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  • Alfonso Rivas 1B | STL

    Cardinals' Alfonso Rivas: Scooped up by St. Louis

    The Cardinals claimed Rivas off waivers from the Angels on Monday.

    Even though spring training games are still about three weeks away, Rivas has already been well traveled this offseason. After being booted off the Pirates' 40-man roster shortly following the regular season, Rivas has been claimed and waived by both the Guardians and Angels before catching on with St. Louis on Monday. The Cardinals cleared room on the 40-man roster for Rivas by designating outfielder Moises Gomez for assignment, but the 27-year-old first baseman could be at risk of being cut once again if St. Louis needs to open up another roster spot at any point in the near future. Even though he was frequently shielded against left-handed pitching this past season, the lefty-hitting Rivas still finished with an unremarkable .229/.303/.422 slash line over 123 big-league plate appearances between the Padres and Pirates.

  • Rhys Hoskins 1B | MIL

    Brewers' Rhys Hoskins: No restrictions in spring training

    Hoskins (knee) said Monday that he expects to be full-go at the beginning of spring training, Curt Hogg of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.

    Hoskins missed the entire 2023 season after tearing his left ACL during spring training, but he was close to being cleared to return during the postseason for the Phillies and should head into his first camp with the Brewers with no lingering limitations. Slated to turn 31 in March, Hoskins is set to be Milwaukee's regular first baseman in 2024 but should also see ample time at designated hitter.

  • Kevin Padlo 1B | LAD

    Dodgers' Kevin Padlo: Invited to Dodgers' camp

    Padlo signed a minor-league contract with the Dodgers on Friday that includes an invitation to spring training, Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic reports.

    Padlo was in the Angels organization in 2023, going 1-for-8 at the plate during his brief time with the big club and posting an .835 OPS with 13 homers at Triple-A Salt Lake. The 27-year-old is likely headed to Triple-A Oklahoma City, where he'll represent infield depth.

  • Rhys Hoskins 1B | MIL

    Brewers' Rhys Hoskins: Lands with Brewers

    Hoskins (knee) signed a two-year, $34 million contract with the Brewers on Tuesday, Jeff Passan of reports.

    Hoskins was forced to sit out all of 2023 after tearing his left ACL during a spring training game. Despite the slugger's injury history, Milwaukee will bring Hoskins in to take over as its everyday first baseman and fill one of the team's biggest offseason needs. Hoskins reached the 30-homer mark twice in six seasons with the Phillies, and playing his home games at American Family Field could help him get there again in 2024 if he stays healthy. Hoskins will be allowed to opt out of his new contract after the first season.

  • Joey Gallo 1B | WAS

    Nationals' Joey Gallo: Lands with Nats on one-year deal

    Gallo signed a one-year, $5 million contract with the Nationals on Tuesday, Andrew Golden of The Washington Post reports.

    He'll have the opportunity to earn an additional $1 million in incentives. Gallo slashed just .177/.301/.440 last season with the Twins, although he did pop 21 home runs over 332 plate appearances. The 30-year-old would appear to be penciled in as the Nationals' regular left fielder, although he could see some action at first base, as well.

  • Reds' Alex Blandino: Attempting move to mound

    Blandino is attempting to become a pitcher, Fernando Rayo of 8 Deportivo reports.

    Blandino is expected to report to Double-A Chattanooga for the start of the season, as he didn't secure an invitation to big-league spring training when inking his MiLB deal in November. He's appeared in five major-league contests as a pitcher and has featured a knuckleball during his brief experience on the bump.

  • Pete Alonso 1B | NYM

    Mets' Pete Alonso: Avoids arbitration with Mets

    Alonso signed a one-year, $20.5 million contract with the Mets on Thursday, Jeff Passan of reports.

    Alonso is in the final year of arbitration eligibility and saw his salary jump $6 million from 2023. He's proven to be one of the most consistent power producers across five full seasons in the majors, reaching 40 homers in each of the last two campaigns and three times overall. Assuming he and the Mets don't agree to an extension, Alonso will hit free agency next offseason.

  • Diamondbacks' Christian Walker: Settles at $10.9 million

    The Diamondbacks and Walker avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $10.9 million contract Thursday, Robert Murray of reports.

    It's a nice raise for the first baseman in what was his final year of arbitration eligibility. Walker struggled in the postseason for Arizona but had another terrific regular season, slugging 30-plus home runs for the second year in a row while reaching the 100-RBI mark for the first time.

  • Rowdy Tellez 1B | PIT

    Pirates' Rowdy Tellez: Lands with Pittsburgh

    Tellez signed a one-year, $3.2 million contract with the Pirates on Tuesday, Mark Feinsand of reports.

    Tellez spent over two seasons with the Brewers, and he will remain in the NL Central to fill the Pirates' opening at first base. The 28-year-old slugger took a major step back in 2023, slashing .215/.291/.376 with 13 home runs -- only one of which came after May 23. Despite his recent struggles, Tellez should begin the season as Pittsburgh's primary first baseman, though he will likely step out of the lineup against lefties in favor of Jared Triolo or Connor Joe.

  • Reds' Jeimer Candelario: Deal with Cincinnati announced

    The Reds signed Candelario on Monday to a three-year, $45 million contract that contains a club option for 2027, Mark Sheldon of reports.

    Candelario and the Reds agreed in principle on the deal last week, but it wasn't until Monday that the team formally announced the signing of the 30-year-old. He's expected to move between the corner-infield spots and designated hitter in 2024, with his ability to hit from either side of the plate likely guaranteeing him steady playing time versus both left- and right-handed pitching. After posting a career-worst .633 OPS in his final season with the Tigers in 2022, Candelario bounced back nicely at the plate in 2023, slashing .251/.336/.471 with a career-high 22 home runs and eight stolen bases across 575 plate appearances between the Nationals and Cubs.

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