The Los Angeles Dodgers announced the acquisition of second baseman Logan Forsythe from the Tampa Bay Rays on Monday.
In exchange, the Rays received right-handed pitching prospect Jose De Leon.
This deal gives the Dodgers their 2017 second baseman. Forsythe replaces Chase Utley, who remains a free agent. Los Angeles had been involved in the trade market for this piece, but they had mostly been looking at the Twins' Brian Dozier.
The Los Angeles Dodgers have re-signed Kenley Jansen on Monday, as FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports.
Jansen has agreed to a five-year, $80 million deal, per Rosenthal. The deal does not include a no-trade clause but Jansen will receive an assignment bonus if he is traded. The contract also includes an opt-out after his third season.
Jansen received interest from the Miami Marlins and Washington Nationals in addition to L.A. The Nationals, at least according to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, offered Jansen a contract in the $85 million range.
The Los Angeles Dodgers have re-signed Rich Hill, they announced at the Winter Meetings on Monday.
Multiple reports indicated that Hill's deal with Los Angeles was for three years and $48 million, or a $16 million per season average.
It's been a long ride for Hill, who just back in 2015 was pitching for the Long Island Ducks of the Atlantic League, an Independent Baseball organization.
After spending the end of the 2015 season with the Red Sox and making four superb starts, he earned himself a one-year, $6 million deal with the Oakland Athletics before being traded to Los Angeles at the trade deadline.
The Houston Astros have signed outfielder Josh Reddick to a long-term contract on Thursday, Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports.
According to Passan, the deal is over four years and is worth $52 million.
Like the acquisition of Brian McCann earlier this evening, the Astros' deal with Josh Reddick represents another opportunity for them to get a left-handed hitter in their lineup, something they struggled to do throughout the 2016 campaign.
On the whole, Houston has been busy gearing up for a postseason run next year, already adding the likes of McCann, Charlie Morton, and Nori Aoki. Aoki, by the way, has reverse splits (meaning he hits lefties better than righties as a left-handed hitter) and could work his way into the starting lineup for Reddick.
As for the 29-year-old, a poor second half with the Dodgers likely kept Reddick from really cashing in on the free agent market. It is also possible, though, that if he was not traded from the Oakland Athletics midway through the year, he would have received a qualifying offer and not a long-term deal.
Despite all the hypotheticals, Reddick should still be a good all-around bat in the Astros' lineup with some decent defense in a corner outfield spot.
On the whole last year, Reddick hit .281/.345/.405 with 10 home runs and 53 RBI over 439 plate appearances. According to FanGraphs, he was worth 1.2 Wins Above Replacement and posted a 106 wRC+.
The Philadelphia Phillies have acquired Howie Kendrick from the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday, they announced.
In exchange for Kendrick, the Dodgers received second baseman and outfielder Darnell Sweeney as well as first baseman and outfielder Darin Ruf.
Kendrick told the Dodgers that he wanted to be traded because he was not happy with his role, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports.
Rosenthal mentioned that the Phillies could be a fit due to GM Matt Klentak's familiarity with Kendrick from his time with the Los Angeles Angels.
Kendrick, who played a variety of positions with the Dodgers, is expected to be the Phillies' primary left fielder in 2017. Despite this, however, he will add flexibility at second to a team who is now looking into dealing starting second baseman Cesar Hernandez, according to reports.
It is possible that the Phillies trade Hernandez and move shortstop Freddy Galvis to second, opening a spot for top prospect and former 1st round pick J.P. Crawford in 2017. Regardless, Kendrick will still likely be needed in the infield.
Last year, Kendrick struggled to hit at the same level he did in the past, slashing just .255/.326/.366 with eight home runs and 40 RBI over 543 plate appearances. According to FanGraphs, he was worth 0.9 Wins Above Replacement.
Kendrick will be a free agent at the conclusion of the 2017 season.
The 25-year-old Sweeney was a Dodger as recently as 2015. He was dealt to Philadelphia that year for Chase Utley, but apparently fell out of their long-term plans and did not make any appearances at the big league level this past year. In 37 games for his career, Sweeney has hit .176/.286/.353 with three homers and 11 RBI.
Ruf, 30, has bounced back and forth between the minors and majors throughout his career. In 286 MLB games, he holds a .240/.314/.433 line with 35 home runs and 96 RBI. At the very least, he will provide some organizational pop in L.A.