Lowdown: Brewing an Offer

Lowdown: Brewing an Offer
Dave Shovein recaps the Brewers' offer to Yu Darvish, the Jays acquiring Randal Grichuk and the Twins' new closer in Monday's Lowdown.
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Koji Uehara told the Kyodo News over the weekend that he'll retire if he doesn't receive a major league deal.

The 42-year-old hurler made it perfectly clear that he isn't interested in a minor league deal. He also noted that 2018 will more than likely be his final season. Uehara owns a tremendous 2.66 ERA and 0.89 WHIP over his nine seasons in the big leagues and could certainly help many bullpens around the league provided he's healthy and over the back issues that plagued him in 2017.
Source: Kyodo News
Jan 21 - 11:09 PM

According to reports from Yahoo Japan, the Brewers have made a formal contract offer to free agent right-hander Yu Darvish.

Darvish recently announced that his list of suitors had narrowed to six teams: the Cubs, Astros, Rangers, Twins, Yankees and a mystery club. There had been speculation that the mystery club was the Dodgers, but it could very well be the Brew Crew. Despite adding Jhoulys Chacin and Yovani Gallardo, the Brewers still have a large void to fill at the top of their rotation and Darvish would be a massive upgrade.
Source: Yahoo Japan
Jan 21 - 9:11 PM

Jerry Crasnick of ESPN reports that the Brewers are getting close to a trade.

The club has been shopping dynamic outfielder Domingo Santana this offseason, but have yet to find a potential match in any deal. The Brewers have a logjam of outfielders, so making a move prior to the start of spring training seems like an inevitability.
Jan 21 - 5:44 PM

Dodgers signed RHP Andrew Robinson to a minor league contract.

The deal will presumably include in invitation to spring training, but that has yet to be confirmed. The 29-year-old hurler spent the 2017 season in the Nationals' organization, compiling a 3.69 ERA, 1.08 WHIP and 47/13 K/BB ratio across 39 innings.
Jan 21 - 5:39 PM

According to Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com, the Twins have still yet to discuss a long-term contract extension with second baseman Brian Dozier.

Dozier is entering the final year of the four-year, $20 million extension that he signed in 2015. He has expressed his desire to remain in Minnesota and his willingness to sign another extension, but to this point the Twins haven't approached him about one. The 30-year-old was an eighth round pick of the Twins in the 2009 draft and his spent his entire career with the organization.
Source: MLB.com
Jan 21 - 4:19 PM

Darren Wolfson of 1500ESPN reports that the Twins are "maintaining regular dialogue" with Wade Miley's agent.

Wolfson also notes that the club is talking to the agents for Yu Darvish, Lance Lynn, Alex Cobb, Chris Tillman and Mike Napoli, players that they had previously been connected to. Miley obviously wouldn't be the frontline starter the Twins are looking for, but he'd be a solid depth addition even though he's coming off a year when he posted a 5.61 ERA over 32 starts.
Jan 21 - 3:43 PM

Ervin Santana said Saturday that he was told last week by Bartolo Colon that the Mets are interested in signing Colon.

Colon, who turns 45 in May, is interested in continuing his career but only wants to do so with the Mets. The veteran right-hander is aiming to get six more wins to supplant Dennis Martinez as the winningest pitcher from Latin America. Mike Puma of the New York Post reported last month that the Mets had "minimal" interest in Colon even on a minor league contract, but perhaps they'll wind up taking a shot on him for some much-needed depth. Colon held an ugly 6.48 ERA and 1.59 WHIP in 2017.
Jan 21 - 2:33 PM

Rockies manager Bud Black said Saturday that David Dahl (back) will be "full go" at the beginning of spring training.

Dahl was limited to 19 minor league rehab games last season because of a stress reaction in his rib, but he began swinging a bat earlier this month and is feeling good. "He’s engaged, he’s running, he’s lifting weights, he’s swinging at 100 percent," Black said. "Right now there are no concerns, and medically everybody feels really good about David." It's certainly good news that he's feeling healthy, but Dahl is poised to begin the season back in the minors given the Rockies' outfield depth. That said, he remains a high-upside, five-category talent, so if/when he gets an opportunity, he could be a difference-maker.
Source: Denver Post
Jan 21 - 12:39 PM
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