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  • Jays showing interest in acquiring John Jaso
    Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that the Blue Jays have shown interest in acquiring John Jaso from the Athletics.

    Advice: The A's are currently fielding calls on some of their left-handed bats, and have a logjam behind the plate and at designated hitter which are the two spots Jaso could be utilized. The Jays see him as a potential backup to Russell Martin. The A's have reportedly inquired about Sean Nolin who could be included in any potential deal. Rotoworld.com
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  • Red Sox trying to land Ramirez and Sandoval
    Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports that the Red Sox are trying to land both Hanley Ramirez and Pablo Sandoval through free agency.

    Advice: 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. Rotoworld.com
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  • Athletics acquire slugger Ike Davis from Bucs
    Athletics acquired 1B Ike Davis from the Pirates for international slot money.

    Advice: 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. Rotoworld.com
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  • A's designate Andrew Brown for assignment
    Athletics designated OF Andrew Brown for assignment.

    Advice: 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. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 2:13 pm
  • Athletics to acquire Ike Davis from Pirates
    Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that the Athletics have acquired Ike Davis from the Pirates for international slot money.

    Advice: 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. Rotoworld.com
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  • Rangers unlikely to trade Andrus
    Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal reported that the Rangers are not likely to trade SS Elvis Andrus.

    Advice: 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. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 12:11 pm
  • Marlins reportedly kicking tires on Miley
    According to Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald, the Marlins have discussed the possibility of trading for LHP Wade Miley.

    Advice: 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. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 11:38 am
  • 'At least six teams' interested in Lester
    Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal reported that "at least six teams" have interest in free agent LHP Jon Lester.

    Advice: 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. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 11:27 am
     
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  • Rangers have spoken with Braves about Upton
    Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal tweeted that the Rangers have been in contact with the Braves regarding OF Justin Upton.

    Advice: 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 Rosenthal, the Rangers are open to trading prospects in lieu of paying in free agency. Joel Sherman of the New York Post reported that the Braves will be asking a higher price for Upton than they did for Heyward. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 10:49 am
  • Giants haven't made 'final offer' to Sandoval
    Giants assistant GM Bobby Evans told The Front Office on Serius 209 XM 86 that the team has not made a "final offer" to free agent Pablo Sandoval.

    Advice: 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 of ESPN, he "implied" that this was accurate. Rotoworld.com
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  • Indians designate Scott Barnes for assignment
    Indians designated LHP Scott Barnes for assignment.

    Advice: 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. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 8:09 am
  • Hunter says he favors Twins among suitors
    Free agent OF Torii Hunter told the Pioneer Press that he and the Twins had a "common interest" in possible return.

    Advice: "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. Rotoworld.com
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  • Blanco takes coaching job with Cubs
    Diamondbacks assistant hitting coach Henry Blanco has accepted a coaching job with the Cubs.

    Advice: 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. Rotoworld.com
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  • Indians acquire RHP Brewer from Diamondbacks
    Indians acquired RHP Charles Brewer from the Indians for cash considerations.

    Advice: The Diamondbacks had designated Brewer for assignment on Thursday. The right-hander had a cup of coffee with the club in 2013, but he spent all of this past season in the minors. The 26-year-old will be pitching depth for the Indians. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:59 pm
     
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  • Padres have made highest offer to Sandoval
    John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle hears the Padres' offer to Pablo Sandoval is the highest the free agent has received thus far.

    Advice: The Padres were believed to have made the offer Friday. Shea also said he believes that despite the large offer, Sandoval is still leaning toward signing with the Red Sox. The Giants have been asked to make their best offer to the third baseman recently as well, suggesting things may be moving toward a conclusion. Multiple sources say a decision is expected within the next week. Rotoworld.com
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  • Blue Jays no longer in mix for Sandoval
    Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet.ca reports that the Blue Jays are no longer believed to be in the mix for free agent third baseman Pablo Sandoval.

    Advice: While the Jays had initial interest, there has been no communication between them and Sandoval's agent in the past 48 hours. The Red Sox, Giants and Padres are believed to have offers on the table to the hulking third baseman, with a five-year, $95 million deal from the Red Sox reportedly the leader in the clubhouse at the moment. A resolution to this situation is expected in the coming days, but it looks like the Jays won't be the winner in this sweepstakes. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 12:00 pm
     
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  • Giants sign Carlos Triunfel to minors deal
    Giants signed INF Carlos Triunfel to a minor league contract.

    Advice: The slick-fielding 24-year-old owns a horrifying .160/.188/.235 slash line over 81 career at-bats in the big leagues. He'll look to compete for a reserve infielder role with the Giants. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:37 am
     
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  • Phillies sign Chris Nelson to minors deal
    Phillies signed INF Chris Nelson to a minor league contract.

    Advice: The 29-year-old utility man appeared in 27 games for the Padres during the 2014 season, slashing .233/.296/.274 with seven RBI in 73 at-bats. His versatility should allow him to compete for a reserve role with the Phillies. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:25 am
     
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  • Rockies sign Justin Miller to minors contract
    Rockies signed RHP Justin Miller to a minor league contract.

    Advice: The 27-year-old hurler cracked the big leagues for the first time in 2014, posting a 5.11 ERA, 1.30 WHIP and 5/2 K/BB ratio over 12 1/3 innings with the Tigers. He'll function as organizational bullpen depth in Colorado. Rotoworld.com
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  • Rockies sign Brett Marshall to minors deal
    Rockies signed RHP Brett Marshall to a minor league contract.

    Advice: The 24-year-old right-hander was abysmal at Triple-A Louisville during the 2014 season, posting a 1-10 record, 6.53 ERA, 1.82 WHIP and 59/51 K/BB ratio over 70 1/3 innings. He's nothing more than organizational depth at this point. Rotoworld.com
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  • Rockies sign John Lannan to minors contract
    Rockies signed LHP John Lannan to a minor league contract.

    Advice: The 30-year-old southpaw posted a 6.75 ERA over 56 innings of work at Triple-A Las Vegas in 2014. Given the Rockies struggles both in the rotation and the bullpen, it would be surprising to see him not get a shot at some point during the 2015 season. Rotoworld.com
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  • Phillies sign Paul Clemens to minors contract
    Phillies signed RHP Paul Clemens to a minor league contract.

    Advice: The 26-year-old right-hander appeared in 13 games out of the Astros bullpen in 2014, registering a 5.84 ERA, 1.66 WHIP and 16/13 K/BB ratio over 24 2/3 innings. With his ability to start and pitch in relief, he'll provide valuable organizational depth for the Phillies. Rotoworld.com
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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. Rotoworld.com
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  • Phillies re-sign Koyie Hill to minors deal
    Phillies re-signed C Koyie Hill to a minor league contract.

    Advice: The 35-year-old backstop saw limited time with the Phillies during the 2014 season, slashing .238/.273/.286 in 21 at-bats over 10 games. He'll continue to provide catching depth and a valuable veteran presence in the minor leagues. Rotoworld.com
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  • Giants re-sign Quiroz to minor league deal
    Giants re-signed C Guillermo Quiroz to a minor league contract.

    Advice: The 32-year-old has spent the past two seasons as catching depth in the Giants organization, appearing in a pair of games at the big league level in 2014 after rosters expanded in September. Rotoworld.com
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  • White Sox sign Joe Savery to minors contract
    White Sox signed LHP Joe Savery to a minor league contract.

    Advice: The deal should include an invitation to spring training as well. The 29-year-old southpaw appeared in just three games with the Athletics in 2014, hurling four scoreless innings. He was terrific at Triple-A Sacramento, compiling a 2.84 ERA, 1.22 WHIP and 45/17 K/BB ratio over 44 1/3 innings. He'll have a strong chance of cracking the White Sox bullpen on Opening Day. Rotoworld.com
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  • Rays to interview three finalists in December
    Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that the Rays will bring in each of their three managerial finalists for another interview during the week of December 1.

    Advice: That means that a resolution to this situation is going to take at least another week and a half. All three are very well respected around the league, with Wakamatsu the only one of the group who has previous managerial experience in the big leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 5:57 am
  • Braves release southpaw Jonny Venters
    Braves released LHP Jonny Venters.

    Advice: The 29-year-old hurler is expected to miss the entire 2015 season as he continues to recover from a third Tommy John surgery. Once healthy, he should be able to find an opportunity elsewhere on a minor league pact. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 5:25 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. Rotoworld.com
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  • Red Sox believed to be leader for Sandoval
    Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that the Red Sox are believed to be the leader in the race to sign free agent third baseman Pablo Sandoval.

    Advice: The Red Sox already have an offer on the table, which is believed to be for five years and $95 million. The Giants and Padres reportedly also have offers in on the Kung Fu Panda. Cafardo notes that the Red Sox would like a decision soon though, so Sandoval could be donning a new jersey in the coming days. Rotoworld.com
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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. Rotoworld.com
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  • Rays narrow managerial choices down to three
    The Rays have narrowed down their managerial search to three finalists: Kevin Cash, Raul Ibanez and Don Wakamatsu.

    Advice: Wakamatsu is the only one of the trio who has previous experience as a major league manager. The surprise in this announcement, is that bench coach Dave Martinez, who was widely considered to be the favorite for the gig, wasn't even among the finalists. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 2:25 pm
  • Lester to meet with two more teams next week
    Rob Bradford of WEEI.com reports that Jon Lester is scheduled to meet with at least two teams next week.

    Advice: Lester met with Red Sox, Cubs and Braves this week. The Cardinals have been mentioned as one potential landing spot for Lester, so they could be one of the clubs the left-hander visits next week. The Red Sox reportedly have offered Lester a six-year deal in the $110-120 million range. Rotoworld.com
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  • Padres preparing to make offer to Sandoval
    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Padres will make a contract off to Pablo Sandoval on Friday.

    Advice: No word yet on what the terms might be, but it will have to at least be $90+ million in order to be competitive with what the Red Sox and Giants are reportedly willing to spend. It was Rosenthal who reported earlier Friday that new Padres GM A.J. Preller has been "working feverishly" and prepared to go in a variety of directions this offseason. Rotoworld.com
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  • Manny Acta out of running for Rays' job
    Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that Manny Acta is out of the running for the Rays' manager job.

    Advice: He has the most big league managerial experience of anyone who interviewed, but the Rays have decided to pass. Acta and Craig Counsell have now been crossed off the list, and the Rays reportedly have narrowed their search down to three names. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 11:57 am
  • 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. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 8:30 am
  • Craig Counsell won't get Rays' job
    MLB.com's Adam McCalvy reports that Craig Counsell has pulled out of the running for the Rays' manager job.

    Advice: Counsell was one of 10 candidate to interview for the gig. He will continue with his job as special assistant to Brewers general manager Doug Melvin. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 7:45 am
  • Braves don't make offer to Jon Lester
    David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that the Braves did not make an offer to Jon Lester during their meeting Thursday.

    Advice: Braves president of baseball operations John Hart conceded Thursday that it was a "long shot" that they could afford Lester. It's possible an offer could still be forthcoming, or they could have just decided after meeting with the left-hander that they simply couldn't afford him. The common thought is that it will come down to the Red Sox and Cubs. Rotoworld.com
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  • Pirates designate Ike Davis for assignment
    Pirates designated 1B Ike Davis for assignment.

    Advice: He was going to be non-tendered, so he'll now have a little extra time to find a new home. Davis batted .233/.344/.378 with 11 home runs and 51 RBI over 143 games between the Mets and Pirates in 2014. His days as a starting first baseman might very well be over. Rotoworld.com
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  • Diamondbacks designate Brewer for assignment
    Diamondbacks designated RHP Charles Brewer for assignment.

    Advice: Brewer had a brief stay in the majors with Arizona in 2014. He pitched in four games and allowed two runs over six innings. He'll try to latch on as bullpen depth elsewhere. Rotoworld.com
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  • 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. Rotoworld.com
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  • Longoria (forearm) homers in return to lineup
    Evan Longoria (forearm) returned to the starting lineup for the MLB All-Stars Thursday in Japan.

    Advice: Longoria made an early exit from Monday's game in Tokyo after being hit on the left forearm by a pitch, but that was merely a precautionary move. He hit a home run Thursday in the final game of the 10-day tour. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 7:52 am
  • Braves meeting Thursday with SP Jon Lester
    Jayson Stark of ESPN confirms that the Braves are meeting Thursday with free agent left-hander Jon Lester.

    Advice: "Is it a long shot? Yeah, it's a long shot," acknowledged Braves president of baseball operations John Hart. "(But) we're keeping all the doors open." Lester reportedly received a six-year offer worth around $110-120 million earlier this week from the Red Sox, and he's also said to be drawing interest from the Cubs and Cardinals. The 30-year-old registered a 2.46 ERA, 1.10 WHIP, and 220/48 K/BB ratio in 219 2/3 innings this past season between Boston and Oakland. Rotoworld.com
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  • Cafardo: Jays expected to bid for Sandoval
    Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe said the Blue Jays are expected to make an offer to free agent Pablo Sandoval by Thursday.

    Advice: To this point the heavy interest in Sandoval has been limited to the Giants and Red Sox, so it will be interesting to see what the emergence of the Jays does to the process. FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal notes that the Jays have a strict policy that limits them to a maximum of five years on free agent deals, meaning the club could be forced to overpay for Sandoval's services. Jon Heyman of CBS Sports said Sandoval will get at least five years from whichever team he signs with. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 6:56 pm
     
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  • Braves designate LHP Venters for assignment
    Braves designated LHP Jonny Venters for assignment.

    Advice: Two Tommy John surgeries have kept Venters from pitching in the majors since 2012. The southpaw is expected to miss the 2015 season as well, and the Braves decided their 40-man roster spot could be better used. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 5:24 pm
     
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  • Red Sox 'willing to negotiate' with Lester
    A source tells Rob Bradford of WEEI.com that the Red Sox have shown a "willingness to negotiate" with free agent Jon Lester.

    Advice: It was reported that the club made an offer in the range of $110-120 million over six years earlier this week. That's significantly higher than the four-year, $70 million offer the BoSox were reported to have extended to Lester in spring, and it appears they would be open to going even higher if necessary. The team isn't alone in its pursuit of the 30-year-old, as the Cubs, Braves and Cardinals have all been linked to Lester in recent days as well. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 5:19 pm
     
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  • Report: Red Sox offering Lester $110-120M
    According to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe, the Red Sox's offer to free agent Jon Lester "falls into the $110-120 million range over six years."

    Advice: Gordon Edes of ESPN Boston said Wednesday morning that the Red Sox are not expecting a quick decision from Lester, who can shop this proposal around to other teams to jack up the price. The 30-year-old left-hander is also believed to be drawing serious interest from the Cubs, Braves, and Cardinals. He had a 2.46 ERA, 1.10 WHIP, and 220/48 K/BB ratio in 219 2/3 innings this past season between Boston and Oakland. Rotoworld.com
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  • Pablo Sandoval will get at least five years
    CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that Pablo Sandoval "will get at least a five-year deal, if not six or seven."

    Advice: ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reported Tuesday that Sandoval had been discussing deals in the five-year, $80-90 million range, but Heyman says he's holding out for a nine-figure deal and it sounds like he might get it. Sandoval is on his way to San Francisco after finishing his visit with the Red Sox, who are expected to make an offer by Thursday. He'll likely wind up choosing between those two teams, though Heyman doesn't discount the possibility of others getting involved. He mentions the Marlins as a potential dark horse but says there's no word whether they've had contact with Sandoval's camp. Rotoworld.com
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  • John Jaso cleared for baseball activities
    Athletics general manager Billy Beane said Wednesday that John Jaso (concussion) has been cleared for all baseball activities.

    Advice: That means he'll be able to catch again, but it remains to be seen how often he'll be behind the plate next season. Jaso's last two seasons have ended prematurely due to concussion issues, so putting him behind the plate at all is a dangerous proposition. The A's are considering giving him some reps at first base in spring training. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 10:10 am
     
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  • Red Sox extend offer to Pablo Sandoval
    Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that the Red Sox have extended a contract offer to Pablo Sandoval.

    Advice: The particulars of the offer aren't known, but ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reported Tuesday that Sandoval has discussed deal both with the Red Sox and Giants in the five-year, $80-90 million range. Crasnick has also said that "things could come together quickly" with Sandoval, so it appears Panda will make a decision soon. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 9:36 am
     
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  • Red Sox make contract offer to Jon Lester
    Gordon Edes of ESPNBoston.com reports that the Red Sox have made a contract offer to Jon Lester.

    Advice: It's not clear what the offer is or if it's their final one, but either way Edes says the club is not expecting a quick decision from the left-hander. The Cubs are generally viewed as the Red Sox' biggest competitors for Lester, with the Braves and Cardinals are also reportedly interested. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 5:42 am
     
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  • Red Sox, Sandoval have second meeting Tuesday
    Pablo Sandoval and the Red Sox met for a second time Tuesday evening, according to Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish.

    Advice: It's unclear what the nature of the second meeting is, but ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reported earlier Tuesday that "things could come together quickly" and the Red Sox are a "very serious player." A second meeting in one day would seem to corroborate that idea. Sandoval's suitors are down to the Giants and the Red Sox, so a decision one way or the other could come soon. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 5:06 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. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 4:42 pm
     
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  • Cardinals joining pursuit of SP Jon Lester?
    According to Jim Bowden of ESPN and SiriusXM, the Cardinals have joined the Jon Lester sweepstakes.

    Advice: St. Louis has six legitimate starting pitchers between Adam Wainwright, Michael Wacha, Lance Lynn, John Lackey, Carlos Martinez, and Marco Gonzales, but Waino recently underwent elbow surgery and Wacha dealt with shoulder problems throughout 2014, so maybe there's some fire to this smoke. Lester is also being courted by the Red Sox, Cubs, and Braves. The 30-year-old left-hander had a 2.46 ERA, 1.10 WHIP, and 220/48 K/BB ratio in 219 2/3 innings this past season between Boston and Oakland. Rotoworld.com
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  • Pablo Sandoval's price range $80-90 million
    ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that Pablo Sandoval has discussed deals in the five-year, $80-90 million price range with the Giants and Red Sox.

    Advice: Crasnick adds that "things could come together quickly" with Sandoval and that the Red Sox are a "very serious player." The feeling for a while now has been that Kung Fu Panda was likely to either re-sign with San Francisco or head east to Boston. It appears that a decision could come before Thanksgiving. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 10:15 am
     
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  • Jon Lester has meeting this week with Braves
    ESPN's Buster Olney reports that the Braves have a meeting scheduled with Jon Lester this week.

    Advice: Atlanta acquired pitching help in the form of Shelby Miller on Monday, and it appears they will at least entertain the possibility of signing Lester. The left-hander will undoubtedly get a contract well north of $100 million, and it remains to be seen if the Braves will realistically go that high. The Cubs and Red Sox at this point appear to be the primary contenders for Lester's services. Rotoworld.com
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  • Evan Longoria exits game after HBP
    Evan Longoria exited Monday's game in Japan after being hit by a pitch on the left forearm.

    Advice: He was removed from the game as a precaution, as Longo only has a bruise. Longoria is in Japan along with other MLB All-Stars as part of a five-game postseason tour. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 6:15 am
  • Braves could still trade J. Upton, Gattis
    MLB.com'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. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 6:10 am
  • Hanley's reps have been contacted by Jays
    FOX Sports' Jon Morosi reports that the Blue Jays "have established contact" with Hanley Ramirez's representatives "but are not actively pursuing him now."

    Advice: It's not clear whether the Jays could eventually be real players for Hanley or if they were just doing their due diligence. If Toronto did go after Ramirez, they would likely have plans to put him at third base and move Brett Lawrie to second. Ramirez has expressed a willingness to play somewhere other than shortstop. Rotoworld.com
    Nov 16, 8:49 am
     
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  • Rays interview Larkin, completing first round
    The Rays interviewed Barry Larkin for their managerial opening Saturday.

    Advice: Larkin was the final candidate to be interviewed, so Saturday's meeting marked the end of the first round of interviews. The team will now likely narrow its list and conduct another round of interviews before settling on a successor for Joe Maddon. Larkin gained some managerial experience managing Brazil in the 2013 World Baseball Classic, but he hasn't yet held a position as a major league manager. Rotoworld.com
    Nov 15, 1:46 pm
  • Royals have had talks with Jon Lester's rep
    Jeffery Flanagan of FOX Sports Kansas City reports that the Royals have had preliminary discussions with the agents for Jon Lester.

    Advice: However, a Royals source told Flanagan, "I don't know how much I would read into that." The Royals do appear to at least be checking in on most situations, as they're also in on Yosmany Tomas. However, they probably can't realistically expect sign any marquee free agent. Lester will undoubtedly get a contract well north of $100 million. Rotoworld.com
    Nov 14, 1:17 pm
     
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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. Rotoworld.com
    Nov 14, 1:01 pm
     
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