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Kyle Gibson tossed eight innings of one-run ball while scattering five hits in Thursday's 5-1 win over the Rays.

Gibson fanned nine without walking a batter in what was about as strong a start he could have managed heading into the All Star break. He finished his brilliant evening's work having thrown 113 pitches (72 strikes). The outing was a needed one, too, as Gibson had seen his ERA rise from 3.25 to 3.59 over his last three starts, with at least three runs given up in each of those starts. After years of maddening inconsistency, the 30-year-old right-hander has finally started to build some trust for fantasy purposes. He owns a 3.42 ERA, 1.23 WHIP and 114/46 K/BB ratio across 115 2/3 innings for the campaign as a whole.
Jul 13 - 1:06 AM

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

Phillies signed OF Andrew McCutchen to a three-year, $50 million contract with a $15 million club option for 2022.

That option comes with a $3 million buyout. McCutchen did quite well for himself here, and the Phillies added a steady veteran presence who is capable of hitting near the top of their lineup -- at least in the first couple years of the deal. The power and speed have both been in decline for a while, but Cutch should be good for 20-plus homers and something close to an .800 OPS in Philly next season. He posted a .421 on-base percentage and .892 OPS in 114 plate appearances with the Yankees to finish out the 2018 regular season.
Dec 12 - 8:42 PM

According to MLB.com's Mark Feinsand, the Yankees "have agreed to the structure on a contract" with J.A. Happ that would be for two years with an option for 2021.

That option will be based on innings pitched and starts, per Feinsand. The deal is still being finalized and is pending a physical. Happ drew interest from several other teams over the last month-plus, including the Phillies and Astros, but it sounds like none were willing to offer a third year (even on an option) to the 36-year-old left-hander. He posted a 3.65 ERA and 193/51 K/BB ratio in 177 2/3 innings this past season between the Blue Jays and Yanks.
Dec 12 - 8:29 PM

Reds acquired RHP Tanner Roark from the Nationals for RHP Tanner Rainey.

A classic Tanner-for-Tanner swap. Roark registered an uninspiring 4.50 ERA over 361 2/3 innings in his last two seasons with the Nats, but he's been an effective starter in the past and should be an upgrade to the Cincinnati rotation in 2019. He's due to become a free agent next winter. The Reds are probably still on the hunt for at least one more starting pitcher. They've been connected to several.
Dec 12 - 7:12 PM

Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports that free agent Justin Bour has agreed to a deal with the Angels.

It'll be a one-year, $2.5 million deal, per Joel Sherman of the New York Post. Bour was non-tendered by the Phillies last month after batting .227/.341/.404 with 20 home runs and 59 RBI over 141 games between Miami and Philadelphia in 2018. The 30-year-old slugger will presumably get regular playing time between first base and DH next season in Anaheim, but Albert Pujols and Shohei Ohtani are also part of that equation. Granted, Pujols and Ohtani are both coming off major surgeries.
Dec 12 - 7:08 PM

Lance Lynn has agreed to a three-year, $30 million deal with the Rangers, per MLB.com's Mark Feinsand.

MLB.com's T.R. Sullivan was first to report that an agreement was close. It's a big commitment to a guy who finished the 2018 season with a 4.77 ERA and 1.53 WHIP in 156 2/3 innings, but Lynn did produce a 3.38 ERA over his first six years in the majors -- a span of 977 2/3 innings -- and he's only 31 years old. Texas will hope he can bounce back to that form he showed in St. Louis.
Dec 12 - 7:03 PM

According to Ken Rosenthal and Dennis Lin of The Athletic, the Padres are among the teams with interest in free agent Marwin Gonzalez.

Gonzalez is a fit for just about every club in the major leagues because of his ability to play all over the diamond defensively. Rosenthal says the Padres are looking for someone who can play shortstop until top prospect Fernando Tatis Jr. is ready and then shift into more of a utility role. Gonzalez had a down year with the Astros in 2018, but the versatile 29-year-old batted .303/.377/.530 with 23 home runs and 90 RBI over 134 games in 2017.
Dec 12 - 6:40 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




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