Texas Rangers reportedly targeting three of the top pitchers in MLB free agency
With MLB free agency now open, the Texas Rangers seem to have designs on landing at least one of the top pitchers in this year’s market. Last winter, the Rangers made a big splash by snatching up two of the best everyday players on the MLB free-agent market. The organization gave stars Corey Seager and Marcus Semien a combined $500 million over the next decade in an attempt to have their first winning seasons since 2016. Unfortunately, that did not happen. In 2022, the Texas Rangers finished in last place in the American League West with a record of 68-94.
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The Philadelphia Phillies have inked a new deal with veteran catcher John Hicks.
The Philadelphia Phillies have made a move in free agency, as they have reportedly signed veteran catcher and first baseman John Hicks to a minor league deal.
According to Baseball America's Chris Hilburne-Trenkle, the Phillies inked Hicks to the deal on Wednesday.
Hicks isn't a flashy move, but he could be invited to Major League spring training camps. Over the course of different parts of six seasons in the MLB, Hicks has slashed .236/.279/.401.
He isn't viewed as someone who will supplant anyone at their current positions as J.T. Realmuto and Garrett Stubbs have the catcher position locked down. Likewise, Rhys Hoskins and Darick Hall are entrenched at first base.
Phillies’ 2023 rotation will depend on attrition (Wheeler/Nola), an addition (Painter), and a Suárez breakout
It’s hard to add a legitimate playoff-caliber rotation piece for a reasonable price. We saw that at the trade deadline this past August, when the Phillies were unable to make a serious play for a starting pitcher who might have made a difference in the postseason. We saw that on the free-agent market last offseason, when Noah Syndergaard signed a $21 million contract for one season with the Angels. © YONG KIM / Staff Photographer/The Philadelphia Inquirer/TNS Phillies 2021 first-round draft pick Andrew Painter (right) with agent Scott Boras before the Phillies played the Atlanta Braves in July.
However, Hicks is a depth move that could provide some insurance if any of the four mentioned above go down with injury. Additionally, he will be able to serve as a mentor in spring training and potentially the minor leagues as he has significant time at the Major League level.
He served a similar role with the Chicago Cubs last season after signing a deal but never seeing time with the MLB club.
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Phillies claim outfielder Jake Cave off waivers, focus on shortstop market ahead of winter meetings .
As a precursor to what is shaping up as a hectic week at the winter meetings, the Phillies have added depth to their outfield. The Phillies made a waiver claim Friday, scooping up lefty-hitting Jake Cave from the Baltimore Orioles. Cave, who turns 30 Sunday, is a .235/.297/.411 hitter with 33 homers and a 93 OPS+ in 335 games over parts of five seasons with the Minnesota Twins. A bigger move might be forthcoming. With the winter meetings set to open Monday in San Diego, a source said the Phillies remain focused on the four elite free-agent shortstops: Trea Turner, Xander Bogaerts, Carlos Correa, and Dansby Swanson.