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According to the New York Post's Joel Sherman, the Rangers and Mariners are the current "lead dogs" in the hunt for free agent outfielder Shin-Soo Choo.

But both clubs are currently balking at the asking price, which is thought to be in the range of Jacoby Ellsubry's seven-year, $153 million Yankees deal. Choo, 31, batted .285/.423/.462 with 21 home runs and 20 stolen bases in 154 games this past season for the Reds. Cincinnati has some interest in bringing him back, but Choo's contract demands would have to drop significantly.
Wed, Dec 11, 2013 10:20:00 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. No word yet on the financial framework or term length. 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

According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Diamondbacks are expected to meet with J.D. Martinez on Wednesday at the Winter Meetings.

Martinez also has a scheduled sit-down with the Red Sox, per previous reports. Heyman notes that the Diamondbacks' rumored interest in trading Zack Greinke could be about freeing up money to re-sign Martinez, who tallied 29 home runs and 65 RBI in 62 games down the stretch with Arizona in 2017. The 30-year-old slugger is said to be seeking a seven-year, $210 million contract.
Dec 13 - 9:40 AM

Shohei Ohtani has a first-degree sprain of the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow, according to a physical obtained by Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports.

A first-degree sprain is the least severe and this physical was distributed to MLB teams as soon as Ohtani entered the posting system, so there's no real reason for immediate panic. But further damage to the UCL could of course eventually lead to Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery. Ohtani underwent platelet-rich plasma treatment in October to address the discomfort that his damaged UCL was causing. He also has a "small free body" in the elbow, according to the report from Yahoo Sports, but the 23-year-old two-way Japanese star should be a full participant at the outset of Angels camp next spring.
Source: Yahoo Sports
Dec 12 - 11:01 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. It's a rumor that 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




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