Mike Fiers - S - Athletics
Dec 14 11:28 PM
Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports that free agent right-hander Mike Fiers is drawing interest from multiple teams.
Morosi lists the Reds, Giants, Nationals and Rangers among the suitors for the 33-year-old hurler. Fiers is coming of of a terrific season where he compiled a 3.56 ERA, 1.18 WHIP and 139/37 K/BB ratio across 172 innings between the Tigers and Athletics. Given the numerous clubs in play here, Fiers should have no problem landing a multi-year contract worth considerably more than the $6 million he settled for last winter.
Alex Call - OF - White Sox
Dec 14 10:46 PM
Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that the Indians will receive minor league outfielder Alex Call from the White Sox in exchange for Yonder Alonso.
The Indians were only supposed to receive a fringe prospect in the deal, and Call certainly qualifies. The 24-year-old was a third round selection by the White Sox from the 2016 draft. He slashed .248/.345/.415 with 12 homers, 58 RBI and six swipes in 123 games between High-A Winston-Salem and Double-A Birmingham in 2018. The real benefit of the deal for the Indians is the payroll flexibility of shedding Alonso's contract in the wake of their acquisition of Carlos Santana this week.
Jose Abreu - 1B - White Sox
Dec 14 11:00 PM
According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, the White Sox have no intention of trading Jose Abreu, even after acquiring Yonder Alonso from the Indians on Friday.
There had already been rumblings that Abreu may have been available, and Friday's acquisition of Alonso seemed to put even more wood on that fire, but perhaps the two can co-exist in Chicago. Alonso is an extremely skilled defender and likely to be the everyday first baseman, which would force Abreu into a full-time DH role, something that in the past he has claimed he does not want to do. This could just be posturing on the White Sox' part in order to get a better offer for Abreu.
Yonder Alonso - 1B - Indians
Dec 14 10:32 PM
Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic confirmed a report that the White Sox have acquired Yonder Alonso from the Indians
The deal was first reported by WatchStadium. No word yet on the potential return that the Indians will receive in the deal. The rumor mill is now running rampant, pointing out that Alonso is the cousin of Manny Machado, and that could be another factor that could draw the superstar to sign with the White Sox. It could also mean that Jose Abreu may now be available via trade.
Troy Tulowitzki - SS - Blue Jays
Dec 14 9:29 PM
Jon Heyman of Fancred reports that the Cubs are one of six teams that have been in contact with free agent shortstop Troy Tulowitzki.
The Cubs plan to send a scout to Tulo's upcoming workout to get a feel for what he has left in the tank. With the Blue Jays on the hook for most of his salary, the 34-year-old could wind up being a nice bargain at the veteran's minimum, provided he's able to stay healthy, which is something he has struggled with throughout his career. The Tulowitzki camp has said that they plan to narrow the field of suitors soon.
Mike Minor - S - Rangers
Dec 14 9:11 PM
Scott Lauber of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports that the Phillies are interested in acquiring left-hander Mike Minor from the Rangers.
The Rangers have been fielding inquiries for the 30-year-old southpaw who is on a very team-friendly contract that will pay him only $19 million over the next two seasons. If the Phillies can't find the rotation upgrade that they're looking for via free agency, Minor could become a nice low-cost alternative.
Yasmani Grandal - C - Dodgers
Dec 14 8:50 PM
According to Andy Martino of SNY, the Mets continue to show interest in free agent catcher Yasmani Grandal.
The Mets are on the hunt for a major upgrade behind the plate and have talked to the Marlins about J.T. Realmuto, but they continue to explore Grandal as well, who is the best catcher available on the free agent market. The White Sox have also been mentioned as a possible destination for Grandal, though their signing of James McCann on Friday could lessen their interest.
Matt Chapman - 3B - Athletics
Dec 14 8:08 PM
Matt Chapman had his left shoulder scoped on Friday in what was termed a "minor cleanup procedure".
The Athletics announced Friday that Chapman should be able to resume swinging in six weeks. They made the decision to have the procedure done after the third baseman felt discomfort during offseason workouts. Barring any setbacks, he'll be healthy and ready to roll for the start of spring training.
Matt Szczur - OF - Diamondbacks
Dec 14 7:24 PM
Diamondbacks signed OF Matt Szczur to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.
The 29-year-old spent the 2018 season in the Padres' organization, slashing .187/.265/.267 in his 84 plate appearances at the big league level. He'll attempt to crack the Opening Day roster as a reserve outfielder, but will most likely begin the year as minor league depth at Triple-A Reno.
Kevin Pillar - OF - Blue Jays
Dec 14 5:12 PM
Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area reports that Kevin Pillar is "one name discussed" by the Giants' front office.
Steven Duggar is expected to open the season as the Giants' primary center fielder, but the club wouldn't mind finding a platoon partner to play against lefties and they're also considering the benefits of having two center fielder types on the field at the same time. Pillar is only a career .261/.298/.398 hitter but is one of the best defensive center fielders in the game. He's under team control through 2020.
Dallas Keuchel - S - Astros
Dec 14 5:21 PM
Dennis Lin of The Athletic reports that the Padres have interest in Dallas Keuchel.
However, Lin notes that Keuchel's asking price is "currently prohibitive" for the Padres. The veteran left-hander has been connected to numerous teams -- the Nationals, Phillies, Braves, Reds and Blue Jays among them -- but might not sign for a while given that he's a Scott Boras client and the best free agent starter left on the market.
Griffin Roberts - R - Cardinals
Dec 14 5:24 PM
Cardinals pitching prospect Griffin Roberts has been suspended 50 games for a second positive test for a drug of abuse.
Roberts was viewed as one of the most major league-ready relievers when he was selected with a competitive balance round pick in the 2018 Draft. He might have even had a shot to debut at some point during the 2019 campaign, but that surely won't happen now.
Nicholas Castellanos - OF - Tigers
Dec 14 4:54 PM
Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press reports that the Mets have discussed a possible Nicholas Castellanos trade with the Tigers.
There's no indication at this point that the talks have advanced past the preliminary stage, but it's no surprise at this point to see Brodie Van Wagenen and the Mets connected to another player on the trade block. Fenech notes that the asking price for Castellanos is "high" even though he's only under contract for one more year. The Mets could use a center fielder much more than a corner outfielder, so it remains to be seen whether talks for Castellanos gain any traction.
Carlos Asuaje - 2B - Rangers
Dec 14 4:45 PM
Jared Diamond of the Wall Street Journal reports that Carlos Asuaje is close to signing with a team in South Korea.
Asuaje just went from the Padres to the Rangers via the waiver process earlier this week, but it sounds like he's headed overseas. The 27-year-old is a career .240/.312/.329 hitter over 586 major league plate appearances.
Jeurys Familia - R - Mets
Dec 14 3:41 PM
Mets signed RHP Jeurys Familia to a three-year, $30 million contract.
The deal was first reported on Thursday and is now official after Familia passed a physical. He has returned to his original organization, this time in a setup role ahead of new closer Edwin Diaz. Familia put up a 3.13 ERA with 83 strikeouts over 72 innings this past season for the Mets and Athletics.
Brandon Hyde - C - Orioles
Dec 14 4:03 PM
The Orioles officially announced the hiring of Brandon Hyde as their new manager on Friday.
It was reported on Tuesday that Hyde would be the Orioles' pick, and they will introduce him at a press conference on Monday. Hyde had been a coach with the Cubs since 2013 and prior to that was a coach with the Marlins.
Daniel Descalso - 2B - Diamondbacks
Dec 14 3:10 PM
Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Cubs are in "strong pursuit" of Daniel Descalso.
The Cardinals have also been connected to Descalso, so it could be a battle between the two National League Central rivals to land the utility player. Descalso has become a better hitter the last few seasons, posting a solid .238/.353/.436 batting line with 13 home runs last year in Arizona.
Ian Kinsler - 2B - Red Sox
Dec 14 3:12 PM
Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that has agreed to terms with the Padres on a two-year, $8 million contract, pending a physical.
It's a bit of a surprise that the 36-year-old got a multi-year deal, but the Padres aren't risking much money here. Kinsler batted just .240/.301/.380 with 14 home runs and 16 stolen bases last season for the Angels and Red Sox in a second straight down year at the plate. He'll turn 37 next June and has to deal with Petco Park, so we certainly can't count on a bounce-back. With Kinsler aboard, Luis Urias is set to play shortstop, at least until Fernando Tatis Jr is ready.
Jordy Mercer - SS - Tigers
Dec 14 2:38 PM
Tigers signed SS Jordy Mercer to a one-year, $5.25 million contract.
The deal was reported earlier this week and has now been made official. Mercer batted only .251/.315/.381 last season for the Pirates and missed some time due to injury, but he should be a bit of an upgrade offensively over Jose Iglesias and is a solid defender, as well.
James McCann - C - Tigers
Dec 14 1:53 PM
Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports that the White Sox and James McCann have agreed to terms on a contract, pending a physical.
McCann was non-tendered by the Tigers last month but will stay in the American League Central. He will back up Welington Castillo with the Pale Hose. Terms of the contract are not available at this point. McCann batted .220/.267/.314 with eight homers last season.
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