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The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal reports the Brewers and free agent starter Yovani Gallardo are in agreement on a deal.

Gallardo was the Brewers' second-round pick in 2004 and had some really strong years at the top of Milwaukee's rotation. Things have gone less well in recent years, as the 31-year-old has bounced around American League clubs with little success. This past season, he posted a 5.72 ERA in 130 2/3 innings for the Mariners before the team declined his option last month. No terms of the deal were immediately available.
Dec 16 - 5:53 PM

Rockies signed INF Shawn O'Malley to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

O'Malley was outrighted off the Mariners' 40-man roster in September. The 29-year-old owns a career .231/.315/.317 line in the bigs.
Dec 16 - 5:30 PM

Bruce Levine of CBS Chicago hears the Cubs are showing interest in free agent Yu Darvish.

Their interest makes sense, as the team is bracing for the loss of free agent starters Jake Arrieta and John Lackey and still has designs on vying for a World Series title in 2018. Darvish's case is an interesting one, as a few years ago he was set for a big payday this winter before Tommy John surgery and some shaky outings down the stretch last season muddied the water. Still, the 31-year-old is near the top of the list of free agent starters available, and the Dodgers, Astros and Twins, among others, are believed to be in competition for the right-hander as well.
Source: CBS Chicago
Dec 16 - 5:00 PM

Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that the Dodgers' plan is to flip Matt Kemp elsewhere in an effort to save more money.

The Dodgers swung a massive five-player deal with the Braves on Saturday, but it looks like their primary goal in doing so was to save money to avoid luxury tax implications and set themselves up better for the 2018 free agent class. Kemp is still owed $43 million over the next two seasons, and the club may have to eat some of that in order to deal him elsewhere.
Dec 16 - 3:08 PM

Braves acquired INF Charlie Culberson, 1B Adrian Gonzalez, LHP Scott Kazmir, RHP Brandon McCarthy and cash considerations from the Dodgers for OF Matt Kemp.

The 28-year-old is a defense-first type of utility player but could add valuable versatility to the Braves' bench. He's a career .231/.272/.324 hitter over 443 plate appearances in his big league career.
Dec 16 - 3:04 PM

Braves acquired RHP Brandon McCarthy, 1B Adrian Gonzalez, LHP Scott Kazmir, INF Charlie Culberson and cash considerations from the Dodgers for OF Matt Kemp.

The 34-year-old hurler should make for a nice addition to the Braves' starting rotation. McCarthy posted a 3.98 ERA, 1.25 WHIP and 72/27 K/BB ratio over 92 2/3 innings with the Dodgers in 2017. Durability is the biggest issue with McCarthy, as he has logged a total of 155 2/3 innings over the last three seasons.
Dec 16 - 3:02 PM

Braves acquired LHP Scott Kazmir, 1B Adrian Gonzalez, RHP Brandon McCarthy, INF Charlie Culberson and cash considerations from the Dodgers for OF Matt Kemp.

The 33-year-old southpaw missed the entire 2017 season while battling continued issues with his left arm and hip. He's nothing but a lottery ticket for the Braves at this stage.
Dec 16 - 3:00 PM

Braves acquired 1B Adrian Gonzalez, LHP Scott Kazmir, RHP Brandon McCarthy, INF Charlie Culberson and cash considerations from the Dodgers for OF Matt Kemp.

As Bob Nightengale of USA Today reported, Gonzalez will be designated for assignment and become a free agent. The 35-year-old slugger hit just .242/.287/.355 with three homers and 30 RBI in 71 games for the Dodgers in 2017.
Dec 16 - 2:58 PM

Dodgers acquired OF Matt Kemp from the Braves for 1B Adrian Gonzalez, LHP Scott Kazmir, RHP Brandon McCarthy, INF Charlie Culberson and cash considerations.

Kemp returns to the Dodgers, where he starred for the first nine seasons of his MLB career from 2006-2014. In doing this, the Dodgers upgrade their outfield and also shed some salary which should save them from luxury tax implications in 2018. Kemp hit .276/.318/.463 with 19 homers and 64 RBI in 115 games for the Braves in 2017.
Dec 16 - 2:55 PM

Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that the Braves plan to designate Adrian Gonzalez for assignment.

The only reason that Gonzalez waived his no-trade clause to be included in the Matt Kemp deal, is that the Braves' promised him that he would become a free agent once the deal was completed. The 35-year-old is expected to be fully healthy for spring training, but will now have to find another team willing to give him a shot.
Dec 16 - 2:51 PM

Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports that the Braves have acquired Adrian Gonzalez, Scott Kazmir, Brandon McCarthy, Charlie Culberson and cash considerations in exchange for outfielder Matt Kemp.

Gonzalez fell out of favor in Los Angeles after the emergence of Cody Bellinger and opted not to stay with the club for their postseason run while he was recovering from his back injury. It's unclear if the Braves plan to have him man first base while Freddie Freeman shifts to third base full-time, or if they'll look to move him elsewhere.
Dec 16 - 2:47 PM

Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports that the Dodgers have acquired outfielder Matt Kemp from the Braves in exchange for Adrian Gonzalez, Scott Kazmir, Brandon McCarthy, Charlie Culberson and cash considerations.

Wow. The Braves needed to clear a spot in their outfield for top prospect Ronald Acuna, and this takes care of that problem. The 33-year-old outfielder is owed $43.5 million over the final two seasons of his contract, which explains why the Braves had to take back some bad contracts in the mega deal. It's the first major trade that Alex Anthopoulos has made since taking over as the Braves' general manager.

Cubs signed RHP Steve Cishek to a two-year, $13 million contract.

The two sides reached an agreement on Thursday, but the deal didn't become official until Saturday after the right-hander passed his physical. He'll function in a setup capacity for the Cubs in 2018.
Dec 16 - 1:21 PM

Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reports that the Yankees have agreed to a one-year, $10 million contract with CC Sabathia.

The deal is pending a physical. It will be the 10th season spent in New York for the 37-year-old southpaw who posted a 3.69 ERA and 1.27 WHIP in a resurgent 2017 season. He give the Yankees much needed depth in the starting rotation, but it's likely they'll still be in the market for additional arms despite this signing.
Dec 16 - 12:47 PM

Daniel Murphy, not even two months removed from knee surgery, is walking using a crutch.

Murphy underwent a debridement and microfracture surgery on his right knee in early October. The Nationals remain optimistic that Murphy will be ready to go for Opening day. The 32-year-old is coming off of a stellar season where he slashed .322/.384/.543 with 23 homers and 93 RBI in 144 contests.
Dec 16 - 12:26 PM



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