Yanks, Marlins Reach Terms on Stanton – The New York Yankees and Miami Marlins have agreed to a trade that would send reigning National League MVP Giancarlo Stanton to the Bronx, a source told The Associated Press on Saturday. The trade has yet to become official, as Stanton must still agree to the terms as stipulated by his no-trade clause and pass a physical. Infielder Starlin Castro would go to Miami as part of the deal, a second source familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press. Stanton is owed $295 million over the next 10 years.
UPDATE: Prized Prospect Ohtani to Sign With Angels – Japanese star Shohei Ohtani has agreed to sign with the Los Angeles Angels, his agency said on Friday. In addition to the Angels, Ohtani had met with the Chicago Cubs, Texas Rangers, Los Angeles Dodgers, San Francisco Giants, San Diego Padres and Seattle Mariners. Ohtani was put up for bid last week by the Pacific League’s Nippon Ham Fighters for the maximum $20 million posting fee. The 23-year-old had until 11:59 p.m. EST on Dec. 22 to agree to a contract with an MLB team. Ohtani is 42-15 with a 2.52 ERA and a 1.08 WHIP in five seasons as a pitcher with the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters of Nippon Professional Baseball. He has a .286/.358/.500 line with 48 homers and 166 RBIs over 403 games during that span.
Cubs Reach 3-Year Deal With Righty Chatwood – The Chicago Cubs agreed to a three-year contract with right-hander Tyler Chatwood on Thursday. Financial terms were not disclosed, but a source told ESPN the contract is worth $38 million. Chatwood, 27, was 8-15 with a 4.69 ERA in 33 appearances (25 starts) for the Colorado Rockies last season. His 15 losses tied for the National League lead.
Expect MLB Probe After Ohtani Choice – When Shohei Ohtani announces his choice of which Major League Baseball team he wants to play for, a number of MLB officials said they wouldn’t be surprised if it spawned an immediate investigation into how the process played out. Commissioner Rob Manfred and other MLB officials have been giving the Ohtani case extraordinary scrutiny, with repeated warnings of bans and penalties for anyone found in violation. MLB, after finalizing its agreement with the Nippon Baseball League on Dec. 1 that allowed bidding to begin, issued a memo to all teams and baseball executives that contained paragraphs again warning against any form of cheating. Teams were told, again, that they could attempt to persuade Ohtani to join based on the merits of their respective organizations and their cities, but they were warned against discussing future contracts and business relationships, and against third-party machinations — paying off someone who might have influence with Ohtani, for example, or making quid-pro-quo promises outside of the rules.
Marlins Trade Gordon to Mariners; Will Play Center Field – Dee Gordon is on the move. The speedy second baseman has been traded from the Miami Marlins to the Seattle Mariners, the teams announced. Seattle also received international slot money from Miami in exchange for minor leaguers Robert Dugger, Nick Neidert and Christopher Torres. The international slot money is $1 million, according to multiple reports.
With Robinson Cano entrenched at second base and Jean Segura at shortstop, Seattle is planning to have Gordon play center field.
White Sox Sign Free-Agent Castillo for 2 Years – Free-agent catcher Welington Castillo agreed Friday to a $15 million, two-year contract with the Chicago White Sox, who also avoided arbitration with right-hander Danny Farquhar by reaching a $1.05 million, one-year deal.
The 30-year-old Castillo will make $7.25 million in each of the next two years, and the White Sox have a club option for $8 million for 2020 with a $500,000 buyout. Castillo, who broke into the majors with the crosstown Cubs in 2010, hit .282 with 20 homers and 53 RBIs in 96 games with Baltimore last season. He also threw out 24 of 49 would-be base stealers for a major league-best 49 percent success rate.
Yanks Choose Boone as Next Manager – Aaron Boone will be named the next manager of the New York Yankees, sources told ESPN. Boone, an ESPN baseball analyst since 2010, has never managed or coached at any level. The Yankees’ decision to replace Joe Girardi ultimately came down to Boone and San Francisco Giants bench coach Hensley “Bam Bam” Meulens. Boone, 44, is best known for his Game 7-winning home run in the 2003 American League Championship Series that extended the Boston Red Sox’s curse and sent the Yankees to the World Series.
Beltran to Interview for Yanks Manager – Former New York Yankees outfielder Carlos Beltran will interview for the team’s manager position on Wednesday, a source confirmed to ESPN. Beltran, 40, told ESPN Deportes’ Marly Rivera earlier this month that he would be interested in interviewing for the job. General manager Brian Cashman considers Beltran a friend and has mentioned that the past two Yankees managers, Joe Girardi and Joe Torre, basically went from playing to managing. The manager’s position opened when Girardi was let go on Oct. 26.