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MLB rumors: Royals shopping Hunter Dozier, Nicky Lopez after Red Sox trade; 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.

Royals discussing other trades

But wait, there might be more movement coming from the Royals, who have now dealt Mondesi and outfielder Michael A. Taylor in the past 24 hours. According to ESPN, the Royals have also discussed trades that involve utility player Hunter Dozier and infielder Nicky Lopez.

Dozier, a 31-year-old potentially signed through the 2025 season, has failed to make good on what appeared to be a breakout season in 2019. He’s posted an 89 OPS+ over the last three years while bouncing around the corner positions. Lopez, 27, is under team control through the 2025 season. He too failed to build upon what was a banner season in 2021. His OPS+ dipped from 104 to 58. 

The Royals have a glut of young position players either in the majors or on the way, making them an obvious candidate to ship out at least one more hitter between now and Opening Day.

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…

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