MLB rumors: Sandy Alcantara, Marlins approaching contract extension; Angels adds Aaron Loup, Tyler Wade

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Will it be a slow week in Major League Baseball’s hot stove up until Thanksgiving? Or do we get more deals after big names like Noah Syndergaard and Justin Verlander made deals last week? We’re gathering the news and rumors right here for you on Monday, and it’s starting with the Red Sox seizing the opportunities for 2023 and 2024 on contract with manager Alex Cora.

Let’s see what else is out there.

Marlins, Alcantara is working on extension

The Marlins are close to a $ 55 million five-year extension with starting pitcher Sandy Alcantara, reports Craig Mish of Sports Grid.

Alcantara, 26, is nowhere near trading freely. He is in arbitration until after the 2024 season, but a move from Marlins here would provide cost security for the next three seasons and then would buy the first two years with free agency. It would be a big step from Kim Ng’s front office to lock a starter like this.

Alcantara were 9-15 with a 3.19 ERA, 1.08 WHIP and 201 strikeouts in 205 2/3 innings last season. He was an All-Star in 2019 and has an ERA of 3.48 (122 ERA +) in 72 starts in the last three seasons. He’s pretty well-established as a quality front-end starting pitcher.

Dodgers look at the Suzuki

Japanese star outfielder Seiya Suzuki is set to be posted to MLB teams this offseason (scouting report here). The Dodgers seem to be among the interested teams, reports David Vassegh of Sports Net LA.

Right now, the Dodgers could have a full outfield with Mookie Betts, Cody Bellinger and AJ Pollock, but they have a lot of moving pieces and it’s unclear if they will go into next season with Bellinger as the daily midfielder.

It’s also worth a quick mention that the Dodgers will far from be the only team interested in Suzuki. He hit .319 / .436 / .644 with 38 homers in 131 games in the NPB last season.

Fighting interested in Cobb

Giants “make a strong push” for free agent starting pitcher Alex Cobb, reports Susan Slusser of San Francisco Chronicle. She adds that Cobb and the Giants “look like a matchstick.”

Cobb, 34, went 8-3 with 3.76 ERA (119 ERA +), 1.26 WHIP and 98 strikeouts in 93 1/3 innings last season for the Angels.

The Yankees have swapped supplyman Tyler Wade for the Angels for a player to be mentioned later or cash considerations, the clubs have announced.

Wade, 26, has spent his entire five-year career in the majors with the Yankees, but was named to assignment last week. In 264 matches he has hit .212 / .298 / .307 (66 OPS +). He stole 17 bases in 23 chances last season and delivered a career-best 0.354 on-base percentage in 2021. He has spent most of his time defending at second base, but has also played shortstop, third base and all three. outfield positions.

Guardians swap outfielder, pitcher

The Guardians have swapped outfielder Harold Ramirez for the Cubs for cash considerations, the teams have announced.

Ramirez, 27, has hit .271 / .308 / .405 (90 OPS +) with 41 doubles and 18 homers in 818 career record appearances in parts of three seasons. He has spent time on all three away positions with the overwhelming majority in the corners. The Cubs are unlikely to finish adjusting their outfield before 2022, but right now the starters appear to be Ian Happ, Rafael Ortega and Jason Heyward with Ramirez alongside Michael Hermasillo and Alfonso Rivas as depth.

In a separate move, right-handed pitcher JC Mejia has been traded from the Guardians to the Brewers, both teams have announced.

Mejia, 25, was 1-7 with 8.25 ERA, 1.61 WHIP and 47 strikeouts with 24 walks in 52 1/3 innings last season. He had an ERA of 6.75 in 25 1/3 innings in Triple-A and this was his first season past High-A. That is, he is basically a project for the brewers. They have been successful in developing pitchers in this way before.

Brewers sign backup catcher

Brewers and catcher Pedro Severino have agreed on a $ 1.9 million one-year deal, reports ESPN’s Jeff Passan.

Severino, 28, hit .248 / .308 / .383 with 11 homers and 46 RBIs in 113 games last season with the Orioles. He was worth 0.9 WAR, per. baseball-reference.com.

As things stand, Brewers is set with Omar Narvaez behind the plate, so Severino will act as backup.

Angels ink Loup

The angels on Monday announced that they have signed lefty reliever Aaron Loup to a two-year contract worth reported $ 17 million. Loup, who turns 34 in December, is coming off a fantastic season with the Mets. In 56 2/3 innings, Loup hit a 0.95 ERA with 57 strikeouts against 16 unintentional walks. For his career, he boasts an ERA + of 136 and a K / BB ratio of 3.19.

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