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Free-agent starter Nathan Eovaldi has drawn considerable interest on the open market, according to the Boston Globe’s Nick Cafardo, who writes that the Brewers, Phillies, Braves, Angels, White Sox, Blue Jays and Giants join the previously reported Red Sox and Padres as early suitors for the right-hander. More teams may join the fray, Cafardo adds.…
Author: Connor Byrne
Posted: November 18, 2018, 2:59 pm
Back by popular demand, it’s the MLB Trade Rumors Free Agent Prediction Contest!  Click here to enter your picks for the destinations for our top 50 free agents.  The deadline for entry is Sunday, November 18th at 11pm central time.  You can edit your picks until then.  Further contest info: This is something we’ve done…
Author: Tim Dierkes
Posted: November 18, 2018, 2:20 pm
A few items from the National League… Atlanta’s a speculative landing spot for closer Craig Kimbrel, who starred with the Braves from 2010-14 and is now the most proven reliever available in free agency. However, barring a drop in Kimbrel’s asking price, it’s “highly unlikely” he’ll rejoin the Braves this offseason, Mark Bowman of MLB.com…
Author: Connor Byrne
Posted: November 18, 2018, 4:33 am
Although the Athletics contacted the Yankees about right-hander Sonny Gray at least a week ago, “there is no present momentum in talks” between the teams, Jon Morosi of MLB.com tweets. A return to Oakland would represent a homecoming of sorts for Gray, a 2011 first-round pick of the A’s who mostly thrived with the club…
Author: Connor Byrne
Posted: November 18, 2018, 2:47 am
After the Mets hired Brodie Van Wagenen as their new general manager last month, he declared the team expected to be “in on every free agent” this offseason. Van Wagenen’s comment led some to wonder whether the Mets, who could stand to upgrade the left side of their infield, would pursue Manny Machado. However, considering…
Author: Connor Byrne
Posted: November 18, 2018, 12:58 am
Free agent lefty Patrick Corbin is arguably the top hurler on the market this offseason.  The former Diamondback timed his ascension to dominance perfectly last season, posting career bests in strikeout rate (11.07 K/9), HR/9 (0.68), FIP (2.47), xFIP (2.61), ERA (3.15), fWAR (6.3) and games started (33) in a pivotal walk year for the…
Author: Ty Bradley
Posted: November 17, 2018, 11:58 pm
Nov. 17, 2:29 PM: Although official details are still unavailable, Jon Heyman of FanCred tweets that the total value will exceed that of Mathis’ previous deal with Arizona, which guaranteed him $4MM from 2017-’18. Nov. 15, 7:50 PM: The Rangers have agreed to a contract (pending physical) with free agent catcher Jeff Mathis, according to Ken Rosenthal…
Author: Jeff Todd
Posted: November 17, 2018, 8:31 pm
The Toronto Blue Jays have not had any serious trade discussions regarding staff ace Marcus Stroman, per the MLB Network’s Jon Morosi (via Twitter). That does not mean, however, that teams haven’t asked. The Reds, in particular, are one team with noted interest in the Jays’ right-hander. This shouldn’t surprise anyone, as the Reds have…
Author: TC Zencka
Posted: November 17, 2018, 6:28 pm
The Houston Astros acquired infielder Aledmys Diaz from the Toronto Blue Jays today. In return, they have sent Triple-A right-hander Trent Thornton to Toronto, per Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle (via Twitter). After spending parts of two seasons with the St. Louis Cardinals, the Blue Jays acquired Diaz for minor-league outfielder J.B. Woodman prior to 2018. He…
Author: TC Zencka
Posted: November 17, 2018, 4:21 pm
Many teams are putting the finishing touches on their coaching staffs, though there are still some openings. Here are the latest moves: The Rangers announced that they have hired Julio Rangel as their new pitching coach. He’ll come over from the Giants organization, where he had served as the minor-league pitching coordinator. The 43-year-old Rangel also…
Author: Jeff Todd
Posted: November 17, 2018, 5:00 am
MLBTR is publishing Offseason Outlooks for all 30 teams.  Click here to read the other entries in this series. The Padres’ were in full rebuild mode by mid-2016, having dealt away any veteran players with value by that year’s trade deadline. Immediate help was not on the way. In fact, it was nowhere close if it…
Author: Jason Martinez
Posted: November 17, 2018, 2:48 am
The Phillies entered the winter widely tabbed as the most obvious aggressor on the free-agent market. It has been known for years, after all, that the organization was stripping its payroll and building its prospect base in hopes of launching back into a powerhouse. Perhaps, then, it shouldn’t be too surprising that Philadelphia owner John…
Author: Jeff Todd
Posted: November 17, 2018, 12:52 am
The Angels have struck a deal to bring outfielder Peter Bourjos back to the organization, MLBTR’s Steve Adams reports on Twitter. It’ll be a minor-league pact for the 31-year-old, who is a client of the Dishman Sports Group. Bourjos has seen action in each of the past nine MLB campaigns, the first four of those…
Author: Jeff Todd
Posted: November 16, 2018, 11:20 pm
The Red Sox have announced a deal to keep sluggeer Steve Pearce in Boston, as Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reported (via Twitter). It’s said to be a one-year, $6.25MM pact for the Excel Sports Management client. Pearce, 35, was picked up in a relatively unheralded late-June swap with the Blue Jays. He more or less…
Author: Jeff Todd
Posted: November 16, 2018, 10:20 pm
It’s rare that a 100-win season can feel like a let-down, but when one’s chief division rival wins 108 games and captures a World Series title, the sentiment is more understandable. That’s the situation in which the Yankees find themselves, and they’ll likely act aggressively in an effort to close that gap this winter. Guaranteed…
Author: Steve Adams
Posted: November 16, 2018, 9:30 pm