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Reds top prospect Nick Senzel needs surgery to remove bone spurs from his left elbow.

The procedure will sideline him for the next 4-6 weeks, and so he won't be able to get in outfield reps in the Arizona Fall League as previously anticipated. Senzel has the goods to be a fantasy star, but he tore a tendon in his right index finger this past June and now his offseason plans have been interrupted by this elbow issue. The 23-year-old is hoping to be 100 percent for the start of spring training next February. He should make his MLB debut at some point in 2019 if there are no more physical setbacks.
Oct 11 - 12:41 PM

Jerry Crasnick reports that the Angels' top current target in free agency is Wilson Ramos.

Ramos has been linked with several clubs, including the Dodgers. It's been reported that the veteran backstop is looking for multi-year offers, but teams could be hesitant to give them because of his long history with injuries. He also is one of the best offensive catchers in baseball, and hit .306/.358/.487 with the Rays and Phillies last year. This would certainly lengthen the Angels' lineup, and he'd be a massive upgrade from what they got behind the plate in 2018.
Dec 13 - 7:19 PM

According to Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald, the J.T. Realmuto trade market is "essentially down to six teams: Reds, Mets, Rays, Braves, Dodgers, and Padres."

There was an expectation that Realmuto would be traded at some point during this week's Winter Meetings, but that's not going to happen as teams are packing up and heading out of Las Vegas. The Marlins are still sifting through offers and trying to get multiple young players in return for the 27-year-old catcher. Realmuto batted .277/.340/.484 with 21 home runs and 74 RBI over 125 games this past season with Miami. He is under control through 2020.
Dec 13 - 1:48 PM

Brewers acquired LHP Alex Claudio from the Rangers for a competitive-balance Round A draft pick.

That competitive-balance draft pick is expected to come in at No. 40 or No. 41 overall next June. Claudio had a rough season with the Rangers in 2018, but he put up a 2.66 ERA over his first 162 1/3 major league innings between 2014-2017 and he's held left-handed batters to a .194/.220/.278 slash line since breaking into the bigs. It's another big weapon for the already-stout Milwaukee bullpen.
Dec 13 - 1:35 PM

Indians acquired 1B/DH Carlos Santana from the Mariners as part of a three-team trade.

The Indians will send Edwin Encarnacion to Seattle and Yandy Diaz to Tampa Bay. There are other elements to this deal too. Santana is said to be thrilled about heading back to Cleveland after spending one year with the Phillies, who dealt him to the Mariners earlier this month as part of the Jean Segura trade. The 32-year-old played the first eight years of his career with the Tribe.
Dec 13 - 1:14 PM

Orioles selected SS Richie Martin from the Athletics with the No. 1 overall pick in the Rule 5 Draft.

Martin is known more for his defense than offense, but he posted a promising .300/.368/.439 batting line with six home runs and 25 stolen bases over 118 games this past season with the Double-A affiliate of the Athletics. Baltimore will have to carry the 23-year-old shortstop on its major league roster in order to keep him. He could potentially see regular playing time out of the gate with the rebuilding O's.
Dec 13 - 12:06 PM

According to USA Today's Bob Nightengale, White Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf has spoken twice over the phone to Bryce Harper's agent Scott Boras.

The White Sox and Phillies have been very public about their desire to land Harper (or Manny Machado) this winter, while other clubs seem to prefer a laying-in-the-weeds approach. We'll include the Dodgers, Yankees, Cardinals, and Cubs in that second group, and there has been plenty of chatter about mystery teams potentially emerging. There was no tangible movement on Harper or Machado during this week's Winter Meetings in Las Vegas. Nightengale writes that Harper "is expected to receive a deal that may eclipse $400 million."
Source: USA Today
Dec 13 - 10:33 AM

According to Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports Philadelphia, the Phillies are "very much in pursuit" of free agent relievers Andrew Miller and Zach Britton.

The free agent relief market has officially fired up, with Joe Kelly and Jeurys Familia both agreeing to three-year deals overnight. Salisbury writes that Miller and Britton are "getting a lot of action from teams" and that the Phillies are "right in the thick of the chase." Miller battled injuries in 2018 and wound up with a poor 4.24 ERA, 1.38 WHIP and 45/16 K/BB ratio over 34 innings with the Indians, but he ranked among the top relievers in baseball from 2013-2017.
Dec 13 - 10:00 AM

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 a career-high 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




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