Top of the Order: December 11th – Day Four of the Winter Meetings

Here’s the morning rundown on the biggest news items from around Major League Baseball for Friday, December 11th:

  • In what was the biggest news of the final day of the Winter Meetings, the market for Jason Heyward finally became a little more clear, with the St. Louis Cardinals, Chicago Cubs, and dark horse favorites Washington Nationals as the three likely landing spots. Heyward also reportedly has a $200 million offer in hand, from any of the three teams or even a fourth team, as first reported by Jon Heyman of CBSsports.com. In an addition, the Chicago Cubs have signed Jason Heyward.
  • The Washington Nationals agreed to a deal to send infielder Yunel Escobar to the Los Angeles Angels in return for reliever Trevor Gott and another minor league pitcher.
  • The Houston Astros have agreed to re-sign Tony Sipp on a three year deal worth $18 million, as first reported by Mark Berman.
  • The San Diego Padres agreed to a trade that sent pitcher Casey Kelly and a minor league catcher to the Atlanta Braves for catcher Christian Bethancourt, with Joel Sherman of the NY Post reporting on the initial trade talks.
  • In minor news, the Cardinals signed reliever Jonathan Broxton, the Rangers signed Tony Barnette, the Pirates signed reliever Juan Nicasio, and the Phillies signed reliever Ernesto Frieri to a minor league deal.
  • Finally, the Baltimore Orioles have reportedly taken their offer to free agent Chris Davis off the table after he declined a seven year deal worth $150 million, as reported by Buster Olney of ESPN.
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