With regards to on-field play, there are rumors worth poking at. Let’s get to them.
To be clear: exchanging names doesn’t necessarily mean a deal is likely; it just means the two sides have advanced beyond a preliminary stage and are now discussing concepts.
The Angels have acquired righty Matt Andriese in a trade with the Diamondbacks, the team announced. Minor-league righty Jeremy Beasley is going to Arizona in the one-for-one swap. Andriese will make .395 million in 2020 and that seems to be more than the D-Backs want to spend on a swingman given their depth.
The Cardinals and Rockies have exchanged names in Nolan Arenado trade talks, according to MLB.com’s Jon Morosi. Morosi adds that the Rockies desire a package that contains both big-league and minor-league talent in exchange for their star third baseman, with right-hander Dakota Hudson being among those the Rockies have interest in adding to their mix. . The move clears a 40-man roster spot for outfielder Nick Martini, who was claimed off waivers from the Reds. Herrera was arrested last May and suspended the rest of the season under MLB’s domestic violence policy. His production has been on the decline and the Phillies still owe him .5 million the next two years. Either they’ll release him or he’ll report to Triple-A as a non-40-man roster player to ensure he keeps his contract. .
Angels acquire Andriese
We covered the Cardinals farm system earlier this offseason, touching on their top five prospects as well as other names to know. Outfielder Dylan Carson, third baseman Nolan Gorman, and catcher Andrew Knizner were considered the top three. The Cardinals have since added left-handed pitcher Matthew Liberatore, who they acquired last week from the Rays in a deal that sent Jose Martinez to Tampa.
The 30-year-old Andriese had a 4.71 ERA with 79 strikeouts in 70 2/3 innings spread across 54 appearances in 2019. The Angels are still trying to add pitching depth before spring training and Andriese gives them a viable long reliever and also a possible rotation option. Beasley, 24, had a 4.49 ERA in 122 1/3 innings at Double-A and Triple-A in 2019. MLB.com ranks him the 18th best prospect in Anaheim’s farm system.
Cardinals acquire Dean
The Twins have finally made a big splash. Miguel Sano to first base and adds another power bat a lineup that hit an MLB record 307 home runs in 2019. Minnesota could still use an established starter behind Jose Berrios and Jake Odorizzi, but there’s nothing wrong with adding to a strength, and the Twins now have one of the most fearsome offenses in the game. Arenado has seven years and 4 million remaining on his contract. His deal also includes an opt out after the 2021 season. Morosi suggests the Cardinals may ask Arenado to waive that opt-out as part of the trade.. The move pushes
Twins sign Donaldson
In a minor trade, the Cardinals have acquired outfielder Austin Dean from the Marlins, the team announced. Outfield prospect Diowill Burgos went the other way. The trade helps St. Louis replenish its right-handed hitting outfield depth after trading Randy Arozarena and Jose Martinez to the Rays last week.
Phillies designate Herrera
Mid-January generally doesn’t bring lots of baseball news. Suffice it to say, this week has been different — though it hasn’t yet had anything to do with player transactions. The Astros were hammered for their 2017 sign-stealing scandal, and the league’s punishment included one-year suspensions for GM Jeff Luhnow and manager A.J. Hinch. In the wake of the news, . Red Sox manager Alex Cora was heavily implicated in the MLB report and was .