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Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com reports that right-hander Vicente Padilla has agreed to a one-year, $3.25 million contract with the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks of Japan's Pacific League.

It's easy to see why he jumped at the opportunity, as it's unlikely that he received a comparable offer stateside. Padilla, 35, posted a 4.50 ERA and 51/15 K/BB ratio over 50 innings last season as a reliever with the Red Sox. There's a decent chance he could resurface in the majors after 2013.
Wed, Jan 16, 2013 10:55:00 AM

Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports that the Phillies are moving toward an agreement with free agent reliever Tommy Hunter.

Gelb adds that the Phillies do not have a deal in place with Addison Reed, contrary to multiple reports. It sounds like their primary target was Hunter all along. The 31-year-old right-hander registered an excellent 2.61 ERA, 0.97 WHIP, and 64/14 K/BB ratio over 58 2/3 innings with the Rays in 2017. Joel Sherman of the New York Post says it'll be a two-year deal.
Dec 12 - 8:32 PM

According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Royals are "getting many, many hits" on starter Danny Duffy.

Kansas City seems headed for an aggressive organizational rebuild, so Duffy could be on the move this winter even after inking a five-year, $65 million contract extension just 11 months ago. There is known to be some level of interest from the Cubs. Duffy, 28, registered a 3.81 ERA, 1.257 WHIP, and 130/41 K/BB ratio across 146 1/3 innings (24 starts) this past season for the Royals. He underwent surgery in October to remove a loose body from his left elbow but is expected to be 100 percent by the beginning of spring training.
Dec 12 - 8:08 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports confirms that the Rockies have signed reliever Bryan Shaw.

ESPN's Buster Olney says it's a three-year deal worth "something in the range of $9 million annually." Shaw has never held a closer job, but he has tallied at least one save in each of the last six seasons and the Rockies could try him in that role in 2018 with Greg Holland departing as a free agent. Shaw, 30, boasts a 3.13 career ERA in 446 1/3 major league innings and he led all MLB pitchers in appearances in 2017. It's a nice addition for the Colorado bullpen.
Dec 12 - 8:00 PM

MLB.com's T.R. Sullivan writes that the Rangers are talking to the Diamondbacks about their starting pitchers and "Zack Greinke could be in play."

That news comes as a pretty big surprise, as the Diamondbacks made it back to the playoffs in 2017 due in large part to Greinke's excellent 3.20 ERA, 1.07 ERA, and 215/45 K/BB ratio in 202 1/3 regular-season innings. Greinke does carry a massive contract that will pay him $138.5 million over the next four seasons and he turned 34 years old in October, but Arizona is expected to add, not subtract, this winter. Maybe the Rangers are offering MLB-ready talent in return, or maybe there's nothing to this story at all.
Dec 12 - 7:55 PM

According to Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the Orioles are among the teams that have asked the Pirates about Gerrit Cole.

We've also heard of varying levels of interest from the Brewers, Rangers, Twins, and Yankees. Cole posted a disappointing 4.26 ERA in 203 innings this past season with Pittsburgh, but the 27-year-old had a 3.23 ERA in 579 1/3 innings between 2013-2016 and he is under club control through 2019. Baltimore is exploring several different avenues for starting pitching upgrades after the rotation registered a league-worst 5.70 combined ERA in 2017.
Dec 12 - 6:55 PM

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Cardinals have spoken to the Blue Jays about a Josh Donaldson trade at this week's Winter Meetings.

Rosenthal says there is no indication that a deal is close and adds that the Blue Jays are "seemingly bullish" about keeping Donaldson and making other upgrades to their roster for 2018. St. Louis has been connected to just about every impact bat on the trade market this winter, including Marcell Ozuna and Christian Yelich of the Marlins and Manny Machado of the Orioles. The Cardinals also made a serious run at Giancarlo Stanton before he used his no-trade clause to force a move to the Yankees.
Dec 12 - 6:43 PM

ESPN's Buster Olney reports that the Yankees are among the teams that have shown interest in Orioles star Manny Machado.

The rich get even richer? New York just acquired Giancarlo Stanton from the Marlins, but that trade required more of a financial commitment than a haul of young talent and the Yankees still have a loaded farm system to pull off this kind of deal. Olney says the White Sox are also interested in Machado, and the Cardinals are known to be in the hunt as well. Machado has averaged 35 home runs and 92 RBI per year since 2015 and he's a tremendous defender at both shortstop and third base, but he can become a free agent after the 2018 season.
Dec 12 - 6:22 PM

According to ESPN's Jerry Crasnick, the trade market for Domingo Santana is "not as brisk as Milwaukee might have hoped."

Santana broke out with an .875 OPS, 30 home runs, 85 RBI, 15 stolen bases, and 88 runs scored in 151 games this past season for the Brewers, but his defensive ratings in the outfield are extremely poor and there was some hope in the Milwaukee front office that a sell-high move could be made this winter. It sounds like that won't happen. Santana, 25, is under the Brewers' control through 2021.
Dec 12 - 6:18 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that J.D. Martinez will meet with the Red Sox "and others" at the Winter Meetings this week in Orlando.

Martinez is scheduled to arrive at the Swan and Dolphin Hotel on Tuesday night and he'll presumably stick around through the end of the day on Wednesday. The 30-year-old slugger is likely to command one of the richest position-player contracts on the free agent market this winter after batting .303/.376/.690 with 45 home runs and 104 RBI in 119 games between the Tigers and Diamondbacks in 2017. He'd make a ton of sense for Boston.
Dec 12 - 6:10 PM

Tigers GM Al Avila strongly indicated Tuesday that the club is close to trading Ian Kinsler.

"We’ve gotten to the point where names have been exchanged," Avila said. "We just can’t agree." There is reported interest from the Mets and Angels, and there could very well be other teams in this hunt. Kinsler, 35, batted .236/.313/.412 with 22 homers and 14 steals over 139 games this past season for the Tigers while playing strong defense at second base. He's owed $11 million in 2018 -- the final year of his current deal.
Dec 12 - 5:21 PM

Red Sox manager Alex Cora said Tuesday that he will consider using Craig Kimbrel in non-save situations next season.

If a higher-leverage situation presents itself earlier in the game -- say, the seventh or eighth inning -- the new Boston skipper said he might deploy Kimbrel without worrying about his closer's saves total. It's a smart baseball strategy, though it could obviously present some frustrating days and nights for fantasy owners. Kimbrel dominated to the tune of a 1.43 ERA, 0.68 WHIP, and 126/14 K/BB ratio in 69 innings this past season.
Source: ESPN.com
Dec 12 - 5:15 PM




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