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  • Encarnacion not likely to sign during WM
    Jon Morosi of MLB Network writes that Edwin Encarnacion probably won't sign a contract before the end of the Winter Meetings.

    Advice: Encarnacion's reps went into the Winter Meetings optimistic that they would find a deal there, but things didn't exactly work out as planned. And there's simply not a lot of time left before everyone departs National Harbor, Maryland. Regardless, Morosi writes that multiple teams remain interested in the veteran slugger. The Indians have emerged as an unlikely suitor while there have been conflicting reports about the Rangers. With teams like the Red Sox and Rockies out and the Blue Jays only a remote possibility, his market is rather cloudy. 55 minutes ago
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  • Nats have discussed Colome trade with Rays
    Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports that the Nationals have talked with the Rays about a potential Alex Colome trade.

    Advice: The Nationals are on the lookout for a closer and Colome would certainly fit the bill, as he put up a 1.97 ERA with 37 saves and a 71/15 K/BB ratio over 56 2/3 innings this past season. But the cost is going to be considerable. The 27-year-old Colome isn't even eligible for arbitration yet. Today, 11:22 am
  • Report: Rangers don't have money for EE
    The Rangers don't have the money to sign Edwin Encarnacion or another marquee free agent, according to Bob Nightengale of USA Today.

    Advice: Marly Rivera of ESPN reported earlier in the day Wednesday that the Rangers and Indians were both still in talks with Encarnacion, so who knows what to believe. We wouldn't be surprised if there's some posturing going on. The one thing we do know is that Encarnacion's market isn't nearly as lively as originally expected. And that could open the door for a number of scenarios. Today, 11:15 am
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  • 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. Today, 10:58 am
  • Cubs acquire closer Wade Davis from Royals
    Cubs acquired RHP Wade Davis from the Royals for OF Jorge Soler.

    Advice: Medicals weren’t a sure thing after Davis’ forearm issues from last season, but the Cubs were apparently satisfied with what they saw. If healthy, Davis is a tremendous pickup for the back-end of this bullpen. The 31-year-old wasn’t as dominant by his usual insanely lofty standards in 2016, but he owns an incredible 1.18 ERA in 185 appearances over the last three seasons. He’s going into his final year of team control. Today, 10:57 am
  • Blue Jays showing interest in Iannetta
    Chris Cotillo of SB Nation reports that the Blue Jays are showing "real interest" in free agent catcher Chris Iannetta.

    Advice: The Blue Jays are looking at him as a potential backup to Russell Martin. Iannetta owns a rough .199/.298/.332 batting line over the last two seasons. Today, 10:23 am
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  • Giants not bringing back familiar trio
    Alex Pavlovic of 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. Today, 10:00 am
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  • Giants shopping RHP Chris Heston
    Jerry Crasnick of reports that the Giants are shopping right-hander Chirs Heaton.

    Advice: Heston posted a 3.95 ERA in 31 starts as a rookie in 2015, but he logged just fine innings in the majors in 2016 and was unable to make it back after suffering an oblique strain toward the end of June. He figures to draw some interest. Today, 9:56 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. Today, 9:33 am
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  • Snitker: Swanson could hit second in 2017
    Braves manager Brian Snitker said Wednesday that he thinks Dansby Swanson could handle hitting second in 2017.

    Advice: Swanson mostly batted eighth as a rookie in 2016 while batting .302/.361/.442 over 145 plate appearances. They wanted to ease him into things, but Snitker thinks he's ready for the challenge. "(Hitting him second) is something I will talk to the guys about and we will get a feel for it in spring training and see where we’re at," said Snitker. "I feel right now — ask me today, yeah, I feel very comfortable about him there." Batting behind Ender Inciarte and in front of Freddie Freeman and Matt Kemp opens the door for some useful fantasy value. Today, 9:22 am
  • 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 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. Today, 8:19 am
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  • Davis-Soler will be a one-for-one swap
    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal confirms that if a deal is completed between the Cubs and Royals, it will be a one-for-one swap with Wade Davis and Jorge Soler.

    Advice: There had been some chatter about other prospects potentially going to the Royals, but it will be a straight-up swap. Davis carries some health questions and the Cubs are apparently going over his medicals before the deal is finalized, but given the recent price of top-tier relievers, this has a chance to be a great move if he can stay healthy in his walk year. Soler still possesses considerable upside, but he's an expendable piece in Chicago. Today, 7:45 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 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. Today, 7:27 am
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  • Marlins considering Junichi Tazawa
    Marlins manager Don Mattingly said Wednesday that the club is considering Koji Uehara and Junichi Tazawa.

    Advice: We've heard about Uehara before, but Tazawa is a new name in regard to the Marlins. Ultimately, it's not surprising to hear he's in the mix, as the Marlins are targeting pitchers at all levels in the market. Tazawa, 30, posted a 4.17 ERA and 54/14 K/BB ratio over 49 2/3 innings this past season with Boston. Today, 7:06 am
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  • Report: Rangers, Indians in on Encarnacion
    Marly Rivera of ESPN reports that the Rangers and Indians are both still in talks with free agent slugger Edwin Encarnacion.

    Advice: The Indians have only emerged as a possibility after Encarnacion's market has been slow to develop, but the Rangers have been a great fit all along. Similar to his time in Toronto, he could potentially split time between first base and designated hitter in Texas. The big question is how much Encarnacion's camp will be willing to compromise in regard to years and dollars. As Jeff Passan reported early Wednesday morning, Encarnacion's camp is in "wait-and-see" mode as they try to find the right fit. Today, 6:59 am
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  • Report: Desmond narrows focus to one team
    Jim Bowden of 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. Today, 6:36 am
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  • Report: Encarnacion in 'wait-and-see' mode
    According to Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports, free agent slugger Edwin Encarnacion is currently in "wait-and-see mode."

    Advice: It's not by choice, but his market just hasn't worked out as hoped until this point. In fact, Passan hears that no team has been willing to go beyond three years and $60 million thus far. Encarnacion still figures to find a nice deal in the end, but he'll be 34 in January and this speaks to the hesitation about a player with his profile. With his market being slower than expected, the Indians and Rockies are two teams who have been connected to him this week. Today, 6:23 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. Today, 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. Today, 5:59 am
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  • Twins interested in Clayton Richard
    Darren Wolfson of 1500 ESPN reports that the Twins have some interest in free agent left-hander Clayton Richard.

    Advice: Richard, 33, struggled with a 6.43 ERA over 25 relief appearances with the Cubs this past season before finishing with a 2.52 ERA and 34/24 K/BB ratio in 53 2/3 innings over nine starts and two relief appearances with the Padres. The southpaw is not going to move the needle much, but he's someone who could fit in a swingman role. Today, 5:42 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. Today, 5:34 am
  • Report: Cubs/Royals agree to Davis-Soler deal
    Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that the Cubs and Royals have agreed to a Wade Davis-Jorge Soler swap, pending medicals.

    Advice: It's not a done deal, but assuming the Cubs don't have any issues with Davis' medical records, it could be announced Wednesday morning. On the surface, it's not an overwhelming return for Davis, but he only has one year remaining on his contract and he's coming off a season where he was bothered by some forearm issues. Still, there's no questioning his ability if healthy. The 31-year-old owns a 1.18 ERA over the last three seasons and will immediately take over the closer role in Chicago. As for Soler, his star has faded a bit over the past two seasons, but there's huge power potential here and the Royals will happily take a chance on him. Today, 5:05 am
  • D'Backs, Rodney do one-year, $2.75M deal
    Fernando Rodney has agreed to a one-year, $2.75 million contract with the Diamondbacks, per Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports.

    Advice: Heyman says there are "many, many" performance-based incentives included in the deal. Rodney posted a rough 5.89 ERA over his final 36 2/3 innings this past season with the Marlins, but he got off to a good start in San Diego and might have a little something left in the tank as he heads to the desert. The plan is for him to open the 2017 season as the Diamondbacks' closer. Good luck with that. Yesterday, 9:02 pm
  • 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. Yesterday, 7:57 pm
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  • Cubs close to getting Wade Davis for Soler
    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Cubs are close to acquiring Wade Davis from the Cubs for outfielder Jorge Soler.

    Advice: There was a late push from the Nationals, but they apparently weren't able to beat the Cubs' offer of Soler. Davis is coming off a year filled with forearm troubles, but he still managed a 1.87 ERA in 43 1/3 innings and the 31-year-old right-hander holds a brilliant 1.18 ERA over the last three seasons. He is probably going to open the 2017 campaign as the Cubs' closer. Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports says the trade is "seriously down the road" but probably won't be fully completed until sometime Wednesday. Chicago is probably poring over Davis' medical records. Yesterday, 7:35 pm
  • D'Backs close to an agreement with Rodney
    According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Diamondbacks are close to a deal with Fernando Rodney.

    Advice: Rodney was also said to be drawing interest from the Padres, with whom he enjoyed success at the opening of the 2016 season. The veteran right-hander went on to struggle mightily with the Marlins, registering an 11.57 ERA in September and October. This is probably not going to be a substantial contract -- and it probably won't work out very well either -- but Rodney might be the favorite for saves in Arizona coming out of camp next spring. Yesterday, 7:09 pm
  • Diamondbacks, Padres aiming for Rodney
    Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports says the Diamondbacks and Padres are among the teams "taking aim" at free agent reliever Fernando Rodney.

    Advice: Miami declined a $4.5 million club option on Rodney in early November after he posted a 5.89 ERA across 36 2/3 innings in a Marlins uniform. He did have some early success this summer with San Diego, but the 39-year-old isn't going to be able to command very much guaranteed money leading into 2017. Yesterday, 6:59 pm
  • Nats making late push for Royals' Wade Davis
    Jayson Stark of ESPN reports the Nationals "have made a late a push" for Royals closer Wade Davis.

    Advice: ESPN's Buster Olney reported an hour ago that the Cubs were closing in on a trade for Davis, but it seems the Nats are trying to beat Chicago's offer. Davis registered a 1.87 ERA and 47/16 K/BB ratio in 43 1/3 innings this summer for Kansas City while fighting through forearm troubles. He is due to become a free agent next winter, with a $10 million salary locked in for 2017. Look for something more official soon. Yesterday, 6:07 pm
  • Wade Davis to Cubs 'far from a certain thing'
    According to Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports, "there could be a snag" in the trade that was supposed to send Wade Davis to the Cubs.

    Advice: ESPN's Buster Olney just reported that the Cubs were closing in on acquiring Davis, but Passan says the deal "never was done" and is "far from a certain thing at this point." Davis struggled with forearm issues in 2016, but he boasts a 1.18 ERA over the last three years and seems to be drawing heavy trade interest at the Winter Meetings. Kansas City will find a partner eventually if the motivation is there. Yesterday, 5:46 pm
  • Report: Cubs close to trade for Wade Davis
    ESPN's Buster Olney reports that the Cubs are closing in on a trade for Royals closer Wade Davis.

    Advice: Not wanting to wade into the big-money waters of the free agent closer market, the Cubs have decided to replace Aroldis Chapman via trade. No word yet on what's headed to Kansas City in return. Davis boasts a 1.18 ERA over the last three seasons, though he did battle forearm problems in 2016 and saw a drop in both velocity and strikeout rate. Yesterday, 5:18 pm
  • 'Increasing expectation' that KC trades Davis
    According to Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports, there is "an increasing expectation" that the Royals will trade closer Wade Davis.

    Advice: Passan adds that it "could happen soon." There's known to be some level of interest from the Cubs, Dodgers, and Mets, though Davis would fit just about anywhere as long as the pre-trade physical goes smoothly. He posted a 1.87 ERA and 47/16 K/BB ratio over 43 1/3 innings this past season for the Royals, fighting through some mid-summer arm troubles. Since the beginning of the 2014 campaign, the 31-year-old right-hander boasts a 1.18 ERA in 182 2/3 frames. Davis is scheduled to become a free agent next winter. Yesterday, 4:07 pm
  • Not much momentum between Tribe and EE
    ESPN's Jerry Crasnick tweets that he is "not sensing much momentum" between the Indians and free agent slugger Edwin Encarnacion.

    Advice: Crasnick says Encarnacion is looking for a "longer, more lucrative deal" than the Indians are willing to offer at the moment. Cleveland is a perfect fit, but the franchise rarely spends big in free agency and EE wants the world as one of the top bats in this market. An option dried up for him Tuesday when the Red Sox signed Mitch Moreland to play first base, which will shift Hanley Ramirez to DH. Maybe the Indians can slow-play this and watch Encarnacion's price fall into an agreeable range. Yesterday, 3:35 pm
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  • Yanks have made offers to Chapman, Jansen'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. Yesterday, 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. Yesterday, 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. Yesterday, 12:39 pm
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  • Dodgers, Royals engaged in trade talks
    Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports that the Dodgers and Royals are engaged in trade discussions, but that progress is slow.

    Advice: Wade Davis is a logical target as the Dodgers weigh an alternative to free agents Kenley Jansen and Aroldis Chapman for the closer role, but they could also be talking about third baseman Mike Moustakas with Justin Turner's return in question. Davis and Moustakas are both due to become free agents after 2017. Yesterday, 12:15 pm
  • Mets have talked to Royals about Davis
    Andy Martino of SNY reports that the Mets have talked to the Royals about Wade Davis.

    Advice: It appears to be due diligence more than anything else, as Martino writes that it's hard to see a fit in regard to prospects and cost. The Mets are currently trying to flip Jay Bruce or Curtis Granderson to clear some salary and perhaps get a reliever in return. There are just better matches out there for Kansas City. Yesterday, 9:33 am
  • 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. Yesterday, 7:45 am
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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. Yesterday, 7:31 am
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  • Red Sox 'very unlikely' for Edwin Encarnacion
    Jayson Stark of reports that the Red Sox appear "very unlikely" for free agent slugger Edwin Encarnacion.

    Advice: The Red Sox are reportedly one of three of Encarnacion's preferred options, but the club is mindful of the luxury tax threshold and appear prepared to go with other options. Odds of a return to the Blue Jays are also remote after the club signed Kendrys Morales and Steve Pearce, so the market for Encarnacion is very much up in the air. His agent, Paul Kinzer, is now telling teams that there's no hurry to get him signed, which is an indication that his market isn't as strong as originally hoped. The Indians have reportedly jumped in as a legitimate possibility while the Rockies have also emerged as a suitor. Yesterday, 6:12 am
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  • Kansas City 'likes' Cubs OF Jorge Soler
    Bruce Levine of WSCR-AM and 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. Monday, 6:47 pm
  • Talks between Indians, Encarnacion 'serious'
    Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that the Indians are engaged in "serious" negotiations with Edwin Encarnacion's representatives.

    Advice: Hoynes doesn't have any potential contract figures or a likelihood of a deal being completed, but it appears the Indians will make a real effort to sign one of the top free agent bats. FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal cautions, however, that "serious questions remain" whether the Tribe will ultimately meet the slugger's asking price. The Rangers are another club that's been connected to Encarnacion, although their GM indicated that the odds of them adding a marquee DH were not high. Monday, 6:38 pm
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  • Re-signing Encarnacion unlikely for Jays
    Blue Jays president Mark Shapiro said Monday that the team re-signing Edwin Encarnacion is "improbable."

    Advice: Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reported earlier Monday that the club hadn't ruled out bringing the slugger back even after the additions of Kendrys Morales and Steve Pearce, but apparently it's not going to happen. It doesn't seem that Encarnacion's market is as robust as he hoped it would be, but he's still going to get a sizable deal. The Indians and Rangers are two clubs that have interest. Monday, 3:07 pm
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  • Rangers showing interest in Jorge Soler'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. Monday, 1:56 pm
  • Jays haven't ruled out re-signing Encarnacion
    A team source told Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports that the Blue Jays have not ruled out re-signing Edwin Encarnacion.

    Advice: Toronto recently added two players with similar skillsets to Encarnacion in Kendrys Morales and Steve Pearce, but Heyman's source said "miracles do happen." It still seems much more likely that the veteran slugger will end up heading somewhere else. Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reported Monday morning that the Indians have checked in on the Encarnacion market, and the Red Sox could look to make a late run at him. Monday, 12:22 pm
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  • Chapman seeks six-year free agent contract
    Aroldis Chapman told Marly Rivera of ESPN that he wants a six-year contract.

    Advice: "The only thing I have expressed is that I would like a six-year contract," said the free agent reliever. "I know that doesn't mean that I will get it, but that's what I would like to sign. There are rumors out there that I requested $100 million and that's not true at all. I believe he who deserves something, does not need to demand it." Gotta like the confidence. Chapman might wait for Kenley Jansen to sign and then try to top that number. The 28-year-old flamethrower from Cuba posted a 1.55 ERA, 0.86 WHIP, and 90/18 K/BB ratio in 58 innings this summer between the Yankees and Cubs. Monday, 10:55 am
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  • Report: Marlins owner 'loves' Aroldis Chapman
    Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports hears Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria "loves" Aroldis Chapman.

    Advice: Spending something close to $100 million on a closer doesn't seem like a wise move for a team with many other needs, but Loria hasn't always pushed wise moves. Chapman may be waiting for Kenley Jansen and Mark Melancon to sign first, which would set the market for the elite closer options. Chapman, 28, put up a 1.55 ERA, 0.86 WHIP, and 90/18 K/BB ratio in 58 innings this summer between the Yankees and Cubs. Monday, 7:56 am
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  • Indians have checked in on Edwin Encarnacion
    According to Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports, the Indians have "checked in on" free agent Edwin Encarnacion.

    Advice: It's a perfect fit for what the Indians need -- a power-hitting righty in a lefty-heavy lineup -- but Cleveland is not typically in the running for big-time free agents because of budgetary constraints. So the price may have to fall some from where it is now. Jim Bowden of ESPN calls the Rangers "the team to watch" on Encarnacion. Toronto's recent signing of Steve Pearce (and Kendrys Morales earlier) signals the end of a possible reunion there. Monday, 7:32 am
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  • Dansby Swanson 'untouchable' in Sale talks
    Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Braves have "made clear" that Dansby Swanson is "untouchable" in trade talks for Chris Sale.

    Advice: It's no surprise, of course, as Swanson is one of the most highly thought of young players in the game and he's slated to open 2017 as the Braves' starting shortstop. Atlanta probably still has enough talent to acquire Sale even without including Swanson, with Ozzie Albies seeming likely to headline a package. The Braves and Nationals look like the two most aggressive teams for Sale, with the Astros, Rangers, Red Sox and Dodgers also in the mix. Sunday, 8:28 am
  • 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. Sunday, 6:34 am
  • Texas 'far from optimistic' on Desmond deal
    According to TR Sullivan of, 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. Saturday, 1:44 pm
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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. Saturday, 12:10 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. Friday, 9:53 am
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  • Aroldis Chapman 'too rich' for the Nationals?
    Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports hears the Nationals believe Aroldis Chapman "is too rich for their taste."

    Advice: Chapman is thought to be seeking a contract in the range of $100 million, as is Kenley Jansen. Washington might just go ahead and re-sign Mark Melancon, who posted a terrific 1.64 ERA in 71 1/3 innings this summer between the Nationals and Pirates. Melancon is still going to cost a pretty penny in this market, but not as much as the other two (who carry much higher strikeout rates). Thursday, 10:37 am
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