Player News

Date: Team: Pos:

FanRag Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Cardinals will sign Dexter Fowler to a five-year deal worth at least $80 million, pending a physical.

Fowler has been confirmed to be in St. Louis to take a pre-signing physical. The center fielder turned down a $17.2 million qualifying offer from the Cubs and was believed to be seeking a four-year deal for about $18 million per year. It appears the Cardinals trumped the field by offering a fifth year and at least $16 million annually. One year after the Cubs poached Jason Heyward and John Lackey from the Cardinals, they get a measure of revenge by prying Fowler away from the World Series champs. Fowler gives the Cardinals a badly-needed upgrade in center field and should find a home near the top of the lineup. He owns a .366 career on-base percentage. Randal Grichuk will move from center to left field with Matt Holliday out of the picture.
Dec 8 - 9:59 PM

According to beat writer Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the Cardinals made an "over-the-top offer" to be sure they landed free agent center fielder Dexter Fowler.

Multiple reports state Fowler is on his way to St. Louis for a pre-signing physical. Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports confirms that the deal is done and that it's expected to be big, perhaps in the $80-90 million range. It's safe to say he got the $18 million AAV (average annual value) he was seeking. Fowler is tied to draft pick compensation after rejecting a $17.2 million qualifying offer from the Cubs. He registered a solid .276/.393/.447 slash-line with 13 homers, 48 RBI, and 13 steals over 125 games this past season.
Dec 8 - 8:55 PM

Rangers acquired LHP Brady Feigl in the Luke Jackson trade with the Braves.

The left-hander recently recovered from Tommy John surgery. The 26-year-old has thrown only 2/3 inning above Single-A ball. He went undrafted after playing college baseball but signed with the Braves and pitched well in the lowest levels of the minor leagues before the elbow injury. Despite his inexperience he has a chance to pitch in the majors as a left-handed specialist but is unlikely to have any fantasy value.
Dec 8 - 8:36 PM

Rangers acquired RHP Tyrell Jenkins and LHP Brady Feigl from the Braves for RHP Luke Jackson.

This trade amounts to both clubs swapping 2010 supplemental first-round draft picks who failed to live up to expectations. Jenkins was drafted by the Cardinals and briefly garnered some buzz on top prospect lists but was ultimately unable to generate enough strikeouts to justify the hype. He was traded to the Braves prior to the 2015 season. He pitched 52 innings this year in his rookie campaign but walked more batters than he whiffed, leading to a poor 5.88 ERA. He is unlikely to ever be worthy of fantasy rosters.
Dec 8 - 8:31 PM

Braves acquired RHP Luke Jackson from the Rangers for RHP Tyrell Jenkins and LHP Brady Feigl.

Jackson has thrown 18 major-league innings over the past two seasons with an 8.50 ERA. The 25-year-old reliever throws hard and racked up lots of strikeouts in the minor leagues but struggled with his control. The Braves are likely to use him as a middle reliever if he makes the team at all. His high strikeout rate gives him the potential to move into a higher leverage role if he can limit the walks.
Dec 8 - 8:26 PM

Keith Law of ESPN reports that the Braves have traded right-hander Tyrell Jenkins to the Rangers.

Per multiple reports, left-hander Brady Feigl will also go to the Rangers while hard-throwing right-hander Luke Jackson is headed to the Braves. There has yet to be an official announcement. Jenkins, 24, was a first-round pick by the Cardinals in 2010 and garnered some attention as a top 100 prospect for a couple of years before being traded to the Braves prior to the 2015 season. He pitched 52 innings for the Braves this year with a 5.88 ERA. He walked 33 batters and fanned only 26. The Rangers will see if there's something to salvage here.
Dec 8 - 7:21 PM

According to Frank Cusumano of KSDK Sports, free agent outfielder Dexter Fowler is scheduled to take a physical in St. Louis on Friday.

Cusumano says that he confirmed the information with the team. This would seem to indicate that the Cardinals have reached an agreement with Fowler and that the physical would be the formality to making things official. No word yet on the terms involved, but Fowler's reps were said to be looking for $18 million annually in a multi-year pact. The 30-year-old is coming off a strong season for the World Series champion Cubs where he batted .276/.393/.447 with 13 homers, 48 RBI, and 13 steals over 125 games. While the defense isn't great in center field, it would fit into the team's goals of adding some speed and athleticism this winter.
Dec 8 - 7:14 PM

Koji Uehara has reached a deal to join the Cubs, per Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports.

We're still awaiting confirmation regarding the particulars, but a report out of Japan pegs it as a one-year deal in the neighborhood of $4.5 million. This represents a bit of a bargain for the veteran set-up man as long as he stays on the mound. He figures to be the eighth-inning bridge to new Cubs closer Wade Davis. Uehara has a career 2.53 ERA and 0.86 WHIP in 437 2/3 innings. His ERA bumped up to 3.45 this season despite an elite 12.06 punchouts per nine innings. He is a right-handed pitcher, but has actually fared better versus left-handed batters.
Dec 8 - 7:01 PM

Evan Drellich of the Boston Herald reports that Koji Uehara is close to signing with the Cubs.

No deal is official, but Nikkan Sports in Japan says it's a one-year deal at $4.5 million. If true, the Cubs have made big strides to rebuild their bullpen after moving on from Aroldis Chapman. Chicago acquired former Royals closer Wade Davis in a trade on Wednesday. Uehara will be 42 years old next season, but remains a top setup reliever. He threw 47 innings this year with seven saves and a 3.45 ERA. He posts elite strikeout rates year after year but has struggled to stay on the mound due to injury. He is unlikely to see save chances in 2017, but his ratios make him a solid fantasy option even in leagues that don't use holds as a category. He has a career 2.53 ERA with 93 saves in 387 games since leaving Japan in 2009.
Dec 8 - 4:59 PM

Red Sox signed 1B Mitch Moreland to a one-year, $5.5 million contract.

The agreement was reached Tuesday during the Winter Meetings and then finalized Thursday after Moreland passed his pre-signing physical. He is expected to serve as Boston's regular first baseman in 2017 after earning Gold Glove honors at the position with Texas in 2016. That means Hanley Ramirez will DH -- a role he's well-suited for.
Dec 8 - 3:50 PM

Red Sox designated LHP Williams Jerez for assignment.

The move clears a 40-man roster spot for new first baseman Mitch Moreland. Jerez, 24, posted an uninspiring 4.71 ERA, 1.54 WHIP, and 65/30 K/BB ratio in 65 innings this past season at Double-A Portland.
Dec 8 - 3:48 PM

SB Nation's Chris Cotillo reports that the Angels showed interest in Cardinals second baseman Kolten Wong at the Winter Meetings.

Cotillo adds, however, that the Cardinals are "asking a lot" and "unlikely to move him" this offseason. Wong batted just .240/.327/.355 with five home runs and seven stolen bases in 121 games this past year for St. Louis, but he plays good defense and remains an intriguing all-around talent at age 26. It doesn't make much sense for the Cardinals to sell low. Lock him in as their starter at the keystone for 2017.
Dec 8 - 3:21 PM

According to USA Today's Bob Nightengale, the Rockies "remain deeply involved in talks for free agent Mark Trumbo."

It echoes a recent report from FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal, who suggested Wednesday that the Rockies are not done spending despite handing out a five-year, $70 million contract to Ian Desmond at the Winter Meetings. Trumbo led the majors in homers this past year with 47 and his bat would obviously fit well at Coors Field, though there are defensive limitations. He'd have to play a lot of first base in the National League, and it's scary to imagine him trying to cover any ground in the Colorado outfield. What the Rockies really need is pitching.
Dec 8 - 2:55 PM

Marlins selected LHP Nick Maronde from the Indians in the Triple-A phase of the Rule 5 Draft.

Maronde made 33 relief appearances with the Angels between 2012-2014 but produced a wretched 7.13 ERA. The former third-round pick will be nothing more than organizational bullpen depth for Miami.
Dec 8 - 2:15 PM

Brewers selected RHP Matt Ramsey from the Marlins in the Triple-A phase of the Rule 5 Draft.

Ramsey registered a 1.99 ERA, 1.059 WHIP, and 29/9 K/BB ratio in 22 2/3 innings this summer in the Marlins' organization, topping out at Double-A Jacksonville. The 27-year-old right-hander could work his way into the Milwaukee bullpen at some point in 2017.
Dec 8 - 2:08 PM



Highest Searched Players over the last 7 days


Video Center

  •  
    RotoPat: Wk 14 Rankings

    RotoPat: Wk 14 Rankings
  •  
    Mesnio: Wk 14 Best Values

    Mesnio: Wk 14 Best Values
  •  
    Dose: Big Day for Elliott?

    Dose: Big Day for Elliott?
  •  
    Stroup: Stash Simmons?

    Stroup: Stash Simmons?
  •  
    Dose: Kap Still Starting

    Dose: Kap Still Starting
  •  
    Summerlin: Wk 14 Waivers

    Summerlin: Wk 14 Waivers
  •  
    Dose: Colts Shine

    Dose: Colts Shine
  •  
    Dose: Johnson Unstoppable

    Dose: Johnson Unstoppable