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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



Twins To Sign Marwin Gonzalez  

11:48am: The two sides have agreed to a two-year contract worth $21MM, ESPN’s Jeff Passan reports (via Twitter). 11:45am: The Twins have agreed to a contract with free-agent infielder/outfielder Marwin Gonzalez, reports Jon Heyman of the MLB Network (via Twitter). Dan Hayes of The Athletic first connected the two sides yesterday. Gonzalez is represented by…

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2019-02-22 11:24:44



NL Central Notes: Cardinals, Moose, Reds, Montgomery  

Though the Cardinals have a deep mix of rotation candidates, Bernie Miklasz of The Athletic explores the uncertainty surrounding many of those arms in a call for the St. Louis organization to pursue free-agent lefty Dallas Keuchel (subscription required). The Cards can’t know what to expect from Adam Wainwright, Miklasz writes, and the recent shoulder…

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2019-02-22 11:02:47



Lerner: No Recent Contact With Bryce Harper, Scott Boras  

The Nationals have continued to be mentioned on the periphery of the Bryce Harper bidding, but in a Friday-morning interview with NBC Sports Washington, managing principal owner Mark Lerner again suggested that Harper will not be returning to Washington. Lerner originally stated back in early December that he was not expecting to re-sign Harper. “Nothing’s really…

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2019-02-22 10:01:57



Reds Discussing Minor League Deal With Jose Iglesias  

The Reds and shortstop Jose Iglesias have been discussing a minor league contract, Ken Rosenthal and C. Trent Rosecrans of The Athletic report (via Twitter). If the deal comes to fruition, he’d join Derek Dietrich in MLB camp as a quality veteran with a strong chance at securing a bench role come Opening Day. MLB…

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2019-02-22 07:07:09



White Sox, Ervin Santana Agree To Minor League Deal  

The White Sox and free-agent right-hander Ervin Santana have agreed to a minor league contract, Jon Heyman of the MLB Network reports (via Twitter). The contract is pending a physical. Santana will head to Major League camp and compete for a spot in a thin rotation mix. Santana, 36, has been a longtime divisional foe…

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2019-02-22 06:41:09



Bryce Harper Rumors: Thursday  

Now that Manny Machado’s 10-year, $300MM deal with the Padres has been announced, Bryce Harper and agent Scott Boras have a definitive bar to attempt to clear as they seek a record-setting contract of their own. Yesterday’s slate of rumors on Harper had a series of updates on how the Phillies, Nats, White Sox and…

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2019-02-22 02:47:12



Phillies Sign Trevor Plouffe  

The Phillies have announced the signing of third baseman Trevor Plouffe to a minor-league deal. He’ll receive an invitation to Spring Training. Plouffe had appeared briefly at the major-league level last year with the Phils, marking his ninth-straight season with some action in the majors. He only took a dozen plate appearances, though, marking the…

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2019-02-21 21:06:44



No Extension Talks Between Mets, Noah Syndergaard  

Most Mets’ fans focus this spring, at least as pertains to the team’s starting pitching, has been on whether the club can agree to a long-term deal to prevent reigning Cy Young winner Jacob deGrom from reaching free agency after the 2020 season. Teammate Noah Syndergaard is a logical extension candidate in his own right,…

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2019-02-21 20:57:10



Mets Notes: deGrom, Lowrie, Catchers  

Agents Jeff Berry and Matt Ricatto of CAA Baseball are in Port St. Lucie and will meet with the Mets regarding Jacob deGrom’s contract status, Newsday’s Tim Healey reports. As Healey notes, it’s routine for agents to pay quick visits to MLB camps to check in with their clients and with organizational decision-makers, though the…

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2019-02-21 15:05:25



Injury Notes: Manaea, Kaprielian, Smith, Gibaut, Basabe  

The Athletics seem to be receiving more promising news on the pitching front, as Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle has reported (Twitter links). Southpaw Sean Manaea is said to be “well ahead” of schedule in his effort to return from shoulder surgery. Whether that means there’s real hope he’ll be able to make it…

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2019-02-21 14:50:20



MLBTR Chat Transcript: Padres, Harper, Red Sox, More  

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

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2019-02-21 14:08:47



Giants To Sign Fernando Abad  

The Giants have reached agreement on a minors deal with lefty Fernando Abad, per Jon Heyman of MLB Network (via Twitter). The deal will not include a MLB camp invite; Abad would earn a $800K salary in the majors. Abad, 33, had seen big league time in eight-straight seasons before falling short in 2018. He…

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2019-02-21 13:26:30



Phillies, Trevor Plouffe Agree To Minor League Deal  

Veteran infielder Trevor Plouffe is returning to the Phillies on a minor league contract, per MLB Network’s Jon Heyman (Twitter link). He’ll report to camp tomorrow, Heyman adds. Plouffe is represented by CAA. The 32-year-old Plouffe spent the 2018 season in the Philadelphia organization as well, appearing in seven big league games and making 12…

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2019-02-21 06:45:07



Twins Interested In Marwin Gonzalez  

The Twins are showing interest in free agent infielder/outfielder Marwin Gonzalez, according to Dan Hayes of The Athletic (subscription link). The Minnesota organization has “discussed the parameters of a three-year deal,” per the report. Gonzalez’s market has moved slowly all winter long, but Hayes says the Twins feel there’s “strong competition” from other teams to secure…

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2019-02-21 06:43:48



Giants Sign Nick Vincent  

The Giants have agreed to a contract with right-hander Nick Vincent, Andrew Baggarly of The Athletic tweets. Vincent will join the MLB side of camp, but on a minor-league deal, per Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area (Twitter link). Vincent, 32, owns a sparkling 3.17 ERA over his 332 total MLB innings, so the…

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2019-02-21 05:34:12



Nick Cafardo Passes Away  

Longtime Boston Globe baseball writer and reporter Nick Cafardo passed away suddenly today at the age of 62. A veteran sportswriter of more than three decades, Cafardo was among the most recognizable and respected voices in the industry. The Red Sox organization issued a statement on the unexpected, tragic loss: We are saddened by the…

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2019-02-21 04:47:24



Projecting Payrolls: Houston Astros  

Though Spring Training is underway, let's move on to our 15th 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 San Francisco Giants St. Louis Cardinals Chicago…

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2019-02-21 02:27:59



AL West Notes: Astros, Mariners, Swarzak, Tropeano, Choo  

Astros owner Jim Crane spoke with reporters Wednesday and addressed a number of topics, including his thoughts on potential rule changes throughout the game, Manny Machado’s recent agreement with the Padres and the potential for some Astros moves (link via Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle). Crane acknowledged that the Astros “certainly are going to…

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2019-02-21 01:25:39



MLBTR Poll: The Manny Machado Signing  

We all knew it would happen at some point, yet somehow it came as a surprise when Manny Machado finally reached agreement on a monster free agent contract. After months of hand-wringing over how much he’d take down, Machado secured a hefty ten-year, $300MM commitment — albeit from a rather unexpected place. Here at MLBTR,…

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2019-02-20 12:44:12



Tigers To Sign Josh Harrison  

8:33pm: Harrison will be guaranteed $2MM and can earn an additional $1MM worth of incentives, tweets Jon Heyman of the MLB Network. 2:40pm: The Tigers have struck a one-year deal with infielder Josh Harrison, per Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic (Twitter link). Harrison will step in as the regular at second base for Detroit, per…

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2019-02-20 12:06:57



Anthony Rendon Open To Extension Talks During Season  

Anthony Rendon said today that he isn’t putting any deadlines on extension talks with the Nationals, as Mark Zuckerman of MASNsports.com was among those to report. Emphasizing that he’s the boss in his relationship with agent Scott Boras, Rendon said he’s ready to listen to offers at any time of the year. He doesn’t expect…

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2019-02-20 12:02:28



NL East Notes: Herrera, Mets, Braves, Castro  

Phillies outfielder Odubel Herrera left camp today with a wrap on his leg after aggravating a hamstring strain he’d suffered a few weeks ago in offseason workouts, writes Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports Philadelphia. Manager Gabe Kapler called the issue “mild,” and there doesn’t seem to be any immediate concern, though it’s obviously a situation…

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2019-02-20 11:32:14



Bryce Harper Rumors: White Sox “Out,” Giants Still In  

If you’ve been away from the internet for the last 24 hours, you’ll want to catch up on the major free agent news that broke yesterday. If not, you can safely skip ahead to focusing on what’s next: the final stretch of bidding for Bryce Harper. Here’s the latest: Harper has recently rejected “multiple offers”…

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2019-02-20 09:51:35



AL Central Notes: Abreu, Moncada, Zimmer, Cowart  

White Sox GM Rick Hahn addressed the situation of pending free agent first baseman Jose Abreu, as Scott Merkin of MLB.com tweets. It seems the organization may not be optimistic of reaching a deal to keep Abreu from the open market. “Never say never,” says Hahn, “but we prefer to handle our business in the offseason.” Perhaps…

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2019-02-20 07:44:17



Indians To Sign Tyler Clippard  

The Indians have a deal in place with righty reliever Tyler Clippard, per Jon Heyman of MLB Network (Twitter link). It’s a minor-league pact that would pay him $1.75MM in the majors with up to $1MM in incentives. More to come …

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2019-02-20 05:49:12



Mariners Interested In Martin Maldonado  

The Mariners are among the clubs that are interested in veteran catcher Martin Maldonado, reports MLB Network’s Jon Heyman (via Twitter). It’s been a quiet offseason for Maldonado, one of the game’s most highly regarded defenders behind the plate. While Maldonado doesn’t offer much help with the bat, he’s a former Gold Glove winner with…

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2019-02-20 03:23:48



10 Forgotten Free Agents  

The long-running but less-than-dynamic market situations of Manny Machado (now resolved!) and Bryce Harper (not so much) have captured much of the public attention this winter. But the evolution of free agency has most notably impacted mid-level veterans. We’ll wait to see how things settle out before attempting to make any conclusive market observations. Still, it’s…

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2019-02-20 03:05:48



Scooter Gennett Frustrated By Lack Of Extension Talks  

Reds second baseman Scooter Gennett expressed frustration today with the lack of engagement by the organization regarding a long-term contract, as John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports. Saying that his side has “opened it up” in search of a dialogue this winter, Gennett says he has “heard absolutely nothing.” Previously, he and the club…

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2019-02-19 22:50:19



Minor MLB Transactions: 2/19/19  

While the world is abuzz following the largest signing of the offseason earlier today, there are still some minor moves happening throughout the league. We’ll keep track of them here… The Pirates have voided their minor league contract with right-hander Roberto Gomez after concerns arose following his physical exam, the team told reporters (Twitter link…

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2019-02-19 22:25:12



MLBTR Chat Transcript: Padres To Sign Machado  

The Padres reached a ten-year, $300MM deal with Manny Machado today, and MLBTR owner Tim Dierkes fielded many questions on that topic and others.  Click here to read the transcript.

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2019-02-19 17:46:39



Orioles Claim Josh Osich, Designate Hanser Alberto  

The Orioles have claimed lefty Josh Osich off waivers from the Giants, per a club announcement. To open a roster spot, they designated infielder Hanser Alberto for assignment. Osich gives the O’s yet another lefty relief option. The 30-year-old will try to show that he can tap into his apparent upside. Osich has a big…

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2019-02-19 16:15:05



Followup Notes On The Manny Machado Deal  

After nearly four months of waiting, Manny Machado’s free agency came to a close Tuesday when he agreed to terms with the Padres on a 10-year, $300MM contract that represents the largest free-agent contract ever signed in American professional sports. Only Giancarlo Stanton’s 13-year, $325MM contract has ever guaranteed a player more money. Machado was…

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2019-02-19 15:08:40



NL East Notes: Gohara, Harper, Eickhoff, Hernandez  

If the Braves are to repeat their 2018 division title, they’ll likely require significant contributions from some talented young players. Gabriel Burns of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution examines the status of still-youthful lefty Luiz Gohara, who has shown immense ability but is now looking to reestablish himself after a difficult 2018 both on and off the…

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2019-02-19 14:28:30



Padres Notes: Free Agents, Myers, Diaz  

One year after he went through free agency, Padres first baseman Eric Hosmer discussed his experience and the team’s intriguing pursuit of some new big-ticket items, as Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports. Public reports can capture elements of what’s going on behind the scenes, he says, “but at the end of the day…

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2019-02-19 05:53:21



Padres Agree To Terms With Manny Machado  

The Padres have agreed to terms on a free agent contract with star infielder Manny Machado, according to ESPN.com’s Jeff Passan (via Twitter). It’s a ten-year, $300MM deal for the MVP Sports Group client, according to MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand (Twitter link). The contract includes an opt-out after the fifth season, per Tim Brown of Yahoo…

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2019-02-19 04:16:38



Carlos Martinez Shut Down For 2 Weeks  

The Cardinals have shut down righty Carlos Martinez from throwing for two weeks, per MLB.com’s Jenifer Langosch Twitter links). While there’s no concern of structural damage, the club believes that the hurler needs to build up shoulder strength. Given the timing of the news, it seems reasonable to anticipate that Martinez will not be ready…

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2019-02-19 03:22:25



AL Notes: Angels, Rangers, Lindor, Sano  

Angels owner Arte Moreno discussed a few topics of interest today, as Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register covered. Moreno spoke positively of his interactions with the city of Anaheim regarding the club’s ballpark, seemingly representing an improvement in relations. He also gave a vote of confidence to the Billy Eppler-led front office. Most…

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2019-02-19 03:15:59



Don Newcombe Passes Away  

Dodgers legend Don Newcombe has died at 92 years of age, according to a team announcement. MLBTR extends its best wishes to his family and friends. Newcombe was revered around the game as one of its greatest ambassadors. His connection with the Dodgers organization stretched back to his playing days alongside Jackie Robinson and other…

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2019-02-19 02:24:47



Nick Senzel Hires Wasserman Agency  

Top Reds prospect Nick Senzel has changed agents, per MLB.com’s Mark Sheldon. He’s now represented by the Wasserman Group and agent Joel Wolfe. For the time being, the 23-year-old Senzel has plenty of non-contractual matters on his plate. He is working to recover from a finger injury that cost him a big chunk of time…

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2019-02-19 01:51:49



MLBTR Chat Transcript  

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

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2019-02-18 15:37:05



Mike Moustakas Could Play Second Base For Brewers  

When word of Mike Moustakas’ impending return to the Brewers broke, the assumption among many was that the Milwaukee organization would utilize the same defensive alignment as in 2019: Travis Shaw shifting over to second base and Moustakas handling third base. However, Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel tweets that the Brewers will use Spring…

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2019-02-18 14:25:15



Bruce Bochy To Retire After 2019 Season  

Giants manager Bruce Bochy announced today that he will retire at the end of the 2019 season (Twitter link). Baseball’s longest-tenured skipper, Bochy is entering his 13th season as the Giants’ manager. In that time, he’s overseen three World Series championships (2010, 2012 and 2014) and helped guide the Giants to a 979-965 record. A…

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2019-02-18 13:30:52



Quick Hits: Owens, Stroman, Wright, Beckham, Rookie  

Athletics assistant GM/director of player personnel Billy Owens has been rumored as “a strong candidate” to become the next Giants general manager, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle writes.  Farhan Zaidi, the Giants’ newly-hired president of baseball operations, knows Owens well from their time together in Oakland’s front office, and Zaidi is one of…

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2019-02-18 10:40:16



White Sox Still “Strong Factor” In Machado Market  

The White Sox are a “strong factor” in the market for star infielder Manny Machado, according to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic (via Twitter). Attention has in recent days focused on the Padres, but it seems it’s still a multi-horse race, with the Phillies also known to be in the picture as well. It isn’t…

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2019-02-18 08:58:50



Reds, Derek Dietrich Agree To Minor League Deal  

The Reds have reached an agreement on a minor league contract with free-agent infielder Derek Dietrich, reports Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic (via Twitter). He’ll be in Major League camp and compete for a roster spot. The contract, according to Rosenthal, has a base salary north of $2MM if Dietrich makes the big league roster.…

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2019-02-18 08:16:46



Rockies Plan To Move Ian Desmond To Center Field  

The Rockies are shuffling their outfield alignment for the upcoming season, writes Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post. They’ll utilize Ian Desmond as their primary center fielder, with Charlie Blackmon and David Dahl lining up in corners. (Saunders further tweets that Blackmon will play right field, with Dahl playing left.) It’ll be the third position…

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2019-02-18 07:41:07



Tony Clark Responds To Rob Manfred's Recent Comments On Free Agency  

MLB Players Association executive director Tony Clark has issued a statement pushing back against recent comments from MLB commissioner Rob Manfred in which the latter rejected the idea that tanking teams have led to a depressed free-agent market. Said Manfred (link via the Associated Press): …Our teams are trying. Every single one of them wants to…

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2019-02-18 06:48:12



Latest On Khris Davis, Athletics  

Extension talks between Khris Davis and the A’s have been taking place for over a year, and the slugger reiterated to media members (including MLB.com’s Jane Lee) on Sunday that his desire is to remain in Oakland.  To this end, Davis is also willing to take a salary cut to make an extension happen, telling…

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2019-02-18 05:52:21



Pirates, Rookie Davis Agree To Minor League Deal  

1:09pm: The Pirates announced the signing. 1:02pm: The Pirates have reached an agreement to bring right-hander Rookie Davis aboard on a minor league contract, per The Athletic’s Emily Waldon (Twitter link). He’ll be in Major League camp as a non-roster invitee to Spring Training. Now 25 years old, Davis was one of four players the…

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2019-02-18 04:59:27



NL Notes: Robertson, Holland, Cardinals, Moose, Cubs  

David Robertson decided to act as his own agent while jumping into free agency this winter, eventually landing a two-year, $23MM deal from the Phillies (plus a $12MM club option for 2021).  While the final result was successful, Robertson told Philly.com’s Scott Lauber that he had a few nagging doubts once other relievers came off…

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2019-02-18 03:41:01



Werner: Red Sox, Chris Sale Have Discussed Extension  

The Red Sox and ace Chris Sale have had “private” discussions about a contract extension, chairman Tom Werner said in an appearance on WEEI’s Mut & Callahan show this morning (Twitter link, with audio). Sale is currently slated to earn $15MM in 2019 and will become a free agent next offseason. He said last week…

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2019-02-18 01:52:16



Mets Sign Adeiny Hechavarria  

The Mets have signed infielder Adeiny Hechavarria to a minor league contract with an invitation to big league camp, Tim Healey of Newsday reports. Hechavarria will have a chance to continue in New York, where he spent the last month of the 2018 season after the Yankees acquired him from the Pirates. As a member…

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2019-02-17 20:14:32



Padres Reportedly Offering $250MM Or More To Machado, Harper  

8:08PM: Rival general managers have been told that Machado’s offer from the Padres is at least eight years/$240MM with deferred money, according to USA Today’s Bob Nightengale (Twitter links).  Some other GMs, however, have been told that Machado has been offered $280MM. 7:42PM: The Padres are thought to have offered Manny Machado a contract in…

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2019-02-17 16:47:55



Brewers To Re-Sign Mike Moustakas  

4:38pm: There’s a mutual option for 2020, Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reports. 4:23pm: Moustakas will earn $10MM in 2019, Bob Nightengale of USA Today tweets. His deal is “likely” to include a mutual option, Heyman adds. 4:04pm: The Brewers and free-agent third baseman Mike Moustakas have reached a one-year agreement, pending a physical, Ken Rosenthal…

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2019-02-17 15:48:04



Phillies In Lead For Bryce Harper  

As was the case a month ago, the Phillies are the favorites to sign free-agent outfielder Bryce Harper, Jon Heyman of MLB Network tweets. But Harper’s market has “intensified,” according to Heyman, who unsurprisingly notes he’ll eventually sign a long-term contract. Philadelphia met with Harper back on Jan. 10, though he and fellow free-agent superstar/Phillies…

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2019-02-17 14:04:28



Baseball Blogs Weigh In: Marwin, Tribe, Pads, Harper, Machado, Yanks, Severino  

This week in baseball blogs… The Dugout sees Marwin Gonzalez as a perfect fit for the Indians. East Village Times weighs in on the Padres’ pursuits of Bryce Harper and Manny Machado. The Runner Sports reacts to Luis Severino’s extension. Wander Rays addresses comments Madison Bumgarner and Jeff Samardzija have recently made regarding “the opener.”…

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2019-02-17 11:42:10



Rangers Sign Ben Revere  

The Rangers have signed outfielder Ben Revere to a minor league contract with an invitation to major league spring training, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports. The deal comes with a $1MM salary if Revere makes the majors, per Jon Heyman of Fancred. Revere, out of work since the Angels released him last August, is…

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2019-02-17 11:38:57



AL Notes: Castellanos, Stroman, Rangers, Calhoun, Royals  

The agent for Tigers outfielder Nicholas Castellanos said in January his client would prefer a trade, but the slugger met with the media Sunday and told reporters, including Chris McCosky of the Detroit News, he’d be willing to discuss a long-term contract with the club. The rebuilding Tigers made a legitimate effort to move Castellanos…

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2019-02-17 11:34:41



Padres Sign Aaron Loup  

11:41am: The Padres have announced the signing. To make room for Loup on their 40-man roster, they moved Richards to the 60-day injured list. 10:25am: The Padres are set to sign left-handed reliever Aaron Loup, per AJ Cassavell of MLB.com. Loup, a Beverly Hills Sports Council client, will receive a one-year, major league contract with…

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2019-02-17 10:33:40



East Notes: Stroman, Phils, Moustakas, BoSox, JDM, Mets, Alonso  

Right-hander Marcus Stroman expressed frustration toward the Blue Jays on Sunday for not offering him a contract extension during the offseason. However, Stroman’s claim was refuted by an industry source, Shi Davidi of Sportsnet reports. Whether or not the team did submit an offer(s), no deal has come to fruition, leaving Stroman in his penultimate…

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2019-02-17 10:09:37



NL West Notes: Machado, Padres, Rockies, Maybin, Kelly  

The Padres continue to be linked to Manny Machado on the rumor mill, and The Athletic’s Dennis Lin (subscription required) provides a bit of history on San Diego’s pursuit of the star infielder.  It wasn’t until late January that the Padres began to “seriously contemplate” the idea of signing Machado, due to his high asking…

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2019-02-17 07:26:12



MLBTR Chat With Mark Polishuk  

Click here to join a live chat about everything in the baseball world, hosted by MLBTR’s Mark Polishuk

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2019-02-17 06:24:17



West Notes: D-backs, Greinke, Giants, Zaidi, Mariners, Ichiro  

The Diamondbacks have waved goodbye to cornerstones Paul Goldschmidt, A.J. Pollock and Patrick Corbin in the past few months, leaving right-hander Zack Greinke as their best remaining player. In all, things haven’t gone according to plan for the Diamondbacks since they signed Greinke to a whopping six-year, $206.5MM contract heading into 2016, but he said…

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2019-02-17 02:52:34



Heyman's Latest: Angels, Moose, Ramos, Braves, Marlins, Camargo  

The latest rumblings from Jon Heyman of MLB Network… The Angels are among a handful of teams in on free-agent third baseman Mike Moustakas, joining the previously reported Brewers-Padres-Phillies trio, Heyman tweets. This is the second straight offseason in which the Angels have shown interest in Moustakas, a Los Angeles native who, per Sam Mellinger…

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2019-02-16 20:01:18



NL Central Notes: Taillon, Brewers, Shaw, Perez, Reds  

Contract extensions, including deals for right-handers Aaron Nola (Phillies) and Luis Severino (Yankees), have been a dominant story across Major League Baseball this week. Sooner than later, the Pirates should follow the Phillies and Yankees in inking their own excellent young righty, Jameson Taillon, for the long haul, Kevin Gorman of the Pittsburgh-Tribune Review opines.…

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2019-02-16 19:20:11



CC Sabathia Officially Announces Retirement After 2019 Season  

In a press conference in front of the Steinbrenners, most of the Yankee roster and his wife and kids, C.C. Sabathia has officially announced his intentions to retire at the conclusion of the 2019 season. Included in a statement released by the team was written statements from a wide-ranging collection of voices, including Derek Jeter, Joe…

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2019-02-16 14:05:28



Angels, Luke Bard Agree To Minors Deal  

The Angels have signed reliever Luke Bard to a minor league deal, per Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register. Bard, 28, was a Rule V selection by Los Angeles last winter; after a lukewarm April audition, in which the righty was deployed mostly in mop-up duty, Luke was shuttled back to Minnesota, with whom…

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2019-02-16 13:46:15



Rangers Sign Adam Moore To Minor League Deal  

The Rangers signed catcher Adam Moore to a minor league deal and invited him to major league camp, per John Blake, the team’s Executive VP of Communications (via Twitter). Moore passed his physical this morning, making the deal official, per Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram (via Twitter). The Rangers now have 66 players…

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2019-02-16 13:21:02



Giants Finalizing Agreement With Cameron Maybin  

Per Andrew Baggarly and Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, the Giants are “finalizing” an agreement to bring outfielder Cameron Maybin to Spring camp as a non-roster invitee. Maybin, 32 in April, has spent time with four teams over the last two seasons, dropping an identical 88 wRC+ in each. Mired for the last three seasons…

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2019-02-16 10:21:26



Orioles Sign Alcides Escobar To Minor League Deal  

Per a team release, the Orioles have signed shortstop Alcides Escobar to a minor league deal with an invite to Spring Training. MLB Network’s Jon Heyman tweets that Escobar will receive $700K if he cracks the big-league roster. Escobar, 32, finally fell out of favor in Kansas City, where from 2015-18 his .251/.284/.336 (64 wRC+)…

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2019-02-16 10:10:26



East Notes: Yankees, Phils, Herrera, Red Sox, Blue Jays  

The Yankees signed right-hander Luis Severino to a four-year, $40MM extension shortly before they were scheduled to face off against him in arbitration Friday. General manager Brian Cashman spoke about the buzzer-beating agreement Saturday, saying (via George A. King III of the New York Post): "We circled back 30 minutes before the hearing and I…

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2019-02-16 09:29:16



NL Notes: Cespedes, deGrom, Arenado, Marlins, Barrett  

Mets outfielder Yoenis Cespedes provided an update on his efforts to return from surgeries to both heels. As Deesha Thosar of the New York Daily News writes, Cespedes expressed confidence that he will be able to make it back to the MLB field, but says it’s unlikely to occur before the middle of the coming…

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2019-02-16 05:24:32



AL Notes: Vlad Jr., Bogaerts, Twins, Castellanos  

It has long seemed obvious that the Blue Jays would prefer to hold top prospect Vladimir Guerrero Jr. at Triple-A to open the 2019 season. After all, the team decided not to call him up late last season and can push back his potential free agency by one season if they keep him down for…

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2019-02-16 02:39:33



Quick Hits: Giants, Harper, Iglesias, Severino  

Giants frontman Farhan Zaidi is still exploring trade opportunities, per Kerry Crowley of the Bay Area News Group (via Twitter). The recent additions of Gerardo Parra, Craig Gentry, and Yangervis Solarte, after all, aren't likely to form the backbone of the next World Series champion in the Bay. Still, they fit as puzzle pieces in Zaidi's…

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2019-02-16 02:11:31



Reds Sign Robbie Ross To Minors Deal  

The Reds have reportedly signed reliever Robbie Ross to a minor league deal. Ross, 29, held down a regular spot in the Ranger and Red Sox bullpens from 2012-16, but has missed much of the last two seasons with elbow and back problems. In 2016, his last full season of work, Ross turned in an…

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2019-02-16 02:08:22



Rockies Notes: Chemistry, Leadoff, Bullpen Roles  

Although team chemistry is difficult to gauge and impossible to measure, there's little doubt to the positive impact made by lead-by-example types Nolan Arenado and Charlie Blackmon, per Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post. While Arenado and Blackmon make the culture what it is with their intensity and work ethic – as they should since…

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2019-02-16 01:43:25



NL Central Notes: Tazawa, Brach, Pirates, Goldschmidt  

Junichi Tazawa is set to arrive in Cubs camp on Monday after working out visa issues that delayed his arrival, per the Chicago Tribune’s Mark Gonzales. Tazawa remains a long shot to make the Cubs Opening Day roster, as he hasn’t been an asset to a major league bullpen since 2016 with the Red Sox.…

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2019-02-16 01:12:47



Brewers To Sign Jay Jackson  

The Brewers have inked a minors deal with righty Jay Jackson, per Jon Heyman of MLB Network (Twitter link). It would pay him $1MM if he can crack the major-league roster. When last we saw him on this side of the Pacific back in 2015, Jackson had finally (albeit briefly) cracked the majors after seven…

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2019-02-15 15:27:19



Giants, Craig Gentry Agree To Terms  

The Giants have agreed to a contract with free-agent outfielder Craig Gentry, MLBTR has confirmed. He’ll give the team some additional outfield depth following this week’s signing of veteran Gerardo Parra to a minor league pact. Gentry, 35, spent the 2018 season with the Orioles organization and appeared in 68 games at the MLB level,…

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2019-02-15 12:16:47



Tigers Win Arbitration Hearing Against Michael Fulmer  

The Tigers have won their arbitration hearing against right-hander Michael Fulmer, reports Mark Feinsand of MLB.com (via Twitter). He’ll now earn the $2.8MM salary that the team filed rather than the $3.4MM submitted by his camp. Fulmer, 26 next month, struggled through the worst season of his young career in 2018, recording a 4.69 ERA…

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2019-02-15 12:08:19



Yankees To Extend Luis Severino  

11:00am Severino’s fifth-year option is worth $15MM and comes with a $2.75MM buyout, tweets ESPN’s Jeff Passan. He’ll earn a $2MM signing bonus, a $4MM salary in 2019, $10MM in 2020, $10.25MM in 2021 and $11MM in 2022. In all, Severino can earn up to $52.25MM if the option is exercised. As has been the…

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2019-02-15 11:38:56



Angels To Sign Dan Jennings  

The Angels have agreed to a deal with lefty Dan Jennings, according to reports. It’s a minor-league deal with a camp invitation. Jennings would earn $1MM in the majors, with up to $500K in incentives, per Maria Torres of the Los Angeles Times (via Twitter). Jennings was non-tendered by the Brewers at the outset of…

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2019-02-15 11:27:46



Athletics Sign Cliff Pennington To Minor League Deal  

The A’s announced Friday that they’ve signed infielder Cliff Pennington to a minor league contract with an invite to Major League Spring Training. With this deal, the Sosnick, Cobbe & Karon client returns to the organization that originally drafted him and the team with which he made his Major League debut in 2008. Pennington, 34,…

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2019-02-15 11:09:31



Braves Execs McGuirk, Anthopoulos Defend Spending Choices  

Braves fans have been none too pleased to see a surprising NL East title and NLDS appearance followed up by a relatively quiet offseason. While Atlanta made a big splash early by signing Josh Donaldson to a one-year deal and followed that with the nostalgic addition of Brian McCann, there’s been little activity since. Atlanta…

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2019-02-15 06:13:23



Royals To Sign Drew Storen  

The Royals have announced a minor-league deal with veteran righty Drew Storen, as Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic first reported (via Twitter). He’ll earn at a $1.25MM level if he makes it to the majors, per Jon Heyman of MLB Network (via Twitter), with $900K in incentives also available, per MLB.com’s Jeffrey Flanagan (Twitter link).…

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2019-02-15 06:10:59



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



Giants, Yangervis Solarte Agree To Terms  

9:50am: If he makes the roster, Solarte will earn $1.75MM and can make another $250K via incentives, tweets Jon Heyman of the MLB Network. That seemingly indicates that Solarte’s deal is of the minor league variety, though it could also be a non-guaranteed MLB pact that comes with a 40-man spot. The team has yet to…

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2019-02-15 02:42:11



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






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