With less than six weeks left until spring training, Only 5 of the top 50 free agents remain unsigned. in short, Trade markets should recover soon when the team is trying to complete the roster. With that in mind, there are Friday Hot Stove rumors.
Yankees still interested in Reynolds
The Yankees remain among the teams consistently interested in Pirates outfielder Brian Reynolds. new york postHowever, the asking price is said to be “unrealistic”. The Yankees need a left fielder And it clearly continues to fit in with Reynolds, a switch-hitter with all-around ability and team control for the remaining three years.
Reynolds, turning 28 later this month, Requested a trade early this offseason, although the pirates are not obliged to replace him. He’s been a high-demand trade target for several years, and Pittsburgh has maintained a high asking price. At this point, it feels like the Yankees (and other teams) are waiting until the asking price drops increase. New York’s in-house left field options are Aaron Hicks and super utility man Oswald Cabrera.
Rangers still looking for left fielder
After spending big bucks to improve the rotationAccording to The Athletic, the Rangers are still looking for a left fielder. They are interested in the aforementioned Reynolds, and free agents like AJ Pollock and David Peralta are also possible. Last season, the Rangers received a tremendous .186/.253/.256 line from left field. It should not be difficult to improve it.
Texas has used 20 different players in left field over the past two seasons, the third most in baseball, with utility man Josh Smith currently named as the starting left fielder. The Rangers could also use DH to improve the bottom of their missing lineup. The Rangers have done a good job bolstering their rotation. Now they need to upgrade their 18th-ranked offense in 2022 adjusted OPS.
Engel’s Padres Sign
The Padres have agreed to a deal with free agent outfielder Adam Engel, the club announced Friday. Engel has thus far spent all six years of his major league career with the White Sox, primarily as his fourth outfielder, but has spent most of his time at center. was He is also generally regarded as a good defender.
At bat, .225/.280/.350 (72 OPS+), 1,540 at-bats. His career stealing percentage is 47-of-64, and last season he was 12-of-16.
Padres, Inc. Former Top Prospect
The Padres have agreed terms to a major league deal with right-handed pitcher Brent Honeywell, the team announced Friday. I worked on the vaunted Raise farm system until I became a consensus top 15 prospect. He was the MVP of his 2017 Futures game (second subheading here) while showing off his signature screwball.
Unfortunately, Honeywell tore the UCL in his right elbow in the spring of 2018 and underwent Tommy John surgery. He had another surgery in 2020 and has managed only three of his MLB appearances (8.31 ERA in 2021). He struggled last season in the minors of the A’s system, but Dominica has done well in the Winter League. He’s 27, so he still has time to figure things out.