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Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that the Giants are not actively trying to trade ace starter Madison Bumgarner.

Giants president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi said on KNBR radio that "Nobody is making any outgoing calls on Madison Bumgarner." They are listening to teams that call but that is it. Tom Haudricort of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel tweeted that the Brewers are not currently engaged in trade talks with the Giants regarding Bumgarner. Earlier reports speculated that the Brewers were the the most likely landing spot for Bumgarner but apparently those rumors were overblown or the trade talks died out. It still makes good sense for the rebuilding/reloading Giants to cash in their best trade chip either this offseason or before this summer's trade deadline. The 29-year-old Bumgarner will make $12 million (plus possible incentives) in the final season of his contract. He has a limited no-trade clause and can block trades to eight clubs.
Jan 12 - 12:51 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

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that a possible delay in the announcement of the Sonny Gray trade is that the Reds might be trying to sign Gray to an extension.

Jon Heyman of Fancred Sports has confirmed that extension talks between the two sides are indeed taking place. Rosenthal notes that the trade between the Yankees and Reds could still be completed even if a contract extension isn't agreed to, but Gray might be more amendable to a long-term deal with Cincinnati because of a reunion with former college pitching coach Derek Johnson.
Jan 20 - 11:57 AM

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Dodgers are "in discussions" with A.J. Pollock.

It's a follow-up report from Rosenthal, who had noted previously that the Dodgers had interest in the free agent outfielder. Pollock would provide the Dodgers with a right-handed bat to add to a left-handed-heavy lineup and allow them to play Cody Bellinger more at first base if that's what they'd prefer. While Pollock's injury history is a concern, Rosenthal correctly notes that the Dodgers could deal with his absence more easily than most clubs due to their depth and versatility.
Jan 20 - 9:34 AM

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Twins have reached a contract agreement with free agent left-hander Martin Perez.

According to Rosenthal, it's a one-year major league deal that includes a club option for a second season. No word yet on the financials. Perez hit the open market after the Rangers declined his $7.5 million option in December. The 27-year-old hurler registered a troublesome 6.22 ERA, 1.78 WHIP and 52/36 K/BB ratio across 85 1/3 innings for the Rangers in 2018.
Jan 19 - 4:52 PM

Jon Heyman of Fancred reports that the Giants have been gauging trade interest in third baseman Evan Longoria.

Longoria has four years and $72.5 million remaining on his contract with the Giants, in addition to a $2 million assignment bonus if he's traded, so the Giants may have to contribute significant cash if they're hoping to move him. The 33-year-old hit .244/.281/.413 with 16 homers and 54 RBI over 125 games in his first season with the Giants.
Jan 19 - 4:48 PM

Jon Heyman of Fancred reports that the Yankees and Reds are "getting closer" to making a trade involving Sonny Gray.

This one has been brewing for a long time now and something might happen soon. Heyman mentions that the Yankees would receive two prospects and a competitive balance draft pick. One of the prospects involved could be either 2B Shed Long or C Tyler Stephenson, both of whom are in the back half of the Reds' top ten prospects. The second prospect would likely be from further down the list. Gray will make a $7.5 million salary in 2019 after going 11-9 with a 4.90 ERA and woeful 1.50 WHIP in 30 games (23 starts) last year for the Yankees. Based on those numbers we wouldn't expect Gray to net much of a return in trade value, but his xFIP was better at 4.10 and he owns a career ERA of 3.66 over six seasons. His first three seasons were his best however, and over the last three seasons he has a 4.59 ERA. Heyman reports the Giants, Braves and Brewers are also interested in Gray.
Jan 19 - 10:50 AM

Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe reports that Chris Sale said his shoulder is feeling healthy again.

Sale spoke at the Red Sox annual fan convention and said "I feel normal again, I’m able to throw free and easy and feel loose and kind of have that whip back. It’s obviously a nice feeling." Sale suffered through an extended bout with left shoulder inflammation last season that cost him two stints on the disabled list. The club was able to nurse him through the season and the playoffs but he wasn't at full strength. The aches and pains limited him to 158 innings but when he was on the mound he was spectacular. He turned in a 2.11 ERA and 0.86 WHIP (both career bests) in 27 starts. He struck out 237 batters, issued just 34 walks and yielded only 11 home runs. He won 12 games against four losses and finished fourth in the AL Cy Young balloting. He has finished in the top six of the Cy Young balloting in each of the last seven seasons but has not yet won the award.
Jan 19 - 10:33 AM

Kris Bryant said his shoulder is now perfectly healthy and he has been taking batting practice at full strength since December 1st.

Bryant initially injured his left shoulder on a slide in late June and was bothered by lingering discomfort throughout the second half. He batted just .242/.333/.374 with two home runs over his final 30 regular-season games. Following the season there was conjecture that he might need surgery on the shoulder and that he wouldn't be able to swing a bat until January. Speaking at the Cubs' fan convention he said his shoulder is "Perfect. I feel so good. I feel great... I feel very strong... I'm swinging really hard." It's good news for fantasy owners who can now draft him with confidence this spring.
Jan 19 - 9:54 AM

Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein said shortstop Addison Russell will get a "conditional second chance" to remain with the organization.

Russell was suspended 40 games for violating Major League Baseball's domestic violence policy and still has 29 games of that suspension left to serve this year. The Cubs consulted with Russell's ex-wife (the victim of the abuse), and Epstein said "She felt like this was Addison's best chance to get his life in order." The former elite prospect's career has been disappointing thus far -- he has a .242/.313/.392 slash line in 533 career games and his results have been trending in the wrong direction. His role moving forward could be that of a part-time player on the Cubs' loaded roster. He will turn 25 years old next week.
Source: Sportsnet
Jan 19 - 9:14 AM

According to Jon Heyman of Fancred, there is a mystery team in the mix for Manny Machado, and that they reportedly have the highest offer on the table.

Heyman notes that the impression is that the mystery team is not Machado's preferred destination, though if the Phillies and White Sox don't up their offers, perhaps the almighty dollar will win out in the end. The Yankees and Dodgers have each been connected to Machado as well this winter, but Heyman reported earlier on Friday that neither team has made an official contract offer.
Jan 18 - 8:46 PM

Rays signed OF Avisail Garcia to a one-year, $3.5 million contract.

The deal -- which was first reported early this week -- could be worth as much as $6 million if Garcia hits all of his incentives. Garcia was non-tendered by the White Sox earlier this offseason following a disappointing .719 OPS, but his Statcast data was promising and he posted a .885 OPS in 2017. You have to expect at least one trip to the disabled list, but he's a worthy gamble on a modest deal.
Jan 18 - 5:29 PM




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