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Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports that the Mets had preliminary extension talks with Jacob deGrom earlier this winter.

Talks never gained much in the way of momentum, as the two sides recently avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $7.4 million contract. It's possible the two sides could revisit things later. DeGrom is under team control through 2020, but he's turning 30 in June and could be open to getting a long-term deal done sooner rather than later.
Jan 23 - 1:05 PM

Tigers signed LHP Caleb Thielbar to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Thielbar turns 31 later this month and has pitched with the independent St. Paul Saints over the past two seasons. The Minnesota native has enjoyed success in the majors in the past and will try to secure a bullpen spot in the spring.
Jan 23 - 12:47 PM

Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press was told by a club official who has been in contact with the Twins front office that it's doubtful the team will be able to sign Yu Darvish.

Darvish's market appears to finally be heating up, which could take the Twins out of the running. "They aren’t giving him $150 million," the club official told Berardino. It's not a sure thing that Darvish will ultimately get a $150 million deal, but the bidding could still go higher than what the Twins have in mind. It was reported Monday that the Cubs are having "active talks" with Darvish, but teams like the Brewers, Dodgers, Yankees, and Rangers are also in the mix here. The Twins have an obvious need for a starter, but they might have to pivot to a second-tier name like Alex Cobb or Lance Lynn.
Jan 23 - 12:30 PM

Tigers signed INF/OF Alexi Amarista to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Amarista slashed .238/.269/.351 with three homers and 19 RBI over 96 games with the Rockies last season. He'll try to win a roster spot as a utility player in the spring.
Jan 23 - 12:19 PM

Nationals re-signed LHP Bryan Harper to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Harper, the older brother of Bryce Harper, missed the entire 2017 season after Tommy John surgery. The 28-year-old posted a strong 2.18 ERA with 41 strikeouts in 45 1/3 innings between Double- and Triple-A in 2016. Assuming he's back to full strength, he has a shot at joining his brother in the majors at some point in 2018.
Jan 23 - 12:12 PM

Diamondbacks signed LHP Antonio Bastardo to a minor league contract.

Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that the deal carries a $1.5 million if he makes the major league roster, with the chance for additional performance-based incentives. Bastardo has the ability to opt out of his contract if he's not added to the 25-man roster by March 25. The 32-year-old has been an effective lefty specialist in the past, but he owns an ugly 5.75 ERA in 78 appearances over the past two seasons.
Jan 23 - 11:14 AM

Blue Jays signed OF Curtis Granderson to a one-year, $5 million contract.

This makes official what was reported last week by Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic. Granderson turns 37 in March and limped to the finish line last season, ultimately finishing with a .212/.323/.452 batting line and 26 homers over 147 games. The Blue Jays suddenly have a bunch of moving pieces in their outfield, with Granderson likely to see most of his at-bats against right-handed starters.
Jan 23 - 11:03 AM

Diamondbacks signed RHP Kris Medlen to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, Medlen will earn $1.1 million if he's in the majors and he has the ability to opt out of the contract if he isn't added to the 40-man roster by March 27. The 32-year-old spent last season in the Braves minor league system, including a 5.42 ERA over 16 starts in Triple-A. Medlen comes with obvious health questions, but he makes for an interesting flier.
Jan 23 - 10:52 AM

Giants signed OF/INF Matt Lipka to a minor league contract.

Lipka turns 26 in April and batted .241/.306/.376 with nine homers and 25 steals in 117 games last season between three different levels in the Rangers' minor league system. He's outfield depth for San Francisco.
Jan 23 - 10:18 AM

Angels re-signed LHP John Lamb to a minor league contract.

Lamb had a 5.37 ERA in 13 starts with the Angels' Triple-A affiliate last season and also served a 50-game suspension for a drug of abuse. The 27-year-old will serve as rotation depth in the minors once again.
Jan 23 - 9:56 AM

Peter Gammons hears from one MLB general manager that the Pirates could keep Josh Harrison into the season.

Harrison recently requested a trade after the deals involving Gerrit Cole and Andrew McCutchen, but the Pirates don't necessarily have a sense of urgency to deal him. In fact, Gammons was told by the GM that the trade request could make it more likely he sticks around rather than settling for the best deal right now. Of course, this could all change if the right offer comes along. Harrison is owed $10 million in 2018, with a $10.5 million club option (or $1 million buyout) for 2019 and an $11.5 million club option (or $500,000 buyout) for 2020.
Jan 23 - 9:50 AM

Pirates signed C Ryan Lavarnway to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Lavarnway appeared in six games with the Athletics last season and batted .239/.327/.341 with six homers over 82 games at the Triple-A level. The 30-year-old will function as minor league catching depth.
Jan 23 - 9:10 AM

Jay Cohen of The Associated Press reports that the Cubs are having "active talks" with Yu Darvish.

Cohen cites a source "with direct knowledge of the discussions" but cautions that there is "no agreement in place" at this point. The report comes on the heels of one earlier Monday from ESPN's Jerry Crasnick stating that Darvish had at least one five-year offer in hand. It's also worth pointing out that the Cubs on Monday agreed to a minor league contract with Chris Gimenez, who was Darvish's personal catcher for a time when they were with the Rangers. The Twins, Brewers, Dodgers, Yankees and Rangers are also thought to be in the mix for Darvish.
Jan 23 - 12:03 AM

Padres signed 1B/OF Allen Craig to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Craig hasn't appeared in the majors since 2015 and really struggled the previous two years in the minors before the Red Sox released him last June. The former All-Star is now 33 and is obviously a long shot to make the Opening Day roster.
Jan 22 - 9:22 PM

Giants signed OF Austin Jackson to a two-year, $6 million contract.

He'll have an opportunity to earn an addition $2.5 million in incentives. Jackson made the Indians' Opening Day roster last season after having to settle for a minor league contract, and he wound up hitting a robust .318/.387/.482 over 318 plate appearances. The Athletic's Andrew Baggarly hears that the Giants plan on Jackson being their fourth outfielder, as they're still on the lookout for a defensive upgrade in center field.
Jan 22 - 8:49 PM



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