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Brad Ziegler announced his retirement Wednesday after 11 big-league seasons.

He did so on his 39th birthday. Especially for someone who didn't debut until age 28, Ziegler had a heck of a career, making 739 relief appearances with a 2.75 ERA and 105 saves. He even led the majors in appearances at age 38, pitching in 82 games and throwing a career-high 73 2/3 innings this year between the Marlins and Diamondbacks. He would have had no trouble finding work as a free agent this winter.
Oct 10 - 12:31 PM

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 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

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.

Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that the deal will be worth $34 million guaranteed, with the option carrying a $17 million value if Happ reaches certain innings-pitched thresholds. Happ drew interest from several other teams over the last month-plus, including the Phillies and Astros, but it sounds like none of them were willing to offer a third year (even on an option) to the 36-year-old left-hander. He posted a sharp 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




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