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Cubs manager Rick Renteria said Thursday that he does not have a designated closer at this point.

Pedro Strop had an opportunity to grab the job, but he was lit up for four runs in the top of the ninth inning Wednesday as the Cubs fell in brutal fashion to the Diamondbacks. "It's organic," Renteria said. Justin Grimm, James Russell, Hector Rondon, Jose Veras, and Strop could all see save opportunities going forward.
Thu, Apr 24, 2014 11:47:00 AM

According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, the Red Sox have let several teams know that Jackie Bradley, Jr. is available via trade.

The Red Sox are looking to add some power to their lineup, so they are keeping an open mind about the composition of their outfield. If Bradley is moved, the Red Sox could slide Andrew Benintendi to center field. Bradley dropped off offensively in 2017, but he remains a brilliant defensive center fielder. He's under team control through 2020. Jon Morosi of MLB.com reported last month that the Giants were interested in Bradley.
Dec 11 - 9:29 AM

According to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, Brandon Morrow's deal with the Cubs is for $21 million over two years.

The deal is still pending a physical. He'll make $9 million in each of the next two seasons while there's a $12 million vesting option for 2020 which includes a $3 million buyout. Morrow managed to stay healthy this past season while posting a dominant 2.06 ERA and 50/9 K/BB ratio over 43 2/3 innings. He gives the Cubs a potential option at closer, but Rosenthal reports that the club is expected to add another late-inning arm.
Dec 11 - 8:28 AM

According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, the Cardinals and Rockies are "aggressively pursuing" Rays closer Alex Colome via trade.

The Rays are known to be shopping various players on their roster and the Cardinals and Rockies are widely expected to add a closer, so it wouldn't be surprising if there was a match here. Interest should reach well beyond these two clubs, as well. Colome led the majors with 47 saves this past season and owns a 2.63 ERA over the past two seasons. He's arbitration-eligible for the first time this winter.
Dec 11 - 8:13 AM

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Cardinals have agreed to a two-year, $11 million contract with free agent right-hander Luke Gregerson.

The deal also includes a vesting option for a third season. The 33-year-old had a down year in 2017, compiling a 4.57 ERA, 1.34 WHIP and 70/20 K/BB ratio across 61 innings for the Astros. He's still considered one of the most reliable right-handed setup men in the league and will make for a nice addition to the Cardinals bullpen.
Dec 10 - 4:25 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Yankees are planning a press conference to introduce Giancarlo Stanton on Monday.

The trade sending Stanton to the Yankees for Starlin Castro and a couple prospects isn't official yet, but the slugger has reportedly already taken his physical and will officially don the pinstripes for the first time Monday. The Yankees are reportedly assuming $265 million of the $295 million owed to Stanton, who has an opt-out clause in his contract after the 2020 season.
Dec 10 - 3:26 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Cubs "seem focused on" Alex Cobb to round out their rotation.

The Cubs already added Tyler Chatwood, but they still have one rotation spot to fill with both Jake Arrieta and John Lackey expected to depart via free agency. New Cubs pitching coach Jim Hickey was Cobb's pitching coach with the Rays, so it's easy to see the connection here. The right-hander is also drawing interest from the Rangers, Yankees, Blue Jays and Orioles.
Dec 10 - 12:38 PM

Scott Lauber of ESPN Boston reports that the Red Sox have interest in Kyle Schwarber.

The Red Sox are looking to add more power to their lineup this winter and Schwarber is a fit given that he's best-suited as a designated hitter. However, the Cubs remain high on the 24-year-old even after a disappointing 2017 campaign that saw him bat just .211/.315/.467, so it's questionable whether they'd sell low on him. Boston is expected to be in the mix for slugger J.D. Martinez.
Source: ESPN Boston
Dec 10 - 11:05 AM

CBS Chicago's Bruce Levine said the Cubs are "continuing their strong push to sign free agent right-hander Alex Cobb."

Levine says the link between the two is a poorly-kept secret, with former Rays and new Cubs pitching coach Jim Hickey knowing Cobb well. The Cubs also have a defined need, with both Jake Arrieta and John Lackey likely gone. The Cubs aren't the only club with interest in the 30-year-old, as he's widely viewed as one of the better free agent starters available this winter. Some movement could come at next week's Winter Meetings.
Source: CBS Chicago
Dec 9 - 8:57 PM

Angels general manager Billy Eppler said Saturday he doesn't see Shohei Ohtani playing outfield in 2018.

"I don’t anticipate him playing outfield this season," Eppler said at Ohtani's introductory news conference. That's certainly noteworthy, given that he was billed as a two-way star who could play the field when he wasn't on the mound every fifth day. As it is, Ohtani will likely steal at-bats from Albert Pujols at designated hitter, but the aging slugger will certainly get his as well. Perhaps the 23-year-old Japanese star won't be as much as an offensive force as hoped, at least not at first.
Dec 9 - 6:44 PM

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Yankees will take on $265 million of the $295 million remaining on Giancarlo Stanton's contract.

There have been a few different numbers floating around this morning, but any way you slice it that's a massive amount of money for any club to take on. That means the Marlins will only be left on the hook for $30 million, but it is also likely to diminish the quality of prospects that they receive in return.
Dec 9 - 12:26 PM

Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that Starlin Castro is expected to be a part of the package that heads to the Marlins in the Giancarlo Stanton trade.

The Yankees needed to find a way to dump some salary in the trade, and it sounds like the Marlins were not receptive to the idea of taking on Jacoby Ellsbury. Castro, who is still only 27 years old, is coming off a terrific season where he slashed .300/.338/.454 with 16 homers and 63 RBI in 112 games. He has two years and $22.7 million remaining on his contract, as well as a club option for $16 million ($1 million buyout) for 2020. Moving Castro means that top prospect Gleyber Torres could begin the year as the starting second baseman.
Dec 9 - 8:19 AM




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