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Reds and OF Billy Hamilton avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $4.6 million contract.

It's a roughly $2 million salary bump for the speedy Hamilton, who was in his second year of arbitration eligibility. The 27-year-old hit .247/.299/.335 with 59 stolen bases last season and has been mentioned prominently in trade rumors this winter.
Fri, Jan 12, 2018 12:42:00 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 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).
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, 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

Twins signed RHP Blake Parker to a one-year, $1.8 million contract.

Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that the deal could max out at $3.2 million if he's on the active roster for 160 days. He remains under team control for 2020. Parker was non-tendered by the Angels at the end of November after posting a 3.26 ERA, 1.24 WHIP and 70/19 K/BB ratio across 66 1/3 innings in 2018. He has closing experience and should take over a late-inning role with his new club.
Jan 14 - 1:29 PM

Giants re-signed LHP Derek Holland to a one-year, $7 million contract.

The deal was reported by Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic and is now official. Holland will receive a $6.5 million base salary in 2019 while the $6.5 million club option for 2020 carries a $500,000. His base salary for 2020 could increase depending on the number of starts he makes in 2019. This includes $7 million for 24 starts, $7.5 million for 28 starts, and $8.5 million for 32 starts. The southpaw reestablished himself with the Giants in 2018 and his preference was to return or at least stay in the National League. He ultimately got his wish.
Jan 14 - 1:16 PM

Bruce Levine of 670 The Score reports that Manny Machado's offer from the White Sox remains at seven years.

There's some contrasting information out there at the moment, as Bob Nightengale of USA Today backs up Levine's report of seven years. However, Jeff Passan of ESPN.com reported late Sunday that Chicago offered eight years to Machado, with Z101Digital’s Hector Gomez adding that it's worth $250 million. Either way, Machado remains a free agent and surely wants something closer to 10 years and $300 million. The wait continues.
Jan 14 - 11:58 AM

MLB.com's Todd Zolecki reports that the Phillies' meeting with Bryce Harper on Saturday went so well that the team "might be shifting their focus from Manny Machado to Harper."

Zolecki adds that the Phillies were "remarkably impressed with Harper and his wife" when the two parties met in Las Vegas. It's essentially backing up a previous report from USA Today's Bob Nightengale, which said the Phillies "have emerged as the clear-cut favorite" to sign Harper. Philadelphia looks like a shoo-in to sign one of the two mega free agents, and it's sounding like Harper might be the likelier of the two at this point. Per Nightengale, Philly is expected to make a formal offer to Harper this week.
Source: MLB.com
Jan 13 - 2:37 PM




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