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Report: Mariners sign Dylan Moore

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The Mariners inked minor league infielder Dylan Moore to a major-league deal on Friday, per a report from Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic. Terms of the contract have not yet been released, nor has the team officially confirmed the signing.

Moore, 26, split his 2018 campaign between the Brewers’ Double-A and Triple-A affiliates, for whom he batted a cumulative .299/.363/.522 with 14 home runs and 23 stolen bases in 454 PA. It’s a huge step up from the Mendoza Line-stats he produced with Atlanta in 2017 and presumably enough for the Mariners to stake a big league contract on, too, despite the fact that the infielder has yet to reach the majors.

Per Rosenthal, Moore may be called on to fill a utility role in Seattle. While he has enough experience to provide depth at any infield or outfield post, the bulk of his playing time has come at second base and short — where, pending further moves this offseason, he could conceivably back up Robinson Cano and Jean Segura (and possibly Dee Gordon) in 2019. He also handled a career-high 54 games at the hot corner last season and may reprise his role on one of Kyle Seager‘s rare off days.

Report: Padres have made offers to both Manny Machado and Bryce Harper

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Jon Heyman has been hot on the free agent trail today, reporting that the Padres have made offers both Manny Machado and Bryce Harper. The offer to Machado is believed to be for eight years and about $250 million, while the offer to Harper is believed to be for more than that.

Heyman was reporting on Harper earlier, tweeting that the Phillies are the favorite to sign him. He added this evening that Harper has multiple long-term offers at more than $30 million annually. Regarding Machado, Heyman noted that while Machado was believed to have had a preference for the East coast, he will go for the best deal now, which puts the Padres firmly in the picture.

The Padres reportedly met with Machado last week. A late entrant into the sweepstakes, the club has shown the willingness to spend, signing Eric Hosmer to an eight-year, $144 million contract last year. If he goes to San Diego, Machado would be the full-time third baseman with Luis Urias handling shortstop.

Nothing appears close, but we’ll take anything resembling a spark to light the hot stove.