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Phillies Acquire Luis Avilan

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The Philadelphia Phillies have acquired left hander Luis Avilan frrom the Chicago White Sox in return for right hander Felix Paulino.

In a corresponding move, the Phillies designated right hander Jose Taveras to create room on the 40-man roster for the trade, and an active roster spot was already open due to Yacksel Rios being officially optioned following Tuesday night’s game.

For Chicago, they purchased the contract of righty Ryan Burr to take Avilan’s spot, White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu was placed on the disabled list in an expected move, and the club recalled infielder Jose Rondon from the minors.

Avilan has posted a 3.86 ERA this season, with his best work coming against left handed hitters.

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Braves Re-Sign Nick Markakis

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The Atlanta Braves have re-signed veteran outfielder Nick Markakis to a one year, $6 million deal, according to The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal.

The new deal includes $4 million salary for 2019 and a $6 million club option, or a $2 million buyout for 2020, with $6 million guaranteed.

Markakis, 35, has spent the last four seasons with the Braves, and posted a .297 average with 14 homers and 93 RBIs.

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Cardinals Interested In Long-Term Contract With Paul Goldschmidt

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The St. Louis Cardinals may be done with tweaking their roster this offseason, but they may not be done with new first baseman Paul Goldschmidt.

The Cards acquired Goldschmidt this offseason and are reportedly eyeing a long-term contract with the veteran slugger, according to MLB.com’s Jen Langosch.

“Whenever a good player comes to the Cardinals, if they have a year left on their contract, we always think down the road,” team owner Bill DeWitt Jr. said. “We’d love to have him here longer than one year, and we’ll just see how that plays out.”

Goldschmidt, 31, is set to hit free agency next year.

As you guys know, we’ve been fortunate over the years in making deals for players with one year left on their contract and retaining them,” DeWitt said. “I think worst case is we get a top Draft choice, but that’s not our goal when we trade for a player like Paul Goldschmidt.”

Goldschmidt hasn’t commented on a long-term deal, but Cardinals president of baseball operations John Mozeliak made it clear that the team wants him for the long-term.

“All I did was really pray hard that we weren’t going to get a lot of snow [for Goldschmidt’s Winter Warm-Up appearance on Saturday],” Mozeliak said.

“You know, first impressions could be meaningful. … I think most importantly when you think of Goldy and where this is headed is, get him down to Jupiter, [Fla.], get him with his teammates and, ultimately, we’ll sort of, as we round the first turn, get a better idea of what the second turn looks like.

“Paul Goldschmidt has plenty of baseball left in his career. The fact that we only have him under control for one year? That was a gamble we were willing to take.”

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Yankees, Reds Finalizing Sonny Gray Trade

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The Cincinnati Reds are finalizing a trade with the New York Yankees for veteran starting pitcher Sonny Gray.

The trade, which would send second base prospect Shed Long and a draft pick to New York, has hit a delay as the Reds try to work out a long-term deal with Gray.

As the trade drags on, it is possible that the Yankees could run out of patience and deal Gray elsewhere.

According to MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand, the Yankees had received multiple offers from teams for Gray as of last Friday, so if the deal with the Reds fall through, they have other options.

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