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Alex Rodriguez (hip) confirmed during an appearance on WFAN in New York that he expects to be back with the Yankees on Monday against the Rangers.

In other words, he expects to be activated as soon as his 20-day rehab window comes to a close. Rodriguez is hitting just .179 (5-for-28) with one homer and seven strikeouts over 10 rehab games, but he feels healthy and is encouraged by his progress in recent days. While it's unfair to expect him to be the player he once was, he's well worth a flier in most fantasy leagues.
Wed, Jul 17, 2013 03:16:00 PM

According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, the Rangers are offering "only marginal prospects" to the Diamondbacks for Zack Greinke.

Nightengale says the Rangers also want the Diamondbacks to pick up a portion of the $138.5 million that Greinke is owed over the next four years -- so this would basically be a salary dump. Arizona made it to the National League Division Series this past season and will be looking to go even further in 2018. This rumor made very little sense from the get-go. Nightengale notes that the Rangers have been talking to the Diamondbacks about some of their other starting pitchers as well. Perhaps the clubs can work something out that doesn't involve Greinke, the fourth-place finisher in the 2017 National League Cy Young balloting.
Dec 12 - 10:46 PM

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic hears that Tommy Hunter's new two-year deal with the Phillies will be in the $18 million range.

It's just a little bit more than the Phillies have reportedly committed to Pat Neshek. Hunter registered a strong 2.61 ERA, 0.97 WHIP, and 64/14 K/BB ratio over 58 2/3 innings with the Rays in 2017. He carries some durability concerns, but the 31-year-old right-hander has been a very effective reliever when healthy.
Dec 12 - 10:29 PM

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Nationals are showing interest in Wade Davis.

Rosenthal notes that Davis has a connection to new Nationals manager Dave Martinez from the 2017 season they spent together with the Cubs. Davis is also drawing interest from the Cardinals and Rockies this winter. He should land the richest contract of any available reliever, even at age 32.
Dec 12 - 9:37 PM

According to George A. King III of the New York Post, the Blue Jays met with free agent starter CC Sabathia on Tuesday.

Sabathia seemed poised for a return to the Yankees when the offseason began and Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports noted Tuesday that the two parties remain in touch, but the Angels were reported to have interest on Sunday night and now the Jays are also in the mix. The veteran left-hander posted an impressive 3.69 ERA (122 ERA+) in 148 2/3 innings with New York in 2017.
Dec 12 - 9:29 PM

Cubs signed RHP Brandon Morrow to a two-year, $21 million contract with a $12 million vesting option for 2020.

The deal was agreed upon Sunday and then finalized Tuesday after Morrow passed his physical. The 33-year-old righty posted a spectacular 2.06 ERA and 50/9 K/BB ratio over 43 2/3 regular-season innings for the Dodgers in 2017 and then made 14 appearances in the postseason. He could get a chance to close in Chicago, though the Cubs probably aren't done adding late-inning relievers.
Dec 12 - 9:11 PM

Cubs signed LHP Drew Smyly to a two-year, $10 million contract.

Smyly underwent Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery this past June and probably won't make his Cubs debut until somewhere around mid-to-late August in 2018, but this could prove to be a nice buy-low move for Chicago leading into the 2019 season. Smyly, 28, holds a 3.74 career ERA and 1.199 career WHIP in 156 major league appearances (85 starts). He also has an 8.7 career K/9.
Dec 12 - 9:04 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

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




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