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Logan Verrett has signed with the NC Dinos of the Korea Baseball Organization.

Verrett opted to go overseas after electing free agency last month. The 27-year-old made four appearances with the Orioles this past season and posted a 5.10 ERA over two starts and 38 relief appearances in Triple-A.
Nov 20 - 8:45 AM

According to Peter Gammons of GammonsDaily.com, the battle for Alex Cobb is likely to come down to the Cubs and the Yankees.

Both large-market powerhouses are in the hunt for upgrades to their starting rotations and Cobb is one of the most appealing options available on the free agent market. The right-hander got stronger as the 2017 season went on, his first full year back from Tommy John surgery, posting a 3.52 ERA and 1.19 WHIP in 64 innings after the All-Star break.
Nov 19 - 8:56 PM

Peter Gammons of GammonsDaily.com reports that the Red Sox could try Blake Swihart out at second base in 2018.

Swihart played first base, caught and functioned as the DH during his stint in the Dominican Winter League while slashing .407/.515/.481. He's willing to play anywhere that's necessary to help the club and the Red Sox have a hole to fill at second base with Dustin Pedroia set to miss the first two months of the season.
Nov 19 - 8:52 PM

Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports that the Cardinals have made a formal trade offer to the Marlins for slugger Giancarlo Stanton.

The two sides have been involved in discussions for weeks now, and with an actual offer on the table it appears as though their discussions could be gaining traction. The Giants have been tabbed as the "most aggressive team" in trade talks for Stanton, so it'll be interesting to see if they come in behind and up the ante upon hearing of this. With each day, it looks increasingly likely that Stanton has played his last game in a Marlins' uniform.
Nov 19 - 5:42 PM

Jose Peraza was left his team in the Venezuelan Winter League due to personal reasons.

The 23-year-old speedster is there to work on his defense at the shortstop position, with incumbent Zack Cozart hitting free agency this winter. It's unclear what exactly the issue is, or if he plans on returning to his winter league club at some point.
Nov 19 - 5:19 PM

MLB.com's Jon Morosi reports that Carlos Santana is "drawing continued interest" from the Red Sox and Phillies.

The Red Sox are an obvious match since they have an opening at either first base or designated hitter, while the fit with the Phillies is more difficult to figure out since they have Rhys Hoskins at first. Santana, who will turn 32 just after Opening Day in 2018, batted .259/.363/.455 with 23 home runs for the Indians this past season. The Mets and Mariners have also been connected to him.
Nov 19 - 3:04 PM

MLB.com's Jon Morosi reports that Tyler Chatwood "is drawing widespread interest."

One source told Morosi that it's "probable" the right-hander nets a multi-year contract this offseason. Chatwood, who turns 28 next month, holds a pedestrian 4.31 ERA in his career, but teams are intrigued by what he could do away from Coors Field. He posted a 3.49 ERA and .695 opponents' OPS away from the thin Denver air in 2017. The Orioles and Rangers are two clubs known to have interest in Chatwood, but it sounds like there are probably a bunch more that have checked in with his agent.
Nov 19 - 2:05 PM

Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times writes of Alex Colome this offseason that the closer "figures to be a hot topic and likely to be dealt."

Colome is entering his first of three arbitration years this winter, so it makes sense that the cost-conscious Rays would be looking to trade him while his value is high. Slated to turn 29 next month, Colome boasts a 2.63 ERA and 129/38 K/BB ratio across 123 1/3 frames over the last two seasons as the Rays' closer. He led all of baseball with 47 saves in 2017. The Cardinals are one teams that's already been connected to Colome.
Nov 19 - 9:03 AM

MLB.com's Jon Morosi reports that the Phillies are among the teams interested in Jake McGee.

As Morosi points out, McGee and new Phillies skipper Gabe Kapler were actually teammates with the Rays in 2010. The hard-throwing left-hander struggled in 2016 in his first season with the Rockies but bounced back with a nice showing in 2017, putting up a 3.61 ERA and 58/16 K/BB ratio over 57 1/3 innings while notching three saves.
Source: MLB.com
Nov 19 - 8:54 AM

MLB.com's Jon Morosi reports that the Cardinals and Rockies are showing interest in Brandon Kintzler.

He could potentially close for either team, depending on what other bullpen pieces they might bring in. Kintzler saved 29 games while posting a 3.03 ERA for the Twins and Nationals this past season while making his first All-Star team. He doesn't miss bats, which is a big reason why many clubs would probably prefer him as a setup man, but he could be a fallback option for the ninth inning in a lot of places.
Source: MLB.com
Nov 19 - 8:50 AM

According to Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times, the Rays' offseason plans include trading "at least a couple of veterans to reduce payroll."

No veteran appears to be safe, with Topkin naming Evan Longoria, Chris Archer and Alex Colome as possible trade bait. Longoria's contract never gets obscene, but he's owed up to $94 million through 2023 and, while he doesn't have 10/5 rights to veto any trade, Topkin says the club would likely only deal him with the third baseman's blessing. Making things more difficult is the fact that Longoria's .261/.313/.424 line this past season probably doesn't inspire many teams to pony up for the 32-year-old. The only certainty with the Rays this winter seems to be that nothing is certain.
Nov 18 - 11:16 PM

Free agent Curt Casali is getting "strong interest" from teams, according to Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times.

Casali was outrighted off the Rays' 40-man roster in early November and opted to become a free agent, a move Topkin says was good for the 29-year-old. Casali owns a .199/.285/.385 career line but could be a backup option for a team in search of veteran help.
Nov 18 - 11:09 PM

Tampa Bay Times writer Marc Topkin expects "mutual interest" between the Rays and free agent Mike Napoli.

The Rays are a wild card this offseason, with the possibility to move any and every player on their roster for the right price. Napoli could interest the club as a veteran leader on a team that could soon be devoid of veteran leadership, Topkin asserts, and would also fit on the field and in the lineup with first baseman Logan Morrison now departed as a free agent. It's unclear what the 36-year-old Napoli's market may look like after he hit 29 homers but batted .193/.285/.428 overall this past season with the Rangers.
Nov 18 - 11:06 PM

The Orioles are interested in free agent starters Lance Lynn and Alex Cobb, a source tells MLB Network's Jon Morosi.

The interest in Cobb was known, but this is the first time Lynn and the O's have been linked. It makes sense, given that starting pitching was the Orioles' biggest weakness last season. Morosi says the team is slightly partial to Cobb due in part to his experience pitching in the American League East. Lynn put up a 3.43 ERA this past season and will be a popular free agent this winter.
Nov 18 - 7:14 PM

Yankees acquired LHP JP Sears and RHP Juan Then from the Mariners for RHP Nick Rumbelow.

Sears was an 11th round draft pick of the Mariners in 2017, and went on to allow just two earned runs over 27 2/3 innings in his professional debut. The southpaw also struck out 51 while walking 12. He could move quickly through the Yanks system if he remains as a reliever.
Nov 18 - 5:02 PM



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