Winter Meetings: Day Four

Winter Meetings: Day Four
Dave Shovein breaks down the trades, signings, rumors and the Rule 5 draft from the final day of baseball's Winter Meetings in Orlando.
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Gerry Fraley of the Dallas Morning News reports that the Mets and Twins are showing interest in Mike Napoli.

Fraley points out that Napoli has connections to both franchises in general manager Thad Levine with Minnesota and manager Mickey Callaway with New York. He would give the Twins a designated hitter option and offer protection for Dominic Smith at first base. Napoli is 36 and batted only .193/.285/.428 in 2017, but he did sock 29 home and was playing through a torn ligament in his right hand, which he had surgically-repaired.
Dec 15 - 11:18 AM

Rangers signed RHP Chris Martin to a two-year, $4 million contract.

Martin was knocked around during his time in the majors from 2014-15 but found his footing in Japan, posting a 1.12 ERA and 91/13 K/BB ratio over 88 1/3 innings over the last two seasons. The 31-year-old is a cheap middle relief gamble by the Rangers.
Dec 15 - 11:11 AM

Bleacher Report's Scott Miller reports that the Padres are in "serious" talks with the Phillies to acquire Freddy Galvis.

Miller adds that it's "close enough that a deal could happen today." Galvis has been connected to the Padres this week as they sought to upgrade their shortstop situation. The 28-year-old batted .255/.309/.382 with 12 homers and 14 steals over 162 games in 2017 and offers plus defense. Trading Galvis allows the Phillies to install J.P. Crawford at shortstop.
Dec 15 - 10:55 AM

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that Hector Rondon has agreed to a contract with the Astros.

SB Nation's Chris Cotillo says it's a two-year deal. Rondon was non-tendered by the Cubs after posting a 4.24 ERA this past season, but his velocity and strikeouts were fine. He did have elbow issues in the second half, but if he can stay healthy Rondon should bounce back with the Astros in 2018.
Dec 15 - 10:30 AM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that Oswaldo Arcia has signed with the Nippon Ham Fighters on a one-year, $1.7 million contract with a mutual option for 2019.

He can earn $300,000 more in incentives. Going overseas is probably a wise decision for Arcia, who has struggled to gain traction in the majors but mashed again at Triple-A in 2017. He's still young enough -- 27 in May -- to parlay a big season in Japan into a contract with a major league club next winter.
Dec 15 - 9:21 AM

USA Today's Bob Nightengale reports that the Nationals "are realistic and firmly believe" Bryce Harper will test free agency next offseason.

The two sides had preliminary discussions on a long-term extension last month, but, not surprisingly, they didn't go anywhere. The Nationals are still hoping to re-sign Harper, but he's going to see what kind of offers are out there in free agency. A record-setting contract is likely.
Dec 15 - 8:58 AM

Indians signed OF Melvin Upton to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports says Upton will earn $1.5 million if he's in the majors. Upton, 33, hit only .244/.306/.333 over 12 minor league games in 2017 while battling injuries. With Michael Brantley (ankle) unlikely to be ready for Opening Day and Jason Kipnis apparently on the trade block, Upton should have a shot to make the team.
Dec 15 - 8:37 AM

Yahoo's Tim Brown reports that the Dodgers are targeting Japanese closer Yoshihisa Hirano.

The Cardinals and Tigers are also looking at the 33-year-old Hirano, who has racked up 143 saves for Orix the last five seasons. Obviously, if he wants a chance to close in the majors, the Dodgers won't be on his list. He might be content as a setup man, though.
Dec 15 - 1:34 AM
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