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Twins 'Pushed Hard' To Sign Craig Kimbrel

Jun 7, 2019 7:45 AM

The Minnesota Twins "pushed hard" to sign Craig Kimbrel before he agreed to a three-year deal with the Chicago Cubs.

The offer was competitive, but the Twins were only offering two years.

Kimbrel was a target of Minnesota dating back to the offseason.

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Dallas Keuchel Agrees To One-Year Deal With Braves

Jun 7, 2019 7:36 AM

The Atlanta Braves have agreed to a one-year deal with Dallas Keuchel, according to sources.

Keuchel will receive a $13 million salary, which is prorated from a figure of $21.21 million.

According to sources, Keuchel is scheduled to have his physical Friday and is slated to make a start for Triple-A Gwinnett on Saturday.

The Braves entered Thursday night two games back of the Philadelphia Phillies in the National League East.

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Cubs, Craig Kimbrel Reach Three-Year Deal

Jun 5, 2019 10:13 PM

The Chicago Cubs have bolstered their bullpen by signing Craig Kimbrel to a three-year deal.

The deal is worth $45 million, according to The Athletic.

Kimbrel was a free agent for seven months as the Major League free agent market continues an odd shift.

The Cubs have blown 11 saves this season, the third most in baseball.

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Yankees Emerging As Favorites To Sign Dallas Keuchel

Jun 5, 2019 9:13 AM

The New York Yankees have emerged as the favorite to sign Dallas Keuchel, according to a source.

The Atlanta Braves are also in the mix to sign the veteran starter.

Keuchel is no longer tied to draft pick compensation, which makes him more appealing to Major League clubs.

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Dallas Keuchel, Craig Kimbrel No Longer Tied To Draft Compensation

Jun 3, 2019 8:13 AM

Dallas Keuchel and Craig Kimbrel are expected to sign with a Major League club soon as they are no longer tied to draft pick compensation.

The Major League first-year player draft is this week.

The Houston Astros and Boston Red Sox, respectively, extended one-year, $17.9 million qualifying offers to Keuchel and Kimbrel. Both pitchers rejected the deals, meaning any team that signed them prior to June 3 would have been subject to a penalty that affects its draft picks.

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Boras: Dallas Keuchel Could Be Ready In A Week

May 31, 2019 8:08 AM

Dallas Keuchel could be ready to pitch in the Major Leagues a week after signing a contract, agent Scott Boras says.

Keuchel has already thrown seven simulated games of roughly 100 pitches.

As many as six teams are in the mix to sign the veteran stater.

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Cubs Sign Carlos Gonzalez To Minor League Deal

May 31, 2019 8:03 AM

The Chicago Cubs have reportedly agreed to terms on a Minor League contract with Carlos Gonzalez.

Gonzalez will report to Triple-A and soon get called up to the Major League club.

The Cleveland Indians recently released Gonzalez after he hit .210/.282/.276 in 30 games.

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Six Teams Could Be In Mix For Dallas Keuchel

May 30, 2019 10:18 AM

With the Major League Baseball Draft looming, as many as six teams could be in the mix to sign Dallas Keuchel.

Once the draft passes, teams will no longer have to surrender a draft pick as compensation for signing the pitcher.

Jon Heyman noted that the New York Yankees, Tampa Bay Rays, Minnesota Twins, Atlanta Braves, St. Louis Cardinals and Milwaukee Brewers have been linked to Keuchel.

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Dallas Keuchel Would Consider One-Year Deal

May 29, 2019 9:13 AM

Dallas Keuchel is now open to a one-year deal after seeking a multi-year deal throughout free agency and the first quarter of the season.

Keuchel would consider a prorated deal that would pay him close to $18 million.

If signed after the MLB draft next week, teams won't have to give up a pick to sign the pitcher.

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Braves Doing Due Diligence On Craig Kimbrel, Dallas Keuchel

May 28, 2019 8:28 AM

The Atlanta Braves are doing their due diligence on both Craig Kimbrel and Dallas Keuchel with the MLB Draft approaching on June 3.

At that point, teams will no longer need to surrender a draft pick to sign him, per the rules for players who reject a qualifying offer.

"I would think both guys can certainly help our club," Braves general manager Alex Anthopoulos said of Kimbrel and Keuchel. "I think it's fair to say, any free agents that are out there, certainly with the draft pick being gone for some of these guys soon, I would think would only help their market. And like anybody else I'm sure that we will do our work on it."

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Rays Keeping Tabs On Craig Kimbrel
The Rays are among the clubs "keeping in touch" with Craig Kimbrel, according to a report.

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Kenley Jansen Would Be Fine With Dodgers Signing Craig Kimbrel
The Dodgers are more than 10 games above .500, but the bullpen has been an issue so far this season.

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Dallas Keuchel Still Holding Out For Fair Contract
Dallas Keuchel remains unsigned and says he is not going to settle until he gets what he believes to be a fair market value.

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Indians, Rangers, Tigers Have Watched James Shields Throw Recently
James Shields, 37, remains intent on continuing his Major League career.

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Dodgers Sign Travis d'Arnaud
The Mets designated Travis d'Arnaud for assignment on April 28 and released him on Friday.

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Reds Release Matt Kemp
Just four months after acquiring him in a trade with the Dodgers, the Reds have released Matt Kemp.

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Brewers Sign Gio Gonzalez
Gio Gonzalez will reportedly receive a base salary of $2 million with incentives on top of that.

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Mets 'Keeping A Close Eye On' Gio Gonzalez
Gio Gonzalez opted out of his Minor League contract with the Yankees on Saturday and the Mets are "keeping a close eye on" the situation.

Kevin Kernan/New York Post

Yankees, Logan Morrison Agree To Minor League Deal
Veteran first baseman Logan Morrison will make $1M if he's added to the major league roster.

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Dallas Keuchel Open To One-Year Deal
If Dallas Keuchel signs after June's Major League Draft, he wouldn't be tied to pick compensation.

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Khris Davis Signs Two-Year, $33.5M Extension With A's
Khris Davis has a major league-leading 10 home runs this season.

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Nationals, Anthony Rendon Meet To Discuss Extension
The Nationals and Anthony Rendon met before batting practice on Tuesday to discuss a possible contract extension.

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A's Offered Kyler Murray $14M To Choose Baseball
Kyler Murray, who was the ninth pick in last year's MLB draft, is expected to be a high pick in next week's NFL draft and seemingly intends to play football.

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Craig Kimbrel Moving 'Closer' To Signing With Club
The Brewers are among the teams have have spoken to Craig Kimbrel's agent in recent weeks.

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Mets Have Inquired About Dallas Keuchel
Dallas Keuchel, 30, is coming off a season with a 3.74 ERA in 204 2/3 innings.

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Craig Kimbrel Continues To Seek $15M Annually
Craig Kimbrel continues to seek a multi-year deal worth around $15 million annually, according to a report.

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Buster Olney: Giants Could Trade Then Re-Sign Madison Bumgarner
Madison Bumgarner could be the truest definition of a rental this summer.

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Anthony Rendon, Nationals Not Close On Extension Talks
The Nationals and Anthony Rendon are not close to an agreement on a contract extension with Opening Day looming.

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Kyle Hendricks, Cubs Agree To Four-Year, $55.5M Extension
The extension eliminates Kyle Hendricks' last year of arbitration.

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Mets, Jacob deGrom Agree Upon Five-Year, $137.5M Extension
The Mets have agreed to a contract extension with Jacob deGrom, according to league sources.

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