• 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

  • 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

  • Padres 'have real interest' in shortstop Zack Cozart

    Cincinnati Enquirer "The San Diego Padres "have real interest” in former Cincinnati Reds shortstop Zack Cozart, according to a source. Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe first connected the Padres to Cozart. Nothing is imminent, the source said, but the Padres have kept in regular contact with Cozart’s agent. The..." December 14

  • MLB To Investigate Leak Of Ohtani Medical Information

    MLB Trade Rumors "Major League Baseball has opened an investigation into the recent leaking of medical information regarding new Angels signee Shohei Ohtani, according to Buster Olney of ESPN.com (via Twitter). It seems the league is concerned that a MLB organization was behind the release of the news that Ohtani..." December 14

  • The Orioles are “moving aggressively” to trade Manny Machado

    Hardball Talk "Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that the Orioles “are moving aggressively on Manny Machado trade talks and now believe they can trade him by the end of the week.” There are reportedly “strong offers” for Machado from both the White Sox, per Ken Rosenthal, and the Cardinals, per Nightengale...." December 14

  • Cubs agree to terms with former closer Steve Cishek

    Chicago Sun-Times "The Cubs nabbed another late-inning reliever on the way out of the Winter Meetings Thursday, having agreed to a multiyear contract with former Marlins and Mariners closer Steve Cishek, sources said. Cishek, 31, had a 2.01 ERA in 49 appearances as a setup man for Seattle and the Rays last..." December 14

  • Grading members of the Marlins by their tradeability

    Sporting News "After a wild weekend, the dust has settled on two of the biggest sweepstakes in baseball. While the Yankees just missed out on Japanese super-star Shohei Ohtani, they did land another big fish, reeling in reigning NL MVP Giancarlo Stanton in a trade with the Miami Marlins. The trade, in..." December 14

  • Padres Emerge As ‘Clear-Cut Favorites’ To Sign Eric Hosmer

    NESN "As Major League Baseball’s Winter Meetings wrap up, teams are homing in on their targets. And it appears the San Diego Padres have a man in mind. The Padres have emerged as the “clear-cut” favorites to sign free agent first baseman Eric Hosmer, USA TODAY’s Bob Nightengale reported Thursday..." December 14

  • Blue Jays considering CC for fifth-starter role

    MLB.com "The Blue Jays are casting a wide net in their search for a No. 5 starter, and one name being considered is veteran free-agent lefty CC Sabathia. Toronto's front office met with Sabathia on Tuesday, Day 2 of the Winter Meetings, to discuss possible mutual interest. No deal is imminent and the..." December 14

  • Yankees’ infield plan rides on a Gleyber Torres question

    New York Post "Brian Cashman has to fill vacancies at second and third base and he is looking at the trade market, free agency and what he has in house. “We have kids who are hungry and trying to push their way in now,’’ the Yankees’ general manager said Wednesday at the Winter Meetings. “It just depends on..." December 14

  • Boras: 'I can’t even think about the Baltimore Orioles without Manny Machado for 2018'

    Baltimore Sun "Super agent Scott Boras held his annual winter meetings media scrum Wednesday morning and touched on several topics, including the values of his top free-agent clients such as former Orioles pitcher Jake Arrieta and slugger J.D. Martinez. He called the Miami Marlins a “pawn shop” for their..." December 14

  • Yankees-Orioles Manny Machado deal highly unlikely, source says

    Newark Star-Ledger "Yankees fans: Don't get excited about the Manny Machado hype. A Orioles executive with direct knowledge of the Yankees' interest in the star infielder simply shook his head when asked about talks between the clubs. "No, just no," is what he told NJ Advance Media about the chances something..." December 14

  • Angels reportedly close to acquiring Chase Headley

    Larry Brown Sports "The Los Angeles Angels are making moves at the Winter Meetings. The Angels are reportedly close to acquiring Chase Headley from the San Diego Padres to fill their need at third base. This move would come hours after they made another trade to acquire Ian Kinsler from the Tigers to play..." December 14

  • White Sox could flip Manny Machado to Yankees

    Sporting News "The Orioles reportedly will not trade Manny Machado to the AL East rival Yankees, but that doesn’t mean the stud third baseman won’t end up with New York before 2018 is over. According to a report from The Athletic, the White Sox are currently the top suitor for Machado, who is set for free..." December 14

  • Report: Nationals sign reliever Brandon Kintzler to a two-year deal

    Hardball Talk "Both a Kinsler and a Kintzler made headlines at the Winter Meetings. After the Angels acquired second baseman Ian Kinsler from the Tigers, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Nationals have inked reliever Brandon Kintzler to a two-year contract, pending a physical. Bob Nightengale of..." December 14

  • Yankees and Phillies inquired about Zack Greinke

    Fanrag Sports "In addition to the Texas Rangers, the New York Yankees and Philadelphia Phillies inquired about right-handedArizona Diamondbacks pitcher Zack Greinke, a league source tells FanRag Sports. After signing two relievers – Tommy Hunter and Pat Neshek – Philadelphia appears to be looking for an..." December 14

  • Report: Tigers Trade Ian Kinsler To Angels

    CBS Detroit "Al Avila has ticked off the main item on his offseason to-do list. The Tigers on Wednesday traded 35-year-old second baseman Ian Kinsler to the Angels, per Ken Rosenthal. Kinsler had to waive his no-trade clause to approve the deal. The Angels had been pursuing Kinsler for at least the..." December 13

  • Dodgers’ Dave Roberts not surprised to learn Astros said Yu Darvish was tipping pitches

    L.A. Daily News "In case getting past the Dodgers’ Game 7 World Series loss to the Houston Astros wasn’t difficult enough, Manager Dave Roberts on Tuesday faced confirmation of their fears: that Yu Darvish was tipping his pitches in two of the Series losses. An anonymous Astros player told Sports Illustrated..." December 13

  • Shohei Ohtani elbow condition is no cause for panic with Angels, according to study, expert

    Orange County Register "Despite the alarming news of Shohei Ohtani’s elbow condition, at least one expert said the research suggests the Angels are doing the right thing with their prized new pitcher. The Colorado Rockies recently published a study that detailed the treatment of 72 players with elbow ligament..." December 13

  • Marlins intend to keep Christian Yelich

    Hardball Talk "With Giancarlo Stanton and Marcell Ozuna gone, the next logical step for the Marlins would be to trade away Christian Yelich. He’s be an amazingly attractive trade candidate given that he is under team control through 2022, and is owed a very reasonable $58 million or so. He just turned 26 last..." December 13

  • Danny Duffy responds to trade rumors: ‘Bury me a Royal’

    Kansas City Star "Inside their suite at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort, Royals officials have spent this week’s winter meetings receiving texts and phone calls from rival teams inquiring about the availability of starting pitcher Danny Duffy. The Royals, for now, are listening. Duffy, however, has..." December 13

  • Astros agree to terms with free agent reliever Joe Smith

    Houston Chronicle "Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow didn't leave baseball's annual winter meetings empty handed. The reigning World Series champions made their first move of the offseason Wednesday in signing veteran reliever Joe Smith to a two-year contract, sources familiar with the deal told the Chronicle...." December 13

  • Report: Mariners, RHP Juan Nicasio agree to 2-year contract

    ESPN "The Seattle Mariners have agreed to a two-year deal with right-handed reliever Juan Nicasio, according to The Athletic. The deal is pending a physical. Nicasio, 31, finished the season with the Cardinals after joining the Phillies in late August on a waiver claim from the Pirates. He went a..." December 13

  • Jose Canseco loses analyst job after tweets about sexual assault he says were a joke

    CBS Sports "Former MLB slugger Jose Canseco has garnered a reputation for tweeting some ridiculous things, leading him to be considered one of Twitter's wackiest sports personalities. However, some recent tweets from Canseco regarding sexual assault have cost him his broadcasting job. This week, amidst a..." December 13

  • A’s edging closer to acquiring Stephen Piscotty from St. Louis

    San Francisco Chronicle "The A’s and Cardinals continued discussions about Cardinals outfielder Stephen Piscotty on Wednesday, with multiple sources suggesting a trade might be concluded before the end of the winter meetings. St. Louis is looking for prospects off Oakland’s 40-man roster and while the A’s will not..." December 13

  • Jackie Bradley Jr.’s Agent, Scott Boras, Shoots Down Red Sox Trade Rumors

    NESN "Boston Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski on Monday refuted a report that said the club was shopping center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. at the Major League Baseball Winter Meetings. On Wednesday, Bradley’s agent, Scott Boras, followed Dombrowski’s lead and shot down the..." December 13

  • Marlins release Edinson Volquez, open extra spot on 40-man roster

    Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "The Miami Marlins released right-hander Edinson Volquez on Wednesday, opening an extra spot on the 40-man roster in advance of the Rule 5 draft on Thursday. President of baseball operations Michael Hill said the Marlins are open to bringing Volquez, 34, back on a minor league contract, which..." December 13

  • Yankees' Jacoby Ellsbury 'excited' to be ... 5th outfielder?

    Newark Star-Ledger "Jacoby Ellsbury's future seems resigned to the Yankees' bench. He's "pretty excited" for it, though, according to his agent, Scott Boras, at Day 3 of the 207 MLB Winter Meetings at the Walt Disney Swan & Dolphin Resort on Wednesday. "Right now he's pretty excited. Talked to him yesterday. He..." December 13

  • Cubs ‘caught by surprise’ at report of Mike Montgomery’s displeasure

    Chicago Sun-Times "As the Cubs openly court more starting pitching this winter, starter-in-waiting Mike Montgomery apparently has become increasingly chafed. The left-hander who played a major role for the Cubs last year as a reliever and then a productive injury replacement in the rotation wants to be a starter..." December 13

  • Yankees could make offer Tigers can't refuse for Michael Fulmer

    Detroit Free Press "Al Avila put on his realtor hat on Tuesday afternoon. The Detroit Tigers general manager was talking about houses. A nice house, presumably. Maybe a colonial. “Let’s say you have an asset,” Avila said. “Your house. And somebody likes it. You don’t have it for sale. But if somebody says,..." December 13

  • Scott Boras says Marlins have turned into a 'pawn shop'

    USA Today "It's been nearly five days since the Miami Marlins traded Giancarlo Stanton to the New York Yankees. And still the bedraggled franchise remains the butt of jokes and source of acrimony. Super agent Scott Boras became the latest to jump the Marlins, using his annual winter meetings press..." December 13

  • It’s possible Manny Machado is traded to Yankees, who can also wait until next offseason

    New York Daily News "It seems crazy, the concept of the Yankees trading their top prospects for Manny Machado when they can simply sign him outright as a free agent in the 2019 offseason. Then again, Giancarlo Stanton to the Bombers for almost nothing seemed crazy too – until the stars aligned and it actually..." December 13

  • José Reyes’ baby mama claims his wife attacked her

    Page Six "Mets star José Reyes is supposed to be the slugger in this love triangle. The mother of the major leaguer’s 8-year-old daughter, Liyah told The Post she felt threatened by his wife early Wednesday, as she left a Starbucks near a Long Island courthouse moments before her child-support hearing..." December 13

  • Multiple Reports: Cardinals Acquire Marcell Ozuna From Miami

    CBS St. Louis "The St. Louis Cardinals have acquired Miami Marlins outfielder Marcell Ozuna, per multiple reports. The deal was first reported by Craig Mish of Sirus XM Radio and Bob Nightengale of USA Today. According to MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro, the possible deal would include two of St. Louis’ top three..." December 13

  • Bryce Harper Contract Extension Discussed by Scott Boras, Nationals Owners

    Bleacher Report "Scott Boras—the agent for Washington Nationals slugger Bryce Harper—said Wednesday he met with Nats ownership in November to discuss a potential contract extension for Harper, according to MLB.com's Jamal Collier. Harper is set to become a free agent during the 2018-19 offseason. The..." December 13

  • Rockies, Royals In On Mark Reynolds

    MLB Trade Rumors "It seems as though the Rockies are “strong contenders” to re-sign Mark Reynolds, who played first base for the club in the majority of their 2016-2017 games. The insight comes via a tweet from Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish, who also notes that the Royals are looking at Reynolds as a backup plan..." December 13

  • Cubs reportedly in trade talks with Indians for Danny Salazar

    Chicago Sun-Times "The Cubs and Indians have reportedly had trade talks and right-hand pitcher Danny Salazar has been mentioned, according to CBS Sports. The Cubs have made adding depth to their pitching staff a top priority this offseason. The team has already signed Tyler Chatwood, Brandon Morrow and Drew..." December 13

  • Manager Paul Molitor: Twins have 'tremendous interest' in Yu Darvish

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "There's more stuff from Twins manager Paul Molitor below, but here's one of the more interesting subjects he spoke about during his press conference today. As a mini-throng of Japanese media looked on, Molitor was asked about the Twins interest in free agent righthander Yu Darvish. "Let's..." December 13

  • Angels Star Signee Shohei Ohtani Is Reportedly Dealing With An Elbow Injury

    Uproxx "Less than one week has passed since Japanese baseball star Shohei Ohtani shocked the sports world by agreeing to sign with the Los Angeles Angels. Given that the Angels were not seen as one of the favorites, the decision had potentially long-lasting ramifications and, in short, allowed fans of the..." December 13

  • Orioles join the growing list of teams that have asked about Gerrit Cole

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "The Baltimore Orioles joined the list of teams that have at least checked in with the Pirates about Gerrit Cole, according to a source. Cole has garnered interest, according to multiple reports during the past couple of weeks, from the Minnesota Twins, Texas Rangers and New York Yankees, and..." December 13

  • Mets will have to convince Ian Kinsler to accept trade

    New York Post "The Mets’ first choice at second base may be Ian Kinsler, but all that matters if a trade can be completed with the Tigers is if Kinsler has mutual feelings. Kinsler has a 10-team no-trade clause and he has a ton of leverage because the three teams most focused upon — the Mets, Angels and..." December 13

  • Rockies bolster bullpen, close in on Greg Holland deallpen, too

    Sporting News "The Rockies, intent on bolstering their bullpen, did so Tuesday and Wednesday with a one-two punch of adding right-hander Bryan Shaw and then agreeing to a deal to retain left-hander Jake McGee. The question: Is there such thing as a one-two-three punch? With a couple of key setup roles..." December 13