CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Tigers and Jordan Zimmermann have agreed to terms on a contract.
Fox Sports' Jon Morosi and Ken Rosenthal reported late Saturday that talks between the two sides were heating up and they've now apparently crossed the finish line. There's no word yet on the details of the deal, but Zimmermann was widely expected to cross the $100 million threshold with his deal. The Tigers' first-round pick is protected, so they'll forfeit a second-rounder for signing Zimmermann. The 29-year-old held a 3.66 ERA and 1.20 WHIP with 164 strikeouts over 201 2/3 frames for the Nationals in 2015.
FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Diamondbacks met last week with Johnny Cueto's agent, Bryce Dixon.
However, Rosenthal notes that Cueto's asking price is expected to extend beyond Arizona's comfort level. The report adds that the D'Backs are aiming to spend $15-18 million per season on a free agent starter, whereas, Cueto's price tag is likely to exceed $20 million. Arizona has also been connected to Jeff Samardzija, Kenta Maeda, Mike Leake, John Lackey and Yovani Gallardo among free agents and Shelby Miller among trade targets as they look for a starter.
ESPN's Buster Olney reports that the Pirates are one of the teams being considered by Trevor Cahill.
It's unclear whether the Pirates have made Cahill an offer or just shown interest in the right-hander. The appeal on Cahill's side is easy to see, as pitching coach Ray Searage is a magician who has resurrected the careers of more than a few hurlers. Cahill would prefer a one-year contract where he's allowed a chance to start. The sinkerballer holds a 5.45 ERA and 1.55 WHIP since the beginning of 2014 but did pitch well down the stretch last season for the Cubs as a reliever.
Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that "all of baseball" knows Neil Walker is available in a trade.
Walker is due a healthy raise in his final year of arbitration and previous talks about a contract extension haven't gone anywhere. Pittsburgh can go with Josh Harrison at second base, Jung Ho Kang at third and Jordy Mercer at shortstop if they deal Walker. The Orioles have reportedly had talks with the Pirates regarding Walker and it appears Pittsburgh won't have trouble finding a suitor.
Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that Joe Ross has been "one of the most sought-after pitchers of the offseason."
Cafardo notes that Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo "is resisting all offers" for Ross at the moment. Trading the young right-hander just doesn't make any sense for the Nats, as they're poised to lose Jordan Zimmermann and Doug Fister in free agency and need Ross in their rotation. Ross is under team control through 2021.