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Braves acquired LHP Tyler Pike from the Mariners as the player to be named later in the Alex Jackson trade.

It was the deal that sent Jackson to Atlanta and Max Povse and Rob Whalen to Seattle. Pike, 22, held a 4.01 ERA and 134/68 K/BB ratio over 125 2/3 frames last season at the High-A level.
Dec 9 - 3:28 PM

Mariners sent LHP Dean Kiekhefer outright to Triple-A Tacoma.

Kiekhefer had been designated for assignment but has cleared waivers and will remain in the organization. The lefty was claimed off waivers from the Cardinals last month.
Dec 9 - 3:24 PM

Tigers signed RHP A.J. Achter to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

The 28-year-old posted a 3.11 ERA in 27 appearances with the Angels this past season. Achter will compete for a middle relief spot in spring training.
Dec 9 - 12:54 PM

Jim Bowden of ESPN and SiriusXM reports that the Cardinals have not contacted Edwin Encarnacion's representatives at this point.

A report from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch said that the Cards could target sluggers such as Encarnacion or Mark Trumbo following the Dexter Fowler signing. However, general manager John Mozeliak said Friday that right now he's looking more at complementary pieces at this point, suggesting a run at Encarnacion or Trumbo is unlikely. However, with Encarnacion's market in particular looking like it's fallen, some teams that hadn't been in on the bidding could jump in.
Source: ESPN.com
Dec 9 - 12:32 PM

Keon Broxton pleaded no contest Monday to his trespassing charge.

A pre-trial deal was reached. Broxton was involved in an incident in November in which he refused to leave an area following a fight despite numerous warnings from police. It seems unlikely that Broxton will face any sort of discipline from Major League Baseball.
Dec 9 - 11:36 AM

Cardinals signed OF Dexter Fowler to a five-year, $82.5 million contract.

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal passed along the contract numbers for Fowler, who also received a full no-trade clause. The Cardinals entered the offseason looking for a new center fielder and possible leadoff man and they now have one in Fowler, who batted .276/.393/.447 with 13 homers, 48 RBI and 13 steals over 125 games this past season. He'll allow the Cards to move Matt Carpenter down to the middle of the batting order and Randal Grichuk to left field.
Dec 9 - 11:19 AM

Marlins signed OF Matt den Dekker to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Den Dekker, 29, sports a career .236/.318/.359 batting line across parts of four seasons in the majors. The Florida native will compete for the Marlins' fifth outfielder job.
Dec 9 - 10:57 AM

Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports that the Angels have had discussions with the Padres, presumably about their available second basemen.

Fletcher lists Yangervis Solarte, Ryan Schimpf, Corey Spangenberg and Carlos Asuaje as possible targets for the Angels. FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal has previously reported that the Padres are "aggressively shopping" Solarte, so he might be the one the Halos have eyes on. The Dodgers are also involved on Solarte, who batted 286/.341/.467 with 15 homers last season.

Darren Wolfson of 1500ESPN reports that the Twins "remain in the mix" for Matt Dominguez on a minor league contract.

Wolfson says Dominguez is mulling over a few offers and is expected to decide in the next 72 hours. The 27-year-old would probably be a long shot to win an Opening Day roster spot regardless of where he signs, but Minnesota wouldn't be a bad landing spot.
Dec 9 - 10:42 AM

Astros signed LHP Cionel Perez to a minor league contract.

MLB.com's Jesse Sanchez says Perez will receive a $2 million signing bonus. The Astros had a deal with Perez in October for $5.15 million but voided it due to medical concerns. The 20-year-old Cuban defector is ranked No. 4 on MLB.com's international prospects list.
Dec 9 - 10:02 AM

Derrick Goold and Ben Frederickson of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch write that the Cardinals "could become more aggressive than previously believed," with Mark Trumbo and Edwin Encarnacion as "possible pursuits."

Interesting. The report says that the Cards' reported five-year, $80 million-ish contract for Dexter Fowler "could signal a pivot" for the club that "makes them a player for other free agents." Justin Turner has also been previously linked to St. Louis as a potential corner infield option. The Cards have already committed to playing Matt Carpenter at first base next season, but it sounds like they could explore signing a first baseman and presumably moving Carpenter back to third base. Encarnacion's market in particular isn't as robust as most figured it would be, and St. Louis might consider taking advantage.
Dec 9 - 9:38 AM

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman indicated Thursday that he'll hang on to Chase Headley.

Cashman shopped Headley around but evidently didn't like the offers presented to him. "I've turned down what was presented to me," Cashman said. "I don't think there's going to be any other opportunities that way at the time being. I'm still getting hits on (Brett Gardner) but the Headley stuff, I've decided to pass on and keep Chase." Headley batted .251/.329/.383 with 14 home runs in 2016 and is owed $34 million over the next two seasons.
Dec 9 - 8:37 AM

FanRag Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Cardinals will sign Dexter Fowler to a five-year deal worth at least $80 million, pending a physical.

Fowler has been confirmed to be in St. Louis to take a pre-signing physical. The center fielder turned down a $17.2 million qualifying offer from the Cubs and was believed to be seeking a four-year deal for about $18 million per year. It appears the Cardinals trumped the field by offering a fifth year and at least $16 million annually. One year after the Cubs poached Jason Heyward and John Lackey from the Cardinals, they get a measure of revenge by prying Fowler away from the World Series champs. Fowler gives the Cardinals a badly-needed upgrade in center field and should find a home near the top of the lineup. He owns a .366 career on-base percentage. Randal Grichuk will move from center to left field with Matt Holliday out of the picture.
Dec 8 - 9:59 PM

According to beat writer Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the Cardinals made an "over-the-top offer" to be sure they landed free agent center fielder Dexter Fowler.

Multiple reports state Fowler is on his way to St. Louis for a pre-signing physical. Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports confirms that the deal is done and that it's expected to be big, perhaps in the $80-90 million range. It's safe to say he got the $18 million AAV (average annual value) he was seeking. Fowler is tied to draft pick compensation after rejecting a $17.2 million qualifying offer from the Cubs. He registered a solid .276/.393/.447 slash-line with 13 homers, 48 RBI, and 13 steals over 125 games this past season.
Dec 8 - 8:55 PM

Rangers acquired LHP Brady Feigl in the Luke Jackson trade with the Braves.

The left-hander recently recovered from Tommy John surgery. The 26-year-old has thrown only 2/3 inning above Single-A ball. He went undrafted after playing college baseball but signed with the Braves and pitched well in the lowest levels of the minor leagues before the elbow injury. Despite his inexperience he has a chance to pitch in the majors as a left-handed specialist but is unlikely to have any fantasy value.
Dec 8 - 8:36 PM



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