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  • Frazier involved in Yankees-Pirates talks
    The New York Post's George King says that Clint Frazier might be involved in the Gerrit Cole talks between the Pirates and Yankees.

    Advice: Until the inevitable deal comes, Frazier is going to be a part of just about every rumor bringing a significant name to the Yankees. He's probably not as high of a priority as the Pirates as he would be for some other teams -- they hope to soon have Austin Meadows ready to step in if they trade Andrew McCutchen -- but he'd still be a candidate to be involved in a trade, likely with a pitching prospect or two. Yesterday, 10:31 pm
  • Diamondbacks ask about Machado
    ESPN's Buster Olney reports that the Diamondbacks have also checked in on Manny Machado.

    Advice: Arizona has 2017 All-Star Jake Lamb at third base and a handful of decent shortstop options, so an upgrade for the left side of the infield wasn't on their priority list. Still, when a talent like Machado becomes available, it's worth checking in. Olney thinks the White Sox and the Cardinals have the best offers out for Machado right now. Yesterday, 1:50 pm
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  • LAA interested in Zack Cozart for third base
    Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Angels are interested in free agent Zack Cozart.

    Advice: They'd ask him to play third base, with Andrelton Simmons locked in at shortstop and newcomer Ian Kinsler set to slide in at second. Cozart has never made an appearance at the hot corner at any level of professional baseball, but he's always been a good defender and is probably capable of making the transition. The market is beginning to pick up for the 32-year-old, who batted .297/.385/.548 with 24 home runs over 122 games with the Reds in 2017. Yesterday, 11:00 am
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  • Rangers pursuit of Zack Greinke 'pretty dead'
    According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Rangers' pursuit of Diamondbacks starter Zack Greinke is "said to be pretty dead."

    Advice: USA Today's Bob Nightengale reported earlier this week that the Rangers were offering only "marginal prospects" for the Arizona ace, and the Diamondbacks are not interested in a straight salary-dump. Heyman says there are three other teams in the mix. It is believed that one of them is the Phillies. Greinke finished fourth in the NL Cy Young balloting in 2017, but he's owed a whopping $126.5 million over the next four seasons and the Diamondbacks want to free up some cash to re-sign J.D. Martinez. Yesterday, 10:34 am
  • SF, TOR considering trade for Avisail Garcia
    USA Today's Bob Nightengale reports that the Giants and Blue Jays have spoken to the White Sox about a potential trade for Avisail Garcia.

    Advice: Nightengale notes that there is "nothing close" at this point, but many in the industry -- including a number of beat writers who cover the White Sox -- believe Garcia will be on the move this winter. The 26-year-old had a breakout season in 2017, slashing .330/.380/.506 with 18 home runs and 80 RBI in 136 games while earning his first All-Star nod. The issue for a team like San Francisco -- and other clubs in the NL -- is that Garcia is a dreadful defender in the outfield. Yesterday, 10:29 am
  • Mets trade for 2B Jason Kipnis has 'traction'
    Chris Cotillo of SB Nation hears there is "traction" between the Mets and Indians on a Jason Kipnis trade.

    Advice: The two sides have engaged in serious discussions this week at the Winter Meetings and the heat probably turned up even further when Ian Kinsler went to the Angels on Wednesday night. Kinsler had been a target of the Mets, but they were on his no-trade list and he told Tigers GM Al Avila that he would only accept a move to Anaheim. Kipnis would be a nice bounceback play for the apparently cost-conscious Metropolitans. He struggled to a .232/.291/.414 batting line in 2017 with Cleveland, but the 30-year-old second baseman put up an .817 OPS in 297 games between 2015-2016. Yesterday, 10:04 am
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  • Bucs grab Damien Magnifico in Rule 5 draft
    Pirates selected RHP Damien Magnifico from the Angels in the Triple-A phase of the Rule 5 draft.

    Advice: Magnifico has made appearances at the major league level in each of the last two seasons, but he's never been able to stick around for very long. The 26-year-old right-hander will operate as organizational relief depth for Pittsburgh in 2018. Yesterday, 9:42 am
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  • Red Sox trying to sign both JD and Hosmer
    A source tells Michael Silverman of the Boston Herald that the Red Sox are trying to sign both J.D. Martinez and Eric Hosmer.

    Advice: That would take a massive financial commitment, but it could also be an excellent counter-punch to the rival Yankees landing Giancarlo Stanton from the Marlins last week. Red Sox executives met with Martinez at the Winter Meetings in Orlando on Wednesday and it sounds like there might be some mutual interest there. Recent reports have the Padres as the current favorite for Hosmer, but you'd have to think Boston could make the better bid of those two teams. Yesterday, 9:17 am
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  • Cardinals acquire Schrock in Piscotty deal
    Cardinals acquired 2B Max Schrock and SS Yairo Munoz from the Athletics for OF Stephen Piscotty.

    Advice: Schrock hasn't developed much of a power tool yet, but he boasts a well-rounded .324/.372/.439 career batting line in the minor leagues and he plays good defense at second base. The 23-year-old finished the 2017 season with the Double-A affiliate of the A's. Yesterday, 8:23 am
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  • Diamondbacks pick Albert Suarez in Rule 5
    Diamondbacks selected RHP Albert Suarez from the Giants with the 14th pick in the Rule 5 draft.

    Advice: Suarez has pitched in the big leagues for parts of the last two seasons, though the results haven't been all that great. The 28-year-old right-hander will be competing for a long relief spot in Diamondbacks camp next spring. Yesterday, 7:36 am
  • Royals acquire RHP Keller in Rule 5 draft
    Reds selected RHP Brad Keller from the Diamondbacks with the fifth pick in the Rule 5 draft and traded him to the Royals.

    Advice: Keller, a sinkerballer, went 10-9 with a 4.68 ERA, a 111/57 K/BB ratio and just seven homers allowed in 130 2/3 innings in Double-A last year. Given his groundball tendencies, he really made more sense for the Reds in their park than the Royals in theirs. Still, he'll compete for a spot at the back of the rotation. Yesterday, 6:47 am
  • Cubs in agreement with reliever Steve Cishek
    Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Cubs are in agreement on a contract with free agent reliever Steve Cishek.

    Advice: ESPN's Jerry Crasnick says it's a two-year deal in the $12-14 million range. Cishek dealt with some durability issues in 2017, but when healthy the 31-year-old sidearmer delivered a 2.01 ERA, 0.896 WHIP, and 41/14 K/BB ratio in 44 2/3 innings between the Mariners and Rays. He'll add a unique presence to the back end of the Chicago bullpen. Yesterday, 6:20 am
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  • Padres 'clear-cut favorites' for Eric Hosmer
    USA Today's Bob Nightengale writes that the Padres have become the "clear-cut favorites" for free agent Eric Hosmer.

    Advice: Nightengale says the Padres have had two face-to-face meetings with Hosmer and his camp, presumably at this week's Winter Meetings in Orlando. But this of course will all come down to money and agent Scott Boras offered no indication Wednesday in his annual scrum with the media that Hosmer has lowered his sky-high asking price. Nightengale notes that the Red Sox are also "lurking" on the 28-year-old first baseman, who posted a career-best .318/.385/.498 batting line with 25 home runs and 94 RBI over 162 games for the Royals in 2017. He also earned his fourth career Gold Glove, though advanced defensive metrics aren't as kind to him as the folks who vote on those awards. Yesterday, 5:55 am
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  • Padres have inquired on OF Christian Yelich
    Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune hears the Padres are among the teams that have inquired about Marlins outfielder Christian Yelich.

    Advice: Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reported Wednesday that the Marlins intend to keep Yelich with the intention of structuring their rebuild around the 26-year-old outfielder, who is under control through 2021 with a club option for 2022. But there are rumblings that Yelich wants out of Miami after watching Giancarlo Stanton, Marcell Ozuna, and Dee Gordon all get shipped off to other teams over the last week. San Diego has the prospects to get it done, though there would be offers coming in from a range of clubs -- both contending and non-contending -- if the Marlins decide to open up the bidding.'s Joe Frisaro reported Tuesday that the Braves and Diamondbacks have expressed interest. Yesterday, 4:10 am
  • O's could trade Manny Machado this week?
    USA Today's Bob Nightengale reports that the Orioles "are moving aggressively on Manny Machado trade talks and now believe they can move him by the end of the week."

    Advice: Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic wrote late Wednesday night that the White Sox have emerged "as the most aggressive suitor" for Machado and Nightengale confirms that the Pale Hose have presented the strongest offer so far to Baltimore, however the Cardinals, Giants, Red Sox, Phillies, and Yankees are also in the mix on this. Machado is an elite-level talent and he is only 25 years old, but the star third baseman can become a free agent after the 2018 season and the Orioles clearly don't think they can afford to lock him up to a long-term deal. A trade of Machado might kick off a larger rolling rebuild effort for the O's front office. Brad Brach, Zach Britton, and Adam Jones are all entering walk years. Yesterday, 1:01 am
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  • TEX 'strongly pursuing' Kelvin Herrera trade
    According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, the Rangers are "strongly pursuing" Royals closer Kelvin Herrera.

    Advice: Kansas City appears poised for an organizational rebuild, so Herrera -- a free agent next winter -- can probably be had with the right match of young talent. Joel Sherman of the New York Post reported on the first day of the Winter Meetings that the Royals were at least "fielding interest" in the 27-year-old right-hander. Herrera struggled to a 4.25 ERA over 59 2/3 innings in 2017, but he put up a dominant 2.30 ERA with 209 strikeouts in 211 2/3 innings between 2014-2016. Yesterday, 12:45 am
  • White Sox 'most aggressive' Machado suitor
    According to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, the White Sox "emerged Wednesday as the most aggressive suitor" for Manny Machado.

    Advice: Chicago isn't quite ready to contend and Machado can become a free agent after the 2018 season, but Rosenthal hears that the White Sox would quickly attempt to sign Machado to a long-term deal if they were able to land him. There's also the possibility, per Rosenthal, that the White Sox could flip the star third baseman to another club -- maybe the Yankees? -- to further stack their loaded farm system. Baltimore probably wouldn't do a direct trade with New York. Machado is also known to be drawing serious interest from the Giants, Red Sox, and Cardinals. Wednesday, 9:57 pm
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  • Report: Phillies show interest in Greinke
    Robert Murray of FanRag Sports reports that the Phillies have shown interest in acquiring Zack Greinke.

    Advice: With the Phillies taking care of their bullpen with the signings of Tommy Hunter and Pat Neshek, Murray reports that the Phillies have turned their attention to improving their rotation. Even with those signings, Philadelphia still has one of the lowest payrolls in baseball, so they can certainly afford to take on contract, even a large one like Greinke's. Reports are that despite his sizable contract, the Diamondbacks are not looking to salary dump the 34-year-old right-hander. The Yankees have also shown interest in procurring his services. Wednesday, 5:03 pm
  • Report: Several teams make offer for Machado
    FanRag Sports' Jon Heyman reports that several teams have made trade offers for Manny Machado.

    Advice: The Orioles don't appear to be close to contention and seem unable or unwilling to resign Machado, so it comes as no surprise that he's a hot commodity on the market. Recent reports have indicated that he wants a return to shortstop if he's to stay in Baltimore, and several teams could offer him the chance to play the position as well. There's a real chance the 25-year-old star is playing in a different uniform than Baltimore's in 2018. Wednesday, 4:29 pm
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  • Pitt looking for youth in possible Cole move
    According to Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the Pirates are looking for "young, controllable players" in exchange for Gerrit Cole.

    Advice: Brink also reports that the Yankees are also looking into possible offers for Chris Archer and Michael Fulmer in their quest to fill the starting rotation. Cole is coming off a disappointing 2017 season, but the 27-year-old right-hander is still one of the more talented right-handed pitchers in baseball, and offers big-time upside. Any of these pitchers would be a tremendous upgrade to add to their already explosive lineup. Wednesday, 2:22 pm
  • Marlins intend to hold on to Christian Yelich
    Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports hears the Marlins "intend to hold onto Christian Yelich."

    Advice: There is a massive organizational fire sale underway in Miami, with Giancarlo Stanton, Marcell Ozuna, and Dee Gordon already out the door, but Yelich is under the Marlins' control through 2021 with a club option for 2022 and they apparently want to try to build around the 26-year-old outfielder. Alex Pavlovic of CSN Bay Area confirms this thought, tweeting Wednesday that the Giants "have repeatedly been told" by the Marlins that Yelich is not available. Wednesday, 11:43 am
  • Twins in on free agent RP Steve Cishek
    Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer-Press reports that the Twins are in on free agent reliever Steve Cishek.

    Advice: There's also known to be interest from the Mets. Cishek, a 31-year-old sidearmer with experience as a closer, put up an outstanding 2.01 ERA, 0.896 WHIP, and 41/14 K/BB ratio in 44 2/3 innings between the Mariners and Rays in 2017. Wednesday, 10:53 am
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  • Marlins actively shopping OF Christian Yelich
    Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports confirms that the Marlins are actively shopping Christian Yelich.

    Advice: Miami has already dealt Giancarlo Stanton to the Yankees and there's a reported agreement in place that will send Marcell Ozuna to the Cardinals. Now it sounds like the Marlins' fire sale will extend to Yelich, who is under contractual control through 2021 with a club option for 2022.'s Joe Frisaro reported Tuesday that the Braves and Diamondbacks are among the teams with interest in acquiring the 26-year-old outfielder. Dan Straily and J.T. Realmuto could also be on the block for the rapidly-rebuilding Fish. Wednesday, 10:38 am
  • D'Backs to meet with J.D. Martinez on Weds.
    According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Diamondbacks are expected to meet with J.D. Martinez on Wednesday at the Winter Meetings.

    Advice: Martinez also has a scheduled sit-down with the Red Sox, per previous reports. Heyman notes that the Diamondbacks' rumored interest in trading Zack Greinke could be about freeing up money to re-sign Martinez, who tallied 29 home runs and 65 RBI in 62 games down the stretch with Arizona in 2017. The 30-year-old slugger is said to be seeking a seven-year, $210 million contract. Wednesday, 6:40 am
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  • TEX offering 'marginal prospects' for Greinke
    According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, the Rangers are offering "only marginal prospects" to the Diamondbacks for Zack Greinke.

    Advice: Nightengale says the Rangers also want the Diamondbacks to pick up a portion of the $138.5 million that Greinke is owed over the next four years -- so this would basically be a salary dump. Arizona made it to the National League Division Series this past season and will be looking to go even further in 2018. It's a rumor that made very little sense from the get-go. Nightengale notes that the Rangers have been talking to the Diamondbacks about some of their other starting pitchers as well. Perhaps the clubs can work something out that doesn't involve Greinke, the fourth-place finisher in the 2017 National League Cy Young balloting. Tuesday, 7:46 pm
  • Rangers talking Zack Greinke trade with AZ?'s T.R. Sullivan writes that the Rangers are talking to the Diamondbacks about their starting pitchers and "Zack Greinke could be in play."

    Advice: That news comes as a pretty big surprise, as the Diamondbacks made it back to the playoffs in 2017 due in large part to Greinke's excellent 3.20 ERA, 1.07 ERA, and 215/45 K/BB ratio in 202 1/3 regular-season innings. Greinke does carry a massive contract that will pay him $138.5 million over the next four seasons and he turned 34 years old in October, but Arizona is expected to add, not subtract, this winter. Maybe the Rangers are offering MLB-ready talent in return, or maybe there's nothing to this story at all. Tuesday, 4:55 pm
  • O's showing interest in Pirates' Gerrit Cole
    According to Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the Orioles are among the teams that have asked the Pirates about Gerrit Cole.

    Advice: We've also heard of varying levels of interest from the Brewers, Rangers, Twins, and Yankees. Cole posted a disappointing 4.26 ERA in 203 innings this past season with Pittsburgh, but the 27-year-old had a 3.23 ERA in 579 1/3 innings between 2013-2016 and he is under club control through 2019. Baltimore is exploring several different avenues for starting pitching upgrades after the rotation registered a league-worst 5.70 combined ERA in 2017. Tuesday, 3:55 pm
  • Yankees among teams interested in Machado
    ESPN's Buster Olney reports that the Yankees are among the teams that have shown interest in Orioles star Manny Machado.

    Advice: The rich get even richer? New York just acquired Giancarlo Stanton from the Marlins, but that trade required more of a financial commitment than a haul of young talent and the Yankees still have a loaded farm system to pull off this kind of deal. Olney says the White Sox are also interested in Machado, and the Cardinals are known to be in the hunt as well. Machado has averaged 35 home runs and 92 RBI per year since 2015 and he's a tremendous defender at both shortstop and third base, but he can become a free agent after the 2018 season. Tuesday, 3:22 pm
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  • JD Martinez to meet with the Red Sox at WM
    Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that J.D. Martinez will meet with the Red Sox "and others" at the Winter Meetings this week in Orlando.

    Advice: Martinez is scheduled to arrive at the Swan and Dolphin Hotel on Tuesday night and he'll presumably stick around through the end of the day on Wednesday. The 30-year-old slugger is likely to command one of the richest position-player contracts on the free agent market this winter after batting .303/.376/.690 with 45 home runs and 104 RBI in 119 games between the Tigers and Diamondbacks in 2017. He'd make a ton of sense for Boston. Tuesday, 3:10 pm
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  • Brewers spoke to Pirates on Tuesday at WM
    Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that the Brewers spoke to the Pirates on Tuesday at the Winter Meetings.

    Advice: Those discussions might have centered around starter Gerrit Cole, who is believed to be available for the right price this winter and is also reportedly drawing interest from the Rangers, Twins, and Yankees. Haudricourt suggests that the Brewers could look to make a play for Pirates utilityman Josh Harrison. Either way, there's nothing close at this time. Tuesday, 2:40 pm
  • Martinez to see teams at Winter Meetings
    Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that J.D. Martinez is scheduled to arrive at the Winter Meetings on Tuesday night to meet with at least one team.

    Advice: Martinez is arguably the best hitter available on the free agent market. Of course, his defense isn't considered a strength, but most believe he'll still land a contract well north of $100 million. The Red Sox, Diamondbacks, Giants, and Cardinals are among the teams to watch here. Tuesday, 11:57 am
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  • Report: 'At least 10 teams' inquire on Yelich
    According to Joe Frisaro of, "at least 10 teams" have inquired on Marlins outfielder Christian Yelich.

    Advice: Marcell Ozuna is being shopped at this week's Winter Meetings, but Yelich could be the bigger prize. While Ozuna has two years of team control remaining, Yelich is owed $43.25 million through 2021 with a $15 million club option (or a $1.25 million buyout) for 2022. Frisaro hears that the Braves, Diamondbacks, and Cardinals are among the teams who have checked in on Yelich so far. Tuesday, 10:29 am
  • Report: O's want two SP back in Machado deal
    Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Orioles want "two young, controllable starting pitchers" back in a trade for Manny Machado.

    Advice: The Orioles don't expect to re-sign Machado, so they appear willing to seriously consider offers from interested teams. No word on which team might have the advantage in trade talks, but the Cardinals have been mentioned as a possibility. One interesting side note from Rosenthal is that Machado wants to move to shortstop for his final year before free agency. Tuesday, 9:35 am
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  • Report: Padres 'strongly in mix' for Hosmer
    Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports writes that the Padres are "thinking big" and remain "strongly" in the mix for free agent first baseman Eric Hosmer.

    Advice: The Padres aren't messing around, as Bob Nightengale of USA Today reported that members of the front office met with Hosmer last Thursday. Based on the early reports, they are the most aggressive team thus far. However, it's likely going to take a $100-plus million contract in order to land him. If the Padres were to sign Hosmer, they'd move Wil Myers back to the outfield. Tuesday, 5:58 am
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  • Rangers check in with Pirates on Gerrit Cole's TR Sullivan reports that the Rangers "checked in" with the Pirates on Gerrit Cole, but there was "nothing really there."

    Advice: The Pirates seem willing to listen to offers for Cole, with the Yankees being another team that has interest in the right-hander. However, it doesn't appear at this point that the Pirates and Rangers line up toward a deal. Cole is under team control for two more seasons. Monday, 4:08 pm
  • Red Sox prefer to trade for impact hitter
    USA Today's Bob Nightengale reports that the Red Sox are telling teams they'd prefer to trade for an impact bat now rather than wait out the markets for J.D. Martinez and Eric Hosmer.

    Advice: It could all be posturing, of course, but Martinez and Hosmer are both represented by Scott Boras, who is known to wait as long as possible for his clients to sign in hopes of getting the best possible deal. The Red Sox are seeking a middle-of-the-order bat this winter and the Yankees' acquisition of Giancarlo Stanton no doubt made that need even more urgent. Monday, 2:15 pm
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  • Bucs 'willing to listen' to offers for Cole
    ESPN's Buster Olney reports that the Pirates "are willing to listen" to trade offers for Gerrit Cole.

    Advice: Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reported earlier Monday that the Yankees are interested in Cole, and Olney notes that the two sides "match up well for potential deals" and general managers Brian Cashman and Neal Huntington "have an extensive trade history." Cole, who was drafted by the Yanks in the first round out of high school but didn't sign, is under team control for two more seasons. Monday, 1:21 pm
  • Report: Yankees interested in RHP Gerrit Cole
    Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Yankees are interested in trading for Pirates right-hander Gerrit Cole.

    Advice: Heyman writes that the "initial impression" is that the Pirates aren't trading him, but it would be smart to at least listen. The Yankees' farm system is loaded and they didn't have to give up any of their top prospects in the Giancarlo Stanton deal. Cole is coming off a 4.26 ERA over 203 innings in 2017 and remains under team control for two more years. Monday, 11:04 am
  • Report: Mets interested in Steve Cishek
    Marc Carig of Newsday reports that the Mets have expressed interest in free agent reliver Steve Cishek.

    Advice: Joel Sherman of the New York Post previously indicated that the Mets could pivot from the top-tier relievers to a group which includes Cishek, Tommy Hunter, and Anthony Swarzak. Cishek posted a stingy 2.01 ERA and 41/14 K/BB ratio over 44 2/3 innings this year between the Rays and Mariners. Monday, 9:21 am
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  • Report: Royals fielding interest in Herrera
    Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that the Royals are fielding interest in reliever Kelvin Herrera.

    Advice: The Royals could be shifting into a rebuild, so it makes sense to listen on Herrera, who will hit free agency after 2018. They'd be selling low, though, as Herrera missed time with a forearm strain this past season and proved to be a disappointment in the closer role while posting a 4.25 ERA and 56/20 K/BB ratio over 59 1/3 innings. He made $5.325 million in 2017 and will likely see that number jump to over $8 million next year. Monday, 8:26 am
  • Cardinals could make push for Manny Machado
    According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, one person familiar with the Cardinals' situation suggested that they would be one of the teams to inquire about the availability of the Orioles' Manny Machado.

    Advice: This doesn't mean that the Cardinals have actually reached out, but after missing out on Giancarlo Stanton, they are still hoping to make some impact moves this offseason. Though it's unclear whether the Orioles would actually move Machado, he would be a fantastic Plan B for St. Louis. The Cardinals are one of the few teams who could have the prospects needed to pull off such a deal. Machado, of course, is one year removed from free agency. He's just one of many possibilities for the Cardinals, who have also been linked to Evan Longoria and Alex Colome with the Rays and Marcell Ozuna with the Marlins via trade and Eric Hosmer and J.D. Martinez via free agency. Monday, 7:12 am
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  • Yelich, Realmuto unlikely to be moved
    According to Joe Frisaro of, Christian Yelich and J.T. Realmuto are the two Marlins players least likely to be moved.

    Advice: Frisaro categorizes Dan Straily and Justin Bour as "doubtful" to be moved while right-hander Jose Urena is considered to be safe. Marcell Ozuna is noticeably absent from this group and figures to attract plenty of attention at this week's Winter Meetings. Monday, 7:00 am
  • Report: Padres will look at Zack Cozart
    According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Padres "will take a look at" free agent shortstop Zack Cozart.

    Advice: The Padres have top prospect Fernando Tatis in the pipeline, so Cozart could find a lengthier offer elsewhere. The 32-year-old is usually known for his defense, but he had a career-year with the bat this past season, putting up a .297/.385/.548 batting line with 24 homers over 122 games. Monday, 5:11 am
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  • Royals discouraged about pursuit of Hosmer
    Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Royals are getting discouraged about their pursuit of Eric Hosmer.

    Advice: The club doesn't sound optimistic about their chances of retaining their star first baseman, noting that there are much larger contracts to be had elsewhere. Heyman points out though that they felt similarly two years ago regarding their chances of keeping Alex Gordon, and the outfielder wound up re-signing with the Royals. Saturday, 10:50 am
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  • Mets have talked to Indians about Kipnis
    Marc Carig of Newsday reports that the Mets have had talks with the Indians regarding second baseman Jason Kipnis.

    Advice: Kipnis had a rather disappointing and injury-plagued 2017 campaign for the Tribe, slashing just .232/.291/.414 with 12 homers, 35 RBI and six swipes in 90 games. The Mets have also spoken to the Tigers about Ian Kinsler and Carig notes that they may approach the Pirates about Josh Harrison at the upcoming Winter Meetings. Saturday, 7:31 am
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  • Giants may turn their sights to J.D. Martinez
    John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle reports the Giants have discussed the possibility of signing free agent outfielder J.D. Martinez.

    Advice: With the Giants now seemingly out of the Giancarlo Stanton sweepstakes after the Marlins' slugger said he would not waive his no-trade clause to go to San Francisco, it would be a logical next step for them to pursue Martinez. On a per-game basis, Martinez' 2017 stats rivaled or even exceeded those of Stanton. Martinez hit .303/.376/.690 with 45 home runs and 104 RBI in only 119 games with the Tigers and Diamondbacks. Stanton hit .281/.376/.631 with 59 homers and 132 RBI in 159 games. Martinez out-performed Stanton in 2016. Martinez will likely come cheaper than Stanton as well. Stanton has $295 million left on his contract and would carry a steep price in prospect talent to boot. Martinez is reportedly asking for $200 million but as a free agent would not carry the additional cost in prospect talent. Shea hears the Giants may be interested in free agent Jay Bruce as another fallback option. Friday, 8:13 pm
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  • Orioles fielding inquiries on Manny Machado
    Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports the Orioles have been fielding inquiries from multiple teams regarding the availability of third baseman Manny Machado.

    Advice: Heyman doesn't know which teams have come calling but speculates the Yankees and Phillies are likely among them. Machado's contract expires following the coming campaign and he could receive offers north of $300 million as a free agent -- which would likely price him out of Baltimore's range. The Orioles will surely try to lock him up long term, but it would be wise to gauge interest in their superstar and weigh those offers against the possibility of seeing him walk away for nothing after the season. Friday, 5:57 pm
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  • Padres met with Hosmer on Thursday
    Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that members of the Padres contingent met with free agent Eric Hosmer on Thursday.

    Advice: The Padres have been the most aggressive pursuers -- at least on record -- of Hosmer, and it appears the pursuit heated up on Thursday. On Wednesday, it was reported that current first baseman Wil Myers was willing to move back to the outfield if San Diego was able to sign Hosmer. The 28-year-old is coming off the best year of his career; hitting .318/.385/.498 with 25 homers in 2017 for the Royals. Friday, 9:04 am
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