MLB Rumors: Dodgers close to another rotation addition, Astros on the hunt, Nationals add outfield help

Even though pitchers and catchers have had three weeks or more to report to spring-training sites, there are still several notable free agents and potential trade targets available. This, in turn, means a constant supply of daily rumors. Speaking of which, Tuesday’s supply is a little less.

Dodgers move closer to Paxton

No team has been as active as the Dodgers this offseason, as the NL West juggernaut has added players like Shohei Ohtani, Yoshinobu Yamamoto, Tyler Glasnow and Teoscar Hernandez to their already star-filled roster. They cannot be done.

in the original Reported by Chad Day And Confirmed by Fabian Ardaya, the Dodgers are close to adding veteran lefty starter James Paxton to strengthen the back-end of the rotation. Paxton, 35, is coming off a solid 19 season with the Red Sox in 2023. Coming into this offseason, CBS Sports ranked Paxton as the No. 38 available free agent. Here is an excerpt from our article:

“You know what you’re getting with Paxton. Or, at least, you know what you’re not getting: a full slate of starts. He pitches 96 innings in 2023, the most since the 2019 campaign. In the three years between those seasons, he totaled 21 2/3 frames. Paxton still pitched well when he was able to contribute. His fastball was still in the mid-90s. in, and plays faster due to the deeper release point. He also has a pair of secondary offerings in his curve and cutter, which he could potentially stand to throw more often. “There are different appetites for players, which makes it difficult to rank Paxton. We’re putting him here because we think his upside will help him clear some have higher floors.”

Given that Ohtani will not pitch this year, Yamamoto will be making his MLB debut, Glasnow has a long injury history, and Walker Buehler will be returning from Tommy John surgery, additional depth is probably needed. This is especially the case as the back end is currently set up by some unproven youngsters Bobby Miller and Emmett Sheehan. Paxton would ease those concerns somewhat.

Astros looking for lefty outfield bat

Houston has added Josh Hader as a closer and Victor Caratini as depth behind the plate, and now they are looking to add an outfielder who bats lefty. General manager Dana Brown recently told reporters this much:

In some ways, this will be in response to the recent retirement of veteran batsman Michael Brantley. Peruse the roster, and you’ll find that center field may be the Astros’ biggest current uncertainty, and a left-handed bat at that position could pair well with right-swinging Jake Meyers in a platoon arrangement. Top remaining free agent Cody Bellinger would obviously be a perfect fit, but it’s highly unlikely Houston is willing to pay going rates for him.

nets land gallo

The Nationals have agreed to a one-year contract with free-agent outfielder Joey Gallo pending a physical. The Washington Post’s Andrew Golden reports, This deal is for 5 million dollars, According to MASN’s Mark Zuckerman,

Gallo, 30, is coming off a 2023 season with the Twins in which he slashed .177/.301/.440 (101 OPS+) with 21 home runs in 111 games. For his career, he has an OPS+ of 109 over parts of nine MLB seasons. The lefty-swinging Gallo has platoon weaknesses and strikeout issues, but he provides good home run power from the left side. He is in line for semi-regular duty in the Washington outfield for the upcoming season.

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