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MLB Offseason Round-Up: Dodgers Strike Again, Manaea to Mets, Crowe Heads Overseas

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This is one in a series of daily articles highlighting the latest news and notes from the MLB offseason.

The Los Angeles Dodgers’ busy offseason continues. They’ve agreed to a one-year deal with outfielder Teoscar Hernández, according to ESPN’s Jeff Passan. The agreement is for $23.5 million

Hernández spent last season with the Seattle Mariners after a six-year run with the Toronto Blue Jays. The 31-year-old played in a career-high 160 games last season and hit .258 with a .741 OPS. The slugger recorded 29 doubles, belted 26 homers and drove in 93 runs.

The Dodgers had been seeking an offensive-oriented, right-handed hitting outfielder, and Hernández certainly fits the bill.

Hernández is the latest of the star-studded additions for Los Angeles, who previously signed Shohei Ohtani, Yoshinobu Yamamoto and acquired Tyler Glasnow amongst other moves.

MANAEA TO METS

Another free agent starting pitcher is off the board with veteran left-hander Sean Manaea headed to the New York Mets.

Manaea’s agreement with the Mets is for two years and $28 million, per Jon Heyman of the New York Post. There’s an opt-out after next season, meaning Manaea can rejoin the free agent market next winter, if he so chooses.

The soon-to-be 32-year-old Manaea completed his first season with the San Francisco Giants in 2023. He finished the year 7-6 with a 4.44 ERA across 37 appearances/10 starts. In 117.2 innings pitch, Manaea yielded 104 hits, walked 42 batters and struck out 128.

The eight-year major league veteran pitched for the Oakland A’s for the first six seasons of his career. He spent 2022 with the San Diego Padres before joining the Giants prior to the start of last season. In his career, he’s gone 65-56 with a 4.10 ERA.

Manaea was frequently linked to the Pittsburgh Pirates as a potential rotation piece this MLB offseason, but general manager Ben Cherington will have to pivot elsewhere.

WILL CROWE SIGNS IN KOREA

Speaking of the Pirates, Wil Crowe, who pitched for the Pirates from 2021-23, signed a one-year deal with the KIA Tigers in the Korean Baseball Organization. He received a one-year year deal worth $800K and comes with incentives.

Crowe was acquired from the Washington Nationals alongside prospect Eddy Yean in exchange for Josh Bell on a Christmas Eve in 202.

The right-hander spent the first season with the Pirates as a starting pitcher before he was shifted to the bullpen in 2022. While wearing the black and gold, Crowe went 10-19 with a 5.03 ERA across 91 appearances/26 starts.

The Pirates had designated Crowe for assignment on July 19.

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