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Rangers pitching coach Mike Maddux said that Colby Lewis (elbow) is ahead of schedule and on target for a June 1 return.

Previous reports had indicated that the club wasn't expecting Lewis back until late June or July. Of course, the right-hander hasn't even begun throwing off a mound yet (he could do so the first week of March), so a lot can happen between now and June. Lewis is recovering from surgery to repair a torn flexor tendon in his right elbow.
Fri, Feb 15, 2013 10:36:00 AM

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

Angels signed INF Zack Cozart to a three-year, $38 million contract.

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic passed along the financials of the deal. Cozart has never played a position other than shortstop in the majors and is an excellent defender there, but he'll be the Angels' third baseman with Andrelton Simmons holding down shortstop. The Halos are going to have an excellent defense across the board in 2018. In addition to good glove work, Cozart broke out at the plate in 2017 with a .297/.385/.548 batting line and 24 home runs.
Dec 15 - 1:57 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Phillies have signed Carlos Santana to a three-year, $60 million contract.

MLB.com's Jesse Sanchez says the Phillies also have a $17.5 million club option for 2021. It's an odd fit on the surface, as it means either Rhys Hoskins or perhaps even Santana will play the outfield or Santana will move back third base and bump Maikel Franco from a starting job. Perhaps there will be a series of moves coming from Philly. Santana does give the Phillies a bona-fide bat, as he boasts a career .249/.365/.445 batting line and has averaged 24 homers per season in his seven full years. The Indians will now have to turn to Plan B at first base.
Dec 15 - 1:33 PM

Padres acquired SS Freddy Galvis from the Phillies for RHP Enyel De Los Santos.

The deal is now official after being reported earlier Friday. Galvis gives the Padres a steady presence at shortstop that they've been lacking and offers them a stopgap at the position until Fernando Tatis Jr. is ready. The 28-year-old batted .255/.309/.382 with 12 homers and 14 steals in 2017.
Dec 15 - 1:15 PM

Gerry Fraley of the Dallas Morning News reports that the Mets and Twins are showing interest in Mike Napoli.

Fraley points out that Napoli has connections to both franchises in general manager Thad Levine with Minnesota and manager Mickey Callaway with New York. He would give the Twins a designated hitter option and offer protection for Dominic Smith at first base. Napoli is 36 and batted only .193/.285/.428 in 2017, but he did sock 29 home and was playing through a torn ligament in his right hand, which he had surgically-repaired.
Dec 15 - 11:18 AM

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that Hector Rondon has agreed to a contract with the Astros.

SB Nation's Chris Cotillo says it's a two-year deal. Rondon was non-tendered by the Cubs after posting a 4.24 ERA this past season, but his velocity and strikeouts were fine. He did have elbow issues in the second half, but if he can stay healthy Rondon should bounce back with the Astros in 2018.
Dec 15 - 10:30 AM




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