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Phillies designated 1B Tommy Joseph for assignment.

The move clears space on the 40-man roster for the arrival of Jake Arrieta. Joseph entered last season as the Phillies' starting first baseman and wound up hitting 22 homers, but he batted just .240/.289/.432 overall and there was no longer a fit for him on the roster. He's not arbitration-eligible until after 2019 and could draw some interest on waivers.
Mar 12 - 6:12 PM

Charlie Morton will get a two-year, $30 million deal from the Rays, according to Yahoo's Jeff Passan.

That's pretty much what he expected to get going into the winter. He'll join a rotation that should include Blake Snell and Tyler Glasnow. Ryan Yarbrough, Yonny Chirinos and Jalen Beeks could serve as bulk guys behind openers. Morton, 35, posted a stellar 3.13 ERA and 201/64 K/BB ratio over 167 innings (30 starts) with the Astros in 2018.
Dec 12 - 3:58 PM

Yusei Kikuchi's agent Scott Boras said Wednesday that the Japanese left-hander will meet with interested teams later this month in Los Angeles.

Kikuchi has already drawn interest from a range of different clubs but the early word is that he prefers to play on the West Coast. He's been connected to the Padres, Dodgers, and Mariners, and Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle reported Monday that the the Giants might be his "first choice." The 27-year-old southpaw posted a 3.08 ERA and 153/45 K/BB ratio over 163 2/3 innings this past season with the Seibu Lions in Japan.
Dec 12 - 3:04 PM

According to Fancred's Jon Heyman, the Mariners are among the teams showing trade interest in Sonny Gray.

It doesn't make a ton of sense on the surface with the Mariners conducting an aggressive organizational rebuild, but they probably feel he could post good numbers in the pitcher-friendly confines of Safeco Field (or whatever name it's going by) and then be flipped for prospects at some point next summer. Gray registered a disappointing 4.90 ERA, 1.50 WHIP, and 123/57 K/BB ratio over 130 1/3 innings with the Yankees in 2018. The Reds, Braves, and Padres have also expressed interest in acquiring the 29-year-old right-hander.
Dec 12 - 2:21 PM

Fancred's Jon Heyman reports that the Tigers have an agreement in place with free agent shortstop Jordy Mercer.

It'll be a one-year, $5.25 million deal with another $250,000 available through performance-based incentives. Mercer still plays good defense at age 32, but he posted a weak .696 OPS with six home runs and 39 RBI over 117 games with the Pirates during the 2018 regular season. He'll be replacing free agent Jose Iglesias at the shortstop position in Detroit.
Dec 12 - 1:51 PM

According to Mike Puma of the New York Post, the Mets had an in-person meeting with free agent Adam Jones this week in Las Vegas.

Puma writes that Jones is "among the right-handed bat options they are considering" for their outfield. The Mets seem to have a lot of different things in the works at the moment, so it's difficult to gauge exactly how serious they are about adding Jones. The 33-year-old slashed .281/.313/.419 with 15 home runs and 63 RBI over 145 games with the Orioles in 2018.
Dec 12 - 1:48 PM

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Athletics are among the clubs talking to the Rangers about Jurickson Profar.

Rosenthal notes that Profar could play second base for the A's in 2019 if they are unable to re-sign Jed Lowrie. Franklin Barreto is also an internal possibility. Profar finally put it all together in 2018, batting .254/.335/.458 with 20 home runs, 77 RBI, 10 stolen bases, and 82 runs scored in 146 games with Texas. The 25-year-old former top prospect is under club control through 2020.
Dec 12 - 1:43 PM

Craig Mish of SiriusXM reports that the Reds have "jumped into" the J.T. Realmuto trade market.

Mish further notes that Cincinnati "could be moving up into the candidates to acquire" the 27-year-old catcher from the Marlins. The package would reportedly be highlighted by top outfield prospect Taylor Trammell and a catcher, possibly Tucker Barnhart. The Mets want Realmuto badly and the Phillies and Braves are also believed to be involved, but it seems those clubs are having trouble putting together offers that are to Miami's liking.
Dec 12 - 1:14 PM

The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal now says that the Yankees and J.A. Happ are close to a deal, but haven't actually agreed to terms yet.

This is a change from what he reported 10 minutes earlier, when he claimed there was an agreement. There's still nothing to indicate that it won't get done.
Dec 12 - 10:27 AM

According to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, the Dodgers are talking to the Cardinals about Jose Martinez.

Martinez doesn't make a ton of sense on paper for the Dodgers given his struggles defensively at first base and in the outfield, but perhaps they would promptly flip him to an American League team. The 30-year-old can certainly hit -- he's posted an .850 OPS in 270 games over the last three seasons with St. Louis. Martinez seems certain to be traded somewhere this winter.
Dec 12 - 12:13 AM

According to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, Yankees GM Brian Cashman met with Adam Ottavino's agent on Tuesday night at the Winter Meetings.

MLB.com's Jon Morosi just reported that the Mets and Red Sox are showing "continued interest" in Ottavino, but they're obviously not alone in the pursuit. Sherman says it is "clear" that the 33-year-old reliever is high on the Yankees' wish list. Ottavino, a native of New York City, registered a 2.43 ERA with 112 strikeouts over 77 2/3 innings out of the Rockies' bullpen in 2018.
Dec 12 - 12:01 AM

A source told MLB.com's Mark Feinsand that it is becoming "less and less likely" the Giants will trade Madison Bumgarner this winter.

That same source added that a midseason trade seems more likely, assuming the Giants are not in contention. A number of teams have reportedly expressed interest in the 29-year-old left-hander, including the Phillies, Brewers, Yankees, and Braves, but San Francisco is apparently not ready to part ways quite yet. Bumgarner posted a 3.26 ERA and 109 strikeouts over 129 2/3 innings in 2018 after missing the first two months of the season with a fractured left pinkie.
Dec 11 - 9:54 PM




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