Fast Hits: Rangers, Happ, Osuna, Yankees, Chapman
By Anthony Franco | November 21, 2020 at 8:32pm CDTSome notes from across the league:
The Rangers have expressed curiosity in free agent left-hander J.A. Happ, experiences Jon Morosi of MLB.com (Twitter hyperlink). Texas is anticipated to work youthful gamers into the fold after posting the worst document within the American League in 2020. Nonetheless, the Rangers determine to discover the marketplace for loads of lower-cost beginning pitchers this winter, notably in the event that they commerce Lance Lynn earlier than his last 12 months beneath contract. The 38-year-old Happ put up a 4.57 ERA throughout 210.2 innings with the Yankees from 2019-20. He’s additionally recognized to have drawn some consideration from the Angels, probably amongst loads of others.
The Pirates designated José Osuna for project yesterday, suggesting they have been ready to non-tender him fairly than pay his projected $1.1MM arbitration wage. The group expects Osuna to pursue a chance in Asia, common supervisor Ben Cherington instructed reporters (together with Rob Biertempfel of the Athletic). It isn’t but clear if that job is in Japan’s NPB or South Korea’s KBO. The 27-year-old (28 in December) hit .241/.280/.430 over 705 plate appearances for Pittsburgh over the previous 4 seasons.
Aroldis Chapman will now serve a two-game suspension to begin the 2021 season, relays Jon Heyman of MLB Community (Twitter hyperlink). The Yankees reliever was initially suspended three video games for (deliberately, in MLB’s willpower) throwing a pitch close to the pinnacle of Rays infielder Mike Brosseau. Chapman managed to shave a recreation off on enchantment. Brosseau, after all, went on to hit a series-winning house run off Chapman a month later throughout Tampa Bay’s run to the American League pennant.
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