Friday.

    Advice: Velazquez was claimed by Atlanta in early September after beginning the 2023 campaign in the Angels organization. He hit .217 with four runs, four RBI and a steal over 14 games at Triple-A Gwinnett but elected free agency in early November. However, after testing free agency for a few weeks, he'll rejoin Atlanta and could compete for a reserve spot on the team's Opening Day roster this spring. Sunday, 6:05 pm
  • Signs with Halos
    Leblanc signed a minor-league deal with the Angels on Sunday.

    Advice: The 27-year-old infielder made his big-league debut in 2022 but spent all of 2023 with the Marlins' Triple-A affiliate. Leblanc slashed .252/.384/.423 with 12 home runs and four steals in 94 games in the International League, good for a 108 wRC+. He saw time at second base, third base, first base and left field last season. Sunday, 11:20 am
  • Braves re-sign INF/OF Luke Williams to minors pact
    Braves re-signed INF/OF Luke Williams to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

    Advice: Williams is back in the fold with the Braves as extra utility infield depth heading into the 2024 campaign. The 27-year-old reserve, who got into four contests last season as an emergency stopgap at shortstop for the Dodgers, will presumably compete in spring training for a spot on Atlanta’s season-opening roster. He’s merely organizational depth at this stage of his career. Rotoworld Wednesday, 3:11 pm
    Luke Williams ATL - 2B,3B,OF
  • In line for third base job
    Urias is currently projected as the Mariners' starting third baseman following their trade of Eugenio Suarez, Ryan Divish of The Seattle Times reports.

    Advice: Seattle acquired Urias from Boston last week and he's now at the top of the team's depth chart at third base, although it's possible the Mariners bring someone else in at the position this offseason. Urias had a dreadful 2023, posting just a .636 OPS with three homers in 52 games while spending a chunk of the year in the minors. He looked like a solid regular a couple years ago, though, and is just 26 years of age. Wednesday, 11:30 am
    Luis Urías SEA - 2B,3B,SS