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Jon Lester tossed a one-hit shutout Friday in a 5-0 win over the Blue Jays.

It was his third career shutout and his 10th complete game. Lester faced one batter over the minimum, striking out five while walking none. The Blue Jays' only hit was a two-out double by Maicer Izturis in the sixth inning. Lester is now 5-0 on the year and holds an excellent 2.73 ERA and 45/15 K/BB ratio over 52 2/3 innings. He'll look to keep his bounce-back campaign rolling next week against the Rays.
Fri, May 10, 2013 10:05:00 PM

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic confirms that there is no agreement in place between the Phillies and free agent reliever Addison Reed.

ESPN's Buster Olney reported earlier that Philadelphia was closing in on a three-year agreement with Reed, but it seems there has been a last-minute pivot to Tommy Hunter. Reed should still land somewhere soon as the relief dominos continue to fall. The 28-year-old right-hander boasts a 2.40 ERA, 0.996 WHIP, and 167/28 K/BB ratio in 153 2/3 innings over the last two seasons.
Dec 12 - 8:38 PM

Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports that the Phillies are moving toward an agreement with free agent reliever Tommy Hunter.

Gelb adds that the Phillies do not have a deal in place with Addison Reed, contrary to multiple reports. More to come on all of this.
Dec 12 - 8:32 PM

Addison Reed is closing in on a three-year agreement with the Phillies, per ESPN's Buster Olney.

This comes on the heels of Philly's reported two-year, $16.25 million free agent agreement with setup man Pat Neshek. Reed could get another chance to close in Philadelphia after tallying 19 saves with the Mets in early-to-mid 2017 before a July 31 trade to the Red Sox. The 28-year-old right-hander owns a dominant 2.40 ERA, 0.996 WHIP, and 167/28 K/BB ratio over his last 153 2/3 innings dating back to the beginning of the 2016 season. Olney is hearing that the three-year deal will be worth around $9 million annually.
Dec 12 - 8:09 PM

According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Royals are "getting many, many hits" on starter Danny Duffy.

Kansas City seems headed for an aggressive organizational rebuild, so Duffy could be on the move this winter even after inking a five-year, $65 million contract extension just 11 months ago. There is known to be some level of interest from the Cubs. Duffy, 28, registered a 3.81 ERA, 1.257 WHIP, and 130/41 K/BB ratio across 146 1/3 innings (24 starts) this past season for the Royals. He underwent surgery in October to remove a loose body from his left elbow but is expected to be 100 percent by the beginning of spring training.
Dec 12 - 8:08 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports confirms that the Rockies have signed reliever Bryan Shaw.

ESPN's Buster Olney says it's a three-year deal worth "something in the range of $9 million annually." Shaw has never held a closer job, but he has tallied at least one save in each of the last six seasons and the Rockies could try him in that role in 2018 with Greg Holland departing as a free agent. Shaw, 30, boasts a 3.13 career ERA in 446 1/3 major league innings and he led all MLB pitchers in appearances in 2017. It's a nice addition for the Colorado bullpen.
Dec 12 - 8:00 PM

MLB.com's T.R. Sullivan writes that the Rangers are talking to the Diamondbacks about their starting pitchers and "Zack Greinke could be in play."

That news comes as a pretty big surprise, as the Diamondbacks made it back to the playoffs in 2017 due in large part to Greinke's excellent 3.20 ERA, 1.07 ERA, and 215/45 K/BB ratio in 202 1/3 regular-season innings. Greinke does carry a massive contract that will pay him $138.5 million over the next four seasons and he turned 34 years old in October, but Arizona is expected to add, not subtract, this winter. Maybe the Rangers are offering MLB-ready talent in return, or maybe there's nothing to this story at all.
Dec 12 - 7:55 PM

According to Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the Orioles are among the teams that have asked the Pirates about Gerrit Cole.

We've also heard of varying levels of interest from the Brewers, Rangers, Twins, and Yankees. Cole posted a disappointing 4.26 ERA in 203 innings this past season with Pittsburgh, but the 27-year-old had a 3.23 ERA in 579 1/3 innings between 2013-2016 and he is under club control through 2019. Baltimore is exploring several different avenues for starting pitching upgrades after the rotation registered a league-worst 5.70 combined ERA in 2017.
Dec 12 - 6:55 PM

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Cardinals have spoken to the Blue Jays about a Josh Donaldson trade at this week's Winter Meetings.

Rosenthal says there is no indication that a deal is close and adds that the Blue Jays are "seemingly bullish" about keeping Donaldson and making other upgrades to their roster for 2018. St. Louis has been connected to just about every impact bat on the trade market this winter, including Marcell Ozuna and Christian Yelich of the Marlins and Manny Machado of the Orioles. The Cardinals also made a serious run at Giancarlo Stanton before he used his no-trade clause to force a move to the Yankees.
Dec 12 - 6:43 PM

ESPN's Buster Olney reports that the Yankees are among the teams that have shown interest in Orioles star Manny Machado.

The rich get even richer? New York just acquired Giancarlo Stanton from the Marlins, but that trade required more of a financial commitment than a haul of young talent and the Yankees still have a loaded farm system to pull off this kind of deal. Olney says the White Sox are also interested in Machado, and the Cardinals are known to be in the hunt as well. Machado has averaged 35 home runs and 92 RBI per year since 2015 and he's a tremendous defender at both shortstop and third base, but he can become a free agent after the 2018 season.
Dec 12 - 6:22 PM

According to ESPN's Jerry Crasnick, the trade market for Domingo Santana is "not as brisk as Milwaukee might have hoped."

Santana broke out with an .875 OPS, 30 home runs, 85 RBI, 15 stolen bases, and 88 runs scored in 151 games this past season for the Brewers, but his defensive ratings in the outfield are extremely poor and there was some hope in the Milwaukee front office that a sell-high move could be made this winter. It sounds like that won't happen. Santana, 25, is under the Brewers' control through 2021.
Dec 12 - 6:18 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that J.D. Martinez will meet with the Red Sox "and others" at the Winter Meetings this week in Orlando.

Martinez is scheduled to arrive at the Swan and Dolphin Hotel on Tuesday night and he'll presumably stick around through the end of the day on Wednesday. The 30-year-old slugger is likely to command one of the richest position-player contracts on the free agent market this winter after batting .303/.376/.690 with 45 home runs and 104 RBI in 119 games between the Tigers and Diamondbacks in 2017. He'd make a ton of sense for Boston.
Dec 12 - 6:10 PM




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