MLB rumors: Red Sox send former outfielder Raimel Tapia; Sailors build Tommy La Stella

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Major League Baseball spring training is less than a month away, but that doesn’t mean the MLB offseason is completely over. Instead, there are still rumors to be found and moves to be made. Keep it here all Thursday as CBS Sports tracks the latest rumors, news and notes from across the majors.

Royals agree to sign Chapman

The Kansas City Royals have agreed to terms with left-handed reliever Aroldis Chapman. Full story here.

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The Seattle Mariners have announced a one-year contract with Tommy La Stella. The 33-year-old utility man is coming off two uninspiring seasons with the Giants, but showed great promise in 2019 and 2020. His 2019 season ended abruptly with a broken leg and his 2020 season was shortened , of course, for other reasons. Between the two campaigns, he appeared in 135 games, hitting .289/.356/.471 (121 OPS+) with 22 doubles and 21 homers. Also remember that it’s a contact oriented lefty and the new transfer rules will be implemented for 2023.

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Raimel Tapia, a veteran of parts of seven big league seasons, is joining the Red Sox on a minor league deal, according to WEEI. Tapia had first announced that he was signing on his personal Instagram account.

Tapia, who will turn 29 years old in early February, spent last season with the Blue Jays. He had previously played his entire career with the Rockies. Overall he’s batting .277/.318/.392 (83 OPS+) with 26 home runs and 53 stolen bases. Tapia’s contributions have been worth about 0.8 wins above reset, according to the calculations kept at Baseball-Reference.

Tapia figures to be organizational depth, at least to start the season. The Red Sox recently signed veteran Adam Duvall to join Alex Verdugo and Masataka Yoshida in their outfield. It is unlikely that Tapia would see significant action as they also expect Jarren Duran and Ceddanne Rafaela to feature themselves, as well as fellow invitee Greg Allen.

A is not considering the Laureano trade

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The Athletics don’t appear to be open to signing former outfielder Ramón Laureano, according to The Athletic’s Dan Hayes.

Laureano, 28, has posted a career 113 OPS+ over parts of five big league seasons. He is coming off the worst offensive showing of his career, as judged by OPS+, and is not viewed as an everyday option in center. However, the A’s reluctance to move Laureano deserves to be a surprise given how much of their old base has been handled since MLB’s owner lockout was lifted.

In fact, the A’s have traded — among others — Matt Olson, Matt Chapman, Sean Murphy, Frankie Montas, Chris Bassitt, and Sean Manaea. Laureano clearly won’t enter that phase, at least not yet.

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