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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

Rangers signed RHP Deolis Guerra to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Guerra appeared in 19 games with the Angels last season while posting a 4.68 ERA and 22/12 K/BB ratio over 25 innings. Best known for being a part of the Johan Santana trade between the Twins and Mets, Guerra owns a 4.17 ERA over 73 relief appearances in the majors. He'll turn 29 in April.
Jan 16 - 1:20 PM

Padres executive chairman Ron Fowler indicated during an appearance on The Mighty 1090 that the club isn't planning to make significant changes to their offer to free agent first baseman Eric Hosmer.

It was reported earlier this month that the club made a seven-year offer to Homser valued at less than $140 million. They appear to be holding firm for now. "I think we were pretty creative in the way we put a contract proposal together," said Fowler. "We like it. I don’t know if Mr. Boras likes it, but that’s probably another story." The Royals are likely the Padres' primary competition for Hosmer's services, though the Cardinals have also been mentioned as a possibility. Scott Boras is known for being patient with these situations, but something will have to give here soon.
Jan 16 - 1:05 PM

According to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN, the Giants have Jarrod Dyson as their top non-Lorenzo Cain free agent option for center field.

Dyson is followed by Jon Jay and Cameron Maybin on the Giants' list. The club acquired Andrew McCutchen from the Pirates on Monday and haven't officially ruled him out for center field, but the speedy Dyson is obviously the superior defender. The 33-year-old batted .251/.324/.350 with five home runs, 30 RBI, and 28 steals over 11 games with the Mariners last season.

Mike Puma of the New York Post writes that "if healthy," Adrian Gonzalez will probably begin the season as the Mets' starting first baseman.

In other words, Dominic Smith will likely be Triple-A bound to begin the year. The 35-year-old Gonzalez is coming off a year where he was limited to 71 games with a back injury while putting up a career-worst .642 OPS, so it's probably way too soon to talk with any certainty about this situation. But clearly the Mets aren't exactly sold on Smith just yet.
Jan 16 - 9:38 AM

Diamondbacks signed RHP Tyler Pill to a minor league contract.

Pill, 27, has spent his entire professional career with the Mets. He posted a 5.32 ERA and 16/10 K/BB ratio in 22 innings over three starts and four relief appearances in the majors last season. In his new home, he'll provide some depth between the rotation and bullpen.
Jan 16 - 8:51 AM

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Blue Jays have signed Curtis Granderson to a one-year, $5 million contract.

The deal is pending a physical and also includes incentives. Granderson will turn 37 in March and really struggled down the stretch with the Dodgers last season, finishing with a .212/.323/.452 batting line. However, he did pop 26 home runs and still draws plenty of walks. He'll be used in left or right field (or both) against right-handed pitching.
Jan 15 - 9:10 PM

Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press reports that the Tigers are open to trading Nicholas Castellanos.

The Tigers are obviously in rebuild mode and are unlikely to be competitive before Castellanos reaches free agency after the 2019 season. Slated to turn just 26 in March, Castellanos had a breakout showing in 2017, batting .272/.320/.490 with 26 home runs and 101 RBI. His defense at third base is lacking, which is one of the reasons why he's slated for a move to right field in 2017, but his bat is on the upswing and he could have even more untapped potential.
Jan 15 - 7:10 PM

ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that the Giants "have had an active dialogue with Lorenzo Cain of late, and that’s not likely to change" even after their acquisition of Andrew McCutchen.

San Francisco would prefer to play McCutchen at a corner outfield spot, with Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports saying they'd like to put him in right field and move Hunter Pence to left. Of course, that plan could depend on whether they're able to add a center fielder like Cain. The Giants are up against the luxury tax threshold, so bringing Cain aboard will be tricky.
Jan 15 - 6:56 PM

Pirates acquired OF Bryan Reynolds, RHP Kyle Crick and $500,000 in international bonus pool space from the Giants for OF Andrew McCutchen and cash.

A second-round pick in the 2016 Draft, Reynolds hit .312/.364/.462 with 10 homers in High-A last season and was a top-five prospect for the Giants. He'll turn 23 later this month, so the Pirates could push him pretty quickly.
Jan 15 - 6:40 PM

Pirates acquired RHP Kyle Crick, OF Bryan Reynolds and $500,000 in international bonus pool space from the Giants for OF Andrew McCutchen and cash.

Crick made a full-time move to relief in 2017 and held a 3.06 ERA and 28/17 K/BB ratio over 32 1/3 innings for the Giants last season. He's always had major control issues but is just 25 and throws very hard. Crick should make the Pirates' roster as a middle reliever.
Jan 15 - 6:37 PM

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