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  • Report: Giants have 'keen' interest in Longo
    According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, the Giants "have keen interest" in acquiring Rays third baseman Evan Longoria.

    Advice: Nightengale adds that the Rays would have to take one of the Giants' high-salary veterans like Denard Span or Hunter Pence (who has a full no-trade clause) in order for a deal to work. Span is owed $9 million in 2018, with a $4 million buyout on a $12 million option for 2019. Meanwhile, Pence is owed $18.5 million in 2018 in the final year of his contract. It might seem odd that the Rays would be bringing back salary in a trade, but they could consider it to get out under Longoria's contract while also bringing some prospects back. The Cardinals are among the other clubs who have been connected to Longoria, who is coming off a disappointing .737 OPS and is still owed $86 million through 2022. Rotoworld.com 34 minutes ago
     
  • Royals release LHP Garcia
    Royals released LHP Onelki Garcia.

    Advice: Garcia is set to sign with the Chunichi Dragons in Japan's Central League. The 28-year-old has made five appearances in the majors in his career and posted a 4.75 ERA over 12 starts and 10 relief appearances between Double- and Triple-A in 2017. Rotoworld.com 39 minutes ago
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  • Report: Realmuto requests trade from Marlins
    According to Craig Mish of Sirius XM, J.T. Realmuto has requested a trade from the Marlins.

    Advice: The Marlins have already sold off a number of high-profile pieces and Realmuto would presumably prefer to go to a place where he has a better chance to win. Requesting a trade doesn't mean it will happen, but it could be the best outcome for both parties. Realmuto turns 27 in March and is under team control for three more seasons, so he could bring back an impressive haul. As opposed to some of the other deals, a trade involving Realmuto would be about bringing back top prospects rather than shedding salary. Realmuto batted .278/.332/.451 with 17 homers, 65 RBI, and eight steals over 141 games this past season. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:55 am
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  • Report: Decision on Machado likely this week
    Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that trade offers for Manny Machado "improved over the weekend" and that a decision about a trade likely will come this week.

    Advice: The idea of a Machado trade is moving closer to reality, with Buster Olney of ESPN reporting that the Diamondbacks and White Sox were showing the most interest in a deal as of Saturday morning. Of course, it's possible other teams have moved to the forefront since then. The Cardinals are a logical fit, but it's unclear whether they'd give up the pieces necessary for someone who is one year away from free agency. Either way, with this much interest, the Orioles should soon find something they are satisfied with here. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:20 am
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  • Phillies asking around about starting pitcher
    According to Matt Gelb and Matt Breen of Philly.com, the Phillies have inquired on "just about every young starter that could be traded this winter."

    Advice: That list includes Chris Archer of the Rays, Danny Duffy of the Royals, and Marcus Stroman of the Blue Jays. The Phillies have the sort of farm system to pull off a trade for a young, controllable starting pitcher and the recent addition of Carlos Santana gives them more options, as they have Odubel Herrera, Aaron Altherr, or Nick Williams as potential trade pieces with Rhys Hoskins expected to play the outfield. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:37 am
     
  • Strasburg might skip All-Star Game in future
    Stephen Strasburg said at the Nationals' Winterfest on Sunday that he might skip the All-Star Game in the future.

    Advice: Strasburg missed about three weeks after the start of the second half due to a nerve impingement in his elbow and believes that it was due to a change in routine in case he was needed for the All-Star Game. He didn't end up pitching in the game, but he felt discomfort in his first start after the All-Star break. "I just know that little lapse, for whatever reason, it pushed me back a bit," said Strasburg. "It started making my arm hurt." The Nationals surely won't mind if he decides to play it safe in the future. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:29 am
  • 'Skepticism' Mets will pull off Kipnis deal
    According to Marc Carig of Newsday, a source expressed skepticism about the Mets' ability to acquire Jason Kipnis from the Indians.

    Advice: The thought is that the Indians mainly want salary relief (Kipnis is guaranteed $30.5 million over the next two years), so little might be required in the way of talent going back, but apparently that could be too rich for the Mets. Cesar Hernandez, Josh Harrison, Jed Lowrie, and Starlin Castro are among the alternatives on the trade market, but they will likely cost more in the way of prospects. If a deal for Kipnis fails to come together, Carig speculates that the club could just bring back Jose Reyes. Rotoworld.com Today, 5:25 am
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  • Socrates Brito hurts finger in winter league
    Steve Gilbert of MLB.com reports that Socrates Brito sustained a possible right pinkie finger while playing in the Dominican Winter League.

    Advice: Brito will undergo an examination by Diamondbacks' team doctors to confirm the diagnosis. The dynamic outfielder missed substantial time during the 2017 season after suffering a dislocated left ring finger. Prior to the injury, he was hitting .294/.355/.464 in 173 plate appearances for Estrellas. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:36 pm
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  • Padres designate Travis Wood for assignment
    Padres designated LHP Travis Wood for assignment.

    Advice: The move was made to clear a spot on the 40-man roster for Jordan Lyles who was re-signed on Sunday. There's a chance that Wood could pass through waivers unclaimed and stick with the club on a minor league deal. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:15 pm
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  • Padres re-sign Jordan Lyles to minors deal
    Padres re-signed RHP Jordan Lyles to a one-year, $750,000 contract.

    Advice: The 27-year-old hurler posted a 7.75 ERA, 1.69 WHIP and 55/22 K/BB ratio over 69 2/3 innings between the Rockies and Padres in 2017. He'll provide another rotation option for the Padres. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 5:49 pm
     
  • Angels release outfielder Jared Hoying
    Angels released OF Jared Hoying.

    Advice: That comes just a couple of weeks after they inked the outfielder to a minor league deal with an invitation to spring training. The Angels granted his release so that he could pursue an opportunity to play in South Korea. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 5:45 pm
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  • Alex Cobb asking for around $20M AAV
    Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times reports that Alex Cobb's asking price of "about $20 million per year" has "lowered the temperature" on the Cubs' interest.

    Advice: It's been reported that Cobb is the Cubs' top target as they look to fill out their rotation, but it sounds like they're hoping he lowers his demands. Chicago has been connected to Danny Salazar and Danny Duffy via trade as they seek alternatives. If he did wind up signing with the Cubs, Cobb would be reunited with pitching coach Jim Hickey. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:34 am
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  • Wade LeBlanc drawing significant interest
    ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that Wade LeBlanc is drawing interest from six teams.

    Advice: The Pirates declined LeBlanc's $1.25 million option for 2018, but it sounds like he's not going to have a hard time finding new work. The left-hander posted a 4.50 ERA and 54/17 K/BB ratio over 68 relief innings in 2017. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:20 am
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  • Giants have shown interest in Maikel Franco
    Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports that the Giants "were sniffing around" on Maikel Franco during the Winter Meetings.

    Advice: The Phillies are expected to trade a bat following their signing of Carlos Santana, and it's possible Franco could be the one to go. Franco hit a disappointing .230/.281/.409 with 24 homers this past season, but he's still just 25 and would be a nice buy-low proposition for the Giants. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:14 am
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  • Adrian Gonzalez designated for assignment
    Braves designated 1B Adrian Gonzalez for assignment.

    Advice: Gonzalez was acquired from the Dodgers on Saturday in a trade that swapped multiple bad contracts, but there was no place for him to play with the Braves. The 35-year-old batted just .242/.287/.355 with three homers in an injury-shortened 2017 campaign and might have a hard time finding a job that guarantees him regular playing time in 2018. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 5:58 am
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  • Braves acquire Adrian Gonzalez from Dodgers
    Braves acquired 1B Adrian Gonzalez, LHP Scott Kazmir, RHP Brandon McCarthy, INF Charlie Culberson and cash considerations from the Dodgers for OF Matt Kemp.

    Advice: As Bob Nightengale of USA Today reported, Gonzalez will be designated for assignment and become a free agent. The 35-year-old slugger hit just .242/.287/.355 with three homers and 30 RBI in 71 games for the Dodgers in 2017. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 11:58 am
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  • Braves land Gonzalez, Kazmir in deal for Kemp
    Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports that the Braves have acquired Adrian Gonzalez, Scott Kazmir, Brandon McCarthy, Charlie Culberson and cash considerations in exchange for outfielder Matt Kemp.

    Advice: Gonzalez fell out of favor in Los Angeles after the emergence of Cody Bellinger and opted not to stay with the club for their postseason run while he was recovering from his back injury. It's unclear if the Braves plan to have him man first base while Freddie Freeman shifts to third base full-time, or if they'll look to move him elsewhere. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 11:47 am
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  • 'Nothing currently brewing' with Mets, Kipnis
    Matt Ehalt of The Record reports that "there is nothing currently brewing" in regards to the Mets and trade talks for Jason Kipnis.

    Advice: Chris Cotillo of SB Nation reported Thursday that there was "traction" between the Mets and Indians on a trade involving Kipnis, but Ehalt is evidently hearing otherwise. The Mets are looking for a second baseman and Kipnis would be a buy-low candidate after he hit only .232/.291/.414 during an injury-shortened 2017. Rotoworld.com Friday, 12:36 pm
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  • Manny Machado trade not imminent
    Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports that it's "highly unlikely" Manny Machado is traded Friday and will "probably not" be dealt over weekend.

    Advice: Kubatko notes that the interested teams are trying to determine how they would replace the players they'd have to give up for Machado. He also adds that the Diamondbacks "did double back" to speak with the Orioles after having preliminary discussions on Machado earlier this week. It's looking very likely at this point that Machado is traded, but nothing is imminent. Rotoworld.com Friday, 8:23 am
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  • 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. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 1:50 pm
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  • 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. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 10:04 am
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  • 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. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 1:01 am
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  • 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. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:57 pm
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  • 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. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 4:29 pm
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  • 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. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 3:22 pm
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  • 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. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 9:35 am
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  • Report: Angels could be suitor for Longoria
    According to Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times, there's "some industry chatter" that the Angels could emerge as a potential match for Rays third baseman Evan Longoria.

    Advice: The Angels are known to be considering third base options, including free agent Mike Moustakas. Longoria has been linked to the Cardinals in recent weeks, but he'll surely draw interest from other clubs if the Rays truly intend to shop him. The 32-year-old is owed $86 million through 2022 and $94 million if an option is exercised for 2023. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 5:47 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. Rotoworld.com Dec 11, 7:12 am
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  • Heyman: Cubs 'seem focused on' Alex Cobb
    Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Cubs "seem focused on" Alex Cobb to round out their rotation.

    Advice: The Cubs already added Tyler Chatwood, but they still have one rotation spot to fill with both Jake Arrieta and John Lackey expected to depart via free agency. New Cubs pitching coach Jim Hickey was Cobb's pitching coach with the Rays, so it's easy to see the connection here. The right-hander is also drawing interest from the Rangers, Yankees, Blue Jays and Orioles. Rotoworld.com Dec 10, 9:38 am
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  • Levine: Cubs making 'strong push' for Cobb
    CBS Chicago's Bruce Levine said the Cubs are "continuing their strong push to sign free agent right-hander Alex Cobb."

    Advice: Levine says the link between the two is a poorly-kept secret, with former Rays and new Cubs pitching coach Jim Hickey knowing Cobb well. The Cubs also have a defined need, with both Jake Arrieta and John Lackey likely gone. The Cubs aren't the only club with interest in the 30-year-old, as he's widely viewed as one of the better free agent starters available this winter. Some movement could come at next week's Winter Meetings. Rotoworld.com Dec 9, 5:57 pm
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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. Rotoworld.com Dec 9, 7:31 am
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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. Rotoworld.com Dec 8, 5:57 pm
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