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  • Nats have discussed CHW's David Robertson
    MASN's Mark Zuckerman reports that the Nationals have discussed David Robertson with the White Sox.

    Advice: Washington missed out on Aroldis Chapman, who has agreed to an $86 million contract with the Yankees, and might be finding Kenley Jansen's asking price too high. Robertson posted an underwhelming 3.47 ERA over 62 1/3 innings this past season for Chicago, but he still has good swing-and-miss stuff and the Nationals seem desperate to acquire a late-inning reliever of some sort. There could certainly be a match here. Robertson, 31, is owed $12 million in 2017 and $13 million in 2018. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:08 am
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  • Tigers select Daniel Stumpf in Rule 5 Draft
    Tigers selected LHP Daniel Stumpf from the Royals with the No. 11 pick in the Rule 5 Draft.

    Advice: Stumpf was also selected in last year's Rule 5 Draft, so this routine is nothing new for him. He allowed six earned runs in five innings with the Phillies in 2016, but the 25-year-old southpaw did have some success at the Double-A level and will compete for a spot in the Detroit bullpen next spring. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:30 am
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  • Red Sox get Josh Rutledge back in Rule 5
    Red Sox selected INF Josh Rutledge from the Rockies with the No. 14 pick in the Rule 5 Draft.

    Advice: Rutledge spent the entire 2016 season with the Red Sox before inking a minor league contract with the Rockies in late November. Now he'll head back to Boston. The 27-year-old utility infielder has batted just .262/.312/.397 in 333 career games at the MLB level. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:11 am
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  • Rangers sign Cesar Puello to minors deal
    Rangers signed OF Cesar Puello to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

    Advice: Puello posted a cool .413 on-base percentage in 78 games this past season with the Yankees' Triple-A affiliate in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, though it came with only five home runs in 289 plate appearances. The 25-year-old outfielder has never appeared in a game at the major league level and seems doubtful to crack the Opening Day roster with Texas. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:59 am
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  • Rangers re-sign Jared Hoying to minors deal
    Ranger re-signed OF Jared Hoying to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

    Advice: Hoying was non-tendered by the Rangers earlier this month, but he's now back with the club on a non-roster invite to major league camp. The 27-year-old outfielder appeared in 39 games with Texas in 2016, slashing just .217/.265/.261 with no homers and five RBI. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:56 am
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  • NYM finding 'limited market' for OF Jay Bruce
    Mike Puma of the New York Post says there is a "limited market" at the moment for Jay Bruce.

    Advice: Puma adds that the Rangers and Blue Jays -- two possible trade partners for Bruce -- have shown only "minimal interest" so far. Bruce struggled down the stretch with New York after an August 1 trade from Cincinnati, batting just .219/.294/.391 with eight home runs in 50 games. He is owed $13 million in 2017 on the final year of his current deal. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:50 am
  • Braves release righty Williams Perez
    Braves released RHP Williams Perez.

    Advice: The move clears a 40-man roster spot just ahead of Thursday morning's Rule 5 Draft. Perez posted a dreadful 6.04 ERA over 53 2/3 innings this summer for Atlanta before suffering an elbow impingement in September. He will probably have to settle for a non-guaranteed minor league contract in free agency. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:08 am
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  • Cardinals unlikely to part with SP Alex Reyes
    Cardinals GM John Mozeliak indicated Wednesday that he will not trade Alex Reyes.

    Advice: "Alex has such high value we would have had to have been overwhelmed to do something," said Mozeliak, in reference to this week's wild trade market. "And perhaps the way to think about it is maybe we didn’t have the next tier that was good enough to compete with some of the names that are being bantered about. So we have that gap." Reyes is certainly the Cardinals' most prized prospect, having registered a 1.57 ERA with 52 strikeouts over his first 46 major league innings in 2016. He should open the 2017 season as a member of the St. Louis rotation. Rotoworld.com Today, 5:40 am
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  • Red Sox pushing for Clay Buchholz trade
    A source told WEEI's Rob Bradford that the Red Sox have "prioritized" dealing Clay Buchholz over Drew Pomeranz.

    Advice: Pomeranz figures to draw the better offers, but that's also because he's the better, more reliable pitcher. Buchholz registered an ugly 4.78 ERA in 139 1/3 innings (21 starts, 16 relief appearances) this past season for the Red Sox, yet still had his $13.5 million club option picked up for 2017. He did finish strong in the second half. And there should be some kind of low-level trade market for him. Rotoworld.com Today, 5:32 am
  • Nats making a push for closer Kenley Jansen
    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports the Nationals are "making a push" for Kenley Jansen.

    Advice: It looked like a two-team race between the Dodgers and Marlins just a bit ago, but the Nats were in serious pursuit of Aroldis Chapman before he signed with the Yankees and remain desperate for a dominant late-inning arm. Jansen may try to top Chapman's five-year, $86 million agreement with New York. The right-hander posted a ridiculous 1.83 ERA, 0.67 WHIP, and 104/11 K/BB ratio in 68 2/3 innings this past year for the Dodgers. Rotoworld.com Today, 5:12 am
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  • Marlins have made Jansen $80+ million offer
    Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports that the Marlins have made Kenley Jansen an offer of five years and over $80 million.

    Advice: Passan says it's "almost at the level" of Aroldis Chapman's offer, so it appears to be in the $80-85 million range. It's obviously a massive total, especially when factoring in that the Marlins would also have to forfeit the No. 13 overall pick to sign Jansen. The Dodgers really want to bring Jansen back, but it remains to be seen whether they'd be willing to contend with the Marlins' offer. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:14 pm
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  • Yankees bring back Chapman on five-year deal
    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Yankees have agreed to terms with Aroldis Chapman on a five-year, $86 million contract.

    Advice: Mark Melancon set a new record for a reliever contract earlier this week with his $62 million deal, but Chapman's contract obviously blows it out of the water. Rosenthal says the deal includes an opt-out after the first three years, a full no-trade clause for the first three years and a limited no-trade for the final two years. ESPN's Marly Rivera said the limited no-trade portion stipulates that Chapman can't be dealt to a team in California. Chapman will return to being the Yankees' closer, with Dellin Betances moving back to a setup role. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:41 pm
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  • 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 Yesterday, 5:50 pm
  • NYY will only sign one of Chapman, Jansen
    Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said that the team will not sign both Aroldis Chapman and Kenley Jansen.

    Advice: No huge surprise there, as both players could potentially draw contracts north of $90 million. ESPN's Jayson Stark has reported that the Marlins and Yankees have both floated five-year contracts to the pair of relievers, but Chapman would be the Bombers' preference here. The Dodgers also remain an interested party, and the Nationals are expected to make a big push. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 5:18 pm
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  • Chapman and Jansen drawing five-year offers
    Jayson Stark of ESPN reports that both the Yankees and Marlins have offered Aroldis Chapman and Kenley Jansen five-year contracts.

    Advice: Stark relays that the Dodgers are also keenly interested in both of these free agent closers, though the length of their potential offers aren't known at this juncture. The Yankees' interest in Chapman is well-documented, but Stark shines a light on the Marlins, writing that sources with knowledge of the team's thinking "describe them as being significantly more interested than previously believed." The Nationals are also in the mix for Chapman, with USA Today's Bob Nightengale passing along word earlier on Wednesday that the team is "firmly in the hunt." Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 4:26 pm
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  • Nats 'firmly in the hunt' for Aroldis Chapman
    According to USA Today's Bob Nightengale, the Nationals are "firmly in the hunt" for Aroldis Chapman.

    Advice: Washington has money to spend after acquiring center fielder Adam Eaton and his team-friendly contract from the White Sox, and it sounds like the focal point now is a dominant closer. Kenley Jansen could be another option for Washington if the pursuit of Chapman falls through. Chapman obviously has very close ties to Nationals manager Dusty Baker, but cash is king in these types of situations. Jansen and Chapman are both said to be seeking $100 million contracts. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 3:56 pm
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  • Chad Kuhl currently a contender for rotation
    Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said that Chad Kuhl is currently in a position to earn a spot in the starting rotation out of spring training.

    Advice: Garrit Cole and Jameson Taillon are locks to start next season. Beyond that pair, the Pirates are still weighing their options. In 14 starts last season, Kuhl pitched to a 4.20 ERA, 1.31 WHIP and 53/20 K/BB ratio. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 1:53 pm
  • Yankees have shown interest in Sergio Romo
    According to John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle, the Yankees have expressed interest in free agent reliever Sergio Romo.

    Advice: Shea says "several teams" have also made the call. Romo battled elbow problems in 2016 and only pitched 30 2/3 regular-season innings for the Giants, but he still managed a 2.64 ERA and boasts a career ERA of 2.58 with a career K/9 of 10.2. The veteran righty will turn 34 years old next March. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 1:48 pm
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  • 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 Yesterday, 12:17 pm
  • Marlins down on chances of signing Jansen
    Mark Saxon of ESPN hears that the Marlins "aren't feeling great" about their chances of signing free agent closer Kenley Jansen.

    Advice: It's unclear what has changed, but this would seem to be good news for the Dodgers, especially if you consider that the Yankees' first choice would be to sign Aroldis Chapman. We know that Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria has given his blessing to signing either Jansen or Chapman, but it's unclear how high he'd be willing to go to get one of them. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:35 am
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  • Giants not bringing back familiar trio
    Alex Pavlovic of CSNBayArea.com reports that the Giants aren't planning reunions with Sergio Romo, Santiago Casilla, or Javier Lopez.

    Advice: It's the end of an era in San Francisco, as the trio has been present for World Series victories in 2010, 2012, and 2014. Per Pavlovic, the Giants are excited about teaming new closer Mark Melancon up with some of their younger arms. Bryan Morris is also expected to be in the mix after signing a minor league deal. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:00 am
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  • Yanks, Marlins, Dodgers waiting on closers
    Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Yankees, Marlins, and Dodgers are awaiting word from Aroldis Chapman and Kenley Jansen.

    Advice: Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reported early Wednesday that "there's an increasing sense" that Jansen and Chapman could be close to making decisions on where to sign. Heyman notes that Chapman is the Yankees' top choice while the Dodgers would prefer a reunion with Jansen. The Marlins are the wild card here and are open to signing either. Both closers should land deals north of $80 million. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:33 am
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  • 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 Yesterday, 8:19 am
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    Ian Desmond Col - SS,OF
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  • 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 Yesterday, 8:13 am
  • 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 Yesterday, 7:27 am
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    Ian Desmond Col - SS,OF
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  • 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 Yesterday, 6:36 am
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  • Chapman, Jansen close to making decisions?
    Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports hears that "there's an increasing sense" among teams in the elite-closer market that Kenley Jansen and Aroldis Chapman could be close to making decisions on where to sign.

    Advice: It's crunch time in negotiations. We've already heard that Chapman reportedly has a $92 million offer on the table from someone. Jansen's deal should fall in a similar range. The Marlins, Yankees, Dodgers, and Nationals are all linked here in some form or fashion. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:17 am
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  • White Sox could wait on Robertson trade
    FanRag Sports' Jon Heyman reports that David Robertson has drawn trade interest, but that a trade will likely wait to see who misses out on Aroldis Chapman and Kenley Jansen.

    Advice: It's not the worst way to play it, though the right offer could change the timing here. The Cubs are reportedly close to landing Wade Davis, so that leaves teams like the Dodgers, Yankees, Nationals, and Marlins in the mix for a high-profile closer. Robertson posted a 3.47 ERA and 75/32 K/BB ratio over 62 1/3 innings this past season and he's owed $12 million in 2017 and $13 million in 2018. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 5:59 am
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  • 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 Yesterday, 5:34 am
  • Report: Chapman has $92 mil offer on table
    According to USA Today's Bob Nightengale, one team has offered $92 million to Aroldis Chapman.

    Advice: And there's a decent chance his price tag climbs even higher given all the interest. Among those in pursuit: the Yankees, Nationals, and Marlins. Chapman, 28, registered a 1.55 ERA, 0.86 WHIP, and 90/18 K/BB ratio in 58 innings this summer between the Yankees and Cubs before helping to bring the north side of Chicago its first World Series championship since 1908. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 7:57 pm
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  • Loria signs off on Jansen, Chapman pursuits
    ESPN's Jayson Stark hears that Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria has "signed off on spending the money to sign Kenley Jansen or Aroldis Chapman."

    Advice: It's probably going to be in the range of $100 million for one of those guys given the kind of attention they're generating from big-market teams. Jansen, 29, registered a dominant 1.83 ERA, 0.67 WHIP, and 104/11 K/BB ratio in 68 2/3 innings this past year for the Dodgers. Chapman, 28, had a 1.55 ERA, 0.86 WHIP, and 90/18 K/BB ratio in 58 innings between the Yankees and Cubs. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 7:46 pm
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  • Yanks have made offers to Chapman, Jansen
    MLB.com's Bryan Hoch reports that the Yankees have made contract offers to both Aroldis Chapman and Kenley Jansen.

    Advice: It sure appears the Yanks are committed to getting one of the two top-flight closers, and they obviously have the cash to pull it off. Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reported Tuesday afternoon that offers for Chapman are already past $80 million, and there's some thought that the number could climb past $100 million. Jansen will want something similar. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 2:00 pm
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  • 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 Tuesday, 12:48 pm
  • Heyman: Offers for Chapman past $80 million
    According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, offers for free agent closer Aroldis Chapman are past $80 million.

    Advice: That's to be expected after Mark Melancon landed a four-year, $62 million deal (a new record deal for a reliever) from the Giants on Monday. Chapman is aiming for a six-year deal and is drawing interest from teams like the Yankees, Marlins, and Dodgers. There's even a chance that the Nationals could be in the mix. Kenley Jansen remains in the market and figures to land a big contract too, but Chapman is in a good spot right now. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 12:39 pm
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  • 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 Tuesday, 7:45 am
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    Ian Desmond Col - SS,OF
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  • Report: Yankees focused on Aroldis Chapman
    Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports that the Yankees are focused on Aroldis Chapman.

    Advice: Heyman notes that Kenley Jansen is also being talked to, but Chapman is the team's first choice. And that makes sense, as they know Chapman well and he isn't tied to draft pick compensation. The hard-throwing left-hander told Marly Rivera of ESPN on Monday that he wants a six-year contract. Heyman writes that the Yankees won't do that, but that five years looks like a good bet. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 7:31 am
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  • 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
  • NYY, MIA, WSH, SF, CHC, LAD in on Jansen
    According to Jim Bowden of ESPN, the teams currently in on free agent Kenley Jansen are the Nationals, Marlins, Yankees, Giants, Cubs, and Dodgers.

    Advice: It's going to be a big-time bidding war that could last well into the offseason. Jansen, thought to be seeking close to $100 million, registered a stellar 1.83 ERA, 0.67 WHIP, and 104/11 K/BB ratio in 68 2/3 innings this past year for the Dodgers. Aroldis Chapman and Mark Melancon are also out there in free agency as elite-level closer options. When one domino falls, the others will soon. Rotoworld.com Monday, 7:46 am
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  • 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
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    Ian Desmond Col - SS,OF
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  • 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
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    Ian Desmond Col - SS,OF
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  • Rangers do not tender contract to Hoying
    Rangers non-tendered OF Jared Hoying.

    Advice: Merely an auxiliary piece on their roster, the 27-year-old appeared in only 39 games for the Rangers in 2016 slashing a troublesome .217/.265/.261 with no homers and five RBI in 49 plate appearances. He'll look to latch on elsewhere as a free agent. Rotoworld.com Friday, 3:45 pm
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  • 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
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    Ian Desmond Col - SS,OF
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  • 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
  • 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
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