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According to Peter Gammons, the White Sox asked the Astros for Francis Martes, Kyle Tucker and Joe Musgrove in exchange for Jose Quintana.

With the return package that White Sox general manager Rick Hahn was able to secure from the Nationals in the Adam Eaton trade, it's no wonder that he's shooting for the moon in every possible deal. It seems likely though that he'll have to lower his demands as the offseason progresses if he indeed wishes to trade off Quintana and other veterans that he's looking to deal.
Dec 10 - 1:06 PM

Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports that Twins prospect Yorman Landa was killed in a tragic car accident in Venezuela.

The right-hander who had recently re-signed a minor league deal and had been invited to big league camp, was just 22-years-old. Our deepest condolences go out to the victim's family and the entire Twins' organization at this difficult time.
Dec 10 - 9:24 AM

Astros signed INF Reid Brignac to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

The 30-year-old spent the 2016 season in the Braves' organization, slashing .264/.361/.394 with eight homers and 42 RBI in 102 games at Triple-A Gwinnett. He'll add organizational depth to the Astros but is a long shot to crack the Opening Day roster in a reserve role.
Dec 9 - 11:10 PM

LaVelle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports that Jared Burton wants to return to the majors in 2017.

Burton didn't pitch in 2016 after being suspended 50 games last January for a second positive test for a drug of abuse. He'll have to settle for a minor league contract, as there doesn't figure to be much of a market for a 35-year-old who hasn't pitched well in the majors since 2013.
Dec 9 - 6:02 PM

Red Sox signed OF Junior Lake to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Lake is a career .235/.278/.376 hitter over parts of four seasons in the majors. He'll turn 27 in March and is merely organizational depth.
Dec 9 - 5:15 PM

Tigers re-signed RHP Jeff Ferrell to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Ferrell made it up for a few appearances with the Tigers in 2015 but last season was in the minors, holding a 4.76 ERA over nine appearances. He'll represent organizational depth.
Dec 9 - 4:34 PM

Tigers re-signed C Miguel Gonzalez to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Gonzalez has been in the Tigers' minor league system the last two years, hitting .243/.298/.327 with two homers this past season at Triple-A Toledo. He'll return there to start 2017.
Dec 9 - 4:30 PM

Tigers signed 2B Omar Infante to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Infante was released by the Royals last season and then released by the Braves after signing a minor league deal with them. The soon-to-be 35-year-old will make $8 million in 2017, but that will be paid by the Royals. He's probably a long shot to make the team even if the Tigers wind up trading Ian Kinsler.
Dec 9 - 4:26 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

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



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