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  • Reds sign OF Mason Williams to minors deal
    C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports the Reds have signed outfielder Mason Williams to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

    Advice: The 26-year-old outfielder has gotten brief cups of coffee with the Yankees each of the last three seasons. He has a career .281/.313/.391 slash line with one homer in 68 plate appearances. The former top 100 prospect will compete for a backup outfielder job when camp opens. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:09 pm
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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 Yesterday, 11:12 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. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 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 Yesterday, 8:44 am
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  • Lance Lynn rejects Cardinals qualifying offer
    RHP Lance Lynn rejected the Cardinals' one-year, $17.4 million qualifying offer.

    Advice: Lynn's velocity and peripherals in his first season back from Tommy John surgery went south, but he still posted a 3.43 ERA. He's arguably at the top of the second tier of free agent starters. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:41 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 Yesterday, 8:38 am
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  • Greg Holland rejects qualifying offer
    RHP Greg Holland rejected the Rockies' one-year, $17.4 million qualifying offer.

    Advice: Holland had already previously declined his $15 million player option and is now officially a free agent after turning down his qualifying offer. He really struggled in the second half for the Rockies in 2017 but will get a multi-year contract this winter, anyway. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:31 am
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  • Wade Davis turns down qualifying offer
    RHP Wade Davis rejected the Cubs' one-year, $17.4 million qualifying offer.

    Advice: It was a formality, as Davis is the top reliever hitting the free agent market this offseason and is set to receive a big multi-year contract. He put up a 2.30 ERA and 79/28 K/BB ratio over 58 2/3 innings while notching 32 saves for the Cubs in 2017. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:29 am
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  • Alex Cobb rejects Rays' qualifying offer
    RHP Alex Cobb rejected the Rays' one-year, $17.4 million qualifying offer.

    Advice: Cobb might not wind up getting that much on an average annual basis on his new contract, but he's in line to receive a multi-year deal this winter, making it a pretty easy call to reject the offer. He held a 3.66 ERA and 128/44 K/BB ratio over 179 1/3 innings this past season in his first full year back from Tommy John surgery. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:26 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. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 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. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:45 am
  • Ryan O'Rourke signs with Orioles
    Orioles signed LHP Ryan O'Rourke to a minor league contract.

    Advice: O'Rourke underwent Tommy John surgery at the beginning of May, so he'll likely miss at least the first couple of months of next season. The 29-year-old had a 4.98 ERA in 47 innings for the Twins between 2015 and 2016. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 5:26 pm
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  • 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 Thursday, 3:52 pm
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  • 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 Thursday, 3:21 pm
  • Qualifying offer declined by all nine FAs
    Alex Cobb and every other free agent given qualifying offers declined said offer prior to Thursday's 5 p.m. deadline.

    Advice: There wasn't much doubt this was coming. Since the rewards have been lessened, no team gave a qualifying offer to a borderline player who might have accepted it, such as Zack Cozart or Andrew Cashner. Cobb, Greg Holland and Wade Davis might ultimately sign for less per year than the $17.4 million the qualifying offer was worth, but all will get multiyear deals. It certainly wasn't a consideration for the other six to get the offer: Eric Hosmer, Jake Arrieta, Mike Moustakas, Lorenzo Cain, Carlos Santana and Lance Lynn. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 2:25 pm
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  • 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 Thursday, 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 Thursday, 12:51 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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  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Cubs have met with Alex Cobb's agent
    Patrick Mooney of NBC Sports Chicago reports that the Cubs have already met with Alex Cobb's agent, Danny Horwits.

    Advice: Given Cobb's history with Cubs manager Joe Maddon and new pitching coach Jim Hickey, it's one of the more logical fits out there. As these situations usually do, it will come down to the money, but there's mutual interest here. Cobb hasn't officially turned down his qualifying offer from the Rays, but it's a foregone conclusion. The 30-year-old posted a 3.66 ERA and 128/44 K/BB ratio over 179 1/3 innings this season in his first full year back from Tommy John surgery. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 7:20 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
  • 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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  • 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
  • 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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  • Alex Cobb hasn't make QO decision yet
    Alex Cobb told Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times that he has not made a decision yet on whether he'll accept the Rays' one-year, $17.4 million qualifying offer.

    Advice: Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reported earlier Monday that all nine of the players who were made qualifying offers would decline them. The report will almost surely wind up being true, but it appears Cobb hasn't officially made up his mind yet. The deadline to make a decision is Thursday. Rotoworld.com Monday, 10:44 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
  • No player will accept $17.4M qualifying offer
    Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that none of the nine players extended one-year, $17.4 million qualifying offers will accept it.

    Advice: Neil Walker and Jeremy Hellickson accepted the qualifying offer last offseason, but it's not a surprise this time around that they've all opted to turn it down. All nine players -- Eric Hosmer, Mike Moustakas, Lorenzo Cain, Jake Arrieta, Alex Cobb, Wade Davis, Greg Holland, Lance Lynn and Carlos Santana -- should be able to easily find multi-year contracts on the open market this winter. Rotoworld.com Monday, 5:55 am
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  • 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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  • Hickey would welcome Cobb to Cubs
    New Cubs pitching coach Jim Hickey believes the Cubs should pursue Alex Cobb.

    Advice: Considering Hickey was Cobb's pitching coach in Tampa Bay just about 15 minutes ago, you would think his advice would be taken into consideration. "I’d say, ‘Go ahead, good job, yeah I’m on board,'" Hickey said on the Spiegel and Parkins Show on Thursday. Hickey also noted that they've already discussed several free-agent starters and relievers. Considering the Cubs need for pitching, and the Tampa Bay connection, this one almost makes too sense. Rotoworld.com Friday, 6:54 am
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  • Heyman: Rockies want Holland back long-term
    FanRag Sports reporter Jon Heyman believes that the Rockies would like to bring Greg Holland back on a long-term deal.

    Advice: Long-term deal is obviously subjective, and as a a 31-year-old pitcher who has a history with injuries, anything over a year offers risk. Heyman reports that the Rockies feel that keeping Holland keeps the Colorado bullpen deep, and for most of the year, the reliever was highly effective in that closer's spot. Heyman also reports that the Cardinals and Cubs have shown interest in Holland, so Colorado will have competition in signing the closer. Because he received the qualifying offer, any team that signs Holland will be subject to giving up a draft pick this summer. Rotoworld.com Friday, 6:06 am
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  • Twins considering a run at top free agent SP
    Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports hears that the Twins are "considering a run at one of the big free-agent starters."

    Advice: Heyman lists Yu Darvish, Jake Arrieta, Lance Lynn, and Alex Cobb among the top tier of available starting pitchers. Darvish and Arrieta might prove to be a little too rich for Minnesota given that late-inning relief help is also on the club's offseason shopping list, but Lynn or Cobb could make financial sense. Lynn owns a sharp 3.38 career ERA and fared pretty well in 2017, his first year after Tommy John surgery. St. Louis made him a one-year, $17.4 million qualifying offer earlier this month, which he is expected to reject. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 6:06 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
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  • 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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