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  • Report: Prosecutor to request warrant for Martinez
    Hector Gomez of Z101 Sports reports that prosecutor Osvaldo Bonilla will request a warrant against Cardinals pitcher Carlos Martinez.

    Advice: The warrant comes after Martinez participated in a street party the previous weekend in the Dominican Republic. He will be charged with violating all the social distancing protocols and the mandatory use of masks at the gathering. A statement on Monday from the Cardinals acknowledged that they were "gathering details  about his participation after a video surfaced that showed him riding a motorbike with a passenger through a crowd on on a seaside street. More information on the potential arrest should present itself in the coming days, but it's possible Martinez will face disciplinary action on top of any punishment he receives for the violation. Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch tweets that the hurler is expected to pay fines, according to a representative. Yesterday, 5:23 pm
  • Derek Law inks minors deal with Twins
    Twins signed RHP Derek Law to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

    Advice: Law broke the news himself on his Twitter account. The 30-year-old reliever didn't pitch in the majors at all in 2020 and has had trouble replicating the success from his rookie season back in 2016. Wednesday, 5:12 pm
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    Derek Law Tex - SP,RP
  • Orioles DFA right-hander Thomas Eshelman
    Orioles designated RHP Thomas Eshelman for assignment.

    Advice: This move opens up a 40-man roster spot for Chris Shaw, who has been claimed off waivers from the Giants. Eshelman, 26, holds a career 5.22 ERA and 38/20 K/BB ratio in 70 2/3 total major league frames. Wednesday, 12:08 pm
  • Indians claim Jordan Humphreys from the Giants
    Indians claimed RHP Jordan Humphreys off waivers from the Giants.

    Advice: Humphreys was designated for assignment by the Giants last week. The 24-year-old has yet to appear in a major league game but owns a promising 2.60 ERA with 177 strikeouts in 169 2/3 career minor league innings. Wednesday, 12:06 pm
  • Red Sox outright RHP Ryan Weber to AAA level
    Red Sox sent RHP Ryan Weber outright to Triple-A Pawtucket.

    Advice: Weber was a DFA for the Red Sox last Friday but will remain with the organization for now. The 30-year-old right-hander owns a career 4.86 ERA, 1.31 WHIP, and 99/35 K/BB ratio in 157 1/3 major league innings. Wednesday, 11:40 am
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    Ryan Weber Bos - SP,RP
  • Reds get Hoffman in four-player trade with COL
    Reds acquired RHP Jeff Hoffman and RHP Case Williams from the Rockies for RHP Robert Stephenson and OF Jameson Hannah.

    Advice: Hoffman had some buzz back in 2015, when he was the headlining piece in the Rockies' trade of Troy Tulowitzki to Toronto, but he has struggled to the tune of a career 6.40 ERA in 38 starts and 30 relief appearances at the MLB level. That includes a 9.28 ERA over 21 1/3 innings of relief with the Reds in 2020. The former first-round pick of the Blue Jays could get another chance to start in Cincinnati and may stumble into better rate stats given the change in ballparks, but this move still doesn't boost his fantasy profile all that much. Wednesday, 10:57 am
  • Report: Giants interested in FA LHP Jon Lester
    Jon Morosi of reports that the Giants are interested in free agent left-hander Jon Lester.

    Advice: The Giants are in need of a starter with Drew Smyly departing and Lester previously considered signing with the Giants before landing with the Cubs during his last foray into free agency. The 36-year-old became a free agent at the end of October after the Cubs declined his $25 million option for 2021. It came as no surprise after he posted a 5.16 ERA and 42/17 K/BB ratio in 61 innings across 12 starts this past season. He'd mostly be an innings-eater at this point of his career. Tuesday, 9:16 am
  • Report: Reds open to moving RHP Sonny Gray
    Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic hears from rival clubs that the Reds are "open to moving" right-hander Sonny Gray.

    Advice: Gray is owed $10 million in each of the next two seasons with a $12 million club option for 2023, so it makes sense that the Reds would at least listen to clubs who might view him as a bargain compared to the pitchers available in free agency. The question is whether the Reds could deal Gray and still remain competitive next season, especially with Trevor Bauer already expected to depart via free agency. They'd almost certainly require younger and cheaper talent who could help them right away. Gray, 31, posted a 3.70 ERA and 72/26 K/BB ratio in 56 innings across 11 regular season starts this past season. Tuesday, 6:55 am
  • Braves announce 1-yr, $15M deal with RHP Morton
    Braves signed RHP Charlie Morton to a one-year, $15 million contract.

    Advice: The Braves have made a habit out of these one-year deals and this one could pay off big-time. Morton will join a rotation which already includes Max Fried, Ian Anderson, and the recently added Drew Smyly. With Kyle Wright and Bryse Wilson offering depth, the Braves don't necessarily have to rush back Mike Soroka has he returns from his Achilles tear. The Braves still have some work to do with Marcell Ozuna on the free agent market, but they are off to a good start in trying to secure another NL East title. Tuesday, 6:22 am
  • Royals release right-hander Glenn Sparkman
    Royals released RHP Glenn Sparkman.

    Advice: Sparkman was designated for assignment over the weekend and has now officially been cut loose. The 28-year-old holds a career 5.99 ERA, 1.59 WHIP, and 111/58 K/BB ratio in 180 1/3 innings at the MLB level. Monday, 7:09 pm
  • Rays 'open to the idea' of trading SP Blake Snell's Mark Feinsand reports that the Rays "have told other clubs that they’re open to the idea of trading Blake Snell" this offseason.

    Advice: Feinsand's source notes that the reigning American League champions are "not actively shopping Snell" but will listen to offers in a quest to cut costs following MLB's abbreviated 2020 campaign. Snell, who turns 28 years old in early December, is owed $10.5 million in 2021, $12.5 million in 2022, and $16 million in 2023 as part of a five-year, $50 million contract extension he signed with Tampa Bay in the spring of 2019. The left-hander registered a 3.24 ERA and 63/18 K/BB ratio in 50 regular-season innings (11 starts) this summer before working to a 3.03 ERA with 37 strikeouts over 29 2/3 innings (six starts) in the playoffs. Monday, 3:32 pm
  • Report: Red Sox showing interest in LHP J.A. Happ
    Jon Morosi of reports that the Red Sox are showing interest in free agent left-hander J.A. Happ.

    Advice: Morosi has also reported interest from the Blue Jays and Angels in recent days. For what it's worth, the southpaw has enjoyed quite a bit of success at Fenway Park in his career, though anything would be an improvement over what the Red Sox put out there this past season. Happ, 38, posted a 3.47 ERA and 42/15 K/BB ratio in 49 1/3 innings over nine starts with the Yankees in 2020. Monday, 8:52 am
  • Reds add Vladimir Gutierrez to 40-man roster
    Reds purchased the contract of RHP Vladimir Gutierrez.

    Advice: This move protects the 25-year-old from being taken in the upcoming Rule-5 draft. Gutierrez was handed an 80-game PED suspension in June after testing positive for Stanozolol -- a synthetic steroid. In 2019, he posted a 6.04 ERA, 1.40 WHIP and 117/48 K/BB ratio over 137 innings at Triple-A Louisville. Saturday, 1:45 pm
  • Twins purchase contract of Jordan Balazovic Friday
    Twins purchased the contract of RHP Jordan Balazovic.

    Advice: The 22-year-old right-hander is one of the top pitching prospects in the Twins' organization and isn't far from being big league ready. In 2019, he registered a 2.69 ERA, 0.98 WHIP and 129/25 K/BB ratio over 93 2/3 innings between Class-A Cedar Rapids and High-A Fort Myers. He should open the 2021 campaign at Double-A and should get a chance to debut with the big league club at some point during the season. Saturday, 1:09 pm
  • Yankees purchase contract of Alexander Vizcaino
    Yankees purchased the contract of RHP Alexander Vizcaino.

    Advice: The last time we saw Vizcaino, the hard-throwing 23-year-old posted a 4.38 ERA, 1.31 WHIP and 128/38 K/BB ratio over 115 innings between Class-A Charleston and High-A Tampa. He's likely to open the 2021 campaign in the starting rotation at Double-A. Friday, 10:10 pm
  • Yankees add Yoendrys Gomez to 40-man roster
    Yankees purchased the contract of RHP Yoendrys Gomez.

    Advice: Gomez, 21, registered a 3.99 ERA, 1.29 WHIP and 53/19 K/BB ratio over 56 1/3 innings between the Yankees' Rookie League club and Class-A Charleston in 2019. Despite the fact that he has yet to reach Double-A, he's considered a top-20 prospect in the Yankees' organization. Friday, 10:07 pm
  • Yankees purchase contract of Roansy Contreras
    Yankees purchased the contract of RHP Roansy Contreras.

    Advice: The 21-year-old hurler from the Dominican Republic had an impressive season at Class-A Charleston in 2019, posting a 3.33 ERA, 1.07 WHIP and 113/36 K/BB ratio over 132 1/3 innings. He's now protected from being taken in the upcoming Rule-5 draft. Friday, 10:04 pm
  • Phillies add Francisco Morales to 40-man roster
    Phillies purchased the contract of RHP Francisco Morales.

    Advice: While the minor league results haven't quite lined up yet, the 21-year-old hurler is considered one of the top pitching prospects in the Phillies' organization. He registered a 3.82 ERA, 1.32 WHIP and 129/46 K/BB ratio over 96 2/3 innings at Class-A Lakewood in 2019. Morales owns a blazing fastball, above-average slider and developing change, he just needs to put it all together and improve his command. Friday, 8:50 pm
  • Indians purchase contract of Eli Morgan
    Indians purchased the contract of RHP Eli Morgan.

    Advice: Morgan, 24, was the Tribe's eighth round selection from the 2017 draft. He had an impressive season in 2019, posting a 3.39 ERA, 1.17 WHIP and a 146/40 K/BB ratio over 140 2/3 innings between High-A Lynchburg, Double-A Akron and Triple-A Columbus in 2019. It wouldn't be surprising to see him debut with the Indians -- at least for a couple of spot starts -- during the 2021 season. Friday, 8:17 pm
  • Giants purchase contract of Gregory Santos
    Giants purchased the contract of RHP Gregory Santos.

    Advice: The 21-year-old hurler impressed during his eight starts at Class-A Augusta in 2019, compiling a 2.86 ERA, 1.24 WHIP and 26/9 K/BB ratio over 34 2/3 innings. He's now protected from being taken in the Rule-5 draft. Friday, 8:02 pm
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