Willians Astudillo C/1B/2B/3B FA
Sat 11/26/22 2:54 PM
Astudillo has signed with the SoftBank Hawks of the KBO, Nikkan Sports reports.
EDGE AnalysisThe 31-year-old infielder has had a 5.5 percent strikeout rate and 1.5 percent walk rate in 271 MLB plate appearances over the past two seasons, but he hit just .237 with eight home runs over that stretch. Astudillo could find offensive success in the KBO, but he will likely always be a defensive liability.
Carlos Santana 1B/DH PIT
Fri 11/25/22 9:06 PM
Santana has agreed to a one-year, $6.7 million deal with the Pirates, Jeff Passan of ESPN.com reports.
EDGE AnalysisSantana played for both the Mariners and Royals during the 2022 season. He finished the year with OPS splits of .202/.316/.276. The 31-year-old will be a prime candidate to play DH for Pittsburgh due to his plate discipline and power.
OUTGarrett Whitlock P BOS
Fri 11/25/22 11:46 AM
Whitlock (hip) is progressing in his rehab program and indicated Monday he is preparing to open the 2023 season as a starter, Jen McCaffrey of The Athletic reports.
EDGE AnalysisThe right-hander started nine games last season but has primarily worked as a reliever since he made his MLB debut in 2021. Whitlock has been effective with a 2.73 ERA across 77 outings, and Boston now plans to move him to the rotation to begin the season. The 26-year-old underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right hip in late September and is expected be ready for spring training as he ramps up his throwing program in December.
Ariel Jurado RP NYM
Thu 11/24/22 8:22 PM
Jurado signed with the Kiwoom Heroes of the KBO on Thursday, Dan Kurtz of MyKBO.net reports.
EDGE AnalysisJurado spent the majority of the 2022 season at Triple-A St. Paul as a member of the Twins' organization. He managed an effective 3.54 ERA and 0.98 WHIP across 53.1 innings but will now have a chance to contribute in the KBO.
Jacob Webb RP FA
Thu 11/24/22 8:19 PM
Webb signed a minor-league deal with the Angels on Thursday, Robert Murray of FanSided.com reports.
EDGE AnalysisWebb spent the entire 2022 season in Triple-A, splitting time with the Atlanta and Arizona organizations. He had effective seasons in the majors in both 2019 and 2020, so it's possible he contributes with the Angels in 2023.
Beau Sulser P FA
Thu 11/24/22 6:30 PM
Sulser signed a one-year deal with the KT Wiz of the KBO on Wednesday, Dan Kurtz of MyKBO.net reports.
EDGE AnalysisThe 28-year-old righty pitched in the majors for the first time last season, working for the Pirates and Orioles. Sulser pitched as a reliever in the big leagues but made 30 starts at Triple-A over the last two years, so he will likely remain a starter in Korea,
Elliot Soto SS FA
Thu 11/24/22 6:25 PM
Soto signed a minor-league contract with the Twins on Tuesday.
EDGE AnalysisThe 33 year-old infielder got added to Minnesota's 40-man roster in June but was designated for assignment a day later without appearing in a game. Soto is a glove-first player (81 wRC+ last year at Triple-A) whose upside is likely capped as a bench piece.
Hoy Park 2B BOS
Wed 11/23/22 6:56 PM
Park was traded from the Pirates to the Red Sox on Wednesday in exchange for minor-league pitcher Inmer Lobo, Chris Cotillo of MassLive.com reports.
EDGE AnalysisPark was designated for assignment by Pittsburgh on Tuesday, and Boston decided to acquire him via trade rather than risk a waiver claim. The 26-year-old had a .649 OPS in 26 big-league games last season, and he spent most of the campaign at the Triple-A level, where he produced a .225/.332/.354 slash line.
OUTBryce Harper RF/DH PHI
Wed 11/23/22 4:22 PM
Harper underwent Tommy John and ulnar nerve transposition surgery Wednesday, Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports. He's expected to be sidelined for most of the first half of the 2023 season before returning to action as a designated hitter shortly before the All-Star break.
EDGE AnalysisHarper was always expected to require some sort of procedure to address the elbow injury that first cropped up last April, but it wasn't clear whether he would require Tommy John surgery. Now that he's had the surgery, Harper will have a shorter recovery timetable than pitchers who undergo the procedure, but he's expected to be sidelined for the start of the 2023 season. Since the lefty-hitting Harper will be available to hit before he completes a throwing program, the Phillies will bring him back as a DH, but the team is hopeful that he'll be ready to play right field late in the regular season.
Denyi Reyes SP BAL
Wed 11/23/22 2:27 PM
Reyes signed a minor-league contract with the Mets on Wednesday.
EDGE AnalysisReyes will be invited to spring training as a non-roster invitee in 2023 as part of his agreement with the Mets. He made his major-league debut with the Orioles in 2022 and posted a 2.35 ERA and 1.17 WHIP in 7.2 innings over three appearances (one start).