Travis Sawchik of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports that the Pirates are interested in Justin Masterson.
Masterson is looking for a one-year deal in hopes of rebuilding his value, and there's wouldn't be a better landing spot than Pittsburgh, where he could work with pitching guru Ray Searage. Slated to turn 31 in March, Masterson held an ugly 5.61 over 59 1/3 innings for the Red Sox in 2015 and had arthroscopic right shoulder surgery in September. He's expected to be healthy for spring training.
Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports that the Twins "will listen but are not actively seeking to move" Trevor Plouffe.
The general consensus is that Minnesota will likely trade Plouffe following the signing of Byung-ho Park, as they could move Miguel Sano to third base. Plouffe is projected by MLBTradeRumors.com to earn $7.7 million in his second year of arbitration eligibility. The Angels reportedly will have interest in him if he's made available.
FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that Zack Greinke is expected to soon choose between signing with either the Dodgers or Giants.
Rosenthal says it will be a five- or six-year contract and might top the $31 million average annual value of the deal David Price just agreed to with the Red Sox. That would be quite a haul for a 32-year-old pitcher, but Greinke is coming off a stellar season that saw him put up a 1.66 ERA, 0.84 WHIP, and 200/40 K/BB ratio in 222 2/3 innings. USA Today's Bob Nightengale says the Dodgers are "still the favorites" to lock up the righty.
Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe reports that the Red Sox and David Price have agreed to a seven-year, $217 million contract.
New general manager Dave Dombrowski was dead-set on getting an ace this winter, and he's locked up the best one on the market to a record-setting contract. The deal just barely edges out Clayton Kershaw's contract for the highest ever for a pitcher and is the seventh-richest contract for any player in history. FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal says the deal also contains an opt-out clause after the third year. Guaranteeing any 30-year-old pitcher this much money is a big risk, but Price at the very least should give Boston a frontline stud for a few years.
Twins signed 1B/DH Byung-ho Park to a four-year, $12 million contract with a $6.5 million club option for 2020.
CBS Sports' Jon Heyman first reported the deal and FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal had the contract figures. Including the $12.85 million posting fee, the Twins are investing $24.85 million in the 29-year-old slugger. There's some question about how his big power numbers will translate in the United States, especially with his penchant for the strikeout, but it's a very reasonable gamble at these terms. Park likely profiles as a DH, so the Twins could move Miguel Sano to the outfield or pursue a trade involving Trevor Plouffe.