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    • Jeff Ames TB RP
      Twins' Jeff Ames: Signs minors deal with Minnesota
      2h ago

      Ames signed a minor-league contract with the Twins on Tuesday, Brandon Warne of ZoneCoverage.com reports.

      Ames is 27 years old and has yet to reach the majors, so this is very much an organizational depth signing. At the two highest levels of the minors last season in the Brewers' and Nationals' organizations, Ames posted a 4.74 ERA in 38 innings. He did strike out a good number of batters, posting a 29.7 percent strikeout rate, but his 13.3 percent walk rate holds him back from having a real major-league future.

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    • Brian Dozier WAS 2B
      Nationals' Brian Dozier: Back to full health
      6h ago

      Dozier said Tuesday that the bone bruise in his left knee is 100 percent healed, Mark Zuckerman of MASN Sports reports.

      Dozier dealt with a bone bruise throughout much of the 2018 campaign. While the issue was never serious enough to warrant a trip to the disabled list, it apparently led the veteran infielder to develop bad habits at the plate, which could help explain his down year (.215/.305/.391 in 151 games with the Twins and Dodgers). Dozier still managed to collect double-digit homers (21) and steals (12) for the sixth consecutive season, and will be an attractive bounce-back candidate in 2019 after signing a one-year deal with the Nationals.

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    • Leonys Martin CLE OF
      Indians' Leonys Martin: Healthy as spring approaches
      8h ago

      Martin said Friday that he has made a full recovery from the bacterial infection that forced his emergency hospitalization Aug. 7, Ryan Lewis of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.

      Martin required medical attention after developing the life-threatening illness following his final plate appearance of the Indians' game against the Twins that day, noting that he "blacked out" before waking up in the hospital. The infection produced intense pain and resulted in Martin being shut down for the rest of the 2018 campaign, but after months of rest, the 30-year-old has enjoyed an otherwise normal offseason and feels ready to resume his career this spring. After re-signing with the Tribe on a one-year, $3 million deal shortly after the past season ended, Martin should get the opportunity to vie for a starting role in an unsettled Cleveland outfield.

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    • Yasmani Grandal MIL C
      Brewers' Yasmani Grandal: Deal includes 2020 option
      11h ago

      Grandal passed his physical Monday and officially signed with the Brewers on a one-year, $16 million contract that includes a $16 million mutual option for 2020, Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.

      When Grandal and the Brewers first agreed in principle Jan. 9, initial reports suggested the catcher would sign a one-year, $18.25 million contract. Instead, it was clarified Monday that Grandal's deal will guarantee him at least $18.25 million, as the 2020 option contains a $2.25 million buyout if not exercised. The structure of the contract keeps the door open for Grandal to remain in Milwaukee for two years and earn $32 million in salary plus award-based incentives, but the 30-year-old will presumably be eager to test the market again next winter in pursuit of a longer-term deal. Grandal reportedly turned down a four-year, $60 million offer from the Mets earlier in the offseason before New York turned its attention to other catching options.

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    • Manny Machado LAD 3B
      Manny Machado: Sox still offering seven years
      14h ago

      The White Sox claim they have not moved off a seven-year offer to Machado, Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

      That claim was backed up by Bob Nightengale of USA Today, who reported the White Sox's original offer to Machado nearly two weeks ago. An ESPN.com report circulated Monday that the offer was bumped up to eight years, with a separate report from Z101 Digital indicating the value to be at $250 million. To recap, Chicago is standing by its original seven-year offer and has not divulged the salary involved.

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    • Tim Locastro NYY 2B
      Yankees' Tim Locastro: Designated for assignment
      1d ago

      Locastro was designated for assignment by the Yankees on Monday.

      Locastro was the roster casualty needed to free up a 40-man spot for DJ LeMahieu, who was signed to a two-year deal Monday. The 26-year-old spent the majority of the 2018 season at Triple-A, hitting .279/.389/.409 with 18 steals in 83 games for Oklahoma City. Locastro also played in 18 games for the Dodgers, slashing .182/.357/.273 with four steals in 14 plate appearances.

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    • Yasmani Grandal MIL C
      Brewers' Yasmani Grandal: Deal includes 2020 option
      11h ago

      Grandal passed his physical Monday and officially signed with the Brewers on a one-year, $16 million contract that includes a $16 million mutual option for 2020, Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.

      When Grandal and the Brewers first agreed in principle Jan. 9, initial reports suggested the catcher would sign a one-year, $18.25 million contract. Instead, it was clarified Monday that Grandal's deal will guarantee him at least $18.25 million, as the 2020 option contains a $2.25 million buyout if not exercised. The structure of the contract keeps the door open for Grandal to remain in Milwaukee for two years and earn $32 million in salary plus award-based incentives, but the 30-year-old will presumably be eager to test the market again next winter in pursuit of a longer-term deal. Grandal reportedly turned down a four-year, $60 million offer from the Mets earlier in the offseason before New York turned its attention to other catching options.

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    • Sandy Leon BOS C
      Red Sox's Sandy Leon: Comes to terms
      4d ago

      Leon signed a one-year, $2.475 million deal with the Red Sox on Friday, avoiding arbitration, Alex Speier of The Boston Globe reports.

      Leon had an abysmal offensive campaign in 2018 with a .177/.232/.279, and was the worst hitter in the league with a 33 wRC+ (minimum 250 plate appearances). The 29-year-old should remain a part of Boston's catching situation in 2019 with Christian Vazquez and Blake Swihart, neither of which performed significantly better offensively last season.

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    • Austin Hedges SD C
      Padres' Austin Hedges: Avoids arbitration with Padres
      4d ago

      Hedges signed a one-year, $2.06 million contract with San Diego on Friday, avoiding arbitration., Robert Murray of The Athletic reports.

      Hedges posted a .231/.282/.429 slash line with 14 home runs in 326 plate appearances in 2018 as he split time with veteran A.J. Ellis and then rookie Francisco Mejia behind the plate. The Padres are likely to give Mejia a chance to earn the starting gig, but Hedges remains a solid defense-first option, though his fantasy outlook will remain limited with playing time not guaranteed.

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    • Russell Martin LAD C
      Dodgers' Russell Martin: Heads west
      4d ago

      Martin has been traded from the Blue Jays to the Dodgers, Jeff Passan of ESPN.com reports.

      The Blue Jays will be covering a large portion ($16.4 million) of the remaining $20 million on Martin's salary, and even so, the Dodgers probably aren't sending anything significant back in the deal. Martin was worth just 0.6 fWAR in 352 plate appearances last year -- the worst fWAR season of his 13-year career. Entering his age-36 season, he is clearly slowing down at the plate (.194/.338/.325 last year), but is still a capable defender. Barring another trade, Martin and Austin Barnes should evenly split the catching duties in 2019.

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    • Manny Pina MIL C
      Brewers' Manny Pina: Settles, set for backup role
      4d ago

      Pina agreed to a one-year, $1.6 million deal with the Brewers, avoiding arbitration, Robert Murray of The Athletic reports.

      This was Pina's first arbitration-eligible offseason, so he will be making seven figures for the first time in his career. Perhaps more noteworthy, however, is the fact the Brewers signed Yasmani Grandal earlier in the week. This pushes Pina to a clear backup role for 2019, limiting his fantasy relevance to NL-only leagues and deep two-catcher mixers.

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    • Mike Zunino TB C
      Rays' Mike Zunino: Reaches deal with Rays
      4d ago

      Zunino signed a one-year, $4.4125 deal with the Rays on Friday, avoiding arbitration, Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reports.

      Zunino earned a raise of nearly $1.5 million despite his offensive numbers falling to a three-year low in 2018. After posting a 117 wRC+ in 2016 and a 127 mark in 2017, the catcher's line fell to just .201/.259/.410 last year, good for just an 84 wRC+. He'll hope to turn things around as the Rays' new primary catcher this year.

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    • Jose Abreu CHW 1B
      White Sox's Jose Abreu: Avoids arbitration
      4d ago

      Abreu agreed to a one-year, $16 million contract with the White Sox on Friday, avoiding arbitration, Bruce Levine of 670TheScore.com reports.

      For the first time in five seasons in affiliated baseball, Abreu fell short of 25 homers and 100 RBI, but he still put together a nice season and will be rewarded with a $3 million pay increase in his final year of arbitration. Abreu is set to remain the primary first baseman in 2019 with Yonder Alonso expected to see most of his time at DH, and projects to remain the three hole hitter.

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    • Mark Canha OAK 1B
      Athletics' Mark Canha: Reaches deal with Oakland
      4d ago

      Canha avoided arbitration with the Athletics by signing a one-year, $2.05 million contract, Robert Murray of The Athletic reports.

      Canha had a breakout season in Oakland during 2018 with a .249/.328/.778 slash line with 17 home runs in 411 plate appearances. The 29-year-old receives a sizable pay raise for 2019, but he was largely relegated to a reserve role down the stretch last season following the emergence of Nick Martini and Ramon Laureano in the outfield.

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    • Greg Bird NYY 1B
      Yankees' Greg Bird: Avoids arbitration
      5d ago

      Bird agreed to a one-year, $1.2 million contract with the Yankees on Thursday, avoiding arbitration, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports.

      Aside from an impressive September, Bird disappointed in 2018, posting a .199/.286/.386 line with 11 homers and 38 RBI in 82 games. The 26-year-old slugger was ultimately supplanted by Luke Voit at first base towards the end of the season, and is on track to open the season as a reserve unless he wins his job back in camp.

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    • Luke Voit NYY 1B
      Yankees' Luke Voit: Inside track on starting role
      11d ago

      Voit will be the Yankees' starter at first base unless Greg Bird beats him out, Jack Curry of YES Network reports.

      Going purely off the two players' prospect hype, it may have made sense for the Yankees to give Bird one more shot, but the team's decision is certainly in line with the pair's recent performance. Bird hit just .199/.286/.386 in 82 games last year and hasn't posted an above-average batting line since 2015. Voit hit an incredible .333/.405/.689 in 39 games after heading to the Yankees last season. That line was well above expectations, but he can fall quite far and still outperform Bird this season.

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    • Albert Pujols LAA 1B
      Angels' Albert Pujols: Takes batting practice
      25d ago

      Pujols took batting practice Friday for the first time since undergoing surgery on his left knee, Jeff Fletcher of The Orange County Register reports.

      Pujols was cleared to resume lower-body workouts last week and it's good to see him swinging a bat again. General manager Billy Eppler noted that Pujols feels good. The Angels fully expect him to be ready in a few months for the beginning of spring training.

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    • Daniel Palka CHW 1B
      White Sox's Daniel Palka: May work in left field
      29d ago

      Palka could end up seeing most of his playing time in left field in 2019 after general manager Rick Hahn said Saturday that he expects Jose Abreu and Yonder Alonso to fill most of the starts at designated hitter and first base, Phil Rogers of MLB.com reports.

      Heading into the winter, there was some thought that Abreu and Palka would split first base and DH duties during the upcoming campaign, but the recent acquisition of Alonso temporarily spells an end to that plan. Like Palka, Alonso also bats from the left side, so even a timeshare between the two wouldn't be an ideal arrangement when both are healthy. As a result, Palka's clearest path to playing time looks like it'll come as a strong-side platoon bat in the corner outfield, barring other major offseason additions at the position. Palka graded out as a negative defender in both right and left last season, so deploying the 27-year-old slugger in the outfield doesn't seem like a tenable long-term plan. Fortunately for Palka, both Abreu and Alonso can both become free agents after 2019, so there's a good possibility that one or both players will be dealt ahead of the trade deadline if the White Sox aren't in playoff contention.

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    • Brian Dozier WAS 2B
      Nationals' Brian Dozier: Back to full health
      6h ago

      Dozier said Tuesday that the bone bruise in his left knee is 100 percent healed, Mark Zuckerman of MASN Sports reports.

      Dozier dealt with a bone bruise throughout much of the 2018 campaign. While the issue was never serious enough to warrant a trip to the disabled list, it apparently led the veteran infielder to develop bad habits at the plate, which could help explain his down year (.215/.305/.391 in 151 games with the Twins and Dodgers). Dozier still managed to collect double-digit homers (21) and steals (12) for the sixth consecutive season, and will be an attractive bounce-back candidate in 2019 after signing a one-year deal with the Nationals.

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    • Tim Locastro NYY 2B
      Yankees' Tim Locastro: Designated for assignment
      1d ago

      Locastro was designated for assignment by the Yankees on Monday.

      Locastro was the roster casualty needed to free up a 40-man spot for DJ LeMahieu, who was signed to a two-year deal Monday. The 26-year-old spent the majority of the 2018 season at Triple-A, hitting .279/.389/.409 with 18 steals in 83 games for Oklahoma City. Locastro also played in 18 games for the Dodgers, slashing .182/.357/.273 with four steals in 14 plate appearances.

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    • Luis Urias SD 2B
      Padres' Luis Urias: Progressing after hamstring setback
      3d ago

      Urias is progressing after a setback with his hamstring injury cancelled his plans to play winter ball this offseason, Jeff Sanders of The San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

      A pulled hamstring ended Urias' debut season in early September, but he had originally planned to play in the Mexican winter league. He felt something when resuming his running program, however, and elected to be cautious and take it easy. He is currently at about 75 percent and expects to be at 100 percent by the start of spring training. It sounds as if Urias will be unaffected to start the season, but a recurring hamstring issue is at least something to keep an eye on.

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    • Dustin Pedroia BOS 2B
      Red Sox's Dustin Pedroia: Set to begin running
      4d ago

      Pedroia will begin a running program next week to test out his injured left knee, Jason Mastrodonato of the Boston Herald reports. He missed all but three games last season due to the knee but did not require offseason surgery.

      Once Pedroia begins running, the Red Sox can get a better indication of the second baseman's chances of being ready, or not being ready, for the start of the regular season. The Red Sox did not pursue any major league second basemen in free agency, acknowledging they couldn't promise playing time to established players. If Pedroia is unable to start the regular season as a full-timer, then expect to see a rotation of Brock Holt and Eduardo Nunez holding down the position until Pedroia is capable.

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    • Enrique Hernandez LAD 2B
      Dodgers' Enrique Hernandez: Reaches deal to avoid arbitration
      4d ago

      Hernandez agreed to a one-year contract with the Dodgers on Friday, avoiding arbitration, J.P. Hoornstra of the Los Angeles Daily News reports.

      The Dodgers were able to reach deals with all seven of their remaining arb-eligible players. Hernandez played more than ever before in 2018 and put together an impressive campaign, grading out as 18 percent better than league average at the plate thanks to a big improvement against right-handed pitching. Hernandez should continue to see regular action while helping all around the diamond.

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    • Gift Ngoepe PHI 2B
      Phillies' Gift Ngoepe: Signs minors deal with Phillies
      4d ago

      Ngoepe signed a minor-league contract with the Phillies on Friday, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports.

      Ngoepe made it further than any African-born player ever had when he made his big-league debut for the Pirates in 2017, though he hasn't done much in his limited major-league opportunities. In a short stint for Pittsburgh that season and an even shorter one in Toronto last year, the infielder has hit just .181/.272/.236 in 82 plate appearances. He'll fill an organizational depth role in Philadelphia this season and is unlikely to receive more than a handful of at-bats.

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    • Manny Machado LAD 3B
      Manny Machado: Sox still offering seven years
      14h ago

      The White Sox claim they have not moved off a seven-year offer to Machado, Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

      That claim was backed up by Bob Nightengale of USA Today, who reported the White Sox's original offer to Machado nearly two weeks ago. An ESPN.com report circulated Monday that the offer was bumped up to eight years, with a separate report from Z101 Digital indicating the value to be at $250 million. To recap, Chicago is standing by its original seven-year offer and has not divulged the salary involved.

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    • Garrett Cooper MIA 3B
      Marlins' Garrett Cooper: Resumes hitting
      1d ago

      Cooper (wrist) took batting practice Monday, Andre Fernandez of The Athletic reports.

      Cooper is slowly working his way back from season-ending wrist surgery that he underwent in August of 2018. The 28-year-old appeared in just 14 games with the Marlins last season, slashing .212/.316/.242 in those appearances. Assuming he's fully healthy for spring training, Cooper will compete for an Opening Day roster spot, likely as a reserve first baseman/outfielder.

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    • Manny Machado LAD 3B
      Manny Machado: Details of White Sox offer emerge
      2d ago

      Machado has received an eight-year offer from the White Sox, Jeff Passan of ESPN.com reports. The deal is reported to be worth $250 million, per Hector Gomez of Z101 Digital.

      The White Sox reportedly made a long-term offer to Machado at the beginning of January, and it's unclear if that offer was for eight years or if they've increased it to eight years. In any event, the term of the contract indicates the seriousness of Chicago's pursuit of Machaco, who would fill a large hole on the left side of the infield. Machado's camp is also engaged with the Phillies, who remain in the hunt for Bryce Harper.

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    • Alex Bregman HOU 3B
      Astros' Alex Bregman: Limited to start spring training
      4d ago

      Bregman's recovery from elbow surgery is expected to limit him for the start of spring training, but the infielder should be ready to play before Opening Day against the Rays on March 28, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.

      Bregman approached the Astros a couple of weeks ago about discomfort in his right elbow. An exploratory procedure discovered loose bodies, leading Bregman and the club to decide on an operation to remove the debris. If there's any delay, the Astros can use Aledmys Diaz or Yuli Gurriel as a replacement at third base until Bregman is ready to play. Bregman is confident he'll be ready to go for the start of the regular season.

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    • Anthony Rendon WAS 3B
      Nationals' Anthony Rendon: Reaches deal with Nats
      4d ago

      Rendon agreed to a one-year, $18.8 million contract with Washington on Friday, avoiding arbitration, Jesse Dougherty of The Washington Post reports.

      Rendon put together yet another solid year at the dish in 2018, hitting .308 with 24 homers and 92 RBI in 136 ballgames. He's belted 20 or more home runs and driven in 85 or more RBI in each of his previous three seasons, and he should have a good chance to do so again in 2019.

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    • Nicholas Castellanos DET 3B
      Tigers' Nicholas Castellanos: Agrees to deal with Detroit
      4d ago

      Castellanos agreed to a one-year, $9.95 million contract with the Tigers on Friday, avoiding arbitration, Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press reports.

      Castellanos belted 23 homers and drove in 89 runs while still managing to hit for average (.298) in 157 games for Detroit in 2018. As a result, he'll receive a significant $3.9 million raise in 2019.

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    • Matt Reynolds WAS SS
      Nationals' Matt Reynolds: Dropped from 40-man roster
      2d ago

      Reynolds was designated for assignment Sunday, Mark Zuckerman of MASN Sports reports.

      The Nationals needed a 40-man roster spot for new addition Brian Dozier, and Reynolds wound up being the roster casualty. The 28-year-old spent little time in the big leagues last season and only holds a .635 OPS in 240 career major-league plate appearances, but he played every position besides pitcher and catcher in the minors. He figures to act as an organizational depth piece moving forward.

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    • Nick Ahmed ARI SS
      Diamondbacks' Nick Ahmed: Reaches deal with Arizona
      4d ago

      Ahmed agreed to a one-year deal with the Diamondbacks on Friday, avoiding arbitration.

      Ahmed's batting averaged decreased to .234 in 2018, although he belted a career-high 16 homers and drove in 70 runs in 153 ballgames. Whether he'll be able to maintain this kind of power over two straight seasons will be something to keep an eye on as the 2019 campaign unfolds.

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    • Yolmer Sanchez CHW SS
      White Sox's Yolmer Sanchez: Receives significant raise
      4d ago

      Sanchez agreed to a one-year, $4.625 million contract with the White Sox on Friday, avoiding arbitration.

      Sanchez nearly doubled his salary from a season ago despite a slightly down year. He hit .242 with eight homers and 55 RBI in 2018 after finishing with a .267 average, 12 home runs and 59 RBI in 2017. The 26-year-old is set to begin the upcoming season as Chicago's starting third baseman.

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    • Trevor Story COL SS
      Rockies' Trevor Story: No arbiter required
      4d ago

      Story agreed to a one-year, $5 million contract with the Rockies on Friday, avoiding arbitration, Jeff Passan of ESPN.com reports.

      Story's contract was announced well past the deadline, so although it looked as though a hearing would be required, the two sides did eventually come to an agreement. Colorado's starting shortstop set career highs in home runs (37), RBI (108), batting average (.291), OBP (.348) and OPS (.915) over 157 games in 2018 and appears to be on track to do more damage heading into the upcoming campaign.

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    • Corey Seager LAD SS
      Dodgers' Corey Seager: Avoids arbitration
      4d ago

      Seager agreed to a one-year, $4 million contract with the Dodgers on Friday, avoiding arbitration, J.P. Hoornstra of the Los Angeles Daily News reports.

      Seager opted against elbow surgery last offseason and the decision cost him, as he was eventually forced under the knife after playing in just 26 games in 2018. He had another procedure later in the summer to address a hip issue. There is added risk here after the lost year, but with Seager going outside the top 80 on average in early drafts, he looks like he could be one of the top value picks on the board.

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    • Chris Taylor LAD SS
      Dodgers' Chris Taylor: Avoids arbitration
      4d ago

      Taylor agreed to a one-year contract with the Dodgers on Friday, avoiding arbitration, J.P. Hoornstra of the Los Angeles Daily News reports.

      Taylor took a step back last season after his breakout 2017 campaign, but he was still a $10 player in 12-team mixed leagues. He has shortstop eligibility to pair with outfield eligibility, helping his appeal. Add second base if your league requires only 10 appearances at a position to qualify.

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    • Leonys Martin CLE OF
      Indians' Leonys Martin: Healthy as spring approaches
      8h ago

      Martin said Friday that he has made a full recovery from the bacterial infection that forced his emergency hospitalization Aug. 7, Ryan Lewis of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.

      Martin required medical attention after developing the life-threatening illness following his final plate appearance of the Indians' game against the Twins that day, noting that he "blacked out" before waking up in the hospital. The infection produced intense pain and resulted in Martin being shut down for the rest of the 2018 campaign, but after months of rest, the 30-year-old has enjoyed an otherwise normal offseason and feels ready to resume his career this spring. After re-signing with the Tribe on a one-year, $3 million deal shortly after the past season ended, Martin should get the opportunity to vie for a starting role in an unsettled Cleveland outfield.

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    • Avisail Garcia CHW CF
      Rays' Avisail Garcia: Links up with Tampa Bay
      1d ago

      Garcia (knee) signed a one-year, $3.5 million contract with the Rays on Monday, Jim Bowden of The Athletic reports.

      Garcia has found a new home after being non-tendered by the White Sox earlier in the offseason. The outfielder appeared in just 93 games for the White Sox in 2018 thanks to hamstring and knee issues -- the latter of which required arthroscopic surgery in October. When healthy, Garcia hit .236/.281/.438 with a career-best 19 homers in just 385 plate appearances. He figures to offer a right-handed bat off the bench for the Rays.

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    • Kyler Murray OAK CF
      Athletics' Kyler Murray: Declares for 2019 NFL Draft
      1d ago

      Murray declared for the 2019 NFL Draft on Monday, according to his personal Twitter account.

      As expected, Murray has decided to enter his name into the NFL draft pool prior to Monday's deadline. This move is simply procedural, as Murray can still choose to fulfill his commitment to the A's if he wishes. While reports suggest the Heisman winner is leaning toward going pro in football rather than baseball, the A's are attempting to sway his decision by extending him a major-league deal. Murray's decision of whether to join the Athletics at spring training (Feb. 15) or to participate in the NFL combine (Feb. 26) should offer a better indication of his intentions moving forward. Should Murray choose football, he would forfeit his $4.66 million signing bonus, while Oakland would retain his professional baseball rights.

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    • Lane Adams PHI RF
      Phillies' Lane Adams: Inks minors deal with Phillies
      1d ago

      Adams signed a minor-league contract with the Phillies on Monday, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports.

      Adams spent the previous two seasons with the Braves, slashing .269/.340/.478 with seven homers and 11 stolen bases across 111 games. Given Philadelphia's current outfield depth, the 29-year-old will likely serve as organizational depth for his new team.

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    • Bryce Harper WAS LF
      Bryce Harper: Main focus of Phillies
      2d ago

      The Phillies met with Harper for five hours Saturday in Las Vegas and are viewed as the clear favorites to sign the free-agent outfielder, three officials told Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports.

      Philadelphia has been in heavy pursuit of both of the top two stars on the open market -- Harper and infielder Manny Machado -- this offseason, but the organization has shifted its main focus to signing the former in recent days. While Nightengale notes that the Phillies have yet to submit an official offer to Harper, that's expected to come within the next week. In addition to the Phillies, the White Sox and Nationals have been the primary teams linked to Harper this offseason, but neither of those squads have extended formal offers either.

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    • Kyler Murray OAK CF
      Athletics' Kyler Murray: Working toward agreement with A's
      2d ago

      Murray and the Athletics are in talks to agree upon a major-league contract, Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports.

      With rumors swirling about the possibility of Murray going to the NFL, Oakland is attempting to sign him to a major-league deal and add him to the 40-man roster. Murray has yet to officially declare for the 2019 NFL Draft, but it appeared he was heading in that direction prior to Sunday's meeting. If an agreement is reached, Major League Baseball would need to finalize the deal before it becomes official.

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    • Jeff Samardzija SF SP
      Giants' Jeff Samardzija: Recovery going well
      1d ago

      President of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi said Samardzija's (shoulder) recovery is going well, Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.

      Samardzija spent most of the 2018 campaign on the shelf due to shoulder issues, starting just 10 games for the Giants and struggling to a 6.25 ERA, 1.63 WHIP and 30:26 K:BB in those appearances (44.2 innings). Barring any setbacks, it sounds like the veteran right-hander will be ready to go for the start of the season, though it will be worth monitoring his status early on in spring training before committing to a bounce-back performance.

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    • Derek Holland SF SP
      Giants' Derek Holland: Returns to San Francisco
      1d ago

      Holland signed a one-year, $7 million contract with the Giants on Monday, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports. The deal includes a club option for 2020.

      Holland will return to San Francisco after posting a respectable 3.57 ERA, 8.9 K/9 and 3.5 BB/9 across 171.1 innings (30 starts, six relief appearances) with the Giants in 2018. The southpaw should have the inside track at a back-end rotation spot, and returning to pitcher-friendly AT&T Park (now Oracle Park) should help him repeat some of his 2018 success.

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    • Cam Bedrosian LAA SP
      Angels' Cam Bedrosian: Signs deal with Angels
      4d ago

      Bedrosian signed a one-year, $1.75 million contract with the Angels on Friday, avoiding arbitration, J.P. Hoornstra of the Los Angeles Daily News reports.

      Bedrosian received a modest raise, with Los Angeles increasing his pay from $1.1 million to $1.75 million in 2019. He figures to serve as one of the top arms out of the Angels' bullpen next year after posting a 3.80 ERA and 1.39 WHIP with 57 punchouts across 64 innings last season.

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    • Aaron Sanchez TOR SP
      Blue Jays' Aaron Sanchez: Steers clear of arbitration
      4d ago

      Sanchez signed a one-year, $3.9 million deal with the Blue Jays on Friday, avoiding arbitration, Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet.ca reports.

      Sanchez had a tough time staying healthy in 2018, and as a result, he struggled mightily on the hill. He posted a 4.89 ERA and 1.56 WHIP with 86 strikeouts over 105 innings. Despite a disappointing year, Sanchez underwent surgery to correct his finger injury earlier this offseason and should be ready to go come spring training.

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    • Archie Bradley ARI SP
      Diamondbacks' Archie Bradley: Avoids arbitration
      4d ago

      Bradley agreed to a one-year contract with the Diamondbacks on Friday, avoiding arbitration.

      Bradley appears to have the best shot at locking up the closer role for the upcoming 2019 season, and he'll shift his focus to winning that job after evading the arbitration process. He made 76 relief appearances for the Diamondbacks a year ago, posting a 3.64 ERA and 1.14 WHIP with 75 punchouts across 71.2 frames.

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    • Carlos Rodon CHW SP
      White Sox's Carlos Rodon: No arbiter needed
      4d ago

      Rodon signed a one-year, $4.2 million contract with the White Sox on Friday, avoiding arbitration.

      Rodon received a $1.9 million pay increase from a season ago, as both sides managed to agree on a fair price prior to the arbitration deadline. The 26-year-old lefty should slot in near the front end of Chicago's starting rotation in 2019 following a year in which he posted a 4.18 ERA and 1.26 WHIP with a 90:55 K:BB across 120.2 frames.

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    • Jeff Ames TB RP
      Twins' Jeff Ames: Signs minors deal with Minnesota
      2h ago

      Ames signed a minor-league contract with the Twins on Tuesday, Brandon Warne of ZoneCoverage.com reports.

      Ames is 27 years old and has yet to reach the majors, so this is very much an organizational depth signing. At the two highest levels of the minors last season in the Brewers' and Nationals' organizations, Ames posted a 4.74 ERA in 38 innings. He did strike out a good number of batters, posting a 29.7 percent strikeout rate, but his 13.3 percent walk rate holds him back from having a real major-league future.

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    • John Curtiss MIN RP
      Twins' John Curtiss: Removed from 40-man roster
      1d ago

      Curtiss was designated for assignment by the Twins on Monday, LaVelle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

      Curtiss was removed from Minnesota's 40-man roster in order to free up a spot for reliever Blake Parker, who was officially signed to a one-year deal Monday. The 25-year-old spent most of the 2018 season with Triple-A Rochester, posting a 2.77 ERA, 9.9 K/9 and 5.0 BB/9 across 55.1 innings. Over parts of the past two seasons, Curtiss owns a 7.20 ERA across 15.0 big-league frames.

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    • Darwinzon Hernandez BOS RP
      Red Sox's Darwinzon Hernandez: Future in bullpen?
      2d ago

      Hernandez will open the 2019 season as a starter, but Boston president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski is not ruling out a move to the bullpen, Christopher Smith of MassLive.com reports.

      Hernandez finished up 2018 as a reliever for Double-A Portland before the Venezuelan native pitched out of the bullpen in the Arizona Fall League. "We're looking at him going into the season more as a starter," Dombrowski said. "I will say that. Now I can't say later on in the year we may not put him in the bullpen. But we like him as a starter." The 22-year-old lefty might move to the bullpen the closer he gets to the majors. Jason Mastrodonato of the Boston Herald reports there is a strong belief within the organization of that happening.

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    • Mike Minor TEX RP
      Rangers' Mike Minor: Phillies looking for lefty
      2d ago

      The Phillies are interested in a trade for Minor, Scott Lauber of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

      Minor is expected to be the Rangers' opening-day starter, but as a team in rebuild mode, Texas may consider moving the 31-year-old left-hander. Philadelphia manager Gabe Kapler has expressed interest in adding a southpaw to a rotation that's been predominately right-handed over the past two seasons. After attempts to add Patrick Corbin and J.A. Happ during the offseason didn't materialize, the Phillies are turning to more affordable options. Minor is under contract through 2020 and due to make $9.83 million in each year.

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    • Jacob Lindgren ATL RP
      White Sox's Jacob Lindgren: Joins White Sox
      3d ago

      Lindgren (elbow) signed a minor-league deal with the White Sox on Saturday, Matt Eddy of Baseball America reports.

      Lindgren missed the entirety of the 2018 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery -- the second of his career -- in March. It remains unclear what the 25-year-old's recovery timetable currently looks like, but he is unlikely to be ready for Opening Day, at least.

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    • Luis Garcia LAA RP
      Angels' Luis Garcia: No arbiter needed
      4d ago

      Garcia signed a one-year, $1.675 contract with the Angels on Friday, avoiding arbitration, Jeff Fletcher of The Orange County Register reports.

      Garcia had a down year in 2018, accruing a 6.07 ERA and 1.46 WHIP with a 51:18 K:BB in 59 appearances (46 innings). With his contract sorted out for the upcoming campaign, he'll shift his focus to spring training, where he'll have a chance to prove himself as one of the top arms in the Angels' bullpen.

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    • C.J. Cron TB DH
      Rays' C.J. Cron: Designated for assignment
      11/21/2018

      Cron was removed from the Rays' 40-man roster Tuesday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

      Cron cranked 30 home runs over 140 games for the Rays in 2018, but he's been moved off the 40-man roster with the team deciding he's not worth $5-plus million for 2019. Tampa Bay could pull off a trade, or he could be claimed off waivers or simply head to free agency.

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    • Shohei Ohtani LAA DH
      Angels' Shohei Ohtani: Recovery going well
      11/12/2018

      Ohtani (elbow) said his recovery from Tommy John surgery is going well, Maria I. Guardado of MLB.com reports. "I feel like so far it's going really well, no setbacks," Ohtani said. "I think I'm right on schedule and maybe a little bit ahead."

      Ohtani underwent surgery at the beginning of October, which will keep him from pitching until 2020 -- though he's still expected to be able to hit in 2019. The two-way star is making encouraging progress, as he recently regained full range of motion in his elbow, according to Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic. That said, a concrete timetable for Ohtani isn't expected to come into focus into at least January.

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    • Shohei Ohtani LAA DH
      Angels' Shohei Ohtani: On track in recovery
      11/05/2018

      Ohtani (elbow) is progressing on schedule in his recovery from Tommy John surgery, Maria Torres of the Los Angeles Times reports.

      Ohtani went under the knife at the beginning of October, and he's inching closer to regaining full extension of his elbow. While the two-way superstar is making encouraging progress, general manager Billy Eppler said a concrete timetable for Ohtani won't emerge until at least January. Though he won't be able to pitch until 2020, Ohtani is expected to be able to hit in 2019.

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    • Evan Gattis HOU DH
      Evan Gattis: Fails to receive qualifying offer
      11/02/2018

      Gattis did not receive a $17.9 million qualifying offer from Houston on Friday, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.

      Gattis slashed .226/.284/.452 with 25 home runs and 78 RBI in 128 games for the Astros this past season during his fourth year with the organization. He will now hit the free-agent market after making $6.7 million in 2018. Gattis only made a couple appearances behind the plate this season, so it's likely that he will try to find a home in the American League as a designated hitter.

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    • J.D. Martinez BOS DH
      Red Sox's J.D. Martinez: Starts in left field Friday
      10/26/2018

      Martinez (ankle) will start in left field and bat cleanup in Game 3 of the World Series against the Dodgers on Friday, Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports.

      There was some concern that Martinez wouldn't be able to take the field Friday night due to an ankle injury, but the 31-year-old didn't have any issues in pre-game drills so he'll be ready to go for Game 3. Since there's no DH in the Dodgers' National League park, Andrew Benintendi will begin Friday's contest on the bench as Martinez patrols left field.

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    • J.D. Martinez BOS DH
      Red Sox's J.D. Martinez: May not start due to ankle injury
      10/26/2018

      Red Sox manager Alex Cora wouldn't commit to having J.D. Martinez (ankle) start in right field in Friday's Game 3 of the World Series, ESPN reports.

      However, Martinez said he planned on playing in Game 3. Martinez aggravated a sore right ankle while running the bases in Game 2, but remained in the game. Without the DH at an NL park, Martinez will need to play the outfield to stay in the lineup. Cora also said he wouldn't move Mookie Betts to second base in order to keep both Jackie Bradley Jr. and Andrew Benintendi in the lineup.

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