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  • Reds re-sign Patrick Kivlehan to minors deal
    Reds re-signed INF/OF Patrick Kivlehan to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

    Advice: Kivlehan elected free agency last week, but has decided to re-up with the Reds. He his .208/.304/.399 with nine homers, 26 RBI and a 61/22 K/BB ratio over 204 plate appearances at the big league level last season. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:34 am
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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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  • 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
  • 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
  • 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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  • NYY interested in Rangers' Jurickson Profar
    According to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, the Yankees are interested in acquiring Jurickson Profar from the Rangers.

    Advice: There is no obvious short-term or even long-term spot for Profar in the Bronx, but Sherman says the Yankees "would be willing to take on a single player with upside and pedigree in exchange for multiple players who are crowding their deep 40-man roster." Profar, once considered the No. 1 prospect in all of baseball, has batted just .229/.309/.329 in 206 career games at the major league level. A change of scenery would probably do him some good. There is also said to be interest from the Reds and Padres. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 7:45 am
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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
  • Report: Rays have interest in Jose Bautista
    Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports that the Rays have expressed interest in free agent Jose Bautista.

    Advice: This comes on the heels of a report that Bautista is willing to play any position next season, from the corner infield spots to the corner outfield spots to designated hitter. That suits the Rays, who like to move guys around and take advantage of platoon splits. Bautista batted just .203/.308/.366 over 686 plate appearances this past season for the Blue Jays, but he still managed 23 home runs and 65 RBI. He should come pretty cheap, which also suits the Rays. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 11:43 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
  • Jose Bautista open to playing any position
    Jose Bautista's agent, Jay Alou, said his client is willing to play any position next season.

    Advice: That would include the corner infield spots, the corner outfield spots, and DH. "He’s never said no to a manager," Alou told Jon Morosi of MLB Network. Bautista batted just .203/.308/.366 over 686 plate appearances this past season for the Blue Jays, who made the easy decision to decline his $17 million club option for 2018. The 37-year-old should be able to find a major league deal this winter if he's willing to accept a reserve role. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:44 am
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  • Fowler likely moving to LF next season
    Cardinals president John Mozeliak met with Dexter Fowler this week about moving to a corner outfield spot in 2018.

    Advice: Tommy Pham is a better defender than Fowler and should slide over to center for St. Louis next year after playing primarily in left field throughout the 2017 campaign. "I wanted to meet with [Fowler] face to face," Mozeliak confirmed Tuesday at baseball’s GM Meetings. "First off, I enjoy his company. Secondly, I did not want him to be hearing or reading about things that may or may not happen with him. I wanted him to know that he was not someone we were looking to trade. I did want him to understand that we may ask him to play a different position." Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 5:51 am
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  • Nats anticipate talking contract with Harper
    Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said Tuesday that he would be "surprised" if there's no discussion of a contract extension with Bryce Harper.

    Advice: Rizzo clearly understands that Harper will likely land a record-breaking contract next offseason, but he's optimistic that the team's relationship with the player and his agent, Scott Boras, will have some impact. "I think Bryce has comfort with [Washington], loves his teammates, likes our organization and has a loyal mentality," said Rizzo. "But this is a unique player in a unique situation." Rizzo stressed that negotiations have not begun and there's no set plan for when it will happen, but it's safe to say they'll try to make their pitch at some point. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 7:40 pm
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  • Pence could be looking at part-time role
    Giants general manager Bobby Evans indicated Tuesday that Hunter Pence could be looking at a part-time role depending on what the club does this offseason.

    Advice: "Our focus is center field, and we've got to do everything we can to upgrade the defense," said Evans. "If that moves Pence into more of a part-time role, we have to be prepared for that." The Giants have already committed to moving Denard Span to left field as they look for a defensive upgrade in center field. The club has been connected in rumors to Giancarlo Stanton, so it's not crazy to think Pence will be a part-time player for the final year of his contract in 2018. The 34-year-old posted a career-worst .701 OPS this season. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 6:08 pm
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  • Profar doesn't have set role for 2018
    Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said Tuesday that Jurickson Profar doesn't have a set role for 2018.

    Advice: As of now, Profar is expected to be on the Opening Day roster next year, but that's only because he's out of options. The 24-year-old appeared in just 22 games in the majors this season and batted .287/.383/.428 with seven homers and 45 RBI over 87 games in Triple-A. The Rangers decided against a call-up in September, which ensures that he will remain under team control through 2020 as opposed to 2019. Profar has expressed his frustration with the situation, but barring a trade, the former top prospect figures to be a bench player for Texas going into next season. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 5:56 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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  • Beltran reiterates hope to manage in MLB
    Carlos Beltran reiterated to the New York Post via text message on Tuesday that he hopes to manage someday.

    Advice: Beltran, who recently announced his retirement, also confirmed that he talked to Yankees general manager Brian Cashman about the team's managerial vacancy. "Cashman and I had a brief conversation," wrote Beltran. "I explained I’m committed to be back in the game in a role that I can be an impact. I believe the best use of my time and knowledge is in a managerial position. I have a lot to offer but I’m enjoying my time with the family. I’m not in a rush!" Beltran has yet to be called in for a formal interview with the Yankees and it's unclear if he will be. The team is believed to be nearing the end of the first round of the interview process. Even if it doesn't happen with the Yankees, Beltran figures to be a popular name with future managerial openings around the game. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 4:45 pm
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  • Report: Ichiro drawing interest in FA
    According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, a couple of teams have shown interest in free agent outfielder Ichiro Suzuki.

    Advice: Ichiro became a free agent earlier this month after the Marlins declined his $2 million option for 2018. The 44-year-old has publicly stated that he hopes to play until he's 50, but he batted just .255/.318/.332 over 215 plate appearances this season. It's not about the money at this point, but perhaps someone will give him a chance as a fourth outfielder/pinch-hitter. Ichiro ranks 22nd on the all-time list with 3,080 hits. He's 30 hits away from Dave Winfield for 21st. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 4:32 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
  • Nats re-sign Ryan Raburn to minors deal
    Nationals re-signed OF Ryan Raburn to a minor league contract.

    Advice: This confirms a report from Chris Cotillo of SB Nation. Raburn was limited to 25 games this season while dealing with a left trapezius strain. He'll function as outfield insurance going into spring training. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 2:25 pm
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  • Andre Ethier intends to play next season
    Andre Ethier intends to continue his playing career next season.

    Advice: Ethier recently hit the free agent market after the Dodgers bought out his $17.5 million for 2018. He turns 36 next April and has been limited to just 38 games over the past two seasons. He's going to have to earn a prominent role at his next stop. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 2:09 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
  • NYY, Ellsbury haven't talked no-trade clause
    Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said Tuesday that he has not approached Jacoby Ellsbury's agent, Scott Boras, about his client's no-trade clause.

    Advice: Ellsbury still has three years left on his seven-year, $153 million deal with the Yankees and the 34-year-old outfielder has posted a disappointing .261/.331/.372 batting line over the last three seasons. New York would probably have to eat a lot of cash to move Ellsbury, and he would have to sign off on the destination. A trade seems unlikely to happen at any point in the near future. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 12:16 pm
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  • 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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  • Brentz has inside track on fourth outfielder
    Red Sox president Dave Dombrowski said Tuesday that Bryce Brentz has the inside track on the club's fourth outfielder job in 2018.

    Advice: Brentz was added back to Boston's 40-man roster earlier this month after batting .271/.334/.529 with 31 home runs and 85 RBI over 120 games this past season at Triple-A Pawtucket. The 28-year-old right-handed-hitter especially excels against left-handed pitching. He should make for a nice bench piece. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 11:33 am
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  • A's not interested in signing Ichiro Suzuki
    John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle confirms that the Athletics are not interested in Ichiro Suzuki.

    Advice: Ichiro's agent reached out to the A's, but that discussion was apparently brief. The 44-year-old outfielder batted just .255/.318/.332 over 215 plate appearances with the Marlins in 2017 and will probably struggle to find much in the way of guaranteed money on the free agent market this winter. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:32 am
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  • Hoyer says Cubs are not shopping Heyward
    Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer said Tuesday that the team is not shopping Jason Heyward.

    Advice: There was some chatter last week that the Giants and Cubs might be working on something involving Heyward, but it sounds like no actual discussions ever took place. "That whole rumor was out of nowhere with zero base for truth," Hoyer said. "I think Jason has done a great job for us on defense, in the clubhouse, on the bases. He hasn’t been offensively where he was before getting to us, but he’ll get there. He’ll keep working hard. There is no point in going into hypotheticals." Heyward has batted just .243/.315/.353 in 268 games since signing an eight-year, $184 million contract with Chicago, but he has also earned two Gold Glove Awards in two seasons. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:27 am
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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
  • M's sign Kirk Nieuwenhuis to minors deal
    Mariners signed OF Kirk Nieuwenhuis to a minor league contract.

    Advice: Nieuwenhuis struggled mightily with the Brewers in 2017, batting just .115/.258/.269 across 31 plate appearances. The 30-year-old will function as organizational outfield depth for Seattle in 2018. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 6:40 am
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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
  • Report: Giants interested in Billy Hamilton
    According to Jon Morosi of MLB.com, the Giants are interested in trading for Reds center fielder Billy Hamilton.

    Advice: This comes after a recent report connected the Giants to Red Sox outfielder Jackie Bradley, Jr., so clearly the club is trying to improve their outfield defense. The speedy Hamilton would surely do that, but he hasn't many any progress offensively, as evidenced by his rough .247/.299/.335 batting line this season. Hamilton made $2.625 million via arbitration this season and is under team control for two more years. Rotoworld.com Monday, 4:09 pm
  • NL ROY goes to Bellinger unanimously
    The BBWAA announced Monday that Cody Bellinger was named National League Rookie of the Year.

    Advice: It was another unanimous selection. In fact, this marks the fourth time that both Rookie of the Year Award winners were unanimous in the same year. Bellinger was a surprise call-up in late April, but he provided an immediate jolt to the Dodgers’ lineup, ultimately leading the team with 39 homers and 97 RBI while hitting .267/.352/.581 over 132 games. He surpassed Frank Robinson and Wally Berger for the NL rookie home run record. Paul DeJong finished second in the NL ROY balloting and Josh Bell finished third. Rotoworld.com Monday, 3:50 pm
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  • Judge is unanimous winner for AL ROY
    The BBWAA announced Monday that Aaron Judge was named American League Rookie of the Year.

    Advice: It was unanimous. That comes as no surprise after Judge broke Mark McGwire’s MLB rookie record (and led the American League) with 52 homers while putting up a monster .284/.422/.627 batting line. The big slugger also led the American League in walks and runs scored. Not bad for a guy who wasn’t a lock to make the Opening Day roster in spring training. Judge could still add more hardware later this month, as he’s a finalist for the American League MVP Award. Andrew Benintendi finished second in the AL ROY balloting while Trey Mancini finished third. Rotoworld.com Monday, 3:18 pm
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  • Hicks expected to be regular next season
    Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said Monday that Aaron Hicks is expected to be a regular in the team's outfield next season.

    Advice: "We wouldn't have been playing him every day in the postseason if we didn't think that," said Cashman. Hicks, 28, posted a career-best .847 OPS this past season while amassing 15 homers and 10 steals in 88 games. Barring a trade, Jacoby Ellsbury appears in line for a fourth-outfielder role. Of course, Clint Frazier could end up taking that role if Ellsbury is dealt. Either way, Hicks is looking like a nice value pick in fantasy drafts next spring. Rotoworld.com Monday, 2:58 pm
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  • Miguel Sano undergoes surgery on leg
    Miguel Sano underwent successful surgery on his left leg Monday.

    Advice: Sano battled a stress reaction in his left shin down the stretch this past season, as he played just three games over the final six weeks. The Twins didn't reveal a rehab timetable for the third baseman, only saying he's "currently resting before focusing on his rehab program." More should hopefully be known about Sano's status in the coming weeks. Rotoworld.com Monday, 11:39 am
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    Miguel Sanó Min - 1B,3B,RF
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  • 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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  • Carlos Beltran announces retirement from MLB
    Carlos Beltran has announced his retirement from baseball.

    Advice: The 40-year-old gets to go out on top after winning the World Series with the Astros. A nine-time All-Star, Beltran will finish his career with a .279/.350/.486 batting line, 435 home runs, 1,587 RBI and 312 stolen bases. He played 20 years in the major leagues, having stints with the Royals, Mets, Yankees, Cardinals, Giants, Rangers and Astros. Beltran, who stands a very good chance of eventually being elected to the Hall of Fame, told MLB.com's Mark Feinsand that he "would love to have the opportunity to manage" at some point. Rotoworld.com Monday, 8:41 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
  • Patrick Kivlehan elects to become free agent
    Patrick Kivlehan has elected free agency.

    Advice: The 27-year-old outfielder hit .208/.304/.399 with nine homers, 26 RBI and a 61/22 K/BB ratio in 204 plate appearances with the Reds this season. He'll look for employment elsewhere and will likely have to settle for a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 5:39 am
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  • Suzuki reaches out to Athletics
    Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that Ichiro Suzuki's agent has reached out to the Athletics as a possible landing spot for the 2018 season.

    Advice: Slusser says the talks were brief, and that part of the connection comes from Suzuki's relationship with Bob Melvin, who managed him in Seattle in 2002-2003. It's very unlikely that Suzuki will get much guaranteed cash considering his skillset and age, but the 46-year-old outfielder should find someone who is willing to give him a chance to be the fourth outfielder, even if it's likely not a contending club. Rotoworld.com Friday, 6:43 am
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  • Judge takes home AL Outstanding Rookie award
    Aaron Judge won the Players Choice AL Outstanding Rookie Award on Wednesday.

    Advice: What a shocker. Judge beat out Andrew Benintendi and Trey Mancini, who are going to finish second and third place to Judge in the BBWAA Rookie of the Year Award next week. Judge is a deserving MVP candidate who hit a rookie-record 52 homers and got on base at a .422 clip in 2017. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 5:12 pm
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  • Bellinger wins Outstanding Rookie Award
    Cody Bellinger won the Players Choice Outstanding NL Rookie Award on Wednesday.

    Advice: Bellinger wins the hardware over Josh Bell and Paul DeJong, who are also competing with him for the BBWAA 2017 National League Rookie of the Year Award. And by competing, we mean they were also nominated. The left-handed hitting rookie smashed 39 homers and slugged .581 for the Dodgers in 2017 and was a key factor in the middle of the lineup for the National League champs. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 5:08 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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    W, 14-2 @KC
     
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