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Ken Rosenthal and Robert Murray of The Athletic are reporting that the White Sox have acquired right-hander Ivan Nova from the Pirates, pending medicals.

No word yet on the return for Pittsburgh. Nova has been about a league-average pitcher over the past two years, including a 4.19 ERA and 114/35 K/BB ratio in 161 innings across 29 starts in 2018. He's unlikely to fare better with the move to Chicago, but he's a solid enough innings eater. Nova turns 32 in January and is owed $8.5 million in 2019 before hitting free agency. As for the Pirates, the move could clear a spot for prospect Mitch Keller in the rotation.
Dec 11 - 12:56 PM

Mark Saxon of The Athletic reports that the Giants have received "a ton of calls" on reliever Will Smith.

In fact, Saxon hears that the Cardinals have been among the most aggressive in talks. Smith was great in his return from Tommy John surgery this year, posting a 2.55 ERA and 71/15 K/BB ratio over 53 innings, so the Giants will want some valuable pieces back. Still, he's one year away from free agency and the Giants don't look like contenders going into 2019. Smith made $2.5 million this year and MLB Trade Rumors projects him at $4.1 million via arbitration for next year.
Dec 11 - 12:33 PM

Jon Heyman of FanCred Sports hears that the Mets are "working both angles" to acquire J.T. Realmuto from the Marlins.

In other words, they are talking both a straight trade with the Marlins and a three-team deal which would send Noah Syndergaard to the Yankees. It has been a challenge to get traction on a straight trade, as the Marlins have been trying to pry away the likes of Amed Rosario and Michael Conforto, hence the talks of a three-way deal. A straight trade could become more realistic if the Marlins lower their asking price, but that would likely get some other teams back in the mix. One thing we know for sure is that the Mets really want Realmuto.
Dec 11 - 12:27 PM

Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald writes that a J.T. Realmuto trade will "most likely" happen this week.

It's basically a foregone conclusion that Realmuto will be traded, but talks seem to be accelerating to the point where something could get done soon. The Mets have been the most aggressive, though they are reportedly shy about a potential return package, as the Marlins have asked about Michael Conforto, Amed Rosario, and Brandon Nimmo. This fits in with Miami's need for a young and established MLB player as part of a package, which is why the Yankees (who have Miguel Andujar) to dangle have reportedly entered the mix in talks of a three-way deal which would send Noah Syndergaard to the Bronx. It's unclear which other teams could be talking to the Marlins about Realmuto, but it looks like we could be in for a wild couple of days.
Dec 11 - 11:29 AM

Buster Olney of ESPN.com writes that the sense among some other teams is that the Marlins have begun to push for a J.T. Realmuto trade.

It's no surprise that the Marlins are talking trade, but there is a difference in their stance here compared to the past. As Olney describes it, the Marlins previously set a very high bar in regard to the asking price and challenged teams to meet it, but now they are being more aggressive in trying to actually make a deal. According to Joe Frisaro, the Mets are one of three teams involved in trade talks for Realmuto, though the much-hyped three-way trade involving the Yankees is seen as a long shot possibility. The identity of the other two teams isn't yet known. Either way, momentum continues to build at the Winter Meetings in Vegas.
Dec 11 - 8:51 AM

According to Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports, the Nationals have engaged in multiple trade discussions regarding right-hander Tanner Roark.

Roark earned $6.475 million in 2018 and MLB Trade Rumors projects him to come close to $10 million in arbitration this winter, so the Nationals are looking at their options while also monitoring the free agent market for other starters. Of course, the Nats just bolstered their rotation with the addition of Patrick Corbin. Roark, 32, posted a 4.34 ERA and 146/50 K/BB ratio over 180 1/3 innings this past season.
Dec 11 - 8:45 AM

Andy Martino of SNY.tv reports that the Yankees are "pushing hard" to make a trade with the Mets.

It's been reported that the Mets, Yankees and Marlins are discussing a three-way trade that would send J.T. Realmuto to the Mets and likely Noah Syndergaard to the Yankees. Martino says that the Yanks are interested in the Mets' pitching and it's "not necessarily limited to Syndergaard." Joel Sherman of the New York Post is hearing that while the Mets are working on multiple scenarios trying to land Realmuto, the one involving the Yankees "is not among the strongest." There might still be more to this story soon, so hang tight.
Dec 11 - 12:10 AM

USA Today's Bob Nightengale reports that Adrian Gonzalez plans to play in 2019 and the Diamondbacks are "one of the teams who may have interest."

Gonzalez opened last season as the Mets' first baseman but was released after batting just .237/.299/.373 with six homers over 54 games. He will turn 37 next May and surely would have to settle for a minor league contract at this point. Nightengale says that "money won't be an issue" for Gonzalez.
Dec 10 - 11:18 PM

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Mets have discussed a three-team trade with the Yankees and Marlins in which they would land J.T. Realmuto.

The Mets and Yankees haven't made a trade involving major leaguers since 2004, but Rosenthal says new Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen has been in "steady" talks with the Yanks since he was hired. Rosenthal adds that he's not sure whether Noah Syndergaard is part of the discussions but the Mets would not trade Syndergaard if they only get Realmuto in return. Andy Martino of SNY.tv says that Syndergaard going to the Yankees is a "real possibility," but there are "10 other scenarios" the Mets are considering. We're sure to hear more about this possible three-way deal as the Winter Meetings unfold.
Dec 10 - 11:02 PM

Gregory Polanco (shoulder) is scheduled to resume a throwing program in January.

Polanco had surgery in September to repair a dislocated left shoulder and damaged labrum. General manager Neal Huntington said the Pirates will have a better idea as to Polanco's timetable once he's throwing again. Most likely, he will begin the season on the disabled list.
Dec 10 - 10:05 PM

Padres general manager A.J. Preller said Monday that the team has discussed using Robert Stock in a starter/hybrid role next season.

He's presumably talking about an "opener" role for Stock, although the GM said Stock will most likely fill the same role he had in 2018. Stock impressed with a 2.50 ERA and 38/13 K/BB ratio over 39 2/3 frames last season and often pitched multiple innings in his appearances.
Dec 10 - 9:46 PM

Cardinals president of baseball operations John Mozeliak said Monday that Dexter Fowler will be given every chance to win the team's right field job for next season.

Fowler hit an ugly .180/.278/.298 and was limited to 90 games due to injury in 2018, but the Cards are hopeful that he can bounce back in 2019. St. Louis has Tyler O'Neill and Jose Martinez still as alternatives in right field if Fowler flops again, although Martinez is looking like a good bet to be traded to an American League club.
Dec 10 - 9:34 PM

Robert Murray of The Athletic reports that the Brewers have expressed interest in Daniel Murphy.

Murray also confirms that the club is interested in re-signing Mike Moustakas, which has been reportedly previously. General manager David Stearns said Monday that the team is planning on Travis Shaw being their second baseman next season, but obviously the signing of Murphy or Moustakas would change that.
Source: The Athletic
Dec 10 - 9:30 PM

Reds signed INF Christian Colon to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Colon, 29, is a career .252/.315/.315 hitter over parts of four major league seasons. He's merely organizational depth.
Dec 10 - 9:15 PM

Reds re-signed C Juan Graterol to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Graterol was non-tendered by the Reds late last month but is now back in the organization. He'll likely being 2019 at Triple-A Louisville.
Dec 10 - 9:13 PM



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