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According to Bruce Levine of CBS Chicago, "the two clubs showing the most interest" in Jake Arrieta are the Cubs and Cardinals.

Other teams like the Brewers, Twins, Blue Jays, Rockies, Rangers, Phillies, and Nationals have been tied to Arrieta this offseason, but only loosely. So maybe it really will come down to the two NL Central arch-rivals. It has been an incredibly slow-moving offseason for the majority of baseball's top free agents, though you'd have to think things will pick up here in early January. Arrieta, 31, registered a 3.53 ERA, 1.218 WHIP, and 163/55 K/BB ratio over 168 1/3 innings last season for the Cubs. One of many still-unsigned Scott Boras clients, he's said to be seeking upwards of $200 million.
Source: CBS Chicago
Wed, Jan 3, 2018 09:09:00 AM

Giants signed LHP Drew Pomeranz, who had been with the Red Sox, to a one-year, $1.5 million contract.

Pomeranz is one year removed from going 17-6 with a 3.32 ERA for Boston, so he should have had better offers than this, even if he did go 2-6 with a 6.08 ERA during an injury-filled 2018 season. If everyone is healthy, Pomeranz will have to overtake Andrew Suarez and Chris Stratton to secure a spot in the Giants' Opening Day rotation behind Madison Bumgarner, Jeff Samardzija, Dereck Rodriguez and Derek Holland. Still, chances are that not everyone will be healthy.
Jan 23 - 3:11 PM

The Orioles are showing interest in free agent Matt Davidson, according to's Mark Feinsand.

The rebuilding O's are certainly in good position to let Davidson experiment as a two-way player. They could use him in the lineup against left-handed opponents and let him pitch fairly regularly in relief, if they'd like. The 27-year-old slugged 20 home runs in 123 games last season with the White Sox and also made three scoreless appearances out of the bullpen.
Jan 23 - 3:03 PM

Ichiro Suzuki's minor league deal with the Mariners is set to pay him $750,000 if he makes the major league roster, according to Bob Nightengale of USA Today.

Obviously, Suzuki's return isn't about the money. Most likely, he'll play in the two games in Japan to start the year and then officially call it a career. The 45-year-old outfielder is currently sitting on 3,089 major league hits. He also tallied 1,278 hits during his nine seasons in Nippon Professional Baseball.
Jan 23 - 9:14 AM

Mariano Rivera, Roy Halladay, Edgar Martinez, and Mike Mussina have been elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

They'll be officially inducted this summer in Cooperstown, New York, along with Today's Game Era Committee selections Lee Smith and Harold Baines. Rivera and Halladay are in as first-ballot selections, and Mussina finally topped the 75-percent voting threshold in his sixth year on the ballot. It was a full 10-year wait for Martinez. Rivera, the all-time MLB leader in saves and a five-time World Series champion, received votes on 100 percent of the 425 ballots cast, becoming the first player ever to be voted in unanimously.
Jan 22 - 6:21 PM

Joe Frisaro of reports that the Dodgers remain in talks with the Marlins about a possible trade for catcher J.T. Realmuto.

The Dodgers recently acquired Russell Martin from the Blue Jays, but that hasn't changed their pursuit of Realmuto. The Marlins are setting their sights sky high in regard to the asking price and Frisaro hears that top catching prospect Keibert Ruiz is one of the names being discussed with the Dodgers. However, it's unclear if anything is imminent. The Rays, Reds, Astros, Padres, and Braves have also been linked in talks for Realmuto.
Jan 22 - 3:50 PM

Braves re-signed OF Nick Markakis to a one-year, $6 million contract.

Markakis will receive a $4 million salary in 2019 and there is a $2 million buyout on a $6 million club option for 2020. The Braves considered alternative plans for their outfield this offseason, but it was always possible they'd loop back around on Markakis. The 35-year-old is coming off his best season since 2012, but the market hasn't been kind to most veteran players. It's a nice value for the Braves, and it also allows them to continue to invest in other areas of their roster.
Jan 22 - 3:37 PM

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Rangers have signed infielder Asdrubal Cabrera to a one-year deal, pending a physical.

Jeff Passan of ESPN reports that the deal is worth $3.5 million. Rosenthal writes that Cabrera will play third base, replacing Adrian Beltre, with his new team. The 33-year-old couldn't find much of a market for himself this winter despite putting up 23 homers with a .774 OPS (112 OPS+) between the Mets and Phillies last season. At least he'll be in a good situation to continue delivering fantasy value in the short-term. The Rangers aren't expected to be contenders in 2019, so there's a good chance he ends up being a trade candidate around midseason.
Jan 22 - 11:52 AM

Reds acquired RHP Sonny Gray and LHP Reiver Sanmartin from the Yankees in exchange for 2B Shed Long and a 2019 competitive balance pick.

Gray has agreed to a three-year, $30.5 million contract extension, as well, with the Reds holding a $12 million club option for 2023. He will be reunited with his college pitching coach, Derek Johnson, who joined new manager David Bell's staff earlier this offseason. Getting out of Yankee Stadium and moving to the National League is good news for Gray, but he'll have to pitch in another bandbox in Great American Ball Park. Mixed leaguers should probably take a wait-and-see approach with him.
Jan 21 - 5:13 PM

Yadier Molina said Monday that his surgically-repaired left knee is at about 50 percent and he probably won't play in spring training games until mid-March.

Molina also revealed that his knee bothered him for the bulk of last season, but he played through it before going under the knife in mid-December. It's not the news you want to hear about a 36-year-old catcher, but Molina has been incredibly durable considering the number of innings he catches, so it's hard to doubt him at this point. Still, the ongoing recovery is something for fantasy owners to monitor this spring.
Jan 21 - 4:48 PM

Ketel Marte will move to center field for the Diamondbacks this season.

The D-backs plan to play new acquisition Wilmer Flores primarily at second base, allowing them to move Marte to center field as had been rumored. Marte has only started seven games in center in his pro career, with five of them coming in 2017 at Triple-A. With Marte moving to the outfield, Jarrod Dyson will slide back into a fourth outfielder role.
Jan 21 - 4:30 PM

Sahadev Sharma of The Athletic writes that the Cubs have "bandied about the idea of trading Ben Zobrist this offseason."

Zobrist is set to play an integral role for the Cubs again in 2019, particularly early on in the season while Addison Russell serves the remainder of his suspension. That said, the team has evidently considered trading him for bullpen help and payroll space. However, it does not appear at this point that any deal involving Zobrist is close. The veteran utility player will turn 38 in May and is slated for free agency after the upcoming season. He'll earn $12.5 million in 2019.
Source: The Athletic
Jan 20 - 3:55 PM

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