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Felix Hernandez has been demoted to the bullpen.

That means the Mariners need a starter for Sunday's game in Houston and it figures to be Erasmo Ramirez (shoulder). King Felix didn't seem too thrilled about his demotion, telling reporters, "I got nothing to say." Obviously this is a tough pill to swallow for Hernandez, but the reality is, the right-hander just hasn't pitched well this year and the Mariners can't afford to lose games in the midst of a pennant race. The former Cy Young winner has never pitched out of the bullpen in his major league career.
Aug 10 - 12:26 AM

According to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, Yasiel Puig is "in play" in a possible trade between the Dodgers and Reds.

Rosenthal notes that the two teams have "talked multiple times" and are discussing a number of different packages, so there is nothing imminent quite yet. Puig is said to be disgruntled over his relegation to a platoon role in Los Angeles this past season and the expectation is that he will be traded at some point this winter. The 28-year-old outfielder batted .267/.327/.494 with 23 home runs and 15 stolen bases over 125 games in 2018. Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times says the Indians have also expressed interest in acquiring Puig.
Dec 11 - 5:44 PM

MLB.com's Mark Sheldon reports that the Reds have talked to the Braves about a trade for outfielder Ender Inciarte.

Sheldon adds, however, that "nothing is imminent" and that this is just one of many avenues the Reds are exploring in their search for a new everyday center fielder. Billy Hamilton was non-tendered last month and signed a one-year, $5.25 million free agent contract with the Royals this week. Inciarte, 28, batted .265/.325/.380 with 10 home runs and 28 stolen bases over 156 games with Atlanta in 2018. He's won three straight Gold Glove Awards for his elite-level defensive play.
Dec 11 - 4:47 PM

Jon Morosi of MLB.com confirms that the Phillies are "involved" in the J.T. Realmuto trade talks.

The Mets have seemed to be the most aggressive bidder for Realmuto up to this point, but it sounds like they're having trouble figuring out a package that satisfies the Marlins. They've even attempted a three-team trade that would involve the Yankees, though recent reports have suggested those talks are dead. Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald wrote Tuesday morning that a Realmuto trade will "most likely" happen at some point this week.
Dec 11 - 4:44 PM

According to Fancred's Jon Heyman, the Yankees, Phillies, and White Sox are set to meet with free agent Manny Machado.

This comes on the heels of a report from ESPN's Buster Olney that Machado is planning to make "four in-person visits with teams in the days ahead." Heyman adds that there are another three "mystery teams" in the running beyond the Yanks, Phils, and Pale Hose. Machado, 26, is believed to be seeking something close to a 10-year, $300 million deal. He slashed .297/.367/.538 with 37 home runs and 107 RBI in 162 games this past season between the Orioles and Dodgers.
Dec 11 - 4:36 PM

Royals signed OF Billy Hamilton to a one-year, $5.25 million contract with a $7.5 million mutual option for 2020.

The deal was agreed to on Monday and finalized Tuesday after Hamilton passed his physical. He'll serve as the Royals' primary center fielder in 2019 and should have the green light to run wild on the basepaths with the rebuilding club. Hamilton holds a putrid .245/.298/.333 career batting line in over 2,700 major league plate appearances, but the 28-year-old plays tremendous outfield defense and is still one of the top stolen base options in fantasy baseball.
Dec 11 - 4:21 PM

Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that the Red Sox are "openly listening" to offers for Rick Porcello.

The idea is to shed some salary for bullpen help. Porcello posted a 4.28 ERA in 33 starts this past season and is owed $21 million in 2019 before hitting free agency. Nightengale adds that rivals insist the Red Sox are also are willing to talk about shortstop Xander Bogaerts and center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr., but that sounds like a stretch, especially in regard to Bogaerts.
Dec 11 - 3:42 PM

Buster Olney of ESPN.com reports that the White Sox are considering free agent catcher Yasmani Grandal.

There's been surprisingly little talk about Grandal after his rough showing during the postseason, but he'd still make for a healthy upgrade on most catching situations around the league. The 29-year-old posted an .815 OPS with 24 home runs over 140 games in 2018 and carries a good reputation for his work behind the plate, postseason struggles aside.
Dec 11 - 3:36 PM

Blue Jays released SS Troy Tulowitzki.

This comes after Blue Jays general manager Ross Atkins said last week that he wasn't sure there was a role for Tulowitzki moving forward. And so, the Blue Jays will simply eat the two years and $38 million remaining on his contract. The 34-year-old compiled a disappointing .250/.313/.414 batting line over 238 games with the Blue Jays and missed the entire 2018 season following surgery on both heels. Someone will surely take a chance on him now that he's available at the major league minimum salary, but it's hard to expect much at this point.
Dec 11 - 3:02 PM

According to Adam McCalvy of MLB.com, the Brewers had a "very good" meeting with free agent catcher Wilson Ramos on Monday.

Ramos is on hand at the Winter Meetings in Las Vegas and is set to meet with other teams, including the Mets. As of now, the Brewers are looking at a combination of Manny Pina, Erik Kratz, and Jacob Nottingham behind the plate, so this makes for a potentially strong fit. Ramos has an injury history, but there's no question about his ability to produce offensively. The 31-year-old batted .306/.358/.487 with 15 homers and 70 RBI over 111 games this past season between the Rays and Phillies.
Dec 11 - 2:14 PM

White Sox acquired RHP Ivan Nova from the Pirates for RHP Yordi Rosario and international pool money.

Nova was expendable for the Pirates and they were also able to move his salary (roughly $9.1 million) for 2019. The veteran right-hander is coming off a 4.19 ERA and 114/35 K/BB ratio in 161 innings across 29 starts in 2018. He brings excellent control, but the home run ball tends to hurt him. That's not going to change in Chicago. Still, he should be a stable option in Chicago's rotation.
Dec 11 - 2:07 PM

Jon Paul Morosi of MLB.com reports that the Astros are looking into free agent Michael Brantley.

His left-handed bat would be a great fit in the Astros' lineup, but Morosi hears that the club is hesitant about potentially blocking prospect Kyle Tucker. The 31-year-old has had a bunch of injury issues in recent years, but he's still likely to get a three-year deal coming off a season where he batted .309/.364/.468 with 17 homers and 76 RBI in 143 games.
Dec 11 - 2:00 PM




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