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According to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN, the Giants have Jarrod Dyson as their top non-Lorenzo Cain free agent option for center field.

Dyson is followed by Jon Jay and Cameron Maybin on the Giants' list. The club acquired Andrew McCutchen from the Pirates on Monday and haven't officially ruled him out for center field, but the speedy Dyson is obviously the superior defender. The 33-year-old batted .251/.324/.350 with five home runs, 30 RBI, and 28 steals over 11 games with the Mariners last season.

Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press reports that the Tigers are open to trading Nicholas Castellanos.

The Tigers are obviously in rebuild mode and are unlikely to be competitive before Castellanos reaches free agency after the 2019 season. Slated to turn just 26 in March, Castellanos had a breakout showing in 2017, batting .272/.320/.490 with 26 home runs and 101 RBI. His defense at third base is lacking, which is one of the reasons why he's slated for a move to right field in 2017, but his bat is on the upswing and he could have even more untapped potential.
Jan 15 - 7:10 PM

ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that the Giants "have had an active dialogue with Lorenzo Cain of late, and that’s not likely to change" even after their acquisition of Andrew McCutchen.

San Francisco would prefer to play McCutchen at a corner outfield spot, with Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports saying they'd like to put him in right field and move Hunter Pence to left. Of course, that plan could depend on whether they're able to add a center fielder like Cain. The Giants are up against the luxury tax threshold, so bringing Cain aboard will be tricky.
Jan 15 - 6:56 PM

Twins designated LHP Buddy Boshers for assignment.

The move clears a spot on the 40-man roster for the addition of Addison Reed. Boshers holds a 4.59 ERA but a solid 78/25 K/BB ratio over 86 1/3 career relief innings.
Jan 15 - 5:45 PM

Twins signed RHP Addison Reed to a two-year, $16.75 million contract.

The deal was reported on Saturday and is now official. Reed is expected to enter the season as a setup man for Fernando Rodney, although it's certainly conceivable that he could find himself in the closer role at some point. The 29-year-old reliever held a 2.84 ERA, 1.05 WHIP and 76/15 K/BB ratio across 76 innings between the Mets and Red Sox in 2017.
Jan 15 - 5:41 PM

Justin Morneau will officially retire with a press conference at Target Field on Wednesday.

Morneau, who didn't play in the majors in 2017, is set to join the Twins as a special assistant. The four-time All-Star will end his playing career with a .281/.348/.481 batting line, 247 home runs and 985 RBI over 14 seasons, most of them with the Twins. He won the AL MVP Award with the Twins in 2006 and a batting title with the Rockies in 2014.
Jan 15 - 3:04 PM

Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle writes that "all the tea leaves tell me" the Giants are getting more serious in talks with free agent outfielder Lorenzo Cain.

The assumption was that the Giants wouldn't sign a qualifying offer free agent, but general manager Bobby Evans recently said that he wouldn't rule out the possibility. The club would have to surrender two draft picks (their second- and fifth-highest picks) and $1 million in international spending money in order to sign Cain. Schulman notes that there's "nothing close" while speculating that years could be an issue. Steven Duggar and Gorkys Hernandez are among the in-house options for center field, but the club has also been connected to Andrew McCutchen on the trade market. Admittedly, Cain would be vastly superior to McCutchen to patrol center field.
Jan 15 - 2:50 PM

Blue Jays re-signed INF Jon Berti to a minor league contract.

Berti, who turns 28 in January, batted just .204/.270/.314 over 65 games between High-A and Triple-A last year. He's strictly organizational depth.
Jan 15 - 1:13 PM

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman told Bruce Beck of WNBC-TV in New York that it is "more likely" that prospect infielder Gleyber Torres will need some additional time in the minors.

Cashman insists that service time isn't a factor with the situation. Torres was close to a promotion to the majors before undergoing Tommy John surgery last year, so he's obviously not far off if healthy. He'll try to push for the starting second base job in spring training, but the Yankees could go with Ronald Torreyes and Tyler Wade as stopgap options if they believe he needs more time.
Jan 15 - 11:35 AM

Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports that the Orioles have discussed Mike Moustakas internally.

The Orioles' top priority should be starting pitching, but the club is at least monitoring the market for Moustakas as they consider a future without Manny Machado at third base. The 29-year-old would provide some balance to a right-handed heavy lineup. It's a situation to watch if his market continues to drag.
Source: MASN Sports
Jan 15 - 10:13 AM

Jim Bowden of SiriusXM reports that the Brewers are a possibility for free agent third baseman Mike Moustakas.

It's an odd fit. The Brewers already have a cheaper and younger third baseman in-house with Travis Shaw, but Bowden writes that signing Moustakas would allow them to flip Shaw to the Yankees, Braves, or Mets. It's unclear whether this is just internal discussion or if talks have actually taken place. They'd presumably try to trade Shaw for a starting pitcher, though Bowden also notes that the club continues to show interest in free agent Jake Arrieta. With the free agent market still widely unsettled, there are a lot of possibilities in the air.
Jan 15 - 8:44 AM

According to Brian McTaggart of MLB.com, Brad Peacock is expected to pitch out of the Astros' bullpen to begin the 2018 season.

With the addition of Gerrit Cole on Saturday, the Astros' rotation appears to be set with the right-hander joining Justin Verlander, Dallas Keuchel, Charlie Morton and Lance McCullers. Peacock could wind up being used in a swing role, the way that Joe Musgrove was utilized in 2017.
Source: MLB.com
Jan 14 - 4:44 PM

Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the Cardinals' trade talks with the Rays "appear to have centered on" Chris Archer rather than Alex Colome.

Colome has been connected to the Cards often this winter, but it sounds like Archer was actually more of interest to them among Rays pitchers. Of course, Archer is also going to cost a bunch more in a trade and there's been no indication that the two clubs have ever been close to a deal. Archer is owed just $34 million over the next four seasons.
Jan 14 - 3:07 PM

Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the Cardinals' interest in trading for Alex Colome was "overstated."

Goold says that the Cards "didn't see (Colome) as (a) closer" and that their trade talks with the Rays, at least from St. Louis' perspective, appeared to center more on Chris Archer. This comes on the heels of president of baseball operations John Mozeliak saying Saturday that the team is content entering the season with Luke Gregerson as their closer. It appears the Cardinals might be done shopping for bullpen help.
Jan 14 - 12:07 PM

Astros acquired RHP Gerrit Cole from the Pirates for RHP Joe Musgrove, 3B Colin Moran, RHP Michael Feliz and OF Jason Martin.

The deal was reported to be done earlier in the week but hit a snag, and had gone quiet in recent days. Apparently the chasm wasn't wide enough to still not get it done, giving the Astros another stud in a rotation full of them. Cole put up a 4.26 ERA in 33 starts last year but has consistently been one of the league's best starters in recent years.
Jan 13 - 7:13 PM



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