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  • Diamondbacks sign Nick Buss to minors deal
    Diamondbacks signed OF Nick Buss to a minor league contract.

    Advice: The 28-year-old outfielder saw his power fall off a cliff during the 2014 season at Triple-A, but was still able to post a solid .299/.364/.382 slash line with five homers and 68 RBI in 136 games.
    Today, 9:55 am
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  • Royals continue to talk with Torii Hunter
    According to Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press, the Royals remain in contact with free agent outfielder Torii Hunter.

    Advice: With the departure of Billy Butler, the Royals have an opening at designated hitter that the veteran Hunter could fulfill. While his defense has fallen off in recent years, he hit .295/.327/.456 with 34 homers and 167 RBI over the past two seasons in Detroit.
    Yesterday, 6:41 pm
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  • Orioles and Giants among interested in Hunter
    Jerry Crasnick of ESPN reports that the Orioles and Giants may have interest in Torii Hunter depending on how the rest of the free agent outfield market unfolds.

    Advice: The veteran outfielder has already received interest from the Twins, Royals, Cubs, Rangers and Mariners among others and looks like he'll have no problem finding a comfortable landing spot this winter. It's appearing more and more likely that he'll land a multi-year contract, most likely with an American League club where he can be hidden in the DH spot at times.
    Yesterday, 2:45 pm
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  • Matt Kemp drawing significant trade interest
    Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports that the Dodgers are drawing significant trade interest in outfielder Matt Kemp.

    Advice: While the Dodgers would much rather prefer to trade Carl Crawford or Andre Ethier to free up the logjam in their outfield, they would certainly get a much better return package if unloading Kemp. They would also be free of the five years and $107 million remaining on Kemp's contract through 2019, which would allow them to be even more aggressive on the free agent market. If Kemp is indeed dealt, Joc Pederson could take over the reins in center field.
    Yesterday, 2:16 pm
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  • Rays place Matt Joyce on trade block
    FOX Sports' Jon Morosi reports that the Rays have made Matt Joyce available for trade.

    Advice: It's not surprising, as the Rays are in cost-cutting mode and Joyce is due another raise in what will be his final year of arbitration. The 30-year-old's OPS has been in a steady decline the last few years, bottoming out in 2014 at .732 when he hit just nine homers. Still, he can be a useful bat and the Rays should be able to find a taker for him.
    Yesterday, 12:05 pm
    L, 7-2 x @Cle
  • Tigers ink Xavier Avery to minors deal
    Tigers signed OF Xavier Avery to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

    Advice: Avery spent all of the 2014 season at Triple-A with the Mariners, batting .275/.344/.413 with 10 homers and 31 steals. He lands in a good spot, as the Tigers' center field job is in flux, but ultimately he's unlikely to get much of an opportunity at the big league level in 2015.
    Yesterday, 9:57 am
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  • Braves expected to trade Justin Upton
    Joel Sherman of the New York Post was told by an executive that Justin Upton "will be moved" this offseason.

    Advice: The Braves dealt Jason Heyward earlier this week, but they don't plan to stop there. Like Heyward, Upton is set for free agency after next season, and the interest in him, according to Sherman, is "significant." Sherman adds that the price is steep, with the Braves looking for a bigger package than it took to land Heyward. The Mariners have long had interest in Upton and would appear to be a fit.
    Yesterday, 8:30 am
    W, 2-1 x @Phi
  • Alfredo Marte designated for assignment
    Angels designated OF Alfredo Marte for assignment.

    Advice: The move clears a spot on the 40-man roster for Dan Robertson. Marte had been claimed off waivers last month from the Diamondbacks.
    Thursday, 8:11 pm
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  • Jim Adduci designated for assignment
    Rangers designated OF Jim Adduci for assignment.

    Advice: The Rangers are attempting to sell his rights to a team in Japan. Adduci hit in the minors, but he'll turn 30 in May and has managed just a .189/.259/.242 line over 148 big league plate appearances.
    Thursday, 8:07 pm
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  • Angels acquire Daniel Robertson from Rangers
    Angels acquired OF Daniel Robertson from the Rangers in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations.

    Advice: Robertson hit .271/.333/.333 with six steals over 70 games for the Rangers this past season. He'll try to crack the Angels' Opening Day roster as an extra outfielder.
    Thursday, 8:05 pm
  • Alex Dickerson added to 40-man roster
    Padres purchased the contract of OF Alex Dickerson from Double-A San Antonio.

    Advice: Dickerson missed most of the season following heel surgery, but he played well when healthy, batting .321/.367/.496 with three homers over 34 Double-A contests. He's now protected from the Rule 5 Draft.
    Thursday, 7:10 pm
  • Royals acquire Reymond Fuentes from Padres
    Royals acquired OF Reymond Fuentes from the Padres in exchange for LHP Kyle Bartsch.

    Advice: A former first-round pick, Fuentes batted .294/.363/.416 with five homers and 25 steals between Double- and Triple-A this season. The Royals have added him to their 40-man roster.
    Thursday, 6:02 pm
  • Pads, others have talked to Reds about Bruce
    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Reds "have engaged in preliminary discussions" about a trade involving Jay Bruce.

    Advice: Rosenthal adds that the Padres are one of the clubs the Reds have spoken to about Bruce. Although they're not committing to dealing the outfielder, the Reds are weighing a variety of options as they consider trimming the payroll. Bruce is coming off the worst season of his career, but the Reds attribute at least part of his struggles to coming back too soon from knee surgery. Rosenthal says the outfielder rejected two contract extension proposals before the 2014 season. Bruce is under control through 2017.
    Thursday, 5:39 pm
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  • Nationals add Brian Goodwin to 40-man roster
    Nationals purchased the contract of OF Brian Goodwin from Triple-A Syracuse.

    Advice: Goodwin is now protected from the Rule-5 Draft. Baseball Prospectus ranked him as the No. 86 prospect prior to 2014. He hit .218/.342/.328 in Triple-A last season.
    Thursday, 2:01 pm
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  • Yankees sell contract of Wheeler to Japan
    Yankees sold the contract of UTIL Zelous Wheeler to Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles of Japan.

    Advice: Wheeler had a few cups of coffee in the majors last year for the Yankees, but the team has sold his contract to Japan as they jostle for roster space.
    Thursday, 1:39 pm
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  • Yankees add Mason Williams to 40-man roster
    Yankees purchased the contract of OF Mason Williams from Double-A Trenton.

    Advice: Williams is now protected from the Rule-5 draft. Williams was a high-ish profile prospect back in 2012, but his bat has fallen off in the years since. He batted just .223/.290/.304 at Double-A in 2014.
    Thursday, 1:25 pm
  • Yankees add Tyler Austin to 40-man roster
    Yankees purchased the contract of OF Tyler Austin from Double-A Trenton.

    Advice: Austin is now protected from the Rule-5 draft. He hit .275/.336/.419 with nine homers and three steals at Double-A in 2014. In the Arizona Fall League, he suffered a bone bruise but dodged legitimate knee damage. Austin was ranked as the Yankees' No. 17 prospect by Baseball America prior to the '14 campaign.
    Thursday, 1:18 pm
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  • Tigers DFA outfielder Ezequiel Carrera
    Tigers designated OF Ezequiel Carrera for assignment.

    Advice: Carrera batted just .261/.301/.348 in 45 games this past season for the Tigers, but he has good speed and can play all over the outfield, so the 27-year-old should draw interest from other teams on waivers.
    Thursday, 12:17 pm
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  • O's claim Alex Hassan off waivers from OAK
    Orioles claimed OF Alex Hassan off waivers from the Athletics.

    Advice: Hassan managed just one hit in nine plate appearances this past season for the Red Sox. He was claimed by the A's earlier this week, but they had to put him on waivers to clear out a 40-man roster spot. The 26-year-old has shown good plate discipline in the minor leagues while mashing left-handed pitching.
    Thursday, 10:48 am
    W, 1-0 x @Tor
  • Blue Jays among teams interested in Hunter
    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Blue Jays are among the teams pursuing Torii Hunter.

    Advice: The Royals, Twins, Cubs, Rangers, Giants, and Mariners have also been linked to the 39-year-old free agent outfielder. Hunter showed in 2014 that he is not quite finished, batting .286/.319/.446 with 17 home runs and 83 RBI in 142 games for the Tigers. It sure sounds like he's going to be able to command a multi-year deal.
    Thursday, 9:47 am
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  • White Sox have interest in FA Melky Cabrera
    CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the White Sox are interested in free agent Melky Cabrera.

    Advice: Heyman also names the Orioles and Mariners as potential fits for the 30-year-old outfielder, who batted .301/.351/.458 with 16 home runs and 73 RBI in 139 games this past season for the Blue Jays. He rejected a one-year, $15.3 million qualifying offer from Toronto earlier this month, so his free agency is tied to draft pick compensation. The Jays are probably out of the mix to re-sign Cabrera because they spent $82 million on catcher Russell Martin.
    Thursday, 7:13 am
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  • Delmon Young looking for two-year contract
    According to MASN's Roch Kubatko, free agent Delmon Young is seeking a two-year deal.

    Advice: Which makes it unlikely that he re-signs with the Orioles (unless, of course, his asking price drops). Young batted .302/.337/.442 with seven home runs and 30 RBI in 83 games this past season for Baltimore. The 29-year-old isn't a very good defensive outfielder, so he'll likely remain in the American League where he can DH.
    Thursday, 6:46 am
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  • Royals considering Peguero for RF/DH
    Jeffrey Flanagan of FOX Sports Kansas City reports that the Royals have had internal discussions about committing to Carlos Peguero in a timeshare role in right field and at designated hitter.

    Advice: The Royals are courting Torii Hunter, and it sounds like if they land him they could split his duty between right field and DH with Peguero. FOX Sports 1's CJ Nitkowski reported Tuesday that Peguero was receiving interest from Japanese clubs, but it sounds like he may have an opportunity in the states.
    Wednesday, 8:46 am
  • Giancarlo Stanton's record deal now official
    Marlins and OF Giancarlo Stanton avoided arbitration by agreeing to a 13-year, $325 million contract extension with a club option for 2028.

    Advice: The team made the deal official at a press conference Wednesday. Stanton's new contract is backloaded, as he'll earn $107 million in the first six years and will then have a chance to opt out. If he doesn't, he'll receive $218 million over the final seven years of the deal. The contract buys Stanton out of his final two years of arbitration and first 11 years of free agency. It's the richest deal in North American sports history.
    Wednesday, 8:11 am
  • Cardinals release OF Shane Robinson
    Cardinals released OF Shane Robinson.

    Advice: Robinson was first-time arbitration eligible this winter, making him an obvious non-tender candidate. With the addition of Jason Heyward, that sealed the 30-year-old's fate. Robinson may be able to find a major league deal to serve as a reserve outfielder elsewhere.
    Tuesday, 4:44 pm
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  • Royals, Twins aggressively pursuing Hunter
    Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish hears the Royals and Twins are the most aggressive suitors for Torii Hunter.

    Advice: Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski conceded last week the team will likely not re-sign the 39-year-old, but he may stay in the American League Central division yet. The Twins' interest has been long-rumored, but reports are that he would need to take a large pay cut to return to the Twin Cities. The Cubs, Rangers, Giants and Mariners are among the other teams that have been linked to the outfielder.
    Tuesday, 4:42 pm
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  • Indians could consider dealing Nick Swisher
    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Indians are considering training Nick Swisher "for another player with an inflated contract."

    Advice: Swisher has been banged up and largely unproductive in his two years in Cleveland, batting just .208/.278/.331 over 97 games in 2014 before having surgery on both knees in August. He's owed $30 million over the next two seasons and has a $17 million vesting option for 2017, so the Tribe will have to take on another contract in order to deal him.
    Tuesday, 11:18 am
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  • Giancarlo Stanton's new contract backloaded
    Jayson Stark of reports that Giancarlo Stanton will make just $30 million in the first three years of his new contract.

    Advice: He'll also wind up making "only" $17.83 million per season if he exercises his opt-out clause after six years. The Marlins have backloaded their deal with Stanton in order to give themselves the financial flexibility to add more contracts to the payroll. Stark says they want a middle-of-the-order bat to hit behind Stanton, with Adam LaRoche being one guy who has piqued their interest.
    Tuesday, 10:40 am
  • Carlos Peguero drawing interest overseas
    FOX Sports 1's CJ Nitkowski reports that Carlos Peguero is receiving interest from a team in Japan's Central League.

    Advice: Peguero hasn't had trouble putting up big home run totals in the minors, most recently slugging 30 bombs at Triple-A for the Royals this past season. He hasn't been given much of a chance in the majors, though, and will turn 28 in February. It might be time for him to give it a shot overseas.
    Tuesday, 9:05 am
  • Braves could still trade J. Upton, Gattis's Mark Bowman reports that the Braves "might both be traded at some point this winter."

    Advice: The Braves sent Jason Heyward to the Cardinals on Monday in a blockbuster deal, but Bowman says the club is "definitely not done moving some of their guys." Upton has one more year before free agency and would surely bring more in return, so he could be likelier to be moved. It appears the Braves might be gearing more towards 2017 when their new ballpark opens rather than trying to compete in 2015 with a roster that simply doesn't stack up with the Nationals.
    Tuesday, 6:10 am
    W, 2-1 x @Phi
  • Orioles' talks with Markakis 'inching along'
    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Orioles' contract talks with Nick Markakis are "inching along."

    Advice: Most figured the two sides would have wrapped up a deal by now. It still seems likely to happen, but as Rosenthal notes, the longer the Orioles wait, the likelier Markakis is to test out the free agent market. Markakis wasn't extended a qualifying offer, so he would not cost another team a draft pick to sign him.
    Tuesday, 6:04 am
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  • A's claim Alex Hassan off waivers
    A's claimed OF/1B Alex Hassan off waivers from Red Sox.

    Advice: Hassan has the kind of plate discipline that the A's covet. Hassan batted .287/.378/.426 in 478 PA at Triple-A Pawtucket last season.
    Monday, 2:57 pm
    W, 1-0 x @Tor
  • Marlins confirm monster contract for Stanton
    Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria confirmed Jon Heyman's earlier report about a 13-year, $325 million contract for Giancarlo Stanton.

    Advice: "A landmark day. It means everything to the franchise," Loria told the Miami Herald by phone. "We have a face of the franchise for the next 13 years." The Herald article cites an amazing stat: Stanton's $325 million contract is more than the team has spent on its entire roster over the past five years combined ($303 million). Stanton turned 25 earlier this month. Loria also stressed that the slugger would be with the team for the duration of the contract, saying "I expect him to be a Marlin for 13 years." There will be a press conference announcing the deal on Wednesday.
    Monday, 2:26 pm
  • Martin signing probably means Melky on move
    ESPN's Bust Olney tweeted that the Blue Jays' signing of Russell Martin "likely takes" Melky out of long-term consideration for the team.

    Advice: The Blue Jays will lose a draft pick for signing Martin, but they would gain one if Cabrera signs elsewhere. The Melk Man recently turned down a one-year, $15.3 million qualifying offer from the team. Cabrera batted .301/.351/.458 with 16 homers and 73 RBI over 139 games in 2014. Should he move on from the Blue Jays, it's been reported that Cabrera would prefer to play either on the East Coast or in the Midwest
    Monday, 2:16 pm
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  • Marlins, Stanton agree to $325 mil extension
    According to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, the Marlins' new 13-year, $325 million contract extension with slugger Giancarlo Stanton is officially "in place."

    Advice: And it'll be officially announced at some point this week, probably Wednesday or Thursday. Stanton's new contract carries a record length for a Major League Baseball player and is the largest sum of money a team has ever committed to an athlete in North American sports history. He can opt out not long after he turns 30 years old. Stanton, who turned 25 earlier this month, batted .288/.395/.555 with 37 home runs and 105 RBI in 145 games this past season for Miami.
    Monday, 7:18 am
  • Blue Jays have talked to Markakis' agent
    FOX Sports' Jon Morosi reports that the Blue Jays "have had contact" with Nick Markakis' agent, but they "aren't seriously pursuing him" right now.

    Advice: Morosi says the Jays are "prioritizing other outfield priorities ahead of Markakis," with re-signing Melky Cabrera likely at the top of that list. As for Markakis, Morosi adds that the Orioles are still trying to re-sign him, but they're "not close" to a deal. Baltimore did not extend a qualifying offer to the 31-year-old.
    Sunday, 8:45 am
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  • Melky Cabrera prefers East Coast/Midwest?
    Bob Dutton of the Tacoma New Tribune hears that Melky Cabrera prefers to play on the East Coast or in the Midwest.

    Advice: Dutton says the Mariners have "some interest" in Cabrera, but it appears them being on the West Coast could be a deterrent. The Blue Jays would like to re-sign the outfielder, but many teams figure to be in on the 30-year-old. Cabrera batted .301/.351/.458 with 16 homers and 73 RBI over 139 games for Toronto this past season.
    Sunday, 8:32 am
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  • Tigers GM rules out re-signing Torii Hunter
    Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski said Friday that the club will not re-sign Torii Hunter.

    Advice: "We probably won't re-sign Torii," Dombrowski said. "I called Torii and his representative today and told them that." Hunter had a successful two-year run in Detroit, batting .295/.327/.456 with 34 homers and 167 RBI while playing over 140 games both seasons. He's 39 and isn't much of an outfielder anymore, but Hunter keeps himself in terrific shape and could still have a bit more left in the tank. The Royals, Twins, Cubs, Rangers, Giants and Mariners have been listed as possible landing spots for the veteran outfielder.
    Friday, 1:01 pm
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  • Marlins, Stanton closing in on $325M contract
    CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Marlins are "closing in" on a 13-year, $325 million contract extension with Giancarlo Stanton.

    Advice: Heyman says the contract will contain both an opt-out and a no-trade clause. Most scoffed when president of baseball operations Michael Hill said earlier this month that he hoped to ink Stanton to a long-term extension before the Winter Meetings, but owner Jeffrey Loria has opened up the pocketbook to make it happen. Stanton surely would prefer to be on a team with more stability, but he's protected himself with an opt-out clause and got a record deal in the process. The contract buys out his final two years of arbitration and first 11 years of free agency.
    Friday, 12:42 pm
  • Tyler Austin suffers knee injury in AFL
    Yankees outfield prospect Tyler Austin is dealing with a bone bruise in his left knee as a result of a collision in the outfield during Arizona Fall League play on Saturday.

    Advice: Austin was carted off the field, but he's expected to be fine. "He has been diagnosed with a bone bruise (in his left knee)," assistant general manager Billy Eppler said. "There is no damage to his meniscus or any ligament issues. He will rest for the next 2-3 weeks." Ranked prior to the season by Baseball America as the Yankees' No. 17 prospect, Austin batted .275/.336/.419 with nine homers and three steals at Double-A in 2014.
    Friday, 9:52 am
    W, 9-5 x @Bos
  • Stanton, Marlins talks at the '10-yard line'
    CBS Sports' Jon Heyman was told by a source that extension talks between the Marlins and Giancarlo Stanton are at the "10-yard line."

    Advice: Heyman says the two sides "are said to be in basic agreement on the financial terms," but "there were still said to be one or two significant non-monetary hurdles to overcome." Those two hurdles are thought to be either an opt-out or no-trade clause or possibly both. Heyman concurs with FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal's report that the contract would be in the range of 12 years and $320 million, but he says it's possible the deal could be stretched to 13 years. The Marlins have been reluctant to give no-trade clauses in the past, but it's possible they could make an exception for Stanton.
    Friday, 8:42 am
  • Marlins discussing $320M deal with Stanton
    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the contract extension the Marlins are discussing with Giancarlo Stanton is in the range of 12 years and $320 million.

    Advice: Rosenthal reported Thursday that the deal would be for at least 10 years and $300 million, and apparently it's even richer than that. Stanton just turned 25 last week, so a 12-year pact would take him to through his age-36 season. The Marlins know they have to blow Stanton away with an offer in order to get him to remain in Miami for the long haul, and it appears they might be willing to do just that. Whether he winds up accepting the proposal remains to be seen.
    Friday, 5:43 am
  • Stanton, Marlins discussing $300 million deal
    Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that according to major league sources, the Marlins and Giancarlo Stanton are discussing a 10-year, $300 million deal.

    Advice: Rosenthal wrote that "Stanton's representatives also have discussed shorter contracts with the Marlins, and the mere fact that the sides continue to talk is a sign of progress, sources say." If Stanton were to sign the big deal, though, it would eclipse Miguel Cabrera's 10-year, $292 million deal signed in 2013 as the largest contract in the history of sports.
    Thursday, 2:29 pm
  • O's, Markakis again working on four-year deal
    According to CBS Sports' Jon Heyman, there is "optimism again" that the Orioles will be able to strike a four-year deal with free agent outfielder Nick Markakis.

    Advice: The two sides were said to be working on a new four-year pact shortly before Markakis officially hit the free agent market. He probably wanted to see what other teams were offering and is now turning back to Baltimore's offer. Heyman writes that it is "hard to envision Markakis, a beloved Oriole, leaving at this point."
    Thursday, 7:51 am
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  • O's GM: club, Markakis 'have more work to do'
    Orioles general manager Dan Duquette said the club has "more work to do" in negotiations with free agent Nick Markakis.

    Advice: The team has expressed interest in keeping Markakis since the season ended, and the sides appeared close to a four-year deal before free agency opened on Monday. Markakis wasn't extended a $15.3 million qualifying offer, so he's free to sign with any team without draft pick repercussion. The Blue Jays are one of the few teams aside from the O's said to have interest in the 30-year-old.
    Wednesday, 4:47 pm
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  • Marlins don't expect to trade Stanton
    According to Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald, Marlins executives say that it's a "safe bet" that Giancarlo Stanton will remain with the team through 2015 and 2016 if he doesn't sign a long-term contract.

    Advice: In other words, the Marlins have no plans to trade Stanton while he's under team control. The Marlins have said publicly that they are trying their hardest to sign him to a contract extension before he hits free agency, but there's some understandable skepticism their ability to convince him to stick around.
    Wednesday, 12:30 pm
  • Markakis' agent to meet with O's on Wednesday
    CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that Nick Markakis' agent, Jamie Murphy, is expected to meet with the Orioles on Wednesday.

    Advice: The O's declined Markakis' $17.5 million option earlier this month, but the two sides have reportedly talked about a four-year contract. Heyman writes that the Blue Jays are among the other teams with interest, but there's a good chance he'll stay in Baltimore.
    Wednesday, 6:46 am
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