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FanRag Sports Jon Heyman tweets that several teams have made trade offers for Manny Machado.

The Orioles don't appear to be close to contention and seem unable or unwilling to resign Machado, so it comes as no surprise that he's a hot commodity on the market. Recent reports have indicated that he wants a return to shortstop if he's to stay in Baltimore, and several teams could offer him the chance to play the position as well. There's a real chance the 25-year-old star is playing in a different uniform than Baltimore's in 2018.
Dec 13 - 7:29 PM

Ken Rosenthal of the Athletic reports that the Angels have acquired Ian Kinsler from the Tigers.

Earlier in the day on Wednesday, Joel Sherman of the New York Post reported that the Angels were one of 10 teams that were on Kinsler's no-trade list. That didn't stop the Halos from landing him, obviously. Despite coming off one of the worst full seasons of his career, Kinsler would still be a massive upgrade over what the Angels were able to get at second base in 2017, and he shouldn't be prohibitively expensive in terms of prospects.
Dec 13 - 7:06 PM

Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports that the Astros are signing Joe Smith to a two-year deal.

The deal is pending a physical, McTaggart notes. Smith, 33, spent the 2017 season with Toronto and Cleveland, posting a 3.33 ERA while striking out 71 batters in 54 innings. He's shown the ability to get right-handed and left-handed hitters out, and the ability to handle high-leverage situations throughout his 11-year career. He's a clear upgrade for the Houston bullpen in 2018.
Dec 13 - 6:21 PM

Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald reports that RHP prospect Zac Gallen and LHP prospect Daniel Castano are also heading to the Marlins in the Marcell Ozuna trade.

It appears the full deal is now Gallen, Castano, outfield prospect Magneuris Sierra and right-handed pitching Sandy Alcantara. Gallen is the better prospect of the two newest names -- a third-round pick out of North Carolina in 2016 who has shown three above-average pitches and pounds the strike zone with them. Castano is a left-hander who was taken in the 19th round in 2016, and projects as a back-end starter or reliever at the next level.
Dec 13 - 6:05 PM

Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald reports that the Marlins will acquire OF prospect Magneuris Sierra in the Marcell Ozuna trade.

Sierra spent time with the Cardinals in 2017, and hit .317 and stole two bases in 22 games with St. Louis. He's one of the better athletes in the system, with plus speed, a strong throwing arm and excellent instincts in the outfield. He also has shown the ability to make hard contact to all fields, although there isn't much power in his left-handed bat. He's now easily the best outfield prospect in the Miami system, and has a chance to play significant innings for the Marlins in 2018.
Dec 13 - 5:41 PM

Cardinals signed RHP Luke Gregerson to a two-year, $11 million contract.

The deal was agreed upon Sunday and then officially announced by the Cardinals on Wednesday after Gregerson passed his physical. The 33-year-old right-hander struggled with the Astros in 2017, but he had a 2.84 ERA and 537 strikeouts in 538 innings between 2009-2016. St. Louis drafted him out of college back in 2006 and he figures to work in a setup role in his return to the organization.
Dec 13 - 5:40 PM

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Mariners will sign Juan Nicasio to a two-year deal.

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports says the contract is worth $17 million, pending a physical. Nicasio led all National League relievers in appearances this past season and finished with 72 strikeouts in 72 1/3 innings while registering a 2.61 ERA between the Pirates, Phillies, and Cardinals. He should get a chance for high-leverage innings behind closer Edwin Diaz in Seattle.
Dec 13 - 5:26 PM

Phillies signed RHP Pat Neshek to a two-year, $16.25 million contract.

The deal was agreed to on the first day of the Winter Meetings and then finalized Wednesday after Neshek passed his physical. The veteran right-hander opened the 2017 season with the Phillies and pitched terrifically in a setup role before they traded him to the Rockies on July 26 for three minor leaguers. He should resume that setup gig in the Philadelphia bullpen in 2018.
Dec 13 - 5:25 PM

According to Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the Pirates are looking for "young, controllable players" in exchange for Gerrit Cole.

Brink also reports that the Yankees are also looking into possible offers for Chris Archer and Michael Fulmer in their quest to fill the starting rotation. Cole is coming off a disappointing 2017 season, but the 27-year-old right-hander is still one of the more talented right-handed pitchers in baseball, and offers big-time upside. Any of these pitchers would be a tremendous upgrade to add to their already explosive lineup.
Dec 13 - 5:22 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Padres are engaged in trade talks with Yangervis Solarte as well as Chase Headley.

The Headley reports confirm Bob Nightengale's report that the Padres were shopping him, but Solarte's name is new to the trade block. In 2017, the 30-year-old infielder hit .255/.314/.416 with 18 homers, and he played all over the infield. His versatility along with team-friendly contract that contains two team options could make him a hot commodity if the Padres are serious about moving him.
Dec 13 - 5:16 PM

Marlins released RHP Edinson Volquez.

Volquez underwent Tommy John surgery in August and is doubtful to pitch anywhere next season. Miami simply made this move to clear space on the 40-man roster. Volquez, 34, is owed $13 million in 2018 from a two-year, $22 million deal he signed last offseason and the Marlins will still be on the hook for that. He's coming off a 2017 campaign that saw him go 4-8 with a 4.19 ERA, 1.42 WHIP, and 81/53 K/BB ratio in 92 1/3 innings.
Dec 13 - 4:37 PM

Nationals GM Mike Rizzo confirmed that he recently met with agent Scott Boras to discuss a variety of subjects, including a possible extension for Anthony Rendon.

The headline in this report is the reported meeting to discuss an extension for Bryce Harper, but Rendon is another young star that Washington will hope to lock down for the foreseeable future. The 27-year-old third baseman is coming off a breakout season where he registered a .937 OPS along with 25 homers and quality defense at the hot corner. He's entering his second year of arbitration eligibility, and if he does hit free agency in 2020, he likely is looking at being one of the highest paid players at his position.
Dec 13 - 4:10 PM

Diamondbacks signed OF Cesar Puello to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Puello struggled at the major league level with the Angels and Rays in 2017, but he put up a promising .327/.377/.526 batting line with 13 home runs and 18 stolen bases in 87 games during his time spent at Triple-A. The 26-year-old outfielder could prove to be a nice find for Arizona.
Dec 13 - 3:58 PM

Nationals GM Mike Rizzo reiterated Wednesday at the Winter Meetings that Daniel Murphy (knee) is expected to be ready for Opening Day.

Murphy underwent a debridement and microfracture surgery on his right knee shortly after the Nationals were eliminated from the National League Division Series by the Cubs and he'll likely take it easy for much of spring training, but it sounds like the star second baseman could be in Washington's starting lineup on March 29 in Cincinnati. Murphy, 32, batted .322/.384/.543 with 23 home runs and 93 RBI in 144 games this past season.
Dec 13 - 3:44 PM

According to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, as many as 10 teams have reached out to free agent Todd Frazier.

We've already heard of interest from the Red Sox and Yankees, and Sherman adds the Giants, Angels, and Mets to the list. Frazier is being pitched as an option to play third base, first base, and maybe even some second base. The 31-year-old batted .213/.344/.428 with 27 home runs and 76 RBI in 147 games this past season between Chicago and New York.
Dec 13 - 3:41 PM


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