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Jon Heyman of Fancred reports that the Rangers have been in touch with free agent right-hander Clay Buchholz.

Heyman adds that it's unclear whether a deal is close. The market for Buchholz has been very quiet this offseason, but the Rangers could certainly use some help in their rotation. The 34-year-old Texas native surprised with a 2.01 ERA and 81/22 K/BB ratio in 98 1/3 innings over 16 starts with the Diamondbacks in 2018, though his season came to an early end due to a flexor strain.
Jan 21 - 2:03 PM

Angels general manager Billy Eppler said Monday that Shohei Ohtani will soon have a follow-up appointment regarding his surgically-repaired right elbow.

Ohtani required Tommy John surgery on his elbow in early October and his rehab has gone swimmingly until this point. The Angels could soon get more of a firm timetable on his hitting plan, but it's too soon to say right now. For that reason, his readiness for Opening Day is a question mark. Obviously pitching is out the window in 2019, but the hope is that he'll see a lot of time out of the DH spot. He could still make a major fantasy impact.
Jan 21 - 1:22 PM

Angels general manager Billy Eppler said Monday that Alex Meyer (shoulder) won't be ready for Opening Day.

Meyer, 29, missed all of last season following labrum surgery and encountered a setback in August which required a cortisone shot. The Angels released him in November before bringing him back on a minor league deal. He's not expected to begin throwing until February, so it's just not realistic that he'll be ready for the start of the season. Meyer showed some interesting flashes with the Angels in 2017 before injuring his shoulder, but it's tough to know what to expect from him moving forward.
Jan 21 - 1:03 PM

LaVelle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune hears that the Twins plan to use Martin Perez as a starting pitcher.

Perez has reportedly agreed to a one-year deal with the Twins for around $3.5 million. The southpaw has good numbers against left-handed batters, so there was some speculation that he could get a look out of the bullpen. However, there's not much to get excited about here in the rotation. The 27-year-old put up a 6.22 ERA and 52/36 K/BB ratio across 85 1/3 innings for the Rangers in 2018.
Jan 21 - 12:55 PM

Angels general manager Billy Eppler confirmed that Cody Allen will serve as the club's closer in 2019.

That was the assumption after news of the signing came down, but it's now official. Allen will receive an $8.5 million salary in his one-year deal with the Angels and could make an additional $2.5 million depending on games finished. The 30-year-old saw a drop-off with his stuff last season as well an increase in his walk rate, but he's in a favorable situation for a rebound.
Jan 21 - 12:37 PM

According to Mark Feinsand of MLB.com, the Yankees had trades for Sonny Gray in place with teams other than the Reds on Friday.

The Reds have a tentative deal in place, but it's contingent on completing a contract extension with Gray. Their 72-hour negotiation window expires at some point on Monday after which the Yankees could pivot to other possible deals. If the trade with the Reds goes down, complete with the contract extension, it's believed the return package for the Yankees would include at least infield prospect Shed Long and a competitive balance pick. Not working out an extension doesn't rule out a different trade with Cincinnati, but teams like the Brewers, Athletics, and Padres have also been mentioned as possible landing spots.
Jan 21 - 12:30 PM

Austin Bibens-Dirkx has signed with the Uni-President Lions of the Chinese Professional Baseball League in Taiwan.

Bibens-Dirkx confirmed the news on Instagram on Sunday while also announcing that he and his wife are expecting their first child. The 33-year-old posted a 5.27 ERA and 71/34 K/BB ratio in 114 1/3 innings with the Rangers over the past two seasons. He required surgery on his left knee last September and was outrighted off the Rangers' roster following the season.
Jan 21 - 12:11 PM

Cardinals manager Mike Shildt expects to use a matchup approach in the late-innings in 2019.

Jordan Hicks and Andrew Miller figure to get most of the save chances, but Shildt doesn't want to lock them into specific roles. Miller could conceivably be used in a high-leverage spot in the seventh inning one day before seeing a save chance the next. "My job is to put guys in position where they have the best chance to be successful," said Shildt. "The way it shakes out one day could be totally reversed two days later." While it isn't an ideal situation for fantasy owners who would prefer a designated closer, it's easy to see the potential advantages for St. Louis.
Jan 21 - 11:05 AM

Mike Soroka hasn't had any issues with his shoulder while throwing over the past two months.

Soroka didn't pitch after June 19 last season due to right shoulder discomfort related to muscles attached to his scapula, but he went into the offseason with a clean bill of health after a couple of appearances in the fall instructional league. He's on track to be ready for the start for the start of spring training, but the Braves won't rush him into game action. While Soroka remains an exciting name to watch for the long-term, he could begin the 2019 season in the minors.
Jan 21 - 9:47 AM

Dansby Swanson (wrist) began hitting off a tee last week and felt pain-free.

Swanson underwent surgery in November to remove a loose body from his left wrist, but he's already making steady progress. He's expected to report to spring training with no restrictions, but the Braves will likely ease him into Grapefruit League action. Swanson turns 25 in February and batted .238/.304/.395 with 14 homers and 10 steals over 136 games in 2018.
Jan 21 - 9:31 AM

Jon Heyman of Fancred reports that the Reds are still working on a potential contract extension with Sonny Gray.

As Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic alluded to earlier Sunday, the potential deal from the Yankees will not be finalized until Monday, if it gets done at all. The Reds are extremely high on the right-hander and remain optimistic that they'll get an extension worked out. If not though, the Yankees could reopen trade talks with other interested teams including the Giants, Athletics, Brewers or Braves.
Jan 20 - 11:13 PM

Angels designated RHP Miguel Almonte for assignment.

This move was made to free up a spot on the 40-man roster for Cody Allen, whose signing became official on Sunday. Almonte, 25, appeared in eight games out of the Angels' bullpen in 2018, registering a troublesome 10.29 ERA, 1.71 WHIP and 7/3 K/BB ratio across seven frames. He could pass through waivers unclaimed and continue to serve as minor league bullpen depth for the Angels.
Jan 20 - 8:00 PM

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that no resolution is expected on Sunday for the potential trade that would send Sonny Gray to the Reds.

The Reds have been given a 72-hour window to negotiate a contract extension with the right-hander, which runs until late in the day on Monday. Rosenthal notes that it's unclear if the two sides would still agree to a deal if the Reds are unable to work out an extension with Gray, or if the return package would be different.
Jan 20 - 5:57 PM

Miles Mikolas said Saturday that he's interested in working out a long-term contract extension to remain in St. Louis.

"It’s something that the Cardinals and my agency have to work out – if the numbers work out and everything turns out to be it’s absolutely something that could happen", Mikolas said Saturday. The two sides are expected to discuss the extension at some point this spring. The 30-year-old was outstanding in his return to the big leagues, going 18-4 with a 2.83 ERA, 1.07 WHIP and 146/29 K/BB ratio across 200 2/3 innings.
Jan 20 - 4:57 PM

Rafael Devers acknowledged Saturday that he's fully healthy and noticeably slimmer than he was during the 2018 season.

Devers told fans at their annual Winter Weekend event, "I feel healthy right now... I think I’m in a good place. Last year, I had a lot of injuries and I think it was a product of the weight. Thankfully, I feel much better now and I’ve been focusing on it a lot more this offseason." The 22-year-old also hired a nutritionist this offseason and has also worked hard on improving his overall conditioning.
Source: MassLive.com
Jan 20 - 4:12 PM



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