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  • SF, TOR considering trade for Avisail Garcia
    USA Today's Bob Nightengale reports that the Giants and Blue Jays have spoken to the White Sox about a potential trade for Avisail Garcia.

    Advice: Nightengale notes that there is "nothing close" at this point, but many in the industry -- including a number of beat writers who cover the White Sox -- believe Garcia will be on the move this winter. The 26-year-old had a breakout season in 2017, slashing .330/.380/.506 with 18 home runs and 80 RBI in 136 games while earning his first All-Star nod. The issue for a team like San Francisco -- and other clubs in the NL -- is that Garcia is a dreadful defender in the outfield. Rotoworld.com 16 minutes ago
     
  • Mets trade for 2B Jason Kipnis has 'traction'
    Chris Cotillo of SB Nation hears there is "traction" between the Mets and Indians on a Jason Kipnis trade.

    Advice: The two sides have engaged in serious discussions this week at the Winter Meetings and the heat probably turned up even further when Ian Kinsler went to the Angels on Wednesday night. Kinsler had been a target of the Mets, but they were on his no-trade list and he told Tigers GM Al Avila that he would only accept a move to Anaheim. Kipnis would be a nice bounceback play for the apparently cost-conscious Metropolitans. He struggled to a .232/.291/.414 batting line in 2017 with Cleveland, but the 30-year-old second baseman put up an .817 OPS in 297 games between 2015-2016. Rotoworld.com 41 minutes ago
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  • Bucs grab Damien Magnifico in Rule 5 draft
    Pirates selected RHP Damien Magnifico from the Angels in the Triple-A phase of the Rule 5 draft.

    Advice: Magnifico has made appearances at the major league level in each of the last two seasons, but he's never been able to stick around for very long. The 26-year-old right-hander will operate as organizational relief depth for Pittsburgh in 2018. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:42 am
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  • Red Sox trying to sign both JD and Hosmer
    A source tells Michael Silverman of the Boston Herald that the Red Sox are trying to sign both J.D. Martinez and Eric Hosmer.

    Advice: That would take a massive financial commitment, but it could also be an excellent counter-punch to the rival Yankees landing Giancarlo Stanton from the Marlins last week. Red Sox executives met with Martinez at the Winter Meetings in Orlando on Wednesday and it sounds like there might be some mutual interest there. Recent reports have the Padres as the current favorite for Hosmer, but you'd have to think Boston could make the better bid of those two teams. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:17 am
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  • Toronto expressing interest in Lorenzo Cain
    According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Blue Jays have expressed interest in free agent outfielder Lorenzo Cain.

    Advice: It's been a slow-moving offseason for Cain, but the same can be said for many other free agent position players. The 31-year-old should eventually score a nice deal after batting .300/.363/.440 with 15 home runs and 26 stolen bases over 155 games with Kansas City in 2017. Heyman says Toronto would prefer a four-year contract. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:00 am
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  • Twins sign Fernando Rodney to $4.5M deal
    Craig Mish of Sirius XM reports that the Twins have signed Fernando Rodney to a one-year, $4.5 million contract.

    Advice: The one-year deal also includes $1.5 million in performance-based bonuses, so it could be worth as much as $6 million. Rodney also drew heavy interest from the Tigers, Rangers, Mets, and Diamondbacks this winter before deciding to head to Minnesota -- where he should get a chance to serve as the primary closer. The 40-year-old right-hander posted some rather underwhelming overall numbers in 2017, but he had a 2.38 ERA and 52/19 K/BB ratio over his final 45 1/3 innings and tallied 39 total saves. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:34 am
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  • Cardinals get Yairo Munoz in Piscotty trade
    Cardinals acquired SS Yairo Munoz and 2B Max Schrock from the Cardinals for OF Stephen Piscotty.

    Advice: Munoz batted .300/.330/.464 with 13 home runs, 68 RBI, 22 stolen bases, and 65 runs scored in 112 games this past season between Double-A Midland and Triple-A Nashville. He has played all around the diamond defensively, but the majority of his innings have come at the shortstop position. The toolsy and versatile 22-year-old is a nice pickup for St. Louis. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:26 am
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  • Cardinals acquire Schrock in Piscotty deal
    Cardinals acquired 2B Max Schrock and SS Yairo Munoz from the Athletics for OF Stephen Piscotty.

    Advice: Schrock hasn't developed much of a power tool yet, but he boasts a well-rounded .324/.372/.439 career batting line in the minor leagues and he plays good defense at second base. The 23-year-old finished the 2017 season with the Double-A affiliate of the A's. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:23 am
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  • Astros grab OF/LHP Anthony Gose in Rule 5
    Astros selected OF/LHP Anthony Gose from the Rangers with the 15th pick in the Rule 5 draft.

    Advice: Gose struggled with his attempted conversion from outfielder to left-handed reliever in 2017, but Astros executive Kevin Goldstein told reporters on Wednesday that the club will double down on that experiment. It'll be an uphill battle for the 27-year-old to stick on Houston's active roster throughout the entire season. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:44 am
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  • Diamondbacks pick Albert Suarez in Rule 5
    Diamondbacks selected RHP Albert Suarez from the Giants with the 14th pick in the Rule 5 draft.

    Advice: Suarez has pitched in the big leagues for parts of the last two seasons, though the results haven't been all that great. The 28-year-old right-hander will be competing for a long relief spot in Diamondbacks camp next spring. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:36 am
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  • Astros, Nationals in on RP Hector Rondon
    Hector Rondon is drawing free agent interest from the Astros and Nationals, per Chris Cotillo of SB Nation.

    Advice: It sounds like a deal could be close to completion with one of those two teams. Rondon was non-tendered by the Cubs on December 1 after posting a 4.24 ERA, 1.22 WHIP, and 69/20 K/BB ratio over 57 1/3 innings of relief in 2017. The 29-year-old right-hander will be a pretty good bounceback candidate in 2018. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:48 am
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  • Royals acquire RHP Keller in Rule 5 draft
    Reds selected RHP Brad Keller from the Diamondbacks with the fifth pick in the Rule 5 draft and traded him to the Royals.

    Advice: Keller, a sinkerballer, went 10-9 with a 4.68 ERA, a 111/57 K/BB ratio and just seven homers allowed in 130 2/3 innings in Double-A last year. Given his groundball tendencies, he really made more sense for the Reds in their park than the Royals in theirs. Still, he'll compete for a spot at the back of the rotation. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:47 am
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  • Cardinals 'keep pushing for' Josh Donaldson
    According to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, the Cardinals "keeping pushing for" Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson.

    Advice: Rosenthal adds, however, that the Blue Jays "remain disinclined to move Donaldson" because they want to compete in 2018. The asking price is high and there is no indication that a deal is close. St. Louis has its toe in the water on a bunch of different potential upgrades and it sounds like there might be a better match with the Rays. Evan Longoria, Alex Colome, and Chris Archer are the names the Cardinals have discussed with Tampa Bay. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:30 am
     
  • Padres 'clear-cut favorites' for Eric Hosmer
    USA Today's Bob Nightengale writes that the Padres have become the "clear-cut favorites" for free agent Eric Hosmer.

    Advice: Nightengale says the Padres have had two face-to-face meetings with Hosmer and his camp, presumably at this week's Winter Meetings in Orlando. But this of course will all come down to money and agent Scott Boras offered no indication Wednesday in his annual scrum with the media that Hosmer has lowered his sky-high asking price. Nightengale notes that the Red Sox are also "lurking" on the 28-year-old first baseman, who posted a career-best .318/.385/.498 batting line with 25 home runs and 94 RBI over 162 games for the Royals in 2017. He also earned his fourth career Gold Glove, though advanced defensive metrics aren't as kind to him as the folks who vote on those awards. Rotoworld.com Today, 5:55 am
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  • Twins are 'still strongly in mix' for Rodney
    According to Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer-Press, the Twins are "still strongly in the mix" for free agent reliever Fernando Rodney.

    Advice: Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press reported late Wednesday night that there is mutual interest between Rodney and the Tigers, one of the 40-year-old right-hander's former teams. But if Rodney would prefer to pitch for a contender in 2018 -- what could be his final MLB season -- Minnesota obviously makes a lot more sense. There is also said to be some level of interest from the Rangers and Mets, and the Diamondbacks have discussed a possible return. Rotoworld.com Today, 3:37 am
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  • TEX 'strongly pursuing' Kelvin Herrera trade
    According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, the Rangers are "strongly pursuing" Royals closer Kelvin Herrera.

    Advice: Kansas City appears poised for an organizational rebuild, so Herrera -- a free agent next winter -- can probably be had with the right match of young talent. Joel Sherman of the New York Post reported on the first day of the Winter Meetings that the Royals were at least "fielding interest" in the 27-year-old right-hander. Herrera struggled to a 4.25 ERA over 59 2/3 innings in 2017, but he put up a dominant 2.30 ERA with 209 strikeouts in 211 2/3 innings between 2014-2016. Rotoworld.com Today, 12:45 am
  • Tigers and Rodney have 'mutual interest'
    Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press reports that there is "mutual interest" between the Tigers and free agent Fernando Rodney.

    Advice: The 40-year-old right-hander is an odd fit for a rebuilding team, but perhaps the Tigers are thinking they could get a few good months out of Rodney in 2018 and then flip him for young talent. Rodney had a dreadful April in 2017 with the Diamondbacks but rebounded nicely after that, posting a 2.38 ERA and 52/19 K/BB ratio over his final 45 1/3 innings. He racked up 39 saves. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:32 pm
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  • Rondon close to signing, but not with Twins
    Darren Wolfson of ESPN 1500 reports that the Twins have shown interest in free agent reliever Hector Rondon, but they believe he's close to signing with another team.

    Advice: The Twins have been linked to several relievers this year, but have yet to come up with a closer for the 2018 campaign. It sounds like they'll come up short here, as well. The recently non-tendered right-hander had a 60/20 K/BB ratio over 57 1/3 innings with a 4.24 ERA for the Cubs. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:37 pm
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  • D'Backs to meet with J.D. Martinez on Weds.
    According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Diamondbacks are expected to meet with J.D. Martinez on Wednesday at the Winter Meetings.

    Advice: Martinez also has a scheduled sit-down with the Red Sox, per previous reports. Heyman notes that the Diamondbacks' rumored interest in trading Zack Greinke could be about freeing up money to re-sign Martinez, who tallied 29 home runs and 65 RBI in 62 games down the stretch with Arizona in 2017. The 30-year-old slugger is said to be seeking a seven-year, $210 million contract. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:40 am
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  • Mets, Tigers showing interest in Rodney
    Chris Cotillo of SB Nation reports that the Mets and Tigers have shown interest in free agent reliever Fernando Rodney.

    Advice: Add those two teams to the list of Rodney suitors that already included the Twins, Rangers, and Diamondbacks. The 40-year-old right-hander posted a 4.23 ERA in 55 1/3 innings this past season in Arizona, but he still managed to rack up 39 saves. Cotillo notes that Rodney is at the Winter Meetings in Orlando and is a "good candidate to sign this week." Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 4:02 pm
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  • STL, TOR have talked Josh Donaldson trade
    Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Cardinals have spoken to the Blue Jays about a Josh Donaldson trade at this week's Winter Meetings.

    Advice: Rosenthal says there is no indication that a deal is close and adds that the Blue Jays are "seemingly bullish" about keeping Donaldson and making other upgrades to their roster for 2018. St. Louis has been connected to just about every impact bat on the trade market this winter, including Marcell Ozuna and Christian Yelich of the Marlins and Manny Machado of the Orioles. The Cardinals also made a serious run at Giancarlo Stanton before he used his no-trade clause to force a move to the Yankees. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 3:43 pm
     
  • MIN, TEX, AZ in on RP Fernando Rodney
    According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Twins, Rangers, and Diamondbacks are considering free agent reliever Fernando Rodney.

    Advice: T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com was first to report word of the Rangers' interest. Minnesota is a new one. Rodney racked up 39 saves for Arizona in 2017, but that came with an underwhelming 4.23 ERA in 55 1/3 innings. The veteran right-hander can probably be had on a one-year deal. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 3:29 pm
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  • JD Martinez to meet with the Red Sox at WM
    Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that J.D. Martinez will meet with the Red Sox "and others" at the Winter Meetings this week in Orlando.

    Advice: Martinez is scheduled to arrive at the Swan and Dolphin Hotel on Tuesday night and he'll presumably stick around through the end of the day on Wednesday. The 30-year-old slugger is likely to command one of the richest position-player contracts on the free agent market this winter after batting .303/.376/.690 with 45 home runs and 104 RBI in 119 games between the Tigers and Diamondbacks in 2017. He'd make a ton of sense for Boston. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 3:10 pm
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  • Martinez to see teams at Winter Meetings
    Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that J.D. Martinez is scheduled to arrive at the Winter Meetings on Tuesday night to meet with at least one team.

    Advice: Martinez is arguably the best hitter available on the free agent market. Of course, his defense isn't considered a strength, but most believe he'll still land a contract well north of $100 million. The Red Sox, Diamondbacks, Giants, and Cardinals are among the teams to watch here. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 11:57 am
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  • Report: Rangers met with Fernando Rodney
    According to T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com, the Rangers have met with free agent reliever Fernando Rodney.

    Advice: Rodney offers closing experience, which is worth noting with the back-end of the Rangers' bullpen unsettled. The soon-to-be 41-year-old saved 39 games with the Diamondbacks this past season while posting a 4.23 ERA and 65/26 K/BB ratio over 55 1/3 innings. He was much better after a rough April. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 9:39 am
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  • Report: Padres 'strongly in mix' for Hosmer
    Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports writes that the Padres are "thinking big" and remain "strongly" in the mix for free agent first baseman Eric Hosmer.

    Advice: The Padres aren't messing around, as Bob Nightengale of USA Today reported that members of the front office met with Hosmer last Thursday. Based on the early reports, they are the most aggressive team thus far. However, it's likely going to take a $100-plus million contract in order to land him. If the Padres were to sign Hosmer, they'd move Wil Myers back to the outfield. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 5:58 am
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  • Red Sox prefer to trade for impact hitter
    USA Today's Bob Nightengale reports that the Red Sox are telling teams they'd prefer to trade for an impact bat now rather than wait out the markets for J.D. Martinez and Eric Hosmer.

    Advice: It could all be posturing, of course, but Martinez and Hosmer are both represented by Scott Boras, who is known to wait as long as possible for his clients to sign in hopes of getting the best possible deal. The Red Sox are seeking a middle-of-the-order bat this winter and the Yankees' acquisition of Giancarlo Stanton no doubt made that need even more urgent. Rotoworld.com Monday, 2:15 pm
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  • Report: Nats checked in on Hector Rondon
    Jorge Castillo of the Washington Post reports that the Nationals checked in on free agent reliever Hector Rondon after he was non-tendered by the Cubs earlier this month.

    Advice: For what it's worth, there's a connection here with new manager Dave Martinez, who was previously Joe Maddon's bench coach with the Cubs. Rondon delivered a mediocre 4.24 ERA over 61 appearances in 2017, but he's been a trusted late-inning arm in the past. Rotoworld.com Monday, 11:02 am
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  • Rodney drawing interest from D-Backs, Mets
    Craig Mish of Sirius XM reports that Fernando Rodney is drawing interest from several teams, including the Diamondbacks and Mets.

    Advice: Rodney, who turns 41 in March, served as Arizona's closer this past season while posting a 4.23 ERA and 65/26 K/BB ratio over 55 1/3 innings. The club could go in another direction at closer in 2018, even if he's brought back. The Mets have been linked to seemingly every reliever on the market, so they are at least doing their due diligence here. Rotoworld.com Monday, 10:48 am
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  • Rodney to meet with teams at Winter Meetings
    According to Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com, Fernando Rodney will be attending the Winter Meetings in order to meet with executives from multiple teams.

    Advice: Rodney notched 39 saves with the Diamondbacks this past season while posting a 4.23 ERA and 65/26 K/BB ratio over 55 1/3 innings. It was an underwhelming year on the surface, but he put up a 2.38 ERA in 50 appearances after the start of May. He'll be 41 years old in March. Rotoworld.com Monday, 10:00 am
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  • Report: Royals fielding interest in Herrera
    Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that the Royals are fielding interest in reliever Kelvin Herrera.

    Advice: The Royals could be shifting into a rebuild, so it makes sense to listen on Herrera, who will hit free agency after 2018. They'd be selling low, though, as Herrera missed time with a forearm strain this past season and proved to be a disappointment in the closer role while posting a 4.25 ERA and 56/20 K/BB ratio over 59 1/3 innings. He made $5.325 million in 2017 and will likely see that number jump to over $8 million next year. Rotoworld.com Monday, 8:26 am
  • Royals discouraged about pursuit of Hosmer
    Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Royals are getting discouraged about their pursuit of Eric Hosmer.

    Advice: The club doesn't sound optimistic about their chances of retaining their star first baseman, noting that there are much larger contracts to be had elsewhere. Heyman points out though that they felt similarly two years ago regarding their chances of keeping Alex Gordon, and the outfielder wound up re-signing with the Royals. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 10:50 am
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  • Mets have talked to Indians about Kipnis
    Marc Carig of Newsday reports that the Mets have had talks with the Indians regarding second baseman Jason Kipnis.

    Advice: Kipnis had a rather disappointing and injury-plagued 2017 campaign for the Tribe, slashing just .232/.291/.414 with 12 homers, 35 RBI and six swipes in 90 games. The Mets have also spoken to the Tigers about Ian Kinsler and Carig notes that they may approach the Pirates about Josh Harrison at the upcoming Winter Meetings. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 7:31 am
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  • Giants may turn their sights to J.D. Martinez
    John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle reports the Giants have discussed the possibility of signing free agent outfielder J.D. Martinez.

    Advice: With the Giants now seemingly out of the Giancarlo Stanton sweepstakes after the Marlins' slugger said he would not waive his no-trade clause to go to San Francisco, it would be a logical next step for them to pursue Martinez. On a per-game basis, Martinez' 2017 stats rivaled or even exceeded those of Stanton. Martinez hit .303/.376/.690 with 45 home runs and 104 RBI in only 119 games with the Tigers and Diamondbacks. Stanton hit .281/.376/.631 with 59 homers and 132 RBI in 159 games. Martinez out-performed Stanton in 2016. Martinez will likely come cheaper than Stanton as well. Stanton has $295 million left on his contract and would carry a steep price in prospect talent to boot. Martinez is reportedly asking for $200 million but as a free agent would not carry the additional cost in prospect talent. Shea hears the Giants may be interested in free agent Jay Bruce as another fallback option. Rotoworld.com Friday, 8:13 pm
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  • Padres met with Hosmer on Thursday
    Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that members of the Padres contingent met with free agent Eric Hosmer on Thursday.

    Advice: The Padres have been the most aggressive pursuers -- at least on record -- of Hosmer, and it appears the pursuit heated up on Thursday. On Wednesday, it was reported that current first baseman Wil Myers was willing to move back to the outfield if San Diego was able to sign Hosmer. The 28-year-old is coming off the best year of his career; hitting .318/.385/.498 with 25 homers in 2017 for the Royals. Rotoworld.com Friday, 9:04 am
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