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  • Frazier involved in Yankees-Pirates talks
    The New York Post's George King says that Clint Frazier might be involved in the Gerrit Cole talks between the Pirates and Yankees.

    Advice: Until the inevitable deal comes, Frazier is going to be a part of just about every rumor bringing a significant name to the Yankees. He's probably not as high of a priority as the Pirates as he would be for some other teams -- they hope to soon have Austin Meadows ready to step in if they trade Andrew McCutchen -- but he'd still be a candidate to be involved in a trade, likely with a pitching prospect or two. Yesterday, 10:31 pm
  • A's, Cards announce Stephen Piscotty swap
    Athletics acquired OF Stephen Piscotty from the Cardinals for SS Yairo Munoz and 2B Max Schrock.

    Advice: The framework of the trade was agreed to on Wednesday night and then officially announced Thursday after Piscotty passed his physical. The 26-year-old outfielder struggled with injuries throughout 2017 and his mother was diagnosed with ALS in the middle of the summer. He heads home to the Bay Area as a strong bounceback candidate for 2018. St. Louis signed Piscotty to a relatively team-friendly six-year, $33.5 million contract extension last April after watching him put up an .815 OPS with 29 home runs and 124 RBI over his first 216 major league games between 2015-2016. Yesterday, 8:31 am
  • TEX re-signs Hanser Alberto to minors deal
    Rangers re-signed INF Hanser Alberto to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

    Advice: Alberto was non-tendered by the Rangers on December 1 after being limited to five minor league games in 2017 because of a shoulder injury that eventually required surgery. The hope is he'll be fully recovered by the opening of camp in February, though that still won't guarantee him a spot on the MLB roster. Yesterday, 6:58 am
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  • Cubs in agreement with reliever Steve Cishek
    Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Cubs are in agreement on a contract with free agent reliever Steve Cishek.

    Advice: ESPN's Jerry Crasnick says it's a two-year deal in the $12-14 million range. Cishek dealt with some durability issues in 2017, but when healthy the 31-year-old sidearmer delivered a 2.01 ERA, 0.896 WHIP, and 41/14 K/BB ratio in 44 2/3 innings between the Mariners and Rays. He'll add a unique presence to the back end of the Chicago bullpen. Yesterday, 6:20 am
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  • Kintzler returning to Nats with two-year deal
    Brandon Kintzler has agreed to a two-year free agent contract with the Nationals, per Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic.

    Advice: Kintzler finished the 2017 season in Washington and will return to a setup role with the defending NL East champs after fielding interest from several other teams this winter -- some of whom might have given him a chance to close. His new agreement with the Nats carries a $10 million guarantee and it can jump to $16 million if certain incentives are reached and an option is exercised, per USA Today's Bob Nightengale. Kintzler owns a sharp 3.08 ERA in 125 2/3 innings since the beginning of the 2016 campaign, though the 33-year-old right-hander has never generated many swing-and-misses. Wednesday, 10:30 pm
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MLB Roster Changes

Dec 14
Tex to Atl
Dec 14
StL to Mia
Dec 14
StL to Mia
Dec 14
Ari to KC
Dec 14
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LAA to Pit
Dec 14
SF to Ari
Dec 14
Mia to StL
Dec 14
Det to Hou
Dec 14
Oak to StL
Dec 14
StL to Oak

Injury Reports

J.T. Chargois Min - RPRight elbow impingementDTDSep 5, 2017
Josh Harrison Pit - 2B,3B,OFFractured metacarpal, left handDTDSep 3, 2017
Phil Hughes Min - SP,RPRecurrence of thoracic outlet syndromeDTDJul 18, 2017
Álex Reyes StL - SP,RPRight elbow surgery - out for seasonDTDMar 30, 2017
Trevor May Min - RPTorn right UCL - out for seasonDTDMar 22, 2017
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