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  • Halos emerging as possibility for Chase Utley
    Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports hears the Angels have emerged as a possibility for Chase Utley.

    Advice: Utley is from Long Beach, went to UCLA, and spent the last year-and-a-half with the Dodgers, so there probably is some mutual interest here. The veteran second baseman batted .252/.319/.396 with 14 home runs and 52 RBI in 138 games this past season. It should only require a one-year commitment. He turns 38 later this month. Rotoworld.com 33 minutes ago
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  • Marlins showing 'some interest' in Fister
    According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Marlins are showing "some interest" in Doug Fister.

    Advice: But the primary focus for Miami at the moment is a front-line closer (think Aroldis Chapman, Kenley Jansen). Fister should come pretty cheap this winter after posting an underwhelming 4.64 ERA and 115/62 K/BB ratio in 180 1/3 innings this summer for Houston. Rotoworld.com 36 minutes ago
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  • Yankees showing interest in Twins 2B Dozier
    Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports the Yankees have shown interest in Twins second baseman Brian Dozier.

    Advice: USA Today's Bob Nightengale named the Dodgers as an "aggressive" suitor for Dozier on Sunday, and there are thought to be another 2-3 teams in the hunt. Starlin Castro is currently locked in as the Yankees' starting second baseman and had a pretty good year in 2016, but a followup trade could be executed to fill a spot on the New York infield. Dozier, 29, batted .268/.340/.546 with 42 home runs and 99 RBI in 155 games this past season for Minnesota. Rotoworld.com 58 minutes ago
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  • Puig to work on shedding bulk this winter
    Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said Yasiel Puig will begin working with club trainers in January to "shed some bulk."

    Advice: Maybe a slimmer frame can help Puig avoid the hamstring issues that have plagued him for the last two years. He finished with a disappointing .263/.323/.416 batting line in 2016, tallying only 11 home runs and five stolen bases in 104 games. Puig will remain a big draft-day gamble in fantasy leagues for 2017. Rotoworld.com Today, 11:39 am
  • Astros claim Ashur Tolliver from Angels
    Astros claimed LHP Ashur Tolliver off waivers from the Angels.

    Advice: Tolliver had a cup of coffee with the Orioles in 2016, but it didn't go well and he was designated for assignment in late August. He spent the majority of the season in the minors, posting a 2.23 ERA and 50 strikeouts in 44 1/3 innings between four different levels. It might be a sneaky-good pickup for Houston. Rotoworld.com Today, 11:29 am
  • WSH meeting with White Sox on Chris Sale
    Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports hears the Nationals are meeting with the White Sox about Chris Sale on Monday afternoon at the Winter Meetings.

    Advice: Heyman adds that the Nats are "said to be stepping up" for the ace left-hander. Sale is also drawing heavy interest from the Astros, Braves, and Red Sox, and it's a safe guess that other teams have checked in. The 27-year-old delivered a 3.34 ERA, 1.037 WHIP, and 233/45 K/BB ratio over 226 2/3 innings for the White Sox in 2016 and carries a very team-friendly contract that can run through 2019 if all the options are picked up. Rotoworld.com Today, 11:05 am
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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. Rotoworld.com Today, 10:55 am
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  • Giants showing interest in lefty Howell
    According to ESPN's Buster Olney, the Giants have expressed interest in free agent J.P. Howell.

    Advice: Howell was a disappointment with the Dodgers in 2016, registering a 4.09 ERA and 1.40 WHIP in 64 appearances, but he did produce a brilliant 1.97 ERA between 2013-2015. Pretty much every team in baseball is seeking lefty relief help. He should do well for himself in this market as a 33-year-old potential bounceback candidate. Rotoworld.com Today, 10:47 am
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  • Report: O's made a four-year offer to Trumbo
    MASN's Roch Kubatko hears the Orioles made a four-year offer to free agent Mark Trumbo.

    Advice: But the word is Trumbo and his agent are seeking something in the $80 million range, and it sounds like the Orioles aren't prepared to go that high on a player with his sort of defensive limitations and offensive inconsistency. Trumbo led the major leagues with 47 homers in 2016, but he also batted just .256 with a .316 on-base percentage. He is a terrible outfielder. Rotoworld.com Today, 10:32 am
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  • Dodgers, Rich Hill finalize 3-year, $48M deal
    Dodgers re-signed LHP Rich Hill to a three-year, $48 million contract.

    Advice: The deal was agreed to in principle over the weekend and then finalized Monday morning after the veteran left-hander passed his physical. Hill excelled when healthy in 2016, producing a 2.12 ERA and 129 strikeouts in 110 1/3 innings between the Athletics and Dodgers. He'll carry big-time fantasy potential (but some of the same durability concerns) into 2017 -- what will be his age-37 campaign. Rotoworld.com Today, 10:06 am
  • Giants, Melancon reach 4-year, $62M contract
    Mark Melancon has agreed to a contract with the Giants, per Buster Olney of ESPN.

    Advice: Joel Sherman of the New York Post says it's a four-year, $62 million deal. Late-inning bullpen issues were a big problem for the Giants in 2016, especially in the second half and postseason, and Melancon brings a terrific amount of stability to that department. He doesn't have the strikeout rates of some other top-tier closers (like free agents Aroldis Chapman and Kenley Jansen) but the 31-year-old right-hander boasts a 1.80 ERA and 0.91 WHIP over his last 290 innings dating back to the beginning of the 2013 season. An official announcement should be coming soon, after Melancon passes his pre-signing physical. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:43 am
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  • Strahm to compete for spot in KC rotation
    Royals manager Ned Yost noted Monday that Matt Strahm will compete for a spot in the rotation next spring.

    Advice: Veteran right-hander Chris Young will be his primary competition. Strahm carries some intrigue as a deep fantasy sleeper after registering a 1.23 ERA with 30 strikeouts in 22 innings this summer out of the Kansas City bullpen. The young southpaw spent most of the year as a starter at Double-A. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:57 am
  • SF close to agreement with Mark Melancon
    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal confirms the Giants are close to an agreement with Mark Melancon.

    Advice: Les Shapiro of Mile High Sports Radio AM 1340 was the first on this report. Melancon fits the Giants' obvious need for a closer and this deal -- if finalized -- should jumpstart the bidding for fellow elite relievers Kenley Jansen and Aroldis Chapman. Melancon, 31, had a brilliant 1.64 ERA, 0.897 WHIP, and 65/12 K/BB ratio in 71 1/3 innings this summer between the Pirates and Nationals. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:45 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. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:56 am
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  • Giants nearing an agreement with Melancon?
    Les Shapiro of Mile High Sports Radio AM 1340 is being told the Giants are wrapping up a deal with free agent closer Mark Melancon.

    Advice: It's not the greatest source, but there have been many other rumblings connecting Melancon to the Giants over the last couple of weeks. Jorge Castillo of the Washington Post reported Monday morning that the Nationals made a four-year offer to Melancon worth less than $60 million and that it probably wasn't going to be enough to get a deal done because Melancon and his agent already had better proposals on the table. There could very well be legs here on a deal with San Francisco. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:26 am
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  • Astros and Nats trying hardest for Chris Sale
    According to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, the "perception of outside executives" is that the Astros and Nationals are trying hardest on a Chris Sale trade.

    Advice: Those execs place the Braves as the next-likeliest suitor. Getting the White Sox to trade Sale is going to take a bevy of young talent, but all three of these organizations are rich in that department. Sale, 27, posted a 3.34 ERA, 1.037 WHIP, and 233/45 K/BB ratio across 226 2/3 innings this past season for the Southsiders. He's on a team-friendly contract that carries options through 2019. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:13 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 Today, 6:07 am
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  • Astros shopping McHugh and Fiers
    ESPN's Jayson Stark reports the Astros are shopping Collin McHugh and Mike Fiers.

    Advice: They're both coming off disappointing years, but it's a weak free agent market for starting pitching so there could be some suitors out there. Stark says the ultra-active Astros are trying "to create roster and payroll flexibility" as they consider other moves. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:00 am
  • Nationals out on FA closer Mark Melancon?
    According to Jorge Castillo of the Washington Post, the Nationals made a four-year offer to Mark Melancon but it was worth less than $60 million.

    Advice: Which could mean the Nats are out of the running, because Melancon reportedly has multiple four-year offers on the table in the $60 million range. And it doesn't sound like Washington is planning a pursuit of Aroldis Chapman or Kenley Jansen, who are both thought to be seeking something close to $100 million. Melancon, 31, posted a brilliant 1.64 ERA, 0.897 WHIP, and 65/12 K/BB ratio in 71 1/3 innings this summer between the Pirates and Nationals. Rotoworld.com Today, 5:51 am
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  • 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 Today, 5:09 am
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  • Several clubs are calling Twins about Dozier
    Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that 4-5 teams are in the mix to acquire Brian Dozier from the Twins.

    Advice: The Dodgers are the one team that's known to be the most aggressive in pursuit of the hard-hitting second baseman, but it appears there are other clubs trying to pry Dozier away from the Twins as well. Twins' general manager Thad Levine is on record saying they won't deal Dozier unless they are "really inspired" by an offer, and a potential bidding war from multiple teams could lead to just that type of proposal. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:46 pm
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  • Orioles have made strong offer to Mark Trumbo
    Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette said Sunday that the club has made a strong offer to free agent Mark Trumbo.

    Advice: Trumbo slugged a major league leading and career-best 47 homers for the O's in 2016. He's already drawing ample interest on the free agent market, with the Rockies considered one of his most ardent suitors. He's expected to land a four-year deal in the neighborhood of $60 million. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 3:15 pm
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  • Marlins want one of the 'big three' closers
    Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Marlins "seem intent on trying to beat some big-market teams for the services of one of the 'big three' closers."

    Advice: The Marlins' interest in Kenley Jansen had been reported previously, but Heyman says that Miami is showing interest in Aroldis Chapman and Mark Melancon, as well, in their hopes of building a "super bullpen." Melancon's market has been heating up of late and the feeling had been that he was down to the Nationals and Giants, but it looks like the Marlins might sneak in there. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 1:06 pm
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  • Astros could field offers for Collin McHugh
    Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that the Astros would listen to trade offers for Collin McHugh.

    Advice: The Astros seemingly need to add and not subtract from their rotation, but it appears they'd send McHugh elsewhere in order to make room for an upgrade. McHugh can often be inconsistent, but he's put up a nice 3.71 ERA, 1.25 WHIP and 505/148 K/BB ratio across 543 innings over the last three seasons in Houston. He's arbitration-eligible for the first time this offseason. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:56 am
  • Dodgers 'most aggressive' for Brian Dozier
    USA Today's Bob Nightengale reports that the Dodgers are the "most aggressive" team in trade talks with the Twins involving Brian Dozier.

    Advice: Twins general manager Thad Levine indicated recently that team wasn't going to trade Dozier unless they were "really inspired" by an offer, but of course that could just be GM-speak. Dozier has a very team-friendly contract that will pay him $15 million over the next two seasons, but the Twins might want to capitalize while his value is at its highest following a 42-homer season. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:01 am
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  • Report: Melancon has 'multiple' four-year offers
    Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal confirms Mark Melancon has received multiple four-year offers for at least $60 million.

    Advice: Rosenthal said those offers came from the Giants, Nationals and "perhaps one other" club. The Giants' offer is reportedly the strongest. Things seem to be moving quickly on Melancon and it wouldn't be a surprise if he signed during the Winter Meetings, which start tomorrow in Maryland. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 8:06 pm
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  • Deal between Dodgers and Hill 'will get done'
    ESPN's Jim Bowden reports a deal between the Dodgers and free agent Rich Hill "will get done."

    Advice: Bowden said an official announcement is expected on Sunday. According to Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register, Hill's new deal is expected to be in the neighborhood of three years and $48 million. That's a big raise for Hill, who inked a one-year, $6 million pact with Oakland last offseason. The 36-year-old had his best season in 2016, contributing a stellar 2.12 ERA over 110 1/3 innings. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 7:42 pm
  • Dodgers 'getting closer' to re-signing Hill
    According to Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times, the Dodgers are "getting closer" to re-signing free agent Rich Hill.

    Advice: A source told Peter Gammons earlier today that Hill and the Dodgers were in agreement on a three-year deal worth over $40 million. That could very well be the case, but it doesn't look like a deal will be finalized before Sunday. Hill was limited to only seven starts in the second half because of blister issues but was excellent when healthy last season (2.12 ERA over 20 outings for the Dodgers and A's). Rotoworld.com Saturday, 5:24 pm
  • Rockies 'showing continued interest' in Trumbo
    Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports the Rockies are "showing continued interest" in free agent Mark Trumbo.

    Advice: His market has been slow to develop but could pick up once Edwin Encarnacion finds a new home. Trumbo is tied to draft-pick compensation and is a poor defensive player, which might also limit his options. Per Eduardo Encina of the Baltimore Sun, Trumbo is projected to land a four-year deal in the range of $57 million. That would be identical to the deal Nelson Cruz signed with Seattle two years ago. Trumbo's power would play well at Coors Field. He's clubbed eight homers in 12 career games at Colorado. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 3:55 pm
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  • Twins not actively shopping Brian Dozier
    Twins GM Thad Levine said unless they are "really inspired," the team will not consider trading Brian Dozier.

    Advice: Dozier has understandably been a popular name in trade talks this winter, but the Twins aren't actively shopping him. "We don’t have an immediate replacement," said Levine at an event for season-ticket holders earlier this week. "No one’s replacing his 42 home runs." The power-hitting second baseman still has two years and $15 million remaining on his contract. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 2:31 pm
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  • Hill leaning toward staying with Dodgers?
    According to Peter Gammons, one team with interest in Rich Hill thinks that he has a three-year deal with the Dodgers worth more than $40 million.

    Advice: This doesn't mean that a deal is done, but it certainly wouldn't be surprising if he ultimately returned to Los Angeles. The Dodgers need all of the help that they can get in their rotation, and bringing back the veteran left-hander would be a great first step toward stabilizing their pitching staff. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 12:01 pm
  • Nationals are still in talks for Chris Sale
    According to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, the Nationals remain in trade discussions with the White Sox for Chris Sale.

    Advice: They're also talking to the Pirates about Andrew McCutchen. It would seem to be an either/or scenario, as it's hard to see the Nationals having the ammunition to acquire both. Rosenthal notes that the Red Sox are also interested in Sale, though the White Sox would have to lower their asking price to get a deal done. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 11:54 am
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  • Talks with Mark Melancon are 'moving along'
    ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that talks with Mark Melancon are "moving along."

    Advice: Crasnick says that the Nationals and Giants are "still in the mix" for the closer. He adds that the Giants could be in better position to make a deal for Melancon work since the Nats are currently focused on a trade for Andrew McCutchen and possibly Chris Sale. Melancon is expected to land a contract in the four-year, $60 million range, according to Crasnick. Rotoworld.com Friday, 1:09 pm
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  • Braves still interested in Sale, Archer
    ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that the Braves are still interested in Chris Sale and Chris Archer.

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

    Advice: Heyman cautions that it "doesn’t mean that any one of these teams is sure to get him, or even that Sale will definitely be traded," but for now it appears it's the aforementioned five clubs involved in the most serious trade talks for the ace lefty. He also lists the Dodgers as a possible suitor for Sale and says the Cardinals, Blue Jays and Giants "look to be on the periphery." Rotoworld.com Friday, 6:09 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). Rotoworld.com Thursday, 10:37 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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  • 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 have checked in on Melancon
    Rockies general manager Jeff Bridich confirmed Tuesday that the club has checked in on free agent closer Mark Melancon.

    Advice: "I won’t say much," said Bridich. "Like we have done with a lot of guys, we have had conversations, and we have checked in on Mark." There's been natural speculation here since Melancon is from Colorado, but contenders like the Giants, Nationals, and Dodgers figure to be in the mix here, so the bidding could get higher than the Rockies' comfort level. As of now, Adam Ottavino projects to be the Rockies' closer in 2017. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:40 am
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  • NYY, LAD, TEX, HOU in on Rich Hill
    Jim Bowden of ESPN.com reports that the Yankees, Dodgers, Rangers, and Astros are in full pursuit of free agent left-hander Rich Hill.

    Advice: Bowden also notes that the Red Sox and Orioles are in the mix, though apparently to a lesser extent. It's no surprise to see this group of contenders vying for the services of arguably the top starting pitcher in a weak class of free agents. There's been speculation about him landing a three-year deal in the range of $45 million, but the competition could at least increase the annual salary. Hill missed a bunch of time this past season due to a lingering blister issue, but he posted a brilliant 2.12 ERA over 20 starts between the Athletics and Dodgers. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 12:41 pm
  • Report: Doug Fister 'name of interest' to M's
    Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune reports that free agent right-hander Doug Fister is a "name of interest" for the Mariners.

    Advice: The Mariners picked up Rob Whalen and Max Povse from the Braves in the Alex Jackson trade on Monday, but they are looking for some veteran depth after parting with Taijuan Walker in the Jean Segura deal late last week. Fister, who was originally drafted by the Mariners in 2006, is coming off a 4.64 ERA and 115/62 K/BB ratio over 180 1/3 innings with the Astros this past season. The Mariners are considering additional options, including those on the trade block. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:49 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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  • Nationals enter the mix for Aroldis Chapman
    Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports the Nationals have emerged as a potential suitor for free agent reliever Aroldis Chapman.

    Advice: The Nationals had Chapman on their radar this summer before the Yankees traded him to the Cubs. Washington's own All-Star closer Mark Melancon is now a free agent, which has rekindled the team's interest in Chapman. Melancon would certainly be the cheaper option of the two as Chapman is expected to command a multi-year deal in the range of $100 million. Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen is also a free agent. It's a strong market for stud closers. Rotoworld.com Nov 26, 6:39 pm
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  • Sale's price tag higher than it was in July?
    Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports hears that the asking price for Chris Sale in trade talks is "maybe even higher" than it was in July.

    Advice: The likelihood of the White Sox trading Sale seems higher now than it did in July, but there are also presumably more teams in on the bidding. Heyman adds that the hope is the trade talks for the left-hander will pick up during the winter meetings. Sale has finished in the top-six in American League Cy Young voting in all five of his seasons as a starter and is owed just $38 million over the next three seasons. Rotoworld.com Nov 25, 1:12 pm
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  • Twins 'have to be wowed' to trade Dozier
    Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports that the Twins "continue to aim high" in Brian Dozier trade talks.

    Advice: Berardino adds that they've told at least one team that they'd "have to be wowed" in order to deal Dozier. You can't blame the Twins for setting their sights high, of course, given that Dozier is coming off a 42-homer season and is owed just $15 million over the next two seasons. The Dodgers are one club known to have interest in the second baseman. Rotoworld.com Nov 25, 1:01 pm
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