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The Opener: Signings, Gurriel, Player Chat

With just three weeks left until pitchers and catchers report to Spring Training, here are three things we’ll be keeping an eye on around the baseball world throughout the day today:

1. Signings to be made official:

According to Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe, the Red Sox are expected to make their one-year deal with outfielder Adam Duvall official earlier this week. That’s far from the only signing that could be made official in the coming days, however. Aroldis Chapman‘s one-year contract with the Royals could also be made official after being agreed to late last week. Brian Anderson‘s one-year pact with the Brewers and Nelson Cruz‘s one-year agreement with the Padres are other deals still waiting to be made official; Cruz’s pact, in particular, was reportedly agreed to almost two weeks ago with no official announcement as of yet. All four clubs have full 40-man rosters, so a corresponding move will be necessary in all three cases to make room for the club’s newest acquisition.

2. Is a Gurriel signing right now?

Reports over the weekend indicated that the market for first baseman and 2023 World Series champion Yuli Gurriel could be heating up, with the Marlins and Twins among the teams interested. Miami, in particular, was said to be “moving towards a deal” with Gurriel, per Mark Feinsand and Brian McTaggart of MLB.com Both clubs make for interesting fits for Gurriel. In Minnesota, a veteran right-handed complement to first base youngster Alex Kirilloff makes sense, whereas in Miami, Gurriel could provide an additional option in a first base/DH mix that already includes Garrett Cooper and Jorge Soler. According to The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal, it’s also possible that Gurriel could spend time at both second and third base for the Marlins, should he sign there.

3. MLBTR Player Chat

We regularly host chats with members of our writing team here at MLBTR, but this week we’ll be rebooting our Player Chat series. In the past, we’ve had names like Dan Straily, Jonny Gomes, Tyler Danish, Paul Sewald and Christian Colon (among others) host chats with our readers. We’ve got a wide range of guests set up this time around, ranging from players who only had a brief cup of coffee in the Majors but long grinds through the minors, to some who logged upwards of ten years of MLB service. Today’s chat will feature a special appearance by former knuckleballer Mickey Jannis. Jannis played professional baseball for twelve seasons, including eight seasons in the minor leagues, and made the big leagues with the Orioles in 2021. Jannis also played in Australia and Venezuela throughout his career. Tune in at 10am CST for Jannis’s live chat.

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