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MLB rumors: Royals shopping Hunter Dozier, Nicky Lopez after Red Sox trade; Marlins end Yuli Gurriel pursuit

We’re less than a month away from spring training, baseball fans. Here is the reporting date for each team’s spring practice. Now here are Monday’s hot stove rumors as you wait for baseball to return in a few weeks.

Red Sox acquire Mondesi

The Red Sox have acquired oft-injured infielder Adalberto Mondesi from the Royals for lefty reliever Josh Taylor, according to Boston will also receive a player to be named later in the trade. Even with Enrique Hernández moving from center field to shortstop, the Red Sox need depth in the outfield after Xander Bogaerts’ departure and Trevor Story’s elbow surgery.

Mondesi, 27, has played just 50 games the past two seasons due to numerous injuries, including a torn ACL. He showed five-tool ability earlier in his career, including hitting .276/.306/.498 with 14 homers and 32 steals in 75 games in 2018, though injuries have hampered his development. Mondesi will be a free agent after 2023. Taylor, 29, did not play in the MLB last season and played only a handful of minor league games because of a back injury.

Royals discuss other trades

But wait, there might be more movement from the royals, who have now given Mondesi and outfielder Michael A. Taylor within the last 24 hours. According to ESPN, the Royals have also discussed trades involving utility player Hunter Dozier and infielder Nicky Lopez.

Dozier, a 31-year-old potentially signed through the 2025 season, has failed to capitalize on what looked to be a breakout season in 2019. He has posted an 89 OPS+ over the past three years while jumping around the corner positions. Lopez, 27, is under team control through the 2025 season. He also failed to build on what was a banner season in 2021. His OPS+ dropped from 104 to 58.

The Royals have an abundance of young position players, either in the majors or on the way, making them an obvious candidate to send at least one more hitter between now and Opening Day.

The Athletics have signed first baseman Jesús Aguilar to a one-year contract worth $3 million, reports USA Today. Oakland has spent nearly $30 million on six free agents this offseason (Aguilar, Aledmys Díaz, Shintaro Fujinami, Trevor May, Jace Peterson and Drew Rucinski), even though their projected 2023 salary is only $58.5 million per year. FanGraphs. That’s one of the lowest in baseball.

Aguilar, 32, hit .235/.281/.379 with 16 home runs in 129 games with the Marlins and Orioles in 2022. However, he was an above-average hitter as late as 2021 and is considered an excellent clubhouse presence. . Aguilar can split with Seth Brown at first base, and also take DH at-bats. And if he performs well, the A’s might flip him to a prospect at the deadline.

Marlins end pursuit of Gurriel

The Marlins have ended their pursuit of free agent first baseman Yuli Gurriel, reports say Miami Herald. Miami is currently scheduled to play Garrett Cooper at first base and Jorge Soler at DH, but if they are willing to live with Cooper or Soler in the defensive outfield, there is still room in the lineup for Gurriel. Jazz Chisholm moves to center in wake of Luis Arraez trade.

Miami has been looking for high contact hitters all offseason and Gurriel would certainly fit the bill. He has posted one of the lowest strikeout rates in baseball since arriving in 2016, though he had the worst season of his MLB career in 2022, and at age 38, his days as a hitter may be over. above average is over. For now, however, the Marlins have stopped their pursuit. It is unclear if they are focusing elsewhere.

Rays are still looking for attacks

The Rays are still looking to upgrade their offense, though GM Erik Neader admitted “there aren’t that many (difference-making bats) out there that are available,” reports Tampa Bay Times. Jurickson Profar is the best free agent player still on the marketalthough others such as Miguel Sanó, Franmil Reyes, Luke Voit and former Ray David Peralta also remain unsigned.

Last season, the Rays ranked 21st in runs scored and did not score more than one run in nine of their last 16 regular season games. Tampa was then held to a solo homer in 24 innings in their Wild Card Series loss to the Guardians. The Rays haven’t added any offense this offseason. If anything, they pulled from their offense with the Ji-Man Choi trade.

The Orioles are still looking for rotation help

Orioles GM Mike Elias hopes to add another starting pitcher before spring training, he said during an interview with 105.7 FM The Fan over the weekend (via Baltimore Sun). The O’s signed Kyle Gibson to a one-year contract earlier this winter. Kyle Bradish, Dean Kremer, Tyler Wells and Austin Voth figure to round out the rotation until top prospect Grayson Rodriguez is called up.

Baltimore has been linked to Michael Wacha, the best free agent starter available, the last couple of weeks. Other unsigned starters include Zack Greinke, Mike Minor and Michael Pineda. If nothing else, the O’s could use another veteran just to chew up innings and spare the bullpen a bit and avoid asking the kids to carry too much of a workload too soon.

The Reds are not expected to make any further additions

The Reds aren’t expected to make any more additions until spring training, and the roster is “pretty much set,” GM Nick Krall said at the team’s RV event Monday (via Cincinnati asks). “Obviously we tore it down (after making the postseason in 2020). We traded some players last year. It’s something we had to go through. We’re trying to build it back up,” Krall added.

It’s been a fairly uneventful offseason for the Reds. They traded away Kyle Farmer, added Wil Myers and Luke Weaver, and that was it. Cincinnati opened 2022 with a payroll of $114.1 million. Their projected payroll for 2023 currently sits at $81.5 million, per FanGraphs. In terms of percentage of payroll in 2022, the Reds are expected to take the biggest salary cut in baseball this year.

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