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Josh Johnson (triceps) was sent for an MRI on Friday.

Johnson was scratched from Friday's start against the Yankees due to right triceps tightness, but the hope is that he'll only have to miss one start. While MRI results aren't yet known, the Blue Jays are confident that it will come back clean. Aaron Laffey is starting in his place Friday night against New York.
Fri, Apr 26, 2013 05:02:00 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Rays are "getting a lot of hits" on Alex Cobb.

The Rangers are one club known to be in on Cobb. Heyman notes that plenty of teams are interested in Chris Archer and Jake Odorizzi, as well. Cobb put up a disappointing 8.59 ERA over five starts late last season for the Rays after making his way back from Tommy John surgery, but he should be much better in 2017 as he's further removed from the operation. Cobb will be a free agent after next season.
Dec 5 - 8:54 PM

Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that the Nationals have found the Pirates' asking price for Andrew McCutchen to be "too high."

Sherman adds that the Nats are currently more focused on the Chris Sale trade talks than those for McCutchen at this point. Of course, it could all be posturing at this point to see if they can get the Pirates to drop their asking price a bit. The Rangers and Dodgers are also reportedly talking to Pittsburgh about Cutch.
Dec 5 - 6:18 PM

Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports that Mark Melancon's four-year contract with the Giants includes an opt-out after the second season.

Melancon got a front-loaded deal, as he'll make $34 million of his $62 million contract in the first two years when you factor in his $20 million signing bonus. It might still be unlikely that he opts out of being paid $28 million for his age 34-35 seasons, but if he remains an elite closer for the next two years it's a possibility.
Dec 5 - 5:54 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Cubs are "among most serious" of the early suitors for Wade Davis.

It essentially confirms an earlier report from MLB Network's Jon Morosi. The Cubs don't appear to have real interest in re-signing Aroldis Chapman, but Davis would be a great alternative if he can manage to stay healthy next season. He posted a 1.87 ERA and 47/16 K/BB ratio over 43 1/3 innings in 2016 but battled arm issues in the second half.
Dec 5 - 5:26 PM

MLB.com's T.R. Sullivan reports that the Rangers are showing interest in Jorge Soler.

The Rangers are intent on adding some right-handed power this offseason, as they've been connected to free agents Edwin Encarnacion, Mike Napoli and Mark Trumbo. Soler would obviously have to be acquired via trade, but the feeling is that the Cubs are likely to move him this winter. He's disappointed with a career .258/.328/.434 batting line but will turn just 25 in February and is under team control cheaply through 2020.
Dec 5 - 4:56 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Cardinals are expressing interest in Jarrod Dyson.

The Cards have also been mentioned as a potential landing spot for Dyson's teammate, Lorenzo Cain. Like Cain, Dyson is heading into his walk year, but of course he would cost significantly less in terms of prospects you'd have to surrender for him. Dyson, 32, sports a pedestrian .260/.325/.353 career batting line, but he would give St. Louis the defensive upgrade they're looking for in center field.
Dec 5 - 4:39 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that Lucas Giolito "is a name in the mix" in trade talks between the Nationals and White Sox involving Chris Sale.

It appears that the Nationals might be shifting their attention more to Sale than Andrew McCutchen, although they seem to still be in active discussions for both. Giolito entered last season as arguably the top pitching prospect in baseball, but he disappointed in his first go-round in the majors and wasn't as dominant as hoped in the minors, either. Still, he's only 22 and his ceiling remains sky-high. In addition to Gioliot, the Nats would figure to have to part with at least one additional high-end prospect in order to land Sale.
Dec 5 - 4:35 PM

Giants signed RHP Mark Melancon to a four-year, $62 million contract.

Melancon still needs to take a physical, but general manager Bobby Evans made the deal official on Monday. It was a virtual certainty that the Giants were going to bring in a closer this winter after all the problems they had in the ninth inning in 2016. They didn't want to pay up for Kenley Jansen or Aroldis Chapman but were willing to hand Melancon what is currently the largest contract ever for a reliever. Melancon will turn 32 in March.
Dec 5 - 4:17 PM

Buster Olney of ESPN confirms that the Mets have expressed interest in Orioles reliever Brad Brach.

There's some thought that it could be part of a Curtis Granderson or Jay Bruce trade proposal. Brach, a dominant 30-year-old setup man, posted a terrific 2.05 ERA, 1.038 WHIP, and 92/25 K/BB ratio over 79 innings this past season out of the Baltimore bullpen. He is arbitration-eligible for the second time this winter and will remain under club control through 2018.
Dec 5 - 4:08 PM

According to Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports, the Rangers are showing interest in free agent Mark Trumbo.

"Just how strong it is remains to be seen," adds Passan. ESPN's Buster Olney reported earlier that the Orioles made a four-year offer to Trumbo in the $52-55 million range, and that Trumbo's camp countered at four years, $75-80 million with a full no-trade clause. Trumbo led the major leagues in homers this year with 47, but it came with a .256 batting average and a .316 on-base percentage. He's also very limited defensively.
Dec 5 - 4:00 PM

Super agent Scott Boras told Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports that he's had "no discussions with the Nationals" regarding a Bryce Harper extension.

USA Today's Bob Nightengale heard from a source Monday that Harper has asked for a contract that "will exceed 10 years in length and likely pay him in excess of $400 million" and that the Nationals are prepared to let him walk after the 2018 season, but it's hard to say where all this comes from and how much is true. And it's not all that ridiculous of an ask if Harper plays to his potential leading into free agency two winters from now. It's way too early in the process for this kind of drama, but you can expect much more of it in the coming months/years.
Dec 5 - 3:33 PM




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