Braves acquired RHP Jay Jackson from the Giants for a player to be named later or cash considerations.
Jackson was designated for assignment last Friday after the Giants picked up his 2022 option earlier in the month. The 34-year-old posted a solid 3.74 ERA, 1.25 WHIP and 28/12 K/BB ratio across 21 2/3 innings at the major-league level this past season. He has a chance to be a useful bullpen piece.
Braves designated RHP Yoan López for assignment.
The move clears a spot for the newly-acquired Jay Jackson on the 40-man roster. The 28-year-old López pitched well in Triple-A this year but struggled with a 6.57 ERA over 13 relief appearances with the Braves.
Rangers acquired 1B/OFs Zach Reks and Billy McKinney from the Dodgers for cash considerations.
Reks has put up some big numbers in the minors, but he also just turned 28 and is still looking for his first major league hit. He'll likely compete for a bench job in Texas but does have options left.
Jeff Jones of the Belleville News-Democrat reports that Archie Bradley is "one pitcher to keep in mind" as the Cardinals look for bullpen help.
Bradley's strikeout rate plummeted to 17.9 percent in 2021 with the Phillies, but he traded those whiffs in for more grounders with a career-high 55.7 percent groundball rate. For what it's worth, Jones also notes that Bradley's agent is Cardinals special assistant Ryan Franklin’s brother.
Royals released RHP Kyle Zimmer.
Zimmer had been designated for assignment last week when the team was clearing some space on the 40-man roster. The former top prospect looked good in a relief role during the shortened 2020 season but didn't pitch well in 2021. He's never been the same following multiple shoulder issues.
Angels designated LHP Hector Yan for assignment.
The move clears a spot on the 40-man roster for Aaron Loup. Yan, 22, posted a 5.25 ERA and 94/58 K/BB ratio over 82 1/3 innings at the High-A level in 2021.
Buster Posey has been named the 2021 National League Comeback Player of the Year.
Posey had just a .688 OPS in 2019 and opted out of the truncated 2020 season before posting a .889 OPS with 18 home runs for the National League West-winning Giants in 2021. It turned out to be his final season, as the 34-year-old announced his retirement earlier this month.
Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times reports that Seiya Suzuki has hired Joel Wolfe of Wasserman to represent him.
Suzuki was officially posted by the Hiroshima Carp earlier Monday, with major league teams having until Wednesday, December 22 at 5:00 pm EST to make their bids to sign him. The 27-year-old hit .321/.435/.647 with 38 home runs and nine stolen bases over 525 plate appearances last season.
Tim Healey of Newsday reports that the Mets "are still in on" Steven Matz.
The left-hander is looking to sign with a club by Wednesday, per Healey. Ben Nicholson-Smith hears that the Blue Jays are also still interested in Matz, and the southpaw has been connected to the Red Sox, Angels, Dodgers, Cardinals, Tigers and Cubs, as well. Matz held a 3.82 ERA, 1.33 WHIP and 144/43 K/BB ratio across 150 2/3 innings cover 29 starts in 2021.
Robert Murray of FanSided reports that the Padres are targeting Michael Brdar to be their new hitting coach.
Brdar -- who is only 27 -- is currently the Giants’ hitting coordinator. He is "considered a rising star in the industry," per Murray. Dennis Lin of The Athletic hears that a deal with Brdar is expected to be finalized this week.
Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports that the Dodgers are "trying to bring back" free agent shortstop Corey Seager.
The Dodgers acquired Trea Turner this past summer, so the assumption has been that the club would have him as a ready-made replacement at shortstop if Seager signs elsewhere. That still seems like the more likely outcome than him returning. While Seager is still a possibility, Heyman writes that the club isn't involved with the other big free agent shortstops.
Angels designated INF/OF Kean Wong for assignment.
The move clears a spot for the newly-acquired Tyler Wade on the 40-man roster. Wong, 26, hit .167/.194/.223 over 66 plate appearances with the Angels this past season.
Diamondbacks signed 1B Matt Davidson to a minor-league contract with an invitation to spring training.
Davidson, who was originally drafted by the Diamondbacks back in 2009, hit .294/.365/.629 with 28 home runs across 356 plate appearances at Triple-A Oklahoma City with the Dodgers last season. The 30-year-old slugger, who has also hinted at a potential two-way role in previous seasons, hasn't appeared in the majors since hitting .163/.234/.395 with three round-trippers in 22 games with the Reds during the pandemic-shortened 2020 campaign.
According to Dan Martin of the New York Post, the Mets are "entertaining the idea" of adding an outfielder, with Seiya Suzuki as a possible option.
Suzuki will be officially posted by the Hiroshima Carp on Monday morning, where he'll then have a 30-day window to negotiate a contract with interested clubs -- though with a potential lockout looming on December 2, things could happen quickly. The Braves, Phillies, Mariners and Rangers are also believed to have interest in his services.
Dietrich Enns signed with the Seibu Lions in Japan's Pacific League.
The 30-year-old left-hander was given his release by the Rays earlier in the week so that he could pursue that opportunity. He posted a stellar 2.82 ERA, 1.03 WHIP and 25/6 K/BB ratio over 22 1/3 innings with the Rays during the 2021 season.
Cubs signed OF Narciso Crook to a minor-league contract.
Crook hit .244/.354/.451 with 14 home runs and eight stolen bases across 347 plate appearances between Double-A Chattanooga and Triple-A Louisville with the Reds last season. The 26-year-old outfielder will presumably serve as organizational depth moving forward.
Jon Heyman of MLB Network notes that the Tigers have expressed interest in free agent Marcus Semien.
The Tigers are casting a wide net in their search for a shortstop this off-season, as they have already been linked to Carlos Correa and Javier Baez as well. Semien is coming off of a monster offensive season where he finished third in the voting for the American League MVP, slashing .265/.334/.538 with 45 long balls, 102 RBI and 15 swipes for the Blue Jays and would represent a massive upgrade to the Tigers lineup.
Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports that the Tigers have expressed interest in free agent shortstop Javier Baez.
The Tigers join the Mets and Red Sox as teams known to have interest in the dynamic shortstop. Tigers general manager Al Avila has prioritized the shortstop position as a place to upgrade his roster this off-season, and the team has already been connected to Carlos Correa and Marcus Semien. If they wind up striking out completely on the free agent market, perhaps they'll turn to Ryan Kreidler who had a breakout year between Double-A Erie and Triple-A Toledo in 2021.
Alex Speier of the Boston Globe reports that the Red Sox have expressed interest in free agent left-hander Robbie Ray.
Fresh off of a truly dominant campaign with the Blue Jay and his first Cy Young award, the 30-year-old southpaw is in high demand at the top of the free agent market. The Red Sox had offers in on Andrew Heaney and to bring back Eduardo Rodriguez before they signed with the Dodgers and Tigers respectively, so expect them to continue to be aggressive as they look to add -- possibly multiple starters -- to a depleted rotation.
According to Alex Speier of the Boston Globe, Steven Matz is hoping to make a decision on where he'll sign before Thanksgiving.
The left-hander -- who has multiple suitors on the free agent market -- wants to make the decision soon so that he can finalize a contract before the anticipated lockout on December 2. The Angels, Dodgers, Cardinals and Mets are among the other teams that have already been connected to the 30-year-old hurler.