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Noonan signs minor league contract with As 02-07-2018
Nick Noonan 3B OAK
Athletics signed INF Nick Noonan to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training. Noonan started the 2017 campaign in the Brewers' minor league system before getting traded to the Marlins in May for cash considerations. He didn't see any time at the major league level with either team. The 28-year-old infielder last played in the bigs for the Padres in 2016 and holds a career line of .193/.239/.234 in 155 plate appearances. We wouldn't expect him to crack the A's roster out of camp.
Indians sign Stephen Fife with invite to ST 02-07-2018
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Indians signed RHP Stephen Fife to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Chris Cotillo on Twitter
Fife, 31, has not appeared in the majors since undergoing Tommy John surgery back in 2014. He split his 2017 between the Marlins organization and the Seibu Lions in Japan, making 12 starts with Triple-A New Orleans before moving to Asia and struggling to a 6.86 ERA in 21 innings. It's unlikely he'll spend significant time with the Indians' major league club in 2018.
Report: Darvish has received offer from Twins 02-07-2018
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According to Darren Wilson of ESPN 1500 in Minneapolis, the Twins have submitted a formal offer to free agent starter Yu Darvish.

ESPN 1500
The exact specifics of the offer are unknown, but Wolfson says on the latest episode of his podcast that the offer is four or five years in length. He also mentions that the Twins are reluctant at this point to push that offer to six years. Earlier on Wednesday, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports came out that Darvish has "several" offers over $100 million, and USA Today's Bob Nightengale mentioned that Darvish has multiple five-year offers. Given that information, it's likely that the Minnesota offer falls into both categories. We could finally be making progress with the top starting pitcher on the market.
Report: Martinez discussing deals with Dbacks 02-07-2018
J.D. Martinez DH BOS
Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that free agent slugger J.D. Martinez is discussing short-team and long-term offers with the Diamondbacks.

Bob Nightengale on Twitter
Nightengale doesn't discuss what exactly a short-term or long-term deal could look like, but it's interesting news, especially after the report yesterday of Martinez's frustrations and their negotiating process. Martinez finished his 2017 campaign with the Diamondbacks, crushing National League pitching to the tune of a 1.107 OPS in 62 games and finishing with 53 homers with the Diamondbacks and Tigers. We'll have to see what kind of numbers are being discussed, but based on what we saw last season, he's comfortable hitting in those confines and would be a tremendous resigning for Arizona.
Boras claims Martinez not unhappy with Boston 02-07-2018
J.D. Martinez DH BOS
Super-agent Scott Boras denied that free agent slugger J.D. Martinez is unhappy with the Red Sox and their contract negotiations.

Boston Herald
Boras tells Michael Silverman of the Boston Herald that Martinez is "involved in multiple negotiations and is pleased with the participants and the good faith process," and that any suggestions to the contrary are inaccurate. It was reported Tuesday by Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic that Martinez is fed up with the Red Sox lack of flexibility in their discussions, and that he would prefer to sign with another team. It's still believed that Boston has the highest offer to Martinez at five-years, $125 million, but Boras has called that offer inaccurate as well.
Phillies sign Ryan Flaherty with invite to ST 02-07-2018
Ryan Flaherty 3B ATL
Phillies signed INF/OF Ryan Flaherty to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Jerry Crasnick on Twitter
It's the second potential utility infielder brought in recently by the Phillies, as they also signed Adam Rosales last week to compete for a bench role. The 31-year-old Flaherty had spent his entire career in Baltimore up to this point, registering a career OPS of .639 while playing every position for the Orioles outside of catcher. That versatility could serve him well as he battles for a spot on the 25-man roster in Philadelphia.
Boyer signed by Royals to minor league deal 02-07-2018
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Royals signed RHP Blaine Boyer to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Kansas City Royals on Twitter
Boyer, 36, posted a 4.35 ERA in 32 appearances for Boston last season, with 33 strikeouts and 14 walks in 41 1/3 innings. He's appeared in 426 games over his 11-year career, almost all of them as a middle-reliever. Boyer should have a great chance of making the 25-man roster as a member of the Kansas City bullpen, assuming he pitches up to his best abilities during spring training.
NYM designate Matt Reynolds for assignment 02-07-2018
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Mets designated INF/OF Matt Reynolds for assignment.

Anthony DiComo on Twitter
The Mets needed to remove someone from their 40-man roster after officially signing Todd Frazier to a two-year, $17 million contract on Thursday, and Reynolds is the odd man out. The 27-year-old utility player has hit well at the minor league level, but he slashed just .228/.300/.351 in 226 plate appearances for the Mets over the 2016-2017 seasons.
Nationals prospect Read suspended for PED use 02-07-2018
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Nationals prospect Raudy Read has been suspended 80 games without pay for testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance.

Chelsea Janes on Twitter
Read, 23, tested positive for Boldenone; a drug that is on the list of PEDs by Major League Baseballs' Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. The suspension will be effective at the beginning of the 2018 regular season. He hit 17 homers with a .767 OPS for Double-A Harrisburg in 2017, and received a September call-up to the Nationals after his minor-league season was completed.
Dodger OF Puig dropping agents 02-07-2018
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Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times reports that Yasiel Puig is no longer represented by the Wasserman Group.

Andy McCullough on Twitter
McCullough doesn't say what agency Puig will be joining at this time. The 27-year-old outfielder is signed through 2018, and then will be eligible for arbitration for one more year before being eligible for free agency after the 2019 season. There are several reasons that a player changes agents, but it's possible that Puig could be looking for new representation to help bring him a contract extension to stay in Los Angeles.
Cubs not making much contact with Arrieta 02-07-2018
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Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that the Cubs have "barely engaged" in contract talks with free agent starting pitcher Jake Arrieta.

USA Today
Nightengale goes so far as to say that a reunion between Arrieta and the Cubs is as "unlikely as a Bill Belichick comedy show." Well then. He also reports that other teams seem concerned about the lack of contact, wondering if Chicago knows something about the 31-year-old's health. Arrieta went 14-10 for the Cubs in 2017; registering a 3.53 ERA and striking out 163 batters in 168 1/3 innings.
Yolmer Sanchez wins arb case, $2.35M salary 02-07-2018
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Yolmer Sanchez won his arbitration case against the White Sox and will receive a $2.35 million salary for the 2018 season.

Mark Feinsand on Twitter
Chicago's front office filed at $2.1 million when arbitration figures were exchanged last month. This was the first time through the arbitration process for Sanchez, who slashed .267/.319/.413 with 12 home runs and eight stolen bases in 141 games last season while earning $546,000. He is a Super Two qualifier, so he'll have three more years of arbitration eligibility.
O's sign David Holmberg to minors contract 02-07-2018
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Orioles signed LHP David Holmberg to a minor league contract.

Roch Kubatko on Twitter
Holmberg was outrighted off the 40-man roster of the White Sox last October after posting an ugly 4.68 ERA, 1.68 WHIP, and 33/34 K/BB ratio across 57 2/3 innings of relief in 2017. The 26-year-old southpaw holds a career 5.49 ERA in 119 2/3 innings at the major league level.
Mets, Todd Frazier finalize 2-year, $17M deal 02-07-2018
Todd Frazier 3B NYM
Mets signed 3B Todd Frazier to a two-year, $17 million contract. The deal was agreed to on Monday and finalized Wednesday after Frazier passed his physical. He will be officially introduced as the Mets' new starting third baseman at a press conference on Wednesday evening. The 31-year-old batted .213/.344/.428 with 27 home runs and 76 RBI in 147 games last season between the White Sox and Yankees. He slugged 40 home runs for Chicago in 2016.
Dominic Smith says he has lost 30 pounds 02-07-2018
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Dominic Smith told the New York Post that he has lost about 30 pounds since the end of the 2017 season.

New York Post
Smith batted just .198/.262/.395 over his first 49 major league games in 2017 and there were questions raised in September about his conditioning. The talented 22-year-old has tried to get more compact and limber this winter. "I feel more athletic than I've ever been," Smith said Tuesday. "In spring training, I've always looked the part, but as far as my mobility and loosening up some hips and being more flexible, more agile as an athlete, I feel like this is the most advanced I've been for sure in my career." Smith is aiming to be named the Mets' starting first baseman on Opening Day, though that nod could go to veteran Adrian Gonzalez.
Red Sox expressed interest in Encarnacion 02-07-2018
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According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, the Red Sox expressed trade interest in Edwin Encarnacion earlier this winter.

USA Today
But the Indians reportedly wanted outfielder Jackie Bradley in return and Boston's front office ended the discussion there. Nightengale suggests that the Red Sox may revisit the Encarnacion trade idea if they are unable to land free agent slugger J.D. Martinez, who is said to be "fed up" with Boston's unwillingness to up its long-standing five-year, $125 million offer to him. Encarnacion signed a three-year, $60 million free agent contract with Cleveland last winter and went to slash .258/.377/.504 with 38 home runs and 107 RBI in 157 games.
O's re-sign Craig Gentry to minors contract 02-07-2018
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Orioles re-signed OF Craig Gentry to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Bob Nightengale on Twitter
He can earn up to $900,000 if he makes the Orioles' major league roster. Gentry, 34, batted .257/.333/.386 with two home runs and five stolen bases in 77 games last season with Baltimore while appearing defensively at all three outfield spots.
Girardi hired as analyst for MLB Network 02-07-2018
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Joe Girardi has joined MLB Network as a studio analyst.

Sporting News
Girardi guided the Yankees to the American League Championship Series last season, but his contract was not renewed and the club went on to hire Aaron Boone, who had been working as a broadcaster for ESPN. Girardi did not pursue another managerial gig this offseason, but he would likely be a top candidate if he wants to get back into the dugout for the 2019 campaign.
Orioles have 'checked out' Lynn, Cobb, others 02-07-2018
Lance Lynn P MIN
ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that the Orioles have "checked out" free agent starters Lance Lynn, Alex Cobb, Andrew Cashner, Jason Vargas, and Chris Tillman, among others.

Jerry Crasnick on Twitter
Crasnick notes that the Orioles "appear content to wait in hopes of signing someone to a short-term deal" and that team owner Peter Angelos is hesitant to commit long-term money to a starting pitcher after "the Ubaldo Jimenez experience." Lynn and Cobb might ultimately be out of reach for Baltimore, but Cashner and Vargas would make sense and Tillman has been spotted working out this winter at the club's spring training facilities in Florida. Orioles starters registered a league-worst 5.70 combined ERA in 2017.
Angels sign Emmanuel Burris to minors deal 02-07-2018
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Angels signed INF Emmanuel Burriss to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Bob Nightengale on Twitter
Burriss missed the first 50 games of the 2017 season on a drug suspension and went on to slash just .253/.283/.274 in 153 plate appearances with the Triple-A affiliate of the Nationals. The 33-year-old middle infielder is highly doubtful to crack the Angels' major league roster out of camp. He can make an $850,000 salary if he does find a spot and is able to stick around all season.
Price (elbow) working out at spring complex 02-07-2018
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David Price (elbow) has already begun working out at JetBlue Park, the spring training home of the Red Sox.

Boston Globe
Price makes his offseason home in nearby Naples. He told Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe that he is raring to get back on track in 2018 after being limited to 74 2/3 regular-season innings last year. "No doubt I'll be ready to go in Tampa [where the Red Sox open the season]," said the 32-year-old left-hander. "I feel strong in both [the elbow and arm]. I had a good offseason. I felt relaxed spending time with family, and it feels good. I started throwing earlier than normal but taking it slow this offseason. It's felt good up to this point." He's a high-risk, high-reward type of fantasy commodity for the upcoming campaign.
Rays have checked in on FA Eduardo Nunez 02-07-2018
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Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Rays have "checked in" on the market for Eduardo Nunez.

Ken Rosenthal on Twitter
The cost-conscious Rays are hoping that Nunez's asking price will drop closer to their comfort zone, but with the Yankees and Red Sox also in pursuit that may be unlikely. Nunez was also said to be drawing free agent interest from the Mets before they signed Todd Frazier this week to a two-year, $17 million deal. Nunez, 30, batted .313/.341/.460 with 12 home runs and 24 stolen bases in 114 games last year between San Francisco and Boston while appearing defensively at shortstop, third base, second base, and both corner outfield spots. He'd be a nice late-offseason addition for a range of clubs.