Spring coaching is imminent. Subsequent week is when pitchers and catchers report for almost all of the groups, however the obligatory report date for the Dodgers is Feb. 9 (all dates here). Plus, a superb variety of gamers report earlier than the obligatory dates, that means there are many exercises already going down in Florida and Arizona proper now.
Nonetheless, a decent list of free agents remain, so the
sizzling range will stay, um, tepid, within the coming weeks.
So long as that is taking place, we’ll spherical up the day by day rumors right here.
Rangers comply with cope with postseason hero
The World Collection champion Rangers and proper fielder Adolis García had been set to have an arbitration listening to on Thursday. As an alternative, the 2 sides not solely averted arbitration however agreed to a two-year contract, the crew introduced. The deal is for $14 million with “a ton of escalators,” per Jon Heyman of the New York Post.
The language can get tough right here, as it’s technically a contract extension, however García wasn’t set to hit free company till after the 2026 season anyway. The 2-year deal buys price certainty for either side they usually do not have to fret about hitting the arbitration desk once more subsequent yr.
García, 30, hit .245/.328/.508 (123 OPS+) with 29 doubles, 39 homers, 107 RBI, 108 runs, 9 steals and 4.2 WAR final season. He began the All-Star Sport and gained the Gold Glove. He additionally got here by with a number of clutch residence runs within the playoffs, together with a walk-off homer in Sport 1 of the World Collection. He was ALCS MVP after hitting 5 residence runs with 15 RBI within the seven-game sequence. In his 15 playoff video games, he hit .323/.382/.726 with eight homers and 22 RBI.
Astros will make extension supply to Bregman
Within the wake of Astros second baseman Jose Altuve‘s five-year contract extension, would possibly third baseman Alex Bregman be the subsequent in line as an “Astro for all times?” Our Mike Axisa already explored what a deal might look like here and Astros basic supervisor Dana Brown stated Thursday that “sooner or later, we are going to make a proposal.” (via The Athletic)
Bregman has one yr left on his five-year, $100 million deal, which was initially an extension reached earlier than he ever hit free company. If he and the Astros agree to a different extension, it is fully attainable that each Altuve and Bregman will retire with out having ever hit the market.
Bregman, 29, hit .262/.363/.441 (122 OPS+) with 28 doubles, 4 triples, 25 homers, 98 RBI, 103 runs and 4.9 WAR final season. The 2-time All-Star has twice completed within the prime 5 of MVP voting and has been — together with Altuve — a fixture on this Astros group that has gone to the ALCS seven straight years, a stretch that features 4 pennants and two championships.
Rays lengthen president, supervisor
President of baseball operations Erik Neander and supervisor Kevin Money have agreed to contract extensions with the Rays. Full story here.
Red Sox signal reliever
The Purple Sox have signed right-handed reliever Michael Fulmer to a two-year deal, reports Chris Cotillo of MassLive. Fulmer is coming off elbow surgical procedure (UCL revision, a number of years after Tommy John) and is unlikely to pitch in 2024, therefore the two-year deal.
In 58 appearances for the Cubs, Fulmer pitched to a 4.42 ERA and 1.33 WHIP with 65 strikeouts towards 28 walks in 57 innings. The 2025 season will likely be Fulmer’s age-32 marketing campaign.