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MLB rumors: Red Sox acquire veteran infielder in trade with Royals; Marlins halt Yuli Gurriel pursuit

MLB rumors: Red Sox acquire veteran infielder in trade with Royals; Marlins halt Yuli Gurriel pursuit


We are less than a month away from spring training, baseball fans. Here is each team’s spring training reporting date. Now here are Monday’s hot stove rumors as you await baseball’s return in a few weeks.

Red Sox acquire Mondesi

The Red Sox have acquired oft-injured infielder Adalberto Mondesi from the Royals for lefty reliever Josh Taylor, according to MLB.com. Boston will also receive a player to be named later in the trade. Even with Enrique Hernández shifting from center field to shortstop, the Red Sox need infield depth following Xander Bogaerts‘ departure and Trevor Story’s elbow surgery.

Mondesi, 27, has played only 50 games the last two seasons because of multiple injuries, including a torn ACL. He flashed five-tool ability earlier in his career, including hitting .276/.306/.498 with 14 homers and 32 steals in 75 games in 2018, though the injuries have hampered his development. Mondesi will be a free agent after 2023. Taylor, 29, did not pitch in MLB last season and made only a handful of minor league appearances because of a back injury.

The Athletics have signed first baseman Jesús Aguilar to a one-year contract worth $3 million, reports USA Today. Oakland has spent nearly $30 million on six free agents this offseason (Aguilar, Aledmys Díaz, Shintaro Fujinami, Trevor May, Jace Peterson, and Drew Rucinski), though their estimated 2023 payroll sits at only $58.5 million, per FanGraphs. That is one of the lowest in baseball.

Aguilar, 32, hit .235/.281/.379 with 16 home runs in 129 games with the Marlins and Orioles in 2022. He was an above-average hitter as recently as 2021 though, plus he is regarded as an excellent clubhouse presence. Aguilar can platoon with Seth Brown at first base, and also take DH at-bats. And, if he performs well, the A’s could perhaps flip him for a prospect at the deadline.

Marlins halt pursuit of Gurriel

The Marlins have halted their pursuit of free agent first baseman Yuli Gurriel, reports the Miami Herald. Miami is currently slated to play Garrett Cooper at first base and Jorge Soler at DH, but if they’re willing to live with Cooper or Soler in the outfield defensively, there’s still room in the lineup for Gurriel. Jazz Chisholm is shifting to center in the wake of the Luis Arraez trade.

Miami has sought high contact hitters all offseason and Gurriel would certain fit. He’s posted one of the lowest strikeout…

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