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Cliff Lee yielded three runs over eight innings in a loss to the Dodgers on Friday.

Lee only made a couple of mistakes, including a two-run homer by Hanley Ramirez in the fourth inning, but the margin for error was pretty thin with Zack Greinke rolling. It was his longest start since June 24, so perhaps the neck is feeling better. Still, he has lost four consecutive decisions and owns a 5.17 ERA over six starts since the start of July. He'll attempt to get back on track against the Rockies next week at home.
Fri, Aug 16, 2013 10:45:00 PM

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Orioles want "two young, controllable starting pitchers" back in a trade for Manny Machado.

The Orioles don't expect to re-sign Machado, so they appear willing to seriously consider offers from interested teams. No word on which team might have the advantage in trade talks, but the Cardinals have been mentioned as a possibility. One interesting side note from Rosenthal is that Machado wants to move to shortstop for his final year before free agency.
Source: The Athletic
Dec 12 - 12:35 PM

Joel Sherman of the New York Post hears that the Yankees have traded third baseman Chase Headley and right-hander Bryan Mitchell to the Padres.

Finally, some action at the Winter Meetings. It's a reunion of sorts, as Headley was originally drafted by the Padres and played the first eight seasons of his career with the club. He's due $13 million in 2018, so the move helps the Yankees cut some payroll in order to make other additions and stay under the luxury tax. Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Padres will indeed cover his remaining salary. Headley turns 34 next May and batted .273/.352/.406 with 12 homers and 61 RBI over 147 games this past season. Mitchell, 26, owns a 4.94 ERA and 64/44 K/BB ratio over 98 1/3 innings in the majors. The Padres think the change of scenery could pay off. Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that outfielder Jabari Blash is coming back to the Yankees in the deal.
Dec 12 - 11:15 AM

Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that the Yankees have Tigers right-hander Michael Fulmer and Diamondbacks left-hander Patrick Corbin on their radar.

If there's any team that could come up with the sort of package required to motivate the Tigers to move Fulmer, it's the Yankees. Corbin won't be nearly as costly via trade. He made $3.95 million via arbitration in 2017 and is due to become a free agent after 2018.
Dec 12 - 11:04 AM

According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, free agent second baseman Neil Walker is seeking a four-year deal.

Walker is 32 years old and had back surgery last year, so it's probably unrealistic. Teams also have multiple alternatives available on the trade front. Walker batted .265/.362/.439 with 14 home runs and 49 RBI in 111 games this past season between the Mets and Brewers.
Dec 12 - 11:02 AM

According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, agent Scott Boras is trying to engage the Nationals on free agent starter Jake Arrieta.

The Nationals have a strong history with Boras clients, so the possibility can't be ruled out, but the club already has big money tied up in key pieces and Bryce Harper (another Boras client) is one year away from free agency. They could aim lower to fill out their rotation.
Dec 12 - 11:01 AM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports writes that the Padres are "thinking big" and remain "strongly" in the mix for free agent first baseman Eric Hosmer.

The Padres aren't messing around, as Bob Nightengale of USA Today reported that members of the front office met with Hosmer last Thursday. Based on the early reports, they are the most aggressive team thus far. However, it's likely going to take a $100-plus million contract in order to land him. If the Padres were to sign Hosmer, they'd move Wil Myers back to the outfield.
Dec 12 - 8:58 AM

According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Phillies are considering free agent right-hander Jake Arrieta.

The Phillies likely aren't quite ready for contention, but they have money to spend and could use another top-tier starter alongside Aaron Nola. It might be a while before there's some resolution for Arrieta, as an MLB executive told Jerry Crasnick of ESPN that he's under the impression that agent Scott Boras is seeking a long-term contract in the range of $200 million. Arrieta, 31, posted a 3.53 ERA and 163/55 K/BB ratio over 168 1/3 innings this past season.
Dec 12 - 8:39 AM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Mets, Rockies, Blue Jays and Mariners "are among the teams eyeing" Jay Bruce.

It's been reported previously that the Mets were interested in a reunion with Bruce, and the Blue Jays have seemingly been eyeing the outfielder for a few years now. Bruce is reportedly looking for a five-year, $80-90 million contract this offseason, although he's surely going to have to come down from those demands. The 30-year-old batted .254/.324/.508 with 36 homers and 101 RBI last season.
Dec 11 - 8:55 PM

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Orioles are discussing trading a reliever to the Mets for Matt Harvey.

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports first mentioned earlier Monday that the O's were seen as one club that could make a play for Harvey. Rosenthal mentions that Harvey and Brad Brach are projected for similar salaries in their final arbitration years and that Darren O'Day is owed $18 million over the next two seasons. There's been a decent amount of smoke the last few days about the Mets listening to offers for Harvey.
Dec 11 - 5:45 PM

Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski said Monday that reports of the team making Jackie Bradley available via trade are "not accurate."

"I don't know where those rumors have started but they're not accurate," Dombrowski said. It's a notable denial but doesn't necessarily mean anything, as the Red Sox can say they're not shopping Bradley but still be willing to trade him for the right return. The Royals and Giants are two teams that reportedly have interest in the outfielder. Bradley is under team control through 2020.
Dec 11 - 5:05 PM

MLB.com's Todd Zolecki reports that a reunion of Pat Neshek and the Phillies "could be announced this week."

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that Neshek received a couple multi-year offers and is expected to take one from the Phillies in the $16-17 million range. The veteran reliever began last season in Philadelphia before being sent to Colorado in a trade. Neshek, 37, posted a 1.59 ERA and 69/9 K/BB ratio over 62 1/3 innings in 2017.
Dec 11 - 4:25 PM




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