2018 MLB Winter Meetings Coverage

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December 13th, 2017

 Los Angeles Angels: Angels acquire Ian Kinsler from Tigers in exchange for two prospects

  • The Los Angeles Angels bring in another veteran at second base and this time it is Ian Kinsler. Dating back to this past season’s trade deadline, Ian Kinsler has been linked to a potential trade even being placed on revocable waivers, but no deal was struck. This past season, Ian Kinsler hit .236/.313/.425 in 139 games. Heading to Detroit is outfielder Troy Montgomery and pitcher Wilkel Hernandez. Both prospects are rising prospects but Troy Montgomery is the faster developmental piece of the trade to Detroit. This past season, Montgomery made his way to AA-Mobile after starting the season at A-Adv-Inland, he finished 2017 batting .271, 8 home runs and 38 RBI’s. Montgomery will likely start the season at AA before a possible jump to AAA at some point in 2018.

 Colorado Rockies: Rockies and Jake McGee close to a contract renewal

  • The Colorado Rockies and pitcher Jake McGee are close to re-upping on a contract to keep him with the Rockies for the next couple of seasons. In 62 games last season, Jake McGee posted a 4.91 ERA, 0-1 record and 58 strikeouts in 57 innings. With the Rockies bringing in Bryan Shaw in likely to serve as a closer, McGee will likely serve as setup for Shaw in 2018. (Source: Joel Sherman)

 Minnesota Twins: Twins sign former Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda to a multi-year contract

  • The Minnesota Twins and former New York Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda have agreed to terms on a tw0-year, $10 million dollar contract. Michael Pineda is not expected to appear in a game during the 2018 MLB Season after undergoing Tommy John Surgery this past July. Before going down to TJS, Michael Pineda finished 2017 with a 8-4 record, 4.39 ERA and 92 strikeouts in 14 starts for the Yankees. Michael Pineda is expected to be ready for 2019.

 Philadelphia Phillies: Phillies sign Pat Neshek and Tommy Hunter to multi-year contracts

  • The Philadelphia Phillies have signed both Pat Neshek and Tommy Hunter to multi-year contracts. Tommy Hunter had a nice market this winter as he gained interest from the Phillies, Astros, Dodgers among others but it was the Phillies who pulled off a deal at the last second. Pat Neshek, 37, will be returning to Philadelphia in 2018 as this will be his second time with the team who traded him to the Rockies back in July. Both are key pieces for the Phillies bullpen which is starting to come around with solid young talent coming to the team, Neshek and Hunter provide strong veteran presence.

 Chicago Cubs: Cubs and Brandon Morrow finalize multi-year contract

  • For the majority of the month, the Chicago Cubs have always been the favorite to land Brandon Morrow and the did just that, signing him to a two-year, $21 million dollar deal. Morrow’s deal does have a $12 million vesting option in 2020. Morrow had a great regular season this past year but struggled mightily for the Dodgers in his 14 postseason appearances (3.95 ERA, 6 earned runs on 14 hits). Brandon Morrow will continue his role as a late-inning relief pitcher but could battle for the team’s open closer role. (Source: Mark Gonzalez)

December 12th, 2017

  San Francisco Giants: Giants among other team’s keeping tabs on Carlos Gonzalez

  • After losing out on acquiring Giancarlo Stanton from the Miami Marlins, the San Francisco Giants have not yet given up their pursuit to acquire an outfielder. The Giants along with a number of teams are eyeing Carlos Gonzalez. Carlos Gonzalez has spent the past 9-years with the Rockies and it looks like he will likely be on the move this offseason. The Rays, Royals, Athletics and Blue Jays all have interest in the outfielder. Carlos Gonzalez is bound to be signed to a short-term deal as he has taken a step back in his performance this past season.

 San Diego Padres: Padres acquire Chase Headley and Bryan Mitchell from Yankees for Jabari Blash

  • With the addition of Giancarlo Stanton during the weekend the Yankees had to find some sort of way to cut costs and with $18 million left on his deal, Chase Headley was traded away. The San Diego Padres are hoping for a big offseason as the addition of Headley is a start. The Padres are still in play to sign Eric Hosmer but it will be a up hill battle to bring the star to San Diego. The re-addition of Headley will force Cory Spangenberg into a backup role. As for Bryan Mitchell, he is a very flexible pitcher as he can start and also work out of the bullpen but he is primarily pitching out of the pen. Mitchell will be a valuable early-inning relief pitcher in San Diego. Heading to New York from San Diego is former top prospect Jabari Blash.

December 11th, 2017

 Washington Nationals: Francisco Rodriguez wants to continue his MLB career in 2018

  • At 36-years old, Francisco Rodriguez wants to continue his MLB career in 2018. Last season, K-Rod started out the regular season as the Tigers closer but everything turned for the worse and was later demoted from the closer role and later released by the Tigers in June. K-Rod would later finish the season with the Nationals after 5 innings with AA-Harrisburg before getting released in July. K-Rod will have to settle for a minor league contract and earn his way back on a MLB roster. (Source: Jon Heyman)

 Arizona Diamondbacks: Fernando Rodney in attendance at the meetings, D-Backs and Mets interested? 

  • According to Craig Mish of Sirius XM Radio, Fernando Rodney is currently in Florida at the Winter Meetings and is getting interest from the Arizona Diamondbacks and the New York Mets. Fernando Rodney is coming off a very rocky 2017 campaign as closer for the Arizona Diamondbacks. Rodney posted a 4.37 ERA, 5-4 win/loss ratio and converting 39 of 45 saves. At 40-years old, Rodney is likely a year-to-year option.

 Pittsburgh Pirates: Pirates listening to offers on pitcher Gerrit Cole, Yankees are interested.

  • According to Buster Olney of ESPN, the Pittsburgh Pirates are listening to offers on starting pitcher Gerrit Cole. Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the New York Yankees are interested in acquiring Cole. The Yankees are having a huge offseason as just 42-hours ago they acquired Stanton from the Marlins and could possibly land Gerrit Cole to improve their starting rotation. The Yankees have a hole in their rotation with CC Sabathia hitting free agency and possibly not re-upping with the Yankees this offseason. Should the Yankees acquire Cole during the Winter Meetings there will be no reason for Sabathia to return to the Yankees.