MLB Roundup: Flurries of Snow and Flurries of Rumors

All 30 general managers arrived in Florida on Sunday, while two names came off the board early.

The Chicago Cubs agreed to a deal with free agent reliever Brandon Morrow according to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports. Bruce Levine of WSCR-AM first reported that a deal between both parties was close. The deal is for two years and in the $10-11 million range annually.

Morrow was lights-out for the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2017. In 43 2/3 innings and 45 games out of the bullpen, he had a 2.06 ERA, 0.916 WHIP, 1.55 FIP, 0.0 HR/9, 1.9 BB/9, and 10.3 SO/9.

Soon after, it was reported that Luke Gregerson agreed to a two-year $11 million deal with the St. Louis Cardinals per Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic.

Gregerson put up a career-worst 4.57 ERA with the Houston Astros last season. In addition he had a 4.62 FIP, 1.344 WHIP, and 70 strikeouts in 61 innings and 65 appearances.

Other MLB News and Notes

The Boston Red Sox reportedly have interested in Chicago Cubs outfielder Kyle Schwarber, according to Scott Lauber of MLB.com. However, Lauber adds that he is unsure whether Chicago is even inclined to move the 24-year-old.

The Milwaukee Brewers are reportedly getting hits on all their outfielders, with Domingo Santana drawing “significant interest,” according to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic on Twitter.

Rosenthal adds that Ryan Braun can veto any trade, so he is the least likely to be moved. Milwaukee would also require a solid return for Santana, who clubbed 30 home runs and had an .875 OPS last season. He also comes with three more years of control.

The Red Sox and St. Louis Cardinals are interested in trading for Chicago White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu. He hit .304/.354/.552 with 33 home runs in 675 plate appearances last season. He comes with two years of arbitration eligibility and will earn a projected $17.9MM in 2018. The White Sox want “top prospects” for Abreu, per Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe.

Cafardo adds that the San Francisco Giants will pursue a third baseman this winter, with Mike Moustakas and Todd Frazier being the two big names, while the San Diego Padres have interest in free agent infielder Zack Cozart and the Colorado Rockies are keeping tabs on first baseman Logan Morrison.

The Cubs are in pursuit of right-handed pitcher Alex Cobb after inking Tyler Chatwood to a three-year deal last week. The Texas Rangers, Toronto Blue Jays, Baltimore Orioles and Yankees are also interested in Cobb, according to Jon Heyman of Fan Rag on Twitter.

In addition to the Mets who figure to have interest in infielder Josh Harrison, the Blue Jays are also interested in the utilityman’s services, according to Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Houston Astros pitcher Dallas Keuchel has hired super agent Scott Boras for his new representation, according to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN. He is set to hit the open market for the first time next offseason.

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