MLB Winter Meetings Day 2 Live: Latest News, Rumors, Analysis


December 12, 2017

10:09 p.m.: The Texas Rangers are in on Zack Greinke. Texas has been rumored as well to have some interest in its former pitcher Yu Darvish. Bringing Greinke over likely would mark the end of those rumors, however, given the financial commitment that would be involved in bringing over the D-Backs ace.

9:27 p.m.: The St. Louis Cardinals are looking to add a big bat. They’re gunning hard for Marcell Ozuna, but it sounds far from a slam dunk.

9:25 p.m.: Things are getting busy as night falls, first with the Los Angles Angels trying to acquire Ian Kinsler.


8:00 p.m.: Appears to be a bit of a reach, but also an indication that the Cardinals are adamant about acquiring a bat with power potential after missing out on Giancarlo Stanton.

6:10 p.m.: Wade Davis, who served as the Chicago Cubs’ closer last season, is one of the best available free-agent relievers on the market. And it looks like he is beginning to draw the attention of a couple National League teams, including another NL Central squad.

2:45 p.m.: We haven’t heard much about J.D. Martinez recently, but it sounds like that’s about to change.

Many predict he’ll ultimately wind up with the Boston Red Sox, and we’re just speculating here, but maybe they’re the team with whom he’ll meet. Who knows, though?

2:41 p.m.: The St. Louis Cardinals had a deal in place for Giancarlo Stanton before the slugger vetoed the trade and instead opted for New York. So it makes sense, with other Marlins outfielders available, St. Louis would circle back with Miami. And it appears the Cards are the leader in the clubhouse for Marcell Ozuna, who’s coming off a 37-home run season.

2:38 p.m.: If there’s a starting pitcher available for trade, chances are the New York Yankees have been in touch with the team shopping said pitcher.

2:30 p.m.: Sounds like a lot of boxes will need to be checked if Manny Machado is to be traded this winter. Of course, that makes sense given his contract situation, as he’s set to hit the market following the 2018 season.

2:45 p.m.: The Philadelphia Phillies, it seems, are going to do something big … soon. Whether that’s this winter or next offseason, we ‘re not entirely sure, but they sure have been linked to a lot of big-name players the last few days.

1:19 p.m.: Here’s a scary thought for the rest of baseball.

12:35 p.m.: One of the next steps for the New York Yankees is to find a third baseman after trading Chase Headley to the San Diego Padres. Re-signing trade deadline acquisition Todd Frazier makes plenty of sense, but it’s far from a done deal.

11:45 a.m.: The latest on Miami Marlins outfielder Marcell Ozuna:

The Marlins are far from done when it comes to shedding payroll, it seems.

11:18 a.m.: Here’s an interesting one: The Atlantic’s Ken Rosenthal is reporting the Baltimore Orioles are shopping third baseman Manny Machado. The wrinkle, according to Rosenthal, is Machado wants to move back to shortstop.

This one will be fascinating to watch, as Machado is set to become a free agent after the 2018 season as part of arguably the most star-studded free agent class in baseball history.

11:15 a.m.: The New York Yankees, it appears, have just gained some financial flexibility.

Headley is owed $13 million for the 2018 season.

10:45 a.m.: The New York Yankees, as we mentioned yesterday, still should look to shore up their starting rotation. They have the prospects to make a deal, especially after the Giancarlo Stanton trade potentially could make someone like Clint Frazier available.

Well, here are two potential options, per USA TODAY’s Bob Nightengale.

10:36 a.m.: Scott Boras has a cozy relationship with Washington Nationals ownership — with 10 clients on last year’s roster — and apparently Boras is going to back to that well. Whether Boras actually sees Washington as a potential destination for Jake Arrieta or he just wants to create a market remains to be seen.

But apparently there’s been dialogue.

10:26 a.m.: The Texas Rangers missed out on Shohei Ohtani, so now they’re looking elsewhere for pitching help. Just about everyone assumes they’ll look into a reunion with Yu Darvish, but Texas also could address the need through the trade market. The Detroit Tigers are open for business with just about everyone on the roster available, including All-Star starter Michael Fulmer.

The Rangers and New York Mets also discussed swapping Jurickson Profar and Matt Harvey, according to multiple reports Monday.

10:20 a.m.: The market for free agent first baseman Carlos Santana is looking pretty strong. reported Tuesday morning the slugger’s agents are in “deep discussions with several teams.” The Indians — who made Santana the $17.4 million qualifying offer — are still in the hunt, according to the report.

8:25 a.m.: Yu Darvish is considered by many as the top starting pitcher on the market, but don’t forget about Jake Arrieta. He certainly would help in the Phillies’ ongoing rebuild.

Arrieta is a Scott Boras client, however, and as you’d expect, the price tag is sky-high … or at least the asking price is. cited an MLB executive who said Boras is looking for a $200 million contract for the right-hander. The agent also has said publicly he hopes to secure a deal similar to the one the Detroit Tigers gave Justin Verlander in 2013: seven years, $180 million.

8:15 a.m.: The San Diego Padres haven’t had a winning season since 2010, but they do have some young talent and could be primed for a turnaround in 2018. If you add someone like Eric Hosmer to the mix, that certainly would help those efforts.

7:40 a.m. ET: Monday in Orlando mostly was about the newest New York Yankees slugger.

The Yankees on Monday officially introduced Giancarlo Stanton, kicking off the annual baseball get-together. Other than that, though, there wasn’t much in way of player movement, but there was no shortage of rumors.

Which brings us to Tuesday. As the Yankees — who came within one game of the World Series — load up, and the two-time defending American League East champion Boston Red Sox wait to strike, the rest of the American League East almost looks ready to start conceding already. There have been rumors about the Baltimore Orioles taking calls on Manny Machado, and the Tampa Bay Rays reportedly are getting plenty of attention centering around ace Chris Archer. Even the Blue Jays could sell off pieces, and former MVP Josh Donaldson likely would be a valuable trade chip.

Meanwhile, in the National League East, the Miami Marlins’ latest rebuild is in full effect, with outfielders Christian Yelich and Marcell Ozuna getting most of the attention.

Hopefully we’ll start to learn more Tuesday. Be sure to keep it right here, as we’ll be combing through the news and rumors to bring you all the latest with instant analysis throughout the day.

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