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Padres optioned LHP Joey Lucchesi to Triple-A El Paso.

Beat writer Jeff Sanders of the San Diego Union-Tribune suspects the Padres did this to keep Lucchesi on schedule with the All-Star break coming up. He's required to be in the minors for at least 10 days but should be back in the big leagues as soon as those 10 days are up. The rookie holds an impressive 3.34 ERA over 14 starts for the Padres this year, but hasn't been pitching deep into games. Rafael Lopez was called up from Triple-A in the corresponding roster move.
Jul 12 - 6:42 PM

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Cubs are close to a deal with Daniel Descalso.

Dec 18 - 11:44 AM

Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports that the Astros are "back in the mix" for Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto.

Frisaro writes that prospect outfielder Kyle Tucker "remains a target" in a potential trade, though it's unclear if the Astros are willing to part with him. It's possible they'd be more willing to do so after reportedly nearing a deal with Michael Brantley. The Dodgers, Padres, and Rays are also involved in talks for Realmuto, though there doesn't appear to be a frontrunner at this time.
Dec 18 - 10:19 AM

Mets signed C Wilson Ramos to a two-year, $19 million contract with a club option for 2021.

The club option is worth $10 million and carries a $1.5 million buyout. The contract breakdown includes a $2 million signing bonus, with a $6.25 million salary in 2019 and a $9.25 salary million in 2020. He could earn an additional $500,000 with incentives. Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen pushed hard for J.T. Realmuto, but Ramos is a fine alternative. The 31-year-old batted .306/.358/.487 with 15 homers and 70 RBI over 111 games last season between the Rays and Phillies. Travis d'Arnaud is expected to serve as the primary backup in 2019 while Kevin Plawecki could be headed to the trade block.
Dec 18 - 10:03 AM

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Astros are "closing in" on a two-year deal with Michael Brantley in the $32 million range.

Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports says the Astros plan to rotate Brantley between left field, first base and designated hitter. Brantley, 31, has never played first base before but it was reported earlier this month that he was willing to give the position a try in order to add to his versatility. The path to playing time is more difficult for top prospect Kyle Tucker (and also Tony Kemp) with the addition of Brantley, assuming the Astros are unable to trade Josh Reddick. It could free Houston up to include Tucker in a deal for J.T. Realmuto if that's the route they choose to take.
Dec 17 - 7:02 PM

Mets signed OF Rajai Davis to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Davis, 38, batted only .224/.278/.281 over 216 plate appearances for the Indians last season, although he did steal 21 bases. The veteran speedster can play all three outfield spots and will compete for a bench job in spring training.
Dec 17 - 5:13 PM

George A. King III reports that Manny Machado will meet with the Yankees in New York on Wednesday.

Machado is also slated to meet with the Phillies and White Sox this week and reportedly will visit with at least one other unidentified team, as well. The 26-year-old is set to strike it rich on the free agent market this winter after putting together a 297/.367/.538 batting line with 37 home runs and 107 RBI last season for the Orioles and Dodgers.
Dec 16 - 1:06 PM

A source tells MLB.com's Mark Bowman that the Braves "do not plan to have any further talks with the Marlins" regarding J.T. Realmuto.

Bowman hears the Braves haven't even had any discussions about the All-Star catcher in the past five days. The club was recently rumored to be one of a handful, along with the Reds, Mets, Rays, Dodgers and Padres, interested in the Miami backstop. With the Braves out, allegedly, it seems as though they're comfortable entering the season with Tyler Flowers and Brian McCann as their catcher tandem.
Dec 15 - 10:12 PM

The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal is reporting free agent Matt Adams is in agreement with the Nationals, pending a physical.

Yahoo Sports' Jeff Passan hears it's a one-year, $4 million contract. Adams has spent the past few years rotating between a handful of teams, coming up with the Cardinals before being dealt to the Braves, then joining the Nats ahead of last season before a trade sent him back to the Cards mid-year. Now, he's back in the nation's capital on a one-year deal. As he was deployed by the Nats his first time around, the 30-year-old will likely spell Ryan Zimmerman at first base and could see more playing time if the oft-injured Zimmerman can't stay on the field or his decline escalates in 2019.
Dec 15 - 4:17 PM

White Sox acquired 1B Yonder Alonso from the Indians for OF Alex Call.

The deal was initially reported on Friday and is now official. Alonso batted .250/.317/.421 with 23 home runs and 83 RBI in his first and only season with the Indians. The White Sox already have a good first baseman in Jose Abreu, so one of them will presumably shift to the designated hitter slot. Both of them are 31 years old but Alonso has the better defensive metrics and will likely play the field on most days. The hot gossip on the Internet is that Alonso is Manny Machado's brother-in-law and that this move could be a maneuver by the White Sox to entice the superstar shortstop to choose Chicago over the other teams vying for his services.
Dec 15 - 10:01 AM

Jon Heyman of Fancred reports that the Cubs are one of six teams that have been in contact with free agent shortstop Troy Tulowitzki.

The Cubs plan to send a scout to Tulo's upcoming workout to get a feel for what he has left in the tank. With the Blue Jays on the hook for most of his salary, the 34-year-old could wind up being a nice bargain at the veteran's minimum, provided he's able to stay healthy, which is something he has struggled with throughout his career. The Tulowitzki camp has said that they plan to narrow the field of suitors soon.
Dec 14 - 9:29 PM

Matt Chapman had his left shoulder scoped on Friday in what was termed a "minor cleanup procedure".

The Athletics announced Friday that Chapman should be able to resume swinging in six weeks. They made the decision to have the procedure done after the third baseman felt discomfort during offseason workouts. Barring any setbacks, he'll be healthy and ready to roll for the start of spring training.
Dec 14 - 8:08 PM




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