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Good morning baseball fans! We have to start off today's Daily Dish by congratulating both Ken Griffey Jr. and Mike Piazza for being elected to the Hall of Fame yesterday. Two of the games greats have been recognized by the baseball writers.
Despite the Hall of Fame announcement being yesterday, there was still some baseball roster related news. The biggest piece being that the Royals have re-signed Alex Gordon to a four-year, $72 million deal.
Washington is actively looking at the trade market for catchers.
The highest-profile available catcher option seems to be the Milwaukee Brewers' Jonathan Lucroy. With one year left on his contract plus a club option for 2017, it's unclear whether the Brewers are motivated to trade him away. He is an elite framing catcher with at least two excellent offensive seasons on his resume.
The problem for the Brewers however, is that Lucroy spent some time on the disabled list in 2015 and it seemed to take a toll on his performance. For David Stearns, the Brewers general manager, to be convinced to trade away such an elite asset he would have to make sure his trade value wasn't also suppressed due to one bad season.
The Dodgers have re-signed Brandon Beachy.
Marcell Ozuna trade rumors are starting to heat up, with the Rangers talking to the Marlins about the outfielder.
Ultimately the biggest hurdle for any team interested in acquiring Ozuna will be Miami's asking price, which is reportedly high. None of the teams listed above have a particularly strong farm system, as the Angels and Diamondbacks both traded away significant minor league talent recently, and the Giants ranked 27th on Baseball America's 2015 organizational rankings; although they've made improvements in the time since.
It's difficult to gauge how likely a trade of Ozuna is, as the Marlins likely want a huge package for a player who's controlled through 2019, and there have been conflicting reports about Jeffrey Loria's desire to move him. However with Alex Gordon off the board, and the outfield market heating up, we should have an answer about Ozuna's future soon.
The Braves signed Kelly Johnson to a one-year deal.
And the Pirates inked reliever Neftali Feliz to a one-year deal as well.
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Today in Baseball History: In 1992, Tom Seaver and Rollie Fingers are both elected to the Hall of Fame. Seaver received 98.84 percent of the vote. That record would stand until January 6th, 2016, or yesterday, when Ken Griffey Jr. got 99.3% of the vote.