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Steve Johnson (knee) threw a light bullpen session on Wednesday afternoon without incident.

Johnson made 10-15 throws without experiencing any discomfort in his troublesome left knee. He told reporters that he should be ready to pitch in the postseason.
Wed, Oct 3, 2012 04:14:00 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Rockies are closing in on a deal to bring back Greg Holland.

Colorado has already been very active on the relief market this week at the Winter Meetings in Orlando, securing Bryan Shaw on Tuesday and Jake McGee on Wednesday. Now it appears the Rockies' closer from 2017 could be back in the fold for 2018 and beyond. Holland, 32, posted a 3.61 ERA, 1.15 WHIP, and 70/26 K/BB ratio over 57 1/3 innings this past season. He finished tied for the NL lead in saves with 41.
Dec 13 - 12:30 PM

According to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, the Cardinals are "making progress" on acquiring Marcell Ozuna from the Marlins.

Miami is very familiar with the Cardinals' farm system and what St. Louis might be willing to give up from the failed discussions for Giancarlo Stanton, so this deal could come together pretty quickly. Ozuna, 27, posted a breakout .312/.376/.548 batting line with 37 home runs and 124 RBI in 159 games this past season with the rebuilding Fish. He is under contractual control through 2019.
Dec 13 - 12:15 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Blue Jays are showing interest in free agent outfielder Carlos Gomez.

Toronto is also reportedly in pursuit of Carlos Gonzalez. Gomez signed a one-year, $11.5 million contract with the Rangers last offseason and went on to bat .255/.340/.462 with 17 home runs and 13 stolen bases in 105 games. The 32-year-old should be able to secure a multi-year deal this time around.
Dec 13 - 12:05 PM

According to Marc Carig of Newsday, the Mets have signed free agent reliever Anthony Swarzak to a two-year, $14 million deal.

That is a very palatable price in this market for a guy who posted an excellent 2.33 ERA, 1.03 WHIP, and 91/22 K/BB ratio across 77 1/3 innings of relief in 2017. Swarzak, a well-traveled 32-year-old right-hander, is likely to operate in a setup role with the Mets. This deal is pending a physical.
Dec 13 - 11:37 AM

Bryce Harper's agent Scott Boras told the media Wednesday at the Winter Meetings that he had "preliminary discussions" about an extension for his client last month with the Nationals.

Harper is on course to score a record-breaking contract in free agency next offseason, so the Nats would probably have to go well out of their comfort zone to make something happen before then. The 25-year-old superstar batted .319/.413/.595 with 29 home runs and 87 RBI in 111 games this past summer. He could have challenged for his second National League MVP if he didn't hurt his knee in mid-August when he slipped on a wet first base bag.
Dec 13 - 11:06 AM

Jake McGee has a deal in place to return to the Rockies, per Joel Sherman of the New York Post.

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic was first to suggest that an agreement might be close. Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports hears it's a three-year deal with a fourth-year option and will carry around $27 million guaranteed. McGee, 31, registered a 3.61 ERA, 1.099 WHIP, and 58/16 K/BB ratio in 57 1/3 innings this past season with Colorado, tallying 20 holds and three saves. The left-hander figures to work in a setup role in 2018, with newcomer Bryan Shaw possibly serving as the Rockies' closer.
Dec 13 - 10:23 AM

Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that the Mets, Angels, and Brewers are on Ian Kinsler's no-trade list.

Which of course means he has the right to refuse a trade to any of those clubs, who have all expressed interest. Sherman says "it is believed only the Angels are a near-certain yes right now." Tigers general manager Al Avila indicated Tuesday at the Winter Meetings in Orlando that the club is close to moving Kinsler, but it could take some convincing if the Mets or Brewers are offering the better return package. There is also believed to be some level of interest from the Giants.
Dec 13 - 10:18 AM

Twins signed RHP Michael Pineda to a two-year, $10 million contract.

Pineda underwent Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery this past July and might not pitch in a live game in 2018, but he should be fully recovered by the start of spring training in 2019. The 28-year-old starter owns a 4.05 ERA, 1.19 WHIP, and 9.1 K/9 in 680 career major league innings. It's a nice gamble for Minnesota, even though the pay-off will require some patience.
Dec 13 - 9:47 AM

According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Diamondbacks are expected to meet with J.D. Martinez on Wednesday at the Winter Meetings.

Martinez also has a scheduled sit-down with the Red Sox, per previous reports. Heyman notes that the Diamondbacks' rumored interest in trading Zack Greinke could be about freeing up money to re-sign Martinez, who tallied 29 home runs and 65 RBI in 62 games down the stretch with Arizona in 2017. The 30-year-old slugger is said to be seeking a seven-year, $210 million contract.
Dec 13 - 9:40 AM

Shohei Ohtani has a first-degree sprain of the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow, according to a physical obtained by Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports.

A first-degree sprain is the least severe and this physical was distributed to MLB teams as soon as Ohtani entered the posting system, so there's no real reason for immediate panic. But further damage to the UCL could of course eventually lead to Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery. Ohtani underwent platelet-rich plasma treatment in October to address the discomfort that his damaged UCL was causing. He also has a "small free body" in the elbow, according to the report from Yahoo Sports, but the 23-year-old two-way Japanese star should be a full participant at the outset of Angels camp next spring.
Source: Yahoo Sports
Dec 12 - 11:01 PM

According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, the Rangers are offering "only marginal prospects" to the Diamondbacks for Zack Greinke.

Nightengale says the Rangers also want the Diamondbacks to pick up a portion of the $138.5 million that Greinke is owed over the next four years -- so this would basically be a salary dump. Arizona made it to the National League Division Series this past season and will be looking to go even further in 2018. It's a rumor that made very little sense from the get-go. Nightengale notes that the Rangers have been talking to the Diamondbacks about some of their other starting pitchers as well. Perhaps the clubs can work something out that doesn't involve Greinke, the fourth-place finisher in the 2017 National League Cy Young balloting.
Dec 12 - 10:46 PM




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