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Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald reports that the Red Sox observed Bobby Abreu's workout in Venezuela as "nothing more than a scouting assignment."

Alex Speier of WEEI.com was first to report news of the Red Sox attending the workout. Lauber speculates that Abreu could make sense as a left-handed-hitting outfielder to split time in left field with Jonny Gomes, but it appears unlikely the Red Sox will ultimately sign him.
Tue, Jan 1, 2013 12:44:00 PM

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

Rangers acquired LHP Matt Moore and international signing bonus pool money from the Giants for minor league RHPs Sam Wolff and Israel Cruz.

The Giants wanted to unload Moore's $9 million 2018 salary to free up "resources to address our position player needs" according to general manager Bobby Evans. Moore was an elite prospect before flourishing in his first four major league seasons. His performance tailed off badly over the last three years and he can be viewed as a reclamation project for the Rangers. He went 6-15 with a 5.52 ERA in 174 1/3 innings for the Giants in 2017.
Dec 15 - 9:59 PM

John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle reports there is a deal in place to trade LHP Matt Moore to the Rangers for prospects.

The trade is subject to the players involved passing their physicals. No word yet on which prospects would be going to the Giants. Moore will make $9 million this coming season, with the Rangers holding a $10 million team option for 2019 ($750K buyout). Moore went 6-15 with a 5.52 ERA with the Giants in 2017.
Dec 15 - 7:28 PM

John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle hears the Giants are on the verge of trading LHP Matt Moore and/or Hunter Pence to free up payroll space.

He reports the deal is done pending a physical but there is no word on where they would be going nor what the Giants would get in return. Moore will make $9 million in 2018 and Pence is slated to draw $18.5 million in the coming season. Both players underperformed in 2017, so the club may not get much talent back in a trade with their main goal being a salary purge. The inference here is the Giants could be marshaling their resources to make a run for one of the top remaining free agents, possibly J.D. Martinez, Eric Hosmer, Mike Moustakas or Yu Darvish.
Dec 15 - 7:20 PM

Michael Silverman of the Boston Herald hears that free agent slugger J.D. Martinez prefers to play in the outfield rather than serve as a designated hitter.

This news may put a crimp in the efforts of his biggest suitor, the Boston Red Sox, who have a crowded outfield and would likely want Martinez to DH. The Red Sox have been vocal about their interest in the best hitter remaining on the market this winter. Only five players (Mike Trout, Joey Votto, Bryce Harper, Paul Goldschmidt and Josh Donaldson) have a better OPS over the last three seasons than Martinez's .943 mark. He slashed .303/.376/.690 with 45 homers and 104 RBI in just 119 games this year. He is reportedly asking for a $200 million contract and the Red Sox might have to pay him a bit extra to entice him to play DH. The Diamondbacks, Giants and Rockies are also believed to be angling for his services.
Dec 15 - 6:31 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Yankees and Pirates "are continuing to talk about Gerrit Cole."

Heyman says that Clint Frazier would likely be part of any package the Pirates would get for Cole, which backs up a previous report from the New York Post's George King. Cole is coming off a season when he held a 4.26 ERA and 196/55 K/BB ratio over 203 innings. He's under team control through 2019.
Dec 15 - 5:19 PM

Astros signed RHP Hector Rondon to a two-year, $8.5 million contract.

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic first reported the agreement earlier Friday and now has the particulars after Rondon passed a physical. Rondon had a disappointing 4.24 ERA in 2017, but his velocity was fine and he had a career-best 29.1 percent strikeout percentage. He'll help the Astros in a setup role if he can stay healthy.
Dec 15 - 3:14 PM




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