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8:45 AM ET, January 12, 2018


 Top News: 
Bill Madden / New York Daily News:
Mets' Jay Bruce signing just latest example of MLB's frozen free-agent market  —  A big chunk of ice broke loose from baseball's frozen offseason free agent market with the Mets re-uniting with Jay Bruce for three years/$39 million on Wednesday.  Lest anyone think, however …
Dave Clark /   Could Frazier join Bruce with Mets?
Mets bring back Jay Bruce to break baseball's hot stove cold snap
Toronto Sun:   Mets agree to $39M, three-year deal with free agent Jay Bruce
Ken Davidoff / New York Post:
Jay Bruce deal: Patience pays off again for Alderson and Mets
John Harper / New York Daily News:
What Brian Cashman can do to help Yankees' chances of landing Yu Darvish  —  If there is any way for the Yankees to sign Yu Darvish and still stay under the luxury-tax threshold, GM Brian Cashman made it obvious just how much he'd love to do it, heaping praise on the free-agent righthander on Thursday.
Associated Press:
Reliever Tommy Kahnle, Yankees agree to one-year deal worth $1.3M  —  NEW YORK — Reliever Tommy Kahnle and the New York Yankees agreed to a one-year contract worth $1,312,500, the first deal for the team's eight players who are eligible for salary arbitration.
Anthony Rieber / Newsday:
Yu Darvish a pitcher of interest to Brian Cashman and Yankees
Discussion: MLB on Yahoo! Sports
Derrick Goold / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Wainwright heads into final year of contract with renewed fire  —  Back in St. Louis again for another Winter Warm-Up weekend, a staple of his offseason for more than a decade, Cardinals starter Adam Wainwright will sing some tunes for charity, will go way over his scheduled time signing autographs for fans …
Derrick Goold / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Cardinals sign Grichuk to one-year deal, continue talks with Ozuna, other arb players  —  ST. LOUIS  • On the eve of the deadline to exchange salary figures with arbitration-eligible players and possibly close talks until the hearings, the Cardinals agreed to a one-year deal …
Anthony Fenech / Detroit Free Press:
Detroit Tigers reach deal with James McCann, look to sign four others  —  The Detroit Tigers have a long-standing tradition of not letting their arbitration-eligible players get to that stage.  —  For the past 16 years since general manager Al Avila joined the organization …
Anthony Fenech / Detroit Free Press:
Detroit Tigers claim Johnny Barbato off waivers from Pittsburgh Pirates  —  The Detroit Tigers' offseason of low-risk, high-upside acquisitions continued on Thursday when they claimed right-handed reliever Johnny Barbato off waivers from the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Jeff Todd / MLB Trade Rumors:
Tigers Claim Johnny Barbato
Discussion: Bucs Dugout
Ben Axelrod / WKYC-TV:
REPORT |  Cleveland Indians had trade in place to send Jason Kipnis to New York Mets  —  The deal was reportedly nixed by the Mets due to concerns over Kipnis' contract.  —  CLEVELAND — Jay Bruce almost wasn't the only former member of the Cleveland Indians the New York Mets added on Wednesday.
Paul Hoynes / Plain Dealer:
How does a 90-win, 2018 AL Central championship Cleveland Indians team sound to you?
Discussion: The Good Phight and Let's Go Tribe
Rick Hummel / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Gibson says remarkable 1968 season had its painful moments  —  Fifty years ago — really, has it been that long?  — Cardinals Hall of Fame righthander Bob Gibson sashayed through the National League with a 22-9 record, 13 shutouts, 28 complete games, 268 strikeouts and a mind-numbing 1.12 earned-run average, best in the modern era.
Associated Press:
Patrick Corbin, Diamondbacks reach $7.5M, one-year deal, avoid salary arbitration  —  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.
Discussion: AZ Snake Pit
Jeff Wilson / Fort Worth Star-Telegram:
These Rangers could be off-season extension targets for Daniels  —  To go over the list of free agents the Texas Rangers have said they are not going to sign this off-season is probably unnecessary.  —  Anyone who was projected to make more than $10 million a year apparently is off limits for the Rangers.
Gerry Fraley / Dallas Morning News:   After season of career highs with Rangers, can Robinson Chirinos bump up his production even more?
Associated Press:
Manny Machado, Josh Donaldson among more than 170 headed 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 …
George Sipple / Detroit Free Press:
Detroit Tigers shuffle minor league staff assignments for 2018  —  The Detroit Tigers announced the Minor League field staff and roving personnel assignments for the upcoming season Thursday.  —  While Doug Mientkiewicz is the new manager at Triple-A Toledo, the rest of the Mud Hens' coaching staff …
Jeff Todd / MLB Trade Rumors:
White Sox Sign Miguel Gonzalez  —  The White Sox have officially agreed to a one-year deal with free agent righty Miguel Gonzalez, as Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic first reported (via Twitter).  He'll receive a $4.75MM salary, the team announced (and as Chris Cotillo of SB Nation tweeted).
Miguel Gonzalez agrees to one-year deal with White Sox
Discussion: MLB on Yahoo! Sports
Matt Breen /
Phillies prospect Tom Eshelman aims to win a starting role  —  Tom Eshelman looked around the Phillies clubhouse on Wednesday afternoon and glanced at the collection of prospects who dotted the room.  Each of them, the righthanded pitcher said, hopes to start this season in the major leagues.
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