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Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that Starlin Castro has requested a trade from the Marlins.

Many thought the Marlins would quickly flip Castro to another team after acquiring him from the Yankees as part of the Giancarlo Stanton trade, but that obviously hasn't happened yet and MLB.com's Joe Frisaro wrote last weekend that Miami might wind up keeping the 27-year-old second baseman. That clearly isn't sitting well with Castro, who doesn't want to be part of another rebuilding process like he was in his early days with the Cubs. Castro is due $10.857 million in 2018 and $11.857 million in 2019 with a $16 million club option for 2020.
Wed, Jan 10, 2018 10:42:00 AM

ESPN's Jeff Passan reports that the Yankees have a deal in place with free agent reliever Adam Ottavino.

Jan 17 - 1:44 PM

Eric Skoglund has been suspended 80 games by Major League Baseball for PED violations.

He tested positive for Ostarine and Ligandrol, types of androgen receptor modulating drugs. Royals general manager Dayton Moore said in a statement that Skoglund "unknowingly made a mistake" and "will have to accept his suspension." The 26-year-old former third-round pick has mostly struggled at the major league level, holding a 6.03 ERA in 88 career innings. He made 13 starts and one relief appearance for the rebuilding Royals last season.
Jan 16 - 5:12 PM

Fancred's Jon Heyman hears that the White Sox's reported offer of seven years, $175 million to Manny Machado is "way off."

ESPN's Buster Olney presented those numbers on Wednesday afternoon. Word is the White Sox aren't willing to go beyond seven years for Machado -- or Bryce Harper, for that matter -- but Heyman writes that the dollar value in this case "almost surely begins with a 2," as in $200-million-plus. The Phillies and Yankees are the only other two teams that have been connected publicly to Machado, though darkhorses could certainly emerge if the price drops well below the $300 million he was believed to be demanding at the start of the winter. Machado's agent Dan Lozano released a statement Wednesday evening decrying "completely wrong" reports about the market for his client. The saga continues.
Jan 16 - 4:27 PM

ESPN's Jeff Passan reports that the Diamondbacks and Wilmer Flores have come to terms on a one-year, $4.25 million contract with a $6 million club option for 2020.

It's a fit that makes a lot of sense. Flores is bad defensively everywhere other than first base (and not particularly good there), but the Diamondbacks have plenty of flexibility there with Jake Lamb able to move between the corners, Eduardo Escobar able to play throughout the infield and Ketel Marte perhaps moving to center field. Flores will be asked to play against lefties and could take on a significant role against righties if he has a good start.
Jan 16 - 3:25 PM

According to USA Today's Bob Nightengale, the Phillies "have visions" of signing Bryce Harper, Dallas Keuchel, and Craig Kimbrel.

It would be a heck of a late-offseason coup. Phillies higher-ups had a lengthy in-person meeting with Harper on Saturday in his hometown of Las Vegas, and it apparently went so well that the team has shifted its primary focus more toward Harper than Manny Machado. Fancred's Jon Heyman hears that the Philadelphia front office has either already made a formal offer to the 26-year-old outfielder or will make one very soon. Keuchel and Kimbrel should come relatively cheap given the current sad state of MLB free agency, though a package of all three would still likely cost more than $400 million in total guarantees.
Jan 15 - 5:49 PM

Mets signed INF Jed Lowrie to a two-year, $20 million contract.

The deal was agreed to last Thursday and then finalized Tuesday evening after Lowrie passed the necessary pre-signing physical. He will be introduced at a press conference at Citi Field on Wednesday. The versatile veteran is expected to play all around the infield for the Mets and he should regularly hit near the very top of their lineup. Lowrie, 34, posted a cool .801 OPS with 23 home runs and 99 RBI over 157 games last season with the Athletics.
Jan 15 - 4:45 PM

Dennis Lin and Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic report that the Indians, Padres and Reds have discussed a three-team trade that would send Corey Kluber to Cincinnati.

The Padres would want to acquire Nick Senzel from the Reds in the trade, but Lin cautions that Cincy "does not want to move" the top prospect and "no deal is close" at this time. San Diego is on the lookout for a third baseman and it appears this is just one of the scenarios they've kicked around. The Padres have been connected to Kluber a few times this offseason, but Lin says it would be to flip him to another team.
Jan 14 - 8:24 PM

Yankees signed 2B DJ LeMahieu to a two-year, $24 million contract.

The deal was first reported last Friday and has now been made official. LeMahieu is expected to play all over the infield for the Yankees, although given Troy Tulowitzki's injury history there's a good chance Gleyber Torres will wind up sliding over to shortstop and LeMahieu will settle in at his customary second base (at least until Didi Gregorius returns from Tommy John surgery).
Jan 14 - 5:00 PM

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Rays are "closing in" on Avisail Garcia.

It'll be a one-year, $3.5 million deal, with Jon Heyman of Fancred Sports adding that the pact could be worth as much as $6 million if Garcia hits his incentives. Garcia was non-tendered by the White Sox earlier this offseason, as they weren't keen on giving him a raise in his final year of arbitration eligibility. In Tampa Bay, the 27-year-old figures to be in the mix for playing time in right field and also in the designated hitter spot. Garcia posted a .885 OPS in 2017, but he fell off to a .719 OPS in 2018 and was limited to just 93 games because of injury.
Jan 14 - 4:06 PM

Brewers signed C Yasmani Grandal to a one-year, $16 million contract with a $16 million mutual option for 2020.

Jon Heyman of Fancred Sports says the buyout of the option is $2.25 million, so Grandal is guaranteed at least $18.25 million. Grandal ultimately settling for a one-year contract is jarring, but for fantasy purposes it's an excellent landing spot. No catcher has hit more home runs over the last three seasons and the 30-year-old is a great bet for big power numbers again while he plays his home games at Miller Park.
Jan 14 - 3:54 PM

Athletics first-rounder Kyler Murray announced Monday that he has officially declared for the NFL Draft.

This is a procedural move that was expected and doesn't necessarily shut the door on Murray playing baseball. However, while the A's reportedly could entice the Heisman Trophy winner into choosing baseball by giving him an MLB contract, the smart money remains on him ultimately picking football. Murray is expected to be a first-round pick in the NFL Draft.
Jan 14 - 3:34 PM




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