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Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News reports that the Mets have discussed Matt Harvey with at least two teams this offseason.

According to Ackert, the Mets were attempting to flip him for a reliever and were much more inclined to move Harvey than Robert Gsellman or Seth Lugo. Harvey is entering his third and final year of arbitration and is coming off of a troublesome season where he posted a cringe-inducing 6.70 ERA in 92 2/3 innings.
Dec 10 - 11:17 PM

George A. King III of the New York Post reports that the Angels have had discussions with free agent left-hander C.C. Sabathia.

The 37-yea-old had a resurgence in 2017, posting a 14-5 record, 3.69 ERA, 1.27 WHIP and 120/50 K/BB ratio across 148 2/3 innings with the Yankees, and was even better in the postseason. The Yankees have also reached out to Sabathia about a possible return to New York.
Dec 10 - 10:49 PM

Red Sox' right-hander Steven Wright was arrested Friday on charges of domestic assault.

Wright was released from jail on Saturday. The knuckleballer was limited to just five starts in 2017 before undergoing left knee surgery in May. He had been expected to open the season as the club's fifth starter, though it's unclear if he'll face any disciplinary action.
Dec 10 - 10:45 PM

Mariners released RHP Seth Frankoff.

The club issued a statement Sunday indicating that they were granting his release so Frankoff could pursue an opportunity with a team in South Korea. The 29-year-old hurler owned a 3.80 ERA, 1.28 WHIP and 631/235 K/BB ratio across 637 innings in eight minor league seasons.
Dec 10 - 10:41 PM

Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that the Rangers and the Padres are among the teams interested in Carlos Santana.

The Phillies, Mariners, Angels and Red Sox have also expressed interest in the free agent slugger this off-season. Santana, 31, slashed .259/.363/.455 ith 23 homers and 79 RBI for the Indians in 2017.
Dec 10 - 8:02 PM

Mets' general manager Sandy Alderson said Sunday that the club is "very high" on first baseman Dominic Smith.

He also indicated that they were not in the market for an upgrade at first base this off-season, which somewhat contradicts his statements from a month ago that Smith wasn't a lock to go into spring training with a starting job. The 22-year-old slashed .198/.262/.395 with nine homers and 26 RBI in 49 games as a rookie in 2017.
Dec 10 - 7:47 PM

The National Baseball Hall of Fame announced Sunday that Alan Trammell and Jack Morris have been elected to the Hall of Fame by the Modern Era Committee.

Both players fell short of induction through the normal balloting process. They become the first two players of the Detroit Tigers' World Championship club from 1984 to be enshrined in Cooperstown. The Modern Era Committee is a 16-member committee, formerly known as the Veterans Committee. They considered 10 candidates this year, nine former players and former players' union chief Marvin Miller.

Mets' general manager Sandy Alderson said Sunday that Michael Conforto (shoulder) may not be ready for Opening Day.

Alderson told reporters Sunday, "He may be ready to go by Opening Day but I don't believe he will be". Conforto underwent surgery in early September to repair a tear of the posterior capsule in his left shoulder. Even if he isn't quite ready by Opening Day, he shouldn't be sidelined for much longer.
Dec 10 - 5:09 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that Dallas Keuchel has hired Scott Boras as his new agent.

The 29-year-old hurler is preparing to hit free agency following the 2018 season, and this could be an indication that he's planning on testing the open market. Keuchel is currently recovering from a minor left foot sprain and is expected to be fully healthy for the start of spring training.
Dec 10 - 5:01 PM

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Cardinals have agreed to a two-year, $11 million contract with free agent right-hander Luke Gregerson.

The deal also includes a vesting option for a third season. The 33-year-old had a down year in 2017, compiling a 4.57 ERA, 1.34 WHIP and 70/20 K/BB ratio across 61 innings for the Astros. He's still considered one of the most reliable right-handed setup men in the league and will make for a nice addition to the Cardinals bullpen.
Dec 10 - 4:25 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Yankees are planning a press conference to introduce Giancarlo Stanton on Monday.

The trade sending Stanton to the Yankees for Starlin Castro and a couple prospects isn't official yet, but the slugger has reportedly already taken his physical and will officially don the pinstripes for the first time Monday. The Yankees are reportedly assuming $265 million of the $295 million owed to Stanton, who has an opt-out clause in his contract after the 2020 season.
Dec 10 - 3:26 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Cubs are "closing in" on a contract with Brandon Morrow.

Bruce Levine of WSCR-AM previously reported that the Cubs were "moving quickly" on Morrow, and it appears the two sides are nearing a deal. Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports that it's a two-year contract with a club option for a third year, and Heyman says Morrow will receive $10-11 million per season. Finally healthy for the first time in years, Morrow posted a 2.06 ERA and 50/9 K/BB ratio over 43 2/3 innings for the Dodgers last season. He could be in line to close for the Cubbies, although the expectation is that they will look to add another late-inning reliever.
Dec 10 - 3:01 PM

Bruce Levine of WSCR-AM in Chicago reports that the Cubs "are moving quickly" on Brandon Morrow.

It was Levine who reported previously that Morrow and Addison Reed were "high on the Cubs' wish list," and it appears the club is more aggressive on Morrow. Morrow put up a 2.06 ERA and 50/9 K/BB ratio over 43 2/3 innings last season with the Dodgers and could possibly close for the Cubs if they can lock him up. He has a lengthy injury history but has the potential to be dominant.
Dec 10 - 2:53 PM

Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that the Blue Jays have interest in Josh Harrison.

Brink also confirms a previous report of the Mets having interest in Harrison and adds that the Angels "would make sense" as a landing spot. Harrison would give Toronto some protection for the injury-prone Devon Travis at second base and also would be an option at third should the team wind up trading Josh Donaldson. The 30-year-old had a solid bounce-back season in 2017 and is under team control at reasonable rates through 2020.
Dec 10 - 2:23 PM

USA Today's Bob Nightengale reports that the Marlins "say they're not desperate to move Starlin Castro."

Castro is part of the return from the Yankees in the Giancarlo Stanton trade that should be official any time now. The Marlins are going to continue to shed payroll, but, at least publicly, they're saying they don't have to flip Castro and the relatively affordable $24 million he's owed over the next two seasons. Realistically, though, there's no doubt they'll trade him if they receive a decent offer. The Mets are one club that's already been mentioned as a potential landing spot.
Dec 10 - 12:54 PM


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