MLB rumors: Astros sign Héctor Neris to two-year deal; Marlins have interest in Nick Castellanos

Following a peaceful Thanksgiving vacation, MLB groups returned to deal with Black Friday, with the Mets finalizing 3 totally free representatives to multi-year agreements (Mark Canha, Eduardo Escobar, and Starling Marte). A flurry of offers are anticipated prior to the expiration of the cumulative bargaining contract next Wednesday, at which point the owners are most likely to lock out the gamers. Here are Saturday’s hot range reports.

Astros indication Neris

The Astros have actually signed righty reducer Héctor Neris to a two-year agreement worth $17 million, reports Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports Philadelphia and Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic. Neris successfully changes Kendall Graveman in Houston’s bullpen. Graveman signed a three-year, $24 million agreement with the White Sox previously today.

Neris, 32, has actually held a range of bullpen functions with the Phillies in his eight-year profession, consisting of several stints as their closer. This previous season he pitched to a 3.63 period with 98 strikeouts in 74 1/3 innings. Neris has actually been a workhorse throughout his profession — he ranks 2nd in relief looks (372) and 3rd in relief innings (366 1/3) given that 2016.

Marlins have interest in Castellanos


The Marlins have interest in totally free representative outfielder Nick Castellanos, reports MLB Network’s Jon Heyman. Castellanos matured in the Miami location, though he pulled out of the last 2 years and $34 million agreement with the Reds previously this offseason, suggesting he will look for a minimum of that much in totally free company. It’s seldom the Marlins invest that sort of cash in totally free company.

Castellanos, 30 in March, authored a .309/.362/.576 batting line with 38 doubles and 34 crowning achievement this previous season. His outfield defense is bad, verging on unplayable, though the upcoming cumulative bargaining contract is anticipated to carry out the universal DH. That would keep Castellanos out of the large outfield at Marlins Park and permit him to concentrate on his finest position: batter’s box.

Orioles going to listen on Mullins


The Orioles want to listen to trade deals for All-Star center fielder Cedric Mullins, reports MLB Network’s Jon Heyman, though the asking rate is naturally extremely high. The simply turned 27-year-old Mullins ended up being the very first 30/30 gamer in O’s history this previous season and he will not be qualified totally free company till after 2025. His trade worth is huge.

With Starling Marte signed, there is now no real daily center fielder in totally free company. The Astros, Braves, Giants, Marlins, Mariners, Phillies, and Yankees all right away leap to mind as prospective landing areas for Mullins. Of course, Mullins is so great therefore young and under control so long that the O’s keeping him would be defensible. The restore is going on 5 years now. At some point you need to keep your finest gamers and construct around them.

Hill open up to going back to Red Sox


Free representative left-hander Rich Hill is open to going back to the Red Sox, he informed the Boston Globe‘s Alex Speier. “There is an interest, without a doubt. There’s a need on the other end. The need for starting pitching is very apparent throughout the league — not just in Boston. It’s also many other clubs that need it,” Hill informed Speier.

Hill, 42 in March, reanimated his profession with the Red Sox in 2015. He split this previous season in between the Rays and Mets, pitching to a 3.86 period in 158 2/3 innings. Hill had actually not tossed that lots of innings in a season given that 2007. The Red Sox should change Eduardo Rodriguez, who signed the Tigers previously this month. Hill, like current pickup Michael Wacha, would be a depth addition more than a difference-maker, however he can still assist a competitor.

Mariners trade for Frazier


The Mariners are set to obtain 2nd baseman Adam Frazier from the Padres for 2 small leaguers. Frazier was an All-Star this previous season with the Pirates, though he was traded to the Padres at the due date and never ever rather appeared to suit. Seattle has actually had a revolving door at 2nd base given that trading Robinson Canó 3 years earlier, so Frazier fixes that issue. That stated, Frazier is one year far from totally free company, so without an extension, he can evaluate the marketplace next winter season.

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