The first domino of the Winter Meetings fell on Tuesday when Andrew McCutchen reached a three-year, $50 million agreement with the Phillies, according to an MLB.com source. Meanwhile, the Mets have emerged as favorites to land coveted Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto

Though most marquee free agents remain unsigned, there was still plenty of action from baseball’s biggest offseason event, which is taking place in Las Vegas. 

Below is a roundup of the biggest news out of Day 2 of baseball’s annual summit for all 30 MLB clubs:

AMERICAN LEAGUE EAST

Blue Jays
The writing might have been on the wall, but this move would have seemed an impossibility just a few seasons ago: The Blue Jays released shortstop Troy Tulowitzki on Tuesday, ending the five-time All-Star’s injury-plagued tenure in Toronto. More >

Video: Tulo released by Blue Jays, enters free agency

Orioles
While general manager Mike Elias denied that a decision has been made, Baltimore is expected to name Cubs bench coach Brandon Hyde as its new manager. More >

Rays
Casting a wide net for upgrades and with some money to spend, the Rays are seeking an impact bat (Nelson Cruz? Edwin Encarnacion?) and starting pitching (Charlie Morton?) More >

Red Sox
Would the defending champions trade a key figure such as Xander Bogaerts, Jackie Bradley Jr. or Rick Porcello for the purposes of shedding payroll? Dave Dombrowski said he’s “not driven” to do so. More >

Yankees
Expect to see Gary Sanchez behind the plate next season in the Bronx. General manager Brian Cashman reiterated that The Kraken is slated to be the Yankees’ starting catcher in 2019, with no deals in the works for a replacement such as J.T. Realmuto. More >

AL CENTRAL

Indians
“If we were rebuilding, we’d take a dramatically different approach,” general manager Chris Antonetti said of Cleveland’s offseason strategy, as the Tribe tries to set up a fourth straight division title run. More >

Royals
Is former Cardinals manager Mike Matheny, hired recently as a special assistant to general manager Dayton Moore, Ned Yost’s successor-in-waiting? Not so fast, Moore says. More >

Tigers
What was once expected to be a lengthy search for starting pitching depth ended for the Tigers midway through the Winter Meetings with the signing of veteran right-hander Tyson Ross. Detroit general manager Al Avila can now shift his sights on the shortstop market and the Rule 5 Draft. More >

Video: Tyson Ross signs with the Tigers on a one-year deal

Twins
Byron Buxton was unhappy when the Twins didn’t recall him to the Majors following an extended stint in Triple-A to finish a difficult 2018 season, but he remains a big part of the club’s future. More >

White Sox
By acquiring right-hander Ivan Nova from the Pirates, Chicago bolstered its young starting rotation with a veteran known for his ability to throw strikes. More >

AL WEST

Angels
The Angels may not have made any significant moves on the second day of the Winter Meetings, but that doesn’t mean they weren’t active. The club signed seven players to Minor League contracts with Spring Training invites, including one former Angels prospect making his return to the organization. More >

Astros
The Astros’ front office says its pursuit of offense won’t come at the hindrance of top prospect Kyle Tucker, who struggled in his big league debut last season but has the skills to be one of the club’s outfielders of the future. More >

Athletics
Oakland may have found a platoon partner for catcher Josh Phegley, inking a one-year deal with Chris Herrmann, a left-handed batter who also has experience at first base and in the corner outfield. More >

Mariners
The Mariners are gauging the trade market for recently acquired first baseman Carlos Santana as general manager Jerry Dipoto continues remaking the roster. The club also is eyeing veteran shortstops to help provide a cushion for youngster J.P. Crawford, who came over in the same deal that brought Santana to Seattle. More >

Video: Tucker on his 2018 debut, strong season at Triple-A

Rangers
The Rangers aren’t in the market to make a big free-agent splash, but the club is seeking veteran arms to boost its rotational depth. More >

NATIONAL LEAGUE EAST

Braves
General manager Alex Anthopoulos continues to scour the trade and free-agent markets for a frontline starter, bullpen help and a corner outfielder. One candidate for the latter came off the board Tuesday, when Andrew McCutchen agreed to a three-year deal with the Phillies, making the NL East even more competitive in what already has been a busy offseason for the division. More >

Marlins
All-Star catcher J.T. Realmuto remains arguably the hottest topic on the rumor mill at the Winter Meetings, with the Mets still the most aggressive suitor at the end of Day 2. But they’re far from the only team interested in acquiring the backstop, as the Yankees, Phillies, Dodgers and Braves still could make a push. More >

Video: Hill talks about J.T. Realmuto, his potential value

Mets
With J.T. Realmuto trade talk swirling, and names like Noah Syndergaard and Amed Rosario coming up as potential headliners, a familiar face has joined the Mets contingent in Las Vegas as a sounding board for the front office: David Wright. More >

Nationals
Washington is open to trading right-hander Tanner Roark, perhaps using him to fill a need elsewhere on the roster and then replacing his rotation spot through free agency. More >

Phillies
With the first big splash of these meetings, the Phillies agreed to a three-year deal with outfielder Andrew McCutchen. It’s a move that could lead to a trade of Odubel Herrera or Nick Williams, but crucially, it does not mean the Phillies won’t also sign Bryce Harper or Manny Machado. More >

NL CENTRAL

Brewers
Looking to upgrade behind the plate, the Brewers have met with free agent Wilson Ramos, who has made two All-Star teams and posted an .826 OPS in the past three years. More >

Video: Duquette discusses Brewers’ interest in Wilson Ramos

Cardinals
Drew Robinson, a left-handed batter with power and defensive versatility, could be a candidate for the St. Louis bench in 2019 after the Cardinals acquired him from Texas for Patrick Wisdom. More >

Cubs
While Joe Maddon expects his front office to “do a couple of things” this offseason, the Cubs skipper believes the club has “got to get more out of” the pieces already in place. In other words, Chicago may attempt to improve from within rather than go after a marquee free agent. More >

Pirates
The Bucs shuffled their pitching staff, dealing veteran Ivan Nova to the White Sox but also agreeing to a deal with another right-hander, Jordan Lyles. The 28-year-old took some intriguing steps forward in 2018 and could fill multiple roles in Pittsburgh. More >

Reds
While a deal is not imminent, the club has reached out to the Braves to ask about three-time Gold Glove Award winner Ender Inciarte, who could replace Billy Hamilton in center field. The club has also checked in on Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig pertaining to a potential deal involving Homer Bailey. More >

NL WEST

D-backs
Following the trade of Paul Goldschmidt, the loss of lefty Patrick Corbin and the expected departure of free-agent center fielder A.J. Pollock, D-backs manager Torey Lovullo wants to make it clear to his players that he still has confidence and belief in them. More >

Dodgers
Will the Dodgers deal one of their outfielders, including Joc Pederson, Matt Kemp or even Yasiel Puig? President of baseball operations Andrew Friedman declined to comment on that, specifically, but he did say he’s confident the club could add help in the bullpen or at catcher based on the supply at those positions both via trade and free agency. More >

Video: Roberts on Dodgers’ surplus of starters, outfielders

Giants
Giants president of baseball o­perations Farhan Zaidi on Monday identified the bullpen as an area of surplus, and he could look to flip some of the club’s relief assets to fill needs in the outfield and in the rotation. More >

Padres
Untouchable? Technically there’s no such thing when it comes to players San Diego might include in trades this offseason, according to general manager A.J. Preller. But it would take a lot for the club to part with any top prospects from its fertile farm system. More >

Rockies
The Rockies are hoping to boost what became an anemic offense down the stretch in 2018 with the hiring of Dave Magadan as hitting coach. More >

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