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Dodgers signed LHP Manny Banuelos to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

A former top prospect with the Yankees before injuries took him off the map, Banuelos posted a 4.93 ERA over 95 innings with the Angels' Triple-A affiliate last season while mostly pitching in relief. He turns 27 in March and will likely serve as relief depth in the minors.
Jan 30 - 3:10 PM

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Indians are "drawing significant trade interest" in Yan Gomes.

They're also getting trade interest in some of their starting pitchers, with one executive telling Rosenthal that the Indians are "scrambling to get young players" to clear payroll. Gomes is set to earn $7 million in 2019 and has a $9 million club option for 2020 and $11 million club option for 2021. The 31-year-old hit .266/.313/.449 with 16 homers this season and made his first All-Star team.
Nov 19 - 10:29 PM

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Astros and Cardinals are the two teams "that have had the most meaningful discussions" with the Diamondbacks regarding a Paul Goldschmidt trade.

Rosenthal cautions that "no deal is close" and talks are "not yet advanced," but it looks like Houston and St. Louis could be the early favorites to land the six-time All-Star. Goldschmidt is slated to earn $14.5 million next season before entering free agency next winter. It's obviously going to take a big package to land him even though he's only under team control for one year. Goldy rebounded from a slow start to finish with a .290/.389/.533 and 33 home runs in 2018.
Nov 19 - 9:33 PM

Yankees acquired LHP James Paxton from the Mariners for LHP Justus Sheffield, RHP Erik Swanson and OF Don Thompson-Williams.

Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports was first to report the deal and it is now official. Sheffield is the headliner for Seattle, as he will immediately become their top prospect and should spend ample time in the big league rotation in 2019. Paxton's health history is sketchy to say the least -- he's never thrown more than 160 1/3 innings in the majors -- but he's a legitimate ace when on the mound. The Yankees will have the left-hander under team control for two years.
Nov 19 - 5:42 PM

Mariano Rivera, Roy Halladay, and Andy Pettitte are among the first-time eligible players for the 2019 Hall of Fame ballot.

Todd Helton, Michael Young, and Miguel Tejada are among the other notable additions to the ballot. Rivera and the late Halladay should get in while Pettitte is a more complicated case. They'll join an impressive list of holdovers, including Edgar Martinez, who fell just 20 votes short last year. Results will be announced on January 22.
Source: BBWAA.com
Nov 19 - 12:19 PM

According to Mark Feinsand of MLB.com, the Nationals have agreed to a two-year deal with free agent catcher Kurt Suzuki.

The deal is pending a physical. Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that it's a two-year, $10 million deal. Suzuki jumps to a division rival after spending the past two seasons with the Braves. The 35-year-old batted .271/.332/.444 with 12 homers over 105 games in 2018. This will be Suzuki's second stint with Washington, as he previously played for the club in 2012 and 2013.
Nov 19 - 11:26 AM

Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that the Astros' have made an "initial offer" of one year with an option to free agent right-hander Charlie Morton.

Terms aren't known, but the guarantee would presumably be less than the one-year, $17.9 million qualifying offer that the Astros declined to make earlier this month. Morton just turned 35 and will likely have short-term offers to choose from on the open market, but he'll surely keep trying for two guaranteed years from someone.
Nov 19 - 10:03 AM

Astros acquired INF Aledmys Diaz from the Blue Jays for RHP Trent Thornton.

He will likely serve in a utility role for his new team and can be viewed as a replacement for Marwin Gonzalez, who is likely to depart in free agency. Diaz played in 130 games for the Blue Jays this year, slashing .263/.303/.453 with 18 home runs and 55 RBI.
Nov 17 - 11:32 AM

Kenley Jansen will undergo heart surgery on November 26.

The procedure was expected after Jansen dealt with an irregular heartbeat again this season. The best-case scenario for his recovery is two weeks, although it could take him as long as eight weeks. The closer is expected to be ready for the start of spring training either way.
Nov 16 - 5:58 PM

Red Sox re-signed INF/OF Steve Pearce to a one-year, $6.25 million contract.

Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports first reported the deal and the Red Sox have officially announced it. After batting .279/.394/.507 with seven homers over 50 games down the stretch for the Red Sox, Pearce took home World Series MVP honors on the strength of three home runs and eight RBI during the Fall Classic. He'll turn 36 next April but should be useful again in a platoon role at first base with Mitch Moreland.
Nov 16 - 5:19 PM

Andy Martino of SNY.tv reports that the Yankees "have multiple offers on the table" for Sonny Gray and appear close to trading the right-hander.

General manager Brian Cashman said last month that he expected to trade Gray and he noted at last week's GM Meetings that "a lot of teams" were interested in the hurler. The Yanks are weighing the offers for Gray and it sounds like they could pick one soon. Gray posted a 4.90 ERA in 2018 but would be a solid bounce-back candidate in a better environment. The Reds and A's are known to be in on Gray, but Martino says there are "approximately 11" teams interested.
Source: SNY TV
Nov 16 - 1:49 PM

Jon Heyman of Fancred Sports reports that James Paxton and Sonny Gray are the "main focus" for the Reds as they seek rotation upgrades.

Heyman notes that they've talked to the Indians about Corey Kluber and Carlos Carrasco, as well. The Reds have also been connected to the big free agent starter arms, as well, as it's clear they've intent on giving their rotation a shot in the arm this offseason. Paxton has been a popular trade target early on this winter, with the Yankees and Astros among the clubs also showing interest. Gray is a shoo-in to be dealt this offseason and would be reunited with former college pitching coach Derek Johnson in Cincinnati.
Nov 16 - 1:41 PM




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