FA Notes: Dodgers, Marwin, Mets, Tigers, BoSox, Anibal, Teheran
By Connor Byrne | January 20, 2021 at 6:55pm CDTThe Dodgers are looking for a right-handed-hitting infielder, and free-agent third baseman Justin Turner is their No. 1 alternative, in keeping with Jon Heyman of MLB Community. Whereas the crew has proven curiosity in fellow righty-hitting infielder Marcus Semien, Heyman notes it might be tough for the crew to signal each gamers. Turner spent 2014-20 as a Dodger and has been one of many majors’ high hitters throughout his Los Angeles tenure. The 36-year-old is reportedly looking for a four-year contract, nevertheless, and it’s robust to examine the Dodgers or anybody else saying sure to that.
The Twins have expressed curiosity in re-signing utility participant Marwin Gonzalez, Mark Feinsand and Do-Hyoung Park of MLB.com report. The switch-hitting Gonzalez spent the primary a number of years of his profession in Houston, the place he was significantly productive throughout its World Sequence-winning season in 2017, however has seen his numbers tumble since then. The Twins signed Gonzalez to a two-year, $21MM assure earlier than 2019, however he slumped to a .248/.311/.387 line with 20 dwelling runs in 662 plate appearances over the lifetime of that contract. Gonzalez did play each defensive place however catcher and heart discipline as a Twin, although, and that versatility is definitely among the many causes they may re-sign the 31-year-old.
Enrique Hernandez, one other free-agent utilityman, acquired “fairly sturdy” curiosity from the Mets earlier than they fired normal supervisor Jared Porter on Tuesday, Heyman relays. It isn’t clear whether or not the Mets are nonetheless in on Hernandez now that Porter is out of the group. Hernandez, 29, lined up everywhere in the diamond with the Dodgers from 2014-20, however his offensive manufacturing has lacked over the previous couple seasons. He slashed simply .230/.270/.410 with 5 dwelling runs in 148 plate appearances final yr.
The Tigers have curiosity in free-agent catcher Jason Castro, Jon Morosi of MLB.com tweets. As Morosi notes, Castro performed beneath new Tigers skipper A.J. Hinch for 2 seasons when he was the Astros’ supervisor. The 33-year-old Castro would give the Tigers a reputable veteran at catcher, the place Grayson Greiner and Jake Rogers – who’ve struggled within the majors – are the one 40-man choices on the roster proper now. Castro, who divided final season between the Angels and Padres, appeared to be nearing a reunion with Houston late final month, however issues have gone silent on that entrance in latest weeks.
The Crimson Sox “had been prepared to maneuver on” two-time AL Cy Younger-winning righty Corey Kluber earlier than he agreed to a one-year, $11MM take care of the archrival Yankees final week, however they could have needed to construction his contract otherwise, Alex Speier of the Boston Globe stories. With the Crimson Sox unlikely to contend in 2021, Speier suggests their desire might have been to signal Kluber to a one-year pact with an possibility. Kluber is a Massachusetts resident, however with New York extra more likely to push for a World Sequence in 2021, he discovered the Yankees to be a extra interesting choose than the Crimson Sox.
Twenty-four groups attended the showcase for free-agent righties Anibal Sanchez and Julio Teheran on Tuesday, per Heyman, who provides that each hurlers may signal within the close to future. Whereas the 36-year-old Sanchez and Teheran, 29, have achieved a lot within the majors, they’re on the lookout for contracts at a less-than-ideal time after performing poorly in 2020. Sanchez may solely muster a 6.62 ERA in 53 innings with the Nationals, whereas Teheran put up an much more disastrous 10.05 mark over 31 1/three frames as an Angel.
Anibal Sanchez Boston Crimson Sox Corey Kluber Detroit Tigers Enrique Hernandez Jason Castro Julio Teheran Justin Turner Los Angeles Dodgers Marcus Semien Marwin Gonzalez Minnesota Twins New York Mets Notes56 feedback