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Yankees trade starting pitcher Sonny Gray to the Reds

The New York Yankees have traded pitchers Sonny Gray and Reiver Sanmartin to the Cincinnati Reds in exchange for infielder Shed Long and a 2019 competitive balance pick.

What It Means:

After the trade, Gray agreed to a three-year, $30.5M contract extension with Cincinnati. The starting pitcher hopes a reunion with former college pitching coach Derek Johnson will help him bounce back from an awful season in New York. The 29-year is just three seasons removed from finishing third in the AL CY Young voting and making his lone All-Star appearance.

Gray posted a 4.90 ERA and 1.49 WHIP with 123 strikeouts in 103 1/3 innings pitched for the Yankees in 2018. He owns a career ERA of 3.66 and 155-146 record in 6 seasons.

Ben Gamel dealt to Milwaukee on Friday by Seattle

The Seattle Mariners have traded outfielder Ben Gamel, along with minor-leaguer Noah Zavolas to the Milwaukee Brewers in exchange for outfielder Domingo Santana.

What It Means:

Gamel likely will start the season in Triple-A for Milwaukee as their outfield is already full with Christin Yelich, Ryan Braun, and Lorenzo Cain penciled in as starters. The soon-to-be 27-year-old Gamel played in over 230 games for the Mariners the last two seasons.

Gamel batted .272 with 1 homer and 7 steals in 293 plate appearances in 2018.

Mariners acquire Domingo Santana from Milwaukee

The Milwaukee Brewers have traded outfielder Domingo Santana to the Seattle Mariners in exchange for outfielder Ben Gamel and minor leaguer Noah Zavolas.

What It Means:

The Brewers were destined to make a move with their crowded outfield, but it's a surprise they waited until the offseason. At just 26, Santana likely figures into the M's long-term rebuilding plans.

Santana batted .265 with 5 homers in 235 plate appearances in 2018 but also had a 30-homer season in 2017.

Kyle Farmer headed to Cincinnati in seven-player trade

Los Angeles Dodgers center Kyle Farmer has been traded to the Cincinnati Reds in a seven-player deal on Friday.

What It Means:

Farmer will be headed to the Reds along with Matt Kemp, Yasiel Puig and Alex Wood. Coming back to the Dodgers are Homer Bailey, Jeter Downs and Josiah Gray. Farmer will likely slot in behind Tucker Barnhart.

In 39 games last season, Farmer hit for a .235 batting average with a .635 OPS.

Dodgers move Yasiel Puig to Cincinnati on Friday

The Los Angeles Dodgers traded outfielder Yasiel Puig in a seven player deal with the Cincinnati Reds on Friday.

What It Means:

Puig will finally be moved to a new home after being part of trade rumors for almost his whole Dodgers' career. The talented outfielder should be a full-time starter as a Red.

Puig finished 2018 with 23 home runs and 63 RBI in 125 games.

Alex Wood traded to Cincinnati in seven-player deal

Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Alex Wood has been traded to the Cincinnati Reds in a seven-player deal.

What It Means:

Heading to Cincinnati with Wood are Yasiel Puig, Matt Kemp and Kyle Farmer. Coming back to Los Angeles are Homer Bailey and prospects Jeter Downs and Josiah Gray. This trade opens up some luxury tax room for the Dodgers, who are in pursuit of multiple big-name free agents.

In 151.7 innings last season, Wood had a 9-7 record with a 3.68 ERA and a 1.21 WHIP.

Cincinnati Reds acquire outfielder Matt Kemp in multi-player trade on Friday

The Cincinnati Reds traded Homer Bailey, Jeter Downs and Josiah Gray to the Los Angeles Dodgers for Alex Wood, Matt Kemp, Yasiel Puig, and Kyle Farmer.

What It Means:

The Reds and Dodgers made a blockbuster trade on Friday, swapping a total of seven players including outfielder Matt Kemp. Expect Kemp to platoon with Jesse Winker in left field next season.

Kemp finished 2018 with 134 hits including 21 home runs and 85 RBI.

Reds ship Homer Bailey to Los Angeles in seven-player deal

Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Homer Bailey has been traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers in a seven-player deal.

What It Means:

Bailey will head to the bright lights of Los Angeles along with prospects Jeter Downs and Josiah Gray. In return, the Dodgers will send back Alex Wood, Matt Kemp, Yasiel Puig and Kyle Farmer. With Bailey owed $25M, it's expected that the Dodgers cut him imminently.

In 106.3 innings last year, Bailey went 1-14 with a 6.09 ERA and a 1.64 WHIP.

Angels sign Matt Harvey to 1-yr, $11M deal

MLB.com's Mark Feinsand reports that free agent pitcher Matt Harvey has agreed to a contract with the Los Angeles Angels.

What It Means:

The deal is reportedly for one-year, $11M with another $3M available with incentives. The soon-to-be 30-year-old Harvey hopes he can rebuild his value with a strong year in pitcher-friendly Angels Stadium, before pursuing one last long-term deal in 2019.

Havery posted a 4.94 ERA and 1.30 WHIP with 131 strikeouts in 155 innings between the New York Mets and Cincinnati Reds in 2018.

Yandy Diaz sent to Tampa Bay from Cleveland

The Cleveland Indians have traded infielder Yandy Diaz to the Tampa Bay Rays in a three-team deal.

What It Means:

Diaz and minor-league pitcher Cole Susler are leaving Believeland and heading down south to Tampa Bay. The Rays are sending Jake Bauers to Cleveland, and the Mariners and Indians are swapping Edwin Encarnacion and Carlos Santana.

In 39 games last season, Diaz hit for a .312 average with 15 runs, 15 RBI and a .797 OPS.

Jake Bauers headed to Cleveland in three-team deal

The Tampa Bay Rays have shipped first baseman Jake Bauers to the Cleveland Indians.

What It Means:

In a three-team deal, Bauers and former-Seattle Mariners first baseman Carlos Santana will head to Cleveland. The Indians will send Edwin Encarnacion to Seattle, while they'll also ship Yandy Diaz and Cole Susler to the Rays.

In 96 games last season, Bauers hit for a .201 average with 11 home runs and 48 RBI with a .700 OPS.

Mariners ship Carlos Santana to Cleveland

The Seattle Mariners have traded Carlos Santana to the Cleveland Indians.

What It Means:

It's a three-team deal between Seattle, Cleveland and the Tampa Bay Rays. The Mariners are unloading Santana in exchange for Edwin Encarnacion, Cleveland is also acquiring Jake Bauers, and the Rays will pick up Yandy Diaz and minor-league pitcher Cole Susler.

In 161 games last season with the Phillies, Santana hit for a .229 batting average with 24 home runs, 86 RBI and a .766 OPS.

Edwin Encarnacion traded to Mariners

The Cleveland Indians have traded first baseman Edwin Encarnacion to the Seattle Mariners.

What It Means:

Encarnacion will be joining a Mariners team that just missed out on the playoffs in 2018 and will presumably slide in at first base or designated hitter. Carlos Santana is heading to Cleveland in the three-team deal, and so will Jake Bauers. Yandy Diaz and minor-league pitcher Cole Susler will be heading to the Tampa Bay Rays.

In 137 games last season, Encarnacion hit for a .246 batting average with 32 home runs, 107 RBI and a .810 OPS.

Cardinals acquire Paul Goldschmidt from the Diamondbacks

The Arizona Diamondbacks have traded first baseman Paul Goldschmidt to the St. Louis Cardinals in exchange for catcher Carson Kelly, pitcher Luke Weaver, infielder Andy Young, and a 2019 MLB draft pick.

What It Means:

The Cardinals have been lacking a power hitter in the middle of their lineup and got one in Goldschmidt. They paid a relatively low cost due to the slugger being under contract for just one more season. There is a chance they try to work out an extension before the season is over though. The six-time All-Star will likely hit cleanup and man first base for St. Louis in 2019.

Goldschmidt has averaged 31.5 homers, 102 RBI, and 105.3 runs scored while posting a .301 batting average and .946 OPS the last four seasons.

Nationals sign pitcher Patrick Corbin to 6-year, $140M deal

The Washington Nationals have signed free-agent pitcher Patrick Corbin to a six-year, $140M deal on Tuesday.

What It Means:

Corbin was the big name pitcher available on the free agent market and the Nationals opened up their checkbook to sign the former Arizona Diamondback. The two-time All-Star gives the Nats a strong top-three in their rotation, joining Max Scherzer and Stephen Strasburg.

Corbin posted a 3.15 ERA and 1.05 WHIP while striking out 246 in 200 innings with Arizona in 2018.

Jay Bruce headed to Seattle as part of Robinson Cano trade

New York Mets have traded outfielder Jay Bruce along with five other players to the Seattle Mariners in exchange for second baseman Robinson Cano and pitcher Edwin Diaz.

What It Means:

Bruce is expected to remain in Seattle for at least the start of the 2019 season but likely won't last long in a Mariners' uniform as they undergo a complete roster rebuild. Bruce is under contract for two more years for $26M.

Bruce batted .223 with 9 homers, 37 RBI, and 31 runs scored in 361 plate appearances in 2018.

Seattle finalizes Edwin Diaz trade to the New York Mets

The Seattle Mariners traded pitcher Edwin Diaz and second baseman Robinson Cano to the New York Mets in exchange for a five-player package headlined by outfielder Jay Bruce.

What It Means:

The Mariners reluctantly traded their All-Star closer but desperately wanted to unload the $120M still owed to Cano. Diaz will take over ninth-inning duties for New York and will be under their control for four more seasons.

Diaz saved an MLB-best 57 games in 2018 while posting a 1.96 ERA, 0.79 WHIP, and a 15.2 K/9 rate in 73 1/3 innings pitched.

Seattle's Robinson Cano long-rumoured trade to Mets finally official

The Seattle Mariners have traded second baseman Robinson Cano along with pitcher Edwin Diaz to the New York Mets for outfielder Jay Bruce, pitchers Anthony Swarzak and Gerson Bautista plus a pair of minor leaguers.

What It Means:

The Mariners take another step in their roster overhaul as they rid themselves of the hefty $120M still owed to Cano. He is under contract for five more seasons, and the Mets hope he can provide some punch in the lineup at least for a couple more seasons.

Cano batted .303 with 10 homers and 50 RBI in 348 plate appearances in 2018.

Carlos Santana dealt to Seattle from Philadelphia on Monday

The Philadelphia Phillies have traded first baseman Carlos Santana along with infielder J.P. Crawford to the Seattle Mariners in exchange for infielder Jean Segura and relievers James Pazos and Juan Nicasio.

What It Means:

Santana was included in the deal as the Phillies plan on moving Rhys Hoskins back to first base, making the veteran Santana expendable. It is unclear if he is in the Mariners' plans for 2019 as they are undergoing a dramatic roster overhaul. If he stays in Seattle, expect Santana to see the bulk of his time at designated hitter.

Santana slashed .229/.352/.414 with 24 homers and 86 RBI in 679 plate appearances last season.

Mariners' Jean Segura traded to Phillies in five-player deal

The Seattle Mariners have traded infielder Jean Segura, along with pitchers James Pazos and Juan Nicasio to the Philadelphia Phillies in exchange for infielders Carlos Santana and J.P. Crawford.

What It Means:

The Mariners continue their rebuilding process as they completed their four trade in the last month. Segura is expected to take over at shortstop for the Phillies unless they are successful in their bid for Manny Machado, which would likely move Segura to second base.

Segura batted .304 with 10 homers, 20 steals, and 91 runs scored in 632 plate appearances last season.

Braves sign Josh Donaldson to 1-year, $23M deal

The Atlanta Braves have signed free-agent third baseman Josh Donaldson to a one-year, $23 million deal on Monday.

What It Means:

Donaldson spent most of 2018 plagued with a calf injury but gets a hefty one-year deal from Atlanta to prove he still can bash homers. The 33-year-old will provide much-needed pop to the hot corner for the up-and-coming Braves -- if he stays healthy.

Donaldson saw just 50 at-bats in 2018, batting .280 with 3 homers. He is a lifetime .275 batter with 183 home runs in 3,817 career plate appearances.

Mariners send James Paxton to Yankees for 3 minor leaguers

The Seattle Mariners have traded pitcher James Paxton to the New York Yankees for minor leaguers Justus Sheffield, Erik Swanson, and Don Thompson-Williams.

What It Means:

The Mariners made it clear the fire sale would be on this offseason and Monday signaled the first significant piece on the move. Paxton has been electric when on the mound -- 3.52 ERA and 10.3 strikeouts per 9 innings pitched the last three seasons. The issue has been his health as the lefty has never thrown for more than 160 1/3 innings in a season. The 30-year-old is under contract for two more seasons.

Paxton posted a 3.76 ERA and 1.10 WHIP with 208 strikeouts and 42 walks in 160 1/3 innings pitched last season.

Kike Hernandez starting in center field for Dodgers on Sunday

Los Angeles Dodgers utilityman Kike Hernandez is starting and batting third against the Boston Red Sox on Sunday.

What It Means:

Hernandez will start in center field with Cody Bellinger heading to the bench.

Our models project Hernandez for 10.4 FanDuel points at the cost of $5,500.

Dodgers' Cody Bellinger not starting in Game 5 on Sunday

Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Cody Bellinger will not start against the Boston Red Sox on Sunday.

What It Means:

Bellinger will sit tonight with Kike Hernandez receiving the start in center field.

in the 2018 postseason, Bellinger is hitting .118 with 1 home run and 4 RBI.

Boston's Rafael Devers starting at third base on Sunday

Boston Red Sox third baseman Rafael Devers is starting and batting seventh against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Sunday.

What It Means:

Devers will start at third base in Game 5 with Eduardo Nunez heading to the bench.

Our models project Devers for 8.4 FanDuel points at the cost of $5,000.

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