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Mariners acquired RHP Shawn Armstrong from the Indians for international slot money.

Armstrong posted an underwhelming 4.38 ERA and 20/10 K/BB ratio in 24 2/3 innings this past season with Cleveland, but the 27-year-old right-hander should be in the running for one of the last few Opening Day bullpen spots next spring in Mariners camp. He is out of minor league options.
Dec 13 - 3:20 PM

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Mariners and Cardinals are "vying" for free agent Juan Nicasio.

Jim Bowden tweeted earlier that the Mariners were "in the red zone" for a reliever and that Nicasio is a "strongly rumored possibility," but it seems the Cardinals are making a play to keep the 31-year-old right-hander, who served as their primary closer down the stretch this past season. Nicasio led all National League relievers in appearances in 2017 while putting up a 2.61 ERA, 1.078 WHIP, and 72/20 K/BB ratio in 72 1/3 innings between Pittsburgh and St. Louis.
Dec 13 - 3:15 PM

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Giants are "staying in contact" with free agent outfielder Jay Bruce.

Rosenthal says signing Bruce and trading for Reds center fielder Billy Hamilton was the "initial fallback plan" for San Francisco once Giancarlo Stanton rejected a trade there, though the Giants have been unable to match up with Cincinnati on a Hamilton deal. Bruce is also known to be drawing free agent interest from the Rockies, Blue Jays, Mariners, and Mets. He hit .254/.324/.508 with 36 homers and 101 RBI in 146 games this past season between New York and Cleveland.
Dec 13 - 3:06 PM

According to Jim Bowden of Sirius XM, free agent reliever Juan Nicasio is a "strongly rumored possibility" for the Mariners.

Bowden says the Mariners are "in the red zone" to acquire a relief pitcher, though it's not entirely clear whether Nicasio is the guy. The 31-year-old right-hander led the National League in appearances in 2017, delivering a strong 2.61 ERA, 1.078 WHIP, and 72/20 K/BB ratio in 72 1/3 innings between the Pirates and Cardinals. He served as the primary closer in St. Louis down the stretch.
Dec 13 - 2:50 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports hears the Marlins "intend to hold onto Christian Yelich."

There is a massive organizational fire sale underway in Miami, with Giancarlo Stanton, Marcell Ozuna, and Dee Gordon already out the door, but Yelich is under the Marlins' control through 2021 with a club option for 2022 and they apparently want to try to build around the 26-year-old outfielder. Alex Pavlovic of CSN Bay Area confirms this thought, tweeting Wednesday that the Giants "have repeatedly been told" by the Marlins that Yelich is not available.
Dec 13 - 2:43 PM

According to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle, the A's are edging closer to acquiring outfielder Stephen Piscotty from the Cardinals.

St. Louis has a deal in place with the Marlins for Marcell Ozuna, so Piscotty is suddenly expendable. Slusser hears that a trade between the Cardinals and Athletics could be completed before the end of the Winter Meetings on Thursday, with A's infield prospect Yairo Munoz possibly changing organizations. Piscotty posted an .815 OPS with 29 home runs and 124 RBI over his first 216 major league games between 2015-2016 before struggling mightily in 2017. Injuries and family issues played a part. He signed a six-year, $33.5 million contract extension with the Cardinals in April.
Dec 13 - 2:27 PM

Cardinals pitching prospect Sandy Alcantara is part of the return package for Marcell Ozuna, according to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports.

Alcantara was also floated in the failed Giancarlo Stanton trade talks between St. Louis and Miami. The hard-throwing 22-year-old right-hander posted a 4.31 ERA, 1.43 WHIP, and 106/54 K/BB ratio across 125 1/3 innings at Double-A Springfield in 2017. He then made his MLB debut as a September callup, yielding six runs -- four earned -- in 8 1/3 innings of relief.
Dec 13 - 2:13 PM

Eduardo Nunez is drawing free agent interest from the Red Sox, Blue Jays, and "possibly Yankees," per Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports.

Nunez excelled in a utility role with the Giants and Red Sox in 2017, slashing .313/.341/.460 with 12 home runs and 24 stolen bases in 114 games. He battled a knee injury down the stretch, but the versatile 30-year-old is expected to be 100 percent by the start of spring training in February.
Dec 13 - 2:09 PM

Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer-Press reports that the Twins are in on free agent reliever Steve Cishek.

There's also known to be interest from the Mets. Cishek, a 31-year-old sidearmer with experience as a closer, put up an outstanding 2.01 ERA, 0.896 WHIP, and 41/14 K/BB ratio in 44 2/3 innings between the Mariners and Rays in 2017.
Dec 13 - 1:53 PM

According to Chris Cotillo of SB Nation, free agent reliever JJ Hoover has multiple offers on the table.

It's unclear at this point which teams are in the running. Hoover was non-tendered by the Diamondbacks on December 1 after posting a 3.92 ERA, 1.77 WHIP, and 54/26 K/BB ratio over 41 1/3 innings out of the Arizona bullpen in 2017. The right-hander allowed allowed 29 runs -- 28 earned -- over 18 2/3 innings with the Reds in 2016. He turns 31 years old late next summer.
Dec 13 - 1:49 PM

Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports confirms that the Marlins are actively shopping Christian Yelich.

Miami has already dealt Giancarlo Stanton to the Yankees and there's a reported agreement in place that will send Marcell Ozuna to the Cardinals. Now it sounds like the Marlins' fire sale will extend to Yelich, who is under contractual control through 2021 with a club option for 2022. MLB.com's Joe Frisaro reported Tuesday that the Braves and Diamondbacks are among the teams with interest in acquiring the 26-year-old outfielder. Dan Straily and J.T. Realmuto could also be on the block for the rapidly-rebuilding Fish.
Dec 13 - 1:38 PM

Craig Mish of Sirius XM reports that the Marlins have traded Marcell Ozuna to the Cardinals.

Miami will reportedly get pitching prospect Sandy Alcantara and three other minor leaguers in return. Dakota Hudson and Jack Flaherty are among the names that have been floated previously. Ozuna broke out with a .312/.376/.548 batting line, 37 home runs, and 124 RBI in 159 games this past season and represents a massive upgrade for the middle of the Cardinals' lineup. The 27-year-old outfielder is under contractual control via salary arbitration through the end of 2019.
Dec 13 - 1:03 PM

MLB.com's Mark Feinsand hears there is nothing imminent between the Rockies and Greg Holland.

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reported earlier that Colorado was closing in on an agreement to bring Holland back for the 2018 season and beyond, but a source tells Feinsand that the two sides are "just talking" at the moment. Thomas Harding, the Rockies beat writer for MLB.com, is hearing the same thing as Feinsand. A new deal could happen at some point between Holland and the Rockies, but it sounds like the 32-year-old free agent right-hander is still shopping around for the time being.
Dec 13 - 12:54 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Rockies are closing in on a deal to bring back Greg Holland.

Colorado has already been very active on the relief market this week at the Winter Meetings in Orlando, securing Bryan Shaw on Tuesday and Jake McGee on Wednesday. Now it appears the Rockies' closer from 2017 could return to the fold for 2018 and beyond. Holland, 32, posted a 3.61 ERA, 1.15 WHIP, and 70/26 K/BB ratio over 57 1/3 innings this past season -- his first season back from Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery. The right-hander finished tied for the National League lead in saves with 41.
Dec 13 - 12:30 PM

Cardinals signed C Francisco Pena to a minor league contract.

Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says Pena will be one of the catchers at Triple-A Memphis in 2018. The 28-year-old hit .278/.309/.450 with six homers and 18 RBI in 51 games for the Triple-A affiliate of the Orioles in 2017.
Dec 13 - 12:19 PM



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