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Elephant Rumblings: MLB transaction freeze ends Friday

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The next step toward a 2020 MLB season comes Friday, as the freeze on transactions ends at 9 a.m. PT. Teams will once more be allowed to make trades and signings, or remove players from their current rosters. On Sunday at noon PT, they must submit the list of 60 players they’ll have eligible for the season.

We shouldn’t necessarily expect any big things to happen — after all, it was midway through spring training when everything shut down to begin with, so all the major offseason moves were already done. But there should at least be some small moves worth watching around the league.

One thing we might see is National League teams preparing for the newly announced universal designated hitter. Some of them will already have in-house options they like in the DH spot, but others may look to the open market for help. There are still some intriguing hitters available, led by Yasiel Puig. Others who had bad 2019 campaigns but could be looking for bounce-backs include Scooter Gennett, Melky Cabrera, Hanley Ramirez, and Mark Trumbo. MLB Trade Rumors has a longer list of current free agents.

As for the Oakland A’s, there hasn’t been any specific reporting about what (if anything) they might do this weekend. I still wonder (pure speculation) if it might be worth bringing in a veteran catcher, since the entire A’s organization owns only 266 games of MLB catching experience (212 by non-roster invitee Carlos Perez). I also wonder if, when, and how Daniel Mengden will be activated from the 60-day injured list, including who might be removed to make space on the roster.

Keep an eye out today for transaction news, for the first time in months!

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