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Ryan Howard underwent successful surgery Wednesday to repair the torn meniscus in his left knee.

Howard is expected to be on the shelf for the next 6-8 weeks, which suggests a late-August or early-September return. Darin Ruf and John Mayberry, Jr. are going to split the available action at first base in the meantime.
Wed, Jul 10, 2013 04:23:00 PM

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Giants are "staying in contact" with free agent outfielder Jay Bruce.

Rosenthal says signing Bruce and trading for Reds center fielder Billy Hamilton was the "initial fallback plan" for San Francisco once Giancarlo Stanton rejected a trade there, though the Giants have been unable to match up with Cincinnati on a Hamilton deal. Bruce is also known to be drawing free agent interest from the Rockies, Blue Jays, Mariners, and Mets. He hit .254/.324/.508 with 36 homers and 101 RBI in 146 games this past season between New York and Cleveland.
Dec 13 - 3:06 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports hears the Marlins "intend to hold onto Christian Yelich."

There is a massive organizational fire sale underway in Miami, with Giancarlo Stanton, Marcell Ozuna, and Dee Gordon already out the door, but Yelich is under the Marlins' control through 2021 with a club option for 2022 and they apparently want to try to build around the 26-year-old outfielder. Alex Pavlovic of CSN Bay Area confirms this thought, tweeting Wednesday that the Giants "have repeatedly been told" by the Marlins that Yelich is not available.
Dec 13 - 2:43 PM

According to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle, the A's are edging closer to acquiring outfielder Stephen Piscotty from the Cardinals.

St. Louis has a deal in place with the Marlins for Marcell Ozuna, so Piscotty is suddenly expendable. Slusser hears that a trade between the Cardinals and Athletics could be completed before the end of the Winter Meetings on Thursday, with A's infield prospect Yairo Munoz possibly changing organizations. Piscotty posted an .815 OPS with 29 home runs and 124 RBI over his first 216 major league games between 2015-2016 before struggling mightily in 2017. Injuries and family issues played a part. He signed a six-year, $33.5 million contract extension with the Cardinals in April.
Dec 13 - 2:27 PM

Craig Mish of Sirius XM reports that the Marlins have traded Marcell Ozuna to the Cardinals.

Miami will reportedly get pitching prospect Sandy Alcantara and three other minor leaguers in return. Dakota Hudson and Jack Flaherty are among the names that have been floated previously. Ozuna broke out with a .312/.376/.548 batting line, 37 home runs, and 124 RBI in 159 games this past season and represents a massive upgrade for the middle of the Cardinals' lineup. The 27-year-old outfielder is under contractual control via salary arbitration through the end of 2019.
Dec 13 - 1:03 PM

MLB.com's Mark Feinsand hears there is nothing imminent between the Rockies and Greg Holland.

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reported earlier that Colorado was closing in on an agreement to bring Holland back for the 2018 season and beyond, but a source tells Feinsand that the two sides are "just talking" at the moment. Thomas Harding, the Rockies beat writer for MLB.com, is hearing the same thing as Feinsand. A new deal could happen at some point between Holland and the Rockies, but it sounds like the 32-year-old free agent right-hander is still shopping around for the time being.
Dec 13 - 12:54 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Blue Jays are showing interest in free agent outfielder Carlos Gomez.

Toronto is also reportedly in pursuit of Carlos Gonzalez. Gomez signed a one-year, $11.5 million contract with the Rangers last offseason and went on to bat .255/.340/.462 with 17 home runs and 13 stolen bases in 105 games. The 32-year-old should be able to secure a multi-year deal this time around.
Dec 13 - 12:05 PM

According to Marc Carig of Newsday, the Mets have signed free agent reliever Anthony Swarzak to a two-year, $14 million deal.

That is a very palatable price in this market for a guy who posted an excellent 2.33 ERA, 1.03 WHIP, and 91/22 K/BB ratio across 77 1/3 innings of relief in 2017. Swarzak, a well-traveled 32-year-old right-hander, is likely to operate in a setup role with the Mets. This deal is pending a physical.
Dec 13 - 11:37 AM

Bryce Harper's agent Scott Boras told the media Wednesday at the Winter Meetings that he had "preliminary discussions" about an extension for his client last month with the Nationals.

Harper is on course to score a record-breaking contract in free agency next offseason, so the Nats would probably have to go well out of their comfort zone to make something happen before then. The 25-year-old superstar batted .319/.413/.595 with 29 home runs and 87 RBI in 111 games this past summer. He could have challenged for his second National League MVP if he didn't hurt his knee in mid-August when he slipped on a wet first base bag.
Dec 13 - 11:06 AM

Jake McGee has a deal in place to return to the Rockies, per Joel Sherman of the New York Post.

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic was first to suggest that an agreement might be close. Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports hears it's a three-year deal with a fourth-year option and will carry around $27 million guaranteed. McGee, 31, registered a 3.61 ERA, 1.099 WHIP, and 58/16 K/BB ratio in 57 1/3 innings this past season with Colorado, tallying 20 holds and three saves. The left-hander figures to work in a setup role in 2018, with newcomer Bryan Shaw possibly serving as the Rockies' closer.
Dec 13 - 10:23 AM

Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that the Mets, Angels, and Brewers are on Ian Kinsler's no-trade list.

Which of course means he has the right to refuse a trade to any of those clubs, who have all expressed interest. Sherman says "it is believed only the Angels are a near-certain yes right now." Tigers general manager Al Avila indicated Tuesday at the Winter Meetings in Orlando that the club is close to moving Kinsler, but it could take some convincing if the Mets or Brewers are offering the better return package. There is also believed to be some level of interest from the Giants.
Dec 13 - 10:18 AM

Twins signed RHP Michael Pineda to a two-year, $10 million contract.

Pineda underwent Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery this past July and might not pitch in a live game in 2018, but he should be fully recovered by the start of spring training in 2019. The 28-year-old starter owns a 4.05 ERA, 1.19 WHIP, and 9.1 K/9 in 680 career major league innings. It's a nice gamble for Minnesota, even though the pay-off will require some patience.
Dec 13 - 9:47 AM




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