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Yahoo's Tim Brown reports that the Dodgers are targeting Japanese closer Yoshihisa Hirano.

The Cardinals and Tigers are also looking at the 33-year-old Hirano, who has racked up 143 saves for Orix the last five seasons. Obviously, if he wants a chance to close in the majors, the Dodgers won't be on his list. He might be content as a setup man, though.
Dec 15 - 1:34 AM

The New York Post's George King says that Clint Frazier might be involved in the Gerrit Cole talks between the Pirates and Yankees.

Until the inevitable deal comes, Frazier is going to be a part of just about every rumor bringing a significant name to the Yankees. He's probably not as high of a priority as the Pirates as he would be for some other teams -- they hope to soon have Austin Meadows ready to step in if they trade Andrew McCutchen -- but he'd still be a candidate to be involved in a trade, likely with a pitching prospect or two.
Dec 15 - 1:31 AM

Royals signed third baseman-outfielder Cody Asche to a minor league contract.

Asche hit just .105/.177/.175 in 57 at-bats after making the White Sox out of spring training last year, and he never returned to the majors after being sent down in mid-May. He'll be a fallback option for the Royals.
Dec 14 - 8:30 PM

Victor Martinez, who missed the last month of the season due to an irregular heartbeat that required an ablation procedure, is healthy and has been working out since early November.

Martinez will almost certainly be the Tigers' primary DH to begin next season, though if the opportunity comes to trade him, the team shouldn't hesitate to take advantage. He wouldn't seem to have much left to offer for fantasy purposes.
Source: Detroit News
Dec 14 - 6:40 PM

ESPN's Buster Olney reports that the Diamondbacks have also checked in on Manny Machado.

Arizona has 2017 All-Star Jake Lamb at third base and a handful of decent shortstop options, so an upgrade for the left side of the infield wasn't on their priority list. Still, when a talent like Machado becomes available, it's worth checking in. Olney thinks the White Sox and the Cardinals have the best offers out for Machado right now.
Dec 14 - 4:50 PM

Royals signed RHP Michael Broadway to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Broadway struggled in the minor league systems of the Rays and Nationals in 2017, but he could get another shot at the major league level in 2018 as the Royals tear things down. The 30-year-old right-hander posted a 6.75 ERA in 25 relief appearances with the Giants between 2015-2016.
Dec 14 - 3:28 PM

Marlins designated LHP Hunter Cervenka for assignment.

Miami had to clear some 40-man roster space following the finalization of the five-player Marcell Ozuna trade deal with the Cardinals. Cervenka, 27, allowed eight earned runs in 4 1/3 innings at the major league level in 2017.
Dec 14 - 2:43 PM

Marlins acquired LHP Daniel Castano, RHP Zac Gallen, OF Magneuris Sierra, and RHP Sandy Alcantara from the Cardinals for OF Marcell Ozuna.

Castano, a 19th-round draft pick in 2016 out of Baylor University, is sort of a throw-in to this deal, though he did post a nice-looking 2.57 ERA, 1.099 WHIP, and 81/13 K/BB ratio in 14 starts covering 91 innings this past season with the Cardinals' affiliate in the Low-A New York-Pennsylvania League. The left-hander turned 23 years old in September.
Dec 14 - 2:37 PM

Marlins acquired RHP Zac Gallen, LHP Daniel Castano, OF Magneuris Sierra, and RHP Sandy Alcantara from the Cardinals for OF Marcell Ozuna.

Gallen doesn't carry the top-prospect status of Alcantara, but the 2016 third-round pick climbed all the way to the Triple-A level this past summer and could feasibly get his first taste of MLB action in mid-to-late 2018 with the rapidly-restructuring Fish. Gallen has three above-average pitches and boasts a 2.86 ERA, 1.14 WHIP, and 136/35 K/BB ratio through his first 157 1/3 professional innings.
Dec 14 - 2:35 PM

Marlins acquired OF Magneuris Sierra, RHP Zac Gallen, LHP Daniel Castano, and RHP Sandy Alcantara from the Cardinals for OF Marcell Ozuna.

Sierra made his MLB debut with St. Louis in 2017 and put up an impressive .317 batting average in 64 plate appearances, but his mostly underwhelming minor league numbers point to the fact that he still has a long way to go offensively. On the basepaths and in the outfield, he's just about ready. The question is whether the slender 21-year-old will ever develop enough power to stick as an impactful everyday player. Miami can slow-play it to find out.
Dec 14 - 2:35 PM

Marlins acquired RHP Sandy Alcantara, OF Magneuris Sierra, RHP Zac Gallen, and LHP Daniel Castano from the Cardinals for OF Marcell Ozuna.

Alcantara is the headliner of this package for Miami and the most highly-rated prospect the Marlins have acquired between all their different trades so far this winter, including the Giancarlo Stanton and Dee Gordon swaps. The hard-throwing 22-year-old right-hander has the upside of a potential No. 2 major league starter, though he has to figure out his control issues before he can meet that kind of lofty long-term outlook. There are some talent evaluators who believe Alcantara might ultimately wind up as a reliever. Another full season in the minors would probably do him a whole lot of good.
Dec 14 - 2:34 PM

Cardinals acquired OF Marcell Ozuna from the Marlins for RHP Sandy Alcantara, OF Magneuris Sierra, RHP Zac Gallen, and LHP Daniel Castano.

St. Louis was considered a frontrunner in the Giancarlo Stanton sweepstakes before the 2017 National League MVP declined a move there (and to San Francisco) and used his no-trade clause to land comfortably with the Yankees. Ozuna is a pretty nice fallback for the Cardinals, coming off a breakout 2017 season that saw him register a .312/.376/.548 batting line, 37 home runs, and 124 RBI in 159 games. The 27-year-old outfielder is under contractual control through 2019 via salary arbitration. He figures to bat third or fourth in the St. Louis lineup in 2018 and should prove to be a significant offensive upgrade for his new team.
Dec 14 - 2:32 PM

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Angels are interested in free agent Zack Cozart.

They'd ask him to play third base, with Andrelton Simmons locked in at shortstop and newcomer Ian Kinsler set to slide in at second. Cozart has never made an appearance at the hot corner at any level of professional baseball, but he's always been a good defender and is probably capable of making the transition. The market is beginning to pick up for the 32-year-old, who batted .297/.385/.548 with 24 home runs over 122 games with the Reds in 2017.
Dec 14 - 2:00 PM

According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Rangers' pursuit of Diamondbacks starter Zack Greinke is "said to be pretty dead."

USA Today's Bob Nightengale reported earlier this week that the Rangers were offering only "marginal prospects" for the Arizona ace, and the Diamondbacks are not interested in a straight salary-dump. Heyman says there are three other teams in the mix. It is believed that one of them is the Phillies. Greinke finished fourth in the NL Cy Young balloting in 2017, but he's owed a whopping $126.5 million over the next four seasons and the Diamondbacks want to free up some cash to re-sign J.D. Martinez.
Dec 14 - 1:34 PM

USA Today's Bob Nightengale reports that the Giants and Blue Jays have spoken to the White Sox about a potential trade for Avisail Garcia.

Nightengale notes that there is "nothing close" at this point, but many in the industry -- including a number of beat writers who cover the White Sox -- believe Garcia will be on the move this winter. The 26-year-old had a breakout season in 2017, slashing .330/.380/.506 with 18 home runs and 80 RBI in 136 games while earning his first All-Star nod. The issue for a team like San Francisco -- and other clubs in the NL -- is that Garcia is a dreadful defender in the outfield.
Dec 14 - 1:29 PM



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