2017 December

9thDerek Jeter’s Marlins shed a huge contract—and player—sending slugger Giancarlo Stanton to the Yankees. Miami receives veteran infielder Starlin Castro and blue chip prospects Jorge Guzman and Jose Devers. Guzman is the fastest pitcher in baseball throwing 18 percent of his pitches over 100 mph this past year at Staten Island. Stanton, the NL MVP, had veto power on any trade.  The agreement with the Yanks extends through 2028.

10thJack Morris and Alan Trammell are elected to the Hall of Fame by the Modern Era Committee. Ted Simmons is one vote short. The Tigers will retire the uniform number of Morris and Trammell in August.

11thAt the first day of the Winter meetings, Brandon Morrow (6-0, 1.93 ERA) leaves the Dodgers for the Cubs, signing a 2 year, $21 million. He will replace the expected-to-leave Wade Davis. He signs three days after the Cubs sign Tyler Chatwood to a 3 year $38 million contract (at the first day of the Winter meeting). Chatwood was 34-35 in five years in Colorado.

12thWelcome back. The Phillies agree to terms with Pat Nesheck, 37, for 2 years, $16.5M. Neshek’s first season with the Phils was 2017, but the veteran reliever was traded in July to the Rockies for three prospects. In Philley, he posted a 1.12 ERA.

13thThe Angels acquire Tiger veteran Ian Kinsler for two minor leaguers. The second baseman is coming off his worst season, in which he hit .236 with 22 homers.

The Twins sign former Yankee pitcher Michael Pinada to a 2-year $10M contract.  Pineda is recovering from Tommy John surgery and is not expected to help until 2019.

The Mets agree to terms with Anthony Swarzak, inking the reliever for 2 years at $14M.

The Marlins release injured pitcher Edinson Volquez.

14thThe Marlins complete their deal with the Cardinals, sending All-star left fielder Marcell Ozuna for four prospects: righthanders Sandy Alcantara and Zav Gallen, OF Magneuris Sierra, and lefty Daniel Castana. Ozuna hit .312 with 27 homers and started in the All-star game.

The Cardinals trade Stephan Piscotty to Oakland for prospects Yairo Munoz and Max Schrock. In May 2017, Piscotty’s mother was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s disease, and the trade allows the outfielder to be near his family’s home in Pleasantown, CA. In May Piscotty signed a 6-year, $33.5M deal.

The busy Cardinals finalize a $11M, 2-year term with middle reliever Luke Gregerson, who was 2-3, 4.57 ERA with Houston last year.

Two days after signing pitchers Brandon Morrow and the rehabbing Drew Smyly, Chicago inks an agreement with side-armer Steve Cishek. The reliever had a 2.01 ERA last season with the Ray’s and M’s.

The Twins agree to a one-year $4.5M contract with 41-year-old reliever Fernando Rodney.

The Astros agree to a two-year deal worth $15M with righty Joe Smith. The vet pitched last year for Toronto and Cleveland.

Quick Pic. The Rangers acquire OF Carlos Tocci from the White Sox for cash. The Sox had selected Tocci from the Phils in a Rule 5 draft.

15thThe Angels sign free agent infielder Zack Cozart to a 3-year contract worth $38M. Cozart hit .297 with 24 homers this past season with the Reds and made the All-star team for the first time.

The Twins sign a one-year $4.5M deal with 40-year-old reliever Fernando Rodney. He had 39 saves with Arizona in 2017.

Matt Kemp, who started his career with the Dodgers, is re-acquired by LA in a five-player trade with the Braves. Atlanta receives 1B Adrian Gonzalez, oft-injured pitchers Scott Kazmir and Brandon McCarthy, infielder Charley Culberson and cash. Gonzalez is designated for reassignment.  The trade cuts the LA payroll by $25M, almost the sole purpose of the transaction for LA.  Surprise.