Player Notes

  • D-backs sign RHP Ricky Karcher to minors contract
    Diamondbacks signed RHP Ricky Karcher to a minor league contract.

    Advice: Karcher will presumably also receive an invitation to spring training. The hard-throwing 26-year-old righty made one relief appearance this past season for the Reds and finished with a pedestrian 4.77 ERA, 1.87 WHIP and 70/72 K/BB ratio across 60 1/3 innings for Triple-A Louisville. He possesses the raw stuff required to pitch in the big leagues, but needs to harness his control issues if he’s going to become a mainstay in Arizona’s bullpen. Rotoworld Today, 6:45 pm
  • Twins re-sign LHP Jovani Moran to minors contract
    Twins re-signed LHP Jovani Moran to a minor league contract.

    Advice: It’s presumably a two-year minor league deal for Moran, who will be sidelined until at least 2025 after undergoing Tommy John surgery. The 26-year-old southpaw made a career-high 43 relief appearances this past season in the big leagues, finishing with an inflated 5.31 ERA, 1.47 WHIP and 48/27 K/BB ratio across 42 1/3 innings. Rotoworld Today, 6:32 pm
  • Twins re-sign RHP Ronny Henriquez to minors deal
    Twins re-signed RHP Ronny Henriquez to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

    Advice: As expected, Henriquez is back in the fold with the Twins as extra relief depth just a few weeks after being non-tendered. The 23-year-old righty looked sharp in a trio of relief appearances for Minnesota this past season and appears likely to stick as a reliever long-term. Rotoworld Today, 6:30 pm
  • Giants re-sign LHP Thomas Szapucki to minors deal
    Giants re-signed LHP Thomas Szapucki to a minor league contract.

    Advice: Szapucki returns to San Francisco shortly after being non-tendered earlier this month. The 27-year-old southpaw is working his way back from thoracic outlet surgery and remains without an official timeline to return. Rotoworld Today, 3:23 pm
  • Mets sign RHP Austin Adams to one-year contract
    Mets signed RHP Austin Adams to a one-year contract.

    Advice: No word on the exact financial terms yet, but Adams augments New York’s low-leverage relief depth heading into the 2024 campaign on a non-guaranteed split contract. The 32-year-old righty, who threw his slider nearly 90 percent of the time this past season for the Diamondbacks, posted an underwhelming 5.71 ERA, 1.39 WHIP and 22/8 K/BB ratio across 17 1/3 innings (24 appearances) before undergoing season-ending right ankle surgery in early August. He’s a relatively low-risk gamble for Mets president of baseball operations David Stearns as he puts together New York’s relief mix. Rotoworld Today, 3:01 pm
  • Re-signed to minors deal
    Cruz signed a minor-league contract with the Giants on Nov. 20.

    Advice: The Giants non-tendered Cruz on Nov. 17 but will give him another chance to work his way through their farm system. The 23-year-old right-hander pitched to a 4.47 ERA and 67:38 K:BB over 44.1 innings of relief between High-A Eugene and Double-A Richmond in 2023. Today, 2:48 pm
  • Marlins ink RHP Kyle Tyler to minors contract
    Marlins signed RHP Kyle Tyler to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

    Advice: Tyler was at the epicenter of a bizarre series of transactions prior to the 2022 season when he bounced around on waivers between several organizations. The 26-year-old righty spent last year in Seattle’s minor league system and has made seven relief appearances in the big leagues since 2021 between the Padres and Angels. Rotoworld Today, 1:47 pm
  • White Sox jettison RHP Nicholas Padilla to Triple-A
    White Sox sent RHP Nicholas Padilla outright to Triple-A Charlotte.

    Advice: Padilla has been shipped to the minors after passing through waivers unclaimed to free up a spot on Chicago’s 40-man roster. There’s no corresponding roster move at this time, but it could be a precursor to a potential trade or signing. Rotoworld Today, 1:22 pm
  • Thomas Hatch signs contract to pitch in Japan
    Thomas Hatch has signed a contract with the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters of Japan’s Nippon Professional Baseball.

    Advice: Hatch’s departure to Japan frees up a spot on Pittsburgh’s 40-man roster. The 29-year-old righty split last season between the Pirates and Blue Jays, finishing with a serviceable 4.08 ERA, 1.57 WHIP and 26/12 K/BB ratio across 28 2/3 innings (18 appearances, two starts). He’ll aim to build up his long-term value overseas after struggling to carve out a permanent role in the big leagues over the last few years. Rotoworld Today, 1:02 pm