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Nationals re-signed LHP Zach Duke to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Duke posted a 1.32 ERA in 13 2/3 innings for the Nationals this summer after joining the big-league roster as a September call-up. He will presumably compete for a spot in the Washington bullpen at spring training.
Mon, Dec 3, 2012 03:09:00 PM

Braves released 1B Adrian Gonzalez.

Gonzalez was acquired from the Dodgers over the weekend in a swap which largely consisted of bad contracts, but he was never expected to stick around. The 35-year-old was limited to just 71 games in 2017 due to a back issue while batting just .242/.287/.355 with three homers in 252 plate appearances. The Braves will cover his $22.357 million salary in 2018, so it won't cost much to take a chance on him. However, his days as a regular could be over.
Dec 18 - 3:36 PM

Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com reports that Christian Yelich is "unhappy" with the recent trades by the Marlins, but he plans to have a discussion with the front office before assessing his future with the team.

It doesn't come as a big surprise that he's upset. Yelich posted a "thinking face emoji" on his Twitter account after the Stanton trade, an indication that he was perturbed about what he was seeing. Yelich plans to have a conversation with team president Michael Hill this week because he's trying to be "respectful" of the organization, but it could be a few years before they are legitimate contenders again. The Marlins don't appear to be actively shopping Yelich, but moving him could go a long way toward putting them on the right track in their rebuild process. According to Crasnick, the Diamondbacks, Phillies, and Braves are among the clubs who have contacted the Marlins in recent days. Yelich, 26, is guaranteed $44.5 million through 2021 and his contract includes a club option for 2022.
Source: ESPN.com
Dec 18 - 3:01 PM

According to LaVelle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Twins players and front office members "are speaking more optimistically" about Yu Darvish "than they ever have" about top free-agent targets.

The Twins don't typically spend big money on free agents, but general manager Thad Levine (who has a history with the free agent starter from Texas) has previously called Darvish "a priority" while manager Paul Molitor said at the Winter Meetings last week that the club has "tremendous interest" in him. It's easy to see why, as the Twins have an excellent young core of position players and need a pitcher like Darvish to take them to the next level. The question is whether they'll be able to compete with the sort of offers he's likely to receive. No resolution appears imminent, as one Twins official believes that it could be another month before Darvish signs.
Dec 18 - 1:35 PM

According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, the Giants "have keen interest" in acquiring Rays third baseman Evan Longoria.

Nightengale adds that the Rays would have to take one of the Giants' high-salary veterans like Denard Span or Hunter Pence (who has a full no-trade clause) in order for a deal to work. Span is owed $9 million in 2018, with a $4 million buyout on a $12 million option for 2019. Meanwhile, Pence is owed $18.5 million in 2018 in the final year of his contract. It might seem odd that the Rays would be bringing back salary in a trade, but they could consider it to get out under Longoria's contract while also bringing some prospects back. The Cardinals are among the other clubs who have been connected to Longoria, who is coming off a disappointing .737 OPS and is still owed $86 million through 2022.
Dec 18 - 1:09 PM

According to Craig Mish of Sirius XM, J.T. Realmuto has requested a trade from the Marlins.

The Marlins have already sold off a number of high-profile pieces and Realmuto would presumably prefer to go to a place where he has a better chance to win. Requesting a trade doesn't mean it will happen, but it could be the best outcome for both parties. Realmuto turns 27 in March and is under team control for three more seasons, so he could bring back an impressive haul. As opposed to some of the other deals, a trade involving Realmuto would be about bringing back top prospects rather than shedding salary. Realmuto batted .278/.332/.451 with 17 homers, 65 RBI, and eight steals over 141 games this past season.
Dec 18 - 10:55 AM

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that trade offers for Manny Machado "improved over the weekend" and that a decision about a trade likely will come this week.

The idea of a Machado trade is moving closer to reality, with Buster Olney of ESPN reporting that the Diamondbacks and White Sox were showing the most interest in a deal as of Saturday morning. Of course, it's possible other teams have moved to the forefront since then. The Cardinals are a logical fit, but it's unclear whether they'd give up the pieces necessary for someone who is one year away from free agency. Either way, with this much interest, the Orioles should soon find something they are satisfied with here.
Source: The Athletic
Dec 18 - 10:20 AM

The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal reports the Brewers and free agent starter Yovani Gallardo are in agreement on a deal.

Gallardo was the Brewers' second-round pick in 2004 and had some really strong years at the top of Milwaukee's rotation. Things have gone less well in recent years, as the 31-year-old has bounced around American League clubs with little success. This past season, he posted a 5.72 ERA in 130 2/3 innings for the Mariners before the team declined his option last month. No terms of the deal were immediately available.
Dec 16 - 5:53 PM

Bruce Levine of CBS Chicago hears the Cubs are showing interest in free agent Yu Darvish.

Their interest makes sense, as the team is bracing for the loss of free agent starters Jake Arrieta and John Lackey and still has designs on vying for a World Series title in 2018. Darvish's case is an interesting one, as a few years ago he was set for a big payday this winter before Tommy John surgery and some shaky outings down the stretch last season muddied the water. Still, the 31-year-old is near the top of the list of free agent starters available, and the Dodgers, Astros and Twins, among others, are believed to be in competition for the right-hander as well.
Source: CBS Chicago
Dec 16 - 5:00 PM

Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that the Braves plan to designate Adrian Gonzalez for assignment.

The only reason that Gonzalez waived his no-trade clause to be included in the Matt Kemp deal, is that the Braves' promised him that he would become a free agent once the deal was completed. The 35-year-old is expected to be fully healthy for spring training, but will now have to find another team willing to give him a shot.
Dec 16 - 2:51 PM

Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports that the Dodgers have acquired outfielder Matt Kemp from the Braves in exchange for Adrian Gonzalez, Scott Kazmir, Brandon McCarthy, Charlie Culberson and cash considerations.

Wow. The Braves needed to clear a spot in their outfield for top prospect Ronald Acuna, and this takes care of that problem. The 33-year-old outfielder is owed $43.5 million over the final two seasons of his contract, which explains why the Braves had to take back some bad contracts in the mega deal. It's the first major trade that Alex Anthopoulos has made since taking over as the Braves' general manager.
Source: MLB.com
Dec 16 - 2:44 PM

Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reports that the Yankees have agreed to a one-year, $10 million contract with CC Sabathia.

The deal is pending a physical. It will be the 10th season spent in New York for the 37-year-old southpaw who posted a 3.69 ERA and 1.27 WHIP in a resurgent 2017 season. He give the Yankees much needed depth in the starting rotation, but it's likely they'll still be in the market for additional arms despite this signing.
Dec 16 - 12:47 PM




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