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Giants signed LHP Derek Holland to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

It's a good landing spot for Holland, as he should have a legitimate chance to win a rotation spot and is headed to the most pitcher-friendly park in the game. Unfortunately, the left-hander is coming off a horrendous 2017 season that saw him post a 6.20 ERA over 135 innings while also showing continued diminished velocity. Holland turned 31 last October.
Fri, Feb 9, 2018 12:49:00 PM

Mariano Rivera, Roy Halladay, Edgar Martinez, and Mike Mussina have been elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

They'll be officially inducted this summer in Cooperstown, New York, along with Today's Game Era Committee selections Lee Smith and Harold Baines. Rivera and Halladay are in as first-ballot selections, and Mussina finally topped the 75-percent voting threshold in his sixth year on the ballot. It was a 10-year wait for Martinez. Rivera, the all-time MLB leader in saves and a five-time World Series champion, received votes on 100 percent of the ballots, becoming the first player ever to be voted in unanimously.
Source: BBWAA.com
Jan 22 - 6:21 PM

Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports that the Dodgers remain in talks with the Marlins about a possible trade for catcher J.T. Realmuto.

The Dodgers recently acquired Russell Martin from the Blue Jays, but that hasn't changed their pursuit of Realmuto. The Marlins are setting their sights sky high in regard to the asking price and Frisaro hears that top catching prospect Keibert Ruiz is one of the names being discussed with the Dodgers. However, it's unclear if anything is imminent. The Rays, Reds, Astros, Padres, and Braves have also been linked in talks for Realmuto.
Jan 22 - 3:50 PM

Braves re-signed OF Nick Markakis to a one-year, $6 million contract.

Markakis will receive a $4 million salary in 2019 and there is a $2 million buyout on a $6 million club option for 2020. The Braves considered alternative plans for their outfield this offseason, but it was always possible they'd loop back around on Markakis. The 35-year-old is coming off his best season since 2012, but the market hasn't been kind to most veteran players. It's a nice value for the Braves, and it also allows them to continue to invest in other areas of their roster.
Jan 22 - 3:37 PM

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Rangers have signed infielder Asdrubal Cabrera to a one-year deal, pending a physical.

Jeff Passan of ESPN reports that the deal is worth $3.5 million. Rosenthal writes that Cabrera will play third base, replacing Adrian Beltre, with his new team. The 33-year-old couldn't find much of a market for himself this winter despite putting up 23 homers with a .774 OPS (112 OPS+) between the Mets and Phillies last season. At least he'll be in a good situation to continue delivering fantasy value in the short-term. The Rangers aren't expected to be contenders in 2019, so there's a good chance he ends up being a trade candidate around midseason.
Jan 22 - 11:52 AM

Reds acquired RHP Sonny Gray and LHP Reiver Sanmartin from the Yankees in exchange for 2B Shed Long and a 2019 competitive balance pick.

Gray has agreed to a three-year, $30.5 million contract extension, as well, with the Reds holding a $12 million club option for 2023. He will be reunited with his college pitching coach, Derek Johnson, who joined new manager David Bell's staff earlier this offseason. Getting out of Yankee Stadium and moving to the National League is good news for Gray, but he'll have to pitch in another bandbox in Great American Ball Park. Mixed leaguers should probably take a wait-and-see approach with him.
Jan 21 - 5:13 PM

Yadier Molina said Monday that his surgically-repaired left knee is at about 50 percent and he probably won't play in spring training games until mid-March.

Molina also revealed that his knee bothered him for the bulk of last season, but he played through it before going under the knife in mid-December. It's not the news you want to hear about a 36-year-old catcher, but Molina has been incredibly durable considering the number of innings he catches, so it's hard to doubt him at this point. Still, the ongoing recovery is something for fantasy owners to monitor this spring.
Jan 21 - 4:48 PM

Ketel Marte will move to center field for the Diamondbacks this season.

The D-backs plan to play new acquisition Wilmer Flores primarily at second base, allowing them to move Marte to center field as had been rumored. Marte has only started seven games in center in his pro career, with five of them coming in 2017 at Triple-A. With Marte moving to the outfield, Jarrod Dyson will slide back into a fourth outfielder role.
Jan 21 - 4:30 PM

Sahadev Sharma of The Athletic writes that the Cubs have "bandied about the idea of trading Ben Zobrist this offseason."

Zobrist is set to play an integral role for the Cubs again in 2019, particularly early on in the season while Addison Russell serves the remainder of his suspension. That said, the team has evidently considered trading him for bullpen help and payroll space. However, it does not appear at this point that any deal involving Zobrist is close. The veteran utility player will turn 38 in May and is slated for free agency after the upcoming season. He'll earn $12.5 million in 2019.
Source: The Athletic
Jan 20 - 3:55 PM

Jon Heyman of Fancred Sports reports that the Dodgers, Giants, Angels, Phillies and Rays are among the teams pursuing Josh Harrison.

The Rangers have also been previously connected to Harrison. The Pirates used Harrison almost exclusively at second base last season, but his ability to play all over the field makes him a fit on just about any club. The 31-year-old batted an uninspiring .250/.293/.363 over 97 games in 2018.
Jan 20 - 1:39 PM

Angels signed RHP Cody Allen to a one-year, $8.5 million contract.

He can earn an additional $2.5 million in games finished incentives. Allen didn't have an ideal walk year with a 4.70 ERA for the Indians, but he misses a lot of bats and has a good shot at a bounce-back season if he can stay healthy. He's in line to serve as the Angels' closer.
Jan 20 - 1:25 PM

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Dodgers have been discussing Joc Pederson in possible trades, and the White Sox are "one of clubs in those conversations."

Jason Kinander of FanSided was first to report that the two sides were talking. The White Sox really need outfield help, so it's not a surprise that they would have some interest in Pederson. It's also not a surprise that the Dodgers are fielding offers for the outfielder, as they appear interested in balancing out their left-handed-heavy lineup. Rosenthal adds that it's "not known if talks are advanced to point where teams are close to a deal." Pederson is under team control through 2020.
Jan 20 - 12:08 PM




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