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David Wright (intercostal) will DH in a minor league game Tuesday.

Good news. Wright has picked up the intensity of his workouts in recent days and hasn't experienced any setbacks with his strained intercostal muscle. The Mets are testing him on the minor league side first so they could backdate a potential stint on the disabled list, but he appears to be on track for Opening Day.
Tue, Mar 26, 2013 11:58:00 AM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Blue Jays and Jose Bautista's reps are discussing a one-year contract with a mutual option for 2018.

Rosenthal reported this morning that the two sides were working toward a two-year agreement worth something close to $35-40 million, but it seems the Jays have backed away from all that cash being guaranteed. It's not like there are a ton of other bidders lining up with multi-year deals. Bautista battled injuries last season and finished with a relatively disappointing .817 OPS, 22 homers, and 69 RBI in 116 games. 2017 will be his age-36 campaign.
Jan 16 - 3:11 PM

According to FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal, the Phillies have signed outfielder Michael Saunders to a one-year, $9 million contract with an $11 million club option for 2018.

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports was first to report news of the agreement, and now Rosenthal brings the financial terms. It's a pretty good buy-low on a guy who made the American League All-Star team in 2016 before stumbling badly in the second half. He still finished with 24 home runs and an .815 OPS. Saunders, a left-handed batter, should draw regular starts in the corner outfield with Philadelphia and could offer some value in deeper fantasy leagues.
Jan 16 - 2:31 PM

Royals signed LHP Danny Duffy to a five-year, $65 million contract extension.

Duffy filed at $8 million last week in his final turn through salary arbitration, with the Royals countering at $7.25 million. He would have been a free agent next winter and probably could have tried for much more than $65 million with another good season. But for a guy who's been somewhat inconsistent in his six-year MLB career, this is a life-changing amount of financial security. The 28-year-old left-hander delivered a sharp 3.51 ERA, 1.14 WHIP, and 188/42 K/BB ratio across 179 2/3 innings for Kansas City in 2016. The contract has no club or player options, nor does it carry no-trade provisions.
Jan 16 - 1:51 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Astros have "remained in contact with the Athletics on Sonny Gray."

Houston has been looking to add a front-line starter via trade since the offseason began. Gray did not pitch like a front-line guy in 2016 (5.69 ERA in 22 starts), but he was a legitimate ace from 2013-2015 and the 27-year-old right-hander is under contractual control through 2019. It's going to take a significant package of young talent to pluck him away from Oakland. Houston does have the talent to give, and an obvious rotation need.
Jan 16 - 1:09 PM

Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak said Sunday that the club has considered a contract extension for Yadier Molina.

Molina is set to make $14 million in 2017 and the two sides have a $15 million mutual option for 2018. The catcher will turn 35 at midseason this year, but the Cardinals and Molina would both surely like to work something out to where the seven-time All-Star can retire as a Cardinal. Molina's Gold Glove streak was snapped at eight last season, but he had his best offensive season (.307/.360/.427) in a few years while leading all catchers with 142 starts behind the plate.
Jan 15 - 12:37 PM

According to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe, the Dodgers view Ian Kinsler as a possible fallback option if the team is unable to acquire Brian Dozier.

The Dodgers have been linked to Dozier for quite some time but Cafardo is hearing the Twins are "having second thoughts" about moving him. Kinsler enjoyed a power surge last season, ripping 28 home runs while contributing a stellar .484 slugging percentage. The Tigers are looking to shed payroll and getting Kinsler's $11 million salary off the books would certainly accomplish that. The four-time All-Star has two years remaining on his current contract.
Source: Boston Globe
Jan 14 - 11:51 PM

Jake Arrieta was noncommittal when asked about his future with the Cubs.

Arrieta is in the final year of his contract and doesn't sound overly optimistic about signing an extension. "If it happens, it happens," said Arrieta. "I don’t know where we stand. I really don’t. We do have some time to maybe work something out. If it doesn’t, I will become a free agent." Arrieta had another outstanding year in 2016, though his growing walk rate is a cause for concern. He turns 31 in March.
Source: CBS Chicago
Jan 14 - 7:39 PM

Russell Martin will play shortstop for Team Canada in the World Baseball Classic.

Martin caught some flak for skipping out on the last WBC, but this time he's willing to do whatever he can to help Team Canada. Apparently that includes playing a new position. Martin has made 19 big-league appearances at third base and four at second base but has never played an inning of shortstop. "You go ahead and put me wherever you want," said Martin. Ryan Dempster, Freddie Freeman, Eric Gagne (seriously) and Justin Morneau are also slated to suit up for Team Canada in the WBC.
Jan 14 - 6:31 PM

Freddie Freeman will play for Team Canada in the World Baseball Classic.

Freeman had been leaning that way but Sportsnet's Shi Davidi confirmed it on Saturday. He'll be joined on Team Canada by former big leaguers Ryan Dempster and Eric Gagne. Free agent Michael Saunders is also hoping to play but won't commit until he signs a contract. James Paxton and Jameson Taillon are both passing on the WBC.
Jan 14 - 5:39 PM

According to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe, free agent Carl Crawford has "pretty much called it a career."

Cafardo was told by a Dodgers official that the 35-year-old is ready to hang up his cleats. Crawford has been out of the league since getting let go by the Dodgers last June. Assuming this is it for Crawford, the four-time All-Star will finish his career with a .290 average, 136 HR, 766 RBI and 480 steals over 1,716 MLB appearances. He played for three teams—the Rays, Red Sox and Dodgers—throughout his 15-year career.
Source: Boston Globe
Jan 14 - 4:42 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Brewers are nearing a deal with Neftali Feliz.

Feliz rebuilt his value by having a nice season with the Pirates in 2016 in which he posted a 3.52 ERA, 1.14 WHIP and 61/21 K/BB ratio across 53 2/3 innings. Given the current state of the Brewers' bullpen, it wouldn't be surprising to see Feliz get a real shot at the closer's role. The 28-year-old owns 99 career saves, including seasons of 40 and 32 saves with the Rangers in 2010 and 2011.
Jan 14 - 1:16 PM




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