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Tigers signed C Hector Sanchez to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

A career .238/.273/.367 hitter over parts of seven major league seasons, Sanchez spent all of 2018 at Triple-A in the Giants organization. The veteran catcher will compete for the backup job behind Grayson Greiner.
Jan 21 - 7:53 PM

Yadier Molina said Monday that he's open to playing another season after his contract expires following the 2020 campaign, but only for the Cardinals.

Molina has said previously that he planned to retire when his contract ran out, but obviously he's now reconsidering. "Last year was a good year I think," said Molina. "It all depends what happens these two years. If the Cardinals want to do it one more time, I'll only do it with the Cardinals." Molina -- who will turn 37 in July -- hit .261/.314/.436 with 20 homers and 74 RBI last season.
Jan 21 - 7:12 PM

Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press reports that the Tigers will invite pitching prospect Casey Mize to spring training.

The No. 1 overall pick in last year's Draft, Mize posted a 3.95 ERA and 14/3 K/BB ratio over 13 2/3 innings between the Gulf Coast League and High-A in his first taste of pro ball. He'll turn 22 in May and should move quickly, although Mize doesn't figure to reach the majors until 2020 at the earliest.
Jan 21 - 6:37 PM

Cardinals owner Bill DeWitt Jr. said Monday that the team will attempt to sign Paul Goldschmidt to a long-term contract extension.

"Whenever a good player comes to the Cardinals, if they have a year left on their contract, we always think down the road," DeWitt said. "We'd love to have him here longer than one year, and we'll just see how that plays out." It's rare that a player inks a long-term deal a year away from free agency and that's not even factoring in that Goldschmidt hasn't even played for the Cards yet. That said, Goldy will be 32 next winter, so he might be more open to an extension with what's gone on in free agency the last two years.
Jan 21 - 6:08 PM

Yankees signed RHP Danny Farquhar to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Farquhar suffered a brain hemorrhage from a ruptured aneurysm last April when he was with the White Sox, which knocked him out for the rest of the season. He's recovered well, though, and will try to return to the majors at some point with the Yankees.
Jan 21 - 5:45 PM

Mariners designated INF/RHP Kaleb Cowart for assignment.

The move clears a spot on the 40-man roster for Shed Long. Cowart was claimed off waivers from the Angels last month and the M's had planned to try him as a reliever in addition to infielder. We'll see if he passes through waivers this time.
Jan 21 - 5:28 PM

Yankees acquired OF Josh Stowers from the Mariners for 2B Shed Long.

The Yanks picked up Long from the Reds in the Sonny Gray deal but will flip him for Stowers, who was a second-round pick in last year's Draft. The 21-year-old batted .260/.380/.410 with five homers and 20 steals over 58 games in Short-Season ball in 2018. He was ranked by as the Mariners' No. 10 prospect.
Jan 21 - 5:26 PM

Mariners acquired 2B Shed Long from the Yankees for OF Josh Stowers.

Long came from the Reds in the Sonny Gray deal but has been flipped to Seattle. The 23-year-old batted .261/.353/.412 with 12 homers and 19 steals at the Double-A level in 2018. He's already on the 40-man roster and could debut at some point in 2019.
Jan 21 - 5:23 PM

Reds acquired LHP Reiver Sanmartin from the Yankees as part of the Sonny Gray deal.

Sanmartin, 22, held a 2.81 ERA and 58/4 K/BB ratio over 67 1/3 innings across four levels in the Yankees' system last season. He has mostly been used as a starter in pro ball but could ultimately profile better in relief.
Jan 21 - 5:16 PM

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 game 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, it's something for fantasy owners to consider.
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

Diamondbacks designated LHP Jared Miller for assignment.

The move clears a spot on the 40-man roster for the addition of Wilmer Flores. Miller, 25, has yet to pitch in the majors and posted a 6.94 ERA with a whopping 67 walks over 48 relief innings between Double- and Triple-A last season.
Jan 21 - 4:20 PM

ESPN's Jeff Passan reports that the Reds have completed a trade for Sonny Gray and signed him to a three-year contract extension.

The extension is worth $30.5 million and contains a $12 million club option for 2023. That means with the righty already under contract for $7.5 million in 2019, the Reds will have him under control for as long as five years for a total of $50 million. Cincinnati will also get pitching prospect Reiver Sanmartin in the deal, while second base prospect Shed Long and a competitive balance pick will head to the Yankees. Long is expected to be flipped to the Mariners for outfield prospect Josh Stowers. Gray should benefit from a move to the National League, but Great American Ball Park obviously isn't the best landing spot as he aims for a bounce-back season.
Jan 21 - 4:16 PM

Diamondbacks signed INF Wilmer Flores to a one-year, $3.75 million contract with a $6 million club option for 2020.

The Mets chose to non-tender Flores but he managed to land on his feet in Arizona. The Diamondbacks plan to primarily play him at second base and move Ketel Marte to center field, although Flores is expected to play some first and third base, as well. The anticipation is that he will play pretty much every day, and if that happens he should have a chance at 20+ homers if he can stay healthy.
Jan 21 - 4:13 PM

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