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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

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

Then made his professional debut in 2017, putting up a 2.64 ERA and 1.06 WHIP with 56 strikeouts in 13 starts in the Dominican Summer League. He was signed by the Mariners as an international free agent in July 2016.
Nov 18 - 4:58 PM

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

Rumbelow was only recently added to the Yankees' 40-man roster so the club could avoid having to expose him during the upcoming Rule 5 Draft. The 26-year-old had a stellar 2017 season between Double-A and Triple-A for the Yanks, posting a 1.12 ERA and 0.79 WHIP in 40 1/3 innings of work. The M's have made multiple moves already in hopes of reshaping their major league bullpen, and Rumbelow could have a shot at winning a roster spot in spring.
Nov 18 - 4:53 PM

Andrew Marchand of ESPN reports that the Yankees interviewed Dodgers' third base coach Chris Woodward for their managerial opening.

Woodward, who has no managerial experience at the big league level, joins Aaron Boone, Hensley Meulens, Eric Wedge and Rob Thomson as candidates who have already interviewed for the gig.
Nov 18 - 2:19 PM

Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports that the Orioles are interested in free agent right-hander Alex Cobb.

Cobb is on the market after rejecting the Rays' one-year qualifying offer. He was quite impressive in his first season back from Tommy John surgery, registering a 3.66 ERA and 128/44 K/BB ratio in 179 1/3 innings. He should do very well in free agency.
Nov 18 - 12:55 PM

The Nationals named Henry Blanco as their bullpen coach on Wednesday, finalizing their staff for the upcoming season.

Blanco is the only other coach coming over from the Cubs, joining first-time manager Dave Martinez. He will have Derek Lilliquist as his pitching coach, Kevin Long as his hitting coach, Chip Hale as his bench coach, Tim Bogar as his first base coach and Bobby Henley as his third base coach.
Source: MLB.com
Nov 18 - 11:19 AM

Reds re-signed INF/OF Patrick Kivlehan to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Kivlehan elected free agency last week, but has decided to re-up with the Reds. He his .208/.304/.399 with nine homers, 26 RBI and a 61/22 K/BB ratio over 204 plate appearances at the big league level last season.
Nov 18 - 10:34 AM

Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports the Reds have signed utilityman Rosell Herrera to a minor league contract with an invitation to big league camp.

The former shortstop split time between third base and the outfield in 2017 with the Rockies' Triple-A affiliate. The speedster has a contact-oriented approach at the plate and slashed .278/.351/.394 with three homers, 59 runs scored and 20 stolen bases in 103 games for Albuquerque. He swiped 36 bags the year before. The 25-year-old will try to latch on to the club as a utilityman.
Nov 17 - 10:21 PM



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