The Angels signed Jacob Webb to a minor league deal over the holiday. The Fangraphs “Absurdly Preliminary 2023” ZiPS standings have the Angels tied with the Mariners for second place at 84 wins. Jonathan Mayo of MLB Pipeline picked Logan O’Hoppe to be on his five players most likely to win Rookie of the Year in 2023. Hunter Renfroe, Taylor Ward, and Mike Trout all made it onto Bleacher Report’s top 25 outfielders of 2022. Pitching Ninja named Shohei Ohtani to the 2022 Face of Baseball Award.
Alek Manoah called Gerrit Cole the worst cheater in MLB history while chatting with Serge Ibaka over their cricket tea and fish sperm.
Mike Clevinger signed with the White Sox.
The Pirates made a deal with veteran first baseman Carlos Santana.
Roberto Osuna re-signed with the Chiba Lotte Marines of the NPB.
Ex Dodgers In Trouble
Yasiel Puig is considering a defense of entrapment in his federal gambling case. Meanwhile, Trevor Bauer suffered a couple of adverse rulings in his constellation of lawsuits and appeals that are related to the alleged sexual assault of the San Diego woman.
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