Get the latest scoops, news and rumors as the MLB offseason heats up.

By Scooby Axson
January 22, 2019

Spring training is rapidly approaching and two of the sport's biggest stars find themselves unsigned.

Bryce Harper and Manny Machado are expected to sign megadeals, but nothing has come to fruition. There are also some quality pitchers on the market, including reliever Craig Kimbrel, who had 42 saves last season for the Boston Red Sox.

The hot stove has quieted down outside of rumors around the landing spots for both Harper and Machado. While no one knows where they'll wind up, teams have emerged as frontrunners.

The White Sox and Phillies look to be the favorites for Machado, while Philadelphia also appears to be at the top of Harper's list and team officials met with the superstar last weekend in his hometown of Las Vegas.

Here are all the latest transactions and rumors around baseball:

• The Dodgers and Marlins remain in talks regarding catcher J.T. Realmuto. Other teams still in the mix for Realmuto include the Rays, Astros, Padres, Braves and Reds. (Joe Frisaro, MLB.com)

• The Braves agreed to terms with outfielder Nick Markakis on a one-year contract worth $4 million. (Official)

• Free agent infielder Asdrubal Cabrera and the Rangers have agreed to a one-year, $3.5 million deal. (Jeff Passan, ESPN)

• The Marlins, who were in on second baseman DJ LeMahieu, are now looking to add a left-handed batter to their roster instead. (Jon Heyman, Fancred)

• The Dodgers are having "active and ongoing discussions" with the Pirates for outfielder Starling Marte. Marte is under the Pirates' control for the next three seasons. (Michael J. Duarte, NBC Los Angeles)

• Dodgers manager Dave Roberts says the team needs to add a proven right-handed hitter, as the team traded Yasiel Puig and Matt Kemp and did not re-sign Yasmani Grandal. (Jorge Castillo, Los Angeles Times)

• The Cardinals say they are interested in signing first baseman Paul Goldschmidt to an extension. Goldschmidt will be entering the final season of a five-year, $32 million deal. (Jenifer Langosch, MLB.com)

• The Rangers have been in contact with Clay Buchholz. Buchholz, 34, pitched last season with the Arizona Diamondbacks. (Jon Heyman, FanCred/MLB Network)

• Sonny Gray's contract extension with the Cincinnati Reds is for three years, $30.5 million, through the 2022 season. The Reds hold the option for the 2023 season at $12 million. (Ken Rosenthal, The Athletic)

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