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Fantasy MLB — Fantasy reaction to Gerrit Cole’s trade to the Houston Astros

The long-rumored trade of Pittsburgh Pirates right-hander Gerrit Cole to the Houston Astros was consummated Saturday night and while it’s nice for the defending champions to secure another solid starter and they didn’t give up anything critical to their immediate future, I can’t help but focus on what Pittsburgh acquired. Right-hander Joe Musgrove could certainly be a potentially fantasy relevant starter. Right-hander Michael Feliz could certainly become a closer. And Colin Moran could start right away at third base and again, he could matter in fantasy. Landing Joe Musgrove and…

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Olney: How do teams value leadership on the free-agent market? Not as much as you’d think – Buster Olney Blog

Jason Heyward knows first-hand that teams are much more likely to pay for defense than they would have been 15 or 20 years ago, having pulled an eight-year, $184 million deal from the Cubs mainly because of how he covers outfield. Teams will pay for on-base percentage, for swing-and-miss stuff in pitchers, for spin rate. When the Astros invested a two-year deal in Charlie Morton last winter after his sluggish performance in 2016, one of his first questions to them was: Why? He gave the answer himself with the closing…

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Adrian Gonzalez reaches agreement with New York Mets

Adrian Gonzalez has agreed to a deal with the New York Mets pending a physical, according to ESPN and multiple reports. It’s the second significant move this week for the Mets, who brought back free-agent outfielder Jay Bruce on a three-year, $39 million contract Wednesday. The New York Mets have reached one-year deals with starters Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard and Matt Harvey and settled with five other players. Gonzalez gives the Mets a veteran presence at first base, where Lucas Duda and Dominic Smith mainly played for them last season….

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Astros boost their bid to repeat with Cole, but did the Pirates get enough?

Now that the Gerrit Cole trade from the Pittsburgh Pirates to the Houston Astros finally happened, my initial reaction: Great job, Jeff Luhnow. The Astros dealt from their deep reservoir of talent to acquire a starting pitcher with All-Star upside without giving up any players who project as major contributors to the 2018 team. The pace of this offseason has been positively glacial. We examine the reasons so many free agents are still unsigned — and make predictions for the coming thaw. The best player in the game would have…

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San Diego Padres reach 3-year extension with closer Brad Hand

Closer Brad Hand has agreed to a three-year extension with the San Diego Padres on Saturday, according to multiple reports. The deal, first reported by The Athletic, includes a club option for a fourth season. The left-handed Hand had 21 saves with a 2.16 ERA and 104 strikeouts in 79 1/3 innings for the Padres during the 2017 season. Hand and the Padres had agreed to a $3.6 million, one-year deal Friday to avoid arbitration, but that had yet to be official and will be replaced by Saturday’s long-term deal….

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New York Mets reach deals with Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Matt Harvey, 5 more

NEW YORK — The New York Mets have reached one-year deals with starters Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard and Matt Harvey and settled with five other players. Relievers Jeurys Familia, AJ Ramos and Hansel Robles, catcher Travis d’Arnaud and infielder Wilmer Flores also agreed Friday to one-year contracts and avoided arbitration. Starter Zack Wheeler was the only Mets player who exchanged salary figures with the team. He asked for $1.9 million, and the club offered $1.5 million. While many of his Mets rotation mates got hurt or hit hard last year,…

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St. Louis Cardinals reach $9 million deal with outfielder Marcell Ozuna to avoid salary arbitration

ST. LOUIS — The St. Louis Cardinals have agreed to a one-year, $9 million contract with newly acquired outfielder Marcell Ozuna, avoiding arbitration. The Cardinals also reached one-year deals on Friday with outfielder Randal Grichuk, right-hander Michael Wacha and left-hander Tyler Lyons. Wacha’s agreement is worth $5.3 million. Ozuna is coming off a breakout season. He hit .312 with 37 homers and 124 RBI for the Miami Marlins, then was traded to St. Louis in December. Grichuk batted .238 with 22 home runs and 59 RBI last year, his second…

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Toronto Blue Jays, Josh Donaldson reach $23M deal

Third baseman Josh Donaldson and the Toronto Blue Jays on Friday broke the record for the highest salary among players eligible for arbitration, reaching agreement on a one-year deal for $23 million, a source told ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick, confirming multiple reports. Starting with guys such as Nolan Arenado and Kris Bryant, third is stocked with top performers, but they can’t all be No. 1. And where’s Manny Machado? The previous record for an arbitration-eligible player was set by Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper in May, when he agreed to a…

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Left-hander Patrick Corbin, Arizona Diamondbacks reach $7.5M, 1-year deal, avoid arbitration

11:34 PM ET Associated Press Facebook Twitter Facebook Messenger Pinterest Email print comment PHOENIX — Left-hander Patrick Corbin and the Arizona Diamondbacks avoided salary arbitration by agreeing to a $7.5 million, one-year contract. The 28-year-old was 14-13 with a 4.03 ERA last season and made $3.95 million. He has a 45-47 record with a 4.12 ERA in five seasons with the Diamondbacks. After going 14-8 with a 3.41 ERA and making the All-Star Game in 2013, he missed 2014 and part of 2015 after Tommy John surgery. Corbin was among…

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Manny Machado of Baltimore Orioles among big-name third basemen set for arbitration

NEW YORK — The hot corner figures to be sizzling Friday when players and teams swap proposed salaries in arbitration. Toronto’s Josh Donaldson, Baltimore’s Manny Machado, Washington’s Anthony Rendon and the Chicago Cubs‘ Kris Bryant were among the more than 170 players headed to the exchange. But most are likely to reach agreement Friday, the busiest day of the offseason. Machado, 25, and Donaldson, 32, can become free agents after this season and are expected to command one-year deals approaching or exceeding $20 million. A three-time All-Star, Machado hit. 259…

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