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  • Jurado added to Rangers' 40-man roster
    Rangers purchased the contract of LHP Ariel Jurado from Double-A Frisco.

    Advice: The move ensures Jurado won't be selected in next month's Rule 5 Draft. The 21-year-old saw a dip in strikeouts this year in Double-A while posting a 4.59 ERA over 27 starts, but his control continues to be a strength. Today, 12:18 pm
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  • Rangers add LHP Martin to 40-man roster
    Rangers purchased the contract of LHP Brett Martin from High-A Down East.

    Advice: The 22-year-old was added to the 40-man roster. Martin, a fourth-rounder from 2014, had a 4.70 ERA and 90/35 K/BB ratio in 84 1/3 innings over 16 starts in High-A this year. Today, 12:08 pm
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  • Rangers acquire Herrera from Yankees
    Rangers acquired RHP Ronald Herrera from the Yankees for LHP Reiver Sanmartin.

    Advice: Herrera will be on the Rangers' 40-man roster. The 22-year-old made two appearances in the majors this season and posted a strong 1.91 ERA and 57/15 K/BB ratio over 75 1/3 innings in the minors. He has a chance to be a useful bullpen arm. Today, 10:03 am
  • Buttrey added to BOS' 40-man roster
    Red Sox purchased the contract of RHP Ty Buttrey from Triple-A Pawtucket.

    Advice: Buttrey is now protected from the upcoming Rule 5 Draft. The 24-year-old made the move to the bullpen a couple of years ago. He was hit hard in his time in Triple-A this year and his control can be problematic at times, but his strikeouts are on the rise. Today, 9:52 am
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  • Report: Alcantara part of Stanton offer
    Craig Mish of SiriusXM reports that prospect right-hander Sandy Alcantara was part of the Cardinals' reported proposal for Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton.

    Advice: Jon Morosi of MLB Network reported Sunday that the Cardinals have made a formal trade offer for Stanton. The Giants are also in the mix here and can't beat the quality of prospects that the Cardinals have, but Stanton ultimately controls the process due to his no-trade clause. Alcantara, a hard-throwing 22-year-old, made eight appearances with the Cardinals this year and posted a 4.31 ERA and 106/54 K/BB ratio over 125 1/3 innings in Double-A. Today, 9:21 am
  • Jays haven't talked Donaldson extension
    According to Jon Morosi of MLB Network, the Blue Jays haven't made a "formal" multi-year extension offer to Josh Donaldson this offseason.

    Advice: It doesn't mean they won't. Donaldson still has one more year of arbitration remaining, so the Blue Jays will surely discuss the topic at that time. However, if no progress is made, the team might need to ask themselves some tough questions about the future. There's a strong argument to be made about dealing him for prospects and shifting into a rebuild. Today, 8:22 am
  • Report: Brewers showing interest in Arrieta
    Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports that the Brewers are showing interest in free agent right-hander Jake Arrieta.

    Advice: Morosi notes that the Brewers are looking for top-of-the-rotation help with Jimmy Nelson (shoulder) sidelined and that the club has the payroll flexibility to make an impact move. Arrieta will be 32 years old next season, but it's not crazy to think that his agent, Scott Boras, will push for a four-year deal worth around $100 million. Today, 8:07 am
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  • Report: MIA/SF discussed Stanton/Gordon deal
    Craig Mish of SiriusXM reports that the Marlins have discussed packaging Giancarlo Stanton and Dee Gordon in a trade with the Giants.

    Advice: According to Mish, second baseman Joe Panik and prospects Tyler Beede and Chris Shaw are named being exchanged that could possibly go back to the Marlins. While the Marlins would get prospects back with this proposal, it appears that the main goal would be unloading salary. Stanton, of course, is owed $295 million over the next 10 seasons while Gordon is owed $38.9 million through 2020. It's important to note that there's nothing to indicate that a deal is imminent. Jon Morosi of MLB Network reported Sunday that the Cardinals have also made a formal trade offer, but the thought is that Stanton would welcome a trade to the West Coast. There should be more clarity on the situation as the Winter Meetings approach. Today, 6:39 am
  • Iwakuma recieves offer from Mariners
    Hisashi Iwakuma told the Japan Times that the Mariners have made him an offer to return.

    Advice: Iwakuma became a free agent earlier this month after the Mariners declined his $10 million option for 2018. The veteran right-hander says that a return is "not a done deal," but "hopefully I will be able to make a positive announcement soon." Iwakuma, 36, was limited to just six starts this season due to shoulder issues and required an arthroscopic debridement in September. He's hoping to be ready around the start of next season. Today, 6:31 am
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  • Logan Verrett signs with KBO
    Logan Verrett has signed with the NC Dinos of the Korea Baseball Organization.

    Advice: Verrett opted to go overseas after electing free agency last month. The 27-year-old made four appearances with the Orioles this past season and posted a 5.10 ERA over two starts and 38 relief appearances in Triple-A. Today, 5:45 am
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  • Cardinals make formal trade offer for Stanton
    Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports that the Cardinals have made a formal trade offer to the Marlins for slugger Giancarlo Stanton.

    Advice: The two sides have been involved in discussions for weeks now, and with an actual offer on the table it appears as though their discussions could be gaining traction. The Giants have been tabbed as the "most aggressive team" in trade talks for Stanton, so it'll be interesting to see if they come in behind and up the ante upon hearing of this. With each day, it looks increasingly likely that Stanton has played his last game in a Marlins' uniform. Yesterday, 2:42 pm
  • Red Sox, Phillies still in on Carlos Santana's Jon Morosi reports that Carlos Santana is "drawing continued interest" from the Red Sox and Phillies.

    Advice: The Red Sox are an obvious match since they have an opening at either first base or designated hitter, while the fit with the Phillies is more difficult to figure out since they have Rhys Hoskins at first. Santana, who will turn 32 just after Opening Day in 2018, batted .259/.363/.455 with 23 home runs for the Indians this past season. The Mets and Mariners have also been connected to him. Yesterday, 12:04 pm
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  • Tyler Chatwood 'drawing widespread interest''s Jon Morosi reports that Tyler Chatwood "is drawing widespread interest."

    Advice: One source told Morosi that it's "probable" the right-hander nets a multi-year contract this offseason. Chatwood, who turns 28 next month, holds a pedestrian 4.31 ERA in his career, but teams are intrigued by what he could do away from Coors Field. He posted a 3.49 ERA and .695 opponents' OPS away from the thin Denver air in 2017. The Orioles and Rangers are two clubs known to have interest in Chatwood, but it sounds like there are probably a bunch more that have checked in with his agent. Yesterday, 11:05 am
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  • Rays' Alex Colome 'likely to be dealt'
    Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times writes of Alex Colome this offseason that the closer "figures to be a hot topic and likely to be dealt."

    Advice: Colome is entering his first of three arbitration years this winter, so it makes sense that the cost-conscious Rays would be looking to trade him while his value is high. Slated to turn 29 next month, Colome boasts a 2.63 ERA and 129/38 K/BB ratio across 123 1/3 frames over the last two seasons as the Rays' closer. He led all of baseball with 47 saves in 2017. The Cardinals are one teams that's already been connected to Colome. Yesterday, 6:03 am
  • Phillies keeping tabs on RP Jake McGee's Jon Morosi reports that the Phillies are among the teams interested in Jake McGee.

    Advice: As Morosi points out, McGee and new Phillies skipper Gabe Kapler were actually teammates with the Rays in 2010. The hard-throwing left-hander struggled in 2016 in his first season with the Rockies but bounced back with a nice showing in 2017, putting up a 3.61 ERA and 58/16 K/BB ratio over 57 1/3 innings while notching three saves. Yesterday, 5:54 am
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  • Cardinals, Rockies interested in Kintzler's Jon Morosi reports that the Cardinals and Rockies are showing interest in Brandon Kintzler.

    Advice: He could potentially close for either team, depending on what other bullpen pieces they might bring in. Kintzler saved 29 games while posting a 3.03 ERA for the Twins and Nationals this past season while making his first All-Star team. He doesn't miss bats, which is a big reason why many clubs would probably prefer him as a setup man, but he could be a fallback option for the ninth inning in a lot of places. Yesterday, 5:50 am
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  • Carlos Santana turns down Indians' QO
    1B Carlos Santana rejected the Indians' one-year, $17.4 million qualifying offer.

    Advice: Santana had a rough first half in his walk year but rebounded big time after the All-Star break to ultimately finish with a .259/.363/.455 batting line and 23 home runs. He'll turn 32 just after Opening Day in 2018 but won't have trouble landing a big contract this winter. Friday, 8:46 am
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  • Jake Arrieta rejects Cubs' qualifying offer
    RHP Jake Arrieta rejected the Cubs' one-year, $17.4 million qualifying offer.

    Advice: He's now officially a free agent. Arrieta will turn 32 before Opening Day next season, but he is still in line to receive a big multi-year contract on the market this winter. Friday, 8:23 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. Friday, 7:45 am
  • Stanton edges out Votto, wins first MVP award
    Giancarlo Stanton edged out Joey Votto for the National League MVP award announced by the BBWAA on Thursday.

    Advice: By a whole two points (302-300). Both players received 10 first-place votes. Stanton got one more second and one more third, which was enough to carry the day. In all, six players got first-place votes on a tough-to-figure ballot. Paul Goldschmidt (four first-place votes) finished third in the balloting ahead of Nolan Arenado (two first-place) and Charlie Blackmon (three first-place). Anthony Rendon was sixth in the balloting, though he wasn't higher than third on any ballot. Kris Bryant got the last first-place vote and finished seventh. Thursday, 3:21 pm
  • 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. Wednesday, 2:49 pm
  • Cardinals, Marlins talked Stanton trade Wed.
    Jon Morosi of MLB Network confirms that the Cardinals and Marlins discussed "trade concepts" involving Giancarlo Stanton at the GM Meetings on Wednesday.

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

    Advice: Chatwood might not be the sexiest name on this free agent market, but when you consider park factors (specifically the Coors Field effect) his numbers rank right up there with some of the available second-tier starters. The 27-year-old right-hander is also younger than many of the other guys out there. Baltimore badly needs rotation help and will probably be looking for it on a variety of fronts. Wednesday, 12:14 pm
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  • Rays, Cards have talked Alex Colome trade
    According to Jon Morosi of MLB Network, the Rays and Cardinals have discussed a possible Alex Colome trade.

    Advice: St. Louis is in search of a closer this winter with Juan Nicasio and Seung Hwan Oh hitting free agency and Trevor Rosenthal out through 2018 following Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery. Colome led all major leaguers in saves in 2017 with 47 and he boasts a 2.63 ERA with 129 strikeouts over his last 123 1/3 innings. The 28-year-old right-hander carries three years of arbitration eligibility. Wednesday, 10:51 am
  • '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. Wednesday, 8:23 am
  • Report: Dodgers in the mix for Stanton
    Mark Feinsand of 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. Tuesday, 2:50 pm
  • 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. 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. 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. Tuesday, 7:17 am
  • Mariners interested in 1B Carlos Santana'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. Nov 13, 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. Nov 13, 7:05 am
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