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  • Athletics' James Kaprielian: Recovering from shoulder surgery

    Kaprielian underwent offseason surgery to repair the AC joint in his right shoulder, Evan Webeck of The Mercury News reports.

    Kaprielian's rehab is reportedly proceeding as expected, and he's on track to be ready for the start of spring training. "It's something that he dealt with in the past," said manager Mark Kotsay. "I don't think it's a concern. I think it's something the organization and him felt strongly about moving forward with." Kotsay noted that although Kaprielian's rehab is going well, he doesn't yet have an exact timeline for when the right-hander will be back at 100 percent. His status will be worth monitoring as spring camp approaches.

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    Reds' Jared Solomon: Inks MiLB deal with Reds

    Solomon signed a minor-league contract with Cincinnati on Monday, which includes an invitation to spring training, Bobby Nightengale of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

    Solomon spent the majority of the 2022 campaign with Triple-A Louisville, where he accrued an 8.93 ERA and 1.92 WHIP with a 44:20 K:BB across 41 relief appearances. He also pitched in nine games for the big-league club, allowing 10 runs on eight hits and five walks while fanning nine across 8.1 frames. Solomon will have an opportunity to earn a spot in the bullpen during spring training.

  • Reds' Chuckie Robinson: Back with Cincinnati

    Robinson signed a minor-league contract with the Reds on Monday, which includes an invitation to spring training, Bobby Nightengale of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

    Robinson appeared in 25 games for the Reds a season ago, struggling to a .136 average with two homers, five RBI and three runs scored. He'll have a shot to make the Opening Day roster during spring camp but will likely need to beat out Tyler Stephenson (collarbone) or Luke Maile to do so.

  • Carlos Estevez RP | LAA

    Angels' Carlos Estevez: Signs with Angels

    Estevez agreed to a free-agent deal with the Angels on Monday, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports.

    The hard-throwing righty logged a 3.47 ERA and 1.18 WHIP in 57 innings for the Rockies in 2022. Estevez struck out less than a batter an inning and isn't a master of control, as he walked 23. Despite tallying just 13 saves between the last two seasons, he could be a top candidate to close games for Los Angeles.

  • Trea Turner SS | LAD

    Phillies' Trea Turner: Lands in Philadelphia

    Turner agreed Monday with the Phillies on an 11-year, $300 million contract, Kiley McDaniel of reports. The deal includes a full no-trade clause.

    Turner, who began his big-league career with the Nationals in 2015 before spending the past season and a half with the Dodgers, will return to the National League East after slashing .298/.343/.466 with 21 home runs, 100 RBI and 27 stolen bases in 2022. Heading into his age-30 season, Turner should maintain enough to range to spend at least a few more years as an everyday shortstop. He'll likely hit either first or second in Philadelphia's lineup, providing a significant boost near the top of the order for last season's World Series runners-up.

  • Mets' Justin Verlander: Links up with Mets

    Verlander and the Mets agreed Monday on a two-year, $86.66 million contract, Jon Heyman of the New York Post reports. The contract includes a full no-trade clause and a $35 million vesting option for the 2025 season if he pitches at least 140 innings in 2024, according to Heyman.

    After letting ace Jacob deGrom walk in free agency on a five-year, $185 million deal with the Rangers, the Mets secured about as strong of a replacement at the top of the rotation as they could have in Verlander, who took home his third Cy Young Award in 2022. Though he'll be turning 40 years old in February and missed the entire 2021 campaign while recovering from Tommy John surgery, Verlander demonstrated that he's still one of the game's elite starters by posting an 18-4 record, 1.75 ERA, 0.83 WHIP and 185:29 K:BB in 175 innings this past season. The move from the reigning World Series champions to another team with title aspirations in the Mets shouldn't hurt Verlander too much from a wins standpoint, nor should the change in home ballpark from Minute Maid Park to Citi Field hinder his ratios. Expect Verlander to be one of the first pitchers off the board in 2023 fantasy drafts.

  • Daniel Espino SP | CLE

    Guardians' Daniel Espino: Shoulder to blame for missed time

    Espino, who was originally shut down in May with patellar tendinitis, ended up missing the rest of the season with a sore right shoulder, Mandy Bell of reports.

    It was generally accepted that some other non-knee injury must have popped up to keep Espino from making any starts in 2022 beyond April. There's no doubting Espino's stuff, but he now has a lot of developmental time to make up and he needs to build back up his workload after throwing just 18.1 innings in four April starts at Double-A and failing to make it back in time for fall or winter ball. Given Cleveland's impressive rotation depth, Espino may not make his MLB debut until 2024.

  • Guardians' Meibrys Viloria: Joins Cleveland

    Viloria signed a minor-league contract with the Guardians on Sunday, which includes an invitation to major-league spring training, Zack Meisel of The Athletic reports.

    Viloria hit free agency after he was designated for assignment by San Francisco in mid-November, and he'll continue his career in Cleveland. The 25-year-old appeared in 26 big-league games for the Rangers last season and has a .553 OPS across 93 MLB appearances.

  • Kyle Gibson SP | BAL

    Orioles' Kyle Gibson: Signs with Orioles

    Gibson signed a one-year deal with the Orioles on Saturday, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports.

    Gibson has been eating innings at the big-league level for a full decade, but how much remains in the tank ahead of his age-35 season is unclear. His 5.05 ERA last season means he's finished above 5.00 in that category in two of the last three seasons, though he did post a 3.71 ERA in 2021 and hasn't seen a big drop in velocity. His 20.1 percent strikeout rate in 2022 was below average as usual, though allowing plenty of contact isn't quite as dangerous as it used to be in Baltimore now that the left-field fence has been pushed back. The veteran righty should have a good shot at a spot near the back of the Orioles' rotation to open the year, but his age means the bottom could fall out at any time without much warning.

  • Jacob deGrom SP | TEX

    Rangers' Jacob deGrom: Gets massive five-year deal

    DeGrom signed a five-year, $185 million contract with the Rangers on Friday, Jeff Passan of reports.

    The contract includes a conditional sixth year that would make the deal worth $222 million. He has a full no-trade clause. The commitment from ownership in Texas has been quite impressive, as they laid out $556 million for Corey Seager, Marcus Semien and Jon Gray last offseason. DeGrom unsurprisingly opted for a longer contract than he might have been offered by other teams, as durability is the only question mark with him. The 34-year-old righty logged a 3.08 ERA, 2.13 FIP and 0.75 WHIP in 64.1 innings last season with the Mets after dealing with a shoulder injury for the first four months. He dealt with an elbow injury in 2021. According to Statcast park factors, Globe Life Field is the 19th most hitter-friendly park while Citi Field ranked 26th, so it's a slight park downgrade and a major supporting cast downgrade.

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