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ESPN's Buster Olney says the White Sox's offer to Manny Machado is $175 million for seven years.

He's not the first to say this, but it lends some weight to the previous reports. Obviously, Machado is worth more than $25 million per year, but that doesn't much matter unless someone else steps up. The Phillies and Yankees are his other known suitors at the moment. You'd have to think that other teams would jump into the mix if Machado's market craters to the point where he is seriously considering this White Sox offer. The 26-year-old was said to be seeking a 10-year deal worth more than $300 million at the outset of the offseason.
Jan 16 - 12:24 PM

Reds signed LHP Buddy Boshers to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Boshers failed to surface in the majors last season, but he had a 4.59 ERA in 86 1/3 innings out of the bullpen with the Angels in 2013 and the Twins in 2016 and 2017. He'll likely open up in Triple-A Louisville.
Jan 16 - 11:46 AM

Twins signed RHP Jeffrey Ames to a minor league contract.

Ames posted a 4.74 ERA, 1.37 WHIP, and 49/22 K/BB ratio in 38 innings last season between the Double-A and Triple-A levels. The 27-year-old right-hander will operate as organizational bullpen depth for Minnesota in 2019.
Jan 15 - 11:14 PM

Slade Heathcott has retired from baseball at age 28.

Heathcott was released by the Athletics last May and went on to post a rough .194/.297/.226 batting line in 37 plate appearances with independent-league Sugar Land Skeeters. The former first-round pick of the Yankees appeared in just 17 total major league games in his career, all during the 2015 season.
Jan 15 - 11:10 PM

Diamondbacks signed LHP Tyler Matzek to a minor league contract.

Matzek spent the 2018 season with the Texas AirHogs of the independent American Association, after getting released from Mariners camp in March. The left-hander hasn't appeared in a major league game since 2015.
Jan 15 - 10:42 PM

Angels designated RHP Parker Bridwell for assignment.

Bridwell was designated for assignment by the Angels in November before getting claimed off waivers by the Yankees and then claimed right back by Anaheim. The roller coaster offseason continues for the 27-year-old right-hander, who surrendered 13 earned runs over 6 2/3 major league innings last season with the Halos. Bridwell had a pretty strong showing as a starter in 2017 and he is only 27 years old, so there might be yet another claim coming.
Jan 15 - 9:31 PM

Twins acquired INF Daniel Ozoria from the Angels for RHP John Curtiss.

Orozia batted just .195/.248/.220 with zero home runs in 216 plate appearances last summer between two different rookie-level affiliates of the Angels. The 18-year-old Dominican infielder is not much of a prospect, but at least the Twins got something for Curtiss, who had been designated for assignment.
Jan 15 - 9:28 PM

Angels acquired RHP John Curtiss from the Twins for INF Daniel Ozoria.

Curtiss was designated for assignment by Minnesota on Monday to open up a 40-man roster spot for newly-signed reliever Blake Parker. Curtiss, 25, holds a 7.20 ERA in 17 career appearances at the MLB level, but he throws hard and has posted some promising numbers in the upper minor leagues. He'll probably get a look out of the bullpen in Anaheim at some point in 2019.
Jan 15 - 9:26 PM

According to USA Today's Bob Nightengale, the Phillies "have visions" of signing Bryce Harper, Dallas Keuchel, and Craig Kimbrel.

It would be a heck of a late-offseason coup. Phillies higher-ups had a lengthy in-person meeting with Harper on Saturday in his hometown of Las Vegas, and it apparently went so well that the team has shifted its primary focus more toward Harper than Manny Machado. Fancred's Jon Heyman hears that the Philadelphia front office has either already made a formal offer to the 26-year-old outfielder or will make one very soon. Keuchel and Kimbrel should come relatively cheap given the current sad state of MLB free agency, though a package of all three would still likely cost more than $400 million in total guarantees.

Mets signed INF Jed Lowrie to a two-year, $20 million contract.

The deal was agreed to last Thursday and then finalized Tuesday evening after Lowrie passed the necessary pre-signing physical. He will be introduced at a press conference at Citi Field on Wednesday. The versatile veteran is expected to play all around the infield for the Mets and he should regularly hit near the very top of their lineup. Lowrie, 34, posted a cool .801 OPS with 23 home runs and 99 RBI over 157 games last season with the Athletics.
Jan 15 - 4:45 PM

Orioles hired Doug Brocail as pitching coach.

Brocail spent the last three seasons serving as the pitching coach for the Rangers. He also worked with new Orioles general manager Mike Elias back in Houston. Baltimore ranked dead-last in team ERA last year with a brutal 5.18 combined mark, and there's probably not much Brocail can do to improve the situation without an influx of better talent.
Jan 15 - 4:16 PM

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that Curtis Granderson fully intends to continue his playing career in 2019.

There have been some whispers about retirement over the past couple of years, but Granderson isn't ready to walk away just yet. However, like many free agents around the game, he's still waiting for the right offer. Granderson turns 38 in March and batted .241/.351/.431 with 13 home runs over 403 plate appearances between the Blue Jays and Brewers in 2018. He could make for a useful left-handed bat for someone, most likely in a bench role.
Jan 15 - 3:22 PM

Rangers claimed OF John Andreoli off waivers from the Mariners.

The Mariners got Andreoli back from the Orioles in late October, but he was designated for assignment last week. The 28-year-old hit .230/.284/.262 over 67 plate appearances at the major league level in 2018 and will serve as outfield depth with his new club.
Jan 15 - 3:06 PM

Leonys Martin (illness) told Mandy Bell of that he now feels 100 percent.

Martin fought a life-threatening bacterial infection last August, but he was cleared for full baseball activities back in November and should have no restrictions going into spring training. The 30-year-old projects to begin 2019 as the starting center fielder with Cleveland.
Jan 15 - 9:34 AM

According to Robert Murray of The Athletic, the Orix Buffaloes of Japan's Pacific League have purchased the contract of right-hander Tyler Eppler from the Pirates.

Eppler, 26, was a fourth-round pick of the Pirates back in 2014. He's spent the last two years at the Triple-A level, including a 3.59 ERA over 25 starts and three relief appearances in 2018. Now he'll try this luck overseas.
Jan 15 - 9:13 AM

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