Veteran Outfielder Andre Either is not planning to retire, despite Robert Murray of FanRag Sports reporting that he is. Murray mentioned that Either had told friends and family that he is set to retire from Major League Baseball. Either and agent, Nez Bazelo, have come out and said that Either will play in 2018, as multiple teams have shown interest in signing him.
Either has not been able to play like his all-star self over the past two seasons. The 35 year old has played only 38 games since the start of the 2016 season.
Either was bought out by his former team, the Los Angeles Dodgers, earlier this offseason. His buyout was worth $2.5 million. He had one year left on his deal, which would have been worth $17.5 million, had he not been bought out.
Either has played a total of 12 seasons in the big leagues, with all of them wearing Dodger blue. He has hit 162 home runs and 687 RBIs, while hitting .285.
His best years came during the 2010 and 2011 seasons. He was selected to play in the all star game both years, when he hit .292 in consecutive seasons. He hit 23 dingers, then 11 in respective seasons.
Assuming Either does play in 2018, he will be healthy and will be able to produce like his golden days.
The Oakland Athletics have acquired right-handed pitcher Chris Hatcher from the Los Angeles Dodgers in exchange for $500,000 in international spending money.
Hatcher, 32, has struggled with the Dodgers this season. Once a catcher, Hatcher converted to a pitcher nearly nine seasons ago in the Miami Marlins organization. This season, Hatcher is 0-1, with an unpleasant 4.66 ERA in 26 relief appearances. Even though his numbers are not pretty, it is impressive how he has put together a 10.5 K/9 ratio this season, which is a career high. Also, his walks numbers are down to a stunning 2.9 BB/9 ratio, which is his lowest since he put together a career low 1.9 BB/9 in 2014. Hatcher has a high-end fastball that can reach the upper 90's. He tends to be a ground ball pitcher.
Hatcher will add veteran experience to Oakland's bullpen. He is eligible for arbitration after the season, and he is set to hit free agency after the 2019 season.
The Los Angeles Dodgers have acquired all-star ace Yu Darvish from the Texas Rangers, according to Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal. Dodgers will send infielder Willie Calhoun, plus more to the Rangers.
The Dodgers have been in the mix to acquire Darvish for a while. With the addition of Darvish, the Dodgers arguably have the best rotation in baseball which features all-stars Alex Wood and Clayton Kershaw. Darvish is a free agent at the season's end, and will most likely opt into the open market.
Darvish, 30, has been lights out mostly all season, except for last week when he allowed 10 earned runs against the Marlins. He picked up his four all-star nod this year since joining the league from Japan in 2012. He is 6-9 with a 4.01 ERA this season in 22 starts. He also is fourth amongst American League starters for the most strikeouts this season with 148.
Calhoun, 22, is ranked as the Dodgers' #4 prospect according to MLB.com. He has played all year in AAA and has put up big time numbers. He has hit 23 HRs and 67 RBIs with a batting average of .298 in 373 at-bats. Calhoun is big league ready but sending him to Texas is a questionable move, because the positions he plays in the infield are currently occupied by Adrian Beltre, Elvis Andrus, and Rougned Odor at the big league level.
The Rangers will also receive prospects AJ Alexy and Brendon Davis.