Tuesday was the second full day of the Winter Meetings in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., and there were some significant developments as executives from all 30 MLB clubs engaged in trade and free-agency discussions.J.D. Martinez, who slugged 45 homers last season and is a prized slugger on the free-agent market,
Tuesday was the second full day of the Winter Meetings in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., and there were some significant developments as executives from all 30 MLB clubs engaged in trade and free-agency discussions.
J.D. Martinez, who slugged 45 homers last season and is a prized slugger on the free-agent market, will be at the Winter Meetings on Wednesday to meet with clubs. Meanwhile, the Orioles are listening to trade offers for star third baseman Manny Machado.
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Also on Tuesday, it was reported that medical documentation indicated Japanese two-way star Shohei Ohtani, who joined the Angels last week, has a "first-degree sprain" in the ulnar collateral ligament in his pitching elbow.
MLB.com's beat reporters were on the scene to capture the latest on these stories, as well as news from each team on Day 2:
Angels: General manager Billy Eppler confirmed that Ohtani did receive a platelet-rich plasma injection in his right elbow in October, which was administered by his former club, the Nippon-Ham Fighters.
"It didn't bother us," Eppler said. "There are clubs that use that as kind of like preventative medicine."
Yahoo! Sports reported that medical reports showed a sprain in Ohtani's UCL, which is the least severe of UCL injuries but could lead to Tommy John surgery in the future. Eppler said, "Based on the readings of the MRIs there are no signs of acute or new trauma in the elbow. His elbow looked consistent with pitchers at his age and usage level. We were pleased with the results of the physical and we are happy to have the player." More >
A's: Though catcher Bruce Maxwell is awaiting legal proceedings stemming from an October arrest on charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and disorderly conduct, the A's have him penciled in as their starting backstop and are not looking for other options. General manager David Forst said the club is focused on adding an outfielder and left-handed reliever through trade or free agency. More >
Astros: Houston has a closer with a proven track record, but right-hander Ken Giles gave up 10 runs in 7 2/3 innings during the postseason. While general manager Jeff Luhnow and manager A.J. Hinch reiterated their confidence in Giles' ability to bounce back and have key role in the late innings next season, adding a reliever remains a priority for the Astros. More >
Blue Jays: While the Blue Jays have been linked to free-agent outfielders such as Carlos Gonzalez and Jay Bruce, general manager Ross Atkins said the club's strong core allows for it to take things slow this offseason. Toronto is also counting on several players to return to health after a myriad of injuries in 2017. More >
Braves: General manager Alex Anthopoulos said he is not looking to give up prized pitching prospects, which are plentiful within Atlanta's organizational ranks. Much like the franchise's position in the early 1990s, when other teams were inquiring about young talents Tom Glavine, John Smoltz and Steve Avery, the Braves may choose instead to further evaluate their pitching prospects' development moving forward. More >
Brewers: General manager David Stearns has been focused on adding pitching, and on Tuesday he said the Brewers have made offers to multiple free-agent hurlers. One of the pitchers they could go after in the trade market is the Rays' Chris Archer, and MLB Network insider Ken Rosenthal notes Milwaukee is a "team to watch" on that front. More >
Cardinals: The Cardinals' pursuit of an impact bat this offseason continues. General manager Michael Girsch said the Cards are optimistic on having the framework of a deal in place by the end of the Winter Meetings. St. Louis is looking for controllable players that can impact the offense, which is why it continues to show interest in potential trades for players such as the Marlins' Marcell Ozuna or Christian Yelich. More >
Cubs: Kyle Schwarber drove from his home in Tampa to the Winter Meetings and met with Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein and general manager Jed Hoyer. Hoyer said Schwarber looked like he was "in the best shape of his life." Could he bat leadoff again? Chicago also reached a deal for left-hander Drew Smyly. More >
D-backs: The D-backs have been getting calls about their starting pitchers and middle infielders. General manager Mike Hazen said parting with one of his front-line starters would require a plan be in place to replace them. Sources told MLB.com's T.R. Sullivan that the Rangers have inquired about Zack Greinke, and USA Today reported the Yankees have interest in Patrick Corbin. More >
Dodgers: With the Dodgers looking to be financially conservative this offseason in order to minimize luxury-tax exposure, general manager Farhan Zaidi said trade activity is more likely than moves on the free-agent market. The priority is replenishing the bullpen, particularly after Brandon Morrow signed with the Cubs. More >
Giants: The Giants have a "sense of urgency" at the Winter Meetings, said general manager Bobby Evans. San Francisco has reportedly been active on several fronts but has not being able to make headway with the Marlins on trades for Ozuna or Yelich, while also engaging with the Reds about acquiring Billy Hamilton. It's possible they'll have discussions with Martinez on Wednesday. More >
Indians: The Tribe hopes to re-sign free-agent first baseman Carlos Santana -- and it will have the opportunity to present a counter offer if he gets a proposal he likes from another club -- but waiting on Santana's status has Cleveland in a holding pattern with respect to the position. The Indians have been linked in reports to Logan Morrison, Matt Adams and Lucas Duda, among others. More >
Mariners: The Mariners are focused on adding a reliever after striking deals to acquire Ryon Healy from the A's and Dee Gordon from the Marlins. "Today we spent absolutely zero time talking about position players. We were entirely focused on pitching," said general manager Jerry Dipoto. More >
Marlins: There was significant buzz around two Marlins players at the Winter Meetings on Tuesday, outfielders Ozuna and Yelich. Though Miami hasn't stated whether either is on the trade market, the organization is listening to offers from several teams. The Marlins are looking for starting pitching and organizational depth across the board. More >
Mets: Despite rumors that the Mets are willing to shop former All-Star right-hander Matt Harvey following his struggles last season, general manager Sandy Alderson said Tuesday that he values the opinions of manager Mickey Callaway and pitching coach Dave Eiland. Callaway and Eiland want to work with Harvey to rekindle his career in New York. More >
Nationals: Free-agent right-hander and former NL Cy Young Award winner Jacob Arrieta is on Washington's radar. General manager Mike Rizzo does have a history of adding front-line starters when there's a need in the rotation. More >
Orioles: Machado is due to be a free agent following the 2018 season, and Orioles general manager Dan Duquette was listening to offers on Machado from other clubs on Tuesday. "That's obviously a big decision for the Orioles' organization," Duquette said, "and that's one that is still under consideration." More >
Padres: San Diego struck a deal with the Yankees to acquire former Padre Chase Headley and right-hander Bryan Mitchell. They also sent Ryan Schimpf to the Rays in a separate deal. Meanwhile, the Padres' level of interest in free-agent first baseman Eric Hosmer is "very real," according to a source. More >
Phillies: The Phillies continued to bolster their bullpen on Tuesday, signing right-handed reliever Tommy Hunter to a two-year deal after reuniting with sidearmer Pat Neshek. Philadelphia looks to compensate for a young and inexperienced starting rotation with more help in its relief corps. More >
Pirates: The Bucs are in the market for a fourth outfielder, but they are in no rush to sign one given that there are internal options that may fit. "We're looking [for an extra outfielder] via trade or free agency," general manager Neal Huntington said, "but it has to be something that makes sense for us." More >
Rangers: With an eye toward upgrading the bullpen, particularly at the back end, the Rangers met with free-agent right-hander Fernando Rodney at the Winter Meetings on Tuesday. They also have an eye on right-hander Brandon Kintzler. More >
Rays: The Rays were busy on Tuesday, making a trade to acquire infielder Schimpf from the Padres, reaching an agreement to sign 16-year-old shortstop Jelfry Marte, the No. 3 prospect in this year's international class, per MLBPipeline.com, and continuing discussions with other clubs and free agents. More >
Red Sox: Boston is looking for a free-agent slugger, and seemingly an ideal fit would be Martinez, who is headed to the Winter Meetings on Wednesday. More >
Reds: Billy Hamilton, Cincinnati's speedy center fielder, was the subject of pursuit by multiple teams on Tuesday, including the Giants, who could use a center fielder who can cover a lot of ground in the spacious outfield of AT&T Park. The Reds are listening to offers, but they don't feel compelled to move Hamilton. More >
Rockies: The Rockies' two main priorities entering this offseason involved the bullpen and finding a catcher. After signing veteran backstop Chris Iannetta to a two-year deal on Friday, Colorado reportedly reached a deal with free-agent reliever Bryan Shaw on Tuesday. The Rockies are also eyeing a run-producing first baseman or outfielder. More >
Royals: Kansas City is in rebuild mode, and several teams checked in with the Royals on Tuesday about players such as Danny Duffy, Scott Alexander and Kelvin Herrera. Meanwhile, general manager Dayton Moore isn't ruling out re-signing Hosmer. "We would have to shave payroll elsewhere if that were to happen," he said. "But it could be done." More >
Tigers: Detroit is nearing a trade that would send second baseman Ian Kinsler, who is entering the final year of his contract with the Tigers, to a contending club. General manager Al Avila, while not naming any clubs involved in discussions, said "We've gotten to the point where names have been exchanged, we just can't agree." More >
Twins: Minnesota's front-office executives made the rounds at the Winter Meetings on Tuesday with respect to potential trades and trading partners, but general manager Thad Levine said the organization is focused on adding via free agency. More >
White Sox: With one of the best farm systems in baseball, the White Sox aren't ready to leverage their prospect depth in the form of trades just yet. "We're not looking to jump up and contend for one Wild Card and then regress back," said general manager Rick Hahn. "We're trying to build something that's going to last and extended control is part of that." More >
Yankees: It's been a busy couple of days for the Yankees at the Winter Meetings, and on Tuesday, New York added outfielder Jabari Blash to the fold in a deal with the Padres in exchange for Headley and Mitchell. "We have more flexibility today than we had prior to this trade," said general manager Brian Cashman. More >
Manny Randhawa is a reporter for MLB.com based in Denver. Follow him on Twitter at @MannyOnMLB.