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Jon Morosi of MLB.com reports that the Reds are "prioritizing" the addition of a starting shortstop.


Nov 30   11:14 AM

The Reds are working multiple avenues, including Francisco Lindor and Trevor Story on the trade market and Marcus Semien, Andrelton Simmons, and Didi Gregorius on the free agent market. Of course, making a trade for Lindor or Story would cost prospects and cash while the free agent shortstops will only cost money. It's a question a few teams will have to ask themselves this offseason. Jose Garcia is probably the shortstop of the future for the Reds, but getting some more seasoning in the minors wouldn't be the worst thing. It's also possible he could be part of a possible return package for Lindor or Story.


Mets and RHP Jacob Barnes avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $750,000 contract.


Nov 30   10:15 AM

The deal reportedly carries incentives worth $100,000. Barnes was claimed off waivers from the Angels in late October after posting a 5.50 ERA and 24/4 K/BB ratio over 18 innings this past season. He's had some control issues in his career, but has fanned 209 batters over 198 innings in the majors.


Spencer Kieboom quietly retired following the 2019 season.


Nov 30   9:41 AM

Kieboom, 29, detailed his story to Jesse Dougherty of the Washington Post. He's now focused on being a dad while finishing his degree with a focus on his own business in retail. Kieboom appeared in 53 games with the Nationals (one in the 2016 season, 52 in the 2019 season), batting .232/.326/.320 with two home runs in 144 plate appearances. His brother, Carter, is currently trying to find his footing in the big leagues.


T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports that the Rangers have interest in Korean infielder Ha-seong Kim.


Nov 30   12:09 AM

Sullivan notes that the Rangers "have a strong scouting presence in the Far East" and that Kim is a fit because he can play a few infield positions and the club potentially has playing time available at multiple infield spots. Kim is also seemingly a fit for Texas because they're likely at least a year or two away from contending, so if they're going to spend money it makes sense to do it on a 25-year-old. The Kiwoom Heroes reportedly were set to post Kim earlier this week.


Cy Sneed has signed with the Yakult Swallows of Japan’s Central League, per Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic.


Nov 30   12:09 AM

Sneed spent parts of the last two seasons with the Astros but has found a better opportunity overseas. Houston now has an additional 40-man roster spot to play with.


Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports that the Blue Jays are showing interest in Kolten Wong. 


Nov 30   12:09 AM

Morosi writes that that the Blue Jays will make signing Wong their top priority if they're unable to land DJ LeMahieu. With LeMahieu likely re-signing with the Yankees -- as Morosi also notes -- it sounds like the Blue Jays will try and wrap this up quickly. Wong is a free agent after the Cardinals declines his $12.5 million option for the 2021 season, and hasn't ruled out a return to St. Louis. The Angels have also expressed interest in the slick-fielding second baseman, so it'll be interesting to see what kind of contract the 30-year-old will be looking at -- and what team will give it to him, of course. 


Tim Dierkes of MLB Trade Rumors reports that Mel Rojas Jr. is drawing interest from three major league teams as well as three Japanese teams.


Nov 29   11:46 AM

Rojas Jr. is in line to win the Korea Baseball Organization's MVP award after posting a ridiculous .349/.417/.680 batting line with 47 home runs and 135 RBI for the KT Wiz in 2020. The 30-year-old topped out in Triple-A in the states but has been a star in Korea over the last three and a half seasons. The Wiz would like to bring Rojas Jr. back and he has said that he will only go back to MLB if he gets a major league offer. He seems likely to be able to net one this winter.


Trevor Williams has elected free agency.


Nov 29   12:02 AM

The 28-year-old right-hander refused his outright assignment to Triple-A Indianapolis and will instead peddle his wares on the open market. Williams served up a league-leading 15 home runs during the 2020 campaign, contributing to an underwhelming 6.18 ERA and 1.57 WHIP across 55 1/3 innings. Still, he has proven to be a valuable innings-eater over the past four seasons, so it's possible that he'll be able to land an incentive-laden major league deal this winter.


According to Ben Nicholson-Smith and Arden Zwelling of Sportsnet, the Blue Jays have expressed interest in free agent right-hander Garrett Richards.


Nov 29   12:02 AM

The Blue Jays seem to be doing their due diligence on all available starting pitchers this off-season, so it doesn't come as a big surprise that they would check in on Richards. After missing out on Kevin Gausman, the Jays are still in the market for at least one -- and possibly more -- upgrades to their rotation. Richards stayed healthy during the 2020 season, compiling a 4.03 ERA, 1.25 WHIP and 46/17 K/BB ratio over 51 1/3 innings in 14 appearances (10 starts) with the Padres.


Nick Kingham has signed with the Hanwha Eagles of the Korea Baseball Organization.


Nov 29   12:02 AM

Kingham spent the 2020 season in the KBO as well, where he posted a 6.75 ERA, 1.88 WHIP and 6/4 K/BB ratio across 10 2/3 innings for the SK Wyverns. The 29-year-old right-hander will earn a base salary of $250,000 along with a $100,000 signing bonus. He can also earn an additional $200,000 in incentives.


Ryan Carpenter has signed with the Hanwha Eagles of the Korea Baseball Organization.


Nov 29   12:02 AM

The 30-year-old southpaw also pitched overseas in 2020, toeing the slab for the Rakuten Monkeys of the Chinese Baseball League. There, he registered a 4.00 ERA, 1.36 WHIP and 150/33 K/BB ratio across 157 1/3 innings in 26 appearances (25 starts). He'll earn a base salary of $300,000 along with a signing bonus of $100,000. Carpenter also has the opportunity to earn an additional $100,000 in incentives.


Shi Davidi of Sportsnet hears the Blue Jays and free agent outfielder have "progressed beyond just talking" about an agreement.


Nov 28   9:15 AM

Trying to parse what that means is anyone's guess, but it does sound as though there's at least some fire to the smoke that's been circulating regarding the Jays and Springer in recent weeks. It would be a huge boost for the Jays, of course, as the 31-year-old has been among the game's premier leadoff hitters -- and really, hitters in general, no caveats -- in recent years. In 51 games in the truncated 2020 season, Springer hit .265/.359/.540 with 14 homers, 32 RBI and 37 runs scored. The Blue Jays aren't the only team reportedly interested in the outfielder's services, but one might consider them a frontrunner at this stage.


Jason Martin has elected free agency.


Nov 28   12:07 AM

Martin cleared waivers after being designated for assignment by the Pirates, but he'll look for a gig elsewhere rather than accept an outright assignment. The outfielder was part of the package sent from the Astros to the Pirates in the Gerrit Cole trade back in January of 2018.


Pirates sent RHP Trevor Williams outright to Triple-A Indianapolis.


Nov 28   12:07 AM

It seems highly unlikely that the 28-year-old hurler will ultimately accept the outright assignment, but there has been no word of his refusal and declaration of free agency just yet. Williams posted a troublesome 6.18 ERA, 1.57 WHIP and 49/21 K/BB ratio while serving up a league-leading 15 long balls in 55 1/3 innings for the Pirates during the 2020 season.


Cy Sneed has signed with the Yakult Swallows of Japan’s Central League, per Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic.


Nov 27   1:28 PM

Sneed spent parts of the last two seasons with the Astros but has found a better opportunity overseas. Houston now has an additional 40-man roster spot to play with.


T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports that the Rangers have interest in Korean infielder Ha-seong Kim.


Nov 27   12:04 PM

Sullivan notes that the Rangers "have a strong scouting presence in the Far East" and that Kim is a fit because he can play a few infield positions and the club potentially has playing time available at multiple infield spots. Kim is also seemingly a fit for Texas because they're likely at least a year or two away from contending, so if they're going to spend money it makes sense to do it on a 25-year-old. The Kiwoom Heroes reportedly were set to post Kim earlier this week.


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


Nov 27   12:01 AM

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. 


Multiple reports state that free agent right-handed pitcher Cy Sneed is being pursued by the Tokyo Yakult Swallows.


Nov 27   12:01 AM

This is the same club that signed former Pittsburgh Pirate Jose Osuna recently. Sneed, 28, appeared in 18 games with the Astros in 2020, and he registered a 5.71 ERA, 1.85 WHIP and 21/10 K/BB ratio. He's been an up-and-down arm over the last couple of seasons, and a successful stint in Japan could help improve his stock going forward. 


Rays SS prospect Wander Franco is headed back to the United States for further evaluation of an arm injury.


Nov 26   10:49 AM

Franco came down with discomfort in his right biceps earlier this week while playing for Leones del Escogido of the Dominican Winter League, and there's at least some level of concern that it might be serious. The 19-year-old shortstop, widely considered the top overall prospect in baseball, had batted .350/.435/.500 with one home run and one stolen base through five games (23 plate appearances) this winter in the DOWL.


Rangers claimed C Aramis Garcia off waivers from the Giants.


Nov 26   12:04 AM

Garcia was designated for assignment by San Francisco last week amid a big 40-man roster purge. The 27-year-old is a career .229/.270/.419 hitter in 111 plate appearances at the major league level.


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