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Quick Hits: Pujols, T. Rosenthal, Gardner, Hoskins https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2021/02/quick-hits-pujols-t-rosenthal-gardner-hoskins.html
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<p class=”entry-meta”>By <a href=”https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/author/connorbyrne” title=”Posts by Connor Byrne” class=”entry-author-link url fn” rel=”author”><span itemprop=”name” class=”entry-author-link entry-author-name”>Connor Byrne</span></a> | <time class=”entry-time” itemprop=”datePublished” datetime=”2021-02-22T21:42:34+00:00″>February 22, 2021</time> at <time class=”entry-time” itemprop=”datePublished” datetime=”2021-02-22T21:42:34+00:00″>9:42pm CDT</time> </p></header><div class=”entry-content” itemprop=”text” readability=”37.377717391304″><p>Deirdre Pujols, wife of <strong>Angels</strong> first baseman <a href=”https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/p/pujolal01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-” target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow noopener” data-wpel-link=”external”><strong>Albert Pujols</strong></a>, <a href=”https://www.instagram.com/deidrepujolsadventures/?hl=en” data-wpel-link=”external” target=”_blank”>suggested on Instagram</a> on Monday that this will be the final season of the 41-year-old’s storied career. However, she quickly amended her post and made it clear that he won’t necessarily retire after 2021. Indeed, <a href=”https://twitter.com/MikeDiGiovanna/status/1364008605343604737″ data-wpel-link=”external” target=”_blank”>Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times</a> was among those to report that Pujols hasn’t made a decision on his future beyond this year. But as someone who has struggled immensely over the past few seasons, it doesn’t seem likely that the future Hall of Famer will land another guaranteed contract even if he wants to play in 2022. Regardless, he’ll earn $30MM this season on the 10-year, $254MM deal he signed with the Angels entering the 2012 campaign.</p>
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<li>The <strong>Brewers</strong> were among the teams that tried to sign reliever <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> before he inked a one-year, $11MM guarantee with the Athletics, <a href=”https://twitter.com/JonHeyman/status/1363889037371731969″ data-wpel-link=”external” target=”_blank”>Jon Heyman of MLB Network</a> tweets. The<strong> Braves</strong> were also <a href=”https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2021/02/quick-hits-braves-rosenthal-ohtani-ray-cherington.html” data-wpel-link=”internal” target=”_blank”>known to be in the mix</a>, and they made the right-hander a back-loaded offer for two years, according to <a href=”https://theathletic.com/2403193/2021/02/22/rosenthal-fernando-tatis-jr-francisco-lindor-deals-free-agents/” data-wpel-link=”external” target=”_blank”>Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic</a>. Trevor Rosenthal ultimately chose the A’s back-loaded proposal (they’ll pay him through 2023).</li>
<li>Outfielder <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>re-signed with the Yankees for a $5.15MM guarantee, but at least a few other teams considered prying him out of New York. The <strong>Braves</strong>, <strong>Angels</strong> and <strong>Blue Jays</strong> all showed interest in Gardner during his long stay in free agency, <a href=”https://twitter.com/JonHeyman/status/1363876627416035336″ data-wpel-link=”external” target=”_blank”>per Heyman</a>. However, Gardner’s goal was to remain a member of the Yankees. A 2005 third-round pick who made his big league debut in 2008, Gardner is easily the Yankees’ longest-tenured player.</li>
<li><strong>Phillies</strong> first baseman <strong><a href=”https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/h/hoskirh01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-” target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow noopener” data-wpel-link=”external”>Rhys Hoskins</a></strong>, who underwent Tommy John surgery last October, said that he has been <em>“medically cleared”</em> for all spring training activities, <a href=”https://www.inquirer.com/phillies/phillies-rhys-hoskins-elbow-spring-training-20210222.html” data-wpel-link=”external” target=”_blank”>Scott Lauber of the Philadelphia Inquirer</a> relays. It’s not certain whether Hoskins will be in the Phillies’ lineup on Opening Day – that will depend on how many reps he gets this spring – but it’s not <em>“out of the picture,”</em> he stated. After a somewhat disappointing 2019, the 27-year-old slugger enjoyed a major rebound last season, when he slashed .245/.384/.503 (140 wRC+) with 10 home runs in 185 plate appearances.</li>
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Yankees Re-Sign Brett Gardner https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2021/02/latest-on-yankees-brett-gardner.html
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<div><img src=”https://cdn.mlbtraderumors.com/files/2020/09/USATSI_14781851-1024×736.jpg” class=”ff-og-image-inserted”></div><p><strong>FEB. 22:</strong> The deal is official, <a href=”https://twitter.com/BNightengale/status/1364041615556235272″ data-wpel-link=”external” target=”_blank”>Bob Nightengale of USA Today</a> tweets. Gardner will earn a $1.85MM salary and a $1MM signing bonus in 2021. There’s a $2.3MM player option for 2022, but if Gardner turns that down, the Yankees will be able to exercise a $7.15MM club option or buy him out for $1.15MM. The structure of the contract – a two-year, $5.15MM guarantee – means Gardner’s tax hit in 2021 will be just $2.575MM.</p><p><strong>FEB. 19, 5:11pm:</strong> It’s a one-year pact with player and team options for 2022, <a href=”https://twitter.com/JonHeyman/status/1362902469894955010″ data-wpel-link=”external” target=”_blank”>according to Heyman</a>. Gardner, a Meister Sports Management client, will earn a $4MM guarantee. He could make around $11MM if the Yankees pick up the option, <a href=”https://twitter.com/JonHeyman/status/1362902619803516928″ data-wpel-link=”external” target=”_blank”>Heyman adds</a>.</p>
<p><strong>5:06pm:</strong> The Yankees have agreed to re-sign Gardner, pending a physical, per <a href=”https://twitter.com/KenDavidoff/status/1362900697243672580″ data-wpel-link=”external” target=”_blank”>Ken Davidoff of the New York Post</a>.</p>
<p><strong>4:19pm:</strong> The Yankees and free-agent outfielder <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> <a href=”https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2021/02/report-no-negotiations-between-yankees-brett-gardner.html” data-wpel-link=”internal” target=”_blank”>reportedly</a> hadn’t been in negotiations as of last week, but it appears that’s changing. The two sides “<span class=”css-901oao css-16my406 r-poiln3 r-bcqeeo r-qvutc0″>are in touch and working on a possible deal,” <a href=”https://twitter.com/JonHeyman/status/1362887972014718981″ data-wpel-link=”external” target=”_blank”>Jon Heyman of MLB Network</a> tweets.</span></p>
<p>The Yankees declined Gardner’s $10MM option for 2021 in favor of a $2.5MM after last season, but a new agreement wouldn’t come as any kind of shock. After all, the 37-year-old has been a career-long member of the club since he debuted in 2008 and remains an asset despite his advanced age. Gardner is still adept at handling both left and center field, and he posted yet another above-average offensive showing in 2020. While his batting average wasn’t good, his overall .223/.354/.392 line in 158 plate appearances was around 10 percent better than the league-average mark, according to both OPS+ and wRC+. He’s also an immensely respected member of the team’s clubhouse.</p>
<p>If Gardner does return to the Yankees in 2021, he would serve as a highly qualified fourth outfielder on a team that has <a href=”https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/j/judgeaa01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-” target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow noopener” data-wpel-link=”external”><strong>Aaron Judge</strong></a>, <strong><a href=”https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/h/hicksaa01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-” target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow noopener” data-wpel-link=”external”>Aaron Hicks</a></strong> and <a href=”https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/f/frazicl01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-” target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow noopener” data-wpel-link=”external”><strong>Clint Frazier</strong></a> lined up to start in the grass. The Yankees are aiming to stay under the $210MM luxury-tax threshold this year, and re-signing Gardner shouldn’t prevent them from doing that, as <a href=”https://www.fangraphs.com/roster-resource/payroll/yankees” data-wpel-link=”external” target=”_blank”>Jason Martinez of Roster Resource/FanGraphs</a> estimates that they’re a little below $202MM right now.</p>
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Shin-Soo Choo Signs With SK Wyverns https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2021/02/shin-soo-choo-signs-with-sk-wyverns.html
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<div><img src=”https://cdn.mlbtraderumors.com/files/2019/10/shin-soo-choo-rangers-1024×682.jpg” class=”ff-og-image-inserted”></div><p>Longtime major league outfielder <a href=”https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/c/choosh01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-” target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow noopener” data-wpel-link=”external”><strong>Shin-Soo Choo</strong></a> is joining the SK Wyverns of the Korea Baseball Organization, Tae Woo Kim of SPOTV reports (h/t: Sung Min Kim, <a href=”https://twitter.com/sung_minkim/status/1364028984468508675″ data-wpel-link=”external” target=”_blank”>on Twitter</a>). He’ll earn $2.4MM in 2021, <a href=”https://twitter.com/MyKBO/status/1364031386856747009″ data-wpel-link=”external” target=”_blank”>Dan Kurtz of MyKBO.net</a> tweets.</p><p>This is a homecoming for the 38-year-old Choo, a South Korea native who played in the majors with the Mariners, Reds, Indians and Rangers from 2005-20. His greatest long-term success came in Cleveland, where the on-base machine batted .292/.383/.463 with 83 home runs and 85 stolen bases in 2,932 plate appearances. But Choo was also an above-average performer in Cincinnati and Texas, evidenced in part by the one-time All-Star’s lifetime .275/.377/.447 line with 218 HRs, 157 steals and 35.4 fWAR over 7,157 trips to the plate.</p>
<p>The 2020 campaign was the last season of the seven-year, $130MM guarantee Choo signed with the Rangers before 2014, and it was his worst offensive effort for the club. Choo hit .236/.323/.400 with five homers in 127 PA, dividing his time between the corner outfield and designated hitter.</p>
<p>Choo has had difficulty in the field throughout his career (minus-68 Defensive Runs Saved, minus-36.4 Ultimate Zone Rating), and with his age and fading offensive numbers also factored in, it appeared he would have trouble landing a guaranteed major league deal in free agency. He’s now heading back to his native country for the largest single-season payday in KBO history, per <a href=”https://twitter.com/Jeeho_1/status/1364034672947204097″ data-wpel-link=”external” target=”_blank”>Jeeho Yoo of Yonhap News</a>.</p>
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