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Yankees re-signed C Erik Kratz to a minor league contract.

Kratz elected to become a free agent in early November after being outrighted off the Yankees' 40-man roster, but the 37-year-old catcher has decided to begin the 2018 season back in pinstripes. A career .203/.250/.366 hitter, he appeared in only four games at the major league level with New York in 2017.
Dec 13 - 12:34 AM

Edgar Olmos has reached a contract with the Chiba Lotte Marines of Nippon Professional Baseball.

Olmos posted a promising 2.68 ERA in 87 1/3 innings this past season with the Triple-A affiliate of the Red Sox, but he never got another crack at the MLB level and will now head over to Japan. The former third-round pick of the Marlins last appeared in a major league game in 2015. He turns 28 years old in April.
Dec 13 - 12:28 AM

Mike Bolsinger has agreed to a contract with the Chiba Lotte Marines in Japan.

Bolsinger was outrighted off the Blue Jays' 40-man roster in August after registering an ugly 6.31 ERA, 1.82 WHIP, and 39/27 K/BB ratio in five starts and six relief appearances covering 41 1/3 innings. The 29-year-old right-hander will try to revitalize his career in Nippon Professional Baseball.
Dec 13 - 12:24 AM

Shohei Ohtani has a first-degree sprain of the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow, according to a physical obtained by Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports.

A first-degree sprain is the least severe and this physical was distributed to MLB teams as soon as Ohtani entered the posting system, so there's no real reason for immediate panic. But further damage to the UCL could of course eventually lead to Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery. Ohtani underwent platelet-rich plasma treatment in October to address the discomfort that his damaged UCL was causing. He also has a "small free body" in the elbow, according to the report from Yahoo Sports, but the 23-year-old two-way Japanese star should be a full participant at the outset of Angels camp next spring.
Source: Yahoo Sports
Dec 12 - 11:01 PM

According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, the Rangers are offering "only marginal prospects" to the Diamondbacks for Zack Greinke.

Nightengale says the Rangers also want the Diamondbacks to pick up a portion of the $138.5 million that Greinke is owed over the next four years -- so this would basically be a salary dump. Arizona made it to the National League Division Series this past season and will be looking to go even further in 2018. It's a rumor that made very little sense from the get-go. Nightengale notes that the Rangers have been talking to the Diamondbacks about some of their other starting pitchers as well. Perhaps the clubs can work something out that doesn't involve Greinke, the fourth-place finisher in the 2017 National League Cy Young balloting.
Dec 12 - 10:46 PM

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic hears that Tommy Hunter's new two-year deal with the Phillies will be in the $18 million range.

It's just a little bit more than the Phillies have reportedly committed to Pat Neshek. Hunter registered a strong 2.61 ERA, 0.97 WHIP, and 64/14 K/BB ratio over 58 2/3 innings with the Rays in 2017. He carries some durability concerns, but the 31-year-old right-hander has been a very effective reliever when healthy.
Dec 12 - 10:29 PM

Joe Frisaro of reports that the Marlins have discussed Dan Straily with the Orioles.

It looks like the fire sale in Miami will extend to the starting rotation. Straily posted a mediocre 4.26 ERA, 1.30 WHIP, and 170/60 K/BB ratio in 181 2/3 innings this past season with the Marlins, but he had a very good showing in 2016 with the Reds. The 29-year-old right-hander is under contractual control through 2020. 2018 will be his first season of salary arbitration.
Dec 12 - 10:26 PM

According to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, the A's are focused on acquiring Cardinals outfielder Stephen Piscotty.

St. Louis nearly traded the 26-year-old outfielder to Oakland over the summer as part of a package for starting pitcher Sonny Gray, but Gray of course ultimately went to the Yankees. Piscotty put up a promising .815 OPS with 29 home runs and 124 RBI over his first 216 major league games between 2015-2016 before injuries, family issues, and general ineffectiveness derailed him in 2017. He signed a six-year, $33.5 million contract extension with the Cardinals in April -- a deal that can potentially run through 2023.
Dec 12 - 9:48 PM

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Nationals are showing interest in Wade Davis.

Rosenthal notes that Davis has a connection to new Nationals manager Dave Martinez from the 2017 season they spent together with the Cubs. Davis is also drawing interest from the Cardinals and Rockies this winter. He should land the richest contract of any available reliever, even at age 32.
Dec 12 - 9:37 PM

Marc Carig of Newsday hears that the Mets are still in on Addison Reed.

Reed was said to be nearing a three-year deal with the Phillies on Tuesday evening, but that turned out to be inaccurate. Things are moving quickly on the free agent relief market, so he should land somewhere soon. The 28-year-old right-hander opened the 2017 season as the Mets' closer before they traded him to the Red Sox on July 31 for three minor leaguers.
Dec 12 - 9:33 PM

According to George A. King III of the New York Post, the Blue Jays met with free agent starter CC Sabathia on Tuesday.

Sabathia seemed poised for a return to the Yankees when the offseason began and Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports noted Tuesday that the two parties remain in touch, but the Angels were reported to have interest on Sunday night and now the Jays are also in the mix. The veteran left-hander posted an impressive 3.69 ERA (122 ERA+) in 148 2/3 innings with New York in 2017.
Dec 12 - 9:29 PM

Cubs signed RHP Brandon Morrow to a two-year, $21 million contract with a $12 million vesting option for 2020.

The deal was agreed upon Sunday and then finalized Tuesday after Morrow passed his physical. The 33-year-old righty posted a spectacular 2.06 ERA and 50/9 K/BB ratio over 43 2/3 regular-season innings for the Dodgers in 2017 and then made 14 appearances in the postseason. He could get a chance to close in Chicago, though the Cubs probably aren't done adding late-inning relievers.
Dec 12 - 9:11 PM

Cubs signed LHP Drew Smyly to a two-year, $10 million contract.

Smyly underwent Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery this past June and probably won't make his Cubs debut until somewhere around mid-to-late August in 2018, but this could prove to be a nice buy-low move for Chicago leading into the 2019 season. Smyly, 28, holds a 3.74 career ERA and 1.199 career WHIP in 156 major league appearances (85 starts). He also has an 8.7 career K/9.
Dec 12 - 9:04 PM

Mike Montgomery wants a chance to start with the Cubs in 2018, per Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic.

Montgomery posted a 4.15 ERA in 69 1/3 innings as a starter in 2017, and a 2.49 ERA in 61 1/3 innings as a reliever. It's not clear what the Cubs have in mind for him next year, but it's a safe bet they won't halt their plans to upgrade the rotation via external additions in order to meet this demand.
Dec 12 - 8:47 PM

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic confirms that there is no agreement in place between the Phillies and free agent reliever Addison Reed.

ESPN's Buster Olney reported earlier that Philadelphia was closing in on a three-year agreement with Reed, but it seems there has been a last-minute pivot to Tommy Hunter. Reed should still land somewhere soon as the relief dominos continue to fall at the Winter Meetings in Orlando. The 28-year-old right-hander boasts a 2.40 ERA, 0.996 WHIP, and 167/28 K/BB ratio in 153 2/3 innings over the last two seasons and he operated as the Mets' closer for a time in 2017.
Dec 12 - 8:38 PM

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