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Anthony DeSclafani was outstanding in Friday's victory over the Diamondbacks, striking out nine over seven shutout innings.

DeSclafani scattered just three hits, all of them singles, and didn't walk a batter in the masterful outing. It's the second straight strong start for the 28-year-old right-hander who continues to round back into form following Tommy John surgery. He could potentially make for an impact addition in fantasy leagues over the final two months of the season and is still available on many waiver wires. He'll look to keep the good times rolling when he does battle against the Indians at home on Wednesday.
Aug 10 - 10:45 PM

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Mets have discussed a three-team trade with the Yankees and Marlins in which they would land J.T. Realmuto.

The Mets and Yankees haven't made a trade involving major leaguers since 2004, but Rosenthal says new Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen has been in "steady" talks with the Yanks since he was hired. Rosenthal adds that he's not sure whether Noah Syndergaard is part of the discussions but the Mets would not trade Syndergaard if they only get Realmuto in return. Andy Martino of SNY.tv adds that the Mets and Yankees have "touched base" on Syndergaard, "but it’s not known if he’s in the exact deal that’s been ongoing." We're sure to hear more about this possible three-way deal as the Winter Meetings unfold.
Dec 10 - 11:02 PM

Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that the Rays have maintained a "running dialogue" with Nelson Cruz.

The Rays have discussed some contract parameters with Cruz and his agent, Bryce Dixon, says the slugger is interested in Tampa. However, Cruz is also receiving interest from an additional 3-4 teams and is weighing his options. The Astros, White Sox and Twins have also been connected to the 38-year-old.
Dec 10 - 9:40 PM

Robert Murray of The Athletic reports that the Brewers have expressed interest in Daniel Murphy.

Murray also confirms that the club is interested in re-signing Mike Moustakas, which has been reportedly previously. General manager David Stearns said Monday that the team is planning on Travis Shaw being their second baseman next season, but obviously the signing of Murphy or Moustakas would change that.
Source: The Athletic
Dec 10 - 9:30 PM

Miguel Cabrera (biceps) resumed swinging a bat earlier this month.

Cabrera had surgery in June to repair a ruptured left biceps tendon. He isn't totally out of the woods yet, but all signs point to him being ready to go at the beginning of spring training. Cabrera was limited to 38 games in 2018 and has dealt with numerous injuries the last few seasons. He will turn 36 in April.
Dec 10 - 8:29 PM

Diamondbacks general manager Mike Hazen said Monday that Jake Lamb (shoulder) will play some first base next season in addition to third base.

Hazen noted that things can change depending on other potential moves the club makes this offseason, but it sounds like the plan is probably to play Lamb at first base and Eduardo Escobar at third base most days. Moving Lamb across the diamond makes sense, as he's coming back from shoulder surgery and isn't a great defender at the hot corner, anyway. Lamb hopes to be ready for the start of spring training.
Dec 10 - 8:18 PM

Mike Puma of the New York Post reports that the Mets met with Wilson Ramos on Monday.

It's no secret that the Mets are looking for an upgrade at catcher this offseason and Ramos would certainly appear to be a good fit. The 31-year-old batted .306/.358/.487 with 15 homers and 70 RBI over 111 games between the Rays and Phillies in 2018.
Dec 10 - 7:46 PM

Tigers signed RHP Tyson Ross to a one-year, $5.75 million contract.

The deal reportedly includes easily reachable incentives that would take it to an even $6 million. Ross posted a 4.15 ERA and 122/62 K/BB ratio across 149 2/3 innings for the Padres and Cardinals last season. The hope from the Tigers' perspective is that the right-hander will have a nice first half and bring back a prospect or two at the trade deadline.
Dec 10 - 7:29 PM

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




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