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Phillies Asked About Marcus Stroman, Danny Duffy  

The Phillies have been aggressively shopping for controllable pitching this winter, as the team has “inquired on just about every young starter that could be traded this winter,” Matt Gelb and Matt Breen of Philly.com report.  This list of targets include their previously-reported interest in Chris Archer, and the Phillies also checked in with the…

2017-12-18 05:19:20
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Mets Rumors: Bruce, Kipnis, Tribe  

The latest from Citi Field… The Mets have been linked to a possible reunion with Jay Bruce all offseason, and a Mets source tells Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News that the free agent is looking for a four-year contract.  This represents a shift in Bruce’s asking price, as he and his representatives…

2017-12-18 04:14:16
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Minor MLB Transactions: 12/17/17  

Here are the latest minor moves from around the baseball world… The Twins signed infielder Taylor Featherston and outfielder James Ramsey were among those signed to minor league contracts, as per their MLB.com transactions page.  Featherston has a .477 OPS over 244 career PA with the Angels, Phillies, and Rays, and is best known as…

2017-12-18 03:21:52
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Giants Hire Travis Ishikawa As Arizona League Hitting Coach  

The Giants announced on Friday that Travis Ishikawa will become the new hitting coach for one of the franchise’s two Arizona League rookie ball affiliates.  The hiring seemingly brings an official end to Ishikawa’s 15-year playing career — he didn’t play last season after being granted free agency following the 2016 campaign. Ishikawa was originally…

2017-12-18 02:57:22
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Padres Sign Jordan Lyles, Designate Travis Wood  

8:10pm: Lyles will earn $1MM in guaranteed money from the deal, Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports (via Twitter), with Heyman adding that the deal breaks down as $750K in salary and $250K as a buyout for the 2019 option.  If Lyles’ 2019 option is picked up, Lin notes that the right-hander can…

2017-12-18 02:10:05
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Angels Release Jared Hoying  

The Angels have released outfielder Jared Hoying, MLB Trade Rumors’ Steve Adams reports (Twitter link).  The team granted the release so Hoying could pursue an opportunity playing in South Korea. Hoying and the Angels agreed to a minor league deal earlier this offseason.  The Rangers outrighted Hoying off their 40-man roster in October, paving the…

2017-12-18 00:31:34
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Week Ahead: Shopping frenzy for GMs  

Don't think for a second that any of the 30 clubs are on seasonal hiatus. Not when so many great players are available on the open market, and not when so many blockbuster trades might be brewing.

2017-12-18 00:16:33
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MLBTR Originals  

Here’s the roundup of original content from the MLB Trade Rumors writing staff over the last two weeks… It’s already been a notable winter for major trades, and Jeff Todd lists the offseason’s top 60 possible trade candidates that could still be in new uniforms coming Opening Day. Arguably the biggest name on that top-60…

2017-12-18 00:03:22
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B-day Bux: 5 reasons Twins OF is fun to watch  

2017 was a good year for the Twins, who rebounded from 103 losses and a last-place finish to 85 wins and an American League Wild Card berth, which was the team's first postseason appearance since 2010.

2017-12-18 00:00:00
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Central Notes: Brewers, Royals, Cards, Donaldson, Cubs  

The Brewers, searching for starters, relievers and a second baseman, spoke with the Royals about their available players at the Winter Meetings, Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported earlier this week (on Twitter). It’s unclear whether those discussions actually led anywhere, however. Speculatively, considering the Brewers’ needs, talks could have involved anyone from…

2017-12-17 22:51:56
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Winner wonderland: Halos shop way to top?  

Every year, it seems, a team will do what the Angels are doing now, making deals and free-agent signings, reimagining themselves as a whole new kind of team.

2017-12-17 21:43:08
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Brito injures finger in Winter League play  

D-backs outfielder Socrates Brito suffered a possible fracture of the pinky finger on his right hand while playing for Estrellas in the Dominican Republic.

2017-12-17 20:48:54
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Padres sign pitcher Lyles to 1-year deal  

The Padres on Sunday announced a one-year deal with free-agent pitcher Jordan Lyles. To make room on the 40-man roster, San Diego designated veteran Travis Wood for assignment.

2017-12-17 20:45:16
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How Good Are The Angels?  

The Angels have employed the world’s best baseball player, center fielder Mike Trout, since 2011, yet the team has never come close to fully capitalizing on his presence. The Halos endured their third straight non-playoff season in 2017, during which a thumb injury helped limit Trout to a career-low 114 games, and finished below .500…

2017-12-17 20:35:37
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5 teams that have made stealth improvements  

Free agency isn't always about spending the most money. Baseball smarts matter, too. We're reminded of this every season.

2017-12-17 20:32:22
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Would Judge or Stanton be better fit in LF?  

With Giancarlo Stanton joining Aaron Judge in the Bronx, one of the two Yankees right fielders is going to have to find some time in left field. But which one? We can use Statcast data to find out which may fit better.

2017-12-17 20:00:00
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New home, new Hosmer power? Statcast digs in  

Could a move away from spacious Kauffman Stadium give Eric Hosmer a power boost? Let's use Statcast to see how his 2017 season might have played out in Boston, San Diego and St. Louis.

2017-12-17 20:00:00
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Baseball Blogs Weigh In: Machado, Yelich, Cole, Ozuna, Harper, Red Sox  

This week in baseball blogs… Chin Music Baseball ranks the top five trade destinations for Manny Machado. Camden Depot makes cases for and against the Orioles trading Machado. Fish Stripes weighs the pros and cons of a Christian Yelich trade for Miami. The Point of Pittsburgh wonders whether the Pirates should make a run in…

2017-12-17 18:54:53
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NL East Notes: Nats, Rendon, Mets, Phillies  

Nationals third baseman Anthony Rendon implied to Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post and other reporters Sunday that he’d be open to discussing an extension with the team (Twitter link). "Why not stay with one organization?" said Rendon, who has been a member of the franchise since it chose him sixth overall in the 2011…

2017-12-17 16:49:01
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Week In Review: Winter Meetings  

This year’s Winter Meetings didn’t provide as much activity as expected, but this has still easily been the busiest week of the offseason thus far. During the meetings (which ran from Sunday to Thursday) and the days since, we’ve seen a host of transactions. In case you missed any of those moves, here’s a full…

2017-12-17 15:55:48
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Rendon open to signing extension with Nats  

Anthony Rendon has spent his entire career in the Nationals' organization, and he enjoys the comfort he has. Taking that into consideration, Rendon said during the Nationals Winterfest on Sunday that he would be open to the possibility of staying in Washington long term.

2017-12-17 14:36:28
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Orioles Rumors: Schoop, Mancini, Givens, Machado, Cards, Duffy  

The latest on the Orioles comes in a pair of articles from Roch Kubatko of MASNsports.com… It’s unclear how many “untouchable” players the Orioles have, but second baseman Jonathan Schoop, outfielder Trey Mancini and reliever Mychal Givens are among them, an executive from outside the organization told Kubatko at the Winter Meetings. The lone player…

2017-12-17 14:33:31
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Quick Hits: Cubs, Giants, Franco, T. Frazier, LeBlanc  

The Cubs should offer a package centering on shortstop Addison Russell to the Orioles for Manny Machado, Jesse Rogers of ESPN.com argues. While the Cubs would be parting with four years of control over Russell for a season of Machado, the latter would improve their chances enough in 2018 to make it worthwhile, reasons Rogers,…

2017-12-17 05:21:03
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Under-the-radar skills available on free-agent market  

The free-agent market includes several stars who need no introduction and possess skill sets coveted by teams all around MLB. But beyond names such as J.D. Martinez, Eric Hosmer and Wade Davis, there are many under-the-radar players whose abilities could provide a boost to clubs that sign them.

2017-12-17 05:12:33
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Reactions To And Effects Of Dodgers-Braves Trade  

The Dodgers and Braves swung an out-of-nowhere, payroll-geared trade Saturday consisting of five major leaguers, with just one (Matt Kemp) going to Los Angeles in exchange for Adrian Gonzalez, Scott Kazmir, Brandon McCarthy and Charlie Culberson. LA, which made the trade for luxury tax purposes, previously tried to send Gonzalez, Kazmir and McCarthy to the…

2017-12-17 03:22:38
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AL Rumors: Rays, Archer, Longoria, Yanks, White Sox, Machado, Red Sox  

The Astros and Phillies have interest in Rays right-hander Chris Archer, joining a slew of previously reported clubs, per Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times. The Rays clearly wouldn’t have any trouble finding a taker for Archer, thanks to his track record, age (29) and team-friendly contract (four years, $34MM). Teammate and face of…

2017-12-17 01:18:02
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Minor MLB Transactions: 12/16/17  

The latest minor moves from around baseball: The Rockies have signed utilityman Shawn O’Malley to a minor league contract with an invitation to big league camp, Bob Dutton of Baseball America reports on Twitter. The switch-hitting, 29-year-old O’Malley has collected 305 major league plate appearances since debuting in 2014, batting a combined .231/.315/.317 with the…

2017-12-17 00:14:21
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Brewers, Yovani Gallardo Agree To Deal  

5:23pm: Gallardo received a major league deal, Jon Heyman of FanRag tweets. It’s pending a physical, Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel adds (via Twitter). 4:53pm: The Brewers and free agent right-hander Yovani Gallardo have agreed to a contract, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports (Twitter link). Details of the pact aren’t yet available.…

2017-12-16 23:23:43
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Kemp deal evokes surprising trades in history  

At times, it can seem like every single trade possibility is floated as a rumor during Hot Stove season, yet MLB has the capacity for a deal almost no one saw coming.

2017-12-16 22:41:03
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Cubs Interested In Yu Darvish  

The Cubs have been very active on the pitching market this winter, and now they’re looking at the top free agent arm available. The club has interest in right-hander Yu Darvish, Bruce Levine of CBS Chicago reports. He’d be the fifth pitcher the Cubs have signed this offseason, joining two starters (Tyler Chatwood and Drew…

2017-12-16 22:14:33
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Braves land 4 for Kemp; Acuna's path cleared  

The Atlanta Braves and Los Angeles Dodgers completed a five-player trade today in which the Braves have acquired pitchers Brandon McCarthy and Scott Kazmir, infielder Charlie Culberson, first baseman Adrian Gonzalez and cash considerations in exchange for outfielder Matt Kemp. The Braves have designated Gonzalez for assignment, putting their roster at 40 players.

2017-12-16 20:31:56
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Dodgers Acquire Matt Kemp For Adrian Gonzalez, Kazmir, McCarthy, Culberson  

In a stunning swap of big contracts, the Dodgers have traded first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, left-hander Scott Kazmir, right-hander Brandon McCarthy and infielder Charlie Culberson to the Braves in exchange for outfielder Matt Kemp. The Braves will also receive $4.5MM in cash. Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic was the first to report news of the trade. Furthermore,…

2017-12-16 20:12:01
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Santana brings history of consistency to Phillies  

The Phillies made a splash on Friday, when a source told MLB.com of their three-year agreement with first baseman Carlos Santana. The club has not confirmed the report.

2017-12-16 20:00:00
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Before Ohtani, Kieschnick did it all for Brewers  

It's every baseball-loving kid's dream. Imagine not only making it to the Major Leagues, but being allowed to do everything you did on those Little League fields with 200-foot fences when you were 9 years old -- hitting, pitching, fielding and hardly ever leaving the diamond.

2017-12-16 20:00:00
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Stanton-Judge will be greatest show on Earth  

You're going to pay attention when the Yankees come to your city next season. You're going to want to get a look at these two larger-than-life characters. You'll stop what you're doing when they come to bat.

2017-12-16 20:00:00
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Report: Crew to bring back free agent Gallardo  

The Brewers are on the verge of a reunion with Yovani Gallardo, according to MLB Network insider Ken Rosenthal.

2017-12-16 19:19:16
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LA gets Kemp, eyes future in 5-player deal with Braves  

The Dodgers and Braves completed a stunning mega-salary swap on Saturday, with Los Angeles sending Adrian Gonzalez, Brandon McCarthy, Scott Kazmir, Charlie Culberson and $4.5 million to Atlanta for former Dodger Matt Kemp.

2017-12-16 18:05:43
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Yankees To Re-Sign CC Sabathia  

According to Mark Feinsand of MLB.com, the Yankees have agreed to terms with left-hander CC Sabathia on a one-year contract worth $10MM. The deal is pending a physical, and includes performance bonuses based on innings pitched. Sabathia is a client of Roc Nation Sports. Sabathia has spent the past nine seasons with the Yankees, and he’ll return…

2017-12-16 17:47:52
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Murphy in 'good position' with knee rehab  

Daniel Murphy needed crutches to walk around the Washington Convention Center floor during Nationals Winterfest on Saturday, although he wore a smile on his face when he talked about how encouraged he was by his rehab process.

2017-12-16 17:26:43
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Pitching Notes: Cardinals, Chavez, Stammen, Rodney  

John Mozeliak (President of Baseball Operations for the Cardinals) expressed that he’s content with his club’s rotation, via Ben Frederickson of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Carlos Martinez, Michael Wacha, Luke Weaver, and the recently-signed Miles Mikolas are likely to occupy the first four spots in the rotation. Mozeliak says that a lot depends on how Adam…

2017-12-16 16:47:48
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Scherzer's goal: 'Get better every single year'  

Max Scherzer just won his third Cy Young Award last month -- and his second in the National League with the Nats -- so what has his offseason been like?

2017-12-16 16:09:47
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Matt Albers Expected To Sign Next Week  

9:42am: Albers does not currently have an agreement in place with an MLB club, Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish reports (Twitter link). Rather, it’s simply expected that he will sign a two-year deal with someone within the next week. Darren Wolfson of KSTP adds in a tweet of his own that the Twins have not reached…

2017-12-16 15:42:58
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Source: Sabathia, Yanks agree to 1-year deal  

The Yankees have agreed to a one-year deal with CC Sabathia worth $10 million, a source told MLB.com's Mark Feinsand. The deal is pending a physical, which the club has not confirmed.

2017-12-16 15:19:29
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Top 60 Remaining Offseason Trade Candidates  

With Giancarlo Stanton joining the Yankees, the offseason’s most prominent trade piece is officially off the board. Other significant players have swapped jerseys recently, including former Stanton teammates Dee Gordon and Marcell Ozuna as well as veteran second baseman Ian Kinsler, among others. That said, there are still quite a few significant players left that…

2017-12-16 15:12:37
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Dustin Fowler Sues White Sox Over Injury  

Athletics outfielder Dustin Fowler has brought a lawsuit against the White Sox and the Illinois Sports Facilities Authority relating to the serious knee injury he suffered in June, as Tom Schuba of the Chicago Sun Times reports. Fowler was injured when he collided with an electrical box along the right field wall at Chicago’s Guaranteed…

2017-12-16 06:11:12
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Minor MLB Transactions: 12/15/17  

Here are the notable minor moves from the day: Righty Alex Wimmers has signed with the Marlins on a deal that includes a spring invite, MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro tweets. The 29-year-old, a former first-round pick, has appeared in each of the past two seasons in the majors with the Twins, but has struggled mightily with his…

2017-12-16 03:54:15
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Rangers Acquire Matt Moore  

8:40pm: $750K in pool space will go to Texas, per Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News (via Twitter). 8:24pm: The Rangers have officially acquired lefty Matt Moore from the Giants. Texas will also add an unknown amount of international bonus pool spending capacity while shipping minor-league righties Sam Wolff and Israel Cruz to San Francisco. With the move, the Giants have…

2017-12-16 02:24:58
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J.D. Martinez Reportedly Prefers To Sign As Outfielder  

Free agent slugger J.D. Martinez is informing potential suitors that he would prefer to sign as an outfielder, according to a report from Michael Silverman of the Boston Herald. Just how that will impact the ongoing recruitment process is not yet clear, but the report suggests it could mean the oft-linked Red Sox will need…

2017-12-16 02:00:06
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Dodgers To Sign Tom Koehler  

The Dodgers have agreed to a one-year deal with righty Tom Koehler, according to Chris Cotillo of SB Nation (via Twitter). Financial details are not yet known. Koehler is represented by Pro Agents, Inc. Koehler, 31, was non-tendered by the Blue Jays after the 2017 season. He had been projected to earn a hefty $6MM…

2017-12-16 01:07:28
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Giants Nearing Trade To Clear Payroll Space  

6:52pm: Pence is not in the deal that will send Moore to the Rangers, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News tweets. Shea and colleague Henry Schulman (Twitter links) add that, while Pence is not currently being dealt and has not been asked to waive his no-trade clause, it’s likely the Giants are trying to move…

2017-12-15 23:55:30
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MLB, clubs spread holiday cheer to community  

Major League Baseball's annual Winter Wishes event brought 25 kids to the MLB Network studios for dinner, a magic show and a chance to meet former big leaguers Ron Darling and Dan Plesac.

2017-12-15 23:25:29
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Giants deal Moore to Rangers for Minors arms  

Striving to increase their talent surplus and payroll flexibility, the Giants announced Friday night that they traded left-hander Matt Moore and an undisclosed amount of international signing bonus pool money to the Texas Rangers for a pair of Minor League right-handers.

2017-12-15 23:05:21
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Mets Sign Jose Lobaton  

The Mets have inked a minors deal with veteran catcher Jose Lobaton, per a team announcement. He’ll receive an invitation to MLB camp next spring. Lobaton, a 33-year-old switch-hitter, has played for the division-rival Nationals for the past four seasons. While he is generally regarded as a reliable asset behind the dish, Lobaton has limped…

2017-12-15 22:17:12
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Mets sign reliever Swarzak to two-year deal  

Bent on improving and emphasizing the back end of their bullpen, the Mets on Wednesday struck their first deal of the Winter Meetings, reaching agreement with free-agent reliever Anthony Swarzak on a two-year deal worth $14 million, according to a source. The Mets have not confirmed the deal.

2017-12-15 21:29:13
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Astros Designate Preston Tucker  

The Astros have designated outfielder Preston Tucker for assignment, per a club announcement. His roster spot will go to just-signed reliever Hector Rondon. Tucker, a seventh-round pick in the 2012 draft, has generally posted strong numbers during his rise through the Houston system. He reached the majors in 2015, hitting for enough power (including 13…

2017-12-15 20:45:23
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Angels' stacked lineup a credit to Eppler's skill  

Welcome to the offseason of Billy Eppler. The Angels' third-year general manager added Zack Cozart as his third baseman on Friday, capping a frenetic eight-day period that includes the Angels winning the Shohei Ohtani sweepstakes and a trade for second baseman Ian Kinsler, who filled the team's biggest hole.

2017-12-15 20:33:05
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Santana, Cozart deals make waves in market  

Prior to Friday, the position player free-agent market had simply been stagnant. That all starts to change now that Carlos Santana and Zack Cozart have agreed to three-year deals with the Phillies and Angels, respectively. Their decisions are going to have ripple effects in a slow-moving market that is finally starting to gain traction.

2017-12-15 20:23:31
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Dodgers reportedly bring righty Koehler into mix  

The Dodgers have reached a one-year deal with right-hander Tom Koehler, according to SB Nation's Chris Cotillo. The deal, which has not been confirmed by the club, is reportedly pending a physical.

2017-12-15 20:23:25
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Shaw in, McGee back as part of Rox 'pen plan  

Newly signed righty Bryan Shaw, re-signed lefty Jake McGee and Rockies general manager Jeff Bridich spent a warm winter's afternoon at Coors Field dreaming of an almost-loaded bullpen.

2017-12-15 20:20:13
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Rangers to acquire Moore from Giants  

The Giants and Rangers have a trade in place to send left-hander Matt Moore to Texas for a package of prospects, according to MLB.com's T.R. Sullivan. Neither club has confirmed the deal, which is said to be pending physicals.

2017-12-15 20:19:40
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Inbox: Will Machado, Britton be on the move?  

With the Winter Meetings in the rear-view mirror, what a perfect time to go through the latest batch of your Inbox questions.

2017-12-15 19:24:01
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Hinch will enjoy polished 'pen for repeat quest  

As weeks go, the Astros haven't had a better once since, well, you know. This one wasn't quite as dramatic as that one. There were no bear hugs, no World Series trophy. Still, the Astros were thrilled to sign a pair of relievers to shore up the only area of their team that had them concerned.

2017-12-15 19:23:44
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Podcast: Marlins' Denbo knows Yanks' farm  

On this week's podcast Jim Callis and Jonathan Mayo discuss the Marlins' haul for slugger Giancarlo Stanton and Gary Denbo's knowledge of the Yankees' system, the news regarding Shohei Ohtani's elbow and more.

2017-12-15 19:12:13
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Houston Sports Awards recognizes Luhnow  

After building the Astros into World Series champions, general manager Jeff Luhnow has been named the Houston Sports Awards' Executive of the Year.

2017-12-15 19:06:35
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Impact of Piscotty trade goes beyond foul lines  

For weeks, Gretchen Piscotty had been toting around a bag stuffed with the necessary apparel: a few Cardinals t-shirts and a jersey proudly displaying the family name. There was no way this mother of three was going to be caught unprepared whenever Stephen phoned her with the news. The preparation paid off, as Gretchen was in South Dakota attending a wedding when her eldest son called to share that he had been called up to the big leagues.

2017-12-15 19:03:26
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Phillies Agree To Terms With Carlos Santana  

12:52pm: Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com reports that Santana’s deal also comes with a $17.5MM club option for a fourth season (Twitter link). 12:32pm: In a surprising move, the Phillies have agreed to a deal with first baseman Carlos Santana, reports FanRag’s Jon Heyman (Twitter links). It’s a hefty three-year, $60MM contract, according to Heyman. Santana is…

2017-12-15 18:52:05
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Angels Sign Zack Cozart  

The Angels announced that they’ve signed infielder Zack Cozart to a three-year contract. It’s a three-year, $38MM contract for Cozart, according to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic (on Twitter). Cozart is a client of Excel Sports Management. By signing with the Angels, Cozart puts to bed any questions as to whether he’d approve a change…

2017-12-15 18:47:18
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Marlins expand NRI list with three additions  

The stockpiling of roster depth continues for the Marlins, who have signed three more players with big league experience to Minor League contracts with invitations to Spring Training.

2017-12-15 18:32:35
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Toronto's Bove named East Scout of Year  

Sabermetrics have become an integral part of evaluating baseball players, but Russ Bove is proof that the traditional way of discovering young talent is still alive and well. In fact, it's what helped the Blue Jays land top prospect Bo Bichette.

2017-12-15 18:22:48
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Padres Designate Jose Ruiz For Assignment  

The Padres announced that they’ve designated right-hander Jose Ruiz for assignment. His spot on the 40-man roster will go to shortstop Freddy Galvis, whose trade to San Diego has now been officially announced by both the Padres and Phillies. Ruiz, 23, made the considerable jump from Class-A Advanced to the Majors this season, though he…

2017-12-15 18:15:37
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Angels sign Cozart to three-year deal  

On Friday, Zack Cozart agreed to three-year, $38 million deal with the Angels, who continued their busy offseason by adding an All-Star infielder to beef up their lineup and deepen an already impressive defensive unit.

2017-12-15 18:14:40
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Padres Acquire Freddy Galvis  

12:10pm: The two teams have announced the trade. 11:15am: The Padres look to have found their shortstop for the 2018 season, as they’ve reportedly reached a tentative agreement to acquire switch-hitting Freddy Galvis from the Phillies in exchange for minor league right-hander Enyel De Los Santos. The teams have yet to announce the trade. Galvis,…

2017-12-15 18:10:34
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Astros agree with Rondon on 2-year deal  

In a move to further bolster their bullpen, the World Series-champion Astros agreed to terms Friday on a contract with free-agent right-hander Hector Rondon, according to sources.

2017-12-15 18:08:49
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For Piscotty, trade to A's a 'dream come true'  

Peace of mind can be had by all. The A's have their sought-after outfielder, and Stephen Piscotty has his mom a short drive away. Both are bettered, together.

2017-12-15 17:05:11
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Sources: Santana joining Phils on 3-year deal  

Sources: The Phillies and free-agent slugger Carlos Santana agreed Friday on a three-year contract worth $60 million.

2017-12-15 16:53:21
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Sox focus on J.D., Hosmer as FA market moves  

The Red Sox still haven't landed their coveted bat this offseason, but the free-agent market finally moved on Friday.

2017-12-15 16:31:43
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BBWAA to hand out hardware at annual dinner  

Each January, the baseball world gathers the best of the best in midtown Manhattan for the annual New York BBWAA Awards Dinner, putting a bow on the 2017 season while getting pumped up for the start of Spring Training.

2017-12-15 16:02:50
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Astros, Hector Rondon Agree To Two-Year Deal  

9:50am: Rondon has agreed to a two-year deal, tweets SB Nation’s Chris Cotillo. 9:24am: The Astros have agreed to terms with free-agent righty Hector Rondon, reports Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic (on Twitter). Rondon, an Octagon client, was non-tendered by the Cubs earlier this month. He’ll give Houston an arm with closing experience to help…

2017-12-15 15:50:06
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Ozuna: Playing for Cardinals 'a blessing'  

They had laughed about the possibility before, with Yadier Molina and Carlos Martinez telling Marcell Ozuna that they were going to find a way to get him to St. Louis. And sure enough, they did.

2017-12-15 15:33:12
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Oswaldo Arcia To Sign With Japan's Nippon Ham Fighters  

Free agent outfielder Oswaldo Arcia has agreed to a deal with the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters in Japan, FanRag’s Jon Heyman tweets (citing Arcia’s agent, Martin Arburua). The former top prospect will take home a $1.7MM salary plus up to $300K worth of incentives on a one-year deal that contains a mutual option for the…

2017-12-15 14:31:25
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Kipnis not letting rumors affect offseason focus  

The Indians are the only organization that Jason Kipnis has known. Cleveland drafted him eight years ago, developed him as a second baseman and watched him turn into a two-time All-Star, a clubhouse leader, fan favorite and one of the faces of the franchise during its recent run of success.

2017-12-15 13:31:18
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Indians Agree To Minor League Deal With Melvin Upton Jr.  

The Indians have agreed to a minor league contract with veteran outfielder Melvin Upton Jr., reports Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic (on Twitter). Upton has already passed his physical, tweets USA Today’s Bob Nightengale, adding that the deal comes with a $1.5MM base salary in the Majors. Upton is represented by Reynolds Sports Management. Upton,…

2017-12-15 13:23:11
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Source: Phils near deal with Padres for Galvis  

Shortstop Freddy Galvis could soon be on his way to San Diego. The Padres are nearing completion of a deal with the Phillies to acquire Galvis, source has confirmed to MLB.com's Todd Zolecki. According to the source, the Phillies will receive right-hander Enyel De Los Santos, which was first reported by USA Today. Neither club has confirmed the report.

2017-12-15 12:27:54
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Two-time 20-game winner Lary dies at 87  

Frank Lary, a two-time 20-game winner who was victorious 123 times during parts of 11 seasons with the Tigers, died Wednesday in his hometown of Northport, Ala. He was 87.

2017-12-15 11:57:58
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Top 10 prospects traded this offseason  

Following a relatively quiet Winter Meetings compared to recent years, Jim Callis ranks the 10 best prospects traded since the World Series ended.

2017-12-15 11:36:07
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Astros sign former Cubs closer Rondon  

In a move to further bolster their bullpen, the World Series-champion Astros agreed to terms Friday on a contract with free-agent right-hander Hector Rondon, according to sources.

2017-12-15 10:40:03
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Source: Indians, Upton Jr. agree on Minor League deal  

On Friday morning, sources confirmed to MLB.com that Cleveland agreed to a Minor League contract with veteran outfielder Melvin Upton Jr., who will receive an invitation to attend Spring Training with the big league club. MLB.com's Mark Feinsand reported that Upton will receive a base salary of $1.5 million with incentive bonuses available based on plate appearances. The Indians have not confirmed the deal.

2017-12-15 08:50:42
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D'Backs Notes: Marte, Drury, Rodney  

The latest from the desert, as per Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic… According to a source on a rival team, Ketel Marte is the only infielder that the Diamondbacks aren’t willing to consider in trade offers.  Splitting his first season with the D’Backs between Triple-A and the big leagues, Marte tore up minor league…

2017-12-15 06:12:15
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Yankees, Pirates Discussing Gerrit Cole Trade  

The Pirates and Yankees are discussing a trade that would send right-hander Gerrit Cole to the Bronx Bombers in exchange for a trade package that includes outfielder Clint Frazier, George A. King III of the New York Post reports.  The Bucs are also reportedly looking for a young starting pitcher who is on the verge…

2017-12-15 05:03:08
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Pitching Notes: Greinke, Makita, Holland, Kintzler  

The latest rumblings on the starting and relief pitching fronts… Talks between the Rangers and Diamondbacks regarding Zack Greinke are “mostly dead,” according to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports (via Twitter).  Three other teams, however, have some interest.  The Phillies and Yankees have both reportedly checked in on Greinke, though it isn’t clear if either is one…

2017-12-15 04:14:05
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NL East Links: Phillips, Mets, Second Base, Kipnis, Nats, Flores  

The Braves don’t seem to have interest in bringing Brandon Phillips back to his hometown team, David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports (Twitter link).  Phillips spent the first five months of the 2017 season with the Braves, hitting .291/.329/.423 over 499 PA before his production fell off after an August 31 deal to the…

2017-12-15 02:48:41
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AL East Notes: Ellsbury, Avisail, Blue Jays, JDM, Red Sox, Orioles  

Jacoby Ellsbury’s name was mentioned in trade talks between the Yankees and Diamondbacks, NJ Advance Media’s Brendan Kuty reports, and though “nothing is believed to be off the table,” Arizona didn’t have much interest in the veteran outfielder due to his big price tag.  Ellsbury is owed over $63.3MM through the 2020 season, plus a…

2017-12-15 01:46:38
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Minor MLB Transactions: 12/14/17  

Here are the latest minor moves, with newer signings at the top of the post… Latest Transactions The Royals officially announced the minor league signings of both Broadway and third baseman/outfielder Cody Asche via their official Twitter feed.  Asche has a .234/.293/.376 slash line over 1349 career PA from 2013-17, as he has yet to…

2017-12-15 01:09:46
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Manaea hopes to weigh in with big year for A's  

Sean Manaea's second big league season didn't go according to plan, but the A's still view the big lefty as a frontline man in the making. Manaea figures to slot into the No. 2 spot in the rotation behind right-hander Kendall Graveman, and there's a thought that his potential could soon translate to ace status.

2017-12-15 00:13:23
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Latest On Manny Machado  

Trade winds continue to swirl around Manny Machado, as the Orioles’ apparent willingness to consider dealing its star third baseman was one of the major storylines of the Winter Meetings.  The Orioles have received ten “legitimate offers” for Machado, USA Today’s Bob Nightengale reports, though the quality of those offers and the number of teams…

2017-12-15 00:11:02
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Paxton's progression key for Mariners in '18  

Felix Hernandez has anchored the Mariners' rotation as the ace of the staff for the past decade, serving as the club's Opening Day starter for 10 of the past 11 years and establishing himself as one of the top right-handers in MLB.

2017-12-15 00:04:39
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Upton key cog to vault Halos' offense  

Three months ago, on the day the Angels were eliminated from postseason contention, manager Mike Scioscia identified one hole that he believed would demand the club's focus this offseason.

2017-12-15 00:00:55
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Odor key to improving Rangers' offense  

The Rangers have spent much time this winter trying to improve their pitching staff. Their offense could use a little help, too, but much of that will have to come from internal improvements and the continued development of their young players.

2017-12-15 00:00:00
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Series MVP Springer entering his prime  

Astros outfielder George Springer started for the American League in the All-Star Game and was the Most Valuable Player of the World Series. Could the best still be yet to come for him?

2017-12-15 00:00:00
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Giants Notes: Avisail, Coaches, Ramos, Hamilton  

Here’s the latest out of San Francisco… The Giants “checked in” on Avisail Garcia as part of their search for outfield help, NBCSports.com’s Alex Pavlovic reports.  The White Sox outfielder is coming off a breakout season, and he’d fit the Giants’ needs as a right-handed hitter who comes at a relatively inexpensive price (arbitration-controlled through…

2017-12-14 22:42:23
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