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Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports that the Mets have Jackie Bradley "on their radar."


Jan 22   12:45 PM

In addition to the Mets, Heyman also lists the Phillies, Red Sox, Astros and Rockies as clubs that are monitoring the center field market. The Mets would prefer a right-handed hitting center fielder in order to balance out their lineup, according to Heyman, but Bradley offers the best combination of defense and offense at the position.


Major League Baseball Hall of Famer Hank Aaron has passed away at the age of 86.


Jan 22   12:06 PM

Baseball has lost yet another legend. Aaron was not only one of the game's all-time greats, but he was one of their best ambassadors, as well, and by all accounts a true gentleman. Hammerin' Hank holds the major league record with 25 All-Star Game appearances and, of course, long held the home run record with his 755 long balls. He never once hit more than 47 home runs in a season, which speaks to his sustained excellence. R.I.P., Hammer.


Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports that the Twins are "still interested" in re-signing Jake Odorizzi, but the two sides "remain apart on years and dollars."


Jan 22   11:29 AM

Odorizzi is seeking a three-year contract, but obviously the Twins aren't willing to go to that length to this point. Jon Morosi of MLB.com says that the Angels, Giants, Blue Jays and Red Sox are also showing interest in the veteran right-hander. Odorizzi is arguably the best starter still on the market beyond Trevor Bauer and will turn just 31 in March, so he seems likely to get a third year from someone.


Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reports that the Cubs have agreed to a one-year contract with Austin Romine.


Jan 22   11:13 AM

The deal is pending a physical and it's not clear yet what Romine's salary will be. Romine, 32, batted only .238/.259/.323 with two homers for the Tigers last season, although he was a decent-enough hitter for the Yankees the previous two years. As it stands right now he's slated to back up Willson Contreras, although that would obviously change if Contreras is traded.


Craig Mish of SportsGrid reports that the Marlins have agreed to a contract with Anthony Bass.


Jan 22   9:12 AM

Terms of the deal are not yet known. Bass is coming off back-to-back strong seasons for the Mariners and Blue Jays, posting a 3.54 ERA, 0.99 WHIP and 64/26 K/BB ratio over 73 2/3 innings. The 33-year-old also notched 12 saves during that stretch and could be in the mix to close for the Marlins, although the team seems likely to add more bullpen help.


David Vassegh of SportsNet LA said on MLB Network on Thursday that he's "had a few signs in the last week or so that kind of signal to me that (Justin) Turner and the Dodgers are going to find their way back to each other."


Jan 22   8:36 AM

"My belief is he wanted four years from another team to pry him away from Los Angeles," Vassegh said Thursday on MLB Network's "High Heat" program. "He just means too much to the team, to the city of Los Angeles, for him to just leave for the same amount of years and dollars that he could get here with the Dodgers." The Blue Jays are one club that's been connected to Turner, but the third baseman ultimately re-signing with the Dodgers has always seemed like the most likely outcome, and it sounds like it could happen relatively soon.


Yankees signed RHP Asher Wojciechowski to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.


Jan 22   12:05 AM

The deal will pay him a $750,000 salary if he makes it to the big leagues, per USA Today's Bob Nightengale. Wojciechowski, 32, posted a rough 6.82 ERA, 1.62 WHIP, and 31/15 K/BB ratio in 37 innings of work (seven starts, three relief appearances) last season with the Orioles. He owns a career 5.95 ERA at the MLB level.


David Robertson (elbow) threw his first bullpen session of the winter on Thursday.


Jan 22   12:05 AM

Robertson missed all of last season while recovering from Tommy John surgery. The 35-year-old reliever is a free agent, and he plans to hold a showcase for interested teams sometime in early February. 


Blue Jays designated RHP Anthony Castro for assignment. 


Jan 22   12:05 AM

The Blue Jays needed to make room on the 40-man roster for newly-signed Tyler Chatwood. Castro was claimed on waivers from the Tigers on December 7, so his time with the Blue Jays could be very brief if he's claimed. If he's not, he'll be organizational depth over the 2021 campaign. That was the case before the DFA, anyway. 


Rays signed RHP Yacksel Rios to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training. 


Jan 22   12:05 AM

Rios was designated for assignment and outrighted to Triple-A by the Pirates after the 2020 season, and he elected free agency. He owns a 6.36 ERA in 66 career MLB appearances, and will try and win one of the final spots in the Rays' bullpen this spring. 


Brewers signed INF/OF Daniel Robertson to a one-year, $900,000 contract.


Jan 21   1:17 PM

The deal was agreed to back on January 12 and has now been made official after Robertson passed the necessary pre-signing physical exam. A career .234/.342/.352 hitter in 855 total plate appearances at the major league level, the soon-to-be 27-year-old projects to operate in a super-utility role for Milwaukee in 2021.


Brewers signed INF/OF Daniel Robertson to a one-year, $800,000 contract.


Jan 21   11:48 AM

The deal was agreed to back on January 12 and has now been made official after Robertson passed the necessary pre-signing physical exam. A career .234/.342/.352 hitter in 855 total plate appearances at the major league level, the soon-to-be 27-year-old projects to operate in a super-utility role for Milwaukee in 2021.


Nationals signed INF/OF Hernan Perez to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.


Jan 21   10:58 AM

Perez was with the Cubs in 2020 but appeared in only three major league games. The versatile 29-year-old holds a career .252/.281/.386 batting line in 1,825 total plate appearances at the big league level.


Miles Mikolas (elbow) has resumed throwing off a mound.


Jan 21   10:05 AM

Mikolas sat out all of 2020 due to a flexor tendon strain that eventually required surgery, but he expects to be fully ready for the start of spring training and wants to go 170-200 innings in 2021. "My arm feels good — I actually had a nice bullpen (session) today, my second bullpen," the 32-year-old right-hander told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch on Wednesday. "Just a light, almost what you’d call touch-and-feel to kind of get back into the rhythm. But my rhythm was good. I was hitting spots, I was keeping the ball down."


MLB.com's Jon Morosi reports that the Tigers "have been in touch" with free agent utilityman Marwin Gonzalez.


Jan 21   9:45 AM

Morosi notes the connection between Gonzalez and new Tigers manager A.J. Hinch, as they spent many years together in Houston. The versatile 31-year-old is also said to be in contact with the Twins about a possible reunion despite slashing just .211/.286/.320 over 199 plate appearances for Minnesota in 2020.


Ryan Dull has agreed to a deal with the Winnipeg Goldeyes of the independent American Association.


Jan 21   8:32 AM

Dull was with the Blue Jays organization on a minor league contract in 2020 but did not make the team's 60-man player pool when the MLB season finally got underway. The now 31-year-old right-hander surrendered 19 runs -- 18 earned -- over 12 2/3 innings of relief between the Athletics, Yankees, and Jays in 2019.


Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Blue Jays are "still trying" for free agent outfielder Michael Brantley.


Jan 21   12:14 AM

They just agreed to a reported six-year, $150 million contract with George Springer, but the Jays apparently aren't done spending on bats. Brantley, 33, could be a good option for Toronto at DH, a role he filled 26 times last season with the Astros while delivering an overall .300/.364/.476 batting line with 20 extra-base hits (five home runs, 15 doubles) in 187 plate appearances. Rosenthal notes that Springer and Brantley are "close friends" and also happen to be represented by the same agency, Excel Sports Management. TSN's Scott Mitchell adds that "there's legit legs" to the two heading to Toronto as a sort of "package deal."


MLB.com's Mark Feinsand reports that the Blue Jays have yet to finalize a deal with Michael Brantley.


Jan 21   12:14 AM

ESPN's Jeff Passan is hearing the same thing. Toronto-based broadcaster Hazel Mae reported Wednesday morning that Brantley and the Jays were in agreement on a three-year contract, but she has now recanted that report, citing word from a team official. Nonetheless, it sounds like this should get done eventually.


Rockies signed OF Nick Longhi to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.


Jan 21   12:14 AM

Longhi, a 30th-round pick of the Red Sox in the 2013 MLB Draft, slashed .283/.336/.463 with 12 home runs and 51 RBI over 111 games at the Triple-A level in 2019. The 25-year-old outfielder has yet to reach the majors.


Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports that the Blue Jays "have had an offer out" to free agent reliever Brad Hand.


Jan 21   12:14 AM

Toronto has ruled the baseball world over the last 24 hours, and why stop now? Hand, who's also been connected to the Astros, Mets, White Sox, and Dodgers, registered a stellar 2.05 ERA, 0.77 WHIP, and 29/4 K/BB ratio over 22 innings last season for the Indians while recording a league-high 16 saves. He could be a fallback option at closer for the Jays in the event that Kirby Yates does not bounce back health-wise.


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