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Padres Have Made Serious Bids For Bryce Harper, Manny Machado

Feb 18, 2019 9:28 AM

The San Diego Padres have made serious bids to sign Bryce Harper and Manny Machado in free agency.

The club has made a "substantial" contract offer to Machado, according to sources. The belief is that it's the largest offer he has received to date.

San Diego is still interested in Harper as well. They've made a "serious offer" to the outfielder.

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Tags: San Diego Padres, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

Talks 'Intensifying' Between Bryce Harper, Phillies

Feb 18, 2019 9:23 AM

It is being reported that talks between the Philadelphia Phillies and Bryce Harper "appear to be intensifying."

Still, nothing appears to be imminent as Harper's free agency drags on and reports come and go.

The Phillies have been pursuing both Harper and Manny Machado.

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Tags: Philadelphia Phillies, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

Khris Davis Wants To Stay With A's 'At Least Three More Years'

Feb 18, 2019 9:18 AM

Khris Davis hit a Major League-best 48 home runs last season.

It was his third-straight season with 40-plus homers and his fourth-straight season hitting exactly .247.

He will be a free agent after the 2019 season, but hopes to remain with the Oakland Athletics.

"I'd like to be here. I hope something gets done," Davis said. "It's not a good thing being a free agent right now. For my security, it's going to impact a lot. That's the way the business is. I'm already 31 so I don't know if I'm too old. There's a lot of things that run through my head. Who knows. If it happens, it happens.

"Shoot, I want to stay here at least three more years, but that's a long time to be an Oakland A. But if anybody can do it, I guess it's me, hopefully," Davis said. "I don't think they'll trade me as long as we're doing good. So we better do good so I don't get traded."

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Tags: Oakland Athletics, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

Padres, Aaron Loup Agree To One-Year, $1.4M Contract

Feb 17, 2019 7:27 PM

Left-hander Aaron Loup and the San Diego Padres have agreed to a one-year contract that guarantees $1.4 million, a deal that includes a team option for 2020.

Tags: San Diego Padres, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Terms Agreement

Brewers Sign Mike Moustakas To One-Year, $10M Deal

Feb 17, 2019 7:25 PM

Free-agent third baseman Mike Moustakas is headed back to the Milwaukee Brewers on a one-year, $10 million deal, a league source confirmed to ESPN's Jeff Passan on Sunday. There is a mutual option on a second year.

The Athletic was first to report the agreement.

Tags: Milwaukee Brewers, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Signing, Terms Agreement

Giants, Cameron Maybin Agree To Deal

Feb 16, 2019 8:51 PM

The San Francisco Giants have reached a deal to bring 31-year-old free-agent outfielder Cameron Maybin to camp as a non-roster invitee, a source confirmed to ESPN.

Maybin has played for nine teams over the course of his 12-year major league career, including the 2017 World Series champion Houston Astros.

Tags: San Francisco Giants, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Terms Agreement

Blue Jays, John Axford Agree To Minor League Deal

Feb 16, 2019 1:24 PM

Reliever John Axford and the Toronto Blue Jays have completed a minor league contract.

If added to the 40-man roster, the 35-year-old right-hander would get a one-year contract worth $1.65 million while in the major leagues. In the deal, announced Saturday by Toronto, he would have the chance to earn $1.7 million in performance bonuses based on games.

Tags: Toronto Blue Jays, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Terms Agreement

White Sox May Be 'Safety Net' For Bryce Harper, Manny Machado

Feb 15, 2019 8:13 AM

The feeling around baseball is that the Chicago White Sox are a "safety net" for unsigned superstars Bryce Harper and Manny Machado, according to a report.

Harper and Machado are both seeking contracts in the 10-year, $300 million range.

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Tags: Chicago White Sox, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

Manny Machado Meets With Padres For Second Time

Feb 15, 2019 8:09 AM

San Diego Padres general manager A.J. Preller flew to Miami to meet with Manny Machado last week, according to sources.

It's the second meeting between Machado and the Padres this offseason.

Machado has also drawn interest from the Chicago White Sox, New York Yankees and Philadelphia Phillies.

Jeff Passan/ESPN

Tags: San Diego Padres, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

Jacob deGrom 'Not Sure' If Extension Will Come Before Opening Day

Feb 15, 2019 8:05 AM

Jacob deGrom hasn't received a long-term contract offer from the New York Mets and isn't sure if he will before Opening Day.

"I honestly have no clue. There hasn't really been many talks," deGrom said. "But that can change in one phone call. I just don't really know."

The 30-year-old is set to make $17 million this season and is under club control through 2020.

If he doesn't get a new deal this spring, deGrom didn't rule out limiting his 2019 workload to protect his personal future.


Tags: New York Mets, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

Cubs Add Xavier Cedeno To Bullpen
The Cubs have signed Xavier Cedeno to add another left-handed option to their bullpen, according to sources.


Phillies, Aaron Nola Agree Upon Four-Year, $45M Extension
The extension buys out Aaron Nola's three years of salary arbitration eligibility, plus his first free-agent year.

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Padres 'Very Aggressive' With Offer To Manny Machado
The White Sox, Yankees and Phillies also remain in the mix for Manny Machado.

Andy Martino/SNY

Jacob deGrom Won't Discuss Extension With Mets During Season
The pitcher has set a deadline of Opening Day to complete any potential extension.

Mike Puma/New York Post

Bryce Harper Won't Consider Short-Term Deals
Bryce Harper met with the Giants, who reported would prefer to land him on a lucrative short-term deal.

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Blue Jays Make Formal Offer To Sergio Romo
Sergio Romo had 25 saves for the Rays last season.

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Oddsmakers Now Favor Giants To Sign Bryce Harper
The Giants have quickly risen to the top in the "race" for Bryce Harper.

Mike Axisa/CBS Sports

Brett Anderson, A's Agree Upon One-Year Deal
Brett Anderson had a 4.48 ERA in 17 starts for the A's last season.


Kyler Murray Will Give Back Signing Bonus To A's, Pursue NFL Career
Kyle Murray has announced he is fully committed to becoming an NFL quarterback.


Yankees May Have Made $220M Offer To Manny Machado
The Yankees made a seven- or eight-year offer worth $220 million to Manny Machado, according to a claim by Jim Duquette.

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Giants Prefer Short-Term Offer For Bryce Harper
The Giants appear to be a serious contender to sign free-agent Bryce Harper.

Pirates, Melkey Cabrera Agree To Minor League Deal
Veteran outfielder Melkey Cabrera can make up to $2M in performance bonuses with the Pirates.

Brett Lawrie Signs With Brewers
Infielder Brett Lawrie has not played since he was released before the 2017 season.

Royals Sign Homer Bailey To Minor League Deal
The deal for pitcher Homer Bailey includes an invitation to the club's big league spring training camp.

Rangers Sign Hunter Pence To Minor League
Hunter Pence spent the last six-plus seasons with the Giants.


Hal Steinbrenner Says Yankees Aren't Being Cheap
The Yankees aren't expected to land either of this offseason's two big free agents -- Bryce Harper and Manny Machado.


Phillies Acquire J.T. Realmuto From Marlins
The Marlins will receive Jorge Alfaro, pitching prospects Sixto Sanchez and Will Stewart, and an international bonus slot.

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Brad Boxberger Agrees To One-Year Deal With Royals
The contract is worth $2.2 million with $1 million in performance bonuses.


Nationals, Jeremy Hellickson Agree Upon $1.3M Deal
Jeremy Hellickson could earn up to $4 million more through performance bonuses.

Associated Press

Giants Meet With Bryce Harper
The Giants sent Larry Baer, Farhan Zaidi and Bruce Bochy to Las Vegas to meet with Bryce Harper.

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