MLB rumors: Red Sox add veteran outfielder Raimel Tapia; A's not considering Ramón Laureano trade

Major League Baseball spring training is less than a month away, however that does not imply MLB’s offseason is absolutely completed. Rather, there are still reports to be discovered and transfers to be made. Keep it here throughout Thursday as CBS Sports tracks all the current reports, news, and notes from throughout the majors.

Royals consent to sign Chapman

The Kansas City Royals have actually consented to a handle left-handed reducer Aroldis Chapman. Full story here

The Seattle Mariners have actually revealed a one-year agreement with Tommy La Stella. The 33-year-old energy male is coming off 2 uninspiring seasons with the Giants, however he revealed significant guarantee in 2019 and 2020. His 2019 season ended quickly with a damaged leg and the 2020 season was, naturally, reduced for other factors. Between the 2 projects, he appeared in 135 video games, striking .289/.356/.471 (121 OPS+) with 22 doubles and 21 homers. Also bear in mind that he’s a contact-oriented lefty and the brand-new shift guidelines will be carried out for 2023. 

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Raimel Tapia, a veteran of parts of 7 big-league seasons, is signing up with the Red Sox on a minor-league offer, according to WEEI. Tapia had actually initially revealed his finalizing on his individual Instagram account.

Tapia, who will turn 29 years of ages in early February, invested last season with the Blue Jays. He’d formerly played his whole profession with the Rockies. Overall he’s batted .277/.318/.392 (83 OPS+) with 26 crowning achievement and 53 taken bases. Tapia’s contributions have actually deserved an approximated 0.8 Wins Above Replacement, according to the computations housed at Baseball-Reference.

Tapia figures to act as organizational depth, a minimum of to start the season. The Red Sox just recently signed veteran Adam Duvall to sign up with Alex Verdugo and Masataka Yoshida in their outfield. It appears not likely that Tapia would see substantial action provided they likewise have potential customers Jarren Duran and Ceddanne Rafaela who might play themselves into factor to consider, along with fellow non-roster guest Greg Allen.

A’s ruling out Laureano trade

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The Athletics do not appear available to moving experienced outfielder Ramón Laureano, according to Dan Hayes of The Athletic.

Laureano, 28, has actually published a profession 113 OPS+ over parts of 5 big-league seasons. He’s coming off the worst offending proving of his profession, as evaluated by OPS+, and he’s no longer deemed a daily center-field choice. Still, the A’s unwillingness to move Laureano certifies as a surprise provided just how much of their veteran core they have actually dealt away considering that MLB’s owner-imposed lockout was raised.

Indeed, the A’s have actually traded — to name a few — Matt Olson, Matt Chapman, Sean Murphy, Frankie Montas, Chris Bassitt, and Sean Manaea. Laureano seemingly will not sign up with that rank, a minimum of not yet.

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