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Giants signed LHP Manny Parra to a minor league contract.

Parra hasn't appeared in a major league game since 2015 and spent most of the 2017 season pitching for the Bridgeport Bluefish of the independent Atlantic League. He'll be organizational depth for San Francisco in 2018.
Feb 20 - 7:00 PM

Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports that the Diamondbacks have acquired Steven Souza from the Rays as part of a three-team trade.

Brandon Drury is headed to the Yankees, who are sending second base prospect Nick Solak to the Rays and right-handed pitching prospect Taylor Widener to the Diamondbacks. Tampa Bay will also get left-hander Anthony Banda from the Diamondbacks and two players to be named later.

Robert Murray of FanRag Sports reports that the Rays are in the process of acquiring Yankees second base prospect Nick Solak.

The return is unknown, but Solak is a fairly well-regarded prospect, so this could be part of something big. The 23-year-old batted .297/.384/.452 with 12 home runs and 14 stolen bases in 130 games last season between High-A Tampa and Double-A Trenton. He was a second-round pick in 2016 out of the University of Louisville.
Feb 20 - 6:27 PM

Dodgers GM Farhan Zaidi said he has kept an "open dialogue" with Clayton Kershaw about his contract status.

Kershaw has an opt-out after the 2018 season and figures to exercise it if everything goes smoothly for him this summer. Zaidi wouldn't comment on whether the two parties have already discussed a contract extension. Kershaw, 29, is currently due $35.57 million this season, $34.57 million next season, and $35.57 million for 2020. The ace left-hander registered a 2.31 ERA, 0.949 WHIP, and 202/30 K/BB ratio across 175 innings in 2017.
Feb 20 - 6:11 PM

Cuban outfielder Julio Pablo Martinez will be free to sign with a Major League Baseball team on March 6.

Ben Badler of Baseball America notes that this "doesn't necessarily mean Martinez will sign during the current signing period, since some teams have already exhausted their 2017-18 bonus pools." The 21-year-old could instead wait until July 2, when the 2018-19 signing period begins. Badler pegs the Marlins, Rangers, and Yankees as the early favorites for Martinez, who batted .333/.469/.498 in 264 plate appearances during his final season in Cuba, with 52 walks, 30 strikeouts, and 24 stolen bases in 29 attempts.
Feb 20 - 5:13 PM

Rustin Dodd of the Kansas City Star writes that it is "unlikely" the Royals will sign free agent Logan Morrison.

Morrison is a Kansas City native and the Royals have been tied to him at various points this offseason, but it doesn't sound like the 30-year-old slugger is a serious consideration at this juncture. "We’ve always admired his ability," Royals GM Dayton Moore said of Morrison on Tuesday. "But again, I go back to the economic part of it. That’s very real to us. That’s very real." Maybe if the asking price falls further this story could change. Morrison posted a career-best .868 OPS, 38 homers, and 85 RBI over 149 games with the Rays in 2017.
Feb 20 - 5:01 PM

Rangers manager Jeff Banister confirmed Tuesday that Joey Gallo is locked in as the club's everyday first baseman for 2018.

Gallo started 66 games at third base in 2017 and also spent some time in left field, but the Rangers don't want the 24-year-old slugger to bounce around as much defensively this season. "Right now, and the immediate prospect of what the team is, it's first base," said Banister. "Joey has an athletic body. I think he's athletic enough to go back [to third], but right now we are focused on first base." Obviously some of this hinges on veteran third baseman Adrian Beltre having better luck on the health front. Gallo carries massive fantasy upside into the 2018 campaign after tallying 41 home runs and 80 RBI in 145 games last year.
Feb 20 - 4:17 PM

Andrew Susac (staph infection) reported back to the Orioles' spring training complex on Tuesday.

Susac spent a couple days in the hospital to undergo treatment for a staph infection. He will probably be held out of workouts for the remainder of this week, but the 27-year-old catcher should be ready for Grapefruit League action soon enough. Susac projects to open the 2018 season as the Orioles' No. 3 backstop behind Chance Sisco and Caleb Joseph. In other words, he'll likely be ticketed for Triple-A Norfolk when spring training comes to a close.
Feb 20 - 4:06 PM
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