With weeks to go until Opening Day, Major League Baseball teams are rushing to make moves during truncated spring training.
Big-name free agents including Carlos Correa, Freddie Freeman and Trevor Story are still available and trades have been flying since players reported to camp, with the Oakland A’s selling All-Stars Matt Chapman (Blue Jays), Matt Olson (Braves) and Chris Bassitt (Mets) in recent days.
Keep it here all Wednesday, and through the rest of spring training, as USA TODAY Sports brings you the biggest news and rumors from across the league.
Tigres strengthens bullpen with Andrew Chafin
The Detroit Tigers signed left-handed reliever Andrew Chafin to a two-year, $13 million deal. Chafin has an opt-out option on his contract after the first season.
Chafin, 32, posted a 1.83 ERA with 19 walks and 64 strikeouts in 71 games for the Chicago Cubs and Oakland Athletics last season.
– Detroit Free Press
The Phillies add a big bat in Kyle Schwarber
Opponents already had a lefty to account for in the middle of the Philadelphia Phillies’ lineup in Bryce Harper, the reigning NL MVP. Make it two, with the Phillies signing slugger Kyle Schwarber to a four-year deal.
Schwarber was an All-Star in 2021, hitting 32 home runs with 71 RBIs in 113 regular-season games for the Nationals and Red Sox.
Now that designated hitter has been extended to the National League under the recently ratified collective bargaining agreement, Phillies manager Joe Girardi can put Schwarber’s name on the order without worrying about defensive responsibilities.
– Chris Bumbaca
Red Sox ace Chris Sale to miss opening day
Red Sox left-hander Chris Sale has a stress fracture in his rib cage and will miss the start of the 2022 season.
Sale had Tommy John surgery in March 2020 and returned in August 2021, going 5-1 with a 3.16 ERA in 42 ⅔ innings and making three starts for Boston in the postseason.
Red Sox executive Chaim Bloom said it will be “weeks, not days” before Sale can pick up a ball and start throwing it again.
“I have work to do,” Sale said. “I’ve been behind much bigger obstacles, I’ve been behind rocks. I thought I would never be able to overcome obstacles. This is just another one of them. Another life test that I guess to overcome and all the while trying to be a good partner and a good leader.
Without Sale, the Red Sox have Nathan Eovaldi, Nick Pivetta, Rich Hill, Tanner Houck and Michael Wacha in the rotation.
Blue Jays acquire Matt Chapman in trade with Oakland
The fire sale continues for the Oakland Athletics, who traded All-Star third baseman Matt Chapman to the Toronto Blue Jays.
In exchange, the A’s will get minor leaguers Kevin Smith, Gunnar Hoglund, Zach Logue and Kirby Snead.
This is the third trade this week involving the A’s. The dust is still settling after Oakland traded fan-favorite first baseman Matt Olson to the World Series champion Atlanta Braves and starting pitcher Chris Bassitt to the New York Mets earlier this month. This week.
Cubs sign Japanese star Seiya Suzuki to big deal
The Chicago Cubs have landed one of the most coveted free agents on the market, Japanese star Seiya Suzuki.
Suzuki, a four-time All-Star, three-time Gold Glove winner and two-time Japan Central League batting champion, agreed to a five-year, $70 million contract.
Suzuki has been one of the best players in the Nippon Professional Baseball League since making his debut in 2013. Last season, he hit .317 with 38 home runs and 88 RBI.
Yankees bring back Anthony Rizzo
The Yankees signed free-agent first baseman Anthony Rizzo to a two-year, $32 million deal, a reunion with the 32-year-old first baseman joining them at the 2021 trade deadline.
Now, the Yankees have an infield of Rizzo at first base, Gleyber Torres at second base, Isiah Kiner-Falefa at shortstop and Josh Donaldson at third base, with DJ LeMahieu expected to start at first, second and third. .
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: MLB Free Agent, Trade News: Live updates from baseball’s hot stove