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Who Will Be The Last Top-50 Free Agent To Sign? https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2021/02/who-will-be-the-last-top-50-free-agent-to-sign.html
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<div><img src=”https://cdn.mlbtraderumors.com/files/2021/01/jake-odorizzi-1024×731.jpg” class=”ff-og-image-inserted”></div><p>After a slow start, the 2020-21 free agent market finally sprung to life over the last few weeks.&nbsp; The result is a lot of red ink (i.e. signing details) on <a href=”https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2020/11/mlb-free-agent-predictions-2021.html” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener” data-wpel-link=”internal”>MLBTR’s list</a> of the offseason’s top 50 free agents, with only ten of the players that original list remaining without a contract for the 2021 season or beyond.</p><p>With less than two weeks to go before Spring Training camps are scheduled to open, the question has gone from “when will anyone sign?” to “who is left to be signed?”&nbsp; There are still plenty of prominent names remaining, including multiple former All-Stars, Gold Glovers, a Cy Young Award winner, and former World Series champions — including a very prominent member of the defending champion Dodgers.</p>
<p>Any of these players could sign at any time, of course, but it’s possible <strong><a href=”https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/m/molinya01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-” target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow noopener” data-wpel-link=”external”>Yadier Molina</a></strong> could be back with the Cardinals very soon, given <a href=”https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2021/01/yadier-molina-expected-to-re-sign-with-cardinals.html” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener” data-wpel-link=”internal”>the reports</a> of an agreement that could be made official now that the Caribbean Series is over.&nbsp; <strong><a href=”https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/t/turneju01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-” target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow noopener” data-wpel-link=”external”>Justin Turner</a></strong> may also be down to a choice <a href=”https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2021/01/free-agency-notes-braves-turner-folty-jays-red-sox.html” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener” data-wpel-link=”internal”>between four teams</a>, and <strong><a href=”https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/b/bradlja02.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-” target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow noopener” data-wpel-link=”external”>Jackie Bradley Jr.</a></strong> still has interest from <a href=”https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2021/02/latest-on-mets-jackie-bradley-jr.html” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener” data-wpel-link=”internal”>a reported half-dozen teams</a>.</p>
<p>With <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> now a Dodger, interest <a href=”https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2021/02/starting-pitching-rumors-cardinals-phillies-blue-jays-paxton-odorizzi-walker.html” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener” data-wpel-link=”internal”>seems to be picking up</a> for starting pitchers like <strong><a href=”https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/o/odorija01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-” target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow noopener” data-wpel-link=”external”>Jake Odorizzi</a></strong>, <strong><a href=”https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/p/paxtoja01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-” target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow noopener” data-wpel-link=”external”>James Paxton</a></strong>, and <strong><a href=”https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/w/walketa01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-” target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow noopener” data-wpel-link=”external”>Taijuan Walker</a></strong>.&nbsp; That could, in turn, spark some offers further down the ladder for veteran hurlers like <strong><a href=”https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/p/porceri01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-” target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow noopener” data-wpel-link=”external”>Rick Porcello</a></strong> or <strong><a href=”https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/h/hamelco01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-” target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow noopener” data-wpel-link=”external”>Cole Hamels</a></strong>, as there hasn’t been much public buzz about either pitcher this winter.</p>
<p>On the bullpen front, <strong><a href=”https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/r/rosentr01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-” target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow noopener” data-wpel-link=”external”>Trevor Rosenthal</a></strong> has gotten interest from a few teams this winter, though several of his known suitors have since moved on to other late-game options.&nbsp; However, the “no such thing as too much pitching” mantra would certainly seem to apply to relievers as well heading into a 2021 season that may see several starters on innings limits as they rebuild arm strength.&nbsp; That would imply that the likes of Rosenthal and <strong><a href=”https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/m/melanma01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-” target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow noopener” data-wpel-link=”external”>Mark Melancon</a></strong> could still be of interest to teams who already have a closer in place, in an effort to create a super-bullpen.</p>
<p>To add a couple more names to the mix, this poll also includes <strong><a href=”https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/g/gardnbr01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-” target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow noopener” data-wpel-link=”external”>Brett Gardner</a></strong> and <strong><a href=”https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/m/millebr02.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-” target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow noopener” data-wpel-link=”external”>Brad Miller</a></strong>, who were honorable mentions on the original Top 50 list.&nbsp; They were bumped up to the 50-player slate for <a href=”https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2020/12/free-agent-prediction-contest-leaderboard-now-available-2.html” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener” data-wpel-link=”internal”>MLBTR’s free agent prediction contest</a> after <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/players/g/gausmke01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-” target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow noopener” data-wpel-link=”external”>Kevin Gausman</a></strong> made early exits from the market by accepting qualifying offers.</p>
<p>Of these twelve, who is your pick as the last free agent standing?&nbsp; (<a href=”https://poll.fm/10739282″ target=”_blank” rel=”noopener” data-wpel-link=”external”>poll link</a> for app users)
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Brad Miller
Brett Gardner
Cole Hamels
Jackie Bradley Jr.
Jake Odorizzi
James Paxton
Justin Turner
Mark Melancon
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Trevor Rosenthal
Yadier Molina


Blue Jays Interested In Marwin Gonzalez https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2021/02/blue-jays-interested-in-marwin-gonzalez.html
https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/?p=380895
<div><img src=”https://cdn.mlbtraderumors.com/files/2021/02/USATSI_14999094-1024×683.jpg” class=”ff-og-image-inserted”></div><p><strong><a href=”https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/g/gonzama01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-” target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow noopener” data-wpel-link=”external”>Marwin Gonzalez</a></strong>’s list of known suitors continues to grow, as Sportsnet.ca’s Shi Davidi (<a href=”https://twitter.com/ShiDavidi/status/1358514183046856706″ target=”_blank” rel=”noopener” data-wpel-link=”external”>via Twitter</a>) reports that the Blue Jays have interest in the utilityman.&nbsp; The exact level of interest isn’t known, as Davidi notes that Toronto could be taking only a due-diligence look at a notable free agent who is still on the market this late in the offseason, though the Blue Jays have been interested in Gonzalez in the past.</p><p>While the Blue Jays’ infield trio of <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>, <strong><a href=”https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/b/bichebo01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-” target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow noopener” data-wpel-link=”external”>Bo Bichette</a></strong>, and <strong><a href=”https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/b/biggica01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-” target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow noopener” data-wpel-link=”external”>Cavan Biggio</a></strong> all carry some level of multi-positional versatility, <strong><a href=”https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/e/espinsa01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-” target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow noopener” data-wpel-link=”external”>Santiago Espinal</a></strong> and <strong><a href=”https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/u/urenari01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-” target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow noopener” data-wpel-link=”external”>Richard Urena</a></strong> are the top current options for the backup infield role, so Gonzalez would provide a veteran upgrade.&nbsp; Gonzalez is also a switch-hitter, adding left-handed depth to the mostly right-handed hitting Jays roster.</p>
<p>Of course, Gonzalez hasn’t been particularly effective as a left-handed batter in <a href=”https://www.baseball-reference.com/tools/split_stats.cgi?full=1&amp;params=plato%7Cvs%20RHP%20as%20LHB%7Cgonzama01%7Cbat%7CAB%7C” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener” data-wpel-link=”external”>any of the last three seasons</a> — or against righties either during a tough 2020 season.&nbsp; The 31-year-old hit only .211/.286/.320 over 199 total plate appearances with the Twins last year, and might be best positioned as a bench piece rather than as a player who could be counted on for a platoon role or semi-regular usage at multiple positions.&nbsp; Gonzalez’s calling card is versatility, as he has clocked lots of playing time at all four infield spots and the two corner outfield positions over his nine MLB seasons.</p>
<p>Toronto joins the Red Sox, Phillies, Twins, Mets, and Tigers as teams linked to Gonzalez over the course of the winter.&nbsp; This group could possibly comprise the half-dozen teams MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand <a href=”https://twitter.com/Feinsand/status/1356639022693629954″ target=”_blank” rel=”noopener” data-wpel-link=”external”>recently reported</a> as looking at Gonzalez, unless one of these clubs has since moved on, or if a mystery team is also in the mix.</p>
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Mon, 08 Feb 2021 00:06:27 +0000 Mark Polishuk
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Marwin Gonzalez
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This Date In Transactions History: Marlins-Phillies Realmuto Trade https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2021/02/this-date-in-transactions-history-marlins-phillies-realmuto-trade.html
https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/?p=380577
<div><img src=”https://cdn.mlbtraderumors.com/files/2020/12/USATSI_14923408-1024×683.jpg” class=”ff-og-image-inserted”></div><p>On February 7, 2019, the Phillies and Marlins lined up on a <a href=”https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2019/02/phillies-to-acquire-j-t-realmuto.html” data-wpel-link=”internal” target=”_blank”>monumental intra-division</a> trade. Miami sent&nbsp;<strong><a href=”https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/r/realmjt01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-” target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow noopener” data-wpel-link=”external”>J.T. Realmuto</a></strong> to Philadelphia in exchange for pitching prospects&nbsp;<strong><a href=”https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/s/sanchsi01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-” target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow noopener” data-wpel-link=”external”>Sixto Sánchez</a></strong> and&nbsp;<strong><a href=”https://www.baseball-reference.com/search/search.fcgi?pid=stewar011wil,stewar010wil&amp;search=Will+Stewart&amp;utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-” target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow noopener” data-wpel-link=”external”>Will Stewart</a></strong>, as well as MLB catcher&nbsp;<strong><a href=”https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/a/alfarjo01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-” target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow noopener” data-wpel-link=”external”>Jorge Alfaro</a></strong>. The then-rebuilding Marlins relinquished their final pair of seasons of club control over one of the game’s premier catchers in exchange for longer-term value. With Realmuto now having played out those two years in Philadelphia, it’s worth taking stock of the progress of the players involved.</p><p>To date, the trade is shaping up to be a rare win-win. Realmuto more than lived up to his end of the bargain. Since the start of 2019, the former third-rounder has hit an above-average .273/.333/.492, all while rating as a high-end pitch framer and throwing out an elite 42.9% of attempting basestealers. He and&nbsp;<strong><a href=”https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/g/grandya01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-” target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow noopener” data-wpel-link=”external”>Yasmani Grandal</a></strong> are well clear of the rest of the field when looking at <a href=”https://www.fangraphs.com/leaders.aspx?pos=c&amp;stats=bat&amp;lg=all&amp;qual=200&amp;type=8&amp;season=2020&amp;month=0&amp;season1=2019&amp;ind=0&amp;team=0&amp;rost=0&amp;age=0&amp;filter=&amp;players=0&amp;startdate=&amp;enddate=” data-wpel-link=”external” target=”_blank”>FanGraphs’ WAR leaders</a> among catchers the past two seasons. The Phillies didn’t find much in the way of team success, but that’s not the fault of Realmuto, who has been one of the sport’s two most productive catchers since the trade.</p>
<p>Of course, the Phillies-Realmuto relationship didn’t end once he reached free agency. Philadelphia brought back the franchise backstop on a <a href=”https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2021/01/phillies-to-sign-j-t-realmuto.html” data-wpel-link=”internal” target=”_blank”>five-year contract</a> last month. The Realmuto acquisition would have been a successful one for the Phils regardless of whether they managed to re-sign him; trading for Realmuto during his arbitration years is a separate decision from the one to sign him to a long-term deal in free agency. Still, the Phillies acquiring Realmuto two years ago certainly couldn’t have hurt their chances of winning the bidding for him this winter.</p>
<p>The Marlins’ end of the deal is a bit more uncertain (as one would expect when a team trades away an established star for a group of talented younger players) but certainly looks bright. Sánchez was seen as the prize of the package at the time of the deal, and he’s only elevated his stock since then. The young righty spent most of the 2019 season in Double-A, where he was very good, and then made his MLB debut last season.</p>
<p>Over his first seven starts at the big league level, Sánchez pitched to a 3.46 ERA/4.18 SIERA. His strikeout rate (20.9%) was a bit below-average, but Sánchez posted better than average marks in both walk rate (7.0%) and ground ball rate (58.0%) as a 22-year-old. It may be too early to definitively declare the flamethrower a future ace, but he’s clearly a central piece of a young rotation the Marlins hope will allow them to perennially reach the postseason, as the Fish did in 2020.</p>
<p>Alfaro and Stewart remain in the Miami organization, but their respective stocks have fallen since the trade. After a decent 2019 season, Alfaro struggled in 2020 and was eventually supplanted on the depth chart by&nbsp;<strong><a href=”https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/w/wallach01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-” target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow noopener” data-wpel-link=”external”>Chad Wallach</a></strong>. Stewart, meanwhile, had a difficult 2019 season in High-A. Eligible for this offseason’s Rule 5 draft, Stewart was left off Miami’s 40-man roster but went unselected.</p>
<p>Even if neither of the secondary pieces in the deal become core pieces for the Marlins, the Realmuto-Sánchez central framework of the trade will be fascinating to follow. There figures to be plenty of times for broadcasters and fans to rehash the details of the blockbuster when the two square off against one another over the coming years.</p>
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Sun, 07 Feb 2021 22:58:04 +0000 Anthony Franco
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Jorge Alfaro
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