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Cardinals sign Tony Cruz, avoid arbitration

The Cardinals and catcher Tony Cruz have agreed to a one-year contract for 2015, avoiding arbitration, reports Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com.

The deal is for $775,000, according to CBSSports.com. Cruz was eligible for salary arbitration for the first time in his career. He earned $521,000 last season, when he appeared in 50 games.

The Cardinals have two remaining players eligible for arbitration in outfielders Peter Bourjos and Jon Jay. The club has until Friday’s deadline to exchange binding salary figures with these players, after which, they can continue to negotiate contracts until the case is presented to an arbitration panel in February.

– Austin Laymance

Cardinals sign Lynn to three-year deal

The Cardinals and Lance Lynn have agreed to a three-year contract, the club announced on Thursday. The deal buys out the pitcher’s remaining arbitration-eligible seasons.

The contract is worth $22 million, according to CBSSports.com. Lynn’s deal does not include any options, making him a free agent after the 2017 season, reports the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

“We are pleased to have reached this agreement with Lance,” Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak said in a statement released by the club. “His performance has led to much success for both he and the Cardinals organization, and we look forward to his continued growth as both a pitcher and team leader.”

Lynn, 27, has gone 15-10 in each of the last two seasons with the Cardinals. He had a 2.74 ERA over 33 starts in 2014, down from a 3.97 ERA in ’13. The right-hander has also pitched over 200 innings in each of the last two years. He was eligible for salary arbitration for the first time this year.

– Austin Laymance

Report: Hamels has four primary suitors

Cole Hamels has been on the trading block for months as the Phillies undergo a rebuilding process. So far, that hasn’t resulted in a deal for the ace.

With Spring Training five weeks away for the Phillies, Comcast Sportsnet reports there are four “primary suitors” for Hamels: the San Diego Padres, Boston Red Sox, St. Louis Cardinals and Texas Rangers. The Phillies are reportedly looking for two top prospects in exchange for Hamels.

The Phillies would prefer to add a premier catching prospect, according to the report, and have interest in Boston’s Blake Swihart, San Diego’s Austin Hedges and Texas’ Jorge Alfaro.

General manager Ruben Amaro Jr. has repeatedly said the Phillies would only deal Hamels for the right price, one that remains high. It’s possible the club keeps Hamels going into the season and continues to explore trades throughout the year.

“Again, he sits right in the sweet spot,” Amaro said last month. “We can keep him and it would be great for us, and if we feel he can move us forward by moving him, that’s something we can explore as well. As I said, we don’t have any rush to move him or mandate to move him.”

– Austin Laymance

Rafael Furcal’s comeback bid takes a hit

Rafael Furcal’s chances to continue his Major League career have taken a hit. The veteran shortstop has suffered a torn hamstring and will miss the playoffs in the Dominican Winter League, according to a report by ESPN Deportes.

There had been minimal interest in Furcal from Major League clubs this offseason. The Phillies showed some interest after trading Jimmy Rollins, according to ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick, and MLB Trade Rumors speculated the Royals could be a potential fit.

Furcal, 37, was limited to nine games with the Marlins in 2014 because of a strained hamstring. He missed the entire 2013 season while recovering from Tommy John surgery. His last full season was ’12, when he was an All-Star with the Cardinals and played 121 games.

–Austin Laymance

Phillies considering Asdrubal Cabrera?

The Phillies could use another option at shortstop now that Jimmy Rollins has been traded to the Dodgers.

Asdrubal Cabrera appears to be a possibility for the Phillies, who would need to clear some payroll to sign the free agent, tweets ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick.

Cabrera, 29, can play both shortstop and second base. He split last season between the Indians and Nationals, hitting a combined .307 with 14 home runs, 31 doubles and four triples. He was an All-Star in 2011-12 with Cleveland.

Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said Friday that Freddy Galvis will have the first opportunity to replace Rollins in 2015. However, Amaro did not rule out the possibility of adding another option to the mix at short.

A number of teams have shown interest in Cabrera this offseason, including the A’s, Cardinals, Giants, Mets and Twins, tweets Jon Heyman of CBS Sports. It appears the Phillies are now in that group of potential suitors, too.

–Austin Laymance

Red Sox discussing Allen Craig trade?

Allen Craig could be on the move again.

The Red Sox are reportedly in active trade talks with at least one team regarding Craig, tweets Jon Morosi of FOX Sports, who adds the first baseman/outfielder is recovered from a left foot injury that he aggravated this season.

Craig, 30, was part of the deal that sent John Lackey to the Cardinals at the Trade Deadline in July. He struggled for much of the 2014 season, posting a .215/.279/.315 slash line over 126 games between the Cardinals and Red Sox.

The Red Sox have already dealt one outfielder this month, Yoenis Cespedes, and still have a crowded outfield that includes: Hanley Ramirez, Shane Victorino, Jackie Bradley Jr., Daniel Nava and Rusney Castillo.

–Austin Laymance

Rockies sign Descalso

The Rockies have signed infielder Daniel Descalso to a two-year contract, the club announced on Tuesday.

Descalso’s deal includes $3.6 million in guaranteed money over two years and an additional $500,000 each year in performance bonuses, reports ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick.

Descalso, 28, became a free agent when he was non-tendered by the Cardinals earlier this month. He had a .242/.333/.311 slash line with St. Louis over 104 games in 2014. He has played all over the infield during five seasons in the Majors, but has seen the most action at third base and second.

“We are extremely excited to welcome Daniel to the Rockies family,” Rockies senior vice president/general manager Jeff Bridich said in a statement released by the team. “We believe his versatile skill set, his experience level and his veteran leadership will be great additions to our Major League process.”

Descalso has appeared in 44 postseason games over his career with the Cardinals, helping the team win the World Series in 2011.

The Rockies’ 40-man roster is now full.

–Austin Laymance

Scherzer market set to take off

With Jon Lester reportedly deciding to sign with the Cubs, the market for fellow free agent starter Max Scherzer should now begin to take shape.

That was immediately apparent on Wednesday, with CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reporting that — with Lester’s decision looming — owners from two unidentified teams had flown to the Winter Meetings on Tuesday to meet in-person with Scherzer’s agent, Scott Boras. Though it’s unclear who exactly those two owners were, the market for Scherzer figures to come into focus in the coming days.

The three teams that ultimately came up short in the Lester sweepstakes — the Red Sox, Giants and Dodgers — could all turn their attention toward Scherzer, while Heyman also mentions the Yankees, Cardinals and Tigers as other possibilities. Reports surfaced on Tuesday that the Tigers were ready to spend big money to bring back Scherzer, but general manager Dave Dombrowski denied such a notion, saying instead that the club’s position has not changed.

Scherzer is said to be looking for a contract north of $200 million and, with Lester out of the way and so many teams still in the market for an elite starter, he seems likely to land one.

– Paul Casella

Cards considering in-house options for right-handed first baseman

The Cardinals are known to be seeking a right-handed-hitting first baseman to complement Matt Adams this offseason, but the club could ultimately find what it’s looking for internally, according to MLB.com’s Jenifer Langosch.

Among those in-house options is Cardinals’ top-ranked prospect Stephen Piscotty. Though Piscotty was initially drafted as a third baseman in 2012 and later transitioned to a right fielder, the Cards may now look at trying Piscotty at first base. He played the position some at Stanford University, but has no first base experience since.

“We’ve discussed that internally, but we haven’t made any decisions on necessarily getting reps there,” Cards general manager John Mozeliak said. “I do think [manager Mike] Matheny would be an advocate for that.”

A more obvious in-house candidate would be Xavier Scruggs, a natural first baseman who spent all of last season with Triple-A Memphis.

That said, the Cardinals are not completely ruling out bringing in someone from outside the organization. Langosch reports that Mozeliak met with multiple agents representing right-handed hitters on Tuesday, but added that the club is not close to signing any outside candidates. It’s also unclear at this point who the Cardinals are even considering from a free agent standpoint.

“I think everybody is sort of in that exploratory mode right now,” Mozeliak said. “Everybody is trying to feel everybody out with what’s going on. So subsequently, time will tell how some of these things shake out.”

– Paul Casella

Tigers intent on keeping Scherzer

The Tigers’ primary focus is on re-signing marquee free agent Max Scherzer, according to ESPN’s Buster Olney.

The market for Scherzer has been relatively quiet so far this offseason, though that’s likely to change over the next 24 hours with fellow free agent starter Jon Lester expected to announce his decision.

Olney writes that the Tigers are not only “prepared to spend big, big dollars” to sign Scherzer, but that they also plan to keep co-ace David Price in the fold for 2015, as well. Again, there has been very little talk surrounding Scherzer to this point as teams wait to see where Lester ends up.

Aside from the Tigers, other teams that have been linked to Scherzer in varying extents include the Red Sox, Yankees, Dodgers, Nationals, Phillies, Cardinals, Cubs, Giants, and Blue Jays. The team that ultimately signs Lester will obviously drop off that list.

Regardless, the final cost for Scherzer figures to be enormous, given the amount of deep-pocketed teams that are in the market for an elite starter. Scherzer, keep in mind, turned down a $144 million extension offer from the Tigers last spring.

– Paul Casella

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