Spring training games have officially begun and teams have plenty of work left to do before the regular season starts on April 7 – on and off the field.
Top free agents remain unsigned and months worth of trade talks are being condensed just into a few weeks following the Major League Baseball lockout.
Early Friday, the New York Yankees traded first baseman Luke Voit to the San Diego Padres, having re-signed Anthony Rizzo to a two-year deal earlier in the week.
Keep it here all day – and throughout spring training – for the latest news and rumors from around baseball.
Nick Castellanos signing 5-year, $100 million deal with Phillies
NEW YORK – Free-agent slugger Nick Castellanos and the Philadelphia Phillies have agreed to a $100 million, five-year contract, according to a person familiar with the negotiations.
The person spoke on condition of anonymity early Saturday because the deal is subject to a successful physical and had not been announced by the team.
Castellanos batted .309 with 34 homers and 100 RBIs last season for the Cincinnati Reds, making his first All-Star team.
Braves sign longtime Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen to 1-year deal
ATLANTA – The Atlanta Braves capped a busy week with another stunning move, signing three-time All-Star closer Kenley Jansen to a $16 million, one-year contract Friday night.
The 34-year-old Jansen, who had 38 saves and a 2.22 ERA in 69 appearances for the Los Angeles Dodgers last season, is expected to take over from Will Smith as the Braves’ primary closer.
General manager Alex Anthopoulos said he discussed the signing with Smith before finalizing the deal.
Luke Voit heading to San Diego
About an hour before Friday’s spring opener, Luke Voit was in a batting cage when Yankees manager Aaron Boone approached.
“I figured something was going to happen in the last day or two,” said Voit, whose days in pinstripes were numbered following the signing of Anthony Rizzo.
Voit was traded to the San Diego Padres for pitching prospect Justin Lange, their first-round pick (34th overall) in 2020.
See led the major leagues with 22 home runs during the pandemic-shortened 2020 season, when he hit .277 with 52 RBIs. He made four trips to the injured list last year and hit .239 with 11 homers and 35 RBIs In 68 games with the Yankees, including five home runs in the eighth inning or later.
“Really excited,” Voit said as he left Bradenton. “Not only a good organization but they’ve got a team ready to win. I’m super excited I get to play my one of my college teammates, Pierce Johnson.”
The 31-year-old figures to be the Padres’ regular designated hitter with Eric Hosmer at first base.
– Pete Caldera, NorthJersey.com
Rays, Dodgers make a trade
Tyler Anderson agrees to deal with Dodgers
Anderson, a left-hander, had a 4.53 ERA in 31 starts (167 IP) for the Pirates and Mariners in 2021.
Dodgers bring back Danny Duffy
The Dodgers announced Friday that they signed lefty Danny Duffy to a one-year deal with a club option for 2023. Los Angeles acquired Duffy from the Kansas City Royals ahead of the trade deadline but he didn’t pitch for his new team, missing the rest of the season due to injury.
Duffy had a 2.51 ERA in 61 innings for the Royals prior to the trade and had a 4.04 ERA since becoming a full-time starter in 2016.
The 33-year-old figures to compete for starts at the back end of the Dodgers rotation.