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Xander Bogaerts clubbed a pair of home runs and plated four on Sunday, powering the Red Sox to a 6-5 victory over the Astros in Houston.

Bogaerts got the Red Sox on the board with a solo blast off of Joe Musgrove in the first inning. He victimized Musgrove again in the sixth with a go-ahead, two-run blast. Bogaerts then added on an RBI single in the seventh to add a valuable insurance run that would eventually stand as the game-winner. He finished the night 3-for-4 and is now slashing .318/.370/.465 with four homers, 30 RBI and eight stolen bases.
Jun 19 - 12:30 AM

USA Today's Bob Nightengale reports that the Orioles "are moving aggressively on Manny Machado trade talks and now believe they can move him by the end of the week."

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic wrote late Wednesday night that the White Sox have emerged "as the most aggressive suitor" for Machado and Nightengale confirms that the Pale Hose have presented the strongest offer so far to Baltimore, however the Cardinals, Giants, Red Sox, Phillies, and Yankees are also in the mix on this. Machado is an elite-level talent and he is only 25 years old, but the star third baseman can become a free agent after the 2018 season and the Orioles clearly don't think they can afford to lock him up to a long-term deal. A trade of Machado might kick off a larger rolling rebuild effort for the O's front office. Brad Brach, Zach Britton, and Adam Jones are all entering walk years.
Dec 14 - 4:01 AM

According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, the Rangers are "strongly pursuing" Royals closer Kelvin Herrera.

Kansas City appears poised for an organizational rebuild, so Herrera -- a free agent next winter -- can probably be had with the right match of young talent. Joel Sherman of the New York Post reported on the first day of the Winter Meetings that the Royals were at least "fielding interest" in the 27-year-old right-hander. Herrera struggled to a 4.25 ERA over 59 2/3 innings in 2017, but he put up a dominant 2.30 ERA with 209 strikeouts in 211 2/3 innings between 2014-2016.
Dec 14 - 3:45 AM

Brandon Kintzler has agreed to a two-year free agent contract with the Nationals, per Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic.

Kintzler finished the 2017 season in Washington and will return to a setup role with the defending NL East champs after fielding interest from several other teams this winter -- some of whom might have given him a chance to close. His new agreement with the Nats carries a $10 million guarantee and it can jump to $16 million if certain incentives are reached and an option is exercised, per USA Today's Bob Nightengale. Kintzler owns a sharp 3.08 ERA in 125 2/3 innings since the beginning of the 2016 campaign, though the 33-year-old right-hander has never generated many swing-and-misses.
Dec 14 - 1:30 AM

According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Athletics have reached an agreement to acquire outfielder Stephen Piscotty from the Cardinals.

The Cardinals are expected to receive two minor leaguers in return. Piscotty signed a six-year, $33.5 million contract extension with the Cardinals last April after a promising beginning to his major league career, but he took a step back this past season while dealing with injuries and an ALS diagnosis for his mother Gretchen. Piscotty is a Bay Area native and Stanford graduate, so hopefully getting closer to home will help him in general.
Dec 14 - 12:07 AM

Astros signed RHP Joe Smith to a two-year, $15 million contract.

The two-year deal was first reported by Brian McTaggart of MLB.com, with Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic later filling in the financial details. Smith, 33, struck out 71 batters with a 3.33 ERA in 54 innings of relief this past season while splitting time between the Blue Jays and Indians. He should find a home in a high-leverage role with Houston next year.
Dec 13 - 9:20 PM

Cardinals signed RHP Luke Gregerson to a two-year, $11 million contract.

The deal was agreed upon Sunday and then officially announced by the Cardinals on Wednesday after Gregerson passed his physical. The 33-year-old right-hander struggled with the Astros in 2017, but he had a 2.84 ERA and 537 strikeouts in 538 innings between 2009-2016. St. Louis drafted him out of college back in 2006 and he figures to work in a setup role in his return to the organization.
Dec 13 - 5:40 PM

Phillies signed RHP Pat Neshek to a two-year, $16.25 million contract.

The deal was agreed to on the first day of the Winter Meetings and then finalized Wednesday after Neshek passed his physical. The veteran right-hander opened the 2017 season with the Phillies and pitched terrifically in a setup role before they traded him to the Rockies on July 26 for three minor leaguers. He should resume that setup gig in the Philadelphia bullpen in 2018.
Dec 13 - 5:25 PM

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Giants are "staying in contact" with free agent outfielder Jay Bruce.

Rosenthal says signing Bruce and trading for Reds center fielder Billy Hamilton was the "initial fallback plan" for San Francisco once Giancarlo Stanton rejected a trade there, though the Giants have been unable to match up with Cincinnati on a Hamilton deal. Bruce is also known to be drawing free agent interest from the Rockies, Blue Jays, Mariners, and Mets. He hit .254/.324/.508 with 36 homers and 101 RBI in 146 games this past season between New York and Cleveland.
Dec 13 - 3:06 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports hears the Marlins "intend to hold onto Christian Yelich."

There is a massive organizational fire sale underway in Miami, with Giancarlo Stanton, Marcell Ozuna, and Dee Gordon already out the door, but Yelich is under the Marlins' control through 2021 with a club option for 2022 and they apparently want to try to build around the 26-year-old outfielder. Alex Pavlovic of CSN Bay Area confirms this thought, tweeting Wednesday that the Giants "have repeatedly been told" by the Marlins that Yelich is not available.
Dec 13 - 2:43 PM

Craig Mish of Sirius XM reports that the Marlins have traded Marcell Ozuna to the Cardinals.

Miami will reportedly get pitching prospects Sandy Alcantara, Zac Gallen, and Daniel Castano in return, along with outfield prospect Magneuris Sierra. Ozuna broke out with a .312/.376/.548 batting line, 37 home runs, and 124 RBI in 159 games this past season and represents a massive upgrade for the middle of the Cardinals' lineup. The 27-year-old outfielder is under contractual control via salary arbitration through the end of 2019.
Dec 13 - 1:03 PM

MLB.com's Mark Feinsand hears there is nothing imminent between the Rockies and Greg Holland.

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reported earlier that Colorado was closing in on an agreement to bring Holland back for the 2018 season and beyond, but a source tells Feinsand that the two sides are "just talking" at the moment. Thomas Harding, the Rockies beat writer for MLB.com, is hearing the same thing as Feinsand. A new deal could happen at some point between Holland and the Rockies, but it sounds like the 32-year-old free agent right-hander is still shopping around for the time being.
Dec 13 - 12:54 PM




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