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Giants re-signed LHP Matt Reynolds to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Reynolds posted a 7.50 ERA over eight appearances last season for the Giants but was dominant during his time in the minors. The veteran left-hander will compete for a spot in the Opening Day bullpen.
Dec 11 - 8:51 AM

Eduardo A. Encina of the Baltimore Sun reports that Welington Castillo is looking for a three-year contract.

It might be why he hasn't signed with the Orioles yet, as they'd probably like to get him on a shorter deal with top prospect Chance Sisco not far away. Landing in Baltimore would be a boon for Castillo's fantasy value, as Camden Yards is an even better park for right-handed power than Chase Field was. Castillo has popped 33 home runs over the last two seasons.
Dec 11 - 8:33 AM

Nationals acquired RHP Kyle McGowin and RHP Austin Adams from the Angels for INF Danny Espinosa.

The 25-year-old McGowin reached Triple-A for the first time this year and struggled, putting up a 6-12 record with a 6.11 ERA in 116 1/3 innings spread over 22 starts. The Pacific Coast League is a tough place to pitch due to small ballparks at high elevations, so that explains some of his difficulties but definitely not all. He struck out 98 batters while walking 46 -- a ratio that needs improvement if he is going to make the grade in the major leagues. He'll likely continue to start in the minors for now, but the bullpen is likely his best avenue to the majors.
Dec 10 - 10:44 PM

Nationals acquired RHP Austin Adams and RHP Kyle McGowin from the Angels for INF Danny Espinosa.

The 25-year-old Adams is a right-handed reliever with an enticing strikeout repertoire and very little control over it. He registered a nice 3.05 ERA and punched out 61 batters in 41 1/3 innings this year at Double-A but issued 24 free passes. He is likely to begin the season in the high minors but could get a call to the majors fairly quickly if he can keep the walks within reason.
Dec 10 - 10:33 PM

Angels acquired INF Danny Espinosa from the Nationals for RHP Austin Adams and RHP Kyle McGowin.

Both teams have confirmed the trade. Espinosa is expected to be the starting second baseman for the Angels, replacing Cliff Pennington atop the depth chart. Espinosa broke out with 24 home runs this season but the new-found power came with a dismal .209 batting average. He is a plus defender and should combine with Andrelton Simmons for an elite double-play combo. The trade salvages Espinosa's fantasy value. He was looking at a utility role if he stayed in Washington but should be an everyday player in Anaheim. Despite the low batting average, he does enough of everything else to be considered a decent but not ideal starting option at second base for fantasy purposes.
Dec 10 - 10:22 PM

Josh Norris of Baseball America reports the Angels have acquired infielder Danny Espinosa from the Nationals for two prospects.

No word yet on which prospects the Angels gave up. Espinosa was disgruntled about losing his starting shortstop role to Trea Turner following the Adam Eaton trade. Espinosa expressed his displeasure by skipping the Nationals Winterfest fan convention this weekend. He hit .209/.306/.378 with 24 home runs, 66 runs scored, 72 RBI and nine stolen bases this year. The Angels have Andrelton Simmons entrenched at shortstop, but Espinosa will immediately jump ahead of Cliff Pennington on the depth chart at second base.
Dec 10 - 10:02 PM

Danny Espinosa didn't show up for the Nationals' Winterfest fan convention this weekend, perhaps in protest of being demoted to a bench player.

Espinosa lost his role as the Nationals' starting shortstop after the team's recent acquisition of centerfielder Adam Eaton, which freed up rookie sensation Trea Turner to take over at shortstop. Espinosa hit an impressive 24 home runs this season with 72 RBI and 66 runs scored, but his .209 batting average was too painful for fantasy owners to insert him in their lineups. Nationals GM Mike Rizzo has said he sees Espinosa as either a utility player or a trade chip. Perhaps Espinosa's Winterfest protest was designed to convince the front office to trade him to a team where he would have a better chance to start.
Dec 10 - 9:15 PM

Alex Pavlovic of CSN Bay Area reports the Giants have reached out to Mark Reynolds in their search for a powerful bench bat.

The Giants' payroll has reached $200 million for the first time ever. Because they are subject to the luxury tax they would have to pay a 50 percent penalty on top of any free agent salary. The 33-year-old Reynolds' season ended early after he broke his hand in mid-September. He hit .282/.356/.450 with 14 home runs and 53 RBI in 118 games with the Rockies. Moving from Coors Field to AT&T Park would likely put a dent in his power output.
Dec 10 - 8:54 PM

Jonathan Papelbon is not currently looking to sign with a major league team.

The 36-year-old spent most of this season as the Nationals' closer before being displaced by Mark Melancon at the trade deadline. He registered 19 saves in 22 chances and finished with a 4.37 ERA in 35 innings. He was released by the club in mid-August and opted not to sign anywhere else despite interest from multiple teams -- including the Red Sox. Papelbon's agent Seth Levinson said today that Papelbon is focusing on a private family matter and will not decide on his baseball future until that matter is resolved. Papelbon ranks ninth on the all-time save leaders' list with 368. After breaking into the majors in 2005, Papelbon has delivered a 2.44 career ERA with 808 strikeouts in 725 2/3 innings with the Red Sox, Phillies and Nationals.
Source: Boston Globe
Dec 10 - 8:24 PM

Arquimedes Caminero is reportedly leaning toward leaving the Mariners to play for the Yomiuri Giants in Japan.

This comes as a surprise considering Caminero is one of the hardest throwers in the league and has a career 3.83 ERA in 149 games. His fastball averaged 98.8 MPH this year across 60 2/3 innings with the Pirates and Mariners.
Dec 10 - 5:11 PM

Daniel Murphy has made it a priority this offseason to strengthen his legs in order to avoid a recurrence of the problems he dealt with during the 2016 season.

Murphy was bothered by a hamstring injury off-and-on throughout the 2016 season which eventually led to strained glute that shut him down for a good portion of September. Even with the leg issues, Murphy won the National League batting title and slashed .347/.390/.595 with 25 homers and 104 RBI over 142 games in his first year with the Nationals.
Source: MASN Sports
Dec 10 - 1:16 PM

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

Gerrit Cole (elbow) announced at Pirates' Fan Fest on Saturday that he's fully healthy and will begin his throwing program on Monday.

Cole took a few months to rest after the season to allow the swelling and inflammation in his pitching elbow to subside. Provided there are no setbacks along the way in his throwing program, he should enter spring training without any restrictions.
Dec 10 - 12:16 PM

In an interview with Grant Paulsen on MLB Network Radio, Stephen Strasburg said he will begin throwing around January 1.

Strasburg battled various injuries including elbow trouble throughout the 2016 season but is expected to have a normal and healthy off-season. He won't have any restrictions in spring training, though he still carries considerable injury risk.
Dec 10 - 11:02 AM

According to Patrick Mooney of CSN Chicago, the Cubs have had continued dialogue with free agent right-hander Tyson Ross since the winter meetings ended.

The 29-year-old hurler was limited to just one start in 2016 before shoulder woes wiped out his season. He's reportedly seeking a contract in the range of $9-11 million, which is around what he would've made through the arbitration process had he been tendered a contract by the Padres.
Source: CSN Chicago
Dec 10 - 9:42 AM



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