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Pirates plan to keep Andrew McCutchen 12-07-2016
Andrew McCutchen CF PIT
Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the "expectation" is the Pirates will keep Andrew McCutchen.

Jon Heyman on Twitter
The Pirates were unable to work out a trade of McCutchen to the Nationals, and the Nats have their center fielder now after dealing for Adam Eaton. There doesn't appear to be a ton of interest in him from other teams at this point, although that certainly could change. For now, it sounds like the Pirates will hang on to Cutch and consider moving him to a corner outfield spot.
Eric Hosmer reportedly to join Team USA 12-07-2016
Eric Hosmer 1B KC
Jon Morosi of FOX Sports hears that Eric Hosmer will play for Team USA in the 2017 World Baseball Classic.

WBC Baseball on Twitter
This past campaign, Hosmer slashed .266/.328/.433 with 25 homers and 104 RBI across 605 at-bats. Both the home run and RBI numbers stand as career bests, though his overall batting line was a noticeable step down from the .297/.363/.459 mark he posted in 2015.
Richie Shaffer a casualty of Heston trade 12-07-2016
Richie Shaffer 3B SEA
Mariners designated INF Richie Shaffer for assignment. Shaffer has been DFA'ed as the corresponding roster move following the Mariners' trade for Chris Heston. The 25-year-old first baseman has largely struggled at the major league level when given opportunities, slashing .213/.310/.410 with a quintet of homers and 10 RBI. He has whiffed 50 times in 142 plate appearances in the bigs. The Mariners initially acquired him in a mid-November trade with the Rays.
Astros and Braves balk at Quintana price 12-07-2016
Jose Quintana P CWS
The Houston Chronicle's Jake Kaplan and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution's David O'Brien relay that the Astros and Braves, respectively, feel the price for Jose Quintana is too high.

Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Braves general manager John Coppolella put it in blunt terms, saying, "Do we want a No. 1 starter, is Chris Sale a No. 1 starter? Yes. Do we want Jose Quintana? I don't think Jose Quintana is Chris Sale." Fair enough, the Quintana does offer a very reliable arm (200 innings in four consecutive seasons, none with an ERA over 3.55). The 27-year-old southpaw will be under team control through the 2020 season. While the White Sox are almost certainly giddy over their haul of prospects received in the Chris Sale and Adam Eaton trades, they might have to drop their asking price on Quintana if they are going to move him.
Royals likely out of the running for Holland 12-07-2016
Greg Holland P KC
Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports passes along word that the Royals are likely "priced out" on Greg Holland.

Jon Heyman on Twitter
Holland pitched his first six major league seasons in a Royals uniform. Tommy John surgery forced him to miss the 2016 season. The 31-year-old right-hander put on an early November showcase as proof of his ongoing recovery and was said to hit 88-91 MPH during that workout. He was reportedly looking for a two-year contract worth in the neighborhood of $22 million, but that might be tough to dig out. Heyman hears that the Cubs and Dodgers are showing heavy interest in the veteran reliever.
Angels to play it safe with Garrett Richards 12-07-2016
Garrett Richards P LAA
Angels manager Mike Scioscia said that the team will not overwork Garrett Richards (elbow) in 2017.

Orange County Register
Richards underwent stem cell treatment for a tear in his ulnar collateral ligament in May, ending his season at that very early juncture. He is expected to be ready for spring training, but the Angels are going to be reasonably cautious as the season unfolds. Said Scioscia, "You're not going to see Garrett throwing 220 innings next year. I hate to put a floor on (the innings) and have to get into a range right now, but I can tell you that we are going to be very, very careful with where Garrett is and make sure that he rebounds and maintains his stuff." Richards has pitched more than 170 innings just once in his big league career.
Cubs remain interested in bringing back Wood 12-07-2016
Travis Wood P CHC
Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer said that the team remains in contact with Travis Wood.

Chicago Sun-Times
If the Cubs are to re-sign Wood, they might have a bit of elbowing to do. At least if you are to believe the pitcher's agent. Darek Braunecker said on Wednesday that a whopping 10 teams are in on Wood. This past season, the 29-year-old southpaw pitched to a sharp 2.95 ERA and 1.13 WHIP in 61 innings with the World Series champs. Depending on which team signs him, Wood could work as either a reliever or a starter. The Marlins are said to be looking at him in a starting capacity.
Marlins officially lock down Jeff Locke 12-07-2016
Jeff Locke P PIT
Marlins signed LHP Jeff Locke to a one-year, $3 million contract. "[Locke] gives us another starting option who we think is in line for a bounce-back year, and he has the ability to give us quality innings," said president of baseball operations Michael Hill at Wednesday's introductory press conference. The 29-year-old southpaw was non-tendered by the Pirates at the beginning of December after pitching to a 5.44 ERA across 127 1/3 frames in 2016. He will compete for a spot at the back of the rotation with the Marlins this spring.
Wilin Rosario re-ups with team in KBO 12-07-2016
Wilin Rosario 1B COL
Wilin Rosario has re-signed with the Hanwha Eagles of the Korea Baseball Organization, per SB Nation's Chris Cotillo.

Chris Cotillo on Twitter
There was some thought that he might try to return to Major League Baseball, but Hanwha apparently made an agreeable offer. Rosario, 27, batted .321/.367/.593 with 33 home runs and 120 RBI in 127 games this past season in the power-friendly KBO.
NYY open to trading Gardner within AL East 12-07-2016
Brett Gardner LF NYY
Yankees GM Brian Cashman said Wednesday at the Winter Meetings that he would not be afraid to trade Brett Gardner within the American League East.

Bryan Hoch on Twitter
Orioles manager Buck Showalter expressed some doubt about that earlier, but it all comes down to the return package for the rapidly-rebuilding Yanks. If the price is right, they'll go ahead and flip Gardner. The 33-year-old outfielder is under contract for $12 million in 2017 and $11 million in 2018 with a $12.5 million club option (or $2 million buyout) for 2019.
Report: SFG 'not in heavy talks' w/ McCutchen 12-07-2016
Andrew McCutchen CF PIT
FOX Sports' Jon Morosi hears that the Giants are "not in heavy trade talks" for Andrew McCutchen.

Jon Morosi on Twitter
Just where McCutchen's market lies at this point is decidedly uncertain. Both the Nationals and Rangers are out of the running, here, following the former's trade for Adam Eaton and the latter's re-signing of Carlos Gomez. The Dodgers may still be in play for the veteran outfielder, but after several months of trade speculation, potential avenues for actually moving McCutchen are beginning to disappear.
Red Sox won't try to coax Ortiz into return 12-07-2016
David Ortiz DH BOS
Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski said that the team will not contact David Ortiz in regards to coming out of retirement.

Providence Journal
Ortiz took to Instagram following his former team's trade for Chris Sale, writing, "my boy sale to Btown? You guys got me thinking." Dombrowski logically took it as a joke, but made a point to deny that the team would try to lure Ortiz out of retirement. "I know David well enough -- and I know that if he really had sincere interest, that he would call," Dombrowski said. For what it's worth, Ortiz would not be eligible to return from the voluntary retirement list for the first 60 days of the 2017 season. But he's not coming back, guys.
Yankees will only sign one of Chapman, Jansen 12-07-2016
Aroldis Chapman P CHC
Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said that the team will not sign both Aroldis Chapman and Kenley Jansen.

Erik Boland on Twitter
No huge surprise there, as both players could potentially draw contracts north of $80 million. ESPN's Jayson Stark has reported that the Marlins and Yankees have both floated five-year contracts to the pair of relievers, but Chapman would be the Bombers' preference here. The Dodgers also remain an interested party.
Rangers remain 'in touch' with Encarnacion 12-07-2016
Edwin Encarnacion 1B TOR
Jon Morosi of FOX Sports reports that the Rangers continue to be in touch with Edwin Encarnacion.

Jon Morosi on Twitter
The Rangers apparently haven't given up hope on landing a deal with Encarnacion, but USA Today's Bob Nightengale has reported that the finances might not line up for a deal here. Stay tuned. The Indians have also been linked to Encarnacion, while Blue Jays general manager Ross Atkins indicated earlier on Wednesday that the team's path to re-signing their veteran slugger are less than evident at this juncture.
KC hasn't felt 'overwhelmed' on Dyson offers 12-07-2016
Jarrod Dyson RF KC
According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Royals "haven't felt overwhelmed by offers" for outfielder Jarrod Dyson.

Jon Heyman on Twitter
Probably because the guy is a .260/.325/.353 career hitter in the major leagues and due to become a free agent next winter. Dyson plays great defense and has tremendous speed, but the Royals can't expect to get much talent in return. They might just hold on to Dyson, per Heyman, in the event a realistic trade partner can be found for Lorenzo Cain. Dyson was known to be drawing interest from the Orioles, Athletics, Rangers, and Cardinals.
Travis Wood drawing interest from 10 teams 12-07-2016
Travis Wood P CHC
Travis Wood's agent Darek Braunecker said his client is receiving interest from 10 teams.

ESPN.com
That might sound like typical agent-speak, but Wood figures to do very well for himself in this market after posting a 2.95 ERA and 1.13 WHIP over 61 innings of relief for the Cubs in 2016. He has experience as a starter and some teams might be viewing him as a rotation option for 2017, but a bullpen role is probably best.
Chase Utley, Dodgers remain in touch 12-07-2016
Chase Utley 2B LAD
Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times reports that the Dodgers remain in touch with free agent infielder Chase Utley.

Andy McCullough on Twitter
McCullough earlier relayed that the Dodgers were looking into possible trades involving Ian Kinsler and Brian Dozier, but they are keeping their options open at second base as the Winter Meetings draw to a close. Should the veteran Utley ultimately move on, the Angels have been linked to him via a report from FanRag Sports' Jon Heyman.
Chapman and Jansen drawing five-year offers 12-07-2016
Aroldis Chapman P CHC
Jayson Stark of ESPN reports that both the Yankees and Marlins have offered Aroldis Chapman and Kenley Jansen five-year contracts.

ESPN.com
Stark relays that the Dodgers are also keenly interested in both of these free agent closers, though the length of their potential offers aren't known at this juncture. The Yankees' interest in Chapman is well-documented, but Stark shines a light on the Marlins, writing that sources with knowledge of the team's thinking "describe them as being significantly more interested than previously believed." The Nationals are also in the mix for Chapman, with USA Today's Bob Nightengale passing along word earlier on Wednesday that the team is "firmly in the hunt."
Ian Kinsler not drawing much trade interest 12-07-2016
Ian Kinsler 2B DET
Tigers general manager Al Avila said that trade interest in Ian Kinsler has died down.

George Sipple on Twitter
The Los Angeles Times' Andy McCullough reported earlier on Wednesday that the Dodgers had checked in on Kinsler. They have shown reported interest in him at various points during the early offseason. Nothing came of that kicking of the tires, though, at least not yet. One potential sticking point, here: Kinsler's agent said in mid-November that he would only waive his partial no-trade clause if he is given a contract extension. Should the Tigers ultimately trade him, Dixon Machado would have a shot at the starting second base job. Machado would also have a shot at the starting shortstop job should the team move Jose Iglesias.
Giants trade righty Chris Heston to Mariners 12-07-2016
Chris Heston P SF
Mariners acquired RHP Chris Heston from the Giants for a player to be named later.

Jon Morosi on Twitter
Seattle will hope Heston can bounce back from a dismal, injury-riddled 2016 that saw him register a 4.54 ERA at Triple-A Sacramento and a 10.80 ERA in the major leagues. He did perform well in 2015, delivering a 3.95 ERA in 177 2/3 innings for San Francisco while whiffing 141 batters. Heston will compete for a spot in the Mariners' rotation next spring.
Nats 'firmly in the hunt' for Aroldis Chapman 12-07-2016
Aroldis Chapman P CHC
According to USA Today's Bob Nightengale, the Nationals are "firmly in the hunt" for Aroldis Chapman.

Bob Nightengale on Twitter
Washington has money to spend after acquiring center fielder Adam Eaton and his team-friendly contract from the White Sox, and it sounds like the focal point now is a dominant closer. Kenley Jansen could be another option for Washington if the pursuit of Chapman falls through. Chapman obviously has very close ties to Nationals manager Dusty Baker, but cash is king in these types of situations. Jansen and Chapman are both said to be seeking $100 million contracts.
Report: Mark Trumbo still on Rockies' radar 12-07-2016
Mark Trumbo RF BAL
Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that the Rockies are still considering signing Mark Trumbo.

Ken Rosenthal on Twitter
Colorado just inked Ian Desmond to a contract in the neighborhood of five years, $70 million, but that does not appear to be a block to the club making further moves in free agency. Rosenthal relays that should Colorado opt to sign Trumbo, they would likely play him at first base and trade an outfielder. The plugged-in FOX Sports analyst sees Carlos Gonzalez as a player who might move in a trade if the Trumbo domino falls to Coors Field.
Yankees re-sign left-hander Joe Mantiply 12-07-2016
Joe Mantiply P NYY
Yankees re-signed LHP Joe Mantiply to a minor league contract.

Bryan Hoch on Twitter
Mantiply was released by the Yankees at the end of November and will remain off the 40-man roster, but he could jump back on at some point in 2017 if the Yankees need lefty relief help. Mantiply, 25, had a 2.73 ERA and 69/12 K/BB ratio over 59 1/3 innings this summer between Double-A Erie and Triple-A Toledo -- affiliates of the Tigers.
Brew Crew's Geltz opts for free agency 12-07-2016
Steve Geltz P MLW
Steve Geltz has elected free agency. Geltz was outrighted to Triple-A Colorado Springs over the weekend. While he has elected to become a free agent rather than accept that assignment, the possibility remains that he could re-up with the Brewers prior to spring training. The club initially picked the 29-year-old right-hander up off waivers from the Rays at the end of November. He pitched to a rough 5.74 ERA in 26 2/3 frames with Tampa Bay last season.
Nieuwenhuis underwent nerve release surgery 12-07-2016
Kirk Nieuwenhuis CF MLW
Brewers general manager David Stearns said that Kirk Nieuwenhuis underwent nerve release surgery after the close of the 2016 season.

Tom Hadricourt on Twitter
Nerve release surgeries and sports hernia surgeries are similar, but good news for Nieuwenhuis, the former has a speedier recovery attached to it. He initially injured his abdomen in mid-September. It would appear that the 29-year-old outfielder is on track for spring training barring a setback.
Dodgers showing interest in Dozier, Kinsler 12-07-2016
Ian Kinsler 2B DET
Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times reports that the Dodgers are "kicking the tires" on Ian Kinsler and Brian Dozier.

Andy McCullough on Twitter
Blue Jays are not optimistic on Encarnacion 12-07-2016
Edwin Encarnacion 1B TOR
Blue Jays general manager Ross Atkins said that the chances of re-signing Edwin Encarnacion are looking dim.

Gregor Chisholm on Twitter
"If there's a way [to bring him back], I don't see it. I don't think [Encarnacion's agent Paul Kinzer] sees it either but we haven't stopped trying," Atkins said. The Indians and Rangers are two teams linked to Encarnacion, though USA Today's Bob Nightengale reported earlier on Wednesday that the Rangers may not have the money to bring him into the fold. The veteran slugger looks unlikely to sign with a team before the end of the Winter Meetings.
Nationals complete trade for OF Adam Eaton 12-07-2016
Adam Eaton CF WAS
Nationals acquired OF Adam Eaton from the White Sox for RHP Lucas Giolito, RHP Reynaldo Lopez, and RHP Dane Dunning. Washington was determined to make a splash at this week's Winter Meetings, and this is a big one. Eaton was a 6.0 fWAR player for the White Sox in 2016, slashing .284/.362/.428 with 14 home runs and 14 stolen bases in 157 games while playing strong defense in right field. He won't rate as well in center with the Nationals, but it's a tremendous addition to the lineup and the 28-year-old is on a very team-friendly contract that can potentially run through 2021. That's why it took three of the best young starting pitching prospects in the game to acquire him.
ChiSox get Giolito, Lopez, Dunning for Eaton 12-07-2016
Lucas Giolito P CWS
White Sox acquired RHP Lucas Giolito, RHP Reynaldo Lopez, and RHP Dane Dunning from the Nationals for OF Adam Eaton. Giolito's prospect stock has somewhat cratered over the last year, but he's still very much the centerpiece of this deal and represents a big-time upgrade to the White Sox farm system -- what might suddenly be considered the top farm system in baseball. Giolito struggled in his first taste of the majors in 2016 and figures to open the 2017 season in the minors, but we'll see him on the south side of Chicago soon enough. And the tremendous upside isn't gone yet. Lopez and Dunning are also top-flight young right-handers. It's another huge haul for White Sox GM Rick Hahn.
Chris Bassitt continues Tommy John rehab 12-07-2016
Chris Bassitt P OAK
A's trainer Nick Paparesta said that Chris Bassitt (elbow) is on track in his recovery from Tommy John surgery.

Jane Lee on Twitter
Bassitt underwent Tommy John surgery at the beginning of May and subsequently missed the entire 2016 season. While Paparesta said that the 27-year-old right-hander is currently in great shape, he probably won't be ready for a return to the mound until some point in the summer of 2017.
Agent confirms: Nathan wants to pitch in '17 12-07-2016
Joe Nathan P SF
David Pepe, the agent for Joe Nathan, said that his client wants to pitch in 2017.

Jerry Crasnick on Twitter
FanRag Sports' Jon Heyman reported likewise over the weekend, with confirmation now coming from Nathan's representative. The 42-year-old reliever saw 10 games with the Cubs and Giants last season, tossing 6 1/3 scoreless frames in that space. While Pepe referred to Nathan as the "Energizer Bunny," fantasy players would best be advised to steer clear given his age and injury history.
Perkins (shoulder) on track for spring work 12-07-2016
Glen Perkins P MIN
Twins chief baseball officer Derek Falvey said that Glen Perkins has made "solid progress" in his rehab from shoulder surgery.

Mike Berardino on Twitter
Perkins underwent significant labrum surgery in late June. Falvey indicated that given the pace of his rehab, it is "reasonable" that the veteran closer will be able to pitch in games during spring training at some point. A more clarified timetable figures to be passed along after the calendar flips to 2017 and the team has a better idea of just how close Perkins is to a return to the mound. He started into a light throwing program near the end of October.
O's have spoken to Royals about OF Dyson 12-07-2016
Jarrod Dyson RF KC
According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Orioles have spoken to the Royals about Jarrod Dyson.

Jon Heyman on Twitter
It's becoming very likely that Dyson is moved, and the Orioles and Athletics seem to be his most aggressive suitors. There's also been talk of interest from the Cardinals and Rangers. Dyson owns an ugly .260/.325/.353 career batting line at the major league level, but he's a great defensive outfielder and excellent baserunner. He'd fit well on pretty much any MLB roster, though probably not in an everyday role.
Hurdle wants McCutchen to consider corner OF 12-07-2016
Andrew McCutchen CF PIT
Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said the team will continue to consider the possibility of playing Andrew McCutchen in a corner outfield spot.

Bill Brink on Twitter
Hurdle and McCutchen spoke about this possibility during exit interviews at the close of the season. While the veteran outfielder has balked at the possibility, Hurdle said that the team is "going to think about it" and wants McCutchen to seriously consider the possibility of a shift come the spring (assuming he is not traded). If a move in the outfield does come to pass, Starling Marte would likely be utilized in center and Gregory Polanco in left, with McCutchen taking over right field.
Orioles not looking to move Britton, Machado 12-07-2016
Zach Britton P BAL
Orioles general manager Dan Duquette said that the team has no intention of trading Zach Britton or Manny Machado.

Roch Kubatko on Twitter
Duquette indicated that the Orioles are looking to build around their core players, meaning there doesn't figure to be a ton of jostling with the team's bigger names this offseason. Britton led the American League with 47 saves last season while Machado cracked 37 homers and drove in 96 runs.
Report: Eaton to Nats for Giolito and others 12-07-2016
Adam Eaton CF WAS
Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the White Sox have agreed to a trade that will send Adam Eaton to the Nationals for Lucas Giolito.

Jon Heyman on Twitter
The New York Post's Joel Sherman is reporting that in addition to Giolito, Reynaldo Lopez will also be heading over to the White Sox. 2016 first-round pick Dane Dunning is in the package too. With the Nationals, Eaton will more than likely patrol center field, allowing the team to move stud youngster Trea Turner to shortstop. Eaton is a terrific table-setter for that Washington lineup and he's on a very team-friendly contract that runs through 2021, but this is another massive haul of young talent for Chicago.
Report: M's working on trade for SF's Heston 12-07-2016
Chris Heston P SF
According to Jon Morosi of MLB Network, the Mariners are discussing a trade for Giants starter Chris Heston.

Jon Morosi on Twitter
Heston was a nice innings-eater for San Francisco in 2015, but he allowed six runs in just five innings at the major league level this past year while fighting through oblique issues. It'd be a buy-low type of situation for Seattle, though Heston has never been considered a great talent. He turns 29 years old next April.
Morosi: Rockies have interest in Stroman 12-07-2016
Marcus Stroman P TOR
Jon Morosi of FOX Sports hears that the Rockies have shown interest in Marcus Stroman.

Jon Morosi on Twitter
While the Rockies are reportedly intrigued by Stroman, Morosi relays that they would not be willing to trade Charlie Blackmon straight-up for the 25-year-old right-hander. Stroman is coming off a 2016 season in which he held a 4.37 ERA, 1.28 WHIP and 166/54 K/BB ratio over 204 innings pitched. This was his first season in the bigs with more than 20 starts.
Yankees have shown interest in Sergio Romo 12-07-2016
Sergio Romo P SF
According to John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle, the Yankees have expressed interest in free agent reliever Sergio Romo.

John Shea on Twitter
Shea says "several teams" have also made the call. Romo battled elbow problems in 2016 and only pitched 30 2/3 regular-season innings for the Giants, but he still managed a 2.64 ERA and boasts a career ERA of 2.58 with a career K/9 of 10.2. The veteran righty will turn 34 years old next March.
White Sox, Nationals working on Eaton trade 12-07-2016
Adam Eaton CF WAS
MLB.com's Scott Merkin reports that the Marlins are working on a deal that would send Adam Eaton to the Nationals.

Scott Merkin on Twitter
The White Sox are in full sell mode right now after their trade of Chris Sale to the Red Sox. As for their potential trade partner here, the Nationals have reportedly been in on Andrew McCutchen but appear to be broadening their outfield targets. Eaton hit .284/.362/.428 with 14 homers, 59 RBI and 14 steals over 619 at-bats in 2016.
Marlins ink AJ Ellis to one-year, $2.5M deal 12-07-2016
A.J. Ellis C PHI
ESPN's Buster Olney reports the Marlins have signed catcher A.J. Ellis to a one-year, $2.5 million deal.

Buster Olney on Twitter
Ellis will head to Miami to act as J.T. Realmuto's backup catcher. The veteran hit just .216/.301/.298 in 2016 between the Dodgers and Phillies, but his clubhouse rep is exceptional and he's had some decent seasons in the past.
Danny Espinosa to play for Mexico in WBC 12-07-2016
Danny Espinosa SS WAS
Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said that Danny Espinosa will play for Mexico in the World Baseball Classic.

Jorge Castillo on Twitter
Whether Espinosa is actually with the Nationals come the spring is another question entirely. Rizzo floated in early November that the 29-year-old shortstop is a potential trade candidate. While there hasn't been a ton of smoke on the actual trading front as of yet, a move here remains possible. In 516 at-bats last season, Espinosa hit just .209/.306/.378. He did clock a career-best 24 homers in that space, so it wasn't all awful.
Boras: Gomez turned down multi-year offers 12-07-2016
Carlos Gomez LF TEX
Scott Boras, the agent for Carlos Gomez, said that his client turned down multi-year offers in favor of re-signing with the Rangers for one season.

Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Gomez will be coming back to the Rangers on a one-year, $11.5 million contract, which was agreed to on Tuesday night. Said Boras, "He really found something with the hitting coach and the staff that allowed him for the first time in his career to be selective at the plate. He felt he wanted to continue in with that group. He actually turned down multi-year offers to bet on himself for that reason." In 33 games with the Rangers after being released by the Astros in August, the 31-year-old outfielder slashed .284/.362/.543 while swatting eight homers and swiping five bags.
Pirates are hoping to retain Ivan Nova 12-07-2016
Ivan Nova P PIT
Casey Stern of MLB Network Radio hears that the Pirates are hoping to retain Ivan Nova.

Casey Stern on Twitter
Nova came over to the Pirates in a trade with the Yankees over the summer. In 11 starts with his new club, the 29-year-old right-hander pitched to a sharp 3.06 ERA, 1.09 WHIP and 52/3 K/BB ratio. It is not yet known what other clubs might be sniffing around on the veteran hurler.
Blue Jays sign Brett Oberholtzer 12-07-2016
Brett Oberholtzer P LAA
Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports hears that the Blue Jays have signed lefty Brett Oberholtzer.

Jon Heyman on Twitter
It's presumably a minor league deal. Oberholtzer, 27, posted an ugly 5.89 ERA and 54/29 K/BB ratio over 70 1/3 innings this past season between the Phillies and Angels. He became a free agent after being outrighted off the Angels' 40-man roster last month.
Report: Tigers talked to Marlins about Wilson 12-07-2016
Justin Wilson P DET
Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press reports that the Tigers got in touch with the Marlins to gauge their interest in reliever Justin Wilson.

Anthony Fenech on Twitter
It's unclear if the Marlins were receptive, but the Marlins could consider multiple avenues if they miss out on Aroldis Chapman and Kenley Jansen. Wilson earned $1.525 million this past season while posting a 4.14 ERA and 65/17 K/BB ratio over 58 2/3 innings. He's reportedly been a popular name in trade talks.
Report: Tigers talked to Marlins about Wilson 12-07-2016
Justin Wilson P DET
Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press reports that the Tigers got in touch with the Marlins to gauge their interest in reliever Justin Wilson.

Anthony Fenech on Twitter
It's unclear if the Marlins were receptive, but the Marlins could consider multiple avenues if they miss out on Aroldis Chapman and Kenley Jansen. Wilson earned $1.525 million this past season while posting a 4.14 ERA and 65/17 K/BB ratio over 58 2/3 innings. He's reportedly been a popular name in trade talks.
Report: Ross' asking price in $9-11M range 12-07-2016
Tyson Ross P SD
Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports that Tyson Ross' asking price is in the $9-11 million range.

Evan Grant on Twitter
And according to Grant, that may not include incentives. The Padres opted to non-tender Ross rather than give him a similar salary through arbitration, but some team might be willing to take a chance even as he's making his way back from surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome. There's just not much out there in free agency.
Boras: Alvarez could play some OF in 2017 12-07-2016
Pedro Alvarez DH BAL
Agent Scott Boras said Wednesday that Pedro Alvarez could play some outfield in 2017.

Rich Dubroff on Twitter
Or at least that's what Boras is trying to pitch to teams. Can't blame him for trying, but Alvarez is best-utilized as a designated hitter, which limits the potential landing spots. Alvarez batted .249/.322/.504 with 22 homers in 376 plate appearances with the Orioles this past season.
Boras: Wieters might not sign until January 12-07-2016
Matt Wieters C BAL
Agent Scott Boras said Wednesday that his client Matt Wieters might not sign until January.

Rich Dubroff on Twitter
Wieters' market has been rather quiet after he put up an underwhelming .711 OPS (87 OPS+) in 2016 while also taking a step back behind the plate. The Orioles didn't make him a qualifying offer this time, so at least he doesn't have draft pick compensation attached. Boras said he has talked to several teams, but he appears content with waiting out the market.
Report: Rangers meet with Mets 12-07-2016
Jay Bruce RF NYM
T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports that the Rangers met with the Mets on Wednesday.

T.R. Sullivan on Twitter
It's well known that the Mets are trying to trade Texas native Jay Bruce, so that's presumably what was discussed. Curtis Granderson is another possibility, though they'd prefer to keep him. The Rangers could still have room for an outfielder even after re-signing Carlos Gomez, as they could put Shin-Soo Choo in the DH spot or even Bruce. The Mets would likely ask for a reliever or prospects in return. Bruce is owed $13 million in 2017 before hitting free agency.
Showalter says O's interested in C Castillo 12-07-2016
Welington Castillo C ARZ
Orioles manager Buck Showalter confirmed Wednesday that the club has interest in free agent catcher Welington Castillo.

Eduardo A. Encina on Twitter
Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports first reported the club's interest after Castillo was non-tendered by the Diamondbacks late last week. The Rays have reached an agreement with Wilson Ramos, taking one potential suitor out of the mix for Castillo. With Matt Wieters on the free agent market, Showalter also acknowledged that the club has discussed a possible reunion with Nick Hundley. Michael Bourn and Michael Saunders were also mentioned as outfield targets.
Yankees finalize deal with Matt Holliday 12-07-2016
Matt Holliday LF NYY
Yankees signed DH Matt Holliday to a one-year, $13 million contract. The deal was reported over the weekend and it's now official. Holliday turns 37 next month and is coming off a year where he slugged 20 homers with a .782 OPS in 110 games while missing significant time with a fractured thumb. The plan calls for him to serve as the primary designated hitter, but he could also see occasional time in the outfield and at first base. He could have a better chance to stay healthy in this situation and we wouldn't rule out a return to relevancy in mixed fantasy leagues while playing in the AL East.
Marlins bring back McGowan on 1-year deal 12-07-2016
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The Marlins are bringing back right-hander Dustin McGowan on a one-year deal, reports Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports.

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This confirms a report from Joe Frisaro of MLB.com. No word yet on the terms involved. McGowan, who turns 35 in March, bounced back as a member of Miami's bullpen last season by putting up a 2.82 ERA and 63/33 K/BB ratio in 67 innings.
Street/Bedrosian/Bailey to compete for closer 12-07-2016
Huston Street P LAA
Angels manager Mike Scioscia said Wednesday that he's planning to have Huston Street, Cam Bedrosian, and Andrew Bailey compete for the closer job in spring training.

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Street would seem to have the edge, but he isn't going to have the job handed to him after an injury-plagued season where he posted an ugly 6.45 ERA and 14/12 K/BB ratio over 22 1/3 innings. The 33-year-old required minor knee surgery in August, but he's expected to be ready for spring training. Bedrosian is the closer of the future here, but Bailey had a strong finish in the role.
Marlins down on chances of signing Jansen 12-07-2016
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Mark Saxon of ESPN hears that the Marlins "aren't feeling great" about their chances of signing free agent closer Kenley Jansen.

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It's unclear what has changed, but this would seem to be good news for the Dodgers, especially if you consider that the Yankees' first choice would be to sign Aroldis Chapman. We know that Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria has given his blessing to signing either Jansen or Chapman, but it's unclear how high he'd be willing to go to get one of them.
Encarnacion not likely to sign during WM 12-07-2016
Edwin Encarnacion 1B TOR
Jon Morosi of MLB Network writes that Edwin Encarnacion probably won't sign a contract before the end of the Winter Meetings.

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Encarnacion's reps went into the Winter Meetings optimistic that they would find a deal there, but things didn't exactly work out as planned. And there's simply not a lot of time left before everyone departs National Harbor, Maryland. Regardless, Morosi writes that multiple teams remain interested in the veteran slugger. The Indians have emerged as an unlikely suitor while there have been conflicting reports about the Rangers. With teams like the Red Sox and Rockies out and the Blue Jays only a remote possibility, his market is rather cloudy.
Nats have discussed Colome trade with Rays 12-07-2016
Alex Colome P TB
Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports that the Nationals have talked with the Rays about a potential Alex Colome trade.

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The Nationals are on the lookout for a closer and Colome would certainly fit the bill, as he put up a 1.97 ERA with 37 saves and a 71/15 K/BB ratio over 56 2/3 innings this past season. But the cost is going to be considerable. The 27-year-old Colome isn't even eligible for arbitration yet.
Report: Rangers don't have money for EE 12-07-2016
Edwin Encarnacion 1B TOR
The Rangers don't have the money to sign Edwin Encarnacion or another marquee free agent, according to Bob Nightengale of USA Today.

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Marly Rivera of ESPN reported earlier in the day Wednesday that the Rangers and Indians were both still in talks with Encarnacion, so who knows what to believe. We wouldn't be surprised if there's some posturing going on. The one thing we do know is that Encarnacion's market isn't nearly as lively as originally expected. And that could open the door for a number of scenarios.
Report: Nationals considering OF Adam Eaton 12-07-2016
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Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports that the Nationals are considering White Sox center fielder Adam Eaton.

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After missing out on Chris Sale, the Nationals have pivoted back to landing a center fielder. And their search is stretching beyond Andrew McCutchen. It only makes sense that Eaton's name would come up, as the White Sox probably already know who they'd like from the Nationals' system. Other trade candidates include Lorenzo Cain with the Royals and possibly Charlie Blackmon with the Rockies.
Rangers have done 'homework' on RHP Ross 12-07-2016
Tyson Ross P SD
According to Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News, the Rangers have done "significant homework" on free agent right-hander Tyson Ross.

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Ross was non-tendered by the Padres last week after making just one start in 2016 before undergoing surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome. He's a big question mark for the start of 2017 and beyond, but the state of the free agent market will make him intriguing to plenty of teams.
Royals acquire OF Jorge Soler from Cubs 12-07-2016
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Royals acquired OF Jorge Soler from the Cubs for RHP Wade Davis.

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The haul could have been a bit bigger if Davis didn't come with some health question marks, but Soler is an intriguing buy-low. The 24-year-old started his MLB career with a bang in 2014, but he owns a .253/.328/.413 batting line in 668 plate appearances since. Strikeouts have been the big issue, but his defense has also been shaky. Perhaps the change of scenery will be the jolt he needs. He still has four years of team control remaining. By parting with Davis, Kelvin Herrera figures to move into the closer role and has the potential to be a top-tier option at the spot in fantasy leagues.
Cubs acquire closer Wade Davis from Royals 12-07-2016
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Cubs acquired RHP Wade Davis from the Royals for OF Jorge Soler.

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Medicals weren't a sure thing after Davis' forearm issues from last season, but the Cubs were apparently satisfied with what they saw. If healthy, Davis is a tremendous pickup for the back-end of this bullpen. The 31-year-old wasn't as dominant by his usual insanely lofty standards in 2016, but he owns an incredible 1.18 ERA in 185 appearances over the last three seasons. He's going into his final year of team control.
Dodgers talked Frazier, still prefer Turner 12-07-2016
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Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports hears that the Dodgers like Todd Frazier and have talked to the White Sox about a potential trade, but their first choice remains keeping Justin Turner.

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It's no secret they'd like to keep Turner, but apparently they aren't willing to give him a five-year contract to do it. Even if Frazier doesn't end up on the Dodgers, the White Sox figure to find a match somewhere as they continue their rebuild. Frazier is due to become a free agent after 2017.
Blue Jays showing interest in Iannetta 12-07-2016
Chris Iannetta C SEA
Chris Cotillo of SB Nation reports that the Blue Jays are showing "real interest" in free agent catcher Chris Iannetta.

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The Blue Jays are looking at him as a potential backup to Russell Martin. Iannetta owns a rough .199/.298/.332 batting line over the last two seasons.
Heyman: Trumbo's asking price is $80M 12-07-2016
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According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, Mark Trumbo's asking price is $80 million.

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This is in line with previous reports which suggested he was asking for a deal in the $75-80 million range. The Rockies are off the board as a possibility after signing Ian Desmond and the Mariners are reportedly "moving on," so he could be running out of potential landing spots. And that's speaking nothing of the other first base/outfield/DH possibilities available via free agency and trade. Regardless, Heyman says that Trumbo has suitors. The Orioles and Indians would seem to fit that mold.
Giants not bringing back familiar trio 12-07-2016
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Alex Pavlovic of CSNBayArea.com reports that the Giants aren't planning reunions with Sergio Romo, Santiago Casilla, or Javier Lopez.

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It's the end of an era in San Francisco, as the trio has been present for World Series victories in 2010, 2012, and 2014. Per Pavlovic, the Giants are excited about teaming new closer Mark Melancon up with some of their younger arms. Bryan Morris is also expected to be in the mix after signing a minor league deal.
Giants shopping RHP Chris Heston 12-07-2016
Chris Heston P SF
Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com reports that the Giants are shopping right-hander Chirs Heaton.

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Heston posted a 3.95 ERA in 31 starts as a rookie in 2015, but he logged just fine innings in the majors in 2016 and was unable to make it back after suffering an oblique strain toward the end of June. He figures to draw some interest.
D-Backs most open to moving Miller, Corbin 12-07-2016
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Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports that the Diamondbacks are most open to discussing Shelby Miller and Patrick Corbin in trade talks.

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The Diamondbacks have been willing to discuss their starting pitcher depth at the Winter Meetings this week after recently acquiring Taijuan Walker, but Piecoro hears that the asking price is high and that other clubs feel a deal likely won't get done. "I think they're hesitant to deal any of them because they haven't had the time to evaluate and know exactly what they have," one source told Piecoro on the topic of the new D-Backs' front office. Miller was acquired as part of a blockbuster deal with the Braves just one year ago, but he disappointed with a rough 6.15 ERA in 20 starts in 2016. Patrick Corbin has shown upside in the past, but he struggled with a 5.15 ERA in his first full season back from Tommy John surgery and finished the year in the bullpen.
Yanks, Marlins, Dodgers waiting on closers 12-07-2016
Aroldis Chapman P CHC
Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Yankees, Marlins, and Dodgers are awaiting word from Aroldis Chapman and Kenley Jansen.

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Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reported early Wednesday that "there's an increasing sense" that Jansen and Chapman could be close to making decisions on where to sign. Heyman notes that Chapman is the Yankees' top choice while the Dodgers would prefer a reunion with Jansen. The Marlins are the wild card here and are open to signing either. Both closers should land deals north of $80 million.
Wheeler open to move to bullpen 12-07-2016
Zack Wheeler P NYM
Zack Wheeler (elbow) said Tuesday that he's open to a move to the bullpen.

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Wheeler was unable to make it back in 2016 after suffering multiple setbacks in his rehab from Tommy John surgery. The Mets are going to be cautious with him next season, so they are keeping their opens open in regard to his potential role. Wheeler's preference would be to start, but he's open-minded on the situation. "Whatever is best for my health is fine with me," said Wheeler.
Report: Mariners 'moving on' from Trumbo 12-07-2016
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According to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com reports that the Mariners are "moving on" from free agent slugger Mark Trumbo.

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ESPN's Jim Bowden reported Tuesday night that the Mariners were in serious talks with Trumbo, but Chris Cotillo of SB Nation later noted that it was largely overblown and Crasnick hears that "several things would have to happen" for them to re-engage with him. As of now, they are content with using a platoon of Dan Vogelbach and Danny Valencia at first base. The Rockies are off the board as a possibility for Trumbo after the Ian Desmond signing, so a return to the Orioles could still happen. He might just have to lower some of his demands to make that happen.
Report: Ian Desmond headed to Rockies 12-07-2016
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FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that Ian Desmond is headed to the Rockies.

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Market for Bruce, Granderson has been slow 12-07-2016
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Buster Olney of ESPN reports that trade talks regarding Jay Bruce and Curtis Granderson have been "very slow moving."

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Olney writes that there's still a glut of free agent outfielders, so they might have to wait for some of the dominoes to fall before they find a match. Not surprisingly, the Mets would reportedly prefer to deal Bruce rather than Granderson.
Marlins close to bringing back McGowan 12-07-2016
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Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports that the Marlins are close to bringing back Dustin McGowan.

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It's expected to be a major league deal. McGowan made the Marlins out of spring training last year and posted a 2.82 ERA and 63/33 K/BB ratio over 67 innings.
Marlins reach one-year deal with LHP Locke 12-07-2016
Jeff Locke P PIT
FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Marlins have a deal with left-hander Jeff Locke, pending a physical.

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Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports hears that it's a one-year deal worth around $3 million. Locke was non-tendered by the Pirates last week posting a 5.44 ERA over 127 1/3 innings in 2016, but he's had better results in the past and it's worth noting that he'll be reunited with Jim Benedict in Miami. It's a reasonable gamble in a weak market for starting pitching.
Davis-Soler will be a one-for-one swap 12-07-2016
Wade Davis P CHC
FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal confirms that if a deal is completed between the Cubs and Royals, it will be a one-for-one swap with Wade Davis and Jorge Soler.

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There had been some chatter about other prospects potentially going to the Royals, but it will be a straight-up swap. Davis carries some health questions and the Cubs are apparently going over his medicals before the deal is finalized, but given the recent price of top-tier relievers, this has a chance to be a great move if he can stay healthy in his walk year. Soler still possesses considerable upside, but he's an expendable piece in Chicago.
Report: Desmond isn't returning to Rangers 12-07-2016
Ian Desmond CF TEX
According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, Ian Desmond will not be returning to the Rangers.

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Jim Bowden of ESPN.com reported earlier that Desmond has narrowed his focus to one team and Heyman hears that he has found an opportunity with a team other than the Rangers. We know the Cardinals have been linked to him in recent days, but that's just speculation at this point. More details should leak out soon.
Phils see Joseph as regular first baseman 12-07-2016
Tommy Joseph 1B PHI
Phillies general manager Matt Klentak said Tuesday that they are currently viewing Tommy Joseph as their regular first baseman.

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Klentak didn't rule out the possibility of adding another option for first base, but Joseph hit .257/.308/.505 with 21 homers and 47 RBI over 107 games as a rookie in 2016 and they are prepared to see what he can do with an everyday role. "If that changes by virtue of an additional player acquisition, then we'll adjust," said Klentak. "But Tommy showed pretty well for himself all year long and we're excited to see what he can do in a little more of a regular role this coming year." Joseph was better against lefties than he was against righties, but he can be a cheap power source in fantasy leagues in 2017.
Marlins considering Junichi Tazawa 12-07-2016
Junichi Tazawa P BOS
Marlins manager Don Mattingly said Wednesday that the club is considering Koji Uehara and Junichi Tazawa.

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We've heard about Uehara before, but Tazawa is a new name in regard to the Marlins. Ultimately, it's not surprising to hear he's in the mix, as the Marlins are targeting pitchers at all levels in the market. Tazawa, 30, posted a 4.17 ERA and 54/14 K/BB ratio over 49 2/3 innings this past season with Boston.
Report: Rangers, Indians in on Encarnacion 12-07-2016
Edwin Encarnacion 1B TOR
Marly Rivera of ESPN reports that the Rangers and Indians are both still in talks with free agent slugger Edwin Encarnacion.

Marly Rivera on Twitter
The Indians have only emerged as a possibility after Encarnacion's market has been slow to develop, but the Rangers have been a great fit all along. Similar to his time in Toronto, he could potentially split time between first base and designated hitter in Texas. The big question is how much Encarnacion's camp will be willing to compromise in regard to years and dollars. As Jeff Passan reported early Wednesday morning, Encarnacion's camp is in "wait-and-see" mode as they try to find the right fit.
Braves have interest in Jose Quintana 12-07-2016
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According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Braves have interest in trading for White Sox left-hander Jose Quintana.

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Join the club. The Braves were also interested in Chris Sale, but they weren't willing to pay the high price the Red Sox ultimately did. Quintana is still going to fetch a tremendous return, but he should be more palatable for the Braves and others. We know that the Astros and perhaps the Nationals are among the other teams involved. Quintana is signed to a team-friendly deal that could keep him under club control through 2020.
Report: Desmond narrows focus to one team 12-07-2016
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Jim Bowden of ESPN.com reports that Ian Desmond has narrowed his focus to one team and that his representatives are in the process of finalizing a deal on Wednesday.

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The identity of that team? We aren't sure quite yet, but the Cardinals have been mentioned as a possibility in recent days and a reunion with the Rangers is still a possibility even after the Carlos Gomez deal. Desmond batted .285/.335/.446 with 22 homers, 86 RBI and 21 stolen bases in 2016.
Report: Encarnacion in 'wait-and-see' mode 12-07-2016
Edwin Encarnacion 1B TOR
According to Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports, free agent slugger Edwin Encarnacion is currently in "wait-and-see mode."

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It's not by choice, but his market just hasn't worked out as hoped until this point. In fact, Passan hears that no team has been willing to go beyond three years and $60 million thus far. Encarnacion still figures to find a nice deal in the end, but he'll be 34 in January and this speaks to the hesitation about a player with his profile. With his market being slower than expected, the Indians and Rockies are two teams who have been connected to him this week.
Chapman, Jansen close to making decisions? 12-07-2016
Aroldis Chapman P CHC
Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports hears that "there's an increasing sense" among teams in the elite-closer market that Kenley Jansen and Aroldis Chapman could be close to making decisions on where to sign.

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Report: Tigers getting hits on Sanchez 12-07-2016
Anibal Sanchez P DET
Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports hears that the Tigers are getting hits on right-hander Anibal Sanchez.

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This is in line with what Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports was hearing in mid-November. Sanchez is owed $16 million in 2017 with a $5 million buyout on his option for 2018, so the Tigers are going to have to cover some portion of his remaining salary in order to make a deal feasible. However, as Rosenthal notes, the Tigers could save some money by dealing him and Justin Wilson, who has drawn a lot of interest at the Winter Meetings. Sanchez is coming off a 5.87 ERA and 135/53 K/BB ratio over 153 1/3 innings this past season.
White Sox could wait on Robertson trade 12-07-2016
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FanRag Sports' Jon Heyman reports that David Robertson has drawn trade interest, but that a trade will likely wait to see who misses out on Aroldis Chapman and Kenley Jansen.

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It's not the worst way to play it, though the right offer could change the timing here. The Cubs are reportedly close to landing Wade Davis, so that leaves teams like the Dodgers, Yankees, Nationals, and Marlins in the mix for a high-profile closer. Robertson posted a 3.47 ERA and 75/32 K/BB ratio over 62 1/3 innings this past season and he's owed $12 million in 2017 and $13 million in 2018.
Yankees interested in Ruben Tejada 12-07-2016
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George A. King III of the New York Post reports that the Yankees have interest in free agent infielder Ruben Tejada on a minor league deal.

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Tejada, 27, appeared in 36 games in the majors last season between the Cardinals and Giants while batting just .167/.247/.242 in 78 plate appearances. He was outrighted off the Giants' 40-man roster in early August and finished the season in the minors. The former Met would be organizational depth at the very least.
Twins interested in Clayton Richard 12-07-2016
Clayton Richard P SD
Darren Wolfson of 1500 ESPN reports that the Twins have some interest in free agent left-hander Clayton Richard.

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Richard, 33, struggled with a 6.43 ERA over 25 relief appearances with the Cubs this past season before finishing with a 2.52 ERA and 34/24 K/BB ratio in 53 2/3 innings over nine starts and two relief appearances with the Padres. The southpaw is not going to move the needle much, but he's someone who could fit in a swingman role.
Gardner seens as possible fit for Orioles 12-07-2016
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According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Orioles are seen as a possible fit in a Brett Gardner trade.

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The Orioles are looking into a host of options for their lineup, both on the free agent and trade front. While Gardner would be a nice fit as a possible leadoff man, Heyman writes that they would want the Yankees to cover some of salary. The 33-year-old is owed $12 million in 2017, $11 million in 2018, and there's a $2 million buyout on his $12.5 million club option for 2019. Those aren't unreasonable terms, so the Yankees can probably do better if they are truly shopping him.
Cards have talked to White Sox about Eaton 12-07-2016
Adam Eaton CF WAS
According to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the Cardinals "are one of several teams that are believed to have approached" the White Sox about center fielder Adam Eaton.

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The Cardinals are looking for help in their outfield and have emphasized upgrading their seeped and athleticism this winter, so Dexter Fowler is at the top of their wish list among free agents and they have checked in on Ian Desmond, but they are also eyeing the trade market. In addition to a possible pursuit of Eaton, Goold hears that the Cardinals have talked to the Royals about Lorenzo Cain and that the Rockies are willing to trade Charlie Blackmon for a "high return." The Cardinals have talked with the Rockies in the past about Blackmon, so it's possible they revisit those talks now. Eaton is signed through 2021 on a team-friendly deal, so the White Sox don't have to move him, but he would be another significant chip to get their rebuild effort moving along.
White Sox in 'serious talks' about Quintana 12-07-2016
Jose Quintana P CWS
According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, the White Sox are already engaged in serious talks with several teams about left-hander Jose Quintana.

Bob Nightengale on Twitter
After moving their ace Chris Sale to the Red Sox on Tuesday, it's no surprise that they are seeing what is out there for one of the most underrated pitchers in the game. Nightengale names the Nationals and Astros among the interested clubs, but FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that Washington is not interested in adding another starter. Either way, the White Sox shouldn't have a problem finding a match given the weak market for starting pitching.
Report: Cubs/Royals agree to Davis-Soler deal 12-07-2016
Wade Davis P CHC
Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that the Cubs and Royals have agreed to a Wade Davis-Jorge Soler swap, pending medicals.

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It's not a done deal, but assuming the Cubs don't have any issues with Davis' medical records, it could be announced Wednesday morning. On the surface, it's not an overwhelming return for Davis, but he only has one year remaining on his contract and he's coming off a season where he was bothered by some forearm issues. Still, there's no questioning his ability if healthy. The 31-year-old owns a 1.18 ERA over the last three seasons and will immediately take over the closer role in Chicago. As for Soler, his star has faded a bit over the past two seasons, but there's huge power potential here and the Royals will happily take a chance on him.
Mariners seriousness about Trumbo 'overblown' 12-07-2016
Mark Trumbo RF BAL
According to Chris Cotillo of SB Nation, "the seriousness of the talks between Mark Trumbo [and] the Mariners was overblown."

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Cotillo hears there still might be a fit, but ESPN's Jim Bowden tweeted Tuesday night that the two sides were engaged in "serious" negotiations and that report now sounds mostly false. Trumbo is said to be looking for a contract in the $75-80 million range, after rejecting a four-year, $52-55 million offer from the Orioles a couple weeks ago. He's probably not going to meet that high asking price despite leading the major leagues in homers in 2016. There are just too many limitations with him defensively, and he owns a .303 career on-base percentage.
D'Backs, Rodney do one-year, $2.75M deal 12-07-2016
Fernando Rodney P MIA
Fernando Rodney has agreed to a one-year, $2.75 million contract with the Diamondbacks, per Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports.

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Heyman says there are "many, many" performance-based incentives included in the deal. Rodney posted a rough 5.89 ERA over his final 36 2/3 innings this past season with the Marlins, but he got off to a good start in San Diego and might have a little something left in the tank as he heads to the desert. The plan is for him to open the 2017 season as the Diamondbacks' closer. Good luck with that.