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  • Report: Cardinals ink Fowler pending physical
    FanRag Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Cardinals will sign Dexter Fowler to a five-year deal worth at least $80 million, pending a physical.

    Advice: Fowler has been confirmed to be in St. Louis to take a pre-signing physical. The center fielder turned down a $17.2 million qualifying offer from the Cubs and was believed to be seeking a four-year deal for about $18 million per year. It appears the Cardinals trumped the field by offering a fifth year and at least $16 million annually. One year after the Cubs poached Jason Heyward and John Lackey from the Cardinals, they get a measure of revenge by prying Fowler away from the World Series champs. Fowler gives the Cardinals a badly-needed upgrade in center field and should find a home near the top of the lineup. He owns a .366 career on-base percentage. Randal Grichuk will move from center to left field in place of Matt Holliday. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:59 pm
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  • Cards made 'over-the-top' offer to Fowler
    According to beat writer Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the Cardinals made an "over-the-top offer" to be sure they landed free agent center fielder Dexter Fowler.

    Advice: Multiple reports state Fowler is on his way to St. Louis for a pre-signing physical. Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports confirms that the deal is done and that it's expected to be big, perhaps in the $80-90 million range. It's safe to say he got the $18 million AAV (average annual value) he was seeking. Fowler is tied to draft pick compensation after rejecting a $17.2 million qualifying offer from the Cubs. He registered a solid .276/.393/.447 slash-line with 13 homers, 48 RBI, and 13 steals over 125 games this past season. Rotoworld.com Today, 5:55 pm
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  • Tyrell Jenkins traded to the Rangers
    Rangers acquired RHP Tyrell Jenkins and LHP Brady Feigl from the Braves for RHP Luke Jackson.

    Advice: This trade amounts to both clubs swapping 2010 supplemental first-round draft picks who failed to live up to expectations. Jenkins was drafted by the Cardinals and briefly garnered some buzz on top prospect lists but was ultimately unable to generate enough strikeouts to justify the hype. He was traded to the Braves prior to the 2015 season. He pitched 52 innings this year in his rookie campaign but walked more batters than he whiffed, leading to a poor 5.88 ERA. He is unlikely to ever be worthy of fantasy rosters. Rotoworld.com Today, 5:31 pm
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  • Report: Jenkins traded to the Rangers
    Keith Law of ESPN reports that the Braves have traded right-hander Tyrell Jenkins to the Rangers.

    Advice: Per multiple reports, left-hander Brady Feigl will also go to the Rangers while hard-throwing right-hander Luke Jackson is headed to the Braves. There has yet to be an official announcement. Jenkins, 24, was a first-round pick by the Cardinals in 2010 and garnered some attention as a top 100 prospect for a couple of years before being traded to the Braves prior to the 2015 season. He pitched 52 innings for the Braves this year with a 5.88 ERA. He walked 33 batters and fanned only 26. The Rangers will see if there's something to salvage here. Rotoworld.com Today, 4:21 pm
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  • Report: Fowler to take physical in STL on Fri
    According to Frank Cusumano of KSDK Sports, free agent outfielder Dexter Fowler is scheduled to take a physical in St. Louis on Friday.

    Advice: Cusumano says that he confirmed the information with the team. This would seem to indicate that the Cardinals have reached an agreement with Fowler and that the physical would be the formality to making things official. No word yet on the terms involved, but Fowler's reps were said to be looking for $18 million annually in a mulit-year pact. The 30-year-old is coming off a strong season for the World Series champion Cubs where be batted .276/.393/.447 with 13 homers, 48 RBI, and 13 steals over 125 games. While the defense isn't great in center field, it would fit into the team's goals of adding some speed and athleticism this winter. Rotoworld.com Today, 4:14 pm
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  • Report: Uehara reaches agreement with Cubs
    Koji Uehara has reached a deal to join the Cubs, per Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports.

    Advice: We're still awaiting confirmation regarding the particulars, but a report out of Japan pegs it as a one-year deal in the neighborhood of $4.5 million. This represents a bit of a bargain for the veteran set-up man as long as he stays on the mound. He figures to be the eighth-inning bridge to new Cubs closer Wade Davis. Uehara has a career 2.53 ERA and 0.86 WHIP in 437 2/3 innings. His ERA bumped up to 3.45 this season despite an elite 12.06 punchouts per nine innings. He is a right-handed pitcher, but has actually fared better versus left-handed batters. Rotoworld.com Today, 4:01 pm
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  • Report: Cubs close to signing Koji Uehara
    Evan Drellich of the Boston Herald reports that Koji Uehara is close to signing with the Cubs.

    Advice: No deal is official, but Nikkan Sports in Japan says it's a one-year deal at $4.5 million. If true, the Cubs have made big strides to rebuild their bullpen after moving on from Aroldis Chapman. Chicago acquired former Royals closer Wade Davis in a trade on Wednesday. Uehara will be 42 years old next season, but remains a top setup reliever. He threw 47 innings this year with seven saves and a 3.45 ERA. He posts elite strikeout rates year after year but has struggled to stay on the mound due to injury. He is unlikely to see save chances in 2017, but his ratios make him a solid fantasy option even in leagues that don't use holds as a category. He has a career 2.53 ERA with 93 saves in 387 games since leaving Japan in 2009. Rotoworld.com Today, 1:59 pm
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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
  • Halos showed interest in Cards' Kolten Wong
    SB Nation's Chris Cotillo reports that the Angels showed interest in Cardinals second baseman Kolten Wong at the Winter Meetings.

    Advice: Cotillo adds, however, that the Cardinals are "asking a lot" and "unlikely to move him" this offseason. Wong batted just .240/.327/.355 with five home runs and seven stolen bases in 121 games this past year for St. Louis, but he plays good defense and remains an intriguing all-around talent at age 26. It doesn't make much sense for the Cardinals to sell low. Lock him in as their starter at the keystone for 2017. Rotoworld.com Today, 12:21 pm
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  • 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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  • Marlins may target FA reliever Neftali Feliz
    According to MLB.com's Joe Frisaro, free agent Neftali Feliz is a "candidate" for the Marlins.

    Advice: That might be the fallback plan if the Marlins aren't able to wrangle in Kenley Jansen. Feliz posted a nice 3.52 ERA, 1.137 WHIP, and 61/21 K/BB ratio in 53 2/3 innings this summer out of the Pirates' bullpen. He's also said to be drawing open-market interest from the Nationals, Blue Jays, and Padres. Rotoworld.com Today, 10:36 am
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  • Boras, Cubs to talk Arrieta extension in Jan.
    Jake Arrieta's agent Scott Boras said he plans to discuss a contract extension with the Cubs in January.

    Advice: The two sides will meet at that point to sort out Arrieta's salary for 2017, his final year of arbitration. It's possible (though probably not likely) that they go ahead and work out something long term instead. Arrieta, 30, posted a 3.10 ERA, 1.08 WHIP, and 190/76 K/BB ratio in 197 1/3 regular-season innings this summer for the Cubs before helping the franchise to its first World Series title since 1908. He's due a big raise from the $10.7 million he made in 2016. Rotoworld.com Today, 10:11 am
  • Nats have discussed CHW's David Robertson
    MASN's Mark Zuckerman reports that the Nationals have discussed David Robertson with the White Sox.

    Advice: Washington missed out on Aroldis Chapman, who has agreed to an $86 million contract with the Yankees, and might be finding Kenley Jansen's asking price too high. Robertson posted an underwhelming 3.47 ERA over 62 1/3 innings this past season for Chicago, but he still has good swing-and-miss stuff and the Nationals seem desperate to acquire a late-inning reliever of some sort. There could certainly be a match here. Robertson, 31, is owed $12 million in 2017 and $13 million in 2018. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:08 am
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  • Rangers re-sign Jared Hoying to minors deal
    Ranger re-signed OF Jared Hoying to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

    Advice: Hoying was non-tendered by the Rangers earlier this month, but he's now back with the club on a non-roster invite to major league camp. The 27-year-old outfielder appeared in 39 games with Texas in 2016, slashing just .217/.265/.261 with no homers and five RBI. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:56 am
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  • NYM finding 'limited market' for OF Jay Bruce
    Mike Puma of the New York Post says there is a "limited market" at the moment for Jay Bruce.

    Advice: Puma adds that the Rangers and Blue Jays -- two possible trade partners for Bruce -- have shown only "minimal interest" so far. Bruce struggled down the stretch with New York after an August 1 trade from Cincinnati, batting just .219/.294/.391 with eight home runs in 50 games. He is owed $13 million in 2017 on the final year of his current deal. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:50 am
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  • Braves release righty Williams Perez
    Braves released RHP Williams Perez.

    Advice: The move clears a 40-man roster spot just ahead of Thursday morning's Rule 5 Draft. Perez posted a dreadful 6.04 ERA over 53 2/3 innings this summer for Atlanta before suffering an elbow impingement in September. He will probably have to settle for a non-guaranteed minor league contract in free agency. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:08 am
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  • Cardinals unlikely to part with SP Alex Reyes
    Cardinals GM John Mozeliak indicated Wednesday that he will not trade Alex Reyes.

    Advice: "Alex has such high value we would have had to have been overwhelmed to do something," said Mozeliak, in reference to this week's wild trade market. "And perhaps the way to think about it is maybe we didn’t have the next tier that was good enough to compete with some of the names that are being bantered about. So we have that gap." Reyes is certainly the Cardinals' most prized prospect, having registered a 1.57 ERA with 52 strikeouts over his first 46 major league innings in 2016. He should open the 2017 season as a member of the St. Louis rotation. Rotoworld.com Today, 5:40 am
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  • Red Sox pushing for Clay Buchholz trade
    A source told WEEI's Rob Bradford that the Red Sox have "prioritized" dealing Clay Buchholz over Drew Pomeranz.

    Advice: Pomeranz figures to draw the better offers, but that's also because he's the better, more reliable pitcher. Buchholz registered an ugly 4.78 ERA in 139 1/3 innings (21 starts, 16 relief appearances) this past season for the Red Sox, yet still had his $13.5 million club option picked up for 2017. He did finish strong in the second half. And there should be some kind of low-level trade market for him. Rotoworld.com Today, 5:32 am
  • Nats making a push for closer Kenley Jansen
    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports the Nationals are "making a push" for Kenley Jansen.

    Advice: It looked like a two-team race between the Dodgers and Marlins just a bit ago, but the Nats were in serious pursuit of Aroldis Chapman before he signed with the Yankees and remain desperate for a dominant late-inning arm. Jansen may try to top Chapman's five-year, $86 million agreement with New York. The right-hander posted a ridiculous 1.83 ERA, 0.67 WHIP, and 104/11 K/BB ratio in 68 2/3 innings this past year for the Dodgers. Rotoworld.com Today, 5:12 am
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  • Marlins have made Jansen $80+ million offer
    Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports that the Marlins have made Kenley Jansen an offer of five years and over $80 million.

    Advice: Passan says it's "almost at the level" of Aroldis Chapman's offer, so it appears to be in the $80-85 million range. It's obviously a massive total, especially when factoring in that the Marlins would also have to forfeit the No. 13 overall pick to sign Jansen. The Dodgers really want to bring Jansen back, but it remains to be seen whether they'd be willing to contend with the Marlins' offer. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:14 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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  • Report: Rangers meet with Mets
    T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports that the Rangers met with the Mets on Wednesday.

    Advice: It's well known that the Mets are trying to trade Texas native Jay Bruce, so that's presumably what was discussed. Curtis Granderson is another possibility, though they'd prefer to keep him. The Rangers could still have room for an outfielder even after re-signing Carlos Gomez, as they could put Shin-Soo Choo in the DH spot or even Bruce. The Mets would likely ask for a reliever or prospects in return. Bruce is owed $13 million in 2017 before hitting free agency. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 12:17 pm
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  • Marlins down on chances of signing Jansen
    Mark Saxon of ESPN hears that the Marlins "aren't feeling great" about their chances of signing free agent closer Kenley Jansen.

    Advice: It's unclear what has changed, but this would seem to be good news for the Dodgers, especially if you consider that the Yankees' first choice would be to sign Aroldis Chapman. We know that Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria has given his blessing to signing either Jansen or Chapman, but it's unclear how high he'd be willing to go to get one of them. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:35 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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  • Market for Bruce, Granderson has been slow
    Buster Olney of ESPN reports that trade talks regarding Jay Bruce and Curtis Granderson have been "very slow moving."

    Advice: Olney writes that there's still a glut of free agent outfielders, so they might have to wait for some of the dominoes to fall before they find a match. Not surprisingly, the Mets would reportedly prefer to deal Bruce rather than Granderson. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:13 am
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  • White Sox could wait on Robertson trade
    FanRag Sports' Jon Heyman reports that David Robertson has drawn trade interest, but that a trade will likely wait to see who misses out on Aroldis Chapman and Kenley Jansen.

    Advice: It's not the worst way to play it, though the right offer could change the timing here. The Cubs are reportedly close to landing Wade Davis, so that leaves teams like the Dodgers, Yankees, Nationals, and Marlins in the mix for a high-profile closer. Robertson posted a 3.47 ERA and 75/32 K/BB ratio over 62 1/3 innings this past season and he's owed $12 million in 2017 and $13 million in 2018. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 5:59 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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  • Loria signs off on Jansen, Chapman pursuits
    ESPN's Jayson Stark hears that Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria has "signed off on spending the money to sign Kenley Jansen or Aroldis Chapman."

    Advice: It's probably going to be in the range of $100 million for one of those guys given the kind of attention they're generating from big-market teams. Jansen, 29, registered a dominant 1.83 ERA, 0.67 WHIP, and 104/11 K/BB ratio in 68 2/3 innings this past year for the Dodgers. Chapman, 28, had a 1.55 ERA, 0.86 WHIP, and 90/18 K/BB ratio in 58 innings between the Yankees and Cubs. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 7:46 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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  • 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
  • Red Sox have moved on from Koji Uehara
    Red Sox president Dave Dombrowski said the club has moved on from free agent Koji Uehara.

    Advice: Boston made an offer a few days ago, but Uehara wasn't ready to give an answer and the Tyler Thornburg addition now makes the veteran reliever unnecessary to the club's needs for 2017. Uehara turns 42 years old next April, but he did finish strong in 2016 and there should be a market for him if he wants to remain in the United States. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 1:43 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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  • Cards offer to Fowler in 4-yr, $60M range
    Mark Saxon of ESPN hears from a rival executive that the Cardinals' offer to free agent outfielder Dexter Fowler is in the same range as the four-year, $60 million offer from the Blue Jays.

    Advice: Meanwhile, Fowler is aiming for a multi-year deal worth $18 million per season. The Blue Jays and Cardinals aren't that far off at the moment, so perhaps the first one willing to budge on the AAV (average annual value) will get him. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 12:06 pm
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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
  • Teams calling the Cards about Wong
    Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish reports that teams looking for infield help are calling the Cardinals about Kolten Wong.

    Advice: Cotillo was told by a rival executive with interest that the Cardinals "want a lot for him." The 26-year-old owns a disappointing .678 OPS in the majors so far, but the Cardinals appear committed to using him as their regular second baseman in 2017. It would take the right deal for that to change. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 7:54 am
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  • Cardinals have made initial offer to Fowler
    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Cardinals met with the agents for Dexter Fowler on Monday and made an initial offer.

    Advice: The Cardinals have mentioned as a fit for Fowler for a while, so it's no surprise that they are involved. The question is how far they are willing to go to get him. According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Blue Jays have made a four-year, $60 million offer, though his agents are aiming for $18 million annually on a multi-year deal. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 5:11 am
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  • Blue Jays still have interest in Jay Bruce
    Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports hears that the Blue Jays still have some interest in Jay Bruce.

    Advice: However, he adds that they're "offering little" for the Mets outfielder. The Mets are looking to trade Bruce after they re-signed Yoenis Cespedes, but they've received more interest on the market in Curtis Granderson. Bruce slugged 33 home runs in 2016, but he hit just .219/.294/.391 down the stretch for the Mets and his glove has really slipped in recent years. Rotoworld.com Monday, 9:02 pm
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  • Royals/Cards discussing multi-player deal?
    John Perrotto of FanRag Sports reports that the Royals have discussed a trade with the Cardinals that would send Lorenzo Cain and Wade Davis to St. Louis for Kolten Wong and a package of prospects.

    Advice: This seems like something that might have been floated, but how much traction it could get remains to be seen. The Royals are fielding offers for Cain, Davis and others that are poised for free agency following the 2017 campaign. The Cardinals have committed to Wong as their starting second baseman for next season, so it would take a course reversal for them to consider trading him. Rotoworld.com Monday, 4:10 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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  • Blue Jays, Padres in on Neftali Feliz
    MLB Network's Jon Morosi reports that the Blue Jays and Padres are among the teams that have checked in on Neftali Feliz.

    Advice: He's also drawn interest from the Nationals. Feliz had a nice bounce-back season for the Pirates in 2016, putting up a 3.52 ERA, 1.14 WHIP and 61/21 K/BB ratio across 53 2/3 innings. He could potentially be in the mix to close in San Diego. Rotoworld.com Monday, 3:20 pm
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  • Nats are pursuing free agent RP Neftali Feliz
    According to Chris Cotillo of SB Nation, the Nationals are pursuing free agent Neftali Feliz.

    Advice: Washington is also believed to be in the mix for veteran reliever Brad Ziegler, along with several other contending teams. Feliz, 28, registered a cool 3.52 ERA, 1.137 WHIP, and 61/21 K/BB ratio in 53 2/3 innings this summer out of the Pirates' bullpen. He may be able to command a multi-year deal in this market. Rotoworld.com Monday, 11:10 am
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  • NYY, MIA, WSH, SF, CHC, LAD in on Jansen
    According to Jim Bowden of ESPN, the teams currently in on free agent Kenley Jansen are the Nationals, Marlins, Yankees, Giants, Cubs, and Dodgers.

    Advice: It's going to be a big-time bidding war that could last well into the offseason. Jansen, thought to be seeking close to $100 million, registered a stellar 1.83 ERA, 0.67 WHIP, and 104/11 K/BB ratio in 68 2/3 innings this past year for the Dodgers. Aroldis Chapman and Mark Melancon are also out there in free agency as elite-level closer options. When one domino falls, the others will soon. Rotoworld.com Monday, 7:46 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
  • Cardinals could be in play for Dexter Fowler
    According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Cardinals are a strong possibility for free agent outfielder Dexter Fowler.

    Advice: The Cardinals would presumably love to steal the leadoff hitter away from their division-rival Cubs while filling their void in center field. Fowler, who is seeking around $18 million per year in a multi-year deal, has also drawn interest from the Blue Jays. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 6:28 pm
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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
  • Rangers do not tender contract to Hoying
    Rangers non-tendered OF Jared Hoying.

    Advice: Merely an auxiliary piece on their roster, the 27-year-old appeared in only 39 games for the Rangers in 2016 slashing a troublesome .217/.265/.261 with no homers and five RBI in 49 plate appearances. He'll look to latch on elsewhere as a free agent. Rotoworld.com Friday, 3:45 pm
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  • Report: Fowler's reps aiming for $18M per yr
    According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, Dexter Fowler's representatives believe he can get $18 million per season on a multi-year deal.

    Advice: What a difference a year makes. Fowler ended up settling for a one-year, $8 million deal to return to the Cubs last offseason after draft pick compensation impacted his market, but the outlook is much rosier this time after he batted .276/.393/.447 with 13 homers, 48 RBI, and 13 steals over 125 games in 2016. Granted, Fowler wasn't nearly as productive after the start of June, but he's a switch-hitter with proven on-base ability. Heyman hears that the Cardinals, Blue Jays, and Giants are among the clubs believed to have interest. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 4:29 pm
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  • Bruce's no-trade list hasn't changed
    Chris Cotillo of SB Nation hears that Jay Bruce's eight-team no-trade list hasn't changed since the summer.

    Advice: Bruce has the ability to block deals to the Yankees, Red Sox, Athletics, Rays, Marlins, Twins, Indians, and Diamondbacks. The Mets re-signed Yoenis Cespedes to a four-year, $110 million contract, so the club is now shopping both Bruce and Curtis Granderson. Bruce had a rough transition in New York and could welcome the change in scenery, perhaps even to a team on his no-trade list. He's owed a very reasonable $13 million in 2017 before hitting free agency. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 11:29 am
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  • Cubs unlikely to re-sign Dexter Fowler
    Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer indicated Wednesday that the club is unlikely to re-sign Dexter Fowler.

    Advice: It's not a big surprise, especially after the club signed Jon Jay on Tuesday. "We'd never close the door on Dexter, but we're aware that's something that may not happen for us," said Hoyer. Fowler rejected a qualifying offer from the Cubs and while he had to settle for a one-year deal to return to Chicago last offseason, he should have no problem landing a lucrative multi-year contract this time around. The Blue Jays are among the teams who reportedly have interest. The Cubs appear set to move on with Jay and Albert Almora in center field, but Jason Heyward is also an option if they want to go with Ben Zobrist and Kyle Schwarber in the corner spots. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 11:04 am
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  • Blue Jays showing 'strong interest' in Fowler
    Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports confirms the Blue Jays are showing "strong interest" in Dexter Fowler.

    Advice: MLB Network's Jon Morosi linked the two parties 10 days ago, and it sounds like talks may be heating up. Fowler represents the kind of high-OBP switch-hitting outfielder the Blue Jays covet, but a host of other high-budget teams like him too. He slashed .276/.393/.447 with 13 home runs, 48 RBI, 13 stolen bases, and 84 runs scored in 125 regular-season games this past season for the World Series champs. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 5:10 pm
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  • Blue Jays making a push for Mets' Jay Bruce
    ESPN's Jerry Crasnick confirms the Blue Jays are "making a push" for Jay Bruce.

    Advice: Bruce became somewhat expendable for the Mets on Tuesday with the re-signing of Yoenis Cespedes, though there's also talk of Curtis Granderson being shopped. Crasnick notes the Blue Jays tried to acquire Bruce last spring, but a three-team swap with the Reds and Angels ultimately fell through. Jim Bowden of ESPN also tied Toronto to Bruce earlier this month. There's long been interest, and Bruce's bat probably would play very well in the American League East. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 2:40 pm
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