MLB rumors: Marlins and Twins trade swing; Yankees still interested in trading for Dylan Cease
Even though pitchers and catchers will be reporting to spring training sites soon, there are still a number of free agents and potential trade targets available. That, in turn, means a constant supply of daily rumours. Speaking of which, (Super Bowl) Sunday provision is just below.
The Miami Marlins have acquired OF/INF Nick Gordon from the Minnesota Twins, Robert Murray reports. According to Jon Heyman, lefty Steven Okert will go back to the Twins.
Gordon, 28, has filled a utility role for Minnesota over parts of three MLB seasons. Over that span, he has slashed .250/.293/.392 with 15 home runs and 16 stolen bases in 243 games. He has also seen time at short, second and third along with all three outfield positions. On the Minnesota side, Okert, 32, has a career ERA of 3.70 and a K/BB ratio of 2.75 over six seasons. He has worked only as a reliever, although he had a pair of “opener” starts last season for the Marlins.
Yankees still interested in Quir but won’t part with OF prospect
The Yankees are still looking for rotation help behind ace and reigning AL Cy Young winner Gerrit Cole, and to that end have been in occasional talks with the White Sox about the right-hander. Dylan Cease. Bob Nightengale is now reporting that the Yankees are “still open” to a deal for Quir but are unwilling to part with outfielder Spencer Jones in such a deal.
Jones, a powerful first-round pick out of Vanderbilt, has impressive power potential and, for now, man-center field potential. Last season as a 22-year-old player, he reached the Double-A level for the Yankees. Over two minor league seasons, he has an OPS of .810 with 20 home runs and 55 stolen bases in 142 games.
As for Cease, 28, he is one year away from being the runner-up for the AL Cy Young. He took a step back last season, throwing 177 innings with a 4.58 ERA, although Chicago’s league-worst defense didn’t help him. However, Cease offers a major and two years of team discipline. It is one of the most popular startups on the trading market and for good reason.
Earlier this winter, the Yankees bolstered their rotation by signing Marcus Stroman to a two-year contract.
Phillies send Turnbull
The Phillies have agreed to terms with right-hander Spencer Turnbull on a $2 million major league contract with an option to earn another $2 million in incentives, Jon Heyman reports.
Turnbull, now 31, returned last season after a lengthy recovery from Tommy John surgery in 2021. However, he was limited to just seven starts due to a neck injury. Over parts of five MLB seasons, Turnbull owns an ERA+ of 101 with a K/BB ratio of 2.35 covering a stretch of 60 starts and one relief appearance. The Tigers did not tender in November.