News From The MajorsSunday December 16, 2018

MLB FastCast: The latest trade news
The Padres reportedly sign Ian Kinsler to a two-year deal, plus the White Sox reportedly acquire Yonder Alonso from the Indians(2018/12/15 06:30)
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Christmas wishing, redux: Bold trade edition
In a baseball world that seems determined to see Noah Syndergaard traded from the New York Mets (even Syndergaards's Twitter bio pokes fun at the rumors), I thought up a way to amend my White Sox Christmas list that was posted a couple of days ago. See, there's still another way the White Sox(2018/12/16 05:00)
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Pirates interested in Freddy Galvis?
According to the New York Post, the Pirates have “big interest” in former Phillies and Padres shortstop Freddy Galvis. This comes up in the context of the Yankees possibly viewing Galvis as a stopgap while Didi Gregorius is out. If this is accurate — and I put little stock in rumors coming out of the(2018/12/16 05:00)
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A Tribute to a Yankee Legend that made me a lifelong Yankees fan. Who's your favorite Yankee?
I was 8 years old in 1976, living in Connecticut in a rural part of the state. No cable then, cell phones did not exist and the internet was a science fiction dream. The folks behind the creation of the MLB network were not even born yet. It was not exactly the dark ages though, I mean we did have a(2018/12/16 05:00)
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For The White Sox, "The Times They Are A-Changin'" From Losing To Winning
The White Sox brass packed their bags Dec. 13 and departed the 2018 Baseball Winter Meetings in Las Vegas and headed for sweet home Chicago. Packed in those bags was a trade for veteran right-handed pitcher Ivan Nova from the Pirates for minor league pitcher Yordi Rosario and future considerations. But(2018/12/16 05:00)
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Baseball notebook: Adams has a deal with Nationals
“We've had a couple of goals going into the offseason and that's foremost trying to make sure we have a team that's capable of winning the American League Central in 2019 but also position the organization for sustained success beyond that,” Indians president of baseball operations Chris(2018/12/16 04:35)
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Joe Kelly explains why he chose Dodgers over Red Sox in free agency
Joe Kelly confirmed what many expected: The Los Angeles Dodgers made him an offer he couldn't refuse. The free agent pitcher recently agreed to a three-year, $25 million contract with the Dodgers, opting not to re-sign with the defending World Series champion Boston Red Sox. The rumor was that L.A(2018/12/16 04:22)
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Report: Philadelphia considering Rangers starter Mike Minor as trade target
Now, here's one for you: The Rangers, who finished second-to-last in baseball last year in starting pitching ERA, might just have something to offer the trade market. According to a report from the Philadelphia Inquirer, the all-in Philadelphia Phillies are considering lefty Mike Minor as a trade(2018/12/16 04:14)
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MLB Trade Rumors: Braves No Longer Pursuing J.T. Realmuto Move
While J.T. Realmuto has been the hottest name in trade talks this offseason, the Atlanta Braves are reportedly no longer in the hunt for the Miami Marlins catcher. According to Mark Bowman of MLB.com, the Braves have not had any relevant discussions in the past five days and "do not plan to have(2018/12/16 03:35)
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Red Sox owe nearly $12 million in luxury tax
NEW YORK — Boston should be happy to pay this tax bill. The World Series champion Red Sox owe $11,951,091 in luxury tax for having baseball's top payroll, according to final calculations by the commissioner's office obtained by the Associated Press. The only other team that owes a luxury tax(2018/12/16 03:26)
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Reports: Nationals sign 1B Adams to 1-year deal
After a brief sojourn to St. Louis to play for the Cardinals, Matt Adams is heading back to the Washington Nationals, according to multiple reports. The burly first baseman signed a one-year, $4 million deal with the Washington Nationals on Saturday, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic first reported. Adams(2018/12/16 01:55)
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Manny Machado free agency tour is on as Yankees await meeting
Manny Machado may whiz by you on the New Jersey Turnpike. The superstar shortstop is scheduled to meet with the Phillies in the City of Brotherly Love this coming week, MLB.com reports, so it would only make sense for the 26-year-old to hop on the busy road and make his way to the Stadium afterward.(2018/12/16 01:41)
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Angels GM Billy Eppler says Bour, Pujols, Ohtani playing time difficult to forecast
On the day the Angels officially added a third name into the mix for two spots in their everyday lineup, Billy Eppler said it's too early to predict how exactly the mix will work. The Angels on Saturday announced a one-year deal for first baseman Justin Bour, whose agreement became public Wednesday(2018/12/16 01:06)
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Rakuten Golden Eagles sign Jabari Blash
Unable to catch another full-time gig in the majors, Blash will head to Japan in hopes of turning his career around.(2018/12/16 00:45)
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MLB Rumors: Astros Considering Nelson Cruz, Michael Brantley in Free Agency
The Houston Astros may not have been among the most active teams at the MLB winter meetings this past week, but that doesn't mean they will remain that way. The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal reported Saturday that Houston's had discussions with free agents Nelson Cruz and Michael Brantley. The(2018/12/15 23:10)
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Giants have interest in Blue Jays' Kevin Pillar
The San Francisco Giants are interested in trading for Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Kevin Pillar, according to Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area. Pillar, 29, slashed .252/.282/.426 with 15 home runs and a career-high 40 doubles in 142 games for the Jays in 2018. He's in his second year of arbitration(2018/12/15 22:44)
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Rajon Rondo cleared to resume basketball activities, JaVale McGee questionable with flu-like symptoms
Rajon Rondo saw a doctor Saturday morning in Los Angeles, who cleared him to resume basketball activities. Meanwhile, Lakers center JaVale McGee woke up with flu-like symptoms and missed the Lakers' shootaround. He is questionable for Saturday night's game against the Charlotte Hornets. Rondo(2018/12/15 21:55)
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Giants' Will Smith attracts trade interest in crowded relief pitcher market
If teams are looking to acquire a moderately priced, but effective relief pitcher, the Giants may make a perfect trade partner.(2018/12/15 21:50)
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Indians send 1B Alonso to White Sox for outfielder Alex Call
CLEVELAND — The Cleveland Indians have made another off-season move, trading first baseman Yonder Alonso to the Chicago White Sox. Cleveland gets 24-year-old outfielder Alex Call in a deal made official Saturday. Call has yet to make his major league debut. The Indians also rid themselves of Alonso'(2018/12/15 21:12)
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Cubs Bench Coach Brandon Hyde Hired By Orioles
BALTIMORE (AP) — The Baltimore Orioles hired Brandon Hyde to be their new manager Friday, hoping his experience as Cubs bench coach will help the team move forward while in rebuilding mode. Hyde takes over for Buck Showalter, who was fired after Baltimore finished 47-115 — the worst record in the majors(2018/12/15 20:14)
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Can Giants' Madison Bumgarner regain a tick or two with velocity?
It still haunts manager Bruce Bochy how well Madison Bumgarner pitched in spring training, before the Giants' ace broke his left hand on a line drive in his final start in training camp. Debuting in June, Bumgarner didn't have a Bumgarner-type season when measuring his strikeout-to-walk ratio(2018/12/15 20:00)
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Report: Reds, Nationals, Braves in on Aníbal Sánchez
Following an impressive turnaround in 2018, Sánchez is attracting the interest of multiple suitors this offseason.(2018/12/15 19:42)
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Is MLB deadline the solution for these boring winter meetings?
If shifts, launch angles and exit velocity weren't bad enough, are the nerds now ruining the winter meetings, too? Does the Hot Stove League require its own regulations to avoid the same fan alienation that newfangled on-field strategies have created? The short answer, so The Post doesn't string(2018/12/15 19:02)
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MLB rumors: Mike Fiers on Giants' free agency radar; competition high
Mike Fiers reportedly is drawing interest from the Giants, who could use another starting pitcher behind Madison Bumgarner and ahead of their young prospects.(2018/12/15 18:41)
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Will the Detroit Tigers' one-year deal with pitcher Tyson Ross pay off?
Who will start for the Detroit Tigers in 2019 after their offseason acquisitions The Detroit Tigers agreed to a one-year deal with right-handed pitcher Tyson Ross at this week's Winter Meetings with the hope that Ross could be a mid-season trade candidate if he bounces back to his 2014 All-Star form(2018/12/15 17:01)
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Report: Six teams are in on Troy Tulowitzki
Tulowitzki is seeking his first full-time gig in the majors after missing the entirety of the 2018 season with bone spurs in his heels.(2018/12/15 16:10)
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As slow starts to baseball's hot stove league become the norm, are the winter meetings still necessary?
Another year of baseball's winter meetings has come and gone, and most of the top free agents remain available. In addition to the two competing for the biggest contract — Bryce Harper and Manny Machado — there's Craig Kimbrel, who reportedly hopes to become the first nine-figure reliever, and(2018/12/15 15:33)
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SS Mercer Pens Farewell To Pittsburgh After Signing With Tigers
(KDKA) — Longtime Pittsburgh Pirates shortstop Jordy Mercer is officially a former member of the club after finalizing a $5.25 million, one-year contract with the Detroit Tigers at the winter meetings this week. Shortly after to deal was signed, Mercer penned a heartfelt thank you to Pirates fans on(2018/12/15 13:52)
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Andrew Friedman: Dodgers 'Feel Good' About Acquiring Quality Catcher Due To Surplus Of Options
The 2018 Winter Meetings came and went without the Los Angeles Dodgers making a splash that many in the industry had anticipated. The club's lone reported move was coming to terms with free agent reliever Joe Kelly on a three-year contract that has yet to be officially announced. Now at the midway(2018/12/15 12:59)
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MLB hot stove: Padres interested in pitcher Dallas Keuchel, report says
The Padres remain active in the free-agent market this offseason as they reportedly are interested in the best remaining pitcher on the board. According to The Athletic, San Diego wants to sign left-hander Dallas Keuchel, but at the moment, his price is too high for the team. Keuchel won the American(2018/12/15 12:44)
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Dodgers 2018 Player Review: Yasiel Puig
Coming off a strong 2017 season both at the plate and in the field, Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig was primed for further success in 2018. He looked to pick up where he left off from his resurgent campaign, but immediately slumped to begin the year. Puig hit just .193/.250/.250 for the entire(2018/12/15 11:30)
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BenFred: Manfred's fight against shifts is commissioner's latest whiff
The commissioner's distaste of defensive shifts has been known for years. But last month, he reportedly received support from baseball's competition committee to attempt to create a way to limit the growing trend of aligning defenders to better take advantage of hitters' tendencies. There(2018/12/15 11:00)
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Molina recovering from knee surgery, back to training by New Year's
ST. LOUIS • Before the clock strikes midnight on 2018, the Cardinals expect catcher Yadier Molina to return to his offseason workouts after recovering from knee surgery Thursday to remove a bone spur. Molina elected to have a procedure that removed a growth, or osteophyte, in his left knee joint that(2018/12/15 10:55)
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MLB Rumors: Indians May No Longer Be 'Motivated' To Trade Trevor Bauer Or Corey Kluber
Despite remaining competitive in the American League Central over recent seasons, the Cleveland Indians went into the winter looking to essentially strip down their roster as a means of slashing payroll. Thus, several of the team's veterans, including Trevor Bauer, Yan Gomes, Corey Kluber and Carlos(2018/12/15 10:28)
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MLB Free Agent Rumors: Mets Seriously Considering Signing Yasmani Grandal
After another streaky year that ended with Austin Barnes largely taking over in the postseason, there were few projecting Yasmani Grandal would re-sign with the Los Angeles Dodgers. While he was due to reach free agency, first came the matter of a potential qualifying offer. The Dodgers extended the(2018/12/15 09:40)
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REPORT | Cleveland Indians trade 1B Yonder Alonso to Chicago White Sox
CLEVELAND — A busy week of dealing for the Cleveland Indians continues on Friday evening as the Tribe reportedly has sent first baseman Yonder Alonso to the Chicago White Sox. The deal, first reported by Watch Stadium as well as Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic and Fox Sports, is not expected to be made(2018/12/15 08:21)
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Mariner Moose Tracks, 12/15/18: Kaleb Cowart, Brad Ausmus, and InSight
Hooray, it's Saturday! If you work a traditional work week, then congratulations! You made it to the weekend. If you don't work a traditional work week, then I hope these soothing, aloe-infused links will help you relax into your Saturday grind. The Mariners have announced that they're partnering(2018/12/15 05:00)
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Trade Analysis: The cost of Alex Claudio
The Milwaukee Brewers made one significant move during the Winter Meetings: acquiring Alex Claudio from the Texas Rangers for their Competitive Round A draft pick, 40th overall in the 2019 MLB First Year Player Draft. The trade brings Major League Baseball to rarely traveled territory by sending a big(2018/12/15 05:00)
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Johan Santana is not attempting an MLB comeback in 2019
Johan Santana — the two-time Cy Young-winning pitcher for the Minnesota Twins — will not be attempting an MLB comeback in 2019. This fact is news because Johan Santana normally points out that he hasn't officially retired or announces that he is attempting a comeback every offseason. It is one of(2018/12/15 05:00)
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Braves News: Atlanta still has time to fill needs
Atlanta Braves News The Braves had a quiet week at the Winter Meetings but still have holes that need to be filled before the start of spring training. The good news is they have the time and the means to fill those needs. Atlanta was quiet during the major league portion of the Rule 5 Draft but did(2018/12/15 05:00)
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2018 Arizona Diamondbacks Reviews: #3, Patrick Corbin
2018 rating: 8.70 2017 rating: 7.07 2018 salary: $7,500,000 2018 performance: 33 GS, 11-7, 246 SO, 48 BB, 3.15 ERA, 137 ERA+, 77 ERA-, 2.61 xFIP, 4.6 bWAR, 6.3 fWAR 2019 status: Free agent, signed 6 year $140 million contract with the Washington Nationals It's been a long, hard fought 6 years in(2018/12/15 05:00)
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2018 Dodgers Review: Zac Rosscup
The Dodgers claimed Zac Rosscup on waivers from the Rockies back on July 11 and added him to the bullpen three days later. The team brought him on as a LOOGY and he appeared in 17 games. What went right Rosscup didn't allow a run in 14 of the 17 games he pitched in over the course of the season after(2018/12/15 05:00)
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Cub Tracks' Fear and Loathing on the complain trail
It remains to be seen whether the Cubs will occupy the outhouse or the penthouse — the Cubs' brass left Bryce Harper's bazaar with the original group still intact, and that has to be a disappointment for some, if not most. This offseason lurches along like Hunter Thompson playing the village(2018/12/15 05:00)
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The 12 days of Cubsmas, Day 3: Three epic relief performances
The Cubs got a lot of help in 2018 from unlikely relievers. The front office spent a lot of money on bullpen arms in 2018 but the brightest moments came from players they picked up on the waiver wire and in trades. So on the third day of Cubsmas I wanted to take a look at three epic relief performances(2018/12/15 05:00)
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The Yankees should make Domingo German a multi-inning reliever in 2019
With the signing of J.A. Happ, the Yankees' rotation appears to be mostly completed. Although Brian Cashman has stated that he will continue to explore the trade market for starting pitching, it's likely that the Yankees' five main starters will be Luis Severino, James Paxton, Masahiro Tanaka(2018/12/15 05:00)
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Yankees Potential Free Agent Target: Jed Lowrie
An old saying goes, “If you can't beat 'em, join 'em.” Well, the Yankees can't seem to beat Jed Lowrie. The soon-to-be 35-year-old infielder has authored a career .295/.377/.440 batting line against the Yankees over an 11 year span with the Boston Red Sox, Houston Astros and Oakland Athletics(2018/12/15 05:00)
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The Cubs should give prospects annual bonuses
One of the standard comments of minor league baseball observers is that minor league players don't get paid enough. That isn't a socio-economic rant, and the players involved knew the stakes walking in the door. Owners would, in general, prefer to do other things with their money than gratis(2018/12/15 05:00)
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Jonathan Lucroy could be an option behind the plate for the Tigers in 2019
While not looking to spend too much money this offseason, the Detroit Tigers are faced with a vacancy at catcher after declining to tender a contract to James McCann, who has since moved elsewhere in the AL Central. While there are in-house options currently available in the forms of Grayson Greiner(2018/12/15 05:00)
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Wire Taps: Washington Nationals at the Winter Meetings wrap-ups; second base market; Bryce Harper chatter
The baseball world, like Elvis, has left the building in Las Vegas, so now teams have returned to their respective homes to figure out what they've accomplished and what work remains. What did Washington's Nationals accomplish out in Sin City? What's left to be done? Dig in to see what the(2018/12/15 05:00)
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Around the Empire: Yankees News
North Jersey Record | Staff Report: Joan Steinbrenner, the wife of George M. Steinbrenner, passed away Friday at the age of 83. The Vice Chairperson of the Yankees, Steinbrenner was a key contributor in many of the team's philanthropic efforts. The Yankees family mourns the loss of its matriarch.(2018/12/15 05:00)
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Boston Red Sox News: Joe Kelly, Mookie Betts, Chris Sale
Joe Kelly just signed a three-year, $25 million deal with the Dodgers, and Rob Bradford looks at what the Red Sox offered to counter. (Rob Bradford; WEEI) Sean McAdam, meanwhile, tried to figure out how big of a loss this is. (Sean McAdam; Boston Sports Journal) ($$$) As we all know, there are a lot(2018/12/15 05:00)
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