MLB hot stove heats up with flurry of trades, signings

Dec 14 (The Sports Xchange) -- It took a while for MLB's offseason moves to get going, but it appears that hot stove season is finally in full swing.

All-Star right-hander Brandon Kintzler agreed to a two-year contract with the Washington Nationals on Thursday, multiple outlets reported.

USA Today Sports reported that the deal is worth $10 million and includes a third-year option worth $6 million. The Nationals acquired Kintzler from the Minnesota Twins at the trade deadline in July for left-handed pitching prospect Tyler Watson and $500,000 in international bonus pool allocation.

Kintzler, who converted 28 of 32 save opportunities with the Twins, posted a 2-1 mark with one save and a 3.46 ERA in 27 appearances with the Nationals. The 33-year-old owns a 14-14 mark with 46 saves and a 3.26 ERA in 298 career appearances with the Milwaukee Brewers, Twins and Nationals.

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J.D. Martinez, RF

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Shohei Otani, RHP/OF

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Alex Avila, C

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Tyler Chatwood, RHP

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CC Sabathia, LHP

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Yu Darvish, RHP

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Carlos Gonzalez, RF

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Eduardo Nunez, IF

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Greg Holland, RHP

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Brandon Kintzler, RHP

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Andrew Cashner, RHP

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Lance Lynn, RHP

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Jay Bruce, RF

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Neil Walker, 2B

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Carlos Gomez, CF

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Tony Watson, LHP

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Jonathan Lucroy, C

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Pat Neshek, RHP

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Jake Arrieta, RHP

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Addison Reed, RHP

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Carlos Santana, 1B

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Mike Moustakas, 3B

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Logan Morrison, 3B

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Lorenzo Cain, CF

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Jake McGee, LHP

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Zack Cozart, SS

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Wade Davis, RHP

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Alex Cobb, RHP

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Eric Hosmer, 1B

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Todd Frazier, 3B

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The Chicago Cubs and right-handed sinkerballer Steve Cishek have agreed to a two-year deal, multiple outlets reported.

Cishek recorded a 3-2 mark with a 2.01 ERA in 49 appearances last season with the Seattle Mariners and Tampa Bay Rays. The Rays acquired Cishek and cash considerations from the Mariners in July for left-hander Erasmo Ramirez.

The 31-year-old Cishek owns a 24-28 record with 121 saves and a 2.73 ERA in eight seasons with the Miami Marlins, St. Louis Cardinals, Mariners and Rays.

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The New York Mets agreed to a two-year, $14 million contract with reliever Anthony Swarzak, multiple outlets reported.

Swarzak bolstered Milwaukee's bullpen down the stretch last season and finished with a 6-4 mark with two saves, a 2.33 ERA and 1.03 WHIP in 70 relief appearances with the Chicago White Sox and Brewers.

Swarzak spent the first five seasons of his major league career with the Minnesota Twins before pitching with the Cleveland Indians and New York Yankees. He owns a 23-30 career mark with a 4.22 ERA in 287 appearances.

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The Minnesota Twins and closer Fernando Rodney agreed to a one-year contract, multiple outlets reported.

SiriuxXM reported that the deal is worth $4.5 million, with incentives that could raise its value to $6 million.

Rodney, 40, who recorded a 5-4 mark with a 4.23 ERA, converted 39 of 45 save opportunities last season with the Arizona Diamondbacks. The three-time All-Star has 300 career saves and a 44-63 mark with 3.73 ERA in 14 major league seasons with eight teams. He led the American League in saves in 2014 when he had 48 for the Seattle Mariners.

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Catcher, American League: Gary Sanchez, New York Yankees

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Catcher, National League: Buster Posey, San Francisco Giants

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First base, American League: Eric Hosmer, Kansas City Royals

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First base, National League: Paul Goldschmidt, Arizona Diamondbacks

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Second base, American League: Jose Altuve, Houston Astros

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Second base, National League: Daniel Murphy, Washington Nationals

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Shortstop, American League: Francisco Lindor, Cleveland Indians

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Shortstop, National League: Corey Seager, Los Angeles Dodgers

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Third base: Jose Ramirez, Cleveland Indians

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Third base, National League: Nolan Arenado, Colorado Rockies

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Outfield, American League: Aaron Judge, New York Yankees

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Outfield, American League: Justin Upton, Detroit Tigers and Los Angeles Angels

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Outfield, American League: George Springer, Houston Astros

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Designated hitter, American League: Nelson Cruz, Seattle Mariners

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Outfield, National League: Giancarlo Stanton, Miami Marlins

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Outfield, National League: Marcell Ozuna, Miami Marlins

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Outfield, National League: Charlie Blackmon, Colorado Rockies

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Pitcher, National League: Adam Wainwright, St. Louis Cardinals

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The Oakland Athletics acquired outfielder Stephen Piscotty from the St. Louis Cardinals for minor league infielders Yairo Munoz and Max Schrock.

Piscotty batted .235 with nine homers and 39 RBIs in 107 games last season with the Cardinals. He is signed to a six-year, $33.5 million contract through the 2022 season.

The trade also brings the 26-year-old Bay Area native and Stanford star closer to home. Piscotty missed time last season to spend with his family after his mother, Gretchen, was diagnosed with ALS.

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The St. Louis Cardinals officially acquired All-Star and Gold Glove winner Marcell Ozuna from the Miami Marlins in exchange for fellow outfielder Magneuris Sierra, right-handers Sandy Alcantara and Zac Gallen, and left-hander Daniel Castano.

The trade comes on the heels of two other big-name departures by the new Marlins regime, led by co-owner and CEO Derek Jeter. Miami traded reigning National League MVP Giancarlo Stanton to the New York Yankees on Monday in exchange for second baseman Starlin Castro, minor league right-hander Jorge Guzman and minor league infielder Jose Devers.

Two-time All-Star second baseman Dee Gordon was sent to the Seattle Mariners last week for right-hander Nick Neidert, infielder Chris Torres and right-hander Robert Dugger.

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Catcher, American League: Martin Maldonado, Los Angeles Angels

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Catcher, National League: Tucker Barnhart, Cincinnati Reds

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First base, American League: Eric Hosmer, Kansas City Royals

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First base, National League: Paul Goldschmidt, Arizona Diamondbacks

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Second base: Brian Dozier, Minnesota Twins

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Second base, National League: DJ LeMahieu, Colorado Rockies

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Shortstop, American League: Andrelton Simmons, Los Angeles Angels

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Shortstop, National League: Brandon Crawford, San Francisco Giants

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Third base, American League: Evan Longoria, Tampa Bay Rays

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Third base, National League: Nolan Arenado, Colorado Rockies

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Left field, American League: Alex Gordon, Kansas City Royals

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Left field, National League: Marcell Ozuna, Miami Marlins

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Center field, American League: Byron Buxton, Minnesota Twins

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Center field, National League: Ender Inciarte, Atlanta Braves

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Right field, American League: Mookie Betts, Boston Red Sox

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Right field, National League: Jason Heyward, Chicago Cubs

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Pitcher, American League: Marcus Stroman, Toronto Blue Jays

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Pitcher, National League: Zack Greinke, Arizona Diamondbacks

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The Detroit Tigers selected Arizona Diamondbacks minor league outfielder Victor Reyes with the No. 1 overall pick of Major League Baseball's Rule 5 draft at the winter meetings.

The San Francisco Giants selected right-hander Julian Fernandez from the Colorado Rockies and the Philadelphia Phillies chose Nick Burdi from the Minnesota Twins, but he was shuffled to the Pittsburgh Pirates for $500,000 in international bonus pool money.

The World Series champion Houston Astros selected left-hander/outfielder Anthony Gose, who was the lone player selected with extensive major league experience.

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