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Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that while the Diamondbacks have been very aggressive shopping Justin Upton at the Winter Meetings, nobody has stepped up to give them a frontline shortstop.

The Rangers have been mentioned most frequently as a potential suitor for Upton, but they aren't interested in giving up either Elvis Andrus or Jurickson Profar. The Rangers' efforts to acquire Andrelton Simmons from the Braves and flip him to the D-Backs also went nowhere. Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com reported late Monday that the D-Backs were talking to the Mariners and speculated whether an offer of prospect right-hander Taijuan Walker and prospect shortstop Nick Franklin might be enough to get a deal done. Of course, it's not confirmed those names were actually discussed and the D-Backs remain underwhelmed.
Tue, Dec 4, 2012 10:38:00 AM

Matt Kemp went 2-for-2 with a three-run homer in the Dodgers’ 13-5 victory over the White Sox to begin Cactus League play.

Welcome back, Matt Kemp. The Dodgers reacquired the veteran outfielder in a swap of bad contracts with the Braves during the offseason. Most assumed the Dodgers wouldn’t keep him around for long, but he’s in the mix for playing time in left field and is clearly motivated to get back on track after being plagued with leg issues in 2017. He looks noticeably slimmer. Enrique Hernandez, another part of the left field competition, also went deep on Friday.
Feb 23 - 8:32 PM

Evan Drellich of NBC Sports Boston reports that the Red Sox' delayed introduction of J.D. Martinez could indicate a complication in his medical review.

Martinez's five-year, $110 million deal with the Red Sox was reported in the press on Monday but has still not been officially announced by the Red Sox. Drellich says an issue may have arisen in the team's medical-review process. He believes that even if this is true it is unlikely to nullify the agreement, although it could result in changes to the years or money involved. Red Sox manager Alex Cora couldn't say if Martinez was still in Fort Myers, where the Red Sox hold their spring training camp.
Feb 23 - 7:54 PM

Fernando Tatis Jr. belted a solo home run in a loss to the Mariners on Friday.

The 19-year-old hit a towering drive to the opposite field off reliever Shawn Armstrong in the eighth inning. Tatis leaped to the top of prospect lists by slugging .281/.390/.520 with 21 homers and 29 stolen bases in 117 games last year at the Single-A level.
Feb 23 - 7:36 PM

Tigers signed LHP Francisco Liriano to a one-year, $4 million contract.

The deal, which was first reported by Robert Murray of FanRag Sports, also contains a possible $1 million more in incentives. Liriano has posted an unsightly 5.05 ERA over the last two seasons and is now 34, but his velocity was fine in 2017 and the Tigers are risking little here on a modest one-year deal. He'll compete for a spot in the rotation.
Feb 23 - 4:13 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Twins "seem to prefer" Lance Lynn among the remaining free agent starting pitchers.

Heyman notes, however, that "there's still a gap in talks," with one Twins source telling him Lynn's asking price "hasn’t moved much, or enough, to this point." Minnesota seems to be content with their rotation for now after adding Jake Odorizzi, but they aren't ruling out addition upgrades if the cost reaches a certain level. Of course, many clubs would figure to have interest in Lynn if his demands drop significantly.
Feb 23 - 12:07 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that Carlos Gonzalez is a "possibility" for the White Sox and that there's "been some contact" with the Astros, as well.

CarGo would provide the White Sox with a much-needed power bat either in a corner outfield spot and/or the designated hitter slot. Of course, Chicago probably isn't going to contend anytime soon and if CarGo gets a short-term deal it makes it a curious fit. The Astros could use Gonzalez in a corner spot and/or DH, as well, and would make more sense as a destination on a one-year "pillow" contract. The Orioles are one team that's been connected to Gonzalez, although they might move on after signing Colby Rasmus. The Rockies also haven't ruled out re-signing CarGo.
Feb 23 - 11:30 AM

MLB.com's Jon Morosi said on MLB Network Thursday that the White Sox "could be a fit" for Mike Moustakas.

Morosi cautions that he's "not entirely sure how aggressively they are courting (Moustakas) right now" and also notes that general manager Rich Hahn told The Athletic this week that he's not really looking at any additions from outside the organization. However, Morosi was told by multiple executives that the White Sox "might be the most logical remaining fit" for Moustakas at this point. "Moose" hasn't been able to gain much traction in the market this offseason.
Feb 23 - 11:25 AM

Jonathan Schoop is dealing with bursitis in his left elbow.

Schoop banged the elbow on something and had to have it drained after it swelled up on him. He was scratched from Friday's lineup and the Orioles couldn't say for sure when he'll return to action, but it shouldn't be too long. It's the second baseman's non-throwing elbow.
Feb 23 - 10:46 AM

X-rays and an MRI on Matt Chapman's right hand came back negative.

Chapman has a bruised sesamoid bone in the hand and was given a cortisone shot to combat some inflammation, but he has no structural damage and should be fine. The third baseman figures to be ready for Cactus League action in short order.
Feb 23 - 10:04 AM

Brent Honeywell has been diagnosed with a torn right ulnar collateral ligament and it's been recommended he undergo Tommy John surgery.

The initial diagnosis for Honeywell was a strained right forearm, but as doctors looked at him further the bad news was discovered. It's obviously a huge bummer, as Honeywell is one of the best pitching prospects in the game and had been slated to play a big role with the Rays this season. He'll get a second opinion but plans to have surgery as soon as possible. Honeywell will obviously miss the entire 2018 season and will probably get a late start to 2019, as well.
Feb 23 - 8:31 AM

Pirates acquired OF Corey Dickerson from the Rays for RHP Daniel Hudson, INF Tristan Gray, and cash considerations.

Dickerson was designated for assignment by the Rays last weekend despite posting a decent .282/.325/.490 batting line with 27 home runs in 150 games last season. The 28-year-old will become the new starting left fielder in Pittsburgh, though he figures to get days off against left-handed opponents. Dickerson holds an .866 career OPS against righties and a .706 career OPS versus southpaws.
Feb 22 - 1:23 PM




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