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Trevor Cahill might have to be skipped from his scheduled start Saturday against the Rays due to a back issue.

Cahill struggled in his last turn through the rotation Sunday against the Rangers, allowing three runs over just 2 2/3 innings, and he told the San Francisco Chronicle on Wednesday that he's been receiving treatment all week for a rhomboid muscle issue on the right side of his upper back. This could be yet another blow to the A's patchwork starting corps. Oakland might have to do some more bullpenning this weekend.
Sep 12 - 6:34 PM

According to Mike Puma of the New York Post, the Mets had an in-person meeting with free agent Adam Jones this week in Las Vegas.

Puma writes that Jones is "among the right-handed bat options they are considering" for their outfield. The Mets have a lot of different things in the works at the moment, so it's hard to gauge how serious they are here. Jones, 33, slashed .281/.313/.419 with 15 home runs and 63 RBI over 145 games with the Orioles in 2018.
Dec 12 - 1:48 PM

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Athletics are among the clubs talking to the Rangers about Jurickson Profar.

Rosenthal notes that Profar could play second base for the A's in 2019 if they are unable to re-sign Jed Lowrie. Franklin Barreto is also an internal possibility. Profar finally put it all together in 2018, batting .254/.335/.458 with 20 home runs, 77 RBI, 10 stolen bases, and 82 runs scored in 146 games with Texas. The 25-year-old former top prospect is under club control through 2020.
Dec 12 - 1:43 PM

Craig Mish of SiriusXM reports that the Reds have "jumped into" the J.T. Realmuto trade market.

Mish further notes that Cincinnati "could be moving up into the candidates to acquire" the 27-year-old catcher from the Marlins. The package would reportedly be highlighted by top outfield prospect Taylor Trammell and a catcher, possibly Tucker Barnhart. The Mets want Realmuto badly and the Phillies and Braves are also believed to be involved, but it seems those clubs are having trouble putting together offers that are to Miami's liking.
Dec 12 - 1:14 PM

The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal now says that the Yankees and J.A. Happ are close to a deal, but haven't actually agreed to terms yet.

This is a change from what he reported 10 minutes earlier, when he claimed there was an agreement. There's still nothing to indicate that it won't get done.
Dec 12 - 10:27 AM

According to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, the Dodgers are talking to the Cardinals about Jose Martinez.

Martinez doesn't make a ton of sense on paper for the Dodgers given his struggles defensively at first base and in the outfield, but perhaps they would promptly flip him to an American League team. The 30-year-old can certainly hit -- he's posted an .850 OPS in 270 games over the last three seasons with St. Louis. Martinez seems certain to be traded somewhere this winter.
Dec 12 - 12:13 AM

According to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, Yankees GM Brian Cashman met with Adam Ottavino's agent on Tuesday night at the Winter Meetings.

MLB.com's Jon Morosi just reported that the Mets and Red Sox are showing "continued interest" in Ottavino, but they're obviously not alone in the pursuit. Sherman says it is "clear" that the 33-year-old reliever is high on the Yankees' wish list. Ottavino, a native of New York City, registered a 2.43 ERA with 112 strikeouts over 77 2/3 innings out of the Rockies' bullpen in 2018.
Dec 12 - 12:01 AM

A source told MLB.com's Mark Feinsand that it is becoming "less and less likely" the Giants will trade Madison Bumgarner this winter.

That same source added that a midseason trade seems more likely, assuming the Giants are not in contention. A number of teams have reportedly expressed interest in the 29-year-old left-hander, including the Phillies, Brewers, Yankees, and Braves, but San Francisco is apparently not ready to part ways quite yet. Bumgarner posted a 3.26 ERA and 109 strikeouts over 129 2/3 innings in 2018 after missing the first two months of the season with a fractured left pinkie.
Dec 11 - 9:54 PM

According to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, the Phillies "remain very aggressive" on free agent reliever Zach Britton.

USA Today's Bob Nightengale reported something similar earlier in the day Tuesday. Rosenthal adds that other teams are in the mix, and Fancred's Jon Heyman says the Cardinals are one of them. Britton, 30, posted a 3.10 ERA in 40 2/3 innings this past season between the Orioles and Yankees and seems certain to fetch a multi-year deal this winter. We need a domino to fall on the free agent relief market.
Dec 11 - 9:34 PM

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Orioles have hired Brandon Hyde to be their next manager.

Joel Sherman of the New York Post was first to report that an agreement was close. Hyde, 45, operated as the Cubs' bench coach in 2018 and previously served as their director of player development and first base coach. Manny Acta, Mike Redmond, Mike Bell, Pedro Grifol, and Chip Hale were among the other finalists to replace Buck Showalter in Baltimore.
Dec 11 - 8:02 PM

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




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