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Nationals To Sign Jon Lester https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2021/01/nationals-jon-lester-in-talks.html
https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/?p=340689
<div><img src=”https://cdn.mlbtraderumors.com/files/2020/10/USATSI_14988196-1024×690.jpg” class=”ff-og-image-inserted”></div><p><strong>7:13pm:</strong> The Nationals have reached a one-year agreement with Lester, pending a physical, according to <a href=”https://twitter.com/JeffPassan/status/1351336523258425344″ data-wpel-link=”external” target=”_blank”>Jeff Passan of ESPN</a>. The contract includes a mutual option.</p><p><strong>5:55pm:</strong> Lester and the Nats are closing in on a deal, <a href=”https://twitter.com/Russ_Dorsey1/status/1351317010605596673″ data-wpel-link=”external” target=”_blank”>Russell Dorsey of the Chicago Sun-Times</a> reports.</p>
<p><strong>5:24pm:</strong> The Nationals and free-agent left-hander<strong> <a href=”https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/l/lestejo01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-” target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow noopener” data-wpel-link=”external”>Jon Lester</a> </strong>are “in talks,” <a href=”https://twitter.com/Ken_Rosenthal/status/1351308114864328705″ data-wpel-link=”external” target=”_blank”>Ken Rosenthal and Jon Greenberg of The Athletic</a> report. It’s unclear whether the two sides are close to an agreement.</p>
<p>Washington would be the fourth organization for Lester, a 37-year-old who was previously with the Red Sox, Athletics and Cubs. Lester was especially impactful as a member of the Sox and Cubs, with whom he combined to win three World Series championships and pick up five All-Star appearances. Lester spent the previous six seasons in Chicago, where he largely lived up to the $155MM deal he signed before 2015, but his production fell off during his last two years in their uniform. After he combined for a 4.64 ERA/4.62 SIERA in 232 2/3 innings during that span, the Cubs let Lester reach free agency earlier this winter, turning down his $25MM option for next season in favor of a $10MM buyout.</p>
<p>While Lester expressed interest in remaining with the Cubs after they allowed him to become a free agent, there haven’t been reports of serious talks between him and the team since then. That could help pave the way for Lester to head to Washington, which is led by manager Dave Martinez, who was formerly the Cubs’ bench coach.</p>
<p>Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said earlier in the offseason he wanted to add a starter to the back of the team’s rotation, where Lester will slot in if he joins the team. The Nats have an enviable top three in <a href=”https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/s/scherma01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-” target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow noopener” data-wpel-link=”external”><strong>Max Scherzer</strong></a>, <a href=”https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/s/strasst01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-” target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow noopener” data-wpel-link=”external”><strong>Stephen Strasburg</strong></a> and <a href=”https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/c/corbipa01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-” target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow noopener” data-wpel-link=”external”><strong>Patrick Corbin</strong></a>, but the rest of their rotation looks somewhat questionable with <strong><a href=”https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/r/rossjo01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-” target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow noopener” data-wpel-link=”external”>Joe Ross</a></strong>, <strong><a href=”https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/f/feddeer01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-” target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow noopener” data-wpel-link=”external”>Erick Fedde</a></strong> and <strong><a href=”https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/v/vothau01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-” target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow noopener” data-wpel-link=”external”>Austin Voth</a> </strong>as possibilities to earn roles in 2021. Granted, after posting a 5.16 ERA/5.02 SIERA over 61 frames last year, Lester might not prove to be part of the solution, but the Nats may count on the veteran innings eater to competently fill a spot in their staff.</p>
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Padres To Acquire Joe Musgrove In 3-Team Trade https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2021/01/padres-to-acquire-joe-musgrove.html
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<div><img src=”https://cdn.mlbtraderumors.com/files/2020/12/joe-musgrove-pirates-1024×681.jpg” class=”ff-og-image-inserted”></div><p><strong>5:47pm:</strong> This is a three-team trade, according to <a href=”https://twitter.com/ByRobertMurray/status/1351315247777382401″ data-wpel-link=”external” target=”_blank”>FanSided’s Robert Murray</a>, who reports that the Mets will acquire Lucchesi. The Pirates will get catcher/outfielder <strong><a href=”https://www.baseball-reference.com/register/player.fcgi?id=rodrig001end&amp;utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-” target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow noopener” data-wpel-link=”external”>Endy Rodriguez</a></strong>, per <a href=”https://twitter.com/JonathanMayo/status/1351316791537053696″ data-wpel-link=”external” target=”_blank”>Jonathan Mayo of MLB.com</a>.</p><p><strong>5:40pm:</strong> Pittsburgh will get five players in return, <a href=”https://twitter.com/JonHeyman/status/1351311584463826945″ data-wpel-link=”external” target=”_blank”>Jon Heyman of MLB Network</a> reports. Head and lefty <strong><a href=”https://www.baseball-reference.com/register/player.fcgi?id=cruz–000oma&amp;utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-” target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow noopener” data-wpel-link=”external”>Omar Cruz</a></strong> are among those going to the Pirates, per <a href=”https://twitter.com/dennistlin/status/1351313035038609410″ data-wpel-link=”external” target=”_blank”>Dennis Lin of The Athletic</a>. Southpaw <strong><a href=”https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/l/lucchjo01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-” target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow noopener” data-wpel-link=”external”>Joey Lucchesi</a> </strong>is also part of the trade, <a href=”https://twitter.com/sdutKevinAcee/status/1351312127546384384″ data-wpel-link=”external” target=”_blank”>Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune</a> reports, as are righties <strong><a href=”https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/b/bednada01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-” target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow noopener” data-wpel-link=”external”>David Bednar</a></strong> and and<strong> <a href=”https://www.baseball-reference.com/register/player.fcgi?id=fellow000dra&amp;utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-” target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow noopener” data-wpel-link=”external”>Drake Fellows</a></strong>, <a href=”https://twitter.com/dennistlin/status/1351313035038609410″ data-wpel-link=”external” target=”_blank”>Lin relays</a>.</p>
<p><strong>5:18pm:</strong> The Padres have agreed to acquire right-hander<strong> <a href=”https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/m/musgrjo01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-” target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow noopener” data-wpel-link=”external”>Joe Musgrove</a></strong> from the Pirates, <a href=”https://twitter.com/JeffPassan/status/1351307345448546308″ data-wpel-link=”external” target=”_blank”>Jeff Passan of ESPN</a> tweets. The Pirates will receive “a large package of prospects,” potentially including outfielder <strong><a href=”https://www.baseball-reference.com/register/player.fcgi?id=head–000joh&amp;utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-” target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow noopener” data-wpel-link=”external”>Hudson Head</a></strong>, according to Passan.</p>
<p>This is the fourth significant trade for a starter in recent months for the Padres, who first acquired righty <strong><a href=”https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/c/clevimi01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-” target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow noopener” data-wpel-link=”external”>Mike Clevinger</a></strong> from Cleveland before last August’s deadline. Clevinger was quite effective for the Padres after the trade, but elbow issues limited him to one inning during the team’s NLDS loss to the division-rival Dodgers in October, and he won’t pitch at all in 2021 after undergoing Tommy John surgery in November.</p>
<p>After losing Clevinger for the upcoming season, the Padres swung trades with the Cubs for <strong><a href=”https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/d/darviyu01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-” target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow noopener” data-wpel-link=”external”>Yu Darvish</a></strong>, a National League Cy Young contender in 2020, as well as with the Rays for former AL Cy Young winner <strong><a href=”https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/s/snellbl01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-” target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow noopener” data-wpel-link=”external”>Blake Snell</a></strong>. They’ll presumably have Darvish, Snell, Musgrove, <strong><a href=”https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/l/lametdi01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-” target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow noopener” data-wpel-link=”external”>Dinelson Lamet</a></strong> (if he’s healthy after dealing with bicep troubles last year) and <strong><a href=”https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/p/paddach01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-” target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow noopener” data-wpel-link=”external”>Chris Paddack</a> </strong>in their season-opening rotation, though prospects <strong><a href=”https://www.baseball-reference.com/register/player.fcgi?id=gore–000mac&amp;utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-” target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow noopener” data-wpel-link=”external”>MacKenzie Gore</a></strong>, <strong><a href=”https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/w/weathry01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-” target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow noopener” data-wpel-link=”external”>Ryan Weathers</a> </strong>and <strong><a href=”https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/m/morejad01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-” target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow noopener” data-wpel-link=”external”>Adrian Morejon</a></strong> could be among younger Pads pushing for starts in 2021.</p>
<p>In Musgrove, San Diego is getting a California native who owns a 4.33 ERA in 496 2/3 innings between the Astros and Pirates, but he entered the offseason as one of the majors’ most intriguing trade chips after a career-best campaign. The 28-year-old threw 39 2/3 innings and recorded a 3.86 ERA/3.50 SIERA, all while registering a personal-high 14.4 percent swinging-strike rate and placing 10th in the majors in strikeout percentage (33.1 percent). That production would have made it more difficult for the low-payroll Pirates to extend Musgrove, who’s due $4.45MM in 2021 and has one more year of arbitration control left after that.</p>
<p>Lucchesi could have been part of the Padres’ rotation next season, but he’ll instead go to New York and compete for the No. 5 spot in its starting group. The Mets’ staff looked terrific before this deal with <strong><a href=”https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/d/degroja01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-” target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow noopener” data-wpel-link=”external”>Jacob deGrom</a></strong>, <strong><a href=”https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/c/carraca01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-” target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow noopener” data-wpel-link=”external”>Carlos Carrasco</a></strong>, <strong><a href=”https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/s/stromma01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-” target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow noopener” data-wpel-link=”external”>Marcus Stroman</a> </strong>and <strong><a href=”https://www.baseball-reference.com/search/search.fcgi?pid=peterda01,peters012dav&amp;search=David+Peterson&amp;utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-” target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow noopener” data-wpel-link=”external”>David Peterson</a></strong> comprising their top four, but <strong><a href=”https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/m/matzst01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-” target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow noopener” data-wpel-link=”external”>Steven Matz</a></strong> had been the front-runner for the fifth position after a dismal 2020. He’ll now have to go against Lucchesi, who recorded ERAs in the 4.00s in 2018 and ’19 before tossing just 5 2/3 innings in the bigs last year. Lucchesi’s not eligible to become a free agent until after 2024.</p>
<p>With no chance to contend in the near future, it made sense for the Pirates to move on from Musgrove in favor of a package of younger players.&nbsp; For Musgrove, they’re receiving at least four well-regarded prospects in Head, Cruz, Bednar and Rodriguez, whom <a href=”https://www.mlb.com/prospects/padres/” data-wpel-link=”external” target=”_blank”>MLB.com</a> ranked among the top 20 farmhands in their teams’ farm systems.</p>
<p>Head (No. 7) went in the third round of the 2019 draft and then signed a record bonus for $3MM. The 19-year-old possesses an “extremely high” ceiling, according to MLB.com. Cruz (17) and Bednar (20) were also solid Padres prospects, with MLB.com calling Cruz a possible back-end starter and Bednar a hard thrower with promise. Fellows did not rank among the Padres’ top 30 prospects at MLB.com, and Baseball America wrote before the club drafted him that his 93 to 94 mph fastball is “often hittable because he struggles to hit his spots.” However, BA added that Fellows’ slider could at least help make him a legitimate major league reliever.</p>
<p>Rodriguez, 20, was the Mets’ 14th-ranked prospect at MLB.com before the trade. MLB.com writes that Rodriguez has “an advanced approach and natural bat-to-ball skills” that will be all the more valuable if he sticks at catcher, though a future in the outfield does seem like a possibility.</p>
<p>The main takeaway here is that the Padres remain serious about vying for a World Series – something they have never won – in the near future. Even if it doesn’t happen in the short term, though, the Padres appear to be set up to succeed for the long haul. Their MLB roster is one of the game’s best, and as <a href=”https://twitter.com/BaseballAmerica/status/1351323497168048129″ data-wpel-link=”external” target=”_blank”>BA notes on Twitter</a>, the Padres still lead the league with seven top 100 prospects.</p>
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Reds Rumors: Torres, Gregorius, Castillo https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2021/01/reds-rumors-torres-gregorius-castillo.html
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<div><img src=”https://cdn.mlbtraderumors.com/files/2019/08/gleyber-torres-yankees-1024×683.jpg” class=”ff-og-image-inserted”></div><p>Shortstop stands out as an area of need for the Reds at the moment, and owner Bob Castellini has indeed pushed the front office to address it this offseason, <a href=”https://theathletic.com/2329567/2021/01/18/rosenthal-what-yanks-need-from-kluber-ozunas-hurdles-barts-future-more-notes/” data-wpel-link=”external” target=”_blank”>Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic</a> reports. The Reds even asked the Yankees for shortstop <strong><a href=”https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/t/torregl01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-” target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow noopener” data-wpel-link=”external”>Gleyber Torres</a></strong> and then some in talks centering on right-hander <strong><a href=”https://www.baseball-reference.com/search/search.fcgi?pid=castilu02,castilu01,castil015lui,castil014lui,castil020lui,castil019lui&amp;search=Luis+Castillo&amp;utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-” target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow noopener” data-wpel-link=”external”>Luis Castillo</a></strong>, but New York turned Cincinnati down, according to <a href=”https://twitter.com/JonHeyman/status/1351177270568902657″ data-wpel-link=”external” target=”_blank”>Jon Heyman of MLB Network</a>.</p><p>Cincy’s shortstop reps primarily went to <strong><a href=”https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/g/galvifr01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-” target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow noopener” data-wpel-link=”external”>Freddy Galvis</a></strong> and <strong><a href=”https://www.baseball-reference.com/search/search.fcgi?pid=garcijo02,garcijo01,garcia020jos,garcia062jos,garcia051jos,garcia035jos,garcia059jos,garcia049jos,garcia055jos,garcia058jos,garcia057jos&amp;search=José+García&amp;utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-” target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow noopener” data-wpel-link=”external”>Jose Garcia</a></strong> in 2020, but the team can’t count on either as its solution in 2021. Galvis is a free agent, after all, while the 22-year-old Garcia may not be ready for prime time just yet. Garcia hadn’t advanced past High-A ball before the Reds promoted him last year, when he batted .194/.206/.194 without a home run in 68 plate appearances. He also notched far more strikeouts than walks (26 to one), and his 3 wRC+ ranked second to last among 388 major leaguers who amassed at least 60 trips to the plate.</p>
<p>Garcia’s first-year struggles seemingly set the stage for the Reds to at least find a veteran stopgap at short, though it’s unclear how aggressive they’ll be during what has so far been a payroll-cutting offseason in which they’ve already said goodbye to the likes of <strong><a href=”https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/i/iglesra01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-” target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow noopener” data-wpel-link=”external”>Raisel Iglesias</a></strong> and <strong><a href=”https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/b/bradlar01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-” target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow noopener” data-wpel-link=”external”>Archie Bradley</a></strong>. Moreover, several of their notable players – Castillo, <strong><a href=”https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/g/grayso01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-” target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow noopener” data-wpel-link=”external”>Sonny Gray</a></strong>, <strong><a href=”https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/m/moustmi01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-” target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow noopener” data-wpel-link=”external”>Mike Moustakas</a></strong>, <strong><a href=”https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/c/casteni01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-” target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow noopener” data-wpel-link=”external”>Nick Castellanos</a></strong> and <strong><a href=”https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/s/suareeu01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-” target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow noopener” data-wpel-link=”external”>Eugenio Suarez</a></strong> among them – have come up in trade speculation, while reigning Cy Young winner <strong><a href=”https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/b/bauertr01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-” target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow noopener” data-wpel-link=”external”>Trevor Bauer</a></strong> is a free agent who seems likely to sign with another team before next season.</p>
<p>The good news for the Reds is that this offseason’s free-agent class features a few proven starting shortstops, with Galvis, ex-Red <strong><a href=”https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/g/gregodi01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-” target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow noopener” data-wpel-link=”external”>Didi Gregorius</a></strong>, <strong><a href=”https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/s/semiema01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-” target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow noopener” data-wpel-link=”external”>Marcus Semien</a></strong> and <strong><a href=”https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/s/simmoan01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-” target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow noopener” data-wpel-link=”external”>Andrelton Simmons</a></strong> leading the charge. Gregorius is a possibility for the team at this point, Rosenthal relays. Reuniting with Gregorius would be a significant move in an NL Central division whose teams have made more notable subtractions than additions this offseason. As of now, aside from the last-place Pirates, it seems like just about anyone’s division to win.</p>
<p>Castillo, meanwhile, will “very likely” remain a Red, Heyman writes. There’s no reason for the Reds to part with Castillo for anything but an enormous offer, as he’ll make just $4.2MM in 2021 and has two more years of team control remaining after that.</p>
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