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Ryan Howard (groin) is out of Phillies' lineup again Saturday against the Cardinals.

It's the second straight game Howard has missed, but the injury isn't believed to be a major concern. John Mayberry will replace him at first base Saturday, while Domonic Brown has returned to the lineup in left field.
Sat, Apr 20, 2013 03:16:00 PM

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

Twins selected RHP Miguel Diaz from the Brewers with the No. 1 pick in the Rule 5 Draft.

Minnesota is now expected to flip Diaz, possibly to San Diego. The 22-year-old right-hander 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. Such a lack of high-level experience would seemingly make it difficult for Diaz to cling to an MLB roster spot in 2017, but the Padres are one team that could carry him along in the hope of a swift development.
Dec 8 - 9:14 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

According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Royals "haven't felt overwhelmed by offers" for outfielder Jarrod Dyson.

Probably because the guy is a .260/.325/.353 career hitter in the major leagues and due to become a free agent next winter. Dyson plays great defense and has tremendous speed, but the Royals can't expect to get much talent in return. They might just hold on to Dyson, per Heyman, in the event a realistic trade partner can be found for Lorenzo Cain. Dyson was known to be drawing interest from the Orioles, Athletics, Rangers, and Cardinals.
Dec 7 - 8:08 PM

Travis Wood's agent Darek Braunecker said his client is receiving interest from 10 teams.

That might sound like typical agent-speak, but Wood figures to do very well for himself in this market after posting a 2.95 ERA and 1.13 WHIP over 61 innings of relief for the Cubs in 2016. He has experience as a starter and some teams might be viewing him as a rotation option for 2017, but a bullpen role is probably best.
Source: ESPN.com
Dec 7 - 7:59 PM

Mariners acquired RHP Chris Heston from the Giants for a player to be named later.

Seattle will hope Heston can bounce back from a dismal, injury-riddled 2016 that saw him register a 4.54 ERA at Triple-A Sacramento and a 10.80 ERA in the major leagues. He did perform well in 2015, delivering a 3.95 ERA in 177 2/3 innings for San Francisco while whiffing 141 batters. Heston will compete for a spot in the Mariners' rotation next spring.
Dec 7 - 6:57 PM

Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that the Rockies are still considering signing Mark Trumbo.

Colorado just inked Ian Desmond to a contract in the neighborhood of five years, $70 million, but that does not appear to be a block to the club making further moves in free agency. Rosenthal relays that should Colorado opt to sign Trumbo, they would likely play him at first base and trade an outfielder. The plugged-in FOX Sports analyst sees Carlos Gonzalez as a player who might move in a trade if the Trumbo domino falls to Coors Field.
Dec 7 - 6:54 PM

Nationals acquired OF Adam Eaton from the White Sox for RHP Lucas Giolito, RHP Reynaldo Lopez, and RHP Dane Dunning.

Washington was determined to make a splash at this week's Winter Meetings, and this is a big one. Eaton was a 6.0 fWAR player for the White Sox in 2016, slashing .284/.362/.428 with 14 home runs and 14 stolen bases in 157 games while playing strong defense in right field. He won't rate as well in center with the Nationals, but it's a tremendous addition to the lineup and the 28-year-old is on a very team-friendly contract that can potentially run through 2021. That's why it took three of the best young starting pitching prospects in the game to acquire him.
Dec 7 - 6:06 PM




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