MLB Minor Trades: 12/14/22 – MLB Trade Rumors

Teams have been quite active over the past few weeks and some minor league deals have slipped away. Here’s a quick summary.

  • the giants signed infielder Donovan Walton to a minor league deal, according to his transaction tracker. Walton, May 29, started 2022 with the Mariners but was traded to the Giants in May. He spent the year as an oft-selected depth piece for the Giants, appearing in 25 MLB games and hitting .158/.179/.303, 31+ wRC. In the minors this year, he hit .248/. 353 /. 403, wRC+ of 94. He was not tendered at the end of the season, but has now rejoined the organization without making the roster. He has some experience at all four infield positions and left field, giving the club a versatile depth option. If he returns to 40 men, he now has no options and will either have to stay on the active roster or be designated for assignment.
  • the Bravos signed receiver joseph hudson to a minor league deal, according to his transaction tracker. Hudson, 32 as of May, has 18 games of MLB experience spread over three seasons from 2018 to 2020. He spent 2022 in the Rays system, appearing in 49 games for the Triple-A Durham Bulls. He hit .226/.345/.489 in that time for a wRC+ of 119. The Braves recently acquired sean murphy to be its main receiver, but sent Guillermo Contreras Y manny pina packaging as part of the deal. The club still has Chadwick Spinning Top and the wounded often Travis d’Arnaud but Hudson will give them a depth option with major league experience.
  • the Twins first base signed tyler white to a minor league deal, according to his transaction tracker. White, 32, played for the Astros from 2016 to 2019, and a brief stint with the Dodgers, but played in Korea in 2020. He returned to North America for the past two years, but was stuck in Triple-A. Although he generally hits well, his defense is essentially limited to first base at this point, plus brief stints at third base. With the Blue Jays system in 2021, he hit .292/.424/.476 for a wRC+ of 141. He split 2022 between the Triple-A Braves and Brewers teams, hitting .230/.357/ .412, 108 wRC+.
  • the marlins signed infielder alex de goti to a minor league deal, according to his transaction tracker. De Goti, 28, has spent his entire career with the Astros thus far, appearing in two major league games in 2021. He spent all of 2022 in Triple-A, hitting .253/.352/.377 for a wRC+ of 87. He has played every position on the diamond in his minor league career except catcher, even taking the mound for the occasional cleanup. He should serve as a versatile depth piece for the Fish.
  • the Nationals have signed right-handed ronald herrera to a minor league deal, according to his transaction tracker. Herrera, 28 as of May, has three innings of MLB experience, which he came when he was 22 in 2017 with the Yankees. He spent most of 2022 with the Nats’ Double-A affiliate, making 24 starts and pitching 129 innings. He posted a 4.40 ERA in that time with a 21.4% strikeout rate, 6.4% walk rate and 39.8% ground ball rate. The Nats had the worst rotation ERA in the majors in 2022, at 5.97. Have signed trevor williams to help, but there’s still a good chance they’ll have to rely on some depth options throughout the year.
  • the angels right-handed signed nash walters to a minor league contract, according to his transaction tracker. Walters, 26 in May, spent his entire career in the Brewers organization until he was sent to the Angels in a trade in September 2022. He made his major league debut with the Halos on the final day of the season, he faced three batters, retired one, and allowed one hit and one walk. His minor league work for 2022 amounted to 53 2/3 innings with a 4.70 ERA, 30.2% strikeout rate and 8.2% walk rate. He wasn’t drafted at the end of the year, but he has returned to the organization without a spot in the 40 men.
  • the sailors right-handed signed Jose Rodriguez to a minor league deal, according to his transaction tracker. Rodriguez, 27, pitched 21 1/3 innings with the Angels during 2019 and 2020, posting a 2.53 ERA in that time. That number sounds impressive, but he came in with an unsustainable 100% string rate and a .226 batting average on balls in play. His 14.1% strikeout rate and 13% walk rate suggest he was lucky to allow so few earned runs. He spent 2022 in the Mets system, pitching 76 1/3 innings in Triple-A with a 4.95 ERA, 20.5% strikeout rate, 10.9% walk rate and 42.2% ground ball rate. If he can crack Seattle’s 40-man roster, he still has two optional years left and can move between the majors and minors regularly.

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