MLB Rumors: Padres interested in trade for Red Sox outfielder, NL champs looking for right-handed bat

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Spring training is fast approaching and yet 15 of our top 50 free agents are still unsigned, including four of the top 10. Eventually a team will sign the reigning NL Cy Young winner, right? Right. Blake Snell will not be retired. Here are the rumors about Friday’s hot stove.

Padres interested in Duran

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The Padres are interested in Red Sox outfielder Jarren Duran, according to the New York Post. Boston is getting calls about several outfield players, not just Duran. Duran, Wilyer Abreu, Tyler O’Neill, Ceddanne Rafaela, Rob Refsnyder, and Masataka Yoshida are currently available to play the three outfield and DH spots. There is depth to trade, if they wish.

Duran, 27, he had a great 2023 season. After the Juan Soto trade, Fernando Tatis Jr. is San Diego’s only lock out. José Azocar is the only other outfielder on the 40-man roster. Bryce Johnson, Óscar Mercado, and Cal Mitchell are currently competing for outfield jobs in spring training. It’s easy to see how Duran would fit in with the Padres.

D-backs looking for right bat

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The Diamondbacks are looking to add right-handed backup to Joc Pederson, reports Adam Duvall, Randal Grichuk, and Tommy Pham are being considered. Pham finished last season with Arizona, although he and Pederson had a change of heart regarding fantasy football in 2022. It is not clear if the two have since buried the clothes.

With Eugenio Suárez acquired to play third base, Arizona could use Emmanuel Rivera as Pederson’s platoon partner, although Rivera’s .711 OPS against lefties last year is light for a DH platoon. There are several quality DH platoon types on the right still sitting in free agency. The Dbacks may just be waiting to see who takes the most team-friendly contract.

Kluber calls it a career

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Two-time AL Cy Young winner Corey Kluber announced his retirement on Friday. He spent 2023 with the Red Sox and was their Opening Day starter. Now 37, Kluber retires with a career record of 116-77 and a 3.44 ERA. He finished with 34.0 WAR. In addition to winning the Cy Young in 2014 and 2017, Kluber also finished third in the voting in 2015 and 2018. He went to three All-Star Games, threw a no-hitter in 2021, and had an 18-strikeout game in 2015. .

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