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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

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

ESPN's Jeff Passan reports that the Yankees have a three-year, $27 million agreement in place with free agent reliever Adam Ottavino.

It's only pending a physical exam. Ottavino adds another lethal arm to the Yankees' bullpen, joining Aroldis Chapman, Dellin Betances, Adam Ottavino, Zach Britton, and Chad Green in what should be the most dominant relief corps in baseball. Ottavino, 33, registered a spectacular 2.43 ERA (193 ERA+) with 112 strikeouts over 77 2/3 innings with the Rockies last season. The right-hander will likely work in a setup or mid-inning role in New York.
Jan 17 - 1:44 PM

Jack Curry of YES Network reports that the Yankees are closing in on a two-year contract with DJ LeMahieu.

Curry says that the Yankees plan to use LeMahieu -- who will earn $24 million, per Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic -- at second, third and first base. The fit is a strange one, as the Yanks already have Gleyber Torres, Miguel Andujar and Troy Tulowitzki pegged for jobs and that's not even including Didi Gregorius' (elbow) eventual return. LeMahieu will get to trade one hitter-friendly park for another, but he'll have to change leagues and doesn't figure to play as much as he had in Colorado. The signing would also seem to further diminish the chances of the Yankees signing Manny Machado.
Jan 11 - 12:44 PM

According to Jon Heyman of Fancred, the White Sox "continue to try hard" in their pursuit of free agent superstar Manny Machado.

It sure sounds like the White Sox are not willing to meet Machado's current asking price of $300-325 million, but perhaps nobody will. The Phillies and Yankees are the only other two teams believed to be involved at this point, and there has been no word of anything close to a $300 million-plus offer. Heyman notes that the White Sox "appear to have at least given themselves a real chance."
Jan 10 - 2:33 PM

According to Fancred's Jon Heyman, neither the Phillies nor the White Sox have offered close to the $300 million-plus that free agent Manny Machado is seeking.

There isn't so much pressure for them to go that high when the Yankees seem only willing to sign him at a bargain rate and no one else is in the mix at all. The market for Machado should be significantly hotter, but the entire league is more fixated on profits than winning. That's the view here on January 9, anyway. Machado, 26, slashed .297/.367/.538 with 37 home runs and 107 RBI in 162 games last year between the Orioles and Dodgers.
Jan 9 - 2:32 PM

According to Mark Feinsand of MLB.com, the Yankees are still in the mix for Adam Ottavino, even after signing Zach Britton on Saturday.

Even with Britton returning to the Yankees' bullpen, there's still a late-inning hole to fill with David Robertson bolting to the Phillies. Feinsand notes that the Yankees have been engaged in discussions with the representatives for Ottavino. The Rangers, White Sox and Red Sox have also expressed interest in the free agent right-hander, and the Rockies are known to be interested in bringing him back as well.
Jan 6 - 4:32 PM

According to Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports, the Yankees have "been in discussions" with free agent reliever Zach Britton.

That is somewhat old news, but Passan points out that Britton "looks like the next reliever to go" after David Robertson agreed to a two-year, $23 million deal with the Phillies on Thursday afternoon. Philly had been in the running for Britton, who could come off the board by the end of this week. The 30-year-old left-hander finished 2018 in the Bronx and posted mostly good numbers considering he missed the first 10 weeks of the season after rupturing his Achilles in an offseason workout.
Jan 3 - 3:24 PM

ESPN's Jeff Passan reports that Troy Tulowitzki has agreed to a one-year deal with the Yankees, pending a physical.

He'll make the major league minimum, with the Blue Jays footing the bill for the remainder of his $20 million salary in 2019. He's due another $14 million from Toronto in 2020, and there was a $4 million buyout on his option for 2021. Tulo was released by the Jays last month after missing the entire 2018 season following surgery to address bone spurs in both of his heels. He also appeared in just 66 games in 2017 and posted a weak .249/.300/.378 batting line when healthy. The Yankees will hope the veteran infielder has something left in the tank in what will be his age-34 campaign. He could fill in at shortstop while Didi Gregorius recovers from Tommy John surgery, though it sounds like the Yankees are still very much in play for Manny Machado.
Jan 1 - 11:26 PM

Jon Heyman of Fancred Sports reports that Manny Machado will not pick a new team before the end of the year.

Machado visited the three clubs known to be interested in him -- the White Sox, Yankees and Phillies -- this week but evidently plans to take his time with a decision. While there have been whispers about some mystery teams getting involved, it would be a surprise at this point if Machado winds up with a team outside of the aforementioned three.
Fri, Dec 21, 2018 04:27:00 PM

Manny Machado did in-person visits with the White Sox, Phillies, and Yankees this week, per Fancred's Jon Heyman.

Machado flew to each of those cities -- Chicago, Philadelphia, and New York -- to meet with club executives and presumably get a feel for what they can offer to him on the field, off the field, and of course financially. Heyman notes that the Yankees are "in the game" and that a contingent of Yankees people had dinner with Machado and his wife on Wednesday night in Manhattan. There's not really a frontrunner right now, but Heyman does point out that Machado's tour did not include a fourth "mystery" city. It would seem to be a three-team race.
Wed, Dec 19, 2018 11:10:00 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.
Sun, Dec 16, 2018 01:06:00 PM

Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News reports that the Yankees met with free agent left-hander Andrew Miller during the Winter Meetings.

The Yankees are looking to add some key cogs to their bullpen, and are known to have met with Adam Ottavino as well in Las Vegas. They also are reportedly interested in re-signing Zach Britton, although Britton is likely to find closing opportunities with a team like the Phillies. Miller was excellent in his time with the Yankees before, and while he struggled to a 4.24 ERA last year, he's not far removed from being a dominant relief option.
Thu, Dec 13, 2018 10:58:00 PM

Diamondbacks selected RHP Nick Green from the Yankees with the 12th pick in the Rule 5 draft.

Green, a product of the Carlos Beltran deal with the Rangers a couple of years ago, went 8-7 with a 3.32 ERA and a 102/64 K/BB ratio in a 2018 season mostly spent in high-A. He's probably going to need to be a reliever if he'll be of any use at all in the majors.
Thu, Dec 13, 2018 12:54:00 PM

According to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, Yankees GM Brian Cashman met with Adam Ottavino's agent on Tuesday night at the Winter Meetings.

MLB.com's Jon Morosi just reported that the Mets and Red Sox are showing "continued interest" in Ottavino, but they're obviously not alone in the pursuit. Sherman says it is "clear" that the 33-year-old reliever is high on the Yankees' wish list. Ottavino, a native of New York City, registered a 2.43 ERA with 112 strikeouts over 77 2/3 innings out of the Rockies' bullpen in 2018.
Wed, Dec 12, 2018 12:01:00 AM

According to Fancred's Jon Heyman, the Yankees, Phillies, and White Sox are set to meet with free agent Manny Machado.

This comes on the heels of a report from ESPN's Buster Olney that Machado is planning to make "four in-person visits with teams in the days ahead." Heyman adds that there are another three "mystery teams" in the running beyond the Yanks, Phils, and Pale Hose. Machado, 26, is believed to be seeking something close to a 10-year, $300 million deal. He slashed .297/.367/.538 with 37 home runs and 107 RBI in 162 games this past season between the Orioles and Dodgers.
Tue, Dec 11, 2018 04:36:00 PM

Jon Heyman of FanCred Sports hears that the Mets are "working both angles" to acquire J.T. Realmuto from the Marlins.

In other words, they are talking both a straight trade with the Marlins and a three-team deal which would send Noah Syndergaard to the Yankees. It has been a challenge to get traction on a straight trade, as the Marlins have been trying to pry away the likes of Amed Rosario and Michael Conforto, hence the talks of a three-way deal. A straight trade could become more realistic if the Marlins lower their asking price, but that would likely get some other teams back in the mix. One thing we know for sure is that the Mets really want Realmuto.
Tue, Dec 11, 2018 12:27:00 PM

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Mets have discussed a three-team trade with the Yankees and Marlins in which they would land J.T. Realmuto.

The Mets and Yankees haven't made a trade involving major leaguers since 2004, but Rosenthal says new Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen has been in "steady" talks with the Yanks since he was hired. Rosenthal adds that he's not sure whether Noah Syndergaard is part of the discussions but the Mets would not trade Syndergaard if they only get Realmuto in return. Andy Martino of SNY.tv says that Syndergaard going to the Yankees is a "real possibility," but there are "10 other scenarios" the Mets are considering. We're sure to hear more about this possible three-way deal as the Winter Meetings unfold.
Mon, Dec 10, 2018 11:02:00 PM

Jon Heyman of Fancred Sports reports that the Yankees and Reds had discussions about a possible Scooter Gennett trade.

Heyman cautions that he's "not sure how much there is to it." The fit makes some sense, as Gennett could play second base while Gleyber Torres slides over to shortstop to cover for Didi Gregorius (elbow). For what it's worth, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com has reported that the Reds are "not actively looking to move" Gennett.
Mon, Dec 10, 2018 06:29:00 PM


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