Lowdown: Astros Eyeing Aces

Lowdown: Astros Eyeing Aces
The Houston Astros are casting a wide net in their search for a top starter on the trade market. Catch up on those rumors and more.
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Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports the Marlins are close to acquiring starter Dan Straily from the Reds.

Passan hears that right-handers Luis Castillo and Austin Brice will be headed to Cincinnati in return, along with a third (lesser) prospect. Straily posted an impressive 3.76 ERA and 1.186 WHIP in 191 1/3 innings last season for the Reds despite allowing the most home runs of any pitcher in the National League. The move to power-sapping Marlins Park should boost his fantasy value. Straily, 28, will be under contractual control with Miami through 2020.
Jan 19 - 8:11 AM

Marlins signed RHP Brandon Cunniff to a minor league contract.

Cunniff was outrighted to Triple-A by the Braves in early November. Looks like he has found a new home with the Marlins ahead of spring training. The 28-year-old right-hander owned a 4.24 ERA, 1.35 WHIP and 16/9 K/BB ratio across 17 innings with the Braves this past season. He figures to serve as organizational depth moving forward and stands a good chance of earning a call-up should the Marlins become thin in the bullpen as the 2017 season unfolds.
Jan 18 - 11:35 PM

Red Sox signed RHP Erik Cordier to a minor league contract.

Cordier spent the 2016 campaign plying his trade in Japan with the Nippon Professional Baseball League. That stint failed to prove particularly memorable, as he saw limited work (10 runs on 11 hits in 12 1/3 innings) with the Orix Buffaloes. Now, back to the States with the Sox. Cordier will turn 31 at the end of February and has not pitched in the majors since 2015. He has just 18 1/3 career frames of work under his belt at the big league level.
Jan 18 - 11:31 PM

Red Sox signed LHP Cesar Cabral to a minor league contract

Cabral, 27, has seen just a few cups of coffee at the major league level, none last season. Playing at Triple-A Norfolk in the Orioles' system a year ago, the southpaw was batted around to the tune of 13 hits and 10 runs surrendered in 8 1/3 frames before being released on May 3. He holds a career 4.21 ERA over 504 2/3 innings of professional ball.
Jan 18 - 11:23 PM

Athletics re-signed LHP Ross Detwiler to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Detwiler opened the 2016 season as a member of the Indians, but was traded to the A's in mid-July. Between the two teams, the 30-year-old southpaw pitched to a rough 6.10 ERA, 1.60 WHIP and 26/19 K/BB ratio over 48 2/3 innings. Detwiler has not posted an ERA under 4.00 since 2012 and should be considered a fringe possibility for the Opening Day roster.
Jan 18 - 7:07 PM

Jeff Bagwell, Tim Raines and Ivan Rodriguez were elected to the 2017 class of the Baseball Hall of Fame by the BBWAA.

Bagwell and Raines both just missed out on making the Hall of Fame last season. Better times in 2017, particularly for Raines, who was in his final year on the ballot. He joins the hall having hit .294/.385/.425 with 170 homers, 980 RBI and 808 steals across 23 major league seasons. He amassed six seasons of at least 70 steals. For his part, Bagwell played his entire career with the Astros and slugged 449 home runs while driving in 1,529 runs across 15 campaigns in the bigs. He was a career .297/.408/.540 hitter. Pudge Rodriguez is something of a surprise entrant, here, joining Johnny Bench as the only catcher to be inducted on the first ballot. The longtime Rangers backstop finished out his time in the majors holding a career batting line of .296/.334/.464 to go along with 311 homers and 1,332 RBI. Just missing the cut were Trevor Hoffman (74%) and Vladimir Guerrero (71.7%). They will hope for better luck in 2018.
Source: BBWAA.com
Jan 18 - 6:09 PM

Tigers designated OF Anthony Gose for assignment.

Gose becomes the roster casualty following the Tigers' acquisition of outfielder Mikie Mahtook from the Rays. He saw 91 at-bats with the big league club this past season and hit .209/.287/.341 with two homers and seven RBI in that space. Still just 26 years old, Gose will have to try to latch on with another club before spring training boots up in a little over a month.
Jan 18 - 5:48 PM

Tigers acquired OF Mikie Mahtook from the Rays for cash considerations or a player to be named later.

Mahtook found little success with the Rays in 2016, slashing a paltry .195/.231/.292 with three homers and 11 RBI across 185 at-bats. The 27-year-old performed more ably the year before (albeit in a smaller sample size), when he boasted a .295/.351/.619 batting line to pair with nine homers and 19 RBI in 111 plate appearances. With the Tigers, he figures to serve as organizational depth, but could potentially carve out a bench role during spring training.
Jan 18 - 5:42 PM
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