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  • Jose Osuna signs with Tokyo Yakult Swallows
    Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports that the Jose Osuna has signed with the Tokyo Yakult Swallows. 

    Advice: The Pirates designated Osuna for assignment last week, and he's found a new home relatively quickly. The 27-year-old hit just .205/.244/.397 last year with four homers and a 16/4 K/BB ratio in 82 plate appearances. The year before, however, Osuna hit 10 homers with a .756 OPS in 95 games. If Osuna hits well in Japan, it certainly seems likely that he could be back in an MLB role in a year or two. Yesterday, 5:46 pm
    New Player Note
    José Osuna Pit - 1B,3B,OF
  • Report says no charges coming for Randy Arozarena
    According to the Mexican newspaper PorEsto, Randy Arozarena has been released after a 48-hour hold and will not face charges for a domestic incident involving his daughter and his daughter's mother.

    Advice: Arozarena was detained in Mexico's Yucatan state on Tuesday on allegations of domestic violence and a disagreement over custody of the young child. His lawyer, Carlos Chable, told PorEsto that "there were not enough elements to bring it to trial" (translated from Spanish) and that "there is no longer a crime to prosecute" (also translated). Arozarena could still be subject to some sort of discipline from Major League Baseball once the commissioner's office completes its own investigation into the incident, which was partially caught on video. Yesterday, 9:34 am
  • Brian O'Grady released by Rays
    Rays released 1B/OF Brian O'Grady.

    Advice: O'Grady had been designated for assignment and is now a free agent after clearing waivers. The 28-year-old will probably have to settle for a minor league contract. Wednesday, 2:12 pm
  • Renfroe now on the market after clearing waivers
    Rays released OF Hunter Renfroe.

    Advice: Renfroe cleared waivers after being designated for assignment last week and is now officially a free agent. The 28-year-old is coming off a rotten 2020 campaign which saw him post a .156/.252/.393 batting line, and the Rays didn't want to give him a raise in arbitration. Renfroe doesn't hit righties very well, but he crushes lefties and is a solid defender who also comes with three years of team control. He'll have suitors. Wednesday, 12:59 pm
  • Rockies acquire Jameson Hannah in four-player deal
    Rockies acquired OF Jameson Hannah and RHP Robert Stephenson from the Reds for RHP Jeff Hoffman and RHP Case Williams.

    Advice: Cincinnati picked up Hannah from the Athletics last summer as part of the Tanner Roark trade. The 23-year-old former second-round pick was robbed of key development time during MLB's shortened 2020 campaign and had a rather underwhelming .274/.339/.369 batting line in 491 plate appearances between High-A Stockton and High-A Daytona in 2019. Williams probably carries more perceived upside of the two minor leaguers included in this four-player swap given that he's 18 years old and was just drafted in the fourth round this past June. Wednesday, 11:06 am
  • Astros, O's, Red Sox considering FA Yasiel Puig's Mark Feinsand reports that the Astros, Orioles, and Red Sox are among the teams showing interest in free agent outfielder Yasiel Puig.

    Advice: Puig changed agents earlier this month -- from Dan Horwits and Cesar Suare of the Beverly Hill Sports Council to Rachel Luba of Luba Sports -- as he looks to get back into Major League Baseball following a lost 2020 season. He struck a reported deal with the Braves in mid-July, but it fell apart shortly thereafter after Puig tested positive for COVID-19. The 29-year-old had a pretty good showing in 2019 with the Reds and Indians, and Feinsand notes that other teams "could also be in the mix" beyond Houston, Baltimore, and Boston. Tuesday, 6:52 pm
  • Thames has interest from MLB, NPB, KBO teams
    According to Jon Morosi of, free agent Eric Thames is drawing interest from MLB, NPB, and KBO teams.

    Advice: Thames struggled to a .203/.300/.317 batting line in 41 games this past season with the Nationals, who then declined his $4 million option for 2021 late last month. But the 34-year-old slugger should do pretty well for himself this winter given all the avenues he's open to for possible offers. Thames spent the 2014-2016 seasons in the Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) before joining the Brewers ahead of the 2017 campaign. Monday, 3:42 pm
    Player Note
    Eric Thames Was - 1B,OF
  • Schebler inks minor league deal with Angels
    Angels signed OF Scott Schebler to a minor league contract.

    Advice: Schebler will make $900,000 if he makes the big club, per USA Today's Bob Nightengale. The 30-year-old logged just one at-bat in 2020 and has just 96 major-league plate appearances over the past two seasons, a far cry from his 30-homer season in 2017. Saturday, 10:12 am
  • Rockies sign Connor Joe to minor league contract
    Rockies signed OF Connor Joe to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

    Advice: The 28-year-old outfielder was diagnosed with testicular cancer in February and missed the entire 2020 season after undergoing surgery. He's now cancer-free though and anxious to get his career back on track. In 2019, Joe slashed a mighty impressive .300/.426/.503 with 15 homers, 68 RBI and an 81/72 K/BB ratio across 105 games at Triple-A Oklahoma City. Friday, 10:17 pm
  • Marlins add Jerar Encarnacion to 40-man roster
    Marlins purchased the contract of OF Jerar Encarnacion.

    Advice: The 23-year-old outfielder had a breakthrough season offensively in 2019, slashing .276/.331/.425 with 16 homers, 71 RBI and six stolen bases between Class-A Clinton and High-A Jupiter in 2019. He followed that up by hitting .269/.315/.433 with three homers and 16 RBI in 19 games during the Arizona Fall League. He's still a couple of years away from challenging for a spot on the Marlins' big league roster, but Encarnacion is an intriguing bat to watch. Friday, 10:01 pm
  • Phillies add Simon Muzziotti to 40-man roster
    Phillies purchased the contract of OF Simon Muzziotti.

    Advice: The 21-year-old outfielder had a breakout season offensively in 2019, slashing .287/.337/.372 with three homers, 28 RBI and 21 stolen bases over 110 games at High-A Clearwater. He should open the 2021 season at Double-A. Friday, 8:47 pm
  • Giants add Alexander Canario to 40-man roster
    Giants purchased the contract of OF Alexander Canario.

    Advice: The 20-year-old prospect is now protected from the Rule-5 draft. He recently underwent surgery to repair a torn left labrum that he suffered after dislocating his shoulder in the Arizona instructional league. Canario broke out offensively in 2019 when he slashed .318/.377/.623 with 16 homers, 54 RBI and four swipes in 59 games, mostly at Low-A Salem-Keizer. Friday, 7:53 pm
  • Royals purchase contract of Khalil Lee on Friday
    Royals purchased the contract of OF Khalil Lee.

    Advice: The 22-year-old outfielder hit .264/.363/.372 with eight homers, 51 RBI and 53 stolen bases in 129 games at Double-A Arkansas in 2019. Should he get an opportunity at the big league level in 2021, the stolen base potential would make him quite appealing from a fantasy perspective. Friday, 7:25 pm
  • Orioles add Yusniel Diaz to 40-man roster Friday
    Orioles purchased the contract of OF Yusniel Diaz.

    Advice: The highly-touted 24-year-old outfielder hit .265/.341/.464 with 11 long balls and 55 RBI over 85 games across three minor league levels in 2019 -- most of which came at Double-A Bowie. He should begin the 2021 campaign at Triple-A Norfolk and could get an opportunity to debut with the big league club before the season is through. Friday, 6:52 pm
  • Diamondbacks purchase contract of Stuart Fairchild
    Diamondbacks purchased the contract of OF Stuart Fairchild.

    Advice: The 24-year-old joined the Diamondbacks at the trade deadline last season in the deal that sent Archie Bradley to the Reds. Fairchild slashed .264/.352/.441 with 12 homers, 54 RBI and six stolen bases (in 13 attempts) while posting an 83/44 K/BB ratio in 460 plate appearances between High-A Daytona and Double-A Chattanooga in 2019. Friday, 4:53 pm
  • Red Sox purchase contract of Jeisson Rosario
    Red Sox purchased the contract of OF Jeisson Rosario from High-A Salem.

    Advice: Rosario, who came to the Red Sox in the mid-season trade that sent Mitch Moreland to the Padres, hit .242/.372/.314 with three homers, 35 RBI and 11 stolen bases in 120 games at High-A Lake Elsinore in 2019. He possesses intriguing tools, but he's far from a finished product and is a long way away from contributing at the big league level. Friday, 4:37 pm
  • Report: Nats mulling trade for Kris Bryant
    Jon Morosi of reports that the Nationals are considering a trade for Kris Bryant.

    Advice: They're also showing interest in DJ LeMahieu, as Morosi reported earlier Friday. The feeling seems to be that the Cubs will trade at least one big bat this offseason, and Bryant's name has popped up in trade rumors for a couple years now. Bryant is coming off a dreadful 2020 season which saw him post just a .644 OPS and he's likely to net close to $20 million in his final year of arbitration eligibility, so it's not the best time to be trading him. That said, the former MVP had a .903 OPS with 31 homers in his last full season, so a bounce-back seems reasonable if he's healthy. Friday, 2:17 pm
    Player Note
    Kris Bryant ChC - 3B,OF
  • Mariners add Taylor Trammell to roster
    Mariners purchased the contract of OF Taylor Trammell.

    Advice: He's now on the 40-man roster and protected from the Rule 5 Draft. Trammell really struggled at the Double-A level in 2019 and has been dealt at each of the last two trade deadlines, but his upside remains huge. Friday, 12:29 pm
  • Angels add Brandon Marsh to roster
    Angels purchased the contract of OF Brandon Marsh.

    Advice: Marsh, 22, hit .300/.383/.428 with seven home runs and 18 stolen bases over 96 games at the Double-A level in 2019. He's viewed as the Halos' top prospect and could push to debut at some point in 2021. Friday, 12:23 pm
  • Greg Deichmann added to 40-man roster
    Athletics purchased the contract of OF Greg Deichmann.

    Advice: Deichmann hasn't hit much and has had trouble staying healthy in pro ball, although he did lead the Arizona Fall League with nine homers last year. He's now protected from the Rule 5 Draft. Friday, 10:33 am
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