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  • Blake Swihart could be tried at second base
    Peter Gammons of GammonsDaily.com reports that the Red Sox could try Blake Swihart out at second base in 2018.

    Advice: Swihart played first base, caught and functioned as the DH during his stint in the Domincan Winter League while slashing .407/.515/.481. He's willing to play anywhere that's necessary to help the club and the Red Sox have a hole to fill at second base with Dustin Pedroia set to miss the first two months of the season. Rotoworld.com Today, 5:52 pm
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  • Cardinals make formal trade offer for Stanton
    Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports that the Cardinals have made a formal trade offer to the Marlins for slugger Giancarlo Stanton.

    Advice: The two sides have been involved in discussions for weeks now, and with an actual offer on the table it appears as though their discussions could be gaining traction. The Giants have been tabbed as the "most aggressive team" in trade talks for Stanton, so it'll be interesting to see if they come in behind and up the ante upon hearing of this. With each day, it looks increasingly likely that Stanton has played his last game in a Marlins' uniform. Rotoworld.com Today, 2:42 pm
  • Jose Peraza leaves Venezuelan Winter League
    Jose Peraza was left his team in the Venezuelan Winter League due to personal reasons.

    Advice: The 23-year-old speedster is there to work on his defense at the shortstop position, with incumbent Zack Cozart hitting free agency this winter. It's unclear what exactly the issue is, or if he plans on returning to his winter league club at some point. Rotoworld.com Today, 2:19 pm
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  • Red Sox, Phillies still in on Carlos Santana
    MLB.com's Jon Morosi reports that Carlos Santana is "drawing continued interest" from the Red Sox and Phillies.

    Advice: The Red Sox are an obvious match since they have an opening at either first base or designated hitter, while the fit with the Phillies is more difficult to figure out since they have Rhys Hoskins at first. Santana, who will turn 32 just after Opening Day in 2018, batted .259/.363/.455 with 23 home runs for the Indians this past season. The Mets and Mariners have also been connected to him. Rotoworld.com Today, 12:04 pm
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  • Reds re-sign Patrick Kivlehan to minors deal
    Reds re-signed INF/OF Patrick Kivlehan to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

    Advice: Kivlehan elected free agency last week, but has decided to re-up with the Reds. He his .208/.304/.399 with nine homers, 26 RBI and a 61/22 K/BB ratio over 204 plate appearances at the big league level last season. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:34 am
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  • Reds sign OF Mason Williams to minors deal
    C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports the Reds have signed outfielder Mason Williams to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

    Advice: The 26-year-old outfielder has gotten brief cups of coffee with the Yankees each of the last three seasons. He has a career .281/.313/.391 slash line with one homer in 68 plate appearances. The former top 100 prospect will compete for a backup outfielder job when camp opens. Rotoworld.com Friday, 7:09 pm
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  • Giants have had discussions on J.D. Martinez
    John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that the Giants "have had discussions" on J.D. Martinez.

    Advice: The Giants are very likely to get at least one big bat this winter, and they've been heavily connected to Giancarlo Stanton via the trade route and now Martinez via the free agent route. Martinez's agent, Scott Boras, is reportedly seeking a seven-year, $210 million contract for his client. The Red Sox have also been linked with Martinez and the Diamondbacks are expected to make an effort to re-sign him. Rotoworld.com Friday, 11:12 am
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  • Carlos Santana turns down Indians' QO
    1B Carlos Santana rejected the Indians' one-year, $17.4 million qualifying offer.

    Advice: Santana had a rough first half in his walk year but rebounded big time after the All-Star break to ultimately finish with a .259/.363/.455 batting line and 23 home runs. He'll turn 32 just after Opening Day in 2018 but won't have trouble landing a big contract this winter. Rotoworld.com Friday, 8:46 am
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  • Giants 'most aggressive' team for Stanton
    USA Today's Bob Nightengale reports that the Giants "have been the most aggressive team" in trade talks involving Giancarlo Stanton.

    Advice: The Giants and Cardinals have been the two clubs pegged as the most determined in negotiations about the just-named National League MVP. Of course, it remains to be seen whether Stanton would even be willing to accept a trade to either team. Nightengale adds that the Marlins are "not close" to trading their star outfielder anywhere at this point, although the likelihood that he'll be dealt at some point this offseason remains very high. Miami would surely like more teams to get in on the bidding and they may wait things out in hopes that that happens. Rotoworld.com Friday, 7:45 am
  • Stanton edges out Votto, wins first MVP award
    Giancarlo Stanton edged out Joey Votto for the National League MVP award announced by the BBWAA on Thursday.

    Advice: By a whole two points (302-300). Both players received 10 first-place votes. Stanton got one more second and one more third, which was enough to carry the day. In all, six players got first-place votes on a tough-to-figure ballot. Paul Goldschmidt (four first-place votes) finished third in the balloting ahead of Nolan Arenado (two first-place) and Charlie Blackmon (three first-place). Anthony Rendon was sixth in the balloting, though he wasn't higher than third on any ballot. Kris Bryant got the last first-place vote and finished seventh. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 3:21 pm
  • Tigers sign Niko Goodrum to minors contract
    Tigers signed INF/OF Niko Goodrum to a minor league contract.

    Advice: Goodrum was outrighted off the Twins' 40-man roster earlier this month. The versatile 25-year-old spent the large majority of the 2017 season at Triple-A Rochester, where he hit .265/.309/.425 with 13 home runs and 11 stolen bases in 127 games. He joins a rebuilding club in Detroit, which could allow him a real opportunity at the major league level. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 12:54 pm
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  • Lorenzo Cain rejects Royals' qualifying offer
    OF Lorenzo Cain rejected the Royals' one-year, $17.4 million qualifying offer.

    Advice: It was a no-brainer for Cain, who should do quite well for himself on the free agent market after batting .300/.363/.440 with 15 home runs and 26 stolen bases over 155 games this past season in Kansas City. He's already said to be drawing interest from the Blue Jays and Mets, and the Rangers, Mariners, and Giants could also be potential fits. The only major thing working against him is that he turns 32 years old next April. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 12:51 pm
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  • NYY interested in Rangers' Jurickson Profar
    According to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, the Yankees are interested in acquiring Jurickson Profar from the Rangers.

    Advice: There is no obvious short-term or even long-term spot for Profar in the Bronx, but Sherman says the Yankees "would be willing to take on a single player with upside and pedigree in exchange for multiple players who are crowding their deep 40-man roster." Profar, once considered the No. 1 prospect in all of baseball, has batted just .229/.309/.329 in 206 career games at the major league level. A change of scenery would probably do him some good. There is also said to be interest from the Reds and Padres. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 7:45 am
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  • Stanton deal could require Miami sending cash
    Jon Morosi of the MLB Network is reporting that the Marlins would need to include cash in a trade of Giancarlo Stanton if Miami wants to receive high-level prospects.

    Advice: Stanton has $295 million left on his deal, which is what teams are telling Morosi is roughly what the slugger would get on the open market. On paper, this makes sense. Giving up a premium contract as well as premium prospects is asking a lot, even for a player who hit 59 homers and could be named Most Valuable Player. On the other hand, the Marlins know that this market has almost nothing in middle-of-the-order bats, and nothing that comes close to offering the power and on-base skills of Stanton, with all due respect to J.D. Martinez and Eric Hosmer. Stanton's no-trade clause and reported -- but unproven -- lack of interest in playing in the Midwest also hurts his trade value. Where Stanton goes and what a team will give up for the star outfielder is one of the biggest stories of the 2018 offseason. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 2:49 pm
  • Cardinals, Marlins talked Stanton trade Wed.
    Jon Morosi of MLB Network confirms that the Cardinals and Marlins discussed "trade concepts" involving Giancarlo Stanton at the GM Meetings on Wednesday.

    Advice: St. Louis has been regularly put forth as a potential landing spot for Stanton, so this report comes as no surprise. There is some chatter that the 28-year-old slugger would not waive his full no-trade clause for a move to a Midwest team, but that idea has not been substantiated by anyone in Stanton's camp. In terms of prospects and payroll space, the Cardinals seem like a pretty good fit. Other known clubs in the running include the Giants, Phillies, Red Sox, and Dodgers. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 12:25 pm
  • Report: Rays have interest in Jose Bautista
    Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports that the Rays have expressed interest in free agent Jose Bautista.

    Advice: This comes on the heels of a report that Bautista is willing to play any position next season, from the corner infield spots to the corner outfield spots to designated hitter. That suits the Rays, who like to move guys around and take advantage of platoon splits. Bautista batted just .203/.308/.366 over 686 plate appearances this past season for the Blue Jays, but he still managed 23 home runs and 65 RBI. He should come pretty cheap, which also suits the Rays. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 11:43 am
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  • 'Little momentum' for Stanton-to-LAD trade
    According to Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times, there is "little momentum" toward a trade that would send Giancarlo Stanton to the Dodgers.

    Advice: Los Angeles already has the highest payroll in the majors and is one of six clubs on the hook for the 2017 luxury tax, so acquiring somebody like Stanton -- who's owed $295 million over the next 10 seasons -- probably isn't in the cards. McCullough notes that the Dodgers "have a reputation for doing due diligence on basically every elite-level talent who comes onto the market." The frontrunners for Stanton still appear to be the Giants, Cardinals, Phillies, and Red Sox, though several other teams have apparently checked in on the ongoing negotiations. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:23 am
  • Jose Bautista open to playing any position
    Jose Bautista's agent, Jay Alou, said his client is willing to play any position next season.

    Advice: That would include the corner infield spots, the corner outfield spots, and DH. "He’s never said no to a manager," Alou told Jon Morosi of MLB Network. Bautista batted just .203/.308/.366 over 686 plate appearances this past season for the Blue Jays, who made the easy decision to decline his $17 million club option for 2018. The 37-year-old should be able to find a major league deal this winter if he's willing to accept a reserve role. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:44 am
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  • Fowler likely moving to LF next season
    Cardinals president John Mozeliak met with Dexter Fowler this week about moving to a corner outfield spot in 2018.

    Advice: Tommy Pham is a better defender than Fowler and should slide over to center for St. Louis next year after playing primarily in left field throughout the 2017 campaign. "I wanted to meet with [Fowler] face to face," Mozeliak confirmed Tuesday at baseball’s GM Meetings. "First off, I enjoy his company. Secondly, I did not want him to be hearing or reading about things that may or may not happen with him. I wanted him to know that he was not someone we were looking to trade. I did want him to understand that we may ask him to play a different position." Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 5:51 am
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  • Profar doesn't have set role for 2018
    Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said Tuesday that Jurickson Profar doesn't have a set role for 2018.

    Advice: As of now, Profar is expected to be on the Opening Day roster next year, but that's only because he's out of options. The 24-year-old appeared in just 22 games in the majors this season and batted .287/.383/.428 with seven homers and 45 RBI over 87 games in Triple-A. The Rangers decided against a call-up in September, which ensures that he will remain under team control through 2020 as opposed to 2019. Profar has expressed his frustration with the situation, but barring a trade, the former top prospect figures to be a bench player for Texas going into next season. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 5:56 pm
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  • Report: J.D. Martinez asking 7 years, $210M
    According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, the asking price for J.D. Martinez at this week's GM Meetings has been seven years and $210 million.

    Advice: This comes after Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com reported last week that Martinez's new agent, Scott Boras, was looking for a deal in the range of $200 million. Boras has even dubbed his client as the "King Kong of Slug." It's an appropriate nickname after Martinez mashed 45 homers in just 119 games this past season, but his defensive limitations will likely impact his ability to reach the lofty asking price. Still, he's expected to receive one of the biggest free agent contracts this offseason. The Diamondbacks and Red Sox are among the teams to watch in this situation. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 5:29 pm
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  • Beltran reiterates hope to manage in MLB
    Carlos Beltran reiterated to the New York Post via text message on Tuesday that he hopes to manage someday.

    Advice: Beltran, who recently announced his retirement, also confirmed that he talked to Yankees general manager Brian Cashman about the team's managerial vacancy. "Cashman and I had a brief conversation," wrote Beltran. "I explained I’m committed to be back in the game in a role that I can be an impact. I believe the best use of my time and knowledge is in a managerial position. I have a lot to offer but I’m enjoying my time with the family. I’m not in a rush!" Beltran has yet to be called in for a formal interview with the Yankees and it's unclear if he will be. The team is believed to be nearing the end of the first round of the interview process. Even if it doesn't happen with the Yankees, Beltran figures to be a popular name with future managerial openings around the game. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 4:45 pm
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  • Report: Ichiro drawing interest in FA
    According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, a couple of teams have shown interest in free agent outfielder Ichiro Suzuki.

    Advice: Ichiro became a free agent earlier this month after the Marlins declined his $2 million option for 2018. The 44-year-old has publicly stated that he hopes to play until he's 50, but he batted just .255/.318/.332 over 215 plate appearances this season. It's not about the money at this point, but perhaps someone will give him a chance as a fourth outfielder/pinch-hitter. Ichiro ranks 22nd on the all-time list with 3,080 hits. He's 30 hits away from Dave Winfield for 21st. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 4:32 pm
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  • Report: Dodgers in the mix for Stanton
    Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reports that the Dodgers are "indeed in the mix" for Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton.

    Advice: Meanwhile, beat writer Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times writes that the "general sense" is that the Dodgers aren't expected to be involved for Stanton because of his monster contract. We have some competing narratives at play here, but such as life in the Hot Stove. Ultimately, it wouldn't be a surprise to see the Dodgers get involved here, especially given the belief that Stanton would prefer to play on the West Coast. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 2:50 pm
  • Andre Ethier intends to play next season
    Andre Ethier intends to continue his playing career next season.

    Advice: Ethier recently hit the free agent market after the Dodgers bought out his $17.5 million for 2018. He turns 36 next April and has been limited to just 38 games over the past two seasons. He's going to have to earn a prominent role at his next stop. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 2:09 pm
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  • Blue Jays, Mets in touch about Lorenzo Cain
    According to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com, the Blue Jays and Mets "have reached out early" on free agent outfielder Lorenzo Cain.

    Advice: Crasnick notes that the Rangers, Mariners, and Giants could be potential fits. It's still very early in free agency, so many teams are doing their due diligence. Cain recently received a qualifying offer from the Royals after batting .300/.363/.440 with 15 homers and 26 steals this past season. He's one of the better position players on the market. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 1:24 pm
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  • Stanton 'completely' open to possible suitors
    According to Evan Drellich of NBC Sports Boston, Giancarlo Stanton "is said to have a 'completely' open mind about teams interested to trade for him."

    Advice: Drellich cites "a person with knowledge of Stanton’s thinking" as his source. Chad Jennings of the Boston Herald reported Tuesday morning that the 28-year-old slugger would not waive his full no-trade clause for a move to the Red Sox or Cardinals, restating a common theory that Stanton prefers to head to the West Coast. Now we have somewhat competing narratives. Stanton is also known to be drawing heavy interest from the Giants and Phillies. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 12:37 pm
  • NYM have spoken to agent for Carlos Santana
    Mike Puma of the New York Post confirms that the Mets have spoken to the representatives for free agent Carlos Santana.

    Advice: Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports first mentioned the Mets' possible interest in Santana, also naming the Red Sox, Mariners, Angels, Phillies, and incumbent Indians as likely suitors. Puma says the Mets view Santana "as a difference maker" offensively who could play full-time at first base. The 31-year-old switch-hitter batted 259/.363/.455 with 23 home runs and 79 RBI in 154 games this past season for the AL Central-champion Indians. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 12:00 pm
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  • A's not interested in signing Ichiro Suzuki
    John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle confirms that the Athletics are not interested in Ichiro Suzuki.

    Advice: Ichiro's agent reached out to the A's, but that discussion was apparently brief. The 44-year-old outfielder batted just .255/.318/.332 over 215 plate appearances with the Marlins in 2017 and will probably struggle to find much in the way of guaranteed money on the free agent market this winter. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:32 am
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  • MIA asking price on Stanton 'shockingly high'
    ESPN's Buster Olney writes that "some rival execs view the Marlins' prospect asking price for Giancarlo Stanton as shockingly high."

    Advice: The asking price is also being called "somewhat out of touch with reality" by those rival executives and "not discounted nearly enough" given that Stanton is owed $295 million on a mega-contract that can potentially run through 2028. Stanton holds an out clause for after the 2020 season, another factor that has interested teams balking at the idea of forking over multiple top prospects. It's very early in the offseason, so some of this could be posturing. The 28-year-old slugger seems likely to be traded somewhere this winter as the Marlins' new ownership group looks to cut payroll. The Cardinals, Giants, Red Sox, and Phillies have been linked to Stanton publicly but other clubs could certainly be involved. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 7:17 am
  • Marlins have idea of Stanton's preference
    Marlins president of baseball operations Michael Hill said Monday that the club has an idea of which destinations Giancarlo Stanton would be willing to accept in a trade.

    Advice: "I do have a sense, and we’ll keep that internal, and at the appropriate time we’ll discuss whatever we need to discuss," said Hill. We still don't have any specifics, but this at least indicates that there has been a dialogue about where he'd be willing to waive his no-trade clause. MLB.com's Peter Gammons reported early Monday that the Cardinals and Giants are showing the most interest in Stanton, but teams like the Red Sox and Phillies have also been mentioned. The no-trade clause is one potential hurdle to a deal, but so is the $295 million remaining on Stanton's contract. Either way, we suspect something will get done as Marlins ownership attempts to cut payroll. Rotoworld.com Monday, 6:02 pm
  • Mariners interested in 1B Carlos Santana
    MLB.com's Jon Morosi reports that the Mariners are interested in Carlos Santana.

    Advice: Morosi cautions that "there have not yet been substantial talks between the parties" to this point. The Red Sox are also showing early interest in Santana, and the Indians wouldn't mind re-signing the slugger. Santana batted .259/.363/.455 with 23 homers in his walk year and was extended a qualifying offer by the Indians last week. Rotoworld.com Monday, 11:03 am
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  • Carlos Beltran announces retirement from MLB
    Carlos Beltran has announced his retirement from baseball.

    Advice: The 40-year-old gets to go out on top after winning the World Series with the Astros. A nine-time All-Star, Beltran will finish his career with a .279/.350/.486 batting line, 435 home runs, 1,587 RBI and 312 stolen bases. He played 20 years in the major leagues, having stints with the Royals, Mets, Yankees, Cardinals, Giants, Rangers and Astros. Beltran, who stands a very good chance of eventually being elected to the Hall of Fame, told MLB.com's Mark Feinsand that he "would love to have the opportunity to manage" at some point. Rotoworld.com Monday, 8:41 am
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  • Red Sox to meet with Carlos Santana's agent
    Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that the Red Sox will meet with Carlos Santana's agent at the General Manager Meetings this week.

    Advice: The Red Sox are in the market for at least one big bat this winter and have an opening for a first base/designated hitter type, so it's not a surprise that Santana is on their radar. They've also been predicted as a possible landing spot for Eric Hosmer, but Santana would come a lot cheaper. Rotoworld.com Monday, 7:05 am
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  • Patrick Kivlehan elects to become free agent
    Patrick Kivlehan has elected free agency.

    Advice: The 27-year-old outfielder hit .208/.304/.399 with nine homers, 26 RBI and a 61/22 K/BB ratio in 204 plate appearances with the Reds this season. He'll look for employment elsewhere and will likely have to settle for a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 5:39 am
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  • Suzuki reaches out to Athletics
    Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that Ichiro Suzuki's agent has reached out to the Athletics as a possible landing spot for the 2018 season.

    Advice: Slusser says the talks were brief, and that part of the connection comes from Suzuki's relationship with Bob Melvin, who managed him in Seattle in 2002-2003. It's very unlikely that Suzuki will get much guaranteed cash considering his skillset and age, but the 46-year-old outfielder should find someone who is willing to give him a chance to be the fourth outfielder, even if it's likely not a contending club. Rotoworld.com Friday, 6:43 am
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