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Ryan Braun (back) told reporters that he's "far more likely" to hit the disabled list than not.

Braun has missed three games in a row because of his back injury after not being in the lineup on Wednesday against the Diamondbacks. The 34-year-old veteran is off to a rough start on the 2018 season, with a line of .222/.268/.413 with five homers and four steals in 37 games. Don't be surprised if we hear a roster move made soon.
May 16 - 7:30 PM

Fancred's Jon Heyman reports that Edwin Encarnacion has been traded to the Mariners.

Carlos Santana will head to the Indians. It's a three-team deal also involving the Rays. Much more to come.
Dec 13 - 12:15 PM

Orioles selected SS Richie Martin from the Athletics with the No. 1 overall pick in the Rule 5 Draft.

Martin is known more for his defense than offense, but he posted a promising .300/.368/.439 batting line with six home runs and 25 stolen bases over 118 games this past season with the Double-A affiliate of the Athletics. Baltimore will have to carry the 23-year-old shortstop on its major league roster in order to keep him. He could potentially see regular playing time out of the gate with the rebuilding O's.
Dec 13 - 12:06 PM

According to USA Today's Bob Nightengale, White Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf has spoken twice over the phone to Bryce Harper's agent Scott Boras.

The White Sox and Phillies have been very public about their desire to land Harper (or Manny Machado) this winter, while other clubs seem to prefer a laying-in-the-weeds approach. We'll include the Dodgers, Yankees, Cardinals, and Cubs in that second group, and there has been plenty of chatter about mystery teams potentially emerging. There was no tangible movement on Harper or Machado during this week's Winter Meetings in Las Vegas. Nightengale writes that Harper "is expected to receive a deal that may eclipse $400 million."
Source: USA Today
Dec 13 - 10:33 AM

According to Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports Philadelphia, the Phillies are "very much in pursuit" of free agent relievers Andrew Miller and Zach Britton.

The free agent relief market has officially fired up, with Joe Kelly and Jeurys Familia both agreeing to three-year deals overnight. Salisbury writes that Miller and Britton are "getting a lot of action from teams" and that the Phillies are "right in the thick of the chase." Miller battled injuries in 2018 and wound up with a poor 4.24 ERA, 1.38 WHIP and 45/16 K/BB ratio over 34 innings with the Indians, but he ranked among the top relievers in baseball from 2013-2017.
Dec 13 - 10:00 AM

MLB.com's Ken Gurnick reports that the Dodgers have been in touch with the Pirates about a trade for catcher Francisco Cervelli.

The Dodgers are one of many teams in the mix for Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto, but they could shift their focus to Cervelli if they're unable to work something out with Miami. Gurnick also mentions free agent Nick Hundley as a potential fallback option. Cervelli delivered a strong .259/.378/.431 batting line with a career-high 12 home runs and 57 RBI over 104 games with the Pirates in 2018. He's due $11.5 million in 2019, the final year of his current deal.
Dec 13 - 9:02 AM

According to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, the Mets have signed Jeurys Familia to a three-year, $30 million deal.

The free agent relief market is finally rolling. Familia had interest from several teams, but he'll head back to a familiar spot and operate as a setup man under new Mets closer Edwin Diaz. Familia, 29, put up a 3.13 ERA with 83 strikeouts over 72 innings this past year between Queens and Oakland.
Dec 13 - 8:42 AM

Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports that the Dodgers and Joe Kelly are in agreement on a three-year, $25 million deal.

Ken Rosenthal and Robert Murray of The Athletic were first to report that a deal was close. Kelly gets a nice payday here despite posting an underwhelming 4.39 ERA and 1.36 WHIP over 65 2/3 regular-season innings with the Red Sox in 2018. He came up huge in the playoffs as Boston marched to the World Series title, yielding just one earned run and striking out 13 batters against zero walks in 11 1/3 frames. The 30-year-old right-hander will work in a setup role in Los Angeles.
Dec 13 - 8:34 AM

According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, the Diamondbacks "believe they’ll get a better return for Zack Greinke at the trade deadline instead of now."

It's no secret that the Diamondbacks have been shopping Greinke -- in fact, Nightengale wrote in November that they were "highly likely" to trade the veteran right-hander this winter -- but there is understandably some hesitation from opposing clubs given that he's still owed $104.5 million on a contract that runs through 2021. That will be his age-37 season. Greinke, who posted a 3.21 ERA, 1.079 WHIP, and 199 strikeouts over 207 2/3 innings in 2018, might fetch more in terms of prospects when teams get desperate in the summer.
Dec 13 - 1:13 AM

According to Anthony DiComo of MLB.com, the Mets had preliminary talks with Jacob deGrom's agents this week about a possible contract extension.

The 2018 National League Cy Young Award winner is under the Mets' control for the next two seasons via salary arbitration, but there is clearly openness on both sides to discussing something long-term. Whether the two sides can ultimately agree on the length and price of a new deal is a different story, though it should perhaps be noted that new Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen used to personally represent deGrom at CAA. DiComo writes that it's "unlikely anything happens soon, and certainly possible nothing ever happens."
Dec 12 - 10:07 PM

Craig Kimbrel is looking for a six-year contract worth north of $100 million, per Jayson Stark of The Athletic.

Stark heard that asking price from two different executives this week at the Winter Meetings in Las Vegas. Kimbrel has been one of the top closers in baseball for many years and should fetch a pretty massive deal on the open market this winter, but it remains to be seen whether he'll even be able to top the record five-year, $86 million contract that the Yankees gave Aroldis Chapman in December 2016. Chapman was 28 years old when he signed it. Kimbrel turns 32 next May.
Dec 12 - 9:52 PM

Jon Morosi of MLB.com reports that the White Sox are among the teams with interest in free agent reliever Adam Ottavino.

Ottavino has many suitors, including the Yankees, Mets, and Red Sox, which is no surprise after he registered a 2.43 ERA with 112 strikeouts over 77 2/3 innings with the Rockies in 2018. The 33-year-old right-hander is probably looking at a three-year deal this winter, but it's hard to say for sure until Craig Kimbrel or somebody else sets the market for top-tier free agent relievers.
Dec 12 - 8:52 PM




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