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According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, the Rangers are offering "only marginal prospects" to the Diamondbacks for Zack Greinke.

Nightengale says the Rangers also want the Diamondbacks to pick up a portion of the $138.5 million that Greinke is owed over the next four years -- so this would basically be a salary dump. Arizona made it to the National League Division Series this past season and will be looking to go even further in 2018. This rumor made very little sense from the get-go. Nightengale notes that the Rangers have been talking to the Diamondbacks about some of their other starting pitchers as well. Perhaps the clubs can work something out that doesn't involve Greinke, the fourth-place finisher in the 2017 National League Cy Young balloting.
Dec 12 - 10:46 PM

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic hears that Tommy Hunter's new two-year deal with the Phillies will be in the $18 million range.

It's just a little bit more than the Phillies have reportedly committed to Pat Neshek. Hunter registered a strong 2.61 ERA, 0.97 WHIP, and 64/14 K/BB ratio over 58 2/3 innings with the Rays in 2017. He carries some durability concerns, but the 31-year-old right-hander has been a very effective reliever when healthy.
Dec 12 - 10:29 PM

Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports that the Marlins have discussed Dan Straily with the Orioles.

It looks like the fire sale in Miami will extend to the starting rotation. Straily posted a mediocre 4.26 ERA, 1.30 WHIP, and 170/60 K/BB ratio in 181 2/3 innings this past season with the Marlins, but he had a very good showing in 2016 with the Reds. The 29-year-old right-hander is under contractual control through 2020. 2018 will be his first season of salary arbitration.
Dec 12 - 10:26 PM

According to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, the A's are focused on acquiring Cardinals outfielder Stephen Piscotty.

St. Louis nearly traded the 26-year-old outfielder to Oakland over the summer as part of a package for starting pitcher Sonny Gray, but Gray of course ultimately went to the Yankees. Piscotty put up a promising .815 OPS with 29 home runs and 124 RBI over his first 216 major league games between 2015-2016 before injuries, family issues, and general ineffectiveness derailed him in 2017. He signed a six-year, $33.5 million contract extension with the Cardinals in April -- a deal that can potentially run through 2023.
Dec 12 - 9:48 PM

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Nationals are showing interest in Wade Davis.

Rosenthal notes that Davis has a connection to new Nationals manager Dave Martinez from the 2017 season they spent together with the Cubs. Davis is also drawing interest from the Cardinals and Rockies this winter. He should land the richest contract of any available reliever, even at age 32.
Dec 12 - 9:37 PM
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