Jeff Passon of Yahoo Sports reports that the New York Yankees are hopeful they can land Pittsburgh Pirates right-handed starter Gerrit Cole without having to include blue chip prospect Gleyber Torres in the deal.
Mark Feinsand of MLB.com updated on Friday morning that while the Yankees still have interest in Cole that any reported momentum on Thursday night may have been overstated and that nothing is imminent.
Cole, 27, is coming off arguably the worst season of his career in which he posted a 4.26 ERA, 4.08 FIP, 1.25 WHIP and had a 1.4 HR/9. Though he did prove his health while making 33 starts and throwing 203 innings.
Cole is arbitration eligible for the second time this offseason and is under team control for three seasons.
The Arizona Diamondbacks made an addition to their bullpen on Thursday night when they signed Japanese closer Yoshihisa Hirano according to Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic. It’s a two-year deal that guarantees the right-hander $6 million.
Hirano, 33, has amassed 143 saves over the last five seasons for the Orix Buffaloes. In 2017, he had 29 saves, 2.67 ERA, 1.27 WHIP and only struck out 47 batters in 57.1 innings. He’s known for his nasty splitter and one scout said this about him, “He has big balls on the mound.”
Other MLB News and Notes
The Braves re-signed utility guy Danny Santana to a minor league deal after they non-tendered him earlier this offseason.
Milwaukee Brewers officially announced the signings of right-handed starters Jhoulys Chacin and Yovani Gallardo. In a corresponding move, the Brewers desingated right-handed pitcher Dylan Baker for assignment.
Orioles closer Zach Britton underwent successful surgery to repair his ruptured Achilles’ tendon on Thursday.
The Boston Herald reported that the domestic assault case case against Red Sox knuckleballer Steven Wright has been retired for one year.
Jerry Crasnick of ESPN reports that the Kansas City Royals look like the San Diego Padres main competition for free agent first baseman Eric Hosmer.