• Report: Giants have 'keen' interest in Evan Longoria

    MLB Trade Rumors "Over the weekend, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reported that the Giants had some level of interest in Rays third baseman Evan Longoria, and following up on that report, USA Today’s Bob Nightengale tweets that the Giants have “keen interest” in swinging a deal for the Tampa Bay cornerstone...." December 18

  • Gerrit Cole would help Yankees — but they don’t need him

    Fanrag Sports "Way back in 2008, the New York Yankees used the 28th pick in the MLB Draft on a 17-year-old right-hander. Standing 6-foot-3 and 195 pounds, the kid from Southern California could already touch 98 mph on the gun. With a slider and a changeup also at his disposal, the hurler out of Orange..." December 18

  • Nationals’ Tanner Roark on not pitching in the playoffs: ‘I wasn’t happy’

    Washington Post "Tanner Roark was in his Chicago hotel room the morning of Game 4 of the National League Division Series, a few hours before the game he was supposed to start with his team’s season on the line, when he heard analysts dissecting his preparedness for such a moment. Many players avoid the talking..." December 18

  • Mets owners are cheap, unaccountable and unconcerned

    Hardball Talk "Marc Carig of Newsday took Mets owners Fred and Jeff Wilpon to the woodshed over the weekend. He, quite justifiably, lambasted them for their inexplicable frugality, their seeming indifference to wanting to put a winning team on the field and, above all else, their unwillingness to level with the..." December 18

  • Carlos Santana deal proves MLB players union made right call

    New York Post "This baseball offseason has provided so many distractions and diversions that we’ve neglected one of the hottest topics of recent winters. Thanks to multiple manager searches and the sagas of the Braves, Shohei Ohtani and Giancarlo Stanton, the qualifying offer has been more forgotten than..." December 18

  • Phillies Asked About Marcus Stroman, Danny Duffy

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Phillies have been aggressively shopping for controllable pitching this winter, as the team has “inquired on just about every young starter that could be traded this winter,” Matt Gelb and Matt Breen of Philly.com report. This list of targets include their previously-reported interest in..." December 18

  • JT Realmuto requests trade from Marlins

    Fanrag Sports "The Miami Marlins, with the club’s fire sale still fully ablaze, have notably elected to part ways with a slew of veteran talent early on this offseason. With such a trend set to continue, FanRag Sports has learned that catcher J.T. Realmuto has now asked the Marlins to trade him given what has..." December 18

  • What the Dodgers salary-dump trade means to the star-studded 2018 free agent market

    Los Angeles Times "What would you do with $100 million? The Dodgers could use it as a down payment toward signing two of the three most dominant players in the star-studded free-agent class next winter. The Dodgers’ payroll-driven trade Saturday — in which they exchanged players with troublesome contracts for..." December 18

  • Giants launch ‘significant rebuild’ of weakened farm system

    San Francisco Chronicle "In winning three World Series, the Giants used their farm system effectively to stock their big-league club and trade for help. Things have changed. The system is not barren, but the flow of prospects to the big club has slowed, and the Giants acknowledge that a dearth of sexy top-100 prospects..." December 18

  • Gary Sanchez cranks up Yankees hype: ‘Two and a half animals’

    New York Post "One of Aaron Boone’s top priorities when he became Yankees manager was to get to know Gary Sanchez, who was benched briefly by Joe Girardi last season. Sanchez said he and Boone met Friday night, and the catcher indicated the meeting went well and is confident the two will have a strong working..." December 18

  • Several execs believe Longoria will be traded before April

    Tampa Bay Times "There were a lot of reasons the Rays didn’t start the process of trading some of their bigger-name, higher-paid players at last week’s winter meetings. Most obvious was them not finding the just-right deal to move closer Alex Colome, 3B Evan Longoria, starters Chris Archer and/or Jake Odorizzi..." December 17

  • Anthony Rendon is open to an extension with the Nationals

    Hardball Talk "Third baseman Anthony Rendon is reportedly open to a contract extension with the Nationals, Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post said Sunday. Rendon told reporters that he didn’t know if agent Scott Boras would discuss an extension with the club, contrary to previous reports confirming the two had..." December 17

  • Giants showed some interest in Phillies’ Maikel Franco at Winter Meetings

    NBC Bay Area "One of the Giants' big offseason goals is to find an everyday third baseman. That search appears to have included checking in with the Phillies on Maikel Franco. According to Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports Philadelphia, the Giants "were sniffing around" the 25-year-old third baseman during the..." December 17

  • Nats' Strasburg to rethink All-Star appearances due to injury concerns

    Masn "Stephen Strasburg quieted his critics last season, his seven shutout innings in the Nationals’ Game 4 of the National League Division Series victory capping a workmanlike season that saw the right-hander take the ball from opening day until final outing, the dominant start-to-finish season that..." December 17

  • Diamondbacks join White Sox, Cards in Machado trade sweepstakes

    CBS Sports "We've known for some time that the Orioles are looking to trade star infielder Manny Machado, who's entering his walk year in 2018. The Cardinals have been linked to Machado, as have the White Sox (as strange as that might sound for a still-rebuilding club). Now, ESPN's Buster Olney, in a..." December 17

  • Kyle Schwarber slimming down, has lost weight this offseason

    Larry Brown Sports "The 2018 MLB season should be seeing a leaner and meaner Kyle Schwarber. The Chicago Cubs slugger recently told Jesse Rogers of ESPN that he has lost 17 to 20 pounds this offseason. Moreover, he doesn’t think he’s sacrificed any strength in order to drop the weight. “It’s a lifestyle choice,..." December 17

  • Brewers agree to deal with Gallardo

    ESPN "Right-handed starter Yovani Gallardo has agreed to a deal with the Milwaukee Brewers, according to multiple reports. The agreement was first reported by The Athletic. Gallardo was 5-10 with a 5.72 ERA in 28 games (22 starts) with the Seattle Mariners last season." December 16

  • Yu Darvish Is On Cubs’ Radar

    CBSChicago.com "The Cubs aren’t letting a holiday malaise or slow-moving market stop their pursuit of pitching. After signing four pitchers in the past nine days, the Cubs have eyes on landing a bigger catch: free-agent right-hander Yu Darvish. The Cubs are showing interest in Darvish, a source..." December 16

  • Scherzer's goal: 'Get better every single year'

    MLB.com "Max Scherzer just won his third Cy Young Award last month -- and his second in the National League with the Nats -- so what has his offseason been like? "Changing diapers. Wiping butts," Scherzer said with a laugh. He became a first-time father late last month when his wife, Erica, gave birth..." December 16

  • Matt Kemp Traded to Dodgers for Adrian Gonzalez, Scott Kazmir, More

    Bleacher Report "The Atlanta Braves announced Saturday that they traded outfielder Matt Kemp to the Los Angeles Dodgers for a package consisting of first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, left-handed pitcher Scott Kazmir, right-hander Brandon McCarthy, infielder Charlie Culberson and cash considerations. Kemp is..." December 16

  • Report: Dodgers unlikely to keep Matt Kemp

    Yardbarker "The Los Angeles Dodgers have reacquired Matt Kemp, but they don’t sound like they have any intention of keeping him. According to Joel Sherman of the New York Post and Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, the Dodgers are trying to unload a large portion of Kemp’s salary, and he is unlikely to ever play..." December 16

  • Braves' Adrian Gonzalez: Dished to Braves, designated for assignment

    CBS Sports "Gonzalez (back) was traded to the Braves along with Scott Kazmir (hip), Brandon McCarthy, Charlie Culberson and cash in exchange for Matt Kemp on Saturday, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports. Following the Trade, Gonzalez was designated for assignment, Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports. Gonzalez, who..." December 16

  • Nationals’ Daniel Murphy isn’t talking timetables for return from knee surgery

    Washington Post "Daniel Murphy prefers standing up when facing the media, but on Saturday afternoon, after handing his crutches off to a Washington Nationals employee, he took a seat to take questions about his left knee and his status for the 2018 season. Eight weeks after undergoing microfracture and..." December 16

  • Sabathia, Yanks agree to one-year, $10 million deal

    New York Daily News "CC Sabathia will be back in pinstripes for another season. The Yankees have agreed to a one-year deal with Sabathia, the Daily News has confirmed. The deal, first reported by MLB.com, is for $10 million and is pending a physical. Bringing back Sabathia, 37, has been much talked about..." December 16

  • Phillies inquired about Blue Jays’ Marcus Stroman

    Sportsnet "The Philadelphia Phillies have inquired about Toronto Blue Jays right-hander Marcus Stroman, according to major-league sources cited by Philly.com. The Phillies agreed on Friday to a three-year, $60-million contract with first baseman Carlos Santana and appear poised to move forward with their..." December 16

  • Angels hint at Shohei Ohtani’s anticipated role with team

    Larry Brown Sports "One of the biggest questions surrounding Shohei Ohtani playing in MLB is what his role will be. Ohtani proved during his time in Japan that he is capable of pitching and hitting at a high level. His aim is to continue doing the same in MLB, but the question is how much of each will his new team,..." December 16

  • Giants trade starter Matt Moore to the Rangers for prospects

    San Francisco Gate "In Matt Moore’s first season with the Giants, he pitched them to within an inning of a winner-take-all playoff game against the eventual World Series champs. In his second year, he statistically was the worst starter in the majors. Moore, 28, will not get a third year in San Francisco. The..." December 16

  • Prospect sues White Sox over injury at Guaranteed Rate Field in MLB debut

    Chicago Sun-Times "An outfielder who was seriously injured during his Major League debut at Guaranteed Rate Field last summer is suing the White Sox and the state agency that manages the ballpark. Dustin Fowler’s lawsuit, filed Friday, claims that the Sox and the agency were negligent in not securing the unpadded..." December 16

  • Dodgers sign Tom Koehler to one-year deal

    Fanrag Sports "The Los Angeles Dodgers have added a pitcher to the roster, as sources confirmed to FanRag Sports that the team has signed Tom Koehler. News of the agreement was first reported by Chris Cotillo of SB Nation. Koehler spent time with the Miami Marlins and Toronto Blue Jays last season, going a..." December 16

  • J.D. Martinez tells teams he prefers an outfield role

    Hardball Talk "Free agent outfielder/slugger J.D. Martinez is reportedly seeking an outfield gig, says Michael Silverman of the Boston Herald. According to Silverman’s sources, Martinez’s suitors have been informed that the veteran slugger would give preference to teams that can offer a corner outfield spot,..." December 16

  • Carlos Santana agrees to 3-year, $60 million deal with Phillies

    ESPN "The Philadelphia Phillies have agreed to a three-year, $60 million deal with free agent first baseman Carlos Santana, according to multiple reports. The deal was first reported Friday by FanRag Sports. Santana has played his entire big league career with the Cleveland Indians, who acquired..." December 15

  • Clint Frazier likely involved in potential Gerrit Cole trade

    Larry Brown Sports "There have been consistent reports about the New York Yankees and Pittsburgh Pirates discussing a trade for Gerrit Cole, and now it sounds like Clint Frazier would likely be a part of a deal if one were to happen. Fan Rag Sports’ Jon Heyman reported on Friday that the two teams are continuing..." December 15

  • Mets' Jose Lobaton: Agrees to terms with Mets

    CBS Sports "Lobaton signed a minor-league contract with an invitation to spring training with the Mets on Friday. Lobaton will provide added depth at the catching position after spending the last four years with the division-rival Nationals. During the 2017 season backing up Matt Wieters, the 33-year-old..." December 15

  • Nationals are dark horse to land top free agent J.D. Martinez

    Sportsnaut "The top free agent of this year’s class — J.D. Martinez — remains unsigned. And a new report says that Martinez could end up with the Washington Nationals. Martinez has mostly been linked to teams like the San Francisco Giants, Boston Red Sox, and Arizona Diamondbacks. Given that they were a..." December 15

  • Zack Cozart signs three-year deal with Angels

    Larry Brown Sports "The Los Angeles Angels seem determined to field one of the best defensive teams in baseball next season, and signing Zack Cozart should help them accomplish that goal. On Friday, the Angels announced that they have signed Cozart to a three-year contract. Ken Rosental reports that the deal is..." December 15

  • Pete Rose dismisses his defamation lawsuit against John Dowd

    Hardball Talk "Last year Pete Rose field a defamation lawsuit against attorney John Dowd after Dowd gave a radio interview in which he said that Rose had sexual relations with underage girls that amounted to “statutory rape, every time.” Today Rose dismissed the suit. In a statement issued by Rose’s lawyer..." December 15

  • Nationals Expect Harper To Test Open Market

    MLB Trade Rumors "USA Today’s Bob Nightengale tweets that the Nationals say the conversations about Harper were casual, and they fully expect Harper to test free agency next winter. The Nats still hope to re-sign Harper, he adds, but they seemingly don’t expect to be able to do so without him first exploring the..." December 15

  • Orioles ready to trade Machado - but fear a back channel to Bronx

    USA Today "The Baltimore Orioles can’t stand the idea of trading Manny Machado, but it’s time to say goodbye to one of the greatest players in franchise history. The Orioles, providing owner Peter Angelos doesn’t stop them, are trading Machado, their greatest third baseman since Brooks Robinson. Their..." December 15

  • Melvin Upton Jr., Indians Reportedly Agree to Minor League Contract

    Bleacher Report "Melvin Upton Jr. will reportedly seek redemption with the Cleveland Indians as he attempts to rebound from an injury-riddled 2017 season. According to the Athletic's Ken Rosenthal, Upton and the Indians agreed to terms Friday on a minor league contract. FanRag Sports' Jon Heyman reported..." December 15

  • Padres to acquire Freddy Galvis from Phillies

    Fanrag Sports "The Philadelphia Phillies are finalizing a deal to send shortstop Freddy Galvis to the San Diego Padres, according to Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY Sports. Galvis, 28, is off one of his better seasons. The infielder slashed .255/.309/.382 with 12 homers, a single-season career-high 29 doubles,..." December 15

  • Astros agree to terms with free agent reliever Hector Rendon

    Houston Chronicle "The Astros added more depth to their bullpen Friday by agreeing to terms on a two-year deal with righthander Hector Rondon, sources confirmed to the Chronicle. Rondon, 29, was recently non-tendered by the Chicago Cubs after a season in which he had a 4.24 ERA in 57 1/3 innings. " December 15

  • Yankees, Pirates Discussing Gerrit Cole Trade

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Pirates and Yankees are discussing a trade that would send right-hander Gerrit Cole to the Bronx Bombers in exchange for a trade package that includes outfielder Clint Frazier, George A. King III of the New York Post reports. The Bucs are also reportedly looking for a young starting pitcher..." December 15

  • It may take ditching Clint Frazier to solve Yankees’ rotation needs

    New York Post "Brian Cashman entered the Winter Meetings searching for rotation help and exited without it. Yet just because baseball’s meat market has closed doesn’t mean the Yankees general manager won’t land a starting pitcher or two. According to a person with knowledge of the situation, the Yankees..." December 15

  • Cardinals continue to push for Blue Jays’ Donaldson

    Sportsnet "The St. Louis Cardinals are continuing their push to acquire Josh Donaldson from the Toronto Blue Jays, but have so far been met with disinclination, reports Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic. Rosenthal adds that the Blue Jays’ price for the third baseman is high and a deal does not appear close...." December 14

  • Giants Trade Rumors: Avisail Garcia Deal Being Discussed, Blue Jays in the Mix

    Bleacher Report "Coming off a breakout season in 2017, Chicago White Sox outfielder Avisail Garcia is reportedly the subject of trade talks at Major League Baseball's winter meetings. According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, the San Francisco Giants and Toronto Blue Jays have had discussions with the White..." December 14

  • Source: Red Sox talks signal interest in signing both J.D. Martinez, Eric Hosmer

    Boston Herald "A source at the winter meetings said that the Red Sox are engaged in talks with not only free agent outfielder J.D. Martinez but also free agent first baseman Eric Hosmer. The intent is not to try to ensure signing one of the two elite hitters, said the source. The goal is to try to sign..." December 14

  • The Cardinals traded Piscotty to the A's so he can be closer to his sick mother

    CBS Sports "Although the trade is not yet official, the Cardinals have reportedly acquired Marcell Ozuna from the Marlins, giving them a very potent bat for their lineup. It also gave them way too many outfielders. Ozuna joins Dexter Fowler, Tommy Pham, Stephen Piscotty, and Randal Grichuk in the..." December 14

  • Mets have had 'serious' discussions about trading for Jason Kipnis

    SNY TV "The Mets have had "serious" discussions with the Indians about trading for 2B Jason Kipnis, reports Chris Cotillo of SB Nation, who says there has been "traction" between the two clubs. Of the second basemen the Mets are interested in, there has been more traction on a potential deal for Kipnis..." December 14

  • Why would Diamondbacks want to trade ace Zack Greinke?

    Fanrag Sports "Why in the world would you want to trade Zack Greinke? It’s not like it hasn’t happened before — there was even that brief, glorious half-season when Greinke was with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim that everyone has consigned to the memory-hole — but the last two teams that traded the..." December 14

  • Twins to sign veteran reliever Fernando Rodney

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "The Twins have agreed to a with veteran reliever Fernando Rodney, pending Rodney passing a physical exam. The 2018 contract has a $4.25 million base with $1.75 million in possible incentives, sources confirmed. There is also a team $4.25 option for 2019; if the Twins don't pick it up, there's a..." December 14