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Cardinals acquired OFs Randal Grichuk and Peter Bourjos from the Angels in exchange for 3B David Freese and RHP Fernando Salas.

Grichuk is a former first-round pick that was actually selected one spot ahead of Mike Trout. After dealing with injuries early on in his career, he's stayed healthy the last two seasons and slugged 22 homers in 2013 at Double-A as a 21-year-old. He's a nice extra piece in the deal for St. Louis.
Fri, Nov 22, 2013 03:08:00 PM

David Wright told Anthony DiComo of MLB.com that he still plans to continue his playing career.

The 35-year-old missed the entire 2017 season due to multiple injuries. He underwent surgery to repair the rotator cuff in his throwing shoulder and another operation to fix his lower back. Mets general manager Sandy Alderson has promised to provide an update on Wright's status in late January, but the club isn't counting on him at this point. Wright played only 37 games in 2016 and 38 games in 2015. Prior to that he was a perennial first-round pick in fantasy drafts for his combination of high batting average, power and speed.
Source: Mets.mlb.com
Jan 19 - 10:39 PM

Red Sox chairman Tom Werner said the Red Sox are in active negotiations with free agent slugger J.D. Martinez.

Speaking at the Red Sox Winter Weekend, Werner said the team "will make moves" prior to the season. Boston is believed to have the best deal on the table for Martinez at five years, $125 million per Michael Silverman of the Boston Herald.
Jan 19 - 6:48 PM

Chad Jennnings of the Boston Herald reports free agent 3B Eduardo Nunez worked out in front of Red Sox brass in the Dominican Republic this week.

Nunez battled a sore knee down the stretch last season but it did not require surgery and he has been given a clean bill of health by doctors. The Red Sox could use him at second base while Dustin Pedroia recuperates from his knee injury. When Pedroia returns, Nunez could utilize his positional versatility to get regular playing time in a super-utility role. The Mets are also rumored to be interested in Nunez. He turned in a .313 batting average with 12 homers, 58 RBI and 24 steals in 114 games with the Giants and Red Sox last year.
Jan 19 - 6:34 PM

MLB.com's Jon Morosi reports that the Indians and Orioles discussed a potential Manny Machado trade last month, but "the sides aren't actively discussing him now."

Morosi notes that "many in the industry" believe the Indians are open to trading Danny Salazar, and he would certainly seem like a fit with the pitching-starved Orioles. However, it's unclear whether Salazar was involved in talks and it doesn't appear the two clubs have been in touch lately. Machado is not looking like a great bet to be traded before Opening Day at this point.
Source: MLB.com
Jan 19 - 5:00 PM

Blue Jays acquired OF Randal Grichuk from the Cardinals for RHPs Dominic Leone and Conner Greene.

Grichuk has just about as much raw power as anyone in the game and has banged out 46 home runs over the last two seasons, but he sports only a career .249/.297/.488 batting line and has been awfully inconsistent. Still, this is a good move for him for fantasy purposes, as he's expected to get regular playing time in right field in Toronto and will be playing in a much more hitter-friendly home park. Grichuk is under team control through 2020.
Jan 19 - 4:24 PM

Michael Silverman of the Boston Herald reports that the Red Sox' offer to J.D. Martinez is for five years and roughly $125 million.

ESPN's Buster Olney reported earlier this week that the Red Sox' offer was for five years and around $100 million, a report that agent Scott Boras shot down through Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports. Silverman is hearing the number is actually $125 million, which is much better but still way below the $180-210 million Boras reportedly had been seeking. Given how slow the market has been to come around this winter, it seems likely that Martinez and Boras will probably ultimately have to settle for a lot less than they were looking for.
Jan 19 - 3:35 PM

Dustin Pedroia (knee) has been cleared to begin running.

Pedroia mentioned on a podcast last week that his goal is to be ready for Opening Day. With him being cleared to run a full month ahead of the start of spring training, it may just give him a shot. Boston will likely take things very carefully with the 34-year-old second baseman, however, and we'll need to hear the words "baseball activities" before getting too optimistic. Still, this is good news for Pedroia and Red Sox fans.
Jan 18 - 3:13 PM

According to Buster Olney of ESPN, Boston's five-year offer to J.D. Martinez is worth "in the range of" $100 million.

That explains why the marriage hasn't happened yet, as Martinez and his agent Scott Boras are said to be looking for a seven-year contract worth between $180 million and $210 million. There's talk that the 30-year-old free agent slugger might hold out into spring training to get closer to what he wants financially. Martinez batted .303/.376/.690 with 45 home runs and 104 RBI in 119 games last season between the Tigers and Diamondbacks.
Jan 17 - 1:44 PM

Mets signed 1B Adrian Gonzalez to a one-year contract.

New York will only have to pay Gonzalez the MLB minimum of $545,000, with the Braves and Dodgers sharing his $22.3 million guaranteed salary for 2018. The 35-year-old projects to open the 2018 season as the Mets' primary first baseman while Dominic Smith does a little more developing at the Triple-A level, though that narrative could change this spring. Gonzalez batted just .242/.287/.355 in 71 games last season for Los Angeles while fighting a chronic back injury.
Jan 17 - 12:12 PM

Mets GM Sandy Alderson said Wednesday that Michael Conforto (shoulder) likely won't be ready until the beginning of May.

Conforto needed major surgery in early September after tearing the posterior capsule in his left shoulder on a swing. He was sporting terrific numbers at the time of the injury (.939 OPS, 27 HR, 68 RBI in 109 games) and the 24-year-old outfielder carries a good amount of fantasy intrigue into the 2018 campaign, but there is obviously some risk that his rehab won't shape up as smoothly as everyone is hoping. Jay Bruce, signed to a three-year, $39 million free agent deal last week, will open the season as the Mets' primary right fielder.
Jan 17 - 11:45 AM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Cubs have re-signed Brian Duensing to a two-year, $7 million contract.

It's a relatively inexpensive deal for a guy who registered a 2.74 ERA and 61/18 K/BB ratio over 62 1/3 innings of relief last season. Heyman says Duensing had more lucrative offers from other teams "but liked the Cubs experience so much he wanted to return." The 34-year-old will continue operating as a lefty specialist for the reigning National League Central champs.
Jan 17 - 9:47 AM




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