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A source confirmed to Mark Feinsand of MLB.com that Bartolo Colon plans to pitch in 2018.

Colon said "that's the goal" after his final start of the 2017 season. The 44-year-old right-hander posted an ugly 6.48 ERA, 1.59 WHIP, and 89/35 K/BB ratio in 143 total innings this summer between the Braves and Twins, but he'll probably get a shot somewhere if he's not worried about financial or roster guarantees.
Tue, Nov 7, 2017 08:19:00 PM

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Blue Jays have signed Curtis Granderson to a one-year, $5 million contract.

The deal is pending a physical and also includes incentives. Granderson will turn 37 in March and really struggled down the stretch with the Dodgers last season, finishing with a .212/.323/.452 batting line. However, he did pop 26 home runs and still draws plenty of walks. He'll be used in left or right field (or both) against right-handed pitching.
Jan 15 - 9:10 PM

Giants acquired OF Andrew McCutchen and cash from the Pirates for RHP Kyle Crick, OF Bryan Reynolds and $500,000 in international bonus pool space.

The Pirates are covering $2.5 million of McCutchen's $14.75 million salary for 2018, per Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic. It's the end of an era, as McCutchen made five All-Star teams and won one National League MVP award during his nine seasons as a Pirate and will probably have his number retired by the club one day. Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Giants would prefer to play McCutchen in right field and move Hunter Pence to left, although whether that plan works out might depend on whether San Francisco is able to add a center fielder. It's obviously not an ideal landing spot for McCutchen for fantasy purposes, as he's headed to the most pitcher-friendly home park in baseball.
Jan 15 - 6:31 PM

Twins signed RHP Addison Reed to a two-year, $16.75 million contract.

The deal was reported on Saturday and is now official. Reed is expected to enter the season as a setup man for Fernando Rodney, although it's certainly conceivable that he could find himself in the closer role at some point. The 29-year-old reliever held a 2.84 ERA, 1.05 WHIP and 76/15 K/BB ratio across 76 innings between the Mets and Red Sox in 2017.
Jan 15 - 5:41 PM

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Pirates are signing Felipe Rivero to a four-year contract extension with club options for 2022 and 2023.

The new contract buys out all of the closer's arbitration years and potentially two free agent years. Rosenthal says Rivero will be guaranteed at least $22 million in the deal and that the options are each worth $10 million. It's a bit of good news for Pirates fans on a day when they traded franchise icon Andrew McCutchen to the Giants. Rivero has emerged as one of the elite relievers in the game, having put up a 1.67 ERA and 88/20 K/BB ratio over 75 1/3 innings in 2017.
Jan 15 - 5:38 PM

Yadier Molina said Monday that he plans to retire after his contract runs out following the 2020 season.

The three-year, $60 million contract extension Molina signed just before Opening Day last season begins this year. He will be 38 when that deal runs out, so it's not a surprise that he plans to hang up his cleats at that point. Molina has remained a workhorse behind the plate even in his mid-30s and is coming off a solid offensive season that saw him bat .273/.312/.439 with 18 homers and 82 RBI. Carson Kelly will be Yadi's backup this season and the Cardinals could steadily increase his playing time during the course of Molina's deal.
Jan 15 - 4:24 PM

Jimmy Nelson (shoulder) is slated to begin a throwing program on Friday.

Nelson is on his way back from shoulder surgery and wasn't originally expected to start throwing until spring training, so this qualifies as a pleasant surprise. The 28-year-old has thrown himself into his rehab process, including the acquisition of a hyperbaric chamber. "The volume and intensity of my workouts has been able to stay as high as possible," said Nelson. "I haven't had to take too many recovery days or too many easy days at the gym, because I'm not feeling super sore. There are things it's doing for me internally that I can't see. It's one of the many reasons my rehab has gone so well." Throwing on Friday is just the first step in a lengthy process, so there's no clear timetable on a return to game action, but this is obviously great news for the Brewers.
Jan 15 - 3:31 PM

Justin Morneau will officially retire with a press conference at Target Field on Wednesday.

Morneau, who didn't play in the majors in 2017, is set to join the Twins as a special assistant. The four-time All-Star will end his playing career with a .281/.348/.481 batting line, 247 home runs and 985 RBI over 14 seasons, most of them with the Twins. He won the AL MVP Award with the Twins in 2006 and a batting title with the Rockies in 2014.
Jan 15 - 3:04 PM

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Nationals have reached a two-year, $7 million deal with free agent Howie Kendrick, pending a physical.

This confirms a report from Bob Nightengale of USA Today. It's a very reasonable price tag for the 34-year-old Kendrick coming off an excellent year where he batted .315/.368/.475 with nine homers and 12 steals over 91 games while playing in the infield and outfield. He should be an active utility player in his return to Washington. According to Rosenthal, the deal could max out at $9.25 million with incentives.
Jan 15 - 11:44 AM

According to Jim Bowden of SiriusXM, the Brewers continue to be "in" on free agent starting pitcher Jake Arrieta.

We heard earlier this month that the Cubs and Cardinals were "showing the most interest" in Arrieta, so this could be a true NL Central showdown. There's no doubt that Arrieta would provide a boost to Milwaukee's rotation, especially with Jimmy Nelson's status in question. The big question remains the price tag, as his agent Scott Boras was at one point seeking a $200 million pact. Of course, that was probably never realistic to begin with, which is why the Brewers are still in the mix here.
Jan 15 - 8:53 AM

Jim Bowden of SiriusXM reports that the Brewers are a possibility for free agent third baseman Mike Moustakas.

It's an odd fit. The Brewers already have a cheaper and younger third baseman in-house with Travis Shaw, but Bowden writes that signing Moustakas would allow them to flip Shaw to the Yankees, Braves, or Mets. It's unclear whether this is just internal discussion or if talks have actually taken place. They'd presumably try to trade Shaw for a starting pitcher, though Bowden also notes that the club continues to show interest in free agent Jake Arrieta. With the free agent market still widely unsettled, there are a lot of possibilities in the air.
Jan 15 - 8:44 AM

John Harper of the New York Daily News reports that the Yankees' interest in Yu Darvish is "very real."

Harper says general manager Brian Cashman thinks they'd be able to sign Darvish at a "reasonable" price due to the stalled free agent market, which is part of the reason they didn't offer a stronger package for Gerrit Cole. Harper writes that the Yankees "seem to think" that price could be in the five-year, $80-90 million range. That seems awfully low, especially since there are a good number of clubs still in on the right-hander. Darvish would put the Yanks over the luxury-tax threshold even if they get him at a bargain rate, and the team has been adamant they won't go there. It would likely require them trading Jacoby Ellsbury and/or another player or two.
Jan 14 - 9:22 AM




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