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Larry Yount Houston Astros

The remarkable story of Robin Yount’s brother Larry ... interesting to see that he has a page here ... with a correct stat line :-)  (except that he should be toggled to be a pitcher, I s'pose)

Howard Lynch LynchMob
Jorge Alfaro San Diego Padres
Sean Manaea Oakland Athletics

This seems like more than a $12 season to me in 4x4. The ERA and WHIP were both better than league average, and 11 Wins is likely worth at least $8 on its own. I know there's been talk of adjusting the formulas a bit, so I'm not going to consider this set in stone just yet. 

Scott Shea SJS
Robbie Ray Seattle Mariners

You betcha. My $2 keeper in the ADL has me jigging, too.

Peter Kreutzer Rotoman

You and Peter should both be doing a jig this morning. A $6 keeper in the XFL moving to Seattle couldn't have worked out much better. 

Tim McLeod tlmcleod
Max Scherzer New York Mets

Ken Davidoff in the Post today:

... The first historical comparison that comes to mind, when wrapping the brain around the reality that 37-year-old Max Scherzer has joined the New York Mets, is 36-year-old Roger Clemens muscling his way into getting traded from the Blue Jays to the Yankees in 1999. Yet The Rocket did that not so much for immediate financial gain (he was mid-contract) as to get a World Series ring, a motivation significantly criticized at the time for some reason.

So no, I can’t recall an apples-to-apples instance of such an accomplished player, someone who would be a first-ballot Hall of Famer if he retired right now, joining a team he surely didn’t rank high on his list — a team still lacking a manager, let’s not forget — because the money simply proved too much to turn down...

The upside stands as sky-high not only because of who Scherzer still can be on the mound, a co-ace with Jacob deGrom, but also because of who he remains in the clubhouse. For an organization desperately in need of a culture cleansing, his arrival feels potentially transformative.

Max Scherzer #31 of the Washington Nationals and Jacob deGrom #48 of the New York Mets stand in the outfield during Gatorade All-Star Workout Day at Nationals Park on July 16, 2018.
Max Scherzer and Jacob deGrom during All-Star Workout Day in 2018.
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Alex Patton Alex
Corey Seager Texas Rangers

As described by Rotowire:

Signs huge deal with Rangers
November 29, 2021
Seager agreed to a 10-year, $325 million deal with the Rangers on Monday, Jeff Passan of ESPN.comreports.
ANALYSIS
The signing completes a $500 million renovation of the Rangers' middle infield, as the team gave $175 million to second baseman Marcus Semien on Sunday. Injuries are just about the only concern for Seager, who hit .306/.381/.545 with 31 homers in 147 games across the last two years. His combination of quantity and quality of contact is a rare one. Among players with at least 400 plate appearances last season, only Juan Soto, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Manny Machado could match both his 16.1 percent strikeout rate and his 12.4 percent barrel rate. That suggests he should still be able to be a productive player over the back half of his deal when he eventually moves off of shortstop, something which should still be a few years away for the 27-year-old.
Alex Patton Alex
Robbie Ray Seattle Mariners

For a tad less than Davidoff predicted. Owners in AL onlies (e.g., Rotoman) are celebrating this morning.

Headed to Seattle
November 29, 2021
Ray signed a five-year, $115 million contract with the Mariners on Monday, Jeff Passan of ESPN.comreports.
ANALYSIS
Ray won the 2021 AL Cy Young Award after he posted a 2.84 ERA and 1.04 WHIP in 193.1 innings across 32 starts during his first full season with the Blue Jays. The 30-year-old will now be rewarded with a long-term deal that includes an opt-out clause following the 2024 season.
Alex Patton Alex
Kirby Yates Atlanta Braves
Lands in Atlanta
November 29, 2021
Yates (elbow) signed a two-year, $8.25 million contract with Atlanta on Monday which includes a team option for a third season at $5.75 million, Jeff Passan of ESPN.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Yates was arguably the best reliever in the league over his last two full seasons, riding a 38.7 percent strikeout rate to 53 saves and a 1.67 ERA. Those seasons came in 2018 and 2019, however, as he missed almost the entirely of the last two years due to multiple injuries. He most recently underwent Tommy John surgery in late March, a procedure which will likely wipe out much of his 2022 season in addition to all of 2021. There's a chance Atlanta has landed a top-tier pitcher for the 2022 stretch run and beyond with this deal, but Yates will turn 35 in March, adding plenty of age-related risk to an already risky profile and giving him a very low floor to go along with his high ceiling.
Alex Patton Alex
Daniel Hudson Los Angeles Dodgers
Joining Dodgers
November 29, 2021
Hudson agreed to a one-year, $7 million contract with the Dodgers on Monday, Mark Feinsand of MLB.comreports.
ANALYSIS
Hudson split 2021 between San Diego and Washington and had a 3.31 ERA, 1.08 WHIP and 75:16 K:BB across 51.2 innings with 17 holds. The closer's role is up for grabs with Kenley Jansen now a free agent, and Hudson should fill a high-leverage role for the Dodgers alongside Blake Treinen.
Alex Patton Alex
Tony Kemp Oakland Athletics
Rewarded for career year
November 29, 2021
Kemp agreed to a one-year, $2.25 million deal with the A's on Monday, avoiding arbitration, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports.
ANALYSIS
Kemp had by far the best year of his career in 2021, hitting .279/.382/.418 with eight home runs and eight steals in 131 games. He was worth 2.7 fWAR and split time between second base and left field. Kemp should once again play quite a bit, especially against right-handed pitching, in 2022.
Alex Patton Alex
Chad Pinder Oakland Athletics
Avoids arbitration with A's
November 29, 2021
Pinder agreed to a one-year, $2.725 million deal with the A's on Monday, avoiding arbitration, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports.
ANALYSIS
He has hit .241/.294/.412 with a 91 wRC+ in 223 games over the past three seasons. Pinder played more than five games at five different positions last season, with the bulk of those coming in the corner outfield spots. He should once again serve as a part-time utility option this season.
Alex Patton Alex
Andrew Stevenson Washington Nationals

Rotowire:

Avoids arbitration with Nationals
November 29, 2021
Stevenson signed a one-year deal with the Nationals on Monday, avoiding arbitration, Jesse Dougherty of The Washington Post reports.
ANALYSIS
Juan Soto is the only Nationals outfielder locked into an everyday role. Stevenson will compete with Lane Thomas and Yadiel Hernandez for at-bats, but he tentatively lines up to fill more of a fourth outfielder role. 
Alex Patton Alex
Hector Suarez Chicago Cubs

Sponichi is reporting that Robert Suarez is looking at heading to MLB for 2022. He's coming off a 42 save season with the Hanshin Tigers. Toss in the 1.16 ERA and the fact that he can touch 100 mph with the heater and he should generate considerable interest. 

Tim McLeod tlmcleod
Codi Heuer Chicago Cubs

Rowan Wick? Manuel Rodriguez as a long shot option? 

Tim McLeod tlmcleod
Max Scherzer New York Mets

The rest of the owners must already hate Cohen for continuing to reset the upper end of the market.  Maybe the owners do NEED a lockout to tie his hands for a couple months.

Bob Elam Bob-in-TX
Corey Seager Texas Rangers

More talent heading to the AL than leaving, so far anyway.

John Thomas Roll2
Frank Schwindel Chicago Cubs

I picked him up in Tout Wars and he did very nicely, I'm a genius!, but will he be a major league regular in four years? I don't think so. I mean, I was lucky.

Peter Kreutzer Rotoman
Codi Heuer Chicago Cubs

I wonder who else was considered as the Cubs' closer?

PROJECTED 2025 LINEUP

Catcher: Miguel Amaya (26)
First Base: Frank Schwindel (33)
Second Base: Nick Madrigal (28)
Third Base: Patrick Wisdom (33)
Shortstop: Nico Hoerner (28)
Left Field: Owen Caissie (22)
Center Field: Pete Crow-Armstrong (23)
Right Field: Brennen Davis (25)
Designated Hitter: Ian Happ (30)

No. 1 Starter: Brailyn Marquez (26)
No. 2 Starter: Adbert Alzolay (30)
No. 3 Starter: Jordan Wicks (25)
No. 4 Starter: Caleb Kilian (28)
No. 5 Starter:D.J. Herz (24)
Closer: Codi Heuer (28)

Alex Patton Alex
Frank Schwindel Chicago Cubs

Nice vote of confidence from Baseball America.

PROJECTED 2025 LINEUP

Catcher: Miguel Amaya (26)
First Base: Frank Schwindel (33)
Second Base: Nick Madrigal (28)
Third Base: Patrick Wisdom (33)
Shortstop: Nico Hoerner (28)
Left Field: Owen Caissie (22)
Center Field: Pete Crow-Armstrong (23)
Right Field: Brennen Davis (25)
Designated Hitter: Ian Happ (30)

No. 1 Starter: Brailyn Marquez (26)
No. 2 Starter: Adbert Alzolay (30)
No. 3 Starter: Jordan Wicks (25)
No. 4 Starter: Caleb Kilian (28)
No. 5 Starter:D.J. Herz (24)
Closer: Codi Heuer (28)

Alex Patton Alex

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