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  • Pirates making Neil Walker available
    Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that "all of baseball" knows Neil Walker is available in a trade.

    Advice: Walker is due a healthy raise in his final year of arbitration and previous talks about a contract extension haven't gone anywhere. Pittsburgh can go with Josh Harrison at second base, Jung Ho Kang at third and Jordy Mercer at shortstop if they deal Walker. The Orioles have reportedly had talks with the Pirates regarding Walker and it appears Pittsburgh won't have trouble finding a suitor. Today, 6:27 am
  • Nationals getting hits on Ross this winter
    Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that Joe Ross has been "one of the most sought-after pitchers of the offseason."

    Advice: Cafardo notes that Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo "is resisting all offers" for Ross at the moment. Trading the young right-hander just doesn't make any sense for the Nats, as they're poised to lose Jordan Zimmermann and Doug Fister in free agency and need Ross in their rotation. Ross is under team control through 2021. Today, 6:19 am
  • Report: Red Sox trying to deal Hanley Ramirez
    Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that the Red Sox are "trying to move" Hanley Ramirez.

    Advice: Cafardo adds that the Mariners, Orioles and Angels "seem to be the targets" as potential trade partners. Whether those clubs actually have interest in Ramirez or Boston just thinks they'd be a fit isn't clear. It was Cafardo who was told by five general managers earlier this month that they wouldn't trade for Ramirez even if the Red Sox paid half of what remains on his $68 million contract, so obviously dealing Hanley wouldn't be easy. Today, 6:13 am
  • Tigers one of a 'handful' of Zimmermann suitors
    SB Nation's Chris Cotillo reports the Tigers are one of a "handful" of "serious suitors" for Jordan Zimmermann.

    Advice: Cotillo said it's unclear who the favorite is. Fox Sports' Jon Morosi and Ken Rosenthal reported that Zimmermann was in serious talks with the Tigers but a deal doesn't appear to be imminent. Zimmermann would be the first big free agent domino to fall if he signs. The 29-year-old went 13-10 in 33 starts this past season with 164 strikeouts and a 3.66 ERA. Yesterday, 9:00 pm
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  • Report: Tigers in serious talks with Zimmermann
    Fox Sports' Jon Morosi and Ken Rosenthal report the Tigers are in discussions with Jordan Zimmermann.

    Advice: Morosi and Rosenthal are hearing from multiple sources that the talks have become serious. Detroit is looking for an ace after losing Max Scherzer last offseason and David Price at the trade deadline. Zimmermann is among the top arms in this year's free agent class and should earn a nine-figure deal when all is said and done. The two-time All-Star has also been linked to the Dodgers. Yesterday, 8:33 pm
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  • Bowden: Rays 'determined' to move Boxberger
    According to ESPN's Jim Bowden, the Rays are "determined" to trade Brad Boxberger and it will be a "surprise" if they don't.

    Advice: Bowden adds that the Rays feel his trade value "will never be higher" after collecting 41 saves this past season. Ideally, the Rays would use Boxberger to acquire a hitter, though his mediocre 3.71 ERA could limit outside interest. Bowden lists the Astros, Blue Jays, Cubs, Diamondbacks, Nationals, Orioles, Tigers and Yankees as potential fits for Boxberger. Yesterday, 7:58 pm
  • Heyman: Carl Crawford on the trading block
    Jon Heyman of CBS Sports is hearing the Dodgers could make Carl Crawford available in a trade this offseason.

    Advice: Once a perennial All-Star and among the best all-around outfielders in baseball, Crawford has faded into mediocrity while battling injuries the last several seasons. Teams probably won't be lining up for a 34-year-old who batted .265 last year. Crawford's exorbitant salary will make it even harder to move him. Trading Crawford would give the Dodgers more money to spend on Zack Greinke but for now, it's a pipe dream. Yesterday, 7:22 pm
  • One executive calls Papelbon 'untradeable'
    Jon Heyman of CBS Sports was told by one executive that Jonathan Papelbon is "untradeable."

    Advice: Papelbon just turned 35, his $11 million salary is far from a bargain and he's gained a reputation for being a clubhouse headache. That's three strikes right there. Of course, he's still one of the best closers in baseball and there's bound to be at least one team willing to look past those shortcomings. Papelbon has one year left on his contract. Yesterday, 2:17 pm
  • Mariners willing to pay $24 million for Iwakuma
    According to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, the Mariners are willing to offer Hisashi Iwakuma "around $24 million" for a two-year deal.

    Advice: That's a fair offer for a pitcher entering his age-35 season, though Iwakuma might push for a three-year deal. Iwakuma turned down his qualifying offer, so the Mariners will get a compensatory pick if he signs elsewhere. Yesterday, 1:54 pm
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  • Heyman: Orioles not impressed by Parra
    Jon Heyman of CBS Sports said "word is" the Orioles weren't impressed by Gerardo Parra after acquiring him in a midseason trade and it would be a "surprise" if they re-signed him.

    Advice: Parra was terrific for the Brewers this year but his production fell off a cliff once he joined Baltimore at the trade deadline. The Orioles are all-in on re-signing Chris Davis and could easily let Parra fall through the cracks. The Mets and Royals have both checked in on Parra this offseason. Yesterday, 1:37 pm
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  • Indians have spoken to OF Shane Victorino
    Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that the Indians have spoken to free agent outfielder Shane Victorino.

    Advice: The 35-year-old has dealt with a wide array of injuries that have limited him to just 101 games the past two seasons. When healthy though, he's exactly the type of player that the Tribe could use while Michael Brantley recovers from his injury, a strong defensive outfielder who can play all three positions and who gets on base at an above average clip. Yesterday, 9:19 am
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  • MLB to investigate Yasiel Puig's altercation
    Major League Baseball announced Friday that they will investigate the physical altercation between Yasiel Puig and his sister at a Miami nightclub as part of their new domestic violence policy.

    Advice: Puig allegedly shoved his sister during an argument on Wednesday night before fighting with a bouncer who escorted him from the club. Under the new policy, Commissioner Rob Manfred has the power to fine or suspend Puig even if he isn't convicted of any crime. Though immensely talented, the 24-year-old outfielder continues to cause problems off the field. Yesterday, 6:08 am
  • Jays ink J.A. Happ to three-year, $36M deal
    Blue Jays signed LHP J.A. Happ to a three-year, $36 million contract.

    Advice: The 33-year-old southpaw, helped by the tutelage of pitching coach Ray Searage, posted a 1.85 ERA, 1.03 WHIP and 69/13 K/BB ratio over 63 1/3 innings down the stretch after a mid-season trade to the Pirates. Happ returns to Toronto where he previously pitched from 2012-2014 and his fantasy outlook takes a hit as a result, even with the prospect of generous run support. Still, Happ adds another quality arm to the back of what is becoming a deep and talented starting rotation. Friday, 4:58 pm
  • Report: Puig involved in fight at nightclub
    Renato Bermudez of ESPN Deportes reports that Yasiel Puig was recently involved in a fight with a security guard at a Miami nightclub.

    Advice: Details on the altercation are limited at this point, but Puig reportedly came away from the fight with a bruise on his face. We'll surely find out more about the incident before long, but it's certainly not a good look for Puig, who has his detractors in and out of the organization due to attitude issues. He was limited to just 79 games this season because of injury. Friday, 12:03 pm
  • Indians ink Anthony Recker to minors deal
    Indians signed C Anthony Recker to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

    Advice: Recker batted just .125/.239/.213 in 32 games this past season for the Mets. He's merely a depth addition. Friday, 11:50 am
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  • Dayan Viciedo nearing deal with Japanese club reports that Dayan Viciedo is nearing a contract with the Chunichi Dragons of Japan’s Nippon Professional Baseball.

    Advice: Viciedo spent all of 2015 at the Triple-A level with a couple different teams, batting .287/.348/.450 with eight home runs across 276 plate appearances. He'll turn just 27 in March but has apparently decided signing with a club overseas is his best option. Friday, 10:34 am
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  • Athletics likely to trade INF Brett Lawrie
    Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that the Athletics are likely to trade Brett Lawrie following the acquisition of Jed Lowrie.

    Advice: Slusser says the trade for Lowrie "all but ensures" the A's will deal either Lawrie or Danny Valencia, and Lawrie "is considered the better bet to be traded." The report adds that both Lawrie and Valencia "are drawing interest" from American League clubs. Lawrie hasn't come close to reaching his full potential, hitting only .263/.316/.420 in his first five big league seasons, but he'll turn just 26 in January and is under team control through 2017, so it's not terribly surprisingly that some clubs appear to have interest. Friday, 7:22 am
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  • Dombrowski: No winter ball plans for Hanley
    Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski said Tuesday that there's "no plan in place" for Hanley Ramirez to play winter ball.

    Advice: Ramirez told Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes that he was planning to play for the Licey Tigers in the Dominican Winter League, but Dombrowski said "presently this is only a rumor." It's unclear whether the possibility has been scratched altogether, but clearly there has been a miscommunication between the two sides. Ramirez currently projects to serve as Boston's regular first baseman in 2016 and he could get some time at his new position if he ends up playing winter ball. Tuesday, 9:38 am
  • Hanley Ramirez to play winter ball
    Enrique Rojas of reports that Hanley Ramirez will play for the Licey Tigers in the Dominican Winter League.

    Advice: Ramirez said that he'll serve mainly as Licey's designated hitter, although he'll also play some first base. The news is surely welcomed by the Red Sox as Ramirez transitions to first base next season. Staying active could also help Hanley show up to spring training slimmer, which Boston has told him they'd prefer. Monday, 2:59 pm
  • Stark: Nats want to trade Papelbon and Storen
    ESPN's Jayson Stark has been told by three teams that the Nationals are looking to trade both Jonathan Papelbon and Drew Storen.

    Advice: Most assumed one of them would go, with Storen probably the most likely. However, it appears that the Nats are aiming to really remake their bullpen, with Stark saying they're targeting Aroldis Chapman, Darren O'Day and others. Papelbon and Storen were reportedly pursued by the Tigers before they traded for Francisco Rodriguez. Monday, 2:30 pm
  • Orioles interested in bringing back OF Parra
    According to ESPN's Jerry Crasnick, the Orioles are interested in bringing back Gerardo Parra.

    Advice: Crasnick notes, however, that it would probably have to be a two-year deal. Parra, 28, may be asking for three or even four years after batting .291/.328/.452 with 14 homers and 14 steals in 2015 while playing all three outfield positions. Multiple teams have already been linked to him -- the Royals and Mets among them. Monday, 12:56 pm
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  • Tigers discussed Papelbon, Storen with Nats
    Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that before acquiring Francisco Rodriguez from the Brewers, the Tigers discussed Jonathan Papelbon and Drew Storen with the Nationals.

    Advice: Ultimately, it appears that the asking price on either of the Nats relievers were too high for new general manager Al Avila's liking. The Tigers still need several quality relievers to round out their bullpen, but it appears as though they'll be shopping in the mid-range market rather that the elite options. Nov 22, 4:56 pm
  • Hanley Ramirez not drawing much trade interest
    Five general managers told Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe that they wouldn't trade for Hanley Ramirez even if the Red Sox agreed to cover half of his remaining salary.

    Advice: Ramirez was a total bust this year, hitting .249 with 19 homers while playing horrendous defense in left field. With three years and $66 million left on his contract, the Red Sox are going to have a tough time moving him. David Ortiz has decided to retire after next year, which could open the door for Ramirez to DH full time beginning in 2017. He'll start next season at first base. Nov 21, 5:54 pm
  • Gerardo Parra a possibility for Kansas City
    According to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe, the Royals are considering Gerardo Parra as a replacement for Alex Gordon.

    Advice: Cafardo said the feeling around Kansas City is that Gordon is "likely gone." The Royals are also interested in Jackie Bradley should the Red Sox make him available in a trade. The Mets have also been linked to Parra, who hit .291 this year in 547 at-bats between Baltimore and Milwaukee. Nov 21, 3:50 pm
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  • Beat writer: Dodgers unlikely to trade Puig
    Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times doesn't expect the Dodgers to move Yasiel Puig this offseason.

    Advice: Hernandez's reasoning is that Puig gives the Dodgers a right-handed bat in an outfield full of left-handers. Puig is still just 24 and the Dodgers see a lot of potential despite his lackluster 2015 campaign. Plus he has three years remaining on a relatively affordable deal. There have been rumors of a rift between Puig and ace Clayton Kershaw but for now, it doesn't look like the Dodgers are considering a trade. Nov 21, 2:05 pm
  • Dodgers identify Zimmermann as top target
    Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that the Dodgers have identified Jordan Zimmermann as a top target this winter.

    Advice: The club has also expressed interest in David Price as well as retaining Zack Greinke. If they were to secure a deal with Zimmermann, he would require draft pick compensation after he turned down a qualifying offer from the Nationals. Nov 21, 11:36 am
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