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  • BoSox finalize 1-yr, $5.5M deal with Moreland
    Red Sox signed 1B Mitch Moreland to a one-year, $5.5 million contract.

    Advice: The agreement was reached Tuesday during the Winter Meetings and then finalized Thursday after Moreland passed his pre-signing physical. He is expected to serve as Boston's regular first baseman in 2017 after earning Gold Glove honors at the position with Texas in 2016. That means Hanley Ramirez will DH -- a role he's well-suited for. Rotoworld.com Today, 12:50 pm
  • Rockies 'remain deeply involved' for Trumbo
    According to USA Today's Bob Nightengale, the Rockies "remain deeply involved in talks for free agent Mark Trumbo."

    Advice: It echoes a recent report from FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal, who suggested Wednesday that the Rockies are not done spending despite handing out a five-year, $70 million contract to Ian Desmond at the Winter Meetings. Trumbo led the majors in homers this past year with 47 and his bat would obviously fit well at Coors Field, though there are defensive limitations. He'd have to play a lot of first base in the National League, and it's scary to imagine him trying to cover any ground in the Colorado outfield. What the Rockies really need is pitching. Rotoworld.com Today, 11:55 am
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  • Eric Hosmer reportedly to join Team USA
    Jon Morosi of FOX Sports hears that Eric Hosmer will play for Team USA in the 2017 World Baseball Classic.

    Advice: This past campaign, Hosmer slashed .266/.328/.433 with 25 homers and 104 RBI across 605 at-bats. Both the home run and RBI numbers stand as career bests, though his overall batting line was a noticeable step down from the .297/.363/.459 mark he posted in 2015. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:02 pm
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  • Richie Shaffer a casualty of Heston trade
    Mariners designated INF Richie Shaffer for assignment.

    Advice: Shaffer has been DFA'ed as the corresponding roster move following the Mariners' trade for Chris Heston. The 25-year-old first baseman has largely struggled at the major league level when given opportunities, slashing .213/.310/.410 with a quintet of homers and 10 RBI. He has whiffed 50 times in 142 plate appearances in the bigs. The Mariners initially acquired him in a mid-November trade with the Rays. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:18 pm
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  • Red Sox won't try to coax Ortiz into return
    Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski said that the team will not contact David Ortiz in regards to coming out of retirement.

    Advice: Ortiz took to Instagram following his former team's trade for Chris Sale, writing, "my boy sale to Btown? You guys got me thinking." Dombrowski logically took it as a joke, but made a point to deny that the team would try to lure Ortiz out of retirement. "I know David well enough -- and I know that if he really had sincere interest, that he would call," Dombrowski said. For what it's worth, Ortiz would not be eligible to return from the voluntary retirement list for the first 60 days of the 2017 season. But he's not coming back, guys. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 5:29 pm
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  • Rangers remain 'in touch' with Encarnacion
    Jon Morosi of FOX Sports reports that the Rangers continue to be in touch with Edwin Encarnacion.

    Advice: The Rangers apparently haven't given up hope on landing a deal with Encarnacion, but USA Today's Bob Nightengale has reported that the finances might not line up here. Stay tuned. The Indians have also been linked to Encarnacion, while Blue Jays general manager Ross Atkins indicated earlier on Wednesday that the team's path to re-signing their veteran slugger is less than evident at this juncture. EE's market really hasn't developed yet. He'll get paid by somebody. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 5:12 pm
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  • Report: Mark Trumbo still on Rockies' radar
    Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that the Rockies are still considering signing Mark Trumbo.

    Advice: Colorado just inked Ian Desmond to a contract in the neighborhood of five years, $70 million, but that does not appear to be a block to the club making further moves in free agency. Rosenthal relays that should Colorado opt to sign Trumbo, they would likely play him at first base and trade an outfielder. The plugged-in FOX Sports analyst sees Carlos Gonzalez as a player who might move in a trade if the Trumbo domino falls to Coors Field. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 3:54 pm
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  • Blue Jays don't expect Encarnacion reunion
    Blue Jays general manager Ross Atkins said that the chances of re-signing Edwin Encarnacion are looking dim.

    Advice: "If there's a way [to bring him back], I don't see it. I don't think [Encarnacion's agent Paul Kinzer] sees it either but we haven't stopped trying," Atkins said. The Indians and Rangers are two teams linked to Encarnacion, though USA Today's Bob Nightengale reported earlier on Wednesday that the Rangers may not have the money to bring him into the fold. The veteran slugger looks unlikely to sign with a team before the end of the Winter Meetings. Toronto is moving forward with recent additions Kendrys Morales and Steve Pearce. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 3:13 pm
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  • Danny Espinosa to play for Mexico in WBC
    Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said that Danny Espinosa will play for Mexico in the World Baseball Classic.

    Advice: Whether Espinosa is actually with the Nationals come the spring is another question entirely. Rizzo floated in early November that the 29-year-old shortstop is a potential trade candidate. While there hasn't been a ton of smoke on the actual trading front as of yet, a move here remains possible. In 516 at-bats last season, Espinosa hit just .209/.306/.378. He did clock a career-best 24 homers in that space, so it wasn't all awful. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 1:24 pm
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    Danny Espinosa Was - 1B,2B,3B,SS
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  • Boras: Alvarez could play some OF in 2017
    Agent Scott Boras said Wednesday that Pedro Alvarez could play some outfield in 2017.

    Advice: Or at least that's what Boras is trying to pitch to teams. Can't blame him for trying, but Alvarez is best-utilized as a designated hitter, which limits the potential landing spots. Alvarez batted .249/.322/.504 with 22 homers in 376 plate appearances with the Orioles this past season. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 12:38 pm
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  • Yankees finalize deal with Matt Holliday
    Yankees signed DH Matt Holliday to a one-year, $13 million contract.

    Advice: The deal was reported over the weekend and it's now official. Holliday turns 37 next month and is coming off a year where he slugged 20 homers with a .782 OPS in 110 games while missing significant time with a fractured thumb. The plan calls for him to serve as the primary designated hitter, but he could also see occasional time in the outfield and at first base. He could have a better chance to stay healthy in this situation and we wouldn't rule out a return to relevancy in mixed fantasy leagues while playing in the AL East. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 12:04 pm
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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. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:27 am
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  • 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. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:15 am
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  • Dodgers talked Frazier, still prefer Turner
    Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports hears that the Dodgers like Todd Frazier and have talked to the White Sox about a potential trade, but their first choice remains keeping Justin Turner.

    Advice: It's no secret they'd like to keep Turner, but apparently they aren't willing to give him a five-year contract to do it. Even if Frazier doesn't end up on the Dodgers, the White Sox figure to find a match somewhere as they continue their rebuild. Frazier is due to become a free agent after 2017. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:46 am
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  • Heyman: Trumbo's asking price is $80M
    According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, Mark Trumbo's asking price is $80 million.

    Advice: This is in line with previous reports which suggested he was asking for a deal in the $75-80 million range. The Rockies are off the board as a possibility after signing Ian Desmond and the Mariners are reportedly "moving on," so he could be running out of potential landing spots. And that's speaking nothing of the other first base/outfield/DH possibilities available via free agency and trade. Regardless, Heyman says that Trumbo has suitors. The Orioles and Indians would seem to fit that mold. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:12 am
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  • Report: Mariners 'moving on' from Trumbo
    According to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com reports that the Mariners are "moving on" from free agent slugger Mark Trumbo.

    Advice: ESPN's Jim Bowden reported Tuesday night that the Mariners were in serious talks with Trumbo, but Chris Cotillo of SB Nation later noted that it was largely overblown and Crasnick hears that "several things would have to happen" for them to re-engage with him. As of now, they are content with using a platoon of Dan Vogelbach and Danny Valencia at first base. The Rockies are off the board as a possibility for Trumbo after the Ian Desmond signing, so a return to the Orioles could still happen. He might just have to lower some of his demands to make that happen. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:55 am
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  • Phils see Joseph as regular first baseman
    Phillies general manager Matt Klentak said Tuesday that they are currently viewing Tommy Joseph as their regular first baseman.

    Advice: Klentak didn't rule out the possibility of adding another option for first base, but Joseph hit .257/.308/.505 with 21 homers and 47 RBI over 107 games as a rookie in 2016 and they are prepared to see what he can do with an everyday role. "If that changes by virtue of an additional player acquisition, then we'll adjust," said Klentak. "But Tommy showed pretty well for himself all year long and we're excited to see what he can do in a little more of a regular role this coming year." Joseph was better against lefties than he was against righties, but he can be a cheap power source in fantasy leagues in 2017. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:16 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. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:59 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. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:23 am
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  • Mariners seriousness on Trumbo 'overblown'
    According to Chris Cotillo of SB Nation, "the seriousness of the talks between Mark Trumbo [and] the Mariners was overblown."

    Advice: Cotillo hears there still might be a fit, but ESPN's Jim Bowden tweeted Tuesday night that the two sides were engaged in "serious" contract negotiations and that report now sounds mostly false. Trumbo is said to be looking for a contract in the $75-80 million range, after rejecting a four-year, $52-55 million offer from the Orioles a couple weeks ago. He's probably not going to meet that high asking price despite leading the major leagues in homers in 2016. There are just too many limitations with him defensively, and he owns a .303 career on-base percentage. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 9:48 pm
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  • Tribe have talked to FA slugger Mark Trumbo
    According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Indians have talked to free agent slugger Mark Trumbo.

    Advice: Heyman also confirms that Cleveland has been in contact with other big free agent bats like Edwin Encarnacion, Jose Bautista, and Mike Napoli. Trumbo carries serious defensive limitations, but he did lead the major leagues in homers this past season with 47. The 30-year-old reportedly turned down a four-year, $52-55 million offer from the Orioles two weeks ago and countered at four years, $75-80 million. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 6:28 pm
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  • Mariners 'in serious talks' with Mark Trumbo
    ESPN's Jim Bowden reports that the Mariners are in serious talks with free agent Mark Trumbo.

    Advice: Trumbo got a four-year, $52-55 million offer from the Orioles a few weeks ago and turned it down, with followup reports suggesting he wants something closer to $75-80 million. Seattle's Safeco Field would obviously be a big drain on Trumbo's power, like it was in 2015, but he carries legitimate free agent juice as the major league leader in homers (47) from 2016. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 4:08 pm
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  • 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. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 3:35 pm
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  • Red Sox, Moreland do one-year, $5.5M deal
    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Red Sox have agreed to a one-year deal with Mitch Moreland.

    Advice: Jon Morosi of MLB Network says the deal is worth $5.5 million. Moreland figures to serve as Boston's regular first baseman in 2017 after winning Gold Glove honors there with Texas in 2016. Which means much more DH time for Hanley Ramirez. Moreland, 31, tallied 22 homers and 60 RBI over 147 games for the Rangers this summer, though it came with an underwhelming .720 overall OPS. He had an .812 OPS in 2015. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 3:00 pm
  • Pirates focusing on Josh Bell at first base
    Pirates GM Neal Huntington said he's focused on using Josh Bell at first base.

    Advice: Bell played both first base and right field in the minors. The 24-year-old top prospect performed well in his first taste of the majors in 2016 and figures to be a big part of the Pirates' offensive attack in 2017, wherever he's positioned defensively. A trade of Andrew McCutchen could obviously change the Buccos' plans entirely. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 2:21 pm
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  • LAD 'prefer to just bring back' Justin Turner
    According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Dodgers "prefer to just bring back Justin Turner."

    Advice: There is talk of trade interest from the Dodgers in White Sox third baseman Todd Frazier, but it sounds like Los Angeles will try to negotiate with Turner first. Turner's free agent market has yet to fully develop, but he figures to hit it big after slashing .275/.339/.493 with 27 home runs in 2016. He has an .856 OPS (136 OPS+) over the last three seasons and also plays a pretty good third base. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 1:55 pm
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  • Orioles have 'called on' slugger Chris Carter
    According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Orioles have "called on" free agent Chris Carter.

    Advice: Milwaukee made a surprise decision to non-tender Carter last week and now he stands to find a decent market for himself after slugging 41 homers for the Brewers in 2016. The bat would obviously play well at Camden Yards, and all across the American League East. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 1:09 pm
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  • Orioles may look at Chris Carter
    According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Orioles may look at free agent slugger Chris Carter.

    Advice: The recently non-tendered Carter would be a low-cost alternative to bringing back Mark Trumbo on a lucrative multi-year deal. Trumbo is reportedly aiming for a four-year deal in the range of $75-80 million. That might not be the best use of resources for Baltimore. Heyman names Jarrod Dyson, Carlos Gomez, and Curtis Granderson among the team's current outfield targets. They are monitoring Matt Wieters and Nick Hundley for catcher. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 12:56 pm
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  • Report: O's offer to Trumbo off the table
    Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports hears that the Orioles made a four-year offer to Mark Trumbo weeks ago, but that it's off the table now.

    Advice: If it's the same offer reported by ESPN's Buster Olney, it was in the range of $52-55 million. Trumbo's camp is looking for more, but he could have a tough time finding it with so many first base/designated hitter players on the market. Heyman hears that the Rockies and Rangers are among the teams looking into Trumbo now. He rejected a qualifying offer to test free agency, so he's connected to draft pick compensation. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 12:43 pm
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  • Dodgers interested in 3B Todd Frazier
    Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com reports that the Dodgers have expressed interest in White Sox third baseman Todd Frazier.

    Advice: There's mutual interest in Justin Turner returning to Los Angeles, but the Dodgers are monitoring the potential alternatives. Now that the White Sox have traded Chris Sale, it makes sense that Frazier will also be on the block. He's under team control for one more season before hitting free agency. Frazier hit just .225 with a .302 on-base percentage in 2016, but he slugged a career-high 40 homers. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 10:51 am
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  • Report: Indians met with Napoli's camp Mon.
    Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports that the Indians met with Mike Napoli's representatives on Monday.

    Advice: The Indians are said to be trying for a one-year deal, but obviously Napoli's representatives are trying to do better elsewhere. Interestingly, Bastian hears that Napoli may have already signed with the Indians if they were willing to go two years. There's a chance that could still happen, but another team could jump into the mix to give him what he wants. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:38 am
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  • Orioles, Trumbo expected to meet on Tuesday
    ESPN's Buster Olney reports that the Orioles and Mark Trumbo will meet again on Tuesday in an attempt to work out their differences.

    Advice: Olney reported Monday that the Orioles were comfortable with a four-year offer in the range of $52-55 million, but they were prepared to move on with other options after Trumbo's camp countered at four years and $75-80 million with a full no-trade clause. There's still mutual interest in getting something done, so perhaps a compromise is possible. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:20 am
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  • Report: Red Sox in the mix for Mitch Moreland
    Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star Telegram reports that the Red Sox are in on free agent Mitch Moreland.

    Advice: FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal confirms the report. The Red Sox are now seen as a "very unlikely" landing spot for Edwin Encarnacion due to his high price, so Moreland would be a more reasonable solution to serve as David Ortiz's replacement at DH. He's left-handed and also capable of playing first base, which fits the team's needs. The 31-year-old batted .233/.298/.422 with 22 home runs and 60 RBI in 147 games this past season. The Rangers are not in involved in negotiations, but the Indians are in the mix. Wilson hears that a decision could be made soon. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:15 am
  • Brewers acquire Travis Shaw in Thornburg deal
    Brewers acquired INFs Travis Shaw and Maurico Dubon, RHP Josh Pennington, and a player to be named later or cash considerations from the Red Sox for RHP Tyler Thornburg.

    Advice: The rebuilding Brewers have now traded Thornburg, Will Smith, and Jeremy Jeffress in the past six months. They landed a considerable haul here, though only Shaw will help in the short-term. He figures to take over at third base while Jonathan Villar will move over to second base. Shaw, 26, batted .242 with 16 homers and a .726 OPS in 2016. As a left-handed batter, he should be in a good position to deliver fantasy value with his new team. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:07 am
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  • Chris Colabello elects free agency
    Chris Colabello has elected to become a free agent.

    Advice: Colabello will test the open market rather than accept an outright assignment to Triple-A. The 33-year-old served an 80-game PED suspension in 2016 and appeared in just 10 games at the major league level. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 7:36 am
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  • Report: Red Sox dealing Shaw to Brewers
    Alex Speier of the Boston Globe reports that Travis Shaw has been traded to the Brewers.

    Advice: Evan Drellich of the Boston Herald reported that the Red Sox agreed to a deal with the Brewers for a reliever, but we have yet to get the specifics involved. Shaw, 26, batted .242 with 16 homers and a .726 OPS this past season. Parting with Shaw puts Pablo Sandoval in a position to reclaim third base, though Yoan Moncada could be ready for primetime before long. Shaw could take over at third base for Milwaukee, with Jonathan Villar moving to second. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 6:20 am
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  • Red Sox 'very unlikely' for Edwin Encarnacion
    Jayson Stark of ESPN.com 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. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 6:12 am
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  • Report: Mariners continue to talk to Napoli
    ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that the Mariners continue to maintain a dialogue with free agent slugger Mike Napoli.

    Advice: There was a recent report indicating that one Mariners official didn't see Napoli as a fit for their roster, as they'd prefer to give Dan Vogelbach an opportunity at first base and pair him with Danny Valencia as a platoon partner, but they are apparently keeping an eye on things depending on how his market goes. The Indians remain interested in bringing him back while the Red Sox and Rangers are among the other possible fits. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 5:53 am
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  • Rox have had 'preliminary talks' for 1B Abreu
    MLB.com's Thomas Harding reports that there have been "preliminary talks" between the Rockies and White Sox involving Jose Abreu.

    Advice: Harding says the two sides first discussed Abreu at last month's general managers meetings and that the rebuilding White Sox "seek several prospects" in return. He cautioned that the discussions "haven't gone beyond the preliminary stage" to this point. Harding adds that Rockies GM Jeff Bridich is also "considering the heavy price tag" for Edwin Encarnacion and Mark Trumbo, as it appears the club might be willing to pay up either in dollars or prospects to get a big-name first baseman. Any of the aforementioned trio would obviously see their fantasy value skyrocket should they wind up in Coors Field. Rotoworld.com Monday, 8:02 pm
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  • Dodgers lining up alternatives to Turner
    ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that the Dodgers are "aggressively" checking into third base alternatives to Justin Turner.

    Advice: The Dodgers have previously been connected to Yangervis Solarte, and Crasnick also mentions Luis Valbuena and Todd Frazier as potential fits. The club's preference remains to re-sign Justin Turner, but they are doing their due diligence in case they're unable to work something out for him. Rotoworld.com Monday, 7:18 pm
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  • 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. Rotoworld.com Monday, 6:38 pm
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  • Rangers unlikely to make play for marquee DH
    Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said Monday that it's "unlikely" the club makes a big ticket designated hitter signing.

    Advice: The Rangers have been connected to Edwin Encarnacion and Mark Trumbo, but Daniels' statement would seem to pretty much rule them out for those two. Texas seems focused on adding a center fielder more than anything else, and they have a lot of irons in the fire in that regard. Rotoworld.com Monday, 3:54 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. Rotoworld.com Monday, 3:07 pm
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  • Yankees 'in contact' with FA Luis Valbuena
    Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that the Yankees have been in contact with the representatives for free agent Luis Valbuena.

    Advice: But the Yankees found his initial contract requests "too high," per Sherman's source. Valbuena wants a multi-year deal and an everyday job after batting .260/.357/.459 with 13 home runs and 40 RBI in 90 games this past season for the Astros. He started 71 games at third base and two at first base. He has also played some second base in the past. Rotoworld.com Monday, 12:08 pm
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  • Jays finalize 2-year, $12.5M deal with Pearce
    Blue Jays signed INF/OF Steve Pearce to a two-year, $12.5 million contract.

    Advice: Pearce gets a nice payday after slashing .288/.374/.492 in 302 plate appearances this summer between the Rays and Orioles, while appearing defensively at first base, second base, third base, and both corner outfield spots. He carries durability issues and will turn 34 years old next April, but the guy has always mashed left-handed pitching when healthy and he brings a good amount of offensive and defensive versatility to Toronto's roster. Rotoworld.com Monday, 7:38 am
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  • Jays sign Steve Pearce to 2-yr, $12.5M deal
    ESPN's Buster Olney confirms the Blue Jays have signed Steve Pearce to a two-year, $12.5 million free agent contract.

    Advice: Pearce has appeared in 100-plus games just once in his major league career, but he mashes left-handed pitching (.309/.411/.617 vs. lefties in 2016) and can play multiple positions defensively. It's a nice pickup at a reasonable price, and he should do very well as a platoon-type player in hitter-friendly Toronto. The agreement is only pending a physical. Pearce is coming off September surgery to repair flexor tendons in his right forearm but should be ready by Opening Day. Rotoworld.com Monday, 6:44 am
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  • Jays, Pearce discussions are gaining traction
    The talks between the Blue Jays and Steve Pearce "have gained traction," per ESPN's Buster Olney.

    Advice: It sounds like an agreement may be imminent. Pearce struggled to stay healthy in 2016, but he slashed .288/.374/.492 across 302 plate appearances when he was on the field and the 33-year-old fared especially well against left-handed pitching. There are some defensive limitations, but he'd fit nicely on any American League roster. Rotoworld.com Monday, 6:21 am
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  • Angels have checked in on 3B Justin Turner
    Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports hears the Angels have checked in on free agent Justin Turner.

    Advice: But the big question here is whether Anaheim has the money to make a competitive offer given that Turner is one of the most sought-after free agents out there and is known to be drawing interest from a number of high-budget teams. Heyman believes a reunion with the Dodgers remains the most likely scenario. Rotoworld.com Monday, 6:07 am
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  • Jays talking to free agent 1B Mitch Moreland
    According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Blue Jays are talking to free agent Mitch Moreland.

    Advice: Edwin Encarnacion remains the biggest focus for Toronto, but Moreland and Steve Pearce are also being considered as something like a Plan B. Moreland, 31, batted .233/.298/.422 with 22 home runs and 60 RBI in 147 games this past season for the Rangers while earning a Gold Glove at first base. He's also drawn interest from the Indians. Rotoworld.com Monday, 5:35 am
  • Cleveland has 'stayed in touch' with Napoli
    Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports that the Indians have "stayed in touch" with Mike Napoli.

    Advice: But there seems to be a very healthy market for the 35-year-old free agent slugger, who tallied 34 home runs and 101 RBI for Cleveland in 2016. He struggled down the stretch and into the postseason, but Napoli figures to find a multi-year deal this winter at a nice price point. Count the Red Sox, Yankees, and Rangers among his other current suitors. Rotoworld.com Monday, 5:09 am
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  • Toronto reportedly in talks with Steve Pearce
    According to ESPN's Buster Olney, the Blue Jays are in talks with free agent Steve Pearce.

    Advice: Pearce isn't very trustworthy as an everyday player, but he did slash .309/.411/.617 against left-handed pitchers in 2016. As a part-time first baseman, DH, and corner outfielder, he'd make sense for just about any American League club. Pearce did have surgery to repair flexor tendons in his right forearm in September, but it sounds like he will be ready for spring training. Rotoworld.com Monday, 4:59 am
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  • LAD talking to Padres about Yangervis Solarte
    According to FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal, the Dodgers are among the teams talking to the Padres about Yangervis Solarte.

    Advice: Los Angeles is hoping to retain third baseman Justin Turner, but Turner is one of the biggest fish on a weak free agent market and is drawing heavy interest from many other clubs. Solarte would be a pretty good fallback plan, coming off a year in which he slashed 286/.341/.467 with 15 homers and 71 RBI in 443 plate appearances as the Padres' primary cleanup hitter. Solarte, 29, is under control via salary arbitration through 2019. Rotoworld.com Monday, 4:38 am
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  • Padres are aggressively shopping Solarte
    Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that the Padres are aggressively shopping Yangervis Solarte.

    Advice: The 29-year-old slashed an impressive .286/.341/.467 with 15 homers and 71 RBI in 443 plate appearances with the Padres in 2016 while serving primarily as their cleanup hitter. He's in his first year of arbitration though and is projected by MLBTradeRumors.com to earn $2.7 million in the process. While that may not seem excessive, the Padres are trying to cut payroll and may look to get what they can now for one of their top trade chips. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 6:11 pm
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  • Twins sign Ben Paulsen to minor league deal
    Twins signed 1B/OF Ben Paulsen to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

    Advice: After a strong 2015 season, Paulsen struggled mightily in 2016 slashing just .217/.258/.304 with one homer and 11 RBI in 97 plate appearances with the Rockies. The Twins need all of the offense that they can find, so Paulsen is a worthwhile low-risk investment on a minor league pact. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 5:52 pm
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  • Yankees sign Matt Holliday to one-year deal
    Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Yankees have agreed to a one-year, $13 million contract with Matt Holliday.

    Advice: The veteran slugger, who will turn 37 next month, slashed .246/.322/.461 with 20 homers and 62 RBI in 426 plate appearances with the Cardinals in 2016 while missing time due to a fractured left thumb. He's expected to see the majority of his at-bats in the designated hitter role with the Bombers. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 4:20 pm
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  • DH Pedro Alvarez is on radar for Red Sox
    Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that Pedro Alvarez is on the Red Sox's radar.

    Advice: Heyman says that Boston is "favoring a short-term deal" as they look to fill David Ortiz's vacated designated hitter spot, so they appear likelier to sign an Alvarez, Matt Holliday or Mike Napoli rather than an Edwin Encarnacion. Alvarez batted .249/.322/.504 with 22 homers over just 376 plate appearances for the Orioles this past season. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 10:42 am
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  • Red Sox have contacted Matt Holliday's agent
    Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that the Red Sox have contacted Matt Holliday's agent, Scott Boras.

    Advice: The Cardinals declined Holliday's $17 million option after he .246/.322/.461 in an injury-shortened 2016, but there appears to be a decent market for him as a potential bounce-back candidate. The Red Sox' rivals, the Yankees, are another club that's shown interest and Holliday's former club, the Rockies, have also been mentioned as a potential landing spot. Holliday will turn 37 in January. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 7:43 am
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  • Indians casting wide net in search for 1B
    MLB Network's Jon Morosi reports that the Indians "have shown interest in a broad range" of first basemen, including Mike Napoli, Mitch Moreland, Adam Lind and Chris Carter.

    Advice: Re-signing Napoli is no doubt the Tribe's first choice after he smacked 34 home runs and drove in 101 runs for them last season, but they're casting a wide net in their search. The defending American League champions are pretty left-handed heavy in their lineup right now, although that doesn't necessarily mean Carter would be their top choice after Napoli. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 7:34 am
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  • Blue Jays, Indians interested in 1B Moreland
    MLB Network's Jon Morosi reports that the Blue Jays and Indians are showing interest in Mitch Moreland.

    Advice: Morosi says that "others" are interested, as well. Moreland batted just .233/.298/.422 overall last season, but he popped 22 home runs and won a Gold Glove for his work at first base. The 31-year-old isn't the first choice for either the Jays or Indians, but he qualifies as a decent Plan B. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 7:27 am
  • Casey McGehee leaves MLB for Japan
    Casey McGehee has signed a one-year contract with Japan's Yomiuri Giants.

    Advice: The deal includes a club option. McGehee spent most of 2016 with Triple-A Toledo, but did log 30 games at the big league level with the Tigers while filling in for injured third baseman Nick Castellanos. The 34-year-old holds a .258 average over 2,798 major league at-bats. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 6:04 pm
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  • Rockies do not tender contract to Cardullo
    Rockies non-tendered 1B Stephen Cardullo.

    Advice: The 29-year-old makes for an interesting low-cost investment on the free agent market or as a non-roster invitee. He slashed an impressive .308/.367/.522 with 17 homers, 72 RBI and six stolen bases in 452 plate appearances at Triple-A Albuquerque in 2016. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 5:45 am
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  • Brewers non-tender slugger Chris Carter
    Brewers non-tendered 1B Chris Carter.

    Advice: After designating him for assignment earlier in the week the Brewers attempted to trade the veteran slugger but to no avail. He'll join a free agent market that is currently flush with power-hitting options from the right side of the plate, so he may have to wait for a few of the bigger dominoes to fall before landing a deal. Rotoworld.com Friday, 5:41 pm
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  • Blue Jays outright Colabello to Triple-A
    Blue Jays sent 1B Chris Colabello outright to Triple-A Buffalo.

    Advice: The 33-year-old missed the majority of the 2016 season due to an 80-game suspension for performance-enhancing drugs and was very ineffective during his limited time at the big league level. He's no longer on the Blue Jays' 40-man roster. Rotoworld.com Friday, 5:29 pm
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  • 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 Friday, 5:51 am
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  • Napoli seeing interest from CLE, BOS, TEX
    Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that "indications" point toward the Indians, Red Sox and Rangers showing the most interest in free agent Mike Napoli.

    Advice: Napoli has played for all three squads in the last two seasons, as the Red Sox traded him to the Rangers during the 2015 campaign -- his second go-round with Texas. He spent 2016 helping the Indians to the American League pennant. Heyman hears that the Yankees and Astros are also contenders to sign the free agent slugger, though those two squads are viewed more as outside possibilities. Should the Red Sox sign him, Heyman speculates that they could shift Hanley Ramirez from first base to the now-vacated designated hitter spot long held by David Ortiz. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 4:30 pm
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  • David Ortiz wins Edgar Martinez Award
    David Ortiz has been named the winner of the Edgar Martinez Award.

    Advice: As the name would suggest, the Edgar Martinez Award is handed out annually to the best designated hitter in the American League. This marks the eighth and final time in 20 major league seasons that Ortiz has hauled in the honor. During his age-40 campaign, the slugger swatted 38 homers and drove in 127 runs while slashing .315/.401/.620 across 537 at-bats. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 1:18 pm
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  • Report: Cardinals aren't pursuing Turner
    Mark Saxon of ESPN.com reports that the Cardinals aren't pursuing free agent third baseman Justin Turner.

    Advice: This comes after Jon Morosi of MLB Network reported on Tuesday that the Cardinals have interest in Turner. It's worth noting that Saxon wrote at the time of Morosi's report that he heard a few weeks ago that the Cardinals didn't see Turner as a fit. The Cardinals would probably have to trade Jhonny Peralta to make room for him, but there's no doubt he'd be an upgrade. Perhaps they'd rather just focus their resources on landing an outfielder. We'll soon find out who is right here. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:37 am
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  • 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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  • Brewers have active trade talks for Carter
    Adam McCalvy of MLB.com reports that the Brewers are having active trade talks involving Chris Carter.

    Advice: It was reported Monday that the Brewers were planning to non-tender Carter, but he was designated for assignment on Tuesday in order to make way for his replacement, Eric Thames, on the 40-man roster. Teams probably wouldn't have to give up much in the way of value to acquire the veteran slugger at this point, but they could just take their chances and see if he ends up hitting the open market. We should know more in the next couple of days. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 9:15 am
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  • Report: Cardinals interested in Justin Turner
    According to Jon Morosi of MLB Network, the Cardinals have interest in free agent third baseman Justin Turner.

    Advice: The Dodgers would surely like to keep Turner, but they are going to face plenty of competition. The 31-year-old has put up an .856 OPS (136 OPS+) in 386 games over the past three seasons. The Cardinals have already announced that Matt Carpenter will make the move to first base in 2017, but they'd still have a surplus in the way of infielders if they end up signing Turner. Because Turner rejected a qualifying offer from the Dodgers, teams will have to surrender a draft pick in order to sign him. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 6:20 am
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  • Brewers designate Chris Carter for assignment
    Brewers designated 1B Chris Carter for assignment.

    Advice: The move clears the way for the newly-signed Eric Thames on the 40-man roster. We learned on Monday that the Brewers were planning to non-tender Carter. They now have a couple of days to find a trade partner before Friday's non-tender deadline. Carter tied Colorado's Nolan Arenado for the NL lead with 41 homers this past season while batting .222/.321/.499 over 160 games. His price tag should be reasonable through arbitration (MLB Trade Rumors projects him at $8.1 million in 2017), so he could draw some interest. Otherwise, he'll try his luck in free agency for the second straight year. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 6:08 am
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  • Report: Brewers to non-tender Chris Carter
    USA Today's Bob Nightengale reports that the Brewers will non-tender Chris Carter.

    Advice: Brewers general manager David Stearns said last month that he planned for Carter to return as the club's first baseman in 2017, but he apparently had a change of heart. It's the second offseason in a row that Carter has been non-tendered, and this time it comes after a 41-homer season. He was projected by MLBTradeRumors.com to earn $8.1 million in arbitration. Carter should have no trouble landing a starting job somewhere. Rotoworld.com Monday, 6:29 pm
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