Evan Drellich of the Houston Chronicle reports that Chris Carter's time with the Astros is "probably over" even if he's tendered a contract.
Drellich adds that the club would likely only tender Carter a contract before Wednesday's deadline "if they know they have another team to trade him to." Carter has slugged 90 home runs over the last three seasons for Houston, but he's hit just .218 with a .312 on-base percentage during that time. MLBTradeRumors.com projects him to earn $5.6 million in arbitration.
Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune reports that the Mariners are showing interest in Justin De Fratus.
De Fratus elected free agency in October after being outrighted off the Phillies' 40-man roster. He held an ugly 5.51 ERA, 1.55 WHIP and 68/32 K/BB ratio over 80 innings in 2015 but entered the campaign with a career 3.08 ERA across 130 relief appearances.
CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Orioles have completed a trade to acquire Mark Trumbo from the Mariners in exchange for Steve Clevenger.
Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune is hearing that the O's will also get an additional player in the swap. Trumbo is due to make around $9 million in his final year of arbitration and is coming off a down season that saw him bat .262/.310/.449 with 22 home runs and 64 RBI. Still, it looks like a modest price to pay for a potential 30-homer bat. Trumbo can either play first base or serve as the designated hitter, so his acquisition doesn't necessarily rule out Baltimore re-signing Chris Davis.
Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune reports that the Mariners have "closed in" on a trade that would send Mark Trumbo to the Orioles for Steve Clevenger.
It comes on the heels of CBS Sports' Jon Heyman saying talks between the two clubs were "heating up." Dutton's source does say that "there’s still some details to be worked out," with the Orioles possibly demanding an additional player in the deal. However, it appears likely that this one is going to get done before Wednesday night's deadline to tender arbitration-eligible players. Trumbo is eligible for arbitration for a final time this winter.
FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Braves "keep trying" to trade for A.J. Pollock.
Rosenthal says they offered Shelby Miller for Pollock, which was rejected, and then their counter of Miller and Arodys Vizcaino for Pollock and Aaron Blair was also rejected. It's difficult to see why the D'Backs would be willing to trade Pollock, as they are aiming to contend in 2016 and the center fielder is coming off a breakout season. Pollock is under team control through 2018 and general manager Dave Stewart revealed earlier this offseason that he's discussed a possible extension with the outfielder's agent.