Brosseau slumped this season after hitting a huge home run for Tampa Bay in the 2020 playoffs. His tiebreaking drive in the eighth inning off Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman lifted the Rays to a 2-1 win in the decisive Game 5 of the AL Division Series.
The 27-year-old Brosseau hit .187 with five home runs and 18 RBI in 57 games for the AL East champion Rays, and also struggled at Triple-A Durham.
Brosseau is a career .245 hitter with 16 homers and 46 RBI in 143 games over three seasons, all with the Rays. The right-hander has batted .277 against lefties in his career.
Brosseau has made 50 starts at second base, 35 at third and nine at first base in the majors.
Reifert, a 22-year-old righty, made his professional debut this season, going a combined 3-3 with eight saves and a 2.10 ERA in 37 games for Low-A Carolina and High-A Wisconsin.
The trade came a couple days after the major league general managers’ meetings ended.
On Thursday, the NL Central champion Brewers announced the hiring of Ozzie Timmons and Connor Dawson as hitting coaches to replace the fired Andy Haines.
Milwaukee scored a total of six runs in a four-game NL Division Series loss to the eventual World Series champion Atlanta Braves. The Brewers ranked 12th out of 30 major league teams in scoring, 20th in OPS and 27th in batting average during the regular season.
What happens to Marcus Semien’s fantasy value in Texas?
The first of the big-name free agent shortstops — or, in this case, second base, which was his primary position in 2021 — is off the board, as Marcus Semien reportedly agreed to sign with the Texas Rangers on Sunday, for a whopping seven years and $175 million.
Semien was the best in fantasy terms from that group, finishing fourth among shortstop-eligibles and third among second basemen in 2021. He’s also the oldest, having turned 31 years of age in September, so it’s curious to see a rebuilding team like the Rangers turn in his direction. It might be one of the few places where his chances of repeating what was a marvelous past season took a definitive hit.
Kevin Gausman finds new home, agrees with Toronto Blue Jays on $110 million contract, sources say
Gausman was a reliable back-end starter early in his career, posting a 4.22 ERA, a 1.34 WHIP and a 3.02 strikeout-to-walk ratio while averaging 146 innings per season for the Baltimore Orioles, Atlanta Braves and Cincinnati Reds from 2014 to 2019.
But his career truly took off upon joining the San Francisco Giants, who helped him fine-tune his splitter to form a devastating combination with his four-seam fastball.
Gausman, originally obtained on a one-year, $9 million contract, posted a 3.62 ERA with 79 strikeouts and only 16 walks in 59 2/3 innings during the COVID-19-shortened 2020 season. The 30-year-old right-hander returned to the Giants after accepting the qualifying offer and was even better in 2021, combining a 2.81 ERA with 227 strikeouts and only 50 walks in 192 innings while anchoring the starting rotation for a team that won a major league-best 107 games.
Gausman made his first All-Star team that year, then finished sixth in National League Cy Young Award voting and became one of the most coveted free agents on the market.
Gausman could help fill a new hole in the Blue Jays’ rotation. Last week, Toronto lost starting pitcher Steven Matz, who posted a 14-7 record, with a 3.82 ERA in 29 starts last season. The veteran agreed to a four-year, $44 million deal with the St. Louis Cardinals.
ESPN Staff Writer Alden Gonzalez contributed to this report.
MLB free-agency grades – Texas Rangers bet big on their future with Marcus Semien signing
Raise your hand if, like me, you uttered something unprintable when you heard the reported terms of Marcus Semien‘s new contract and the team that had offered them. That’s what we call a knee-jerk reaction, which isn’t always rational or correct. Your real response is what you come up with after thinking through the factors involved. Often, then, you see a reason and a rhyme, even with surprising news.
For me, after thinking this deal through, I still think something mildly unprintable, but it’s a word that’s less severe than my knee-jerk phrase — and it comes with a slightly more positive connotation.
According to ESPN’s Jeff Passan, Semien and his representatives agreed to a seven-year, $175 million deal with the Texas Rangers. It’s the richest deal by far of this year’s free-agent season, matching the average annual value of Justin Verlander‘s deal with the Astros ($25 million) but for a half-decade longer.
In finding a new team, Semien becomes the second member of the long-anticipated shortstop free-agent class of 2021-22 to find a long-term home (the first being Francisco Lindor, who agreed to an extension with the Mets last season). Let’s consider that class with a few numbers from baseball-reference.com:
Here, it’s worth noting that Passan is also reporting that Semien is far from likely to be the last of the Rangers’ high-level free-agent targets, even among that shortstop class. Still, for now, we’ll look at how he fits as if he were the jewel of the Rangers’ winter push, and not just a jewel.
Notable Bets – November among worst months ever for betting public
Rio Ferdinand and Jamie Carragher embroiled in ugly spat over Man Utd comments
The Ashes 2021-22 – Australia vs England
Suzann Pettersen to captain European team at 2023 Solheim Cup
Ralf Rangnick warned Man Utd players may not respect him after appointment
Washington’s Jamin Davis motivated by former teammate Chris Oats, who suffered stroke in 2020
Barcelona eyeing additional Man Utd player as they prepare Edinson Cavani swoop
‘Cricket has a huge amount of learning to do’
Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator Ken Norton Jr. credits heavyweight champion father for his resilience
Man Utd fired warning that Bruno Fernandes has been 'figured out' amid recent poor form
NBA6 days ago
Short-handed Philadelphia 76ers spoil Alvin Gentry’s debut as interim head coach of Sacramento Kings
NBA7 days ago
Lakers credit Carmelo Anthony for sparking post-tussle comeback vs. Pistons
NFL5 days ago
Minnesota Vikings DE Everson Griffen leaves home, getting care
Cricket6 days ago
WBBL round-up – Alana King reigns supreme as Sydney Sixers finish bottom for first time
MLB2 days ago
Wander Franco finalizes $182 million, 11-year contract in ‘great day’ for Tampa Bay Rays
NFL5 days ago
Green Bay Packers’ Aaron Rodgers says his toe is fractured, puts bare foot in front of camera to clear up COVID toe ‘disinformation’
NFL3 days ago
Cleveland Browns activating RB Kareem Hunt, RT Jack Conklin off injured reserve
NFL2 days ago
Mike Vrabel, Bill Belichick set for Round 3 as the Tennessee Titans travel to the New England Patriots – Tennessee Titans Blog