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Winter Meetings – Tuesday Morning

Here are some news and notes from the Winter Meetings for Tuesday morning.

The Royals signed Billy Hamilton to a one year deal for $5.25 Million with an  extra $1 Million in incentives according to Buster Onley.

Overnight there is a lot of noise being made by the Yankees and Mets concerning JT Realmuto.  Even though the Marlins are downplaying this, there have been reports of a 3 way trade involving Noah Syndergaard to the Yankees and JT Realmuto to the Mets according to Bob Nightengale.  The reports have been downplayed but it looks like the Marlins are ready to move here.

The Cubs continue to get linked to Zack Britton who they have liked for a long time.  Britton wants to close and the Cubs seem to have an opening for at least the start of the season.  It may be best to let Brandon Morrow set up for Britton when he comes back from his injury.  This may allow Morrow to stay healthier and the Cubs would have a nice back of the bullpen. Speaking of the Cubs, Bruce Levine has reported the Ricketts family has signed off on the possibility of a big expenditure (Harper).

According to TR Sullivan the Rangers are open to trade talks that involve Nomar Mazara.  They pinpoint the Braves as being a fit because of all of the pitching they have in the pipeline.  This reminds me of when the Rangers filled up their system when they traded Mark Teixeira to the Braves in 2007.  Only 2 1/2 years after the Mark Teixeria trade the Rangers were in the World Series.

Robert Murray of the Athletic has reported that the Brewers are interested in Daniel Murphy and Mike Moustakas.  Any team in the central should be interested in signing Daniel Murphy since he kills Cubs pitching. The Cardinals like Moustakas a lot but it is hard to see a fit for him since they have Paul Goldschmidt now and Matt Carpenter (along with his salsa).

According to ESPN’s Jesse Rogers, the Cubs are looking to find a veteran leader in the clubhouse.  They have had a void since David Ross retired.  Jon Jay did a decent job in 2017 but this was a big void last year.

Adrian Gonzalez is not ready to retire yet and is being linked to the Diamondbacks since they now have an opening at first base.

The Yankees have closed the door on Bryce Harper but they are still in talks with Manny Machado.

The Chicago White Sox have promoted Omar Vizquel to the manager of their Double A affiliate.

The Orioles are going to interview Manny Acta for their manager opening.  Acta has previously managed the Indians and Nationals.

The Indians and Rays are having trade talks about Edwin Encarnacion and Yandy Diaz according to Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer.  The Indians would want to deal either Kluber or Bauer first because they would need to eat some of the money on Encarnacion contract

2008 Rookie of the Year Giovano Soto wants to make a comeback.  He last spent time with the White Sox in 2017 and sat out all of last season.

Zack Greinke has a new no trade list.  He will now accept trades to almost all big market teams as well as the Phillies and Cardinals.  Now we just have to see who will take on just some of his salary since the Diamondbacks would have to cover a good amount to move him.

Lou Piniella is disappointed that he fell 1 vote shy of the needed number to get into the Hall of Fame.  He will now have to wait 2 years to find out if he gets in again.  If you remember correctly, he quit on the Cubs in 2010 in the middle of the season that didn’t help either.  The reality is who didn’t quit on the Cubs that year is any ones guess.

The Reds are looking for a trade fit involving Scooter Gennett.  The Yankees, Brewers and Nationals would be the best fit.

The Tigers have signed Tyson Ross for $5.75 million to a one-year deal with $500,000 in incentives.

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