• Report: Sonny Gray to get $75 million from Cards
    The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal reports the Cardinals and free agent right-hander Sonny Gray have agreed to a three-year, $75 million contract.

    Advice: Even though Gray will be pulling down twice as much per-season as he’s ever earned in his career, this doesn’t seem excessive at all, especially considering that the Cardinals likely had to outbid the Braves for his services. It’s a solid landing spot from a fantasy perspective as the 34-year-old righty figures to remain a top-40 fantasy starter heading into the 2024 campaign. Rotoworld Yesterday, 6:39 am
  • Brought back by Giants
    The Giants re-signed Waites (elbow) to a minor-league contract Sunday.

    Advice: Waites was non-tendered by San Francisco earlier this month but is now back in the organization. The 25-year-old had Tommy John surgery in September and will be sidelined until at least spring training in 2025. He'll now get to conduct his rehab in familiar surroundings. Rotowire.com Yesterday, 6:24 am
    Cole Waites SF - RP
    L, 2-5 vs LAD
  • Re-signs with Tigers
    The Tigers re-signed Hill to a minor-league contract Sunday.

    Advice: Hill was non-tendered by Detroit earlier this month but will remain in the organization. It's not clear whether he was given an invitation to the major-league side of spring training as part of the deal. Hill was torched for 20 runs (16 earned) over 15.2 major-league innings in 2023. Rotowire.com Yesterday, 6:21 am
    Garrett Hill DET - SP,RP
    W, 5-2 vs CLE
  • Gets MiLB deal from Arizona
    Castillo agreed to a minor-league contract with the Diamondbacks on Monday.

    Advice: Castillo has been given an invitation to the major-league side of spring training. The 27-year-old left-hander spent nearly all of 2023 at the Triple-A level, posting a 7.65 ERA and 48:24 K:BB over 37.2 frames. He boasts a 55:16 K:BB over 40.1 career innings in the majors. Rotowire.com Yesterday, 6:12 am
  • Reaches deal with St. Louis
    Gray agreed to a three-year, $75 million contract with the Cardinals on Monday, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports.

    Advice: The deal also includes a club option for 2027. St. Louis will also forfeit a draft pick and international bonus pool money as a result of signing Gray, who was given a qualifying offer from Minnesota before becoming a free agent. Gray is coming off an American League Cy Young runner-up finish in 2023 with the Twins, having collected a 2.79 ERA, 1.15 WHIP and 183:55 K:BB over 184 innings. He could be the final piece of a rotation makeover for the Cardinals after they announced deals with Lance Lynn and Kyle Gibson last week. Rotowire.com Yesterday, 6:08 am
  • Diamondbacks sign ex-Padre reliever Castillo
    Diamondbacks signed LHP José Castillo to a minor league contract and invited him to spring training.

    Advice: Once one of the game’s more promising relief prospects with the Padres, Castillo’s career has stalled due to injury. He wound up with a 7.65 ERA in 37 2/3 innings in Triple-A last year, and he also gave up four runs in one-third of an inning in his only appearance for the Padres. He’ll be a long shot to secure a spot in Arizona’s pen. Rotoworld Yesterday, 5:46 am
  • Phillies sign José Ruiz to minor league pact
    Phillies signed RHP José Ruiz to a minor league contract and invited him to spring training.

    Advice: Ruiz, somehow a seven-year MLB veteran, had a 4.43 ERA and a 36/17 K/BB ratio in 40 2/3 innings for the Diamondbacks last season. He turned in his best season in 2021 with the White Sox, finishing with a 3.05 ERA in 65 innings. Unless injuries strike, it’s unlikely that he’ll make the Phillies out of spring training. However, he’ll likely log bullpen time at some point. Rotoworld Yesterday, 5:40 am
  • Report: Cardinals close to signing Sonny Gray
    The Cardinals are close to signing Sonny Gray, according to the New York Post’s Jon Heyman.

    Advice: This is certainly what the Cardinals need after adding Lance Lynn and Kyle Gibson to eat innings alongside Miles Mikolas and Steven Matz. Ideally, they’d have actually developed some pitching along the way and wouldn’t have needed to spend $75 million next year on what still seems like a pretty mediocre rotation. Gray, though, makes things look quite a bit better. Rotoworld Yesterday, 5:21 am
  • Signs with Halos
    Kolarek signed a one-year, $900,000 contract with the Angels on Sunday.

    Advice: Kolarek has had limited time in the majors over the past four seasons, and he made just five relief appearances between the Dodgers and Mets last year. He tossed six scoreless innings across those outings and was relatively effective in the minors, posting a 3.80 ERA and 1.55 WHIP in 42.2 innings across 46 relief appearances with Triple-A clubs. Kolarek will join the Angels on a major-league deal ahead of the 2023 campaign but could lose his spot in the big-league bullpen if he struggles at some point. Rotowire.com Sunday, 8:11 pm