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|Red Sox trying to land Ramirez and Sandoval||11-23-2014|
|Hanley Ramirez SS LAD|
Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports that the Red Sox are trying to land both Hanley Ramirez and Pablo Sandoval through free agency.
|The Red Sox have already shown their interest publicly in Sandoval and are believed to have an offer on the table in the range of five years and $95 million. They have also been in contact with Ramirez's agent since the winter meetings and are believed to be working towards a deal with the star shortstop. Adding both of them would certainly be a massive upgrade to the Boston offense and could vault them to the top of the American League East.|
|Athletics acquire slugger Ike Davis from Bucs||11-23-2014|
|Ike Davis 1B OAK|
|Athletics acquired 1B Ike Davis from the Pirates for international slot money.||The 27-year-old slugger was designated for assignment by the Pirates earlier in the week. In 143 contests between the Mets and Pirates in 2014, Davis slashed .233/.344/.378 with 11 homers and 51 RBI in 360 at-bats. With his ability to draw a walk and hit for power from the left-hand side of the plate, he should be able to carve out a platoon role with the A's.|
|A's designate Andrew Brown for assignment||11-23-2014|
|Andrew Brown LF OAK|
|Athletics designated OF Andrew Brown for assignment.||Brown, who was claimed off waivers from the Mets at the end of October, becomes the roster casualty of the A's acquiring Ike Davis on Sunday. The 30-year-old will look to latch on elsewhere.|
|Athletics to acquire Ike Davis from Athletics||11-23-2014|
|Ike Davis 1B OAK|
Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that the Athletics have acquired Ike Davis from the Pirates for international slot money.
Susan Slusser on Twitter
|The Pirates designated Davis for assignment earlier in the week and were content flipping him for anything they could get. Davis still possesses massive power potential and could find his way into the A's lineup fairly regularly against right-handed pitching.|
|Rangers unlikely to trade Andrus||11-23-2014|
|Elvis Andrus SS TEX|
Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal reported that the Rangers are not likely to trade SS Elvis Andrus.
Ken Rosenthal on Twitter
|Rosenthal noted that while the Rangers would be willing to trade "any shortstop" in the right deal, the team believes that Andrus is going to have a big year and would be somewhat reticent to move him. Beyond Andrus, the Rangers have Jurickson Profar and Louis Sardinia to dangle if something catches their eye.|
|Marlins reportedly kicking tires on Miley||11-23-2014|
|Wade Miley P ARZ|
According to Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald, the Marlins have discussed the possibility of trading for LHP Wade Miley.
|The Marlins are in the market for a veteran starter and could potentially trade Nathan Eovaldi (4.37 ERA in 199+ innings in 2014) or another pitching prospect. Last season with the Diamondbacks, Miley was 8-12 with a 4.34 ERA and a 183/75 K/BB ratio in 201+ innings.|
|'At least six teams' interested in Lester||11-23-2014|
|Jon Lester P OAK|
Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal reported that "at least six teams" have interest in free agent LHP Jon Lester.
|The three teams known to have met with the free agent are the Red Sox, Cubs and Braves. Rosenthal also wrote that the Cardinals, Blue Jays and Royals "have interest" in Lester. He speculated that the Yankees could possibly jump into the mix, but at this point, that's just speculation. The Red Sox reportedly offered Lester a six-year deal worth between $110 and $120 million.|
|Rangers have spoken with Braves about Upton||11-23-2014|
|Justin Upton LF ATL|
Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal tweeted that the Rangers have been in contact with the Braves regarding OF Justin Upton.
Ken Rosenthal on Twitter
|We're guessing that a lot of teams have been in contact with the Braves, given that they just shipped Jayson Heyward to the Cardinals. Upton is in a similar situation to Heyward in that he is a year away from free agency. According to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, the Braves will be asking a higher price for Upton than they did for Heyward.|
|Giants haven't made 'final offer' to Sandoval||11-23-2014|
|Pablo Sandoval 3B SF|
Giants assistant GM Bobby Evans told The Front Office on XM 86 that the team has not made a "final offer" to free agent Pablo Sandoval.
Jim Bowden on Twitter
|The San Francisco Chronicle reported on Friday that the Padres had made the highest offer to Sandoval. Both Boston and San Diego have supposedly put out offers in the range of five years, $95 million. Sandoval is said to be leaning toward taking the Red Sox offer. Evans would not confirm that the Giants' current offer is in that same range, but according to Jim Bowden, he "implied" that this was accurate.|
|Indians designate Scott Barnes for assignment||11-23-2014|
|Scott Barnes P CLE|
|Indians designated LHP Scott Barnes for assignment.||The team acquired Charles Brewer from the Diamondbacks for cash considerations on Saturday. The designation of Barnes was their way of making room on the roster. Barnes pitched 8+ innings with the Indians last season and allowed seven runs over that stretch.|
|Hunter says he favors Twins among suitors||11-23-2014|
|Torii Hunter RF DET|
Free agent OF Torii Hunter told the Pioneer Press that he and the Twins had a "common interest" in possible return.
|"I came there as a young boy and came out a man. I always hold true to Minnesota Twins values I was taught," said Hunter. His other suitors include the Royals, Orioles, Giants and Blue Jays. Hunter isn't quite the defender he used to be, but he put up a .286/.319/.446 line in 2014, hitting 17 home runs and driving in 83 over 142 games at age 39. He indicated he would make a decision about his landing spot within the next few weeks.|
|Blanco takes coaching job with Cubs||11-23-2014|
|Henry Blanco C ARZ|
Diamondbacks assistant hitting coach Henry Blanco has accepted a coaching job with the Cubs.
|Blanco's position under Joe Maddon will be as a quality assurance coach. He will also work closely with the catchers. The departure of the former catcher leaves the Diamondbacks without a Spanish speaker on the coaching staff, something the team plans on addressing.|