The Boston Red Sox had a big day on Tuesday. They made two trades (one considerably larger than the other), signed a free agent, and managed to fill three holes in the span of one afternoon. Quite a few other things happened around the league on Tuesday, as well. Let’s take a look.
Detroit Tigers moves and rumors
The Tigers are gauging interest on former New York Yankee pitchers Justin Wilson and Shane Greene, according to Joel Sherman of the New York Post. This could be significant for the 2017 Tigers roster.
Additionally, many teams are in search of left-handed relief help, and Justin Wilson fits the bill. Tigers general manager Al Avila confirmed this Tuesday, telling the media that “the highest level of interest has been on Justin Wilson.” This affects the future of the Tigers bullpen, as Wilson was one of the Tigers’ better relievers in 2016. Given how light the trade market is for relief pitching, teams could be willing to overpay for him.
Signings and trades elsewhere
The Chicago White Sox traded starting pitcher Chris Sale to the Boston Red Sox. The Red Sox sent top prospects Yoan Moncada and Michael Kopech, along with two lower prospects (Luis Alexander Basabe and Victor Diaz) to Chicago.
The Red Sox also traded for Milwaukee Brewers reliever Tyler Thornburg. Infielder Travis Shaw and minor league prospects Mauricio Dubon and Josh Pennington were sent to Milwaukee. In addition, Boston signed first baseman Mitch Moreland to a one-year, $5 million-plus deal.
The Philadelphia Phillies announced their signing of former Tigers reliever Joaquin Benoit to a one-year, $7.5 million deal. Benoit was considered to be in the second tier of free agent relief help, so the deal is relatively fair for both sides.
Minnesota Twins second baseman Brian Dozier is drawing trade interest from four to five teams. This should be important to Tigers fans because Dozier’s market is similar to Ian Kinsler’s, as there aren’t many second basemen on the trading block or available in free agency this offseason.
The Yankees are in the mix for closer Aroldis Chapman and are willing to offer him a five-year, $80 million deal. The Marlins and the Dodgers are also in on Chapman, but both teams are reportedly pursuing fellow closer Kenley Jansen more actively.
The Washington Nationals are close to trading starting pitcher Gio Gonzalez to the Yankees. The Nationals are also focusing on trading for outfielder Andrew McCutchen after missing out on Chris Sale earlier Tuesday.
The Los Angeles Dodgers have been in contact with free agent outfielder Jose Bautista. The Dodgers are also interested in White Sox third baseman Todd Frazier.
The Baltimore Orioles met with free agent slugger Mark Trumbo on Tuesday afternoon. There is mutual interest but the sides are reportedly around $20 million apart. The Orioles are also working on extending starting pitcher Chris Tillman.
The Chicago Cubs have a trade with the Kansas City Royals in the works for reliever Wade Davis. The Nationals have jumped in late in an attempt to acquire Davis themselves, so the deal could go either way.
The Oakland Athletics are looking at a potential trade for Royals outfielder Jarrod Dyson.
The San Francisco Giants are looking for a leftfielder, according to Giants GM Bobby Evans.