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Manny Machado Would Move Back To Third For 'Right Contract'

Dec 14, 2018 8:19 AM

Manny Machado wants to play shortstop, but he may be willing to move back to third base for the "right contract."

That's what Machado's longtime friend and coach Bobby Dickerson told the Philadelphia Inquirer.

"I think if the contract is right, he would [move to third]. It may have to go an extra $5 million, or more, or whatever to get him out of [shortstop]. But if the contract is right, I think he would go to third," Dickerson said.

Machado was drafted as a shortstop before moving to third as a Major League rookie. He moved back to shortstop full-time in 2018.

Scott Lauber/Philadelphia Inquirer

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Angels Targeting Wilson Ramos

Dec 14, 2018 8:14 AM

The Los Angeles Angels need help at catcher and Wilson Ramos appears to be their top target.

Ramos has also been linked to the Los Angeles Dodgers and Milwaukee Brewers.

The 31-year-old hit .306/.358/.487 with 15 home runs in 416 plate appearances in 2018.

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Brian Cashman Calls Yankees 'Fully Operational Death Star'

Dec 13, 2018 8:29 AM

Brian Cashman has said the New York Yankees would be active this offseason, while also throwing cold water on the notion of signing Bryce Harper.

On Wednesday, Cashman seemingly left anything open for possibility.

"If something doesn't make sense today, it doesn't mean it won't make sense tomorrow," Cashman said when asked again about Harper. "All I can keep telling you is, you know where my current focuses are, but at the same time we're a fully operational Death Star."

The Yankees' main needs are starting pitching, bullpen help and middle infielders.

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Craig Kimbrel Reportedly Seeking $100M-Plus Deal

Dec 13, 2018 8:24 AM

Craig Kimbrel is looking for a massive contract in free agency.

Kimbrel is seeking a six-year deal worth more than $100 million, according to a report.

The right-hander is one of the best closers in Major League history, but will be entering his age-31 season.

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Justin Bour Joins Angels On One-Year Deal

Dec 13, 2018 8:20 AM

The Los Angeles Angels have agreed to a one-year deal with Justin Bour, according to a source.

The deal is reportedly worth $2.5 million.

A left-handed-hitting first baseman, Bour will be used as insurance for both Albert Pujols and Shohei Ohtani.

Bour is a career .260/.344/.466 hitter with 84 home runs and 277 RBIs in 507 games.

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Rangers Add Lance Lynn On Three-Year, $30M Deal

Dec 13, 2018 8:12 AM

Lance Lynn has agreed to a three-year, $30 million deal to join the Texas Rangers.

Lynn, 34, had a 4.77 ERA last season in 29 starts and four relief appearances with the Minnesota Twins and New York Yankees.

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Jeurys Familia Returning To Mets On Three-Year, $30M Deal

Dec 13, 2018 8:08 AM

The New York Mets have agreed to bring Jeurys Familia back on a three-year, $30 million deal.

The 29-year-old had a 3.13 ERA in 70 relief appearances for the Mets and Oakland Athletics last season.

New York traded the right-hander to Oakland on July 21.

Familia served a 15-game domestic-violence suspension at the start of the 2017 season and missed a large chunk of time because of a blood clot in his right shoulder.

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Dodgers, Joe Kelly Agree Upon Three-Year, $25M Deal

Dec 13, 2018 8:04 AM

The Los Angeles Dodgers have added to their bullpen by agreeing to terms with Joe Kelly on a three-year, $25 million deal, according to a source.

Kelly will likely be used as a bridge to closer Kenley Jansen.

He posted a 4.39 ERA, a 1.36 WHIP and a 2.13 strikeout-to-walk ratio for the Boston Red Sox this past season.

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Blue Jays Release Troy Tulowitzki

Dec 12, 2018 7:54 AM

The Toronto Blue Jays have released Troy Tulowitzki, who is now a free agent.

Toronto still owes Tulowitzki $20 million in 2019 and $14 million in 2020, plus the $4 million buyout of his $15 million club option for 2021.

Any Major League club can now sign him for the pro-rated portion of the league minimum.

Surgery on both feet forced Tulowitzki to miss the entire 2018 season.

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Andrew McCutchen Agrees To Three-Year, $45M Deal With Phillies

Dec 11, 2018 3:57 PM

The Philadelphia Phillies have agreed to sign Andrew McCutchen to a three-year, $45 million deal.

McCutchen batted .255 with 20 homers and 65 RBIs in 155 games last season with the San Francisco Giants and New York Yankees. He hit .253 with five homers in 25 games for the Yankees after being acquired on Aug. 31.

The Phillies have also had interest in signing Bryce Harper this offseason.

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Phillies To Meet With Agents For Bryce Harper, Manny Machado
According to sources, the Phillies prefer signing Manny Machado to Bryce Harper.

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Mariners Express Interest In Japanese Lefty Yusei Kikuchi
The Mariners, who have made a number of trades this offseason, are interested in Japanese left-hander Yusei Kikuchi.

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Brian Cashman Insists Yankees Aren't Interested In Bryce Harper
Brian Cashman continues to throw cold water on any rumors linking the Yankees to Bryce Harper in free agency.

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Yankees Unwilling To Offer Manny Machado $300M
The Yankees have been linked to Manny Machado, but they are reportedly unwilling to offer him a $300 million contract.

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Merrill Kelly Agrees To Two-Year, $5.5M Deal With D-Backs
Right-hander Merrill Kelly spend the past four seasons with SK Wyverns in South Korea, going 48-32 with a 3.86 REA.

ESPN.com

Nationals Don't Expect To Re-Sign Bryce Harper
The Nationals don't expect to re-sign Bryce Harper, says owner Mark Lerner.

ESPN

Royals 'Looking Hard' At Billy Hamilton
The Royals are interested in Billy Hamilton and are "looking hard" at the outfielder.

Rustin Dodd/The Athletic

Twins, Jonathan Schoop Agree Upon One-Year, $7.5M Deal
The deal will also allow Jonathan Schoop to earn a $100,000 performance bonus for reaching 600 plate appearances, plus additional award bonuses.

Associated Press

Indians Exercise Carlos Carrasco's Option, Agree To Two-Year Extension
The Indians have exercised their 2020 option on Carlos Carrasco and signed him to a two-year extension that takes him through the 2022 season.

ESPN

Nathan Eovaldi Nearing Agreement To Return To Red Sox
The report states that "the market is really just the Red Sox at this point."

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Mets Interested In A.J. Pollock
The Mets are interested in A.J. Pollock as a target in free agency.

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Yankees, Indians Have Discussed Carlos Carrasco, Corey Kluber
Those discussions could be renewed at the upcoming winter meetings.

Bryan Hoch/MLB

Phillies Now Focused On J.A. Happ
Now that Patrick Corbin has agreed to terms with the Nationals, the Phillies are focused on J.A. Happ in free agency.

Todd Zolecki/MLB

Astros, Robinson Chirinos Agree Upon One-Year Deal
Chirinos, 34, posted career highs in home runs (18) and RBIs (65) for the Rangers last season.

ESPN

Patrick Corbin Agrees To Six-Year Deal With Nationals
Patrick Corbin is a two-time All-Star.

Ken Rosenthal/The Athletic

Dodgers Among Those Meeting With Bryce Harper
The Dodgers have had a sit-down meeting with Bryce Harper, according to a report.

Yahoo! Sports

Japanese Left-Hander Yusei Kikuchi Available To MLB Teams
The Yankees are expected to be among those interested.

Associated Press

Several 'Surprise Teams' Making Run At Patrick Corbin
Patrick Corbin met with the Phillies, Nationals and Yankees last week.

Jon Heyman/Fancred Sports

Blue Jays Have Interest In Dallas Keuchel
The Blue Jays saw their starters post a 5.14 ERA last season, third worst in the Major Leagues.

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A's Allow Graveman, Fiers, Gearrin To Become Free Agents
The A's also announced that the team tendered contracts to Khris Davis and Marcus Semien.

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