Hot Stove Rumor Roundup: Veterans Sign Before Camp Starts

Hello, Mets fans! Here is the latest news around MLB.

Brewers Ink Lawrie

According to the man himself, Brett Lawrie is returning to Milwaukee. The former Athletics’ and Blue Jays’ third baseman has been out of the MLB since 2016 when he was with the Chicago White Sox. As per Robert Murray of The Athletic,  it’s a minor-league deal for Lawrie with a club option for the 2020 season.

Brett Lawrie was a first-round draft pick of the Milwaukee Brewers back in 2008. Since then, he was the centerpiece on a deal that sent him to the Athletics along with a couple of other pieces in exchange for eventual AL MVP Josh Donaldson. After a career-worst year in 2016, Lowrie fell out of the league. At only 29, there is still time for him to resurrect his career.

Duda Heading to the Twin Cities

Former Mets first baseman Lucas Duda is heading to the Minnesota Twins to compete with the likes of C.J. Cron for the starting first base job.  Since the retirement of Joe Mauer, the twins have been looking for a new first baseman. Duda spent last season with the Braves and the Royals.

Duda offers a platoon option for the twins. According to Jon Heyman, the deal with the twins is only a minor-league deal, but he also received an invite to major league spring training. At 33, Duda spent most of his career with the Mets. His ability to smash right-handed pitching has been the reason for most of his career success. He has only passed the 30 home run and 90 RBI threshold once, being in 2014 with the Mets.

Bailey Signs With Royals

According to Rustin Dodd of the Athletic,  the Royals have signed right-handed pitcher Homer Bailey. At 32, Bailey will be reporting to camp for a team other than the Reds for the first time in his career. Bailey debuted with the Reds in  2007 and has been with them ever since. He has appeared in two postseasons and thrown two no-hitters.

The Royals, in desperate need of major league talent or something close to it, or bringing Bailey in on minor league deal. Bailey was sent from the Reds to the Dodgers earlier this off-season in the same trade that sent Yasiel Puig to Cincinnati.  Bailey’s career was derailed after an arm procedure, and he hasn’t been able to regain his previous form since.  Bailey was released by the Dodgers earlier in the off-season, but is still set to make $23 million next year

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