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Cardinals acquire Paul Goldschmidt from the Diamondbacks

The Arizona Diamondbacks have traded first baseman Paul Goldschmidt to the St. Louis Cardinals in exchange for catcher Carson Kelly, pitcher Luke Weaver, infielder Andy Young, and a 2019 MLB draft pick.

What It Means:

The Cardinals have been lacking a power hitter in the middle of their lineup and got one in Goldschmidt. They paid a relatively low cost due to the slugger being under contract for just one more season. There is a chance they try to work out an extension before the season is over though. The six-time All-Star will likely hit cleanup and man first base for St. Louis in 2019.

Goldschmidt has averaged 31.5 homers, 102 RBI, and 105.3 runs scored while posting a .301 batting average and .946 OPS the last four seasons.

Source: St. Louis Cardinals

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Nationals sign pitcher Patrick Corbin to 6-year, $140M deal

The Washington Nationals have signed free-agent pitcher Patrick Corbin to a six-year, $140M deal on Tuesday.

What It Means:

Corbin was the big name pitcher available on the free agent market and the Nationals opened up their checkbook to sign the former Arizona Diamondback. The two-time All-Star gives the Nats a strong top-three in their rotation, joining Max Scherzer and Stephen Strasburg.

Corbin posted a 3.15 ERA and 1.05 WHIP while striking out 246 in 200 innings with Arizona in 2018.

Source: Chelsea Janes, Washington Post

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Jay Bruce headed to Seattle as part of Robinson Cano trade

New York Mets have traded outfielder Jay Bruce along with five other players to the Seattle Mariners in exchange for second baseman Robinson Cano and pitcher Edwin Diaz.

What It Means:

Bruce is expected to remain in Seattle for at least the start of the 2019 season but likely won't last long in a Mariners' uniform as they undergo a complete roster rebuild. Bruce is under contract for two more years for $26M.

Bruce batted .223 with 9 homers, 37 RBI, and 31 runs scored in 361 plate appearances in 2018.

Source: New York Mets

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Seattle finalizes Edwin Diaz trade to the New York Mets

The Seattle Mariners traded pitcher Edwin Diaz and second baseman Robinson Cano to the New York Mets in exchange for a five-player package headlined by outfielder Jay Bruce.

What It Means:

The Mariners reluctantly traded their All-Star closer but desperately wanted to unload the $120M still owed to Cano. Diaz will take over ninth-inning duties for New York and will be under their control for four more seasons.

Diaz saved an MLB-best 57 games in 2018 while posting a 1.96 ERA, 0.79 WHIP, and a 15.2 K/9 rate in 73 1/3 innings pitched.

Source: New York Mets

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Seattle's Robinson Cano long-rumoured trade to Mets finally official

The Seattle Mariners have traded second baseman Robinson Cano along with pitcher Edwin Diaz to the New York Mets for outfielder Jay Bruce, pitchers Anthony Swarzak and Gerson Bautista plus a pair of minor leaguers.

What It Means:

The Mariners take another step in their roster overhaul as they rid themselves of the hefty $120M still owed to Cano. He is under contract for five more seasons, and the Mets hope he can provide some punch in the lineup at least for a couple more seasons.

Cano batted .303 with 10 homers and 50 RBI in 348 plate appearances in 2018.

Source: New York Mets

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Carlos Santana dealt to Seattle from Philadelphia on Monday

The Philadelphia Phillies have traded first baseman Carlos Santana along with infielder J.P. Crawford to the Seattle Mariners in exchange for infielder Jean Segura and relievers James Pazos and Juan Nicasio.

What It Means:

Santana was included in the deal as the Phillies plan on moving Rhys Hoskins back to first base, making the veteran Santana expendable. It is unclear if he is in the Mariners' plans for 2019 as they are undergoing a dramatic roster overhaul. If he stays in Seattle, expect Santana to see the bulk of his time at designated hitter.

Santana slashed .229/.352/.414 with 24 homers and 86 RBI in 679 plate appearances last season.

Source: Philadelphia Phillies

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Mariners' Jean Segura traded to Phillies in five-player deal

The Seattle Mariners have traded infielder Jean Segura, along with pitchers James Pazos and Juan Nicasio to the Philadelphia Phillies in exchange for infielders Carlos Santana and J.P. Crawford.

What It Means:

The Mariners continue their rebuilding process as they completed their four trade in the last month. Segura is expected to take over at shortstop for the Phillies unless they are successful in their bid for Manny Machado, which would likely move Segura to second base.

Segura batted .304 with 10 homers, 20 steals, and 91 runs scored in 632 plate appearances last season.

Source: Philadelphia Phillies

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Braves sign Josh Donaldson to 1-year, $23M deal

The Atlanta Braves have signed free-agent third baseman Josh Donaldson to a one-year, $23 million deal on Monday.

What It Means:

Donaldson spent most of 2018 plagued with a calf injury but gets a hefty one-year deal from Atlanta to prove he still can bash homers. The 33-year-old will provide much-needed pop to the hot corner for the up-and-coming Braves -- if he stays healthy.

Donaldson saw just 50 at-bats in 2018, batting .280 with 3 homers. He is a lifetime .275 batter with 183 home runs in 3,817 career plate appearances.

Source: Atlanta Braves

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Mariners send James Paxton to Yankees for 3 minor leaguers

The Seattle Mariners have traded pitcher James Paxton to the New York Yankees for minor leaguers Justus Sheffield, Erik Swanson, and Don Thompson-Williams.

What It Means:

The Mariners made it clear the fire sale would be on this offseason and Monday signaled the first significant piece on the move. Paxton has been electric when on the mound -- 3.52 ERA and 10.3 strikeouts per 9 innings pitched the last three seasons. The issue has been his health as the lefty has never thrown for more than 160 1/3 innings in a season. The 30-year-old is under contract for two more seasons.

Paxton posted a 3.76 ERA and 1.10 WHIP with 208 strikeouts and 42 walks in 160 1/3 innings pitched last season.

Source: Jeff Passan, Yahoo! Sports

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Kike Hernandez starting in center field for Dodgers on Sunday

Los Angeles Dodgers utilityman Kike Hernandez is starting and batting third against the Boston Red Sox on Sunday.

What It Means:

Hernandez will start in center field with Cody Bellinger heading to the bench.

Our models project Hernandez for 10.4 FanDuel points at the cost of $5,500.

Source: Baseball Press

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