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Yoenis Cespedes got a cortisone injection for his sore right wrist.

Cespedes began experiencing discomfort in his wrist on Sunday and was scratched from the Mets' Grapefruit League lineup on Tuesday, but the good news is X-rays have revealed no fractures of any kind. The veteran outfielder should be fine -- though maybe not quite 100 percent -- for the start of the season. He's also been bothered by a shoulder issue this spring in Mets camp.
Mar 14 - 9:11 AM

Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said Monday that the team has made contract extension offers to Anthony Rendon.

Both the Nats and Rendon are reportedly interested in negotiating a long-term contract extension, but whether the club is able to make an enticing enough offer to convince the third baseman to forego free agency next winter remains to be seen. Rendon has batted .292/.374/.504 with 69 home runs over the last three seasons and is arbitration-eligible for a final time this winter.
Dec 10 - 6:12 PM

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman confirmed Monday that he's had "several conversations" with Manny Machado's agent, Dan Lozano, about the infielder.

Cashman did his best Monday to shoot down the possibility of the Yankees pursuing Bryce Harper, but he's not hiding the fact that his club is interested in the other big free agent fish. The GM said he has not yet met with Lozano at the Winter Meetings in Las Vegas but plans to do so. The Yankees have long been connected to Machado, who could play shortstop for them while Didi Gregorius (elbow) is out before then shifting over to third base.
Dec 10 - 6:05 PM

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman indicated on Monday that the team would not be players for Bryce Harper.

"The Harper stuff, I’m surprised you’re still asking," Cashman said before rattling off the names of six outfielders projected to possibly make the Yankees' Opening Day roster. The GM also ruled out the possibility of Harper being a fit for the Yanks at first base, saying it wasn't realistic. We can't ever rule out the Yankees when it comes to a big-name free agent, but all signs so far have pointed to them not pursuing Harper. They are, however, in on Manny Machado, which Cashman confirmed.
Dec 10 - 5:54 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




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