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According to Rustin Dodd of The Athletic, the Royals are "looking hard" at free agent outfielder Billy Hamilton.

Hamilton was non-tendered by the Reds last week in a somewhat surprising move. He has not lived up to the hype offensively -- the 28-year-old owns a wretched .245/.298/.333 career batting line -- but he's one of the fastest players in baseball and rates as an elite defensive center fielder. Hamilton should have interest from a range of different teams on the open market.
Dec 6 - 1:45 PM

According to Jon Heyman of Fancred, Dallas Keuchel looks to be the top free agent target for the Braves.

Heyman notes that the Braves are still looking for one starting pitcher, one reliever and one outfielder, after already inking Josh Donaldson to a free agent deal. Keuchel, 30, has already received interest from the Phillies, and the Reds have seemingly made him a top priority as well, so the bidding could be hotly contested here. Keuchel is considered the top starting pitcher remaining on the market after Patrick Corbin signed his six-year deal with the Nationals.
Dec 9 - 10:34 PM

Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports that the Padres have "genuine interest" in acquiring J.T. Realmuto from the Marlins.

The Padres are in the market for an upgrade behind the plate and Realmuto definitely qualifies there. He'd add another big bat to the middle of the lineup as well as terrific defense behind the dish. The Mets are the team that has been mentioned most often as the team looking to snag the All-Star catcher from the Marlins, but perhaps they'd prefer to deal him out of the division instead, which could give the Padres a leg up.
Dec 9 - 10:24 PM

Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports that the Blue Jays have interest in free agent right-handers Mike Fiers and Kendall Graveman.

According to Morosi, the Jays are interested in building rotation depth in the event that Aaron Sanchez and/or Marcus Stroman are traded away this offseason. Fiers, 33, earned $6 million on a one-year deal from the Tigers during a bounceback 2018 campaign where he registered a 12-8 record, 3.56 ERA, 1.18 WHIP and 139/37 K/BB ratio across 172 innings.
Source: Jon Morosi
Dec 9 - 8:53 PM

According to Jon Heyman of Fancred, the Yankees like and plan to meet with free agent Manny Machado.

Heyman notes, however, that the Yankees will not pay $300 million to secure the superstar infielder. The Phillies and White Sox are currently seen as their main competition for Machado, though there are likely several other interested teams lurking in the shadows.
Dec 9 - 6:46 PM

Mike Napoli announced his retirement as a player on Saturday.

He posted a long letter on Twitter to announce that his playing days are over. He retires with a career .246/.346/.475 slash line with 267 home runs and 744 RBI. His career began in 2006 with the Angels and he went on to become one of the best catchers to own in the fantasy game. He eventually moved out from behind the plate and became predominantly a first baseman and designated hitter. In addition to the Angels he played for the Rangers, Red Sox and Indians during his 12 seasons in the majors. His most impressive campaign came in 2011 when he slugged .320/.414/.631 with 30 homers and 75 RBI in just 113 games. He last appeared in the majors in 2017 with the Rangers and missed all of the 2018 season after suffering a severe knee injury in April while playing for the Indians' Triple-A affiliate.
Dec 8 - 3:23 PM

Brian Stull of the St. Louis Baseball Weekly reported that Yadier Molina will undergo knee surgery next week.

It is expected to be a minor clean-up procedure with a rapid recovery time. Cardinals President of Baseball Operations John Mozeliak said Molina would be sidelined for only a few days. The 36-year-old Molina remains one of the top catchers on the fantasy landscape after batting .261/.314/.436 with 20 home runs and 74 RBI this past season. ESPN's Player Rater ranked Molina second among all catchers behind only J.T. Realmuto in 2018.
Dec 8 - 11:17 AM

Padres signed RHP Garrett Richards to a two-year contract.

Official financial terms of the deal are not yet known, but it's believed to be in the neighborhood of $15 million, with the ability for incentives to push it up to $18 million. The 30-year-old hurler is expected to miss most of, if not all, of the 2019 season while recovering from Tommy John surgery.
Dec 7 - 6:48 PM

Nationals owner Mark Lerner said in an interview on 106.7 FM The Fan on Friday of Bryce Harper that "I really don't expect him to come back at this point."

Lerner said that when the team made Harper the reported 10-year, $300 million offer on the last day of the regular season, "we told them, 'This is the best we can do.'" He added that that offer "very well may be" off the table at this point after the additions they've made since then and ones they still plan to make. General manager Mike Rizzo indicated earlier Friday that the Patrick Corbin signing didn't necessarily rule the club out for re-signing Harper, but the writing is on the wall at this point.
Dec 7 - 2:55 PM

Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times writes that there is "industry-wide speculation" the Dodgers will trade Yasiel Puig this offseason.

Hernandez adds that it could happen as soon as next week's Winter Meetings. The speculation does make sense, as the Dodgers are loaded with outfield depth and Puig is slated to hit free agency next winter. Hernandez also notes that Puig was "disgruntled" by being used as a platoon player in 2018 and "is now described as distrustful of management and open to playing for another team." Puig's name has popped up in trade rumors often in the past, but the Dodgers obviously haven't gotten any offers they felt were good enough to pull the trigger on. Whether that changes this offseason remains to be seen.
Dec 7 - 12:55 PM

Nationals signed LHP Patrick Corbin to a six-year, $140 million contract.

The deal was reported earlier this week and has now been made official after Corbin passed a physical. It's a risky contract for a guy who has been up-and-down during his career, but there's no disputing Corbin hit a new level in 2018 when he focused even more on his dominating slider. He gives the Nats a formidable top-three in the rotation along with Max Scherzer and Stephen Strasburg.
Dec 7 - 12:30 PM

Luis Valbuena and former Pirates second baseman Jose Castillo were killed in a car accident in Venezuela on Thursday night.

Both were playing with the Lara Cardinales in the Venezuelan Winter League. Valbuena, 33, was a major league free agent after being released by the Angels in August. He spent 11 seasons in the bigs, hitting a career-high 25 homers for the Astros in 2015. Castillo, 37, played five seasons in the majors from 2004-08. Our condolences go out to the families of both.
Dec 7 - 1:20 AM




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