Roster Roundup: Early Offseason Edition

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3 days ago

If there is one month when even the most diehard baseball fans tend to check out and focus their attention elsewhere, it’s probably November. It’s not that things don’t happen — eight managerial vacancies have been filled, a few of the top free agents have signed, and 118 minor leaguers have been added to their parent club’s 40-man rosters — but the offseason rarely picks up much steam until the Winter Meetings begin. So it’s understandable if you might need to get caught up on all of the recent comings and goings around the league.

I have compiled that list for you here, along with links to the applicable RosterResource depth charts and payroll pages, and analysis from FanGraphs writers for each of the more notable moves.

National League

Arizona Diamondbacks | Depth Chart | Payroll
Free Agent Signings

Lost Off Waivers

Added to 40-Man Roster

Atlanta Braves | Depth Chart | Payroll
Free Agent Signings

Added to 40-Man Roster

Chicago Cubs | Depth Chart | Payroll
Trade Acquisitions/Waiver Claims

  • P Jharel Cotton acquired from Oakland Athletics for cash considerations.
    • The Cubs are taking a flyer on a pitcher who will be more than two years removed from Tommy John surgery on Opening Day.
  • RP CD Pelham claimed off waivers from Texas Rangers.

Added to 40-Man Roster

Cincinnati Reds | Depth Chart | Payroll
Trade Acquisitions/Waiver Claims

Traded

  • OF Brian O’Grady traded to Tampa Bay Rays for PTBNL and cash considerations.

Added to 40-Man Roster

Colorado Rockies | Depth Chart | Payroll
Free Agent Signings

  • SP José Mujica signed to major league contract.
    • The former Rays prospect missed the entire 2019 season while recovering from Tommy John surgery.
  • INF Eric Stamets signed to minor league contract with invitation to spring training.

Lost Off Waivers

Added to 40-Man Roster

Los Angeles Dodgers | Depth Chart | Payroll
Added to 40-Man Roster

Miami Marlins | Depth Chart | Payroll
Released

Lost Off Waivers

Added to 40-Man Roster

Milwaukee Brewers | Depth Chart | Payroll
Trade Acquisitions/Waiver Claims

Traded

Added to 40-Man Roster

New York Mets | Depth Chart | Payroll
Waiver Claims

  • SP Stephen Gonsalves claimed off waivers from Minnesota Twins.
    • His stock has fallen quickly, but it wasn’t long ago that Gonsalves was one of the better left-handed pitching prospects in baseball.

Added to 40-Man Roster

Philadelphia Phillies | Depth Chart | Payroll
Free Agent Signings

  • INF/OF Josh Harrison signed to minor league contract with invitation to spring training.
    • The two-time All-Star could fill an important role on the Phillies’ bench, especially if Scott Kingery settles in at one position in 2020.

Waiver Claims

  • RP Robert Stock claimed off waivers from San Diego Padres.

Added to 40-Man Roster

Pittsburgh Pirates | Depth Chart | Payroll
Waiver Claims

  • RP Sam Howard claimed off waivers from Colorado Rockies.

Traded

  • SP Dario Agrazal traded to Detroit Tigers for cash considerations.
  • RP Parker Markel traded to Los Angeles Angels for cash considerations.

Added to 40-Man Roster

San Diego Padres | Depth Chart | Payroll
Free Agent Signings

Trade Acquisitions

Traded/Lost Off Waivers

Added to 40-Man Roster

San Francisco Giants | Depth Chart | Payroll
Waivers Claims

  • INF/OF Kean Wong claimed off waivers from Los Angeles Angels.
  • SP Tyler Anderson claimed off waivers from Colorado Rockies.
  • SP Rico Garcia claimed off waivers from Colorado Rockies.
  • SP Trevor Oaks claimed off waivers from Kansas City Royals.

Added to 40-Man Roster

  • None

St. Louis Cardinals | Depth Chart | Payroll
Free Agent Signings

Released

Lost Off Waivers

  • RP Mike Mayers lost off waivers to Los Angeles Angels.

Added to 40-Man Roster

Washington Nationals | Depth Chart | Payroll
Free Agent Signings

  • C Yan Gomes re-signed to two-year, $10 million contract.
    • The Nats could look much different in 2020, but their catching tandem of Gomes and Kurt Suzuki is set to return after combining for 29 homers and 106 runs batted in last season.

Added to 40-Man Roster

American League

Baltimore Orioles | Depth Chart | Payroll
Free Agent Signings

Waiver Claims

  • INF Pat Valaika claimed off waivers from Colorado Rockies.

Added to 40-Man Roster

Boston Red Sox | Depth Chart | Payroll
Waiver Claims

  • RP Josh Osich claimed off waivers from Chicago White Sox.

Added to 40-Man Roster

Chicago White Sox | Depth Chart | Payroll
Free Agent Signings

Traded/Lost Off Waivers

Added to 40-Man Roster

Cleveland Indians | Depth Chart | Payroll
Lost Off Waivers

  • RP Nick Goody lost off waivers to Texas Rangers.

Added to 40-Man Roster

Detroit Tigers | Depth Chart | Payroll
Trade Acquisitions

  • SP Dario Agrazal acquired from Pittsburgh Pirates for cash considerations.

Released

  • RP Drew VerHagen signed with Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters (JPL).

Added to 40-Man Roster

Houston Astros | Depth Chart | Payroll
Free Agent Signings

  • C Dustin Garneau signed to one-year, $650,000 contract.
    • Garneau adds some much needed depth with rookie Garrett Stubbs currently the only other catcher on the Astros’ 40-man roster.

Added to 40-Man Roster

Kansas City Royals | Depth Chart | Payroll
Trade Acquisitions

Lost Off Waivers

  • SP Trevor Oaks lost off waivers to San Francisco Giants.

Added to 40-Man Roster

Los Angeles Angels | Depth Chart | Payroll
Trade Acquisitions/Waiver Claims

  • RP Parker Markel acquired from Pittsburgh Pirates for cash considerations.
  • INF/OF Kean Wong claimed off waivers from Tampa Bay Rays.
  • RP Mike Mayers claimed off waivers from St. Louis Cardinals.

Released

Lost Off Waivers

  • INF/OF Kean Wong lost off waivers to San Francisco Giants.

Added to 40-Man Roster

Minnesota Twins | Depth Chart | Payroll
Free Agent Signings

Waiver Claims

  • RP/SP Matt Wisler claimed off waivers from Minnesota Twins.

Lost Off Waivers

Added to 40-Man Roster

New York Yankees | Depth Chart | Payroll
Free Agent Signings

  • OF Zack Granite signed to minor league contract with invitation to spring training.

Released

Traded

  • RP/SP Nestor Cortes Jr. traded to Seattle Mariners for international bonus allotments.

Added to 40-Man Roster

Oakland Athletics | Depth Chart | Payroll
Free Agent Signings

Waiver Claims

Traded

  • P Jharel Cotton traded to Chicago Cubs for cash considerations.

Added to 40-Man Roster

Seattle Mariners | Depth Chart | Payroll
Free Agent Signings

  • SP Kendall Graveman signed to one-year, $2 million contract with 2021 club option.
    • Back in the AL West after spending a year on the Cubs’ roster while rehabbing from Tommy John surgery, Graveman’s last start in the majors came with the A’s in May 2018.
  • RP Carl Edwards Jr. signed to one-year, $950,000 contract. Analysis
  • INF/OF Patrick Wisdom signed to major league contract.

Trade Acquisitions/Waiver Claims

Lost Off Waivers

Added to 40-Man Roster

  • 1B Evan White signed to six-year, $24 million contract with 2026-28 club options. Analysis

Tampa Bay Rays | Depth Chart | Payroll
Trade Acquisitions

  • OF/1B Brian O’Grady acquired from Cincinnati Reds for PTNBL and cash considerations.

Released

Traded

  • RP José De León traded to Cincinnati Reds for PTNBL and cash considerations.

Added to 40-Man Roster

Texas Rangers | Depth Chart | Payroll
Free Agent Signings

Trade Acquisitions/Waiver Claims

  • C Welington Castillo and international draft bonus pool money acquired from Chicago White Sox for INF/OF Jonah McReynolds. Castillo’s 2020 club option was declined by the Rangers..
  • RP Nick Goody claimed off waivers from Cleveland Indians.

Traded/Lost Off Waivers

Released

Added to 40-Man Roster

Toronto Blue Jays | Depth Chart | Payroll
Free Agent Signings

Trade Acquisitions/Waiver Claims

  • SP Chase Anderson acquired from Milwaukee Brewers for 1B/OF Chad Spanberger. Analysis
  • RP Anthony Bass claimed off waivers from Seattle Mariners.
    • After establishing himself as a reliable late-inning reliever for the Mariners in 2019, Bass has a chance to become the Blue Jay’s primary setup man.

Released

Traded

  • RP Justin Shafer traded to Cincinnati Reds for cash considerations.

Added to 40-Man Roster

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