Winter Meetings: Day Three

Winter Meetings: Day Three
Drew Silva breaks down the trades, signings, and rumors from the third day of baseball's Winter Meetings in Orlando.
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Royals signed third baseman-outfielder Cody Asche to a minor league contract.

Asche hit just .105/.177/.175 in 57 at-bats after making the White Sox out of spring training last year, and he never returned to the majors after being sent down in mid-May. He'll be a fallback option for the Royals.
Dec 14 - 8:30 PM

Victor Martinez, who missed the last month of the season due to an irregular heartbeat that required an ablation procedure, is healthy and has been working out since early November.

Martinez will almost certainly be the Tigers' primary DH to begin next season, though if the opportunity comes to trade him, the team shouldn't hesitate to take advantage. He wouldn't seem to have much left to offer for fantasy purposes.
Source: Detroit News
Dec 14 - 6:40 PM

ESPN's Buster Olney reports that the Diamondbacks have also checked in on Manny Machado.

Arizona has 2017 All-Star Jake Lamb at third base and a handful of decent shortstop options, so an upgrade for the left side of the infield wasn't on their priority list. Still, when a talent like Machado becomes available, it's worth checking in. Olney thinks the White Sox and the Cardinals have the best offers out for Machado right now.
Dec 14 - 4:50 PM

Royals signed RHP Michael Broadway to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Broadway struggled in the minor league systems of the Rays and Nationals in 2017, but he could get another shot at the major league level in 2018 as the Royals tear things down. The 30-year-old right-hander posted a 6.75 ERA in 25 relief appearances with the Giants between 2015-2016.
Dec 14 - 3:28 PM

Marlins designated LHP Hunter Cervenka for assignment.

Miami had to clear some 40-man roster space following the finalization of the five-player Marcell Ozuna trade deal with the Cardinals. Cervenka, 27, allowed eight earned runs in 4 1/3 innings at the major league level in 2017.
Dec 14 - 2:43 PM

Marlins acquired LHP Daniel Castano, RHP Zac Gallen, OF Magneuris Sierra, and RHP Sandy Alcantara from the Cardinals for OF Marcell Ozuna.

Castano, a 19th-round draft pick in 2016 out of Baylor University, is sort of a throw-in to this deal, though he did post a nice-looking 2.57 ERA, 1.099 WHIP, and 81/13 K/BB ratio in 14 starts covering 91 innings this past season with the Cardinals' affiliate in the Low-A New York-Pennsylvania League. The left-hander turned 23 years old in September.
Dec 14 - 2:37 PM

Marlins acquired RHP Zac Gallen, LHP Daniel Castano, OF Magneuris Sierra, and RHP Sandy Alcantara from the Cardinals for OF Marcell Ozuna.

Gallen doesn't carry the top-prospect status of Alcantara, but the 2016 third-round pick climbed all the way to the Triple-A level this past summer and could feasibly get his first taste of MLB action in mid-to-late 2018 with the rapidly-restructuring Fish. Gallen has three above-average pitches and boasts a 2.86 ERA, 1.14 WHIP, and 136/35 K/BB ratio through his first 157 1/3 professional innings.
Dec 14 - 2:35 PM

Marlins acquired OF Magneuris Sierra, RHP Zac Gallen, LHP Daniel Castano, and RHP Sandy Alcantara from the Cardinals for OF Marcell Ozuna.

Sierra made his MLB debut with St. Louis in 2017 and put up an impressive .317 batting average in 64 plate appearances, but his mostly underwhelming minor league numbers point to the fact that he still has a long way to go offensively. On the basepaths and in the outfield, he's just about ready. The question is whether the slender 21-year-old will ever develop enough power to stick as an impactful everyday player. Miami can slow-play it to find out.
Dec 14 - 2:35 PM
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