Spring training is a month away and the hot range is kinda sorta beginning to warm up. We’re up to 16 finalizings among our top 60 free representatives, consisting of 6 in the new year. Here’s our look at what the Yankees still require to do after signing DJ LeMahieu and Corey Kluber, and here are the current hot stove rumblings.

Reds GM shoots down Castillo/Yankees rumors


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Cincinnati Reds ace Luis Castillo’s name was tossed around in trade reports over the weekend, with speculation that the right-hander would be dealt to the New York Yankees. However, the reports proved to be just that: rumors. Reds general manager Nick Krall provided a statement calling the idea that Castillo was on his method to the Bronx “entirely false.”

“[The rumors] are entirely incorrect,” Krall informed Bobby Nightengale of The Cincinnati Enquirer. “We plan to have [Castillo] as a member of our rotation for 2021.”

It does appear that Krall was engaging in conversations. According to MLB Network’s Jon Heyman, the Reds notified teams that they now mean to hold onto Castillo, however they checked the waters for a possible trade. Cincinnati particularly asked the Yankees for shortstop Gleyber Torres as the headliner in a possible trade, Heyman added. Torres is coming off a down year (.243/.356/.368), but the 24- year-old is a two-time All-Star and ought to return to form.

Castillo, 28, had a 3.21 AGE, 1.23 WHIP and 89 strikeouts with 24 walks over 70 innings in the abbreviated 2020 season. The hard-throwing right-hander will make $4.2 million with the Reds in 2021 and will not end up being a complimentary agent for another 3 seasons. He’ll be atop Cincy’s rotation for 2021 potentially alongside right-hander Sonny Gray, who has also had his name mentioned in trade rumors this winter season.

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Springer choice anticipated this week


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Top complimentary agent George Springer is expected to make his complimentary representative decision today, according to Jon Morosi of MLB Network. As of now, the Toronto Blue Jays and New York Mets are the frontrunners, Morosi includes.

CBS Sports ranked Springer as the No. 1 totally free representative readily available this winter season. Here’s what we needed to state about the center fielder:

Springer, 31, has actually been a mainstay with the Houston Astros considering that the club drafted him as the 11 th overall pick in the 2011 MLB Draft.

The Blue Jays have missed out on out on top targets this offseason, but with numerous top totally free agents still on the board, they still have time to make a splash before spring training.

The Mets, led by new owner Steve Cohen, have been going for it this offseason.


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Free representative starter Masahiro Tanaka stays unsigned, and while the Yankees, his longtime club, stay in contact, there is a “excellent change he pitches elsewhere,” MLB Network’s Jon Heyman reports. Tanaka, 32, is gathering strong interest to go back to Japan to pitch, and there is the likelihood of the veteran righty receiving a much bigger contract, Heyman includes.

The Yankees signed Tanaka to a seven-year, $155 million contract back in 2014 after he spent seven seasons pitching for the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles of the Nippon Professional Baseball League.

Phillies add prospect in trade with Boston

The Philadelphia Phillies acquired infielder C.J. Chatham from the Boston Red Sox for a player to be called later on or money, the teams revealed on Monday. To make space on the 40- guy roster, the Phillies designated right-hander Victor Arano for task.

According to MLB’s Pipeline, the 26- year-old Chatham is ranked as the 14 th-best prospect in Boston’s farm system. He invested the 2020 season at the Red Sox’s alternate training website. The Red Sox drafted Chatham in the 2nd round of the 2016 MLB Draft. He reached the Triple-A level for the very first time in 2019, and hit.302/.330/.430 with an.760 OPS in 20 video games. He’ll likely slot into a bench/utility role with the Phillies for 2021.

Padres get Musgrove in three-team trade

The Padres have included yet another starter. Here are the full trade details:

  • Padres receive: RHP Joe Musgrove
  • Mets get: LHP Joey Lucchesi
  • Pirates receive: RHP David Bednar, LHP Omar Cruz, OF Hudson Head, RHP Drake Fellows, C/OF Endy Rodriguez

The Padres get Musgrove for Bednar, Cruz, Head, Fellows, and Lucchesi.

Nationals indication Lester

The Nationals have concurred to an one-year deal with free-agent lefty Jon Lester.


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