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Twins signed LHP Daniel Camarena to a minor league contract.

The 26-year-old southpaw spent the 2018 season toiling in the minor leagues for the Yankees and Giants, compiling a 5.30 ERA, 1.59 WHIP and 100/53 K/BB ratio across 125 2/3 innings, primarily at Triple-A. He'll add rotation depth for the Twins.
Jan 18 - 9:33 PM

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

Yu Darvish (elbow) said Friday that based on his progress, a realistic goal for him is to be ready for Opening Day.

The 32-year-old hurler has already resumed throwing on flat ground and will begin playing long toss within the next couple of days. He'll throw his first bullpen session of the spring in roughly a week. Darvish was limited to 40 innings during the 2018 campaign due to lingering elbow and triceps issues, which eventually led to season-ending surgery in September.
Jan 18 - 7:19 PM

Andy Martino of SNY reports that the Yankees could be eyeing Rockies' superstar Nolan Arenado.

Perhaps that's why they haven't shown as much interest as anticipated in Manny Machado this winter. Arenado is entering the final season on his deal in Colorado, and according to Martino's sources, the two sides have already discussed a potential deal at some point this offseason. While the Rockies have been open about their desire to sign Arenado to a long-term contract extension, the chances of that happening don't appear to be great, especially as the two sides heading to a record-breaking arbitration hearing. If they get to a point where they feel that the extension is futile, it wouldn't be surprising at all to see Arenado dealt before the trade deadline.
Source: SNY
Jan 18 - 6:26 PM

Pirates sent RHP Dario Agrazal outright to Triple-A Indianapolis.

Agrazal had been designated for assignment, but he cleared waivers and will remain in the organization. He posted a 3.65 ERA across three levels in the minors last season and will probably clear waivers.
Jan 18 - 5:40 PM

Rays designated RHP Oliver Drake for assignment.

The move clears a spot on the 40-man roster for Avisail Garcia. Drake has been on six different teams -- including two separate stints with the Blue Jays and Rays -- since the beginning of 2018 and he may now be on the move again.
Jan 18 - 5:33 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

Cubs signed RHP Rob Scahill to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Scahill has posted a 3.85 ERA with 99 strikeouts over 149 2/3 relief innings across parts of seven major league seasons. He'll turn 32 next month and will likely being the season at Triple-A Iowa as bullpen depth.
Jan 18 - 4:06 PM

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Reds are "making progress" in their pursuit of a trade for Sonny Gray.

Jon Heyman of Fancred Sports hears that the Yankees have shown interest in second base prospect Shed Long and catching prospect Tyler Stephenson, although it's unclear whether one or both of those players is headed to New York. Cincinnati and Great American Ball Park isn't the best landing spot for Gray as he looks to have a bounce-back season, although a move to the National League should help and he'll be reunited with his former college pitching coach, Derek Johnson. Like fellow pitching acquisitions Alex Wood and Tanner Roark, Gray is set to hit free agency after the 2019 campaign.
Jan 18 - 3:35 PM

The Cardinals have hired Tony Cruz as a minor league catching instructor.

And, thus, Cruz's major league career has come to an end. The 32-year-old batted just .216/.256/.308 over parts of seven big league seasons, with the bulk of his service time coming with the Cards.
Jan 18 - 3:32 PM

Dan Hayes of The Athletic believes that Fernando Romero might wind up in the Twins' bullpen this season and "could play an important role."

He'll come to camp as a starter and could still have some untapped upside in that role. However, Romero lacks a third pitch and his stuff could play up even more in relief. The Twins also think he has the necessary temperament for a bullpen role. While it probably won't happen at the beginning of the season, Romero could eventually fill a high-leverage relief role in 2019.
Jan 18 - 3:30 PM

Ricky Romero has announced his retirement from baseball.

Romero was an All-Star back in 2011 but was never the same after that and hadn't pitched in the majors since 2013. The 34-year-old will retire with a career 4.16 ERA across 801 1/3 innings over parts of five big league seasons.
Source: Sportsnet
Jan 18 - 12:33 PM

Jon Heyman of Fancred Sports reports that the Yankees and Dodgers have not made Manny Machado an official contract offer this offseason.

Machado's father, Manuel, told Z Deportes that his son has received offers from the Yankees, Dodgers and Phillies and that there's been "a lot of interest" from the White Sox, but Heyman is hearing otherwise. While it doesn't necessarily matter that he hasn't gotten "official" offers from either club, the Dodgers have never seemed likely to re-sign Machado and him landing with the Yankees has been looking less and less likely by the day.
Jan 18 - 12:30 PM

Andy Martino of SNY.tv reports that the White Sox have discussed a deal with Manny Machado that would allow the team to exercise an option after year three that would trigger club control for an eighth or ninth year.

If the White Sox declined to exercise that option, Machado would have the opportunity to opt out of the deal after 2021. It's a similar contract stipulation that Yusei Kikuchi and Zach Britton agreed to, although with Machado it would obviously be on a much larger scale. All three players are clients of Scott Boras, who has referred to the unique contracts as a "swellopt" (meaning it's a "swell" option for both sides). Martino believes that if Machado might be amendable to this type of contract, it's possible the Yankees could jump back into the bidding.
Source: SNY.tv
Jan 18 - 9:38 AM

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that Cody Allen's contract with the Angels is worth $8.5 million, with $2.5 million more available in games finished incentives.

It's a straight one-year deal that doesn't include any options. Allen surely was hoping to land a nice multi-year contract this offseason, but he reportedly wanted the opportunity to close and he should have a clear path to the ninth inning in Anaheim. The veteran reliever held an unsightly 4.70 ERA last season and his strikeout and walk rates went in the wrong direction. However, he still missed plenty of bats and looks like a good bounce-back candidate for the Angels on a one-year pact.
Jan 18 - 9:03 AM



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