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- The Yankees made a big splash yesterday as they added one of the best relievers on the free agent market when they signed Adam Ottavino to a three year, $27 million deal. With Ottavino in the fold, the Yankees have a legitimately scary bullpen.
- The Angels were not going to be denied their shot at getting in on the bullpen market as they snatched up Cody Allen on a short deal. It is a bit surprising that some of these deals for relievers aren’t as lucrative as some thought, but there has been little about these past couple of offseasons that could be considered normal.
- With tons of reports and rumors about Manny Machado flying around as the entire baseball world waits for him and Bryce Harper to sign, Machado’s agent, Dan Lozano, heard enough and decided to issue a statement about his client and the subsequent carelessness that has gone into the reporting of many of those rumors.
- The Diamondbacks signed versatile infielder Wilmer Flores to a one-year, $4.75 million deal.
- Another free-agent pitcher is off the market, as the Giants inked Derek Holland to a one-year deal. Holland is not the same pitcher he was earlier in his career due to shoulder issues and the ever present tides of time, but he pitched well last season and should provide some stability for a Giants team that could easily struggle a good bit next year.
- The Rays continue to make moves to try and remain relevant in the incredibly difficult AL East. They were quite good last year despite a third-place finish and continued to add to their roster with the addition of Avisail Garcia on a one-year deal.
- We continued our look at how the offseason has gone so far with a look at how the AL Central grades out this offseason...at least until this point.
- Arbitration settlements have come and gone now, which only leaves some (possible) more negotiating and the hearings themselves. Our own Andersen Pickard made you all a handy guide as to what to expect next in the arbitration process.
- Do we finally have some headway in one of the biggest storylines of this winter? The White Sox have offered Manny Machado an eight-year deal, per report.
- The Mets’ new front office has made it abundantly clear that they are really trying to go for it this season, most recently by adding 2018 All-Star Jed Lowrie on a two-year deal. The National League East is shaping up to be a bloodbath in 2019.
- If you’re sick of sick the two-player circus that has been ensuing all offseason, here are 10 storylines to follow throughout the rest of the winter.
- It’s now more unlikely than ever that Kyler Murray will pursue baseball after he officially declared for the NFL Draft Monday, but if he’s still considering it, MLB would allow the Athletics to add the two-sport star to their 40-man roster.
- The Brewers signed Yasmani Grandal — the best catcher on the free-agent market — to a one-year, $18.25 million deal.
- The White Sox made their next calculated move when they signed Jon Jay to a one-year deal. Jay was not particularly good in 2018, especially at the plate, but it seems like his signing might have more to do with Chicago trying to lure Machado than any other baseball reasons.
- The White Sox also bolstered their bullpen when they snagged Kelvin Herrera on a two-year deal with a club option for a third year. Herrera was one of the more desirable targets at the trade deadline in 2018 and should give a big boost to Chicago’s bullpen.
- The Yankees have signed DJ LeMahieu to a two-year, $24 million deal.