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Reds and OF Billy Hamilton avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $4.6 million contract.

It's a roughly $2 million salary bump for the speedy Hamilton, who was in his second year of arbitration eligibility. The 27-year-old hit .247/.299/.335 with 59 stolen bases last season and has been mentioned prominently in trade rumors this winter.
Jan 12 - 12:42 PM

Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports that some teams have gotten the sense from the Braves that they're willing to trade both Ender Inciarte and Mike Foltynewicz.

You could certainly see them willing to deal Inciarte if they would prefer sticking Ronald Acuna in center field. Foltynewicz is more difficult to rationalize since the Braves are known to be seeking rotation help and Folty was their best starter last season. He's also under team control through 2021. As Bowman notes, in order to trade Foltynewicz the Braves surely would have to have other moves lined up.
Dec 10 - 5:14 PM

Jayson Stark of The Athletic reports that the Phillies have had "ongoing dialogue" with J.A. Happ over the last several days.

Stark notes that the Phillies "have a long shopping list" this winter, but Happ "appears to be their best fit" for a rotation upgrade after they missed out on Patrick Corbin. Happ, of course, has experience in Philadelphia and Stark says the left-hander is looking for a three-year contract. The southpaw held a 3.65 ERA and 193/51 K/BB ratio in 177 2/3 innings this past season for the Blue Jays and Yankees. Both of those clubs are reportedly interested in a reunion with Happ.
Dec 10 - 5:00 PM

Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that the Athletics are showing interest in DJ LeMahieu.

The A's would like to bring back Jed Lowrie, but LeMahieu could be had at a cheaper price. LeMahieu batted .276/.321/.428 with 15 homers and 62 RBI over 128 games this past season for the Rockies and won his third Gold Glove award. Slusser notes that if the A's wind up acquiring a right-handed hitting second baseman, they could use Franklin Barreto as trade bait for rotation help. The Dodgers and Nationals are also known to have interest in LeMahieu.
Dec 10 - 4:33 PM

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Tigers have signed right-hander Tyson Ross to a one-year, $5.75 million contract.

He's the second addition to Detroit's rotation in recent days, as the club also signed left-hander Matt Moore to a one-year deal. Ross pitched quite well at times this year between the Padres and Cardinals, ultimately finishing with a 4.15 ERA and 122/62 K/BB ratio in 149 2/3 innings. The rebuilding Tigers could spin him for a prospect at the trade deadline if he pitches well.
Dec 10 - 3:58 PM

According to Jon Paul Morosi of MLB.com, trade talks regarding Corey Kluber have "intensified."

The Indians locked up Carlos Carrasco to an extension last week, but they've been shopping both Kluber and Trevor Bauer in recent weeks. The Dodgers have been mentioned as a fit in the past and Morosi hears that they are still among the teams involved. The Indians would presumably want a major-league ready outfielder in return and Alex Verdugo would seem to be a good fit if talks advance with the Dodgers. Kluber turns 33 in April and is under contract for $13 million in 2019, with a pair of club options for 2020 and 2021.
Dec 10 - 12:58 PM

Jon Paul Morosi of MLB.com reports that the Tigers are hearing trade interest on Nicholas Castellanos.

The Braves are among the teams who have inquired thus far. Castellanos is coming off a career-best season where he batted .298/.354/.500 with 23 home runs and 89 RBI. He's a nice chip for the rebuilding Tigers, but that he only has one year of team control remaining (MLB Trade Rumors recently estimated at $11.3 million) in arbitration could limit the potential return.
Dec 10 - 12:32 PM

Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports that the Reds are not actively looking to move Scooter Gennett.

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reported earlier Monday that the Reds would like to move Gennett. Either way, it's a tough time to move a second baseman with so many options on the market. Gennett, 28, batted .310/.357/.490 with 23 homers and 92 RBI in 154 games this past season. He earned $5.7 million in 2018 and will go through arbitration one more year before hitting free agency.
Dec 10 - 12:12 PM

Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports that the Braves "have not had any discussions" on free agent left-hander Dallas Keuchel.

This report is quite a contrast to what we heard from Jon Heyman of FanCred Sports, who wrote Sunday that the Braves seem to have Keuchel atop their wishlist. We'll soon find out if that was just an attempt to get the Phillies to increase their offer. The Reds have also been mentioned as a possible fit for the southpaw.
Dec 10 - 12:06 PM

According to Jim Bowden of The Athletic, the Royals are close to a deal with free agent outfielder Billy Hamilton.

Bowden adds that the two sides are just working through bonuses and a pending physical. Hamilton was recently non-tendered by the Reds after batting just .236/.299/.327 over 153 games this past season. He's never progressed as hoped at the plate, but he plays excellent defense in center field and brings game-changing speed when he actually gets on base. He'll presumably be in a good position for playing time with rebuilding Kansas City, so there's fantasy impact here, flaws and all.
Dec 10 - 10:55 AM

Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports that the Padres have "genuine interest" in acquiring J.T. Realmuto from the Marlins.

The Padres are in the market for an upgrade behind the plate and Realmuto definitely qualifies there. He'd add another big bat to the middle of the lineup as well as terrific defense behind the dish. The Mets are the team that has been mentioned most often as the team looking to snag the All-Star catcher from the Marlins, but perhaps they'd prefer to deal him out of the division instead, which could give the Padres a leg up.
Dec 9 - 10:24 PM

Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports that the Blue Jays have interest in free agent right-handers Mike Fiers and Kendall Graveman.

According to Morosi, the Jays are interested in building rotation depth in the event that Aaron Sanchez and/or Marcus Stroman are traded away this offseason. Fiers, 33, earned $6 million on a one-year deal from the Tigers during a bounceback 2018 campaign where he registered a 12-8 record, 3.56 ERA, 1.18 WHIP and 139/37 K/BB ratio across 172 innings.
Source: Jon Morosi
Dec 9 - 8:53 PM




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