The New York Yankees will welcome the Miami Marlins for an MLB Spring Training game on Thursday, February 29, 2024 (2/29/2024) at George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, Florida.UEFA Euro Cup UEFA Live 2024
During this offseason, the Baltimore Orioles secured closer Craig Kimbrel with a contract, strengthening their bullpen significantly, especially considering the season-long injury to Felix Bautista.AFC Asian Cup 2024 Live Australia
Undoubtedly, the market for MLB starting pitchers is becoming increasingly scarce, with several teams yet to secure their desired additions for the upcoming season. The Marlins have a unique opportunity to capitalize on the current market conditions and emerge as frontrunners, provided they are willing to trade their young starting pitcher, Jesus Luzardo. Acquiring Anthony Santander and Jordan Westburg from the Baltimore Orioles in exchange for Luzardo would be a mutually beneficial trade, creating a win-win situation for both teams.Frases de Feliz Año Nuevo 2024
The Reds have agreed to a deal with third baseman Jeimer Candelario, according to MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand. The deal is pending a physical. Jon Morosi of MLB Network and Mike Rodriguez of Univision had previously reported that the Reds were a finalist for Candelario’s services. According to Gordon Wittenmeyer of the Cincinnati Enquirer, the deal is worth $45MM guaranteed over three years, with a club option that could take the total to four years and $60MM. Candelario, 30, is coming off one of the finest seasons of his career, having turned in a combined .251/.336/.471 batting line with 22 home runs (a career-high), 39 doubles, three triples and an 8-for-9 showing in stolen base attempts. That production came in a season split between the Nationals, who signed him to a one-year $5MM deal after the Tigers non-tendered him last winter, and the Cubs, who originally signed Candelario, traded him to Detroit in 2017, and reacquired him this past July. Prior to his big league debut, Candelario was a touted prospect who ranked near the top of the farm systems in both Chicago and Detroit. He enjoyed an impressive rookie showing in 2017 (.283/.359/.425 in 38 games) but struggled to replicate that production in 2018 and saw his offense crater in 2019. Candelario bounced back with the Tigers both in 2020 and 2021, but Detroit cut him loose after a down year in 2022, wherein he posted a .217/.272/.361 slash in 467 plate appearances. Though Candelario’s time with the Tigers came to an unceremonious end, the switch-hitter has now played at a roughly three- to four-WAR pace in three of his past four seasons between the 2020 season, when he hit .297/.369/.503 in the shortened 60-game campaign, and his strong showings in 2021 and 2023.
The San Diego Padres traded Juan Soto to the New York Yankees late Wednesday night, marking the second trade in less than 17 months for the 25-year-old outfielder, who has established himself as one of this era's most gifted hitters. The Yankees also received outfielder Trent Grisham from the Padres as part of the seven-player deal. In exchange, San Diego received right-handers Michael King, Jhony Brito and Randy Vasquez, starting pitching prospect Drew Thorpe and catcher Kyle Higashioka.
Trading Juan Soto amounts to ripping off the financial Band-Aid. Granted, it’s a Band-Aid the size of a surfboard, but it had to happen. The bills are coming due for a franchise that pushed the limits and spent like MLB kings. They learned in 2023 that even a lineup filled with gilded superstars and one of the best rotations in baseball with a Cy Young winner and perhaps the best closer in the game was not enough. The Padres weren’t balanced enough. They weren’t deep enough. In the end, they didn’t produce enough. So when the organization leaned into shedding what could be $33 million or so that Soto would be due in arbitration, it was an acknowledgment of the vice grip of money realities, coupled with spending failing to guarantee much of anything in baseball right now. The top three spenders in the game — the Mets, Yankees and Padres — all were shut out of the postseason. The Diamondbacks, with the 10th-lowest payroll in the game of about $119.3 million according to Spotrac.com, made it to the World Series. The Rays (No. 27 at $79.4 million) and Orioles (No. 28 at $71.1 million) reached the playoffs.
Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts acknowledged Tuesday that his team met with two-way sensation Shohei Ohtani at Dodger Stadium "a couple days ago," becoming the first person to divulge even the most basic information about a highly touted free agency that has played out in secrecy.
It’s all part of the wildness and secrecy surrounding Shohei Ohtani’s free agency. Information about what the once-in-a-lifetime talent wants in free agency has been sparse — it’s as well-guarded as state secrets. But Dodgers manager Dave Roberts showed the first outward signs of interest from any team. "Clearly, Shohei’s our top priority," Roberts told reporters during his 20-minute availability at the Gaylord Opryland Resort. "I think it went well."
The mystery and secrecy of the Shohei Ohtani free-agent sweepstakes was finally lifted Tuesday with the Los Angeles Dodgers and Toronto Blue Jays emerging as the co-favorites for baseball’s biggest star, while the San Francisco Giants and Los Angeles Angels still remain in the picture. The Chicago Cubs, who were in the mix early in the sweepstakes, now appear to be out after balking at Ohtani’s price tag of 10 years and at least $500 million, according to one high-ranking Cubs official.
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