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  • Phillies have discussed J.D. Martinez trade
    MLB Network's Jon Morosi reports that the Tigers and Phillies have had trade talks involving J.D. Martinez "but talks are not progressing."

    Advice: Morosi says that the Phillies are looking for a "short-term outfield bat," which is a little odd since they can't realistically consider themselves contenders in 2017. Perhaps they'd wind up flipping Martinez to another team in July before he reaches free agency next winter. The Tigers are looking to slash payroll, and Martinez is looking likely to be dealt. Rotoworld.com 45 minutes ago
  • Nationals expected to non-tender Ben Revere
    Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Nationals are expected to non-tender Ben Revere.

    Advice: MLBTradeRumors.com projected Revere to earn $6.3 million in his final year of arbitration eligibility, which is a salary the Nats evidently aren't comfortable in paying. Revere is coming off a season where he hit an ugly .217/.260/.300, but he's a career .285/.320/.342 batter and could bounce back in a new setting. Rotoworld.com Today, 10:39 am
  • 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 Today, 9:53 am
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  • CC Sabathia (knee) to start throwing Monday
    CC Sabathia (knee) will begin a throwing program on Monday.

    Advice: Sabathia underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right knee in October. The big left-hander had an underrated bounce-back campaign in 2016, posting a 3.91 ERA and 152/65 K/BB ratio in 179 2/3 innings over 30 starts. He'll be ready to roll for the start of spring training. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:48 am
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  • Pirates and Wade LeBlanc avoid arbitration
    Pirates and LHP Wade LeBlanc avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $750,000 contract with a $1.5 million option for 2018.

    Advice: He's guaranteed a total of $800,000 when adding in a $50,000 buyout for 2018. LeBlanc has posted a 4.39 ERA over 126 appearances -- 79 starts -- across parts of eight major league seasons. He should serve as a long reliever next season. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:45 am
  • Mets, Rene Rivera avoid arbitration
    Mets and C Rene Rivera avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $1.75 million contract.

    Advice: Rivera saw more and more playing time down the stretch for the Mets this past season, although he batted only .222/.291/.341. He figures to share catching duties with Travis d'Arnaud in 2017. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:42 am
  • 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 Today, 9:40 am
  • 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 Today, 9:37 am
  • Jacob deGrom (elbow) nearing throwing program
    Jacob deGrom (elbow) said Friday that he's close to beginning a throwing program.

    Advice: DeGrom had surgery in September to repair ulnar nerve damage in his right elbow. He added Friday that he's feeling much better than he did pre-op, as he's now able to snap his fingers without discomfort. DeGrom is not expected to be limited at the beginning of spring training. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:23 am
  • Bryan Holaday non-tendered by Red Sox
    Red Sox non-tendered C Bryan Holaday.

    Advice: Holaday was scooped up off waivers by the Red Sox in August but didn't play much for them down the stretch. He's now a free agent. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:13 am
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  • Braves still interested in Sale, Archer
    ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that the Braves are still interested in Chris Sale and Chris Archer.

    Advice: The Braves have replenished their rotation depth this offseason with the additions of R.A. Dickey, Bartolo Colon and Jaime Garcia. They might not necessarily be looking to add another starter, but if it's someone on another level like Sale or Archer they'd apparently be open to it. Not surprisingly, Crasnick notes that the Braves prefer Sale. He also says they're "very reluctant" to part with infield prospect Ozzie Albies in any deal but are "getting a lot of hits" on him. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:38 am
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  • 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 Today, 7:05 am
  • Five teams at 'forefront' of Sale trade talks
    Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Nationals, Astros, Red Sox, Rangers and Braves "are starting to separate themselves at the forefront" in trade talks for Chris Sale.

    Advice: Heyman cautions that it "doesn’t mean that any one of these teams is sure to get him, or even that Sale will definitely be traded," but for now it appears it's the aforementioned five clubs involved in the most serious trade talks for the ace lefty. He also lists the Dodgers as a possible suitor for Sale and says the Cardinals, Blue Jays and Giants "look to be on the periphery." Rotoworld.com Today, 6:09 am
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  • 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 Today, 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 Today, 5:51 am
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  • Marlins hope to keep Phelps in bullpen
    Marlins president of baseball operations Michael Hill said Thursday that he hopes to keep David Phelps in the bullpen in 2017.

    Advice: Nothing is set in stone yet, but the Marlins signed Edinson Volquez on Thursday and additional rotation depth will solidify Phelps in a middle relief role, where he enjoyed a breakout in 2016. "Ideally, if we can keep a deep bullpen, we can keep him as that multi-inning effective bridge to the back-end guys," said Hill. "He impacts more games for us that way. But we know he has the versatility if he has to move into the rotation to do that seamlessly and not miss a beat." Phelps saw an uptick in velocity this past season while posting a 2.28 ERA and 114/38 K/BB ratio in 86 2/3 innings across five starts and 59 relief appearances. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 5:22 pm
  • Bucs, Nats have 'ramped up' McCutchen talks
    ESPN's Jayson Stark reports that the Pirates and Nationals have "ramped up" discussions toward an Andrew McCutchen trade.

    Advice: Stark hears the Nationals "would like to make this deal [Thursday]" -- before Friday's non-tender deadline -- because of the ripple effects it would create. There's talk of the Nationals sending top outfield prospect Victor Robles to Pittsburgh in return, along with a number of other pieces. Stark says the Pirates also want "controllable starting pitching." This thing could move quickly. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:15 am
  • Report: McCutchen trade likelihood at 80%
    John Perrotto of FanRag Sports hears that there is an "80% chance" that the Pirates trade Andrew McCutchen by the end of the winter meetings.

    Advice: The smoke surrounding a potential McCutchen trade thickened considerably on Wednesday, with FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reporting that the outfielder is potentially the "most likely to go" among all rumored trade candidates in the early going. The Pirates aren't just fielding calls, either, as Yahoo Sports' Jeff Passan relayed (also on Wednesday) that the team is aggressively courting potential trade and reaching out themselves. The Nationals, Rangers and Mariners have been linked to McCutchen this month. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 3:03 pm
  • Pirates continue to explore McCutchen trade
    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Pirates continue to explore a potential trade involving Andrew McCutchen.

    Advice: In fact, Rosenthal writes that of all the big names available in trade, McCutchen "might be the most likely to go." The 30-year-old is coming off a career-worst season at the plate and advanced metrics weren't kind to him in center field, but he's owed just $14 million next season with a 14.5 million club option for 2018, so plenty of teams figure to be willing to take a chance on a turnaround. The Pirates are obviously going to ask for a major haul to give up their franchise player and could decide to hang on to him if their asking price isn't met. Rosenthal hears that the Nationals remain interested and also mentions the Rangers as a potential trade partner. Both clubs have the chips to get a deal done. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:09 am
  • 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
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  • Report: Mets weigh J.D. Martinez as fallback
    According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Mets have some interest in Tigers outfielder J.D. Martinez as a fallback option in case Yoenis Cespedes signs elsewhere.

    Advice: The Mets' top priority would be to keep Yoenis Cespedes, but that's no sure thing since he's arguably the top free agent in this year's class. Martinez makes sense as a potential alternative, as he's also a right-handed hitter and the Tigers are known to be shopping him as they attempt to trim payroll. The 29-year-old hit 22 homers with a .908 OPS this past season and is due to become a free agent after 2017. Martinez could be a fit with other teams also interested in Cespedes, especially if he returns to New York. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:26 am
  • Mets not expected to re-sign Rene Rivera
    Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News doesn't expect the Mets to bring back Rene Rivera.

    Advice: Rivera is projected to net $2.2 million in arbitration this winter, which is probably more than the Mets are willing to spend on a backup catcher. Ackert also expects the Mets to move on from utility man Kelly Johnson unless they can sign him on a cheap one-year deal. Rivera hit .222 this past season while serving as Noah Syndergaard's personal catcher. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 1:45 pm
  • Sale's price tag higher than it was in July?
    Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports hears that the asking price for Chris Sale in trade talks is "maybe even higher" than it was in July.

    Advice: The likelihood of the White Sox trading Sale seems higher now than it did in July, but there are also presumably more teams in on the bidding. Heyman adds that the hope is the trade talks for the left-hander will pick up during the winter meetings. Sale has finished in the top-six in American League Cy Young voting in all five of his seasons as a starter and is owed just $38 million over the next three seasons. Rotoworld.com Friday, 1:12 pm
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  • Yankees sniffing around Matt Holliday
    Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Yankees have inquired on free agent outfielder Matt Holliday.

    Advice: Holliday is coming off a 2016 campaign in which he hit .246/.322/.461 with 20 homers and 62 RBI over 382 at-bats. A broken thumb suffered in August forced him out for an extended period of time and he ultimately appeared in just 110 games for the Cards. At this juncture, it isn't known quite what kind of a contract Holliday might draw on the open market. He turns 37 in January. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 3:53 pm
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