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Cardinals optioned RHP Michael Blazek to Triple-A Memphis.

Blazek, 24, wasn't expected to make the club this spring due to the team's bullpen depth anyway, so he'll return to Triple-A Memphis, where he made two appearances last season. Overall, Blazek had a 4.43 ERA between Double-A and Triple-A in 2012.
Sat, Mar 16, 2013 04:40:00 PM

SB Nation's Chris Cotillo reports that the Angels showed interest in Cardinals second baseman Kolten Wong at the Winter Meetings.

Cotillo adds, however, that the Cardinals are "asking a lot" and "unlikely to move him" this offseason. Wong batted just .240/.327/.355 with five home runs and seven stolen bases in 121 games this past year for St. Louis, but he plays good defense and remains an intriguing all-around talent at age 26. It doesn't make much sense for the Cardinals to sell low. Lock him in as their starter at the keystone for 2017.
Dec 8 - 3:21 PM

According to USA Today's Bob Nightengale, the Rockies "remain deeply involved in talks for free agent Mark Trumbo."

It echoes a recent report from FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal, who suggested Wednesday that the Rockies are not done spending despite handing out a five-year, $70 million contract to Ian Desmond at the Winter Meetings. Trumbo led the majors in homers this past year with 47 and his bat would obviously fit well at Coors Field, though there are defensive limitations. He'd have to play a lot of first base in the National League, and it's scary to imagine him trying to cover any ground in the Colorado outfield. What the Rockies really need is pitching.
Dec 8 - 2:55 PM

According to MLB.com's Joe Frisaro, free agent Neftali Feliz is a "candidate" for the Marlins.

That might be the fallback plan if the Marlins aren't able to wrangle in Kenley Jansen. Feliz posted a nice 3.52 ERA, 1.137 WHIP, and 61/21 K/BB ratio in 53 2/3 innings this summer out of the Pirates' bullpen. He's also said to be drawing open-market interest from the Nationals, Blue Jays, and Padres.
Dec 8 - 1:36 PM

Jake Arrieta's agent Scott Boras said he plans to discuss a contract extension with the Cubs in January.

The two sides will meet at that point to sort out Arrieta's salary for 2017, his final year of arbitration. It's possible (though probably not likely) that they go ahead and work out something long term instead. Arrieta, 30, posted a 3.10 ERA, 1.08 WHIP, and 190/76 K/BB ratio in 197 1/3 regular-season innings this summer for the Cubs before helping the franchise to its first World Series title since 1908. He's due a big raise from the $10.7 million he made in 2016.
Dec 8 - 1:11 PM

MASN's Mark Zuckerman reports that the Nationals have discussed David Robertson with the White Sox.

Washington missed out on Aroldis Chapman, who has agreed to an $86 million contract with the Yankees, and might be finding Kenley Jansen's asking price too high. Robertson posted an underwhelming 3.47 ERA over 62 1/3 innings this past season for Chicago, but he still has good swing-and-miss stuff and the Nationals seem desperate to acquire a late-inning reliever of some sort. There could certainly be a match here. Robertson, 31, is owed $12 million in 2017 and $13 million in 2018.
Source: MASN
Dec 8 - 12:08 PM

Padres acquired RHP Miguel Diaz from the Twins for RHP Justin Haley and a player to be named later or cash considerations.

It's part of an ultra-confusing three-team swap that came immediately after Thursday morning's Rule 5 Draft. Just know that the Twins selected Diaz from the Brewers with the No. 1 overall pick and that he will ultimately wind up in San Diego, where the 22-year-old right-hander has a pretty good path to a rotation or bullpen spot. Diaz registered a 3.71 ERA, 1.18 WHIP, and 91/29 K/BB ratio across 94 2/3 innings this past season at Low-A Wisconsin.
Dec 8 - 11:52 AM

Mike Puma of the New York Post says there is a "limited market" at the moment for Jay Bruce.

Puma adds that the Rangers and Blue Jays -- two possible trade partners for Bruce -- have shown only "minimal interest" so far. Bruce struggled down the stretch with New York after an August 1 trade from Cincinnati, batting just .219/.294/.391 with eight home runs in 50 games. He is owed $13 million in 2017 on the final year of his current deal.
Dec 8 - 9:50 AM

Cardinals GM John Mozeliak indicated Wednesday that he will not trade Alex Reyes.

"Alex has such high value we would have had to have been overwhelmed to do something," said Mozeliak, in reference to this week's wild trade market. "And perhaps the way to think about it is maybe we didn’t have the next tier that was good enough to compete with some of the names that are being bantered about. So we have that gap." Reyes is certainly the Cardinals' most prized prospect, having registered a 1.57 ERA with 52 strikeouts over his first 46 major league innings in 2016. He should open the 2017 season as a member of the St. Louis rotation.
Dec 8 - 8:40 AM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports the Nationals are "making a push" for Kenley Jansen.

It looked like a two-team race between the Dodgers and Marlins just a bit ago, but the Nats were in serious pursuit of Aroldis Chapman before he signed with the Yankees and remain desperate for a dominant late-inning arm. Jansen may try to top Chapman's five-year, $86 million agreement with New York. The right-hander posted a ridiculous 1.83 ERA, 0.67 WHIP, and 104/11 K/BB ratio in 68 2/3 innings this past year for the Dodgers.
Dec 8 - 8:12 AM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Yankees have agreed to terms with Aroldis Chapman on a five-year, $86 million contract.

Mark Melancon set a new record for a reliever contract earlier this week with his $62 million deal, but Chapman's contract obviously blows it out of the water. Rosenthal says the deal includes an opt-out after the first three years, a full no-trade clause for the first three years and a limited no-trade for the final two years. ESPN's Marly Rivera said the limited no-trade portion stipulates that Chapman can't be dealt to a team in California. Chapman will return to being the Yankees' closer, with Dellin Betances moving back to a setup role.
Dec 7 - 11:41 PM

Jon Morosi of FOX Sports reports that the Rangers continue to be in touch with Edwin Encarnacion.

The Rangers apparently haven't given up hope on landing a deal with Encarnacion, but USA Today's Bob Nightengale has reported that the finances might not line up here. Stay tuned. The Indians have also been linked to Encarnacion, while Blue Jays general manager Ross Atkins indicated earlier on Wednesday that the team's path to re-signing their veteran slugger is less than evident at this juncture. EE's market really hasn't developed yet. He'll get paid by somebody.
Dec 7 - 8:12 PM




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