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MLB Trade Rumors: a clearinghouse for legitimate baseball free agent and trade rumors. MLBTradeRumors.com is a clearinghouse for relevant, legitimate baseball rumors. The site focuses on the hot stove - trades and free agent signings. MLBTR has new material 365 days a year, and attempts to post all rumors with analysis as soon as they are



Trevor Bauer Discusses Arbitration Victory, Future Contracts  

Indians righty Trevor Bauer defeated the club for the second straight year in arbitration. He chatted about his win in a fascinating interview with Bob Nightengale of USA Today in which he gave rare insight into the process and looked ahead to a third-straight hearing next winter. Bauer is a polarizing figure for a variety of reasons,…

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2019-02-15 05:45:37



Agency Changes: Gurriels, Calhoun  

Here are the latest agency changes from around the game. As always, you can find updated representation information in MLBTR’s Agency Database. Both of the Gurriel brothers — Yuli Gurriel of the Astros and Lourdes Gurriel Jr. of the Blue Jays — have hired Magnus Sports, according to Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.ca (via Twitter). The elder…

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2019-02-15 05:17:56



AL Notes: Harper, Betts, Severino, Baldelli, Harvey, Kennedy  

It’s mostly of historical interest now, but Astros GM Jeff Luhnow acknowledged that the club had a deal all but locked down to land Bryce Harper last summer. (Via Mark Berman of FOX 26, on Twitter.) Reports indicated that the Nationals would have received a strong haul of talent had they agreed to give up Harper at the…

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2019-02-15 02:19:55



MLBTR Chat Transcript: Keuchel, deGrom, Severino  

Click here to read a transcript of today’s chat with host Jeff Todd.

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2019-02-14 22:30:32



Minor MLB Transactions: 2/14/19  

Here are Thursday’s minor moves from around the league… The Athletics announced that they’ve signed lefty Tyler Alexander to a minor league deal and invited him to Major League Spring Training. He’s been out of affiliated ball since the 2014 season, pitching on the independent circuit and in the Mexican League. Manager Bob Melvin spoke…

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2019-02-14 19:55:03



Giants Interested In Yangervis Solarte  

The Giants have interest in veteran infielder Yangervis Solarte, according to Alex Palovic of NBC Sports Bay Area (Twitter link). While this connection is decidedly less splashy than another recently reported expression of interest, Solarte seems to be a readily achievable target. He is looking for a new opportunity after the Blue Jays declined a…

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2019-02-14 10:05:03



Twins To Extend Max Kepler  

11:25am: It’s a five-year deal worth $35MM for Kepler, reports MLB Network’s Jon Heyman (via Twitter). The deal also contains a club option for a sixth season, which is valued at $10MM, according to ESPN’s Jeff Passan (Twitter link). 10:25am: The Twins are nearing the completion of a new contract with right fielder Max Kepler,…

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2019-02-14 09:21:54



Twins To Extend Jorge Polanco  

9:45am: Polanco’s deal will pay him $25.75MM over the next five years, and it also includes club options for the 2024 and 2025 seasons, per Jim Bowden of The Athletic (Twitter link). 8:34am: ESPN’s Jeff Passan tweets that the contract will cover a total of seven seasons, at least five of which are guaranteed. The…

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2019-02-14 07:42:03



Cardinals May Consider Utilizing Carlos Martinez In Bullpen  

While he’ll unquestionably enter camp as a starter, Carlos Martinez may well end up in the bullpen, MLB.com’s Jenifer Langosch reports. Martinez ended the 2018 season in a relief role, though that decision was driven by the practical fact that he did not have time to work fully back from a shoulder injury. Though he…

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2019-02-14 05:41:12



Blue Jays, John Axford Nearing Deal  

The Blue Jays are close to a deal that’ll bring righty John Axford back to the organization, reports MLB Network’s Jon Heyman (Twitter link). Axford, 36 in April, spent most of the 2018 season with the Jays and had voiced a desire to return to his hometown organization earlier this offseason. Axford is represented by…

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2019-02-14 05:34:29



NL East Notes: Realmuto, CarGo, Marlins, Braves, Vargas  

Newly acquired catcher J.T. Realmuto and the Phillies have yet to discuss a contract extension, agent Jeff Berry said at this week’s news conference to introduce Realmuto to his new team (link via Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports Philadelphia). That doesn’t mean that the two sides won’t eventually sit down and try to work out…

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2019-02-14 05:24:24



Cubs To Sign Xavier Cedeno  

8:28pm: MLB Network’s Jon Heyman tweets that Cedeno can earn an additional $300K worth of incentives on the contract. He’ll be in Major League camp as a non-roster invitee. 7:52pm: The Cubs are in agreement on a contract with left-handed reliever Xavier Cedeno, per Patrick Mooney and Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic (Twitter link). Mooney…

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2019-02-14 05:09:26



Royals Sign Jake Diekman  

The Royals announced Wednesday evening that they’ve signed left-handed reliever Jake Diekman to a one-year contract with a mutual option for the 2020 season. Right-hander Jesse Hahn has been transferred to the 60-day injured list in a corresponding move. MLB.com’s Jeffrey Flanagan reports that Diekman, a client of the Beverly Hills Sports Council, will earn…

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2019-02-14 05:07:24



Projecting Payrolls: San Diego Padres  

As we still continue to wait for the new homes of Bryce Harper and Manny Machado, let's move on to the 14th team payroll projection. Below find the links to the earlier posts in this series. Philadelphia Phillies Los Angeles Dodgers Los Angeles Angels Atlanta Braves New York Yankees Chicago White Sox Boston Red Sox Minnesota Twins Milwaukee Brewers…

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2019-02-14 04:46:13



Doug Fister Retires  

Veteran right-hander Doug Fister has elected to call it a career after spending parts of 10 seasons in the Majors, agent Page Odle tells Jon Morosi of MLB.com. Fister, 35, received multiple Major League contract offers this winter, according to Odle, but is instead making a “100 percent family-driven” decision to spend time with his…

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2019-02-14 04:04:20



NL Health Notes: Wieck, Seager, Arrieta, Eickhoff  

Padres lefty Brad Wieck was diagnosed with testicular cancer earlier this year, as AJ Cassavell of MLB.com reports. The 27-year-old hurler went under the knife not long thereafter. Fortunately, the medical prognosis appears to be good, though it’s obviously something that’ll be watched closely by doctors. Though Wieck will be building back to full strength…

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2019-02-14 03:21:22



Indians Sign Asher Wojciechowski, Tim Federowicz To Minor League Deals  

The Indians announced Thursday that they’ve signed right-hander Asher Wojciechowski and catcher Tim Federowicz to minor league contracts with invites to Major League Spring Training. Wojciechowski, 30, will give Cleveland some depth in both the rotation and the bullpen. He’s struggled to a 6.64 ERA with 9.2 K/9 against 3.0 BB/9 in 78 2/3 MLB…

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2019-02-14 02:22:34



Padres Met Recently With Manny Machado  

The Padres held a meeting earlier this week with star free agent Manny Machado, according to Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune. It does not appear that an agreement is imminent, but it seems fair to say that there’s still serious interest from the San Diego organization. While the Friars have long been connected…

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2019-02-14 01:56:40



AL Injury Notes: Ellsbury, Angels, Salazar, Kaprielian  

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman announced to the media Wednesday that outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury won’t be reporting to camp until next month, as he’s currently being slowed by a case of plantar fasciitis (link via Dan Martin of the New York Post). It’s not yet clear whether Ellsbury will be ready for Opening Day, nor…

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2019-02-14 01:34:39



Yankees Have Discussed Extension With Luis Severino  

The Yankees have held at least some extension talks with young righty Luis Severino, according to Jon Heyman of MLB Network (Twitter link). Whether a deal is likely, though, is not yet clear. For the time being, Severino remains scheduled to participate in an arbitration hearing to determine his salary for the 2019 season. He…

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2019-02-13 14:39:18



Cubs Officially Announce Regional Sports Network  

The Cubs have announced their long-awaited formation of a regional sports network. The organization will partner with Sinclair Broadcast Group to launch the “Marquee Sports Network” beginning with the 2020 season. There’s risk and opportunity aplenty in taking this route, as the Cubs will now be seeking to work out carriage deals for a channel…

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2019-02-13 12:03:39



Phillies Extend Aaron Nola  

The Phillies have officially reached a long-term deal with star righty Aaron Nola. The contract, which forestalls an arbitration hearing and expands the team’s control rights over its best pitcher, is said to be a four-year, $45MM deal that includes a club option. Nola, a client of Paragon Sports, will receive a $2MM signing bonus…

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2019-02-13 08:56:58



Diamondbacks Sign Caleb Joseph  

The Diamondbacks announced today that they have agreed to a one-year deal with catcher Caleb Joseph. It’s a split deal that would pay $1.1MM in the majors or $250K in the minors, per Zach Buchanan of The Athletic (Twitter link). To open roster space, the D-Backs placed righty Taijuan Walker on the 60-day injured list.…

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2019-02-13 07:29:04



Giants Acquire Trevor Gott  

The Giants have acquired righty Trevor Gott from the Nationals, per Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic (via Twitter). Cash considerations are headed to D.C. in return. The Giants placed injured righty Johnny Cueto on the 60-day injured list to make roster space. Gott was designated for assignment recently by the Nationals. The hard-throwing sinkerballer becomes…

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2019-02-13 03:55:06



Marlins To Hire Jorge Posada  

The Marlins are “expected” to hire long-time MLB catcher Jorge Posada as a special adviser to the club’s baseball operations department, according to Craig Mish of MLB Network Radio on Sirius XM (Twitter link). Posada’s precise duties aren’t yet known. Posada obviously has deep ties with Marlins CEO Derek Jeter. The pair starred together for…

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2019-02-13 02:47:18



Bauer, Cole, Wood Win Arbitration Cases  

The players may be suffering through a winter of discontent in the free agent market, but they have now scored some notable wins in arbitration. Trevor Bauer of the Indians, Gerrit Cole of the Astros, and Alex Wood of the Reds have all been awarded the contract values they sought by their respective arbitration panels,…

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2019-02-13 02:22:25



Athletics To Sign Robbie Grossman  

The Athletics have agreed to a one-year contract with outfielder Robbie Grossman, per Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic (Twitter link). It’s a major-league deal that lands in the $2MM range and also comes with some incentives, per Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle. Grossman, a 29-year-old switch-hitter, was non-tendered by the Twins last fall…

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2019-02-13 01:22:39



Giants Claim Jose Lopez, Designate Josh Osich For Assignment  

The Giants announced Tuesday that they’ve claimed right-hander Jose Lopez off waivers from the Reds. In order to clear a spot on the 40-man roster, San Francisco designated left-hander Josh Osich for assignment. Cincinnati had designated the 25-year-old Lopez for assignment Monday after signing Zach Duke. A year ago, Lopez was considered to be one…

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2019-02-12 21:59:15



Red Sox Still Shopping Catchers, Seeking Rotation Depth  

As pitchers and catchers report, the Red Sox are still looking to swing some deals to tweak their personnel mix in those areas. According to Sean McAdam of the Boston Sports Journal (subscription link), the organization is dangling its three backstops in trade talks while hoping to find rotation depth in return. It’s hardly surprising…

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2019-02-12 21:50:22



Jacob deGrom Puts Opening Day Deadline On Contract Talks  

Long-anticipated contract talks between the Mets and star right-hander Jacob deGrom have yet to get underway, though indications are that the sides will explore a new deal in camp. According to Mike Puma of the New York Post, the sides will need to work quickly if they are to reach agreement, as deGrom has informed…

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2019-02-12 13:26:35



Marlins Eyeing Veteran Relievers  

The Marlins are on the hunt for a veteran addition to their largely inexperienced bullpen, writes Joe Frisaro of MLB.com. Miami president of baseball operations Michael Hill tells Frisaro plainly that his club is “exploring” the addition of an experienced reliever to help work with younger arms like Drew Steckenrider, Adam Conley and Tayron Guerrero…

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2019-02-12 11:19:18



Giants, Gerardo Parra Agree To Minor League Deal  

The Giants have agreed to a minor league contract with veteran outfielder Gerardo Parra, reports Jon Heyman of the MLB Network (Twitter link). The Octagon client will head to Major League Spring Training in hopes of earning a spot on San Francisco’s Opening Day roster. Parra, 31, wrapped up a three-year, $27.5MM with the division-rival…

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2019-02-12 11:07:07



Bryce Harper Not Considering Short-Term Deals  

Even as he continues an already lengthy stay on the free agent market, star outfielder Bryce Harper is “not signing — or even considering — short-term deals,” according to Jon Heyman of MLB Network (Twitter link). There has been some indication of late that some clubs may be pursuing Harper on less-than-lengthy contract terms. In…

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2019-02-12 09:05:37



AL West Notes: Encarnacion, Ohtani, Athletics, Davidson  

Veteran slugger Edwin Encarnacion is expected to open camp with the Mariners after trade talks surrounding him failed to gain traction, per Jon Morosi of MLB.com (Twitter link). Seattle GM Jerry Dipoto is expected to continue exploring potential deals over the course of Spring Training as needs arise throughout the league, he notes. Ryan Divish…

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2019-02-12 08:36:59



MLBTR Chat Transcript  

Click here to read a transcript of Tuesday’s chat with MLBTR’s Steve Adams.

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2019-02-12 05:21:07



Marlins To Sign Sergio Romo  

The Marlins are in agreement on a one-year contract with veteran reliever Sergio Romo, pending a physical, reports Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com (via Twitter). Romo will be guaranteed $2.5MM and can earn additional money on top of that via incentives. Talks between Miami and the veteran righty were reported by Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic…

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2019-02-12 04:47:31



Central Notes: Ventura, Goldschmidt, Taillon  

At the time of his tragic death in 2017, Yordano Ventura was playing on a long-term deal with the Royals that still included $20.25MM in guaranteed future salary. Sam McDowell and Vahe Gregorian of the Kansas City Star provide an update on the status of that contract and the remaining loose ends of his estate, which has claimed…

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2019-02-12 04:11:14



AL Notes: Yanks, Machado, Didi, Romo, Cole  

The Yankees still aren’t pushing the market for Manny Machado, and probably never will, but also shouldn’t be counted out. That’s the word from Andy Martino of SNY.tv, who reports that the New York org is still keeping tabs on Machado in hopes that a golden opportunity will emerge. The Yanks aren’t interested in utilizing him at short,…

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2019-02-12 02:51:23



Athletics Not Giving Up Hope Of Landing Kyler Murray  

The Athletics were hit with the news today that top 2018 draft choice Kyler Murray intends to pursue a career in the NFL. While that seemed to all but resolve the question of which sport he’d pursue, the Oakland organization may not be ready to concede the matter. According to a report from Ken Rosenthal…

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2019-02-12 02:27:19



A.J. Ellis Reportedly Set To Join Padres In Baseball Ops Role  

The Padres have agreed to hire A.J. Ellis as a special assistant to GM A.J. Preller’s baseball operations department, according to MLB.com’s AJ Cassavell (via Twitter). Ellis’s precise role remains to be seen, but it obviously will not be as a uniformed player. He’ll wrap up his playing career after spending parts of eleven seasons…

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2019-02-11 19:37:38



Athletics Nearing Deal With Brett Anderson  

The Athletics are nearing a contract with lefty Brett Anderson, per Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle (Twitter links). Anderson himself tweeted this evening (without divulging the team) that he’s preparing for a physical tomorrow, so that may be all that remains before the agreement is finalized. It’ll be a MLB deal for Anderson, a…

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2019-02-11 18:34:30



MLBTR Chat Transcript: Harper, Machado, CBA  

Click here to read a transcript of today’s chat with MLBTR owner Tim Dierkes.

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2019-02-11 18:12:35



Athletics Sign Nick Hundley To Minor League Deal  

10:29am: Hundley would earn a $1.25MM base salary in the Majors, tweets Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle. 9:02am: The Athletics announced Monday morning that they’ve signed veteran catcher Nick Hundley to a minor league contract and invited him to Major League Spring Training, where he’ll compete for a roster spot. Hundley is a…

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2019-02-11 13:31:49



Quick Hits: Arenado, Int'l Prospects, Jones, CarGo, Bauer, Storen, Marlins  

Nolan Arenado’s extension talks with the Rockies could create a big impact around baseball, MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand writes in an exploration of both the short-term and long-term effects of an Arenado deal.  Most obviously, an extension would remove arguably the biggest name from the 2019-20 free agent class, which would be a boon to other…

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2019-02-11 10:18:27



Orioles, Eric Young Jr. Agree To Minor League Deal  

The Orioles have agreed to a minor league contract with outfielder Eric Young Jr. and invited him to Major League Spring Training, Roch Kubatko of MASNsports.com reports (via Twitter). Young, now 33 years old, spent the 2017-18 seasons with the Angels but, after a solid run in 2017, saw his offensive output crater in 2018.…

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2019-02-11 10:18:07



Kyler Murray Announces He Is “Firmly And Fully Committing” To NFL Career  

Outfielder/quarterback Kyler Murray, this year’s Heisman Trophy winner but also the No. 9 overall pick by the Athletics in the 2018 MLB draft, announced today that he will pursue a career in football rather than baseball (Twitter link). Murray’s statement reads as follows: “Moving forward, I am firmly and fully committing my life to becoming…

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2019-02-11 09:47:08



Free Special Report: The Truth About Projections, ADPs And Winning  

POP QUIZ: Name the player who belongs to this 2019 projection: AB      R      HR      RBI      SB      Avg 550     85      25          75         5        .260 Is it Rafael Devers? Could it be Matt Chapman,…

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2019-02-11 09:35:03



Twins Optimistic Of Reaching Extensions  

It seems the Twins are optimistic of reaching terms with one or more of their young core players. According to LaVelle E. Neal III of the Star Tribune, it’s even possible that some new contracts could be wrapped up and announced “by the end of the week.” It’s still unclear precisely which players the Twins are…

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2019-02-11 08:43:35



Minor MLB Transactions: 2/11/19  

Here are Monday’s minor moves from around the league… The Rays have agreed to a minor league contract with right-hander Tyler Cloyd, tweets Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times. He’ll be invited to Major League Spring Training when pitchers and catchers report this week. Cloyd, 31, didn’t appear in the Majors from 2014-16 but…

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2019-02-11 08:23:22



Reds Designate Jose Lopez For Assignment  

The Reds announced Monday that they’ve designated minor league right-hander Jose Lopez for assignment. His roster spot will go to lefty Zach Duke, whose previously reported one-year contract to return to Cincinnati is now official. Lopez, 25, isn’t that far removed from ranking as one of the Cincinnati organization’s more promising young arms. However, after…

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2019-02-11 08:01:58



Indians Increasingly Unlikely To Trade Corey Kluber  

“There is almost no chance” the Indians deal ace right-hander Corey Kluber before pitchers and catchers report to Cleveland’s Spring Training camp on Thursday, MLB.com’s Jon Paul Morosi reports.  This would seemingly close on the door entirely on a Kluber trade, as Morosi notes that “it’s believed that the team won’t be receptive to active…

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2019-02-11 05:24:56



Giants, Stephen Vogt Agree To Minor League Deal  

The Giants are in agreement with catcher Stephen Vogt on a minor league contract, reports Janie McCauley of the Associated Press (via Twitter). She notes that he’s yet to begin throwing from a crouch following shoulder surgery last year. Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area tweets that Vogt is expected to be in MLB…

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2019-02-11 05:16:21



Quick Hits: Keuchel, Marwin, Padres, Tribe, Wilson, Athletics  

Free-agent left-hander Dallas Keuchel asked for a six- to seven-year contract worth $25MM to $30MM per annum at the beginning of the offseason, while fellow ex-Astros teammate and Scott Boras client Marwin Gonzalez sought a deal in the $60MM neighborhood, according to Buster Olney of ESPN. Both Keuchel and Gonzalez remain on the unemployment line,…

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2019-02-10 19:41:55



AL West Notes: Angels, Eppler, Chapman, Lewis  

Some rumblings from around the AL West… “We are a point where we feel complete with our club,” Angels GM Billy Eppler tells MLB.com’s Rhett Bollinger, as the Halos feels they made enough short-term additions to be able to compete in 2019.  The club was cautious about not dealing any of its top prospects from…

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2019-02-10 16:46:50



AL East Notes: Steinbrenner, Jays, Romo, Rays, Orioles  

After the Yankees worked to get under the luxury tax limit last offseason, many New York fans expected a classic Bronx Bombers spending spree this winter, particularly with Bryce Harper and Manny Machado in the free agent market.  While that type of splurge hasn’t happened, Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner rejected criticism that his team hasn’t…

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2019-02-10 15:34:52



Baseball Blogs Weigh In: Trout, Realmuto, Marwin, Brewers, Robinson, Prospects  

This week in baseball blogs… Know Hitter argues that the Angels should go all-in during Mike Trout’s last two years of team control. Phillies Nation reacts to the team’s acquisition of J.T. Realmuto. Bronx to Bushville makes a case for the Brewers to sign Marwin Gonzalez. Redleg Nation remembers Frank Robinson. Clubhouse Corner’s Bernie Pleskoff,…

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2019-02-10 12:52:47



Poll: Grading The J.T. Realmuto Trade  

After several months of nonstop rumors centering on J.T. Realmuto, the Marlins finally found an offer to their liking for the superstar catcher Thursday, when they dealt him to the NL East rival Phillies. Entering the offseason, it seemed inevitable the rebuilding Marlins would part with Realmuto, who made it clear on multiple occasions going…

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2019-02-10 11:08:29



Pirates To Sign Melky Cabrera  

1:46pm: Cabrera will earn a guaranteed $1.15MM if he makes the Pirates’ roster and could make $850K in performance bonuses, Jeff Passan of ESPN tweets. 10:13am: The Pirates and outfielder Melky Cabrera have agreed to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training, Ken Rosenthal and Rob Biertempfel of The Athletic report. Cabrera…

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2019-02-10 06:58:51



Checking In On The Worst Rotations Of 2018  

Last Sunday, we took a look at the improvements (or lack thereof) the worst bullpens of the 2018 major league season have made since the winter began. Today’s edition will focus on the sorriest rotations from 2018, when the starting staffs of the Orioles, Rangers, Blue Jays, Padres and White Sox posted ERAs upward of…

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2019-02-10 06:09:42



NL East Notes: Phillies, Moose, Marlins, Alfaro, Braves, Brantley  

The Phillies have reportedly shown interest in third baseman Mike Moustakas, who could be a fallback signing if they don’t win the battle for fellow free agent Manny Machado. But now, unless the Phillies miss out on both Machado and free-agent outfielder Bryce Harper, the chances of Moustakas joining the team appear especially slim. If…

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2019-02-10 06:05:38



MLBTR Chat With Mark Polishuk  

Click here to chat about the offseason, trades, signings, rumors, and any baseball-related topics with MLBTR’s Mark Polishuk.

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2019-02-10 06:05:34



Catcher Notes: Posey, Giants, G. Sanchez, Athletics  

A few notes from behind the plate… When Giants stalwart Buster Posey underwent season-ending hip surgery last August, there was some question as to whether he’d be ready in time for Opening Day this year. While Posey’s recovery has seemingly gone well enough for him to return at the outset of the season, the Giants…

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2019-02-10 02:57:10



Minor MLB Transactions: 2/10/19  

The latest minor moves from around baseball… The Marlins have outrighted outfielder Isaac Galloway to Triple-A New Orleans after he cleared waivers, Wells Dusenbury of the Sun Sentinel tweets. Galloway will attend major league spring training as a non-roster invitee, the team announced. The Marlins designated Galloway for assignment this past Monday to make room…

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2019-02-10 01:12:49



Mariners Rumors: Encarnacion, Hernandez  

After the Mariners acquired designated hitter/first baseman Edwin Encarnacion from the Indians in a three-team trade in December, the retooling M’s informed the slugger they were planning on flipping him elsewhere for prospects, Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times reports. While Enarnacion did generate interest from a few other teams after Seattle acquired him, he’s…

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2019-02-09 22:47:59



The J.T. Realmuto Talks: Behind The Scenes  

Following a merciful coda to the offseason’s most protracted soap opera – a fine Philly offer, agreed upon Thursday, that finally plucked former Marlin catcher J.T. Realmuto from the clutches of South Beach – each of the oft-snubbed clubs offered their final say. We’ll start in Atlanta, in whose court the Realmuto ball seemed to…

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2019-02-09 14:51:21



Latest On Giants' Pursuit Of Bryce Harper  

The Giants’ meeting with free-agent outfielder Bryce Harper took place this past Monday, and it lasted twice as long as expected, per reports from Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area and John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle. Harper’s summit with Giants CEO Larry Baer, president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi and manager Bruce…

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2019-02-09 13:50:30



Minor MLB Transactions: 2/9/19  

The latest minor moves from around the game… The Rockies have signed right-hander Alec Asher to a minor-league deal, per Matt Eddy of Baseball America. Asher, 27, has appeared briefly in the majors for the Phillies, Orioles, and Brewers; in 2015, the then-Ranger farmhand was part of the massive deadline deal that sent Cole Hamels…

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2019-02-09 12:34:20



NL Notes: Brewers, Moustakas, Shaw, Marlins, Anderson  

A return to Milwaukee for Mike Moustakas “seems inevitable,” writes The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal, who also suspects the Crew aren’t willing to extend a multi-year offer to the 30-year-old third baseman. Moustakas, who yet again has garnered little interest in his repeat foray into the free-agent market, would figure to reprise his role as the…

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2019-02-09 10:40:02



Latest On Ryan Madson  

There had been indications of late that veteran reliever Ryan Madson could be closing in on a deal. Now, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports (in a notes post; subscription link), there’s reason to wonder whether he’ll sign at all. Madson, 38, is said to be “thinking about not playing” in the 2019 campaign. Whether…

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2019-02-09 06:47:20



Brewers Sign Brett Lawrie  

2B/3B Brett Lawrie, out of baseball since the conclusion of the 2016 season, announced on Instagram today that he has signed with Milwaukee. Per Robert Murray of the Athletic, the deal is a minors pact with a club option for 2020, and may reach up to $7MM in total value. More to come…

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2019-02-09 05:10:52



Royals Sign Homer Bailey To Minor League Deal  

Per Rustin Dodd of The Athletic, the Royals have signed longtime Red Homer Bailey to a minor-league deal with an invite to Spring Training. Bailey, 33 in May, was part of the pre-holiday Reds-Dodgers swap that sent Matt Kemp, Yasiel Puig, and Alex Wood to Cincinnati. There as a salary placeholder only, meant to offset,…

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2019-02-09 03:58:17



Twins Sign Lucas Duda To Minors Deal  

The Twins have signed 1B/DH Lucas Duda to a minor-league pact with an invite to Spring Training, per a team release. Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports that Duda will earn $1.75MM if he cracks the MLB roster, and can earn up to $1.5MM in further incentives. Duda, 33, turned in a number of stellar…

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2019-02-09 03:34:29



NL Notes: D-Backs, Wheeler, Wacha, Dunn  

The Diamondbacks’ interesting offseason reflects GM Mike Hazen’s self-described effort to “thread the needle,” Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic writes in an excellent look at the Arizona organization and its top baseball executive. Despite trading away franchise cornerstone Paul Goldschmidt could turn out to be a highly consequential tradein what , the Snakes will enter the…

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2019-02-09 02:32:43



Padres Pursuing Mike Moustakas  

The Brewers are reportedly the front-runners to sign free-agent third baseman Mike Moustakas, but they’re facing competition from at least one team. The Padres, who have prioritized finding a third baseman this offseason, are “going after” Moustakas, according to AJ Cassavell of MLB.com. San Diego first “checked in” on Moustakas earlier this winter, and Cassavell’s…

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2019-02-09 01:35:50



Mets Sign Danny Espinosa To Minor League Deal  

The Mets announced Friday that they’ve signed infielder Danny Espinosa to a minor league contract and invited him to Major League Spring Training. Espinosa joins a crowded Mets infield mix that currently includes Jed Lowrie, Todd Frazier, Amed Rosario, Robinson Cano, J.D. Davis and first basemen Dominic Smith and Peter Alonso. He’ll face an uphill…

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2019-02-08 17:17:12



Phillies Sign Sean Rodriguez To Minor League Contract  

The Phillies announced Friday that they’ve signed infielder Sean Rodriguez to a minor league contract and invited him to Major League Spring Training. Rodriguez is represented by MVP Sports. Rodriguez, 34 in April, has struggled over the past two seasons after turning in a strong showing with the Pirates in 2016. Back in ’16, Rodriguez…

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2019-02-08 10:20:42



Ryan Tepera, Kyle Barraclough Lose Arbitration Cases  

Blue Jays right-hander Ryan Tepera and Nationals righty Kyle Barraclough have lost their arbitration cases against their respective teams, Jeff Passan of ESPN reports (via Twitter). Tepera will be paid at the $1.525MM rate filed by the Blue Jays rather than the $1.8MM figure submitted by his camp. Barraclough, meanwhile, will earn $1.725MM rather than…

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2019-02-08 07:20:13



Indians To Sign Alex Wilson  

The Indians have agreed to terms with reliever Alex Wilson, according to Jeff Passan of ESPN.com (via Twitter). The right-hander receives a minor-league deal with an invitation to MLB Spring Training. Wilson will need to earn his way onto the Indians roster this spring. If he can do so, he would stand to earn $1.25MM…

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2019-02-08 06:35:10



Farhan Zaidi Discusses Giants' Interest In Bryce Harper  

Newly appointed Giants president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi said today that the organization shares “mutual interest'” with free agent star Bryce Harper, as Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area was among those to report. Zaidi acknowledged that he, CEO Larry Baer, and skipper Bruce Bochy recently sat down with Harper, Harper’s wife Kayla,…

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2019-02-08 06:30:42



Indians To Sign Matt Joyce  

11:16am: Joyce’s contract comes with a $1.25MM base salary if he makes the roster, and he can earn an additional $500K based on his number of plate appearances, per Bob Nightengale of USA Today (Twitter link). 8:10am: It’s a minor league pact for Joyce, Joe Noga of Cleveland.com reports. He’ll be in Major League camp…

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2019-02-08 06:19:19



MLBTR Poll: NL East Hierarchy  

In an offseason that will be remembered for teams’ reluctance to shell out big money for the Hot Stove season’s biggest names, the NL East has been an outlier. Three of its teams–the Mets, Nationals, and Phillies–have gone against the grain, employing aggressive strategies and eyeing a 2019 division title in what appears to be…

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2019-02-08 05:19:08



Angels, Daniel Hudson Agree To Minor League Deal  

The Angels have agreed to a minor league contract with free-agent reliever Daniel Hudson, reports Jeff Passan of ESPN (Twitter link). A client of Jet Sports Management, Hudson would earn $1.5MM upon making the roster and can earn another $1.5MM via incentive pay. Hudson, set to turn 32 in a month, spent the 2018 season…

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2019-02-08 03:57:24



Diamondbacks Sign Ricky Nolasco, Marc Rzepczynski  

The Diamondbacks have announced deals with two veteran hurlers. Both right-hander Ricky Nolasco and southpaw Marc Rzepczynski are slated to appear in MLB camp as non-roster invitees after signing minor-league pacts. If he’s able to crack the roster, Rzepczysnki would earn at a $1.5MM rate, per Jon Heyman of MLB Network (via Twitter). His deal…

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2019-02-08 03:04:52



Nationals Designate Trevor Gott, Announce Signing Of Jeremy Hellickson  

The Nationals announced this evening that they have designated righty reliever Trevor Gott for assignment. His roster spot will go to starter Jeremy Hellickson, whose previously reported signing is now official. Gott arrived in D.C. in the pre-2016 swap that sent Yunel Escobar to the Angels. At the time, Gott was coming off of a…

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2019-02-08 02:49:57



Francisco Lindor Out Seven To Nine Weeks Due To Calf Strain  

Spring Training isn’t even underway, but the Indians have already announced a bit of tough news for fans, revealing Friday that star shortstop Francisco Lindor suffered a right calf strain in prepping for camp. Per the team’s announcement, Lindor will be ready to return to “Major League game activity” in seven to nine weeks. Seven…

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2019-02-08 01:49:55



Giants, Rene Rivera Agree To Minor League Deal  

The Giants and free-agent catcher Rene Rivera are in agreement on a minor league contract, reports MLB Network’s Jon Heyman (via Twitter). A client of MDR Sports Management, Rivera will head to Major League Spring Training and compete for reserve role behind Buster Posey, who is currently recovering from hip surgery. Rivera, 35, was limited…

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2019-02-08 01:32:34



Twins, Adam Rosales Agree To Minor League Deal  

The Twins have agreed to a minor league contract with veteran infielder Adam Rosales, tweets Bob Nightengale of USA Today. The Hilliard Sports Management client has a $1MM base salary on the contract and another $250K worth of incentives available to him. He can also opt out of the deal on March 19 if he…

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2019-02-08 01:10:34



MLB Opposed To Near-Term Adoption Of Universal DH  

MLB commissioner Rob Manfred said today at the owners’ meetings that the league is not interested in considering certain union-proposed changes in advance of the 2019 season, as Ronald Blum of the AP reports. In particular, Manfred indicated he is not open to the introduction of the designated hitter to the National League. It emerged…

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2019-02-08 01:02:03



Frank Robinson Passes Away  

Word emerged today that legendary former ballplayer and manager Frank Robinson has passed away at 83 years of age. MLBTR extends its condolences to the Hall of Famer’s family, friends, and many acquaintances around the game. On the field, Robinson was one of the game’s most-feared sluggers for a nearly unfathomable stretch, with his first…

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2019-02-07 18:46:30



MLBTR Chat Transcript: Realmuto, Harper, More  

Click here to read a transcript of today’s chat with host Jeff Todd.

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2019-02-07 16:50:04



Indians Sign Ryan Flaherty, Dioner Navarro  

The Indians have inked minors deals with infielder Ryan Flaherty and catcher Dioner Navarro, according to a club announcement. (H/t MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand.) Both receive MLB camp invites. More to come …

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2019-02-07 13:48:16



Mets Re-Sign Devin Mesoraco  

The Mets have announced the re-signing of catcher Devin Mesoraco. He’ll receive a minor-league pact with an invitation to Spring Training. More to come …

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2019-02-07 13:47:10



Phillies, Marlins Working Out Details Of Prospective J.T. Realmuto Swap  

Reports emerged this morning that momentum was growing between the Phillies and Marlins on a deal to send star catcher J.T. Realmuto to Philadelphia. Now, it seems, the sides have made yet further strides, to the point that they appear to be on the cusp of a completed transaction. Joel Sherman of the New York…

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2019-02-07 12:17:54



8 Low-Cost Rotation Depth Options  

We ran through some of the remaining sources of offensive power yesterday. Today, we’ll do the same for rotation pieces. There are not all that many established starters left on the market, but there are still a handful who stand out as plausible candidates to gobble up some frames without costing much for an acquiring…

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2019-02-07 11:15:56



10 Low-Cost Right-Handed Relief Options  

As we wait for the final market moves to be revealed, we have been breaking out the remaining free agents in different ways to see just what is left to address various teams’ needs. Yesterday we looked at innings-fillers from the rotation and before that we ran through the power bats. Today, we’ll check in on…

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2019-02-07 10:47:51



Minor MLB Transactions: 2/7/19  

Here are Thursday’s minor moves from around the game… The Rays re-signed outfielder Jason Coats to a minor league pact and invited him to MLB Spring Training, tweets Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times. Coats, who’ll turn 29 later this month, spent the 2018 season with Tampa Bay’s Triple-A affiliate, where he hit .247/.293/.448…

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2019-02-07 10:37:46



Phillies Acquire J.T. Realmuto  

2:15pm: The Phillies have announced the trade, acquiring Realmuto in exchange for Alfaro, Sanchez, Stewart and international funds. It seems, then, that the bonus money was the fourth component of the deal, rather than an additional minor league talent. 1:30pm: One of the winter’s biggest storylines has finally drawn to a close, as the Phillies…

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2019-02-07 08:42:34



Orioles Designate Jack Reinheimer For Assignment  

The Orioles announced Thursday that they’ve designated infielder Jack Reinheimer for assignment. His spot on the 40-man roster will go righty Nate Karns, whose previously reported one-year deal with the O’s is now official. Reinheimer, 26, has just 40 big league plate appearances under his belt, most of which came with the Mets in 2018.…

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2019-02-07 07:48:11



Milwaukee Brewers Sign Josh Tomlin To Minor League Deal  

According to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, the Milwaukee Brewers have signed Josh Tomlin to a minor league contract with an invite to Major League Spring Training. Tomlin will receive $1.25MM in the major leagues and can earn up to an additional $2.25MM in incentives, maxing out at 150 IP. Tomlin, 34, was part of…

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2019-02-07 06:52:39



Orioles To Sign Nate Karns  

The Orioles have struck a deal with righty Nate Karns, per Bob Nightengale of USA Today Sports (Twitter link). He’ll earn $800K on a one-year term, with up to $200K in incentives. This signing, the first of new GM Mike Elias’s tenure, looks to be a nice match for all involved. Karns will help fill…

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2019-02-07 06:38:57






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