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MLB rumors: Red Sox interested in Jurickson Profar, Elvis Andrus; Cardinals possible Pablo López destination

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Spring training is only a month away, baseball fans. Here is the date of each team’s spring training report. Now here’s Monday’s hot stove rumors as you wait for baseball to return in a few weeks.

Red Sox interested in Andrus and Profar

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Yurikson Profar

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The Red Sox are interested in free agents Elvis Andrus and Jurikson Profar. reports USA today. Boston lost Xander Bogaerts due to free will and Trevor Story set to miss season due to elbow surgerycreating a greater need for the average backyard. Profar is ranked 28th on our list of the top 50 free agents. and the tallest unsigned player. Andrus didn’t make the top 50.

Andrus, 34, had a great season with the Athletics and the White Sox a year ago and could easily have been a shortstop. Profar, who will soon turn 30, is now a full-time left fielder. He has not played on the left side of the infield since 2018. The Red Sox could sign Profar, put him in the outfield along with Alex Verdugo and Masataka Yoshida, and move Enrique Hernandez from midfield to shortstop.

Cardinals, Marlins talked to Lopez

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The Cardinals and Marlins had preliminary trade talks involving right-hander Pablo Lopez. reports The Athletic. They say that Miami wants young players in return. Assuming Lars Nutbaar is banned, St. Louis has infielder Nolan Gorman, catcher Ivan Herrera, and outfielders Alec Burleson, Dylan Carlson and Tyler O’Neal. Lopez is an obvious candidate for a trade.

Defending NL winner Sai Young Sandy Alcantara is untouchable, and the Marlins signed Johnny Cueto earlier this month. Other Miami starters – Lopez, Edward Cabrera, Jesús Luzardo, Trevor Rogers – all reportedly available as the club looks to improve on the offense, which ranked 28th in runs and 24th in home runs in 2022. Lopez is under team control until 2024 and the Cardinals can use a manageable starting lineup because Adam Wainwright to retire after 2023and Jack Flaherty, Miles Mykolas and Jordan Montgomery will become free agents.

Brinson signs contract with Japan

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Outfielder Lewis Brinson signed with the Yomiuri Giants in Japan. according to Hochi News. Brinson, 28, moved from the Rangers to the Brewers in a trade for Jonathan Lucroy and then from the Brewers to the Marlins in a trade for Christian Yelich. He has been held back by chronic plate indiscipline and is a .198/.246/.328 hitter in over 1,100 major league games. Brinson played for Miami from 2017-21 and made a brief cameo with the San Francisco Giants in 2022.



Source: www.cbssports.com

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