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Steve Gilbert of MLB.com reports that Socrates Brito sustained a possible right pinkie finger while playing in the Dominican Winter League.

Brito will undergo an examination by Diamondbacks' team doctors to confirm the diagnosis. The dynamic outfielder missed substantial time during the 2017 season after suffering a dislocated left ring finger. Prior to the injury, he was hitting .294/.355/.464 in 173 plate appearances for Estrellas.
Source: MLB.com
Dec 17 - 10:36 PM

Brewers signed LHP Mike Zagurski to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

The 34-year-old hurler hasn't pitched in the big leagues since the 2013 season. He spent the 2017 campaign split between Double-A Erie and Triple-A Toledo (Tigers) where he compiled a 3.29 ERA, 1.21 WHIP and 43/8 K/BB ratio across 27 1/3 innings. He'll add organizational bullpen depth for the Brewers.
Dec 17 - 10:19 PM

Padres designated LHP Travis Wood for assignment.

The move was made to clear a spot on the 40-man roster for Jordan Lyles who was re-signed on Sunday. There's a chance that Wood could pass through waivers unclaimed and stick with the club on a minor league deal.
Dec 17 - 10:15 PM

Padres re-signed RHP Jordan Lyles to a one-year, $750,000 contract.

The 27-year-old hurler posted a 7.75 ERA, 1.69 WHIP and 55/22 K/BB ratio over 69 2/3 innings between the Rockies and Padres in 2017. He'll provide another rotation option for the Padres.
Dec 17 - 8:49 PM

Angels released OF Jared Hoying.

That comes just a couple of weeks after they inked the outfielder to a minor league deal with an invitation to spring training. The Angels granted his release so that he could pursue an opportunity to play in South Korea.
Dec 17 - 8:45 PM

Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times reports that Alex Cobb's asking price of "about $20 million per year" has "lowered the temperature" on the Cubs' interest.

It's been reported that Cobb is the Cubs' top target as they look to fill out their rotation, but it sounds like they're hoping he lowers his demands. Chicago has been connected to Danny Salazar and Danny Duffy via trade as they seek alternatives. If he did wind up signing with the Cubs, Cobb would be reunited with pitching coach Jim Hickey.
Dec 17 - 9:34 AM

ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that Wade LeBlanc is drawing interest from six teams.

The Pirates declined LeBlanc's $1.25 million option for 2018, but it sounds like he's not going to have a hard time finding new work. The left-hander posted a 4.50 ERA and 54/17 K/BB ratio over 68 relief innings in 2017.
Dec 17 - 9:20 AM

Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports that the Giants "were sniffing around" on Maikel Franco during the Winter Meetings.

The Phillies are expected to trade a bat following their signing of Carlos Santana, and it's possible Franco could be the one to go. Franco hit a disappointing .230/.281/.409 with 24 homers this past season, but he's still just 25 and would be a nice buy-low proposition for the Giants.
Dec 17 - 9:14 AM

Braves designated 1B Adrian Gonzalez for assignment.

Gonzalez was acquired from the Dodgers on Saturday in a trade that swapped multiple bad contracts, but there was no place for him to play with the Braves. The 35-year-old batted just .242/.287/.355 with three homers in an injury-shortened 2017 campaign and might have a hard time finding a job that guarantees him regular playing time in 2018.
Dec 17 - 8:58 AM

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



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