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Mets signed 1B Adrian Gonzalez to a one-year contract.

New York will only have to pay Gonzalez the MLB minimum of $545,000, with the Braves and Dodgers sharing his $22.3 million guaranteed salary for 2018. The 35-year-old projects to open the 2018 season as the Mets' primary first baseman while Dominic Smith does a little more developing at the Triple-A level, though that narrative could change this spring. Gonzalez batted just .242/.287/.355 in 71 games last season for Los Angeles while fighting a chronic back injury.
Jan 17 - 12:12 PM

Mets GM Sandy Alderson said Wednesday that Michael Conforto (shoulder) likely won't be ready until the beginning of May.

Conforto needed major surgery in early September after tearing the posterior capsule in his left shoulder on a swing. He was sporting terrific numbers at the time of the injury (.939 OPS, 27 HR, 68 RBI in 109 games) and the 24-year-old outfielder carries a good amount of fantasy intrigue into the 2018 campaign, but there is obviously some risk that his rehab won't shape up as smoothly as everyone is hoping. Jay Bruce, signed to a three-year, $39 million free agent deal last week, will open the season as the Mets' primary right fielder.
Jan 17 - 11:45 AM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Cubs have re-signed Brian Duensing to a two-year, $7 million contract.

It's a relatively inexpensive deal for a guy who registered a 2.74 ERA and 61/18 K/BB ratio over 62 1/3 innings of relief last season. Heyman says Duensing had more lucrative offers from other teams "but liked the Cubs experience so much he wanted to return." The 34-year-old will continue operating as a lefty specialist for the reigning National League Central champs.
Jan 17 - 9:47 AM
Jay Bruce - OF - Mets

Mets signed OF Jay Bruce to a three-year, $39 million contract.

The deal was agreed to last week and then finalized on Tuesday evening after Bruce passed his physical. He'll be introduced -- or rather reintroduced -- at a press conference Wednesday at Citi Field. The 30-year-old slugger batted .254/.324/.508 with 36 home runs and 101 RBI in 146 games last season between New York and Cleveland before entering a relatively unkind free agent market. He projects to hit near the heart of the Mets' batting order in 2018, with everyday starts coming between the two corner outfield spots and first base.
Jan 16 - 8:45 PM

Mark Reynolds told Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post that he is open to returning to the Rockies, but only on a guaranteed major league deal.

Reynolds signed a non-guaranteed minor league contract with the Rockies last winter and went on to tally 30 home runs and 97 RBI in 148 games. "I think I proved last year that I can produce and help a team," Reynolds said Tuesday. "I am looking to sign a major-league deal. … Things are different this year." The veteran free agent would be a nice complement to young Rockies first base prospect Ryan McMahon in 2018, but Colorado's front office might continue to slow-play this one. Reynolds' poor offensive splits away from Coors Field greatly limit his appeal to other teams with less-hitter-friendly home environments.
Source: Denver Post
Jan 16 - 8:01 PM

Christian Yelich's agent told Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com on Tuesday that his client's relationship with the Marlins is "irretrievably broken."

Yelich expressed surprise and disappointment last month when the Marlins moved Giancarlo Stanton and Marcell Ozuna, and now his trade request has become more of a trade demand. "The relationship between player and team is irretrievably broken," the agent, Joe Longo, said Tuesday. "It's soured. He's part of the old ownership regime. The new ownership regime needs to get new parts into this plan and move forward, and he needs to get on with his career where he's got a chance to win. The big issue is him winning and winning now." Yelich, 26, has drawn interest from the Nationals, Blue Jays, Giants, Phillies, Braves, and Rangers, but Miami's asking price is said to be sky high.
Source: ESPN.com
Jan 16 - 7:22 PM

Angels released C Curt Casali.

Casali asked for his release from the minor league deal he signed with the Angels on November 27, presumably after noticing the team signed Rene Rivera to a one-year, $2.8 million contract in January. Carlos Perez and Juan Graterol were probably also going to be above Casali on the Angels' organizational depth chart at catcher. The 29-year-old is back on the free agent market.
Jan 16 - 6:50 PM

White Sox signed RHP Gonzalez Germen to a minor league contract.

Germen spent the 2017 season in Japan, posting an up-and-down 2.98 ERA, 1.45 WHIP, and 51/26 K/BB ratio in 47 innings with the Orix Buffaloes of the Pacific League. The 30-year-old right-hander will likely open the 2018 season in the bullpen at Triple-A Charlotte, though he could get another shot in the majors at some point as the rebuilding White Sox shuffle their bullpen.
Jan 16 - 6:39 PM

Ichiro Suzuki may consider returning to Japan for the 2018 season, per his agent John Boggs.

Boggs told Barry Bloom of MLB.com that he had extensive conversations earlier this winter with the Mariners and Padres, but both clubs have since moved on. Other teams have asked Boggs to "check back" closer to spring training. Ichiro, a certain first-ballot Hall of Famer, has racked up 3,080 major league hits since arriving from the Orix Buffaloes in 2001. But he batted just .255/.318/.332 in 136 games with the Marlins last year at age 43. And he turned 44 in October.
Source: MLB.com
Jan 16 - 6:36 PM

Andrew McCutchen will play right field for the Giants in 2018.

It's the right spot for the 31-year-old McCutchen, who rebounded a bit defensively as the Pirates' primary center fielder last season. Right field at San Francisco's AT&T Park is like another center field anyway -- maybe even more difficult given the tricky dimensions and brick facades. Hunter Pence will be the Giants' new left fielder and there's talk of adding a free agent to play center field.
Jan 16 - 5:46 PM

Danny Duffy pleaded guilty Tuesday in Overland Park, Kansas to driving under the influence in August.

Duffy got a year of probation and will have to pay $1,220 in fines and court fees. He must report to a probation officer once a month and abstain from drugs and alcohol, and he will be subject to random breath, urine, or blood screenings. Duffy got the DUI a few days after landing on the disabled list August 26 with a left elbow impingement. He finished the 2017 season with a 3.81 ERA, 1.26 WHIP, and 130/41 K/BB ratio in 146 1/3 innings.
Source: KCTV5
Jan 16 - 4:36 PM

Hunter Pence will move to left field for the Giants in 2018, with newcomer Andrew McCutchen taking over in right.

Giants manager Bruce Bochy made that announcement during a conference call with the media on Tuesday afternoon, and it's the most ideal defensive alignment for all of the parties involved. Gorkys Hernandez and Steven Duggar are currently the in-house options for center field, but the Giants probably aren't done adding. They have been linked to free agent center fielders like Jarrod Dyson, Lorenzo Cain, Cameron Maybin, and Jon Jay.
Jan 16 - 4:13 PM

Yankees signed LHP Wade LeBlanc to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

LeBlanc will earn $1 million if he makes the major league roster. His contract includes an out-clause at the end of spring training. The southpaw posted a 4.50 ERA and 54/17 K/BB ratio over 68 relief innings with the Pirates in 2017.
Jan 16 - 3:52 PM

Andrew McCutchen has been told that he'll play a corner outfield spot with the Giants this season, per Buster Olney of ESPN.

That was the expectation following the trade and it's now confirmed. Advanced metrics haven't been kind to McCutchen in recent years, so it would be a lot to ask him to play center field in AT&T Park. The Giants have Gorkys Hernandez and Steven Duggar in-house for center field, but the club continues to be linked to Lorenzo Cain, Jarrod Dyson, Jon Jay, and Cameron Maybin in the free agent market. It might not be the big splash with Cain, but it's reasonable to expect them to sign one of them.
Jan 16 - 2:20 PM

In a statement released to The Athletic on Tuesday, Pirates infielder Josh Harrison said that he'd prefer to be traded if the Pirates don't expect to contend in 2018 or 2019.

Harrison sees which way the wind is blowing after the recent trades of Gerrit Cole and Andrew McCutchen. "If indeed the team does not expect to contend this year or next, perhaps it would be better for all involved, that I also am traded," Harrison said in part of the statement. "I want what is best for the organization that gave me a chance to be a Big Leaguer." The versatile 30-year-old 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. Rosenthal writes that the Mets, Yankees, and Brewers are among the teams with reported interest in Harrison. If the Pirates don't feel they are getting fair value, they could easily hold and wait until the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline.
Source: The Athletic
Jan 16 - 2:09 PM



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