The Angels hired several new coaches yesterday. Marcus Thames will be hitting coach and Phil Plantier will be assistant hitting coach. Bill Hezel replaces Dom Chiti as assistant pitching coach. If you can believe Perry Minasian, the Angels will not trade Shohei Ohtani this off season.
The Phillies exercised their club option on Aaron Nola. Jurickson Profar and Robert Suarez opted out of their contracts while the Padres declined their club option on Wil Myers. Andrew Chafin declined his player option with the Tigers. Xander Bogaerts opted out of his contract with the Red Sox. The Yankees exercised their club option on Luis Severino. Carlos Correa opted out of his contract with the Twins. For their part, the Twins declined their options on Dylan Bundy, Chris Archer, and Miguel Sano.
The Diamondbacks declined their end of a mutual option they had with Zach Davies. Both Jacob deGrom and Taijuan Walker opted out of their contracts with the Mets. Zach Eflin declined his mutual option with the Phillies. The Red Sox will decline their part of the mutual option with Tommy Pham. The White Sox exercised Tim Anderson’s team option but declined their team option on Josh Harrison.
Here is the Fangraphs list of the top 50 Free Agents.
The Orix Buffaloes may post left handed hitting outfielder Masataka Yoshida who is said to be seeking a move to the United States.
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