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Jon Paul Morosi of MLB.com reports that the Tigers are hearing trade interest on Nicholas Castellanos.

The Braves are among the teams who have inquired thus far. Castellanos is coming off a career-best season where he batted .298/.354/.500 with 23 home runs and 89 RBI. He's a nice chip for the rebuilding Tigers, but that he only has one year of team control remaining (MLB Trade Rumors recently estimated at $11.3 million) in arbitration could limit the potential return.
Dec 10 - 12:32 PM

Jon Heyman of FanCred Sports writes that Billy Hamilton will make close to $5 million total in his new deal with the Royals.

Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports confirms that it's in the neighborhood of $5 million. He made $4.6 million with the Reds in 2018, so it sounds like he'll receive a slight raise and the potential to make more with incentives. Hamilton has a flawed approach at the plate, but he's a great fit for that big outfield in Kansas City.
Dec 10 - 12:18 PM

Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports that the Reds are not actively looking to move Scooter Gennett.

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reported earlier Monday that the Reds would like to move Gennett. Either way, it's a tough time to move a second baseman with so many options on the market. Gennett, 28, batted .310/.357/.490 with 23 homers and 92 RBI in 154 games this past season. He earned $5.7 million in 2018 and will go through arbitration one more year before hitting free agency.
Dec 10 - 12:12 PM

Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports that the Braves "have not had any discussions" on free agent left-hander Dallas Keuchel.

This report is quite a contrast to what we heard from Jon Heyman of FanCred Sports, who wrote Sunday that the Braves seem to have Keuchel atop their wishlist. We'll soon find out if that was just an attempt to get the Phillies to increase their offer. The Reds have also been mentioned as a possible fit for the southpaw.
Dec 10 - 12:06 PM

Jon Paul Morosi of MLB.com reports that the Dodgers are showing "continued interest" in free agent second baseman DJ LeMahieu.

Morosi linked the Dodgers to LeMahieu a little over a month ago and nothing has changed on that front. But they are going to have to contend with the Nationals and Twins, among others. The 30-year-old recently won his third Gold Glove Award while batting .276/.321/.428 with 15 homers and 62 RBI over 128 games this past season. He wasn't extended a qualifying offer by the Rockies.
Dec 10 - 11:44 AM

Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic writes that Robbie Ray figures to be the Diamondbacks' player "whose name surfaces most often in trade rumors this week."

The Diamondbacks already dealt Paul Goldschmidt to the Cardinals, which essentially opens the floodgates on other potential trades. Most of the attention has been focused on Zack Greinke, but Ray will be much easier to move if the Diamondbacks decide to do so. The southpaw took a step back this year from his great 2017, but he at least finished the year strong. Ray made $3.95 million in 2018 and is under team control for two more years. While he's due some raises in arbitration, the money shouldn't be a factor in trade talks. Piecoro writes that the Diamondbacks are setting a "really high bar" as they dangle him in the market.
Dec 10 - 11:38 AM

Joel Sherman of the New York Post hears from executives who have spoken to the Mets that it would take an "extraordinary return" to pry away Noah Syndergaard.

New Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen said as much last week. Syndergaard's name has been floated in trade rumors this offseason, but the scenario seems counterintuitive with the Mets committed to contending in 2019. The right offer could possibly change things and Van Wagenen could always reevaluate things if the Mets stumble through the first half. Syndergaard is under team control through 2021.
Dec 10 - 11:29 AM

Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that several teams have expressed interest in Giants first baseman Brandon Belt.

And he's said to be available. Belt missed time with a knee injury and an appendectomy this past season while batting .253/.342/.414 with 14 homers over 112 games. He turns 31 next April and is owed $16 million in each of the next three seasons. He has a partial no-trade clause which could block deals to 10 teams. Add in his concussion issues in recent years and it could be a challenge to move him.
Dec 10 - 11:14 AM

Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said the club has made contact with the representation for free agent second baseman DJ LeMahieu.

Marwin Gonzalez and Josh Harrison are also on their radar, reports Jon Heyman of FanCred Sports. The Nationals have Wilmer Difo and Howie Kendrick as possible fallback options at second base, but it seems likely they'll end up with someone off the free agent market.
Dec 10 - 11:09 AM

According to Jim Bowden of The Athletic, the Royals are close to a deal with free agent outfielder Billy Hamilton.

Bowden adds that the two sides are just working through bonuses and a pending physical. Hamilton was recently non-tendered by the Reds after batting just .236/.299/.327 over 153 games this past season. He's never progressed as hoped at the plate, but he plays excellent defense in center field and brings game-changing speed when he actually gets on base. He'll presumably be in a good position for playing time with rebuilding Kansas City, so there's fantasy impact here, flaws and all.
Dec 10 - 10:55 AM

Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle hears that the Giants might be Yusei Kikuchi's "first choice" as a potential landing spot.

Kikuchi has been connected to West Coast teams already, including the Padres, Dodgers, and Mariners. He's said to "really like" San Francisco, but it's unclear if the club intends to make a substantial bid. Kikuchi was posted by the Saitama Seibu Lions last week and will be available through January 2 at 5 p.m. ET. The 27-year-old southpaw posted a 3.08 ERA and 153/45 K/BB ratio over 163 2/3 innings this past season. He's being represented by Scott Boras.
Dec 10 - 9:31 AM

According to Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle, the Giants have checked in on free agent right-hander Tyson Ross.

It sounds like due diligence for now. Ross turns 32 next April and posted a 4.15 ERA and 122/62 K/BB ratio in 149 2/3 innings over 23 starts and eight relief appearances this past season between the Padres and Cardinals. He figures to wind up as rotation depth for someone.
Dec 10 - 9:11 AM

Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reports that the Dodgers have emerged as a potential suitor for free agent reliever David Robertson.

Feinsand adds that at least six teams have expressed serious interest in Robertson. The Mets and Red Sox have been mentioned before, but they are going to have plenty of competition. Robertson turns 34 next April and posted a 3.23 ERA and 91/26 K/BB ratio over 69 2/3 innings with the Yankees last season. He plans to serve as his own agent this offseason.
Source: MLB.com
Dec 10 - 8:55 AM

Miguel Montero confirmed to Jon Heyman of FanCred Sports that he's retired.

Montero previously told Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic that he's "pretty much retired," but he has since clarified that by saying, "I'm done." It was already pretty clear that he's moved on to his next act, as the 35-year-old has begun to work as an agent and is the CEO of ZT Sports.
Dec 10 - 8:46 AM

Jerome Williams is retiring after 11 seasons in the majors, per Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press.

Fenech writes that Williams is present at the Winter Meetings to interview with teams for a coaching position. Williams, 37, hasn't pitched in the majors since the 2016 season with the Cardinals. He'll close the book on his playing career with a 52-66 record and a 4.59 ERA over 236 appearances (149 starts) while playing for eight different teams.
Dec 10 - 8:43 AM



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