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- After an eventful four seasons (one missed in full), Kenta Maeda has moved onto his next organization, signing a two-year deal with the Detroit Tigers.
Breaking: Kenta Maeda and Tigers have a 2-year deal— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) November 27, 2023
- Despite coming over during the shortened season, and making just 53 appearances in four calendar years with the team, Maeda made an impression and spawned a handful of articles about his departure. He’ll be under contract with the Detroit Tigers for the next two seasons, so despite trimmed-down intra-division schedules, we’ll still be seeing a decent amount of King Kenta around Target Field.
- Apparently, he’s also got an accidentally built-in Japanese market.
Kenta Maeda on the Detroit Tigers in Japan:— Rogelio Castillo (@rogcastbaseball) December 1, 2023
"So the Tigers logo on the hat and jersey, that's a pretty cool looking logo. And, the people in Japan are already wearing hats and jerseys, not knowing it's a Detroit Tiger just for the looks. So it's already a thing here."
- There’s going to be a pretty interesting trade market this offseason, and one of the key players will be the Chicago White Sox, whose general manager has more or less indicated the entire roster is up for grabs. One of the near-certain moves involves Dylan Cease, and early signs might point to a fit in the Atlanta Braves rotation.
Sources: Dylan Cease trade talks have intensified in the last 48 hours, and some people close to the negotiations believe a deal *before* the winter meetings is increasingly possible.— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) November 29, 2023
Cease’s hometown Braves are among the finalists. @MLBNetwork @MLB
- He might not be the only high-profile pitcher leaving the division, either. After selling at the deadline and effectively handing the division to Minnesota, the Guardians don’t necessarily look to be pushing their chips in for the short-term, either.
- And if you didn’t think moving on from an established starter like Bieber was bad enough, well, what about one of the game’s best closers?
Guardians open to dealing Emmanuel Clase, per @JeffPassan.— Underdog MLB (@Underdog__MLB) December 1, 2023
- Either way, the Guards are known for plugging away and finding a way; their Tampa Bay Rays-style roster turnover has kept them dependably in the mix for the last decade, despite the small-market approach. Was it all Terry Francona’s managerial powers? This new coaching staff will attempt to find out if they can recapture the magic:
New Guardians coaches:— Zack Meisel (@ZackMeisel) November 27, 2023
Craig Albernaz, bench
Kai Correa, field coordinator
Rouglas Odor, infield
Brad Goldberg, bullpen
Josh Tubbs, ML hitting analyst
The rest of the staff is the same, including Carl Willis as pitching coach, Sandy Alomar Jr. 1B/catching, Chris Valaika hitting.
- Meanwhile, the Guardians’ direction may wind up opening doors for the Detroit Tigers, who are trying to take a 2022 Orioles-level leap forward, arriving early into a division that’s thin enough, it may just hand them first place if the arrival is significant.
- Elsewhere, the Kansas City Royals are having a bit of a municipal skirmish with their plans for a new ballpark (what else is new in the world of publicly-funded billionaire subsidies?) Royals Review has a solid recap of the latest in the quest to replace Kauffman Stadium.
That’s all for now... enjoy your weekend, and keep circulating the round-ups.