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  • Pirates plan to keep Andrew McCutchen
    Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the "expectation" is the Pirates will keep Andrew McCutchen.

    Advice: The Pirates were unable to work out a trade of McCutchen to the Nationals, and the Nats have their center fielder now after dealing for Adam Eaton. There doesn't appear to be a ton of interest in him from other teams at this point, although that certainly could change. For now, it sounds like the Pirates will hang on to Cutch and consider moving him to a corner outfield spot. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:29 pm
  • NYY open to trading Gardner within AL East
    Yankees GM Brian Cashman said Wednesday at the Winter Meetings that he would not be afraid to trade Brett Gardner within the American League East.

    Advice: Orioles manager Buck Showalter expressed some doubt about that earlier, but it all comes down to the return package for the rapidly-rebuilding Yanks. If the price is right, they'll go ahead and flip Gardner. The 33-year-old outfielder is under contract for $12 million in 2017 and $11 million in 2018 with a $12.5 million club option (or $2 million buyout) for 2019. Rotoworld.com Today, 5:50 pm
    L, 5-2 vs Bal
     
  • Report: SF 'not in heavy talks' on McCutchen
    FOX Sports' Jon Morosi hears that the Giants are "not in heavy trade talks" for Andrew McCutchen.

    Advice: Just where McCutchen's market lies at this point is decidedly uncertain. Both the Nationals and Rangers are out of the running following Washington's trade for Adam Eaton and Texas' re-signing of Carlos Gomez. The Dodgers may still be in play for the veteran outfielder, but after several months of trade speculation potential avenues for actually moving McCutchen are beginning to disappear. Rotoworld.com Today, 5:40 pm
  • KC hasn't felt 'overwhelmed' on Dyson offers
    According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Royals "haven't felt overwhelmed by offers" for outfielder Jarrod Dyson.

    Advice: Probably because the guy is a .260/.325/.353 career hitter in the major leagues and due to become a free agent next winter. Dyson plays great defense and has tremendous speed, but the Royals can't expect to get much talent in return. They might just hold on to Dyson, per Heyman, in the event a realistic trade partner can be found for Lorenzo Cain. Dyson was known to be drawing interest from the Orioles, Athletics, Rangers, and Cardinals. Rotoworld.com Today, 5:08 pm
    L, 3-2 vs Cle
     
  • Report: Mark Trumbo still on Rockies' radar
    Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that the Rockies are still considering signing Mark Trumbo.

    Advice: Colorado just inked Ian Desmond to a contract in the neighborhood of five years, $70 million, but that does not appear to be a block to the club making further moves in free agency. Rosenthal relays that should Colorado opt to sign Trumbo, they would likely play him at first base and trade an outfielder. The plugged-in FOX Sports analyst sees Carlos Gonzalez as a player who might move in a trade if the Trumbo domino falls to Coors Field. Rotoworld.com Today, 3:54 pm
    New Player Note
    Mark Trumbo Bal - 1B,LF,RF
    Not Active
    W, 5-2 @NYY
     
  • Nieuwenhuis underwent nerve release surgery
    Brewers general manager David Stearns said that Kirk Nieuwenhuis underwent nerve release surgery after the close of the 2016 season.

    Advice: Nerve release surgeries and sports hernia surgeries are similar, but the good news for Nieuwenhuis is that the former has a speedier recovery attached to it. He initially injured his abdomen in mid-September. It would appear that the 29-year-old outfielder is on track for spring training barring a setback. Rotoworld.com Today, 3:37 pm
    W, 6-4 @Col
     
  • Nationals complete trade for OF Adam Eaton
    Nationals acquired OF Adam Eaton from the White Sox for RHP Lucas Giolito, RHP Reynaldo Lopez, and RHP Dane Dunning.

    Advice: Washington was determined to make a splash at this week's Winter Meetings, and this is a big one. Eaton was a 6.0 fWAR player for the White Sox in 2016, slashing .284/.362/.428 with 14 home runs and 14 stolen bases in 157 games while playing strong defense in right field. He won't rate as well in center with the Nationals, but it's a tremendous addition to the lineup and the 28-year-old is on a very team-friendly contract that can potentially run through 2021. That's why it took three of the best young starting pitching prospects in the game to acquire him. Rotoworld.com Today, 3:06 pm
    W, 10-7 vs Mia
     
  • O's have spoken to Royals about OF Dyson
    According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Orioles have spoken to the Royals about Jarrod Dyson.

    Advice: It's becoming very likely that Dyson is moved, and the Orioles and Athletics seem to be his most aggressive suitors. There's also been talk of interest from the Cardinals and Rangers. Dyson owns an ugly .260/.325/.353 career batting line at the major league level, but he's a great defensive outfielder and excellent baserunner. He'd fit well on pretty much any MLB roster, though probably not in an everyday role. Rotoworld.com Today, 2:43 pm
    L, 3-2 vs Cle
     
  • Hurdle wants McCutchen to consider corner OF
    Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said the team will continue to consider the possibility of playing Andrew McCutchen in a corner outfield spot.

    Advice: Hurdle and McCutchen spoke about this possibility during exit interviews at the close of the season. While the veteran outfielder has balked at the possibility, Hurdle said that the team is "going to think about it" and wants McCutchen to seriously consider the possibility of a shift come the spring (assuming he is not traded). If a move in the outfield does come to pass, Starling Marte would likely be utilized in center and Gregory Polanco in left, with McCutchen taking over right field. Rotoworld.com Today, 2:31 pm
  • Report: Eaton to Nats for Giolito and others
    Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the White Sox have agreed to a trade that will send Adam Eaton to the Nationals for Lucas Giolito.

    Advice: The New York Post's Joel Sherman is reporting that in addition to Giolito, Reynaldo Lopez will also be heading over to the White Sox. 2016 first-round pick Dane Dunning is in the package too. With the Nationals, Eaton will more than likely patrol center field, allowing the team to move stud youngster Trea Turner to shortstop. Eaton is a terrific table-setter for that Washington lineup and he's on a very team-friendly contract that runs through 2021, but this is another massive haul of young talent for Chicago. Rotoworld.com Today, 2:06 pm
    W, 10-7 vs Mia
     
  • White Sox, Nationals 'close' to Eaton deal
    Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that the White Sox are "close" to a deal that would send Adam Eaton to the Nationals.

    Advice: Rosenthal further relays that Victor Robles is not part of the deal as it is currently coming together. The Nationals have also reportedly been linked to outfielders Andrew McCutchen, Lorenzo Cain and Charlie Blackmon. Eaton cracked 14 homers, drove in 59 runs and stole 14 bases in 619 at-bats last season while working to a .284/.362/.428 triple-slash. Rotoworld.com Today, 1:46 pm
    W, 10-7 vs Mia
     
  • White Sox, Nationals working on Eaton trade
    MLB.com's Scott Merkin reports that the Marlins are working on a deal that would send Adam Eaton to the Nationals.

    Advice: The White Sox are in full sell mode right now after their trade of Chris Sale to the Red Sox. As for their potential trade partner here, the Nationals have reportedly been in on Andrew McCutchen but appear to be broadening their outfield targets. Eaton hit .284/.362/.428 with 14 homers, 59 RBI and 14 steals over 619 at-bats in 2016. Rotoworld.com Today, 1:31 pm
    W, 10-7 vs Mia
     
  • Boras: Gomez turned down multi-year offers
    Scott Boras, the agent for Carlos Gomez, said that his client turned down multi-year offers in favor of re-signing with the Rangers for one season.

    Advice: Gomez will be coming back to the Rangers on a one-year, $11.5 million contract, which was agreed to on Tuesday night. Said Boras, "He really found something with the hitting coach and the staff that allowed him for the first time in his career to be selective at the plate. He felt he wanted to continue in with that group. He actually turned down multi-year offers to bet on himself for that reason." In 33 games with the Rangers after being released by the Astros in August, the 31-year-old outfielder slashed .284/.362/.543 while swatting eight homers and swiping five bags. Rotoworld.com Today, 1:17 pm
    New Player Note
    Carlos Gómez Tex - LF,CF,RF
    L, 6-4 vs TB
     
  • Report: Rangers meet with Mets
    T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports that the Rangers met with the Mets on Wednesday.

    Advice: It's well known that the Mets are trying to trade Texas native Jay Bruce, so that's presumably what was discussed. Curtis Granderson is another possibility, though they'd prefer to keep him. The Rangers could still have room for an outfielder even after re-signing Carlos Gomez, as they could put Shin-Soo Choo in the DH spot or even Bruce. The Mets would likely ask for a reliever or prospects in return. Bruce is owed $13 million in 2017 before hitting free agency. Rotoworld.com Today, 12:17 pm
    L, 5-2 @Phi
     
  • Yankees finalize deal with Matt Holliday
    Yankees signed DH Matt Holliday to a one-year, $13 million contract.

    Advice: The deal was reported over the weekend and it's now official. Holliday turns 37 next month and is coming off a year where he slugged 20 homers with a .782 OPS in 110 games while missing significant time with a fractured thumb. The plan calls for him to serve as the primary designated hitter, but he could also see occasional time in the outfield and at first base. He could have a better chance to stay healthy in this situation and we wouldn't rule out a return to relevancy in mixed fantasy leagues while playing in the AL East. Rotoworld.com Today, 12:04 pm
    New Player Note
    Matt Holliday NYY - 1B,LF
    L, 5-2 vs Bal
     
  • Report: Nationals considering OF Adam Eaton
    Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports that the Nationals are considering White Sox center fielder Adam Eaton.

    Advice: After missing out on Chris Sale, the Nationals have pivoted back to landing a center fielder. And their search is stretching beyond Andrew McCutchen. It only makes sense that Eaton's name would come up, as the White Sox probably already know who they'd like from the Nationals' system. Other trade candidates include Lorenzo Cain with the Royals and possibly Charlie Blackmon with the Rockies. Rotoworld.com Today, 11:04 am
    W, 10-7 vs Mia
     
  • Royals acquire OF Jorge Soler from Cubs
    Royals acquired OF Jorge Soler from the Cubs for RHP Wade Davis.

    Advice: The haul could have been a bit bigger if Davis didn’t come with some health question marks, but Soler is an intriguing buy-low. The 24-year-old started his MLB career with a bang in 2014, but he owns a .253/.328/.413 batting line in 668 plate appearances since. Strikeouts have been the big issue, but his defense has also been shaky. Perhaps the change of scenery will be the jolt he needs. He's expected to see time between right field and DH wit his new team. Soler still has four years of team control remaining. By parting with Davis, Kelvin Herrera figures to move into the closer role and has the potential to be a top-tier option at the spot in fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com Today, 10:58 am
    L, 3-2 vs Cle
     
  • Heyman: Trumbo's asking price is $80M
    According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, Mark Trumbo's asking price is $80 million.

    Advice: This is in line with previous reports which suggested he was asking for a deal in the $75-80 million range. The Rockies are off the board as a possibility after signing Ian Desmond and the Mariners are reportedly "moving on," so he could be running out of potential landing spots. And that's speaking nothing of the other first base/outfield/DH possibilities available via free agency and trade. Regardless, Heyman says that Trumbo has suitors. The Orioles and Indians would seem to fit that mold. Rotoworld.com Today, 10:12 am
    New Player Note
    Mark Trumbo Bal - 1B,LF,RF
    Not Active
    W, 5-2 @NYY
     
  • Report: Mariners 'moving on' from Trumbo
    According to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com reports that the Mariners are "moving on" from free agent slugger Mark Trumbo.

    Advice: ESPN's Jim Bowden reported Tuesday night that the Mariners were in serious talks with Trumbo, but Chris Cotillo of SB Nation later noted that it was largely overblown and Crasnick hears that "several things would have to happen" for them to re-engage with him. As of now, they are content with using a platoon of Dan Vogelbach and Danny Valencia at first base. The Rockies are off the board as a possibility for Trumbo after the Ian Desmond signing, so a return to the Orioles could still happen. He might just have to lower some of his demands to make that happen. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:55 am
    New Player Note
    Mark Trumbo Bal - 1B,LF,RF
    Not Active
    W, 5-2 @NYY
     
  • Rockies land Desmond for five years, $70M
    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that Ian Desmond is headed to the Rockies.

    Advice: Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports says the deal is worth $70 million while Joel Sherman reports that it's a five-year contract. Jim Bowden of ESPN.com reports there's an option for a sixth year which could bring the total outlay to $83 million. Alrighty then, Rockies. It's an unexpected fit, for a number of reasons. The Rockies already have a surplus of outfielders, so this potentially opens the door for Charlie Blackmon to be traded. Rosenthal also notes that Desmond will likely split time between first base and the outfield. It should be stated that the Rockies will have to give up the No. 11 overall pick (the highest unprotected pick) in 2017 to sign Desmond since he rejected a qualifying offer from the Rangers. That's not ideal. On the bright side, he'll be in a fantastic spot for fantasy value. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:19 am
    New Player Note
    Ian Desmond Col - SS,LF,CF
    L, 6-4 vs Mil
     
  • Market for Bruce, Granderson has been slow
    Buster Olney of ESPN reports that trade talks regarding Jay Bruce and Curtis Granderson have been "very slow moving."

    Advice: Olney writes that there's still a glut of free agent outfielders, so they might have to wait for some of the dominoes to fall before they find a match. Not surprisingly, the Mets would reportedly prefer to deal Bruce rather than Granderson. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:13 am
    L, 5-2 @Phi
     
  • Report: Desmond isn't returning to Rangers
    According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, Ian Desmond will not be returning to the Rangers.

    Advice: Jim Bowden of ESPN.com reported earlier that Desmond has narrowed his focus to one team and Heyman hears that he has found an opportunity with a team other than the Rangers. We know the Cardinals have been linked to him in recent days, but that's just speculation at this point. More details should leak out soon. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:27 am
    New Player Note
    Ian Desmond Col - SS,LF,CF
    L, 6-4 vs Mil
     
  • Report: Desmond narrows focus to one team
    Jim Bowden of ESPN.com reports that Ian Desmond has narrowed his focus to one team and that his representatives are in the process of finalizing a deal on Wednesday.

    Advice: The identity of that team? We aren't sure quite yet, but the Cardinals have been mentioned as a possibility in recent days and a reunion with the Rangers is still a possibility even after the Carlos Gomez deal. Desmond batted .285/.335/.446 with 22 homers, 86 RBI and 21 stolen bases in 2016. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:36 am
    New Player Note
    Ian Desmond Col - SS,LF,CF
    L, 6-4 vs Mil
     
  • Gardner seen as possible fit for Orioles
    According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Orioles are seen as a possible fit in a Brett Gardner trade.

    Advice: The Orioles are looking into a host of options for their lineup, both on the free agent and trade front. While Gardner would be a nice fit as a possible leadoff man in Baltimore, Heyman writes that they would want their division rivals to cover some of his remaining salary. The 33-year-old is owed $12 million in 2017, $11 million in 2018, and there's a $2 million buyout on his $12.5 million club option for 2019. Those aren't unreasonable terms, so the Yankees can probably do better if they are truly shopping him. Rotoworld.com Today, 5:34 am
    L, 5-2 vs Bal
     
  • Cards have talked to White Sox about Eaton
    According to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the Cardinals "are one of several teams that are believed to have approached" the White Sox about center fielder Adam Eaton.

    Advice: The Cardinals are looking for help in their outfield and have emphasized upgrading their seeped and athleticism this winter, so Dexter Fowler is at the top of their wish list among free agents and they have checked in on Ian Desmond, but they are also eyeing the trade market. In addition to a possible pursuit of Eaton, Goold hears that the Cardinals have talked to the Royals about Lorenzo Cain and that the Rockies are willing to trade Charlie Blackmon for a "high return." The Cardinals have talked with the Rockies in the past about Blackmon, so it's possible they revisit those talks now. Eaton is signed through 2021 on a team-friendly deal, so the White Sox don't have to move him, but he would be another significant chip to get their rebuild effort moving along. Rotoworld.com Today, 5:25 am
    W, 10-7 vs Mia
     
  • Mariners seriousness on Trumbo 'overblown'
    According to Chris Cotillo of SB Nation, "the seriousness of the talks between Mark Trumbo [and] the Mariners was overblown."

    Advice: Cotillo hears there still might be a fit, but ESPN's Jim Bowden tweeted Tuesday night that the two sides were engaged in "serious" contract negotiations and that report now sounds mostly false. Trumbo is said to be looking for a contract in the $75-80 million range, after rejecting a four-year, $52-55 million offer from the Orioles a couple weeks ago. He's probably not going to meet that high asking price despite leading the major leagues in homers in 2016. There are just too many limitations with him defensively, and he owns a .303 career on-base percentage. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:48 pm
    New Player Note
    Mark Trumbo Bal - 1B,LF,RF
    Not Active
    W, 5-2 @NYY
     
  • Rangers, Carlos Gomez reunite for $11.5 mil
    According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Rangers have re-signed outfielder Carlos Gomez.

    Advice: He'll get a one-year, $11.5 million contract, per FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal. It's a bit surprising Gomez couldn't find a multi-year deal in this weak free agent market, but his dreadful tenure with Houston likely scared teams away. Gomez batted .284/.362/.543 with eight homers and five steals in 33 games down the stretch this past season with Texas, after getting released by the Astros in early August. He will probably open the 2017 campaign as the Rangers' starting center fielder. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:48 pm
    New Player Note
    Carlos Gómez Tex - LF,CF,RF
    L, 6-4 vs TB
     
  • TEX looking into reunion with Carlos Gomez
    Chris Cotillo of SB Nation reports that the Rangers "are looking into a reunion with Carlos Gomez."

    Advice: They even met with his representatives Tuesday at the Winter Meetings, presumably to open contract negotiations. Gomez flourished down the stretch with Texas in 2016, slashing .284/.362/.543 with eight homers and five steals in 33 games. Other teams are probably scared off by how poorly he performed in Houston. His free agent market should really be healthier than it is right now. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:23 pm
    New Player Note
    Carlos Gómez Tex - LF,CF,RF
    L, 6-4 vs TB
     
  • Tribe have talked to FA slugger Mark Trumbo
    According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Indians have talked to free agent slugger Mark Trumbo.

    Advice: Heyman also confirms that Cleveland has been in contact with other big free agent bats like Edwin Encarnacion, Jose Bautista, and Mike Napoli. Trumbo carries serious defensive limitations, but he did lead the major leagues in homers this past season with 47. The 30-year-old reportedly turned down a four-year, $52-55 million offer from the Orioles two weeks ago and countered at four years, $75-80 million. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:28 pm
    New Player Note
    Mark Trumbo Bal - 1B,LF,RF
    Not Active
    W, 5-2 @NYY
     
  • A's 'very interested' in Royals' Jarrod Dyson
    Joel Sherman of the New York Post hears the Athletics are "very interested" in Royals outfielder Jarrod Dyson.

    Advice: Several other teams have inquired, including the Cardinals, Orioles, and Rangers. Dyson owns a rough .260/.325/.353 career batting line at the major league level, but he's a good and versatile defensive outfielder and he's also among the fastest players in MLB even at age 32. Dyson is due to become a free agent next winter. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 5:00 pm
    L, 3-2 vs Cle
     
  • Blue Jays 'back in talks' with Jose Bautista
    According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Blue Jays are "back in talks" with Jose Bautista.

    Advice: The two parties spoke Tuesday at the Winter Meetings, per Heyman's source. Bautista is struggling to find a healthy free agent market after posting a relatively weak .234/.366/.452 batting line with 22 home runs and 69 RBI in 116 games this past season for Toronto. He rejected a one-year, $17.2 million qualifying offer from the Jays in November, which ties him to draft pick compensation. Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe hears the Red Sox have already ruled out a run at Joey Bats, if that was ever a realistic landing spot for the 36-year-old former All-Star. Heyman says Baltimore is out too, and that Orioles officials told Bautista's camp "O's fans just don't like him." There is some level of interest from the Indians, but they seem very comfortable in wait-and-see mode. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 4:30 pm
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    W, 2-1 @Bos
     
  • Mariners 'in serious talks' with Mark Trumbo
    ESPN's Jim Bowden reports that the Mariners are in serious talks with free agent Mark Trumbo.

    Advice: Trumbo got a four-year, $52-55 million offer from the Orioles a few weeks ago and turned it down, with followup reports suggesting he wants something closer to $75-80 million. Seattle's Safeco Field would obviously be a big drain on Trumbo's power, like it was in 2015, but he carries legitimate free agent juice as the major league leader in homers (47) from 2016. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 4:08 pm
    New Player Note
    Mark Trumbo Bal - 1B,LF,RF
    Not Active
    W, 5-2 @NYY
     
  • Pirates focusing on Josh Bell at first base
    Pirates GM Neal Huntington said he's focused on using Josh Bell at first base.

    Advice: Bell played both first base and right field in the minors. The 24-year-old top prospect performed well in his first taste of the majors in 2016 and figures to be a big part of the Pirates' offensive attack in 2017, wherever he's positioned defensively. A trade of Andrew McCutchen could obviously change the Buccos' plans entirely. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 2:21 pm
    Player Note
    Josh Bell Pit - 1B,RF
    L, 10-4 @StL
     
  • Rival execs say Granderson is not available
    Rival executives tell Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports that the Mets are not making Curtis Granderson available.

    Advice: Granderson was a massive part of the Mets' operation in 2016, slugging 30 homers with a .799 OPS over 633 plate appearances. He's owed a very reasonable $15 million in 2017, the final year of a four-year, $60 million deal. New York would much rather find a trade partner for Jay Bruce. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 1:22 pm
    Player Note
    Curtis Granderson NYM - LF,CF,RF
    L, 5-2 @Phi
     
  • Red Sox out on free agent OF Jose Bautista
    Red Sox officials have informed Jose Bautista's camp that "they are out on signing him," per Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe.

    Advice: It's been a slow-moving market so far for Bautista, who posted a relatively underwhelming .234/.366/.452 batting line with 22 home runs and 69 RBI in 116 games this past season for Toronto. There are durability and defensive concerns as well, but he should eventually find a sizable contract from some team. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 1:13 pm
    Not Active
    W, 2-1 @Bos
     
  • Yankees drawing interest in Brett Gardner
    Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said Tuesday that he has received interest in Brett Gardner.

    Advice: The Yankees are listening, but nothing sounds imminent. "He's here not because I can't move him; he's here because I'm not comfortable moving him, or haven't been satisfied in my asks that would make me move him," said Cashman. "You're going through the process, and you see if that changes. So far to this point, I've said no to a lot of different concepts thrown my way on it." Gardner is still under contract for two years at $26 million. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 12:48 pm
    L, 5-2 vs Bal
     
  • Report: O's offer to Trumbo off the table
    Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports hears that the Orioles made a four-year offer to Mark Trumbo weeks ago, but that it's off the table now.

    Advice: If it's the same offer reported by ESPN's Buster Olney, it was in the range of $52-55 million. Trumbo's camp is looking for more, but he could have a tough time finding it with so many first base/designated hitter players on the market. Heyman hears that the Rockies and Rangers are among the teams looking into Trumbo now. He rejected a qualifying offer to test free agency, so he's connected to draft pick compensation. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 12:43 pm
    New Player Note
    Mark Trumbo Bal - 1B,LF,RF
    Not Active
    W, 5-2 @NYY
     
  • Report: Nationals now going for McCutchen
    Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Nationals are now going for Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen after missing out on Chris Sale.

    Advice: The Nationals tried hard for Sale and were even willing to include Victor Robles and Lucas Giolito in a return package, but they drew the line on Trea Turner and the Red Sox ultimately topped them. McCutchen remains a strong fit for the Nationals, but it will be interesting to see if the club also considers alternative trade possibilities like Lorenzo Cain and Adam Eaton. It's worth noting that Robles was included in previous discussions related to McCutchen. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 12:23 pm
  • Granderson currently lines up as CF
    Mets manager Terry Collins said Tuesday that Curtis Granderson would be the starting center fielder if the season started today.

    Advice: It doesn't and a lot could change between now and then. The Mets would prefer to trade Jay Bruce after re-signing Yoenis Cespedes last week, but Granderson is also drawing interest around the league. Juan Lagares is the only true center fielder on the Mets' roster, but he hasn't shown an ability hit consistently against right-handed pitching. Michael Conforto could also see time in center field depending on how things shake out. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 12:10 pm
    Player Note
    Curtis Granderson NYM - LF,CF,RF
    L, 5-2 @Phi
     
  • Cards offer to Fowler in 4-yr, $60M range
    Mark Saxon of ESPN hears from a rival executive that the Cardinals' offer to free agent outfielder Dexter Fowler is in the same range as the four-year, $60 million offer from the Blue Jays.

    Advice: Meanwhile, Fowler is aiming for a multi-year deal worth $18 million per season. The Blue Jays and Cardinals aren't that far off at the moment, so perhaps the first one willing to budge on the AAV (average annual value) will get him. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 12:06 pm
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    Dexter Fowler ChC - CF
    Not Active
    W, 7-4 @Cin
     
  • Rockies have no intention of trading CarGo
    Rockies general manager Jeff Bridich said on MLB Network Radio on Sirius XM on Tuesday that the club has zero intention of trading Carlos Gonzalez.

    Advice: In fact, CarGo recently told Venezuelan journalist Wilmer Reina that the Rockies are interested in negotiating an extension. It's unclear if there has been any strong push on the matter, but we've seemingly been talking about CarGo as a trade possibility forever, so Bridich was forced to address it Tuesday. The 31-year-old has one year remaining on his seven-year, $80 million contract with the Rockies. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:38 am
    L, 6-4 vs Mil
     
  • Report: Indians met with Napoli's camp Mon.
    Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports that the Indians met with Mike Napoli's representatives on Monday.

    Advice: The Indians are said to be trying for a one-year deal, but obviously Napoli's representatives are trying to do better elsewhere. Interestingly, Bastian hears that Napoli may have already signed with the Indians if they were willing to go two years. There's a chance that could still happen, but another team could jump into the mix to give him what he wants. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:38 am
    Player Note
    Mike Napoli Cle - 1B,LF
    Not Active
    W, 3-2 @KC
     
  • Orioles, Trumbo expected to meet on Tuesday
    ESPN's Buster Olney reports that the Orioles and Mark Trumbo will meet again on Tuesday in an attempt to work out their differences.

    Advice: Olney reported Monday that the Orioles were comfortable with a four-year offer in the range of $52-55 million, but they were prepared to move on with other options after Trumbo's camp countered at four years and $75-80 million with a full no-trade clause. There's still mutual interest in getting something done, so perhaps a compromise is possible. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:20 am
    New Player Note
    Mark Trumbo Bal - 1B,LF,RF
    Not Active
    W, 5-2 @NYY
     
  • Teams calling the Cards about Wong
    Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish reports that teams looking for infield help are calling the Cardinals about Kolten Wong.

    Advice: Cotillo was told by a rival executive with interest that the Cardinals "want a lot for him." The 26-year-old owns a disappointing .678 OPS in the majors so far, but the Cardinals appear committed to using him as their regular second baseman in 2017. It would take the right deal for that to change. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:54 am
    Player Note
    Kolten Wong StL - 2B,CF
    Day-to-Day
    W, 10-4 vs Pit
     
  • Cards have talked about Ian Desmond
    Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that the Cardinals have had internal discussions about a possible pursuit of free agent outfielder Ian Desmond.

    Advice: It doesn't sound like they have actually reached out to his agents yet about the possibility. The Cardinals are heavily in the mix for Dexter Fowler and have reportedly made an initial offer, but they are keeping their eye on alternatives just in case. Desmond is in a better position for a lucrative deal this offseason after batting .285/.335/.446 with 22 homers, 86 RBI and 21 stolen bases in 2016. The Rangers are still a possibility to bring him back. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:45 am
    New Player Note
    Ian Desmond Col - SS,LF,CF
    L, 6-4 vs Mil
     
  • Chris Colabello elects free agency
    Chris Colabello has elected to become a free agent.

    Advice: Colabello will test the open market rather than accept an outright assignment to Triple-A. The 33-year-old served an 80-game PED suspension in 2016 and appeared in just 10 games at the major league level. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:36 am
    Player Note
    Chris Colabello Tor - 1B,LF,RF
    Not Active
    W, 2-1 @Bos
     
  • Report: Mariners continue to talk to Napoli
    ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that the Mariners continue to maintain a dialogue with free agent slugger Mike Napoli.

    Advice: There was a recent report indicating that one Mariners official didn't see Napoli as a fit for their roster, as they'd prefer to give Dan Vogelbach an opportunity at first base and pair him with Danny Valencia as a platoon partner, but they are apparently keeping an eye on things depending on how his market goes. The Indians remain interested in bringing him back while the Red Sox and Rangers are among the other possible fits. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 5:53 am
    Player Note
    Mike Napoli Cle - 1B,LF
    Not Active
    W, 3-2 @KC
     
  • Schwarber (knee) won't play winter ball
    Kyle Schwarber (knee) will continue to rehab, but won't play winter ball.

    Advice: The Cubs were considering sending Schwarber to winter ball in order to get some extra at-bats after his knee surgery, but general manager Jed Hoyer said Monday that they felt "he proved he could hit Major League pitching." The young slugger is capable of making a big impact in 2017, but it's unclear where he'll fit in the lineup. Hoyer said the club has yet to decide if he'll be an option to catch in 2017. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 5:20 am
    Player Note
    Kyle Schwarber ChC - C,LF
    W, 7-4 @Cin
     
  • Cardinals have made initial offer to Fowler
    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Cardinals met with the agents for Dexter Fowler on Monday and made an initial offer.

    Advice: The Cardinals have mentioned as a fit for Fowler for a while, so it's no surprise that they are involved. The question is how far they are willing to go to get him. According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Blue Jays have made a four-year, $60 million offer, though his agents are aiming for $18 million annually on a multi-year deal. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 5:11 am
    Player Note
    Dexter Fowler ChC - CF
    Not Active
    W, 7-4 @Cin
     
  • Blue Jays still have interest in Jay Bruce
    Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports hears that the Blue Jays still have some interest in Jay Bruce.

    Advice: However, he adds that they're "offering little" for the Mets outfielder. The Mets are looking to trade Bruce after they re-signed Yoenis Cespedes, but they've received more interest on the market in Curtis Granderson. Bruce slugged 33 home runs in 2016, but he hit just .219/.294/.391 down the stretch for the Mets and his glove has really slipped in recent years. Rotoworld.com Monday, 9:02 pm
    L, 5-2 @Phi
     
  • Kansas City 'likes' Cubs OF Jorge Soler
    Bruce Levine of WSCR-AM and 670thescore.com reports that Kansas City "likes" Jorge Soler.

    Advice: Levine also reiterates what has been reported previously in that the Cubs are interested in Wade Davis. Whether the two clubs could have potential match involving those two players remains to be seen. Soler has hit only .258/.328/.434 to this point in his career, but he's plenty young enough (25 in February) to figure things out still. The Rangers also reportedly have interest in Soler. Rotoworld.com Monday, 6:47 pm
    L, 3-2 vs Cle
     
  • Royals/Cards discussing multi-player deal?
    John Perrotto of FanRag Sports reports that the Royals have discussed a trade with the Cardinals that would send Lorenzo Cain and Wade Davis to St. Louis for Kolten Wong and a package of prospects.

    Advice: This seems like something that might have been floated, but how much traction it could get remains to be seen. The Royals are fielding offers for Cain, Davis and others that are poised for free agency following the 2017 campaign. The Cardinals have committed to Wong as their starting second baseman for next season, so it would take a course reversal for them to consider trading him. Rotoworld.com Monday, 4:10 pm
    Player Note
    Kolten Wong StL - 2B,CF
    Day-to-Day
    W, 10-4 vs Pit
     
  • Rangers unlikely to make play for marquee DH
    Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said Monday that it's "unlikely" the club makes a big ticket designated hitter signing.

    Advice: The Rangers have been connected to Edwin Encarnacion and Mark Trumbo, but Daniels' statement would seem to pretty much rule them out for those two. Texas seems focused on adding a center fielder more than anything else, and they have a lot of irons in the fire in that regard. Rotoworld.com Monday, 3:54 pm
    New Player Note
    Mark Trumbo Bal - 1B,LF,RF
    Not Active
    W, 5-2 @NYY
     
  • Nats think Pirates' ask for Cutch 'too high'
    Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that the Nationals have found the Pirates' asking price for Andrew McCutchen to be "too high."

    Advice: Sherman adds that the Nats are currently more focused on the Chris Sale trade talks than those for McCutchen at this point. Of course, it could all be posturing at this point to see if they can get the Pirates to drop their asking price a bit. The Rangers and Dodgers are also reportedly talking to Pittsburgh about Cutch. Rotoworld.com Monday, 3:18 pm
  • Lorenzo Cain among options for Rangers
    Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Rangers have had discussions about Lorenzo Cain.

    Advice: It's not a surprise, as the Rangers are looking for a right-handed hitting center fielder and the Royals are reportedly fielding offers for Cain. The Rangers also have interest in bringing back Ian Desmond and Carlos Gomez. Cain has drawn interest from the Cardinals and Dodgers. Rotoworld.com Monday, 3:10 pm
    Player Note
    Lorenzo Cain KC - CF,RF
    Day-to-Day
    L, 3-2 vs Cle
     
  • Brantley (shoulder) to swing bat in late Dec.
    Michael Brantley (shoulder) is slated to resume swinging a bat in late December.

    Advice: Brantley had a lost 2016 season following a pair of shoulder surgeries, but the hope is that he's ready for the beginning of spring training. Still, he has to be considered a major question mark heading into 2017. Rotoworld.com Monday, 2:58 pm
    Player Note
    Michael Brantley Cle - LF,CF
    Day-to-Day
    W, 3-2 @KC
     
  • Rangers, Carlos Gomez having discussions
    Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that "there's been talk" between the Rangers and Carlos Gomez.

    Advice: Heyman cautions, however, that there's "no evidence" anything is close between the two parties. The Rangers are want a right-handed hitting center fielder and Gomez played well for them down the stretch last season, so it's no surprise that there appears to be some interest in a potential reunion. Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reported last month that Gomez might want a five-year contract, but it's hard to see him getting that. Rotoworld.com Monday, 2:09 pm
    New Player Note
    Carlos Gómez Tex - LF,CF,RF
    L, 6-4 vs TB
     
  • Rangers showing interest in Jorge Soler
    MLB.com's T.R. Sullivan reports that the Rangers are showing interest in Jorge Soler.

    Advice: The Rangers are intent on adding some right-handed power this offseason, as they've been connected to free agents Edwin Encarnacion, Mike Napoli and Mark Trumbo. Soler would obviously have to be acquired via trade, but the feeling is that the Cubs are likely to move him this winter. He's disappointed with a career .258/.328/.434 batting line but will turn just 25 in February and is under team control cheaply through 2020. Rotoworld.com Monday, 1:56 pm
    L, 3-2 vs Cle
     
  • Cardinals expressing interest in Jarrod Dyson
    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Cardinals are expressing interest in Jarrod Dyson.

    Advice: The Cards have also been mentioned as a potential landing spot for Dyson's teammate, Lorenzo Cain. Like Cain, Dyson is heading into his walk year, but of course he would cost significantly less in terms of prospects you'd have to surrender for him. Dyson, 32, sports a pedestrian .260/.325/.353 career batting line, but he would give St. Louis the defensive upgrade they're looking for in center field. Rotoworld.com Monday, 1:39 pm
    L, 3-2 vs Cle
     
  • TEX showing interest in slugger Mark Trumbo
    According to Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports, the Rangers are showing interest in free agent Mark Trumbo.

    Advice: "Just how strong it is remains to be seen," adds Passan. ESPN's Buster Olney reported earlier that the Orioles made a four-year offer to Trumbo in the $52-55 million range, and that Trumbo's camp countered at four years, $75-80 million with a full no-trade clause. Trumbo led the major leagues in homers this year with 47, but it came with a .256 batting average and a .316 on-base percentage. He's also very limited defensively. Rotoworld.com Monday, 1:00 pm
    New Player Note
    Mark Trumbo Bal - 1B,LF,RF
    Not Active
    W, 5-2 @NYY
     
  • Dodgers interested in Royals' Lorenzo Cain
    Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times reports that the Dodgers have expressed interest in Royals center fielder Lorenzo Cain.

    Advice: Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch has already tied the Cardinals to Cain, who is due to become a free agent next winter and could very well be traded this offseason if the return is right. Cain batted just .287/.339/.408 in 2016, but he had an .838 OPS with 16 homers and 28 steals in 2015 and the 30-year-old plays a terrific center field. Los Angeles has also been mentioned as a possible landing spot for Royals closer Wade Davis. Rotoworld.com Monday, 12:02 pm
    Player Note
    Lorenzo Cain KC - CF,RF
    Day-to-Day
    L, 3-2 vs Cle
     
  • Puig to work on shedding bulk this winter
    Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said Yasiel Puig will begin working with club trainers in January to "shed some bulk."

    Advice: Maybe a slimmer frame can help Puig avoid the hamstring issues that have plagued him for the last two years. He finished with a disappointing .263/.323/.416 batting line in 2016, tallying only 11 home runs and five stolen bases in 104 games. Puig will remain a big draft-day gamble in fantasy leagues for 2017. Rotoworld.com Monday, 11:39 am
    Player Note
    Yasiel Puig LAD - RF
    L, 7-1 @SF
     
  • Rangers 'in frequent contact' for McCutchen
    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Rangers are "in frequent contact" with the Pirates about Andrew McCutchen.

    Advice: Rosenthal says a deal is "possible, but not close" between the two clubs. McCutchen is drawing interest from a number of other contending teams, including the Dodgers and Nationals. He had a weak .256/.336/.430 batting line with Pittsburgh in 2016, but the 30-year-old outfielder earned top-five MVP votes every year between 2012-2015. He won the award in 2013. Rotoworld.com Monday, 10:50 am
  • Orioles have interest in OF Michael Saunders
    MASN's Roch Kubatko reports that the Orioles are showing interest in free agent Michael Saunders.

    Advice: He meets the Orioles' desire for a right fielder who bats left-handed. Injuries have been a constant drain for Saunders throughout his career and he fell apart down the stretch with Toronto in 2016, though the 30-year-old still managed a decent 253/.338/.478 overall slash line with 24 home runs in 140 games. Rotoworld.com Monday, 8:36 am
    Not Active
    W, 2-1 @Bos
     
  • Dodgers showing trade interest in McCutchen
    Andrew McCutchen is drawing trade interest from the Dodgers, per Jon Morosi of MLB Network.

    Advice: A number of other MLB teams are checking in, namely the Nationals. McCutchen was a disappointment for the Pirates in 2016, slashing .256/.336/.430 with 24 home runs and six stolen bases, but he's a pretty good bounceback candidate for 2017. At least from an offensive standpoint. The 30-year-old center fielder has always been overrated as a defender. Rotoworld.com Monday, 8:13 am
  • Cardinals 'have kept tabs on' CF Lorenzo Cain
    Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch hears the Cardinals "have kept tabs on possible trade options" such as Lorenzo Cain of the Royals.

    Advice: Cain is due to become a free agent after the 2017 season and the Royals probably aren't going to be able to afford to sign him to a long-term extension, so a trade this winter does seem possible. Goold also hears the Cardinals are eyeing Adam Eaton of the White Sox. On the free agent side, St. Louis has been connected strongly to Dexter Fowler. Rotoworld.com Monday, 7:00 am
    Player Note
    Lorenzo Cain KC - CF,RF
    Day-to-Day
    L, 3-2 vs Cle
     
  • Cleveland has 'stayed in touch' with Napoli
    Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports that the Indians have "stayed in touch" with Mike Napoli.

    Advice: But there seems to be a very healthy market for the 35-year-old free agent slugger, who tallied 34 home runs and 101 RBI for Cleveland in 2016. He struggled down the stretch and into the postseason, but Napoli figures to find a multi-year deal this winter at a nice price point. Count the Red Sox, Yankees, and Rangers among his other current suitors. Rotoworld.com Monday, 5:09 am
    Player Note
    Mike Napoli Cle - 1B,LF
    Not Active
    W, 3-2 @KC
     
  • Rangers are eyeing Reds CF Billy Hamilton
    ESPN's Buster Olney reports that the Rangers are eyeing Reds center fielder Billy Hamilton.

    Advice: Zach Buchanan of the Cincinnati Enquirer wrote last week that the Cincinnati front office "would have to be really, really motivated by an offer" to move the speedy Hamilton, but the Rangers have the kind of young talent to make something happen. Hamilton is a .248/.297/.334 career hitter over four major league seasons, but his speed and his defensive range in the outfield can be game-changing elements. Rotoworld.com Monday, 4:48 am
    L, 7-4 vs ChC
     
  • Cardinals could be in play for Dexter Fowler
    According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Cardinals are a strong possibility for free agent outfielder Dexter Fowler.

    Advice: The Cardinals would presumably love to steal the leadoff hitter away from their division-rival Cubs while filling their void in center field. Fowler, who is seeking around $18 million per year in a multi-year deal, has also drawn interest from the Blue Jays. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 6:28 pm
    Player Note
    Dexter Fowler ChC - CF
    Not Active
    W, 7-4 @Cin
     
  • Nats trying to land both McCutchen and Sale
    According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, the Nationals are trying to acquire both Andrew McCutchen and Chris Sale and believed that they have the necessary prospects to do so.

    Advice: Many had speculated that it would be a one or the other scenario, as it's hard to imagine the Nationals can land both superstars without parting with Trea Turner. It looks increasingly likely that McCutchen will be traded this winter, and there's a good chance that it happens at the winter meetings. The Rangers are also known to be in the hunt for the star center fielder. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 6:05 pm
  • Yankees sign Matt Holliday to one-year deal
    Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Yankees have agreed to a one-year, $13 million contract with Matt Holliday.

    Advice: The veteran slugger, who will turn 37 next month, slashed .246/.322/.461 with 20 homers and 62 RBI in 426 plate appearances with the Cardinals in 2016 while missing time due to a fractured left thumb. He's expected to see the majority of his at-bats in the designated hitter role with the Bombers. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 4:20 pm
    New Player Note
    Matt Holliday NYY - 1B,LF
    L, 5-2 vs Bal
     
  • Mets seek bullpen help in potential trade
    Mark Carig of Newsday reports that the Mets prefer a reliever with team control and a prospect in any potential trade for Curtis Granderson or Jay Bruce.

    Advice: The Mets are stockpiled with talent in their outfield, and they're planning on moving quickly this winter to jettison either Granderson or Bruce. With the uncertainty looming around the potential suspension of Jeurys Familia, the club has made it a priority to upgrade the backend of their bullpen. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 1:49 pm
    Player Note
    Curtis Granderson NYM - LF,CF,RF
    L, 5-2 @Phi
     
  • Red Sox have contacted Matt Holliday's agent
    Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that the Red Sox have contacted Matt Holliday's agent, Scott Boras.

    Advice: The Cardinals declined Holliday's $17 million option after he .246/.322/.461 in an injury-shortened 2016, but there appears to be a decent market for him as a potential bounce-back candidate. The Red Sox' rivals, the Yankees, are another club that's shown interest and Holliday's former club, the Rockies, have also been mentioned as a potential landing spot. Holliday will turn 37 in January. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 7:43 am
    New Player Note
    Matt Holliday NYY - 1B,LF
    L, 5-2 vs Bal
     
  • Soler likely to be traded for young pitching
    Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune writes that "the expectation is Jorge Soler will be dealt at some point for young starting pitching."

    Advice: Soler saw sporadic playing time in 2016 and with the return of Kyle Schwarber in 2017 and signing of Jon Jay, a lack of consistent playing time next year would again appear to be in the cards. The Cubs have flirted with dealing Soler in the past but might finally pull the trigger on a trade this winter. He's hit a disappointing .258/.328/.434 so far in the majors, but Soler will turn just 25 in February and is under contract cheaply through 2020. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 6:34 am
    L, 3-2 vs Cle
     
  • Mets working to trade Granderson and Bruce
    According to Newsday's Marc Carig, the Mets are "positioned to move fairly quickly" in regards to trading either Curtis Granderson or Jay Bruce.

    Advice: The Mets' outfield is already well-stocked with Yoenis Cespedes coming back and up-and-comers Michael Conforto and Brandon Nimmo ready to take on bigger roles. That makes Bruce and Granderson expendable, though the most likely scenario is that New York will trade one and keep the other. The Blue Jays, who are likely to lose Jose Bautista in free agency, have already shown a keen interest in Granderson. He could be playing for a new team by the end of the Winter Meetings. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 3:15 pm
    Player Note
    Curtis Granderson NYM - LF,CF,RF
    L, 5-2 @Phi
     
  • Texas 'far from optimistic' on Desmond deal
    According to TR Sullivan of MLB.com, the Rangers are "far from optimistic" a deal will get done with free agent Ian Desmond.

    Advice: This comes on the heels of a report from MLB Network's Jon Morosi, who said the Rangers' talks with Desmond had "intensified" in recent days. The Rangers are obviously keen on re-signing him, but Desmond won't come cheap after a productive year that included 22 HR, 86 RBI and 21 steals. Desmond turned down the Rangers' one-year qualifying offer, which means Texas will get a compensatory pick if he signs elsewhere. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 1:44 pm
    New Player Note
    Ian Desmond Col - SS,LF,CF
    L, 6-4 vs Mil
     
  • Rangers talks with Ian Desmond intensifying
    Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports that the Rangers talks with Ian Desmond have intensified in recent days.

    Advice: Perhaps as it's looking more and more likely that the Nationals may end up with Andrew McCutchen, the Rangers are moving on to the next best option to fill their hole in center field. Desmond had a resurgent season in Texas in 2016, slashing .285/.335/.446 with 22 homers, 86 RBI and 21 stolen bases. His fantasy value would certainly be helped by staying in Arlington. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 12:10 pm
    New Player Note
    Ian Desmond Col - SS,LF,CF
    L, 6-4 vs Mil
     
  • Nationals continue to work on McCutchen trade
    According to Jim Bowden of ESPN, the Pirates and Nationals are still working on a potential trade involving Andrew McCutchen.

    Advice: The two sides are reportedly "working on a lot of different angles" and appear intent on getting a deal done. The superstar would be a tremendous fit in center field for the Nationals while allowing Trea Turner to shift back to shortstop. When there's this much smoke, there's usually fire, so look for the two sides to continue working until a deal gets consummated. Rotoworld.com Friday, 7:58 pm
  • Blue Jays outright Colabello to Triple-A
    Blue Jays sent 1B Chris Colabello outright to Triple-A Buffalo.

    Advice: The 33-year-old missed the majority of the 2016 season due to an 80-game suspension for performance-enhancing drugs and was very ineffective during his limited time at the big league level. He's no longer on the Blue Jays' 40-man roster. Rotoworld.com Friday, 5:29 pm
    Player Note
    Chris Colabello Tor - 1B,LF,RF
    Not Active
    W, 2-1 @Bos
     
  • Ian Desmond a backup CF option for Nationals
    Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Nationals are considering Adam Eaton, Dexter Fowler, Carlos Gomez and Ian Desmond as backup options for center field.

    Advice: Heyman notes that the Nationals "remain focused" on a trade for Andrew McCutchen, but they are preparing backup plans in the event they're not able to work something out for the Pirates outfielder. Desmond is the most interesting name of the aforementioned bunch, of course, given that he's spent most of his career with the Nats. He played shortstop for them, but Washington appears intent on moving Trea Turner in to his natural position of shortstop and adding a center fielder. Rotoworld.com Friday, 9:53 am
    New Player Note
    Ian Desmond Col - SS,LF,CF
    L, 6-4 vs Mil
     
  • Kirk Nieuwenhuis avoids arbitration
    Brewers and OF Kirk Nieuwenhuis avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $900,000 contract.

    Advice: It's a split contract, as he'll make that much if he's in the majors but his salary will fall to $275,000 if he's in the minors. Nieuwenhuis hit just .209/.324/.385 for the Brewers last season but did pop 13 homers. Rotoworld.com Friday, 9:40 am
    W, 6-4 @Col
     
  • Royals getting 'multiple inquiries' on Dyson
    ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that the Royals are getting "multiple inquiries" on Jarrod Dyson.

    Advice: Dyson could be an underrated target for a team looking for a center fielder, as he's excellent defensively and is coming off a career-best .728 OPS. As Crasnick notes, however, Dyson is currently in line to serve on the strong side of a platoon in right field for the Royals, so they'd probably have to acquire another outfielder if they dealt the speedster. Dyson is 32 and is slated for free agency after next season. Rotoworld.com Friday, 9:37 am
    L, 3-2 vs Cle
     
  • White Sox likelier to trade Eaton than Abreu
    A rival executive told MLB Network's Jon Morosi that the White Sox are more likely to trade Adam Eaton than Jose Abreu at the winter meetings.

    Advice: The White Sox seem to be in the mode of listening to trade offers for virtually anyone on their roster, but it's not surprising that Eaton appears likelier than Abreu to be dealt. The outfielder should be able to fetch a nice return, as he's a career .284/.357/.414 hitter and is under team control for just $38.4 million through 2021. Rotoworld.com Friday, 7:05 am
    W, 10-7 vs Mia
     
  • Nats remain 'in lead' for Andrew McCutchen
    MLB Network's Jon Morosi reports that the Nationals remain "in (the) lead" for Andrew McCutchen, although the Rangers are "also in contact" with the Pirates.

    Advice: If McCutchen is traded to the Nationals there's a good chance it will happen on Friday, as the acquisition will affect what they do at the non-tender deadline. Cutch would take over in center field for the Nats, while Trea Turner would move to his natural position of shortstop and Danny Espinosa would be non-tendered. The Rangers are also looking for a center fielder, so they can't be ruled out as a serious contender for the former MVP. Rotoworld.com Friday, 5:59 am
  • Yankees considering Holliday for DH spot
    Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News reports that Matt Holliday is "a name the Yankees have thrown around."

    Advice: The expectation is that Edwin Encarnacion will likely command a contract beyond what the Yankees are comfortable with, but they have backup options that include Carlos Beltran, Mike Napoli and Holliday. Holliday batted .246/.322/.461 with 20 homers and 62 RBI in an injury-shortened 2016 season and is probably best off as a designated hitter at this point in his career. Rotoworld.com Friday, 5:51 am
    New Player Note
    Matt Holliday NYY - 1B,LF
    L, 5-2 vs Bal
     
  • Report: Fowler's reps aiming for $18M per yr
    According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, Dexter Fowler's representatives believe he can get $18 million per season on a multi-year deal.

    Advice: What a difference a year makes. Fowler ended up settling for a one-year, $8 million deal to return to the Cubs last offseason after draft pick compensation impacted his market, but the outlook is much rosier this time after he batted .276/.393/.447 with 13 homers, 48 RBI, and 13 steals over 125 games in 2016. Granted, Fowler wasn't nearly as productive after the start of June, but he's a switch-hitter with proven on-base ability. Heyman hears that the Cardinals, Blue Jays, and Giants are among the clubs believed to have interest. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 4:29 pm
    Player Note
    Dexter Fowler ChC - CF
    Not Active
    W, 7-4 @Cin
     
  • Napoli seeing interest from CLE, BOS, TEX
    Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that "indications" point toward the Indians, Red Sox and Rangers showing the most interest in free agent Mike Napoli.

    Advice: Napoli has played for all three squads in the last two seasons, as the Red Sox traded him to the Rangers during the 2015 campaign -- his second go-round with Texas. He spent 2016 helping the Indians to the American League pennant. Heyman hears that the Yankees and Astros are also contenders to sign the free agent slugger, though those two squads are viewed more as outside possibilities. Should the Red Sox sign him, Heyman speculates that they could shift Hanley Ramirez from first base to the now-vacated designated hitter spot long held by David Ortiz. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 4:30 pm
    Player Note
    Mike Napoli Cle - 1B,LF
    Not Active
    W, 3-2 @KC
     
  • Bruce's no-trade list hasn't changed
    Chris Cotillo of SB Nation hears that Jay Bruce's eight-team no-trade list hasn't changed since the summer.

    Advice: Bruce has the ability to block deals to the Yankees, Red Sox, Athletics, Rays, Marlins, Twins, Indians, and Diamondbacks. The Mets re-signed Yoenis Cespedes to a four-year, $110 million contract, so the club is now shopping both Bruce and Curtis Granderson. Bruce had a rough transition in New York and could welcome the change in scenery, perhaps even to a team on his no-trade list. He's owed a very reasonable $13 million in 2017 before hitting free agency. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 11:29 am
    L, 5-2 @Phi
     
  • Cubs unlikely to re-sign Dexter Fowler
    Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer indicated Wednesday that the club is unlikely to re-sign Dexter Fowler.

    Advice: It's not a big surprise, especially after the club signed Jon Jay on Tuesday. "We'd never close the door on Dexter, but we're aware that's something that may not happen for us," said Hoyer. Fowler rejected a qualifying offer from the Cubs and while he had to settle for a one-year deal to return to Chicago last offseason, he should have no problem landing a lucrative multi-year contract this time around. The Blue Jays are among the teams who reportedly have interest. The Cubs appear set to move on with Jay and Albert Almora in center field, but Jason Heyward is also an option if they want to go with Ben Zobrist and Kyle Schwarber in the corner spots. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 11:04 am
    Player Note
    Dexter Fowler ChC - CF
    Not Active
    W, 7-4 @Cin
     
  • Schwarber could see at-bats in winter ball
    The Cubs are considering sending Kyle Schwarber to winter ball to get some at-bats.

    Advice: Schwarber made it back for the World Series after missing most of the season following knee surgery, but he was restricted from playing the field. The Cubs will soon evaluate the next step in his rehab, but all signs are positive thus far. The big question is how the Cubs will fit him into their lineup in 2017. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:57 am
    Player Note
    Kyle Schwarber ChC - C,LF
    W, 7-4 @Cin
     
  • Report: Granderson of interest to Blue Jays
    Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports hears that Curtis Granderson is of interest to the Blue Jays.

    Advice: The Mets are also shopping Jay Bruce after re-signing Cespedes, so the Blue Jays have interest in both of them depending on the possible asking price. The Mets would surely prefer to keep Granderson because he's capable of playing center field and is a proven performer in New York, but he's reportedly drawing more interest than Bruce. In addition to the trade market, the Blue Jays have shown interest in Dexter Fowler, among others, in free agency. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:47 am
    Player Note
    Curtis Granderson NYM - LF,CF,RF
    L, 5-2 @Phi
     
  • Granderson receiving more interest than Bruce
    Marc Carig of Newsday reports that Curtis Granderson has received more trade interest than Jay Bruce.

    Advice: The Mets managed to keep Yoenis Cespedes with a four-year, $110 million contract, so most have speculated that the next step will be to trade Bruce. Teams like the Blue Jays have reportedly expressed interest, but the inquiries on Granderson simply give them more options to upgrade in other areas. Both players are due to become free agents after 2017. Granderson, who turns 36 next March, slugged 30 homers with a .799 OPS (111 OPS+) in 2016. He's owed $15 million next season. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:24 am
    Player Note
    Curtis Granderson NYM - LF,CF,RF
    L, 5-2 @Phi
     
  • Rockies downplay possible Holliday reunion
    Rockies general manager Jeff Bridich downplayed the possibility of a reunion with free agent Matt Holliday.

    Advice: Holliday has said that he's open to a return to the Rockies, but given the team's outfield depth, he'd be looking at a full-time move to first base. He just saw his first exposure at the position in 2016, so the Rockies are mulling over the potential alternatives. "We have just now started looking into the reality of Matt," said Bridich. "With the way that our outfield is situated… the outfield for Matt doesn’t make a whole lot of sense right now. So right now we are just trying to wrap our minds around whether he’s a viable option at first base." The Rockies reportedly haven't ruled out a return for Mark Reynolds and Chris Carter, who was recently designated for assignment by the Brewers, could also be a possibility at first base. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:33 am
    New Player Note
    Matt Holliday NYY - 1B,LF
    L, 5-2 vs Bal
     
  • Blue Jays showing 'strong interest' in Fowler
    Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports confirms the Blue Jays are showing "strong interest" in Dexter Fowler.

    Advice: MLB Network's Jon Morosi linked the two parties 10 days ago, and it sounds like talks may be heating up. Fowler represents the kind of high-OBP switch-hitting outfielder the Blue Jays covet, but a host of other high-budget teams like him too. He slashed .276/.393/.447 with 13 home runs, 48 RBI, 13 stolen bases, and 84 runs scored in 125 regular-season games this past season for the World Series champs. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 5:10 pm
    Player Note
    Dexter Fowler ChC - CF
    Not Active
    W, 7-4 @Cin
     
  • Blue Jays making a push for Mets' Jay Bruce
    ESPN's Jerry Crasnick confirms the Blue Jays are "making a push" for Jay Bruce.

    Advice: Bruce became somewhat expendable for the Mets on Tuesday with the re-signing of Yoenis Cespedes, though there's also talk of Curtis Granderson being shopped. Crasnick notes the Blue Jays tried to acquire Bruce last spring, but a three-team swap with the Reds and Angels ultimately fell through. Jim Bowden of ESPN also tied Toronto to Bruce earlier this month. There's long been interest, and Bruce's bat probably would play very well in the American League East. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 2:40 pm
    L, 5-2 @Phi
     
  • Possible the Mets move Curtis Granderson?
    Marc Carig of Newsday hears "it's possible" Curtis Granderson gets moved.

    Advice: Jay Bruce feels like the Mets' most obvious trade chip following the re-signing of Yoenis Cespedes, but the team will also apparently shop Granderson (and his $15 million salary for 2017). Granderson is coming off a season in which he slugged 30 home runs and played in 150 games, but he does turn 36 years old next March. Michael Conforto is probably off the table for New York this winter. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 1:12 pm
    Player Note
    Curtis Granderson NYM - LF,CF,RF
    L, 5-2 @Phi
     
  • Reds not motivated to move Hamilton
    Zach Buchanan of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports that the Reds would "have to be really, really motivated by an offer" to trade outfielder Billy Hamilton.

    Advice: ESPN's Buster Olney reported that the Reds were open to trading Hamilton and Buchanan confirms that they have indeed heard from some teams about the possibility, but it doesn't sound like anything has gone further from that. Hamilton is arbitration-eligible for the first time this winter, so there isn't necessarily a sense of urgency to move him right now, but it's smart for a rebuilding team to at least do some due diligence on the matter. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 12:16 pm
    L, 7-4 vs ChC
     
  • Report: Reds open to trading Billy Hamilton
    Buster Olney of ESPN reports that the Reds are open to trading outfielder Billy Hamilton.

    Advice: Olney notes that the Reds are listening to offers on all of their players, which shouldn't really be all that surprising for a rebuilding team. Hamilton would no doubt make sense for a few contenders. The 26-year-old took a step forward offensively in 2016 before going down with an oblique injury and offers game-changing speed and defense. He'll be arbitration-eligible for the first time this winter. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 10:04 am
    L, 7-4 vs ChC
     
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