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30 MLB acquisitions who could pay off big



Fans and analysts spend the entire offseason speculating about where the best free agents could go, but sometimes a pickup under the radar can end up creating a world of difference. Since the positional competitions begin to warm up in spring training camps this month, MLB.com's beat writers have been asked to identify a potentially overlooked acquisition for each of the 30 clubs. Here are those who invented.

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AMERICAN LEAGUE EAST

Blue Jays: Matt Shoemaker RHP
Shoemaker flashed in half potential of rotation in 201

6, when he released an ERA 3.88 over 160 innings for the Angels. Since then he has not been in health for a long time, but the Blue Jays believe that talent is worth betting. The shoemaker should open the year as an appetizer n. 4 of Toronto and has the opportunity to become a $ 3.5 million deal with a one-year deal. A further year of control in 2020 provides Blue Jays even higher on this low-risk signature. – Gregor Chisholm

Video: Shoemaker on his excitement to join Blue Jays

Orioles: Drew Jackson SS
The Orioles have signed only a free agent of the Major League this winter , so in a sense, every addition they made qualifies as under the radar. But we highlight Jackson, who joined the O through the trade after the Phillies selected him in the draft of Rule 5. Although Jackson did not play above the Double-A, he broke out with 15 home runs and 22 stolen bases at that level in 2018. He believes he is the colleague Rule 5 pick Richie Martin the main challenger for interbase work, with its positional versatility also makes him a candidate for a role of utility on the bench of O. – Joe Trezza

Rays: Emilio Pagan RHP
Signature Charlie Morton and the trade of Yandy Diaz were the highlight of the Occupied December for the Rays, but a move that slipped under the radar was when Tampa Bay slipped into a three-team deal with Rangers and Athletics to acquire Pagan from Oakland. The 27-year-old relief will not jump out as a big acquisition, but has the potential to be a key piece in Tampa Bay's bullpen. In 55 appearances last season, Pagan concluded with an FIP of 4.92, but was very successful against left-handed players. Striking from that side of the pot hit only .196 against Pagan, which could give him a potential candidate for an opening role in 2019. – Juan Toribio

Red Sox: Colten Brewer RHP [19659005] Looking for this year Ryan Brasier ? The Red Sox are hoping that 26-year-old Brewer will fall into that category. The Righty was acquired through trade from the Padres in November and the Red Sox saw a little untapped potential in the powerful reliever. The most powerful weapon of Brewer is a cutter that can reach 95 mph. It also uses a curve and a cursor. Look for the Boston technical staff to work with Brewer to perfect his pitch mix. If he can make the necessary improvements, he could become a surprise contributor to a bullpen that needs people to come forward. – Ian Browne

Video: Farquhar talks about his recovery, signing with Yanks

Yankees: Danny Farquhar RHP
The easiest story to root in any field could be Farquhar, who is competing for a place in the formidable Yankees bullpen after recovering from a broken aneurysm and sustained brain hemorrhage as he launched for the White Sox last April. The right-handed man says he is determined to throw the Majors again; Farquhar turns 32 this month and owns a 3.93 Earnings in 253 career appearances. – Bryan Hoch

AT CENTRAL

Indians: Jefry Rodriguez RHP
There have been many discussions concerning new acquisitions such as Carlos Santana Jake Bauers Jordan Luplow and Kevin Plawecki on how they could influence the Tribe's roster, but Rodriguez is one who flew under the radar. The 25-year-old right was sold to the Indians with the Minor League outfielder Daniel Johnson in exchange for Yan Gomes in November. He spent time in Double-A, Triple-A and the most important national championships in 2018, combining 7-5 with an ERA of 3.40 in 19 Minor League games. In his 14 games with Washington, including eight starts, Rodriguez recorded an ERA 5.71 – but launched an ERA of 2.70 in relief.

The 6-foot and 6-inch, 232-pound hurler has a decent fast ball and an over-save curve with a modification in development. Rodriguez will most likely not make the Open Opening roster, but it could certainly be a relief option that the Indians will call at some point this season, and it could have a strong impact. – Mandy Bell

Video: ARI @ SD: Owings cannons down Hosmer on the second

Royals: Chris Owings UTIL
The signature of the Super -utility man Owings this offseason did not illuminate exactly Royals Twitter. But what fans might not realize is that Kansas City expects Owings to be a significant addition to their training on practically every day. The general manager of Royals Dayton Moore has repeatedly declared this offseason that the team will use Owings in several ways: Backing up Adalberto Mondesi to interbase, Whit Merrifield to the second base and Hunter Dozier to the third base. If the Royal form a sort of Dozier / Ryan O & Hearn platoon at the first base, Owings will see a lot of time to play on the third. Why? Club officials believe that Owings is a real prototype. He is a solid defender with above-average speed: in 2016 he stole 21 bases with 11 triples. Moore also claimed that Owings was sought after by several teams this offseason and Kansas City was lucky enough to win the contest. They might not know it now, but Royals fans will hear the name of Owings a little in 2019. – Jeffrey Flanagan

Tigers: Kaleb Cowart UTIL
Cowart, a ex Angels' first draft draft was on track to try to become a two-way player with the Mariners before the Tigers declared him renounced last month. Detroit was one of the rare teams not to use a role player as a pitcher last year, but the Tigers are looking for young talents, and have space to experiment this spring in the middle of a reconstruction. Cowart impressed Detroit scouts with a ball in the mid-1990s in high school, and supported him with a solid bullpen session for team officials last month in Lakeland, Florida. It's a long shot, but it refers to Spring Training with a noticeable increase. – Jason Beck

Video: CWS @ NYY: Torreyes pushes for a triple in 3

Twins: Ronald Torreyes UTIL
Most acquisitions in the Minnesota Major League free-agent in this offseason they covered the biggest holes on the roster (first base, second base, hitter and designated bullpen). But, in a less picky move, the twins signed Torreyes in December, after the first-time swap was traded from the Yankees to the Cubs for the first time, and then not offered by Chicago. Although the twins already have Ehire Adrianza filling a role of utility in the Major League roster, the 26-year-old Torreyes is controllable until 2022 and is a career professional .281 in four seasons with Dodgers and Yankees – – even if he does not walk much or does not strike for power.

The current screening of 25-man twin-starred breeds does not have much positional flexibility – especially with Nelson Cruz signed as the main designated beater – so additional depth of usefulness for twins could prove important during a season in which Minnesota hopes to fight for a place in the playoffs. The most consistent playing time of Torreyes arrived in 2017, when it hit 0.229 / .314 / .375 in 108 games. – Do-Hyoung Park

White Sox: Manny Banuelos LHP
Michael Kopech will not rise in 2019 after undergoing the intervention of Tommy John the last September to repair an ulnar collateral ligament injury. Fellow top pitch prospect Dylan Cease should reach the Majors in 19, but will not break the field with the team. Thus, there is an opening in the crack of the fifth initiator and Banuelos is ready to fill that void. The southpaw has only six major league starts and seven appearances in his career résumé, but the White Sox have had enough interest in the highly publicized ex-propagandist to do an exchange with the Dodgers for the 27-year-old on November 1 instead of waiting for you to become a free agent of six years. – Scott Merkin

AL WEST

Angels: Justin Bour 1B
With a heavy right-handed formation, the Angels needed energy from the left side out of season and found their man in the first Bour baseman. The Angels have signed Bour for a year and $ 2.5 million while he has been out for a year with Marlins and Phillies, hitting .227 with 20 homers and 59 RBIs in 141 games. But Bour, 30, has a solid experience as a beater with power and patience and will share time with the first base with Albert Pujols . Bour has problems with the southpaws, so Pujols will probably play first on days when a southpaw is on the mound. – Rhett Bollinger

Video: TOR @ BAL: Diaz aims for career with the 18th home race

Astros: Aledmys Diaz SS
The La prima Astros's move of the offseason was to trade with Diaz, who almost scored the role of free-service player Marwin Gonzalez would not return. Like Gonzalez, Diaz brings versatility and will play first base, left field, third base and shortstop, which is his main position. Right-handed beater, Diaz was an All-Star in his beginner season with the Cardinals in 2016 and spent the season 18 in Toronto, cutting 0.263 / .303 / .453 in 452 appearances with 18 homers and 55 RBI. His .756 OPS was actually higher than that of Gonzalez OPS (.733) in the & # 39; 18.

The astros have entrenched starters in the left field (Michael Brantley), third base (Alex Bregman), interbase (Carlos Correa) and first base (Yuli Gurriel), so Diaz will not know which glove he will wear until he reaches the field every day and will check the training. In his Major League career, he has started 258 shorttop games and 33 third place games. He also had a limited number of appearances on the left and second bases. – Brian McTaggart

Athletics: Nick Hundley C
The A have used two points of defense of the great league when pitchers and gatherers reported Sunday, so they added a third in view of the Monday's first training session which could prove instrumental for the club this season. Hundley, a veteran of 11 seasons of the Major League, has won the agreement with Oakland through an agreement of the Lega Minore and has the potential to intervene and use his wealth of experience to fill the gap left by Jonathan Lucroy . Hundley also brings some pop to the table, having hit 10 homers in three of his last four seasons. – Jane Lee

Video: NLCS Gm4: Santana laces a double RBI pizzicato

Mariners: Domingo Santana LF
It is easy to get lost in the bursts of offseason of the general manager Jerry Dipoto. But Santana could be an interesting factor for the Mariners, since it provides a powerful right-handed bat with some interesting upside after being acquired by Brewers for outfielder Ben Gamel and the Minor League pitcher Noah Zavolas . The 6-foot-5, a 220-pound Dominican native had a breakout year for the Brewers in 2017 with 30 homers, 85 RBIs, 15 stolen bases and an .875 OPS, but struggled last year after losing the game time after the Brewers & # 39; acquisitions of Christian Yelich and Lorenzo Cain . At just 26, Santana will be a key part of the reconstruction efforts in Seattle if he returns to his previous production. – Greg Johns

Rangers: Jeff Mathis C
The Rangers scored Mathis as their number one catcher after taking the surprising decision not to pick up the option on the backstop companion Robinson Chirinos . The decision was defended by the offense; Last season, Chirinos reached 18 home runs and rode in 65 runs while Mathis's career .564 OPS is the lowest for any Major League player in the last 20 years with a minimum of 2,000 appearances in the stalls. But, Mathis has an excellent reputation for being strong in defense and being able to work well with the pitchers. The Rangers rely on him to help improve their pitching, stabilize their defense and guide young catchers like Isiah Kiner-Falefa and Jose Trevino . – T.R. Sullivan

NL EAST

Braves: Ryan LaMarre OF
LaMarre has appeared in just 105 Major League games (76 in 2018) since the Reds selected him in the second round of 2010 Draft MLB. But the thirty-four-year-old midfielder showed some promise as he hit .303 with two homeowners and an .809 OPS in the 33 games played after the White Sox exonerated him before last year's All-Star break. Adam Duvall is the best candidate to open the season as the main reserve midfielder in Atlanta, but the disappointing manner in which Duvall ended the 2018 season gives Braves reason to argue at least if he will provide value to the bench. LaMarre is a longshot for a place in the opening role of Day, but has the ability to create some intrigue if Duvall struggles during the season of the Grapefruit League. – Mark Bowman

Marlins: Rosell Herrera OF
The Marlins have declared Herrera to renounce the Royals on 2 January. At the time, the transaction seemed to be just another roster move to help create depth and competition in spring training. But the withdrawal could be much more than this. Herrera, a 26-year-old who has seen a limited period in the league with the Royals and the Reds last year, may have the chance to win a starting point for Miami. The right field could be his opening day – if he will impress in the field. – Joe Frisaro

Video: The plans of Mets for J.D. Davis may include pitching

Mets: J.D. Davis 1B
While the prospect Peter Alonso will dominate the first base speeches at the Mets camp this spring, keep an eye on Davis, whom the Mets acquired in January in a trade with the Astros. The owner of a .988 OPS last year at Triple-A, Davis could be the right-handed slugger that the Mets must replace Wilmer Flores . His power is real, and he is able to play both in infield of corner and in outfield spots, as well as occasionally throwing. To make a mark, Davis simply has to prove that he is able to pass the success of his Minor League to the Majors. – Anthony DiComo

Citizens: Brian Dozier 2B
Citizens needed someone to fill a gap at the second base for a year before their young prospects were ready. After a year of disappointing contract, Dozier needed a place to try himself again. He made sure that Dozier and Washington fit in perfectly – a $ 9 million one-year game in January – that could end up as one of the offseason robberies. Dozier was playing an injury for most of 2018 and his production went away. In the three seasons prior to 2015-17, Dozier averaged 4.5 wins over the substitution, according to the Baseball reference. If citizens get a player anywhere near that, their lineup could be scary. – Jamal Collier

Phillies: Jose Alvarez LHP
The Phillies have a lot of depth in their bullpen, and the competition for eight jobs that come out of Spring Training should be fierce. But there is reason to think that Alvarez will finish one of those jobs. He went 6-4 with an ERA 2.71 and 3.05 FIP in 76 appearances last season with the Angels, who exchanged it in December for the right corner Luis Garcia . The Phillies could use another reliable curve to the left in the pen; currently they have Adam Morgan and Austin Davis as the only other left-handed. Does anything work in favor of Alvarez? He has run out of options. – Todd Zolecki

NL CENTRAL

Brewers: Bobby Wahl RHP
"This is a pitcher who in the last two years has dominated the upper levels of the Leagues Minor", he Brewers CEO David Stearns said on the day he traded Keon Broxton with the Mets for a package of offers including the very strong Wahl reliever. It is not certain that Wahl makes the Open Opening roster, but it is clear that the Brewers are at the top of its potential, and considering how aggressively they mix the arms between the Minor and the Big – and how heavily the manager Craig Counsell leans to his rescue corps – It is likely that Wahl will have a chance to deliver inning at some point this season. – Adam McCalvy

Cardinals: Drew Robinson OF
Strait between the most notable additions of Paul Goldschmidt and Andrew Miller Robinson arrived from Texas in a trade for Patrick Wisdom during the MLB Winter Meetings. The lack of left-handed players in the Cardinals roster makes Robinson stand out as a probable attack on the bench. Even its defensive versatility is an advantage. In particular, the Cardinals are intrigued by Robinson's ability to fill the central field and the interbase. – Jenifer Langosch

Video: ARI @ HOU: Descalso launches a 2 hour HR in 9

Cuccioli: Daniel Descalso 2B
Descalso did not break the bank (two years, $ 5 million guaranteed) or stole titles, but it was an important agreement for Chicago for some reasons. A controlled box for the Cubs was adding a veteran with command capability to the clubhouse. This was a priority for the team this offseason. Descalso also brings a more fly-oriented offensive approach to a Cubs team that has seen its ground ball rhythm rise in the last two months of last year. Descalso, who has rebuilt his swing in recent years, scored a 46% -picked fly rate in 2018, for FanGraphs (compared to 36.9% of his career), and saw a peak of power (11.4% of ball from homer to fly in the '18, compared to 6.9 in his career) go to agreement. Descalso can also play multiple positions; it will probably help in the second base, while it will offer depth to the first, third and corner points. – Jordan Bastian

Pirates: Lonnie Chisenhall OF
The Pirates signed Chisenhall in November for a contract of $ 2.75 million a year with up to $ 3 million in incentives , a low-cost bet on the positive side of the veteran outlaw. The thirty-year-old felt like he was entering a new phase of his career in the last two years in Cleveland, when he cut the .297 / .368 / .503, but the injuries (mostly veal strains) have limited him to only 365 appearances in the audience in 111 games during that time. Chisenhall will have the opportunity to start on the court right up to Gregory Polanco is completely healthy, and is expected to play a significant role after that given his defensive versatility. Most pirate free-agent purchases fly under the radar, as they are not involved with the big names at the top of the market. But if Chisenhall manages to combine his offensive adjustments with good health, it could turn out to be a positive addition to the Pirates. – Adam Berry

Reds: Zach Duke LHP
Duke, 35, has just been signed for a one-year contract, $ 2 million on Monday to rejoin the Bulls Reds, where he launched in the second half of 2013 before leaving as free. Although the divisions of last season indicate that it would be used as a casualty in one situation, the club has the feeling of being able to get out from either side of the pot.

Entering the fifteenth season in the Major Leagues, the Duke has seen his ERA grow at 4.15 last season with the twins and sailors. But it is a pitcher on the ground that allowed a home run in 52 innings. Also its percentage of independent fielding (FIP) dropped significantly from 5.29 in the 17 to 3.01 last season. This would be a good omen for Duke when he returns to the Great American Ball Park. – Mark Sheldon

NL WEST

D-back: Merrill Kelly RHP
The D-back hope to have discovered a gem in Kelly, very similar to the Cardinals did # 39; last year with the starter Miles Mikolas . Kelly has spent the last four years in Korea, where he increased his speed and was very successful in what is known as a batsman's championship. Kelly has signed a $ 5.5 million two-year agreement that also includes club options for 2021 and 22.

Kelly is projected as No. 5 of the team at the head of the field, and a solid season on his part would go very far, reinforcing the initial rotation and giving Arizona a bit of depth. – Steve Gilbert

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Dodgers: Russell Martin C
Martin is not exactly comparable to Chris Taylor and Max Muncy who came out of nowhere with the spring seasons. But it could provide the same kind of unexpected impact and under the radar if a return of the offensive production coincides with its return to the Dodgers after a trade by the Blue Jays. – Ken Gurnick

Giants: Drew Ferguson OF
Ferguson was one of two players chosen by the Giants during the draft of Rule 5 in December, and will enter Spring Training with a & # 39 opportunity to be respected given the lack of champions of the club. A 19th-century draft pick-up from Astros in 2015, Ferguson is a career .297 a batsman with a base percentage of .393 in Minors and can play all three outfield points. In 2018, he beat .305 with an .866 OPS and four home runs in 65 games with Triple-A Fresno. Ferguson, 26, will have to be returned to the Astros if it is not held on the roster of 25 men for the entire season, so the Giants expect to give him a long look this spring. – Maria Guardado

Padres: Esteban Quiroz INF
The Padres need infield depth, left-handed batsmen and tall OBP boys. Quiroz adapts to billing. After spending seven seasons playing professionally in Mexico, Quiroz signed with the Red Sox last year before San Diego landed him in November in exchange for the beer rapist. Now, Quiroz has the chance to fight for an important role in the field of Padres and perhaps a starting job in third place. He beat .283 / .406 / .547 in the Boston organization last season. – AJ Cassavell

Rockies: Mark Reynolds 1B
Reynolds was a radar acquisition so effective for this club that it should be, well, on the radar. He signed a one-year contract for 2016 and beat 0.202 / .356 / .450, so he signed an agreement for the Minor League in & # 17; and hit 30 homers for Colorado. After spending 2018 with the Nationals, Reynolds returned to the Rockies camp with a Minor League contract, but with the hope of providing the impact again. – Thomas Harding


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