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12/22:The Miami Marlins seem reluctant to trade outfielder Christian Yelich and/or catcher J.T. Realmuto, but they are trying to "attach" second baseman Starlin Castro in trade discussions, according to rival executives. Yelich is disappointed with the Marlins trading away Giancarlo Stanton, Marcell Ozuna and Dee Gordon, but the Fish may want to build around the young outfielder. Yelich's fantasy value will take a hit if he remains in Miami in what will be a much weaker lineup. The same can beread more...
12/22:Contrary to a previous report, a trade involving Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Gerrit Cole being sent to the New York Yankees is neither close nor imminent, according to sources. Both teams match up very well, but the Yankees have been hesitant to include shortstop prospect Gleyber Torres in a swap. Outfielder Clint Frazier would be a fallback option for the Pirates, and that could set things in motion for Pittsburgh to trade outfielder Andrew McCutchen. Cole, coming off a down year (4.26 ERA, 1.25 WHIP), would certainlyread more...
12/22:Free-agent pitcher Trevor Cahill has garnered attention and USA Today's Bob Nightengale reports that the action on him "is starting to heat up." ESPN's Buster Olney reported earlier this week that the Giants were one club that was considering Cahill. It would be a nice landing spot for the veteran right-hander, as Cahill would get a chance to win a rotation spot and would pitch in one of the most pitcher-friendly park in the majors. He was excellent for the Padres in the first half last season before struggling following a trade to the Royals.--read more...
12/22:Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder Yasmany Tomas had a procedure Thursday to clean up scar tissue related to his core surgery in August. It will obviously slow down Tomas' offseason workout program, but it should not affect his availability for the beginning of spring training. Tomas played only 47 games during an injury-shortened 2017 campaign.--Chris Zolli - RotoBallerSource: Steve Gilbert on Twitter
12/22:Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Gerrit Cole is close to being traded to the New York Yankees, according to Jim Bowden of The Athletic. The key part of Bowden's news is that shortstop prospect Gleyber Torres is not a part of the trade, something that may have brought the teams back to the table for a deal. The Pirates were assumed to be holding out for Torres (who the Yankees deemed as untouchable), but the Yankees do have a ton of other top minor league talent to entice Pittsburgh. More information will be revealed, but a trade wouldread more...
12/22:Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com reports that the Chicago White Sox and Marlins recently discussed outfielder Christian Yelich. Crasnick says a deal “never got much traction.” It’s interesting nonetheless, as the White Sox have a loaded minor league system and have been open to acquiring big name players such as Orioles third baseman Manny Machado and Yelich. Crasnick also notes that rival executives believe Yelich will remain with the Marlins.--Daniel Burdeen - RotoBallerSource: Jerry Crasnick
12/22:New York Mets outfielder Juan Lagares is on the trading block, according to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports. Heyman reports that the team is looking for help at second base and relief pitcher and that the former Gold Glove outfielder can be moved. While Lagares won a Gold Glove in 2014, he is a career .257 hitter with no speed or power.--Chris Zolli - RotoBallerSource: Jon Heyman on Twitter
12/22:Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Gerrit Cole is not a priority for the New York Yankees, according to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports. This does not mean that the Yankees would not love to acquire Cole, as reports had the Yankees working with the Pirates on a deal last night, but the price tag of shortstop prospect Gleyber Torres might be just a bit too rich. Heyman does note that the Yankees are interested in such free-agent pitchers as Yu Darvish and Alex Cobb.--Chris Zolli - RotoBallerSource:read more...
12/22:Nick Piecoro of Arizona Central Sports reports that the Arizona Diamondbacks have signed 33-year-old relief pitcher Yoshihisa Hirano out of Japan to a two-year, $6 million deal. It’s a nice low-cost pickup for the Diamondbacks, who lost closer Fernando Rodney to the Tigers earlier in the offseason. Hirano should be in the mix for saves and holds a career 3.10 ERA with 156 saves over 11 seasons in the Japan Pacific League. Given the money being handed out to relief pitchers thus far, it seems like the Diamondbacks may have found themselves a bargain.--read more...
12/21:Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Arizona Diamondbacks are closing in on a deal with 33-year-old Japanese reliever Yoshihisa Hirano.  This past year in the Japan Pacific League he threw to a 2.67 ERA with 29 saves and 47 strikeouts in 57 1/3 innings. In his 11-year career he has posted a 3.10 ERA with 156 saves. Hirano figures to be an option for late-inning work and with the departure of closer Fernando Rodney, he may even enter the mix for saves.--Daniel Burdeen - RotoBallerSource: Ken Rosenthal
12/21:The Atlanta Braves re-signed infielder Danny Santana to a minor league deal Thursday, according to a source. Santana can also play the outfield. In 82 games between the Twins and Braves in 2017, Santana hit just .202 with four home runs, 23 RBI and seven steals in 168 at-bats. He served as a super-utility player with Atlanta and will likely just provide depth in that category again in 2018. There's nothing to see here from a fantasy standpoint.--Keith Hernandez - RotoBallerSource: SB Nation - Chris Cotillo
12/21:Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports that the Pittsburgh Pirates are still working on a deal with the New York Yankees involving starting pitcher Gerrit Cole and although nothing is imminent, Passan says it's "a matter of when rather than if." Passan also says his sources tell him that even if Cole is not moved to the Yankees, the Pirates are "highly motivated to trade him." Cole has two years of arbitration left and now might be the time to maximize his trade value. Previous reports have suggested that outfielder Clint Frazier is amongread more...
12/21:Chris Cottilo of SB Nation reports that free-agent infielder Josh Rutledge has agreed to a minor league deal with the San Francisco Giants. The utilityman will provide the team some organizational depth and will have a shot to make the team's bench. This past season he hit .224 in 37 big league games for the Red Sox. He also appeared in 10 games for the Red Sox’s Double-A and Triple-A clubs. He can be avoided in all fantasy leagues.--Daniel Burdeen - RotoBallerSource: Chris Cotillo
12/21:Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Steven Wright's domestic assault case has been retired for one year by the Williamson County Courthouse in Tennessee, according to a court clerk. However, MLB will continue their investigation in the matter, and Wright could still face discipline in the 2018 season. The right-handed knuckleballer's case can be dropped entirely if there are no further offenses in the next 12 months. Wright struggled to a 1-3 record with an 8.25 ERA and 1.88 WHIP in 24 innings over five starts before being injured in 2017. He's not even a lock toread more...
12/21:The Baltimore Orioles are optimistic that closer Zach Britton (Achilles) will return in June. Britton suffered a torn Achilles the other day while working out and is expected to miss around half of the 2018 season. It's a huge blow to Baltimore's bullpen and Britton's fantasy and trade value. To begin the year, relief pitcher Brad Brach is expected to serve as the ninth-inning man, although he's been mentioned as a trade candidate this winter, too.--Keith Hernandez - RotoBallerSource: MASN Sports - Roch Kubatko