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Astros reportedly eyeing Brantley, Cruz (Saturday, December 15)
Although he's battled his share of injury problems, Michael Brantley has proven to be a well-rounded player throughout his career, and he enters free agency after hitting .309 with 17 homers, 76 RBIs, 12 steals and only 60 strikeouts over 143 games this past season. Here, you will find a list of the latest news and rumors surrounding the outfielder.

Source: Braves no longer pursuing Realmuto trade (Saturday, December 15)
While Atlanta has continued to be linked to J.T. Realmuto rumors, a source said Saturday night the Braves exited the Winter Meetings with the understanding there will not be any further reason for them to discuss trading for the Marlins' All-Star catcher.

How free agent Ottavino 'attacked the offseason' (Saturday, December 15)
Free agent reliever Adam Ottavino is coming off a fantastic 2018 season, one that followed a poor 2017 and a unique training regimen over the winter. As he considers his next move, he spent time with MLB.com discussing how he got to this point.

Why Keuchel is a perfect fit for Reds (Saturday, December 15)
The Brewers shook up the National League Central by dethroning the Cubs as division champions last season, but in 2019, the club that may make a surprising move up the Central standings is none other than the Reds. Could one of their next offseason moves involve free-agent left-hander Dallas Keuchel?

What type of team typically gives out a mega-deal? (Saturday, December 15)
Could Bryce Harper or Manny Machado sign with a team that wasn't in contention last year? It might seem that they wouldn't, but struggling clubs have a long history of signing big-ticket free agents.

Here are 7 under-the-radar free agents (Saturday, December 15)
There's some risk in signing a player that's less of a sure thing. But the investment is far less. Let's take a look at seven under-the-radar free agents.

3 after-effects of Kinsler's move to San Diego (Saturday, December 15)
A day after general manager A.J. Preller left Las Vegas without a Major League transaction, the Padres came to a two-year agreement with second baseman Ian Kinsler, according to team sources. Here are three ways the signing affects the rest of the club.

Source: Rangers mull dealing Minor to Phillies (Saturday, December 15)
The Phillies have expressed interest in left-hander Mike Minor, who is currently the Rangers' No. 1 starter. It is a move Texas has to consider because Philadelphia is deep in young, controllable pitching.

Source: Adams returns to Nats on 1-year deal (Saturday, December 15)
The Nationals and free-agent first baseman Matt Adams have agreed to a deal, sources told MLB Network insider Ken Rosenthal. The team has not commented.

Key 2018-19 free agents for all 30 MLB teams (Friday, December 14)
An impressive collection of talent has hit the open market, and players are now eligible to sign with any team. Here is a division-by-division breakdown of the key free agents for all 30 Major League clubs.

Tulowitzki, Descalso reportedly on Cubs' radar (Friday, December 14)
Given the situation surrounding shortstop Addison Russell, the Cubs need to have a contingency plan up the middle for the first month of next season. Free agents Troy Tulowitzki and Daniel Descalso are reportedly on Chicago's radar as infield reinforcements.

Dodgers hope Kelly's 'great stuff' turns into results (Friday, December 14)
Joe Kelly's up-and-down career with St. Louis and Boston turned into a phenomenal postseason performance with the Red Sox, and now the Dodgers are banking it can continue. Can it? Let's find out.

Source: White Sox to get Alonso from Tribe (Friday, December 14)
Yonder Alonso was acquired from Cleveland on Friday in exchange for Minor League outfielder Alex Call.

Chapman (shoulder surgery) to swing in 6 weeks (Friday, December 14)
Matt Chapman had successful surgery Friday on his left shoulder with Dr. William Workman at the Bass Surgical Center in Walnut Creek, Calif. Dr. Workman performed a distal clavicle resection procedure on Chapman's left shoulder and anticipates that he will be ready to swing in six weeks. The third baseman will begin physical therapy next week.

Breaking down the market at second base (Friday, December 14)
Second base is a plentiful position this offseason, and the game of musical chairs may just be getting started.

Familia agrees to return to Mets on 3-year deal (Friday, December 14)
Raised from his teenage years in the Mets organization, Jeurys Familia has long professed his love for the city and the team. He now has plenty of time to grow reacquainted. To fortify their bullpen, the Mets officially reacquired one of their own on Friday, signing Familia to a three-year contract. It's worth $30 million, according to multiple sources.

O's officially name Brandon Hyde manager (Friday, December 14)
For days, the Orioles tamped down reports that their managerial search, still ongoing two weeks into December, had led them to Brandon Hyde. Meanwhile, much of the industry considered Hyde's hiring a foregone conclusion. All the two parties had to do was cross some T's and dot some I's.

Sources: White Sox sign James McCann (Friday, December 14)
The White Sox and catcher James McCann have agreed on a deal, pending a physical, sources have told MLB.com's Jason Beck.

Sources: Kinsler, Padres agree to 2-year deal (Friday, December 14)
Veteran second baseman Ian Kinsler has agreed to a two-year, $8 million deal with the Padres that includes a team option, sources told MLB Network insider Ken Rosenthal on Friday. The club hasn't confirmed the deal, which is pending the completion of a physical.

FOX Sports, ESPN to air 2019 London Series (Friday, December 14)
Major League Baseball on Friday announced that FOX Sports and ESPN will each air games from the Mitel & MLB Present London Series 2019 in the U.S., with FOX Sports presenting the exclusive broadcast on Saturday, June 29 and ESPN producing the exclusive telecast on Sunday, June 30.

The latest Pollock free-agent rumors (Wednesday, December 12)
A.J. Pollock has missed a considerable amount of time with injuries during his career, but he offers a well-rounded skill set and is sure to be a top free-agent target for clubs in need of outfield help this offseason. Here, you will find a list of the latest news and rumors surrounding the veteran center fielder.

Here are 5 takeaways from Winter Meetings (Thursday, December 13)
It's not just about the moves that were made -- it's also about the moves that weren't.

4 things we learned about the Padres in Vegas (Thursday, December 13)
A.J. Preller and the Padres were surprisingly quiet in Las Vegas at this week's Winter Meetings. That's not to say the Meetings were entirely unproductive for outside observers.

Rockies use Winter Meetings to window shop (Thursday, December 13)
Rockies general manager Jeff Bridich used the Winter Meetings to browse for the offensive impact the team needs, but there are plenty of shopping days before the 2019 season begins.

Indians leave Meetings with payroll flexibility (Thursday, December 13)
The Indians came to Las Vegas and successfully executed the same plan that many commoners share, but fail to do, upon arrival to Sin City: obtain more money.

Dipoto was hospitalized with blood clots in lungs (Thursday, December 13)
Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto was released from a Las Vegas hospital on Thursday afternoon and has been cleared to fly back to Seattle on Friday after dealing with severe chest pains caused by a series of blood clots that had developed in his lungs.

Top needs for all 30 clubs after Winter Meetings (Thursday, December 13)
With the Winter Meetings in the books, it's a great time to take stock of each club's offseason to this point, as well as what its needs are for the remainder of the offseason. With the help of each MLB.com beat writer, here's a look at where each team stands as executives leave Las Vegas, and what remains to be done before Spring Training.

Keeping track of traded prospects (Thursday, December 13)
To help keep track of all the prospects who have been traded since the offseason began, here is a running tally of those on club Top 30 lists who have changed hands.

Tigers use Winter Meetings to plant seeds (Thursday, December 13)
Tigers general manager Al Avila didn't come to the 2018 Winter Meetings with a lot of payroll room to use. He didn't come in with a mandate to win now. He left Las Vegas with several roster needs filled for next season and some seeds planted for bigger moves later this winter.

10 notable examples of 3-team trades (Thursday, December 13)
When it comes to pulling off a trade, three is sometimes not a crowd, but a necessity. With that in mind, here is a look back at 10 of the most notable three-way trades from recent history.

Leaving Las Vegas: Where the market stands (Thursday, December 13)
The Winter Meetings have come and gone, and most of the major free agents remain available for potential buyers. Teams used the past four days to kick the tires on a number of fronts, gaining traction on both the free-agent and trade markets. As the baseball world leaves Las Vegas, here's where the market stands.

7 teams most likely to make the next big move (Thursday, December 13)
This week's Winter Meetings produced a flurry of deals that added a bit of focus to the offseason puzzle. But virtually every team still has a lengthy to-do list. Let's look at seven clubs most likely to make a move, and soon.

Happ helps staff, but Yanks still seeking more (Thursday, December 13)
The Yankees identified upgrading their starting pitching as a priority entering the offseason, and as general manager Brian Cashman departed from the Winter Meetings on Thursday morning, there was confidence that his visit to Sin City had achieved that objective.

Phils exit Meetings mulling over Bryce, Manny (Thursday, December 13)
The perception remains that eventually the Phillies will get crazy and drop a mountain of cash onto a superstar's doorstep this winter. Internally, however, that idea might not compute.

Let's review the front-runners to land Harper (Thursday, December 13)
We still don't have a landing spot for Bryce Harper. Many teams met with him in his hometown, agent Scott Boras has soliloquized on his behalf and even Nelly has gotten involved. We don't know where Harper is going, but the last week has given us, if not a destination, at least some clues.

Dipoto signs off on big trade from hospital bed (Thursday, December 13)
The Mariners traded recently acquired first baseman Carlos Santana to the Indians on Thursday for veteran slugger Edwin Encarnacion and a Competitive Balance Round B pick in next June's Draft.

Brewers acquire lefty Claudio from Rangers (Thursday, December 13)
Milwaukee sent its Competitive Balance pick in next year's Draft -- No. 40 overall -- to the Rangers for 26-year-old left-handed reliever Alex Claudio, who offers multi-inning flexibility and comes with three years of club control, plus at least one Minor League option. He filled a need after Milwaukee opted to non-tender lefties Dan Jennings and Xavier Cedeno last month.

Martin goes No. 1 in pitching-heavy Rule 5 Draft (Thursday, December 13)
The Major League phase of the Rule 5 Draft has a tendency to be pitching-heavy and the 2018 edition on Thursday was no different. Of the 14 players taken, 11 of them will try to land spots on big league pitching staffs next spring. But for the second year in a row, the festivities kicked off with the selection of a position player in the top spot.

Edwin to M's, Santana to Tribe in 3-team deal (Thursday, December 13)
The Indians, Mariners and Rays finalized a three-team deal that sends designated hitter Edwin Encarnacion to Seattle; first baseman Carlos Santana, first baseman/left fielder Jake Bauers and cash to Cleveland; and infielder Yandy Diaz as well as Minor League right-hander Cole Sulser to Tampa Bay. MLB Network insider Jon Heyman first reported the news.

2018 Rule 5 Draft results: Pick-by-pick (Thursday, December 13)
The final day of the Winter Meetings begins with the annual Rule 5 Draft. Teams are only able to make a selection if they have space on their 40-man roster. The order is based on the reverse order of standings from the end of the 2018 regular season.

Will Meetings close with a Machado splash? (Thursday, December 13)
As the Winter Meetings draw to a close, here's what we know about Manny Machado's closely watched free agency.

Bochy open to being 'creative' with roles in '19 (Thursday, December 13)
Echoing the new front office's desire to leave everything on the table, Giants manager Bruce Bochy said on Wednesday that he'll be open to using players in non-traditional roles to get the most out of his roster in 2019. That includes a willingness to experiment with openers.

Keuchel becomes top available FA starter (Wednesday, December 12)
After a seven-season tenure with the Astros that included a trio of 200-inning seasons, an American League Cy Young Award in 2015 and an overall 3.66 ERA, Dallas Keuchel is now a free agent. Here, you will find a list of the latest news and rumors surrounding the left-hander.

Rays agree to deal with Morton, per source (Wednesday, December 12)
Free-agent right-hander Charlie Morton is wrapping up a two-year, $30 million deal with the Rays, according to multiple people familiar with the negotiations. The contract will be finalized once Morton passes a physical.

Source: Dodgers to add reliever Kelly (Thursday, December 13)
Free-agent reliever Joe Kelly agreed to a three-year contract with the Dodgers worth $25 million, a source confirmed to MLB.com's Mark Feinsand.

Sources: Familia agrees to return to Mets (Thursday, December 13)
Multiple sources said late Wednesday night that the Mets were in agreement on three-year deal with free-agent reliever Jeurys Familia.

Reds acquire right-hander Roark from Nats (Wednesday, December 12)
The Reds have acquired pitcher Tanner Roark from the Nationals for righty Tanner Rainey, the club announced Wednesday.

30 updates from Winter Meetings -- 1 for each team (Wednesday, December 12)
Here's a roundup of the biggest news out of Day 3 of the Winter Meetings for all 30 MLB clubs.

For starters, these 4 could upgrade any rotation (Thursday, December 13)
With five arms having come off the market over the last week, teams looking for rotation help have limited free-agent options. Dallas Keuchel is the top starter available, followed by Japanese star Yusei Kikuchi, while the road to the trade market still goes through Cleveland, where Corey Kluber and Trevor Bauer remain up for grabs.

Young Bucs duo eyes SS with Mercer to Tigers (Wednesday, December 12)
For the first time since 2013, the Pirates' Opening Day shortstop will be someone other than Jordy Mercer. General manager Neal Huntington is still looking for an upgrade as the Winter Meetings draw to a close, but he and manager Clint Hurdle continue to speak highly of recently acquired infielder Erik Gonzalez and rookie Kevin Newman.

'Long-term picture' influencing Atlanta's decisions (Wednesday, December 12)
Having seen their talented young core prove to be advanced enough to win the National League East in 2018, the Braves understand signing Michael Brantley or paying the prospect price necessary to obtain one of the Tribe's starters may help counteract what their division rivals might gain from their additions in '19.

Indians setting framework at Winter Meetings (Wednesday, December 12)
Even if no deals have been completed over the past few days, the focus on the constant negotiating has left general manager Mike Chernoff and president of baseball operations Chris Antonetti feeling the same way: "Tired."

Ausmus balancing Ohtani, Pujols playing time (Wednesday, December 12)
In his first year as Angels manager, Brad Ausmus knows how important it will be to find the right balance of playing time for both Shohei Ohtani and Albert Pujols.

Brewers, Nelson agree to terms, avoid arbitration (Wednesday, December 12)
The Brewers scratched an item off their winter to-do list Wednesday by signing right-hander Jimmy Nelson to a $3.7 million contract, avoiding arbitration with a pitcher who missed all of last season while rehabbing from right shoulder surgery.

Hurdle sees '19 Bucs to have untapped potential (Wednesday, December 12)
Manager Clint Hurdle believes there's untapped potential everywhere on the Pirates' roster, which is why he thinks Pittsburgh can contend in the loaded National League Central next season.

Crew staying patient despite NL Central moves (Wednesday, December 12)
When one looks at the division as a whole, the NL Central may be baseball's most complete in terms of competitiveness from top to bottom. The Brewers' task is to remain on top, but this winter, the plan for doing business is to remain patient.

Boras, O's making 'great efforts' to right Davis (Wednesday, December 12)
Over the years, agent Scott Boras and the Orioles have routinely met during the Winter Meetings, often using the annual gathering to lay the groundwork for deals with some of Boras' most prominent clients. This week, the two sides again convened to discuss one of those clients. But the nature of this year's talks centered on a deal that was struck some time ago.

Hazen: Full rebuild not in the works for D-backs (Wednesday, December 12)
D-backs GM Mike Hazen knows that after the trade of a franchise-player like Paul Goldschmidt, the expectation was that his team was going to undergo a full rebuild.

Bryant 'in great shape,' has no limitations (Wednesday, December 12)
Kris Bryant made his way through Mandalay Bay on Wednesday afternoon, took an elevator to the upper tier of the Delano Hotel and swung by the Cubs' suite. The visit was planned, but it was more about the team checking in on Bryant's offseason than Bryant asking about the team's roster plans.

As FAs start to sign, where do Phils stand? (Wednesday, December 12)
The Phillies prioritized free-agent left-handers Patrick Corbin and J.A. Happ to boost their rotation this offseason, but Corbin last week signed a six-year, $140 million contract with the Nationals and Happ agreed to a two-year contract with a vesting option for 2021 with the Yankees. The Phillies never considered a six-year offer for Corbin. It is unclear if they offered five. The Phillies never offered more than two guaranteed years for Happ, who turned 36 in October. It is unclear if they included a third-year option, but whatever they offered, it appears it was not enough.

Santana, Encarnacion on Rox radar at first (Wednesday, December 12)
The Rockies' desire to improve their offense for a 2019 playoff push, while simultaneously maintaining a focus on a farm system-fueled future, has led to trade ideas. The Rockies are looking to deal primarily with the Mariners for Carlos Santana or with the Indians for Edwin Encarnacion.

Mariners take wait-and-see approach at WM (Wednesday, December 12)
After a frenetic past month of wheeling and dealing, Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto has kept a low profile at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino this week, to the point where Dipoto wasn't even available Wednesday while staying in his room dealing with an illness.

Bright future could draw big names to White Sox (Wednesday, December 12)
Why would the White Sox be an ideal destination for a marquee free agent like Bryce Harper? Look to Chicago's promise and potential for the answer.

Nats GM reaffirms optimism about signing Rendon (Wednesday, December 12)
On and off for the past year, the Nationals have had discussions with third baseman Anthony Rendon about a potential contract extension. And on Wednesday, general manager Mike Rizzo once again expressed optimism about eventually getting a deal done with Rendon, who could become a free agent next winter.

Signing deGrom long term is on Mets' to-do list (Wednesday, December 12)
At this early stage, it's impossible to tell if the Mets will be able to hammer out a long-term contract extension with Jacob deGrom. But they're at least going to try.

Realmuto still a trade target for Dodgers (Wednesday, December 12)
The Dodgers' search for a catcher still could lead to a trade for Miami's J.T. Realmuto, and baseball sources indicated one or more additional teams could be involved in an expanded deal.

Blue Jays eyeing starters via trade, free agency (Wednesday, December 12)
The market for starting pitchers gained more clarity on Day 3 of the Winter Meetings, and while the Blue Jays were not involved in any of the transactions, the club does have some standing offers on the table.

The latest on Phillies' pursuit of Manny, Bryce (Wednesday, December 12)
Manny Machado is scheduled to visit the Phillies next week in Philadelphia. The organization still wants Machado to be its third baseman.

Kyler Murray reaffirms commitment to baseball (Wednesday, December 12)
Kyler Murray's future was once again the subject du jour Wednesday, and the two-sport star offered a shred of clarity to his much talked about plans.

Everything you need for today's Rule 5 Draft (Wednesday, December 12)
Every year, the Winter Meetings unofficially conclude with the Rule 5 Draft. It might not be the headline-grabber of a blockbuster trade or free-agent signing, but every year, teams do find talent via this avenue. And recent history shows that many of the players selected are coming to a big league stadium near you next season.

Cards entertaining trade offers for Jose Martinez (Wednesday, December 12)
While the Cardinals seem unlikely to leave Las Vegas with any seismic shakeup to their 40-man roster, the club continues to consider ways in which it could leverage its most consistent offensive performer from last year into a way to address other needs.

Yanks GM: 'We're a fully operational Death Star' (Wednesday, December 12)
Well, they are the 'Evil Empire,' after all.

Old school Gardenhire considering 'opener' (Wednesday, December 12)
Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire began his media session at baseball's Winter Meetings on Wednesday by saying he's open to the idea of using an "opener" as part of his pitching rotation.

Francona excited for Edwards, Naquin in '19 (Wednesday, December 12)
It's no secret that the Indians' clubhouse could look drastically different in 2019 than it did the year before. With a handful of core players on the market as free agents and potential trades looming, manager Terry Francona believes maintaining the culture the team has built in that room falls on his shoulders.

Baldelli looks to connect with Buxton, Sano (Wednesday, December 12)
It's been a tough year for Byron Buxton and Miguel Sano -- and for those that hoped to see two key pieces of the Twins' young core continue to tap into their tantalizing potential.

Scouts of the Year honored at Winter Meetings (Wednesday, December 12)
Each year at the Winter Meetings, the scouting industry gathers to celebrate some of their own at the Scout of the Year reception. The fact the recipients are chosen by their peers, scouts singling out other scouts, makes the honor even more special.

Yost discusses Hamilton's lineup spot, defense (Wednesday, December 12)
One of the first questions one might wonder about the Royals' signing of Billy Hamilton this week is: Where will he hit in the lineup?

Mariners examining all options to fill closer role (Wednesday, December 12)
With Edwin Diaz shipped to the Mets, the Mariners know replacing the hard-throwing righty won't be an overnight task.

Top names to watch ahead of the Rule 5 Draft (Wednesday, December 12)
Teams don't typically start bearing down on the Rule 5 Draft until later on in the Winter Meetings, with things not really heating up before Wednesday. As the buzz begins to build, we'll update the list of players who could be picked in the Major League phase.

Who is O's managerial candidate Hyde? (Wednesday, December 12)
A day after Brandon Hyde emerged as the Orioles' reported managerial hire, the baseball world remained abuzz with speculation over whether or not he in fact will be. The Orioles have not confirmed the reports, with executive vice president and general manager Mike Elias calling them "premature."

Boras softens tone on Kyler's baseball future (Wednesday, December 12)
Kyler Murray's agent, Scott Boras, has been adamant in recent weeks that his client, Oakland's top Draft pick this year and college football's Heisman Trophy winner, will forego a future in the NFL in favor of honoring his contract with the A's.

Source: Angels, slugger Bour agree to deal (Wednesday, December 12)
The Angels have agreed to a deal with free-agent first baseman Justin Bour, a source told Yahoo! Sports' Jeff Passan on Wednesday night. The club has not confirmed the agreement. Bour, 30, hit .227/.341/.404 with 20 home runs in 141 games split between the Marlins and Phillies in 2018, a season after hitting 25 home runs and slugging .536.

Sources: Rangers agree to deal with Lynn (Wednesday, December 12)

The Rangers have agreed to a three-year, $30 million deal with right-handed pitcher Lance Lynn on Wednesday, a source told MLB.com's Mark Feinsand.

Cutch, Phillies make 3-year deal official (Wednesday, December 12)
A source told MLB.com on Tuesday that the Phillies and Andrew McCutchen have reached an agreement on a three-year contract, pending a physical.

Reds acquire right-hander Roark from Nats (Wednesday, December 12)
The Reds have acquired pitcher Tanner Roark from the Nationals for righty Tanner Rainey, the club announced Wednesday.

SD to give Tatis, Urias leeway to develop (Wednesday, December 12)
No doubt, the Padres are justified in their excitement for Fernando Tatis Jr. and Luis Urias. They're the top-ranked prospects at shortstop and second base, respectively, according to MLB Pipeline, and they're expected to man the middle of the diamond at Petco Park for a long time.

Cards lineup could have Carp, Goldy at top (Wednesday, December 12)
With president of baseball operations John Mozeliak noting last week that it's "highly probable" the club's eight starting position players are already on the Cardinals' roster, the task now falls on manager Mike Shildt to put those pieces in place.

Rays agree to deal with Morton, per source (Wednesday, December 12)
The Rays have agreed to a deal with free-agent pitcher Charlie Morton on Wednesday, a source told MLB.com's Jon Paul Morosi.

Rule 5 Draft preview: Clubs aim to find gems (Wednesday, December 12)
Every year, the Winter Meetings unofficially conclude with the Rule 5 Draft. It might not be the headline-grabber of a blockbuster trade or free-agent signing, but every year, teams do find talent via this avenue. And recent history shows that many of the players selected are coming to a big league stadium near you next season.

Helfer, 'Mr. Radio Baseball,' Frick Award winner (Wednesday, December 12)
The late Al Helfer, whose longtime broadcasting work earned him the nickname "Mr. Radio Baseball," was named the winner of the 2019 Ford C. Frick Award on Wednesday by the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Why Realmuto is even more valuable than you think (Wednesday, December 12)
J.T. Realmuto is an All-Star who may just be baseball's best catcher, and now it seems that the Marlins may need to make him available via trade.

Tigers reportedly agree to deal with Mercer (Wednesday, December 12)
The Tigers agreed on a contract with free-agent shortstop Jordy Mercer on Wednesday, according to a report by MLB Network insider Jon Heyman.

Here's why the White Sox should sign Harper (Wednesday, December 12)
Last night, MLB Network's Ken Rosenthal did one of the most exciting things Ken Rosenthal can do: He filled up an entire fanbase with hope.

Realmuto watch: Reds, Braves in mix (Wednesday, December 12)
Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto is one of this offseason's top trade candidates. Here, you will find a list of the latest news and rumors surrounding the 27-year-old backstop.

What is the outfield of the future in MLB? (Wednesday, December 12)
Jim Callis answers questions regarding the best outfield prospects in the Minors, D-backs prospect Jazz Chisholm, Cardinals prospects and some of the top talent for the 2019 Draft.

J.A. Happ reportedly nearing deal with Yanks (Wednesday, December 12)
J.A. Happ could be staying with the Yankees. Indications are that the free-agent left-hander is close to a deal with New York, where he pitched the final two months of last season, according to multiple reports from the Winter Meetings in Las Vegas on Wednesday.

Business diversity featured at Winter Meetings (Wednesday, December 12)
A few decades ago, Diana Everett of Chesterfield, Mo., saw a future in giveaways for sports teams. And it turns out, MLB was looking for business owners like her. One aspect of MLB's 25-year-old diversity and inclusion program has been putting businesses fronted my women, minorities, the LGBT community and veterans in front of clubs and league-office divisions so they can develop techniques and compete for business.

Magadan brings fresh eye as Rox's hitting coach (Tuesday, December 11)
Dave Magadan, hired Tuesday night as the Rockies' new hitting coach, brings a long career with notable success. Just as importantly, he represents new blood. Magadan, 56, who served as the D-backs' hitting coach the last three seasons and has held the job with the Padres, Red Sox and Rangers, will replace Duane Espy, who was not retained after holding the job the last two years.

Servais embraces challenge of new-look roster (Tuesday, December 11)
For Scott Servais, the goal doesn't change. As the Mariners manager, he's going to do his best to win every possible game this season. But his team? Yeah, that part definitely will be different in 2019.

Frustrated Buxton still big part of Twins' plans (Tuesday, December 11)
Byron Buxton wasn't happy with how the 2018 season unfolded, but the Twins haven't lost confidence in him.

Athleticism, better defense key for Nats in '19 (Tuesday, December 11)
Several times during the first two days of the Winter Meetings this week, the Nationals have stated that the proverbial door is not closed on a potential reunion with Bryce Harper. That does not mean they have not prepared themselves for life beyond Harper, however, and begun to envision how they can still build a successful club.

Giants considering unconventional pitching (Wednesday, December 12)
President of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi said Tuesday that the Giants are mulling various alternative pitching strategies to deploy next season, one of which is the opener trend popularized by the Rays and A's in 2018.

Tigers in wait-and-see mode to fill SS vacancy (Tuesday, December 11)
The Tigers entered the offseason prepared to wait out the free-agent market to find bargains at starting pitcher and shortstop. Detroit has pitching depth, with at least seven starting pitchers now that Matt Moore and Tyson Ross are signed to one-year deals. The Tigers still, however, do not have a shortstop, and appear unlikely to acquire one anytime soon.

Cubs braced for 'best division in baseball' (Tuesday, December 11)
The Cubs have seen enough of Paul Goldschmidt over the years to become annoyed by his prodigious home runs. Now, Chicago will be seeing a lot more of the slugger after a trade last week not only strengthened the Cardinals, it raised an already-intimidating bar for the National League Central crown.

Clubs showing interest in Giants relievers (Tuesday, December 11)
Giants president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi confirmed Tuesday that he's received a "high level of interest" in the club's relievers while engaging in trade conversations with other teams.

30 updates from Winter Meetings -- 1 for each team (Wednesday, December 12)

5 moves that could still come at Winter Meetings (Wednesday, December 12)
The Winter Meetings are more than halfway over, and Andrew McCutchen's contract with the Phillies remains the lone major transaction since the baseball industry gathered at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino on Monday. For the event to equal the week's glitzy venue, general managers will need to act quickly -- and boldly.

Ross believes he can return to his old form (Tuesday, December 11)
Tyson Ross is eager to re-establish himself as a reliable starter and will get a chance to do so with the Tigers.

Renteria won't change style to appease star FA (Tuesday, December 11)
Rick Renteria features a no-nonsense style of managing, which is fair and even-handed, employed to grow a winning culture for the White Sox organization. In his two years at the helm, Renteria has been known to pull players from a game who aren't giving the needed effort on occasion.

Montoyo isn't opposed to 'opener' strategy (Tuesday, December 11)
Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo has at least considered the possibility of bringing the "opener" strategy north of the border as the club looks to get more creative with in-game management next season.

Stage set for Astros' top prospect to break out (Tuesday, December 11)
The Astros' pursuit of offense won't come at the hindrance of No. 1 prospect Kyle Tucker, club president of baseball operations and general manager Jeff Luhnow said Tuesday from baseball's Winter Meetings at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino.

5 takeaways from Counsell's Meetings Q&A (Tuesday, December 11)
Brewers manager Craig Counsell, whose club has shifted more often than any other National League team in each of the past three seasons, mounted a spirited defense of the practice on Tuesday during his annual question-and-answer Winter Meetings media session.

Hinch weighs in on Astros' rotation options (Tuesday, December 11)
The Astros already have the makings of a strong pitching rotation next year, led by Justin Verlander, Gerrit Cole and Collin McHugh, despite the likely departures of free agents Dallas Keuchel and Charlie Morton and the Tommy John surgery that will cost Lance McCullers Jr. the entire season.

Betts to bat second behind Benintendi in '19 (Tuesday, December 11)
Fresh off the winningest season in Red Sox history, manager Alex Cora is already brainstorming for ways to get more production from his team in 2019.

Dipoto eyes options until prospects are ready (Tuesday, December 11)
The Mariners have some promising new prospects in their farm system, courtesy of the flurry of trades already completed this offseason by general manager Jerry Dipoto. But the club doesn't want to rush their new acquisitions, including shortstop J.P. Crawford, the 24-year-old who spent last season with the Phillies and is technically no longer a prospect since his rookie eligibility expired.

Unseen Babe Ruth items set to be auctioned (Tuesday, December 11)
Hundreds of personal artifacts and materials relating to Babe Ruth's legendary life and career, many previously unknown to the general public, will be displayed at Yankee Stadium for a high-profile auction event to be held this coming June.

Yankees will reportedly meet with Machado (Tuesday, December 11)
Aaron Judge created a stir this past spring when he told Manny Machado that he would "look good in pinstripes." The Yankees' decision-makers are about to have an opportunity to relay that sentiment to the slugger's face.

White Sox-Pirates trade: Nova headed to Chicago (Tuesday, December 11)
Ivan Nova is headed to the White Sox. Chicago is acquiring the veteran right-hander in a trade with the Pirates on Tuesday. The Bucs received right-hander Yordi Rosario and $500,000 in international bonus pool money.

Dodgers may be discussing moving outfielders (Tuesday, December 11)
The Dodgers continue to shop their two highest-paid outfielders, Matt Kemp and Yasiel Puig, according to a source, with Winter Meetings rumors focusing on Puig because, well, he's Puig.

Realmuto buzz continues, but no deal imminent (Tuesday, December 11)
The buzz keeps growing that All-Star catcher J.T. Realmuto will be traded, perhaps at the Winter Meetings. But as of Tuesday night, nothing has advanced to the point where a deal is imminent.

Cashman: Sanchez is 'part of our solution' (Tuesday, December 11)
With 10 days remaining on the regular-season schedule, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman stood in foul territory at Yankee Stadium and remarked that he was "doubling down and tripling down" on Gary Sanchez's future, believing that the catcher's ceiling was worth that gamble.

Reds reportedly considering Puig, Inciarte (Tuesday, December 11)
Reds executives have been reaching out to many clubs and agents to potentially make acquisitions during the Winter Meetings. On Tuesday, two of the names of players on Cincinnati's radar appeared to be Yasiel Puig of the Dodgers and Ender Inciarte from the Braves.

Phils 'aggressive' on Britton; Cards in, too (Tuesday, December 11)
Zach Britton has emerged as one of the best relief pitchers in baseball since converting to the bullpen full-time in 2014, registering a 1.82 ERA with a 1.04 WHIP, an 8.7 K/9 mark and 142 saves in that span, all of which makes him an enticing late-inning arm in free agency this offseason.

Source: Mets front-runners to land Realmuto (Tuesday, December 11)
Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen insists that even with those players he is pursuing most ardently, there is "a walkaway point" he will not cross -- a point in which a potential deal stops making sense for the Mets. He's just not there yet with J.T. Realmuto.

Updates on Happ, Lynn, market for starters (Tuesday, December 11)
With Patrick Corbin and Nathan Eovaldi already off the board, the starting-pitching market might be ready to begin sorting itself out. According to sources, the market for both J.A. Happ and Lance Lynn are beginning to become clearer -- and they look eerily similar.

Pirates exploring the use of an opener in '19 (Tuesday, December 11)
Shortly after completing the trade that sent right-hander Ivan Nova to the White Sox, Pirates general manager Neal Huntington acknowledged that Pittsburgh has discussed the possibility of filling his rotation spot with an "opener" and an innings-eating "follower," a strategy that turned out to be surprisingly successful for the Rays last season.

Texas trades for Wisdom in deal with Cards (Tuesday, December 11)
The Rangers acquired third baseman Patrick Wisdom from the Cardinals on Tuesday for utility man Drew Robinson in a trade involving two guys who were blocked on the depth chart by their former team.

Padres' top talent in high demand at Meetings (Tuesday, December 11)
Who, exactly, is untouchable from the Padres' loaded, top-ranked farm system? It's a system headlined by Fernando Tatis Jr., a budding star at shortstop, and featuring 10 players in MLB Pipeline's Top 100. You better believe rival general managers are calling to ask about A.J. Preller's prospects.

Top names to watch ahead of the Rule 5 Draft (Tuesday, December 11)
Teams don't typically start bearing down on the Rule 5 Draft until later on in the Winter Meetings, with things not really heating up before Wednesday. As the buzz begins to build, we'll update the list of players who could be picked in the Major League phase.

Goldschmidt trade emotional for Lovullo (Tuesday, December 11)
Paul Goldschmidt was traded last week to the Cardinals for pitcher Luke Weaver, catcher Carson Kelly, Minor League infielder Andy Young and a 2019 Competitive Balance Round B pick. Torey Lovullo understood the reasoning behind the trade and was fully supportive of the decision by the time it was made.

Anthopoulos: 'We're going to have to be patient' (Tuesday, December 11)
When the Phillies reached an agreement with Andrew McCutchen on Tuesday, Braves general manager Alex Anthopoulos erased an outfield target from his wish list and saw next year's National League East race become even more intriguing.

Expect a more hands-on Maddon next season (Tuesday, December 11)
On Tuesday at the Winter Meetings, Cubs manager Joe Maddon brushed aside the fact that the team has put talks of an extension on hold, and chose instead to steer the focus on the task at hand. That includes, in Maddon's view, getting back to his coaching roots in the season ahead.

Latest on O's skipper search (Tuesday, December 11)
The Orioles are expected to name Brandon Hyde their next manager, sources told MLB Network insider Ken Rosenthal on Tuesday night.

O's in position to steal talent in Rule 5 Draft (Tuesday, December 11)
When most teams are packing their bags and filing into airport cabs, the Orioles expect to be most active this week. While the Rule 5 Draft can fade into the Winter Meetings periphery for some clubs, for Baltimore, the annual auction offers a low-risk opportunity to add talent to a roster that currently has few determined roles.

Wright advising Mets' brain trust at Meetings (Tuesday, December 11)
David Wright has found a new role, at least temporarily, now that his playing days are done. Wright is at this year's Winter Meetings on the invitation of general manager Brodie Van Wagenen, who asked the longtime third baseman to attend as a sounding board for the front office.

B.A.T. breakfast filled with feelings of gratitude (Tuesday, December 11)
Thinking back on a tough period in his life, Chris Lessner is filled with gratitude on many levels. On Tuesday morning at the Winter Meetings, the trainer of the Arizona Rookie League Athletics told his story at the Baseball Assistance Team Breakfast.

Preller unlikely to part with top prospects (Tuesday, December 11)
Who, exactly, is untouchable from the Padres' loaded, top-ranked farm system? It's a system headlined by Fernando Tatis Jr., a budding star at shortstop, and featuring 10 players in MLB Pipeline's Top 100. You better believe rival general managers are calling to ask about A.J. Preller's prospects.

Source: Reds inquiring about Inciarte (Tuesday, December 11)
Reds executives have been reaching out to many clubs and agents to make acquisitions. A source told MLB.com on Tuesday that those efforts included speaking to the Braves about trading for Ender Inciarte.

Nationals explore possibility of Roark trade (Tuesday, December 11)
Even after signing the market's top free-agent pitcher in left-hander Patrick Corbin, improving their rotation depth is still a priority for the Nationals this offseason. And yet, they have had discussions about potentially trading away one of their starters.

Bucs reportedly have deal with righty Lyles (Tuesday, December 11)
Free-agent pitcher Jordan Lyles has agreed to a deal with the Pirates pending a physical, MLB Network insider Jon Heyman reported on Tuesday from the Winter Meetings in Las Vegas.

Stark wins Spink Award for baseball writing (Tuesday, December 11)
Longtime baseball writer Jayson Stark has been honored as the 2019 J.G. Taylor Spink Award winner, the Baseball Writers' Association of America announced Tuesday.

Brewers could eye upgrade with catcher Ramos (Tuesday, December 11)
Brewers officials had what a baseball source characterized as a "very good" meeting on Monday with free-agent catcher Wilson Ramos, who is on hand with his representatives at the Winter Meetings to meet with teams.

White Sox-Pirates trade: Nova headed to Chicago (Tuesday, December 11)
Ivan Nova is headed to the White Sox. Chicago is acquiring the veteran right-hander in a trade with the Pirates on Tuesday. The Bucs received right-hander Yordi Rosario and $500,000 in international bonus pool money.

Blue Jays cut ties with 5-time All-Star Tulowitzki (Tuesday, December 11)
The Blue Jays announced the release of shortstop Troy Tulowitzki on Tuesday.

Source: Cutch, Phillies agree to 3-year deal (Tuesday, December 11)
A source told MLB.com on Tuesday that the Phillies and Andrew McCutchen have reached an agreement on a three-year contract, pending a physical.

Model manager: Cash's evolution impressive (Monday, December 10)
Two of his coaches just got managing gigs. Rays manager Kevin Cash takes no credit for this. On the other hand, why not? He has become the prototype for what every team is seeking in a manager.

Cardinals expect Fowler to reclaim spot in RF (Monday, December 10)
While the Cardinals spent Day 1 of the Winter Meetings canvassing the trade and free-agent markets for bullpen and bench additions, they are notably underprioritizing the search for additional outfield options. Instead, they remain ready to give Dexter Fowler a shot at redemption.

Giants not done adding to outfield corps (Tuesday, December 11)
President of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi's first move of the Winter Meetings yielded the Giants a young outfielder, and Zaidi will continue to be active in that market as he seeks to further bolster the club's outfield depth this offseason.

Rangers keeping open mind in trade talks (Monday, December 10)
The possibility of the Rangers being a trade match with the Braves involving outfielder Nomar Mazara may be the most intriguing development for Texas at the Winter Meetings on Monday.

Yanks, Mets talk Thor-J.T. 3-team blockbuster (Tuesday, December 11)
A blockbuster three-way trade with the Marlins that would send Noah Syndergaard to the Yankees and J.T. Realmuto to the Mets has been discussed, MLB.com has confirmed.

Return to Boston looks unlikely for Kimbrel (Monday, December 10)
Craig Kimbrel has compiled an impressive resume during his nine seasons in the big leagues, recording a microscopic 1.91 ERA with a 0.92 WHIP, 333 saves and a 14.7 K/9 rate, and he should be a coveted asset on the free-agent market this offseason. Here, you will find a list of the latest news and rumors surrounding the right-hander.

Rumors: The latest from Las Vegas (Monday, December 10)
It's Hot Stove season, and MLB.com is keeping track of all the latest free agent and trade rumors right here.

Winter Meetings Day 1: News from all 30 clubs (Monday, December 10)
The 2018 Winter Meetings in Las Vegas opened without any major moves getting done, but the rumor mill was in full effect with significant developments for a number of marquee names.

Castellanos, Tigers could be at crossroads (Monday, December 10)
Nicholas Castellanos is a year away from free agency, and the Tigers have motivation to move him.

Reds stay busy, productive on Day 1 of Meetings (Monday, December 10)
There has been plenty of buzz concerning what the Reds might do this week, and a belief that they are active on multiple fronts as the Winter Meetings got underway on Monday.

Baines, Smith enter Hall with fond O's memories (Monday, December 10)
Newest Hall of Famers Harold Baines and Lee Smith might be enshrined in Chicago colors, but they are forever linked to the city of Baltimore as well.

'Right situation' could see Astros add payroll (Monday, December 10)
Despite having 10 players eligible for arbitration and due raises and four others set to earn more than $10 million annually, the Astros have enough flexibility to add payroll this winter in their pursuit of a starting pitcher and another bat.

Angels focused on trades more than free agents (Monday, December 10)
The first day of the Winter Meetings saw the Angels lose former first-round pick Kaleb Cowart to the Mariners via waivers, but general manager Billy Eppler said he's been making progress talking with other clubs about potential trades.

Padres seek long-term value in trade targets (Monday, December 10)
If there's been a big name mentioned as a trade candidate this winter, he's probably already been linked to the Padres. But there's an important caveat in the club's trade talks this winter: years of control.

White Sox willing to spend for improvements (Monday, December 10)
The answer from White Sox executive vice president Ken Williams regarding the time being right for the organization's high-end rebuild to get more aggressive required just one word uttered with great confidence.

Twins in 'learn-and-explore mode' at Meetings (Monday, December 10)
Don't expect the Twins to make a major move at the Winter Meetings -- but there's plenty of offseason during which they may make some noise.

Phillies not looking to deal Hernandez (Monday, December 10)
Second basemen have flooded the free-agent market, so if the Phillies wanted to trade Cesar Hernandez, they might not get much in return. And it does not sound like Phillies general manager Matt Klentak wants to trade Hernandez, anyway.

Lamb expected to play more first base in '19 (Monday, December 10)
Since trading franchise icon Paul Goldschmidt last week, D-backs general manager Mike Hazen has fielded calls from his colleagues who believed the team might be at the beginning of a sell-off. Those GMs have come away disappointed as Hazen informed them that was not the case.

Dodgers feel no pressure to make a splash (Monday, December 10)
A Dodgers trade for Cleveland pitcher Corey Kluber was a tantalizing rumor Monday at the Winter Meetings, but Andrew Friedman kept to his policy of not discussing specific trade or free-agent targets.

Keeping track of traded prospects (Monday, December 10)
To help keep track of all the prospects who have been traded since the offseason began, here is a running tally of all Top 30 prospects who have changed hands.

Brewers taking it slower at these Meetings (Monday, December 10)
It would be a "different" kind of offseason for the Brewers, general manager David Stearns said, meaning a much quieter one compared to his frenetic overhaul of the roster in his first months on the job or the blockbuster deals that brought Lorenzo Cain and Christian Yelich to Milwaukee last winter.

O's narrow managerial candidate pool to 6 (Monday, December 10)
Orioles general manager Mike Elias arrived in Las Vegas for this year's Winter Meetings with a skeletal crew, and shortly after admitted "there is something missing" without a manager in tow. Though he'll likely fly back east without one, that's set to change shortly now that the interview phase of the O's managerial search is complete.

A's flexible as Davis extension talks continue (Monday, December 10)
The A's remain in ongoing conversations with Khris Davis' reps regarding a contract extension, according to general manager David Forst, but they must first take care of other business.

Blue Jays aren't looking to part with starters (Monday, December 10)
Blue Jays general manager Ross Atkins claims Marcus Stroman and Aaron Sanchez are generating "significant interest" from rival teams, but it remains "unlikely" either starter will be dealt this offseason.

Cubs seek clubhouse leaders as Meetings open (Monday, December 10)
In this era of advanced analytics, there are still intangible elements that even the most forward-thinking teams value. Attempting to quantify the impact of veteran leadership is an impossibility, but plenty of clubs still believe that quality can affect a clubhouse and an organization's culture.

Bucs listening, but expect to hold onto Cervelli (Monday, December 10)
The Pirates almost always listen to offers for players nearing free agency, so it comes as no surprise that they are at least willing to consider trading someone as important to their team as catcher Francisco Cervelli.

'Significant interest' in Realmuto at Winter Mtgs (Monday, December 10)
Day 1 of the Winter Meetings went pretty much as expected for the Marlins. The organization spent much of the first full day measuring trade interest in All-Star catcher J.T. Realmuto.

Why Huntington turned down Giants' big offer (Monday, December 10)
The Giants reached out to Bucs general manager Neal Huntington earlier this offseason and expressed interest in making him their new president of baseball operations, but Huntington turned down the opportunity to pursue that job. Why not take it?

Ohtani progressing well from TJ surgery (Monday, December 10)
Shohei Ohtani is making good progress with his rehab from Tommy John surgery, but it's too early to come up with a hitting plan for his 2019 season, Angels general manager Billy Eppler said Monday at the Winter Meetings.

Top names to watch ahead of the Rule 5 Draft (Monday, December 10)
Teams don't typically start bearing down on the Rule 5 Draft until later on in the Winter Meetings, with things not really heating up before Wednesday. As the buzz begins to build, we'll update the list of players who could be picked in the Major League phase.

'Highest honor': Baines, Smith relish HOF call (Monday, December 10)
Harold Baines was surrounded by two of the men who'd guided, managed and mentored him: White Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf and Hall of Fame manager Tony La Russa. "Our friendship goes further than the game of baseball," Baines said.

MLB diversity initiative takes stage at Meetings (Monday, December 10)
In conjunction with the MLB Winter Meetings, baseball hosted a variety of events and activities this past weekend designed to promote diversity and inclusion within the sport. That continued Monday with a pair of panel discussions launched by the new 'Unfiltered Series" from MLB's Diversity and Inclusion department.

Slugger Cruz has 4 primary suitors (Monday, December 10)
Although he is approaching his 40s and spends most of his time at designated hitter these days, Cruz is still one of the top sluggers in the game and should draw plenty of interest on the free agent market this offseason. Here, you will find a list of the latest news and rumors surrounding the veteran.

Phillies to meet with agents for Harper, Manny (Monday, December 10)
Bryce Harper lives in Las Vegas, which is convenient, considering the Winter Meetings are here this week.

Mariners interested in Japanese star lefty Kikuchi (Monday, December 10)
While Jerry Dipoto insists nothing was brewing on the trade front Monday for the Mariners after what he called one of the most boring first 36 hours of any Winter Meetings he's attended, the energetic general manager acknowledged Seattle is definitely interested in Japanese free-agent pitcher Yusei Kikuchi.

How a Kluber trade could stir up Hot Stove (Monday, December 10)
When a perennial Cy Young Award candidate is available on the trade market, he becomes a hub of activity in the baseball industry. Right now, that describes Indians ace Corey Kluber.

Mets engage Marlins on Realmuto trade talks (Monday, December 10)
For teams seeking catching help, there is J.T. Realmuto and there is everybody else. On the first day of the Winter Meetings, Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen remained engaged with the Marlins on Realmuto, a source confirmed, discussing scenarios as unorthodox as a three-way deal that would send Noah Syndergaard to the Yankees.

Trio of A's giving back to Oakland-area families (Monday, December 10)
Matt Chapman, Marcus Semien and Stephen Piscotty are serving as goodwill ambassadors during the A's Week of Giving, which is designed to brighten the lives of youths and their families in and around Oakland.

Woodward says Leclerc's role likely expanding (Monday, December 10)
As the Rangers discuss the best way to build a pitching staff, they remain undecided on what will be the best role for Jose Leclerc going forward. It is not automatic that he will return as closer in 2019. Nothing is automatic these days when it comes to the Rangers' pitching staff.

Analytics' rise a leading topic at Winter Meetings (Monday, December 10)
Major League Baseball's Department of Diversity and Inclusion launched its "Unfiltered" series at the Winter Meetings on Monday with a discussion of analytics -- a fitting place to start because it's an area of explosive growth, with teams loading up on smart people from all backgrounds to attack old problems in new ways.

Edgar in spotlight as Hall momentum builds (Monday, December 10)
While early returns are most promising for Edgar Martinez in his final push for being elected into the National Baseball Hall of Fame this winter, the Mariners aren't taking anything for granted.

Rizzo not ruling out reunion with Harper (Monday, December 10)
Despite the comments from Nationals owner Mark Lerner last week that he believed Bryce Harper has "moved on," general manager Mike Rizzo was still not ready to rule out a potential reunion with Harper.

Dombrowski not looking to spend big on closer (Monday, December 10)
As the Red Sox plot their various possibilities at the closing position for next season, the one thing that seems all but certain is that free agent Craig Kimbrel will be pitching the ninth inning elsewhere.

Sale throwing, expected to be a full go in '19 (Monday, December 10)
Though the Red Sox never gave much explanation about the root of the left shoulder inflammation that kept Chris Sale on the disabled list for most of August and a big chunk of September, the ace isn't considered to be a health concern this winter.

Braves open to trade 'conversation' at Meetings (Monday, December 10)
As Braves general manager Alex Anthopoulos explores ways to add a front-line starting pitcher, an outfielder and bullpen depth, it appears unlikely he'll deal any of his Major League assets.

Yanks end Harper bid, continue Machado talks (Monday, December 10)
For years, this epic free-agent class has permitted a fantasy scenario in which Bryce Harper and Manny Machado landed in pinstripes. In reality, Brian Cashman said that there is not room for both mega-stars, and New York has made its selection.

Rangers claim infielder Asuaje from Padres (Monday, December 10)
The Rangers, who came into the Winter Meetings looking for a utility infielder, have claimed Carlos Asuaje off waivers from the Padres.

In final year of contract, Mattingly looks ahead (Monday, December 10)
From the bottom up, the Marlins are committed to building for the future. But beyond the 2019 season, the status of manager Don Mattingly remains unclear. Mattingly is entering the fourth and final year of his contract, and there are no current negotiations for an extension.

Cash on opener in 2019: 'We're going to do it' (Monday, December 10)
The use of the opener, which began as a great experiment in how to utilize pitchers, is now a core belief in the Rays organization's planning for 2019.

Mariners plan to try Cowart as 2-way player (Monday, December 10)
General manager Jerry Dipoto's first move of the Winter Meetings on Monday didn't create many waves as the Mariners claimed infielder Kaleb Cowart off waivers from the Angels. But Cowart's position -- with Seattle announcing he'll be given a shot at pitching as a two-way player -- raised a few eyebrows.

Bridich: Arenado not out of Rockies' budget (Monday, December 10)
Rockies general manager Jeff Bridich told MLB Network on Monday that the club could pay a contract north of $200 million to third baseman Nolan Arenado and still afford to field a competitive club.

Eovaldi: Sox were at 'top of my list of teams' (Monday, December 10)
When one of Nathan Eovaldi's representatives called him last week to tell him that his four-year, $68 million contract with the Red Sox was complete, the World Series hero was on the roof of his Texas home installing his Christmas lights.

Moore: Merrifield staying put with KC (Monday, December 10)
As the Royals draw near to signing free agent Billy Hamilton, a move that could be completed Tuesday or Wednesday, what's next for Kansas City? Well, it likely won't be dealing Whit Merrifield, who led the Major Leagues in hits (192) and stolen bases (45) last season.

Source: Tigers get Tyson Ross on 1-year deal (Monday, December 10)
The Tigers have agreed with free-agent right-hander Tyson Ross on a one-year contract worth $5.75 million, a source told MLB Network insider Ken Rosenthal.

Source: Reds not actively shopping Gennett (Monday, December 10)
A source told MLB.com that the Reds are not actively shopping second baseman Scooter Gennett in potential trades.

MLB auction offers once-in-a-lifetime experiences (Monday, December 10)
In what has become an annual tradition, Major League Baseball and its 30 clubs have organized a charity auction during the Winter Meetings, the seventh consecutive year the benefit has taken place.

5 teams that could surprise at Winter Meetings (Monday, December 10)
Some team is going to surprise us this week. Just watch. There's going to be a trade or a signing that stops conversations dead in their tracks. All the ingredients are there. Like one of those huge storm systems roiling over the Pacific.

Sources: Talks intensifying for ace Kluber (Monday, December 10)
According to a report from MLB Network insider Jon Paul Morosi, talk surrounding Corey Kluber is intensifying among multiple teams, including the Dodgers.

MLB Network to celebrate 10th anniversary (Monday, December 10)
After more than 30,000 hours of programming that have changed the way fans watch baseball, MLB Network will mark its 10th anniversary on Jan. 1, 2019, at 6 p.m. ET -- exactly 10 years to the minute when MLB Network came on the air

Source: Royals near deal with Billy Hamilton (Monday, December 10)
The Royals were close to a deal with speedy outfielder Billy Hamilton on Monday, according to a report by The Athletic's Jim Bowden.

Creative options available to Rox at Meetings (Monday, December 10)
This week's Winter Meetings will challenge the Rockies and general manager Jeff Bridich to find ways to boost their offense while also maximizing young players who can become stars.

Shildt, Cards retooling approach over offseason (Monday, December 10)
Cardinals manager Mike Shildt invited MLB.com into his Busch Stadium office for an extended conversation, the highlights of which can be found here.

The latest Machado free-agent rumors (Sunday, December 9)
Manny Machado has been one of the game's best players since debuting in 2012, and he is set to cash in as a first-time free agent this offseason. Here, you will find a list of the latest news and rumors surrounding the infielder.

Women recognized for contributions to MLB (Sunday, December 9)
On Sunday at the Winter Meetings at Mandalay Bay, 40 current female executives from all 30 Major League clubs, MLB's central office and MLB Network attended the second annual Katy Feeney Leadership Symposium.

Relief market likely to pick up steam in Vegas (Sunday, December 9)
While Craig Kimbrel's market continues to sort itself out, some other relievers could begin finding teams as the Winter Meetings get underway Monday at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino.

Dodgers add Kingston as assistant GM (Sunday, December 9)
The Dodgers made their first acquisition of the Winter Meetings on Sunday, announcing the hiring of Jeff Kingston as vice president and assistant general manager.

Daniels not taking anything off table at Meetings (Sunday, December 9)
Rangers GM Jon Daniels said the club will take an aggressive approach into the Winter Meetings and that no one on the roster is untouchable.

Rule 5 Draft preview: Clubs aim to find gems (Sunday, December 9)
Every year, the Winter Meetings unofficially conclude with the Rule 5 Draft. It might not be the headline-grabber of a blockbuster trade or free-agent signing, but every year, teams do find talent via this avenue. And recent history shows that many of the players selected are coming to a big league stadium near you next season.

These teams have prospects to make huge trades (Sunday, December 9)
Here are 10 teams that could contend in 2018 and have depth in young talent that could provide trade fodder to bolster their chances of making the postseason:

These 3 arms could bring heat to SP market (Sunday, December 9)
When Patrick Corbin agreed to his six-year, $140 million contract with the Nationals last week, many observers forecasted that the signing would create a series of starting-pitching moves throughout the Major Leagues. As the industry gathers at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino for the annual Winter Meetings, those dominoes have yet to fall.

Marlins in no rush with Realmuto decision (Sunday, December 9)
The Marlins are anticipating to be far less active at the 2018 Winter Meetings, which begin Monday in Las Vegas. But they have at least one marquee player who could be on the move before the Meetings conclude on Thursday. Whether All-Star catcher J.T. Realmuto is traded or not is expected to be decided over the course of the week.

Lee Smith, Baines earn election to Hall of Fame (Sunday, December 9)
Reliever Lee Smith and six-time All-Star Harold Baines have been elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame, based on the Today's Game Era voting results, which were revealed Sunday night at the Winter Meetings in Las Vegas.

Today's Game Era ballot for Hall ready for vote (Sunday, December 9)
The Today's Game Era ballot for the National Baseball Hall of Fame was revealed Monday, comprised of a combination of 10 players, managers and an owner who will receive consideration to be enshrined in baseball's most historic and distinguished place in history.

Boras reiterates Kyler's future is in baseball (Sunday, December 9)
Kyler Murray is the 2018 Heisman Trophy winner, the AP college football Player of the Year and he's about to compete in the College Football Playoff. But his agent, Scott Boras, once again reiterated Murray will still be giving up the gridiron to begin his professional baseball career with the A's next spring.

5 reasons to target this under-the-radar starter (Sunday, December 9)
Patrick Corbin and Nathan Eovaldi are off the board, thinning the ranks of free-agent starting pitchers. The top option still available might be a matter of preference, but this pitcher has a compelling case as the best remaining starter on the market.

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