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St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols played in his final regular season game at Busch Stadium on Sunday. The veteran slugger smacked his 702nd home run, which ties him with Babe Ruth for second on the all-time list. Possibly, Pujols adds to his total before the season is over with three games left remaining on the schedule. The 42-year-old drove in three runs before being pulled out alongside Adam Wainwright and Yadier Molina in the fifth inning. The team wanted to celebrate their players even though it hurt their chances of winning the contest. Pujols will look to help the Cardinals win another ring before he rides off in the sunset.
The Seattle Mariners signed free-agent relief pitcher Trevor Gott to a one-year deal Monday, per The Seattle Times' Ryan Divish. The deal comes after the Mariners lost right-hander Erik Swanson in an offseason trade for outfielder Teoscar Hernandez. The 30-year-old compiled a 4.14 ERA with 11 holds and four blown saves through 45 2/3 innings in 2022 with the Brewers. Gott has never served in a high-leverage bullpen position throughout his career, so he holds little fantasy relevance.
The Los Angeles Angels and free-agent relief pitcher Chris Devenski agreed to a one-year, minor-league deal Monday, per MLB.com's Rhett Bollinger. The deal includes an invitation to spring training, so Devenski will have the opportunity to compete for a spot in the bullpen. The 32-year-old had a solid first few seasons of his career with the Astros, but pitched just 14 2/3 innings in 2022 with the Diamondbacks and Phillies, struggling with an 8.59 ERA. He has a long way to go before gaining any fantasy consideration.
The Pittsburgh Pirates are reportedly one of the teams interested in free-agent starting pitcher Kyle Gibson, per MLB Network's Jon Heyman. The 35-year-old compiled a 10-8 record with a poor 5.05 ERA, 1.34 WHIP and 20.1% strikeout rate in 31 starts with the Phillies in 2022. However, he was a useful fantasy streamer at times throughout the season and had a more encouraging 4.06 SIERA. Gibson's high WHIP and low strikeout numbers have always limited his fantasy upside, and going to a team with a poor offense like the Pirates would further limit his potential fantasy value.
Detroit Tigers designated hitter Miguel Cabrera announced Monday that the 2023 season will be his last. It will be the 21st season of the 39-year-old's Hall-of-Fame career. Cabrera hasn't been fantasy relevant for the past several seasons and slashed .254/.305/.317 with five home runs and 43 RBI through 433 plate appearances in 2022. However, he spent over a decade as a top corner infield and overall fantasy option with the Florida Marlins and the Tigers.
The Los Angeles Dodgers are reportedly meeting with free-agent starting pitcher Justin Verlander on Monday, according to a tweet from The New York Post's Jon Heyman. Heyman tweeted the following on Monday morning: "Word is Dodgers are meeting with Justin Verlander today. Would fit their preference for big talents on short-term deals (with of course very high AAV). Both NY teams interested and of course incumbent Astros." Verlander is coming off another strong season on the mound, pitching to a 1.75 ERA, a 2.49 FIP, 185 strikeouts and 29 walks in 175 innings of work. He also logged 18 wins in 28 starts to win the American League Cy Young.
According to a tweet from USA Today's Bob Nightengale on Monday, the Houston Astros are reportedly "finalizing a deal for" Jose Abreu. According to the Houston Chronicle's Chandler Rome, the deal is expected to be for three years and around $20 million per year. Nightengale tweeted the following on Monday morning: "The Houston #Astros are finalizing a deal for free-agent first baseman Jose Abreu." The slugger hit .304 last season in 679 plate appearances for the Chicago White Sox, adding 15 home runs and a strong .378 on-base percentage in those 679 plate appearances. He'll give the Astros yet another quality lineup option alongside the likes of Yordan Alvarez, Alex Bregman, Kyle Tucker, Jose Altuve, and Jeremy Pena.
The Chicago White Sox are reportedly signing free-agent starter Mike Clevinger to a one-year deal, per a pair of tweets from MLB Network's Jon Morosi. Also per Morosi, Clevinger's one-year deal is worth more than $8 million. Clevinger made 23 appearances, including 22 starts, for the San Diego Padres last season, pitching to a 4.33 ERA and a 4.98 FIP in 114 1/3 innings of work. He also logged 91 strikeouts against 35 walks in those 114 1/3 innings. He'll now join a White Sox rotation that also features Lucas Giolito, Dylan Cease, Lance Lynn and Michael Kopech.
The Pittsburgh Pirates and veteran first baseman Carlos Santana agreed on a one-year, $6.7 million deal on Friday, pending the results of a physical, according to sources familiar with the deal. The 36-year-old hit just .202/.316/.376 with the Seattle Mariners and Kansas City Royals last season and posted a league-average .692 OPS in 131 total games. But Santana hit the ball hard and had an elite walk rate in the 97th percentile, which drove his free-agent market. He also saw the most shifts in baseball in 2022, and with the shift going away in 2023, he figures to see much better results. The switch-hitter will bring veteran leadership to a young Pirates squad. Santana has a career .242/.359/.432 slash line with 278 home runs and 925 RBI. He's best known for his plate discipline and power, but he won't have much fantasy upside, especially in Pittsburgh.
The Boston Red Sox signed former Chicago Cubs outfielder Narciso Crook to a minor-league deal this week, according to a source. The 27-year-old made his major-league debut in 2022 with the Cubs and appeared in four games while going 1-for-7 with five strikeouts. However, Crook hit well at Triple-A Iowa, batting .260 with 19 home runs, 67 RBI and an .836 OPS in 101 games. He will likely begin the 2023 season at Triple-A Worcester to provide outfield depth for the organization behind Alex Verdugo, Enrique Hernandez, Rob Refsnyder and Jarren Duran. Crook was originally drafted in the 23rd round by the Cincinnati Reds in 2013, and he spent seven years with the Reds before signing a minor-league deal with the Cubs last November.
The New York Mets signed right-hander Denyi Reyes to a minor-league deal this week. The deal includes a non-roster invite to spring training next year. The 26-year-old Dominican spent the 2022 season in the Baltimore Orioles organization, going 1-7 with a rough 6.60 ERA, 1.43 WHIP, one save, 61 strikeouts and nine walks in 60 innings pitched over 17 appearances (12 starts) for Single-A Delmarva, High-A Aberdeen and Triple-A Norfolk. Reyes also ended up making his major-league debut for the Orioles last season, allowing two earned runs on eight hits while walking one and striking out three in 7 2/3 frames over three outings (one start).