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Winter Meetings Day 3: Latest from all 30 clubs

Angels land Kinsler from Tigers; Cards deal 4 players for Miami's Ozuna
December 14, 2017

Day 3 of the Winter Meetings in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., featured an array of trades and free-agent signings, as well as intriguing possibilities heading into Thursday.The Angels, fresh off landing coveted Japanese two-way star Shohei Ohtani, added another strong bat to an already formidable lineup. Meanwhile, the Cardinals acquired

Day 3 of the Winter Meetings in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., featured an array of trades and free-agent signings, as well as intriguing possibilities heading into Thursday.
The Angels, fresh off landing coveted Japanese two-way star Shohei Ohtani, added another strong bat to an already formidable lineup. Meanwhile, the Cardinals acquired an All-Star outfielder, and the Orioles could be on the verge of trading one of the game's biggest stars.
Hot Stove Tracker's beat reporters have the latest on each club's Hot Stove status:
Angels: Less than a week after landing Ohtani, the Halos further bolstered an already strong lineup with the acquisition of Ian Kinsler from the Tigers. In exchange, the Angels sent outfielder Troy Montgomery (the organization's No. 20 prospect, per and right-hander Wilkel Hernandez (No. 24) to Detroit. More >
A's: Oakland has reportedly found the right-handed-hitting outfielder it's been seeking in Stephen Piscotty from the Cardinals. More >

Astros: The defending World Series champions added to their bullpen on Wednesday, acquiring veteran sidearmer Joe Smith on a two-year deal. The right-hander posted a 3.33 ERA in 59 appearances last season split between the Blue Jays and Indians. More >
Blue Jays: The Jays will have an eye toward acquiring talent through Thursday's Rule 5 Draft, but Toronto could also lose some, especially with prospects such as Max Pentecost, Jordan Romano, Andrew Case and Angel Perdomo out there for other clubs to claim. More >
Braves: While they could seek a front-line starter, the Braves will likely look at adding a veteran mid-rotation type on a one- or two-year deal to bolster a group of young hurlers. "We haven't come close to anything," general manager Alex Anthopoulos said. "But it would be nice. I'd say it's more of a want rather than a need, just to add some innings to protect some of our kids." More >
Brewers: Milwaukee saw reliever Anthony Swarzak, whom the Brewers acquired from the White Sox in a trade last July, sign a two-year deal with the Mets. The Crew is looking to add to the bullpen as well as the starting rotation, and general manager David Stearns is confident they'll achieve both objectives, even if not during the Winter Meetings. More >
Cardinals: St. Louis wasn't able to land National League MVP Giancarlo Stanton from the Marlins, but it did find another Miami outfielder to upgrade the offense in acquiring Marcell Ozuna. The Cards get the All-Star coming off a career year in exchange for outfielder Magneuris Sierra, and pitchers Sandy Alcantara, Zac Gallen and Daniel Castano. More >

Cubs: MikeMontgomery is expected to be in the Cubs' bullpen in 2018, even though the club believes in his ability both as a starter and reliever. "I think the starting market is a little slower to develop both in free agency and in trades," said president of baseball operations Theo Epstein. "We're going to be patient. We continue to look to add pitching in the bullpen and in the rotation." More >
D-backs: The rumors surrounding Zack Greinke have been swirling. But talks surrounding the former American League Cy Young Award winner haven't gained traction, while Arizona remains hesitant on parting with its ace. Meanwhile, the Yankees have talked with the D-backs about infielder Brandon Drury, as have several other clubs. More >
Dodgers: With the goal of easing payroll obligations and minimizing luxury-tax exposure, the Dodgers may look to trade right-hander Brandon McCarthy, first baseman Adrian Gonzalez and left-hander Scott Kazmir. More >
Giants: Though San Francisco lost out in its bids for Stanton and Ozuna, the Giants are still in pursuit of offensive upgrades, and there are plenty of options still on the market. The list of names includes J.D. Martinez, Jay Bruce and Christian Yelich. More >
Indians: As has been the case in recent offseasons, the Tribe has received inquiries about starting pitching, particularly from the Cubs about right-hander Danny Salazar. But Cleveland has turned down several offers on its starters in the past, and Salazar could pose a similar scenario despite his injury history. More >
Mariners: Seattle struck a two-year deal with reliever Juan Nicasio, whom the Mariners can use as a setup man for closer Edwin Diaz. Nicasio is coming off a career season in 2017, during which he had stints with the Pirates, Phillies and Cardinals. More >

Marlins: As they continue to build for the future, the Marlins traded All-Star Ozuna to the Cardinals in exchange for outfielder Magneuris Sierra and right-handers Alcantara and Gallen. That trio ranked sixth, ninth and 13th, respectively, on St. Louis' Top 30 prospects list, per Miami also received left-hander Castano. More >
Mets: The Mets and Swarzak agreed to a two-year, $14 million deal on Wednesday. The 32-year-old right-hander had the best season of his career in 2017, posting 2.33 ERA and 10.6 strikeouts per nine innings. Swarzak will team with Jeurys Familia, AJ Ramos and Jerry Blevins at the back of the bullpen. More >
Nationals: As superstar right fielder Bryce Harper enters the final year of his contract with the Nationals, Washington seeks to sign the 25-year-old slugger to a long-term deal. His agent, Scott Boras, and Nats executives met last month in Palm Springs, Calif. The two sides spoke about the status of negotiations on Wednesday. More >

Orioles: Discussions about a trade with Baltimore for Manny Machado picked up steam on Wednesday, with several teams reportedly making offers for the star third baseman. Orioles general manager Dan Duquette said the club is making "good progress" on what could be a franchise-altering transaction. More >
Padres: With a logjam of infielders, it's practically a lock that San Diego will trade at least one of them. Could it be recently acquired third baseman Chase Headley? More >
Phillies: The Phillies have been busy bolstering the bullpen, reuniting with right-hander Pat Neshek and signing right-hander Tommy Hunter. Philadelphia expects to do more this offseason, but it doesn't expect a big splash. More >

Pirates: Are the Bucs shopping Gerrit Cole? According to his agent, Boras, there is no evidence to that effect. More >
Rangers: Texas has had its sights set on landing a front-line starter, but the process has proved difficult so far, particularly in the Rangers' pursuit of Greinke and free-agent right-hander Jacob Arrieta. More >
Rays: With names like Chris Archer, Evan Longoria, Alex Colome and Jake Odorizzi being the subject of trade talks, Rays senior vice president Chaim Bloom said, "The pace of conversations has been very steady on a lot of fronts." Tampa Bay also braces for the potential loss of a pair of prospects in the Rule 5 Draft on Thursday. More >
Red Sox: Despite another big bat coming off the table in Ozuna, whom the Red Sox talked with the Marlins about, president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski continues to pursue sluggers and is confident Boston will land one. Will that be Martinez or Eric Hosmer? More >
Reds: Cincinnati center fielder Billy Hamilton has been the topic of trade discussions, most notably with the Giants. But beyond that, the Winter Meetings have been pretty quiet thus far as the Reds look for relief help and a backup infielder. More >
Rockies: Colorado has been busy, particularly in bolstering its bullpen this offseason. That continued on Wednesday, when the Rockies re-signed left-hander Jake McGee a day after landing free-agent right-hander Bryan Shaw. The club is also in discussions about re-signing closer Greg Holland. General manager Jeff Bridich said Wednesday the club is not interested in dealing from its stock of young pitching. More >

Royals: The Royals may leave the Winter Meetings without having made any moves, but Kansas City could very well be setting up deals to come. "We've done very few deals at the Winter Meetings," general manager Dayton Moore said. "But we've done quite a few deals afterward. You lay the groundwork here. That's what we do." More >
Tigers: As the Tigers continue their rebuilding effort, Detroit's deal with the Angels that sent Kinsler to Anaheim resulted in a return featuring two of the Angels' Top 30 prospects, per Montgomery and right-hander Hernandez. More >

Twins: Minnesota made its first significant offseason move by acquiring right-hander Michael Pineda. Signing the 28-year-old former Yankee is geared toward 2019, as Pineda underwent Tommy John surgery and will likely miss most -- if not all -- of next season. More >
White Sox: In stark contrast to the Winter Meetings a year ago, when the Sox dealt Chris Sale and Adam Eaton in exchange for some of the game's top prospects, Chicago may end up leaving the Winter Meetings this year without making any significant moves. But the organization is laying potential groundwork for later in the offseason, and could be very busy during Thursday's Rule 5 Draft. More >
Yankees: General manager Brian Cashman said New York could be close to acquiring one of the starting pitchers it's been seeking. Should that happen, it would cap an eventful few days for the Yankees at the Winter Meetings, which began with the introduction of Stanton in pinstripes. More >

Manny Randhawa is a reporter for based in Denver. Follow him on Twitter at @MannyOnMLB.