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Clayton Kershaw (back) is scheduled to throw a simulated game Wednesday at Dodger Stadium.

Kershaw made it through his second bullpen session Sunday without issue and is ready for the next step in his rehabilitation from a lower back strain. The ace left-hander is on track to return to the Los Angeles rotation before the end of August. He's been out since July 24.
Aug 13 - 2:19 PM

Dodgers GM Farhan Zaidi said Tuesday at the Winter Meetings that the club is engaged in "active dialogue" with free agent starter Yu Darvish.

Darvish had a dreadful showing for Los Angeles in the 2017 World Series, but he posted a 3.44 ERA, 1.148 WHIP, and 61/13 K/BB ratio over 49 2/3 regular-season innings after being acquired from the Rangers and the 31-year-old right-hander ranks as the top available pitcher on the open market this winter. He's also said to be drawing serious interest from the Astros, Twins, and at least four other teams.
Dec 12 - 4:46 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports says the Reds and Giants are "not matching up" on a Billy Hamilton trade.

ESPN's Buster Olney adds that the Reds are engaged with other organizations on Hamilton, whom he labels the "ultimate late-inning weapon" for a "big-market team." Hamilton has excelled defensively and on the basepaths, but the 27-year-old center fielder owns a weak .248/.298/.334 career batting line. He carries two more years of control.
Dec 12 - 4:05 PM

Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said Tuesday that the club is inclined to keep Matt Harvey.

Harvey's name has circulated in rumors over the past 24 hours, with the Rangers and Orioles being mentioned most prominently, but Alderson said the club isn't ready to give up on him. "All I’m weighing right now are the opinions of Mickey Callaway and Dave Eiland," said Alderson. "And they don’t want to lose him." The Mets couldn't possibly sell any lower on Harvey and the health of the other members of the rotation remains a concern, so there's a strong argument to keep him around even if there's only a small chance he can show some of his old form.
Dec 12 - 3:48 PM

Mets manager Mickey Callaway indicated Tuesday that he might not have a dedicated closer in 2018.

Instead, Callaway would prefer to make his decisions based on the situation. It's a refreshing way to think about things, though obviously any plan is subject to change. Jeurys Familia and A.J. Ramos are at the top of the depth chart, but the Mets could still add another name to the mix soon.
Dec 12 - 2:48 PM

The Cardinals have emerged as the favorites to acquire Marcell Ozuna from the Marlins, reports Bob Nightengale of USA Today.

Nightengale notes that "no decision" has been made yet, but chatter has picked up since the club was able to trade Giancarlo Stanton. It's worth remembering that the Cardinals were in the mix for Stanton, so the Marlins already have a pretty good idea about what they like in the club's minor league system. Ozuna has also draw interest from the likes of the Rangers, Nationals, Rockies, and Blue Jays.
Dec 12 - 2:09 PM

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Phillies have had "ongoing discussions" with free agent reliever Addison Reed.

The Phillies have reportedly inked Pat Neshek to a two-year, $16.25 million contract, but they apparently aren't done improving their bullpen. Reed will be more costly and perhaps require another year. He posted a 2.84 ERA and 76/15 K/BB ratio over 76 innings this season between the Mets and the Red Sox.
Dec 12 - 2:03 PM

Rays acquired INF Ryan Schimpf from the Padres for INF Deion Tansel.

Schimpf hit just .158 with a .284 on-base percentage in 53 games with the Padres this past season, but he put up 14 homers and a .424 slugging percentage. The 29-year-old strikes out a ton and hits the ball in the air more than anyone, so putting up a decent batting average will be a struggle, but there's no doubting his power. The Rays are willing to take a chance to see where he could fit.
Dec 12 - 1:44 PM

Padres acquired 3B Chase Headley, RHP Bryan Mitchell and cash considerations from the Yankees for OF Jabari Blash.

This is strictly a salary dump for the Yankees while the Padres are willing to take a shot on Mitchell turning the corner. Headley, who turns 34 next May, batted .273/.352/.406 with 12 homers and 61 RBI over 147 games this past season. He's owed $13 million in 2018. The reunion with Headley gives the Padres some flexibility to consider other trades.
Dec 12 - 1:33 PM

According to Joe Frisaro of MLB.com, "at least 10 teams" have inquired on Marlins outfielder Christian Yelich.

Marcell Ozuna is being shopped at this week's Winter Meetings, but Yelich could be the bigger prize. While Ozuna has two years of team control remaining, Yelich is owed $43.25 million through 2021 with a $15 million club option (or a $1.25 million buyout) for 2022. Frisaro hears that the Braves, Diamondbacks, and Cardinals are among the teams who have checked in on Yelich so far.
Dec 12 - 1:29 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

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




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