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Red Sox re-signed RHP Nathan Eovaldi to a four-year, $68 million contract.

The deal will pay Eovaldi an even $17 million over the four years. The 28-year-old saw his stock rise after a strong season with the Rays and Boston, and he was sensational in the post season with a 1.61 ERA over 22 1/3 innings for the world champions. There's risk because of Eovaldi's injury history -- and even when healthy he's seen struggles with command -- but if he pitches like he did down the stretch with the Red Sox, he's going to help considerably.
Dec 6 - 5:31 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

Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that the Athletics are showing interest in DJ LeMahieu.

The A's would like to bring back Jed Lowrie, but LeMahieu could be had at a cheaper price. LeMahieu batted .276/.321/.428 with 15 homers and 62 RBI over 128 games this past season for the Rockies and won his third Gold Glove award. Slusser notes that if the A's wind up acquiring a right-handed hitting second baseman, they could use Franklin Barreto as trade bait for rotation help. The Dodgers and Nationals are also known to have interest in LeMahieu.
Dec 10 - 4:33 PM

According to Jon Paul Morosi of MLB.com, trade talks regarding Corey Kluber have "intensified."

The Indians locked up Carlos Carrasco to an extension last week, but they've been shopping both Kluber and Trevor Bauer in recent weeks. The Dodgers have been mentioned as a fit in the past and Morosi hears that they are still among the teams involved. The Indians would presumably want a major-league ready outfielder in return and Alex Verdugo would seem to be a good fit if talks advance with the Dodgers. Kluber turns 33 in April and is under contract for $13 million in 2019, with a pair of club options for 2020 and 2021.
Dec 10 - 12:58 PM

Jon Paul Morosi of MLB.com reports that the Tigers are hearing trade interest on Nicholas Castellanos.

The Braves are among the teams who have inquired thus far. Castellanos is coming off a career-best season where he batted .298/.354/.500 with 23 home runs and 89 RBI. He's a nice chip for the rebuilding Tigers, but that he only has one year of team control remaining (MLB Trade Rumors recently estimated at $11.3 million) in arbitration could limit the potential return.
Dec 10 - 12:32 PM




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