We are fast approaching the start of spring training and almost all the big names are free. That said, it’s still out of season and that means rumors may be found. We found them and rounded them up for Friday. Here are the rumors we just talked about …
Phillies close to signing Miller
The Phillies are moving towards a deal with free agent infielder Brad Miller, which will be a one-year pact worth between $ 3 million and $ 3.5 million. MLB Networks Jon Morosi reports. Miller, 31, is coming out of a solidly shortened 2020 season with the Cardinals. In 48 games, Miller battled .232 / .357 / .451 (120 OPS +) with seven home runs and eight doubles. In his career, he owns an OPS + of 103 across parts of eight seasons, but he has been at a higher level with bats since the start of the 2019 campaign. Miller is best suited for the inside corners these days, but he can get past the middle as long as it is duty. As a left-handed hitter, Miller would pair well occasionally with Alec Bohm on third and Rhys Hoskins at the start, both of whom are right-handed hitters. Jean Segura at second base also flutters right.
The Yankees have had talks with Gardner
CBS Sports HQ’s Jim Bowden has this on Yankees and free agent outfielder Brett Gardner:
Gardner, 37, hit .223 / .353 / .392 (108 OPS +) last season and has played his entire professional career with the Yankees. It is worth noting that the Yankees have about $ 10 million, saving them from the luxury tax line that they are worried about for some reason. Gardner earned exactly $ 10 million last season.
Breweries are still inside Turner; Dodgers remain favorites
Despite the recent addition of Kolten Wong to the infield mix, Brewers maintains interest in free agent third baseman Justin Turner, Robert Murray of FanSided reports.
Turner has several years of offers from the Brewers and the seated Dodgers, pr. Jon Heyman from MLB Network. Murray followed this up by reporting that Brewers’ offer is said to be “competitive”, but that his source believes it is “unlikely” that Turner will leave the Dodgers.
Right now, Milwaukee is probably in line to give Luis Urias the primary duty at the hot corner, and Turner would actually constitute a significant upgrade.
Coming into the offseason, we ranked Turner No. 7 among the top 60 free agents and he is the highest ranked player left on the board. Here is part of what our RJ Anderson wrote about him:
“It’s a shame that Turner made the irresponsible and potentially damaging decision to return to the field after learning that he had tested positive for COVID-19 during Game 6 of the World Series because this was just as good an opportunity. as someone for him to receive his flowers in an impressive seven-year run to the west.He hits the ball hard, he commands the zone and he is homered at least 20 times in three of the last five seasons.He is an All-Star- caliber player with a nice background story. “
Turners 36, but he expects to remain an asset with the bat and the glove, at least in the short term. He wanted to help the breweries’ chances in NL Central significantly.
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Rays agrees to sign Hill
The Tampa Bay Rays have agreed to sign free agent left-wing Rich Hill, Robert Murray from Fansided reports.
Hill goes to his age 41 years. Since returning to a starting role in 2015, Hill has gone 43-22 with a 2.92 ERA (140 ERA +), 1.06 WHIP and 584 strikeouts against 163 times in 505 innings. Most of it came with the Dodgers, but he started eight starts for the Twins last season.
The Rays traded Blake Snell and lost Charlie Morton to free agency from last season’s rotation, but they have added Chris Archer and Michael Wacha on che and are now adding Hill to the match.
The rotation is similar to Tyler Glasnow, Hill, Ryan Yarbrough, Wacha and Archer, at least to start the season.
Cubs, Arrieta meet in reunion
The Cubs and free agent Jake Arrieta start a one-year deal. The best four years of Arrieta’s career (2014-17) came with the Cubs. He won a Cy Young and World Series, though he is not as productive these days. Full story here.
Diamondbacks have agreed to sign free agent infielder Asdrubal Cabrera to a $ 1.75 million one-year deal, Heyman reports.
Cabrera, 35, hit .242 / .305 / .447 (98 OPS +) with nine doubles, three triples, eight homers, 31 RBIs and 23 runs in 213 record appearances with the Nationals last season. He only pared at first and third bases in game action, but he has handled second base as late as 2019 and shortstop as late as 2018.
Diamondbacks’ internal bulbs are full, making Cabrera a backup and bench utility, which is the most appropriate role at this point in his career.