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A's claim RHP Bridwell off waivers from Angels

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OAKLAND -- The A's on Tuesday found a starter through the waiver wire, claiming right-hander Parker Bridwell from the Angels.

Bridwell has potential to produce a bounce-back campaign after missing chunks of the 2018 season with elbow issues. His numbers between Los Angeles (17.55 ERA in five games) and Triple-A Salt Lake (8.68 ERA in six starts) were ugly, but he's not that far removed from a '17 season that saw him go 10-3 with a 3.64 ERA in 21 games (20 starts) for the Angels.

OAKLAND -- The A's on Tuesday found a starter through the waiver wire, claiming right-hander Parker Bridwell from the Angels.

Bridwell has potential to produce a bounce-back campaign after missing chunks of the 2018 season with elbow issues. His numbers between Los Angeles (17.55 ERA in five games) and Triple-A Salt Lake (8.68 ERA in six starts) were ugly, but he's not that far removed from a '17 season that saw him go 10-3 with a 3.64 ERA in 21 games (20 starts) for the Angels.

Still just 27, Bridwell was originally selected by the Orioles in the ninth round of the 2010 Draft. He has been claimed off waivers three times this offseason, previously going to the Yankees on Nov. 26 and returning to the Angels on Dec. 21.

Bridwell has fared poorly against the A's in his career, allowing 22 earned runs across 9 2/3 innings, yet he has a 3.33 ERA over 121 1/3 innings against everyone else.

The A's are expected to continue their search for starters with fervor as camp nears; at this point, veteran Mike Fiers is the only sure rotation piece.

Jane Lee has covered the A's for MLB.com since 2010.

Oakland Athletics, Parker Bridwell

2018-19 free agents, position by position

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In the thick of Hot Stove season, many members of this star-studded free-agent class remain available -- including Bryce Harper, Manny Machado, Craig Kimbrel, Dallas Keuchel and A.J. Pollock.

Keep track of the notable names on the open market with the list below, which will be updated throughout the offseason as new deals are agreed to.

In the thick of Hot Stove season, many members of this star-studded free-agent class remain available -- including Bryce Harper, Manny Machado, Craig Kimbrel, Dallas Keuchel and A.J. Pollock.

Keep track of the notable names on the open market with the list below, which will be updated throughout the offseason as new deals are agreed to.

Note: Players are grouped by position -- using a player's most-played position in 2018 -- and ranked by '18 Wins Above Replacement (WAR). Each player's 2019 seasonal age and '18 regular-season WAR total are included in parentheses next to his name. (WAR totals are from FanGraphs.)

Catchers
Yasmani Grandal (30 years old, 3.6 WAR) -- Signed 1-year deal with MIL (1/14).
Wilson Ramos (31, 2.4) -- Signed 2-year deal with NYM (12/17).
Kurt Suzuki (35, 2.0) -- Signed 2-year deal with WSH (11/20).
Robinson Chirinos (35, 1.6) -- Signed 1-year deal with HOU (12/6).
Martin Maldonado (32, 0.9)
Nick Hundley (35, 0.9)
Matt Wieters (33, 0.9)
A.J. Ellis (38, 0.8)
Devin Mesoraco (31, 0.7)
Jonathan Lucroy (33, 0.6) -- Signed 1-year deal with LAA (12/29).
Chris Herrmann (31, 0.6) -- Signed 1-year deal with OAK (12/11).
Brian McCann (35, 0.5) -- Signed 1-year deal with ATL (11/26).
Rene Rivera (35, 0.3)
Juan Graterol, C (29, 0.1)
Caleb Joseph (32, 0.0)
James McCann (28, -0.1) -- Signed 1-year deal with CWS (12/19).
Chris Stewart (37, -0.1)
Jarrod Saltalamacchia (34, -0.2)
Jose Lobaton (34, -0.3) -- Signed MiLB deal with SEA (12/10).
Drew Butera (35, -0.3)
Jeff Mathis (36, -0.5) -- Signed 2-year deal with TEX (11/19).
Bobby Wilson (36, -0.5) -- Signed MiLB deal with DET (12/5).
Stephen Vogt (34, N/A) -- Didn't appear in MLB in 2018.

First basemen
Steve Pearce (36 years old, 1.6 WAR) -- Signed 1-year deal with BOS (11/16).
Matt Adams (30, 0.8) -- Signed 1-year deal with WSH (12/18).
Wilmer Flores (27, 0.5) -- Signed 1-year deal with ARI (1/21).
Justin Bour (30, 0.5) -- Signed 1-year deal with LAA (12/15).
Mark Reynolds (35, 0.1)
Lucas Duda (32, 0.0)
Adam Rosales (36, -0.1)
Hanley Ramirez (35, -0.2)
Logan Morrison (31, -0.7)

Second basemen
Jed Lowrie (35 years old, 4.9 WAR) -- Signed 2-year deal with NYM (1/16).
Asdrubal Cabrera (33, 2.7) -- Agreed to 1-year deal with TEX (1/22).
Ian Kinsler (37, 2.3) -- Signed 2-year deal with SD (12/20).
DJ LeMahieu (30, 2.0) -- Signed 2-year deal with NYY (1/14).
Daniel Descalso (32, 1.6) -- Signed 2-year deal with CHC (12/18).
Brian Dozier (32, 0.8) -- Signed 1-year deal with WSH (1/13).
Daniel Murphy (34, 0.8) -- Signed 2-year deal with COL (12/21).
Cory Spangenberg (28, 0.6) -- Signed 1-year deal with MIL (1/4).
Jonathan Schoop (27, 0.5) -- Signed 1-year deal with MIN (12/6).
Ronald Torreyes (26, 0.4) -- Signed 1-year deal with MIN (12/6).
Josh Harrison (31, 0.3)
Andrew Romine (33, 0.1)
Neil Walker (33, 0.1)
Sean Rodriguez (34, 0.0)
Gordon Beckham (32, -0.1)
Logan Forsythe (32, -0.2)
Brandon Phillips (38, -0.3)

Third basemen
Eduardo Escobar (30 years old, 3.5 WAR) -- Signed 3-year deal with ARI (10/22).
Mike Moustakas (30, 2.4)
Josh Donaldson (33, 1.3) -- Signed 1-year deal with ATL (11/26).
Jung Ho Kang (32, 0.0) -- Signed 1-year deal with PIT (11/8).
Chase Headley (35, -0.4)
Ryan Flaherty (32, -0.4)
Danny Valencia (34, -0.4)
Jose Reyes (36, -0.9)
Yangervis Solarte (31, -1.3)

Shortstops
Manny Machado (26 years old, 6.2 WAR)
Jose Iglesias (29, 2.5)
Freddy Galvis (29, 1.2)
Jordy Mercer (32, 1.0) -- Signed 1-year deal with DET (12/14).
Adeiny Hechavarria (30, 0.4)
Alcides Escobar (32, -0.3)
Tim Beckham (28, -0.5) -- Signed 1-year deal with SEA (1/10).
Eric Sogard (33, -0.8) -- Signed MiLB deal with TOR (12/21).
Troy Tulowitzki (34, N/A) -- Signed 1-year deal with NYY (1/4).

Left fielders
Michael Brantley (32 years old, 3.5 WAR) -- Signed 2-year deal with HOU (12/19).
Marwin Gonzalez (30, 1.6)
Denard Span (35, 1.5)
Curtis Granderson (38, 0.9)
Derek Dietrich (29, 0.8)
Craig Gentry (35, 0.6)
Cameron Maybin (32, 0.5)
Matt Joyce (34, 0.2)
Matt Holliday (39, 0.1)
Danny Santana (28, 0.1) -- Signed MiLB deal with TEX (1/9).
Gerardo Parra (32, 0.0)
Gregor Blanco (35, -0.7) -- Signed MiLB deal with NYM (12/21).
Hunter Pence (36, -0.9)

Center fielders
A.J. Pollock (31 years old, 2.5 WAR)
Adam Jones (33, 0.5)
Billy Hamilton (28, 1.3) -- Signed 1-year deal with KC (12/10).
Gorkys Hernandez (31, 0.1) -- Signed MiLB deal with BOS (12/11).
Eric Young Jr. (34, -0.3)
Rajai Davis (38, -0.2) -- Signed MiLB deal with NYM (12/17).
Austin Jackson (32, -1.0)

Right fielders
Bryce Harper (26 years old, 3.5 WAR)
Andrew McCutchen (32, 2.6) -- Signed 3-year deal with PHI (12/12).
Nick Markakis (35, 2.6) -- Signed 1-year deal with ATL (1/22).
Carlos Gonzalez (33, 1.7)
Jose Bautista (38, 1.0)
Jon Jay (33, 0.8) -- Signed 1-year deal with CWS (1/10).
Lonnie Chisenhall (30, 0.8) -- Signed 1-year deal with PIT (11/27).
Robbie Grossman (29, 0.7)
Melky Cabrera (34, 0.4)
Brandon Guyer (33, 0.1)
Avisail Garcia (28, 0.0) -- Signed 1-year deal with TB (1/18).
Aristides Aquino (24, -0.1)
Carlos Gomez (33, -0.5)
Chris Young (35, -0.5)
Chris Owings (27, -0.8) -- Signed 1-year deal with KC (12/5).

Designated hitters
Nelson Cruz (38 years old, 2.5 WAR) -- Signed 1-year deal with MIN (1/2).
Matt Davidson (28, 0.8)
Evan Gattis (32, 0.0)
Pedro Alvarez (32, -0.2) -- Signed MiLB deal with MIA (12/3).

Starting pitchers
Patrick Corbin (29 years old, 6.3 WAR) -- Signed 6-year deal with WSH (12/7).
Dallas Keuchel (31, 3.6)
J.A. Happ (36, 3.2) -- Signed 2-year deal with NYY (12/12).
Charlie Morton (35, 3.1) -- Signed 2-year deal with TB (12/21).
Lance Lynn (32, 2.9) -- Signed 3-year deal with TEX (12/18).
CC Sabathia (38, 2.5) -- Signed 1-year deal with NYY (11/7).
Anibal Sanchez (35, 2.4) -- Signed 2-year deal with WSH (12/27).
Nathan Eovaldi (29, 2.2) -- Signed 4-year deal with BOS (12/6).
Gio Gonzalez (33, 2.0)
Hyun-Jin Ryu (32, 2.0) -- Accepted qualifying offer from LAD (11/12).
Trevor Cahill (31, 2.0) -- Signed 1-year deal with LAA (12/20).
Derek Holland (32, 2.0) -- Signed 1-year deal with SF (1/14).
Clay Buchholz (34, 1.9)
Wade Miley (32, 1.5)
Matt Harvey (30, 1.4) -- Signed 1-year deal with LAA (12/21).
Mike Fiers (33, 1.4) -- Signed 2-year deal with OAK (12/22).
Jeremy Hellickson (32, 1.2)
Garrett Richards (32, 1.0) -- Signed 2-year deal with SD (12/7).
Tyson Ross (32, 1.0) -- Signed 1-year deal with DET (12/10).
Brett Anderson (31, 0.9)
James Shields (37, 0.8)
Jason Hammel (36, 0.8)
Edwin Jackson (35, 0.7)
Matt Shoemaker (32, 0.6) -- Signed 1-year deal with TOR (12/28).
Adam Wainwright (37, 0.5) -- Signed 1-year deal with STL (10/11).
Marco Estrada (35, 0.5)
Francisco Liriano (35, 0.3)
Doug Fister (35, 0.3)
Bartolo Colon (46, 0.2)
Yovani Gallardo (33, 0.1)
Matt Moore (30, 0.0) -- Signed 1-year deal with DET (12/4).
Sam Howard (25, 0.0)
Martin Perez (28, -0.2) -- Agreed to 1-year deal with MIN (1/19).
Shelby Miller (28, -0.2) -- Signed 1-year deal with TEX (1/9).
Drew Pomeranz (30, -0.3)
Miguel Gonzalez (35, -0.3)
Kendall Graveman (27, -0.4) -- Signed 1-year deal with CHC (12/23).
Chris Tillman (31, -0.4)
Ervin Santana (36, -0.5)
Yusei Kikuchi (28, N/A) -- Signed 4-year deal with SEA (1/2).
Nate Karns (31, N/A) -- Didn't appear in MLB in 2018.

Relief pitchers
Adam Ottavino (33 years old, 2.0 WAR) -- Agreed to 3-year deal with NYY (1/17).
Jeurys Familia (29, 1.8) -- Signed 3-year deal with NYM (12/14).
Joakim Soria (35, 1.8) -- Signed 2-year deal with OAK (12/21).
David Robertson (34, 1.5) -- Signed 2-year deal with PHI (1/3).
Craig Kimbrel (31, 1.5)
Jesse Chavez (35, 1.2) -- Signed 2-year deal with TEX (11/30).
Oliver Perez (37, 1.1)
Luis Avilan (29, 0.9) -- Signed MiLB deal with NYM (1/10).
Tony Sipp (35, 0.9)
Zach Duke (36, 0.9)
Brad Brach (33, 0.7)
Nick Vincent (32, 0.7)
Joe Kelly (31, 0.7) -- Signed 3-year deal with LAD (12/21).
Jordan Lyles (28, 0.6) -- Signed 1-year deal with PIT (12/17).
Sergio Romo (36, 0.5)
Jake Diekman (32, 0.5)
Justin Wilson (31, 0.5)
Tyler Clippard (34, 0.5)
Shawn Kelley (35, 0.5)
Xavier Cedeno (32, 0.5)
Andrew Miller (34, 0.4) -- Signed 2-year deal with STL (12/21).
Kelvin Herrera (29, 0.4) -- Signed 2-year deal with CWS (1/8).
Greg Holland (33, 0.3)
Tony Barnette (35, 0.3)
Aaron Loup (31, 0.3)
Adam Warren (31, 0.3)
John Axford (36, 0.2)
Bud Norris (34, 0.2)
Ryan Madson (38, 0.2)
Dan Jennings (31, 0.2)
Jeanmar Gomez (31, 0.2) -- Signed MiLB deal with TEX (1/9). 
Alex Wilson (32, 0.2)
Zach Britton (31, 0.1) -- Signed 3-year deal with NYY (1/11).
Santiago Casilla (38, 0.1)
Carson Smith (29, 0.1)
Cory Gearrin (32, 0.1) -- Signed 1-year deal with SEA (1/10).
Ricardo Rodriguez (26, 0.1)
Cody Allen (30, 0.0) -- Signed 1-year deal with LAA (1/20).
Jorge De La Rosa (38, 0.0)
Justin Hancock (28, 0.0)
Fernando Salas (34, 0.0)
Zach McAllister (31, 0.0) -- Signed 1-year deal with TEX (1/22).
Jake Petricka (31, 0.0) -- Signed 1-year deal with MIL (1/12).
Blake Parker (31, 0.0) -- Signed 1-year deal with MIN (1/14).
Zac Rosscup (31, 0.0) -- Signed 1-year deal with SEA (12/20).
Blake Wood (33, 0.0)
Daniel Hudson (32, -0.1)
Jerry Blevins (35, -0.1)
Brad Boxberger (30, -0.1)
Matt Bush (32, -0.1) -- Signed MiLB deal with TEX (12/17).
Adrian Sampson (27, -0.1)
Allen Webster (28, -0.1)
Zac Curtis (26, -0.1) -- Signed MiLB deal with TEX (12/17).
Hunter Strickland (30, -0.2)
Matt Belisle (39, -0.2)
AJ Ramos (32, -0.2)
Hector Santiago (31, -0.2) -- Signed MiLB deal with NYM (1/8).
Jim Johnson (36, -0.3)
Randall Delgado (29, -0.3)
Boone Logan (34, -0.3)
Peter Moylan (40, -0.4)
Tim Collins (29, -0.4)
Jason Adam (27, -0.4) -- Signed MiLB deal with KC (12/17).
Junichi Tazawa (33, -0.5)
Brandon Maurer (28, -0.8)
Blaine Boyer (37, -0.9)
Josh Tomlin (34, -1.3)
David Phelps (32, N/A) -- Signed 1-year deal with TOR (1/11).
Joaquin Benoit (41, N/A) -- Didn't appear in MLB in 2018.
Jandel Gustave (26, N/A) -- Didn't appear in MLB in 2018.
Andres Machado (25, N/A) -- Didn't appear in MLB in 2018.
Samir Duenez (22, N/A) -- Signed MiLB deal with KC (12/17).

Thomas Harrigan is a reporter for MLB.com.

Astros invite prospect Whitley, 21 others to camp

Group of 22 includes 11 pitchers, three catchers, six infielders and two outfielders
Houston Astros

HOUSTON -- The Houston Astros announced their 2019 non-roster invites to Major League Spring Training today, which includes 11 pitchers, three catchers, six infielders and two outfielders for a total of 22 players. The announcement was made by Astros President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Jeff Luhnow.

The group of 22 non-roster invites at Major League camp will be OF Yordan Alvarez, RHP Brandon Bielak, RHP Akeem Bostick, RHP J.B. Bukauskas, OF Ronnie Dawson, IF Alex De Goti, LHP Kent Emanuel, RHP Ryan Hartman, RHP Jose Luis Hernandez, IF Taylor Jones, RHP Corbin Martin, IF Jack Mayfield, RHP Brendan McCurry, RHP Erasmo Pinales, C Lorenzo Quintana, C Jamie Ritchie, C Chuckie Robinson, IF Josh Rojas, RHP Cy Sneed, IF Nick Tanielu, IF Abraham Toro and RHP Forrest Whitley.

HOUSTON -- The Houston Astros announced their 2019 non-roster invites to Major League Spring Training today, which includes 11 pitchers, three catchers, six infielders and two outfielders for a total of 22 players. The announcement was made by Astros President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Jeff Luhnow.

The group of 22 non-roster invites at Major League camp will be OF Yordan Alvarez, RHP Brandon Bielak, RHP Akeem Bostick, RHP J.B. Bukauskas, OF Ronnie Dawson, IF Alex De Goti, LHP Kent Emanuel, RHP Ryan Hartman, RHP Jose Luis Hernandez, IF Taylor Jones, RHP Corbin Martin, IF Jack Mayfield, RHP Brendan McCurry, RHP Erasmo Pinales, C Lorenzo Quintana, C Jamie Ritchie, C Chuckie Robinson, IF Josh Rojas, RHP Cy Sneed, IF Nick Tanielu, IF Abraham Toro and RHP Forrest Whitley.

Astros' Top 30 prospects

Alvarez, 21, hit .293 (98x335) with 21 doubles, 20 home runs and 74 RBI in 88 games combined between Triple A Fresno (45g) and Double A Corpus Christi (43g) in 2018. Considered a top 100 prospect in baseball, the native Cuban played for the World Team in the 2018 Futures Game and currently checks in as the No. 3 prospect in the Astros system, per Baseball America. The left-handed hitting outfielder played primarily left field in 2018, making 63 starts at the position, but also appeared in five games at first base. The 2019 season will be his fourth with the Astros after being acquired via trade from the Dodgers in exchange for RHP Josh Fields on Aug. 1, 2016.

Video: Top Prospects: Yordan Alvarez, OF, Astros 

Bielak, 22, continued his minor league successes in 2018, posting a 7-8 record and a 2.23 ERA (29ER/117IP) in 25 games (17 starts) between Corpus Christi (11g) and Class A Advanced Buies Creek (14g), where he was named a Carolina League All-Star. He combined for 131 strikeouts in 117.0 innings, good for a 10.08 strikeouts per 9.0 ratio. In his two professional seasons since being drafted by the Astros in the 11th round of the 2017 draft out of Notre Dame, Bielak has posted a 1.91 ERA (32ER/150.2IP) with 173 strikeouts in 35 games (21 starts).

Bostick, 23, posted a 3.67 ERA (40ER/98IP) in 22 games (16 starts) combined between Fresno (1g) and Corpus Christi (21g) last season. He impressed this offseason, working to a 2.81 ERA (10ER/32IP) in eight starts for Anzoategui in the Venezuelan Winter League. A former second-round pick by the Rangers in the 2013 draft, Bostick was acquired by the Astros in exchange for C Carlos Corporan on Jan. 21, 2015.

Bukauskas, 22, combined to go 4-2 with a 2.14 ERA (14ER/59IP) in 14 regular season starts across five levels in the Astros minor league system last season. He topped out at Double A, making two starts for the Hooks, including one playoff start, posting a 0.75 ERA (1ER/12IP) with 15 strikeouts. Drafted by the Astros with the 15th overall selection in the 2017 draft, Bukauskas checks in as the Astros No. 6 prospect, per Baseball America.

Video: Top Prospects: J.B. Bukauskas, RHP, Astros

Dawson, 23, combined to hit .258 (115x446) with 24 doubles, 16 home runs, 63 RBI and 35 stolen bases in 119 games in 2018 between Corpus Christi (29g) and Buies Creek (90g), where he was a Carolina League All-Star. The left-handed hitting outfielder played the majority of his season in center field, making 111 starts at the position. Originally a second-round pick by the Astros in the 2016 draft out of Ohio State, the 2019 season will be his fourth professional campaign.

De Goti, 24, split his 2018 season between Fresno (27g) and Corpus Christi (98g), combining to hit .283 (128x452) with 29 doubles, 12 home runs and 62 RBI in 125 games. He spent the majority of his season with the Hooks, where he was named a Texas League All-Star. De Goti impressed as a minor league call-up in Major League camp last season, hitting .286 (8x28) with two doubles and a home run in 20 Spring Training games. Primarily a shortstop, De Goti was originally drafted by the Astros in the 15th round of the 2016 draft.

Emanuel, 26, spent his entire season with Fresno in 2018, going 5-4 with a 5.59 ERA (52ER/83.2IP) in 31 games (10 starts). For the first time in his career, he posted over a strikeout per inning in a full season, accumulating 86 strikeouts in 83.2 innings pitched. Emanuel has spent six seasons (2013-18) in the Astros minor league system since being selected by the Astros in the 3rd round of the 2013 draft.

Hartman, 24, spent his entire 2018 season at Corpus Christi, where he was named a Texas League All-Star and a Double A All-Star by Baseball America. He finished his campaign with an 11-4 record and a 2.69 ERA (36ER/120.2IP) in 25 games (18 starts), while posting 143 strikeouts in 120.2 innings pitched. Originally a ninth-round pick by the Astros out of Tennessee Wesleyan in 2016, Hartman is entering his fourth professional season.

Hernandez, 23, went 2-2 with a 2.35 ERA (15ER/57.1IP) in 13 games (11 starts) between Buies Creek (9g) and Class A Short Season Tri-City (4g) in 2018. Following the regular season, he started six games for Mazatlan in the Mexican League, posting 34 strikeouts in his 26.0 innings pitched. A native of Mazatlan, Hernandez was signed as an international free agent on March 2, 2015.

Jones, 25, combined to hit .281 (127x452) with 32 doubles, 18 home runs, 80 RBI and an .854 OPS in 123 games combined between Fresno (39g) and Corpus Christi (84g) in 2018. The 6'7" first baseman had an All-Star campaign with the Hooks en route to being named the Texas League All-Star Game MVP. Originally drafted by the Astros in the 19th round of the 2016 draft out of Gonzaga, Jones is entering his fourth professional campaign.

Martin, 23, posted a 9-2 record and a 2.51 ERA (34ER/122IP) in 25 games (21 starts) between Corpus Christi (21g) and Buies Creek (4g) last season, while being named a Texas League All-Star. On the season, he posted 122 strikeouts in his 122.0 innings pitched, while allowing just a .199 opponent batting average. Ranked as the Astros No. 5 prospect by Baseball America, Martin was originally selected by the Astros in the second round of the 2017 draft out of Texas A&M.

Video: Top Prospects: Corbin Martin, RHP, Astros

Mayfield, 28, spent his entire 2018 season at Fresno, hitting .270 (117x433) with 31 doubles, 16 home runs, and 66 RBI in 113 games. Named a 2018 MiLB.com Organizational All-Star, Mayfield plays all over the infield, making starts last season at third base, shortstop and second base. This will be Mayfield's second time as an NRI, which includes an impressive 2018 Spring campaign, in which he hit .313 (15x48) with three doubles, and two home runs in 24 games with the Major League club. He was originally signed as a non-drafted free agent out of the University of Oklahoma in 2013.

McCurry, 27, spent his second-consecutive full season with Fresno in 2018, posting a 6-7 record with 14 saves and a 3.69 ERA (26ER/63.1IP) in 46 relief appearances. He once again posted solid strikeout numbers with 73 in 63.2 innings pitched and has amassed 338 strikeouts in 281.2 career minor league innings pitched. McCurry, who pitched collegiately at Oklahoma State, was acquired by Houston from Oakland on Nov. 25, 2015, in exchange for IF Jed Lowrie.

Pinales, 24, went 3-4 with seven saves and a 5.17 ERA (32ER/55.2IP) in 38 games with Corpus Christi last season. He had a solid offseason, appearing in nine games for Scottsdale in the Arizona Fall League, posting a 3.27 ERA (4ER/11IP) with 11 strikeouts in his 11.0 innings pitched. He was originally signed as an international free agent out of the Dominican Republic on May 15, 2013.

Quintana, 29, hit .254 (62x244) with 19 doubles, 11 home runs and 42 RBI in 70 games with Corpus Christi last season. The 2018 season was his first stateside campaign after playing seven seasons (2008-15) in Cuba's Serie Nacional. He was signed by Houston as an international free agent on Oct. 5, 2017.

Ritchie, 25, hit .293 (71x242) with 16 doubles and 31 RBI in 70 games combined between Fresno (25g) and Corpus Christi in 2018. He started 66 games behind the dish on the season, posting a .993 fielding percentage, including a 24-game errorless streak with the Grizzlies. Ritchie was originally a 13th-round selection by Houston in the 2014 draft.

Robinson, 24, appeared in 75 games, making 70 starts behind the plate for Buies Creek last season. He's just a year removed from hitting .274 (118x430) with 15 homers in 108 games for Class A Quad Cities in 2017. Robinson is entering his fourth Major League campaign since being selected by Houston in the 21st round of the 2016 draft.

Rojas, 24, hit .263 (126x480) with 34 doubles, six triples, eight home runs, 55 RBI and 38 stolen bases in 120 games between Corpus Christi (106g) and Buies Creek (24g) in 2018. The left-handed hitting utility player made starts all over the diamond in 2018, including all four infield positions and left field. Rojas was originally drafted by Houston in the 26th round of the 2017 draft out of the University of Hawaii.

Sneed, 26, is back in Major League camp as an NRI after having a solid season at Fresno in 2018, posting a 10-6 record and a 3.83 ERA (54ER/127IP) in 26 games (20 starts) for the Grizzlies. This marks Sneed's second time in Major League camp with the Astros, as he was also with the club as an NRI in 2017. He was originally acquired by Houston from Milwaukee in exchange for IF Jonathan Villar on Nov. 19, 2015.

Tanielu, 26, is making his second straight appearance at Major League camp with the Astros after hitting .288 (113x392) with 22 doubles, nine home runs and 59 RBI combined between Fresno (76g) and Corpus Christi (29g) in 2018. The 2019 season will be his sixth season (2014-19) with the Astros after originally being drafted by Houston in the 14th round of the 2014 draft.

Toro, 22, split his 2018 season between Corpus Christi (50g) and Buies Creek (83g), here he was a Carolina League All-Star. He combined for a .247 average (117x474) with 35 doubles, 16 home runs and 78 RBI in 133 games. Toro played exclusively third base in 2018, making 124 starts at the hot corner. A native of Longueuil, Canada, Toro was selected by the Astros in the fifth round of the 2016 draft out of Seminole State JC.

Whitley, 21, enters this season as the Astros consensus top prospect and as the top right-handed pitching prospect in Major League Baseball, per MLB.com. He's coming off a shortened season in 2018, in which he made eight regular season starts, all with Corpus Christi, posting a 3.76 ERA (11ER/26.1IP) with 34 strikeouts. Following the season, he starred in the Arizona Fall League for Scottsdale, compiling a 2.42 ERA (7ER/26IP) with 36 strikeouts in 26.0 innings and six starts. Whitley is entering his fourth professional campaign after being selected with the 17th overall pick in the 2016 draft.

With Houston's 22 non-roster invites scheduled to attend camp, the overall Spring Training roster total is at 60 players (31 pitchers, 29 position players), including 38 players on the Astros 40-man roster. The first official Spring Training workout for Astros pitchers and catchers is scheduled for Feb. 14, and the first full-squad workout is scheduled for Feb. 18.

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Key 2018-19 free agents for all 30 MLB teams

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An impressive collection of talent has hit the open market, and players are now eligible to sign with any team. Here is a division-by-division breakdown of the key free agents for all 30 Major League clubs.

NATIONAL LEAGUE EAST

An impressive collection of talent has hit the open market, and players are now eligible to sign with any team. Here is a division-by-division breakdown of the key free agents for all 30 Major League clubs.

NATIONAL LEAGUE EAST

Atlanta Braves
Key free agents: RHP Brad Brach, 1B Lucas Duda, 3B Ryan Flaherty, C Rene Rivera, RHP Peter Moylan

Nick Markakis was a valuable member of a youthful Braves club in 2018, providing veteran leadership and making the All-Star team for the first time in his career, so they brought him back on a one-year deal with a club option for '20Kurt Suzuki formed a productive catching tandem with Tyler Flowers across 2017-18, but the 35-year-old signed a two-year deal with the Nationals.

Miami Marlins
Key free agents: INF/OF Derek Dietrich

The Marlins' roster is replete with players who are at the early stages of their big league careers, putting them years away from free agency. After trading multiple big-name players last offseason, Miami will likely now look to deal veterans Starlin Castro and Martin Prado, as they are owed nearly $27 million combined in 2019. Meanwhile, Dietrich elected free agency after being designated for assignment and clearing waivers.

New York Mets
Key free agents: LHP Jerry Blevins, OF Austin Jackson, C Devin Mesoraco, RHP AJ Ramos, INF Jose Reyes

With Travis d'Arnaud, T.J. Rivera and Juan Lagares returning from injuries, the Mets have obvious replacements for Mesoraco, Reyes and Jackson next year. Blevins is more likely to be back than Ramos, whose recovery from right shoulder surgery is expected to extend into next June and possibly longer.

Philadelphia Phillies
Key free agents: 3B/OF Jose Bautista, LHP Aaron Loup

All four players on Philadelphia's list were acquired late in the 2018 campaign as the Phillies made a playoff push that ultimately fell short. Wilson Ramos signed with the division-rival Mets, leaving Jorge Alfaro as the likely starter behind the plate for the Phils in 2019.

Washington Nationals
Key free agents: OF Bryce Harper, RHP Jeremy Hellickson, RHP Greg Holland, 1B Mark Reynolds, C Matt Wieters, LHP Tim Collins, RHP Joaquin Benoit

Harper is one of the top free agents on the market, and the Nats are making a major push to keep him in Washington. The club might also be interested in bringing back Holland and Hellickson, but the two righties are sure to draw interest from other clubs after boosting their value with the Nats. Washington traded for Yan Gomes and signed Kurt Suzuki this offseason, leaving Wieters looking for a new home. Left-hander Sean Doolittle will be back, as the Nats exercised his option for 2019.

NL CENTRAL

Chicago Cubs
Key free agents: LHP Jorge De La Rosa, LHP Justin Wilson, C Bobby Wilson

The Cubs exercised their $20 million club option for Cole Hamels, who was acquired from the Rangers at the non-waiver Trade Deadline, picked up Pedro Strop's $6.25 million option and tendered contracts to seven arbitration-eligible players, so they didn't have any major free-agent departures.

Cincinnati Reds
Key free agents: None

Outside of Matt Harvey, who joined the Angels on a one-year deal, the Reds didn't have any key departures or options to worry about this winter, though Scooter Gennett is due for free agency following the 2019 season and has been mentioned in trade rumors.

Milwaukee Brewers
Key free agents: LHP Xavier Cedeno, LHP Dan Jennings, LHP Gio Gonzalez, OF Curtis Granderson, LHP Wade Miley, 3B Mike Moustakas

The Brewers have most of their pitching depth locked up, with Gonzalez, an in-season acquisition, and Miley, who was initially signed to a Minor League contract before last season, the only two starters hitting free agency. Moustakas and Joakim Soria declined player options, making them free agents, and Soria signed with the A's. The club picked up Jeremy Jeffress' $3.175 million team option.

Pittsburgh Pirates
Key free agents: INF/OF Josh Harrison

The Pirates appear to be mostly set with their pitching staff but will be looking for a bat in the offseason -- likely at shortstop, after Jordy Mercer signed with the Tigers. Even if they don't make a Manny Machado-sized splash at that position, the market is deep this offseason, with Jose Iglesias, Freddy Galvis and Adeiny Hechavarria among the names in play. The Pirates opened up some payroll flexibility and a roster spot by declining Harrison's $10.5 million option.

St. Louis Cardinals
Key free agents:
RHP Bud Norris

Adam Wainwright agreed to a one-year deal to return for his 15th season with the Cardinals. Improving the bullpen to build around Jordan Hicks was a priority for St. Louis, especially with the departure of Norris, who provided stability at closer for much of the season. As a result, the Cards signed Andrew Miller in December.

NL WEST

Arizona Diamondbacks
Key free agents: RHP Clay Buchholz, RHP Randall Delgado, LHP Jake Diekman, OF A.J. Pollock, C Chris Stewart, RHP Brad Boxberger

The D-backs made one-year, $17.9 million qualifying offers to Patrick Corbin and Pollock, both of which were rejected, and Corbin went on to sign with the Nationals. Pollock remains unsigned but is not expected back with Arizona.

Colorado Rockies
Key free agents: C Drew Butera, OF Carlos Gonzalez, OF Matt Holliday, OF Gerardo Parra

With DJ LeMahieu joining the Yankees and new acquisition Daniel Murphy expected to move to first base, the Rockies may be set to turn the reins at second base over to one of their middle-infield prospects, Garrett Hampson and Brendan Rodgers. They also face decisions in the outfield and in the bullpen, with a number of key players entering free agency. That includes Parra, whose $12 million option was declined, and Adam Ottavino, who joined LeMahieu by signing with the Yanks.

Los Angeles Dodgers
Key free agents: RHP John Axford, RHP Daniel Hudson, SS Manny Machado, RHP Ryan Madson

Clayton Kershaw, who had an opt-out clause that would have voided the final two years of his deal, signed a three-year, $93 million contract to stay with the Dodgers, but Machado is not expected back. Meanwhile, Los Angeles made qualifying offers to Yasmani Grandal (who signed a one-year deal with the Brewers) and the oft-injured Hyun-Jin Ryu, with the latter accepting.

San Diego Padres
Key free agents: C A.J. Ellis, SS Freddy Galvis

The Padres' 2018 roster will remain mostly intact with only Galvis and Ellis entering free agency. San Diego may let both walk, with young catchers Austin Hedges and Francisco Mejia in the mix, top prospect Fernando Tatis Jr. (San Diego's No. 1 prospect, per MLB Pipeline) nearing big league readiness and veteran second baseman Ian Kinsler joining on a two-year deal.

San Francisco Giants
Key free agents: C Nick Hundley, OF Hunter Pence, RHP Hunter Strickland

San Francisco exercised its options on Madison Bumgarner and Pablo Sandoval, bringing them back for 2019, and re-signed Derek Holland, who enjoyed a bounceback campaign and anchored an injury-riddled Giants rotation in 2018. The team could look to re-sign Hundley, who capably backed up Buster Posey, but they will likely part ways with Pence.

AMERICAN LEAGUE EAST

Baltimore Orioles
Key free agents: OF Adam Jones, C Caleb Joseph

The O's traded nearly every player on an expiring contract, including Manny Machado, Zach Britton and Brad Brach, during their 2018 roster purge. Baltimore would have dealt Jones as well, but he was unwilling to waive his 10-and-5 rights. Jones may be interested in returning, but he would likely need to accept a reduced role as the Orioles look to the future. The O's non-tendered Beckham and Joseph in November.

Boston Red Sox
Key free agents: RHP Craig Kimbrel, 2B Brandon Phillips, LHP Drew Pomeranz

The Red Sox have retained most of their roster after winning the World Series in 2018, re-signing postseason heroes Nathan Eovaldi and Steve Pearce and picking up Chris Sale's $15 million option for '19. Eduardo Nunez exercised his $5 million player option for '19, and David Price decided not to opt out of the remaining four years and $127 million on his contract. Kimbrel could end up being the only key player Boston loses, as he rejected the club's qualifying offer.

New York Yankees
Key free agents: SS Adeiny Hechavarria, 2B/OF Neil Walker

Pitching has been the main focus for the Yankees this offseason. They re-signed CC Sabathia to a one-year deal and reliever Zach Britton to a three-year pact, and traded for James Paxton. Meanwhile, David Robertson moved onto the Phillies. The club declined a $12.5 million club option for 35-year-old outfielder Brett Gardner, New York's longest-tenured player, but re-signed him to a one-year deal worth $7.5 million.

Tampa Bay Rays
Key free agents: OF Carlos Gomez, RHP Sergio Romo

Romo was an integral member of the Rays' pitching staff for much of the 2018 season, racking up 25 saves and making five appearances as an "opener." However, he recorded a 10.00 ERA in September and will be 36 years old on Opening Day in '19. The cost-conscious Rays may opt to move on and give an opportunity to a younger alternative. As for Gomez, the veteran outfielder is unlikely to be back after posting a .634 OPS over 118 games in 2018.

Toronto Blue Jays
Key free agents: RHP Tyler Clippard, RHP Marco Estrada, INF Yangervis Solarte

Much like Baltimore, Toronto dealt many impending free agents during the 2018 season, including Josh Donaldson, J.A. Happ, Steve Pearce, Curtis Granderson and John Axford. The Jays picked up Justin Smoak's reasonable $8 million club option, but are unlikely to bring back Estrada after adding Matt Shoemaker and Clayton Richard to the rotation.

AL CENTRAL

Chicago White Sox
Key free agents: 1B/DH Matt Davidson, RHP Miguel Gonzalez, RHP James Shields

The White Sox are close to emerging from their rebuild, and the club could look for more pitching help this offseason, since Michael Kopech is sidelined for 2019 after undergoing Tommy John surgery. Chicago picked up Nate Jones' $4.65 million option, but declined Shields' option for $16 million, opting instead for a $2 million buyout, and decided not to tender contracts to Avisail Garcia, who signed with the Rays, or Davidson.

Cleveland Indians
Key free agents: OF Melky Cabrera, OF Brandon Guyer, LHP Oliver Perez, INF Adam Rosales, RHP Josh Tomlin

The Indians have some security in the bullpen with midseason acquisitions Brad Hand and Adam Cimber both controllable for several more seasons, but bolstering the relief corps is a priority for Cleveland after Andrew Miller signed with the Cardinals and Cody Allen joined the Angels. Outfield is also an area of need, especially with Michael Brantley joining the Astros and Lonnie Chisenhall signing with the Pirates. The Tribe picked up Carlos Carrasco's $9.75 million club option for '19 but opted to buy out Guyer for $250,000 instead of exercising his $3 million option. Third baseman Josh Donaldson's stay in Cleveland was brief, as he inked a one-year, $23 million deal with the Braves.

Detroit Tigers
Key free agents: SS Jose Iglesias, LHP Francisco Liriano, C Jarrod Saltalamacchia

Iglesias, Liriano and the retiring Victor Martinez are the key departures for the rebuilding Tigers, who signed Jordy Mercer to replace Iglesias and added Matt Moore and Tyson Ross to their rotation.

Kansas City Royals
Key free agents: SS Alcides Escobar, RHP Jason Hammel

After trading Jon Jay, Lucas Duda, Kelvin Herrera and Mike Moustakas last season, the Royals figure to let Escobar walk, as Adalberto Mondesi is now their starting shortstop. The Royals will pay a $2 million buyout to get Hammel off the books instead of exercising his $12 million mutual option for 2019, but they'll bring back Wily Peralta, who emerged as their closer last season, on arestructured contract.

Minnesota Twins
Key free agents: RHP Matt Belisle, 2B Logan Forsythe, 1B/DH Logan Morrison, RHP Ervin Santana, OF Robbie Grossman

With Joe Mauer retiring and the Twins declining to pick up Morrison's $8 million option for 2019, Minnesota had a need at first base and designated hitter, leading to the additions of C.J. Cron and Nelson Cruz. Minnesota also signed Jonathan Schoop to replace the departed Brian Dozier (traded to the Dodgers in July) and Forsythe. Santana's $14 million option was declined after the righty missed nearly all of '18 with finger issues.

AL WEST
Los Angeles Angels
Key free agents: RHP Jim Johnson, RHP Junichi Tazawa, OF Chris Young, OF Eric Young Jr., RHP Blake Wood

The Angels will retain much of their core. Johnson will likely draw interest on the open market for clubs in need of dependable bullpen arms. Young suffered a season-ending injury (labral tears in both hips) but is expected to be ready for Spring Training.

Houston Astros
Key free agents: DH Evan Gattis, UTIL Marwin Gonzalez, LHP Dallas Keuchel, C Martin Maldonado, LHP Tony Sipp

Keuchel figures to be one of the most sought-after starting pitchers on the market this winter. The 2015 AL Cy Young Award winner has spent his entire career with the Astros, but could anchor another team's staff in 2019. Brian McCann returned to Atlanta on a one-year deal, and Maldonado is not expected back after the team signed Robinson Chirinos.

Oakland A's
Key free agents: LHP Brett Anderson, RHP Edwin Jackson, OF Matt Joyce, RHP Shawn Kelley

Jed Lowrie, who signed a two-year deal with the Mets, was the biggest name among A's free agents, but Oakland let the veteran walk after acquiring Jurickson Profar to handle second base. Joyce is likely the odd man out in a crowded A's outfield. The A's also lost Jeurys Familia to the Mets and Trevor Cahill to the Angels but added Joakim Soria and re-signed Mike Fiers.

Seattle Mariners
Key free agents: 2B Gordon Beckham, LHP Zach Duke, OF Cameron Maybin, UTL Andrew Romine, OF Denard Span, RHP Adam Warren

Nelson Cruz has moved on to the Twins, and the rebuilding Mariners are unlikely to re-sign any of the other players on this list.

Texas Rangers
Key free agents: RHP Bartolo Colon, RHP Doug Fister, RHP Yovani GallardoTony Barnette

Adrian Beltre retired, and Texas declined its options on Fister, Matt Moore and Martin Perez, making them free agents with the latter heading to the Twins. Colon and Gallardo aren't expected to return after the Rangers signed Lance Lynn, Shelby Miller and Edinson Volquez and traded for Drew Smyly.

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The latest Machado free-agent rumors

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Manny Machado has been one of the game's best players since debuting in 2012, and he is set to cash in as a first-time free agent this offseason.

Below you will find a list of the latest news and rumors surrounding the infielder.

Manny Machado has been one of the game's best players since debuting in 2012, and he is set to cash in as a first-time free agent this offseason.

Below you will find a list of the latest news and rumors surrounding the infielder.

Latest on Machado's mystery teams
Jan. 22: Where will Manny Machado land? With Spring Training less than a month away, we're no closer to finding out the answer to that question, especially with the reports of multiple undisclosed teams being involved only creating more speculation.

Some of the mystery team suggestions are more surprising than others. Casey Stern of MLB Network Radio shared his belief Monday that the Marlins, Machado's hometown club, are eyeing the superstar. "You've got a guy who will bring fans to the seats because he's from the area," Stern said. "He will bring some fans into the seats, even with bad play [by the team] ... probably, in my opinion, even more than [Giancarlo] Stanton did."

Tweet from @MLBNetworkRadio: #Marlins-Manny Machado-Mystery Team? -@CaseyStern pic.twitter.com/wyXvHsr8EL

MLB.com's Joe Frisaro, however, reports that Miami is not in on Machado, according to sources.

Meanwhile, Hector Gomez of Z101, a Dominican Republic radio station, has heard the Pirates could be in the mix. (Tweet translated from Spanish to English.)

Tweet from @hgomez27: Several reports suggest that the @Pirates could be the mystery team that would be interested in Manny Machado.#ZDigital #ZDeportes @z101digital @ZDeportes https://t.co/d029rQh14B

Pittsburgh certainly has a need for the infielder, but the club doesn't have a reputation for spending big on the free-agent market, and Machado is reportedly looking for a record-setting contract. It would be a stunning development, to say the least, if the Pirates sign Machado. In fact, MLB.com's Mark Feinsand and Adam Berry both dispel rumors linking Pittsburgh to Machado.

The mystery team chatter really picked up steam last week when Gomez tweeted comments from Machado's father, who said he believed the team people were overlooking would be the one to sign his son.

MLB Network insider Jon Heyman subsequently confirmed the presence of an unknown team in the race for Machado and SNY's Andy Martino followed up with a report that at least two mystery teams are involved.

No current free agent hit the ball hard more often than Machado in '18
Jan. 20: Manny Machado is, along with Bryce Harper, the most talented free agent on the market. One particular area in which the 26-year-old superstar excels is consistently making hard contact. MLB.com's Andrew Simon took a look at the best skills among remaining free agents, and Machado had the highest hard-hit rate (percentage of batted balls with exit velocity of 95 mph or greater) in 2018, at 48.2 percent. That was good for 15th among 228 MLB hitters with a minimum of 250 batted balls.

The Phillies, White Sox and a pair of mystery teams reportedly lead the pack for Machado, who is reportedly looking for a record contract that would exceed the 13-year, $325 million deal Giancarlo Stanton signed with the Marlins in '14. More >

At least two mystery teams in Machado race
Jan. 19: Just when it seemed like the Phillies and White Sox were the only two teams left in the Manny Machado sweepstakes, at least two more undisclosed clubs have emerged, Major League sources told Andy Martino of SNY.tv.

Machado has personally met with one of the unidentified teams in recent days, and MLB Network insider Jon Heyman has heard that said team has the high bid for the 26-year-old.

Additionally, Martino reports that the Yankees are maintaining contact with Machado's camp, though he notes that New York remains unlikely to sign him.

The Braves have checked in as well, but Martino writes that they "are not believed to be serious suitors."

In comments made to Hector Gomez of Z101, a Dominican Republic radio station, Machado's father, Manuel, alluded to a potential mystery suitor for his son, saying the team people are overlooking would be the one to sign the superstar free agent. The elder Machado also said that the Dodgers were one of the teams that have made his son an offer, but that was quickly disputed by Heyman.

Here are the tweets from Gomez, translated from Spanish to English.

Tweet from @hgomez27: Manuel Machado, Manny���s Father:���Manny has received offers from different teams: Yankees, Dodgers, Phillies, now there���s a lot of interest from the White Sox.���#ZDigital #ZDeportes @z101digital @ZDeportes pic.twitter.com/2QoiZEy5zl

Tweet from @hgomez27: Manuel Machado, Manny���s Father:"I believe that the team you will probably less think about is the one that���s gonna sign Manny Machado."#ZDigital #ZDeportes @z101digital @ZDeportes

Manny seen wearing a Sox cap; does it mean anything?
Jan. 18: Is Manny Machado leaning toward signing with the White Sox? With the Phillies reportedly turning their focus to fellow 26-year-old superstar Bryce Harper after meeting with him in Las Vegas last week, and the Yankees signing yet another infielder in DJ LeMahieu, it appears Chicago may be the favorite to land Machado. The White Sox have reportedly made a seven-year, $175 million offer, though that has been disputed by Machado's agent, Dan Lozano.

While it may be a clue, or may be nothing at all, Machado was seen wearing a White Sox cap while taking batting practice with brother-in-law and White Sox first baseman Yonder Alonso on Friday. The website 12up reports that this took place in Miami.

Tweet from @12upSport: Yeah this definitely looks like Manny Machado wearing a White Sox hat and trying to hide it pic.twitter.com/nvtQUyAqIt

Machado and Harper are the two premier free agents this offseason, a pair of superstar sluggers under 27 years old on the open market, which can be a rarity. Both are reportedly looking to break the record for largest contract in MLB history, currently held by Giancarlo Stanton, who inked a 13-year, $325 million pact with the Marlins in 2014.

Yankees dip into free-agent market again -- but not for Machado
Jan. 17: While the Yankees are believed to be out of the Manny Machado sweepstakes, a report that the White Sox had offered the infielder $175 million over seven years -- which was later disputed by Machado's agent, Dan Lozano -- led to renewed speculation that New York could re-enter the mix for the right price.

However, the Yankees' latest move makes it even more unlikely that they'll circle back to sign Machado, as they have reportedly agreed to a three-year, $27 million contract with right-handed reliever Adam Ottavino.

With Ottavino's $9 million average annual value tacked on, the Yankees project to be nearly $15 million over the luxury-tax threshold in 2019, according to Cot's Baseball Contracts. New York can bump that down a bit by trading Sonny Gray and his $7.5 million salary, but signing Machado for $25 million or more annually could put New York more than $30 million over the threshold.

In that case, the Yankees would need to pay a 20 percent tax on all overages plus a 12 percent surtax for exceeding the threshold by $20 million to $40 million, per the Competitive Balance Tax rules.

Due to the steeper penalties levied against teams that exceed the threshold by more than $40 million, signing Machado may also inhibit the Yankees' ability to make major in-season additions to the roster. Teams that finish more than $40 million over the luxury-tax line are subject to a 42.5 percent surtax and will have their highest selection in the next MLB Draft moved back 10 spots, unless it falls in the top six -- in which case the second-highest selection is moved back 10 spots.

Assessing which 'mystery teams' may actually be in on Harper and/or Machado
Jan. 17: As the offseason drags on and Bryce Harper and Manny Machado remain unsigned, the door will stay open for more teams to jump into the race, especially if there's a sense that the price to sign them may not be as high as many initially expected.

In an article for ESPN+ (subscription required) on Thursday, Buster Olney listed some of the so-called "mystery teams" that are drawing speculation from industry insiders and broke down each club's chances of signing one of this offseason's superstar free agents.

Olney is hearing the Astros, Giants and Braves being mentioned as potential suitors for Harper; the Yankees and Padres as possible contenders for Machado; and the Rangers, Twins and Cubs as three teams that could sign either player.

Olney thinks most of these clubs will continue to sit out of the proceedings, but he could see Houston entering the mix for Harper if the slugger is willing to accept a shorter-term deal with opt-outs. The Astros nearly acquired Harper before the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline this past season, but the Nationals backed out. As Olney points out, the team is in win-now mode, especially with Justin Verlander and Gerrit Cole set to enter free agency next offseason.

"They've got the money, for sure," said one rival official.

The Astros seemingly have their starting outfield set after signing Michael Brantley, but Harper would represent a massive upgrade in right field over Josh Reddick, who recorded a .718 OPS in 2018.

Olney concedes that it might seem odd to have the Yankees as a potential mystery team for Machado, as they were one of three clubs -- along with the Phillies and White Sox -- to meet with him in December. But with Troy Tulowitzki and DJ LeMahieu in the fold, New York is not aggressively pursuing Machado at this time. That could change, though, if Machado's asking price falls into a range that the Yankees are more comfortable with.

Phillies could eye Machado now, Trout later
Jan. 17: Imagine Mike Trout anchoring the outfield and Machado anchoring the infield. The Phillies are.

According to a report from Sports Illustrated's Tom Verducci -- citing a source with knowledge of Philadelphia's offseason plans -- while the Phillies have enough money to sign both Machado and Bryce Harper, they'd actually like to sign just one. Why? So they can make a run at Trout, too, if he hits free agency after the 2020 season.

Either Machado or Harper, Verducci writes, "would invigorate what for years has been a sleeping giant among Major League franchises." And a pairing with Trout would be a once-in-a-generation combo.

And Verducci writes that while Trout, Harper and Andrew McCutchen would indeed be a dream outfield, "Philadelphia seems to carry a slight preference for Machado over Harper, if only because club officials met much earlier with Machado than they did with Harper."

Lozano releases statement on Machado reports
Jan. 16: Speculation about whether Manny Machado has been presented with a formal offer and for how much has become so rampant that it led to his agent, Dan Lozano, releasing a statement questioning some of the reports Wednesday afternoon.

Tweet from @Feinsand: Dan Lozano of MVP Sports Group, the agent for Manny Machado, released the following statement regarding recent reports: pic.twitter.com/MmKy9doaFz

Lozano's statement specifically mentioned multiple reports that emerged earlier Wednesday indicating the White Sox had offered Machado a seven-year deal for $175 million, well below the expected market price for the superstar infielder.

Video: After agent's statement, what is market on Machado?

Machado's early targets were topping either Alex Rodriguez's record 10-year, $275 million free-agent deal from 2007 or even Giancarlo Stanton's 13-year, $325 million extension with the Marlins in '14. But the dwindling number of interested teams (Machado's current market may be down to just the Phillies and White Sox) means the demand from the club side might not be there to satisfy Machado's desire for a record deal. That said, Machado should still be able to net a larger deal than Chicago's reported offer when all is said and done.

Phils don't plan on signing both Machado and Harper
Jan. 15: Verducci's report echoes an earlier one from Matt Gelb of The Athletic, which suggests that while the Phillies won't sign both Machado and Harper, they're seen as a favorite to get one of the two -- it's just a matter of which one.

In a story detailing why the Phils feel confident in their slow-play approach with regard to Machado and Harper so far this winter, Gelb writes (subscription required): "League sources insisted the Phillies have made this much clear during negotiations: They will not sign both players."

That jives with what MLB Network insider Jon Heyman is hearing, and Heyman also notes that Philly might have more in mind than landing Machado or Harper -- like some other high-end free agents, including lefty Dallas Keuchel, closer Craig Kimbrel and outfielder A.J. Pollock.

Tweet from @JonHeyman: Philly is in excellent position to sign one or the other of the free agent mega stars ��� Harper or Machado. Signing both though is said to remain pretty unlikely. But after they secure 1, Phils may take a closer look at other top free agents (ie Keuchel, Kimbrel, Pollock)

Back in late December, the Phillies hosted Machado at Citizens Bank Park, too, making them one of two teams -- the White Sox are the other -- known to have had face-to-face sit-downs with both stars this offseason. That could give them an advantage over some of the other suitors who have been linked to one player or the other, a list that potentially includes the Nationals, Yankees and Dodgers.

The Phils last week conducted a five-hour interview with Harper in his hometown of Las Vegas, sending a contingent that included owner John Middleton, general manager Matt Klentak and manager Gabe Kapler. The meeting went so well that the club turned its sights more centrally on Harper, according to MLB.com's Todd Zolecki, after spending most of the offseason with Machado as their top priority. That makes things interesting, if Gelb's report is indeed true that the club will only attempt to sign one or the other. 

And yet, the waiting game continues for the Phillies, who don't seem to mind seeing how this plays out, because of the fact that either Harper or Machado could be a great fit for them -- and their financial fortitude to perhaps present the largest offers to either player.

"There is risk in dragging out this dance," Gelb writes, "but multiple league sources indicated the Phillies' risk of losing out on both stars is mitigated by the apparent lack of interested teams throughout Major League Baseball and the club's financial wherewithal."

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Source: Yanks sign Farquhar to Minors deal

Pitcher suffered brain hemorrhage in '18, has made full recovery
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NEW YORK -- Danny Farquhar's inspirational recovery from a brain hemorrhage is complete, and the right-hander will have the opportunity to return to the mound this coming season as he agreed to a Minor League contract with the Yankees on Monday, a source told MLB.com's Mark Feinsand.

The Yankees have not formally announced the signing of Farquhar, who has been cleared for baseball activities and was going through his normal offseason throwing program at his California home with the expectation of pitching again in the Majors.

NEW YORK -- Danny Farquhar's inspirational recovery from a brain hemorrhage is complete, and the right-hander will have the opportunity to return to the mound this coming season as he agreed to a Minor League contract with the Yankees on Monday, a source told MLB.com's Mark Feinsand.

The Yankees have not formally announced the signing of Farquhar, who has been cleared for baseball activities and was going through his normal offseason throwing program at his California home with the expectation of pitching again in the Majors.

On April 20, Farquhar was pitching for the White Sox against the Astros at U.S. Cellular Field when he collapsed in the home dugout. White Sox medical personnel and emergency responders treated the hurler, who had sustained a brain hemorrhage caused by a ruptured aneurysm.

He spent more than two weeks at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, then returned to the ballpark three times after his May 7 discharge, throwing out a ceremonial first pitch on June 1.

Farquhar received clearance to resume baseball activities in June, and told MLB.com in November that giving his skull additional time to heal was the only thing that held him back from returning late in the 2018 season.

"I felt like I could have faced big league batters and been just fine," Farquhar said. "I actually had some pretty positive doctors that believed in me. ... They saw my drive the whole way. They thought for sure I'd be back on the field, and now I just have to wait for 2019 for that to happen."

Farquhar turns 32 in February and owns a 3.93 ERA in 253 appearances across seven big league seasons with the Blue Jays, Mariners, Rays and White Sox from 2011-18. In 272 1/3 innings, Farquhar has allowed 237 hits with 106 walks and 309 strikeouts.

This will mark Farquhar's second tour in the Yankees' organization. He was selected off waivers from the Athletics in June 2012, spending less than a month in the system before being packaged to the Mariners with pitcher D.J. Mitchell in exchange for outfielder Ichiro Suzuki.

Bryan Hoch has covered the Yankees for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and on Facebook.

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Yankees deal Gray to Reds, land OF prospect

NY reels in Stowers from Seattle in 2nd trade; Sanmartin also acquired
MLB.com

NEW YORK -- Sonny Gray is receiving the change of scenery he coveted, shipped to the Reds on Monday afternoon as part of a three-way trade that resulted in the Yankees' acquisition of outfield prospect Josh Stowers from the Mariners.

Thirteen weeks after general manager Brian Cashman candidly said he was "open-minded" to trading Gray, Cincinnati sent infield prospect Shed Long and a 2019 Competitive Balance Round A pick to the Yankees in exchange for Gray and Minor League left-hander Reiver Sanmartin.

NEW YORK -- Sonny Gray is receiving the change of scenery he coveted, shipped to the Reds on Monday afternoon as part of a three-way trade that resulted in the Yankees' acquisition of outfield prospect Josh Stowers from the Mariners.

Thirteen weeks after general manager Brian Cashman candidly said he was "open-minded" to trading Gray, Cincinnati sent infield prospect Shed Long and a 2019 Competitive Balance Round A pick to the Yankees in exchange for Gray and Minor League left-hander Reiver Sanmartin.

The Bombers then flipped Long for Stowers, who was Seattle's second-round selection (54th overall) in last year's MLB Draft and was rated as the Mariners' No. 10 prospect by MLB Pipeline.

With Gray granted a 72-hour window to negotiate with the Reds, all pieces of the trade were contingent upon the hurler reaching an extension by Monday. Gray agreed to a three-year, $30.5 million pact with Cincinnati that will cover 2020-22, with a club option for '23 at $12 million.

The 23-year-old Long was rated as the Reds' No. 7 prospect by MLB Pipeline, having starred this past season at Double-A Pensacola. The Yankees are more intrigued by Stowers, a right-handed product out of the University of Louisville who made his professional debut with Class A Short-Season Everett last summer.

Video: Top Prospects: Josh Stowers, OF, Mariners

In 58 games, Stowers batted .260/.380/.410 with 15 doubles, five homers, 28 RBIs and 20 stolen bases, while being named a Northwest League Midseason All-Star. The Chicago product will turn 22 next month and, unlike Long, does not have to be carried on the Yankees' 40-man roster.

Gray, 29, was a celebrated acquisition from the Athletics in July 2017, when he was obtained with international bonus slot money in exchange for prospects James Kaprielian, Jorge Mateo and Dustin Fowler, but Gray endured a bumpy tenure in pinstripes.

In 41 games (34 starts) over his 1 1/2 seasons in New York, Gray compiled a record of 15-16 with a 4.51 ERA and did not appear on the roster for last year's American League Division Series against the Red Sox. Gray struggled in particular at Yankee Stadium, where he owns a 6.35 ERA in 95 career innings.

The Yanks halted trade discussions when CC Sabathia underwent an angioplasty in December. Sabathia was subsequently cleared to resume baseball activities and is expected to serve as the fifth starter behind Luis Severino, James Paxton, Masahiro Tanaka and J.A. Happ.

Gray appeared at an awards banquet last week in Nashville, Tenn., telling The Tennessean that while he had not spoken to Yankees brass since the end of the season, he was aware of the ongoing trade rumors.

"Ultimately, you want to play somewhere where you're wanted," Gray told the newspaper.

Bryan Hoch has covered the Yankees for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and on Facebook.

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