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Matt Gelb of The Athletic reports that the Phillies have signed outfielder Andrew McCutchen, pending a physical.

Dec 11 - 2:42 PM

Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that the Pirates are close to signing right-hander Jordan Lyles.

Lyles became a free agent after the Brewers declined his $3.5 million club option for 2019. The 28-year-old pitched for Milwaukee and San Diego this past season while posting a 4.11 ERA and 84/28 K/BB ratio over 87 2/3 innings. He has experience both starting and relieving, so he's useful depth, especially after Tuesday's Ivan Nova deal.
Dec 11 - 2:36 PM

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic hears that a reunion between the Red Sox and Joe Kelly remains a possibility.

Nothing is believed to be close, but a return here is looking more likely than with closer Craig Kimbrel, who is reportedly asking for a six-year deal. He's almost certainly not going to get it, but even five years would understandably give most teams some pause. Kelly had a 4.39 ERA in 73 relief appearances this past season, but he had a good showing during the postseason. He's also drawn interest from the likes of the Dodgers, Mets, and White Sox.
Dec 11 - 2:32 PM

Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports Philadelphia hears that the Phillies are showing "significant interest" in free agent outfielder Andrew McCutchen.

Salisbury also writes that GM Matt Klentak is also focused on Michael Brantley and Bryce Harper, though they appear to be "lukewarm" on Harper and would prefer to sign Manny Machado. Interestingly, Ken Rosenthal and Matt Gelb of The Athletic are hearing that signing McCutchen wouldn't get in the way of the club potentially signing another outfielder. McCutchen, 32, batted .255/.368/.424 with 20 homers, 65 RBI, and 14 steals over 155 games between the Giants and Yankees in 2018.
Dec 11 - 2:20 PM

According to Adam McCalvy of MLB.com, the Brewers had a "very good" meeting with free agent catcher Wilson Ramos on Monday.

Ramos is on hand at the Winter Meetings in Las Vegas and is set to meet with other teams, including the Mets. As of now, the Brewers are looking at a combination of Manny Pina, Erik Kratz, and Jacob Nottingham behind the plate, so this makes for a potentially strong fit. Ramos has an injury history, but there's no question about his ability to produce offensively. The 31-year-old batted .306/.358/.487 with 15 homers and 70 RBI over 111 games this past season between the Rays and Phillies.
Dec 11 - 2:14 PM

Pirates acquired RHP Yordi Rosario and international pool money from the White Sox for RHP Ivan Nova.

Jon Heyman of FanCred Sports hears that the Pirates will pick up $500,000 worth of international bonus money in the deal. As for Rosario, he turns 20 in January and has yet to pitch outside of rookie ball. He owns a 3.43 ERA and 160/62 K/BB ratio over his first 162 2/3 innings in pro ball. This was mostly about clearing salary and a rotation spot for Pittsburgh. Nick Kingham figures to get the first shot, but prospect Mitch Keller isn't far off.
Dec 11 - 2:12 PM

White Sox acquired RHP Ivan Nova from the Pirates for RHP Yordi Rosario and international pool money.

Nova was expendable for the Pirates and they were also able to move his salary (roughly $9.1 million) for 2019. The veteran right-hander is coming off a 4.19 ERA and 114/35 K/BB ratio in 161 innings across 29 starts in 2018. He brings excellent control, but the home run ball tends to hurt him. That's not going to change in Chicago. Still, he should be a stable option in Chicago's rotation.
Dec 11 - 2:07 PM

Jon Paul Morosi hears that the Reds are among the clubs interested in free agent left-hander Wade Miley.

It's worth noting with pitching coach Derek Johnson making the switch from the Brewers to the Reds this offseason. Miley had to settle for a minor league contract last offseason, but he should do well for himself after surprising with a 2.57 ERA over 16 starts in 2018. Brewers general manager David Stearns said Monday that they are keeping in touch with the southpaw.
Dec 11 - 2:04 PM
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