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WEEI's Rob Bradford hears that the Diamondbacks are not targeting Red Sox outfielder Jackie Bradley.

Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe tweeted Tuesday evening that Bradley is "high atop" the Diamondbacks' wish list to replace free agent A.J. Pollock in center field, but Bradford and other reporters are hearing differently. Whatever the case, it sounds like the Red Sox would be willing to part ways with JBJ this winter if the offer is right. They are reportedly looking to divert some payroll to bullpen upgrades.
Dec 11 - 11:11 PM

MLB.com's Jon Morosi reports that the Mets and Red Sox are showing "continued interest" in free agent reliever Adam Ottavino.

He's also said to be drawing interest from the Yankees, and the Rockies have not ruled out bringing him back. Ottavino posted a brilliant 2.43 ERA and 112/36 K/BB ratio over 77 2/3 innings out of the Colorado bullpen in 2018. He should be able to find a three-year deal on the open market this winter, even at age 33.
Dec 11 - 11:04 PM

According to MLB.com's Jon Morosi, the Tigers, Brewers, Athletics, and Nationals are among the teams showing interest in free agent Ian Kinsler.

There is a robust market for second basemen this winter and it will probably take a little while for it to settle. Morosi notes that the "destinations of [DJ] LeMahieu and [Jed] Lowrie may determine where Kinsler signs." The 36-year-old batted .240/.301/.380 with 14 home runs and 16 stolen bases in 128 games this past season between the Angels and Red Sox.
Dec 11 - 10:59 PM

Christian Bethancourt has agreed to a one-year contract with the NC Dinos of the Korea Baseball Organization.

Bethancourt got $1 million guaranteed, which is probably more than he would have found on the MLB open market this winter. The 27-year-old catcher spent the 2018 season with the Triple-A affiliate of the Brewers and posted a strong .834 OPS with 20 home runs in 104 games. But he stands as a .222/.252/.316 career hitter in 489 major league plate appearances.
Dec 11 - 10:30 PM

Red Sox signed OF Gorkys Hernandez to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

The deal will come with a $1 million salary if Hernandez is in the big leagues, according to Alex Speier of the Boston Globe. Hernandez was non-tendered by the Giants last month after batting just .234/.285/.391 over 451 plate appearances in 2018. The 31-year-old can play all three outfield spots and has flashed some pop against left-handed pitching, but he's nothing more than a depth piece for the defending World Series champions.
Dec 11 - 10:23 PM

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that Mel Rojas Jr. is looking to sign with a major league team this winter.

He should at least be able to find a spring training invite after posting a .980 OPS with 43 home runs this past summer in the power-friendly Korea Baseball Organization. Rojas, 28, was a third-round pick of the Pirates back in 2010. He has experience defensively at all three outfield positions.
Dec 11 - 9:57 PM

A source told MLB.com's Mark Feinsand that it is becoming "less and less likely" the Giants will trade Madison Bumgarner this winter.

That same source added that a midseason trade seems more likely, assuming the Giants are not in contention. A number of teams have reportedly expressed interest in the 29-year-old left-hander, including the Phillies, Brewers, Yankees, and Braves, but San Francisco is apparently not ready to part ways quite yet. Bumgarner posted a 3.26 ERA and 109 strikeouts over 129 2/3 innings in 2018 after missing the first two months of the season with a fractured left pinkie.
Dec 11 - 9:54 PM

According to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, the Phillies "remain very aggressive" on free agent reliever Zach Britton.

USA Today's Bob Nightengale reported something similar earlier in the day Tuesday. Rosenthal adds that other teams are in the mix, and Fancred's Jon Heyman says the Cardinals are one of them. Britton, 30, posted a 3.10 ERA in 40 2/3 innings this past season between the Orioles and Yankees and seems certain to fetch a multi-year deal this winter. We need a domino to fall on the free agent relief market.
Dec 11 - 9:34 PM

Rockies hired Dave Magadan as hitting coach.

Magadan served as the hitting coach of the division-rival Diamondbacks in 2018. Jeff Salazar will remain on staff as the second hitting coach in Colorado and Ron Gideon will take over as the team's first base coach.
Dec 11 - 9:20 PM

Albert Pujols (knee, elbow) has been cleared for light lower body workouts.

Pujols needed an arthroscopic debridement procedure on his left knee in late August and then underwent surgery to remove bone spurs from his right elbow in early September. He is expected to be ready for the beginning of spring training in February. The Angels still owe the 38-year-old a whopping $87 million.
Dec 11 - 8:45 PM

Angels signed RHP Matt Ramsey to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Ramsey posted a sharp 2.30 ERA and 54/16 K/BB ratio in 47 innings of relief this past season with the Triple-A affiliate of the Astros. The 29-year-old right-hander will be in the running for a spot in the Angels' Opening Day bullpen next spring.
Dec 11 - 8:29 PM

Angels signed OF Cesar Puello to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Puello, 27, put up a decent .313/.417/.432 batting line with six home runs and six stolen bases in 358 plate appearances this past year between the Triple-A affiliates of the Diamondbacks and Giants. He will operate as organizational outfield depth for the Angels leading into the 2019 season.
Dec 11 - 8:27 PM

Angels signed INF Wilfredo Tovar to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Tovar hasn't appeared in a major league game since the 2014 season and posted a relatively underwhelming .728 OPS in 108 games with the Triple-A affiliate of the Cardinals in 2018. The 27-year-old will act as organizational infield depth for the Angels heading into the 2019 campaign.
Dec 11 - 8:24 PM

Angels signed RHP Forrest Snow to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Snow posted a 4.76 ERA and 119/41 K/BB ratio in 126 2/3 innings this past year between the Double-A and Triple-A affiliates of the Rays. The 29-year-old right-hander has never appeared in a major league game.
Dec 11 - 8:21 PM

MLB.com's Mark Feinsand reports that the White Sox, Astros, Yankees, Reds, Rangers, and Blue Jays have shown interest in free agent starter Lance Lynn.

Feinsand notes that Lynn's market is eerily similar to that of J.A. Happ. Lynn, 31, signed a one-year, $12 million free agent contract with the Twins last March and wound up posting a disappointing 4.77 ERA, 1.53 WHIP, and 161/76 K/BB ratio over 156 2/3 innings between Minnesota and the Bronx.
Dec 11 - 8:17 PM



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