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. Today, 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. Today, 2:43 pm
    Garrett Hampson KC - 2B,3B,SS,OF
  • White Sox sign Paul DeJong to one-year contract
    White Sox signed INF Paul DeJong to a one-year, $1.75 million contract.

    Advice: The 30-year-old infielder also has the potential to earn an additional $250,000 in incentives — $150,000 for reaching 400 plate appearances and an additional $100,000 for eclipsing 500 plate appearances. DeJong hit a paltry .207/.258/.355 with 14 long balls and 38 RBI across 400 plate appearances with the Cardinals, Giants and Blue Jays in 2023. He should function as the White Sox’ regular shortstop against left-handed pitching, but he’ll have to fight for additional at-bats beyond that. Rotoworld Monday, 4:26 pm
  • Joins Detroit on MiLB pact
    Vilade signed a minor-league contract with the Tigers on Tuesday.

    Advice: The 24-year-old Vilade will be moving on the third organization of his career after stints with Colorado and Pittsburgh since entering the professional ranks as a second-round draft pick in 2017. Vilade saw his lone big-league action with the Rockies in 2021 but has played almost exclusively at the Triple-A level over the past two seasons. Over 511 plate appearances with the Pirates' Triple-A affiliate in Indianapolis in 2023, Vilade slashed .270/.370/.382 with six home runs and seven stolen bases. Monday, 7:43 am
  • 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
  • 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