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Representatives of Todd Frazier are pitching him as an option to play either third or first base.

Frazier has spent almost his entire career at third base, but presenting his ability to play first -- a spot he's played 94 times in his seven year career -- makes sense. The right-handed hitting 31-year-old is coming off a year where he hit 27 homers with a .772 OPS with the White Sox and Yankees, and given that right-handed power is always at a premium, he could receive a significant payday at either position for a team that believes he can hit in or near the middle of the order.
Source: MLB.com
Nov 22 - 4:34 PM

Darren Wolfson of ESPN 1500 in Minneapolis reports that the Twins have shown interest in Brad Hand and Alex Colome.

The Twins previously were reported to have contacted the Reds in regards to the availability of Raisel Iglesias. Minnesota clearly wants to upgrade their bullpen, and all three would be improvements over their current closer situation. A Hand trade might be the most logical, as the Padres are still clearly in rebuild mode, and the right-hander is coming off a career year where he registered a 2.16 ERA and struck out 104 batters in just under 80 innings.
Source: ESPN 1500
Nov 22 - 4:09 PM
Jon Jay - OF - Cubs

According to Mark Feinsand of MLB.com, there is "momentum" toward an agreement between the Mariners and free agent outfielder Jon Jay.

Jay has never shown much power, but he can play all three outfield spots and he batted .294 with an excellent .374 on-base percentage in 141 games this past season for the Cubs. The 32-year-old former second-round pick of the Cardinals signed a one-year, $8 million deal with Chicago last winter and figures to land something similar this offseason. Seattle has an opening in center field with Jarrod Dyson no longer under contract. This could come together quickly.
Nov 22 - 3:48 PM

Mike Puma of the New York Post hears the Mets are making a play for free agent reliever Bryan Shaw.

Puma adds that "it wouldn't be surprising if the Mets moved soon" on adding a new bullpen piece. Shaw boasts a career 3.13 ERA over 475 major league appearances and has been among the most durable and reliable relievers in baseball over the last four seasons. The 30-year-old right-hander would make sense for just about any club seeking relief help.
Nov 22 - 3:39 PM

Orioles acquired OF Jaycob Brugman from the Athletics for a player to be named later or cash considerations.

Brugman was designated for assignment by Oakland on Monday. The 25-year-old batted just .266 with a .688 OPS in 162 plate appearances this past season at the major league level, but he can play all three outfield spots and his minor league numbers suggest he's capable of better things offensively. Brugman will be in the running for a bench job next spring in Orioles camp.
Nov 22 - 2:15 PM

Padres designated RHP Kyle Lloyd for assignment.

The move clears a 40-man roster spot for right-handed reliever Colten Brewer, who was signed to a one-year major league contract on Wednesday. Lloyd made his MLB debut in a spot start for the Padres this past July, yielding four earned runs over four innings in a no-decision against the Mets. It was his only appearance at the big league level in 2017.
Nov 22 - 1:17 PM

Padres signed RHP Colten Brewer to a one-year contract.

The former fourth-round pick of the Pirates posted a 2.82 ERA, 1.20 WHIP, and 69/16 K/BB ratio in 60 2/3 innings this summer between three different levels of the Yankees' minor league system. Brewer should be able to claim one of the final few spots in the San Diego bullpen coming out of camp next spring.
Nov 22 - 1:08 PM

Jake Kaplan of the Houston Chronicle reports that the Astros have placed Juan Centeno on waivers.

Their hope is that he will pass through waivers unclaimed and accept an outright assignment to Triple-A Fresno, but the 28-year-old catcher might find interest from other teams after batting .311/.354/.383 this past season at the Triple-A level. Centeno could also elect free agency. He played 22 games in the majors in 2017 and was included on the Astros' roster for the ALDS, ALCS, and World Series.
Nov 22 - 12:38 PM

Indians signed INF Drew Maggi to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Maggi spent the 2017 season with the Dodgers' Triple-A affiliate in Oklahoma City, where he hit .271/.367/.392 with five homers and seven steals in 84 games. The 28-year-old utility infielder will likely open 2018 at Triple-A Columbus.
Nov 22 - 12:12 PM

Indians signed RHP Leonel Campos to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Campos was outrighted off the Blue Jays' 40-man roster earlier this month and elected to become a free agent. The 30-year-old right-hander holds a pedestrian 4.74 ERA and 1.51 WHIP in 38 career relief appearances at the major league level.
Nov 22 - 12:10 PM

Indians signed LHP Jeff Beliveau to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Beliveau posted an ugly 7.47 ERA in 19 appearances out of the Blue Jays' bullpen this past season. The 30-year-old southpaw is doubtful to crack the Indians' roster out of camp next spring.
Nov 22 - 12:06 PM

Mets signed OF Zach Borenstein to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Borenstein is 27 years old and has never appeared in a major league game, but he registered a strong .924 OPS with 24 home runs and 91 RBI in 433 plate appearances this past season for the Triple-A affiliate of the Diamondbacks. He'll serve as organizational outfield depth for the Mets leading into 2018.
Nov 22 - 11:46 AM

White Sox signed 1B/3B Patrick Leonard to a minor league contract.

Leonard tallied 32 doubles, 11 home runs, 70 RBI, and 15 stolen bases over 131 games this season with the Triple-A affiliate of the Rays, but those numbers came alongside a somewhat underwhelming .268/.327/.408 overall slash line. The 25-year-old corner infielder has a .258 career batting average in the minors.
Nov 22 - 9:53 AM

Red Sox signed INF Esteban Quiroz to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Quiroz started at second base for Team Mexico in the 2017 World Baseball Classic and hit two home runs over just 10 plate appearances before Mexico's controversial early exit. He then put up an impressive .293/.428/.488 batting line with 11 home runs, 49 RBI, eight stolen bases, and 64 runs scored in 89 games this summer for Leones de Yucatan in the Mexican League. The 25-year-old second baseman could challenge for a spot on the Opening Day roster in Boston with a big showing next spring, as Dustin Pedroia (knee surgery) will likely be sidelined through late May or early June.
Nov 22 - 9:35 AM

Sources tell Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press that the Twins "could make another run" at left-handed reliever Justin Wilson.

Wilson struggled down the stretch with the Cubs and was held off their roster for the NLCS, so it's possible Chicago might want to move on from him this winter. Berardino notes that the Twins made a serious run at Wilson before the Tigers traded him to the Yankees in December 2015. The 30-year-old southpaw is entering his final season of arbitration eligibility and expected to command a salary of around $4.3 million.
Nov 21 - 9:32 PM



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