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    • Rays, Padres, Nats agree on Wil Myers trade
      According to Jim Bowden of ESPN and SiriusXM, the three-team Wil Myers trade is "done."

      Advice: Bowden has the breakdown of who's heading where: Padres shortstop prospect Trea Turner and pitching prospect Joe Ross will go to the Nationals. Myers, Ryan Hanigan, and minor league pitchers Jose Castillo and Gerardo Reyes will go to the Padres. Steven Souza, Travis Ott, Rene Rivera, Burch Smith, and Jake Bauers will go to the Rays (with Ott and Souza coming from the Nats). All the players involved need to pass physicals before the trade can be made official. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 2:33 pm
    • Nick Markakis undergoes fusion neck surgery
      Nick Markakis underwent fusion surgery Wednesday to repair a herniated disk in his neck.

      Advice: The expectation is that Markakis will be able to begin baseball-related activities by mid-February, but the Braves are probably going to take it easy on him in camp this spring just to be safe. The 31-year-old outfielder signed a four-year, $44 million free agent contract with Atlanta in early December. He'll be the team's leadoff man and right fielder in 2015. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 1:43 pm
    • Rays 'down to two scenarios' on Miley trade
      According to Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times, the Rays are "down to two scenarios" for a Wil Myers trade.

      Advice: One of those scenarios involves the Nationals, but the Rays are still waiting to hear if Washington is in or out. Topkin says Tampa Bay is currently set to give up Myers, Ryan Hanigan, and two lower-level minor leaguers to get Rene Rivera, Burch Smith, and Jake Bauers back from the Padres. Then some more players -- possibly Padres shortstop prospect Trea Turner -- would be moved in a third branch of the deal. There should be a resolution to this whole thing by Thursday. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 1:40 pm
    • Martin Perez (elbow) ready around A-S break
      Rangers GM Jon Daniels expects Martin Perez (elbow) to be ready around the 2015 All-Star break.

      Advice: Daniels watched video of Perez throwing on Wednesday and noted that the left-hander was making progress in his recovery from Tommy John surgery. Perez had the procedure in May, and full recovery usually takes close to 15 months. He could carry some fantasy value in the second half of the 2015 season. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 1:10 pm
    • Blue Jays sign Ryan Kalish to minors deal
      Blue Jays signed OF Ryan Kalish to minor league contract with invitation to spring training.

      Advice: Kalish elected to become a free agent at the beginning of November. A month-and-a-half later he's found himself a landing spot. The outfielder is a career .245/.293/.350 hitter over 412 plate appearances at the major league level. He'll serve as organizational depth and a possible bench bat for the Blue Jays. Rotoworld.com
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    • Multiple teams showing interest in Cabrera
      CBS Sports' Jon Heyman writes that the Giants, A's, Mets, Cardinals and Twins are among the teams interested in free agent infielder Asdrubal Cabrera.

      Advice: Cabrera's positional flexibility is attractive to a number of clubs. He's capable of playing second and third base in addition to his natural position at shortstop. Cabrera has experience at short and second, though less at third. Cabrera's numbers weren't spectacular last season, as he hit just .241/.307/.387 between the Indians and Nationals last season. Rotoworld.com
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    • Giants re-sign Sergio Romo to two-year deal
      FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal hears that the Giants have re-signed Sergio Romo to a two-year, $15 million deal.

      Advice: Romo had an up-and-down 2014 season, ending the year with a 3.72 ERA, 0.95 WHIP and 59/12 K/BB ratio over 58 innings. While he drew interest from multiple big-market teams, he's apparently decided that he's most comfortable remaining with the reigning champs. They'll be getting him on a relatively cheap deal in comparison to other relievers this off-season. Rotoworld.com
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    • Kipnis undergoes surgery on injured finger
      Jason Kipnis injured his left ring-finger during a workout and underwent surgery on Tuesday.

      Advice: According to beat writer Paul Hoynes, Kipnis should be ready to go for Spring Training. He had a down 2014 campaign which was marred by a nagging oblique injury. When healthy, Kipnis is one of the most dynamic infielders in the game. His 2013 season, in which he batted .284/.366/.452, is indicative of the kind of bat Kipnis has when he's right. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 11:27 am
    • Giants continue to show interest in Shields
      Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal reported that the Giants were exploring a "wide-range" of pitching options, including James Shields.

      Advice: The Giants were in on Jon Lester last month and continue to search for a big-name starter to fill out their rotation. The team met with Shields last week and according to Rosenthal, continues to show interest. The Giants have also been attached to Max Scherzer, though it's reasonable to assume that Scherzer might be beyond their price range if he really is seeking a $200 million deal. Rotoworld.com
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    • Longoria not currently in Rays' trade talks
      Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reported that neither Ben Zobrist nor Evan Longoria have been part of the Rays' trade discussions.

      Advice: The Rays are looking at Nationals' outfielder Steven Souza as they work to complete a trade of Wil Myers to the Padres, but for the time being, it seems that they are more likely to trade out of prospect depth than they are to trade from their stable of major league talent. Longoria is the face of the franchise and while the Rays have shown a willingness to move any talent in the right deal, it would probably take quite a bit to bid farewell to their perennial All Star. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 11:01 am
    • Zobrist not likely to be traded to Nationals
      Joel Sherman of the New York Post hears from sources that the Nationals are not targeting INF/OF Ben Zobrist in a potential trade with the Rays.

      Advice: The Rays are showing interest in outfield prospect Steven Souza. While Zobrist would fit a positional need, Sherman reported that he had been told that the Nationals and Rays are looking at options that don't include the versatile infielder. The Rays picked up Zobrist's option in late October, but it's likely that they'll be open to moving him at some point given that he is set to hit the free agent market next winter. Rotoworld.com
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    • Padres meeting to discuss Kemp physical
      USA Today's Bob Nightengale reported that the Padres are meeting to discuss the results of Matt Kemp's physical.

      Advice: This confirms a report from FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal. According to Nightengale, the Padres "believe that [Kemp's] physical is fine," but are "still waiting for final details." Should the trade go through, the pieces expected to head to the Dodgers are Yasmani Grandal, Joe Wieland and Zach Eflin. Eflin is then expected to be flipped to the Phillies in the Jimmy Rollins deal. In addition to the Kemp situation, the team is also in the midst of discussing a trade with the Rays for Wil Myers. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 10:29 am
    • Angels' negotiations with Beckham stall
      The Orange County Register's Jeff Fletcher reported that negotiations between the Angels and INF Gordon Beckham are not currently progressing.

      Advice: Fletcher wrote that the Angels were still looking to bring back Beckham. The most obvious reason as to why negotiations have hit a snag is that Beckham is presumably looking for a guaranteed starting role in the majors. Given his .226/.271/.348 slash-line in 2014, it's probably not realistic that Beckham will have consistent starting at-bats next season. Rotoworld.com
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    • Red Sox acquire RHP Varvaro from Braves
      Red Sox acquired RHP Anthony Varvaro from the Braves for RHP Aaron Kurcz and cash considerations.

      Advice: Varvaro was designated for assignment by the Braves several days ago. He's been a solid bullpen contributor, posting a 2.99 ERA over 153 appearances in the last four seasons. In 2014, he put up a 2.63 ERA. He should serve as a quality arm and supply the Red Sox with a nice depth piece. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 9:18 am
    • Kemp's physical could hold up trade to Padres
      Bleacher Report's Will Carroll hears that "rumors....are starting to get louder" about a possible failed physical by OF Matt Kemp.

      Advice: Kemp was all set to be traded to the Padres for Yasmani Grandal, Joe Wieland and Zach Eflin pending a physical. It's important to note that nothing is official, but the silence on the situation is curious. Kemp has suffered numerous injuries over the course of his career. When he's healthy, he's been an elite bat. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 9:05 am
    • No timetable for Myers trade completion
      The Tampa Bay Times' Marc Topkin writes that there's no timetable for the completion of the Rays' trade of Wil Myers to the Padres.

      Advice: According to Topkin, "talks remain ongoing" and the deal's finalization could come "[Wednesday] or carry on to Thursday." The trade talks could take slightly longer simply because of the large number of pieces involved. ESPN's Jim Bowden reported that the players coming back to the Rays for Myers would include Jake Bauers, Joe Ross, Burch Smith and "two others." It is also being reported that one or more of these prospects could subsequently be traded to another team. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 8:55 am
    • Rays working on 'multitude of things'
      Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal reported that according to his sources, the Rays were working on a "multitude of thing" with "a lot of moving parts."

      Advice: The largest of this multitude would appear to be a trade of outfielder Wil Myers to the Padres, which is reportedly nearing completion. Beyond that, ESPN's Jerry Crasnick wrote that he thought it was possible that the Rays would end up trading at least one of the prospects the team received in the deal. Rosenthal didn't specify whether everything the Rays were working on hinged on Myers being dealt, or if they were also looking toward moves independent of the young slugger's movement. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 8:33 am
    • Rays, Padres closing in on Wil Myers trade
      ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reported that the Rays and Padres were "nearing the finish line" on a trade involving Wil Myers.

      Advice: No word on if there's a third team involved in the possible trade, though Crasnick tweeted that he was hearing that it was a two-team trade with the possibility of the Rays flipping a prospect later. Among the prospects who could possibly be shifting from the Padres to the Rays are the likes of Austin Hedges, Matt Wisler, Burch Smith and/or R.J. Alverez. Myers struggled in 2014, hitting just .222/.290/.320 with six home runs and 35 RBI in 87 games. Despite his struggles, the 24-year-old Myers is a unique talent who is under contractual control until 2019. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 7:49 am
    • Byrd not currently on Mariners' radar
      ESPN's Jerry Crasnick hears that the Phillies have not approached outfielder Marlon Byrd about waiving his no-trade clause to go to the Mariners.

      Advice: The Mariners are one of the teams that Byrd would have to approve for a trade to work. Earlier this month, Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal reported that the Orioles were showing interest in the 37-year-old. Despite his age, Byrd still packs a wallop in his bat, having hit .264/.312/.445 with 25 home runs in the 2014 season. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 6:11 am
    • Harvey may be held out until home opener
      Mets manager Terry Collins told the New York Post that in order to conserve innings, Matt Harvey might not pitch until the team's first home game.

      Advice: The Mets' home opener falls on April 13th. Harvey's recovering from Tommy John surgery, having missed the 2014 season. While he's expected to be fully healthy for the 2015 campaign, the team would like to limit his innings and keeping him under wraps until the home opener would work toward that cause. It's also possible that they skip a few starts throughout the season. In 2013, Harvey struck out 191 in 178+ innings while posting a 2.27 ERA. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 6:01 am
    • Myers to SEA, Walker to SD in 3-team deal?
      Jason Churchill of 1090 The Fan in Seattle reports that there are "strong indications" the Mariners are the third team involved in the Wil Myers trade talks.

      Advice: Churchill says that Myers could be headed to the Mariners and Taijuan Walker to the Padres in the deal, with other prospects going to the Rays. It's not clear whether he's hearing something or is just reading the tea leaves. It does make sense, as there were reports earlier in the day that the Mariners were close to trading for a hitter. Three-team deals often fall apart, but this one definitely looks to have legs. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 7:05 pm
    • Myers to Padres deal 'said to be very close'
      Yahoo Sports' Jeff Passan reports that there is "significant optimism" a potential trade sending Wil Myers to the Padres will get done and is "very close" to being completed.

      Advice: Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reported earlier Tuesday that it's unlikely a deal would be consummated before the end of the day, but it does appear that something could be wrapped up relatively quickly. It's not clear who exactly would be involved in the deal, but players mentioned from San Diego's side include Austin Hedges, Matt Wisler, Burch Smith and R.J. Alvarez. FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal first reported that the two sides were talking. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 5:14 pm
    • Padres and Rays discussing Wil Myers trade
      According to FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal, the Rays and Padres are discussing a "significant trade" that would involve outfielder Wil Myers heading to San Diego.

      Advice: Rosenthal says a "number of players" would be involved in the swap, though it's "not known" if the trade is actually close to happening. Myers batted just .222/.294/.320 with six home runs and 35 RBI in 87 games this past season for Tampa Bay, but he's only 24 years old and should have a bright future. Myers is under contractual control through 2019. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 2:45 pm
    • Anthony Varvaro designated for assignment
      Braves designated RHP Anthony Varvaro for assignment.

      Advice: It's a surprise move given Varvaro's 2.99 ERA over 153 relief appearances for the Braves over the last four seasons, including a 2.63 mark last year. The right-hander will either be claimed off waivers or traded. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 3:48 pm
    • Braves to DFA reliever Anthony Varvaro
      MLB.com's Mark Bowman reports that the Braves plan to designate Anthony Varvaro for assignment when their deal with Alberto Callaspo becomes official.

      Advice: Varvaro, 30, holds a 2.99 ERA over 153 relief appearances for the Braves over the last four seasons, so he figures to draw some interest on waivers. He posted a 2.63 mark with 50 strikeouts over 54 2/3 frames last season. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 3:15 pm
    • Nick Markakis to have neck surgery this week
      Nick Markakis will undergo surgery this week to repair a bulging disk in his neck.

      Advice: Markakis should be able to resume baseball activities in eight weeks and is expected to be ready for spring training. The 31-year-old signed a four-year, $44 million contract with the Braves earlier this month and projects to be the team's leadoff hitter and starting right fielder in 2015. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 1:37 pm
    • Matt Kemp to take Padres physical on Tuesday
      Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that Matt Kemp will take his physical with the Padres on Tuesday.

      Advice: That means that the two sides have until then to iron out the specifics of the trade. It is believed to be Kemp and catcher Tim Federowicz heading to the Dodgers in exchange for Yasmani Grandal, Joe Wieland and Zach Eflin. What's not clear is the exact amount of money that the Dodgers will be sending to make the deal work, believed to be around $31 million. As long as Kemp passes his physical, the deal should become official on Tuesday. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 7:27 pm
    • Sergio Romo signing coming soon
      Chris Cotillo of MLBDailyDish.com reports that Sergio Romo is expected to sign "hopefully in the next few days."

      Advice: Romo has drawn interest from Dodgers, Yankees and Red Sox and the Giants haven't given up hope to re-sign him. The 31-year-old lost his closer job in 2014 but still wound up having a fine year, posting a 3.72 ERA, 0.95 WHIP and 59/12 K/BB ratio over 58 innings. Based on the teams with interest in him, it appears Romo is likely looking at a setup role next season. Rotoworld.com
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    • Asdrubal Cabrera prefers to play second base
      Giants assistant GM Bobby Evans said Thursday that Asdrubal Cabrera prefers to play second base.

      Advice: San Francisco is interested in the 29-year-old free agent, but the only opening on the infield is at third base. Cabrera hasn't closed the door to moving over to the hot corner, but he has almost no experience there so this might not be a good fit. Cabrera batted .241/.307/.387 between the Indians and Nationals in 2014. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 12:27 pm
       
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    • Giants considering Asdrubal Cabrera for 3B
      According to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, the Giants are considering Asdrubal Cabrera for third base.

      Advice: Cabrera has only made one appearance at third base in his eight-year major league career, and it was for 1 1/3 innings. The 29-year-old batted just .241/.307/.387 between the Indians and Nationals in 2014. He should come pretty cheap this winter. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 10:57 am
       
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    • Dodgers, Padres agree to Matt Kemp trade
      According to Dennis Lin and Kirk Kenney of the San Diego Union-Tribune, Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp has officially been traded to the Padres.

      Advice: Kemp and catcher Tim Federowicz are headed to San Diego in exchange for catcher Yasmani Grandal and pitchers Joe Wieland and Zach Eflin. The Dodgers are also sending around $31 million to the Padres to cover part of Kemp's remaining $107 million in guaranteed salaries. It's been an incredibly active 24 hours for the new-look Los Angeles front office, and there should be more activity to come. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 5:34 am
    • Report: Giants and Red Sox meet with Shields
      Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish reports the Giants and Red Sox met with James Shields on Wednesday.

      Advice: Shields' market has begun to pick up in the wake of the Jon Lester signing. The free agent met with the Rangers over the weekend, and now two more suitors have emerged. The 32-year-old is also believed to be a fit on the Dodgers if they're able to move Matt Kemp in the coming days. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 5:16 pm
       
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    • Report: TEX met with Shields last weekend
      According to Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish, the Rangers met with James Shields last weekend.

      Advice: Cotillo says the Rangers are "expected to be serious contenders to sign the right-hander." Shields' market should begin to develop in haste now that Jon Lester has settled with the Cubs on a six-year, $155 million free agent contract. The 32-year-old Shields will likely be seeking a deal worth more than $100 million. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 2:34 pm
       
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    • Dodgers, Yankees, Red Sox in on Romo
      ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that the Dodgers, Yankees, and Red Sox all have interest in free agent reliever Sergio Romo.

      Advice: And the Giants are also interested in bringing him back. Romo struggled in the early part of 2014 before losing his grip on the closer role, but he pitched well down the stretch and should be able to find a multi-year deal, especially with these teams involved. Relievers are doing very well in free agency right now. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 9:56 am
       
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    • Sergio Romo in talks with Giants, Tigers
      FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that Sergio Romo has been in touch with the Giants and Tigers.

      Advice: Romo was also talking with the Astros, but he'll have to look elsewhere now that the club has reportedly signed both Luke Gregerson and Pat Neshek. With the money being thrown around to relievers, the 31-year-old should do well for himself in free agency, even though his ERA has increased in each of the past three seasons. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 7:19 am
       
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    • Report: Rays getting calls about Wil Myers
      Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that the Rays have received calls from "about a half-dozen teams" regarding the availability of Wil Myers.

      Advice: The Rays seem more likely to deal Matt Joyce this offseason, but Myers could fetch a huge return if he's made available. Still, he's just 24 years old and is under team control through 2019. While he's coming off a disappointing season, we suspect he'll stay put. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 5:13 am
    • Astros talk to Sergio Romo, Luke Gregerson
      Evan Drellich of the Houston Chronicle reports that the Astros have had discussions with the representatives of Sergio Romo and Luke Gregerson.

      Advice: The Astros missed out on both Andrew Miller and David Robertson, but they remain intent on signing at least one reliever. Landing in Houston would be good for the fantasy prospects of either Romo or Gregerson, as they'd both likely be the first option to close. Gregerson will reportedly get at least a three-year deal. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 7:54 pm
       
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    • Zaidi says Kemp-to-Padres trade isn't close
      Dodgers general manager Farhan Zaidi said Tuesday that reports of a Matt Kemp trade to the Padres being close are "wishful thinking."

      Advice: "I would not characterize it that way," Zaidi said. FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reported earlier Tuesday that a deal sending Kemp to the Padres for Yasmani Grandal and others was "getting closer," but Zaidi obviously doesn't see it that way. Rosenthal is the best in the business, so this could just be some posturing by the Dodgers GM. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 5:43 pm
    • Nick Markakis slotted into leadoff spot
      Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said Tuesday that Nick Markakis, as it stands right now, would be the team's leadoff man.

      Advice: It's not a surprise, as that's where Markakis spent the 2014 season with the Orioles and the Braves have no other obvious options for the leadoff spot. Markakis has a career .358 OBP, though it's been just .335 over the last two seasons. Gonzalez did note that second base prospect Jose Peraza could hit leadoff when he's ready for a promotion, at which point Markakis would drop to the No. 2 spot. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 3:23 pm
    • O's meet with Phillies about Marlon Byrd
      FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Orioles met with the Phillies on Tuesday to discuss a trade for outfielder Marlon Byrd.

      Advice: Byrd is a logical target for the Orioles, who have lost Nick Markakis and Nelson Cruz to free agency. The 37-year-old batted .264/.312/.445 with 25 home runs this season and is owed $8 million in 2015. His contract also includes an $8 million vesting option for 2016. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 1:54 pm
    • O's, Rangers, Mariners out on Matt Kemp
      CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Orioles, Rangers, and Mariners are all out as a possibility for a trade for Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp.

      Advice: Heyman surmises that, at this point, it's likely "Padres or bust" for Kemp. FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reported earlier Tuesday afternoon that the two sides are "working hard" on a deal and are "getting closer." Yasmani Grandal has been floated as part of the potential return package for the Dodgers, but top pitching prospect Matt Wisler is not expected to be included. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 1:27 pm
    • SD's Kemp package would not include Wisler
      According to FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal, the Padres' trade package for outfielder Matt Kemp would not include top pitching prospect Matt Wisler.

      Advice: Wisler had been suggested as a possible accompaniment to catcher Yasmani Grandal, whom the Dodgers are known to covet. But the San Diego front office is not willing to meet that demand. Rosenthal hears that Padres right-hander Joe Ross could be involved, and CBS Sports' Jon Heyman has floated the name Zach Eflin. The two teams are said to be working hard on a swap. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 11:29 am
    • Padres, Dodgers 'working hard' on Kemp swap
      FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Padres and Dodgers are "working hard" on a Matt Kemp trade.

      Advice: Rosenthal says the two sides are "getting closer" to finding a match. The Dodgers are known to be eyeing Padres catcher Yasmani Grandal, but they also want another big piece and Rosenthal suggests that it could be pitching prospect Matt Wisler. Kemp has also been linked to the Mariners, Rangers, and Orioles, but no team is more desperate for offense than San Diego. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 10:10 am
    • Orioles considering trade for Marlon Byrd
      ESPN's Jayson Stark reports that if the Orioles end up going the trade route for an outfielder, Marlon Byrd is "a name on their radar screen."

      Advice: Byrd will almost surely be dealt this winter, as he's not part of the Phillies' rebuilding plan. The veteran outfielder has experienced a career revival the last two seasons, batting .277/.323/.476 with 49 homers and 173 RBI. He'd be a fine fit in right field for the Orioles, who are looking to replace Nick Markakis. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 6:21 pm
    • Byrd a 'strong possibility' to be traded
      Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that there's a "strong possibility" that the Phillies will move Marlon Byrd.

      Advice: The Phillies are in rebuild mode, so it doesn't make much sense to hang on to a 37-year-old outfielder. His power should generate some interest. Byrd has a four-team no-trade list which previously included the Mariners, Blue Jays, Royals and Rays, but he has reportedly made some changes since. He's owed $8 million next season and his contract includes an $8 million club option for 2016 which will vest if he reaches 463 plate appearances next year. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 8, 10:25 am
    • Padres 'most likely destination' for OF Kemp
      Bob Nightengale of USA Today writes that the Padres loom as the "most likely destination" for Dodgers' outfielder Matt Kemp.

      Advice: The Padres are said to be offering catcher Yasmani Grandal and another player. It's unclear how much cash the Dodgers would be willing to cover in a potential deal. Kemp is owed $107 million over the next five seasons. He has also been linked to the Mariners, Rangers, and Orioles this offseason. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 8, 8:01 am
    • Mariners still interested in dealing for Kemp
      According to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, the Mariners are still looking at free agent outfielder Matt Kemp.

      Advice: The M's are believed to be the front runners to sign Melky Cabrera, but the Mariners are continuing to keep their options open. They have also expressed interest in acquiring Justin Upton from the Braves, though they would assuredly need to part with one of their prized young arms to make that deal work. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 7, 3:34 pm
    • Halos could go after Shields or Scherzer
      CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Angels could make a run at James Shields or Max Scherzer if they're able to trade C.J. Wilson.

      Advice: Heyman says Wilson has "seemed to lose favor from some quarters of the organization," which could lead to him being dealt and the Halos then signing a rotation upgrade. Scherzer is undoubtedly going to be more expensive, though there's a good chance Shields could also require a contract in excess of $100 million. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 7, 9:06 am
       
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