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Andrelton Simmons left Thursday's Cactus League game against the Athletics with a strained left shoulder.

He'll undergo an MRI later tonight, though manager Mike Scioscia said it's just precautionary. Simmons set career-highs in hits (164), RBI (69), doubles (38), runs scored (77) and steals (19) last year while providing his usual stellar glove work at shortstop. Zack Cozart, who is slated to start at third base, could see reps at shortstop if Simmons' absence stretches into the regular season.
Mar 8 - 6:04 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

According to Jon Heyman of Fancred, the Yankees like and plan to meet with free agent Manny Machado.

Heyman notes, however, that the Yankees will not pay $300 million to secure the superstar infielder. The Phillies and White Sox are currently seen as their main competition for Machado, though there are likely several other interested teams lurking in the shadows.
Dec 9 - 6:46 PM

Mike Napoli announced his retirement as a player on Saturday.

He posted a long letter on Twitter to announce that his playing days are over. He retires with a career .246/.346/.475 slash line with 267 home runs and 744 RBI. His career began in 2006 with the Angels and he went on to become one of the best catchers to own in the fantasy game. He eventually moved out from behind the plate and became predominantly a first baseman and designated hitter. In addition to the Angels he played for the Rangers, Red Sox and Indians during his 12 seasons in the majors. His most impressive campaign came in 2011 when he slugged .320/.414/.631 with 30 homers and 75 RBI in just 113 games. He last appeared in the majors in 2017 with the Rangers and missed all of the 2018 season after suffering a severe knee injury in April while playing for the Indians' Triple-A affiliate.
Dec 8 - 3:23 PM

Brian Stull of the St. Louis Baseball Weekly reported that Yadier Molina will undergo knee surgery next week.

It is expected to be a minor clean-up procedure with a rapid recovery time. Cardinals President of Baseball Operations John Mozeliak said Molina would be sidelined for only a few days. The 36-year-old Molina remains one of the top catchers on the fantasy landscape after batting .261/.314/.436 with 20 home runs and 74 RBI this past season. ESPN's Player Rater ranked Molina second among all catchers behind only J.T. Realmuto in 2018.
Dec 8 - 11:17 AM

Padres signed RHP Garrett Richards to a two-year contract.

Official financial terms of the deal are not yet known, but it's believed to be in the neighborhood of $15 million, with the ability for incentives to push it up to $18 million. The 30-year-old hurler is expected to miss most of, if not all, of the 2019 season while recovering from Tommy John surgery.
Dec 7 - 6:48 PM

Nationals owner Mark Lerner said in an interview on 106.7 FM The Fan on Friday of Bryce Harper that "I really don't expect him to come back at this point."

Lerner said that when the team made Harper the reported 10-year, $300 million offer on the last day of the regular season, "we told them, 'This is the best we can do.'" He added that that offer "very well may be" off the table at this point after the additions they've made since then and ones they still plan to make. General manager Mike Rizzo indicated earlier Friday that the Patrick Corbin signing didn't necessarily rule the club out for re-signing Harper, but the writing is on the wall at this point.
Dec 7 - 2:55 PM

Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times writes that there is "industry-wide speculation" the Dodgers will trade Yasiel Puig this offseason.

Hernandez adds that it could happen as soon as next week's Winter Meetings. The speculation does make sense, as the Dodgers are loaded with outfield depth and Puig is slated to hit free agency next winter. Hernandez also notes that Puig was "disgruntled" by being used as a platoon player in 2018 and "is now described as distrustful of management and open to playing for another team." Puig's name has popped up in trade rumors often in the past, but the Dodgers obviously haven't gotten any offers they felt were good enough to pull the trigger on. Whether that changes this offseason remains to be seen.
Dec 7 - 12:55 PM

Nationals signed LHP Patrick Corbin to a six-year, $140 million contract.

The deal was reported earlier this week and has now been made official after Corbin passed a physical. It's a risky contract for a guy who has been up-and-down during his career, but there's no disputing Corbin hit a new level in 2018 when he focused even more on his dominating slider. He gives the Nats a formidable top-three in the rotation along with Max Scherzer and Stephen Strasburg.
Dec 7 - 12:30 PM

Luis Valbuena and former Pirates second baseman Jose Castillo were killed in a car accident in Venezuela on Thursday night.

Both were playing with the Lara Cardinales in the Venezuelan Winter League. Valbuena, 33, was a major league free agent after being released by the Angels in August. He spent 11 seasons in the bigs, hitting a career-high 25 homers for the Astros in 2015. Castillo, 37, played five seasons in the majors from 2004-08. Our condolences go out to the families of both.
Dec 7 - 1:20 AM

Phillies acquired LHP Jose Alvarez from the Angels for RHP Luis Garcia.

Alvarez was one of the better and more consistent relievers for the Angels last year, posting a 2.71 ERA and 59/22 K/BB ratio over 63 innings in 76 games. He was effective against left-handed and right-handed hitters in 2018, with both groups posting an OPS below .624. He should operate in the middle-innings for the Phillies, but the southpaw could move into a high-leverage role if he pitches well this spring and to start the season.
Dec 6 - 10:07 PM

Twins signed 2B Jonathan Schoop to a one-year, $7.5 million contract.

The deal could end up being worth over $8 million if he reaches various bonuses. Schoop was non-tendered by the Brewers at the end of November, as he was projected to earn close to $10 million in arbitration after struggling for both Milwaukee and Baltimore in 2018. He was much better in 2017, hitting 32 homers with an .843 OPS for the Orioles. He turned 27 in October, and the Twins will hope he can find the form that made him one of the best offensive second baseman in baseball not long ago. If he can't, it's just one year of sunk cost.
Dec 6 - 7:36 PM




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