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Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com reports that the Red Sox and Rangers are pursuing Adam LaRoche.

Morosi notes that LaRoche, unsurprisingly, is "garnering enough interest" that he will decline the Nationals' $13.3 million qualifying offer. The Nats would like to bring the first baseman back, but it appears that they'll have some competition for his services. LaRoche hit 33 homers and drove in 100 runs for the Nats this season.
Wed, Nov 7, 2012 10:24:00 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Cubs have re-signed Brian Duensing to a two-year, $7 million contract.

It's a relatively inexpensive deal for a guy who registered a 2.74 ERA and 61/18 K/BB ratio over 62 1/3 innings of relief last season. Heyman says Duensing had more lucrative offers from other teams "but liked the Cubs experience so much he wanted to return." The 34-year-old will continue operating as a lefty specialist for the reigning National League Central champs.
Jan 17 - 9:47 AM

Mets signed OF Jay Bruce to a three-year, $39 million contract.

The deal was agreed to last week and then finalized on Tuesday evening after Bruce passed his physical. He'll be introduced -- or rather reintroduced -- at a press conference Wednesday at Citi Field. The 30-year-old slugger batted .254/.324/.508 with 36 home runs and 101 RBI in 146 games last season between New York and Cleveland before entering a relatively unkind free agent market. He projects to hit near the heart of the Mets' batting order in 2018, with everyday starts coming between the two corner outfield spots and first base.
Jan 16 - 8:45 PM

Christian Yelich's agent told Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com on Tuesday that his client's relationship with the Marlins is "irretrievably broken."

Yelich expressed surprise and disappointment last month when the Marlins moved Giancarlo Stanton and Marcell Ozuna, and now his trade request has become more of a trade demand. "The relationship between player and team is irretrievably broken," the agent, Joe Longo, said Tuesday. "It's soured. He's part of the old ownership regime. The new ownership regime needs to get new parts into this plan and move forward, and he needs to get on with his career where he's got a chance to win. The big issue is him winning and winning now." Yelich, 26, has drawn interest from the Nationals, Blue Jays, Giants, Phillies, Braves, and Rangers, but Miami's asking price is said to be sky high.
Source: ESPN.com
Jan 16 - 7:22 PM

Ichiro Suzuki may consider returning to Japan for the 2018 season, per his agent John Boggs.

Boggs told Barry Bloom of MLB.com that he had extensive conversations earlier this winter with the Mariners and Padres, but both clubs have since moved on. Other teams have asked Boggs to "check back" closer to spring training. Ichiro, a certain first-ballot Hall of Famer, has racked up 3,080 major league hits since arriving from the Orix Buffaloes in 2001. But he batted just .255/.318/.332 in 136 games with the Marlins last year at age 43. And he turned 44 in October.
Source: MLB.com
Jan 16 - 6:36 PM

Hunter Pence will move to left field for the Giants in 2018, with newcomer Andrew McCutchen taking over in right.

Giants manager Bruce Bochy made that announcement during a conference call with the media on Tuesday afternoon, and it's the most ideal defensive alignment for all of the parties involved. Gorkys Hernandez and Steven Duggar are currently the in-house options for center field, but the Giants probably aren't done adding. They have been linked to free agent center fielders like Jarrod Dyson, Lorenzo Cain, Cameron Maybin, and Jon Jay.
Jan 16 - 4:13 PM

In a statement released to The Athletic on Tuesday, Pirates infielder Josh Harrison said that he'd prefer to be traded if the Pirates don't expect to contend in 2018 or 2019.

Harrison sees which way the wind is blowing after the recent trades of Gerrit Cole and Andrew McCutchen. "If indeed the team does not expect to contend this year or next, perhaps it would be better for all involved, that I also am traded," Harrison said in part of the statement. "I want what is best for the organization that gave me a chance to be a Big Leaguer." The versatile 30-year-old is owed $10 million in 2018, with a $10.5 million club option (or $1 million buyout) for 2019 and an $11.5 million club option (or $500,000 buyout) for 2020. Rosenthal writes that the Mets, Yankees, and Brewers are among the teams with reported interest in Harrison. If the Pirates don't feel they are getting fair value, they could easily hold and wait until the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline.
Source: The Athletic
Jan 16 - 2:09 PM

According to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN, the Giants have Jarrod Dyson as their top non-Lorenzo Cain free agent option for center field.

Dyson is followed by Jon Jay and Cameron Maybin on the Giants' list. The club acquired Andrew McCutchen from the Pirates on Monday and haven't officially ruled him out for center field, but the speedy Dyson is obviously the superior defender. The 33-year-old batted .251/.324/.350 with five home runs, 30 RBI, and 28 steals over 11 games with the Mariners last season.
Jan 16 - 11:19 AM

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Blue Jays have signed Curtis Granderson to a one-year, $5 million contract.

The deal is pending a physical and also includes incentives. Granderson will turn 37 in March and really struggled down the stretch with the Dodgers last season, finishing with a .212/.323/.452 batting line. However, he did pop 26 home runs and still draws plenty of walks. He'll be used in left or right field (or both) against right-handed pitching.
Jan 15 - 9:10 PM

Twins signed RHP Addison Reed to a two-year, $16.75 million contract.

The deal was reported on Saturday and is now official. Reed is expected to enter the season as a setup man for Fernando Rodney, although it's certainly conceivable that he could find himself in the closer role at some point. The 29-year-old reliever held a 2.84 ERA, 1.05 WHIP and 76/15 K/BB ratio across 76 innings between the Mets and Red Sox in 2017.
Jan 15 - 5:41 PM

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Pirates are signing Felipe Rivero to a four-year contract extension with club options for 2022 and 2023.

The new contract buys out all of the closer's arbitration years and potentially two free agent years. Rosenthal says Rivero will be guaranteed at least $22 million in the deal and that the options are each worth $10 million. It's a bit of good news for Pirates fans on a day when they traded franchise icon Andrew McCutchen to the Giants. Rivero has emerged as one of the elite relievers in the game, having put up a 1.67 ERA and 88/20 K/BB ratio over 75 1/3 innings in 2017.
Jan 15 - 5:38 PM

Yadier Molina said Monday that he plans to retire after his contract runs out following the 2020 season.

The three-year, $60 million contract extension Molina signed just before Opening Day last season begins this year. He will be 38 when that deal runs out, so it's not a surprise that he plans to hang up his cleats at that point. Molina has remained a workhorse behind the plate even in his mid-30s and is coming off a solid offensive season that saw him bat .273/.312/.439 with 18 homers and 82 RBI. Carson Kelly will be Yadi's backup this season and the Cardinals could steadily increase his playing time during the course of Molina's deal.
Jan 15 - 4:24 PM




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