PT TODAY: Jose Martinez lands with Rays

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Rays | Jose Martinez headed to Tampa Bay
Updating a previous story, the Tampa Bay Rays acquired OF Jose Martinez, OF Randy Arozarena and a Compensation A pick from the St. Louis Cardinals Thursday, Jan. 9, in exchange for LHP prospect Matthew Liberatore, a low-level catching prospect and a Compensation B pick, according to sources.  Source: ESPN - Jeff Passan
 
BHQ take: Martinez seems likely to see most of his playing time with the Rays at 1B/DH, where he is the only RH batter in the pool populated by lefties Ji-Man Choi, Nathaniel Lowe and recent international signing Yoshitomo Tsutsugo. Lowe still has options remaining, and if all the others make the Opening Day roster, Lowe could be ticketed to AAA-Durham. Martinez owns a career .976 OPS (in 263 AB) against LH pitching, but his .775 mark against righties is also no slouch, so he could see more than short-side platoon AB as long as the creative Rays can minimize his defensive exposure on the Tropicana Field turf. Arozarena is expected to begin the season at AAA-Durham after making his (20 AB) MLB debut in September 2019 in STL, but could find himself in the TAM OF rotation in short order. He was the 7th ranked Cardinal prospect in the BaseballHQ.com 2020 Organizational Report, and has slashed .292/.379/.466 in 594 Triple-A plate appearances. His well-rounded skill set leads with an above-average plate approach driving BA and OBA, which should also produce regular counting stats at the plate and on the base paths.   —Matt Dodge
 
Impact: Med
Tsutsugo, Yoshitomo        
Arozarena, Randy        
Lowe, Nathaniel        
Martinez, Jose        
Choi, Ji-Man        
 

 
Astros | Houston lands Austin Pruitt
Houston Astros RP Peyton Battenfield and OF Cal Stevenson were traded to the Tampa Bay Rays in exchange for RP Austin Pruitt on Thursday, Jan. 9.  Source: 620 WDAE - Neil Solondz
 
BHQ take: Add swing-man Pruitt to the crowd fighting for jobs at the bottom of the Astros' rotation this spring. A career 4.87 ERA over 200 MLB IP doesn't point to world-beating stuff or fantasy rosterability. But the 30-year-old Pruitt posted a 3.3 Cmd and a 52% GB% over 47 IP (4.40 ERA that included two starts) with TAM in 2019, so there may be something for the Astros to work with here. Something to watch.  —Jock Thompson
 
Impact: Low
Pruitt, Austin        
 

 
Rangers | Texas, Robinson Chirinos agree to terms
Free-agent C Robinson Chirinos agreed to terms with the Texas Rangers Tuesday, Jan. 7. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.   Source: The Athletic - Ken Rosenthal
 
BHQ take: Chirinos returns to his former club, and will take over the bulk of catching duties. Light-hitting veteran Jeff Mathis and youngster Jose Trevino had been projected to split time; best guess at this point is that Mathis stays on as a backup and steadying presence and Trevino returns to Triple-A for more seasoning. That's just an educated guess at this point, and with a 26-man roster, perhaps TEX carries three catchers (although one would think UT Isiah Kiner-Falefa would be the emergency #3 CA). The 36-year-old Chirinos set a career high with 437 PA in 2019, so whoever backs him up will get some time. Chirinos brings above-average power to the catching position, netting the upper teens in HR each of the last three seasons despite the relatively low PA totals. While he strikes out far too often to contribute in BA, Chirinos will draw his fair share of free passes, which helps his value in sim leagues. Even in Roto, a $5 bid has shown to be a safe one for the consistent Chirinos.  —Rod Truesdell
 
Impact: Med
Chirinos, Robinson        
Trevino, Jose        
Mathis, Jeff        
 

 
Orioles | Jose Iglesias joining Orioles
Free-agent INF Jose Iglesias agreed to terms on a one-year contract with the Baltimore Orioles Monday, Jan. 6, worth $3 million, according to a source. The deal includes a club option for the 2021 season.   Source: MLB.com - Mark Feinsand
 
BHQ take: Iglesias will become the regular shortstop in BAL, pushing 2019 Rule 5 selection Richie Martin to either a utility role or a regular SS gig at AAA-Norfolk. Iglesias arrives with the best (.985) fielding percentage of all SS in the majors over the past five seasons, but with a far less exciting slash line (.273/.313/.375 over 2450 PA). Good contact with a ground ball tilt and above-average speed gives him some fantasy value, and he could crack double digits in HR again, as Camden Yards plays similarly to the Great American Ball Park for RH batter HRs. As for Martin, he is the only other player currently on the Orioles' 40-man roster with more than token SS experience, so the utility role could be his. However, Martin's bat, as shown in the majors in 2019 (.208/.260/.322 over 283 AB) could certainly benefit from some Triple-A repetitions as he skipped over that level in the Rule 5 process.   —Matt Dodge
 
Impact: Med
Martin, Richie        
Iglesias, Jose        
 

 
 
 
National League | American League
 
Diamondbacks | Arizona signing Hector Rondon
Free-agent RP Hector Rondon agreed to terms one a one-year contract with the Arizona Diamondbacks Wednesday, Jan. 8, and is guaranteed $3 million, according to sources. The deal includes a club option for the 2021 season.   Source: The Arizona Republic - Nick Piecoro
 
BHQ take: The DBacks have added Rondon to provide depth behind Archie Bradley in their bullpen. He’s coming off a 2019 which featured a 3.71 ERA, but his xERA was nearly a run higher. In addition, while his velocity was in keeping with his historical levels, his Dom went MIA. After three straight years of a Dom north of 10, it was only 7.1 in 2019. He also had career worst numbers in FpK and SwK. All of which consigns him to late flyer or reserve round status.  —Phil Hertz
 
Impact: Low
Rondon, Hector        
 

 
Nationals | Eric Thames joining Washington
Free-agent 1B/OF Eric Thames agreed to terms on a one-year contract with the Washington Nationals Monday, Jan. 6, worth $4 million, according to a source. The deal also includes a mutual option for the 2021 season.   Source: The Athletic - Ken Rosenthal
 
BHQ take: Thames is expected to be part of a platoon at first for Washington. His OPS against righties has exceeded .800 in each of his three seasons since he returned from Korea. In 2019, it was a robust .877 and featured a 167 PX. On the other hand, he has struggled mightily against lefties. For his career, his OPS against them is .650, and his BA is below the Mendoza line. In addition, his PX against lefties dropped to 80 in 2020 after being 147 and 145 in 2017 and 2018.  —Phil Hertz
 
Impact: Med
Thames, Eric        
 

 
Nationals | Daniel Hudson returning to Nats
Free-agent RP Daniel Hudson agreed to terms on a two-year contract with the Washington Nationals Monday, Jan. 6, worth $11 million, according to sources. Hudson can earn an additional $1 million in incentives.   Source: ESPN - Jeff Passan
 
BHQ take: So much for our January 6th prediction that Washington’s recent signing of Will Harris meant Hudson would not return to the Nationals. Even though Hudson supplanted Sean Doolittle as Washington's primary closer late in 2019, the expectation is that he will join Harris as the primary setup relievers for Doolittle. Of course, Doolittle has spent time on the IL every year since 2013 and even when not on the IL, he has experienced periods of tired arm and/or ineffectiveness. Thus, Hudson may get a shot at closing at some point in 2020. Note, however, that Hudson’s success with Washington was not fully supported by his skills. His xERA for the entire 2019 season was 4.40 and his BPV was only 80. Much of his value comes from saves - and how many saves he will get remains highly speculative.  —Phil Hertz
 
Impact: Med
Hudson, Daniel        

 

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Playing Time Key

The playing time percentage changes at the bottom of most news items correspond to BaseballHQ.com's Teamview pages. The percentages approximate changes in AB, IP and Saves in the following manner:

  • For batters, each 5% of PT% ~ 31 AB (100% total for each position = 618 AB)
  • For pitchers, each 3% of PT% ~ 44 IP (100% total for a team's entire pitching staff)
  • For relievers, each 5% of Svs ~ 2 saves (100% of a team's total = about40 saves)

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