Feb
17
2021

MLB: The Week In Review

Most teams are opening up training camp this week with pitchers and catchers reporting by the weekend.

There was a lot of movement last week with teams looking to round out their rosters and added some depth to their clubs.

Here is a quick look at some of the baseball moves you may have missed:

-The Los Angeles Dodgers will bring back third basemen Justin Turner on a year two deal. The deal is worth 34 million dollars.

Turner was reportedly seeking a multi-year contract and decided to return to LA for two years plus a third option year.

Since coming to the Dodgers from the New York Mets, Turner is hitting .302 and has been a big part of the Dodger’s post-season success. Turner was the NLCS MVP in 2017 and helped the Dodgers win the World Series last season.

With the signing of Turner, the Dodgers payroll is at 254.7 million dollars.

According to Ken Rosenthal, the Dodgers would be over the highest luxury-tax threshold of $250M. As a result, if they end the season there, they will pay the highest possible luxury tax.

—Dodgers right-hander Clayton Kershaw is entering the final year of his three-year 93 million contract with the Dodgers. Kershaw has spent all of his 13-year career with the Los Angeles Dodgers. However, he is not signed beyond 2020.

When asked about his future in LA, Kershaw said in an interview with the Los Angeles Times said “I don’t know. Honestly, I wish I had an answer.”

As a result, would the 32-year right-hander retire? This will be a story worth watching as the 2020 season unfolds.

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—The Tampa Bay Rays made two under-the-radar moves signing left-hander Rich Hill and right-hander Collin McHugh to one-year contracts.

The 40-year-old Hill was 2-2 with a 3.03 ERA last season, while McHugh opted out of the season to rehab an elbow injury.

Both of these pitchers fit perfectly into the Rays pitching philosophy, and either guy can start or throw out of the bullpen.

With the Rays losing Charlie Morton and trading Blake Snell in the off-season, many certainly thought the Rays pitching would take a step back this season.

With the signings of Chris Archer, Michael Wacha, and now Rich Hill and Collin McHugh, the Rays are showing the baseball world they are serious about getting back to the World Series and will once again be a team to reckoned with in the American League.

—Catcher, Yadier Molina will be returning to the Cardinals on a one-year deal worth nine million dollars. Molina holds the record for most games caught for one team with 2,025.

—The Angels and two-way player Shohei Ohtani have come to terms. He signs a two-year 8.5 million dollar contract. Ohtani, the 2018 AL Rookie of the year, gets 5.5 million the first year and three million in year two.

He hit .190 with seven homers and 24 runs batted in with 50 strikeouts in 2020. Ohtani pitched just over one inning in 2020 between being shut down tightness in his forearm.

—The New York’s Mets signed outfielder Albert Almora Jr to a contract. Almora Jr. has spent his entire with the Chicago Cubs and won a World Series in 2016.

—The Houston Astros avoided arbitration with shortstop Carlos Correa. Correa signed a one-year 11.7 million dollar deal. He will be eligible for free agency following the 2021 season.

Finally, the Boston Red Sox traded outfielder Andrew Benintendi to the Kansas City Royals in a three-team trade. Border Fuel Sports own Jack Murray broke down the transaction in a column this week

https://borderfuelsports.com/boston-red-sox-trade-andrew-benintendi

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