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Whit Merrifield doubled and tripled while driving in two runs in a 12-0 rout of the White Sox on Thursday in the Cactus League.

Merrifield has crushed Cactus League pitching this spring. While the sample size is small, it's nice to see after his breakout season for the Royals in 2017. There aren't many fantasy relevant players in the Kansas City lineup this season, but Merrifield is one of them. He should be one of the better second baseman in the American League in 2018.
Mar 8 - 6:09 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

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




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