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FOX Sports' Jon Paul Morosi reports that the Brewers, Royals and Twins are among the teams who have contacted the Rangers to inquire about left-hander Derek Holland.

It's unlikely the Rangers would move Holland unless they are able to sign Zack Greinke. The 26-year-old southpaw signed a five-year, $28.5 million extension in March, so the asking price would be huge.
Wed, Dec 5, 2012 11:44:00 AM

Yordano Ventura has been killed in a car accident in his native Dominican Republic.

Christian Moreno of ESPN first reported the awful news, and the Royals have since confirmed it. Ventura's fellow countryman, Andy Marte, was killed in a separate accident, as well, in what has been a tragic morning for baseball. Ventura was just 25 years of age. Our thoughts go out to his family and friends.
Jan 22 - 11:04 AM

Rangers GM Jon Daniels said the team has opened extension talks with Yu Darvish.

Per MLB.com's T.R. Sullivan, the sides have had "a couple of conversations" but nothing serious. Darvish is entering the last year of a six-year, $56 million deal but is more focused on pitching than his contract negotiations. "It's not about my contract," said Darvish. "I want to see how my body reacts and how I do." Darvish went 7-5 with a 3.41 ERA last year in his return from Tommy John surgery.
Jan 21 - 11:26 PM

Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News reports free agent Tim Lincecum has no plans to retire.

Lincecum didn't look like he had much left in the tank last season but isn't ready to hang up his cleats just yet. The two-time Cy Young winner is still hoping to get another shot as a big-league starter, though a minor league deal is probably the best he can hope for. Lincecum logged a dismal 9.18 ERA over nine starts for the Angels last season. He turns 33 in June.
Jan 21 - 5:02 PM

Chris Cotillo of SB Nation reports that the Braves have agreed to a contract with free agent catcher Kurt Suzuki.

Financial terms of the deal have yet to be disclosed. The Braves have been on the hunt for an upgrade behind the plate, and the 33-year-old backstop will be a nice complement to incumbent Tyler Flowers. Suzuki hit .258/.301/.403 with eight homers and 49 RBI for the Twins in 2016.
Jan 21 - 11:19 AM

Rangers signed 1B James Loney to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

The deal will pay Loney $1 million if he makes the big league club. The 32-year-old slashed .265/.307/.397 with nine homers and 34 RBI in 366 plate appearances with the Mets in 2016. As it stands currently, the Rangers plan on rolling out a platoon of Ryan Rua and Jurickson Profar at first base.
Jan 20 - 9:29 PM

Padres signed RHP Trevor Cahill to a one-year, $1.75 million contract.

The 28-year-old right-hander reportedly had offers on the table from several other clubs, but chose the Padres because he believed they provided him the best chance of starting in the rotation. Pitching in the friendly confines of Petco Park is certainly a boost to his fantasy value as well. Cahill registered a 2.74 ERA, 1.28 WHIP and 66/35 K/BB ratio over 65 2/3 innings with the Cubs in 2016.
Jan 20 - 6:49 PM

ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that the Marlins are interested in adding a right-handed hitting first baseman and have discussed Chris Carter and Mark Reynolds, among others.

The Marlins have Justin Bour to start at first base against right-handers, but they'd like to add a bat to platoon with him. It seems likely that Carter will be seeking a full-time job following a 41-homer season, although his market has been very quiet to this point. Reynolds had a nice season in Colorado in 2016 (.282/.356/.450) but would surely be more receptive to a platoon role.
Jan 20 - 2:27 PM

Orioles re-signed DH/1B/OF Mark Trumbo to a three-year, $37.5 million contract.

The deal was reported Thursday and is now official after Trumbo passed his physical. Jim Bowden of ESPN and Sirius XM adds that the contract also includes a limited no-trade clause that allows Trumbo to block a deal to seven teams. Trumbo was reportedly asking for $80 million just last month, but the market for power this winter simply hasn't been nearly as robust as the free agents had hoped. He will be the Orioles' primary designated hitter, although it's possible he could play some right field and first base.
Jan 20 - 11:04 AM

Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram was told by a Rangers official that the club expects Tyson Ross (thoracic outlet surgery) to make his season debut in May or June.

General manager Jon Daniels didn't provide a timetable on when he thinks Ross might return from last October's thoracic outlet surgery, but the goal is to have the righty healthy down the stretch next season. In other words, fantasy owners would be wise not to expect much, if anything, from Ross in the first half of 2017. Given the shaky history of thoracic outlet surgery patients and uncertain timetable, Ross makes for a high-upside but risky fantasy proposition in the upcoming season.
Jan 20 - 10:38 AM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Angels have agreed to a deal with free agent infielder Luis Valbuena, pending a physical.

The financial details aren't yet available, but Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register writes that it's likely a two-year deal with a club option. Venezuelan reporter Efraín Zavarce originally reported that the deal was close. As things stand right now, Valbuena would give the Angels a left-handed bat off the bench and an insurance policy between third base, second base, and first base, though he could carve out a bigger role if the club shops C.J. Cron. It's also worth noting that third baseman Yunel Escobar and second baseman Danny Espinosa are due to become free agents after 2017. He's quality roster depth at the very least.
Jan 19 - 10:16 PM

Josh Johnson is retiring from baseball, according to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com.

That's a shame. It's ultimately not all that surprising, as his body simply hasn't cooperated with him. Johnson has dealt with all sorts of injuries for a few years and hasn't pitched in a major league game since 2013. He underwent a third Tommy John surgery in September of 2015, but wasn't able to make his way back. While the injuries have overshadowed things in recent years, it's easy to forget that Johnson was one of the game's best starting pitchers for a stretch. He made two All-Star appearances during his nine-year career and led the NL with a 2.30 ERA in 2010. He'll finish his career with a 58-45 record to go along with a 3.40 ERA (124 ERA+) and 915 strikeouts in 998 innings.
Jan 19 - 8:17 PM




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