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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 27 minutes ago
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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 Today, 8:46 am
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  • Mike Moustakas rejects Royals' QO
    3B Mike Moustakas rejected the Royals' one-year, $17.4 million qualifying offer.

    Advice: Moustakas is set to strike it rich this offseason after slugging a career-high 38 home runs for the Royals this past season. He's a native of Southern California and the Angels have already been pegged as a likely pursuer of the third baseman this winter. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:44 am
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  • Eric Hosmer declines qualifying offer
    1B Eric Hosmer rejected the Royals' one-year, $17.4 million qualifying offer.

    Advice: Of the nine players extended the offer, Hosmer might be in line for the biggest contract, and among position players he certainly will wind up with the largest deal. Hosmer's production in his career has wavered between average and good, but he just turned 28 less than a month ago, helping to raise his floor over the course of his impending contract even if his upside isn't super high. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:38 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 Today, 7:45 am
  • Jose Altuve runaway choice for AL MVP
    Jose Altuve was voted first on 27 of 30 ballots to win American League MVP honors, announced by the BBWAA on Thursday.

    Advice: It seemed like this race was set up to be a lot closer between Altuve and Aaron Judge, but the voters made their preference clear. Judge didn't even get all of the remaining first-place votes; Rustin Dodd of the Kansas City Star put Jose Ramirez first and dropped Judge down to third. Ramirez was also third on 22 ballots to easily finish in the "show" spot in the vote. Mike Trout was fourth, followed by Francisco Lindor, Mookie Betts and Corey Kluber. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 3:52 pm
  • 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 Yesterday, 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 Yesterday, 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 Yesterday, 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 Yesterday, 7:45 am
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  • Braves' IFA punishment likely to be severe
    Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic writes that the Braves' punishment for their alleged international free agent transgressions will likely be severe.

    Advice: Rosenthal mentions that the Braves will probably receive a "substantial" fine, restrictions in their allocated finances for future signings, and the possibility that some prospects they signed out of Latin America could be turned back into free agents. This includes 17-year-old shortstop Kevin Maitan, the crown jewel of the 2016 international class. Maitan is said to have made a verbal agreement with Atlanta before the official signing period, which is against the rules. There's still no firm date as to when Manfred will announce his findings and the subsequent penalties. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:11 pm
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  • Mariners acquire Ryon Healy from Athletics
    Mariners acquired INF/DH Ryon Healy from the Athletics for RHP Emilio Pagan and INF Alexander Campos.

    Advice: Because of course Mariners GM Jerry Dipoto had to make the first major transaction of the season. Healy was a surprise standout as a rookie in 2016 with an .861 OPS for the A's, and while that number dropped 100 points (.754) in 2017, he still was able to hit 25 homers and post a 102+ OPS. The Mariners have an immediate need at first base with Yonder Alonso a free agent, so he could be a natural fit at the position; especially considering how much he's struggled as a third baseman defensively. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 5:53 pm
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  • Angels tops on Moustakas wish list
    ESPN's Jerry Crasnick was told by a source that the Angels are at the top of Mike Moustakas wish list.

    Advice: The feeling might not be totally mutual and some other team could decide to offer Moustakas more money, but Yunel Escobar is no longer under contract and the Angels would likely want to upgrade the production at third base either way. Crasnick also mentions that the Angels could just go with Luis Valbuena at third base and look to upgrade at second base, but Valbuena struggled to a .199 batting average and .294 on-base percentage in 2017. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 5:23 pm
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  • Angels potentially interested in Cozart
    ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that the Angels have interest in Zack Cozart if he's willing to move from shortstop to second base.

    Advice: Crasnick also reports that the Angels are considering free agent Neil Walker, and earlier it was reported that they have interest in trading for Detroit's Ian Kinsler. Long story short, the Angels want to upgrade second base. Cozart would be an intriguing addition, and if he is willing to move positions, he and Andrelton Simmons would give Anaheim one of the best double-play combinations in baseball that isn't bereft of offensive ability. Cozart batted .297/.385/.548 with 24 homers over 122 games for the Reds in 2017. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 5:12 pm
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  • Smith homers to continue excellent AFL stint
    Dodgers catching prospect Will Smith went 2-for-4 with a homer for Glendale in the Arizona Fall League on Wednesday.

    Advice: Smith's homer was the second of his AFL season, and it came in the first inning off of Milwaukee pitching prospect Jon Perrin. A 2017 compensation selection (32nd overall), Smith had a flawed first full professional season, but he's still one of the better catching prospects in baseball because of his approach at the plate, sneaky speed and developing power. As long as he stays behind the plate -- and he's generally graded as an above-average defender there -- he has a very high floor as both a real and fantasy prospect. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 4:27 pm
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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
  • Cabrera favorite to play third for Mets
    Mets assistant GM John Ricco said that the Mets are leaning towards having Asdrubal Cabrera be the starting third baseman in 2018.

    Advice: Cabrera played a little bit of everything last year, including third. New York has openings at third and second base, and realistically, he could be the option for whatever position the Mets don't fill externally. He's a better defender at third than he is at second, however, and there are more options at the keystone than at the hot corner in the 2018 market. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 2:19 pm
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  • 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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  • Pirates have interest in Neil Walker reunion
    According to Jon Morosi of MLB Network, the Pirates have interest in a reunion with free agent second baseman Neil Walker.

    Advice: Morosi says the ongoing difficulty with getting Jung Ho Kang back into the country has forced the Pirates to consider a variety of infield options. Walker, 32, batted .265/.362/.439 with 14 home runs and 49 RBI in 111 games this past season between the Mets and Brewers. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 11:38 am
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  • Angels discussing trade for 2B Ian Kinsler
    Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press reports that the Angels have had "extensive internal discussions" about acquiring Ian Kinsler from the Tigers.

    Advice: Fenech notes that the Angels were one of the teams that put a waiver claim on Kinsler in August. The veteran second baseman is highly likely to be dealt by the rebuilding Tigers this winter and Anaheim does seem to be a pretty good fit. Kinsler, 35, is owed $11 million next season via an option that vested when he reached his 600th plate appearance in late September. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:38 am
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  • SD interest in Eric Hosmer is 'due diligence'
    AJ Cassavell of MLB.com hears the Padres' reported interest in Eric Hosmer is "mostly due diligence at this point."

    Advice: Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic and Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune both reported this week that the Padres had discussed the possibility of signing Hosmer, but Wil Myers is locked in at first base in San Diego and Hosmer figures to draw a high-dollar contract in this top-heavy free agent market. It never seemed like a good match. Cassavell notes that the typically-cost-conscious Padres have checked in with around 50 different free agents already. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:30 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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  • Astros among teams in on Jonathan Lucroy
    According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Astros are among the teams with interest in free agent catcher Jonathan Lucroy.

    Advice: A deal with Lucroy would likely mean pushing Brian McCann and Evan Gattis into a platoon role at DH. Lucroy has been a better defensive catcher than both of them, but he actually struggled a bit in that department this past season and the 31-year-old also batted just .265 with a .716 OPS and only six home runs over 123 total games between the Rangers and Rockies. The 2017 World Series champs will probably be looking for a discount here. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 6:01 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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  • Pence could be looking at part-time role
    Giants general manager Bobby Evans indicated Tuesday that Hunter Pence could be looking at a part-time role depending on what the club does this offseason.

    Advice: "Our focus is center field, and we've got to do everything we can to upgrade the defense," said Evans. "If that moves Pence into more of a part-time role, we have to be prepared for that." The Giants have already committed to moving Denard Span to left field as they look for a defensive upgrade in center field. The club has been connected in rumors to Giancarlo Stanton, so it's not crazy to think Pence will be a part-time player for the final year of his contract in 2018. The 34-year-old posted a career-worst .701 OPS this season. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 6:08 pm
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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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  • 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
  • Torres not ruled out from making OD roster
    Yankees general manager Brian Cashman hasn't ruled out the possibility of top prospect Gleyber Torres starting the 2018 season in the majors.

    Advice: It's still likely that Torres will start the season in the minors, but Cashman isn't willing to dismiss the possibility out of hand. Torres, who turns 21 in December, appeared to be on the fast track to the majors prior to undergoing season-ending Tommy John surgery in June. He hit .287/.383/.480 with seven homers over 55 games between Double- and Triple-A this year while seeing time between shortstop, second base, and third base. His time is coming soon. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 2:32 pm
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  • Nats re-sign Ryan Raburn to minors deal
    Nationals re-signed OF Ryan Raburn to a minor league contract.

    Advice: This confirms a report from Chris Cotillo of SB Nation. Raburn was limited to 25 games this season while dealing with a left trapezius strain. He'll function as outfield insurance going into spring training. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 2:25 pm
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  • Bruce Maxwell pleads not guilty
    Bruce Maxwell pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and disorderly conduct.

    Advice: Maxwell was arrested on October 28 in Scottsdale, Arizona after allegedly pointing a gun at a delivery person. He was indicted by a grand jury on November 7. According to police reports, he appeared to be intoxicated at the time. His trial is not expected to be until next year, but a plea agreement is possible. He could be subject to punishment from the Athletics and MLB. As of now, Athletics general manager David Forst still expects Maxwell to be the team's primary catcher next season. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 2:22 pm
  • Royals 'increasingly pessimistic' about FAs
    According to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com, the Royals "have grown increasingly more pessimistic" about re-signing Eric Hosmer, Mike Moustakas, or Lorenzo Cain.

    Advice: It's not a big surprise, as Hosmer, Moustakas, and Cain are among the best position players on the market and figure to fetch big-money contracts. The Royals will probably be in tough shape even if they are able to retain one of them, so there's a strong case to be made to take the compensatory draft picks and go into a hard rebuild. Crasnick notes that the Royals could shift to names like Lucas Duda, Logan Morrison, Yonder Alonso, Mitch Moreland, and Adam Lind for first base if Hosmer departs. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 2:00 pm
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  • Red Sox, Angels, M's interested in Duda
    Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that the Red Sox, Angels, and Mariners have checked in on free agent first baseman Lucas Duda.

    Advice: Duda struggled down the stretch with the Rays, but he still tied his career-high with 30 homers while putting up an .818 OPS. He's better off sitting against lefties, but he can still be a valuable bat to have around. He likely won't break the bank wherever he lands. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 1:41 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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  • 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
  • M's sign Kirk Nieuwenhuis to minors deal
    Mariners signed OF Kirk Nieuwenhuis to a minor league contract.

    Advice: Nieuwenhuis struggled mightily with the Brewers in 2017, batting just .115/.258/.269 across 31 plate appearances. The 30-year-old will function as organizational outfield depth for Seattle in 2018. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 6:40 am
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  • Padres have discussed pursuit of Hosmer
    According to Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune, the Padres have discussed the possibility of signing free agent first baseman Eric Hosmer.

    Advice: Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic first reported news of a possible pursuit by the Padres. It's a bit of an odd fit on the surface, as the Padres already have a first baseman with Wil Myers and they typically don't dip their toes in the pool with the big payroll teams. Still, Hosmer just turned 28 years old, so he could still be an impact player once the Padres are ready to contend. If anything, the club is doing their due diligence depending on how his market shakes out. Rotoworld.com Monday, 6:44 pm
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  • 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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  • 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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  • SF, STL interest in Stanton 'most intense'
    MLB.com's Peter Gammons reports that the Giants and Cardinals are showing the "most intense" interest in Giancarlo Stanton, but whether or not the outfielder would accept a trade to either team is "TBD."

    Advice: Both clubs have been heavily linked to Stanton and it's been questioned whether he'd accept a deal to either, so the report doesn't come as a surprise. Stanton, who has $295 million remaining on his contract, is looking like a great bet to be traded somewhere this offseason as the Marlins' new ownership looks to cut payroll. We could have more clarity on his situation this week during the General Manager Meetings. Rotoworld.com Monday, 6:53 am
  • Royals 'seriously weighing' re-signing Moose
    Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Royals "are seriously weighing" re-signing Mike Moustakas.

    Advice: Heyman writes that the Royals "now seem less inclined to do a rebuild" and will take their best shot at re-signing both Eric Hosmer and Moustakas, but they've "all but given up hope" of retaining Lorenzo Cain. The report adds that owner David Glass "seems to have come to the conclusion they team can remain competitive and doesn’t want to disappoint an enthusiastic fan base." Hosmer and Moustakas might be able to get $200+ million between them this offseason, so it's hard to imagine the Royals bringing back both of them. But, it does sound like they'll make an earnest effort. Hosmer has been seen as the free agent of theirs that they'd most like to retain, but he'll also cost the most. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 9:17 am
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  • Moustakas unlikely to be target of Braves
    Gabriel Burns of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution believes that Mike Moustakas will not be a target of the Braves this free agency period.

    Advice: Burns believes the Braves won't go for upper-tier free agents this winter, and as one of six players who received the qualifying offer, Moustakas fits into that upper-tier FA category. A long-term agreement with Moustakas would also block third base prospect Austin Riley, a player that Burns thinks could make his way to Atlanta as soon as next season. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:10 pm
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  • Altuve wins '17 Players Choice POTY Award
    Jose Altuve won the Players Choice Player of the Year Award on Wednesday.

    Advice: Altuve has now won the award two years in a row. The three finalists were Altuve, Giancarlo Stanton, and Nolan Arenado, but this award wasn't going to anyone else after Altuve's outstanding 2017 campaign that saw the dynamic second baseman hit .346/.410/.547 with 24 homers and 32 steals in 153 regular-season games for the eventual World Series champions. It will be an upset if he doesn't take home the AL MVP next week. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 6:27 pm
  • Moustakas takes home AL Comeback award
    Mike Moustakas was named the Players Choice AL Comeback Player Of The Year on Wednesday.

    Advice: Moustakas was nominated along with fellow teammate Jason Vargas as well as Rays first baseman Logan Morrison. The 29-year-old hit 38 homers this season, and posted a solid .272/.314/.521 line in his time with Kansas City in 2017. He's a free-agent who recently was offered the $17.4 million qualifying offer, but likely signs a long-term deal elsewhere. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 5:38 pm
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  • JD Martinez looking for $200 million contract
    ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that teams that have reached out to J.D. Martinez get the impression agent Scott Boras is looking for a deal in the $200 million range.

    Advice: Martinez just hired Boras last week, and he's already making waves. The lofty asking price is really no surprise, considering Martinez slugged .690 and hit 45 homers in 119 games this past season between Detroit and Arizona. Whether or not Martinez gets anywhere near $200 million will depend on how much a team is willing to overlook his flawed defense. Because of his prodigious right-handed power, the 30-year-old corner outfielder is guaranteed to be one of the highest paid players this winter. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 2:34 pm
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