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MLB rumors: Twins could trade Luis Arraez for pitching help; Mets sign Tommy Pham

MLB rumors: Twins could trade Luis Arraez for pitching help; Mets sign Tommy Pham

Pitchers and catchers report in less than a month. All of the big-name free agents have signed — thankfully, the Carlos Correa saga has concluded! — and it doesn’t appear the trade market is too hot. That means the rest of the offseason is left sorting through depth-type signings. Or maybe we’ll see a needle-moving trade (spoiler alert). 

The Red Sox grabbed Adam Duvall, possibly as their everyday center fielder but also possibly to platoon (full story here). As for the rest, let’s round up the news and rumors of the day. 

Twins looking to make trade

The Twins continue to push for a better roster here in the short term, “including further exploration of trading” Luis Arraez in order to land starting pitching help, The Athletic reports. Pablo López of the Marlins is mentioned as a possible target, though nothing is reported as being close to a deal. 

López, 26, was 10-10 with a 3.75 ERA (108 ERA+), 1.17 WHIP and 174 strikeouts against 52 unintentional walks in 180 innings — 32 starts — last season.  

At present, the Twins’ rotation is Sonny Gray, Joe Ryan, Tyler Mahle, Kenta Maeda and Bailey Ober

Arraez was an All-Star and won the AL batting title last season when hitting .316. He walked 50 times compared to only 43 strikeouts in 603 plate appearances. 

Mets sign Pham

The Mets have agreed to a one-year, $6 million deal with free agent outfielder Tommy Pham, reports Jon Heyman. Pham is heading toward his age-35 season. In 144 games last year for the Reds and Red Sox, he hit .236/.312/.374 (87 OPS+) with 23 doubles, 17 homers, 63 RBI, 89 runs, eight steals and 0.4 WAR. 

The expectation here is Pham will be a fourth outfielder for the Mets behind Brandon Nimmo (CF), Starling Marte (RF) and Mark Canha (LF), though there’s always a chance everyday playing time opens up. There are also DH at-bats and Pham could figure there (or play left field with Canha at DH against lefties, as left-handed swinging Daniel Vogelbach figures to be the primary DH). 

Brewers add utility player

The Brewers have signed free agent Brian Anderson, reports Ken Rosenthal. Anderson, 29, posted 0.3 WAR in 98 games for the Marlins last season, while slashing .222/.311/.346 (87 OPS+). His numbers took a dip these last two seasons, but from 2018-20, he hit .266/.350/.439 (112 OPS+). In 459 at-bats in 2019, he had 33 doubles and 20 homers. 

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