Today is the day MLB Trade Rumors will release their list of top 50 free agents. The Fangraphs list has been out for a few days already. The Cardinals acquired minor league infielder Jose Fermin from the Guardians for cash considerations. The Rangers acquired Jake Odorizzi from the Braves in exchange for Kolby Allard. The Pirates claimed outfielder Ryan Vilade off waivers from the Rockies. For their part, the Giants claimed catcher Dom Nunez off waivers, also from the Rockies. The Phillies claimed a couple of waiver wire guys from the Giants. Luis Ortiz is a right hander and Andrew Vasquez is a left hander. The Mets claimed reliever Taylor Saucedo off waivers from the Toronto Blue Jays. Everybody is getting their 40 man rosters ready, now. There will soon be a wave of non-tenders to add to the movement.
Will Smith and Trey Mancini reached free agency. Drew Smyly declined his mutual option with the Cubs. Jorge Soler exercised his option and will remain in Miami for $15 Million. Eric Hosmer exercised his option to make $13 Million with the Red Sox. The Mets declined their mutual option for Mychal Givens. The Mets did re-sign their closer Edwin Diaz to a five year deal. The Mariners claimed left hander Gabe Speier off waivers from the Royals and outrighted a couple of guys.
Jose Ramirez, of the Guardians, underwent right thumb surgery to repair an ulnar collateral ligament injury he suffered in June. He’ll probably be ready for spring training.
In addition to the Operations Pitching Analyst, the Angels are also hiring an Administrative Operations Assistant. There are a ton of openings with other organizations listed on Fangraphs right now. (Phillies, Braves, Diamondbacks)
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